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 …

Prohm hired at Iowa State

By Mallory Tucker, Staff writer Iowa State hired men’s basketball Head Coach Steve Prohm to replace former coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg accepted a head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls June 2. Prohm agreed to a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million. The hiring was first reported by Gary …

Budget proposal to include salary increases

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief The proposal for the 2015-16 budget cycle that will be presented to the Board of Regents Friday will include core priorities for the University, including salary adjustments based on a sustainable strategy. The Cost-of-Living Adjustment, or COLA, is financial strategy that raises salary adjustments for …

Todd named interim Provost for 2015-16

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief As Provost Jay Morgan steps down from his role to become vice president of Academic Affairs for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, or CPE, Tim Todd, dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, will fill the open spot as interim Provost. Starting in …

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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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McMahon hired to replace Prohm

By Mallory Tucker, Staff writer

Matt McMahon was hired to replace Steve Prohm as Murray State men’s basketball 16th head coach in program history. At a press conference addressing the future of the Racer program, Director of Athletics Allen Ward announced McMahon’s hiring at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Racer Room at the CFSB Center. Media, fans and the team were in attendance as McMahon was formally introduced.

“I had always envisioned Matt as the next guy up should we ever lose Prohm,” Ward said. “I told Matt when he left that I’d be calling him someday. I wasn’t going to let Mary and his kids move. His only option was to come back to Murray.”

McMahon served as an assistant coach at Murray State under Steve Prohm for four years. During this time, he worked particularly with the back court and the team’s recruitment efforts. McMahon left Murray State in late May to accept an assistant coaching position at Louisiana Tech, but Murray State was still on his mind.

“It happened so fast,” McMahon said. “This is the place that I’ve always dreamed of being the head coach. It’s one of the greatest programs in the history of college basketball.”

Before Murray State, McMahon played college ball at Appalachian State. He started two years as part of teams that won three Southern Conference North Division Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the 1999-00 season. He continued his basketball career at Appalachian State on the coaching staff before joining the University of Tennessee’s staff in 2001-02 as an administrative graduate assistant. He then returned to Appalachian State to serve as an assistant coach on their staff for nine more years before working under Buzz Peterson at UNC-Wilmington during the 2010-11 season. … Continue Reading

Prohm hired at Iowa State

By Mallory Tucker, Staff writer

File photo

File photo

Iowa State hired men’s basketball Head Coach Steve Prohm to replace former coach Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg accepted a head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls June 2. Prohm agreed to a five-year contract with a base salary of $1.5 million. The hiring was first reported by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com before Cyclones Athletics released an official statement Monday. Prohm will be formally introduced at a press conference at 10 a.m. June 9 at the Sukup Basketball Complex in Ames, Iowa.

Prohm spent nine years with the Racers, taking over the head coach position from Billy Kennedy in the 2011-12 season and holding a 104-29 record during his four seasons in that role. He led the Racers into postseason play three of his four years as head coach, advancing into the third round of the NCAA tournament in 2012, winning the College Insider Tournament in 2014 and making it to the NIT quarterfinals in 2015.

Prohm’s first year as head coach ranks as the best in Racer basketball history, led by 76er player Isaiah Canaan. During 2011-12, the Racers set the OVC and school record for winning percentage and total wins with a 31-2 record and ranked in the top-10 in the Associated Press poll for the first time in school history.

Prohm’s departure comes not long after former Racer point guard and OVC Athlete of the Year Cameron Payne announced his intent to enter the 2015 NBA draft after his sophomore season.

Before Murray State, Prohm served on the coaching staffs at Centenary College, Southeastern Louisiana University and Tulane. A 1997 graduate of the University of Alabama, Prohm also served as a student assistant coach and student manager for the Crimson Tide.

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Regents discuss, approve long-term plans

June 5, 2015 News

Story by Mary Bradley, Editor-in-Chief

With the approval of the Strategic Initiatives plan, the 2015-16 budget, new freshman admission standards and the transition of the provost, the Board of Regents began to shape the upcoming academic year and beyond during its quarterly meeting June 5.

 

SEAL OF APPROVAL

While discussing the Strategic Initiatives plan with the board, President Bob Davies said the plan was a living document that carried with it the declaration of rigor, relevance and excellence for the University.

After a year of developing objectives and strategies and with the approval from the board, the 7-year plan will provide guidelines for the University in an effort to focus on improving the four pillars of Murray State: academic excellence, student success, scholarship, research and creative thought and community engagement.

The objectives, which will be implemented through key stakeholders in specific areas of the University, will be reviewed through the years spanning to 2022. … Continue Reading

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