Racer Young Alumni

Top 22 Under 40 -- Inaugural Class, 2019

The Murray State University Alumni Association Young Alumni Council announces the inaugural Top 22 Under 40 class. We are honoring the most influential, innovative and inspiring Murray State alumni under the age of 40, who have distinguished themselves among their peers and continue to make a significant impact on the world. Why 22? Because everyone does the 40 thing! And, we want to pay tribute to nearly a century of difference-making since Murray State's founding in 1922. The 22 finalists were featured on the Murray State Young Alumni and Murray State University Alumni and Friends social media channels throughout the month of December.  Rebecca Francis Ballard, '02, is the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.  Rebecca Ballard

 2020 Class of Top 22 Under 40

  • Rebecca Ballard, '02
  • Jonathan Burdon, '10
  • Forrest Carver, '09
  • Caroline Cash, '11
  • Elizabeth Cawein, '07
  • Taylor J. Clements, '11
  • Rebecca Lynn Cunningham, '14
  • Curtis Dame, '10 and '12
  • Samantha Erwin, '11
  • Jessica Evans, '13 and '15
  • Andy Gibson, '16
  • MarTeze Hammonds, '06 and '08
  • Eli Hooten, '09
  • Dana Howard, '05 and '09
  • Ashley Ireland, '05
  • Chad Lampe, '06 and '08
  • Stephanie Miller, '10 and '12
  • Walter Powell, '14
  • David Schmoll, '11
  • Ronald Sickles, Jr., '11
  • Garis Stroud, '16
  • Noah Zipko, '13

Nominations for 2021 are being accepted currently online.  For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-758-8510 or email msu.raceryoungalumni@ murraystate.edu. To be eligible for nomination alumni must meet the following criteria:

  • Be under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2020.
  • Be a current member of the Murray State University Alumni Association and Young Alumni 
  • Have earned an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree from Murray State University
  • Exhibit and embrace Murray State University's mission and core values
  • Demonstrate a lifelong commitment to alma mater
  • Have made a significant impact in their industry and community
  • Be willing to submit a headshot and other biographical information to be used for publicity purposes by Murray State University 

Young Alumni Council

 We hope to engage you in networking opportunities with other Murray State grads, connect you with Murray State recruiting efforts and mentorships with current Racers, get together for watch parties and tailgates and assist you in organizing and becoming a part of a local chapter near you, in addition to raising funds for scholarships and giving of our time and talents on behalf of our beloved alma mater.

Clint Combs ’16, ‘17
Young Alumni Council President


The Murray State University Young Alumni Council serves to support recent graduates with programs and communications that are uniquely tailored to your own needs by fostering relationships, facilitating networking activities and creating a fervent culture of giving among Murray State’s young alumni.


The Murray State University Young Alumni Council seeks to keep our young alumni connected and involved with all things Blue and Gold. Though your time as a student is over, it remains our vision to keep young alumni connected through alumni engagement, student recruitment, university development, and legislative advocacy.


The qualifications are simple! We ask that you are a graduate of the last decade and that you are under the age of 40, with a passion for all things Blue and Gold!

Join Now

In order to participate in Young Alumni you must first be a member of the Murray State University Alumni Association ($15 annually for new graduates of the current year/$40 annually for single membership/$60 annually for joint membership). Additional registration for Young Alumni will be $15 per year. Funds raised through registration for Young Alumni will exclusively support Young Alumni events, programming, scholarships and communications. Join Now!  If you are already a member of MSUAA and would like to join Young Alumni do so here.


The name of the organization shall be the Murray State University Young Alumni (YA). The governing body of the YA shall be the Murray State University Young Alumni Council (YAC). The Murray State Young Alumni shall be formed as an affinity council affiliated with the Murray State University Alumni Association. Read Bylaws