First-Generation Students

Celebration of First-Generation Students

Join us as we celebrate students and recognize 44% of our undergraduate population who are  first in their family to earn a degree.  

Thursday, November 3, 2022
Curris Center Ballroom

4:30 p.m. — Racer Round Table Conversations*

5:30 p.m. — Travis and Kelly Taylor First Generation Student Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition

5:40 p.m. — "Returning Home" Keynote Address with Alumnus Aaron Harris

Racer Round Table Conversation Topics

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in two-three conversations starting at 4:30 p.m.

  • Racer Relations: How to Network Your Way to the Top
    Matt Purdy, Director, Career Services & Staff
  • Navigating your Career
    Matt Purdy, Director, Career Services & Staff
  • Engagement: Developing Skills Today for Opportunities Tomorrow
    Dr. Ben Littlepage, Professor and Program Coordinator for Postsecondary Education Administration
  • Racer Resources for Your Success
    Kim Newbern, Coordinator of Greek Life and Student Leadership Programs
  • Student Success Strategies Post-Pandemic
    MeLissa Cooper, Director of Student Support Services /TRiO and Stephen Keene, Program Advisor, Student Support Services
  • Racers Thrive: Life Skills for Success
    Aaron Harris, Alumnus and Keynote Presenter

More about Alumnus Aaron Harris

2012 Alumnus Aaron Harris

Aaron Harris, pictured below, is a Louisville, KY native who graduated from Murray State University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Media and a minor in Organizational Communication and in 2014 with a Masters of Science in Human Development and Leadership (college student personnel concentration). Harris is currently the Executive Director of Keeping my Promise Inc, a non-profit designed to serve communities through educational access, career readiness, and mentoring

Keeping My Promise Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to serve communities through educational access, career-readiness, and mentoring. In addition, Aaron is the Principal Consultant of NTL Consulting & Strategy LLC. Additional endeavors include co-hosting The ConneQt (con-nect) Podcast; serving alongside Dak Prescott’s FaithFightFinish Foundation; supporting students in Crowley ISD as the district Work-Based Learning Specialist. In April 2021, Aaron was privileged to present his TEDx Talk “Pain: How to Work With Negatives to Make Positive.”

Outside of career endeavors hobbies and interests include: traveling; experiencing new cultures; attending concerts; collecting shoes; and most importantly time with family!

First-Generation Fast Facts

Learn more about first-generation students at Murray State University

Event sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Center for Student Engagement and Success, Student Life, Starting Gate Grant, College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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