Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:
Aug. 14-22, 2014
WKU Public Radio
Ransdell Implores Campus Community to Do Everything Possible to Retain Students
WKU President Gary Ransdell says it’s every employee’s job to help the school retain as many students as possible.
Tatman Accepts Position With WKU’s Center For Research And Development
Earlier this summer, Dave Tatman was named the first executive director of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association. Now he’s joined WKU’s Center for Research and Development. The university says Tatman will act as an interface between the newly-formed association and WKU.
Ransdell: WKU must protect, keep students
WKU President Gary Ransdell delivered a sobering message this morning to faculty and staff at Van Meter Hall during the opening convocation, stressing the need for university personnel to report information about sexual assault, a new mandatory policy.
Big Red’s Blitz introduces freshmen to Bowling Green
After hits from ‘N Sync, the Jackson 5, Prince and Pharrell Williams died down Thursday, a voice over speakers at WKU’s Centennial Mall caught the attention of 324 students, all crowded together, some of them bouncing on the balls of their feet.
GM executive joins WKU research effort
WKU’s research machine is getting a tuneup. Looking under the Hilltoppers’ hood is Dave Tatman.
WKU welcomes students to campus
Ever since Lauren Shelton was 6 years old she has dreamed of attending WKU.
Veterans employment assistance a growing need
Rick Wright, coordinator of Veterans Upward Bound at WKU, said the number of veterans he has seen seeking postsecondary education has skyrocketed.
WKU Students Fighting For Renters’ Rights Around Kentucky
A student group at WKU is getting a surge of support as it tries to take changes in communities throughout the state. The WKU Student Coalition for Renter’s Rights just started this summer. Without even having their first meeting, they’ve already received the attention of university president, Dr. Gary Ransdell, who gave them a shout-out on Facebook.
NY Times features Western Ky. University’s efforts to help rehabilitate city’s downtown
Nearly 200,000 square feet of new student housing, a 30,000-square-foot alumni center, and four new fraternity houses flanked by retail businesses and restaurants are just a sampling of WKU projects that are rehabilitating the city of Bowling Green’s central business district.
Aug. 9-13, 2014
New York Times
A University’s Partnership Reshapes Bowling Green, Ky.
When Gary A. Ransdell, the president of WKU, invites alumni to view this city’s redeveloping downtown from his university’s hilltop campus, the response is almost always exclamations of surprise.
Closing Kentucky’s excellence gaps should be a priority
Education is widely accepted as a key driver of economic growth and quality of life, and Kentucky is not an exception. Indeed, Kentucky’s policymakers and educators deserve credit for being at the forefront of education improvement conversations for over a generation. But Kentucky often overlooks one important indicator of education that may be critical for our future prosperity: the size of our excellence gaps. How can we raise more students to excellence and close excellence gaps in Kentucky? We already have several strong initiatives underway. For example, Kentucky is assessing student growth on the state assessment, and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky was ranked the No. 1 public high school in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013.
WKU to cut ribbon on Downing Student Union Aug. 29
When WKU officials were deciding how to renovate the Downing Student Union, there were two directions they could go in what was initially looking like a three-year project, said Bryan Russell, the university’s chief facilities officer.
WKU Offers Luxury Student Apartments
A new building on WKU’s campus is providing a new look for students and the community. The “Kentucky Street Apartments” will be the new home to more than 220 students starting this fall.
Aug. 1-8, 2014
WKU Public Radio
Wynton Marsalis, Bill Nye, and Melissa Harris-Perry Coming to WKU in 2014-15
A former PBS star known as “The Science Guy” and one of America’s most famous jazz musicians highlight the 18th season of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series.
Glasgow Daily Times
Park City officials ponder hotel’s future
Park City commissioners received an update Monday night regarding a proposal for transforming the historic Mentz hotel into a bed and breakfast with a restaurant. The city is considering a partnership with WKU and Glasgow businesses owners Gary and Karin Baldwin-Carroll to turn the hotel into a bed and breakfast that will also feature a restaurant.
Asbury Park (NJ) Press
Fear for Barnegat Bay — can it be saved?
There are about 1,500 stormwater utilities nationwide — independent authorities that rely on user fees or tax dollars to control local pollution and flooding — but none in New Jersey, said C. Warren Campbell, a professor of civil engineering at WKU who tracks those agencies, which work to control flooding and pollution.
July 23-31, 2014
CM’s Top 10 Journalism Schools 2014
4. WKU – School of Journalism and Broadcasting: At the 2014 Hearst Awards, WKU was honored with second prize overall, as well as first prize in both photojournalism and multimedia.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Collaborating on Space Project
Kentucky scientists and engineers are collaborating on the project involving research aboard the international space station.
Commuters’ Welcome Program is Aug. 17
WKU is instituting a special, free program this year for freshman commuter students who live at home within 50 miles of the Bowling Green campus.
Local gallery owner helps others’ creative expression
After graduating from WKU in 2012, Courtney Davis didn’t expect to own her own business within a year.
Lost River Cave launches Kayaking in the Cave Tour
Boat tours of Lost River Cave have been offered for years, but now people can explore the underground river in a different way with the new Kayaking in the Cave Tour that launched this weekend.
WKU forecasts fall enrollment increase
A 5 percent increase in admission applications to WKU could lead to between 100 and 250 new undergraduate, full-time Kentucky students in the fall, a university official told the WKU Board of Regents.
Regents tour apartments
More than 200 new beds are being added into the WKU Student Life Foundation housing mix for juniors, seniors and graduate students at WKU.
Combined endowment reaches all-time high
WKU’s combined endowment reached an all-time high in March.
