Alumni Membership

 
We Are Racers. This is Our Legacy.
Like the Thoroughbreds we are named for, Racers are spirited and proud. We have the heart and will to succeed, to go farther, learn more and embrace wisdom. You can help us carry on this tradition by joining the Alumni Association today.

Your membership donation supports a wide range of activities that advance the mission of Murray State University, including funding the Century Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Distinguished Faculty Awards, providing support for Homecoming and other alumni reunions, and providing recognition for our Distinguished Alumni. 

Homecoming

Healthy at HomecomingWe invite Racer alumni all over the globe to celebrate Homecoming with us throughout the week of October 26-31. From Tent City to campus tours and trivia to wine tasting, the Murray State Office of Alumni Relations, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board and Racer Athletics, is organizing a robust schedule of virtual, in-person and hybrid activities! Check out a full listing of activities at murraystate.edu/homecoming.

Racer Restart

Many alumni are asking, What will happen in the fall at Murray State? While some decisions regarding the upcoming semester are dependent upon the fluctuating COVID-19 situation, Murray State is undergoing a thoughtful, collaborative and proactive planning process to restart campus for a traditional fall 2020 semester in a safe and healthy way. The "Racer Restart" initiative takes a shared governance approach to planning, led by University leadership, involving the expertise of faculty and staff throughout campus and in partnership with Murray State University Health Services/Primary Care Medical Center. A new University web page, murraystate.edu/racerrestart, is available to keep you, and the overall campus community, apprised of updated information as it becomes available


Murray State Night at the Grizzlies

  Last year more than 1,000 Racers took over Memphis for Murray State Night with the Memphis Grizzlies. What do you say we do it again!?! Details regarding Murray State Night at the Grizzlies 2 coming soon!

Racer fans at the Grizzlies game

 

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Our History

The Murray State Normal and Teachers College Alumni Association was organized June 1, 1926 during a meeting in Wells Hall immediately following the commencement of the first graduating class of 16 in the Little Chapel. Since that first graduation ceremony well over 75,000 students have earned degrees from this institution.

The Association was established to provide an opportunity for graduates, former students, faculty, staff, and members of the governing board of the institution to coordinate their efforts on behalf of Murray State. To that end, scholarships have been awarded by the Alumni Association since 1941.

The Murray State University Alumni Association is a dues-based membership organization that supports integral programming designed to advance the mission of the University and creating meaningful connections among alumni.

Mission

Our Mission: The Murray State University Alumni Association connects, celebrates, and engages alumni and friends of Murray State through communication, activities and events to foster lifelong relationships that support the mission and strategic plan of the university.

Our Vision: The Murray State University Alumni Association will be recognized internationally for excellence in alumni engagement through communication, activities and events and for collaborating with other university units to produce more effective student recruitment, donor solicitation and stewardship, and legislative advocacy.

Adopted by the MSUAA Board of Governors, April 2015

Board of Governors

MSUAA BOG Spring 2019Members of the first graduating class of Murray State Normal School and Teachers College in June 1926 gathered after commencement to form the Alumni Association. Since then the Alumni Association's growth has been guided by the appointed Executive Board President.

Organized to coordinate the efforts of alumni on behalf of Murray State University, the Alumni Association serves as a liaison between the University and its alumni constituency and enables graduates to maintain a close bond with their alma mater. The Association promotes the general interests of Murray State by affording alumni opportunities to work together to engage fellow alumni and advance the mission of their alma mater.

Executive Committee

Tab Brockman, '81
Taylor Cline, '97
Amber DuVentre, '06, '09
Gayle Rodgers, '10, '15

 

Board of Governors

  • Brian Edwards, '06
  • Scott Grant, '07 '09
  • Cameron Gish, '11
  • Allison Beck, '92
  • Amber DuVentre, '06 '09
  • Jeremy McKeel, '98 '02
  • Bret Cude, '81
  • Darren Jones, '94
  • Ralph Barnwell, '73
  • David Moss, '01 '10
  • David Russell, '94 '96
  • Daffney Moore, '97
  • Geco Ross, '08, '15
  • Alyson Van Hooser, '10
  • Betty Baker-Clayton, '84, '08, '10
  • Derek Somerville, '98

