Racer Restart Initiative

We are forward-moving. We are family. We are Racers.

Through the Racer Restart initiative and planning process, Murray State University will follow a collaborative, thoughtful and proactive approach in re-opening campus.

Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson has established a Fall 2020 Racer Restart committee along with subcommittees to address specific areas of the University.

Committee Co-Chairs and Senior Administration Leadership

  • Dr. Bob Jackson, President
  • Jackie Dudley, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
  • Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Dr. Tim Todd, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Jordan Smith, Director of Governmental and Institutional Relations

Subcommittees

Academic Affairs and Faculty Support

Dr. Tim Todd, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs - Chair

  • Mr. David Balthrop, Dean of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Dr. Brian Bourke, Associate Professor in the College of Education & Human Services
  • Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture
  • Dr. Dina Byers, Interim Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Professionals
  • Mrs. Wendy Cain, Director of Student Financial Services
  • Dr. Kathy Callahan, Professor in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Dr. David Eaton, Interim Dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business 
  • Dr. Renee Fister, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Strategic Planning
  • Dr. Claire Fuller, Dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Ms. Shelia Haley, Executive Assistant of Academic Affairs 
  • Dr. Bob Hughes, Murray State Chief Medical Officer
  • Ms. Ashley Ireland, Dean of Libraries 
  • Dr. Heath Keller, Associate Professor in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
  • Mr. Dan Lavit, Executive Director of the Center for Adult & Regional Education 
  • Ms. Molly Logsdon, Student Government Association Representative
  • Mr. David Looney, Executive Director of Auxillary Services
  • Mr. Mickey Miller, Instructor in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
  • Mrs. Susan Miller, Assistant Director of Facilities Management
  • Dr. Bob Pervine, Associate Provost 
  • Dr. David Roach, Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Ms. Tracy Roberts, Registrar
  • Mr. Brian Verkamp, Chief Information Officer of Information Systems
  • Dr. David Whaley, Dean of the College of Education & Human Services 
  • Mrs. Peggy Whaley, Director of Student Engagement & Success
  • Dr. Robin Zhang, Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology 

Administrative Operations and Staff Support

Ms. Jackie Dudley, Vice President of Finance & Administrative Services – Chair 

  • Mr. Kenneth Ashlock, Director of Student Disability Services
  • Mrs. Cami Duffy, Executive Director of IDEA/Title IX Coordinator
  • Mr. Duane Dycus, Senior Security Analyst
  • Ms. Joyce Gordon, Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Orville Herndon, Publications System Manager
  • Mr. Jamie Herring, Chief of Police
  • Mrs. Courtney Hixon, Associate Director of Human Resources
  • Mr. Bill Lawrence, Assistant Director of the Breathitt Veterinary Center
  • Mrs. Heather Roy, Director of the MSU Madisonville Regional Campus
  • Mr. Jordan Smith, Director of Government & Institutional Relations
  • Mr. Brantly Travis, Director of Business & Student Information System
  • Mrs. Beth Ward, Director of Procurement Services
  • Mr. Jason Youngblood, Director of Facilities Management

Athletics

Mr. Kevin Saal, Director of Athletics – Chair 

  • Mr. Scott Barnhart, Associate Athletic Director 
  • Dr. Richard Blalock Jr., Team Physician
  • Dr. Richard Blalock Sr., Team Physician
  • Mr. Michael Bliss, Marketing Intern
  • Mrs. Susan Darnell, Assistant Athletic Director of Ticket Operations
  • Mr. Eric Frederick, Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine
  • Ms. Natalie Garfield, Budget Coordinator
  • Mr. Parker Griffith, Media Relations Assistant
  • Mr. Fulton Hart, Head Athletic Trainer
  • Ms. Charde Hudspeth, Academic Advisor & Student Services Coordinator
  • Mr. AJ Januchowski, Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Mr. Greg Jocelyn, Assistant Athletic Trainer
  • Mr. Matt Kelly, Senior Associate Athletic Director
  • Mr. Scott Kopacz, Director of Multi-media & Production
  • Mr. Brandon Leblanc, Football Operations Coordinator
  • Mr. Jamie Miller, Building & Equipment Maintenance Supervisor
  • Mr. Taylor Mudd, Development Officer for Racer Athletics
  • Mr. Justin Parks, General Manager 
  • Mr. Connor Richey, Coordinator of Sales & Fulfillment 
  • Mr. Brock Rydecki, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities & Game Management
  • Mrs. Lori Shephard, Administrative Assistant
  • Ms. Meagan Short, Assistant Athletic Director of Academics
  • Mr. Brantly Travis, Director of Business & Student Information Solutions
  • Ms. Meaghan Wetzel, SSC Custodial & Grounds Contractor
  • Mr. Dave Winder, Associate Athletic Director of Media Relations
  • Mrs. Amy Wyatt, Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing

