Dr. Brandi King’s office is filled with towering stacks of boxes filled with Lego Mindstorms kits. When she isn’t teaching early childhood and elementary education, King runs Murray State University’s summer robotics camp. The robots that King teaches adolescents to assemble are capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube in five seconds. It’s this technology and these kids that have allowed King a glimpse at the future of education.
The Council on Postsecondary Education is granting four universities, including Murray State, $839,000 to improve teacher quality.
Murray State is receiving $99,000 for a partnership program with Madisonville Community College, the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Academy of Technology Education. The funds will go to help show science and math teachers how simulations and interdisciplinary problem solving can improve their work with accelerated students. The program also involves six school districts.
Dr. Jesse D. Jones is a Marshall County Native, a 1964 graduate of Murray State and one of the University's most generous donors.
He's provided a naming gift for the Jones College of Science Engineering and Technology. Jones also provided funds to name the Jones family clock tower and many other campus initiatives and scholarships.
Jones gives a presentation today at 2:30 in the Collins Industry and Technology building on campus titled Adventure: Life and Its Experiences.
Kate Lochte speaks with Michael Ramage, Associate Director of Murray State's Center for Telecommunications Management. They are hosting a Multi-State Telecommunications Summit at MSU October 9th, featuring the chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission, Dr. Steve Wildman. This is a free conference for the telecom industry, state PSC commissioners and staff members, and members of academic telecommunications programs that will address change in technology and the marketplace and its impact on regulatory bodies. Click here for more information.
Dr. Roger Weis joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to discuss and read poems from his 8th book, sea dreams. Weis says he fell in love with the sea when he worked at his neighbor's hotel in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a teenager. It was the same year he began writing poetry. Weis directed Youth and Nonprofit Leadership at Murray State University for 25 years and now serves as Assistant Dean of its College of Health Sciences and Human Services. To purchase copies of his book, visit bookstore.murraystate.edu. or call 270-809-4388. The book sells for $14 and all royalties go to charity.