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Alumni and Foundation

Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

Murray State College is proud of our graduates, former students, staff, faculty and friends.  Each year we select at least one individual to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award and one for induction into the MSC Athletic Hall of Fame.  These honorees are recognized at an awards luncheon during Homecoming week and encouraged to invite friends and family to campus for event.

Inductees are selected based on their noteworthy accomplishments, commitment and importance to the history of Murray State College, dedication to community and/or their allegiance to Murray State College. Recipients have achieved distinctive and notable accomplishments in one of three categories: Professional, Community Service, or Service to the College.


Distinguished alumni in this category are recognized within the following disciplines: Arts, Business & Professions, Education, and Science. Criteria for measuring achievement include:

  • Recognized leadership qualities.

  • Impact on and success in the field.

  • Dedication to field (includes volunteerism, educational outreach, etc.)

  • Recognition within the field and length of professional service.

  • Degrees earned, publications, research, etc. within field (if applicable).

Community Service

This category honors former students whose voluntary leadership, dedication, and contribution of time, effort, and enthusiasm improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, or the nation. The accomplishments of a Community Service Distinguished Alumni are especially enduring in value because their work results from personal commitment rather than a desire for personal gain.

College Service

Those honored have true devotion and lasting love for the college as demonstrated through substantial contribution of time and resources.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Persons making nominations must include an official nomination form, a formal letter of recommendation, and a detailed biographical history or résumé for the nominee of no more than two pages.

  • Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on August 31.

  • Nominations may be carried forward to the next year

  • Awards may or may not be awarded in all categories each year.


Send nominations or inquires to:

Murray State College Alumni Association
One Murray Campus, Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460
Phone: 580-387-7146

Deadline for nominations is August 31 each year, but applications are welcomed throughout the year.

HOFnomination form

Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees


Distinguished Alumnus

Athletic Hall of Fame

Gilbert O. Sanders, Ed.D Guy S. Berry