MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of June 18–22.


Wrather West Kentucky Museum at Murray State will be closed July 1 through Aug. 15 as preparations begin for an upcoming exhibit this fall. The museum currently features several exhibits for the public to enjoy, including the Hal Riddle Hollywood Memorabilia Room and Reflections of Murray State University.

Those interested in reserving Wrather Auditorium for a special event during this time can call 270-809-4771 or email


Nine students in the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State were recognized this summer by Agriculture Future of America through their selection to participate in the 2018 AFA Crop Science Institute or to be named a 2018 AFA Community Scholar.

Eight students in the Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State were selected to participate in the 2018 AFA Crop Science Institute, an annual event that brings together up to 60 college students from around the country to interact with crop-sector leaders and businesses as well as to prepare for successful careers in the agriculture industry. The AFA Crop Science Institute involves a competitive application process with Murray State ultimately sending more accepted students than any other participating universities.

“The fact that Murray State agriculture had more students selected for this opportunity than any other school in the nation once again reflects the quality of our students and the reputation of our program,” said Dr. Tony Brannon, dean for the Hutson School of Agriculture.

Murray State students selected to participate in the 2018 AFA Crop Science Institute, which will be held in July in West Des Moines, Iowa, include the following individuals: Alexis Burnett (Brookport, Illinois), Kaylee Compton (Brandenburg, Kentucky), Kaleb Houston (Dresden, Tennessee), Joel Reddick (Bardwell, Kentucky), Jonathan Reynolds (Clinton, Kentucky), Abigail Schneider (Henderson, Kentucky), Jessica Stoner (Henderson, Kentucky) and Landon Williams (Frankfort, Kentucky).

“This is just one example of many opportunities we provide to our students to expand upon their classroom and laboratory learning,” Brannon said. “Any time a student has an opportunity to interact with industry professionals it is beneficial.”

In addition to sending the eight students to the AFA Crop Science Institute, Jenna Straub, an agricultural science student from Mahomet, Illinois, accepted a place as a 2018 AFA Community Scholar, a scholarship opportunity for graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students enrolled in agriculture-related degree programs. In addition to receiving scholarship monies, Straub will attend the 2018 AFA Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in November.


The Murray State University Galleries and the department of art & design are pleased to announce “WildfireGOLD,” an exhibit of small works by faculty and staff in the department, to be on display through July 9 in the Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery.

Artists featured in “WildfireGOLD” include: Jeanne Beaver, James Bryant, Amanda Kaler Combs, Ann Flowers Gosser, Nicole Hand, Pamela Johnson Parker, Chris Lavery, Sarah Martin, T. Michael Martin, Danielle Mužina, Jerry Speight, Kristin Reeves, John Utgaard and Rebecca Williams.

The Mary Ed Mecoy Hall Gallery is located on the sixth floor of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. Admission to the “WildfireGOLD” exhibit is free and open to the public.


Stevie Lowery, a Murray State alumna, received the 2018 Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism from the Bluegrass chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

Lowery is currently the editor and publisher of The Lebanon Enterprise. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Murray State.

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