Sivills leaves marketing position

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief Assistant Vice President for Marketing, Branding and Communications Catherine Sivills will see her last day at the University come June 19 as she leaves to take a new marketing position with Baptist Health Kentucky. In her new position, Sivills said she will lead and manage …

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Todd named interim Provost for 2015-16

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King selected as vice president of Marketing and Outreach

July 31, 2015 News

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

Adrienne King has accepted the offer to be vice president of Marking and Outreach.

Adrienne King has accepted the offer to be vice president of Marking and Outreach, pending approval from the Board of Regents.

Pending the Board of Regents’ approval, Adrienne King has accepted the offer for the position of vice president of Marketing and Outreach from President Bob Davies.

King’s position will be up for approval by the board at its quarterly meeting Aug. 28, and her first day at the University, if approved, will be Sept. 1, according to an email sent to the University community by Davies.

King serves as the director of Marketing and Communications at Idaho State and in assuming her position at Murray State, she will oversee Alumni Affairs and Community Relations, Development, Regional Outreach and Branding, Marketing and Communication.

“Murray State is an exceptional university with a great story to tell,” King said. “I look forward to working with the campus community as we craft the university’s story, sharing the great work of our alumni, faculty, staff and students. … I’m excited to be joining such a wonderful academic community.”

Davies expressed his appreciation to those who participated in forums and asked questions during the search as well as the search committee, which was chaired by Bob Jackson, president of the Murray State Foundation.

“King provides a wealth of experience to create a comprehensive marketing plan and has a talented background to lead alumni, development and outreach components,” Davies wrote. “We welcome Adrienne and her husband, Brad, to the finest place we know – Murray State.”

Flex dollars to rollover beginning in fall

July 27, 2015 News

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

Beginning in fall 2015, flex dollars will now rollover from the fall semester to the spring semester.

Paula Amols, director of Dining Service and Racer Hospitality, said she believes the new meal plan policy will be well received by students.

“Flex dollars will now rollover from the fall to the spring semester,” Amols wrote in an email to The Murray State News. “So, students don’t have to worry about losing money if they haven’t spent all their flex by the end of the fall semester.”

Meal plans can be selected on MyGate, with various options dependent upon grade classification. Changes to meal plans will be accepted through the first month of the semester.

For more information, contact Dining Services at (270) 809-3003.

Marketing and Outreach candidates to participate in discussions

July 13, 2015 News

Staff Report

The three candidates for vice president of Marketing and Outreach were announced by search committee chair Bob Jackson in preparation for their upcoming receptions.

Texas Wesleyan’s John Veilleux, Murray State’s Brian Van Horn and Idaho State’s Adrienne King will each have discussions with the University community in the upcoming weeks as the committee continues to narrow down the selection to fill the vacant position.

Veilleux, vice president of marking and communications for Texas Wesleyan, will meet for discussion beginning at 1:30 p.m. July 16 in the Barkley Room.

Van Horn, dean of regional academic outreach, will meet for discussion beginning at 1:30 p.m. July 17 in the Barkley Room.

King, director of marketing and communications for Idaho State, will meet for discussion beginning at 1:30 p.m. July 23.

The Murray State News will follow this story as it progresses.

Payne selected 14th by Oklahoma City

June 26, 2015 Athletics, Basketball, Sports News
Mallory Tucker/The News Cameron Payne shakes NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's hand after being picked 14th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Cameron Payne shakes NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand after being picked 14th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Former Murray State point guard Cameron Payne made history Thursday at the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.,  as the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him 14th overall. With the highest pick of any Racer and the last lottery pick of the draft, Payne is also the only Racer to be drafted in the first round. As the University’s lone sophomore to declare early and one of just four early entry draft candidates in the program’s 89-year history, Payne is in completely uncharted territory for the Murray State.

Payne worked out for four other franchises pre-draft in addition to meeting with the Thunder: the Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets. As time progressed and the first thirteen lottery teams made their selections, suspense built as Payne and his fans waited to see if his projected lottery pick would prove to be true. In Chad Ford’s Mock Draft 8.0, released Thursday morning, Payne was projected at No. 11 to the Pacers, the first team he worked out for and the team whose president, Larry Bird, told Payne “good luck” and gave him a thumbs up after watching him practice.

“I was thinking I was going to go earlier, but man, God put me in the perfect fit,” Payne said. “Everything happened for a reason. I’m glad Oklahoma City gave me that chance, and I’m going to make the best out of my opportunity. That’s what happened at Murray, and that’s what I’m going to do at Oklahoma City.”

After a whirlwind sophomore season in which Payne led the Racers to an undefeated regular season in the OVC and to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals, he also racked up many esteemed individual awards before declaring for the draft. These awards include OVC Athlete of the Year, third-team All-American by CBSSports.com, an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press and the Lute Olson National Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

Mallory Tucker/The News ESPN color commentators interview Cameron Payne immediately following his draft selection.

Mallory Tucker/The News
ESPN color commentators interview Cameron Payne immediately following his draft selection.

With his newfound fame, Payne is staying grounded and focusing on the game that he loves.

“I’m still Cameron Payne,” he said. “Ain’t nothing changed. I may have a title, ‘professional,’ but I’m still a regular guy.”

Payne was also unconcerned with the $1 million-plus contract coming his way. If anything, he said he would put some of his first paycheck toward helping his family.

