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Dr. George “Mac” Luckey Jr., MSU professor emeritus and namesake of the George M. Luckey Academic Honors Program and husband of Dr. Sue Luckey, died Tuesday, Sept. 15. He was 85. 

A native of Paris, Tennessee, Luckey joined Morehead State’s philosophy faculty in 1961. Luckey was active on campus, serving as a faculty advisor to the Open Forum Club, the Blue Key Honors Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional music fraternity. He also served on several departmental, college, and university committees. 

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At Morehead State University, Eagles Always Soar...and so have the university’s rankings over the past two years.

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Morehead State graduate student Thomas Buteyn of Somerset has been elected to serve as the student member of the board of directors for the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). 

Buteyn is pursuing his Master of Science degree in Engineering and Technology Management and plans to graduate in December 2022. He was nominated for the board post by Dr. Ahmad Zargari, associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS). He was elected by the vote of ATMAE members. 

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Amy Yang, a senior from the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State, has been selected to join the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council for the 2020-21 year.  

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Tim Simpson, professor and chair of the Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education (FGSE) at Morehead State University, along with co-author and retired Hillsdale College professor Dr. Jon Fennell, had their paper, “Epistemological Foundations of Liberal Education for Democratic Life” accepted by the North American Association for Philosophy of Education (NAAPE) to be presented in Fall 2020 via remote session. 

NAAPE allows scholars worldwide that work in both education and philosophy a forum to address the practical challenges of teaching and learning. 

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Senior art students who did not get to show their works in the spring due to campus being closed by COVID-19 will have the opportunity to do so during a joint student/faculty art exhibition opening Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Golding-Yang Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building. 

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For the fifth consecutive year, Morehead State has been designated as a Tree Campus for 2019 by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The Tree Campus Higher Education designation, formerly called Tree Campus USA, is awarded annually, and recognizes efforts made in the previous year to promote healthy trees and engage students in conservation. 

To earn the designation, MSU met the five core standards for an effective campus forest management, including:

Establishment of a tree advisory committee. 

Providing evidence of a campus tree-care plan.

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Some students may endure financial hardships that make it difficult for them to pursue higher education at Morehead State University due to the inability to afford adequate food and essential items.

This led MSU to create Eagle Essentials to provide students with everyday items at no cost, including non-perishable food items, hygiene products and school supplies.

For student convenience and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, MSU is announcing new hours of operation and safety procedures for Eagle Essentials access and donations effective Aug. 17.

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Fall is an exciting time at Morehead State University as we welcome both new and returning students to campus for the fall semester. We know that due to COVID-19, this semester will be a different experience, but it will also be a safe one thanks to our Healthy at MSU initiatives. 

We are a medium-sized campus and very personally connected, and we believe that this will serve us well from an overall return to campus. Additionally, our University has beautiful green space and a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, etc. for your outdoor enjoyment.  

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Fayette County Public Schools has announced that Michael Jones (94, 05) has been named principal at Mary Todd Elementary School in Lexington. 

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Morehead State University is ready to welcome students back to campus and offer a safe and successful college experience next week. 

Classes for the Fall 2020 academic year at MSU will begin on Monday, Aug. 17. If you have not completed registration for courses or need to drop/add a class, please do so as soon as possible.

Registration for Fall 2020 is available online at http://my.moreheadstate.edu

If you have questions, contact your academic advisor for assistance. 

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The Pioneer Football League's (PFL) Presidents Council has announced the league's schools will not conduct conference competition in fall 2020. The PFL membership is spread from coast-to-coast and throughout the Midwest which poses challenges related to team travel, as well as difficulties meeting applicable state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

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Morehead State Instructor of English Dr. Deanna Mascle was featured in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discussing online platforms' potential to deliver humanities courses. 

The article, published July 9, discusses the importance of tapping into the full potential of online learning to deliver creative, transformative humanities courses. The author, Dr. Lee Skallerup Bessette, said, “(Mascle) gives students choice in their work, focuses on iteration and revision, and has them engage with one another through their writing."  

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Morehead State University’s RN to BSN program has been nationally ranked by NursingProcess.org.

Out of 169 accredited programs in the Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia), MSU was ranked in the top 5 (#4).   

A full list of rankings can be found at https://www.nursingprocess.org/best-rn-to-bsn-programs/#southeast-region

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The Morehead State University Alumni Association Board of Directors announced the election of new board leadership and members.  

