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Campus news: Veterans Upward Bound banquet; Big Red Gig guitar camp

Here is a list of news items from WKU departments and programs:

Veterans Upward Bound: Cherry offers keynote address at banquet 

Brigadier General Dan Cherry of Bowling Green captivated the audience at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center on Friday night (May 3) as the keynote speaker for the Veterans Upward Bound Annual Awards Banquet. VUB is a free educational program for veterans at WKU.

Dan Cherry was the keynote speaker May 3 for the Veterans Upward Bound Annual Awards Banquet.

Dan Cherry was the keynote speaker May 3 for the Veterans Upward Bound Annual Awards Banquet.

More than 60 people, mostly veterans, came to the by-invitation-only event to hear Gen. Cherry talk about the story that inspired him to write a book called My Enemy, My Friend. Gen. Cherry is a Vietnam War veteran and a former fighter pilot who retired from the U.S. Air Force after 29 years of honorable service.

During his hourlong lecture, Gen. Cherry used slides, videos and narrative to describe how he shot down an enemy MiG-21 during the war and became friends with the North Vietnamese pilot of that plane after the war. Gen. Cherry calls this experience “a story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War.”

Following his remarks, several outstanding former and current VUB students were recognized for their achievements. The Alumnus of the Year award was given to Kent Johnson of Bowling Green. Greg Stokes, a Bowling Green resident, was selected as the Student of the Year.

A total of $2,600 worth of scholarships were granted to six VUB students: Philip Parsons, John Henning, Wilbert Bascom Jr., Randall Bratcher, Teresa Jameson and Rick Spears. These scholarships were sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA’s Cumberland Trace Chapter in Bowling Green), the American Legion Post 23, the VFW Post 1298, Col. Robert Spiller and the MOAA Wives Auxiliary.

Nearly 100 student veterans were cited in the banquet program for either completing or enrolling in a college degree plan during the 2012-13 academic year.

“The entire evening was a great showcase for the can-do spirit of these veterans,” said VUB Coordinator/Counselor Rick Wright. “General Cherry is a great role model and a real inspiration for all of these student veterans who strive for excellence every day.”

Contact: Rick Wright,  (270) 745-5008, rick.wright@wku.edu

Music: Big Red Gig youth guitar camp scheduled in July

big red gigThis summer, the WKU Department of Music will offer a five-day guitar camp for ages 7-18. Big Red Gig, led by Don Hicks and John Martin, will teach youth of all skill levels proper technique, chord and scale shapes, basic music theory, rhythm, performance and more.

The weeklong camp takes place July 15-19, with morning camp for ages 7-11 from 8:30-11:30 and afternoon camp for ages 12-18 from 1-4:30. Instruction takes place at the Music Rehearsal Hall on the WKU campus.

Students who don’t have an instrument can also participate! Through an agreement with Royal Music, students may rent an instrument for $10. For rental information, contact Royal Music at (270) 842-9435 or stop by 830 Fairview Ave.

The camp is available through a partnership with WKU Lifelong Learning, a unit of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO).

Register through May 15 for only $75. The registration fee May 16-June 24 is $90. For additional information, including the registration form and camp schedule, visit www.wku.edu/guitar.

Contact: Cindy Ehresman, (270) 745-1910.

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