MURRAY, Ky. — See below for the latest news from Murray State University, including student, faculty, staff and alumni accomplishments, announcements, upcoming campus events and much more for the week of March 2-6.

In this Racer Report:

  • Cinema International receives French film grant
  • Equestrian Team earns awards, competes in regionals this weekend
  • Black Student Council celebrates Black History Month

Upcoming events at Murray State include:

March 6

  • Murray State men’s basketball competes in Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinals

Cheer on the Racers as they play in the OVC Tournament semifinals Friday night in Evansville! Stop by the Murray State University Alumni Association’s pre-game party starting at 6 p.m. at Kevin’s Backstage Bar & Grill. Enjoy free appetizers and drink specials while cheering on the team!

  • International Women’s Day — Women’s Faculty Caucus

Join Murray State for the International Women’s Day Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, presented by the Women’s Faculty Caucus at Murray State, ADVANCE Murray State and Art+Feminism from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Waterfield Library Gallery. There will also be an International Women’s Day Panel Discussion on Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” presented by the Women’s Faculty Caucus at 3 p.m. in the Waterfield Library Gallery.

March 7

  • Cinema International presents ‘Spider Thieves’ (Chile, 2017)

“Spider Thieves” tells the story of three teenage girls from a Santiago shanty town that set in motion a plan to climb buildings and plunder expensive apartments. Word spreads and soon they became the notorious “spider thieves.” Enjoy this free showing at 7:30 p.m. in the Curris Center Theatre.

March 8

  • Patricia Summerville Lecture Series (March 8-10)

The Murray State Department of Art and Design will host visiting artists Carrie and Emmy Lingscheit in the Patricia Summerville Lecture Series from Sunday, March 8 to Tuesday, March 10. During their visit, the Lingscheits will be editioning an etching/mezzotint and lithograph screen print with the help of Murray State professor Nicole Hand’s advanced printmaking class. The workshop will be held March 8-10 in Fine Arts 1004, 1005 and 1006. They will also give a lecture on their work on Monday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m in room 631 of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building. All events are free and open to the public. 


Murray State University’s Cinema International has received a Tournées Film Festival grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. This is the second time the program has received that grant, which funded Cinema International’s French Film Series earlier this semester.

Cinema International screened six French films from January through February, including the 1943 classic “The Raven” as well as modern pieces “The Return of the Hero,” “Mrs. Hyde” and others.

A Murray State institution, Cinema International presents films of every genre by the best and brightest directors from around the world. Admission is free and open to the public, with each showing taking place in the Curris Center.

For more information and showtimes, please visit or contact director Dr. Thérèse Saint Paul at


Last month, the Murray State University Equestrian Team, supported by the Hutson School of Agriculture, traveled to Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) to compete in its last two regular season horse shows and in regional competition. 

The team ended the season in reserve in a closely contested race with MTSU. Nine riders qualified to show at regionals. The riders that advanced to semifinals were Travis Fortune of Booneville, Indiana, (open horsemanship and reining,) Evan Thomas of Avon Lake, Ohio (rookie B horsemanship) and Meg Zembrycki of Philpot, Kentucky (beginner horsemanship.) Fortune also was ranked the highest individual in the region, which allows him to compete at Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association national competition in the American Quarter Horse Association Cup.

Two riders finished third in their respective classes — McKenna Debus of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Kathy Condon of St. Peters, Missouri. Alumna Emily Watson of Jonesborough, Tennessee, finished third in both alumni reining and alumni horsemanship. 

A shadow box was presented to the family of late team member Amanda Belcher, who passed away last year. A buckle designed by Belcher was presented to the winner of the alumni reining category.

The University’s Hunt Seat Team will finish their season March 6-7, with regionals on March 8 at Maryville College in Alcoa, Tennessee.


With the support of the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership, and Inclusive Excellence (OMI), Black Student Council (BSC) celebrated Black History Month with a series of programs and activities Feb. 17–21.

The weeklong celebration ended with a panel discussion titled “Being Diverse in a Professional Setting.” Faculty, staff and over 80 students attended the event. The panel included Murray State University Board of Regents member Leon Owens of Paducah, Kentucky, and University faculty and staff members Dr. Donald Adongo, associate professor of mathematics; Carruth Kitrell, administrative assistant, engineering and technology; Dr. Esther Malm, assistant professor of psychology; and Dr. Bob Long, distinguished visiting professor, nonprofit leadership studies.

The panel was moderated by Dr. Alicia Carthell, assistant professor of English. Students learned about working and functioning in diverse settings and were given advice for career success. Regent Owens discussed the importance of persevering and being a servant leader. Owens also encouraged students to take advantage of opportunities, envision themselves as leaders, and learn and develop effective communication skills, which are essential when interacting in professional settings.

With the support of the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership, and Inclusive Excellence (OMI), Black Student Council (BSC) celebrated Black History Month with a series of programs and activities Feb. 17–21. The weeklong celebration ended with a panel discussion titled “Being Diverse in a Professional Setting.” Pictured from left are panelists Drs. Bob Long and Esther Malm, Carruth Kitrell, Dr. Donald Adongo and Leon Owens.

Other Black History Month activities included a black history bingo and trivia night at Winslow Dining Hall in conjunction with Sodexo dining services, which supported the event with an African-American themed dinner. BSC also held a movie night in the OMI office that featured the movie “Us.”

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