WKU Receives Safe Communities Designation
WKU has received accreditation as an official safe community by the National Safety Council.
LaRue County Herald-News
Messonet seeks funding from counties
Now in its eighth year of operation, the Kentucky Mesonet is looking to build a broad base of funding and support for the statewide climate and weather network.
July 3-22, 2014
WKU group finishes cross-country bike ride
Before riding nearly 3,000 miles across the country with his fraternity brothers to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research, Drake Riley, a WKU junior from Bowling Green, didn’t know much about the disease.
Golfer Kenny Perry recognized for philanthropy
Kenny Perry of Franklin has received many accolades on the golf course, but he was honored for his philanthropic endeavors at two different events.
VAMPY attendees study topics in depth on campus
Tricia Thompson said back home in Owensboro, she’s the 15-year-old kid who sits quietly in the back of the Owensboro Catholic High School classes and helps people with their homework.
Gatton students develop Google Glass app
Though Google Glass isn’t yet a mainstay in southcentral Kentucky, area high school students are working to develop an app that someday might help college students.
Glasgow Daily Times
Digging for history
A blue canopy provided shade for WKU archaeology students as they carefully scraped red clay dirt away from artifacts.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Students Biking for Alzheimer’s Reflect on Grueling, Rewarding Summer
Their bodies are sore, but some WKU fraternity brothers are having the most memorable summer of their lives. Twelve members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are wrapping up a cross-country bike ride to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Already A Valuable Resource For Forecasters, Kentucky Mesonet Looks To Sustain Growth
When severe thunderstorms fire up around the Commonwealth, forecasters with the National Weather Service often make use of a network of automated weather observation stations around the state. The network, known as Kentucky Mesonet, has seen steady growth over the last eight years.
WKU students ride cross-country for Alzheimer’s
As Alzheimer’s disease patient Barrett Cummings was nearing the end of his life, his grandson, Tyler Jury, decided to come up with a way to honor him.
Students biking cross country for Alzheimer’s research
From California to the nation’s capital, 12 WKU fraternity brothers are in the middle of a grueling physical challenge. They’re biking nearly 3,000 miles for a good cause.
Building Named to Honor Kenny Perry
A house at Potter Children’s Home has officially been named after Kentucky native and pro golfer Kenny Perry.
Professor Startled to See MIT Course Featured As Jeopardy Clue
Ford, now teaching at WKU, continues to be passionate about wrestling’s importance in explaining the way we live now.
June 26-July 2, 2014
Bike4Alz team makes stop in Hardin County
Robert Lucas said one of the highlights of his journey across America on a bicycle came along the heights of Wolf Creek Pass, which stands more than 10,000 feet at its summit.
Subdivision going up across street from city district’s newest elementary school
The Durbin Estates project is a cooperative effort among Habitat for Humanity Bowling Green-Warren County, the WKU Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability and the Kentucky Division of Water.
Bikers pass through on way to capital
Morale was low among Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers from WKU on Friday as they biked from Hopkinsville to Bowling Green, one leg of their nearly 3,000-mile Bike4Alz trip across the country to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research.
Clay helps build self-confidence
Naomi was one of 20 children who participated last week in the clay-making workshop at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus, according to Lynne Ferguson, artist-in-residence at the museum.
Forensics director to head WKU student recruiting
Jace Lux has learned over the years how to construct a pretty persuasive argument on behalf of WKU for a potential Hilltopper.
Value of scholarships to WKU grads totals more than $1 million
A Bowling Green woman is setting a high standard in academics and hopes to pursue a career in biomedical research.
Bike4Alz Group Stops in Bowling Green
A group of fraternity brothers from WKU is biking across the country this summer in hopes of raising $100,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research.
Kentucky New Era
12 WKU fraternity brothers cycle for Alzheimer’s research
Twelve fraternity brothers of Phi Gamma Delta at WKU are supporting Alzheimer’s research one mile at a time.
Group bikes across the country to raise Alzheimer’s awareness
Taking part in something bigger than yourself. A group of nine fraternity brothers are biking across the country, all to bring attention to a disease that steals minds and lives. The group of WKU Phi Gamma Delta members biked into Paducah Wednesday. “Bike 4 Alz” is riding to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s.
Net News Check
WKU Stresses Multimedia Storytelling
It’s been more than 10 years since WKU opened its $18.5 million Mass Media and Technology Hall.
June 19-25, 2014
Student on peace mission to Northern Ireland
A 21-year-old Western Kentucky University rising senior is attempting to make a difference in contentious, historic Northern Ireland this summer.
Kentucky educators reflect on trip to Beijing
When looking back on his visit to China, Jason Marshall said he was struck by the kindness he experienced from strangers.
WKU Prepares For Active Shooting Scenario
WKU Campus Police are taking every opportunity they can to prepare for a shooting scenario that can’t be predicted.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Researcher Co-Winner of National Science Contest
A WKU researcher has been chosen as a co-winner in a “Science Idol” competition in Washington, D.C. Jill Maples shared the award as a recent symposium on biomedical research excellence. Maples is an assistant professor in WKU’s department of kinesiology, recreation and sport.
KOAM-TV Joplin, MO
Bike4Alz Team Visits Joplin
12 members of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity from WKU are on a coast to coast bike ride called “Bike4Alz.”
June 12-18, 2014
‘I knew I was dead’
On a clear May morning near the roof of the world, John All was in his element.
WKU professor speaks out about ‘escaping death’ from 70 foot crevasse
Falling into a 70-foot mountain crevasse in the Himalayas wasn’t the first time that Dr. John All had found himself in a slippery situation.
