Morehead State University gave Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, its most prestigious award at its Alumni Dinner last Friday as a kickoff to MSU’s weekend homecoming activities.
The Founders Award for University Service was established by MSU’s Board of Regents in 1978 and has been presented each year to individuals with records of outstanding service to the University over a sustained period.
Previous recipients include Carl D. Perkins, Dr. Adron Doran, Mrs. Mignon Doran and Sen. Woody May.
“Since graduating from Morehead State University, Representative Rocky Adkins has provided invaluable service to the University through his leadership in the General Assembly, in our community and in the region,” said Dr. Wayne Andrews, president of MSU. “He is a strong advocate for higher education, especially for his alma mater Morehead State University, and is a highly valued Eagle alumnus.”
Adkins received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU and was the starting point guard on the 1982-83 OVC champion basketball team. He was inducted into the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004. Throughout his time in the Kentucky General Assembly, he has been instrumental in MSU’s growth, including funding for the Space Science Center, dorm and student center renovations and a new campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
On behalf of MSU, Adkins has brokered many partnerships, one being with the University of Louisville, Kentucky Department of Education, James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Eastern Kentucky coal county K-12 schools that provides state-of-the-art technology to students and teachers. Cancer researchers can harness the untapped computing power created by the Dataseam to look for cancer cures.
Adkins was also instrumental in creating the Center for Health Education and Research which brings MSU, the University of Kentucky and St. Claire Regional Medical Center together to provide health care programs to area residents while serving as the primary training site for the St. Claire and UK’s family practice residency program.
The facility will house MSU’s departments of nursing and imaging sciences, UK’s physician assistant and family nurse practitioner programs.
“It has been an honor to be associated with Morehead State University as a student, athlete, alumni, parent, state representative and majority leader all of these years,” Adkins said. “This is one of the most extraordinary universities in Kentucky and it truly changes the lives of thousands of young people, particularly from Eastern Kentucky, every year.
“Receiving this award on the 125th anniversary of MSU’s creation is especially significant. We’ve done great things together — staff, faculty, President Andrews, students — and I know we’ll do even more exciting things on behalf of MSU in the future. I’m humbled by this award and profoundly grateful.”