University officials, accompanied by representatives from the Murray State Counseling and Testing Center and the Four Rivers Behavioral Health held a meeting March 15 for faculty, staff and students who were directly impacted by the student death outside the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center that morning.
Nearby in the Quad, a group of nearly 20 students gathered and held hands to remember Jacob Derting, 20, junior from Bardstown, Ky., after he fell to his death from the seventh floor of the Fine Arts Center. Officials have officially determined the incident was a suicide.
Since that Thursday morning, the University community has reacted strongly. Hundreds of students gathered around Old Fine Arts Building and Waterfield Library looking on as emergency management officials used sheets and visibility shields to block the scene of Derting’s body. He was found between the Robert E. Johnson Theater and the elevator base of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building at the entrance to the Zen Garden. Continue reading “University reacts to death, counseling available”
Residential College Association met Monday evening to discuss important events occurring both in the residential and University zones of campus.
Amidst the tragedy occurring on March 15 regarding the death of a student on campus, Student Affairs Vice President Don Robertson urged anyone needing counseling for the events can visit counselors in the Psychological Center in Applied Science.
To meet the large needs for counseling over the past couple of weeks, a small open forum will be held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the small Curris Center ballroom. Counselors will be on hand to discuss handling grief and the pains of human loss.
Alliance held its weekly meeting Sunday night in the Curris Center.
President Will Heath said the Celebrate and Support a Fair Kentucky party will be 7-9:30 p.m. on March 31. The ally of the year award will be given at the party.
The group will present Live Homosexual Acts on April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the free speech zone. Members will tie-dye shirts, play Frisbee and other outside activities.
Pat McCuthen, sociology professor, will be speaking to Alliance on April 1 on becoming an agent of change. Public Safety will be speaking at the general assembly meeting on April 8.
The annual Day of Silence will be April 20. Alliance members will be handing out informational brochures and pamphlets about the Day of Silence from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curris Center. The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s annual day of protest against bullying of LGBT students and their allies.
The White House Office of Public Engagement is inviting college students to a career pathways briefing featuring John Berry, Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management on April 13. Alliance voted to pay the way of one student to go to the conference.
The meeting closed with nominations for president and vice president for the 2012-13 school year.
The Murray State University Counseling and Testing Center will be facilitating an open forum regarding the recent on-campus suicide on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Small Ballroom of the Curris Center. There will be a brief presentation by the Counseling staff followed by an open session for individuals to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and concerns regarding the incident. The session is open to students, faculty, and staff. Continue reading “University to host open session after campus suicide”
Jacob Derting, 20, junior from Bardstown, Ky., fell to his death and was found outside of the Price Doyle Fine Arts Center around 9:30 a.m. today. In a University statement released this afternoon, officials say initial investigation indicates the incident was an apparent suicide.
The Murray State Police and emergency management services responded and cordoned off the area from a mass of students in front of Waterfield Library minutes after Derting fell.
The area blocked off leads to the Zen Garden where the body was found. Several administrators and a detective were at the site. A University official reported Derting had died minutes after 911 calls were made from within the Fine Arts building. The Calloway County Coroner’s Office responded shortly after 10 a.m.
The body was taken from the scene at approximately 10:17 a.m. Police used a blankets and a vision shield to hide the student as they moved the body by stretcher to the waiting ambulance.
A new student organization has emerged that is erasing gender lines. The mission of Eracer is to be a confidential peer-support organization at Murray State that serves individuals with non-conformist gender identities or expressions.
Eracer surfaced as the LGBT community recognized a need for a peer-support type organization on campus for those dealing with gender identity and expression, advisor to Eracer, Jody Cofer said. The other student organization on campus that deals specifically with LGBT issues is the MSU Alliance. MSU Alliance’s mission encompasses advocacy, education and social events for the entire LGBT and ally community.
“Eracer is different in that it is not an advocacy or education organization,” Cofer said. “There will be no public programming coming out of Eracer. This group serves solely to be a confidential peer-support organization.”
In order to start Eracer on campus, the steps to form a student organization had to be fulfilled such as developing a Constitution, selecting officers and advisors and filing the necessary paperwork, Cofer said.
Winslow Dining Hall and the Thoroughbred Room are slated to undergo several changes during the summer of 2012.
Changes include equipment renovation, new utilities and newly offered services.
Winslow will gain two combination ovens and one cook-and-hold oven. The T-Room will also be gaining a pair of each.
Combination ovens are programmable, standardizing the cooking process. The machines combine the abilities of convection and steam cooking ovens.
Paula Amols, director of Dining Services and Racer Hospitality, said the additions will provide quality fried food in a healthier way and will create less food waste. She said these ovens cook much quicker than the ovens used now. Adding these ovens will require the venue to have gas lines.