Recap

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

WKU news summary for Dec. 15-17, 2014

WKU expanding Military Student Services to Glasgow Campus: Meeting on the WKU campus located in Glasgow, a small band of like-minded representatives of university administrators and area military groups recently began planning for a major new addition to student services on the regional campus, located approximately 33 miles from the Bowling Green campus.

WKU Public Affairs claims 17 awards in statewide competition: WKU’s Division of Public Affairs claimed 17 awards in a variety of categories during the annual competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Kentucky. The awards were presented Dec. 12 during the CASE Kentucky annual meeting in Louisville.

WKU confers degrees, presents honorary doctorate at 176th Commencement: WKU conferred degrees to about 1,300 graduates, presented an honorary doctorate and recognized top students during its Fall 2014 Commencement on Saturday (Dec. 13) at Diddle Arena. More: Top scholars recognized; photos from morning ceremony; photos from afternoon ceremony; #WKUGrad tweets

WKU receives outstanding preliminary review from SACSCOC committee: The preliminary findings presented in a recent report by a SACSCOC committee put WKU’s level of compliance in the top few percent of institutions seeking SACSCOC reaccreditation.

WKU senior receives Library Student Assistant Scholarship: WKU senior Katherine “Katie” DeCoursey of Hopkinsville was recognized last week as the recipient of the inaugural WKU Library Student Assistant Scholarship.

22 WKU students, biology professor honored at Kentucky Academy of Science meeting: The Kentucky Academy of Science celebrated its 100th Anniversary at the Centennial meeting Nov. 14-16 at the Lexington Convention Center. Since 1914 the Kentucky Academy of Science has provided venues for Kentucky’s scientists and student scientists to share their research.

WKU Small Business Development Center staff members recognized: The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized two staff members of the WKU SBDC for their achievements at the annual fall conference at the Hilton Suites Lexington Green.

WKU Week in Photos: Dec. 8-13, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present winter show Nov. 30-Dec. 30: Celebrations for a Long Winter’s Night will be presented through Dec. 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

‘When the Universe Was Young’ opens Jan. 4 at Hardin Planetarium: When the Universe Was Young will be presented Jan. 4-Feb. 15 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

WKU news summary for Dec. 8-12, 2014

6 WKU students honored by Gilman Scholarship Program: Six WKU students have been honored by the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Bridgette Davis of Bowling Green, Amy Givens of Bowling Green, Jeremiah Stringer of Monticello, Megan Lemily of Bowling Green and Cody Tutt of Owensboro were named Gilman Scholars and will receive up to $5,000 each toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Marie Angeles of Somerset was named an alternate.

Chumbler named dean of College of Health & Human Services: Dr. Neale Chumbler, a 1991 WKU graduate, will return to the Hill as the new Dean of WKU’s College of Health & Human Services. Dr. Chumbler, currently Professor and Head of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia, starts March 23.

WKU graduate completed degree online while serving in U.S. military: Like many students completing their college degree while holding down a job, Bryan Lietzke admits “it has been challenging to balance school and work.” And, for good reason, the 11-year veteran of the Air Force has completed his WKU Systems Management degree online and maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky and Fort Drum in New York and while deployed in Afghanistan.

WKU Advanced Manufacturing graduate builds bright future: Justin Edwards-Page has been on top of his future since arriving at WKU’s Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences in the fall of 2008. He just didn’t realize it until 2011. “I like to tell people I was one floor away,” said Edwards-Page, who will receive his bachelor’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing at WKU’s 176th Commencement on Saturday morning (Dec. 13). “I had no idea. I was in the same department and didn’t know. Now I’m flourishing.” More: View from the Hill.

WKU Forensics team finishes semester with win at Ohio State: Eleven WKU Forensics team members traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in a tournament hosted by Ohio State University the weekend of Dec. 5-6. WKU placed first in team sweepstakes, ahead of 19 other schools.

WKU Habitat chapter members volunteering in Texas: While some people may be enjoying a short break this week between the fall semester and the holidays, a group of students and faculty with the WKU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be heading to Dickinson, Texas, to work with Bay Area Habitat for Humanity.

