MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information with recent news, notes and accomplishments at Murray State University.

Murray State University won this year’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Dardanelle in Texas with a haul of 47.92 pounds weighed in on the final day. The Murray State team consists of Mike Lowry, Hunter Mills, Hunter McKinley and Brian Koch.


Murray State School of Nursing alumna Rita Ann Fleming, RN, MD (‘74) has sold all 2,500 first-edition books of her hardback collection of funny poems, titled “Does Grandma Have a Mustache?,” written for wise and witty grandparents to share with grandchildren. Fleming wrote many of the verses while waiting for the 7,000 or so babies she has delivered as an obstetrician. She credits a successful career in healthcare to the excellent education she received at Murray State, and she has included the University in her estate planning.


The Murray State Wildlife Society recently finished seventh overall in the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave, including a second-place finish in the quiz bowl. Lee Neighbors won third place in a wildlife art contest, and Melanie Torres won first place in the miscellaneous calling contest. Team members included Jacob Pease, Jason Matthews (captain), Melanie Torres, Nathan Tillotson, and Elizabeth Donaldson.


WAVE and Living Waters for the World (LWW) will host a skip, stroll or roll fundraiser in Murray on Saturday, April 22beginning at 10 a.m. outside of the Carr Health Building on the Murray State University campus. Entry fee is $25 cash, check, money order or pledges, and each participant receives a WAVE t-shirt and drawings for dinner and movies for two.

WAVE is a campus/community organization bonding with LWW to help purify water globally. To date, LWW has installed more than 800 water purification systems in 25 different countries.

The Murray State/Murray organization has chosen to adopt the country of Guatemala and has already raised $7,000, enough for two purification systems serving 10,000 people.

For more information, please contact Dr. Roger Weis at 270-809-3808 or


Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke has received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc., during their 2017 Annual Conference on March 4, 2017 in New Orleans, La. The association, which began over 20 years ago and comprises social work educators from institutions across the country, created the award in 2005 to identify top educators of undergraduate social work education. Renowned for her expertise in the field and teaching distinction, Dr. Pittman-Munke was awarded for her dedication to and promotion of excellence in baccalaureate social work education.

Currently, Dr. Pittman-Munke serves as the program director for the social work program and is an associate professor. Committed to social work, diverse issues and service, she also serves on Murray State’s President’s Commission for Diversity and Inclusion, City of Murray Human Rights Commission, OMA Multicultural Retention Advisory Committee and the Gentry House Board of Directors.

Dr. Pittman-Munke has worked for over 30 years in higher education. She has served as a social work education consultant and continues to be an advocate for the empowerment of underserved children and families.