Briefing offered exclusively to Murray State University Alumni Association members; multiple public event series coming this fall

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s division of University Advancement will offer three unique virtual speaker series with the purpose of engaging, educating and impacting the lives of the Murray State community. Each series will center on topics ranging from alumni spotlights, diversity and equity at the University and more.

To kick off the year, University President Dr. Bob Jackson will host a virtual leadership briefing this week on Thursday, Aug. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. CST. The virtual update will be available exclusively for Murray State University Town & Gown (T&G) partners and Murray State University Alumni Association (MSUAA) members. 

Jackson will provide an update on fall enrollment and discuss Racer Restart initiatives in place to keep students, faculty and staff safe and healthy. Other topics include ongoing efforts to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for all Racers and the latest news from state and federal government impacting higher education. 

Jackson’s scheduled leadership briefing is the first in a series of virtual events planned this fall exclusively for MSUAA members and T&G partners. The next featured speaker is 2010 Murray State alumna, Kentucky-based author, keynote speaker and leadership trainer Alyson Van Hooser with Van Hooser Associates, Inc. Van Hooser will discuss her book, “Level Up: Elevate Your Game & Crush Your Goals,” and other topics as part of the discussion set for Sept. 15 at noon CST. 

“In addition to financial contributions, our donors and alumni in leadership roles have much to offer our Racer community,” said Tina Bernot, executive director of development. “We are thrilled that they are willing to give their time and expertise by providing relevant and inspiring messages through our new virtual event series to benefit our students, alumni and friends.”

Additionally, a “Racers in the Lead” virtual lecture series will be offered monthly throughout the fall 2020 semester. The series centers on Racer alumni serving their organizations as top executives, providing the University community with career guidance, perspective and reassurance in the current challenging times.

Murray State University will host several series this fall centered on topics ranging from alumni spotlights, diversity and equity at Murray State. To kick off the year, University President Dr. Bob Jackson will host a virtual leadership briefing on Thursday, Aug. 20. The virtual update will be available exclusively for Murray State University Town & Gown (T&G) partners and Murray State University Alumni Association (MSUAA) members.
Murray State University will host several series this fall centered on topics ranging from alumni spotlights, diversity and equity at Murray State. To kick off the year, University President Dr. Bob Jackson will host a virtual leadership briefing on Thursday, Aug. 20. The virtual update will be available exclusively for Murray State University Town & Gown (T&G) partners and Murray State University Alumni Association (MSUAA) members.

The series premieres on Zoom Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. (CST) as Kathy Harris, ’80, executive vice president of Sharecare, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, discusses business growth and leadership. Through the event series this fall, other speakers include Rob Henry, ’87, vice president of education for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C., as well as president and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., David Dill, ’90, of Nashville, Tennessee, and Trisha Cunningham, 86, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, Texas.

Another component of the fall virtual event schedule is the Murray State University Alumni Association’s “Equity and Inclusion” speaker series, which will focus on areas of social justice and systemic racial inequity, advocacy for actionable solutions and the celebration of Black history at Murray State. This series is a product of the MSUAA Board of Governors Equity and Inclusion Task Force, and will feature several Black alumni who have blazed a trail over the last 65 years since integration first began in education.

“We envision this type of programming will help replace the in-person events that we are unable to host right now and to give our alumni and University community an opportunity to connect with each other through shared expertise, experience and professional goals,” said Carrie McGinnis, Murray State director of alumni relations. “This type of series allows us to provide programming for our alumni across the country and around the world in a way that is safe, inclusive and cost-effective.” 

For more information on the fall 2020 Murray State University virtual event series, to join the MSUAA or to become a Town & Gown community partner, visit murraystate.edu/speakerseries. All events will be offered via Zoom and pre-registration is required. 

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