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Murray State University

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Motto Kentucky's Public Ivy University
Established 1922
Type Public
Endowment $14.8 million
President Dr. Randy Dunn
Faculty 380
Undergraduates 8,371
Postgraduates 1,757
Location Murray, KY, USA
Campus 236 acres (.95 km²)
Athletics 17 varsity teams
Colors Navy Blue and Gold
Nickname "Racers" and "Lady Racers"
(except baseball: "Thoroughbreds" or "'breds")
Mascot Dunker
Affiliations Ohio Valley Conference
Website www.murraystate.edu

Murray State University, located in the town of Murray in Kentucky's far-western Jackson Purchase in the United States, is an approximately 10,000-student, four-year public university. Having recently adopted the moniker "Kentucky's Public Ivy University," the school has striven to maintain a strong academic reputation and has been rewarded with high marks when compared with other regional public universities in U.S. News & World Report and other college ranking publications. In addition to the main campus, Murray State University operates extended campuses offering upper level and graduate courses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Henderson. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... The Term public school has two distinct meanings: elementary or secondary school supported and administered by state and local officials, or, in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, a private or independent, fee-paying school, generally not coeducational, that prepares pupils for university. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Murray is a city located in Calloway County, Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The athletic nickname, or equivalently athletic moniker, of a university or college within the United States of America is the name officially adopted by that institution for at least the members of its athletic teams. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) is a College Athletic Conference which operates in the midwestern and southeastern United States. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Murray is a city located in Calloway County, Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... The Jackson Purchase is a region in the state of Kentucky bounded by the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers. ... Wren Building (College of William and Mary) Alumni Hall (Miami U) Sather Gate (UC Berkeley) Central Campus Diag (U of Michigan) Old Well (UNC-Chapel Hill) UT Tower (U of Texas) Williams Hall (U of Vermont) The Rotunda (U of Virginia) Public Ivy is a colloquialism for a state-funded...

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History

Pogue Library, featuring the statue of founder Rainey T. Wells.
Pogue Library, featuring the statue of founder Rainey T. Wells.

The history of Murray State University can be traced to the passage of Senate Bill 14 by the General Assembly, which would create two normal schools to address the growing demand for professional teachers. One of these schools would be in the western part of the state, which caused many cities and towns to bid for the new normal school. Rainey T. Wells spoke on behalf of the city of Murray to convince the Normal School Commission to choose his city. On September 2, 1922, Murray was chosen as the site of the new western normal school, and Morehead was chosen as the site for the eastern normal school. On November 26, 1922, John Wesley Carr was elected as the first president of the Murray State Normal School by the State Board of Education. At the same time, the Normal School Commission, under the belief that it had the right to elect the first president, elected Rainey T. Wells. May 15, 1923, The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the decision made the State Board of Education, and Carr would be the first president. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 1176 KB) Summary Personal photo of Pogue Library and statue of Rainey T. Wells taken from the quad, 5/8/2004. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 1176 KB) Summary Personal photo of Pogue Library and statue of Rainey T. Wells taken from the quad, 5/8/2004. ...


Opening day for Murray State Normal School was September 23, 1923. Until the first building was completed, now Wrather Hall, the Normal School held classes on the first floor of Murray High School. All students commuted to classes until the first dormitory was constructed in 1925 as Wells Hall. Wilson Hall was also completed under Carr's presidency, and other structures were in progress. In 1926, Rainey T. Wells, recognized as the founder of Murray State, also became the second president. Wells served as president from 1926 to 1932, and during this time Lovett Auditorium, Carr Health Building, and Pogue library were all completed.


The Shield

The Shield is the official seal of the University. It is taken from the heraldic coat-of-arms of the family of William Murray, Earl of Mansfield and Lord Chief Justice of Great Britain in 1756. William Murray is an ancestor of the Murray family from whom the city and the University take their names. The shield is blue with a double gold border, and the three stars represent hope, endeavor, and achievement. William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (March 2, 1705 - March 20, 1793), was a British judge and politician who reached high office in the House of Lords. ...


