MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

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Grace Anderson, a senior English Secondary Education major and Honors College student from Huntsville, Alabama, has been named an ETA Fulbright semifinalist for the 2018-2019 cycle. The ETA Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a fully funded English Teaching Assistant Program. Anderson is a semifinalist for the upcoming academic year for the country of Estonia. To be a semi-finalist one must be selected by the Fulbright National Selection Committee. Semifinalists then move to the next phase, where the country they have applied to makes the final decision in April.

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Murray State students interested in applying may contact Carole Inman at cinman@murraystate.edu.

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The Year of Exchange in America for Russians program provides outstanding Russian students a unique opportunity to study for one year at U.S. institutions of higher education, to engage with local communities in sustained and meaningful dialogue, to educate Americans about Russia’s history and culture, and to gain a new, nuanced understanding of American society. Through this program, Murray State University has three students, Anna Markina, Elina Manusheva, and Timur Galimov, who are in their second semester of studies at the University.

Galimov, a long-time athlete, has used his time at Murray State to get involved in a new sport and make new friends. He found the rowing team and upon joining found that it was a great way to get to travel and exercise, but his favorite part was the teammates.

“We are like a big family – we hang out a lot together, help each other, travel, celebrate holidays and even do community service,” Galimov said.

Markina mentioned the relationships that she made as well. From the homestay to the classroom, there are many people who have impacted her along the way.

“To me, Murray State literally became my home far away from home,” Markina said. “I met so many new inspiring people and got amazing experience and knowledge! The professors teach me useful skills that I will surely need to succeed in my future career.”

Manusheva, a public relations major, spoke about the ways that the classes and extracurricular opportunities have kept her engaged. Last semester, she created a public relations plan for a local company and used her talent for writing to become a member of Her Campus, an online magazine where she writes articles.

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Dr. Bob and Patricia Long recently made a $1,000 gift to the Drs. SG and Alicia Carthell Scholarship which was matched by the Kellogg Foundation for a total $3,000 gift toward endowing the fund. Once endowed, the scholarship will be awarded to a full-time, undergraduate student who has actively participated in the programs of the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence, and has a demonstrated financial need or challenge to completing his or her academic career.

Dr. S.G. Carthell is the executive director for the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence and its programs since 2004. Dr. Alicia Carthell is a senior lecturer in English and philosophy at Murray State and also serves as a faculty liaison for the Emerging Scholars program of the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence.

“One of the guiding commitments of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, where I worked for many years before coming to Murray State, is ‘Capitalizing on Diversity.’,” Dr. Bob Long said. “When I first arrived at Murray State, I was looking for programs that promoted this important principle and found it in the work of the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence. Dr. S.G. Carthell welcomed me and gave me many opportunities to be engaged in this important work. His leadership has made an enormous difference for students and continues to grow in importance for our campus, helping prepare students for their futures beyond Murray State. It is very fitting that the gift from Patricia and I is being matched by the Kellogg Foundation. We are honored to be among the supporters of this important work.”

The endowment fund was first established by Dr. Peg Pittman-Munke, associate professor of social work at Murray State.

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Murray State University’s Recycle Saturdays are held from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the University’s North Farm recycling facility. On these recycling days, community members are encouraged to bring recyclables, and employees will unload and sort the materials. Items that are accepted include: cardboard, books, magazines, glass bottles, plastics, car batteries, aluminum and more.

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Murray State University was recently ranked as part of College Factual’s ‘Best Colleges for the Money’; the University was ranked as the highest public regional institution in Kentucky. Methodology data came from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the Department of Education.

College Factual’s Best for the Money ranking takes into account the average yearly cost of the school, the average time students take to graduate and the quality the school provides. Schools that rank highly are offering a good value for the money that students pay to attend.

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