Murray State

When it comes to depth of curriculum, breadth of research and impact on the state economy, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville lead the way among public colleges in the Bluegrass State.

When it comes to investing donors’ dollars, though, leadership might be best found outside of the state’s money centers, in college towns like Bowling Green, Morehead and Murray.

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The so-called "bathroom bill" circulating state governments across the country, namely North Carolina, restricts transgender people to use bathrooms that align with their biological sex. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has recently questioned the need for a special legislative session called by fellow Republican lawmakers over President Obama's directive where public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their identity. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State University psychology professor Dr. Michael Bordieri about these hot-button issues, which he calls "concerning." 

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Kentucky is facing a doctor shortage. A 2013 report commissioned by the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange found the state lacks about 3,800 doctors, including 183 primary care physicians. Universities in the Commonwealth are hoping to make a dent in that shortage. Parker Franklin has more on those efforts from Murray State.

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A Murray State University geology professor is Kentucky’s new State Geographer. Governor Matt Bevin appointed Dr. George W. Kipphut on Friday. 

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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. 

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Higher education will be cut by 4.5% under the two-year budget approved by the Kentucky state legislature Friday night. Performance-based funding will also be imposed on state colleges and universities starting in the 2018 fiscal year. Higher ed institutions will compete for 5% of state funding, which grows to 25% in 2020.

In a letter to faculty and staff, Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies shed insight into how the university is preparing for these cuts.

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Murray State University TSM hosts Patterns of Distinction Security Matters conference April 28. On Sounds Good, Michael Ramage and Annie Dail speak with Tracy Ross about the goal of the conference and how businesses can become aware of providing levels of security against threats. 

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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.

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Folktales and legends, natural remedies and "old wives tales" have a remarkable way of traveling with settlers, taking on a life of its own wherever people settle. This region has no shortage of stories like these. Murray native Mildred Hatcher spent her lifetime collecting and preserving the folktales of Kentucky and Tennessee. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Pogue Library Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian about Hatcher's love of folktales and her impressive collection at Murray State.

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Our Women's History Month Series continues with a look at the incredible collection of Alney Alba, a woman who was born and died in Calloway County, but spent most of her career in Hollywood and Broadway. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Sarah Hopley, Special Collections & Exhibits Librarian at Murray State's Pogue Library about Alba's extraordinary careers as an actress, a poet and an artist, and how her very meticulously-kept life story ended up in Pogue's archives. 

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