Chinese parents’ efforts win educators’ praise
Wang Feng, an English teacher at Chongqing Renmin Primary School, said she reads every day to her 3-year-old son.
Educators visit Confucian Temple
On Sunday afternoon, a group of Kentucky educators passed through a wooden gate painted in vibrant hues of green, red and blue and entered a a temple where Chinese emperors came to pay tribute to a famous teacher – Confucius.
Educators help Chinese who will visit U.S.
When she was a young girl, Wei Yi’s grandmother taught her Chinese characters and how they were made, and Wei began to see the beauty in her own language.
Astronaut calls T-38 ‘pure joy’
When U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt flew a NASA T-38 Talon for the first time, he almost panicked because it didn’t have all the equipment he was used to on military planes.
Alums reconnect at ‘College’
Calico’s husband, Paul, graduated in 1976 from WKU with a business degree, and about five years ago the Calicos first attended the Alumni College on campus. The Alumni College is now in its 12th year.
June 6-11, 2014
Climber Escapes Death Three Times After 70-Foot Fall
WKU professor John All survived a 70-foot fall into a crevasse while climbing in Nepal in late May. He struggled for five hours to get out of the hole, made his way on a three-hour journey back to his tent, and then waited overnight for a helicopter to rescue him.
Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
Funding for laughter and humor research is low—so low that when Mary Bennett, director of the WKU School of Nursing, wanted to look into the effect of laughter on the immune system, she found herself scrounging, asking other researchers for vials and other equipment from their labs.
Educators arrive in Beijing
The trip was organized through the Confucius Institute at WKU and paid for by the Hanban.
Administrators head to Beijing
David Stobaugh remembers the feeling of isolation he had when traveling through Europe and being surrounded by people who spoke a language other than English.
Gatton student conducts cancer research
Justin Bunch saw his grandfather die from cancer the fall of 2011 and that sparked his interest in cancer research.
A Unique Aircraft Finds Its Home In Bowling Green
“Another astronaut by the name of Terry Wilcutt, from Russellville, who is a Western Kentucky grad, who has made four flights on the space shuttle, has also flown this airplane numerous times. So, that is what ties it to the community and that is what brings it to Aviation Heritage Park,” said Gerald Roark.
WKU Professor Recovering In Bowling Green After Brush With Death
Dr. John All has been climbing all his life.
Weather Safety: Ky. Mesonet funding questions
If a thunderstorm produces a wind gust of 65 miles per hour in Alexandria, Kentucky, Local 12 meteorologists can deliver that data to you immediately thanks to a network of weather stations around the commonwealth.
Russellville News-Democrat & Leader
Local astronaut Terry Wilcutt among three honored
A trio of distinguished astronauts will be the guests of honor at the 2014 Aviation Heritage Park Hanger Party, which will launch on June 14 at the Bowling Green/Warren County Regional Airport.
May 31-June 5, 2014
WKU professor describes harrowing fall into Himalayan crevasse
A Kentucky college professor who survived a nasty fall that nearly killed him is now talking about his scary ordeal.
Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain
Bikers riding for Alzheimer’s
Southern Colorado residents will see a group of college students biking through the area to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease as part of a cost-to-coast fundraising trip. The group from WKU, Bike4Alz, hopes to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research.
Korea JoongAng Daily
Phones are last cry for help
WKU professor John All was climbing the 7,126-meter-high (23,379-feet) Himlung Himal in the Himalayas when he fell from a crevasse. He dropped 22 meters and was caught on a one-meter-wide ledge. He broke five ribs, dislocated his shoulder, and fractured his right arm.
UAE students learn from local officers
As Bowling Green police Officer Ronnie Ward walked into a classroom at WKU recently, six graduate students – including five police officers from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – stood to shake his hand, and then began an exchange of information about the differences and similarities in court systems and policing in the United States and UAE.
Band to kick off summer season
Although Larry Long has been playing the bassoon for 45 years, he still gets excited when he plays with the Southern Kentucky Concert Band in the summer.
Plans for latest airplane reveal coming together
Aviation Heritage Park will unveil its newest acquisition, a Northrop T-38 Talon No. 901 that had a career with NASA, during its annual Hangar Party.
Disabled Bowling Green man promises to work to help other veterans
The Marine served during the invasion of Panama. He has been homeless and is now a WKU student studying geographic information science.
May 24-30, 2014
Storm chasing students spot super cells
Breathtaking images of super cells forming in Texas were captured by storm chasers over the Memorial Day weekend, but they weren’t just any storm chasers, they were the WKU Storm Chasers.
Rand Paul among crowd at veteran’s home dedication
Koerner is a Marine veteran who served during the Panama conflict. He was homeless at one point but now is a WKU student studying geographic information science.
CHF president tells Rotarians scholarships make a difference
As the cost of college becomes more burdensome, scholarships through the private sector create learning opportunities for students and change their lives.
Hines bio republished, available in paperback
Hatchett conceived the idea for Hines’ biography while getting his master’s degree in history from WKU beginning in 1992.
WKU students forecast weather in the plains
When Josh Durkee took his first students to the Midwest five years ago, he had a jaw-dropping moment that hasn’t been surpassed.
WKU Public Radio
Coalition of Groups Helps Bowling Green Veteran Live the American Dream
Formerly homeless, Keith Koerner, a student at WKU, is now a first-time homeowner.
Girl with rare genetic condition makes a miraculous recovery
Brooke can’t wait to attend WKU this fall and already has a Hilltoppers banner hanging in her room.
