Student Affairs extended an offer to Jamie Mantooth for the director of recruitment and retention on Jan. 19 after the application process closed the third week of November.
He is set to assume his position in early April.
The search began last semester after Carmen Garland retired from the position. Don Robertson, vice president of student affairs, was interim co-chair on the President’s Commission on Student Retention since Garland retired.
The director of retention works directly under Robertson on that commission.
Murray State’s Paducah Regional Campus will offer an accelerated master of business administration (MBA) degree program this August.
Administrators of the 18-month program hope this program will give students the opportunity to learn the skills of business and expand their education further than previously possible.
The program, offered for the first time in Paducah, Ky., has already been met with success at two of Murray State’s other extended campuses. The accelerated MBA was conducted in Madisonville, Ky., from 2008 to 2010 with 19 participants, in Henderson, Ky., from 2010 until the end of the spring semester with 19 participants and will be conducted in Paducah from the fall of 2012 to 2014. After the completion of the program in Paducah its next stop is planned for Hopkinsville, Ky.
The accelerated MBA is on a rotating plan, it only stays at an extended campus for the life of the program and then moves to the next extended campus.
Sandy Miles, professor of business management, will travel to Paris, France in March as on of three delegates representing the U.S. in a national human resources meeting.
Miles has been chosen by the International Organization for Standardization to participate in the work group for examining international standards on human resources, based on her contributions to the human resource management field.
The work group develops standard policies for the human resources field and seeks approval from the other participating countries.
The Commission on Diversity and Inclusion has recommended five action steps from the Diversity Plan to President Randy Dunn.
Sonya Baker, chair of the commission, said the five recommendations made were decided upon because they could be done without relying on too much funding and they could be implemented relatively quickly.
Governor Steve Beshear announce Jan. 17 there were to be cuts to the budget across the state. One of the cuts being discussed is in public universities, which were suggested to see 6.4 percent cuts as of next year.
In support of Barbara Kearney, a Murray State assistant professor of nursing diagnosed with cancer, the Kentucky Association of Nursing Students and the School of Nursing Faculty sponsored a blood drive Feb 1.
The event held in Mason Hall was coordinated in conjunction with the Murray-Calloway County Blood Bank.
While nursing students did paperwork and took vitals, the staff of the blood bank took blood.
Kearney was diagnosed with ampullary cancer during the summer of 2011.
The Black Faculty and Staff Association celebrated its fifth year anniversary with a panel discussion, “An Experiential History of African American Faculty and Students at Murray State University,” in the Curris Center’s Barkley Room on Monday featuring Frank Black, Nancy Tyler- Demartra, Willis Johnson, Steve Jones, Marvin Mills and Pearl Payne.
Jones, Chair of the department of social work, criminal justice and gerontology, introduced the panel to a full Barkley Room by citing the date that Murray State was desegregated in 1955.
“This view of the history of African Americans faculty and staff is important and needs to be told,” he said.