Presidents of the University

  1. Dr. John W. Carr, 1923-1926
  2. Dr. Rainey T. Wells, 1926-32
  3. Dr. John W. Carr, 1933-1936
  4. Dr. James H. Richmond, 1936-1945
  5. Dr. Ralph H. Woods, 1945-1968
  6. Dr. Harry M. Sparks, 1968-1973
  7. Dr. Constantine W. Curris, 1973-1983
  8. Dr. Kala M. Stroup, 1983-1990
  9. Dr. Ronald J. Kurth, 1990-1994
  10. Dr. Samuel Kern Alexander, 1994-2001
  11. Dr. Fieldon King Alexander, 2001-2006
  12. Dr. Samuel Kern Alexander, 2006
  13. Dr. Tim Miller, 2006(interim president)
  14. Dr. Randy J. Dunn, 2006

Campus

An aggressive building campaign on campus has resulted in the construction of the Regional Special Events Center, known as the RSEC (home to its men's and women's basketball teams), a new science building, a special education building, a Student Life & Wellness Center, and a complete overhaul of its main dining facility, Winslow Cafeteria. Its most recent president was F. King Alexander, son of its previous president, Kern Alexander. President Alexander left Murray State at the end of 2005 to accept a position as president of Long Beach State. Kern Alexander took the position of interim president until a new permanent president was found. The Regional Special Events Center, often locally referred to as the RSEC, is a multipurpose arena located on the campus of Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, USA. Its primary tenants are the Murray State mens and womens basketball teams. ... California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University system and the third largest university in the state of California in terms of enrollment. ...


Kentucky's Public Ivy

Murray State's use of the phrase "Kentucky's Public Ivy" has not come without criticism. The term Public Ivy is generally used to describe state-funded institutions of higher learning that successfully compete with the Ivy League schools in academic rigor. Such institutions have been discussed by name in several books, and Murray State was not named in those publications. While "Public Ivy" generally refers to a public school that excels on a national level and is competitive with the traditional ivy league schools, Murray State uses the term to emphasize its strive to maintain a strong academic reputation and high marks when compared with other regional public universities. Public Ivy is an American term for state-funded institutions of higher learning with excellent academics. ...


Campus Life

Residential Colleges

Murray State was the first public university in the nation to adopt a successful campus-wide residential college program [1]. The residential college structure, which took form on the campus in 1996, is based on similar, but much more established, programs at Oxford and Cambridge as well as Yale and Harvard. Although the physical structures of Murray State's residential colleges do not compare to those of the elite institutions, the basic residential college concept was effectively implemented. All faculty, staff, and students, even those who live off-campus, are assigned to one of the eight residential colleges. Once assigned to a residential college, a person remains a member of that college throughout their time at the University, developing friendships, traditions and lasting bonds that are meant to endure years after leaving Murray State. One of the goals in establishing the program was to improve student life and retention and graduation rates. A residential college is an organisational pattern for a division of a university that places academic activity in a community setting of students and faculty, usually at a residence and with shared meals, the college having a degree of autonomy and a federated relationship with the overall university. ...


The eight colleges of Murray State

  1. Clark College, named for Lee Clark, who assisted Rainey T. Wells in founding the University. Clark later served as the superintendent of grounds and buildings.
  2. Elizabeth College, named for Elizabeth Harkless Woods, wife of fourth Murray State President Ralph H. Woods.
  3. Hart College, named for George Hart, a Board of Regents member and former mayor of Murray.
  4. Hester College, named for Cleo Gillis Hester, who served Murray State University from 1927 to 1960, as registrar.
  5. Regents College, named in honor of the outstanding citizens who have served on Murray State University’s Board of Regents. Regents Hall was completed in 1970 making it the youngest of the residence halls currently in use.
  6. Richmond College, named for the third president of the University, James H. Richmond.
  7. Springer-Franklin College, named for O.B. Springer, member of the Board of Regents from 1950-58 and 1960-70, and Hollis C. Franklin, who served on the Board from 1947-56.
  8. White College, named for R.H. "Bob" White, a Board of Regents member.

Richmond College (colloquially often referred to as Richopolis) is one of the eight residential colleges of Murray State University. ...

