Murray State Alumna Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton Honored at December Commencement

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, ’69 and ‘70, was recognized with an honorary doctorate at Commencement in December for her significant professional impact in higher education and outstanding service to Murray State University. “I’m very proud and honored to accept this honorary degree. Being a Murray State graduate is, to me, simply the best,” explained Thornton. […]

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Hart family continues to give back to Murray State University

The Hart family’s love affair with Murray State University began in 1922, when George S. Hart, a leader in the Calloway County community, donated a sum of money to establish the Murray Normal School. Today, ninety-four years later, the family continues to give back through a generous scholarship donation made by Samuel Collins, Hart’s great-nephew. […]

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College of Humanities and Fine Arts to honor alumnus W. Earl Brown as part of A Taste of the Arts event

Murray State University, in conjunction with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the office of development, will host the eighth annual A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction event on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center. A night of fine art paired with fine dining, […]

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Family legacy, support for Murray State University continues at Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course

A family with close to 40 years of support for Murray State University was recently recognized on September 14 for their continuous generosity. University officials and special guests attended a gift celebration at Frances E. Miller Memorial Golf Course to recognize a $1.15 million gift from the L.D. Miller Jr. trust. The gift will establish […]

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Hollis C. Franklin Hall opens at Murray State University

The official ribbon cutting ceremony may have taken place on Sept. 8, but the grandeur of Hollis C. Franklin Hall is already well known across the Murray State University campus. “I love H.C. Franklin because it’s big and full of potential,” said Bailey Bohannan, a Murray State student and resident of H.C. Franklin. Currently housing […]

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation matches gift to the Giving Back Endowment

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has matched the gifts of Dr. Robert and Patricia Long to the Murray State University Foundation for the Giving Back Endowment in the College of Education and Human Services. The Longs recently completed their $50,000 pledge to the fund, which was maximized by a $100,000 match from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation […]

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Foley family establishes Funds for Excellence at Murray State University

Murray State University retired professor, Dr. Sally DuFord-Foley, and her husband, retired Calloway County Middle School teacher, David Foley, recently made generous initial donations of $5,000 each to establish Funds of Excellence at Murray State University.  The Dr. Sally DuFord-Foley Renewable Fund for Excellence was created as a resource for full-time graduate students with a […]

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Judge Jimmy Don Robinson Donates 534-Acre Farm to the Murray State University Foundation

Long-time District Judge, attorney and farmer, Jimmy Don Robinson, donated his 534-acre farm and two homes in Ballard County, known as Eagle Rest Plantation, to the Murray State University Foundation, Inc. to benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture, students, faculty, staff, and regional and state agricultural initiatives. The farm is donated in honor and memory […]

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Murray State University Names Tina Bernot Executive Director of Development

Murray State University has named Tina Bernot the new executive director of development. Bernot, hired after a national search, will lead the University’s Office of Development which facilitates all aspects of corporate, foundation and individual major and annual giving on behalf of the University. “Tina’s proven experience securing private funds for key initiatives will provide […]

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​Artist and Murray State University alumnus Don Kennedy gifts paintings to locations across campus

College of Education and Human Services alumnus Don Kennedy donated paintings to specific campus locations via a unique selection process in Waterfield Library on May 3. Kennedy, who has received more than 100 awards for his paintings, has been a generous donor of his artwork to Murray State University for years. “This past Tuesday, we […]

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