Past Murray State Alumni Association Presidents

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2018-2019

Iain Howard '06, Owensboro, KY

2017-2018

Jerry Penner III '83, Murray, KY

2016 – 2017

Elizabeth Bailey-Smith  `90  `92, Marion, IL

2015 – 2016

Shawn Reynolds ’97, Almo, KY

2014 – 2015

David Moss ’01 ’10, Madisonville, KY

2013 – 2014

Jason Pittman ’03, Murray, KY

2012 – 2013

Dave Washburn ’95 ’96, Benton, KY

2011 – 2012

Karen Cocke Owen ’83, Calvert City, KY

2010-2011

Sonny Smith '78, Paducah, KY

2009 – 2010 

Bob Upton ’77, Franklin, TN

2008 – 2009

Jane Freeman Wells ’60, Eddyville, KY

2007 – 2008

Phillip Van Hooser ’79, Princeton, KY

2006 – 2007

Sharon McDonald Green ’80, Mayfield, KY

2005 – 2006 

  Alan Stout ’78, Prospect, KY

2004 – 2005

Darvin Towery ’82 ’91, Mayfield, KY

2003 – 2004

Christopher McNeill ’88 ’89, Paducah, KY  

2002 – 2003

Martha Cunningham Lewis ’60 ’69,  Benton, KY

 2001 – 2002

 Percy Belt ’73, Hopkinsville, KY

 2000 – 2001

 Tom Maddox Jr. ’65, Owensboro, KY

 1999 – 2000 

 Brian Roy ’95, Benton. KY  

 1998 – 1999

Bob Freeman ’58, Hopkinsville, KY   

 1997 – 1998

Ann J. Smith ’59 ’62, Mayfield, KY 

 1996 – 1997

 Bob Jackson ’85, Murray, KY

 1995 – 1996

 Roger Perry ’71, Benton. KY

 1994 – 1995

 Harold Doran Jr. ’75, Murray, KY

 1993 – 1994

Dennis Jackson ’66, Paducah, KY 

 1992 – 1993 

William "Mack" Bushart '80, Winchester, KY

1991 – 1992  

Steve Story ’69, Murray, KY

1990 – 1991

Jeff Green ’76, Mayfield, KY   

1989 – 1990

Bill O’Brien ’62, Paducah, KY   

 1988 – 1989

 Ben Hogancamp ’68, Paducah, KY

 1987 – 1988

 Fred Schultz Jr. ’46, Louisville, KY

 1986 – 1987

 Bill Kopperud ’64, Murray, KY

1985 – 1986 

George E. Long II ’68, Benton, KY

1984 – 1985

Rex A. Thompson ’58, Lexington, KY    

1983 – 1984

 Dan Shipley ’54, Murray, KY

1982 – 1983

James E. “Buck” Hurley ’39, Benton, KY   

1981 – 1982

William Ben Humphreys ’50, Murray, KY   

1980 – 1981 

Bill Morgan ’50, Benton, KY

1979 – 1980

Michael S. Peek ’70, Nashville, TN   

1978 – 1979 

Sid Easley ’62, Murray, KY

1977 – 1978   

Pat M. McCuiston `39, Kirksey, KY  

1976 – 1977

Richard H. Lewis ’60,  Benton, KY

1975 – 1976

James H. Johnson ’41, Owensboro, KY   

1974 – 1975 

Edwin O. Norris ’50, Kingsport, TN

1973 – 1974

William A. Logan ’56, Madisonville, KY  

1972 – 1973     

Martha Robertson Ellison ’45, Louisville, KY

 1971 –1972

 Forrest C. Pogue ’31, Murray, KY

 1970 – 1971

 Richard L. Petty ’60, Gainesville, GA

 1969 – 1970

Barkley Jones ’49, Parkville, MD

1967 – 1968

J. William Carneal ’40, Owensboro, KY

1966 – 1967

Angie Basenback Chambers ’59, Charlotte, NC

1965 – 1966

J. C. Maddox ’30, Jackson, TN

1964 – 1965

Joe O. Brown ’41, Bardstown, KY  

1963 – 1964    

Wilson Gantt ’41, Murray, KY

1962 – 1963

Howard V. Reid ’35, Symsonia, KY

1961 – 1962  

 J. D. Rayburn ’35, Murray, KY

1960 – 1961   

Charles J. Baugh ’38, Hickory, KY

1959 – 1960  

Pat Gingles ’42, Nashville, TN

 1958 – 1959  

  W. Roy McDonald ’34, Cadiz, KY

 1957 – 1958

 J. Clifton Thurman ’29, Nashville, TN

 1956 – 1957

 Eltis Henson ’33, Galesburg, IL

 1955 – 1956

James Phillips ’36, Clinton, KY

1954 – 1955 

  Dalton Woodall ’37, Paducah, KY