WKU offers day of professional learning
The School of Teacher Education at WKU is hosting a day of professional activities based on the theme Change Your Luck with the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES).
May 16-23, 2014
Director named for Gatton Academy
America’s top public high school for two years running has a new director. Lynette Breedlove, an educator from Texas, has been named director of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU.
Former students celebrate teacher’s career
After 35 years of teaching dance, Kathy Wise-Leonard of Dance Images is retiring, but her former students don’t intend to let her go quietly. Dance Images year-end recitals will be at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Van Meter Hall on WKU’s campus. The celebration and student reunion will follow the last recital from 6 to 8 p.m. at the WKU Faculty House.
WKU group to bike across the country
Most of the WKU fraternity brothers participating in Bike4Alz, a nearly 3,000-mile bicycle journey across the country that begins this week, didn’t own a bike until they agreed to go on the trip.
1,500 graduate from WKU
Best friends Laura Sims and Adrienne Polen, both of Bowling Green, ended their 17-year streak of attending school together when they graduated Saturday from WKU.
Graduates reflect on Gatton
Tori Buckley, 17, of Barren County, knew from her first visit that she wanted to attended the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU.
WKU Public Radio
University’s Discarded Electronics, Furniture Wind Up Here
Next to WKU’s main dining hall a red, metal cardboard crusher – one of three on campus, flattens a mess of card board boxes into a tightly-compacted bunch ready to be hauled away. But cardboard is just part of the equation. Throughout campus, there are hundreds of recycling bins, encouraging students and staff to reduce the amount of trash WKU puts into landfills.
May 10-15, 2014
Detecting a sinkhole: New device geared for homeowners
It could cost big bucks to detect whether a sinkhole could open up, but soon there may be a device developed in Kentucky to keep families safe nationwide. WKU’s Matt Dettman has developed a device to detect what’s happening beneath your feet.
Basketball may be over for WKU senior Brandon Harris, but he has something even more exciting ahead of him.
Tourism officials still confident
The tourism community remains optimistic despite news that the KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament won’t be coming to Bowling Green in 2016-17.
A little less stress
The pressures of final exams at WKU were soothed Monday by small animals and hula hoops as students took a break at Centennial Plaza.
WKU likely to evaluate issue of sexual assault on campus
Deborah Wilkins, WKU general counsel, anticipates the school will participate in a survey to evaluate the issue of sexual assault on campus.
Glasgow Daily Times
Educators retire from WKU Glasgow
WKU Glasgow staff, students and colleagues said goodbye Wednesday to two faculty members — Dr. Loretta Murrey and Linda Fitzpatrick. Both are retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the semester.
May 2-9, 2014
Glasgow Daily Times
Grand Graduands – WKU-Glasgow students honored
Katie Highbaugh was a bit nervous Thursday night.
NEW BEGINNING: WKU interior design students lend talents to welcome center renovation
Krystal Steele and her fellow WKU interior design students got to see for the first time Wednesday how their designs were incorporated into the renovated Cave City Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce building.
WKU-Glasgow celebrates dual-credit students achieving more
Students from eight area high schools who take dual-credit courses through WKU attended a dual-credit celebration at the university’s Glasgow campus.
Film Festival draws industry professionals, students
Industry professionals visiting the WKU Film Festival, running through Friday in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium, are teaching students that atypical, nongenre specific short films and undiscovered talent are appreciated.
WKU senior’s work shows Trayvon Martin protests
New York summers are hot. In July, WKU senior Demetrius Freeman, from Atlanta, a New York Times intern at the time, was enflamed enough by the Trayvon Martin march and protest to make a decision without the paper’s staff being aware.
Magazine hosts first clothing fair
MAG Magazine, an online publication tackling women’s issues such as body image, self-esteem, fashion and careers, hosted its first clothing fair titled “Treasure Hunt” at the Faculty House at WKU.
Mammoth Cave Area Welcome Center gets makeover with assistance from WKU interior design students
Larry Mutter, who works at the Mammoth Cave Area Welcome Center, sees his job as a promoter of Kentucky attractions.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Professor Who Served on Climate Panel Says Kentucky Can’t Afford Complacency
A WKU professor who served on the panel behind the recently released national climate change report says Kentucky hasn’t been as impacted by climate change as several other states.
Climate change warming Kentucky, Indiana, report says
Things will change (in Kentucky), but it will not be as bad as many other areas,” said Rezaul Mahmood, a WKU professor of geography who served on an advisory committee for the report. “We are in a transition zone.”
WKU Professor Contributes To Historic Climate Report
A national climate report released from The White House is creating buzz around the country. It’s also got people talking on the campus of WKU.
Some Kentuckians see new climiate report as proof of global warming; some see slanted hype
Kentucky State Climatologist Stuart Foster said the whole question of a changing climate is challenging for scientists as well as average citizens.
April 26-May 1, 2014
The Year Climate Change Closed Everest
“I am at Everest Basecamp right now and things are dire because of climate change,” John All, a climber, scientist, and professor of geography at WKU, said by email. “The ice is melting at unprecedented rates and [that] greatly increases the risk to climbers.”
Niece: ‘I am just so touched’
When Lambert Mattingly was born prematurely in a Louisville hospital in 1932, 23-year-old nurse Helen Turner took care of him.
New center will honor nurse’s life
Helen Turner’s legacy as a nurse and advocate for public health will be recognized through the establishment of the Donald R. Dizney Clinical Learning Center in Memory of Helen Turner.
Official: Facilities face major challenges
WKU students Jayme Pharis of Leitchfield and Dominique Collins of Louisville attended the quality summit as part of the university’s long-term care administration program.