Development, Alumni & Branding, Marketing & Communication

Mrs. Tina Bernot, Executive Director of Development - Co-Chair

Mrs. Carrie McGinnis, Director of Alumni Relations - Co-Chair

Mr. Shawn Touney, Executive Director of Branding, Marketing & Communication - Co-Chair

  • Mrs. Charley Allen-Dunn, Web & Digital Ad Manager for Branding, Marketing & Communication
  • Ms. Raquel Armstrong, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Development
  • Mrs. Carol Brunn, Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Development
  • Mrs. Laura Castleberry, Assistant Director for IS Services Management  
  • Mrs. Jen Cline, Associate Director for Branding, Marketing & Communication
  • Mrs. Nicole Hand-Bryant, Assistant Dean in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Mr. Taylor Mudd, Development Officer for Racer Athletics
  • Mrs. Rachel Stewart, Database Administrator for University Information Systems
  • Mrs. Natalie Thurmond, Assistant Director of the Center for Adult & Regional Education
  • Mrs. Joyce Whitney, University Advancement Executive Assistant
  • Mrs. Misty Williams, Manager of Research & Records for the Office of Development
  • Dr. Lucia Unrau-Terry, Professor & Chair in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Enrollment Management

Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President of Student Affairs - Chair 

  • Mr. Jonathan Barrett, Senior Systems Analyst
  • Ms. Christian Cruce, Associate Director of Student Financial Services
  • Dr. Renee Fister, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Strategic Planning
  • Mr. Matt Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment & Retention
  • Mr. Tyson Manering, Director of International Recruitment
  • Dr. Kemaly Parr, Assistant Professor in the College of Education & Human Services
  • Dr. Dan Lavit, Executive Director of the Center for Adult & Regional Education
  • Ms. Tracy Roberts, Registrar
  • Mrs. Maria Rosa, Director of Undergraduate Admissions/Transfer Center
  • Mr. Shawn Smee, Director of Recruitment
  • Ms. Jennifer Smith, Coordinator of Student Engagement & Success
  • Ms. Roslyn White, Senior Associate Director of Recruitment
  • Ms. Dereka Jones, Minority Graduate Fellow
  • Ms. Sara Ann Bazzell, Summer Orientation Counselor/Student Ambassador

Facilities Management

Mr. Jason Youngblood, Director of Facilities Management – Chair 

  • Ms. Renita Avery, Director of Student Life/Curris Center 
  • Mrs. Jennifer Frazier, Director of the MSU Paducah Regional Campus
  • Mr. Rick Grogan, Associate Director of Grounds & Custodial Services 
  • Mrs. Angela Lampe, Associate Director of Facilities Design & Construction 
  • Mr. Chris Lavery, Department Chair in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts 
  • Dr. Maeve McCarthy, Interim Assistant Dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology 
  • Mr. Dave McKenna, Director of Systems Administration 
  • Mr. Scott McKnight, SSC Director of Operations 
  • Mr. Jamie Miller, Superintendent of Building & Equipment Maintenance 
  • Dr. Susan Miller, Assistant Director for Environmental Safety & Health 
  • Dr. Debbie Reed, Director of the MSU Breathitt Veterinary Center 
  • Mrs. Jennifer Thorn, Procurement Contract Specialist 
  • Mrs. Michelle Verkamp, Interim Business Manager of Facilities Management 
  • Mr. Garrett Wheatley, Associate Director of Tech Support Services 

Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Operations

Mr. David Looney, Executive Director for Auxiliary Services - Chair

  • Ms. Emily Asher, Data & Communications Manager
  • Ms. Re’Nita Avery, Director of Student Life/Curris Center
  • Julie Boyd, Instructor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Dr. Traci Byrd, Assistant Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Mr. Rick Grogan, Associate Director of Grounds & Custodial Services  
  • Mr. Jim Halcombe, General Manager of Racer Dining
  • Mrs. Karol Hardison, Director of the University Bookstore
  • Ms. Dawn Jones, Senior Systems Analyst
  • Mr. Scott McKnight, SSC Director of Operations
  • Dr. Chris Trzepacz, Assistant Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology/Residential College Head
  • Dr. David Wilbanks, Professor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Dr. David Wilson, Director of Housing 

Student Affairs/Campus Life

Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President of Student Affairs - Chair

