Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:
Dec. 12-16, 2014
Detective work part of coordinating WKU Special Collections
Jonathan Jeffrey says his job is part detective work and all curiosity.
Air Force technical sergeant completes WKU degree while stationed in military
Many students tackle the challenge of working and going to college at the same time, but Bryan Lietzke faced a particular challenge balancing his military career and classes at WKU.
Over 1,000 Students Graduate From WKU
The WKU winter class of 2014 graduated this weekend.
USA Today College
WKU offers a unique way to relax during finals
Instead of turning to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for those much-needed study breaks, WKU students had a unique way of relaxing during finals week. Dr. Lacretia Dye, an assistant professor in the department of counseling and student affairs, hosted group yoga and meditation counseling sessions at a rejuvenation-themed event sponsored by the university’s Department of Housing and Residence Life.
WKU Public Radio
Member of U.S. Air Force Among 2014 WKU Graduates
Oregon native Bryan Lietzke has been in the U.S. Air Force for eleven years. He’s been deployed to Afghanistan five times.
What are the lasting lessons from the recent string of high-profile data breaches?
High-stakes hacking has been a major theme for American businesses in 2014. The recent wave of data breaches at popular retailers have made consumers more aware — and warier — of the very real threat that their sensitive financial information could slip easily into criminal hands. Mark Ciampa, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at WKU, was among experts who offered their insights in this report.
Dec. 5-11, 2014
More than $600,000 bequest helps groups
The College Heights Foundation, Foundation Christian Academy, Greenwood Park Church of Christ and The Salvation Army, all of Bowling Green, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., received gifts.
Charitable spirit strong in BG, officials say
Leah Ashwill, director of the WKU ALIVE Center, said she hasn’t noticed a shortage of community involvement or charitable giving in the Barren River region.
New dean appointed to College of Health and Human Services
A new dean will take over in late March at WKU’s College of Health and Human Services.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow offers ‘Study Away’
A committee of WKU Glasgow faculty started working on a plan last year for study abroad opportunities for WKU Glasgow students.
WKU Glasgow 2014 graduands honored
As always, Coordinator for Student Affairs for WKU Glasgow John Roberts said he was excited for the graduand ceremony that took place at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow on Thursday night.
Graduating Students Prepare for Workforce
With only a few weeks to go in the semester, hundreds of students are preparing for graduation, and also for their journeys into the real world.
Honoring Scholar of the Week Students
WKU honored future graduates, as they recognized high school students from our area for their extracurricular activities and academic excellence.
Nov. 26-Dec. 4, 2014
WKU also participated. The university is still tallying the total number of gifts received, but can report a record number of gifts made on-line in one day in its history.
Hometown Hero: A Labor of Love, WKU Chi Omega
A sorority on WKU’s campus is receiving a new home for their chapter after being without one for nearly a year.
Outlook for solar power looks bright
The WKU Office of Sustainability, housed in a home from the 1930s on Regents Avenue, is being transformed into a structure using best practices for a sustainable home, said Christian Ryan, sustainability coordinator for WKU.
Nov. 19-25, 2014
Simpson County’s Flynn named top superintendent
James Flynn, superintendent of Simpson County Schools, has been selected as the 2015 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).
WKU students trying to assist downtown BG
A group of WKU seniors is working with a local organization to get college students to visit downtown Bowling Green.
Simpson superintendent receives state’s top honor
Flynn earned a bachelor’s degree in 1986 in biology from WKU and a master’s degree in biology and secondary education from Texas A&M University.
Group meets weekly on WKU’s campus
Amid students studying, socializing and eating in WKU’s Downing Student Union, a group meets each Thursday to read and discuss the Bible.
African American Museum relocates to Chestnut Street
The African American Museum in Bowling Green has a new home on WKU’s campus that brings it closer to the site of one of the city’s historic black communities.
You Asked: Does Laughing Have Real Health Benefits?
Some research from WKU has also tied a good chuckle to greater numbers and activity of “killer cells,” which your immune system deploys to attack disease.
WKU Provides Warmer Transportation For Students
The frigid temperatures aren’t keeping students inside, as WKU students are fighting the cold while walking to class. However, the campus has another optionin hopes of helping to relieve the cold stress on students.
High School Championships Staying in Bowling Green
Kentucky’s high school football championships will remain in Bowling Green through 2018.
