MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news and updates from the Town & Gown partnership at Murray State University.


Town & Gown hosts Millennials in the Workplace seminar

Town & Gown recently hosted 66 area professionals from 21 different businesses for the Millennials in the Workplace seminar sponsored by the City of Murray and Heritage Bank. Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks, president and CEO of Momentum Consulting, led the workshop and provided excellent insight about millennials to help dispel some common misconceptions about the generation.

Millennials are the largest and most diverse group in the workforce. According to Hendricks, “they aren’t entitled or lazy, but rather, they operate differently. This generation is a vibrant, active, intelligent and thriving generation.” Based on his research, there are a number of dynamics in play with millennials because they have grown up during the rise of social media and terrorism, which has forced them to deal with pressures and anxiety of a changing economy and changing landscape, while also having more opportunities to communicate with the world. The motivation that drives millennials in the workplace is unlike previous generations; millennials seek work that they consider rewarding — not just for themselves but for society as a whole. While the bottom line and technical skills are important, the betterment of communities and working for a worthy cause are main factors for them.

The workshop provided a platform for all generations to discuss the workplace as well as how to learn from one another and, more importantly, understand each other better. The Town & Gown partnership was excited to have several members of the millennial generation in attendance and participating in the conversation.

If you would like more information on millennials or would like to contact Carter Hendricks to speak to your business, please email Carol Brunn at or call 270-809-3023. Be sure to check out some highlights from the seminar in the video below.


Town & Gown member spotlight

Town & Gown would like to welcome our first non-profit partner: the Murray Art Guild.

The Murray Art Guild is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts enrichment. The Guild was established in 1967 when several like-minded community members established a place where artists could create art as well as exhibit and sell their work. Fifty years and several locations later, this goal is still key to their mission. They provide arts programming for local youth and adults in a range of mediums, host year-round exhibitions and house community studios and an Art Market. The Murray Art Guild welcomes participants of all ages and abilities.

Please support your newest Town & Gown partner by visiting the Art Market or viewing one of their many exhibits. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram to see some of the fantastic things that artists in our community are creating! For more information on the Murray Art Guild, please contact Debi Danielson, executive director, at 270-753-4059.


Doing great things for our community

It’s been a busy year for Town & Gown, and we have partnered with many organizations to bring some amazing opportunities to you! With the support of our partners, we have been able to continue to fulfill our mission by supporting and sponsoring many events in our community and at Murray State University.

Our Community Band and Choir provided two concerts this year with a third one scheduled for June 5 on the lawn of Lovett Auditorium. We supported our community through various sponsorships, including Towing for Toys, Community Night sponsored by the Murray Police Department and the Murray Half Marathon to benefit the Anna May Owen Residential Hospice House in addition to hosting an Open House for the new EDC spec building. We also continue to support cultural events at Murray State by hosting receptions for various exhibits and guest speakers that have brought a wealth of information and cultural opportunities to our community. Once again, we were a sponsor for the Hutson Harvest Gala, which spotlights not only our Hutson School of Agriculture but also the many farmers in our area that provided some of the fresh ingredients for this amazing fundraiser that benefited the Arboretum at Murray State — a community favorite! And, as always, we have provided some unique opportunities for our partners by hosting three Town & Gown breakfasts, the Millennials in the Workplace seminar and a special tailgate party to say thank you to our partners.

These are just a few of the examples of how your partnership with Town & Gown is working for our community and our University. We are always looking for new ways to invest, so if you have an opportunity that you’d like for us to consider, please email us at


Murray State opens new Career Closet

The Office of Career Services at Murray State University opened a Career Closet in late January to provide professional outfits for career fairs, interviews and internship opportunities for students who may not be able to afford such items on their own. So far, 90 students have utilized the Career Closet.

As successful professionals and great supporters of Murray State, we would like to offer your business the opportunity to donate any gently worn professional wear that you, employees, friends or family members may have. Items that are needed include suits, dress pants, sport coats and blazers, professional dresses, dress shirts and blouses, dress socks, shoes, conservative jewelry, ties, belts and briefcases or portfolios. Monetary donations are also accepted to allow Career Services to purchase any inventory that may be low, such as shoes. As the seasons change and closets are cleaned out, please consider donating these items to the Career Closet at Murray State.

And, as our inventory grows, clothing racks are also becoming a greater need. If your business has any clothing racks no longer being used, please consider donating those to the Career Closet.

Please contact Abby Hensley, director of development, at 270-809-3131 or for more information.


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