University graduates provide half of teaching staff

A recent study conducted by the Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative found conclusive data proving Murray State has a positive educational influence on surrounding school districts.

P-20, a name given to the data collection program, showed the positive correlation between the percentage of students who leave area high schools as college ready and the universities from which their teachers graduated.

Results from the study showed 36 percent of high school graduates in the 16-county cooperative for Murray State qualify as college ready—the highest percentage area in Kentucky.

The research group, which was comprised of the Kentucky Department of Education, the Education Professional Standards Board and the Council on Postsecondary Education, found that 70 percent of teachers in the 16-county Jackson Purchase area are Murray State graduates. Continue reading “University graduates provide half of teaching staff”

Flu season strikes University students

Flu season is coming to an end but allergies are still going strong.

In an article posted by National Public Radio, Lyn Finelli, Lead of the Surveillance and Outbreak Response Team of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in 29 years, this is the slowest start to a flu season.

Judy Lyle, health educator said Health Services has only seen one case of the flu this year. Continue reading “Flu season strikes University students”

Course catalogues undergo change

The Murray State Undergraduate and Graduate course catalogues will be combined into one booklet for the 2012-13 semesters.

Planned to go out in July, the course catalogues, or bulletins, have been a part of the University admissions process for 20 years. The bulletins were created to help incoming freshmen and prospective graduate students make a choice as to which classes to take.

The current bulletins, both undergraduate and the graduate, include basic University information, such as the school’s mission statement and the admission requirements. Apart from that, students can find general information about the different class requirements and programs offered. Continue reading “Course catalogues undergo change”

Murray State’s Paducah Regional Campus continues development

Plans for the extended Murray State’s Paducah Regional Campus continue to develop after being approved by the Board of Regents in May of 2011.

The extended campus is meant to serve the non-traditional student who may not have access to higher education outside of McCracken County.

Kim Oatman, director of Facilities Management, said the goal is for the campus to be completed sometime in fall of 2013.

Oatman said the designs for the campus are being worked on and should be completed by May. Continue reading “Murray State’s Paducah Regional Campus continues development”

Morgan: election turnout 10%, near last year’s numbers

Turnout in the Student Government Association elections hovered around the same 10.5 percentage range, up only .02 percent from last year.

Last year, there were 1,168 votes for SGA president, 1,005 for vice president and 1,031 votes for secretary.

This year, 1,018 students voted for who would become the SGA president and 911 voted on the vice president candidates.

For the general election of SGA executive positions there were 1,040 votes cast out of the 9,865 students eligible for voting.

The online voting system which students can access through myGate is VoteNet. This is the second year the University has used VoteNet for the online SGA elections. Continue reading “Morgan: election turnout 10%, near last year’s numbers”

Johnson wins: Incumbent claims decisive victory with 59% approval

Jeremiah Johnson, senior from Hopkinsville, Ky., sits at his desk in the Curris Center Thursday morning, hours after he secured his second presidential term. Johnson says he has a lot of work in garnering student interest and centralizing student government service || Austin Ramsey/The News

One of the largest and oldest traditions at Murray State is All Campus Sing, but along with all of the singing and dancing comes the announcement of the new Student Government Association president and officers.

Jeremiah Johnson, senior from Hopkinsville, Ky., was re-elected SGA president for the upcoming school year in a landslide victor over his competitors. He will represent the student body and serve as the student regent on the Board of Regents for a second year.

That honor will put him in an exclusive list of only six other former SGA presidents who served more than a single year.

Johnson beat out his competitors Chase Brasher, senior from Paducah, Ky., and Dylan Gerlach, junior from Louisville, Ky. He earned 59 percent of the votes, which totaled 600.

“I’m excited, it’s going to be a great year,” Johnson said. “I’m going to try and work on things that I have noticed in the past year.” Continue reading “Johnson wins: Incumbent claims decisive victory with 59% approval”

Coast Guard, Safety Board hold Eggners Ferry Bridge hearings

The United States Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board convened for a special series of public hearings this week. Their inquiries were focused on the deteriorated conditions of the navigation lights on the Eggners Ferry Bridge and the navigational abilities of the Delta Mariner crew.

Hearing Officer Lt. Salinas called upon Thomas Hines, transportation engineer supervisor of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, to answer questions about light maintenance on the bridge. Hines is responsible for 12 counties in western Kentucky.

During his interview, Hines said that before the Delta Mariner hit the bridge in January, another towboat, Miss Katie, struck the bridge. Continue reading “Coast Guard, Safety Board hold Eggners Ferry Bridge hearings”

Press, lawyers struggle with case

A private hearing has been scheduled for the prosecution and defense to share and discuss evidence in the 1998 Hester College fire retrial of Jerry Walker.

Last year, Walker was indicted a second time for setting the fire that killed Michael Minger, a junior music student living in the residential college. The incident also seriously injured another student.

In a hearing early last week, Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship, the case’s main prosecutor asked Foust to set the meeting “in camera,” setting restrictions on media coverage.

The motion prompted The Paducah Sun to file a complaint motion earlier this week citing a violation of its freedom of speech.

Blankenship said he feared it would be impossible to compile an unbiased jury for the trial scheduled for July 6 if media coverage continued. Continue reading “Press, lawyers struggle with case”

Alliance attends conference

Six Alliance members traveled more than 13 hours to Washington, D.C., for a briefing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who have careers in the federal government.

LGBT college students nationwide were invited to a White House briefing on federal government career opportunities featuring remarks by John Berry, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and staff and senior leaders in the Obama administration.

Berry spoke to approximately 100 college students about how they should not let their sexual identity hinder them from pursuing a career in government.

The event showed career opportunities including civil, foreign and military service, agency internships, and opportunities to work for the White House. Continue reading “Alliance attends conference”

KTC begins bridge analysis, repairs

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Crews have begun work on the Eggners Ferry Bridge almost three months after the 2,800-ton Delta Mariner NASA cargo ship collided with the main span, causing a 322-foot bridge section to collapse.

Several tons of twisted steel and roadway came crashing atop the ship and into the Kentucky Lake that night, leaving the bridge impassible and surface damaging the Delta Mariner.

Weeks later, the cargo vessel was moved upstream for repairs, but the bridge, a main traffic artery between extreme western Kentucky and the rest of the state, lay injured and untouched until now.

Early last week, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials began surface preparations to temporarily replace the missing bridge span. The work comes a month after Gov. Steve Beshear visited the bridge site and announced the acceptance of a $7 million bid proposal for repair work from Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. to complete work on the bridge by Memorial Day weekend.

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