James Murray '09 has participated in more than
30 R-MC theatre productions.
“When I entered Randolph-Macon College I came searching for a career in law and
politics,” says R-MC senior James Murray '09. “I was surprised
to find that my love for theater quickly turned into my collegiate lifestyle. Instead
of taking classes on political thought and campaign processes I was spending hours
in Cobb Theatre, exploring drama and art.”
Murray, whose drama major reflects four years
of heavy involvement in R-MC’s theater scene, participated in some way with every
production that Randolph-Macon has presented in the past four years. “I have acted
in over twenty shows and have been involved with more than thirty,” he says. Murray
will also graduate with a major in English and a minor in music.
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An Honors student, Murray has made the Dean’s List seven times. He is a member of
the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity and Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music
Fraternity. He was also the recipient of the European Council of International Schools’
Award for International Understanding.
Murray has been actively involved in many of the college’s academic offerings, clubs
and organizations. He has participated in the college’s unique Schapiro Undergraduate
Research Fellowship (SURF) program twice and studied
abroad in England in conjunction with the January Term (J-term)
course, The Arts in London. He has been a member of R-MC’s Franklin Debating
Society since 2005 and currently serves as president. Murray has won more than 35
awards as a competitive speaker and debater for the Society.
Murray is a member of the Drama Guild and has been a writer for the student newspaper,
The Yellow Jacket, since 2005. He also served as class president of the
Student Government Association and has been an active participant in the college’s
Quality Enhancement Program leadership team.
Murray’s post-commencement plans will take him far from his native Manchester, Michigan.
“My life took an unexpected and completely welcome turn when I was invited to Moscow,
Russia to pursue a career in film industry,” he says. “I'm not sure how much time
I'll spend abroad, but I am certain that the experience will change my life.”
“The model of the liberal arts is a genuinely useful—vital perhaps—form of education
for our rapidly fluctuating world,” says Murray. “My time at Randolph-Macon has
been a period of intense self-exploration and discovery. I now know who I am, what
I love and what I am going to do. Because of Randolph-Macon College, because of
my liberal arts education, I now feel—I now know—that I can do anything.”
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