Downing Student Union renovation heads into home stretch
Renovating a huge, multi-story building while keeping it open is a challenge.
The trend to be local is expanding in WKU classrooms.
Book fest draws crowd
Anne Caudill said she was excited when author Terry Cummins contacted her, hoping to hear stories about her life.
Erhu soloist finds history in her music
Xiaojun Huo’s fingers fly quickly over the neck of the erhu, an instrument that stretches back more than 1,000 years to the Tang Dynasty in China.
April 17-25, 2014
WKU students celebrate Chinese major
Students pursuing a degree in Chinese language at WKU celebrated the new program Wednesday at the Confucius Institute.
Director Scott to take final bow at concert
When Bill Scott became the music director of The Symphony at WKU in 2003, he knew he was probably nearing retirement. Scott, who is in his 42nd year of teaching and conducting orchestras, will take his final bow as music director with the concert “With Voice & Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at WKU’s Van Meter Auditorium.
Acts of artistry
When Amanda Clark was choreographing one of two pieces for this weekend’s WKU Dance Co. “Evening of Dance,” she decided to set her battles with breast cancer in 2011 and 2013 to movement in a piece called “Strong.”
Earth Day Festival at WKU promotes locally grown food
Patricia Miller was 15 when she canned her first jar of jelly. Now she provides home-canned jelly to her alma mater.
WKU’s mascot basks in big day at alumni center
Big Red knew he was the center of attention Saturday as a statue of the popular WKU mascot was unveiled in front of Augenstein Alumni Center.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-Glasgow, SiTEL partnership could help students, employees
WKU-Glasgow and SiTEL could soon enter into an agreement to aid employees of the call center who are WKU students.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Celebrates Earth Day with Help of Bus Serving as Mobile Produce Market
Bowling Green’s new mobile farmer’s market is offering fresh food on wheels to areas of the city where fresh produce may be hard to find.
National Corvette Museum Explores Ways To Rebuild Skydome Floor After Sinkhole Collapse
Team members involved with the recovery and remediation process of the sinkhole that opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in February met up to discuss the future of the Skydome and other Museum construction plans last week. The team saw presentations of all findings in regards to the hole, including drillings, microgravity readings and the WKU cave and karst team’s exploration research of the hole.
HOMETOWN HERO: Don Vitale
A Bowling Green man, Don Vitale, has contributed a lot to WKU’s College of Business and the students there — making a big impact on the future of both.
April 9-16, 2014
Glasgow Daily Times
Hampton prepares to intern at NASA
Tori Hampton has long been interested in weather. The passion developed after she survived a tornado in 1998 that ripped her house apart. Still, the WKU junior from Metcalfe County didn’t initially consider meteorology – the science of atmosphere and the weather – as a possible career choice.
WKU students reach out to help Hope House
Haley Miller had never built a bookcase or painted a room. Until now. Miller, a senior at WKU who is majoring in corporate and organizational communication, is working with four WKU students to make improvements to the Hope House as part of The $100 Solution service learning program, headed by the WKU Alive Center.
Kroger head encourages leadership
As Bowling Green awaits the arrival of Meijer this summer, the former CEO and current chairman of the board of The Kroger Co. said it would affect the three Kroger stores here, but that Kroger views it as an opportunity.
Surf KY News
Owensboro Health Hosts Tours for Physician Recruitment
In what hospital administrators hope will be the first of a new component of physician recruitment initiative, eight WKU pre-med students were invited to a group tour of Owensboro Health Friday.
April 4-8, 2014
WKU registrar stepping down after 28 years
WKU’s registrar is stepping down this summer after 28 years on the job.
WKU official retires after 41-year career
John Osborne said he’s always considered himself a problem solver.
Up ’til Dawn
WKU students and others sacrificed a night of sleep for the children of St. Jude during the Up ’til Dawn finale from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Spring Sing 2014
During Greek Week’s first event, Spring Sing, Sigma Phi Epsilon choreographer Taylor Kember, of Alpha Xi Delta, watched fraternity members practice in the hall of section 113-116 in E.A. Diddle Arena on Sunday.
BG native makes Broadway debut
Ever since Bowling Green native Bronson Norris Murphy listened to the music of “Phantom of the Opera” on cassette as a boy, he’s wanted to perform on Broadway, particularly in “Phantom.” Murphy, 28, a graduate of WKU and Greenwood High School, achieved both of those goals when he made his Broadway debut in “Phantom” at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.
WKU students play big role in helping with sinkhole
The images from inside the massive sinkhole in Bowling Green are as fascinating as they are sad for car enthusiasts.
Glasgow Daily Times
Mammoth Cave National park has budding job
“Project Budburst is a citizen science project,” said Shannon Trimboli, education coordinator for the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, a partnership between Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU.
March 29-April 3, 2014
WKU’s forensics team rides winning tradition
WKU’s 40-member forensics team has captured 10 international tournaments since 1999, recently returning from Paris with the big hardware once again.
‘White squirrel to Alaska White’
Jim Sears, the former operations director of The WKU Store, and Lacey Jackson, formerly in marketing for The WKU Store, have worked at Southern Kentucky Granite since late January.
Roller derby members share stories at WKU
When Kristina Arnold saw a roller derby bout in Nashville five years ago, she knew she had to try the sport herself.
Guest helps out WKU dancers
Endalyn Taylor, director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School in New York City, is accustomed to choreographing dance pieces in a short amount of time, but creating one in four days at WKU might be a record even for her.