  • Mr. Ken Ashlock, Director of Student Disability Service
  • Ms. Re’Nita Avery, Director of Student Life & the Curris Center
  • Ms. Emily Bell, Residential College Association Student Representative 
  • Ms. Martha Briones-Coronado, Diversity Initiatives Student Representative
  • Mrs. Jen Caldwell, Coordinator of Student Conduct & Special Projects
  • Dr. Slone Cansler, Director of the MSU Hopkinsville Regional Campus
  • Dr. S. G. Carthell, Executive Director of Multicultural Initiatives
  • Ms. Melissa Cooper, Director of Student Support Services & TRiO Programs
  • Mr. Kenny Fister, Senior Instructor in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology/Chair of the Residential College Heads
  • Mr. Jeff Gentry, Deputy Police Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator 
  • Dr. Bob Hughes, Murray State Chief Medical Officer
  • Mrs. Angela Lampe, Associate Director of Facility Design
  • Dr. Priscilla Maghrabi, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing & Health Professionals 
  • Mr. Brent Menchinger, Department Chair in the College of Humanities & Fine Arts
  • Mr. Warren Norman, SGA Student Representative
  • Dr. Shea Porr, Associate Professor in the Hutson School of Agriculture
  • Mr. Matt Purdy, Director of Career Services
  • Mr. Travis Rawe, Director of Wellness Center & Campus Recreation
  • Dr. Angie Trzepacz, Director of the University Counseling Services
  • Mrs. Peggy Whaley, Director of Student Engagement & Success
  • Dr. Guangming Zou, Assistant Vice President for International Studies

Current Campus Update

May 18, 2020 

Dear Campus Community:

First, I want to thank everyone who is assisting with our Racer Restart plans...we appreciate your help, support and guidance since this effort will take everyone working together in order to accomplish the necessary objectives.  We have a major undertaking ahead of us during the next several weeks and I am grateful for everyone's hard work and dedication as we move forward.

As you know, we are beginning the process of reopening parts of our Commonwealth as directed by Governor Andy Beshear.  Also, this week, we will send our abbreviated Racer Restart Plan to the Council on Postsecondary Education for Governor Beshear's review.

We will begin Phase I of our restart process on June 1, 2020, as we prepare to restart campus for our Fall Semester.  This will be a very gradual process during the next several weeks.  This does not mean everyone is returning to campus on June 1, 2020.  What it does mean is that we will begin the slow and intentional process of restarting our campus in preparation for the Fall 2020 Semester with several changes and tweaks to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and the greater community.  In short, Phase I is primarily a period of planning and preparation, with a few employees returning to campus, as needed.  Your immediate supervisor, with your Vice President/President's Office approval, will direct the process of your return to campus as it relates to the needs of your office/department/college or school.  

In addition, many of you will continue to work remotely through the summer and, most likely, into the fall.  We will be very thoughtful in this Racer Restart process as we gradually return to a new normal environment through July 31, 2020, and beyond.  We have three phases for the restart of operations:  June 1 (planning and preparation), July 6 (implementation) and August 1 (new normal).  We will keep you updated regarding what these phases may mean for your work schedule.

Per the Governor's guidelines, for those working on campus, we will practice social distancing, wear masks and ensure adherence to other health and safety guidelines, including our Racer Restart Plan.  We will supply masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, among other items, for everyone returning to work on campus.  We will continue to have meetings remotely using ZOOM or another tool.  Again, campus is closed to the general public through July 31 and, at this time, there will be no approved University travel and little/no overtime during this period.  Also, we will only hire needed student and temporary workers through July 31 and as approved by your Vice President/President's Office.  

Initially, I anticipate very few people coming back to campus during the first couple of weeks of June – but, there will be some.  In late June and early July, we will ask a few more staff members to return.  By the end of July, in accordance with guidance from the Governor, we will have others return to campus as we prepare for the Fall 2020 Semester.  Again, many individuals will continue to work remotely as directed by your supervisor, with Vice President/President's Office approval.

There are three groups of individuals to be considered as we go through this process:

  1. On-campus.  Those who cannot work remotely, and many are on campus working safely now, who must be on-site in order to perform their job duties.  Your supervisor, with approval from your Vice President/President’s Office, will determine this process.
  2. Remote Work.  Those who can effectively work remotely, as approved by your supervisor and Vice President/President's Office.
  3. High-Risk.  This group of individuals have underlying health conditions, among other issues, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Please see guidance here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html.

Finally, again, it is important to note the following:

  1. If you are sick, or have a temperature, do not come to work if scheduled, and call MSU Health Services at 270-809-3809 or 270-759-9200.
  2. Employees who are currently working remotely will continue to do so until you are contacted to return by your supervisor.

Finally, during the coming days, we will continue to work through our plans for Phase I and beyond, getting campus ready for all required changes, determining details for our restart, working on plans for our Fall 2020 academic calendar and, importantly, to ensure that we continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone.  

We will continue to keep you posted regarding any future changes and additional information.  This process is very fluid and dates and details may change.