WKU SGA awards Study Away scholarships for Winter Term 2015: Through continued support of a Study Away scholarship, WKU Student Government Association (SGA) encourages WKU students to expand their learning opportunities off campus. SGA first began offering this scholarship to students taking a Study Away course during Winter Term 2011. Since then, SGA has sponsored more than 40 scholarships, totaling more than $5,000. Five WKU students have received scholarships toward tuition during Winter Term 2015.

WKU photojournalism student receives NPPF-NPPA scholarship: WKU photojournalism student Brian Powers is one of five winners of this year’s NPPF-NPPA Career Expansion Scholarships. The winners, announced by the National Press Photographers Foundation’s board of directors, receive a $5,000 scholarship to assist with their education.

3 WKU students receive library research awards: WKU students Elizabeth Howard of Owensboro, Chris Riehl of Louisville and Frances “Currey” McCullough of Nashville, Tennessee, received undergraduate research awards at a recognition ceremony in Helm Library on Dec. 2.

WKU Week in Photos: Dec. 1-6, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Nov. 24-Dec. 5, 2014

Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU receives NEA Art Works grant: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu has announced that the Kentucky Folklife Program, based at WKU, is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Kentucky Folklife Program is recommended for a $18,000 grant to support the 2015 documentation project titled Folklorist in the Park.

Robert Penn Warren Center announces change in leadership: The Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU is delighted to announce that Dr. David Lee, Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters, has assigned Dr. Robert C. Hale, Head of the Department of English, and Dr. Jonathan Jeffrey, Head of the Department of Library Special Collections, to serve as co-directors of the Robert Penn Warren Center.

WKU to confer degrees to 1,290 at 176th Commencement Dec. 13: WKU will confer degrees to about 1,300 graduates in two ceremonies during its Fall 2014 Commencement on Dec. 13 at Diddle Arena.

SOKY Book Fest selects finalists for 2015 Kentucky Literary Award: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announces the five finalists for the 2015 Kentucky Literary Award. This year’s award will go to a work of non-fiction by a Kentucky author or with a significant Kentucky theme that was published in 2013 or 2014.

Honors College, WBKO recognize Scholar of the Week recipients: The Honors College at WKU and WBKO-TV hosted a reception on Thursday (Dec. 4) to honor the 2014-2015 Scholar of the Week recipients.

WKU faculty members receive award at 2014 ATMAE conference: Two faculty members in WKU’s Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences were recognized at the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) annual conference in St. Louis on Nov. 19-22.

WKU’s Jonathan Jeffrey receives 2014 Kentucky History Award for JFK Memory Project: WKU Professor Jonathan Jeffrey, department head for Library Special Collections and coordinator for Manuscripts & Folklife Archives, recently was awarded the 2014 Kentucky History Award in Frankfort for his efforts on the JFK Memory Project.

WKU Dental Hygiene student awarded ASAHP scholarship: WKU senior Allison McCutchen of Nolensville, Tennessee, was awarded the Scholarship of Excellence at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) conference.

View from the Hill – German Exchange Opportunities: The educational exchange between Germany and America continues to grow here in Bowling Green at the high school and college level. Amy Bingham shows us how the program has come full circle in this View from the Hill.

WKU listed in ‘Open Doors’ report for study abroad participation: WKU is the only Kentucky public university to be included in the Open Doors 2014 report for its total number of study abroad participants. WKU ranked 23rd in the top 40 list of master’s institutions, up from 32nd in 2013 and 39th in 2012.

WKU graduate student awarded scholarship at AORE conference: WKU graduate student Ben Phaneuf of St. Paul, Minnesota, was awarded a $750 scholarship to attend an American Alpine Institute Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership Course at the 2014 AORE Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Kappa Delta elects 2014-15 council: WKU’s Delta Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta has selected its 2014-15 council.

Phi Mu elects 2015 officers: WKU’s Delta Tau chapter of Phi Mu has selected its 2015 Executive Committee.