WKU Public Radio
Kentucky’s High School Championship Football Games to Remain at WKU Through ’18
Kentucky’s six high school state football championship games will remain in Bowling Green through 2018.
Nov. 15-18, 2014
WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Gospel Music Celebrated at WKU
Some of the best gospel musicians in the Bluegrass State will be in Bowling Green Tuesday evening.
See Behind-The-Scenes Video of WKU President Jumping Out of Airplane
Before kickoff of the November 15, 2014 matchup between Army and WKU Football, WKU President Gary Ransdell delivered the game ball from 13,500 feet above Houchens-Smith Stadium in a tandem jump with the US Army Golden Knights.
Golden Knights fly Ransdell into game
A golden sword emblazoned on the side of a C-31 Fokker announced that the Golden Knights were in town. The deafening buzz of the propellers and heat from the engines blurring the view of Ashley Street behind the plane preceded takeoff.
Cold snap will linger
The recent biting temperatures, which began Wednesday, are expected to be the first prolonged mid-November arctic outbreak of this magnitude since 1937, according to a news release from WKU.
Kentucky Museum at WKU celebrates 75th anniversary
The Kentucky Museum is a valuable resource for faculty and staff members and the community, officials said.
Parachuting president: WKU’s pres makes epic entrance
Skydivers parachuting into college football stadiums on Saturday afternoon have become almost a weekly occurrence, but WKU took the parachute entrance game and flipped it completely on its head this past Saturday.
WKU president: Skydive ‘an amazing experience’
WKU president Gary Ransdell made good on his promise.
Nov. 6-14, 2014
West Point, WKU share military history professor as common thread
Knowledge of military history is a key component to the success of U.S. Army officers.
Ransdell to parachute to field Saturday
As president of WKU, it is Gary Ransdell’s job to take the school to new heights. But this is a bit much.
Veterans get help affording textbooks
The program Textbooks for Troops is gaining fans around the world.
Three enter WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni
Retired U.S. Army Col. Gary “Mickey” Riggs, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Rick Loomis and musician David “Doc” Livingston entered the WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Friday.
Father of deceased WKU student gives heartwarming speech after win
The WKU Hilltoppers lost sophomore Tyler English in a tragic house fire on Halloween, and the team wore ‘TE’ patches to honor English during a 35-27 win against UTEP on Saturday.
WKU president will parachute into Army game
WKU president Gary Ransdell knows how to make an entrance.
Surf KY News
Local Educator One of Only Seven Stem Certified Master Trainers
Jason Lindsey, a Kentucky native, is an award-winning science educator and author. Jason studied science and journalism at WKU where he earned a degree in meteorology.
WKU Displays Wreath During Ceremony In Honor Of Veterans
The community gathered on WKU’s campus as a wreath was displayed in honor of all veterans.
Central Kentucky News
Through the lens of a female cadet: Former military officer documents journey of women in ROTC programs
Nicholasville’s Danielle Pousette has revealed her photography project showcasing military women, for which she was granted the funds to complete last year by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Pousette, a former military officer and graduate of the WKU ROTC program, said she was inspired to pursue the project when her daughter approached her with a card on Veterans Day a few years ago.
Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2014
WKU Public Radio
Photo Gallery: The Making of a Horror Film
It’s the time of year when people are tuning into special Halloween themed episodes of their favorite shows and searching the horror section of Netflix for their annual haunted pleasure. But some WKU students aren’t only watching scary films, they are creating one.
WKU Regents Approve New Doctor of Psychology Degree, Swear in New Faculty Regent
WKU is one step closer to offering a doctorate in Applied Psychology.
Sixth Novel By WKU Author David Bell Explores Issues Involving Family, Trust
The Forgotten Girl is the latest book by author and WKU English Professor David Bell.
Oct. 23-30, 2014
Afghan army commanders visit WKU military science class
The dozen military science ROTC students at WKU were discussing combat tactics one minute with a professor. The next, they were having an extended give-and-take session with three veteran commanders in the Afghan army.
Students compete in rocketry event
Designing a rocket was challenging for Autumn Bolmer, 10, and her fourth-grade classmates from Owensboro’s Estes Elementary School, but they ultimately persevered to compete in STEMshot!, a compressed air rocketry competition Saturday in Bowling Green.
