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Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities sponsored its 37th Rites of Passage recognition ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13, in the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) Ballrooms.   

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

Fall graduates who participated in the ceremony were:   

Front row, left to right:

Emelyn Wells, Salt Lick 

Shawntasia Butler, Clearfield  


Morehead State University’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting has been ranked by Intelligent.com as one of the Best Accounting Degree Programs for 2020.   

Intelligent.com is a resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning. The website offers curated guides, including the best degree programs and information about financial aid, internships and study strategies.     

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The MSUCorps AmeriCorps Program and its partners are gearing up for their tenth annual Morehead Build-A-Bed Project to provide beds to children who are living in homes with not enough beds or none at all. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 2, 2020, to Feb. 14, 2020.  

Applications can be found at: http://www.moreheadstate.edu/buildabed

Applications can be submitted online or in paper form. 

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Delta Tau Delta Fraternity coordinated a toy drive for Gateway Helping Hands. Gateway Helping Hands is providing jackets and coats to children in Rowan County who need winter clothing, and members of the fraternity wanted to organize an event that would allow these same children to receive toys for Christmas. 

The toy drive ran from Nov. 18 to Dec. 6. Through new toy donations and monetary collections, Delta Tau Delta was able to donate over 200 new toys to Gateway Helping Hands. 

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Morehead State University honored nearly 600 degree candidates at the 2019 Fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Academic-Athletic Center.  

Graduates were recognized by MSU President Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, who offered a congratulatory handshake to each of those completing graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.  

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Morehead State University students will combine with community singers for a performance of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 123 E Main St. 

The performance will include the Christmas portion of the oratorio and conclude with the famed chorus, “Hallelujah.” The organist for the concert will be MSU instructor of music William Murphy. The conductor will be Dr. Greg Detweiler, director of choral studies and professor of music.

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Morehead State alumnus and former Library Director Jack Ellis died Sunday, Dec. 1, at the age of 92. 

A native of Morehead, Ellis was born Jan. 10, 1927, to the late Dorothy Williams Ellis and Lon B. Ellis. He was the husband of the late Janis Ruth Caudill Ellis, who preceded him in death.  

He attended the Breckinridge School and held degrees from MSU (57), Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a veteran of WWII and a Methodist pastor.  

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Morehead State University will hold its 2019 Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Academic-Athletic Center. The commencement program will start at 10:30 a.m.

Sarah Young of Fayetteville, Ohio, will be the student speaker for MSU’s 2019 Fall Commencement ceremony. She is the daughter of Fred “Marty” Young and Joyce Young. She is graduating with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies with a minor in philosophy.  

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The Kentucky Center for Traditional Music (KCTM) will hold a semester finale concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Morehead Conference Center.

The show will feature students from the traditional and commercial music programs performing primarily bluegrass, old-time and country music.

Nathan Kiser, operations manager for the KCTM, said “the concert is a way to showcase all the effort the different student ensembles have put in this year.”

“This is the culmination of the work that all of our ensembles have done this semester,” Kiser added.

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The 10th Annual Craft Bazaar: MSU Student Art & Craft Sale will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, and Friday, Dec. 6, in the Golding-Yang Gallery of Morehead State University’s Claypool-Young Art Building.

Featuring art and crafts by MSU students, recent graduates, faculty and staff, the event is an opportunity for the campus and community to purchase handmade, one-of-a-kind art objects and support local artists.

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Morehead State’s Star Theater will have a slate of special holiday-themed programming on weekends from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15. 

In addition to the regular planetarium shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a special holiday-themed laser show at 4 p.m., and a special “Star of Bethlehem” show and Star Talk at 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. 

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Morehead State University will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. No classes will meet, and all administrative offices will be closed. 

The University Post Office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 27-28, and will be open Friday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Regular hours will resume Monday, Dec. 2.  

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The Morehead State University Choirs and Rowan County High School Concert Choir will come together for a Candlelight Carol Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, in Baird Music Hall at MSU. The special guest for the concert is the MSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble.  

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Morehead State University will host guest speaker Dr. Allison Krile Thornton, assistant philosophy professor at the University of South Alabama, when she presents “Animalism About Human Beings” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room 002 of Breckinridge Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Student organizations like Morehead State University’s Student Government Association (SGA) allow students to have a real impact on the future of the University. Now, MSU is playing a role in helping the region’s high school students make an impact on their own high schools and beyond.

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Eagle Scholar students from Wolfe County High School visited Morehead State University's campus, Friday, Nov. 8. They had a tour of campus and met with MSU admissions staff and students.

Approximately 60 high schools and area technology centers offered MSU Eagle Scholars classes last fall with nearly 3,000 high school students participating in the program. 

