Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college’s foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July.

Murray State Alumni Names Distinguished Alumni

Mar 8, 2016

The Murray State Alumni Association names four graduates as 2016 Distinguished Alumni. 

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Since its discovery in a population of bats in a New York cave in 2007, white nose syndrome has become one of the gravest threats to American and Canadian bats.  White nose is a fungal infection that disrupts the bat’s hibernation cycle and has resulted in the death of approximately 6 million bats in North America.  Kentucky has not escaped the infection’s spread; it first appeared in the Commonwealth in 2011 and has been detected in bats in western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees plans to hold a vote on members’ confidence in university president James Ramsey at its next meeting in April.

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Kentucky’s middle and high schools would be required to offer drug prevention instruction with an emphasis on opioid abuse under a bill moving through the state House.

The measure won unanimous support Tuesday from the House Education Committee.

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Murray State University Tracey Newport recently displayed his historical research project at last week’s Posters-at-the-Capitol event in Frankfort.

He and faculty mentor Dr. David Pizzo speak with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about Newport’s paper, "The Evil That Men Do: Comparative Genocide in the 20th Century."


Eastern Kentucky University is moving forward with capital construction projects on its Richmond campus.  The school’s president says the governor’s proposed funding cuts will not sway EKU’s revitalization strategies.

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is wrapping up, but the campaign to tackle eating disorders continues year-round nationally through the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and locally at Murray State University's Women's Center. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross recaps the week's events with Women's Center director Abigail French and the types of disorders most commonly seen on campus. 

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The Murray State Board of Regents expressed support in their quarterly meeting Friday of the efforts led by President Dr. Bob Davies in keeping the university community informed about the looming budget crisis. Regent Chair Harry Lee Waterfield, Jr. said potential higher ed funding cuts are one of the most important issues facing post-secondary institutions in Kentucky in generations. 

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Students are entering the fight to protect state funding for Kentucky colleges and universities. Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed budget would cut state support 4.5 percent this year and nine percent during the state’s two year budget.

According to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the commonwealth has reduced university budgets by more than $713 million in the last eight years. Many students say they’re tired of the cuts, and they showed up in Frankfort Thursday to let their legislators know.