Hester College

The goal of the Murray State Residential College System is to provide engaging living and learning communities for the Murray State resident and commuter students.  We encourage student involvement by hosting events that promote competition, communication, leadership development, and service, all while including an appreciation for diversity. These events are hosted by the Residential College Council (RCC) that includes an executive board and all the Residential Adviser's (RA's).  For more info on RCC, scroll down to "The Residential College Council" tab. At Hester college we hope to build a community that connects all groups of students together with a common goal: to have fun and to succeed at Murray State.

We commit to our members' growth by providing a safe and enjoyable environment. Through these activities, students get to work with faculty and fellow students to help shape social, academic, and volunteer programming that connects students to the community beyond the University. We love to help our new residents so that they will feel confident, welcome, and prepared to take on Murray State. 

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History, Colors, and Mascot

In the Fall of 1996, Hester College joined the other seven Residential Colleges. Hester was named after Cleo G. Hester who served many years as registrar at Murray State. Our college colors are blue, gold, and green, and our mascot is the hedgehog.

The Coat of Arms on Hester's shield shows three swans as the main image and is a symbol of excellence. Another feature is the set of three stars that represent hope, endeavors, and achievement.

The colors selected by students in the college also have significance. Gold represents understanding, respect, virtue, and majesty. Blue has traditionally indicated fidelity. Green is often used to suggest freedom, beauty, joy, health, and hope.

Traditions and Annual Events

  • Phoenix Day (in memory of the 1998 Hester fire)
  • Homecoming Lobby Decorating Contest
  • Monster Bash (a college-wide Halloween party)
  • Spring Luau
  • Hedgehog Day
  • Family Weekend Brunch in the Lobby
  • Signing of the Hester Rock by graduating seniors (Rock and Roll)
  • Academic Team
  • All Campus Sing
  • Hester End of the Year Banquet
    • a catered dinner that honors current RCC, inducts future RCC, gives stoles to graduating senior members, and awards for residents

The Residence College Council and Committees

Hester College is self-governing through the RCC representatives.  The council meets every Monday night that campus is open to plan activities for the college of approximately 308 residents. RCC meetings are open to the public and encourage all students to get involved. If you wish to have a more direct role, you can also join the Floor Councils that will help to plan events for the floor you live on. An art committee and philanthropy committee are also available for students to join that help to decorate the building, design sets for homecoming and all campus sing, and plan volunteer activities for students to get involved in. 

To see the faces behind the RCC, visit the Leadership tab at the top of the page!

Connect with us!

Official Housing Webpage: Hester

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hester.College/

Instagram: hester.msu

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