Services and Programs
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One of the great services the Student Government Association provides our students is our various awards each spring. We provide the opportunity for a student to nominate a Staff member, Faculty member, and a student for superior service to Murray State University.
Jim Baurer Outstanding Staff Service Award
This award was established to honor and recognize a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of prescribed duty and show exceptional dedication with regard to the students of Murray State University. This award is presented in the spring semester and applications can be found under the applications tab.
Max Carman Outstanding Teacher Award
This award is given in recognition of the recipient’s teaching excellence as evidenced by his/her effectiveness and ability to motivate and inspire students in the classroom and outside the classroom. This award is presented in the spring semester and applications can be found under the applications tab.
Ralph H. Woods Memorial Award
This award was established to honor and recognize a student or students who have made an outstanding contribution in service and leadership to Murray State University. This award is presented in the spring semester and applications can be found under the applications tab.
The Ms. Murray State University Scholarship Pageant is a beloved tradition that takes place each year in Lovett Auditorium during the spring semester. In truth, the Ms. MSU Pageant this is not just about pageantry, but it is about empowerment, self-esteem, self-confidence and so much more. The pageant serves to acknowledge the scholarly and influential students who grace Murray State’s campus each day. Campus Activities Board is very proud to host an event that draws attention to such outstanding contestants as each contestant strives to make a difference during their time as students at MSU. Once crowned, Ms. Murray State University will not only advance to represent MSU in the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, but will also receive a scholarship. The Ms. Murray State University Pageant Queen acts as a role model for all and is a spokesperson of Murray State University.
Racers in Action
A key component of the Student Government Association, is to provide a voice for student interest to the administration, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the Federal Government. Our "Racers In Action", is the group responsible for advocating to our elected officials on behalf of the MSU student body. Racers in Action began as a result of continued disinvestment by Kentucky in higher education, and has developed into our program to garner student participation in the political process.
In December of 2015, while anticipating the budget cuts to Kentucky higher education, Racers in Action was developed. President, Clint Combs, Government Relations Chair, Ellen Adkisson, and Senator At-Large, Christian Barnes, developed the model to which Racers in Action is known today. As a result, three advocacy days were planned to invite students to write letters, send emails, call, petition, and register to vote. In addition, plans are being made to develop a group of "student lobbyists", to help aid in the governmental relations of the Student Government Association.
Another mission of Racers in Action, is to promote student voter registration and civic engagement. During elections, Racers in Action will provide an "Election Connection" table with information of all the candidates running for office. Periodically, we will hold voter registration drives in the Curris Center. We strongly encourage MSU student's to switch their voter registration to Murray, KY, as school is in session during all elections.
If you are interested in becoming a part of Racers in Action contact the Center for Student Involvement!
Photo from our first "Racers in Action" Day
One of our most popular services provided to registered student organization, is our Student Life Improvement Fund. This is a onetime grant given to student organizations to help bring programming to campus. As programming is a main component of our Student Government Association, we realize we can't always reach every corner of our campus. The goal is to help fund programming that is more specific to student groups and student interests.
If you are interested in applying for a S.L.I.P. fund, you can find the application and a list of rules under our applications page.
Some examples of past funded programming include:
MSU Honors Student Council's "Racers Say"
African Student Association's "Miss MSU International Pageant"
Newman House Catholic Ministry's speaker "Lisa Cotter"
International Student Organization's "Global Dance Showcase"