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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.

Morehead State University will hold its sixth annual Browning Orchard Festival Sunday, Oct. 1, from noon to 4 p.m.

Bring the family out to enjoy an afternoon of hayrides, horseback rides, food, family-friendly activities and musical entertainment by the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music.

The Department of Agricultural Sciences will have a number of Kentucky Proud items for sale, including apples, cider, mums, pumpkins and more.

The orchard is located at 10955 Wallingford Road in Fleming County.

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Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) will celebrate the Labor Day weekend with special programs.

Among the specials are:

Sunday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m. - "A Time For Tales" - The 19th Annual Cave Run Storytelling Festival takes place Sept. 29-30 at the Twin Knobs Recreation Area of Cave Run Lake. Host Carolyn Franzini presents this special program of “A Time For Tales,” a festival preview with stories by some of the featured tellers including Donald Davis, Linda Gorham, Bill Harley, Barbara McBride-Smith, Motoko and Ed Stivender.

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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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AffordableColleges.com, a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs, has announced the release of its newest college rankings list, featuring the “Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting.”

Morehead State University ranked 13th.

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The Adron Doran University Center renovation and expansion on the campus of Morehead State University is now 54 percent complete.

The $49.5 million project broke ground one year ago on Aug. 26., 2016. The construction will add 75,000 square feet and renovate almost every area of the existing structure.

Changes to the building are based on student suggestions which included more space to host events and organizations, expanded dining options and more student oriented and accessible services.

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The main gallery of Morehead State University's Claypool-Young Art Building will host a closing reception for the exhibition “STITCH: Contemporary Textile Art from Kentucky and Surrounding States,” Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Nick DeFord, exhibition juror and program director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, will give a juror’s talk at 6 p.m. in the gallery. 

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With the start of the fall semester, Morehead State University’s Police Department offers this advice to the campus community: be aware of your surroundings and take the necessary precautions to avoid loss of your belongings.

“It is not uncommon to see an increase in crime at this time of year,” said MSU Police Chief Merrell J. Harrison. “On the campus, everyone is busy with the start of the year activities and often fail to adhere to the safety rules that they usually follow.”

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Morehead State University honored four individuals during the University’s Fall Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The 2017 award recipients were Dr. Timothy Hare, professor of anthropology, Distinguished Faculty Service Award; Dr. Geoff Gearner, professor of biology, Distinguished Teacher Award; Dr. Janelle Hare, professor of biology, Distinguished Researcher; and Matt Collinsworth, senior director cultural outreach preservation education at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, Distinguished Staff Service Award.

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Morehead State University’s Star Theater will host special presentations of the program “Totality,” Aug. 14 through 18.

"Totality" is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses.

The 25-minute program, produced by Bays Mountain Planetarium, examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur and what wonderful sights they create. It also looks back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse.

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Morehead State University’s Class of 2021 will begin to move into residence halls Wednesday during “New Student Move-In Days.”

Volunteers from across campus will be on hand to assist with the move-in.

According enrollment services, a class of approximately 1,300 first-time freshman students will attend MSU in the fall 2017 term.

Highlighting Thursday will be the New Student Induction Ceremony at Laughlin Health Building. The goal of this event is to mark the official beginning of the new student’s academic career and welcome them to the MSU family.

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As a prelude to the 2017 Fall Semester at Morehead State University, President Jay Morgan gave the annual address to the faculty and staff during the Fall Convocation.


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Morehead State University’s Imaging Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will offer free, two-dimensional fetal ultrasounds to expectant mothers.

The ultrasound examinations will be given Aug. 16 through Sept. 7 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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Paul Hitchcock knows the blues, particularly “Nothin’ But The Blues,” a blues program he’s hosted for 25 years on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY, 90.3FM).

The program originated in 1992 as a one-hour program airing Friday nights at 11 p.m. It evolved to two hours in 1994 moving to its current home on Saturday nights. In 2000, the program expanded to its current timeslot from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Through the years, “Nothin' But The Blues” has remained focused on the best in current and classic blues in all styles.

