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Morehead State University will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with community events and special programs, Jan. 21-24.

Scheduled events include:

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There is still time to enroll at one of the top public universities in the South and one of the safest college campuses in the nation.

New or returning Morehead State University students can to register for MSU’s 2019 spring academic term.

Classes begin Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at all MSU campuses. Registration for Spring 2019 is available online at http://my.moreheadstate.edu

For those not yet enrolled who are considering attending MSU, there is still time to apply for the spring term.

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Morehead State University will be closed Dec. 19 through Jan. 1 for winter break.

There will be no classes, dining and residence halls will be closed, and administrative offices will be closed during the break. 

The University will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.  Students return to class for the spring semester on Monday, Jan. 14. 

Some facilities will be open on modified schedules during they break. They include:

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Dr. Charles Lydeard, chair and professor of biology in Morehead State’s Department of Biology and Chemistry, recently completed a book he co-edited with Kevin Cummings a senior researcher for the Biological Surveys and Assessment Program from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign entitled "Freshwater Mollusks of the World - A Distribution Atlas." 

Lydeard has been studying freshwater mollusks since 1992, and said he got involved in the project to provide a research resource for others who study the creatures. 

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Morehead State University will hold its 2018 Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Academic-Athletic Center. The commencement program will start at 10:30 a.m.

Lin-Hsiu Huang of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is this year’s student speaker. She is the daughter of mother Hui-Yen Huang (10) and father Wen-Hung Huang (02) and is a candidate for both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in design, and a minor in mathematics.

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Morehead State University has always been an ideal destination for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) due to its quality programs, incredible facilities and opportunities for hands-on learning.

Some of MSU’s current students were rewarded for their scientific knowledge courtesy of the Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS).

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The late Martin Himler, a Magyar (Hungarian) immigrant who came to Eastern Kentucky, affected the region’s economy with the founding of the Himler Coal Company and impacted people’s lives by the way he lived his own.

Now, an event is being organized on the Morehead State University campus that gives insight into his life and legacy.

Author Cathy Cassady Corbin presents “The Making of an American: The Autobiography of a Hungarian Immigrant, Appalachian Entrepreneur, and OSS Officer, Martin Himler” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Athena Room at Camden-Carroll Library.

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Morehead State University’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will hold its annual Songs of Our Heritage Season Finale Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6 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 month of October and Halloween may have come and gone, but MSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will be presenting a popular Broadway adaptation that will have audiences thinking of supernatural beings.

As the second play in the 2017-18 theatrical season, MSU will present “Ghost: The Musical.” Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, 28 and 29, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 30, at The Lucille Caudill Little Theatre in Breckinridge Hall on campus.  


Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) is once again giving artists, craft specialists and unique vendors the chance to participate in the longest-running craft fair in Kentucky. The Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair comes to Morehead from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Laughlin Health Building. 

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Morehead State University’s Office of Career Services assists students as they navigate the “college to career” journey, ensuring that their time is spent developing the knowledge, skills and experiences that will successfully prepare them for life after graduation.   

Few things in college prove to be more valuable in obtaining real-world experience than quality internships. Sophomore business management major Connor Tilford recently got to experience going from MSU to the Magic Kingdom thanks to the Disney College Program.

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Dr. Koroush Jenab, assistant professor of engineering and technology management at MSU, recently presented “Embedded Reliability in Design Thinking Concept for Aerospace,” at the NASA Academy of Aerospace Quality 2018 Workshop in the NASA Safety Center at the Ohio Aerospace Institute on Sept. 7. 

His presentation reported a methodology to implement reliability analysis in design thinking (DT) which is an appropriate process for complex problems in Aerospace.

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Morehead State University is once again about to prove that cold weather and college credit hours make a pretty good pair.

MSU’s Winter Session will take place from Dec. 10, 2018, through Jan. 17, 2019. Those interested in registering can do so right up until the first day of classes on Monday, Dec. 10.

Winter Session allows current MSU students, new MSU students or students visiting from another institution to take up to six credit hours in the four weeks during MSU’s winter break – and do so entirely online.

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Morehead State University and the Rowan County School District are co-sponsoring a luncheon to honor military veterans in the MSU family and throughout the community on Friday, Nov. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Academic-Athletic Center.

The event will feature a catered lunch form Aramark and live music by performers from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Veterans throughout the community, as well as MSU staff, faculty and student veterans from all branches of military service are welcome at the luncheon, as are Gold Star parents.

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A lecture on the importance of cybersecurity will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. in room 329 of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC.)

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For the past 25 years, Morehead State University Opera has been providing unique and valuable stage experience for voice majors in MSU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. This year, MSU’s talented students will provide an evening of waltzes and a few polkas courtesy of the popular operetta “Die Fledermaus.”

