Meet the Staff

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Shawn Smee
Director 
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
ssmee@murraystate.edu
270.809.2853
about Shawn

Hometown: Jackson, MO

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’98, Bachelors in Advertising
’01 Masters in Organizational Communication and Leadership
’17 Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Studies

My favorite thing about Murray State:
The culture of the campus community and the people that work here.

My favorite place on campus:
Wow, if I only could choose one, I would choose the Quad. I love just walking around that side of campus.

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Attend an athletic event or stop in at one of the many local eateries!

Advice for future Racers:
Come visit campus so you can get a glimpse of all the great things taking place on campus. From the new facilities to outstanding academic programs to a vibrant student life--there is something here for you. I would love to take some time and introduce you to the "finest place we know"

 
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Kendrick Quisenberry
Senior Associate Director
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
kquisenberry2@murraystate.edu
502.345.6443
about Kendrick

Hometown:
Louisville, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’09, Bachelors in Electronic Media
Murray State University – ’11, Masters in College Student Personnel

My favorite thing about Murray State:
The family atmosphere that’s found on campus. That and the ice cream in the dining hall!

My favorite place on campus:
The Wellness Center. It’s a great place to meet other students while getting into shape.

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Play the amazing golf courses in the area.

Advice for future Racers:
Be active and get involved. There are so many chances to try new things and meet new people. Take advantage of them!

 
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Beth Acreman
Associate Director
New Student Programs
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
msu.newstudentprograms@murraystate.edu
270.809.3316
about Beth

Hometown:
Yateley, England

Degree(s) Earned:
Barton College, NC – ’00, Bachelors in Physical Education K-12 Teaching
Middle Tennessee State University, TN – ’02, Masters in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Safety
Murray State University Anticipated – ’20, Ed.D. in P-20 and Community Leadership

My favorite thing about Murray State:
Family atmosphere

My favorite place on campus:
Murray State Arboretum at Pullen Farm

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Watching my son and his teammates play soccer at Bee Creek Soccer Fields

Advice for future Racers:
Understand that everyone is here to help you....just reach out!

 
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Jennifer Young
Assistant Director 
Indianapolis Indiana & Eastern Kentucky
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
jyoung1@murraystate.edu
270.809.3036
about Jennifer

Hometown:
Onton, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’87, Bachelors in Journalism

My favorite thing about Murray State:
How friendly and helpful everyone is – feels like HOME!

My favorite place on campus:
CFSB Center – Racer Basketball

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Walk the Arboretum with my puppy dogs

Advice for future Racers:
Don’t go home every weekend! Learn good time management skills.

 
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Trent Fenwick
Assistant Director/Regional Admission Counselor
Missouri (excluding the Bootheel)
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
jfenwick@murraystate.edu
about Trent

Hometown:
Lebanon, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University - ’16, Bachelors in Social Work
Murray State University – ’19, Masters in Human Development and Leadership

My favorite thing about Murray State:
Murray State has the unique ability to feel like home and feel new at the same time for students. You receive the support and encouragement only family can provide along with the challenges you need to transform your life.

My favorite place on campus:
The Science Complex at sunset

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
You can find me throwing a round of disc golf at Central Park or having dinner at Don Sol!

Advice for future Racers:
Be open to change and your personal growth. Life is not always linear. Some of my most meaningful experiences were unexpected and the result of trying something I would have never thought possible.

 
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Ivy Anderson
Lead Admission Counselor/
Asst. Coord. of Multicultural Recruitment
Tennessee, Alabama & Mississippi
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
ianderson@murraystate.edu
270.809.7037
about Ivy

Hometown:
Memphis, TN

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’16, Bachelors in Nursing
Murray State University – ’20, Masters of Human Development and Leadership

My favorite thing about Murray State:
I found a family here.

My favorite place on campus:
Either the quad or CFSB Center. Some of my favorite memories were made in those places!

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Go to the lake with friends!

Advice for future Racers:
NEVER be afraid to ask questions and put yourself out there! We were voted “Friendliest Town in America” for a reason. There’s always someone available to help you and show you the ropes!

 
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Julie Boyken
Admission Counselor/
Asst. Coord. of New Student Programs
Missouri Bootheel & Arkansas
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
jboyken@murraystate.edu
270.809.5209
about Julie

Hometown:
Murray, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’16, Bachelors in Organizational Communication and Leadership
Missouri State University – ’18, Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education

My favorite thing about Murray State:
The friendliness of students, faculty, and staff on campus

My favorite place on campus:
Curris Center!

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
I enjoy shopping at the boutiques in Murray and exploring LBL.

Advice for future Racers:
Don’t just sit in your residential college room or just go to class. Get involved in some organization whether that be an academic club, intramural sports, social club, or in your residential college. You’ll meet so many amazing people that you’ll be friends with for years to come. And as Michael Scott said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. - Wayne Gretzky.” So take your shot and get to know yourself better while making friends.