Daniel Houghton is CEO of global travel publisher Lonely Planet
When reclusive tobacco billionaire Brad Kelley shelled out a reported $80 million for venerable travel publisher Lonely Planet, he put at the helm of the global business a 24-year-old WKU graduate named Daniel Houghton.
March 22-28, 2014
Glasgow Daily Times
Gary Bewley looks at Billy Vaughn memorabilia at Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library during a Vaughn tribute on Thursday evening.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Grad Climbs To New Heights For ‘Time’ Magazine Cover
A recent assignment for WKU alumnus Jonathan Woods took him to the very top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Renters’ Handbook Looks to Even The Playing Field for Renters, Landlords
Those who rent apartments and houses in the Bowling Green area now have a resource they can use to protect their rights as renters. The “Barren River Area Renters’ Handbook” is the culmination of an 18-month-long project organized by The Homeless and Housing Coalition of South Central Kentucky. The handbook comes from information compiled from several legal sources, including Fort Knox legal services and Kentucky Legal Aid, according to coordinator Dana Beasley Brown. Brown says they worked with several organizations to complete the project, including WKU-Glasgow sociology classes which collected stories from renters with bad experiences.
Remembrance Ceremonies Planned for WKU’s Dr. David Coffey
Arrangements have been announced following the death of a longtime WKU agriculture professor.
Magazine addresses women’s issues
A group of WKU students are countering the messages popular women’s magazines send by creating their own online magazine.
Hughes’ films studied by WKU senior
John Hughes’ films capture the lives of teenagers in the 1980s, but even 1990s and millennium babies personally relate to Hughes’ storytelling about life in high school.
Int’l/Honors building to rise soon
A $22 million three-story building housing the international programs and the Honors College at WKU will soon be under construction along Normal Street.
NASA T-38 Talon plane arrives in BG
The T-38 was flown by astronaut and U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt, a Russellville native and WKU graduate.
Housing authority home makeover begins
The entire chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at WKU is also volunteering for the project.
Marion County student selected for Gatton Academy
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 59 students for its Class of 2016, and Donald Price, the son of Donald and Peggy Price of Lebanon, is one of them.
March 14-21, 2014
9 area sophomores admitted to WKU’s Gatton Academy
Nine high school sophomores in southcentral Kentucky are part of the 59-member Class of 2016 announced Tuesday by the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.
Wilcutt, original astronauts flew NASA T-38 Talon that is coming to Aviation Heritage Park
The primary motivation for getting this plane is that astronaut and U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt, a Russellville native and WKU graduate, also flew the plane, which will be the fifth aircraft at the Aviation Heritage Park. It will be used to tell Wilcutt’s story.
Housing Authority of Bowling Green giving home makeover
Several organizations are participating in the home makeover, including volunteers from Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Independence Bank and students in the electrical construction class at Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College, which will install the heating and cooling units in the house.
WKU students look at job market
Lauren Bane said Wednesday she doesn’t expect to find her dream job right out of college.
Steak ‘n Shake heads to WKU’s food court
A Steak ‘n Shake is coming to WKU’s Dero Downing Student Union Food Court.
Men take to streets in heels to demonstrate their support
Seven-footer Brad Cockrel, a WKU sophomore from Illinois, towered above the 42 other men wearing women’s high heels Tuesday morning.
WKU Public Radio
NASA Jet Headed to Bowling Green’s Aviation Park
The next addition to the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green will hold special significance to Logan County native and astronaut Terry Wilcutt.
Just because Andy Hutchinson left the golf business behind for a position managing institutional turf, it doesn’t mean he is free from pressure to produce high-quality grass on a consistent basis. But it does mean he has a shorter walk for help if the pressure becomes too much. Hutchinson, 31, spent nearly a dozen years in the golf business before leaving it in his utility vehicle mirror in 2011 for a career managing the grounds at Owensboro Health, a 157-acre healthcare campus in western Kentucky that includes a Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. During his college days at WKU, Hutchinson was a biology major and was working summers on a golf course crew. It was the lure of the outdoors that led him eventually to pursue a turfgrass management education.
Engineers Working to Save Rare Corvettes
WKU’s Department of Engineering volunteered a team to survey the sinkhole, employing a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Glasgow Daily Times
Belcher selected for Gatton Academy
Michael Belcher, a sophomore at Barren County High School, has been selected to join Gatton Academy, according to a press release from WKU.
Welcome center work nears completion
Tabor and the Cave City Tourism and Convention Center’s board of directors enlisted the help of interior design students at Western Kentucky University to come up with some designs for the welcome center.
Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville
Locals make list to attend Gatton Academy
Two students from this area were selected for the class of 2016 at Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, according to a news release from the school.
Clinton County News
Lights, camera, action
The director of the project, Eli Kleinsmith, is a student at WKU, and the Paperboy film project is his senior thesis project.
Hometown Heroes Four WKU Professors
Sometimes it takes a little extra time to work with students on the more difficult subjects, and that’s exactly what four WKU professors have been doing with their extra time.
Failing Mammoth Cave dam removal would restore Green River
“They really serve no purpose, running any cargo up and down there,” said Steve Spencer, a WKU recreation administration professor and avid canoeist. “And long as you have a lock and dam system there, it kind of messes up the natural flow.”
March 7-13, 2014
Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times
North Carolina firm and WKU grads made stunning WTC photos possible
This week, Time magazine features stunning, panoramic photos from atop the new 1,776-foot high World Trade Center in New York City. And none of the photos would have been possible without the help of a little welding shop in Mills River, N.C. Phil Weber’s company designed and fabricated a 14-foot aluminum jib, to which Time and the photography company GigaPan attached a panoramic camera that snapped 567 photos over a five-hour period on Sept. 28. Time electronically “stitched” those photos together to create the dizzying panoramas that grace a multi-page spread out in its edition on newsstands and its website this week. Jonathan Woods, senior interactive photo editor at Time, became close friends with Weber’s son, Nathan, when both attended WKU. As the World Trade Center continued rising in Manhattan, where Time is also located, Woods spent eight months conceptualizing and planning the photo shoot.
