The Shoe Tree

When two Racers fall in love, it's a tradition to nail their shoes to a tree in the Quad. While its origins have been disputed over the years, it is safe to say the Shoe Tree has been a tradition unique to Murray State for more than a half-century. A few Racers have even returned to campus to hang their children's shoes on the tree. There have been many different Shoe Trees over the years, but the tradition continues.

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The Shoe Tree in front of Lovett Auditorium
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Want to share your story? Perhaps you found your significant other on campus, married a fellow Racer long after graduating, or formed a lifelong friendship thanks to the blue and gold. Share your favorite memory of love or friendship at Murray State using #RacerSoleMates and submit your story for a chance to have it featured on the site and win some Racer swag!

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Join the Alumni Association

You can show the love for your alma mater by joining the Murray State University Alumni Association family. Becoming a member of the Association is just one of the many ways to give back to the University and help Racer traditions thrive. Whether it’s supporting the Century Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship and Distinguished Faculty Awards or providing funding for Homecoming and other alumni reunions, you can make an impact on our University.

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Make Dunker's valentine's your own by coloring or sharing with friends!

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Send Racer themed Valentines

Share special messages with friends, a special someone, or tell a teacher thank you for putting their heart into teaching!

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Are you a matchmaker?

When you make a gift to Murray State University, you ensure every student’s ability to take part in the transformative Racer experience so many of us know and love. To make an eligible matching gift to Murray State University, please navigate to our online matching gift tool. Your gift amount could be doubled or tripled by your employer! If your employer participates in an eligible matching program, you can mail in the matching gift form (available at your company's personnel office) to the following address:

Office of Development
Murray State University
200 Heritage Hall
Murray, KY 42071

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