Murray State

Education
3:10 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

MSU Regents Vote Down Contract Extension for Dunn; Faculty Regent Jack Rose Resigns

Full interview with Board Chair Constantine Curris following the vote not to extend President Dunn's contract

Murray State’s Board of Regents has voted 7 to 4 against extending President Randy Dunn’s contract. The decision comes despite the letters of support for Dunn from the school’s faculty senate and staff congress, as well as 27 west Kentucky school superintendents.

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Higher Education
11:06 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Dunn Is Not A Finalist for NIU Presidency

Murray State University President Randy Dunn says he is not one of the four finalists seeking the post of Northern Illinois University President. Dunn made his comments today following a public meeting on proposed changes to the university budget including cuts, and new revenue.

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Higher Education
12:39 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Uncertainty Surrounds Murray State's Budget and President Ahead of Meeting Next Week

Uncertainty has shrouded Murray State University during the last six months as ongoing questions surround the future of the president‘s contract and the university’s budget.  In August Murray State’s Board of Regents charged President Randy Dunn to conduct a full review of the University’s budget in attempt to find cuts, efficiencies and new revenue. All the while, Dunn has been pressing the board of regents to extend his contract, which expires in 2014. The board is required to take action by June 2013, but could do so at any time.  In the meantime Dunn has said that he will continue to seek “exceptional “ career opportunities available to him until the board decides to take action on his contract.

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Sports
2:39 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Meet Leva Bates, Madisonville Native, MSU Graduate and Professional Wrestler

Credit shinewrestling.com

Kate Lochte continues our series of interviews with young people of western Kentucky who are finding success in major markets. This time we meet professional wrestler Leva Bates, former Madisonville resident, Madisonville high school graduate, and Murray State University graduate. She made her professional debut in 2006, and has since won the CCW Women's Championship, SCW Women's Championship, and USCW Women's Championships. In 2012, Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked her among the 50 best female singles wrestlers. Initially, Leva attended FXE Wrestling School to become a manager, but was informed by her teachers that she wasn't a manager, she was a wrestler.

Education
5:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Parenthood Project: Reading to Your Child

Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd (left) with Dr. Sharon Gill (right)

In the second interview of the WKMS Parenthood Project, WKMS Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd interviews Dr. Sharon Gill of Murray State's Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, about the importance of reading to your child.

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Arts
4:56 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Folk Musician Peter Yarrow to Speak at Murray State

Joe Baust, Murray State professor emeritus, education, hosts Peter Yarrow of the famed folk group Peter, Paul and Mary for a 2 hour free concert in Wrather Hall on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Yarrow travels spreading the word about his non-profit, Operation Respect, which works to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can occur free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Joe spoke to Kate Lochte about the upcoming event, during Sounds Good.

Society
2:03 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Dr. Alkhatib Previews Lecture "Shariah Law and American Family Courts"

Dr. Ihsan Alkhatib, Assistant Professor of Government, Law and International Affairs at Murray State gives a presentation on Shariah Law and American Family Courts on Thursday (February 28) in Room 500, Faculty Hall, at 4:30 p.m. Dr. Alkhatib examines the workings of the Wayne County Family Court Division in Detroit, Michigan. This county includes a large Muslim population. Interviews with attorneys who represent Muslim litigants reveal that Islamic law issues do frequently come up in family law cases, but instead of Islamic law crossing the boundary separating church and state and imposing itself on the Court, it is the secular law that is imposing itself on the religion. We welcomed Dr. Alkhatib to Sounds Good for a preview.

2013 KY General Assembly
4:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Universities Can Start Construction Immediately As Projects Bill Signed Into Law

Six Kentucky's public universities can immediately start construction on more than $300 million in construction or renovation projects, including a $110-million renovation of Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 7 into law on Thursday.

The bill authorizes bonds and other funds to help build academic buildings, dorms and other necessities at the universities. It assures no public money will be used for the projects.

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Arts
3:31 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Long-Time MSU English Professor Reflects on Writing and the Value of Poetry

Dr. Charles Daughaday, long-time faculty member of the Department of English at Murray State University, visits Sounds Good to reflect on his writing life and the value of poetry today.  He shares one of his poems and attests to his strong belief in the value of the Humanities and literature.

Education
4:20 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

New College Textbook Attempts to Re-Invigorate Writing Instruction

Chad Davidson (Left), Gregory Fraser (Right)
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Two well-published poets who both teach at The University of West Georgia near Atlanta, Chad Davidson and Gregory Fraser, give a reading of their works in Clara Eagle Gallery, starting at 6 p.m.Thursday. Then on Friday, they take the bull by the horns and offer two presentations about teaching and learning basic composition. Davidson and Fraser have co-authored two books: Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches and Analyze Anything: A Guide to Critical Reading and Writing. Kate Lochte wanted to learn more about how they approach teaching writing at the college level.

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