Hold Thy Banner High Campaign Closing Press Release
Murray State University shattered all previous fundraising efforts at the school by closing the Hold Thy Banner High: The Campaign for the Students of Murray State University with a stunning $71.73 million total.
Scholarship established in memory of Thomas McGurk, MSU student-athlete
A scholarship has been established at Murray State University in memory of the late Thomas McGurk, who was a freshman at Murray State at the time of his death. The 18-year-old student from Medina, Ohio, was attending school through a baseball scholarship when a traffic accident claimed his life in October 2010.
Wilder Endowment Fund Established for School of Nursing Faculty
The Wilder Endowment Fund for Excellence in Nursing was established for the purpose of assisting faculty and staff in the Murray State University nursing department. Created by Cols. (Ret.) William “Bill” Morris Wilder and Barbara Hughes Wilder, the fund is used for travel, internships, equipment, seminars and other needs as determined by the dean of the school of nursing and faculty representatives.
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America donates $12,250 to Richie McClerkin Memorial Agriculture Scholarship
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, along with its employees, recently gave the last installment of a gift totaling $12,250 to the Richie McClerkin Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, which was originally created by McClerkin, assists students pursuing a degree in agriculture at Murray State University.
Murray State University officially names its second College/School
Murray State University’s board of regents approved the naming of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at its quarterly meeting today. This naming honors a Distinguished Alumnus of the university and one of its most dedicated and generous supporters.
Hutson School of Agriculture dedicates new Garrett Center
The Bill and Merry Garrett Agricultural Education and Research Center was recently dedicated in recognition of the generosity and unwavering support of Bill and his late wife, Merry, to the university and the Hutson School of Agriculture.
Jesse D. Jones continues support of the university
Dr. Jesse D. Jones is at the forefront of giving to Murray State University once again. One of Murray State’s strongest supporters, Jones sees a need and goes about filling it. His most recent gift of $1 million is, at the same time, practical and innovative. He has pledged his support in completing the building that houses the Regional Business Innovation Center (RBIC).
Dr. Howell Clark Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Dedicated
The Dr. Howell Clark Analytical Chemistry Laboratory was dedicated on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 4 p.m. in Jesse D. Jones Hall on Murray State University’s campus. A large group including family, friends, colleagues, and former students of Dr. Clark were in attendance.
History Books Donated to Library in Memory of Dr. T. Wayne Beasley
University Libraries recently accepted a gift from Mrs. Catina Beasley Coleman (BA ’82) of Scotts Valley, Calif., of more than 100 history books from the personal collection of her father, the late Dr. T. Wayne Beasley. Coleman said she was interested in making the donation so that students at Murray State University could continue to benefit from her father’s legacy and love of history.
Major gift from Jack and Janice Rose for student scholarship at MSU
Dr. and Mrs. Jack and Janice Rose, presented a major gift to the Murray State University Foundation for the Jack and Janice Rose Scholarship Endowment. The couple established the scholarship in 1999 to be awarded annually to a Calloway County High School senior entering Murray State University in any field of study.
Nell Hall Vickrey Estate gift establishes Scholarship for Students at MSU
Murray State University is the recipient of a $500,000 estate gift to establish “The John C. and Nell Hall Vickrey Scholarship” in the MSU college of science, engineering and technology (CSET). Application for the scholarship is open to all students pursuing a major in CSET with preference given to mathematics majors or minors.
Strieter History Faculty Research Award Established
An award fund designed to aid faculty members in the Murray State University department of history pursue research and writing has been established by Dr. Terry Strieter and his wife, Sara Fineman Strieter. Named The Sara and Terry Strieter History Faculty Research Award, this initiative will have a significant impact on the ability of faculty members to accomplish scholarly pursuits.
Initial Fundraising Campaign Goal Surpassed Early
Murray State University’s comprehensive campaign roared past its original goal of $60 million in June with $61.4 million raised to date and 15 months to go in the program. The celebration for Hold Thy Banner High: The Campaign for the Students of Murray State University will be held during Homecoming 2012, but with still more to accomplish, university officials are stretching the goal to $70 million.
U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company donates $35,000 for student scholarships
According to a 2008 study by the United States Department of Agriculture, Kentucky is the number one state in the nation in Dark Fired Tobacco production and Calloway County is the number one county producer in Kentucky producing over eight million pounds of the crop each year. Additionally, Graves County is the number two county and other regional counties contribute significantly to the production of this crop.
Dr. Alumquist receives Outstanding Music Faculty Award
Dr. Bradley Almquist, Murray State University Director of Choral Activities, recently received the Dr. Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Music Faculty Award within the MSU Department of Music.
Planters Bank donates to Murray State University’s A.C.R.E.S. campaign
Planters Bank recently donated $6,000 to Murray State University’s Agriculture Campaign for Research and Education of Students (A.C.R.E.S.) in order to continue investing in the education and success of students at Murray State University.
