Here’s a recap of recent WKU News items; for updates, follow WKU News on Twitter or Facebook

WKU news summary for July 28-Aug. 1, 2014

National Safety Council accredits WKU as a Safe Community: WKU has become the fourth academic institution worldwide and one of 25 Safe Communities in the U.S. as accredited by the National Safety Council. (More: View from the Hill segment.)

July 2014 one of coolest on record, state climatologist says: July 2014 will go down as one of the coolest on record, according to state climatologist Stuart Foster.

WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series announces 2014-15 lineup: The 18th season of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series will feature seven performances and lectures highlighted by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, science guy Bill Nye and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry.

Traffic advisory: Roundabout intersection closing Aug. 3-8: Here’s a traffic update from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 office about the roundabout construction project near the WKU campus: The roundabout intersection will be closed for six days beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 3). The roundabout is scheduled to reopen at noon Aug. 8. The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 8.

Regents OK funds to continue science campus project: WKU’s Board of Regents approved the use of up to $2.4 million in reserve funds to move forward with the Ogden Science Campus renovation project.

What’s Happening at WKU

WKU PBS Pool Party set for Aug. 3: Get ready for the end of summer WKU PBS Pool Party at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center on Aug. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WKU Aging to facilitate second ‘Gathering’ of age-friendly groups on Aug. 12: WKU Aging, AARP Kentucky, the Barren River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living and the City of Bowling Green are hosting the second annual “Gathering,” a networking opportunity for organizations and businesses that have undertaken age-friendly initiatives, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center.

Hardin Planetarium presents ‘MoonBeings’ through Aug. 24: MoonBeings, a show about extending the search for life beyond Earth to a diverse array of moons in the solar system, continues through Aug. 24 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Authors Showcase, Writers Workshop set for Sept. 5-6: A new literary event featuring more than 30 authors with ties to the region will take place Sept. 6 at the Bob Kirby branch of the Warren County Public Library. Authors will be signing and selling their books from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the Authors Showcase, there will be a free Writers Workshop on Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Kentucky Museum to display Chester Cornett exhibit this fall: This fall, the Kentucky Museum will host the unique folk art exhibition, “Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky,” featuring more than two dozen of the famed folk artist’s rocking chairs and other objects made before his death in 1981. Upon completion of its inaugural display at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, this unique collection will be at the Kentucky Museum from Sept. 13 through Nov. 9.

Special Needs Summit set for Oct. 17: The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU is hosting a Special Needs Summit Oct. 17 for parents, caregivers, family members, professionals and students working with the special needs community.

2014 Homecoming set for Nov. 8: Mark your calendars: WKU’s 2014 Homecoming is scheduled for Nov. 8. The Hilltoppers will face UTEP in the Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

WKU news summary for July 7-25, 2014

Gifted Studies hosts students, teachers for summer programs: More than 870 students and teachers participated in 2014 summer camps or workshops hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.

WKU student receives scholarship from TD Ameritrade Institutional: Patrick Portman, a WKU student from Coxs Creek, is one of 10 recipients of the NextGen Scholarship from TD Ameritrade Institutional. Portman, a senior financial planning major, and the other recipients of the $5,000 scholarship celebrated their achievement by going to New York City as guests of TD Ameritrade Institutional for a visit to Wall Street on Monday (July 21).

Roederer awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant: Anna Roederer, a WKU student from Crestwood, has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Roederer is one of 50 students nationwide to receive the award.

WKU geography team investigates agritourism changes in Sicily: A team of researchers from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology spent a week in southern Sicily at the beginning of July to investigate changes in the agritourism landscape.

View from the Hill – Map Dot Kentucky: AP stories, magazine covers, radio and TV. A WKU alum is getting lots of media exposure for his tourism venture called Map Dot Kentucky. Amy Bingham gets a unique campus version of the Map Dot experience in this View from the Hill.

WKU Owensboro, other groups plan events to commemorate 100th anniversary of First World War: WKU Owensboro is partnering with the Daviess County Public Library and Owensboro Community & Technical College to create a series of events this fall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

Hutton scholar working with WKU mentor: Kerrick Moore has been chosen as one of 27 students to participate in the 2014 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program, an innovative education program sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS).

