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Morehead State University's Steven Middleton, instructor of mass communication, will have his new documentary film, "Between The Rock and the Commonwealth," screened at CoffeeTree Books, Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The film was co-directed with John Tanner Blevins, and had help on camera from John Flavell, convergent media faculty member and Patrick Brumback (16), a convergent media graduate. Kentucky Center for Traditional Music faculty member Scott Miller and his son, Elijah, produced the original film soundtrack.

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Dr. Steven Ralston, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Michael Henson, associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate school, hosted a reception recognizing the exemplary academic performance of the Graduate Dean’s Scholars.

The reception was held Wednesday, April 6, Space Science Center.

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Morehead State University’s Board of Regents has announced on March 29 the hiring of Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan as the institution’s 14th president, after a national search.

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Morehead State University’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present three free concerts at three churches across the state.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at Shively Baptist Church, 1599 Sadie Lane, Louisville

Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church, 2580 Springfield Road, Bardstown

Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 123 East Main Street, Morehead

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The Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission awarded a $15,000 Paula Nye Grant to Morehead State University’s Sustainability department to create a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program.

“The Commissioners are impressed with the progress that Morehead is making in support of cycling infrastructure, education, and events,” said William Gorton III, KBBC chair. “We look forward to status reports related to progress and the success of your accomplishments.”

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Morehead State University has been recognized as one of the best colleges offering online learning in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools.

As a leading resource for campus and online learning, the site released its annual ranking for the 2017 school year, honoring Morehead State University three times for their excellence in online learning.

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There was a record recruiter participation with a total of 106 organizations attending including employers and graduate schools.

Nearly 400 students, alumni and community members attended to network with employers in hopes of landing an interview for an internship, part-time or full-time position. A number of graduate programs also attended the fair.

Career Services offered the Morehead State Career Fair Plus app again to allow attendees to better prepare for and navigate the event.

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Morehead State University’s Dr. John Ernst has been named interim dean of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He succeeds Dr. M. Scott McBride, who was named chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State DuBois.

Since July 2016, Dr. Ernst has served as associate vice president for academic affairs/student success.

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Morehead State University’s Dr. Carol Christian has been appointed to the Kentucky Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Dr. Christian, of Lexington, is the director of MSU’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. She will represent postsecondary education institutions. Also appointed were Brandy Carol Daniels, of Somerset, and Dianne Burns Mackey, of Utica, All three terms expire December 15, 2019.

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Morehead State University’s Board of Regents authorized its Chair Paul C. Goodpaster to extend an offer to Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan to become the institution’s 14th president, elected officers, heard a report on preliminary spring enrollment, received the president’s report and named the new dining commons after alumnus, Rep. Rocky Adkins, during its quarterly meeting on Thursday, March 9, in the DeMoss Suite within the Center for Health, Education and Research.

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Morehead State University’s Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, a residential high school, is partnering with MSU’s Department Biology and Chemistry and SpaceTango to launch a cell culturing biology experiment to space.

The experiment, to be conducted aboard the International Space Station, is scheduled to launch this Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10:01 a.m. as part of the SpaceX CRS-10 crew resupply mission. This also will be the first to launch from the newly renovated, historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Morehead State University Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) will join nearly 100 educational institutions worldwide Feb. 20-24, to participate in Student Engagement and Philanthropy Month.

The initiative, organized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE,) is designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses. CASE has sponsored this initiative annually since 2013.

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The Kentucky Academy of Science held its 2016 Annual Meeting at the University of Louisville. More than 700 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:

Breanna Knicely, First Place, Undergraduate Research, Oral Presentation, Botany;

Adam Stanley, Second Place, Undergraduate Research, Poster Presentation, Engineering;

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The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their seventh 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 700 beds to children in Eastern Kentucky since it began in 2010. This year the committee set a goal to build 185 beds.

Morehead State University’s Board of Regents announced today (Thursday, Feb. 2) that Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan will be visiting campus March 5-6 as a finalist to become the institution’s 14th president.

“The Presidential Search and Screening Advisory Committee completed its work and recommended to the Board two outstanding candidates,” said Paul C. Goodpaster, Chair of the Board of Regents.

The Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio will conduct its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. 

The meeting will be held in the MSPR studios, located in Breckinridge Hall on the Morehead State University campus. Meetings of the board are open to the public. 

