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Morehead State University’s Dr. Ronald D. Morrison, professor of English, has published an essay that explores connections between the country-rock band Blackberry Smoke and the poetry of William Wordsworth.

The essay titled “Wordsworth’s ‘Michael,’ the Georgic, and Blackberry Smoke” appears in the volume Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2, edited by James Rovira and published by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield.

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Morehead State University’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will host a chili competition, an all you can eat dinner and a concert Tuesday, March 6, at First Baptist Church, 123 East Main Street, Morehead.

Contestants will receive a free ticket for the dinner and the winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. The dinner will feature chili of all sorts. Tortilla chips, crackers, iced tea, lemonade and desserts will be provided.

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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 Spring 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. Tuesday, March 6. Graduate programs and employers from a variety of fields will be in attendance, including both the private and public sectors.

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Retired Morehead State University Department of Music Chair Dr. Christopher S. Gallaher, age 77, of Morehead, passed Feb. 25.

Born June 10, 1940, in Ashland, he was the son of A. Frank and Bethel Christian Gallaher.

Gallaher earned an AB degree in music education/composition in 1962 at Morehead State; a Masters in Music (theory and trumpet) degree at Indiana University in 1965 and a Ph.D. degree in music theory/composition/trumpet in 1975 from Indiana University.

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Morehead State University’s Board of Regents met on Thursday, Feb. 22, for a quarterly work session.

During the work session, MSU President Dr. Joseph (Jay) Morgan relayed plans to the Board to reduce administrative positions by eliminating one vice president position, three assistant vice president positions, and several director positions through an administrative reorganization.

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Morehead State University’s Division of Student Success has announced that Megan Boone has been named interim director of the Office of Career Services.

Boone succeeds Julia Hawkins.

“We have all the confidence that Megan will do an outstanding job,” said Russ Mast, interim vice president for student success. “Career Services is another office that really aids the students and the community with its outstanding programs and events.”

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Morehead State University’s Star Theater will feature several of its most popular live programs in February.

The programs will start Friday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. with "Sunstruck," followed by "Hypnotica laser program" at 7 p.m. and "Electrolaze laser program" at 8 p.m.

Programs will continue on Saturday, Feb. 17, with afternoon showings of "One World, One Sky" and "They Might Be Giants" at 1 p.m., "Night Sky Tour" at 2:15 p.m., and "Cosmic Colors" at 3:30 p.m. 

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The Morehead Writing Project will hold its 2018 Spring Writer's Retreat on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Folk Art Center.

The event encourages participants to explore the traditions, culture and colorful characters in their families.

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Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) has announced three new members to its Community Advisory Board (CAB).

Joining the nine-member volunteer board are Collin Alexander, Shayla Ring and Jeanette Tesmer. The other board members are Katelyn Clark, Sarah Dailey, David Gregory, Krys Lynam, Steve O’Connor and Molly Smothers.


The 19th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Paintsville.

The symposium is presented by Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center. This year’s theme is “Making Connections”.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost of the event is $30, which includes all workshops, meals and afternoon keynote. All women are invited to attend the symposium.

The morning will start with registration, networking and opening remarks at 10 a.m. by Emcee Trish Adams.

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Retired Morehead State University dean emeritus Dr. Johnson Eugene “Gene” Duncan, age 98, of Morehead, passed away Friday, Feb. 2.

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The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their eighth annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all.

The goal is to give beds to children PK-12th grade who are forced to sleep on floors, couches or in beds with multiple other children or family members. This regional Build-A-Bed Project has provided more than 1,000 beds to children in Eastern Kentucky since it began in 2010. This year the committee set a goal to build 250 beds.

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Morehead State University’s School of Creative Arts, Kentucky Humanities Council and Kentucky Chautauqua will present Virgil Covington Jr. as “William Wells Brown: How I Got My Name” Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Breckinridge Hall’s Lucille Caudill Little Theatre.

The Black History Month program event honors the life and legacy of the Kentucky native.

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The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University’s Dr. Garrick Ratliff, assistant director for guidance counseling services, has been selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

A role model to pupils, Ratlilff was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession.

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Affecting Eternity: Works by Kentucky Art Educators.”  The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s Adkins Gallery through Saturday, March 10, when a closing reception will be held.

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The Upward Bound program at Morehead State University is seeking applications for Morning Core and Afternoon Elective instructors for its Summer Academy.

Morning Core instructors will teach English, math or science to area high school students within a 17­-county region of the MSU campus. Class size ranges from 25-­30 students.