“I don’t care – I’m here to hoop,” Payne said. “I haven’t had no money playing basketball, so the fact that I don’t need it. I’m here to play basketball. That’s what I want to do.”

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Payne’s only focus is getting on the Thunder’s court and putting his name on the map in Oklahoma City through hard work.

Mallory Tucker/The News Cameron Payne addressed the media for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Cameron Payne addresses the media for the first time as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I mean, I take it Murray State is just like Oklahoma City; a small town, and it’s all about work,” Payne said. “It’s all about getting in the gym and doing what’s best for the team and putting your heart out for the organization every day.”

Story by Mallory Tucker

Freshman recruits added to Racer athletics

Story by Kelsey Randolph, Sports Editor

Interim Head Coach Jorge Caetano // Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics

Interim Head Coach Jorge Caetano // Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics

Track and Field Head Coach Jenny Swieton // Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics

Track and Field Head Coach Jenny Swieton // Photo courtesy of Racer Athletics

Racer track and field and women’s tennis have added new recruits for the 2015-16 athletic season.

Track and Field

Head Coach Jenny Swieton said in a report on GoRacers.com that she is excited about her new recruits because they cover all facets of track and field and cross country.

The new recruits are:

  • Tamdra Lawrence from Westside High School in Georgia
  • Jocelyn Payne from Kirkwood High School in Missouri
  • Kassidy Cook from Harrison County High School in Kentucky
  • Jabreuna Brimlett from Poplar Bluff High School in Missouri
  • Emily Heil from Marathon High School in Wisconsin
  • Aubrey Main from Southridge High School in Indiana
  • Maddy Brown from Parkway West High School in Missouri
  • Purity Chebet from Kenya
  • Ida Mutai from Kenya
  • Christina Meinhardt from Illinois
  • Jessenia Ellis from Poplar Bluff High School in Missouri

“We’re extremely excited about our newest additions to the Racers family,” Swieton said in the report.

Women’s Tennis

Women’s tennis Interim Head Coach Jorge Caetano announced the signing of five student-athletes.

Caetano said in a report on GoRacers.com that he was careful when looking at prospect because he was looking for young women that understood what it meant to be a student-athlete.

“This group is very talented and determined and they are willing to work hard both on court and in the classroom in order to have a successful college career,” he said.

The new recruits are:

  • Amina Hadzic from Esbjerg, Denmark
  • Jeanne Masson from Dianrd, France
  • Haily Morgan from Anthem, Arizona
  • Alina Schibol from Hamburg, Germany and is also transferring from IPFW
  • Mari Udagawa from Tokyo, Japan

“I am very pleased with this year’s class and it was not an easy task to bring in this many players that play at such a high level,” Caetano said.

Both women’s tennis and track and field recruits are for the 2015-16 school year.

Ireland accepts position as dean of University Libraries

June 24, 2015 News

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

Ashley Ireland; Photo provided

Ashley Ireland; Photo provided

Ashley Ireland, director of user and instruction services, has accepted an offer from President Bob Davies to serve as the new dean of University Libraries, pending the Board of Regents’ approval in August.

Ireland will replace Adam Murray, who submitted his resignation in January and accepted a position at James Madison University. His last day as dean is June 30.

Ireland graduated from Murray State in 2005 but returned to the University in an assistant professor role as a reference librarian and library liaison to Hutson School of Agriculture and the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

In 2012, she became the director of user and instruction services, followed by receiving the Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013 for the University Libraries and becoming an associate professor in 2014. … Continue Reading

Sivills leaves marketing position

June 18, 2015 News, Slider Featured stories

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

Photo courtesy of Catherine Sivills

Photo courtesy of Catherine Sivills

Assistant Vice President for Marketing, Branding and Communications Catherine Sivills will see her last day at the University come June 19 as she leaves to take a new marketing position with Baptist Health Kentucky.

In her new position, Sivills said she will lead and manage all the marketing efforts for the western region of the state, including Baptist Health Paducah and Baptist Health Madisonville. Baptist owns eight hospitals, manages one hospital throughout the state and was voted the one of the top 15 best places to work in Kentucky.

She said it was a hard decision for her and her husband to leave Murray.

“My time here has been very rewarding mainly because I was able to work with many wonderful colleagues,” she wrote in an email to The Murray State News. “We accomplished great things here and it’s also an extra special connection (and passion) to be able to work for my alma mater. No matter what, we will always remain Racer fans.”

Her husband, Scott, has been hired as the head girl’s basketball coach and as a science teacher at McCracken County High School. He is leaving Calloway County High School and they will be moving to Paducah, Ky.

Correction: This story originally stated there was a national search to fill Sivills’ position. That is incorrect. The News regrets the error.

University dispatch center, first accredited in western Kentucky

June 12, 2015 News

Story by Mari-Alice Jasper, News Editor

 

In a joint effort between Murray State and the surrounding community, the first accreditation award given to a 911-communication center in western Kentucky was bestowed upon Murray State’s Public Safety and Emergency Management dispatch center June 10. This award recognizes accomplishments made by University police department employees and enhances Murray State’s strategic plan efforts to engage in community partnership.

For a dispatch center to earn the accreditation award the center must have a backup generator in place so the center is able to take calls 24/7 regardless of a weather emergency, among other requirements.

Assistant Chief Jeff Gentry said he heard about the accreditation for dispatch centers while attending the Police Chief Conference last year.

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