Thanks again, Bob

Past campus updates

April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 

We have been reviewing Fall 2020 restart plans for the past few weeks.  Today, I am appointing a Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee which will be co-chaired by our three Vice Presidents:  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Todd, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services Jackie Dudley and Vice President for Student Affairs Don Robertson. Jordan Smith, Director of Governmental and Institutional Relations, will serve this Committee and the associated Subcommittees as the senior administrator who will assist in the coordination and draft the comprehensive restart plan for this summer and fall, including a phased approach for the campus reopening over the summer months.  The Subcommittees will work collaboratively, under the guidance of the three co-chairs.  Subcommittee memberships will be announced during the next few days.

We are working toward a traditional Fall Semester while making necessary adjustments for a new normal.  We will finalize a broad set of imperatives – guiding principles – very soon in order to assist our work. 

There will be seven Subcommittees and members will be appointed by the co-chairs to address specific areas of the University and will operate utilizing a shared-governance approach. 

  1. Academic Affairs and Faculty Support – Provost and Vice President Tim Todd, Chair
  2. Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Campus Life – Vice President Don Robertson, Chair
  3. Administrative Operations and Staff Support – Vice President Jackie Dudley, Chair
  4. Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations – Executive Director of Auxiliary Services David Looney, Chair
  5. Facilities Management – Director of Facilities Management Jason Youngblood, Chair
  6. Athletics – Director of Athletics Kevin Saal, Chair
  7. Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication – Executive Director of Marketing and Communication Shawn Touney, Executive Director of Development Tina Bernot and Director of Alumni Relations Carrie McGinnis, Co-chairs

Importantly, we will begin the process of our fall 2020 restart immediately taking into consideration the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and broader community with every decision – this will be our primary guiding principle.

At this time, my preliminary thoughts related to our restart, coupled with guidance from state and federal authorities, include a phased process beginning June 1, 2020, and continuing through the beginning of the Fall Semester.  While none of us know exactly what fall 2020 will look like at this time, we will make certain we are prepared for all potential options.

Dr. Bob Jackson
President

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all Summer 2020 classes online?

All Summer 2020 courses, with the exception of clinicals, co-ops, directed studies, internships, practicums and theses have been moved to an online format. There are more than 300 online courses from which students can choose from and register at murraystate.edu/summer.

Will there be a normal fall semester?

Murray State is working toward a traditional fall semester while making necessary adjustments for a new normal. A Fall 2020 Racer Restart Committee and subcommittees comprised of various areas across campus has been established, covering the following areas:

  • Academic Affairs and Faculty Support
  • Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Campus Life
  • Administrative Operations and Support Staff
  • Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Operations
  • Facilities Management
  • Athletics
  • Development, Alumni and Branding, Marketing and Communication

As these committees meet, the primary guiding principle will be the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the broader community.

Are campus events cancelled this summer?

All campus and student events and activities, as well as camps are postponed or canceled through July 31, 2020. Any previously scheduled events have been postponed, canceled or will be conducted virtually.

Are campus visits and tours for prospective students and family members currently available?

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, along with the broader community, is paramount to us. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, on-campus visits have been postponed. However, virtual campus visits are available. Schedule your virtual campus visit

Are campus buildings open?

Campus is closed to the general public through July 31. Buildings should remain locked and accessed by employees with building keys. If special access needs exist, please work with the building coordinators in each building. This includes our regional campus sites in Fort Campbell, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

Details will be forthcoming as part of the Racer Restart initiative for a phased-in re-opening of campus this summer.

How can I contact Murray State University Health Services?

Murray State University Health Services is located on the first floor of Wells Hall, facing the quad. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. (closed for lunch from 1-2 p.m.) and from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Individuals can reach a physician at 270.809.3809. Individuals can also call after hours to reach a physician. After hours, call Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 and ask for Dr. Robert Hughes, our Chief Medical Officer.

Members of the campus community may also contact Primary Care Medical Center of Murray at 270.759.9200.

Aside from on-campus health resources offered through Murray State University Health Services, are there other virtual-based options?

Yes – Murray State University Health Services, through their partnership with Primary Care Medical Center, offers virtual visits through the below steps:

  • Contact Primary Care Medical Center at 270.759.9200 to schedule your virtual visit.
  • Make sure you have updated your insurance, mobile phone number and e-mail address with Primary Care Medical Center. If you are a new patient, you will be asked a series of questions to set up your profile prior to your telemedicine visit.
  • Once you have scheduled your virtual visit, you will receive a text message or e-mail from your provider instructing you to click a link and register.
  • You will be redirected to Doxy.me to register. Doxy.me supports Safari or Google Chrome.
  • Make sure your camera and microphone turned on “allow” in your privacy settings if you are using a mobile device. On a desktop, go to Settings—Safari—Camera (allow)-----Microphone (allow).
  • Once on Doxy.me, enter your name and ‘check in’.
  • You will be directed to your provider’s virtual waiting room.
  • You will be alerted once connected with your provider for your virtual visit.

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