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Morehead State’s newest nursing program has earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  

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Morehead State University will continue serving as a host campus for the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program (GSP). 

Last year, MSU was awarded a three-year contract (2019-21) to continue serving as a host campus for the program. MSU first hosted GSP in 2006 and this year will be the eighth year the University has hosted GSP.

Of the three universities that currently host GSP (others include Bellarmine University and Centre College), MSU is the only public university to host the program. 

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INSIGHT, a postsecondary preparation program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired, will be held on the Morehead State University campus June 8-15.

In its 13th year, the program is a collaboration between MSU, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB), Kentucky Education Development Corporation (KEDC) and the KSB Charitable Foundation. Nineteen students are expected to attend the camp this year.

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The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced that Morehead State is one of 42 providers from 23 states and the District of Columbia to receive accreditation for educator preparation programs. 

The spring 2019 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council resulted in 42 newly-accredited EPPs, bringing the total to 238 providers approved under the CAEP Teacher Preparation Standards – rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs. 

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The Kentucky Folk Art Center will host the “Getting Started with Poetry” workshop, Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The instructor for the class is Tasha Cotter of Lexington, where she works in higher education and serves as the president of the Kentucky State Poetry Society. She is the author of several books of poetry, including “Some Churches,” “The Aqua Notebook” and three chapbooks. Her work has appeared in journals such as Contrary Magazine, NANO fiction and Thrush. 

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The Morehead State University Equine program, Dr. Katelyn Kaufman, visiting assistant professor of equine science, and Randy Gauche, equine technician, are establishing a quarter horse breeding program with the support of the Department of Agricultural Sciences.  

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Morehead State University will hold its 2019 Spring Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11, at the Academic-Athletic Center (AAC). During the two programs, President Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan will confer degrees on nearly 1,200 graduate and undergraduate students.

The first commencement program will start at 10 a.m. Students in the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology and the College of Science will participate.

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World-renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter Phil Keaggy will perform at MSU with special guest violinist and vocalist Jean Watson on Wednesday, May 1, in Button Auditorium. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and early arrivals will be treated to music provided by MSU Associate Professor of Music Glenn Ginn and his wife Lisa Ginn at 7 p.m., followed by the show’s headliners.

Tickets are free for MSU students with EagleCard and a suggested donation of $10 or more per adult from MSU faculty and staff, or the general public will be accepted at the door.

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The 2019 MSU Department of Art and Design’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) exhibition will open with a reception Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Golding-Yang Art Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building.

The exhibition runs April 24-May 8 and features the works of seniors in the BFA program who will graduate in May or who graduated in December. 

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Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will hold its annual Sounds of Our Heritage Season Finale Concert Tuesday, April 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center.

All sections of the Traditional Music Ensemble will perform a variety of bluegrass, old time, country, western swing, blues, gospel and ballad singing at the event, and former students will return to perform as well.

Raymond McLain, KCTM director, said the concert will give those in attendance an opportunity to see what KCTM students can do.

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The MSU Equestrian Team and the Department of Agricultural Sciences are hosting the first ever Morehead State Appalachian Horse Revival Thursday, May 23, through Saturday, May 25, at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.

The event will bring together equine enthusiasts from across the nation to show horses that are native to Kentucky and Appalachia, including Kentucky Mountain Saddle, Paso Fino, Smokey Valley, Tennessee Walking, Rocky Mountain and Spotted Saddle horses, among others. Admission is $5 per day of the event.

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After showcasing their vocal talents earlier this month in Pikeville, the Morehead State University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will return to Morehead to give audiences a treat.

The vocal groups will present a concert with dessert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at First Baptist Church at 123 East Main Street in Morehead. 

The program is entitled “Sheltered by a Rock During Life’s Storms” and is a fundraiser for the choir’s tours. Desserts and coffee will be served at the conclusion of the concert. Admission is $5 and free for children 6 and under.

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In an environment where people are affected by a number of important issues, MSU Dance Ensemble is addressing these issues in a creative, kinetic and powerful way.

For its annual dance concert, MSU Dance will present “Viewpoints Redefined.” The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 17 through April 20 at the Button Auditorium. Tickets are $11, $6 for seniors and non-MSU students, and free to MSU students with student ID. Recommended for ages 14 and older.

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Morehead State’s Earthwise Eagles have several events planned during the month of April to promote sustainability. Scheduled events include:

Community Pride cleanup at Triplett Creek: Friday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will meet at the memorial tree walk pavilion. Bags and gloves will be provided. Dress appropriately and bring your own drinks and snacks.

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As someone who started his career in newspaper, former MSU vice president Keith Kappes (70, 73) swore he would get back into the journalism business in some fashion. When he went from being a hard news reporter to a columnist, he had his motivations.

“I felt for a longtime that everybody was entitled to my opinion,” he joked.

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Morehead State University’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) recently implemented a new project to bring awareness and recognition to its volunteers and their Kentucky roots. 

