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The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the Jerry Gore African-American Heritage Scholarship.

The scholarship is a memorial recognition for MSU Alumnus, Jerry Gore (76).

Gore was a three-time MSU graduate. He went on to serve the University in a variety of positions for 27 years, retiring as the minority student affairs director.

In 1999, MSU Minority Student Services awarded him with an outstanding service award for being an advocate in promoting African-American heritage and paving the way for significant change at MSU.

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Retired Morehead State University professor Dr. Donald Franklin (Don) Flatt, age 80, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Monday, Dec. 4.

Dr. Flatt joined the Morehead State University faculty in 1962 and retired after 40 years as faculty member and department chair. Specializing in American history, he utilized strategies to make historical periods come alive for his students. He also conducted student study tours in Great Britain and France.

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Lindsay Childs of Hillsboro will be the student speaker for Morehead State University’s Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9.

During the ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Academic-Athletic Center, MSU President Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan will confer degrees on more than 625 graduate and undergraduate students.

Childs is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Childs and the sister of Christi Childs.

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The Kentucky Academy of Science held its 2017 Annual Meeting at Murray State University. More than 500 scientists and students attended the meeting, and hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from Kentucky and regional colleges and universities participated in the research competitions.

The academy announced award winners of the student competitions from Morehead State University:

Hunter Gatewood, first place, Graduate oral presentation, psychology

Joseph Reese, second place, Graduate oral presentation, psychology

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Columbia Records recording artist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be the featured vocalist for a special 25th anniversary edition of “Joy to the World,” the holiday jazz program and tour.

The tour will consist of a series of intimate, live holiday performances at venues across West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland.

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Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music will present “The Semester Finale,” an evening of traditional music, at the Morehead Conference Center, Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m.

The Traditional Music Program at MSU is among the fastest growing academic traditional music programs at any school of higher education.

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Administrative offices will be closed and there will be no classes at Morehead State University during the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 22-24.

Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 27, at 8 a.m.

The University Post Office will be closed during the holiday break. It will reopen on Monday, Nov. 27.

The Camden-Carroll Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, and remain closed Tuesday through Friday. The library will reopen (1 p.m.) Saturday, Nov. 25.


Morehead State Public Radio will offer special programs on Thanksgiving.

At 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, MSPR will air "The Thankful Heart." Music and the Spoken Word Thanksgiving Special features “Come, Ye Thankful People Come," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" from White Christmas and "Hymn of Praise."

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The Kentucky Innovation Network (KIN) has announced that Kevin Smith, co-founder of Rural Up Inc., has been selected to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit as a result of a nomination from the Innovation Network's Morehead State University Office.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which seeks to foster economic growth globally, will be held Nov. 28-30, in Hyderabad, India.

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The eighth annual “Craft Bizarre: MSU Student Art and Craft Sale” will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in the gallery of Morehead State University’s Claypool-Young Art Building.

The event is free and open to the public.

Featuring art and crafts by MSU students, recent graduates, faculty and staff, the event is an opportunity for the campus and community to purchase locally produced jewelry, paintings, prints, knitwear, ceramics, holiday ornaments and more.

Craft Bizarre hours will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Morehead State Public Radio will offer special programs Friday, Nov. 10 for the Veterans Day holiday.

At 9:30 a.m., “Noble Peacemakers.”  This Music and the Spoken Word special features "Who Are the Brave?" "Let There Be Peace on Earth,""A Tribute to the Armed Forces," and more.

“Getting Into Vietnam” will follow at 10 a.m. In the first episode of With Good Reason's new documentary series on the Vietnam War, historians and veterans of the war explore the story of the draft - who it ensnared, who escaped, and the trauma it left on a generation of Americans. 

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Some of the region’s best and brightest high school students will participate in the 24th annual Mathematics, Physics and Advanced Technology Exploration (MPATE) Day at Morehead State University on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Juniors and seniors who excel in sciences will gather at MSU for a day of competition and fun with their peers from other schools, while expanding their educational horizons in those academic disciplines.

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Morehead State Public Radio will offer special programs Friday, Nov. 10 for the Veterans Day holiday.

At 9:30 a.m., “Noble Peacemakers.”  This Music and the Spoken Word special features "Who Are the Brave?" "Let There Be Peace on Earth,""A Tribute to the Armed Forces," and more.

“Getting Into Vietnam” will follow at 10 a.m. In the first episode of With Good Reason's new documentary series on the Vietnam War, historians and veterans of the war explore the story of the draft - who it ensnared, who escaped, and the trauma it left on a generation of Americans.

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Morehead State University values and honors all the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. MSU continues to take great pride in recognizing Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10, as a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

The official Veterans Day holiday is Saturday, Nov. 11.

At 11 a.m., a wreath ceremony will be held next to the Veterans Wall near the Rowan County Arts Center on Main Street.