The show runs nightly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Duncan Recital Hall in the Baird Music Building. Tickets are $5 (cash or check only) and MSU students will be admitted free for one night only on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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The Annual MSU Costume Contest & Rocky Horror Picture Show Screening was held Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Claypool-Young Art Building.

The celebration of the scariest and most anticipated night of the year started with refreshments, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” themed mocktails students could purchase and costume contest sign-ups in the Golding-Yang Art Gallery.

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Editor’s Note: The following is a public service announcement delivered to Morehead State University from Morehead-Rowan County Law Enforcement:

The Morehead, KY City Chief of Police would like to notify the entire Morehead/Rowan County Community of a potential deadly drug threat.

Just recently, local law enforcement were called to the scene of an alleged overdose death of an out of state adult and the City Police seized several pounds of a white narcotic substance of unknown origin.

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The Little Company, MSU’s touring theatre troupe, usually travels the region to educate children and immerse them in the world of theatre. This past summer, The Little Company traveled quite a bit farther from campus to showcase the quality and talent of MSU’s theatre program on an international stage.

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The Golding-Yang Art Gallery hosted the opening reception of world-renowned Cuban artist, Alan Manuel González Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Claypool-Young Art Building. 

“We couldn’t take 50 students to Cuba and instead we brought him here,” said Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, professor of art and curator of this event. “It’s like a cultural exchange. He’s learning about the U.S. and about us and we’re learning about him and his country in many different ways.”

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If there is ever a time where the expression “once an Eagle, always an Eagle” is accurate, it is during Morehead State University’s annual Homecoming Weekend. This year, thousands of MSU alumni ventured back to Morehead to reconnect with old classmates and friends while showing their love for the blue and gold.


Morehead State University Double Reed Day will be Saturday, Nov. 3, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Baird Music Hall. Registration begins at noon. 

A welcome recital by Dr. David Oyen and Dr. Thomas Pappas with William Murphy, piano, will kick off the event, followed by a day of performances, workshops and clinics, including:

The MSU Board of Regents will hold a work session on Friday, Oct. 19, in room 329 of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC.)

An audit committee meeting will begin at 2 p.m. All board members are invited to the audit committee meeting. At 3 p.m., the board will begin discussion of the fall 2018 preliminary enrollment report and will hear an update on the president’s home.

No action will be taken by the board during the work session. The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 6.

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The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will host its Sounds of Our Heritage concert on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Rowan County Arts Center.

The event will feature performances by KCTM students and will feature bluegrass, old time, country, western swing, blues, gospel and ballads.

Raymond McLain, KCTM director, said the Sounds of Our Heritage concerts are held several times a year to not only let KCTM students gain experience performing in public, but to also highlight the skills of talented musicians.

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Faculty and students from Morehead State’s School of Engineering and Information Systems (SEIS) attended the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 12-14.

IMTS attendees from MSU included: faculty members Dr. Jorge Ortega Moody, assistant professor of engineering and technology management, and Sam Mason, instructor of engineering and technology; graduate students Lindsay Childs, Sareh Ahmadi, Yosselin Castro Islas, Yevgeniy Byeloborodov and Molom-Ochir Mijid; and undergraduate students Justin Vanhoose and Kali Tackett.

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Two students from the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University have been named National Merit Scholar semifinalists.

Nate Turner, a senior from Mt. Sterling, and Jake Williams, a senior from Union, have qualified for the semifinals for the National Merit Scholarship. Turner’s home high school is Montgomery County High School and he is the son of Todd and Cathy Turner. Williams’ home high school is Larry Ryle High School and he is the son of Ray and Jill Williams.

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MSU’s Space Science Center (SSC) will host a free public event as part of International Observe the Moon Night, Thursday, Oct. 18.  

The SSC will have a variety of telescopes set up on the patio for people to try out. There will be activities inside the Space Science Center, where the Geology Club will be selling hot dogs and chili and there will be a variety of children’s activities. In addition, there will be several moon-themed presentations in the Star Theater during the event. The schedule is:

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The bond students have with Morehead State University as an institution is one that never truly leaves even years after they graduate. This would explain why every year in October, so many people return to their “nest” to reconnect and represent their alma mater with pride at MSU Homecoming.

For Homecoming 2018, which takes place from Oct. 19 through Oct. 20, plenty of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the University will once again come together through numerous events and festivities to celebrate all things MSU.

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MSU Legal Studies Associate Professor Kelly Collinsworth has been recognized as the Access to Justice Award recipient by Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. Dr. Collinsworth received the award at a ceremony held on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Ashland.

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Students come from around the state, across the country and around the world to obtain a college education at Morehead State University. Soon, a world-renowned visual artist will be making a trip to MSU to both showcase his work and share his knowledge with students.

Alan Manuel González is an award-winning practicing artist and native of Cuba. González, whose work addresses the country’s social and political issues, will be coming to MSU for a near-three-week period.