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association, commonly known as SGA, is the officially organized body governing all students and student organizations at Murray State University. The purposes of the Student Government Association are to promote the welfare, growth, and development of student life in an environment of academic excellence, to represent the students in all phases of administrative effort, and to provide a means of promoting cooperative efforts for the general welfare of the University community. SGA is made up four branches: Senate, Campus Activities Board, Judicial Board, and the Residential College Association. The Senate is the main branch of SGA, and it is the governing body with the power to pass resolutions, bills, rules, and regulations necessary for the general welfare of the University and to implement and maintain any programs consistent with SGA purposes. Although Murray State has a fairly low percentage of students involved with Greek life, those students have traditionally maintained control of the Student Government Association. The president of SGA holds a student seat on the Board of Regents. A Student Government Association is a body of students in a high school, college, or university who are elected by their peers and serve on a type of council that advises the education administration on matters affecting students and desires which the student body wishes to see come about. ... A Student Government Association is a body of students in a high school, college, or university who are elected by their peers and serve on a type of council that advises the education administration on matters affecting students and desires which the student body wishes to see come about. ... A Student Government Association is a body of students in a high school, college, or university who are elected by their peers and serve on a type of council that advises the education administration on matters affecting students and desires which the student body wishes to see come about. ...


Greek Life

Murray State is home to active chapters of several social Greek organizations. The oldest fraternities on campus are Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota (both relating to music). Phi Mu Alpha (ΦΜΑ) Sinfonia is a collegiate social fraternity for men of musicianly character. ... Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ) is a music fraternity for women. ...


North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) chapters

Murray State also has a chapter of Kappa Sigma (Founded Dec. 2, 2006), who's nationals are not a member of the NIC. Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity (ΠΚΑ) is an international, secret, social, Greek-letter, college fraternity. ... Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest and oldest international all-male college social fraternities, with chapters at universities predominantly in the United States and several in Canada. ... Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE, pronounced T-K-E or Teke, as in teak wood) is a college fraternity with chapters in the USA, and Canada, and affiliation with a German fraternity system known as the Corps of the Weinheimer Senioren Convent(WSC). ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alpha Gamma Rho (ΑΓΡ) is a social-professional fraternity in the United States, with over 65 university chapters. ... ΛΧΑ (Lambda Chi Alpha), headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is one of the largest mens general fraternities in North America with more than 250,000 initiated members and chapters (called Zetas) at more than 300 universities. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Kappa Alpha Order (KA) is a secret collegiate Order of Christian Knights. ... ΣΦΕ (Sigma Phi Epsilon), commonly nicknamed SigEp or SPE, is a social fraternity for male college students in the United States. ... ΣΝ (Sigma Nu) is an undergraduate college fraternity with chapters in the United States and Canada. ... ΦΚΤ (Phi Kappa Tau) is a U.S. national college fraternity. ... Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity (also known as Sig Tau or ΣΤΓ, is a U.S. all-male college social fraternity founded at an unusual hour in the morning on June 28, 1920 at Central Missouri State University (formerly known as Central Missouri State Teachers College) and set up their first house... Alpha Sigma Phi (ΑΣΦ, commonly abbreviated to Alpha Sig) is a social fraternity with 68 active chapters, colonies, and interest groups. ... Delta Sigma Phi (ΔΣΦ, also known as DSP, Delta Sigs or Delt Sigs at Albion and Michigan State) is a fraternity established at the City College of New York in 1899 and is a charter member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. ... nickname: Kappa Sig Founded December 10, 1869 International Headquarters Charlottesville, VA Official Colors Scarlet, White, and Emerald green Official Flower Lily of the valley Official Jewel Pearl Official Badge Official Crest ΚΣ (Kappa Sigma) is an international fraternity with at least 300 chapters and colonies in North America. ...


Panhellenic Conference sororities include

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Sigma Sigma Sigma (ΣΣΣ), also known as Tri Sigma or Sigma, is a national American women’s sorority with membership of more than 92,000 members (as of August 1, 2006). ... Alpha Sigma Alpha (ΑΣΑ) is a US national sorority founded on November 15, 1901 at Longwood College (now University) in Farmville, Virginia. ... Alpha Omicron Pi (ΑΟΠ, AOII) is an international fraternity that was founded on January 2, 1897 at Barnard College on the campus of Columbia University in New York. ... Alpha Gamma Delta (ΑΓΔ) Founded in 1904, Alpha Gamma Delta is an international fraternity for women dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, high ideals and sisterhood. ... Kappa Delta (ΚΔ) is a sorority founded at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. ... Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΠ) was founded May 15, 1851 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia making it the first female fraternal organization. ... Alpha Phi (ΑΦ) is a fraternity for women founded at Syracuse University on October 10, 1872. ... The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. ... The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. ...

