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Upcoming events: Red Bus Project, Chanticleer, Run for Autism, College Fair, Science Olympiad

Here is a listing of some upcoming events at WKU:

Baptist Campus Ministry: Red Bus Project coming to WKU April 11

The Red Bus Project tour is visiting about 20 schools on its spring tour and will stop at WKU on April 11.

The Red Bus Project tour is visiting about 20 college campuses on its spring tour and will stop at WKU on April 11.

The Red Bus Project, a student program started by Show Hope in 2012, will visit WKU on April 11.

Through a British double-decker-bus-turned-rolling-thrift-store, students have an opportunity to learn about the needs of orphans, sign up to get involved, and even shop for clothes and donate to help provide families for waiting orphans around the world. More than 126,000 students have been exposed to the Red Bus Project, and they have contributed more than $35,000 to help provide orphans with families through Show Hope adoption grants.

The Red Bus Project will visit WKU from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Downing University Center Courtyard (between DUC and Minton Hall). The visit is sponsored by Baptist Campus Ministry.

Show Hope is a non-profit organization founded by Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth for the purpose of caring and advocating for millions of orphans worldwide. Learn more at Facebook.com/redbusproject or RedBusProject.org.

Read more about the Red Bus Project tour

Contact: Tommy Johnson, (270) 781-3185.

Cultural Enhancement Series: Chanticleer to perform April 11

Chanticleer will perform at WKU on April 11 as part of the Cultural Enhancement Series.

Chanticleer will perform at WKU on April 11 as part of the Cultural Enhancement Series.

The 2012-13 Cultural Enhancement Series season will conclude on April 11 with a performance by Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer at 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall.

The group, called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker magazine, will present The Siren’s Call.

Admission is free and open to the public. Van Meter doors will open at 6:15 p.m.; auditorium doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Contact: Potter College of Arts & Letters, (270) 745-2344.

Kelly Autism Program: LifeSkills Run for Autism April 13

autism-runThe Kelly Autism Program and the Bowling Green Hot Rods will host the “LifeSkills Run for Autism” at the Bowling Green Ballpark April 13. The weekend will begin April 12 with a spaghetti dinner at Vino’s from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., where runners and walkers can collect their registration materials. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. April 13 for the LifeSkills 4-Mile Run which begins at 8 a.m. That will be followed by Dylan’s 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m.

The event will include children’s activities, crafts made by KAP and a silent auction and will conclude with the Hot Rods vs. West Michigan game at 7:05 p.m. KAP will receive a $3 donation for every baseball ticket purchased using the vendor form or for participants in the Walk/Run. The silent auction will conclude after the seventh inning stretch; winners do not need to be present to win. For information, call (270) 745-4527.  Register for the run/walk at autismrun.org or buy tickets for the Hot Rods game at KAP.

Participants in the LifeSkills Run/Walk will receive a spaghetti dinner, T-shirt and a free ticket to the Hot Rods game. The route of the 4-Mile Run will include areas near the WKU campus so be advised of road closures between University Boulevard and Bowling Green Ballpark.

Contact: Marty Boman, (270) 745-8833.

Educational Talent Search: College Tour & Fair April 17

Educational Talent Search (ETS) at WKU will welcome 9th and 11th grade program participants from eight area counties to a “College Tour & Fair” on April 17.

Students will gather in the Mass Media and Technology Hall to be welcomed by WKU and other higher education institutions in Kentucky. This isn’t your typical college fair. The event was created specifically for 11th grade students in ETS. The fair is smaller in size and will give students the chance to spend more one-on-one time with college representatives. Participants will tour WKU’s main campus, and students will be able to interact with and ask current college students questions through a student panel discussion. The colleges participating are schools that 11th grade students wanted to see at the fair. Ninth grade students will attend a workshop facilitated by Dr. Peggy Crowe, Assistant Director of Housing at WKU, as well as activities designed for their age group. The College Tour & Fair will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. For information, contact Brian Brausch or Cres’Sena Manning in the ETS office at (270) 745-3757.

Educational Talent Search is a TRIO program that identifies and assists qualified students in 8th-12th grade in preparing for college. The goal of the program is to increase the number of youths who graduate from high school and enroll in a postsecondary institution. Services include but are not limited to academic, career and financial counseling. ETS serves 850 students in the counties of Allen, Butler, Cumberland, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe and Monroe. The program is free to all participants. For information, contact the ETS office in Jones-Jaggers Hall on WKU Main Campus at (270) 745-3757; via e-mail at ets@wku.edu . Also visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/triotalent/index.html

Contact: Kayla Riley, (270) 745-4402

Ogden College: Kentucky Science Olympiad April 27

science olympiad logoApproximately 700 students from across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky Science Olympiad at WKU on April 27.

Teams from 24 middle schools and 24 high schools will compete in 23 events including anatomy, dynamic planet, food science, meteorology, helicopters, astronomy, chemistry, computer science, biology, geology, physics, etc. The top team in both middle and high school divisions will advance to the national competition in May.

The competition begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. at various locations around campus including Ogden College of Science and Engineering buildings.

More information about the Science Olympiad is available online at http://www.wku.edu/scienceolympiad/ and www.soinc.org. For information, contact Lowell Shank at lowell.shank@wku.edu.

Contact: John Inman, (270) 745-3048.

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