MSU Hosts First Faculty Appreciation Festival
By WestKyStar & MSU Staff
MURRAY - Murray State University held its first-ever Faculty Appreciation Festival October 1 at Pogue Library, honoring University faculty for their commitment to student success. 

Organized by five faculty members serving as fellows in the Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy (BALA), an initiative of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the event honored newly-tenured and promoted faculty with an evening of refreshments and conversation.

The festival was organized by Faculty Regent Dr. Melony Shemberger, Department of Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling chair Dr. Susana Bloomdahl, School of Nursing and Health Professions interim dean Dr. Dina Byers, Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology assistant dean Dr. Maeve McCarthy and Department of Political Science and Sociology interim chair Dr. Drew Seib.

The five fellows will discuss the festival project as a presentation at the next BALA meeting, set for Oct. 18 at Kentucky State University. As part of the year-long fellowship, the group was tasked to identify a specific campus need and execute a project to address it. 

"The Faculty Appreciation Festival involved months of planning,” Shemberger said. “The five of us are extremely busy in our roles at Murray State, but we wanted to have a program centered on faculty recognition, as this was a need we identified as a high priority. We are extremely pleased with how this event evolved, and the faculty response to it was positive.

“We are grateful to former Provost Dr. Mark Arant and Interim Provost Dr. Tim Todd for their encouragement and support of this project. We could not have done this without them.”

Shemberger added that more than 80 faculty members attended the festival.

"Personally, I am thankful to have worked with the other fellows,” Shemberger said. “We had a lot of fun networking and getting to know each other better. We worked hard and successfully as a team. I am honored to have been a part of this."

Murray State University provides opportunities for students through a high-quality education with experiential learning, academic and personal growth and the ability to secure a lifetime of success. Since 1922, the true value of higher education has been found at Murray State University, where our commitment is to develop leaders in the community, the country and the world. The University’s main campus is located in Murray, KY and includes five regional campuses. For more information about Murray State University, visit

Published 07:19 PM, Wednesday Oct. 09, 2019
Updated 07:25 PM, Wednesday Oct. 09, 2019



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