MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from

Murray State University for the week of Oct. 7–11.


Murray State University was recently recognized as the most instagrammed college campus in Kentucky by AT&T.

In its report on, the company tracked universities with more than 7,000 enrolled full-time students in the fall 2017 semester, then examined each school’s most popular hashtags. Kentucky’s most instagrammed hashtag is #murraystate. 

Murray State social media specialist Bailey Crossley said the University has made a name for itself on social media, growing significant mindshare across its presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and more.

“Locally and on campus, you can always feel the Racer Proud spirit tangibly,” Crossley said. “But on social media, hashtags are how you create that community. Being a school of less than 10,000 students, it can be easy to be looked over, but on social media, it’s evident that we are a force to be reckoned with.”


The Murray State University Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts presents “The War of the Worlds,” dramatized by Hoard E. Koch from the novel by H.G. Wells, on Oct. 25 and 26 in Lovett Auditorium.

The production will follow the same script used for CBS’ “The Mercury Theater on the Air” famously directed and performed by Orson Welles. “The War of the Worlds” caused nationwide panic among some listeners for its documentary-like portrayal of an invasion of spaceships from Mars.

Murray State student Katie Carmine from Bardstown, Kentucky performs as a foley artist during a rehearsal for an upcoming performance of “The War of the Worlds.” Live sound effects will be performed in front of the audience, a typical feature in old radio broadcasts, during performances later this month.

The show will be presented live in Lovett Auditorium on Oct. 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on Halloween on WKMS 91.3. Tickets are available for $10 at or by calling 270-809-4421.


Four Murray State University occupational safety and health (OSH) students were recently awarded scholarships from the Chevron Corporation. Murray State recipients include Logan Forsythe of Hardin, Kentucky, Jacob Littlefield of La Grange, Kentucky, Ben Schatz of Carlyle, Illinois, and Kevonte Turnley of Evansville, Indiana. 

“We in the OSH program are very grateful for the annual commitment made by the Chevron Corporation in providing support to students in the form of scholarships, mentored internships and a generous donation to the program,” said Dr. Tracey Wortham, Murray State Department of Occupational Safety and Health chair. “We appreciate the importance Chevron places on developing the next generation of safety and health professionals.”

Four Murray State University occupational safety and health (OSH) students were awarded scholarships from the Chevron Corporation. Pictured in the back row are scholarship recipients Kevonte Turnley (left) and Jacob Littlefield (middle). Representing Chevron are OSH alumni Alicia Mathis (left), Mollie Baxley (right), and Kyle Craig (back right). Not shown are scholarship recipients Logan Forsythe and Ben Schatz.

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Murray State University provides a comprehensive, broad-based educational background designed to prepare academically sound graduates with practical experience for positions in the occupational safety, health, and environmental profession.


Assistant professor of archaeology Dr. Marcie Venter was recently appointed to the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.

Established in 1996, the Commission’s mission is to recognize and promote Native American contributions and influence in Kentucky’s history and culture. The commission has 17 members, eight of whom are required to be of Native American heritage. The commission also includes representatives from institutions of higher learning, archaeology, Native American arts and the public.

“I’m honored and humbled by the appointment and look forward to working with and on behalf of the native community as we promote and preserve their many contributions to Kentucky’s heritage and current character,” Venter said. “As an anthropological archaeologist, active researcher and educator who has worked with different native groups over my career in both the U.S. and international contexts, I am well-positioned to speak to both the shared and internally distinct historic and modern concerns of the community and highlight their voices. 

“Within the commonwealth, native contributions aren’t given nearly the attention they’re deserved or else they are perceived as relevant to only our distant past. The Commission is actively working to change that misconception.”

Venter’s term is for three years, until Sept. 1, 2023.

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