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Alumni and Foundation

Alumni Spotlight

Murray State College has a proud tradition and many great alumni who have become successful in a variety of fields, and also give back to their communities in many ways. We are starting this Alumni Spotlight as a way of highlighting those alumni who are doing great things throught the state, nation and internationally.

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Sheena Martin, Class of 2017

Current occupation: Meteorologist at KNOE 8 News, Monroe, La.
College activities: MSC President's Scholars Program and MSC Women's Soccer 


Sheena Martin is a graduate of Murray State College and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Growing up in Oklahoma, she quickly developed a passion for weather. During her time in Oklahoma, she experienced a wide variety of weather including tornadoes, hail storms, and ice storms. Each event fueled her curiosity in the field of weather.

Sheena enjoys the outdoors and loves fishing. Her other hobby is soccer, which she played throughout her college career

Colonel James L. Booker, Sr​, Class of 1966

Current occupation: Executive pastor of the New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church


Col. James Booker, Sr., graduated from Oklahoma's Tishomingo High School, Murray State College, and East Central State University before joining the Marine Corps.  During a military career of 30 years, he was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the highest non-combat medal awarded, two Legions of Merit medals, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, the Ancient Order of Saint Barbara, and many other ribbons and awardsfor outstanding service.  He and his wife Kathy have been maried 52 years and reside in Virginia Beach, Va. where Booker now serves as Executive pastor of the New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church.

Peter Morrell, Class of 1988

Current occupation: Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota
College activities: MSC President's Scholars Program -1986-1988


Peter L. Morrell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses primarily on genetic variation in plants. Three major areas of emphasis include the impact of domestication on patterns of polymorphism in domesticated species, the contribution of recombination to genetic variation and patterns of linkage disequilibrium, and the nature of adaptation to climatic variation. The research group makes extensive use of high performance computing and develops original programs for bioinformatics and data analysis. Morrell is the son of MSC retired professor Rex Morrell and brother of MSC's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness Becky Henthorn.