Top Stories University News — 14 November 2016

MURRAY, Ky. — In celebration of the Murray State University Alumni Association’s 90th anniversary and Homecoming 2016 Decades: Building Memories, the $90-for-90 campaign raised over $8,500 for the association and student scholarships.

A crowd-sourcing campaign, $90-for-90 was an opportunity for Murray State alumni to become members of the Alumni Association as well as help future generations of Racers through donations to the Century Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Spearheaded by the Alumni Association and the University Advancement teams, the campaign brought generations of Racers together while honoring the University’s history.

“Murray State University has a rich history dating back to the 1920s as the Murray State Normal School. Throughout the $90-for-90 campaign we celebrated the many traditions that make Murray State University so special to all of us,” said Dr. Adrienne King, vice president of University Advancement. “Our alumni embraced the celebration, and their generosity will afford opportunities for generations to come!”

When choosing to participate in $90-for-90, alumni chose to represent decades in Murray State’s history. The decade that had the most participants and the decade with the most total contributions by November 1 claimed the winning titles. The 1970s won both accolades with 31 participants and raising $2,790.

A 1977 graduate and former Board of Governors member, Bob Upton emphasized the importance of alumni maintaining a relationship with their alma mater through the campaign.

“Murray State is a very special place that has meant so much to many people through the decades,” said Upton. “In order for the University to grow, it’s vital that we as alumni maintain a connection.”

Over the course of the campaign, 84 alumni and supporters of the University participated, raising $2,820 for the association and $5,710 for the Century Club Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Jason Pittman, 2003 political science graduate and former Alumni Association president, along with his wife, Amanda Pittman, who received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Murray State, were avid supporters of $90-for-90 and saw the campaign as a way to give back to their home, Murray State.

“We love giving back to the University to provide opportunities to those students who are here right now,” said Jason Pittman. “We hope this will help current Racers relive the amazing experiences we both had when we attended Murray State.”

The $90-for-$90 campaign celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Murray State Alumni Association. Throughout the campaign, the history of Murray State was celebrated through stories and historic photos, such as these. (Photos courtesy of  Pogue Special Collections Library.)

The $90-for-$90 campaign celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Murray State Alumni Association. Throughout the campaign, the history of Murray State was celebrated through stories and historic photos, such as these. (Photos courtesy of Pogue Special Collections Library.)

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