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Campus news: Faculty, staff, students earn recognition; food pantry moves

Here is a listing of news from around the WKU campus:

WKU Public Radio: Station wins four first-place awards in AP competition

WKU Public Radio won four first-place awards April 6 at the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards ceremony in Louisville, including a win in the category of Best Newscast. The win represents the combined on-air work of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry and Joe Corcoran for 2012 in the non-commercial radio category.

Retired news director Dan Modlin also won first place for Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting for his report on how some Kentucky senior citizens are losing their prescriptions to theft. Modlin also received an Honorable Mention for Best Public Affairs reporting for a report on the impact of ovarian cancer on Kentucky families.

Lisa Autry won first place in the Public Affairs category for her report on older kids in foster care needing homes. Autry also won a Second Place award for Best Hard News Feature for her story on the recovery of a Tennessee newborn following a heart transplant, Second Place for Best Political Coverage throughout the year and an Honorable Mention award for Best Radio Reporter.

Joe Corcoran received the first place award for Best Sports Reporting for his series of reports following WKU swimmer Claire Donahue on her way to the Olympic gold medal.

News Director Kevin Willis received an Honorable Mention in that category for his report on WKU’s hiring of Bobby Petrino as its new football coach, and an Honorable Mention in the Best Special Series/Documentary category for his reports on the impact of meth in the southern Kentucky region.

The news staff also received a second-place award for Best Website.

WKU Public Radio is the public radio service of WKU, broadcasting news, cultural and entertainment programming on WKYU-FM 88.9 in Bowling Green; WDCL-FM 89.7 in Somerset; WKPB-FM 89.5 in Henderson/Owensboro; and WKUE-FM 90.9 in Elizabethtown. The station can also be heard online at www.wkyufm.org

Contact: Peter Bryant, Station Manager, (270) 745-5489.

Journalism & Broadcasting: Students honored in state AP competition

Students from WKU NewsChannel12 won three first-place awards April 6 in the college division at the 2013 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters Awards ceremony in Louisville.

T.J. Parker of Glen Ellyn, Ill., received first place for Best TV News Story and honorable mention for Best TV Feature Story and Best TV Public Affairs. Parker also received Best in Show for his Axeman story.

Jason L. Martin of Bowling Green received first place for Best TV Sports Coverage.

Jordan Morton of Jasper, Ind., received first place for Best TV Newscast.

Contact: Bradley Pfranger, NewsChannel 12 advisor, (270) 745-6497.

WKU Libraries: Brian Coutts honored at LSU

Coutts award at LSU

Dr. Brian Coutts, head of the Department of Library Public Services at WKU, received the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award at LSU. The award was presented by Dr. Beth Paskoff, director of LSU’s School of Library and Information Science.

Dr. Brian Coutts, head of the Department of Library Public Services at WKU, received the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from Louisiana State University’s School of Library and Information Science at its annual awards banquet March 25 at the LSU Faculty Club.

“It was a thrill to be honored by one of the nation’s most distinguished Library Science Programs and to return to LSU where I met my wife Karen,” Coutts said.

Coutts earned his Ph.D. and MLS from LSU. LSU School of Library and Information Science Director Beth Paskoff noted that Coutts had twice appeared on the front cover of Library Journal, the nation’s leading library trade journal, where his award winning feature “Best Reference Sources of the Year” has appeared annually since 1986.

“Dr. Coutts continues to achieve excellence in his career, and this recent award validates his sustained scholarship on a national level,” said Connie Foster, Dean of WKU Libraries.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977.

Geography & Geology: Paducah student wins geography bee

One hundred of Kentucky’s most geographically aware fourth- through eighth-graders competed for the state championship of the annual National Geographic Bee April 5 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Sponsored by National Geographic, Google and Plum Creek, the annual competition culminates with the national championship in Washington, D.C., each May, after state-level championship rounds on the first Friday of April.

Hunter Watkins, a homeschooler from Paducah, became the Kentucky State Champion after competing in the final round with nine other students from across the state. Shyam Ravishankar, a fifth-grader from Wilder Elementary School in Louisville, was first runner-up. The final two contenders answered a series of difficult questions that ranged from knowledge of countries, cities and rivers, to water bodies and the relationship between them.

Watkins received $100, a digital collection of all of the National Geographic magazines produced over the last 125 years and an expenses-paid trip to the national competition.

Students were tested on a range of geographic subjects, from capitals to culture, and landforms to the environment. The National Geographic Bee website provides details of the annual competition, along with a daily quiz with questions similar to the ones asked in the competition. Sample questions included: The strait of Messina, which connects the Tyrrhenian Sea with the Ionian Sea, lies between mainland Italy and what large island? (Sicily); and, Teotihuacán was the great center of an early civilization on which continent? (North America)

Dr. David Keeling, head of the Department of Geography and Geology at WKU, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Final Round of the event.

“The annual Geobee contest is designed to promote geographic awareness of the world around us,” Dr. Keeling said. “In addition, this statewide contest serves as an important recruitment tool for WKU and lets students and parents know that our university has nationally recognized programs in the geosciences. These young geographers come to WKU enthused about geography and the world around them, and they work hard to study about and answer some very challenging questions about our fascinating planet.”

Contact: Amy Nemon, (270) 659-6952.

Food Abides flyerCounseling & Testing: Food Abides has new location

The Food Abides: WKU Food Pantry has moved to a new location. The food pantry is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday at WKU’s Gender and Women’s Studies House, 1532 State St.

Contact: Sarah Arnold, sarah.arnoldmsw@gmail.com or (270) 256-4709.

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