1952 – 1954

Rayburn Watkins ’43 Delray Beach. FL

1950 – 1952

William Ray Mofield ’43,  Benton, KY

 1949 – 1950  

   Guy Billington ’33, Murray, KY

1947 – 1949  

Hal Houston ’30 

 1946 – 1947

 W. Z. Carter ’29 

 1945 – 1946

Holland Rose ’32, Benton, KY

 1944 – 1945

 Evelyn Linn Allbritten ’26, Murray, KY 

 1942 – 1944    

 Dentis McDaniel ’31, Clinton, KY

 

1939 – 1942 

  Adron Doran ’32, Lexington, KY

1938 – 1939

Robert Everett ’36

1937 – 1938

Preston Holland ’28, Murray, KY

1936 – 1937

Matt Sparkman ’28, Murray, KY

1935 – 1936

Waylon Rayburn ’30, Murray, KY

1933 – 1935     

Carmon Graham ’27

1932 – 1933

Waylon Rayburn ’30, Murray, KY

1931 – 1932  

   Max B. Hurt ’27, Kirksey, KY

1930 – 1931  

   S. Jack Gardner ’27, Clarksville, IN

1929 – 1930    

W. B. Moser ’26,  Murray, KY

1928 – 1929    

W.  J. Gibson ’27

1927 – 1928  

  Carmon Graham ’27

1926 – 1927   

Emma J. Helm '26, Mayfield, KY

Top 10 Reasons to Join

10 – Continue the Tradition
Membership supports Homecoming, reunion activities on campus and around the world, athletic watch parties and other traditions that make Murray State University unique.  

9 – Racer Recruitment
Want to help support the next generation of Racers? The MSUAA assists the Office of Recruitment with recruiting events and senior send-offs around the country.

Chris Thile8 – Pay it Forward
Your Alumni Association provides opportunities to support student scholarships and mentor young alumni.

Murray State University Alumnus Chris Thile returned to campus in the fall of 2016 to perform a benefit concert to fund music scholarships and meet with students in the Music department.

 

7 – Exclusive Access and Benefits
Your membership entitles you to early registration for alumni trips, pre-sale access to concerts and special events, as well as discounts on athletic tickets and Murray State gear. Check out a complete list of benefits here.

6 – Alumni Awards
Each year, the Alumni Association honors select alumni for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their alma mater with Distinguished Alumni and Golden Horseshoe awards.

Susan Eddington5 – Faculty Recognition
Each year the Alumni Association recognizes distinguished faculty members. The Distinguished Professor serves as the mace bearer for Commencement.

4 – Discounts and Rewards
As an extra perk of membership, you’ll save at local and national retailers, in addition to receiving discounts, you'll receive exclusive alumni access to insurance benefits through association partnerships with Nationwide and USI Affinity.

3 – Stay Informed
Whether you live in Murray, across the country, or around the globe, your Alumni Association keeps you informed about outstanding students, alumni and faculty; upcoming events; and campus news through a monthly e-newsletter.

2 – Student Support
The Century Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship, created and supported by the Alumni Association, provides scholarships for the children and grandchildren of alumni.

1 – We are givers. We are supporters. We are Racers.
Membership in the MSUAA is the No. 1 way to show your Racer pride! Once a Racer, always a Racer.

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