MSC announces Hall of Fame inductees for 2017


Murray State College has announced its Hall of Fame inductees to be honored during campus Homecoming festivities on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Inductees will receive awards during a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the ballroom on Murray’s campus in Tishomingo.  Cost of the luncheon event is $25 per person, and the public is invited to attend.

“It is always a pleasure to honor alumni and friends of the college for their outstanding professional achievements and contributions to students.  This year we will celebrate a wonderful group with deep roots in Johnston County and Southern Oklahoma,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

Ardmore philanthropist Jerome Westheimer Jr. has been chosen to receive the 2017 Benefactor Award for his financial commitment to the men’s and women’s golf teams at Murray State College.

The Heritage Award will be presented posthumously to Dr. William Pennington who served as president of Murray State College from 2004-2007.

Two recipients have been selected to receive Distinguished Alumni awards for 2017.  The late Mike Hunter was selected for his role while a student on the MSC Livestock Judging Team and his contribution to promoting agriculture and FFA throughout the state.  Tishomingo businesswoman Peggy Shaffer, a 1968 graduate of MSC, was selected for her lifelong commitment to the mission of Murray State College and her dedication to the Tishomingo community.

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees include a former baseball coach and athletic director, a former baseball player and a basketball standout who became an associate district judge.

Former baseball coach and athletic director Rick Ridling will be honored for his winning records and his commitment to student development.  Ridling, who coached at MSC from 1982-87, had 263 wins. He held the record for the most wins in school history until this year (2017).

Tommy Julian, a baseball standout from 1985-87 under Coach Ridling, will also be honored.  His records for career ERA of 1.39, saves totaling 25 and combined appearance of 66 still remain in place today.

The late Charles Migliorino was the nation’s sixth highest basketball scorer while at MSC.  When he played for Hall of Fame coach Gene Robbins, Migliorino was only 17 years old.  He went on to study law and served Johnston County as an associate district judge for many years.

To reserve tickets for the event, contact Malynda Cobb at 580-387-7101 or

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