Murray State also has two local social sororities: Omega Xi (2002) and Delta Mu Pi (2005). Alpha Kappa Alpha (ΑΚΑ) Sorority, Incorporated, formed in January 15, 1908 at Howard University, became Americas first Greek-letter organization established by Black college women, and remains a predominately African-American sorority. ... Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans. ... Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, (ΔΣΘ) Incorporated is a non-profit Greek letter organization of college educated women committed to constructive development of its members and to public service with a primary focus on the Black community. ... // The Iota Phi Theta Fraternity (ΙΦΘ) was founded on September 19, 1963 at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Kappa Alpha Psi (KAΨ) is the second oldest collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African American membership. ... The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated (ΩΨΦ) Fraternity was founded on Friday, November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three students. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Zeta Phi Beta (ΖΦΒ) Sorority Inc. ...


Murray State has an active chapter of the Christian social sorority Alpha Delta Chi (1991) as well. ΑΔΧ - Alpha Delta Chi is a national Christian sorority founded at UCLA in 1925. ...


Traditions and Events

  • Located in front of Pogue Library on the quad is a tree with many pairs of shoes nailed to the trunk. The tradition is that if a couple gets married after meeting at Murray State, then they return to the quad and each one nails a shoe to the "shoe tree." Many of the shoes include names and dates written on them. If said couple has a baby, the baby's shoes are then nailed to the tree. It should be noted that this tree (due to a high zinc content from the nails) is a common target of lightning, and has caught fire in the past.
  • Campus Lights is the longest running student produced and performed musical in the South. The show started in 1938 by the Gamma Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha as a fund raiser to pay the chapter's chartering fees. All proceeds from the show are given to the Department of Music in order to fund scholarships.

The ΦΜΑ Sinfonia (usually referred to as Sinfonia rather than ΦΜΑ) is a collegiate social fraternity for men of musicianly character. ...

Athletics

Murray State is particularly renowned for its men's basketball program, which has made 13 appearances in the NCAA tournament, most recently in 2006. Its athletic teams are known as the Racers (men) and Lady Racers, with the exception of the baseball team which is known as the Thoroughbreds. All of its athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, whose conference roster includes nine other regional public universities and one private university. Image File history File links Murra_2548. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The 2006 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) is a College Athletic Conference which operates in the midwestern and southeastern United States. ...


Murray State also is home to one of the nation's top rifle programs. The Racers claimed national championships in 1978 (NRA), 1985 (NCAA) and 1987 (NCAA) and have produced six individual NCAA national champions, including two-time national titlist and 1984 Summer Olympics gold medalist Pat Spurgin. The NCAA Rifle Championship is an annual co-educational rifle national collegiate championship sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ...


The football program has become a steppingstone to major-college coaching success. Frank Beamer, the current Virginia Tech head coach who built that program into a national power in the 1990s and early 2000s, and current Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt are both former Racers head coaches, as is current ESPN analyst Mike Gottfried, himself a former head coach at Cincinnati, Kansas, and Pittsburgh. Current Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen is a former Racers assistant under Beamer. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Frank Beamer (b. ... Virginia Techs football team plays home games in Lane Stadium, considered one of the loudest stadiums in the country and recognized in 2005 by rivals. ... The Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as the Hogs, are the names of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ... Houston Dale Nutt, Jr. ... ESPN (which formerly stood for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Mike Gottfried (born 1945) was a NCAA Division I football coach at Pitt, Cincinnati, Kansas, and Murray State from 1978 to 1989. ... The Cincinnati Bearcats are the NCAA athletic teams representing the University of Cincinnati. ... The sports teams at the University of Kansas are known as the Jayhawks. ... The Pittsburgh Panthers is the name given to the sports teams of University of Pittsburgh. ... Logo, featuring Testudo the Turtle. ... Ralph Harry Friedgen (b. ...


Publications

Its student newspaper, The Murray State News, has been awarded two Pacemaker awards in the last decade, the highest award given to collegiate newspapers; in addition, the school yearbook, The Shield, was awarded three Pacemaker awards and two CSPA Silver Crowns in the last ten years.


Notable alumni


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Murray State University, located in the town of Murray in Kentucky's far-western Jackson Purchase, is an approximately 10,000-student, four-year public university.
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