About Us

Murray State University Career Services provides a variety of opportunities and assistance in all aspects of career development and the job search. Whether you are a current student, alumni, parent, an employee of the university or employer we invite you to navigate our website as well as contact our office.

Meet the Staff

Mr. Matthew Purdy
about Matthew

Matt Purdy received his Master of Business Administration in 2006 and did a Marketing degree in 2004. Matt is originally from Carbondale, Illinois and enjoys barbecuing, technology and family. He got into Career Services and planned to only stay for 6-12 months while he looked for a real job, which was 10 years ago! He is one of the lucky few that can honestly say that he loves his job! His favorite career hack is getting in touch with people through mutual contacts/friends. His favorite thing about Career Services in how dedicated the Career Services team is!

Mr. Ray Karraker
Employer Relations Coordinator
about Ray

Ray Karraker received his Master of Business Administration in 1977 and got a degree in Economics in 1974. Ray is originally from Paducah, Kentucky and enjoys target shooting and spending time with his grandkids. He moved to Murray in 1973 and spent the majority of his career in the banking and financial services industry. He has been at Murray State for 10 years now. His favorite thing about Career Services is working with students who have established specific goals.

Ms. Colleen Anderson
Administrative Assistant
about Colleen

Colleen Anderson received her Masters in Human Development in May 2017 and got a degree in Physical Education in 1986. Colleen is originally from Ridgway, Illinois and enjoys reading, playing games, watching movies and working outside. She is a widow with three children and three grandchildren. She was a Camp Director for 23 years before coming to Murray in 2009 and to Career Services in 2015. Every October, she becomes someone different when she portrays different characters at Talon Falls Scream Park! Her favorite career hack is to research the company and ask questions at the end. Her favorite thing about Career Services is the people!

Ms. Alicia Stallings
KHEAA Coordinator
about Alicia

Alicia Stallings works in Office Administration. She is from Detroit, Michigan but grew up in Murray. She enjoys rock collecting, kayaking and day hiking adventures. She moved from the city to a farm at five years old and she grew up riding horses, motorcycles and tractors. She went to Murray State and then moved to Nashville where she met her husband and had three kids in which they moved back to Murray to raise them. She has worked in Education for 17 years now. Her favorite thing about Career Services is getting to help students directly and knowing the outcome of their tasks.


Travis Plunkett
Graduate Assistant
about Travis

Travis Plunkett is a Postsecondary Education in Student Affairs major who will graduate in December 2018. He is from Smithland, Kentucky and enjoys kayaking, disc golf and going on adventures. Travis is the Secretary for the Association of Postsecondary Education Administrative Leaders and is currently pursuing a career in students affairs within Career Services or Housing. He is also an avid Pokemon Go player! His favorite career hack is networking with individuals whom you don't know and learning about their company/institution. His favorite thing about Career Services is the family-like atmosphere.


Braden Cook
Peer Career Advisor
about Braden

Braden Cook is a Occupational Safety and Health major who will graduate in May 2018. He is from Elizabethtown, Kentucky and enjoys working out, golfing and reading. Braden finished his bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health and also completed three internships as a result. His favorite thing about Career Services is the friendliness, visitors, and everyone always feels welcome.


Emma Cook
Peer Career Advisor
about Emma

Emma Cook is a Logistics & Supply Chain Management major who will graduate in December 2018. She is from Marble Hill, Missouri and enjoys cheering on Murray State sports (#shoesup), writing blog posts and making to-do lists. She is a positive person and loves working with people. She loves watching and playing all sports and loves to fill out her planner. You won't catch her without a coffee or a smile. Her favorite career hack is to incorporate the company's values/what they are looking for in questions and responses. Her favorite thing about Career Services is the people she works with!


Jamie Nuckolls
Peer Career Advisor
about Jamie

Jamie Nuckolls is a Master of Business Administration major who will graduate in December 2018. She is from St. Louis, Missouri and enjoys boating on Kentucky Lake, photography and watching movies. This is her fifth year in Murray and she loves Murray State and the community. Career Services is a mix of her two favorite things: student services and business. Her favorite career hack is to always do something that makes you happy to help calm your nerves before a job interview or career fair. Her favorite thing about Career Services is all the services they offer to Murray State students and all the great people she works with.


Caroline Wells
about Caroline

Caroline Wells is a Organizational Communication major with a minor in Spanish who will graduate in May 2018. She is from Marshall County, Kentucky but grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and enjoys hiking, watching movies and traveling. Caroline is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and loves to stay active in her church on campus ministry. She studied abroad in Spain and is looking forward to seeing more of the world. Upon graduating, she plans to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail and adopt a cat. Her favorite career hack is always keeping an updated resume & LinkedIn. Her favorite thing about Career Services is helping the students through every stage of college and job search.


Madison Stallings
Student Worker
about Madison

Madison Stallings is a Elementary Education major who will graduate in December 2018. She is from Owensboro, Kentucky and enjoys intramural softball, watching The Office, This is Us, and Grey's Anatomy and riding four-wheelers. She is a junior Elementary Education major and is hoping to do part of her student teaching in Belize. She loves being around family and friends, being outdoors and eating fast food. Her favorite career hack is that smiling makes a huge difference in interviews. Her favorite thing about Career Services is that if they don't know an answer, they will find one for you!


Jordan Garner
Student Worker/KHEAA
about Jordan

Jordan Garner is a Business & Marketing Education major who will graduate in May 2020. He is from Murray, Kentucky and enjoys football, basketball and playing guitar. He is a sophomore at Murray State and is a huge sports fan. His favorite career hack is if it takes less than five minutes, do it now. It will lighten your workload and relieve stress. His favorite thing about Career Services is the family atmosphere.

Murray State Career Services
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM (Summer) | 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Fall/Spring)
Walk-In Hours (for resumes, cover letters, and basic questions): Tue - Wed - Thu | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Appointments required for major/minor counseling, career assessments, & mock interviews
100 Oakley Applied Sciences Bldg | Murray, KY 42071
P: 270.809.3735 (call for appointments) | F: 270.809.3516 | msu.careerservices@murraystate.edu
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