 
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Hannah Huckeby
Admission Counselor
Louisville Kentucky Area
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
hhuckeby@murraystate.edu
270.809.3317
about Hannah

Hometown:
Louisville, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’19, Bachelors in Economics

My favorite thing about Murray State:
The community that surrounds Murray State is unlike anything I had felt before. Everyone welcomes you with open arms and is so willing to help you in any way they can. The people I met during my first semester made my transition so much easier than I expected, and they stuck with me throughout the rest of my journey!

My favorite place on campus:
Waterfield Library

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
I love to go to local restaurants and boutiques with my friends!

Advice for future Racers:
Get involved inside and outside of the classroom, and challenge yourself to learn and grow from every experience. The next four years have the potential to be some of the most formative years of your life so embrace it and enjoy every moment because it will fly by!

 
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Mindy Wagner
Admission Counselor
Western Kentucky
102 Curris Center
Murray KY  42071
mwagner1@murraystate.edu
270.809.3860
about Mindy

Hometown: Vincennes, IN

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’93, Bachelors in Family & Consumer Sciences

My favorite thing about Murray State:
CFSB – this is where the community and the university come together to support the Racers!

My favorite place on campus:
The Curris Center

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Walk “The Loop” with family or friends

Advice for future Racers:
Take in every moment! Get involved because the experience is where you will have fun and make your memories.

 
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John Halcomb
Admission Counselor
Illinois
102 Curris Center
Murray KY  42071
Email Address
270.809.3566
about John

Hometown: Bowling Green, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Southeastern Illinois College – ’17, Associates in Art & Associates in Science
Murray State University – ’19, Bachelor of Science in Business

My favorite thing about Murray State:
The close-knit community, and how welcoming everyone is, not only on campus, but in town as well.

My favorite place on campus:
The Curris Center

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Go out to the lake and enjoy the outdoors with friends.

Advice for future Racers:
Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it, the faculty and staff is more than willing to help when needed!

 
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Trey Book
Admission Counselor
Indiana & Central Kentucky
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
jbook@murraystate.edu
270.809.5203
about Trey

Hometown:
Henderson, IN

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University - ’20, Bachelors of Science in Marketing

My favorite thing about Murray State:
Homecoming.

My favorite place on campus:
Curris Center

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Go to Don Sol or Mister B's with friends.

Advice for future Racers:
Get involved and find your people!

 
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Cheryl Hicks
Office Coordinator
102 Curris Center
Murray KY  42071
chicks@murraystate.edu
270.809.2999
about Cheryl

Hometown:
Murray, KY

My favorite thing about Murray State:
We have a beautiful campus!

My favorite place on campus:
Curris Center… More specifically, Starbucks!

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
We love camping and riding off road vehicles at LBL!

Advice for future Racers:
Make real friends! It may be hard for you to make friends starting out, but real friends are worth the effort. The friends you make now will be in all of your college stories when you are an adult.

 
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Adrian Benton
Communications Specialist
102 Curris Center
Murray, KY 42071
Send an email
270.809.3006
about Adrian

Hometown: Savannah, TN

Degree(s) Earned: Murray State University – ’04, Bachelor in Criminal Justice,
Murray State University – ’12, Masters in Organizational Communication and Leaderships
Murray State University – ’18, Masters in, Human Development and Leadership

My favorite thing about Murray State: The feeling of home that is established here by the faculty, staff and the students.

My favorite place on campus: Pogue Library

My favorite thing to do off-campus: Watch movies at Cheri Theatre or hang out with my friends and get Dairy Queen when it’s open.

Advice for future Racers: Come into college with an open mind, ready for new adventures and ready to do things outside of your comfort zone.

 
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Angela Richerson
Campus Visit Coordinator
102 Curris Center
Murray KY  42071
Send an email
270.809.3002 
about Angela

Hometown:
Murray, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’88, Bachelors in Business/Fashion Merchandising

My favorite thing about Murray State:
The friendly students, faculty and staff. The campus is beautiful, also!

My favorite place on campus:
The soccer field and the Curris Center

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Go to the lake to fish, boat, and kayak and spend time with family and friends. I also love eating at our locally-owned restaurants!

Advice for future Racers: Get involved, and participate in everything "Racer Life" has to offer you.

 
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Leigh Knight
Accounts Specialist
102 Curris Center
Murray KY  42071
lknight@murraystate.edu
270.809.5200
about Leigh

Hometown:
Murray, KY

My favorite thing about Murray State:
Welcoming atmosphere

My favorite place on campus:
Pogue Library

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Boating in LBL

Advice for future Racers:
Make the most of your time here!

 
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Brandi Jackson Stiff
Legacy Liaison
102 Curris Center
Murray KY 42071
bstiff@murraystate.edu
270.809.3495
about Brandy

Hometown:
Sedalia, KY

Degree(s) Earned:
Murray State University – ’95, Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Criminal Justice

My favorite thing about Murray State:
It has to be the community. I’ve lived all over the world, Iceland, Hawaii and Washington D.C. I left Murray in 1995 and came back because of the people.

My favorite place on campus:
It has to be the quad. There are so many memories. I love to walk through now for my own memories and to watch others making their own.

My favorite thing to do off-campus:
Athletic events, local eateries and lake life top the list. I’m never bored!

Advice for future Racers:
Take advantage of every moment. Those four years blow by in the blink of an eye.