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

WKU news summary for Sept. 8-12, 2014

WKU student develops The Ebola Project app to track virus: A WKU graduate student has developed a smartphone app that uses Twitter data to track the outbreak of the Ebola virus and could predict the spread of the virus.

11 Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit Semifinalists: Eleven seniors from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Chinese Language Flagship Program selects 22 new students: The Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU has selected 22 students for the 2014 cohort. Sponsored by The Language Flagship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, WKU is one of only 12 universities in the United States with a grant to support this immersion-style intensive Chinese program.

Outlander series creator to headline 2015 SOKY Book Fest: New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon will headline the 17th annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest scheduled for April 18 at the Knicely Conference Center. Gabaldon is best known for the Outlander series with more than 26 million copies in print worldwide.

Institute for Rural Health receives Allen County grant: For the 10th year in a row, the Institute for Rural Health at WKU has received an $8,000 grant through a partnership with the Allen County Health Department to continue dental services in Allen County.

WKU Aging helps collect food for seniors in need in BRADD region: WKU Aging is participating in the 2014 Can-Do Food Drive organized by the Bowling Green-Warren County Chapter of AARP and the Barren River Area Development District.

WKU Panhellenic Association earns NPC’s Achievement Award: WKU Panhellenic Association, a cooperative association comprised of all sororities on campus belonging to the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), is among 21 campuses receiving the College Panhellenic Achievement Award and one of 32 universities to receive a prestigious recognition from NPC.

WKU faculty member attends Phi Kappa Phi national convention: Dr. Gina Sobrero Evans, assistant professor and Exercise Physiology Lab Director in WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport, represented the university’s chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — at the 43rd Biennial Convention Aug. 7-9 in St. Louis, Mo.

WKU Distance Learning to offer second MOOC on sports in America: WKU will offer its second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) opportunity in September. A MOOC is a free online course available to an unlimited number of participants. They are free, open to everyone and have unlimited enrollment. They also encourage interaction between students and professors.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 2-6, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

View from the Hill – Chancellor, WKU Elizabethtown/Fort Knox: WKU’s Elizabethtown/Fort Knox campus is beginning the semester with a new leader. Amy Bingham talks to the new regional chancellor in this View from the Hill.

What’s Happening at WKU

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

WKU offices hosting Majors and Minors & Study Abroad Fair Sept. 16: WKU’s Academic Advising & Retention Center and Study Abroad and Global Learning will host the 2014 Majors and Minors & Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities Center.

WKU ROTC’s 5th annual Eric Yates Memorial 5K Run/Walk Sept. 17: The fifth annual Eric Yates Memorial 5K Run/Walk, organized by WKU Army ROTC, will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Chaney’s Dairy Barn, 9191 Nashville Road.

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.

Hardin Planetarium hosting fall break camp Oct. 6-10: Wacky Engineering is the theme for the 2014 Science Curiosity Investigation fall break camp at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. The camp for students in grades 3-6 will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 6-10.

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.

Eli Young Band to headline 2014 Homecoming Concert Nov. 6: The Eli Young Band will headline WKU’s 2014 Homecoming Concert, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Diddle Arena. The concert will feature special guests Frankie Ballard and WKU alum Will Hoge. Tickets are on sale at the WKU Ticket Office at Diddle Arena, online at or by phone at 1-800-5BIGRED.

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 3 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

WKU news summary for Sept. 1-5, 2014

WKU launching International Year of Ecuador; events begin Sept. 10: The International Year of Ecuador promises to bring more than 25 events and programs featuring Ecuador to WKU’s main and regional campuses as well as to several community venues.

WKU’s Institute for Rural Health receives gift from Good Samaritan Foundation: For the second year in a row, WKU’s Institute for Rural Health has received a $50,000 gift from the Good Samaritan Foundation Inc., a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

WKU AMS program, Glasgow High School to celebrate partnership: WKU’s Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences is partnering with Glasgow High School’s Academy of Engineering to provide new opportunities for students. Glasgow High School and WKU will celebrate the partnership at 4 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 9) at the high school’s atrium.

Keeling visits London for journal’s editorial board meeting: University Distinguished Professor of Geography Dr. David Keeling visited London, England, last week to attend the annual meeting of the Royal Geographical Society and to participate in the annual board meeting of editors of the Journal of Transport Geography (JTRG).

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 25-29, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs

View from the Hill – DSU Part 2: The newly renovated Downing Student Union is now on full display. Amy Bingham has more on the massive renovation in this View from the Hill.

Downing Student Union dedication: WKU celebrated the grand opening of the Dero Downing Student Union with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting on Aug. 29.

2014 football season opener: WKU opened the 2014 football season Aug. 29 with a 59-31 win over Bowling Green. Pregame festivities included tailgating and a visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales.

WKU news summary for Aug. 25-29, 2014

WKU, UPIKE collaborate on health programs: A partnership between the University of Pikeville and WKU will make three health-related master’s degree programs available to students in eastern Kentucky and provide access to WKU students in UPIKE’s College of Optometry.

Gatton Academy named top high school in the US for third consecutive year: The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has been named the number one high school in the nation by The Daily Beast for the third consecutive year.

WKU celebrating grand opening of renovated Downing Student Union: WKU is celebrating the reopening of the Dero Downing Student Union this week. A celebration for students was held Tuesday morning (Aug. 26) with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the community planned for 4:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 29).

WKU faculty member receives grant to support research in East Africa: Dr. Nahid Gani, assistant professor in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, has been awarded the prestigious and nationally competitive American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) Grant to support her research in East Africa.

WKU Study Away office relocates: The WKU Office of Study Away has relocated to Tate Page Hall, room 104, on the WKU campus to accommodate a growing staff.

Bibbs named Assistant Director of Distance Learning: WKU Distance Learning has selected Tanja Bibbs to fill the Assistant Director of Distance Learning position. Bibbs has worked in WKU Distance Learning (DL) since 2009, serving as Distance Learning Coordinator for over two years.

Village Manor receives Age-friendly Awareness Award: Village Manor, a Christian Care Community, received the second annual Age-friendly Awareness Award for its efforts to enhance the age-friendliness of services to its residents and to the Bowling Green-Warren County community as a whole.

Parking/traffic information for WKU vs. Bowling Green Aug. 29: The WKU football team opens the 2014 season Friday night (Aug. 29) against Bowling Green State University. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The game will air on the CBS Sports Network and the Hilltopper IMG Radio Network.

First day of fall 2014 semester: Classes for the fall 2014 semester began Aug. 25. Check out a gallery of first day photos from WKU’s main campus by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 18-22, 2014: Here is the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Bryan Lemon and Clinton Lewis of WKU Public Affairs.

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.

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.


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