Mona Sabie Womack (86) has been elected as the president of the MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, while Billie Renee Johnson (96) was chosen as president-elect at the board’s virtual meeting this past May. 

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The Upward Bound Programs at Morehead State recently hosted their 54th summer with 227 virtual participants.  

The virtual academy was designed to be a reflection of the six-week residential academy the program hosts each summer on campus. Students spent their days engaged in classes, workshops, and activities. Resident advisors who would normally live in the residence halls with students mentored students virtually and led activities from book clubs and dance to culinary skills.

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Morehead State is welcoming students back to residence halls this fall with procedures and guidelines to help keep everyone safe. 

This year both returning students and new students will need to schedule a specific date and time to move into their residence halls.

Students can sign-up for a move-in time by logging in their MSU account at http://my.moreheadstate.edu and selecting the “Housing Self-Service" option.  

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In recognition of these challenging times and to keep all our future Eagles safe, Morehead State University is offering our Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) sessions online.  

Over the past two months, MSU SOAR sessions have taken place online, answering a variety of questions from prospective students and their families while providing valuable information in the safest way possible. 

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The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University is proud to announce the 2022 class members.  

Seventy-two students from across the Commonwealth were chosen to attend the Craft Academy, located on the campus of Morehead State University.

The students live in Grote-Thompson Hall and earn dual credit as they complete their final two years of high school at the academy while also taking college-level courses.   

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Fayette County Public Schools has named Eric Hale (05) as the newest principal of Bryan Station High School in Lexington. He will officially assume his duties next month. 

Originally from Ashland, Hale is a first-generation college graduate and a three-time MSU alumnus. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2005. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2008 and a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree with an emphasis in instructional leadership in 2010.  

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Several graduates of Morehead State’s Social Work program have joined the workforce providing vital services for the Kentucky children and have earned a valuable certification.  

The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) was implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in Kentucky.

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Morehead State University at Prestonsburg has extended the application deadline for the upcoming fall 2020 semester to apply for the Bachelor of Social Work program.  

Social work is a profession for those who find fulfillment and reward in making a difference in individuals’ everyday lives. MSU’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a national professional social work education standard-setting body.  

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Editor’s note: The following statement provided by the Office of the President of Morehead State University

June 8, 2020

Morehead State University Students:

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Dr. Heba Elgazzar, assistant professor of computer science at Morehead State University, will have two articles published in an upcoming book series and will present those papers at the 2020 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing (CSCE Congress). 

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Morehead State University has changed its on-campus Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) sessions to an online format to make experiencing MSU easy for incoming students. There is still time to register for upcoming SOAR sessions. 

“MSU will continue to be flexible and work to accommodate student needs during these unusual times,” said Russ Mast, vice president for student affairs. “We look forward to having our new students join the Eagle family in the fall.” 

The SOAR online experience includes:  

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Morehead State University is committed to making college affordable for students by offering numerous scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year. 

MSU offers a variety of institutional and departmental scholarships, as well as scholarships funded through the MSU Foundation. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and financial need.

Last year, we awarded nearly $18 million to our students in scholarships and grants through institutional aid and the MSU Foundation. 

Once you apply to MSU, you are automatically considered for institutional scholarships.

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Dr. Michael Hail, professor of government and political science at Morehead State University, has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve an additional term as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. 

Hail is the coordinator of government and political science programs in the Department of History, Philosophy, Global Studies and Legal Studies at MSU. He was also elected to serve as chairperson of the Somerset Independent Schools Board of Education in Kentucky and serves as director of the Statesmanship Center.

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Morehead State alum Hanna Gabbard (19) has been named as the digital media coordinator with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). 

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Morehead State offers several options to allow you to continue your education throughout the summer.  

All of MSU’s summer classes are offered online, letting you conveniently learn at home.

Classes are condensed, allowing you to earn credits in a shorter amount of time than during the standard academic year. You can earn up to 12 undergraduate credit hours each summer semester or six graduate hours.   

Summer session is from June 8 to Aug. 31. Summer I takes place from June 8 to July 2 and Summer II takes place from July 6 to Aug. 31.  


Morehead State University recognized the academic excellence of the more than 1,000 graduates of the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 9.  

The MSU Spring Commencement Program is online at: http://bit.ly/3fIKe8W