Morehead State University

The C-SPAN bus' tour across America included a stop at Morehead State University to visit the Governor's Scholars Program. Devon Atkinson takes us behind the scenes.


Morehead State University announced Dr. Carol Christian has been named the first director of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.

“We are delighted that Dr. Carol Christian has accepted our invitation to join the Craft Academy as the first director,” said Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president. “Dr. Christian has had a long and distinguished career in public education. She brings a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge into her new role.”

Dr. Christian will start her new role on July 1.


Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews announced Tuesday (June 24) that Dr. Steven M. Ralston, Marist College’s dean of the School of Communication and the Arts, has been named MSU’s next chief academic officer/provost.

 “Dr. Ralston is a proven leader with a strong reputation of vision, energy and integrity,” said Dr. Andrews. “I am confident he can lead our faculty and the Division of Academic Affairs to even greater heights as a top tier public regional university.”

Dr. Ralston has been at Marist since 2008. He will assume his new duties on August 1.


Morehead State University hosted the second annual Kentucky Veterans' Expo at Boyd County High School in Ashland, Ky.

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center “A Day in the Country 2014” was held Saturday, June 7, at the Morehead Conference Center.

“A Day in the Country” brought more than 50 self-taught artists from more than 10 states together to display and offer their work for sale. Visitors to the show experienced wood carvings, stone carvings, paintings, and more. 

Showcasing the wealth of visual art in Kentucky, "The Bluegrass Biennial: A Kentucky Juried Exhibition" will be on exhibit through Aug. 27 at Morehead State University’s Claypool-Young Art Gallery.

A closing reception and juror’s talk will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5-7 p.m. 

Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University, was the exhibition juror. Fisher selected 50 works out of the more than 150 submitted for consideration.

“Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me” is moving to a new time slot on Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY 90.3FM).

Beginning Saturday, June 7, the program can be heard at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Now in its 14th season, the Peabody Award-winning show uses current news stories for questions and comedy segments. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, leads a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists, listener contestants and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news.

Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center invites everyone to “A Day in the Country 2014” Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center on First Street in Morehead.

The event brings more than 50 self-taught artists from more than 10 states together to display and offer their work for sale.  Visitors to the show can expect to find wood carvings, stone carvings, paintings, and more. 


Morehead State University’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers recently finished a tour of Ireland. Both choirs competed in the 2014 Mayo International Choral Festival. (View photo gallery)

The 50-voice Concert Choir won the festival’s sacred music competition while the 18-voice Chamber Singers won the grand prize as the best choir at the festival.

Morehead State University’s Super Summer Gifted Camp will be held June 16-20. The camp is in session from 9 a.m. until noon each day.

The camp is divided into elementary and middle school sessions, based on students' fall grade level. Campers who will be in grades 3 through 5 in the fall may register for the Elementary Grade sessions and campers who will be in grades 6 through 9 next year may register for the Middle Grade courses.

The cost of the camp is $70.


In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, May 26. There will be no classes or office hours and mail will not be delivered.

Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27. 


Morehead State University's Department of Art and Design attracts students from around the region.


Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its newest exhibition, “Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky.” The exhibition will remain on display through August 22.

A reception will be held Friday, June 6, in conjunction with KFAC’s annual A Day in the Country folk art fair on June 7.


Dr. Edward Story, a Morehead State University graduate, has announced he will retire as president of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) December 31. Dr. Story was named president in May 2008. He is a 32-year employee of the College, having also served as professor of biology, division chair and chief academic officer.

Morehead State University honored more than 1,100 degree candidates at its two spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, at the Academic-Athletic Center.

(View photo gallery)


There have been many musicians from Kentucky who have gone on to leave an indelible mark in the world of music by spreading the state’s musical roots in bluegrass and other forms of traditional music across the globe.

Cody Pearman, Tyler Mullins and Thomas Albert are three talented musicians who have similar aspirations. However, when they go on to pursue their musical careers, they will do so with something only the three of them currently possess: A Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Music from Morehead State University.

U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced Monday, May 5, that three non-profit organizations in Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District will receive $959,000 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). 

These grants will put 120 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve students in southern and eastern Kentucky schools. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in the region, including low test scores in reading and math, as well as obesity and drug abuse.