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To honor current and former members of the U.S. military, Morehead State will hold several events on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. 

The events are held in cooperation with Rowan County Schools and the Rowan County Veterans Foundation.

Activities will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. at Freedom Park on Main Street in Morehead, in front of the Rowan County Arts Center.

Veterans will be treated to lunch at 11:30 a.m. in Ballroom A/B of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).

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The Little Company, MSU’s touring children’s theatre, will present author Silas House’s “This is My Heart for You” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 through Nov. 16, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at The Lucille Caudill Little Theatre in Breckinridge Hall.  

“This is My Heart for You” centers around a crisis of conscience that rocks the small Appalachian town of Troublesome. This causes a vivid cast of characters to examine their own beliefs, fears and prejudices during one hot and profound summer that will change them all. 

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Morehead State University consistently receives high rankings for its affordable and high-quality online degree programs. Now, MSU can lay claim to having one of the best online teaching programs in the nation. 

Study.com ranked MSU’s online teaching programs No. 23 in its list of Best Online Education & Teaching Degree Programs. It was the only Kentucky university to make the list.

Go to http://study.com/resources/best-online-teaching-degrees to see a full list of rankings.  

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Employees from Morehead State’s Office of Student Housing took home several awards at the 2019 Kentucky Association of Housing Officers (KAHO) statewide conference, Oct. 21-22, in Lexington. 

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Morehead State provides opportunities for students in the region, state and beyond through excellent academic programs and a commitment to student success. Future Eagles will have a chance to experience MSU at Open House on Nov. 2.

MSU’s Office of Enrollment Services will host an Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC) on the Morehead campus.  

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The performance collective, Cornbread and Tortillas, will perform at Morehead State on Friday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Button Drill Room. 

Cornbread and Tortillas is a performance group of Appalachian and Latina musicians, dancers and storytellers who seek to celebrate both the traditional culture of Kentucky and the cultures of Latina immigrants who have arrived more recently in the state.

Dr. Joy Gritton, professor of art, helped organize the event as an extension of a yearly project in her World Arts class. 

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The Morehead State University Commercial Music Rock Ensemble will present “Back to the Garden: A Woodstock Tribute” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Morehead Conference Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and “hippie” clothes are highly encouraged.

Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and free with MSU student ID. 

Under the direction of Glenn Ginn, associate professor of music, the show will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in Bethel, New York. The event featured three days of musical performances in August 1969. 

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Master pianist Asiya Korepanova will perform a concert titled “Past and Present” at Morehead State University at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Duncan Recital Hall. She will also be joined by Dr. Nathan Mensink, visiting professor of music at MSU, on alto saxophone.

The concert is free and open to the public.   

In addition to featuring the music of well-known composers like Beethoven, Korepanova will perform the Franz Liszt arrangement of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser Overture.”  

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The Morehead State University Foundation has received a commitment from Dr. Joe and Ambassador Kelly Craft of Lexington for an additional $3.5 million over the next five years.

This brings their total support for the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics to just over $10 million.

The gift will be used to ensure the sustained excellence of The Craft Academy – a STEM+X Residential High School for gifted and talented students in Kentucky- made possible through the Craft’s generosity as well as appropriations from the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Morehead State University will host a daylong series of meetings with University leadership, faculty and staff, and community and regional partners to introduce the University’s new collaboration with the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Room 325 of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).

A detailed presentation on C3 will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by complimentary lunch and one-on-one visits from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  

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The Morehead State University Police Department (MSUPD) has a new member on the force with the swearing in of Officer Harley Catron Wednesday, Oct. 2. 

Catron is a graduate of Montgomery County High School and Berea College. She played softball at Berea College and competed in Italy on The National Select Team. Catron also is a graduate of the Kentucky State Police Academy and a former Bath County sheriff's deputy. She currently resides in Mt. Sterling.  

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This past summer, Eagles from MSU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance found themselves coming together on the same “Trail.” 

MSU graduate Ryan Wardell (15) and MSU graduate student Ryan Blevins collaborated on a production of “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama” in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Blevins, who portrayed the lead role of Jack, was directed by Ryan Wardell and the production was under the general management of Jim Wardell (89). 

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One member of Morehead State’s biology faculty is helping students get hands-on research experience through his work studying the region’s insects. 

Dr. Sean O’Keefe, associate professor of biology, is conducting research on local biodiversity in beetles, ants, moths, spiders and soil mites found in decomposing leaf litter in the region’s forests.

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Morehead State University has been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees.

As one of the colleges and universities from 20 states participating in Degrees When Due, MSU will follow best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging students who have paused or "stopped out" their studies.