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Mary Ford Holland posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate at Murray State University commencement

By Shawn Touney

Mary Ford Holland was posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate from Murray State University as part of the fall 2022 commencement ceremony on Dec. 10 at the CFSB Center. Holland received a Doctor of Education, with the degree accepted by Elnora Ford, Holland’s niece and longtime caretaker.

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Asia Burnett, new station manager for WKMS

Asia Burnett named WKMS Station Manager

By Shawn Touney

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and Academic Affairs at Murray State University (MSU), as well as MSU’s listener-supported public radio station, WKMS, is proud to announce Ms. Asia Burnett as the new WKMS Station Manager, effective January 1, 2023.

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Nonprofit Leadership Studies program receives accreditation

By Kyle Johnson

The Nonprofit Leadership Studies program at Murray State University has been independently accredited for the first time in the program’s history.

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Fall Commencement 2022

Murray State University celebrates commencement

By Shawn Touney

As part of its centennial year in 2022, Murray State University hosted commencement ceremonies for fall/winter 2022 graduates on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the CFSB Center.

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Admitted Student Kickoff event on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023

By Shawn Touney

Murray State University will host the Admitted Student Kickoff event on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

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Dr. Brian Clardy

History Professor elected Chair of the Kentucky Humanities Council Board of Director

By Alex Pologruto

Dr. Brian Clardy, associate professor of History at Murray State University, has been unanimously elected the next Chair of the Kentucky Humanities Council (KHC) Board of Directors. Clardy was first appointed to the KHC and the Kentucky Oral History Commission by Governor Andy Beshear in 2020. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the KHC Board to Judge Charles W. Boteler of Louisville, and chair of the Kentucky Oral History Commission.

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Dr. Jessica Evans (left) and Abby Hensley (right)

Kay R. Hays Staff Professional Development Fund to support Murray State University staff leadership and professional goals

By Alex Pologruto

The Kay R. Hays Staff Professional Development Fund was established by gifts to the Murray State University Foundation, Inc. (MSU Foundation) to support professional development for Murray State University staff

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Ashley Pizzolato

Student places in National Language Competition

By Carrie Jerrell

Ashley Pizzolato, a senior Japanese major and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) minor from Donaldson, Arkansas, recently won the Silver Award in the College Division II category of Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement (J.LIVE) Talk, a national Japanese language speech competition.

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Nonprofit Leadership Studies program presents Giving Back Endowment Grant to the Playhouse in the Park

By Kyle Johnson

The Murray State University Nonprofit Leadership Studies program has presented the 2022 Giving Back Endowment Grant Award to the Playhouse in the Park in recognition of its long-term success in youth development across the community. The funds will be utilized to support The Penguin Project.

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family of Dr. Jo Robertson

The Dr. Jo Robertson Scholarship to support MSU Early Childhood Education students

By Alex Pologruto

The Dr. Jo Robertson Early Childhood Education Scholarship was established as an endowment by gifts to the Murray State University Foundation, Inc. (MSU Foundation) from family and friends of Dr. Jo Robertson as a way to memorialize her loving spirit and to assist students at Murray State University in obtaining an education to prepare them for a career in the field of early childhood education.

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