The Office of Facilities Management at Morehead State University is constantly improving campus. We want to share our progress with students, employees and the communities in our service region. Much More Progress is a great source of information on campus closings, construction and other information that affects campus infrastructure.
As we exit Grote-Thompson Hall to the right, we come to a
building that also stands with Thompson and Rader as structures of the original
crescent of University Boulevard.
Perhaps the most familiar of campus buildings to older
generations of Rowan County natives is Breckinridge Hall. Breckinridge was erected on the corner of University Boulevard amidst
the huge campus oak trees in 1931 to provide Morehead State Normal School with
its own laboratory for teacher training.
A four-story classroom and office building, Breckinridge was
named in honor of Robert J. Breckinridge, a former State School
Superintendent. Previously known to many
as Breckinridge Training School and University Breckinridge School, it was used
for 51 years as the University’s laboratory for prospective teacher training in
which all 12 grades were housed. The
students who attended Breckinridge Training School were commonly referred to as
When university status was granted in 1966, just after the
building was expanded in 1965, the Board of Regents approved the name change to
University Breckinridge. Poor economic
times forced the University to merge University Breckinridge with the Rowan
County school system in 1981. The
training school provided a rare and unique education for students until it was
finally closed for good in 1982. Some of
the school’s faculty transitioned to teaching college courses at MSU.
spirit of “Breck” lives on in the hearts of so many who attended and because of
this, The Breckinridge School Society was established in June of 1993.
With the departure of the high school, the facility was
closed for renovation. The $14 million project was completed and an expanded and
renovated Breckinridge Hall was reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May
10, 2002, “dedicated to the proud past of Morehead State University and to the
bright promise of its future.”The
renovation allowed various areas to be named for special individuals including:
W. David Brown Seminar Room, Capt. Michael K. Gallagher Audio Studio, Kozy
Hamilton Costume Shop, Harlen Hamm Speech Suite, Lucille Caudill Little
Theatre, Larry Netherton News Production Booth, Mary Jo Netherton Foreign
Language Lab, and the Thom Yancy Television Seminar Room.
Today, Breckinridge Hall is home to the Department of Communication
and Media and Leadership Studies for Morehead State University. It also houses two programs from the
Department of Music, Theater and Dance, and foreign languages.
The award-winning, National Public Radio affiliate, Morehead State Public Radio also operates out of Breckinridge.
Like its neighbor to the left, “Breck” resides
on the National Register of Historic Places as it proudly stands boasting a
truly diverse and rich historic background 86 years after construction.
Facilities Management treats residence halls on a monthly
basis. Each residence hall is scheduled for one day per month. Our Pest
Controller, Larry Hignite begins with the top floor at 9 a.m. and works through
the building. Most residence halls take at least 8 hours to complete.
the crescent of University Boulevard stands an eighty-six year old building
that holds an abundance of history not only in its structure, but quite
literally in its contents.
Camden-Carroll Library is probably one of the most academically-influential
historic buildings on campus and many of us call it home during finals week. Currently the CCL houses the University’s
Archives, Appalachian Collection, James Still Room, Jesse Stuart Room, Patti
Bolin Display, Learning Technology Lab, Learning Resource Center, and the Java
City Coffee Shop.
features technology centers and study spaces to help you with research and
prepare class projects, as well as books, magazines, and journals that make it
an iconic stop for continual education at MSU.
1930, the Johnson Camden Library sits prominently in the center of campus as a
registered National Historic Place and was named for U.S. Senator Johnson N.
Camden Jr. It has undergone two
expansions allowing it to hold the immense amount of educational resources for nearly 11,000 students from 110 Kentucky
counties, 41 states and 31 nations.
addition in 1965 expanded on the left side of the main structure and the second
addition gives us what we know as the library tower, or the Julian Carroll
Library Tower, named in recognition of Governor Julian Carroll. Currently, some work is being completed on limestone that is chipping on the historic structure.
comes to student education, the library offers programs such as free tutoring
sessions for students needing assistance in any of their classes. They offer a schedule that operates great
hours during the week and a 24-hour operation schedule during semester finals
finals week operations, floors are designated for study areas that include
quiet zones and napping zones and they also provide students who have a hard
time separating themselves from the books with snacks.
evident that the Camden-Carroll Library plays a vital role in the academic
state of MSU while also contributing to the rich and historic background of the
Earle Clements Lane will be limited to one lane traffic on
Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22 to continue paving. Work will begin at 7
a.m. and last until 4 p.m. The blocked
area will begin at Alumni Tower, but will not block access to that building and
will end at the entrance to the Recreation and Wellness Center.
Also on Monday, the parking garage will be one way entry and
exit beginning at noon and lasting until 3 p.m.
There will be traffic directors and an alternate route is
available behind Andrews Hall.
Thank you for your continual patience as we continue the
progress at Morehead State University!
Derrickson Agricultural Complex has recently seen two new residential halls
erected on the farm. This has added much needed improvements to the living
standards on the grounds.
Hall and Padula Hall are two-story apartment-style residential facilities that
each feature four individual units housing six students, or 24 students in each
building. Each of the apartment units
include three double-bedrooms with full size beds, three full bathrooms, washer
and dryer accessibility, and a kitchen combined with a living quarters. The luxury of these new facilities far
exceeds previous offerings at the complex.
The first of
the two identical structures, Lundergan Hall, was named after Mr. Eddie
Lundergan, a man that gave so much of his own life to the success of the
farm. He began working at the MSU farm
in 1979 after graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He
began his tenure there as equine breeding coordinator and manager of the horse
barn. In 1982 he became farm manager, a position he held until his 2006
retirement. “He contributed his whole
life to this place,” said MSU President Wayne Andrews, “he helped this farm
become the agricultural sciences facility that it is today.” Lundergan Hall was dedicated on Thursday,
November 5, 2015 with many of Eddie’s family members in attendance.
of the two buildings to be completed is Padula Hall, named in honor of Mr.
Michael Frances Padula. Padula was the
MSU Farm Maintenance Supervisor at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex for 25
years. His life was cut short in 2012 at
53 years of age during a fishing accident, but his contributions to the
Derrickson Complex and the University will now live on forever. Family and friends explained that Mike, a
strong man in his faith, enjoyed his work and treasured his friendships with
coworkers and students. He especially liked giving tours to visiting elementary
students. Padula Hall is scheduled for
dedication this Friday, November 11, 2016.
of our University exceeds the boundaries of main campus, so if you’re ever
traveling out near the farm grounds, be sure to check out these amazing
additions to the landscape! Stay tuned