COE Selects Dr. Mardis "Marty" Dunham as Award Recipient
The Murray State University College of Education is pleased to announce the 2011 recipient of the “Dr. Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Education Award” for service to Murray State University, its students, and the region.
MSU department of theatre receives estate gift
The Murray State University department of theatre recently received a major gift from alumnus Hal Riddle. Vice President Jim Carter and Associate Vice President Bob Jackson, executors of Riddle’s estate, presented Riddle’s bequest to David Balthrop, chair of the department of theatre. Riddle, a 1942 graduate from Fulton, Ky., resided in the Motion Picture Retirement Home in Woodland Hills, Calif., where he passed away from an extended illness in 2009 at the age of 91.
Local Alpha Tau Omega Chapter Alumni Endow New Scholarship
Three area Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) Fraternity alumni members have established a new scholarship initiative at Murray State University. Led by former Murray State University Board of Regent’s Chair Alan Stout, each made a $10,000 gift to the Murray State University Foundation that will create scholarships for current and future ATO Fraternity members.
First National Bank of Mayfield donates to A.C.R.E.S. campaign
FNB Bank, Inc. of Mayfield recently donated $6,000 to Murray State University’s Agriculture Campaign for Research and Education of Students (A.C.R.E.S.).
Award honoring a former MSU student helps Racers pay for private tutoring
The Kenneth E. Meiners Memorial SSLD Award, established by Lou and Marie Meiners of Naples, Fla., recently paid for the private tutoring fees of 11 MSU students who use the services provided by the Murray State SSLD (Services for Students with Learning Disabilities) office.
Jackson Purchase ACA donates funds to support A.C.R.E.S. Campaign
Jackson Purchase ACA recently donated $25,000 to the Agriculture Campaign for Research and Education of Students (A.C.R.E.S.), the single largest campaign in the MSU School of Agriculture’s history.
Agriculture at MSU named "Hutson School of Agriculture"
The school was named in recognition of the Hutson family’s support of and contributions to agriculture in western Kentucky and the surrounding region, and for the Hutsons’ substantial financial support of the university and, specifically, its school of agriculture.
Murray State school of agriculture receives $1,000,000 gift
One of the largest gifts in the school of agriculture’s history was announced today. Cindy Hutson, a 1990 graduate of Murray State University, generously donated a 160-acre farm to MSU for use as a research and laboratory facility for students and faculty. Hutson’s gift was made in memory of her late husband, Dan C. Hutson II.
MSU College of Education Receives Largest Gift in its History
A $1.3 million gift from the estate of Selman and Katherine Franzman, in honor of their daughter, Barbara Sue Franzman Beasley, will create two endowments that benefit students entering Murray State University’s College of Education in the fall of 2011. The gift is the largest received to date by Murray State University’s College of Education.
Morgan Family Makes Provision for Major Estate Gift for scholarships
As part of Hold Thy Banner High: The Campaign for the Students of Murray State University, Gary and Barbara Morgan’s establishment of an estate gift of $2 million to Murray State University is a chance for the Morgans to leave a legacy that will impact students of MSU.
Weems Scholarship Established for MSU CSET Students
Murray State University students in the college of science, engineering and technology will benefit greatly from the Thomas N. and Marjorie J. Weems Scholarship, recently established through a generous bequest gift in the amount of $320,598 from the late Dr. Thomas Weems and his late wife Marjorie, both of New Mexico.
Paul Reed Smith donates to WKMS
Paducah native, Paul Reed Smith’s interest in public radio and in honor of his education at St. Mary’s School System in Paducah, led him to donate a substantial gift to WKMS. His lifelong love of public radio and his strong belief in education caused him to pull those two loves together.
A Tribute to a friend of Murray State, Janice Weaver
With the death of Dr. Janice Farmer Weaver, retired dean of the college of education, Murray State University lost more than just a beloved former administrator; it lost one of the best friends it has ever known.
MSU receives major gift for new university farm
The school of agriculture at Murray State University will have a new addition in the near future thanks to a generous donation by alumnus Bill Garrett ’49 of Winter Haven, Fla. Garrett recently donated commercial property in Eufaula, Ala., that appraised for more than $670,000.
MSU Holds Dedication for David and Ashley Dill Distinguished Professorship
Murray State celebrated the new David and Ashley Dill Distinguished Professorship of Accounting this November, established by Alumnus David Dill. Dill is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of LifePoint Hosptials based out of Nashville. The reception and dinner at Pogue Library included Dill’s wife, Ashley, children, Evanne and Watson, and parents Mike and Marilyn Dill. MSU President, Dr. Randy Dunn thanked the couple for their commitment to MSU. Chair of Accounting, Dr. Don Chamberlain explained what the professorship meant to the department and announced that the search to fill the professorship position has already begun.
MSU Alumni Dr. Charles and Marlene Johnson donate a "Gift of Music" to MSU
On October 27, 2009 at 8pm, Murray State University honored Dr. Charles Johnson '56 and Mrs. Marlene Rann Johnson '57 for their generosity to the MSU Department of Music. The community was invited to the dedication and free concert.