International Students

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a large and diverse population of international students from more than 60 countries. In our ongoing Sounds Good series meeting some of them, Matt Markgraf speaks with Maftuna Tojiboeva, a graduate student from Uzbekistan studying for a degree in public administration in the political science and sociology department. They discuss her hometown, learning English, Uzbek food and cultural history and her dreams of studying abroad from a young age. 

Nikhil Gangavane, 123rf Stock Photo

You may have seen on television or movies the massive Spring festival of colors in India, known as Holi. This festival was celebrated across India last week but Murray State University's Indian Student Association brings the festival to campus this Saturday. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with the association's president Mayur Bhandare about the history and mythology of the holiday, how his family celebrates back home and the upcoming event on campus.

Murray State University is home to a diverse body of international students. Stephen Emoche Agada is a graduate student from the Benué state in Nigeria. He says he came to MSU because it had a good ranking and the courses he was looking for when deciding to study abroad. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Agada about his hometown, cultural traditions and differences, misconceptions and how a member of his family is on the front lines with the Nigerian Army fighting Boko Haram.

Kala Dunn, WKMS

As an ongoing series, we invite individuals who make up Murray State University's diverse body of international students to share some background into their native country, cultural traditions and experiences here at MSU. Matt Markgraf speaks with Bassel Alhashemi, an undergraduate student from Aleppo, Syria, studying biology. In a two-part conversation on Sounds Good, they discuss coming to Murray State, life growing up in Syria, how the media portrays the Syrian crisis, how his family is faring, hopes for the future and more.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

As an ongoing series, we invite individuals who make up Murray State University's diverse body of international students to share some background into their native country, cultural traditions and experiences here at MSU. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Hanh Dinh, a graduate student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, now in her second semester at MSU, working towards a Master's degree in the TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). They discuss Vietnamese water puppetry, approaches to teaching English and how her country has changed over the past 40 years.

Photo by Claire Dunning, for WKMS

Murray State's Indian Student Association is holding a Flash Mob today in front of the Carr Health Building on campus, featuring a mash up of diverse Indian dance and music. Matt Markgraf speaks with the association's president, international student Mayur Bhandare. They talk about how he came to Murray State, his hometown of Nashik, cultural differences between India and the United States and an Indian festival coming up next month.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University has a diverse and growing community of international students and we are interested in learning more about them. Matt Markgraf recently met Aydan Aslanova a student from Azerbaijan who is involved in the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at MSU. They talk about what she's studying, her hometown of Baku, and learn why chivalry and smiling are different in the United States compared to her home country.

International Students at Murray State University, Facebook

There isn't a typical day at Murray State University's Institute for International Studies says Claire Alcott Dunning. She's an International Student Counselor and when she's not doing social media work for the program, she's booking trips around the world, representing the university to prospective students. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Dunning about what it's like traveling the world and her upcoming trip this October.

Traveling to Pakistan

Claire Dunning, International Student Counselor

Murray State University is host to four students involved in the U.S. Department of State's Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan. Humaira Ahmad Khan is a veterinary medicine major, here for one semester, and in her eighth semester of study overall. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Humaira about her experience at Murray State, her time working at a radio station back home, and how media and Hollywood contribute to misconceptions of both Pakistan and the United States. 

Dr. Bob Davies, Twitter

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies says the university's strategic plan process is in “the final stretch” and will be presented to the Board of Regents June 6.

Davies also discussed the institution’s reaction to a Murray State News article alleging difficulty for students reporting sexual assault to university officials and the review of reporting procedures. 

Below you can hear the full interview with Davies.  


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