Our mission is to support one another, perform useful philanthropy projects, and to
act as an important part of the Murray State community. Students work with faculty and staff in a nurturing and respectful environment to
achieve our goals with excellence. We define excellence by:
- Assimilating residents and commuters into the residential college system.
- Providing an environment where members can establish friendships and enjoy a sense
of family in a safe and healthy setting.
- Promoting academic success.
- Promoting faculty-student collaboration to strengthen the College, faculty-student
friendships, and mentoring
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Lee Clark students, staff, and faculty work to pursue creative ideas for programming,
encourage leadership through action, and commit to strengthening its spirit and traditions.
Crest, Mascot and Colors
The student-designed flag based on the Clark family crest dates back some 400 years.
The flag consists of a red cross on a gray background, providing four quadrants. Three of these bear a symbol that supports the motto of Lee Clark College: "Building
Community Through Communication." In the bottom right quadrant is a yellow lamp representing knowledge. In the top
right quadrant is a cross that symbolizes faith. In the top left quadrant is the Murray
State University mascot, the race-horse. The bottom left quadrant was left open, as the early designers felt that later students would add their own symbol. The current mascot is the Crusader.
Traditions and Annual Events
One of the missions of the Residential College system is to foster the community of
students, faculty, and staff. The Residential College Council (RCC) and Resident Assistant (RA) staff of Clark take
this very seriously. Seldom does a week pass where there isn't’t a program, activity, or intramural game
scheduled. As a Crusader of Clark, you are encouraged to take part in as many of these opportunities as you wish. While every RC offers several similar programs and activities, Clark hosts several
unique, award-winning events:
Remember when you were younger, and your school would have a Field Day? It was a day
of friendly, whimsical challenges, followed by a celebratory meal. This is a Field
Day for adults. Teams made up of Clark residents and affiliated commuters compete in various events
including Human Horseshoe, Sack Racing, Name That Tune, and the Tricycle Race! The Clark Olympics and banquet are always on a Saturday early in the fall semester
as a way to get to know the other members of the Clark community.
Started in 2007 by a couple of Clark residents who just wanted to jam, Clarkstock has grown into the preeminent free music festival of the
RCs. It is an all-day philanthropic event on a spring Saturday that brings several local
bands together to provide music of all genres to the Murray State Community. It's a time to relax, play some volleyball or cornhole, and enjoy some grilled food
with your friends before finals. It's a free event open to the public, but any donations and proceeds from fundraisers
go to Mainstreet Youth, a local afterschool program for children in the larger Murray
Save the date! The Thursday before Thanksgiving is Clark’s annual in-house celebratory
meal, Clarksgiving. This is one of the few times each year where we come together
to share a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This is also a philanthropic event for Clark College, as attendees are asked to bring canned or dry goods to donate to Needline, a local food bank that serves
the larger Murray community.
Who doesn't like s’mores? Roasted marshmallows, melted chocolate, and crisp graham
crackers combined into a delectable treat! There's no better place to make friends
than around a fire pit making s’mores... so join your fellow Crusaders on the Clark
lawn for make-your-own s’mores several times each year.
The Residence Hall
Lee Clark Hall is a four-story building comprised of 4-person suite-style rooms, 2-person
rooms, and private rooms... as well as study lounges, two meeting rooms, one community
kitchen, and a pool room. There are approximately 1,300 students assigned to Clark with about 300 actually residing
in Clark College.
Lee Clark College, founded in 1996, was named after the prominent farmer, businessman and statesman Mr. Lee Clark. He was a very active board member for 17 years during the formative years of Murray
State University. Since the mid-90s, students associated with Clark College have started some great
traditions that continue to this day.
Lee Clark students have over the years built a remarkable community in which to live
and learn. Having fewer students than most other colleges has enabled Clark to build one of the
finest living accommodations on campus. While we cannot claim all the academic and athletic accolades, we rank high in whatever
we take part in. Though Clark ranks among the smallest in-hall residents populations, we are a force
to be reckoned with. One of our finest achievements is that a vast majority of our residents are happy
to live in our community. It fosters positive relationships and offers an exciting
and eventful place to learn.
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