Racer Market to show what campus offers

Story by Jessica BostickAssistant News Editor

Racer Market, a free event hosted by the retention office, will be held noon until 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22  in the Curris Center on the third floor.

Racer Market will show students the services that are available to them though Murray State, from academic programs to tutoring to University counseling. There will also be information about campus clubs and organizations available to students wishing to become more involved on campus.

Spokespersons from the retention office are calling this event, “the easiest, fastest and most fun way to find out about Murray State’s vast array of helpful services and opportunities.”

This event will combine the Real World Market, the Majors/Minors Fair, the MAP-Works Fair and the Student Organizations fair that in the past have been held as separate events throughout the year.

Students will be able to visit booths to learn more about campus resources for students, majors and minors, the Bring Learning to Life Quality Enhancement Plan and Experience Rich activities.

“In my opinion, the most important component about this event is the holistic approach it is taking to help students,” said Ben Stinnett, assistant director of retention. “Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and student organizations will all be represented to serve our students. We will have workshops for experiential learning, time management and financial literacy. It should be fun.”

This event is a way to let students see all that Murray State has to offer and what services can benefit them.  There will be 18 support services, 15 student organizations and representatives from every academic area represented at Racer Market.

These organizations will include Career Services, University Counseling, the Oral Communication Center, the Black Student Council, the Speech and Debate Team and the Rowing Team.

Stinnett also emphasized the importance of being able to connect directly to the programs and organizations that students are interested in.

“Racer Market will connect students to people not just resources,” Stinnett said. “For example, if you had questions about Study Abroad instead of you being given a phone number or an email address, I can walk you over and connect you with an individual from that office. You now have a point of contact and a face to go with the office.”

Food and refreshments will be available along with door prizes. These prizes include Keurigs, bookstore and flex dollar gift certificates and a week of parking privileges in President Bob Davies’ parking spot.