NASA Talon flown by Wilcutt headed to airpark
An addition to the Aviation Heritage Park will soon make its way from Tucson, Ariz., to Bowling Green. A NASA T-38 Talon airplane flown by astronaut Terry Wilcutt, a Logan County native, is expected to be in Bowling Green by about March 21, park President Jim Wright told members of the Warren County Fiscal Court on Monday.
Economic boost in store
The Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament is expected to bring more than 30,000 visitors to Bowling Green this week, which means an economic boost for the community.
Springing forward often an adjustment
It’s likely that some people were late for something Sunday morning. Maybe an hour late for church or a flight. The beginning of daylight saving time usually catches some people off guard. “It affects us both psychologically and physiologically,” said Bill Pfohl, a psychology professor at WKU and a licensed psychologist.
“A special birthday”
A little boy in Michigan will see a birthday greeting on Facebook courtesy of WKU’s Imagewest.
Feb. 21-March 6, 2014
A dark mystery illuminates the past
Bowling Green author and WKU English professor David Bell never gave much thought to his parents’ lives before he was born.
The bike-friendly campus
WKU received Bronze Level status in November from the League of American Bicyclists.
German teacher receives WKU honor
Heike Armbrust, an English teacher and facilitator of international student teaching for WKU in Germany, was recently honored by WKU President Gary Ransdell with a resolution declaring her an honorary alumna of WKU.
IdeaFest speakers: Creativeness, hard work can pay off
“I never thought I’d be working at a place where walking down the hallway holding a pair of ladies’ undergarments was completely normal,” said Brad Cooper, senior director of product innovation at Fruit of the Loom Inc. Cooper was one of 11 professionals who spoke at the IdeaFestival Bowling Green on Friday in WKU’s Downing Student Union Auditorium.
Essick talks inspiration, career
Photojournalist Peter Essick spoke Thursday night to a packed house on the WKU campus about his early influences and his work for National Geographic magazine.
Star of the show
Glittery gold and silver stars hung over an 8-foot model spaceship Tuesday while astronaut Terry Wilcutt spoke to a crowded Cave City Convention Center about space technology and exploration.
Barren schools sign agreement with WKU
Barren County Board of Education has a new agreement with WKU designed to help prepare students for college and careers, Assistant Superintendent Mark Wallace said Tuesday.
Feb. 15-20, 2014
Glasgow Daily Times
Barren County School District, WKU sign off on Capstone
Jay Todd Richey, a May 2013 graduate of Barren County High School, said high school drama club is just as important as sports, band or a job. “It requires just as much teamwork, dedication and involvement as anything else you can do in high school,” Richey said before his speech at Barren County High School’s Fine Arts Capstone signing event.
Museum prepares to recover eight cars
The sinkhole has been monitored since it collapsed last week, said Jason Polk, professor of geography and geology at WKU.
WKYU-TV turned 25 years old last month and officials say the station has a bright future.
Crennel credits success to others
Longtime professional football coach and WKU alumnus Romeo Crennel will be the first to say that his accomplishments and his path to success pale in comparison to those of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and others he admires.
NCAA Swimmer Develops Mental Skills That Carry Her Beyond Olympic Medal
WKU graduate Claire Donahue set many records as a collegiate swimmer.
Corvette Reveals Plan To Remove Cars From Sinkhole
Geologists with WKU have been on the scene since the room first collapsed and said since that time, things in the sky dome have remained relatively calm opening up the door for construction.
Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville
Elkton teen controls chopper into collapsed Corvette museum
An Elkton teenager studying engineering at WKU was part of the quad-rotor design team that flew a remote-control helicopter down a sinkhole Wednesday at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Feb. 8-14, 2014
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Entrepreneur invents natural rodent repellent
Kari Block is the first executive in residence at WKU’s Department of Communication, and Wednesday night she talked with WKU graduate Sam Ford about how she’s made the journey from minimum wage jobs to being named in the Top 3 for National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2013.
When Rebecca Gotsch, a 2009 graduate of WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, choreographed a piece for the young dancers she teaches at a studio in Kokomo, Ind., she didn’t know she’d be using the same dance for WKU students in The Dance Project.
Milken winner approachable, helpful, BGHS students say
William King is still in shock after being presented the Milken Educator Award on Wednesday during a student assembly. King, Bowling Green High School’s freshman principal, taught social studies at BGHS after graduating from WKU.
Convicted felon welcomes new start at law office
Robert Spiers says his new life began after his Nov. 8, 2001, arrest for robbing a southcentral Kentucky bank. The Bowling Green man, who served 12 years in prison after robbing a total of three banks, has been a paralegal at Coffman Law Office since September. He is enrolled in WKU’s pre-law program majoring in history and religious studies. He also is in the paralegal program.
Herb being studied as cancer treatment
Basil is more than an herb that goes in spaghetti sauce to Chandra Emani, an assistant professor of biology at WKU’s Owensboro campus.
WKU Public Radio
New WKU ‘Diplomat in Residence’ Returns to Bowling Green With Wealth of Experience
Michael McClellan was born just outside of Bowling Green, but his career path has taken him to the far corners of the earth as a senior foreign service officer for the State Department and U.S. Information Agency.