WKU selected as new home for the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a consortium of American colleges and universities that offers study abroad programs and internships in English-speaking regions, has selected WKU to serve as the new host institution. The Division of Extended Learning and Outreach will serve as the liaison between CCSA and WKU through the Study Away office.

Kentucky Museum to display Chester Cornett exhibit this fall: This fall, the Kentucky Museum will host the unique folk art exhibition, “Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky,” featuring more than two dozen of the famed folk artist’s rocking chairs and other objects made before his death in 1981. Upon completion of its inaugural display at the Kentucky Folk Art Center, this unique collection will be at the Kentucky Museum from Sept. 13 through Nov. 9.

Regents approve agreement for health services: On July 10, WKU’s Board of Regents approved an agreement that will allow Graves-Gilbert Clinic to provide health services on campus.

View from the Hill – Year of Ecuador: WKU is kicking off a year long study of Ecuador, one of the most diverse areas of the world. Amy Bingham has more on WKU’s latest effort to expand its international reach in this View from the Hill.

WKU faculty members discuss traumatic brain injury: WKU faculty members Drs. Jo Shackelford and Amy Cappiccie lead a panel presentation on the experience of veterans returning from conflict, information on incidence of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in wounded veterans, and common signs of TBI at the 2014 Kentucky Lifesavers Conference at The Galt House in Louisville in June.

View from the Hill – GEAR UP Kentucky Academy: More than 20 high school sophomores got a trial run at college this month at WKU. Amy Bingham shows us how the GEAR UP Kentucky Academy is gearing them up for success in this View from the Hill.

WKU employees win national golf championship: Two WKU employees captured the 2014 National Collegiate Golf Alliance Championship in Las Vegas. Matt Morrison and Adam Whitt, both employees in WKU Athletics, won the faculty and staff division and the overall national championship with a record team score of 10 under par 62, besting 97 teams from across the United States.

View from the Hill – Educators team up to produce math workbooks: WKU’s School of Teacher Education teamed up with some elementary school math teachers in the area to produce a series of math workbooks that will be used across the country. Amy Bingham has more in this View from the Hill.

WKU news summary for June 23-July 2, 2014

3 to join Hall of Distinguished Alumni during 2014 Homecoming: A musical composer, performer and teacher, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, and a decorated military veteran and former commander of the WKU ROTC will join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. Dr. David “Doc” Livingston, Rick Loomis and Retired Col. Gary “Mickey” Riggs will be inducted during WKU’s 2014 Homecoming celebration. The 23rd class of noted alumni will be inducted during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 7.

Gatton Academy students work to develop app using Google Glass: For three Gatton Academy students, this summer’s coolest eyewear isn’t found on a beach; it’s found at the Department of Computer Science in WKU’s College High Hall. The students – Lydia Buzzard of Hopkinsville, Logan Houchens of Crestwood and Peter Kaminski of Owensboro – are working under the mentorship of Dr. Uta Ziegler, professor of Computer Science, to develop an app for WKU using Google Glass.

Lux named WKU’s Director of Recruitment and Admissions: Dr. Jace Lux has been named WKU’s Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Chief Enrollment and Graduation Officer Brian Meredith announced.

WKU researcher shines in ‘Science Idol’ competition at symposium: Dr. Jill Maples, an assistant professor of exercise science in WKU’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport, was selected as a co-winner in the first “Science Idol” competition at the recent National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence in Washington, D.C.

Grant supports WKU researcher’s project on epigenetics, obesity: A WKU researcher will use a grant from the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN) Investigator Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under grant number 5P20GM103436-13 to develop a better understanding of the metabolic dysregulation evident in complex metabolic diseases like severe obesity.

Sport Management faculty member invited to lecture in China: Dr. Bruce Larson, Associate Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS), has been invited to participate in the “Summer Lectures of Foreign Professors” program July 7-14 at Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) in China.

42 WKU students earn national scholarships; Regents approve budget: WKU students continued to raise the bar in 2013-14 as a record 42 students earned recognition in national scholarship competitions. In a report Friday (June 27) to the University’s Board of Regents, Audra Jennings, Director of the Office of Scholar Development, said the awards had a combined value of more than $1 million and will allow recipients to travel to 19 countries, conduct research, and complete graduate degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

5 WKU students recognized by Gilman scholarship program: Five WKU students have been recognized by the U.S. Department of State through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program. Four students won a combined total of $14,500 to fund study and internship programs abroad and one was designated an alternate.

