About Us

Career Services Mission Statement

Murray State University Career Services is a comprehensive career department dedicated to assisting Murray State students, alums, faculty, staff, and employers with all aspects of career development/recruitment in a positive, inclusive, and welcoming environment empowering them with the tools and skills necessary to succeed in their career path.

Meet the Staff

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Matthew Purdy
Director 
mpurdy1@murraystate.edu
270.809.3375
about Matt

Matt Purdy received his Master of Business Administration in 2006 and did a Marketing degree in 2004. Matt is originally from Carbondale, Illinois and enjoys barbecuing, technology and family. He got into Career Services and planned to only stay for 6-12 months while he looked for a real job, which was 10 years ago! He is one of the lucky few that can honestly say that he loves his job! His favorite career hack is getting in touch with people through mutual contacts/friends. His favorite thing about Career Services in how dedicated the Career Services team is!

 
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Colleen Anderson
Administrative Assistant
canderson2@murraystate.edu
270.809.2906
about Colleen

Colleen Anderson received her Masters in Human Development in May 2017 and got a degree in Physical Education in 1986. Colleen is originally from Ridgway, Illinois and enjoys reading, playing games, watching movies and working outside. She is a widow with three children and three grandchildren. She was a Camp Director for 23 years before coming to Murray in 2009 and to Career Services in 2015. Every October, she becomes someone different when she portrays different characters at Talon Falls Scream Park! Her favorite career hack is to research the company and ask questions at the end. Her favorite thing about Career Services is the people!

 
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Hannah Carroll
Internship Coordinator
hcarroll3@murraystate.edu
270.809.2907
about Hannah

Hannah received her Bachelors degree in Organizational Communication and Leadership with a minor in Youth & Nonprofit Leadership in 2010. She also got her Masters in Human Development and Leadership in 2012. She is from Bardstown, Kentucky and enjoys camping at LBL, reading, Netflix, playing with her dogs and visiting friends. Hannah loves Murray State University and is married to a Murray native and Alumni. Hannah also loves to laugh, help others, and spend the day with family and friends. Her favorite career hack is following up! She says to "send that thank you card, send that email, take the time to visit the business if that is what you discussed. Always follow-up!" Her favorite thing about Career Services is the family atmosphere; she says "everyone is really excited to help students find a career in any way they can!"

 
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Travis Plunkett
Employer Relations Coordinator
tplunkett@murraystate.edu 
270.809.3117
about Travis

Travis Plunkett is a Postsecondary Education in Student Affairs major who graduated in December 2018. He is from Smithland, Kentucky and enjoys kayaking, disc golf and going on adventures. Travis served as the Graduate Assistant for the Career Services office for almost two years until he moved into the position of Employer Relations Coordinator. He is also an avid Pokemon Go player! His favorite career hack is networking with individuals whom you don't know and learning about their company/institution. His favorite thing about Career Services is the family-like atmosphere.

 
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Drew Melebeck
Career Counselor
dmelebeck@murraystate.edu
270.809.3053
about Drew

Drew received his Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts in May 2014. He is originally from Abbeville, Louisiana and enjoys exercising at the gym, performing in theatrical productions, listening to music and watching movies. Originally from Louisiana, Drew has also lived in Florida, California and now here! He is recently engaged and is excited to start this new adventure! His favorite career hack is following up with a personalized thank you note or email, letting the employer know you enjoyed speaking with them and truly appreciate their time. Drew's favorite thing about Career Services is everyone works really hard to help students succeed!

 
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Jordan Garner 
Peer Career Advisor
jgarner7@murraystate.edu
270.809.3735
about Jordan

Jordan Garner is a Business & Marketing Education major who will graduate in May 2020. He is from Murray, Kentucky and enjoys football and basketball. He is a senior at Murray State and is a huge sports fan. His favorite career hack is if it takes less than five minutes, do it now. It will lighten your workload and relieve stress. His favorite thing about Career Services is the family atmosphere.

 
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Amara Stroud
Peer Career Advisor 
astroud1@murraystate.edu
270.809.3735
About Amara

Amara is majoring in Secondary English Education and will graduate in May 2022! She is from Greenville, Kentucky and enjoys playing the piano, playing with her dog, Max, and performing in theatrical productions. She is really excited about exploring new ideas during her time here at Murray State. Her favorite career hack is following up after giving assignments. She always tries to follow up and make sure everything is finished if she assigns a project to someone. Her favorite thing about the Career Services office is how student-oriented it is.

 
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Michaela Manley
Graduate Assistant
mmanley1@murraystate.edu
270.809.3735
About Michaela

Michaela received her Bachelor degree in Marketing in May 2019. She is from Benton, Kentucky and enjoys playing basketball, learning to cook, and anything that involves being outside. Michaela was a former Lady Racer from 2015-2019. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration here at Murray State. Her favorite career hack is to always ask questions and have as many connections as possible. Her favorite thing about Career Services is the many resources that are available for preparing and finding a job.

 
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Lamiah Campbell
Peer Career Advisor
lcampbell11@murraystate.edu
270.809.3735
about Lamiah

Lamiah is a Exercise Science major who will graduate in May 2023. She is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and enjoys running, star gazing, and having deep debates with her family. Lamiah graduated from Lafayette High School and is currently a freshman at Murray State. Her favorite thing to do is run. She is also a member of the xc/track and field team at Murray State. Her favorite career hack would be, being organized, as it helps everything go smoothly throughout the day. Her favorite thing about Career Services is that the department helps students with employment opportunities.

 
Office Hours
Fall & Spring: Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Summer: Monday – Friday | 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Walk-In Appointment Hours
Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Summer: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
Walk-In Appointments Available: Resumes, Cover Letters, & Basic Questions
Scheduled Appointments
Please schedule appointments on murraystate.joinhandshake.com or call us at 270.809.3735.
Scheduled Appointments are required for Major/Minor Counseling, Career Assessments, & Mock Interviews. 
 
100 Oakley Applied Sciences Bldg | Murray, KY 42071 | 270.809.3735 msu.careerservices@murraystate.edu
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