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"Curiosity Climbs: The Extended Mission to Mars" will be presented Aug. 26-Oct. 12 at WKU's Hardin Planetarium.

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Curiosity Climbs’ Aug. 26-Oct. 12

Curiosity Climbs: The Extended Mission on Mars will be presented Aug. 26-Oct. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. The rover Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory) touched down on the Martian surface on Aug. 6, 2012. Though its two-year anniversary is just past, June 24, 2014, was the official end of Curiosity’s prime mission, which lasted one Martian […]

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Spirit of WKU, other awards presented at 2014 Convocation

WKU President Gary Ransdell presented the annual Spirit of WKU, diversity and sustainability awards Friday morning (Aug. 22) at the opening convocation at Van Meter Hall. 13th annual Spirit of WKU Award Dr. Bruce Kessler, head of WKU’s Department of Mathematics, received the 13th Spirit of WKU Award, which recognizes an individual who represents enthusiasm […]

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WKU must change, adapt to meet students’ needs, Dr. Ransdell says

President Gary Ransdell reminded faculty and staff Friday morning that while WKU must continue to adapt and change to achieve a lasting transformation, “our traditions have remained constant, our ideals have remained strong and our commitment to students continues to drive us.” Dr. Ransdell said he remains convinced that “our best days are ahead as […]

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View from the Hill – Downing Student Union Transformation

After two years of massive renovations,  WKU’s Downing Student Union is almost ready to open to the public.  Amy Bingham looks at the dramatic transformation in this week’s View from the Hill.

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‘The Returned’ selected for SOKY Reads!; author Mott to visit Oct. 16

The Returned, written by New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott and the inspiration for the new television fantasy/drama series Resurrection, is this year’s choice by the Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners for SOKY Reads!, a communitywide reading project in Bowling Green and the surrounding region. Publishers Weekly says, “In his exceptional debut novel, poet […]

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WKU students, community groups prepare for Big Red’s Blitz

Thirty-four organizations and agencies will take part in the largest Big Red’s Blitz day of service on record, fitting for its 10th anniversary. The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and Housing and Residence Life spent the last four months planning for this year’s Big Red’s Blitz. During that time, 400 WKU students registered to […]

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Tatman joins WKU’s Center for Research and Development

Dave Tatman, former plant manager of the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant, has joined WKU’s Center for Research and Development. “I have long desired to work for WKU in some capacity,” Tatman said. “Serving as Associate Vice President for Advanced Manufacturing allows me to build on my skills and experiences in a way that benefits […]

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WKU Theatre & Dance announces 2014-2015 Mainstage season

The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance has announced the lineup for its 2014-2015 Mainstage season. The season begins Sept. 25-30 with a production of 6 Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center’s Russell H. Miller Theatre. Rehearsals for a (not very good) comedy are about […]

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WKU Glasgow Library completes first phase of improvements

The WKU Glasgow Library has undergone a few renovations during summer break and is ready for new and returning students, according to Connie Foster, Dean of WKU Libraries. Foster said she began working last spring with Brian Coutts, head of the Department of Public Library Services; Audrey Robinson-Nkongola, Assistant Professor, Glasgow Library; and Sally Ray, […]

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WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 12-18, 2014

Activity is picking up on the WKU campus as the fall 2014 semester approaches. Here are some photographs by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs from various events, activities and meetings held Aug. 12-18.

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WKU featured in NY Times report

WKU’s role in Bowling Green’s downtown redevelopment was featured Aug. 12 in a report by Keith Schneider of The New York Times headlined “A University’s Partnership Reshapes Bowling Green, Ky.” When Gary A. Ransdell, the president of Western Kentucky University, invites alumni to view this city’s redeveloping downtown from his university’s hilltop campus, the response is […]

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Newest Hilltoppers more college ready than before

More members of the WKU Class of 2018 are college ready than ever before. Preliminary data show that the incoming class, which will begin with MASTER (Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding) Plan this weekend, has the highest average ACT composite score of any first-year class, 23.5, up from 22.8 last fall. Brian Meredith, […]

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