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WKU news summary for Aug. 18-22, 2014

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.”

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 at the opening convocation at Van Meter Hall.

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 began 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.

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 the university and the industry in our region and our state.”

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.

‘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.

WKU Theatre & Dance announces 2014-2015 Mainstage season: The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance has announced the lineup for its 2014-2015 Mainstage season.

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.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 12-18, 2014: Activity is picking up on the WKU campus as the fall 2014 semester approaches. Check out photographs by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs from various events, activities and meetings held Aug. 12-18.

What’s Happening at WKU

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.

WKU preparing for fall 2014 semester; classes begin Aug. 25: Classes for the fall 2014 semester at WKU begin Aug. 25. Check out a list of some key events and reminders.

WKU Admissions planning open house events: WKU’s Office of Admissions will be hosting several open houses for prospective students and their families.

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.

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 Aug. 11-15, 2014

Veterans Upward Bound graduate wins national scholarship: Joe Hunter of Bowling Green recently won a $1,000 scholarship from the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound. Hunter, a 2013 graduate of the WKU Veterans Upward Bound program, was one of only six students in the country to win one of these awards.

WKU group meets president of Tanzania during summer program: WKU students and faculty participating in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Tanzania Program had an opportunity to meet with the President of Tanzania, His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, during the program’s 2014 summer session.

Confucius Institute at WKU completes successful summer: The Confucius Institute at WKU successfully completed five summer programs in China as the programming took a more focused approach in 2014.

WKU graduate student continues water literacy project in Africa: During July 2014, WKU Center for Water Resource Studies staff member and Department of Geography and Geology graduate student Jonathan (Joneo) Oglesby made his way back to Niger, West Africa, to continue his thesis research among the Songhai people.

View from the Hill – Commuter Students: Excitement is building on the hill as the start of the fall semester is just over 10 days away.   Amy Bingham tells us about a large segment of students who will get some special attention in this week’s View from the Hill.

WKU dedicates new apartments: WKU’s Department of Housing & Residence Life and the Student Life Foundation dedicated the new 1355 Kentucky Street Apartments on Aug. 11.

DELO names program manager for Career & Workforce Development: The WKU Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) has named Leslie Ellzey Witty as program manager of Career & Workforce Development (CWD). As program manager, Witty will develop and manage career training and workforce development opportunities for both individuals and business/industry partners in the region and online.

WKU news summary for Aug. 4-8, 2014

WKU preparing for fall 2014 semester; classes begin Aug. 25: Classes for the fall 2014 semester at WKU begin Aug. 25. Check out a list of some key events and reminders.

WKU, Ivy Tech Community College sign joint admissions agreement: Ivy Tech Community College and WKU signed a joint admissions agreement that will offer Ivy Tech–Southwest students a seamless pathway to a four-year degree. This is WKU’s ninth joint admissions agreement. It is the first WKU agreement in Indiana, and only the second agreement outside of Kentucky (the other being Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee). There are 645 students currently jointly admitted with WKU through the eight existing joint admissions agreements.

Newman returning to WKU to lead forensics program: A WKU alumnus is returning to the Hill to lead the world-champion forensics program. Ganer Lee Newman IV will become Director of Forensics on Aug. 11. Newman returns to WKU from Illinois State University where he is Director of Individual Events for the ISU Forensics Union and a lecturer in ISU’s School of Communication.

Distance Learning Testing Centers earn national recognition: The National College Testing Association (NCTA) recently awarded Test Center Certification to the WKU Distance Learning (DL) Testing Centers. This distinction has been granted to only a few centers in the U.S. and Canada. The certification will be in place for five years and can be renewed by demonstrating continued compliance to national standards.

29 WKU students to participate in Texas Sport Facility Symposium: WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport has partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s (DELO) Study Away office and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) to offer a summer seminar Aug. 7-15 in Dallas, Texas.

WKU Admissions planning open house events: WKU’s Office of Admissions will be hosting several open houses for prospective students and their families.

WKU Owensboro receives Volunteer Service Award: WKU Owensboro has received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for its work with Junior Achievement of West Kentucky.

WKU introduces new deadline, process for Cherry Presidential Scholarship: WKU’s online admissions application for Fall 2015 has incorporated a new deadline and process in applying for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship. The new admission application deadline is Nov. 15, 2014, for the Cherry Presidential Scholarship ONLY. The deadline for all other scholarships will continue to be Jan. 15, 2015.

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.

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.


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