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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.

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The phrase “Once an Eagle. Always an Eagle” truly exemplifies the bond students have with Morehead State University, whether they are current students or proud alumni.

That’s why every year in October, so many people return to join One Eagle Family and reconnect at MSU Homecoming. 

For Homecoming 2019, which takes place from Oct. 18 through Oct. 19, 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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Morehead State University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will kick-off its 2019-20 theatrical season with the production of “[title of show].” 

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, through Saturday, Oct. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Lucille Caudill Theatre in Breckinridge Hall. 

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Morehead State University hosted Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) President Dr. Aaron Thompson Sept. 26 and 27 to meet with University leadership, faculty, staff, students and the community. 

Thompson’s first stop in Morehead was a meet and greet with MSU campus leadership and listening session at 1 p.m., Sept. 26 at the Space Science Center.

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Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR), 90.3 FM WMKY, will hold its annual fall fundraiser from Saturday, Sept. 28, to Friday, Oct. 4. 

“This is our annual fall fundraiser and membership drive when we directly seek financial support from our listeners,” said Paul Hitchcock, WMKY general manager. “We’ll be asking WMKY listeners to step-forward with a financial gift to support our programming and student work-studies.” 

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Morehead State University’s annual journal highlighting creativity in writing and the visual arts is seeking student work to fill its pages. Inscape, Morehead State University’s juried literary and visual art journal, is accepting submissions in three categories. 

There is a competition for best cover design, as well as visual art and writing for the publication. The deadline to submit for the cover design and visual art portion of the competition is November 22, 2019. Submissions for the literary section are due by January 24, 2020. 

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Morehead State will host its annual Blue and Gold Championship of Bands on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Jayne Stadium. 

The event will feature high school bands from MSU's service region and beyond competing in both a preliminary and final round. Preliminary competition begins at 10 a.m. and finals begin at 6:15 p.m. Twenty-two bands from across the state will compete in this year's event.  

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Dr. Alison Hruby, associate professor of English at Morehead State University, has been awarded the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant.  

The $2,000 grant will benefit students at Rowan County Senior High School in Morehead by giving them access to more extensive libraries in their English classrooms. 


Morehead State's Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, Global Studies and Legal Studies is sponsoring four days of special programs in honor of Constitution Day beginning Monday, Sept. 16.  

Sept. 17 is the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in 1787.  

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Morehead State’s Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) Eagle Battalion and Eagle Vets will conduct the Patriot Day observance on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m. in front of Button Auditorium.  

The public is invited to attend and help place small American flags on the lawn by the Little Bell Tower to honor first responders, members of the military and their families, and those who have lost their lives in the war on terror since 9/11.  

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Morehead State’s Star Theater, located in the Space Science Center, will open for the season on Saturday, Sept. 7. 

The theater will offer more programming this year with weekly shows on Saturdays. Family shows, which are geared toward children ages 4 to 10, are at 11 a.m. Feature shows, geared toward middle and high school students, will be at 1 p.m. Laser shows will be at 4 p.m. All shows are appropriate for all ages. 

Shows playing this month include:  

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In observance of Labor Day, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 2. Classes will not meet, administrative offices will not be open and mail will not be delivered. 

The Camden-Carroll Library will be closed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

The University Store will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 3, under regular business hours. 

The Recreation and Wellness Center will be open on Labor Day from 3 to 10 p.m. The natatorium will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. 

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Astrophysicist Shanil Virani has been named as the new director of Morehead State's Star Theater and as an instructor of space systems engineering. 

Virani previously worked as director of the John C. Wells Planetarium at James Madison University. He spent more than five years at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as part of the science team of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He said he's excited to use the Star Theater to motivate more young people to get interested in science. 

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Thanks in part to Dr. Sherry Stultz, professor of education at Morehead State University, students at Summit Elementary School in Ashland were greeted by more than enthusiastic teachers on the first day of classes.

They were also treated to the Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization founded to inspire a love of reading, build community and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. 

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Morehead State welcomed new students to our “One Eagle Family” on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15 and 16.  

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Morehead State University officially opened the new academic year with Fall Convocation on Aug. 14.

President Dr. Jay Morgan welcomed faculty and staff, reflecting on last year’s successes and offering encouragement for the new academic year. 

Faculty and staff were recognized for their research, service and teaching with MSU’s Distinguished Faculty and Staff Awards.

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As a prelude to the 2019 Fall Semester at Morehead State University, President Jay Morgan gave the annual address to the faculty and staff during the Fall Convocation.

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Dr. Johnathan Nelson, associate professor of management and associate dean for the Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology's School of Business Administration, has been selected to serve on the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Committee for the Advancement of Professional Ethics (CAPE).