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An Evening With the Docs

Sandy Linn - Wednesday, March 01, 2017

The Calloway County Public Library is pleased to announce that Robert Valentine and MarTeze Hammonds will join their storytelling talents for a special storytelling event at the Calloway County Public Library on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30 pm in the CCPL meeting room.

CCPL Program Coordinator Sandy Linn stated “The two talented friends have wanted to do an event for CCPL for a while, but with their schedules, it has been difficult to find a date that both were available. After the announcement was made that Dr. MarTeze Hammonds would be one of the three prominent alumni to speak at MSU’s March 9 Presidential Lecture, the duo decided that his visit home would be a perfect time to “spin some tales” for the community.” Linn continued “We are thrilled to host this fabulous performance! Audience members are in for such an amazing evening when these two storytellers extraordinaire combine forces for an unforgettable evening of stories.” 

Robert Valentine is Senior Lecturer in Mass Media and Theatre for Murray State University. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with the B.A. in History. After military service, he returned to Kentucky where he was awarded the M.A. in Communications. He has taught, performed professionally on stage, radio and television, and has written for all three media. Valentine has worked in television and radio as an actor and producer. His video productions include instruction and information tapes for The Tennessee Valley Authority, Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Council of State Governments, Fisher-Price Corporation, and others. His voice has been featured on a number of nationally-aired radio commercials. He presently serves as chief consultant and president of Theatre Arts Enterprises, an independent media production and market consultation company. He created the live storytelling exhibit for the National Scouting Museum in Murray, Kentucky, and originated the national storytelling tour. He is a Fellow of the F. O. Birmingham Memorial Foundation and serves as Executive Editor of Murray Life Magazine.

Dr. MarTeze Hammonds is the inaugural associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Arkansas Tech University. A Murray native, Hammonds attended Murray State and earned his Bachelor of Science in Theatre in 2005 and Master of Science in Organizational Communication in 2006 as well as a second Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership (emphasis in college student personnel) in 2008. While earning these degrees, Hammonds was employed as a member of the Murray State athletics department as the inaugural academic counselor and director of CHAMPS/Life Skills. Hammonds also earned an educational doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas in 2012. Hammonds has earned numerous honors and awards from areas of academia, leadership, fraternal, volunteerism and the community. On May 25, 2012, the City of Murray proclaimed that May 25 of every year will be forever known as Dr. MarTeze D. Hammonds Day in recognition of young role models.

CCPL’s “An Evening With The Docs” is presented free of charge, and all community members are invited to attend. For more information, interested persons may contact Sandy Linn at (270) 753-2288 or

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