View from the Hill – Brandon Doughty gives all the glory to God for his success: WKU Quarterback Brandon Doughty has been rewriting the history books all season long. He doesn’t hesitate to give all the credit for his success to God. Amy Bingham talks to him in this View from the Hill.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Nov. 17-21, 2014

Muhlenberg County educator selected for Teacher Hall of Fame: A Muhlenberg County educator has been selected for the eighth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. The statewide selection committee has chosen Mary K. Armstrong of Central City for induction into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. The 2015 induction ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 17 at the State Capitol in Frankfort.

10 WKU faculty selected for spring program to South Africa: Ten WKU faculty members have been selected to participate in the second annual Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS).

WKU Counseling & Testing Center receives funding for community awareness project: WKU’s Counseling and Testing Center has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

WKU forensics team wins tournaments in Tennessee & Ohio: Members of the WKU forensics team traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Nov. 15-16.

WKU honored in PMA’s annual Markie Awards competition: WKU brought home a lion’s share of the Markie Awards from the Bowling Green chapter of the Professional Marketing Association. WKU divisions won a total of 11 gold and 12 silver Markies in the annual competition.

WKU honors 30 students from 9 northern Kentucky schools: WKU honored 30 students from nine high schools in the northern Kentucky area for their academic achievements.

Spencer County team wins WKU Engineering robotics competition: A team from Spencer County High School won the WKU Department of Engineering’s 15th annual Kentucky Bluegrass Robotics Competition on Nov. 8. Teams from Hart County and Barren County finished second and third.

WKU Dance Program – Holiday Extravaganza: WKU’s Theatre and Dance program has grown into an accredited and nationally known program over the last few years. The dance program coordinator is a big reason why as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Nov. 9-15, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis, Bob Skipper and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed. (More: Skipper Bob’s latest message about winter weather plans.)

WKU news summary for Nov. 10-14, 2014

Prolonged mid-November arctic blast would be first since 1937: The blast of arctic air that brought an early start to winter across Kentucky on Wednesday is projected to last well into next week and may bring the first measurable snow of the season to the Commonwealth.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

Ellie Jolly crowned WKU’s 2014 Homecoming queen: Ellie Jolly of Cadiz was crowned 2014 Homecoming queen on Saturday (Nov. 8) at WKU. Jolly, the daughter of Scott and Ellen Jolly and a Biology and Broadcasting major, was sponsored by Chi Omega, Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Beta Sigma.

Winners announced in 2014 Jim Wayne Miller writing contest: The winners and finalists of the 2014 Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Contest at WKU have been announced.

2 IMREC Sports staff members elected to leadership roles: Two staff members in WKU’s Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports were recently elected to leadership positions with professional organizations.

WKU honors 11 students from Lexington area schools: WKU honored 11 students from Lexington area high schools for their academic achievements. This year’s group of students has an average ACT composite score of 30.6 and grade-point average of 3.95.

WKU Week in Photos: Nov. 3-8, 2014: Check out the Homecoming Week 2014 installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for Nov. 3-7, 2014

WKU named to Military Friendly® Schools list for 6th straight year: For the sixth consecutive year, WKU has been named to the Military Friendly® Schools list by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

WKU forensics team wins largest tournament of fall semester: The WKU forensics team was crowned team sweepstakes champion, ahead of 39 other schools, this weekend at the largest tournament of the fall semester.

WKU recognizes top volunteers, alumni at 2014 Summit Awards: WKU recognized its top volunteers, alumni and alumni chapters Thursday night (Nov. 6) at the annual Summit Awards. Distinguished Service Medals to recognize the service of the University’s top volunteers were presented to Craig Browning of Bowling Green, Jim Martens of Bowling Green and Dr. Linda Johnson Vitale of Bowling Green.

WKU yearbook wins Pacemaker Award — 17th overall, 7th in a row: The 2013 Talisman was awarded a Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press on Saturday (Nov. 1) at the National College Media Convention in Philadelphia.

Dr. Susan Baum makes presentation at 2014 Twice-Exceptional Learners Seminar: Forty parents, educators, counselors and administrators came to Bowling Green on Wednesday (Nov. 5) to hear a leading authority on twice-exceptional education at the 2014 Twice-Exceptional (2e) Learners Seminar.