Glasgow Daily Times
BCHS continues Capstone initiative
Students at Barren County High School will soon be able to receive dual high school and WKU credit for taking various fine arts classes.
Feb. 1-7, 2014
Glasgow Daily Times
Golda Walbert joins Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
There aren’t many teachers who’ve had a more varied education career or affected more lives than Golda Walbert, 89, a Rockcastle County native who taught in one-room and settlement schools in eastern Kentucky before moving to Barren County in 1956.
Diddle Arena seat will symbolize those still not found after wars
For more than 50 years, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Ross of Cave City couldn’t bring himself to talk about the three years he spent as a prisoner of war in North Korea.
Housing project awaiting approval
Some demolition work that began last week on Kentucky Street near WKU’s campus is part of an overall plan to revitalize the area.
Symphony, orchestra offer musical events planned for sweethearts
The Symphony at WKU and Orchestra Kentucky will have events to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
WKU appoints diplomat to new part-time post
Michael McClellan, a veteran of the U.S. State Department, will join WKU as diplomat-in-residence.
Jan. 28-31, 2014
10 Steps to Acing the College Application
Several schools, like WKU, for example, have made the move to merge their undergraduate admissions and scholarship applications into one comprehensive form.
Folklorist turns conversations with tobacco producers into book about state’s top crop
While the art of producing tobacco has changed little over the last couple of centuries, the structure of the tobacco industry has seen drastic changes – especially in the last decade. How farmers have navigated those changes is the focus of a book by Dr. Ann K. Ferrell, assistant professor of folk studies at WKU.
Jan. 16-27, 2014
Potter Gray reaches robotics state finals
For Carrie Koedyker, the best part about coaching a robotics team is watching students learn how to work together. Koedyker, a gifted and talented teacher at Potter Gray and T.C. Cherry elementary schools, has led a robotics team to the Kentucky FIRST LEGO League State Robotics Championship every year for six years. On Saturday, the Potter Gray Panthers competed at the championship at WKU’s E.A. Diddle Arena.
Organizers hope to spur more innovation in region
The concept of an IdeaFestival has been around in bigger cities for a few years, and Bowling Green will play host to one next month.
Students Return For Spring Semester
This weekend WKU students were moving back in and gearing up for the start of the spring semester.
Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail
Business people – Jan. 26
Hagerstown native Jenna Warrenfeltz has been named director of Imagewest, WKU’s student-run advertising and public-relations agency that is marking its 10-year anniversary this year.
Jan. 7-15, 2014
The Warrnambool (Australia) Standard
Students warm to Aussie culture
It was almost Kentucky fried students when 14 visitors from WKU had their first day in Warrnambool. Learning to surf was among the quintessential Aussie things the students wanted to experience during two weeks in the country as part of their studies of Australian communications and culture.
Glasgow Daily Times
Pike is new Glasgow Daily Times editor
Daniel Pike has been named editor of the Glasgow Daily Times, Publisher Keith Ponder announced. Pike, 34, is a graduate of WKU and Glasgow High School.
Philosopher, commentator to speak at WKU Black History Month event
Cornell West, a philosopher and frequent media commentator on political and social issues, will deliver WKU’s 2014 Black History Month keynote address as part of the Cultural Enhancement Series.
Turning 100: BG man won distinction in Korean War
U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) Sidney Crider Carpenter remembers going to the Van Meter Hall attic at Western Kentucky Teachers College to the rifle range.
Family, friends say goodbye to Judge Huddleston
After graduating from WKU with a business administration degree, Huddleston joined the Volunteers in Service to America program, serving disadvantaged youth in Bell County in eastern Kentucky.
Cyber security important for everyone, speaker says
After millions of Target customers’ credit and debit cards were compromised during the holiday shopping season, the topic is frequently on people’s minds, and it should be, according to Ed Tivol, vice president of EWA Government Systems, a Bowling Green-based cyber security firm.
Evansville Courier & Press
Mountain Workshops video: Determined to Love, featuring Bob Park and family
In October of 2012 working professionals from across the country and faculty from WKU gathered with participants to explore the richness of our community, the beauty of landscape and the possibilities and challenges of visual storytelling.
Jan. 1-6, 2014
Before It’s News
Pulsar In Stellar Triple System Could Reveal True Nature Of Gravity
The discovery of a superdense neutron star in a stellar triple system has made it possible for researchers to collect the best measurements to date of the complex gravitational interactions present in these types of systems, according to a new Nature study. Using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the study authors were able to locate the pulsar along with two white dwarf stars in a compact area smaller than Earth’s orbital path around the sun. The pulsar was first discovered by Jason Boyles, formerly a graduate student at West Virginia University and now a visiting assistant professor at WKU, during a large-scale search for these radio wave-emitting neutron stars using the GBT.
Developer eyes retail project near WKU
The company that plans student housing adjacent to WKU also will build nearby commercial space.
Judge Huddleston dies
A native of Bowling Green, Huddleston graduated from WKU with a degree in business administration and joined the national Volunteers in Service to America program, where she served in the Appalachian region of the state.
‘Mr. Western’ honored by statue
Students returning to WKU on Monday will see a new bronze statue of a campus icon.
Des Moines Register
Roosevelt senior earns spot on ‘Olympic’ speech team
Lily Nellans got her first subscription to The Economist when she was in the eighth grade. The Roosevelt High School senior now spends at least three hours a day reading publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She was selected to be part of a team representing the U.S. at the National Forensic League’s World Schools Debating Championships, which will be held in Thailand in August. Nellans has a full-ride scholarship to WKU. The school’s speech and debate team is considered one of the best in the country.