Afternoon Elective instructors will teach elective classes to area high school students within a 17-county region of the MSU campus. Class size ranges from 10-­20 students.

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In its three years, Morehead State University’s Winter Session has been very successful.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for students to stay on track for graduation,” said Dr. Steven M. Ralston, provost and vice president for academic services. “The winter term has grown every year. It has been very beneficial for the students, faculty and MSU.”

This year the winter session had an enrollment total of 751 students with 96 courses for 2,820 credit hours. An increase from 544 students with 70 courses for 2,000 hours in 2016.

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Morehead State University art professor Gary Mesa-Gaido is among 17 artists represented in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Visions at the Capitol. The exhibit showcases the artwork in the halls, reception areas and conference rooms of Senate and House offices in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

Mesa-Gaido, a faculty member in the Department of Art and Design since 1992, teaches courses in digital art, animation, painting and foundations.

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Times may change, but one thing stays consistent. The Morehead State Cheerleading program remains at the top of its sport.

The MSU all-girl and coed cheer squads claimed national championships this weekend at the Universal Cheerleading Association College Nationals in Orlando, Fla.

After winning three titles from 2014-16, the all-girl team took second place last year. But this season they claimed their 12th overall first-place trophy. The coed squad won its 26th national title since 1988 and third straight.

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Morehead State University’s Dr. Brian S. Mason, professor of music and coordinator of the percussion studies program, has been named the 2018 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) College/University Teacher of the Year.

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Morehead State University will host a number of Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) programs in preparation for the 2018 fall semester.

First-year and transfer students will register for their classes during these events.

Students also will have their photographs taken for the University’s identification card, the EagleCard, and meet with representatives from financial aid, student housing, food services, and accounting and financial services.

Campus tours will be available.

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In observance of the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. holiday, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Jan. 15.

A civil rights activist, King was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. His most famous address was the "I Have A Dream" speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.


Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM) has announced the addition of a Latino-based news and information program to its weekend lineup.

Latino USA is a weekly, one-hour program providing a platform for Latino voices and perspectives in the radio news landscape. Distributed by NPR, Latino USA airs Saturday mornings at 7 a.m.

Hosted by the award-winning journalist, news anchor and author Maria Hinojosa, the program specializes in news, culture and storytelling to inform Americans about the fastest-growing group in our country.

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As a prelude to the 2018 Spring Semester at Morehead State University, President Jay Morgan gave the annual address to the faculty and staff during the Spring Convocation.

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The 2018 Spring Semester at Morehead State University gets under way this week.

Before the students begin classes, Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, MSU president, will address the faculty and staff during the Spring Convocation.

The event will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, in Button Auditorium.

After the welcome by Dr. Steven Ralston, provost and vice president for academic affairs, updates and brief announcements will be made, to be followed by Dr. Morgan’s address.

Classes for the spring semester begin Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development has announced a weeklong celebration to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15-19.

The commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. encompasses a slate of events organized by faculty, staff, and students. Activities include various educational programs to encourage active participation by the campus and nearby community.

2018 MLK Celebration Schedule of Events:

Monday, Jan. 15

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MSU’s Office of Facilities Management will begin transitioning road name signs on campus.

This is a part of the way-finding plan that Morehead State University adopted in 2015 to make campus more accessible by visitors and new students.

Grounds crew members will be working to make the signage transition seamless, however there may be times when signs are not put back into place.

The changes should only take two days, depending on temperatures.

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Morehead State University’s Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Imaging Sciences’ Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will offer free, two-dimensional fetal ultrasounds to expectant mothers, who are between 18 and 33 weeks of pregnancy.

The ultrasound examinations will be given Jan. 16 through Feb. 27 and are available by appointment only on the fourth floor of the Center for Health, Education and Research, Room 402, in the University’s sonography lab.

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MSU associate professor of art Deeno Golding passed away on Friday, Dec. 22.

Deeno Alexander Golding, 47, of Mount Sterling, Kentucky, passed away on Dec. 22, 2017, in Kissimmee, Florida, while visiting his family for the holidays.

He was a tenured university professor in Art & Design at Morehead State University. He also taught for several summer arts programs including the Arts Academy in Guanxi, China, and Kentucky's Governor's Scholar Program (GSP) where he gave high school juniors direction for 13 years. View complete obituary

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Morehead State University Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) received a Senior Corps RSVP grant of $103,767 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support volunteers serving in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence counties.

The funds were awarded as part of a Senior Corps grant competition to expand RSVP to new geographic areas. MSU RSVP currently serves Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties.