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KU student named Rhodes scholar

November 19, 2011

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Kansas University student Kelsey Murrell got the word Saturday night that she will be joining an elite group whose alumni include world leaders, social activists and noted scholars. She is one of 32 people nationwide who have been chosen to receive a Rhodes scholarship, which will fund her studies at Oxford University in England for one or two years beginning in 2012.

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little poses with KU senior Kelsey Murrell. Murrell found out Saturday she had been awarded a Rhodes scholarship.

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little poses with KU senior Kelsey Murrell. Murrell found out Saturday she had been awarded a Rhodes scholarship.

Murrell traveled to St. Louis on Friday and was interviewed for the scholarship Saturday. A few hours after the announcement, she said the honor hadn’t sunk in.

“I feel incredibly honored and thankful — and really, just speechless,” Murrell said by phone from St. Louis.

Murrell is a senior majoring in creative writing and English literature, and plans on studying migration studies and refugee and forced migration studies at Oxford, according to a KU news release from last week. Murrell has written plays at KU, and aspires to teach literature at a university. Her plays have been honored by local and national festivals, including the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and other organizations, and at KU she founded the Contemporary Student Alternative Theatre, which encourages budding playwrights on campus.

She is currently working on her honors thesis, which looks at refugee stories and the refugee experience.

Murrell graduated from Kearney High School, in Kearney, Mo., a town of about 9,000 people. She said growing up in a small town has informed her plays, which are often set in small, rural communities.

Murrell is the 26th Rhodes scholar to come from KU. According to Jack Martin of KU’s office of public affairs, that’s more than all other universities in the state combined.

“I’m so thankful for all the people that have made this possible for me, especially the educators who have made a world of difference,” Murrell said.

Reporter Aaron Couch can be reached at 832-7217. Follow him at Twitter.com/aaroncouch.

Comments

Nutflush21 3 years, 1 month ago

"Murrell is the 26th Rhodes scholar to come from KU. According to Jack Martin of KU’s office of public affairs, that’s more than all other universities in the state combined."

This will not sit well with K-State since their Rhodes scholar numbers are one of their MANY lies touted by their admissions staff to prospective students and alumni. I wonder if this means they still have the most Rhodes scholars since 1986 or what ever year they arbitrarily pick to attempt to make this statement factual?

squawkhawk 3 years, 1 month ago

Wow, looks like someone has a major inferiority complex. Way to turn a nice positive article into a pile of drivel.

sditt54 3 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations and good luck to Ms Murrell... that's a huge honor and accomplishment!

Kookamooka 3 years, 1 month ago

I'd like to see more about her plays and her students group. There is so much amazing art being made in this town, Performance art, that is. Too bad we never hear about it.

Colleen Prohaska 3 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations Kelsey - this is a nice reward for all your hard work. I wish you the best in England.

Alceste 3 years, 1 month ago

Let's see: As I recall, The University of Kansas once was known to have the highest number of Rhodes Scholars for any PUBLIC institution in the U.S.A. Well, that was when the University of Kansas was indeed a University.

Now, KU is nothing more than a place where kids go to watch a ball get thrown about and participate in one collective drunk and where Class C- "academicians" "mingle" amongst Class D- "administrators.

devobrun 3 years, 1 month ago

"joining an elite group whose alumni include world leaders, social activists and noted scholars"

Quick, what is the difference between the three: age. She will become a social activist, then a politician, then a retired politician teaching at the university, i.e. noted scholar.

I'm happy for you Ms.Murrell. Go forth and characterize the world with your writing. Here's my attempt:

Ad hoc Ad loc Quid pro quo So little to do So much to know

konzahawk 3 years, 1 month ago

With Ms. Murrell's scholarship, KU should now rank among the Top Ten public universities for the total number of Rhodes Scholars won. Congrats, Ms. Murrell.

hedshrinker 3 years, 1 month ago

Kudos to Ms. Murrell and shame on those who attempt to diminish her exceptional achievements by their anti-intellectualism and thinly veiled backward political agendas. I particularly laud her interest in emigre issues; in my work and personal life I am struck by the courage, hope and vision of those who take the step to leave their places of birth often for sheer physical survival, but who face a lifetime of feeling "in-between", neither this nor that. Identity and belonging are such complex processes. Best wishes for Murrell's continuing success.

verity 3 years, 1 month ago

What Hedshrinker said.

Congratulations, Ms. Murrell! I'm sure you will continue to excel and make a difference in our world. Thank you.

Hammertoe 3 years, 1 month ago

Congratulations to a fine student from a small town in the great of MISSOURI!

WilburM 3 years, 1 month ago

who had the wit to go to KU. Congratulations on two counts.

Hammertoe 3 years, 1 month ago

"K-State is second in the nation among all 500 state universities since 1986. " - A mere 25 years.

parrothead8 3 years, 1 month ago

Well done, young lady. As a respectable member of our species once said, "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

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