Kentucky SMP worked with Louisville-based mural artists Often Seen Rarely Spoken (OSRS) to bring together these images and create a series or murals across Kentucky.

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Morehead State University’s esteemed music program will welcome a successful professional musician to share his musical experience, knowledge and talent with students and the community.

Horn player Ronald Beitel will visit MSU on Monday, April 15, to conduct both a performance and a master class with students. The performance and ensemble coaching will take place from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in the Duncan Recital Hall and will be followed by a master class from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Baird Music Hall, Room 208. Both events are free and open to the public

Morehead State University is offering for sale to the highest bidder surplus translator, related equipment, and translator license (W202BH, 88.3FM) in Inez, KY.  Bid DOES NOT include the flagship radio station WMKY (90.3FM) in Morehead, KY.  Please visit www.moreheadstatebids.com to create an account and log in to view bid documents and instructions.  The bid is listed on the site as MO-13-19; Sale of Inez Translator.

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Morehead State University’s Department of Art and Design offers programs on the undergraduate and graduate levels that makes it one of the best places to receive a comprehensive art, design or art education degree. MSU’s graphic design program has been recognized as the best in the Commonwealth by a national publication.

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The Morehead State University Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Professor of Music Greg Wing, has been accepted to compete in the Large and Small Trumpet Ensemble Divisions during the 2019 National Trumpet Competition (NTC) March 14-16.

This year's competition will be held on the campus of the University of Kentucky and is the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world. 

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MSU alumnus Brian Stephens recently received the ProChef II certification, which is awarded to culinary professionals by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). 

“Getting certified gave me a much greater appreciation for the craft that I’ve been practicing for over 10 years," said Stephens. 

He credits the certification with renewing his passion for cooking, presenting and learning. 

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The MSU Concert Choir is hosting a Chili Cook-Off Dinner and concert on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 123 East Main Street, Morehead.  Guests can eat from 5:30 – 7:00 with the concert beginning at 7:30.

The all-you-can-eat chili dinner will include peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, tortilla chips, dessert, and tea or lemonade. The proceeds will go to support Concert Choir and Chamber Singers’ tours.


The Morehead Writing Project (MWP) has received a $10,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation’s Journalism and Media Program to fund the 2019 Power Your Story Journalism Camp.

The summer program for high school youth seeks to address the “news desert” that exists for many students living in low-income rural communities and teach young people the value and importance of community journalism.

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Eagle students get invaluable education, guidance, studio time and experience through the years they spend in MSU’s Department of Art & Design. They also get a chance to exhibit their work to fellow students, faculty, staff and the community...sometimes for the first time ever.

Many times, this takes place thanks to MSU’s annual Sophomore Art & Design Exhibition. The 2019 show, “In the Making,” will be on display at the Golding-Yang Art Gallery from Feb. 6-20.

Participation in the Sophomore Art & Design Exhibition is mandatory for all art and design students.

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Convergent media major and The Trail Blazer managing editor Julianna Leach, of Ewing, Kentucky, received two honorable mentions in the student division at the Kentucky News Photographers Association (KNPA) education seminar and photo contest held Jan. 25-26.  

“The honors are significant because she was up against the machines of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky,” said John Flavell, faculty advisor for The Trail Blazer and instructor of convergent media.

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During February, Morehead State University will celebrate Black History Month by offering a variety of educational and enriching activities designed to promote and honor African-American history and heritage.

Sponsored by the Eagle Diversity Education Center, the Campus Activities Board, the Office of Student Activities and the Camden-Carroll Library, Black History Month events are free and open to the public.

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MSU students are invited to help Morehead State win the top spot in a national campus recycling competition. 

Recyclemania begins Sunday, Feb.3, and continues through Saturday, March 30. Participating colleges and universities will measure the amount of recyclables and trash collected on their campuses each week, and will be ranked based on the weight of recyclables and trash collected, how much their recycling rates have improved over a two-year period and the amount of food waste reported. 

Items that can be recycled include:

Plastic #1

Plastic #2

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Dr. Scott Davison, a professor of philosophy at Morehead State, will present a lecture entitled, “Science, Faith and Answers to Prayer,” on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in Breckinridge Hall room 002.

Davison is the author of “Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation,” and the lecture offers an in-depth discussion on some of the ideas presented in the book. In the lecture, Davison will discuss what it means to say that God has answered a prayer and whether there is any way to know that God has answered a prayer.


Morehead State cheerleading added to its unmatched success this weekend at the UCA National Championships in Orlando as the coed squad won its fourth consecutive title, while the four-person all-girl stunt team also claimed a national championship. 

The coed unit won an unprecedented 27th national title since the program began competing in 1988.

The stunt team of Priscilla Thorn, Shelby Snider, Madison Paige, and Raven Marti also rose to the top, winning its first national title.

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Dr. C. Nelson Grote, age 91, president emeritus of Morehead State University and husband of the late Wilma Grote, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 19, 2019, at his home in Morehead.

He was the 11th president of Morehead State University and retired from the University in 1992, after five years of service as its chief executive officer.