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Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education’s new leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty graduated its inaugural cohort last week during a council meeting at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

The purpose of the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) is to develop more campus leaders among early career, underrepresented minority faculty who aspire to leadership positions.

The cohort consisted of 19 faculty representing all eight of the state universities and seven colleges of Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

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Morehead State Public Radio’s 2017 Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive was held Oct. 16 through 20.

The first live, on-air fundraiser in five years, listeners were asked to support the flagship station WMKY (90.3FM) with a financial gift to support local programming and operations. During the five-day fundraiser, more than $24,000 was raised from 250 new and renewing members.

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The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium announced that 41 Fellows have completed its fourth Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy at Asbury University.

The Academic Leadership Academy is a presidential initiative, led by the 12 presidents represented in the consortium, to build future academic leaders in the Bluegrass Region. A total of 175 Fellows have now completed the program in four years.


The infamous "Pirates of Penzance" will sail into Morehead for four performances in Duncan Recital Hall in the Baird Music Hall on the Morehead State University campus, Nov. 8 through 11 at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Morehead State University Opera, directed and conducted by Dr. Roma Prindle, associate professor of music, will present the zany British comedy by Gilbert and Sullivan.

All tickets are $5, cash or check only, with all MSU students admitted free on Wednesday evening only.

Morehead State University alumni and friends gathered on campus Oct. 19-21 to celebrate the 2017 Homecoming festivities.

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Morehead State University welcomed six new members into the Alumni and Athletic Halls of Fame and honored an individual with the Founders Award for University Service Friday, Oct. 20, during the Homecoming Banquet.

The Founders Award for University Service was presented to Dr. David Saxon. He retired from Morehead State University in 2016 after 49 years of loyal and dedicated service as a professor of biology. A native of Wingo, Saxon received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Morehead State and a Ph.D. degree in physiology from Southern Illinois University.

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Continuing a “time-warped” Halloween tradition, Morehead State University’s Department of Art and Design, Arts and Humanities Council and Spectrum will present its annual Costume Contest and Rocky Horror Picture Show film screening on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Claypool-Young Art Building.

The campus and community are invited to express themselves through costume during the contest to be held in the main gallery of Claypool-Young. The celebration starts at 7 p.m. with refreshments and live music; and the costume parade and judging begins at 7:45 p.m.

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Morehead State Public Radio’s 2017 Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive is scheduled from Oct. 16-20.

“This is our first live, on-air fundraiser in several years, returning to a telethon-style method of raising funds,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “We’ll be asking listeners to step-forward with a financial gift to support our local programming and operations.”

Since 1965, WMKY has served Eastern Kentucky with regional news and cultural programming from the campus of Morehead State University.

Morehead State University alumni and friends are invited to campus for the annual Homecoming celebration, Oct. 19-21

The annual homecoming parade will be held on Main Street at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Those interested in entering a float or a group in the parade should visit www.moreheadstate.edu/homecoming and complete a parade participation form.  

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In collaboration with Morehead State University's Eagle Diversity Education Center and the Camden-Carroll Library, Morehead Pride will host a Diversity and Inclusion Forum on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Camden-Carroll Library from 3 until 6 p.m.

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Are you a Morehead State University student, alum or community member and looking for full-time work, a part-time position or an internship? Are you considering graduate school or would you like to get your name out to employers?

If so, the Fall Career Fair at MSU may be the opportunity for which you have been searching.

The fair will be held in the Laughlin Health Building gym from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Graduate programs and employers from a variety of fields will be in attendance, including both the private and public sectors.

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Darnell Arnoult of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, is the 2017 recipient of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Achievement in Appalachian Writing.

The 22nd individual to receive the award, she joins such illustrious writers from the region as James Still, Donald Ray Pollock, Crystal Wilkinson, George Ella Lyon and Scott McClanahan.

Arnoult will be honored in a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at CoffeeTree Books. She also will read from her work.

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Morehead State University alumnus Steve Kazee will portray Edward in the new “Pretty Woman” musical.

The musical is based on the beloved 1990 romantic comedy and will feature a book co-written by the film’s director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, and music and lyrics by Grammy winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance.

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For almost four decades, Morehead State University has welcomed students’ parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and neighbors to campus for a weekend of events and good times. This year marks the 38th Annual Family Weekend, scheduled for Sept. 22-24.

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Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY 90.3FM) has announced the return of two programs to its weeknight lineup.

Audio Visions will air Thursdays from 8 until 10 p.m. and showcase a lively mix of college-based music styles. Student-hosted and produced, the program will feature independent artists, local music and information on Morehead State University events. Hosts for the show will be Arlo Barnette and Jacob Lindberg.

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U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers has announced that Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., acting administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will join him and Dr. Jay Morgan, Morehead State University president, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to visit MSU's Space Science program and learn about the growing aerospace industry in Morehead and across Eastern Kentucky.

Lightfoot and Rogers will address students, local leaders and the general public at noon at the Morehead Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.