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Henry Collett

Our first student spotlight this month is Mr. Henry Collett, one of our first-year students in LIZO.

While Henry is technically not a member of the Elizabeth Residential College Council, he has been highly involved in the different functions of Elizabeth College. In October, Henry volunteered to dress as MSU founder Dr. Rainey T. Wells for our Homecoming Week Lobby Decoration Contest.

This dedication to LIZO helped the building to secure their thirteenth straight victory! Prior to its unfortunate cancellation, Henry also volunteered to play “the king” in the Madrigal after several cast members departed from the show.

Henry originally chose to come to Murray State due to the tennis team, which is only a little bit ironic since Murray State no longer has a men’s tennis team.

However, it is safe to say that Henry has fallen in love with Murray State and the community here in LIZO. He is majoring in Recreation now, but is considering a switch to Biology. Henry is heavily involved on campus, namely with the Campus Outreach organization. Through this organization, he has been involved in various service projects, both locally and away from Murray.


Josie Bales

Josie is a first-year student here at Murray State, and she comes to MSU from Louisville, Kentucky. When choosing colleges, Josie was debating between UT Martin and Murray State; however, once she toured Murray State she knew that this was the place for her. She is majoring in Organizational Communication with a minor in Management; however, her true passion lies with the MSU Rodeo Team.

On the Rodeo Team, Josie participates in two different activities – Barrel Racing and Goat Tying. In Barrel Racing, Josie races around three different barrels in a cloverleaf pattern, and the fastest person wins. Goat Tying involves running down the arena on a horse, at which point you are responsible for flanking a goat (flipping it over and tying its feet). Josie is very passionate about these competitions, and is an important member of this successful team.

Ironically, Lizo was not on Josie’s radar prior to the start of the school year. She was not a fan of the community style bathrooms, and had no desire to live in Lizo. However, once she moved in, she quickly changed her opinion. She said that she loves the community found here in Elizabeth College and really appreciates the bonus of not having to clean her own bathroom. She said that if someone is able to live in a residential college, she would recommend living in Lizo

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Annual Events

Meet Your RCC Cookout

At the beginning of the Fall semester, during Great Beginnings, Elizabeth College students get the chance to meet up with residential college leaders and enjoy some delicious food, grilled up by Residential College Council members. Vegetarian options are available. Watch your Great Beginnings Schedule for date and time.

Home Away From Home Week

Unique to Elizabeth College, this event is designed to help new and returning students feel like the College is their second home. The week is filled with game nights, recreational events, free food, movies, and more. The event is traditionally held the second week of the semester. Watch for postings on Elizabeth social media, around Elizabeth Hall, or your student email  for more information.

Charitable Date Auction

Each year co-ed service fraternity of Elizabeth College Lambda Zeta Omicron teams up with the Residential College Council to bring the charitable date auction. Members of the College leadership team are auctioned off for a spaghetti dinner. The following week, the College hosts the date for all the winners, who are treated to a spaghetti dinner within the lobby of the hall. Proceeds go toward LZO's annually chosen philanthropy.

Progressive Dinner

This program promotes collaboration among the floors and engages many of the international students in the Murray State community. Each floor is designated with a type of food to bring in a potluck style meal. Residents sharing a floor can cook their dishes together in the lobby kitchen! While there are often several domestic dishes, many international students create dishes from their home country.

End -of-the-Year Banquet

This program celebrates all of the accomplishments of Elizabeth College. Traditionally, a specified amount of students can sign up for free on a first come, first serve basis. At this reception, students are awarded their annual superlatives (Best Funky Monkeys, Most Studious, etc.), the incoming RCC and Honors Society members are recognized, and the Athletic Directors and LZO give out awards. The program includes reflections from the College Head and Residence Director.

Faculty Dessert Reception

This new event, started in 2016, is designed to connect students with the Elizabeth College faculty members. 

Intercultural Exchange Program Events

Intercultural Student Events



Our Mission

Elizabeth College strives to create relationships, to encourage, engage, and enhance the residents, commuters, faculty, and staff members of Elizabeth College. Through care, we seek leadership principles and communication strategies that are applied by each individual as frequently as possible. Students will learn that the college atmosphere is positive, respectful, and creates value while retaining and educating the members within.

Email: elizabeth.college@murraystate.edu     Phone: (270) 809-6284