WKU department head completes 8th around-the-world tour: Dr. David Keeling, Distinguished University Professor of Geography and head of WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, returned recently from his eighth circumnavigation of the planet, completing a three-week around-the-world tour of the South Pacific, Asia, Africa and Europe, covering about 36,000 miles, representing the American Geographical Society as part of its geographic educational outreach program.

WKU honors 67 students from Elizabethtown area schools: WKU honored 67 students from seven Elizabethtown area high schools for their academic achievements. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.3 and grade-point average of 3.93 and included 36 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars.

WKU honors 55 students from 11 Louisville area high schools: WKU honored 55 students from 11 Louisville area high schools for their academic achievements. This year’s group of students has an average ACT composite score of 29.58 and grade-point average of 3.88.

WKU honors 71 students from 9 high schools in Owensboro area: WKU honored 71 students from nine Owensboro area high schools for their academic achievements. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.4 and grade-point average of 3.93 and included 26 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and one National Merit Semifinalist.

Student Activities announces chairs for Greek Week 2015: WKU’s Office of Student Activities has announced the chairs for Greek Week 2015.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 27-31, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for Oct. 27-31, 2014

WKU Regents approve honorary doctorate for Don Dizney: WKU’s Board of Regents on Friday (Oct. 31) approved an honorary doctorate of public service degree for Donald R. Dizney, founder and chairman of the board of the United Medical Corporation. The degree will be awarded at the Dec. 13 commencement.

2013-14 annual report highlights WKU’s international reach: WKU’s Offices of International Programs (OIP) and Study Abroad and Global Learning (SAGL) have released their 2013-14 annual report.

Winter Term celebrating 10 years; program ‘a resounding success’: WKU Winter Term is celebrating 10 years in January. Winter Term began offering the three-week courses in January 2006. Since then, WKU Winter Term has offered nearly 600 courses, serving more than 18,000 students.

Groves makes presentation at U.N. water conference in China: WKU University Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology Chris Groves delivered a keynote talk this week in Guilin, China, at the International Conference on Sustainable Utilization of Water Resources in Developing Countries, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

24 students are candidates for 2014 Homecoming queen at WKU: Twenty-four students are candidates for 2014 Homecoming queen at WKU. The queen will be crowned at halftime of WKU’s Homecoming game against UTEP on Nov. 8. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

WKU forensics team wins at events in West Virginia & Nebraska: WKU forensics team members traveled to West Virginia and Nebraska the weekend of Oct. 25-26 to take part in two tournaments. In Huntington, West Virginia, the WKU team won the combined team sweepstakes award for debate and individual events, and also received the Quality Award. In Omaha, Nebraska, WKU’s squad of four won the combined team sweepstakes championship.

Faculty member’s ballet selected for Chicago company’s repertory: A work choreographed by Eric Rivera, Assistant Professor of Dance at WKU, has been selected for the company repertory of Inaside Dance Company.

NIRSA honors WKU’s director of Intramural-Recreational Sports: Steve Rey, Director of Intramural-Recreational Sports at WKU, has been recognized by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) for his work in collegiate recreation.

500 students attend WKU’s annual Journalism Scholars Day: Journalism Scholars Day, a 42-year tradition at WKU, attracted 500 Kentucky high school journalism students and more than 20 media advisers from 18 schools across the state to campus on Oct. 24.

View from the Hill – Downing Museum Reopens: One of Bowling Green’s best kept secrets is now open to the public for everyone to enjoy. Amy Bingham has more on just what the Baker Arboretum and Downing Museum has to offer.

WKU’s annual United Way campaign continues through Oct. 31: WKU’s annual United Way campaign will continue through Friday (Oct. 31) as coordinators continue to work hard to solicit donations from WKU faculty and staff for the local United Way of Southern Kentucky’s funded programs. In 2013, 457 WKU employees donated $58,212 to help those in Southern Kentucky who need help most. An additional $1,579 was raised in special events for a total 2013 WKU United Way contribution of $59,792.

Guest artist working with WKU dance students Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Guest artist Victor Alexander, director of the Ruth Page School of Dance and co-director of the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, will be working with WKU dance students Wednesday-Saturday (Oct. 29-Nov. 1).

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 20-24, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for Oct. 20-24, 2014

WKU forensics team wins in Missouri, Tennessee & Indiana: The WKU forensics team traveled to Warrensburg, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; and Muncie, Indiana, to take part in six tournaments the weekend of Oct. 18-19.

WKU student participating in White House Internship Program: WKU junior Chelsea Cornett, a political science major from Bowling Green, is part of the fall internship class at the White House.

Big Red Poll shows McConnell leading Grimes in U.S. Senate race: Incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has a five point lead over Democratic challenger and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the latest poll by the Social Science Research Center at WKU.

WKU honors 94 students from Bowling Green/Warren County: WKU honored 94 students from Bowling Green/Warren County high schools for their academic achievements. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.4 and grade-point average of 3.9 and included 31 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and six National Merit Semifinalists.

WKU honors 49 students from 4 Glasgow area high schools: WKU honored 49 students from four Glasgow area high schools for their academic achievements. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 28.1 and grade-point average of 3.87 and included 18 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and two National Merit Semifinalists.

WKU Entrepreneurship Center Topper Tank Competition: The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Gordon Ford College of Business will conduct the inaugural Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition on Nov. 13.

World War I series to conclude with lectures at WKU Owensboro: “To the Lost: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the First World War” will conclude with two presentations at the WKU Owensboro campus, 4821 New Hartford Road.

Educational Talent Search hosts ‘Flash Forward,’ ‘Freshman Frenzy’: On Oct. 16, 168 students from area high schools got a glimpse of what life as a college student may be like for them when they visited WKU for the Educational Talent Search program’s annual “Flash Forward” and “Freshman Frenzy” activities.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 13-18, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis, Bryan Lemon and Bob Skipper of WKU Public Affairs.

New issue of Outdoor Recreation Journal: The WKU Research Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education and the Wilderness Education Association announce the publication of Volume 6, Issue 2, of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

WKU news summary for Oct. 13-17, 2014

6 Gatton students semifinalists in 2014 Siemens Competition: Six students at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized by the Siemens Foundation as national semifinalists in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Kentucky Building will celebrate 75th anniversary on Nov. 14: The Kentucky Building will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a reception from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Kentucky Room of the Kentucky Building on WKU’s campus.

2 with ties to WKU among Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees: Two people with ties to WKU were among the 23 inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Thursday (Oct. 16). Alan B. Anderson and Abraham Williams were honored by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights during a ceremony at WKU’s Carroll Knicely Conference Center.

WKU forensics team wins tournament in Alabama: WKU forensics team members traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Lexington to take part in three tournaments the weekend of Oct. 11-12. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion at the University of Alabama Alumni tournament.

View from the Hill – WKU Sisterhood Grant Recipients: For the past five years, the WKU Sisterhood has provided financial backing to some very worthy causes on campus. Amy Bingham looks at the two recipients of this year’s Sisterhood grant in this View from the Hill.

WKU, UPIKE competing in organ donor challenge through Nov. 8: Several student groups at WKU will be hitting the Hill to encourage students, faculty and staff to sign up on Kentucky’s Organ Donor Registry between now and Nov. 8 as a part of the WKU vs. University of Pikeville Organ Donation Challenge.

WKU honors 44 high school seniors from five area counties: WKU honored 44 students from six high schools in five southcentral Kentucky counties for their academic achievements.

WKU forming Society for Lifelong Learning; open house Nov. 9: WKU Lifelong Learning, along with local community leaders, has formed a new organization to expand learning opportunities to the community. The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, or SLL, is designed for individuals 50 and over who recognize the importance of lifelong intellectual vitality and have a love of learning. The Society utilizes the model of more than 500 other lifelong learning institutes throughout the United States, offering a variety of interactive courses, social learning events and experiential travel opportunities.

WKU ROTC team finishes second in 30th Annual Army Ten-Miler: A team from WKU’s Army ROTC placed second Sunday (Oct. 12) in the ROTC division of the 30th Annual Army Ten-Miler in Washington, D.C.

Group travels to Spain for 10 days with The Center for Gifted Studies: Twenty-five travelers have returned home after a 10-day study abroad trip to Spain with Dr. Julia Roberts, Dr. Richard Roberts and Dr. Tracy Inman of The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 6-10, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for Oct. 6-10, 2014

Ferrell’s book on tobacco earns American Folklore Society award: Ann K. Ferrell, assistant professor of Folk Studies at WKU, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Wayland D. Hand Prize for Outstanding Book that Combines Historical and Folkloristic Perspectives for her book Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century.

Wilcutt, photojournalists to discuss space shuttle program: WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will present a roundtable discussion Oct. 17 featuring former NASA astronaut Terry Wilcutt and a father and son team who documented the end of the space shuttle missions. Echoes in Space: The 30-year Voyage of the Space Shuttle, moderated by WKU Public Radio’s Joe Corcoran, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.

View from the Hill – Remembering Jimmy Feix: The impact Coach Jimmy Feix had on the WKU community is immeasurable. In this View from the Hill, Amy Bingham talks to two people who say his legacy was made both on and off the field.

William Ragland Establishes Business Ethics Endowment: The Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU has received a $100,000 gift from Mr. William C. Ragland to establish the William C. Ragland Endowment for Business Ethics that will support ethics education and research in the College.

WKU forensics team wins event titles in Illinois and Pennsylvania: WKU forensics team members traveled to Normal, Illinois; Peoria, Illinois; and Easton, Pennsylvania, to compete in three tournaments the weekend of Oct. 4-5. In Illinois, WKU was crowned sweepstakes champion of both tournaments. In Pennsylvania, a squad of nine captured the team sweepstakes in debate over all other schools.

WKU alum Jeremy Benton to star in National Tour of ‘White Christmas’: Jeremy Benton, a former standout in WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, is set to play the lead role of Phil Davis in the upcoming National Tour of White Christmas.

Kentucky Folklife Program names recipient of Homer Ledford Award: The Kentucky Folklife Program and our partnering organization, the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, are pleased to announce Frank Neat as this year’s recipient of the Homer Ledford Award.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame 2014 inductions set for Oct. 16: The 2014 inductees into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame will be announced Oct. 16 in Bowling Green, and two with ties to WKU are among the 35 nominees. Among the nominees are Dr. Alan B. Anderson, a WKU professor of social ethics and racial justice, and Abraham A. Williams, executive director of the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, who has worked with WKU to bring 15 public housing children to China during the past three years

WKU Police unveil new look: The WKU Police Department debuted a new look at this weekend’s home football game. Amy Bingham has a report on the officers’ new uniforms in this View from the Hill.

WKU graduate participates in 150-mile journey in Ethiopia: For seven days, Maggie Wilder, a WKU graduate from Berea, traveled 150 miles through Ethiopia to talk to locals about HIV/AIDS. To get from community to community, she ran. Wilder was one of 20 Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia to participate in the 242-kilometer journey through the country’s Tigray region.

Confucius Institute at WKU celebrates 2014 ‘Confucius Day’: In September 2013, the Confucius Institute at WKU (CI at WKU) was selected by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters as the site for the first Joint Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes. During the meeting, state Rep. Jody Richards, state Rep. Jim DeCesare, Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon proclaimed Sept. 28 as “Confucius Day” in the state of Kentucky. Due to this proclamation, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters Director General Madame Xu Lin encouraged all 433 Confucius Institutes worldwide to celebrate “Confucius Day” on Sept. 27, 2014. In addition, 2014 marked the official 10-year anniversary of Confucius Institute program. The CI at WKU began planning for the event and created programs that would lead into the “Confucius Day” festivities.

WKU news summary for Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2014

13 Gatton Academy seniors recognized by 2 organizations: Thirteen seniors from The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized by two separate organizations for their work in the classroom.