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY 90.3FM) will present a program showcasing Kentucky writers.

The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame announced the 2014 Hall of Fame class at an induction ceremony earlier this year at the Carnegie Center in Lexington. This is the second class to be inducted.

MSPR will air a program showcasing the introductions, readings and musical performances Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

The 2014 class includes: 

Children’s author Rebecca Caudill, best known for “A Pocketful of Cricket” and “Tree of Freedom;"


Morehead State University hosted its annual Spring Gala at the Adron Doran University Center and Button Auditorium, highlighted by the show 'Carnival'.'






Korry Friend of Troy, Ohio, won the 27th annual A. Frank and Bethel C. Gallaher Memorial Music Performance Competition at Morehead State University. The award, presented each spring to a junior music major, includes a $1,000 cash prize and the honor of performing at the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ Academic Honors and Awards Convocation.


Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development will sponsor its 28th Semi-Annual Rites of Passage Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The ceremony will take place in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center.

The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize and celebrate the scholastic achievement of minority and international students at MSU. Each student will receive a certificate and a special Kente stole.

The Black Gospel Ensemble, directed by Dr. Roosevelt Escalante, will perform.


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Morehead State University’s Transition Center in the Office of Enrollment Services has announced it will host a free application day for transfer students Tuesday, May 6.

“Transfer Tuesday” is a special event for students considering transferring from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System or from another college or university.

University of Tennessee vice chancellor and director of athletics Dave Hart announced Tuesday the hiring of Donnie Tyndall as the Volunteers' 19th men's basketball coach.

Tyndall is a 1993 Morehead State graduate.

The 43-year-old Tyndall joins Tennessee from Southern Mississippi, where he posted a 56-17 record (.767) in two seasons. He has averaged more than 21 wins during his eight seasons as a head coach with an overall record of 170-102 (.625), including six seasons at his alma mater, Morehead State, from 2006-07 through 2011-12. Tyndall played at MSU from 1990-93. 

Morehead State University’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present its Bon Voyage concert Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 123 E. Main Street, Morehead.

The event is free and open to the public.

The 50-voice Concert Choir and 18-voice Chamber Singers are conducted by Dr. Greg Detweiler. The choirs will include the performance as a local concert tour in preparation for their nine-day concert tour of Ireland.

The program titled “Songs of the Spirit and Spirited Song” will feature music from Appalachia, the masters and Ireland.

The main gallery of Morehead State University's Claypool-Young Art Building will present "Stepping Into The Future: 2014 Annual MSU Senior Juried Art Exhibition,” April 23 through May 7.

The annual show is an opportunity for MSU Department of Art and Design students to exhibit as emerging artists in a professional setting. The exhibition opens with a reception featuring live music by MSU students and complimentary refreshments on Wednesday, April 23, from 5-7 p.m., where awards including Best in Show, first, second, and third will be announced at 6 p.m. 

Morehead State University President Wayne D. Andrews joined education officials Wednesday, April 16, at Hazard Community and Technical College to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the University Center of the Mountains.

“As I look back on the history of the University Center of the Mountains, we have had more than 1,000 students earn their degrees,” said Dr. Andrews. “That is what it’s all about. Giving the students a chance to obtain their education that will make a difference in this area for many years to come.”

Morehead State University’s Star Theater public programs for April will feature several favorites and its most popular live program.

The programs will start on Friday, April 18, with the “Origins of Life" at 6 p.m., followed by laser “iPop” at 7 p.m. and “Laser Pop” at 8 p.m.

Programs will continue on Saturday, April 19, with "Nature of Science" at 1 p.m., the live program “Night Sky over Morehead” at 2:15 p.m., and “Origins of Life” at 3:30 p.m. 

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) with the U.S. Department of Labor announced its formal acceptance of a grant proposal from the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC).


Morehead State Public Radio has announced the addition of a Spanish music program to its lineup.

Sin Fronteras - Spanish for “no borders” - is a new program to be featured on WMKY (90.3 FM). Locally hosted by Maria Arroyo, the program will make its debut Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. 

The program will be presented in both Spanish and English as an educational and informative learning tool.


Dr. Gwen Sloas, assistant dean of admission for Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been named regional campus director at Morehead State University at Mt. Sterling.