Services and Programs

Learn more about the Student Government Association's main services and programs!

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Awards

One of the great services the Student Government Association provides our students is our various awards each spring. We provide the opportunity for a student to nominate a Staff member, Faculty member, and a student for superior service to Murray State University.

Jim Baurer Outstanding Staff Service Award

This award was established to honor and recognize a staff member who has gone above and beyond the call of prescribed duty and show exceptional dedication with regard to the students of Murray State University. This award is presented in the spring semester and applications can be found under the applications tab.

Max Carman Outstanding Teacher Award

This award is given in recognition of the recipient’s teaching excellence as evidenced by his/her effectiveness and ability to motivate and inspire students in the classroom and outside the classroom. This award is presented in the spring semester and applications can be found under the applications tab.

Ralph H. Woods Memorial Award

This award was established to honor and recognize a student or students who have made an outstanding contribution in service and leadership to Murray State University. This award is presented in the spring semester and applications can be found under the applications tab.

Homecoming

Ms. MSU

The Ms. Murray State University Scholarship Pageant is a beloved tradition that takes place each year in Lovett Auditorium during the spring semester. In truth, the Ms. MSU Pageant this is not just about pageantry, but it is about empowerment, self-esteem, self-confidence and so much more. The pageant serves to acknowledge the scholarly and influential students who grace Murray State’s campus each day. Campus Activities Board is very proud to host an event that draws attention to such outstanding contestants as each contestant strives to make a difference during their time as students at MSU. Once crowned, Ms. Murray State University will not only advance to represent MSU in the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival, but will also receive a scholarship. The Ms. Murray State University Pageant Queen acts as a role model for all and is a spokesperson of Murray State University.

Racers in Action

A key component of the Student Government Association, is to provide a voice for student interest to the administration, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the Federal Government. Our "Racers In Action", is the group responsible for advocating to our elected officials on behalf of the MSU student body. Racers in Action began as a result of continued disinvestment by Kentucky in higher education, and has developed into our program to garner student participation in the political process.

In December of 2015, while anticipating the budget cuts to Kentucky higher education, Racers in Action was developed. President, Clint Combs, Government Relations Chair, Ellen Adkisson, and Senator At-Large, Christian Barnes, developed the model to which Racers in Action is known today. As a result, three advocacy days were planned to invite students to write letters, send emails, call, petition, and register to vote. In addition, plans are being made to develop a group of "student lobbyists", to help aid in the governmental relations of the Student Government Association.

Another mission of Racers in Action, is to promote student voter registration and civic engagement. During elections, Racers in Action will provide an "Election Connection" table with information of all the candidates running for office. Periodically, we will hold voter registration drives in the Curris Center. We strongly encourage MSU student's to switch their voter registration to Murray, KY, as school is in session during all elections.

If you are interested in becoming a part of Racers in Action contact the Center for Student Involvement!

Racers in Action Day

Photo from our first "Racers in Action" Day

S.L.I.P. Funds

One of our most popular services provided to registered student organization, is our Student Life Improvement Fund. This is a onetime grant given to student organizations to help bring programming to campus. As programming is a main component of our Student Government Association, we realize we can't always reach every corner of our campus. The goal is to help fund programming that is more specific to student groups and student interests. 

If you are interested in applying for a S.L.I.P. fund, you can find the application and a list of rules under our applications page.

Some examples of past funded programming include: 

  • MSU Honors Student Council's "Racers Say"
  • African Student Association's "Miss MSU International Pageant"
  • Newman House Catholic Ministry's speaker "Lisa Cotter"
  • International Student Organization's "Global Dance Showcase"

 Laptop Bank Program

 The Laptop Bank is a newly implemented program that has been created with the combined efforts of the Student Government Association, the University's Information Systems Office, and the Procurement Office.  A student who shows genuine need for laptop use may submit a physical application or online application to the Center for Student Involvement where a committee shall review the application and will make a decision regarding the possible admission into the Laptop Bank program. If a student is admitted into the program, a contract will be signed allowing a laptop to be LOANED to a student. At the end of the semester, the laptop must be returned to the Center for Student Involvement. The same student may request to have the laptop loaned to them another semester. This request must be submitted in writing to the Center for Student Involvement. If anyone has any questions regarding this program, please contact Christian Barnes, Student Office Coordinator at 270.809.6349 or msu.studentorganizations@murraystate.edu.
 
Physical Application (return completed to Center for Student Involvement): Click HERE to Download & Print
 
Online Application: