Recap

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

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.

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.

Kentucky Museum displaying Chester Cornett exhibit this fall: This fall, the Kentucky Museum is hosting “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. This collection is on display at the Kentucky Museum through Nov. 9.

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Autumn Sky’ show Oct. 14-Nov. 25: Finding Your Way Around the Autumn Sky will be presented Oct. 14-Nov. 25 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

NASA administrator to discuss space program Oct. 17 at WKU: An exceptional opportunity to learn about NASA and America’s space program comes to WKU on Friday (Oct. 17) as NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden visits Bowling Green. Gen. Bolden will discuss the space program in a presentation for students of The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky as well as WKU students, faculty and staff and the public at 4 p.m. Friday at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

Children’s Theatre Series begins Oct. 17-19 with ‘Enchanted Attic’: The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance will kick off its 2014 Children’s Theatre Series Oct. 17-19 with The Enchanted Attic, a charming play about discovering the transformative power of imagination.

35th annual 10K Classic Oct. 18: The 35th annual Medical Center 10K Classic is scheduled for Saturday morning (Oct. 18). The event will begin on University Boulevard and end at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

WKU’s 6th annual golf expo Oct. 21: WKU will host the sixth annual Collegiate Golf Alliance (CGA) and the PGA’s Play Golf America University (PGAU) golf expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 on the South Lawn.

Visiting scholar to present lecture on Ecuador Oct. 22: As part of WKU’s International Year of Ecuador, Dr. Jeff Hoyer, visiting scholar from the University of Tennessee at Martin, will present Ecuador: Place of History, Mystery and Opportunity at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Downing Student Union, room 3024.

Ogden College, GRREC to host STEMshot! rocket event Oct. 25: WKU’s Ogden College of Science and Engineering and the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative have launched a new rocketry competition for area students in grades 4-12. STEMshot!, a compressed air rocketry competition giving students the opportunity to engage in a challenging real-world problem based activity designed to enhance student’s critical thinking skills and understanding of next generation science content, will be held Oct. 25.

‘Symptoms of Unknown Origin’ topic of 2014 Lancaster-Puckett lecture Oct. 30: Dr. Clifton K. Meador will deliver WKU’s 2014 L.Y. Lancaster-Hugh Puckett Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Downing Student Union, room 3025.

WKU Glasgow will host annual speech contest Nov. 1: WKU Glasgow will host its annual speech contest on Nov. 1. The purpose of this event is to recognize exemplary student speakers and their ability to develop and deliver a strong, clear and appealing presentation on an informative topic.

WKU to celebrate Homecoming 2014 as ‘New Tops on the Block’ Nov. 1-9: WKU will celebrate its inaugural season in Conference USA as “New Tops on the Block” during Homecoming 2014 Nov. 1-9.

WKU alumni groups planning Homecoming Tower Climb Nov. 1: Here’s one trip for Hilltoppers that will be uphill all the way – a race up about 375 steps to the top of WKU’s 27-story Pearce-Ford Tower. The inaugural Homecoming Tower Climb will kick off 2014’s Homecoming Week on Nov. 1. The race, sponsored by the Student Alumni Association and the Young Alumni Council, will begin at 7 a.m.

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 http://www.ticketmaster.com 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.

18th Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Nov. 9: The 18th Annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing will be 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center.

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.

WKU news summary for Sept. 15-19, 2014

Cultural Enhancement Series moving Bill Nye event to Diddle Arena: To accommodate the high demand for tickets, the WKU Cultural Enhancement Series event featuring Bill Nye on Oct. 15 is moving to Diddle Arena.

Visits to community colleges help WKU spread transfer message: WKU is making it easier for community college students to transfer and President Gary Ransdell is helping spread the word. Dr. Ransdell and other WKU administrators recently visited seven campuses within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System that have Joint Admissions agreements with WKU to meet with students and administrators.

WKU group conducts water resources training in Jamaica: Over the past several months, Dr. Jason Polk of the Department of Geography and Geology and WKU Center for Water Resource Studies led two training workshops in Jamaica in partnership with the Jamaican Water Resource Authority (JWRA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

WKU graduate stars in national tour of ‘Veggie Tales Live’: Jonathan Perry, a 2007 graduate of WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, will be returning to Bowling Green next week with the national tour of Veggie Tales Live.

NASA T-38 Talon flown by Wilcutt moving to Aviation Heritage Park: Aviation Heritage Park has announced that Sunday (Sept. 21) will be “Moving Day” for its newest acquisition, a fully restored NASA T-38 Talon flown by WKU graduate and U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt.

WKU plans Leadership Symposium Oct. 22 for Glasgow region: WKU is making leadership development available to the Glasgow region on Oct. 22. Dr. Cecile Garmon, a Glasgow resident and Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence in the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU, announced the Center’s initiative to provide leadership development activities for local individuals within the region with a regional symposium.

WKU group attends Kentucky’s annual GIS conference: Students, faculty and alumni from WKU met Sept. 15-17 in Louisville at the Galt House to share thoughts on new developments and best practices in geographic information systems (GIS).

More than 400 students to attend Agriculture Safety Day Sept. 25: More than 400 fourth grade students from Allen and Warren counties are expected to participate in the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day on Sept. 25 at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.

WKU alumni groups planning Homecoming Tower Climb Nov. 1: Here’s one trip for Hilltoppers that will be uphill all the way – a race up about 375 steps to the top of WKU’s 27-story Pearce-Ford Tower. The inaugural Homecoming Tower Climb will kick off 2014’s Homecoming Week on Nov. 1. The race, sponsored by the Student Alumni Association and the Young Alumni Council, will begin at 7 a.m.

WKU professor’s report published by IBM Center: The IBM Center for The Business of Government published a new report on participatory budgeting prepared by Dr. Victoria Gordon of WKU.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 9-13, 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 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.

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.

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