Morehead State Public Radio broadcasts 24-hours a day from the MSU campus. WMKY (90.3 FM) serves as the flagship station for the network. MSPR serves more than 20 counties in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. 

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Morehead State men's basketball added to its hot streak of now five wins in the past six outings, defeating Eastern Kentucky by a final score of 80-54 in front of a raucous crowd on Saturday night at Johnson Arena.

"We put goals on the (locker room) board every game, and we accomplished a bunch of those goals tonight," said interim head Preston Spradlin. "As a result, you get a really big win in front of a special crowd."

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After falling in back-to-back contests for the first time all season, Morehead State women's basketball (15-5, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference) righted the ship with an 80-54 win over in-state rival Eastern Kentucky (7-12, 4-2 OVC) on Saturday at Johnson Arena.

"We're excited to get the 'W,'" said head coach Greg Todd. "(Eastern Kentucky) is a good team. We have a lot of respect for them."

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Morehead State men's basketball (7-11, 3-2 Ohio Valley Conference) picked up an 87-85 win over Tennessee State (12-6, 3-2 OVC) in a down-to-the-wire thriller on Saturday night.

Tied at 85 with the game's final 10 seconds ticking away, DeJuan Marrero received the ball on the high post and began backing his man down to the basket. The Tennessee State defense collapsed, allowing Marrero to find senior forward Treshaad Williams with a window of open space underneath the basket.

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Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development has announced a week-long celebration to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 16-19.

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.

MLK Celebration Schedule of Events:

Monday, Jan. 16


Inscape, Morehead State University’s literary and visual art publication, is accepting writing submissions for its 60th year anniversary edition.

A contest is being held for best writing for the interior of the publication. The deadline to submit for the writing portion Jan. 31.


The League of American Bicyclists has announced that Morehead State University is a Bicycle Friendly University.

MSU was designated a silver campus and was the only Kentucky university to be added to the list this year.

“As an institution that is focused on health living, sustainability, and green initiatives, becoming a Bicycle Friendly University is another step in the right direction for MSU,” said Holly Niehoff, sustainability and safety specialist.

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Morehead State University’s Office of Enrollment Services will host an Open House program Saturday, Jan. 21, starting at 1 p.m. in Button Auditorium on the Morehead campus.

Participants can receive free tickets to the Eagle basketball doubleheader game against Eastern Kentucky University at Johnson Arena.

According to enrollment services, the Open House events are an excellent opportunity for students and families to discover why MSU has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report for 13 straight years.

Family, friends, and supporters unable to attend Morehead State University’s Fall Commencement in person will be able to watch the ceremonies live on their computer or most mobile device.

MSU will stream live video from the 10:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10. The live video feed will be available via the link approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the ceremonies.

The link for the video stream is http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=5026

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Morehead State University officials announced today (Tuesday, November 22) that head basketball coach Sean Woods has been suspended with pay, effective immediately.

"Resulting from complaints received, the institution has begun an investigation involving the head basketball coach. While we continue through the formal process, we believe it is prudent to suspend the coach until the investigation is finished," said Brian Hutchinson, director of athletics.

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Morehead State University Public Radio General Manager Paul Hitchcock was one of eight participants who completed the Kentucky Arts Council’s Community Scholars program to learn how to be a more effective community asset.

“It’s important to promote and preserve the diverse and rich heritage of arts and culture in our region to enhance our community and our lives. The Community Scholar program is a fine example of how the Kentucky Arts Council is a strong advocate for the people of Kentucky to value and benefit from the arts,” said Hitchcock.

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Morehead State University has for the eighth straight year been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media.

First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is a comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

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Officials of Morehead State University along with members of its Board of Regents, local and state legislators held a dedication ceremony today (Friday, Nov. 11) for Padula Hall at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex (on KY 377 north of Morehead).

The 24-bed hall is dedicated in memory of Michael Padula, who was farm maintenance supervisor from 1989 until his death in 2012.

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Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center will host its annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at the Laughlin Health Building, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With more than 100 artists and craftspeople from Kentucky and other states, arts and craft fair is the largest and most diverse event of its kind in the region.

The Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair offers visitors a wide and varied selection of regional arts and crafts, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge, including many holiday decorations and gifts.

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Morehead State University’s Kentucky Small Business Development Center will host the 2016 Regional Entrepreneur Conference, Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center, 111 East First Street.

The conference is an evening event to celebrate the small business owner, entrepreneur, and to provide networking opportunity while encouraging economic growth.