University hires retention director

Meghann Anderson
Staff writer

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.

President Randy Dunn said the University has been challenged in previous years to keep retention numbers strong. Continue reading “University hires retention director”

Todd: Paducah to offer MBA next semester

Chris Wilcox
Staff writer

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.

Tim Todd, dean of the college of business, said if all goes well, the program will keep rotating throughout the next several years. Continue reading “Todd: Paducah to offer MBA next semester”

Winters retires from state Senate seat

Olivia Medovich
Staff writer

Sen. Ken Winters announced Jan. 30 he would not be seeking re-election of his senate seat this term.

Winters has represented the 1st senatorial district in west Kentucky, which includes Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Lyon and Trigg counties, for the last 8 years.

Winters said he decided not to run again because of health concerns with his wife, Shirley Winters.

“It’s been a little over a year ago, my wife had major back surgery,” he said.

He said when he initially made the decision to run for senator, he and his wife were in relatively good health. Continue reading “Winters retires from state Senate seat”

Miles to represent the US in international human resources meeting

Olivia Medovich
Staff writer


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.

According to the ISO website, ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards with which many countries participate. Continue reading “Miles to represent the US in international human resources meeting”

Commission recommends action steps to president

Chris Wilcox
Staff writer

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.

These cuts to Universities may impact what can be done in regards to the action steps of the Murray State Diversity Plan. Continue reading “Commission recommends action steps to president”

School of Nursing holds blood drive in honor of professor

Chris Wilcox
Staff writer

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.

Ampullary cancer is a cancer that arises from the ampulla vater, a small projection into the first portion of the intestine into which the pancreatic and bile ducts open. Continue reading “School of Nursing holds blood drive in honor of professor”

Couple gives presentation on oppressed faith in Iran


Zack Heer professor in the department of history, discusses the Baha'i faith in Iran with personal experiences || Melissa Ruhlman/The News

Courtney Laverdure
Staff writer

A program related to the Murray State Reading Experience, held this Wednesday in faculty hall, helped to shed greater light on the context of the book chosen, Persepolis in Tunisia.

Zack Heern, professor in the department of history, and his wife, Mona Heern, delivered a presentation on the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Baha’i faith.

They presented in a tag-team effort. He presented historical background information on Iran and provided some context for the audience regarding the social, political, and religious state of Iran.

During the mid 1970s, there was a popular revolution that declared many enemies including officials of the former Shah’s government, communists, and the Baha’is.

The Baha’i faith is the second most geographically widespread religion on earth, the largest minority religion in Iran, and they believe in the core truth of all world religions. Continue reading “Couple gives presentation on oppressed faith in Iran”

BFSA celebrates 5th anniversary

Haley Russell
Assistant News Editor

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.

Elliott Jordan, an artist and a Murray State alumnus, was among the first of the students to attend the University in 1967 and showcased his artwork at the event. Continue reading “BFSA celebrates 5th anniversary”

Student Government Association: 2.8.12

Meghann Anderson
Staff writer


The Student Government Association opened its weekly meeting with discussion about the Higher Education Rally held Tuesday in Frankfort, Ky.

SGA president Jeremiah Johnson said the rally was a huge success and about 400 students were in attendance, making the rally the largest in its history.

Johnson said Murray State brought more students to the rally this year than ever before, with about 40 students in attendance.

Upcoming University events include the Presidential lecture featuring James Carville and Mary Matalin, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Lovett Auditorium. Prior to the lecture will be a news conference at 6:30 p.m. in Pogue library. Continue reading “Student Government Association: 2.8.12”

Officials arrest student after finding dangerous materials in Hester College room

Chris Wilcox
Staff writer 

Photo provided by Calloway County Jail

Murray State police arrested David M. Wilson, freshman from Florissant, Mo., Jan. 31 at 12:50 p.m. for first-degree wanton endangerment.

Wilson consented to a warranted search of his room at Hester College, Catherine Sivills, assistant vice president of communications, said. According to his arrest report, officials found all the components to make a pipe bomb including a pipe, fuse and black powder mixed with ammonium nitrate. Sivills said the materials were safely removed from campus. Continue reading “Officials arrest student after finding dangerous materials in Hester College room”