WKU hosting inaugural GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy: WKU has partnered with the GEAR UP Kentucky program to host a summer academy for 21 rising sophomores from high schools throughout the state. This is the university’s first time partnering with GEAR UP on this inaugural project with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and health.

IRH provides wellness screening services for business, industry: Students and staff in WKU’s Institute for Rural Health provided more than 560 wellness screening procedures to employees at J. M. Smucker Co. in Scottsville in 2013-14.

Gatton Academy students present research at HHMI symposium: Kelly Lynch of Glasgow and Josh Stewart of Crestwood, both rising seniors at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, represented the 2013-14 WKU Genome Discovery and Exploration class at the 6th Annual SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance–Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

AASCU’s civic engagement award named for WKU’s Barbara Burch: The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) recently awarded the first Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement. Named in honor of Dr. Barbara Burch, provost emerita and professor of education at WKU, the award recognizes exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project on campus and/or nationally.

WKU’s TopSCHOLAR database adds Readership Map feature: WKU’s research and creative activity database (TopSCHOLAR) has added a new feature called Readership Map. The new map pinpoints where researchers are located from around the world and what specific data they are viewing at that moment.

WKU Spring 2014 Graduates List:The WKU Spring 2014 Graduates List is available online at

Follow the Bike4Alz riders: 12 WKU students are cycling across the country this summer to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research. Follow the group on Twitter @Bike4Alz

Gifted Studies summer programs: The Center for Gifted Studies is hosting its annual summer programs for students and educators. Follow the SCATS blog at

WKU news summary for June 16-20, 2014

$249,978 NSF grant aids chemistry research at WKU, South Korea: Dr. Moon-Soo Kim, assistant professor chemistry at WKU, has received a $249,978 National Science Foundation grant for students to work with WKU and South Korean collaborators to develop a point-of-care diagnostic for pathogen detection.

Clinical Education Complex receives grant for technology: The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU has received a $10,000 grant for technology and educational programs.

27 high school students attend 2014 ASSET Conference at WKU: WKU’s Department of Agriculture hosted 27 students at the ASSET (Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows) Conference June 15-19.

WKU Police training June 23 at Thompson Complex North Wing: On Monday (June 23), the WKU Police Department will be conducting an active shooter training exercise inside the Thompson Complex North Wing.

WKU to participate in forum on internationalizing U.S. college campuses: Raza Tiwana, Chief International Officer at WKU, will participate in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C., from June 23-25. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum will bring together 550 university representatives with more than 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world to discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States, and promoting U.S. Study abroad.

Roundabout Update – University Boulevard Closure Coming Soon: Lane closures on 31W will continue for the week of June 23. Please use caution and expect delays if traveling through this intersection. At this time, KYTC anticipates that University Boulevard will be closed between Normal Street and 31W beginning July 6 at 6 p.m. until the roundabout opens on Aug. 11.

View from the Hill – Alumni College: Have you ever thought about reliving your college experience without the pressure of making good grades? WKU’s Alumni College offers that opportunity as Amy Bingham shows us in this View from the Hill.

View From The Hill – The Writing Center/WKU Glasgow Campus: Students at WKU’s Glasgow campus have added a much-needed resource.  Amy Bingham explains how The Writing Center is having a big impact in this View from the Hill.

Spring 2014 Dean’s/President’s List: The Spring 2014 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at

WKU news summary for June 9-13, 2014

WKU GIS student awarded KAMP scholarship: WKU student Taylor Berzins of Antioch, Tenn., has been awarded a tuition scholarship of $1,000 for Fall 2014 by the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP).

PMBA students study in France: The entire second year class of the Professional MBA program at WKU just conducted a study abroad in Lyon, France. Students were led by Bob Hatfield, Associate Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business, and hosted by the School of Management-IAE Lyon.

WKU Libraries approved for Center of Excellence program: WKU Libraries was recently approved as a Center of Excellence for the Office of the Vice President of the United States. The Center of Excellence program is part of the Collaborative Federal Depository Program for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.

Spring 2014 Dean’s/President’s List: The Spring 2014 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at



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