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Morehead State University President Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan has announced the appointment of Russell F. Mast as the interim vice president for student success. He will assume his new position Aug. 1.

Mast has been with MSU since January 2016. Prior to that, he served in the University System of Georgia and held numerous titles in his more than 25 years at Valdosta State University.

Morehead State University has been ranked as one of the best online colleges in Kentucky. MSU was ranked sixth among all Kentucky colleges and universities by Value Colleges.

The ranking states that MSU is one of the best of the state’s online programs when it comes to cost and programs available. Schools listed offer degrees anywhere from the associates to doctorate levels, including continuing education degrees.

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Author and retired astronaut Don Thomas will present a lecture on Wednesday, July 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Morehead State University Space Science Center.

Following the talk, Thomas will host a book signing in the Space Science Center lobby from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Thomas is taking part in Go For Launch!, a four-day program that uses space exploration as a platform to launch student engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), while encouraging development of teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

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There is still time for new or returning students to register for Morehead State University’s 2017 fall academic term.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 14, at MSU and its regional campuses; registration is available online.

Registration for Fall 2017 is available online at http://my.moreheadstate.edu

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On July 1, 2017, Morehead State University welcomed it’s 14th president Dr. Jay Morgan.

While Dr. Morgan may be a new presence on the campus of Morehead State University, his prior experience in numerous facets of higher education makes him a familiar face around Kentucky.

Dr. Morgan is known both around the Capitol and on many of Kentucky campuses through his work with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, as well as his time in far western Kentucky.

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Morehead State University’s Imaging Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program will offer free, two-dimensional fetal ultrasounds to expectant mothers.

The ultrasound examinations will be given July 20 through July 25 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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Morehead State University’s Early College Program held its summer faculty meeting with nearly 60 high school faculty instructors that will participate in the 2017-18 school year.

More than 60 high schools and area technology centers will offer MSU classes with nearly 3,000 high school students participating in the program in the upcoming year.

Qualifying students are given the opportunity to prepare for the future while attending high school. In the program, students may enroll in a course taught in their high school and receive college credit for successful completion.

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Morehead State University's Steven Middleton, instructor of mass communication and Kentucky filmmaker, will have his documentary “Between The Rock and the Commonwealth” begin airing Monday, July 3, at 9 p.m. on KET and Sunday, July 9, at 8 p.m. on KET2.

The film is simultaneously airing on WOSU Ohio Public Television in conjunction with KET and details the controversial removal of Indian Head Rock from the river in 2007 and the ensuing legal battle between Ohio and Kentucky about ownership rights.

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As his journalism career winds down, Morehead State Public Radio’s Dan Conti has written a book that chronicles his more than three decades as a broadcaster and revisits some of the stories he covered, wrote about and researched in later years.

Conti’s book “A Reporter’s Notebook and Other Stuff” by is a retrospective on big events, plus a few reflections on influential childhood experiences.

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Morehead State University Alumni Association Board President Jason Rainey and president-elect Dr. Jason Marion presented Dr. Wayne D. Andrews with a resolution granting him honorary life membership in MSU’s Alumni Association. The Alumni Association Board of Directors unanimously voted to pass the resolution in January 2017.


Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM) has announced several changes to its broadcast schedule.

Starting July 1, Mountain Stage returns to MSPR, Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. Produced in West Virginia and distributed by NPR, each two-hour episode of Mountain Stage can be heard every week on more than 150 stations across America.

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Officials of Morehead State University along with members of its Board of Regents, local and state legislators today (Tuesday, June 20) honored a distinguished Eagle alumnus, Rocky J. Adkins, who says, he is “an Eagle from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet.”

The group dedicated the new dining facility, “The Rocky Adkins Dining Commons.”

“I can’t think of anyone else that deserves this more than Rocky,” said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president. “What he has given to and means to this University, is an outstanding legacy.”