WKU Libraries selects winner of 8th Evelyn Thurman book award: WKU Libraries has selected Jilli, That’s Silly! — A Story About Being a Girl, written by Christa Carpenter and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, as the winner of the eighth Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award.

WKU Libraries faculty member receives KLA Innovation Award: Nancy Richey, WKU Libraries Associate Professor, received the Innovation Award from the Special Libraries section of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) at its annual meeting Sept. 19 in Louisville.

WKU forensics team wins two tournaments in Indiana: The WKU forensics team traveled to Muncie, Indiana, to take part in two tournaments, the Mid-America Forensic League Numbers 1 and 2, the weekend of Sept. 27-28. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion at both tournaments, ahead of 12 other schools, including Bradley University, University of Northern Iowa, Illinois State University, Ball State University and Eastern Michigan University. The students also won 11 of the 22 possible individual event championships along the way.

Journal of American Folklore moves to WKU: The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU announces that the Folk Studies faculty members have been chosen as the new editors of the Journal of American Folklore (JAF).

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 22-27, 2014: Here is the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU to honor high school scholars at recognition events: WKU will honor top scholars from area high schools for their academic achievements.

2014 Campus Safety and Security Report: The 2014 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report is available on the WKU Police website. In addition to crime and fire statistics for 2013, the report details policies about the police department, how to report fires and crimes to the police, and provides information from the Department of Environment, Health and Safety on campus fires and fire safety.

Parking/traffic information for WKU football vs. UAB on Oct. 4: The WKU football team opens the home portion of its inaugural Conference USA schedule on Saturday (Oct. 4) against the UAB Blazers. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

WKU news summary for Sept. 22-26, 2014

WKU professor participating in statewide NSF EPSCoR project: WKU biology professor Sigrid Jacobshagen will use her expertise in plant physiology and biochemistry as part of a $24 million research effort called “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future.”

WKU celebrating 10th anniversary of Green River Preserve: In the past 10 years at WKU’s Green River Preserve, hundreds of endangered mussels have been released, more than 14,000 trees have been planted, wildlife and plants have been inventoried and numerous student research projects have been conducted at the 1,520-acre site in Hart County.

View from the Hill – Unique Rocking Chair Exhibit: A unique folk art exhibit is on display at the Kentucky Museum. Amy Bingham has a preview in this View from the Hill.

WKU forensics team opens 2014-15 season by hosting tournament: The WKU forensics team kicked off its competitive season by hosting the Forensics Fiesta on WKU’s campus the weekend of Sept. 19-21.

WKU dance faculty member’s work chosen for New York festival: Lisa Draskovich-Long, Assistant Professor of Dance in WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, has had choreography chosen for presentation this weekend at the 14th annual DUMBO dance festival produced by WHITE WAVE in New York.

WKU graduate student nominated for AORE’s Bill March Award: WKU graduate student Ben Phaneuf has been nominated for the Bill March Award presented by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE).

Scholarship available to help community college students transfer to WKU: Community college students wanting to transfer to WKU may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance. The application deadline for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Transfer Scholarship is Nov. 1 for spring admission.

WKU to participate in Project Graduate College Fair Sept. 30: WKU and Kentucky’s other public colleges and universities are teaming up to offer a statewide, virtual college fair for former students and other adults who are close to completing their college degrees. The Project Graduate College Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT Sept. 30.

Delta Dental of Kentucky makes $5,000 gift to WKU mobile unit: WKU’s Institute for Rural Health will use a $5,000 gift from Delta Dental of Kentucky to purchase dental materials for the Mobile Dental Unit.

Ticket update for Bill Nye presentation: The WKU Cultural Enhancement Committee has given away its capacity of 5,000 tickets for Bill Nye’s presentation Oct. 15 at Diddle Arena. There will be a standby line at the event. A limited number of people in the standby line might get in if there are seats available at 7:20 p.m. For information, visit wku.showare.com or call the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121.

View from the Hill – Office of Scholar Development: WKU has had unprecedented success in the number of students achieving international scholarships. Amy Bingham has more on the office behind that progress in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 15-21, 2014: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos.

 

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