Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Past, Present, Future: Breckinridge Hall

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 “Breck Brats.” 

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.   

The 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.

Breckinridge 2017

Breckinridge 1948

Residence Hall- Pest Control Schedule

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.

First Tuesday- West Mignon

First Thursday- Mignon Hall
                             East Mignon

First Friday- Alumni Tower

Second Tuesday- Cartmell Hall

Second Thursday-  Nunn Hall

Third Tuesday- Andrews Hall

Third Thursday- Mignon Tower

Third Friday- Mays Hall

Fourth Tuesday- Eagle Lake Apts.

Fourth Wednesday- Butler Hall

Fourth Thursday- Cooper Hall

Fourth Friday- Thompson Hall

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Safety First: Second St. closing for concrete pour

Please use caution and plan for the portion of Second St. behind the Adron Doran University Center to be closed on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will allow Monarch Construction to pour concrete to patch the excavation area from prior work that relocated utility lines.

Facilities Management appreciates your patience as we work to create a new student center that will better serve all.
Th view of the ADUC excavation area from inside the building.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Safety First: Second St. closure

Beginning Monday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Second Street, behind the Adon Doran University Center, will be closed.

Monarch Construction will be excavating portions of the street to complete utility line work necessary to the ADUC Renovation. Please use caution during this time.

Facilities Management appreciates the patience and support shown while the construction projects continue.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Past, Present, Future: Camden-Carroll Library

Staying on 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. 

The 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. 

The library 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.

Built in 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

The first 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.

When it 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 weeks. 

During 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.

It is 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 University.  

Library before addition of tower.

Current view of main building and tower.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Safety First: Traffic interruption on Earle Clements Lane

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!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Past, Present, Future: Lundergan and Padula Halls

The 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. 

Lundergan 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.

The second 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.

The progress 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 for more!

Lundergan Hall

Interior of new halls
Interior of new halls