Film editor to travel, make documentary to highlight medical group
After graduating from WKU in 2013, Bardstown native Bowman moved to Los Angeles to work in film editing, creating corporate and fashion videos.
Tom Eblen: Annual Kentucky workshop for photojournalists reinforces power of storytelling
Each October, I spend a week in a different Kentucky town with three dozen of the nation’s best photojournalists. We help 75 or so students discover and tell the stories of people who live there.
Oct. 17-22, 2014
Outgoing faculty regent says salaries, benefits key issues at WKU
Seven years as faculty regent at WKU taught Patti Minter that you can be thrown in the deep end of the swirling issues of a university and still keep your head above water.
WCHS graduate up for award
Marcus Drew Steele has been nominated for the Cynopsis 2014 Digital Model D Award for “Best Daily Series” for his series, “A Closer Look with the AP,” which is available through the Portico TV service of Net2TV. “It’s all encompassing. It’s not only the day’s headlines around the country, but all around the world,” the WKU broadcast journalism graduate said. “It’s a more in-depth type of show.”
Dedication ceremony honors Wilcutt, Finney
Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt and Naval Cmdr. David Finney grew up within minutes of each other, but it would be several years and several thousand feet in the air before their paths would cross.
Summit teaches about children with disabilities
When it comes to communicating with some children with special needs, it can be like dancing in the dark in high heels in a too-tight skirt with hardly any music playing, Ann Kaiser said Friday
NASA evolves as shuttle chapter ends
NASA’s planned manned mission to Mars is the main focus of an American space program that is evolving into a “deep space” venture, said Russellville native Col. Terry Wilcutt, former space shuttle commander and now a top space agency administrator.
‘Stronger than we’ve ever been’
The Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum reopened Thursday, more than a year after a fire damaged the building and some of the artwork.
WKU Public Radio
Downing Museum Reopens, Extends Commitment to WKU
A Bowling Green museum dedicated to the late renowned artist and Hart County native Joe Downing has reopened following a 2013 fire.
Aviation Park Welcomes NASA Administrator for Honoring
Saturday morning at Aviation Heritage Park, community members gathered as park personnel dedicated the NASA T-38 Talon in honor of Terry Wilcutt and the late Dave Finney.
Baker Arboretum Recovers More Than One Year After Fire
The original Downing Museum opened in 2009, displaying the art work of late Joseph Downing.
ISIS presentation at Kentucky Wesleyan College
WKU professor of International Politics, Soleiman Kiasatpor, spoke to a large crowd at Kentucky Wesleyan College Monday evening on ISIS.
Oct. 9-16, 2014
Bachelor’s degree before driver’s license: The life of a child prodigy
Like any other 11-year-old boy, William Poteet loves to play video games and watch The Amazing Spider-Man. Unlike most boy’s his age, you can find William in the Mathematics department at WKU taking honors calculus alongside students twice his age.
Bill Nye talks science literacy to sell-out WKU crowd
Bill Nye is still affected by his last visit to Kentucky, when he faced Ken Ham in a debate over the origins of the universe.
WKU event was benefit to help prevent child abuse
After exiting Van Meter Hall, Crestwood senior Luke Sparks left with the Kappa Delta 24th Annual Shenanigans “road trip” banner to commemorate his Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers’ journey as back-to-back first place winners in the dance competition.
Legendary WKU coach Jimmy Feix laid to rest
Jimmy Feix was laid to rest Thursday in Bowling Green.
High School Scholars Awarded at WKU
Forty-four local scholars enjoyed one of the most recognizable moments of their high school career, as WKU honored their academic achievements.
Glasgow Daily Times
Living his dream: Pulitzer Prize photographer returns for visit to Barren County
For Bill Luster, life has been good in photojournalism, a career that allowed him to fulfill many dreams.
Oct. 3-8, 2014
Feix was standout for WKU, community
Former WKU head football coach Jimmy Feix was a larger-than-life figure who loved his school and the people in the city of Bowling Green and beyond.
WKU legend Feix dead at 83
WKU was the world to Jimmy Feix. Now that he is gone, the Hilltoppers hope he knew that he meant the world to them.
Kids learn to build ‘wacky’ machines at WKU
Children are going wacky this week during the 2014 Science Curiosity Investigation Camp at WKU.
Students learn to market themselves
Students seeking jobs in the business world want an edge – and WKU is helping them get one.
WKU Public Radio
The ‘Heart and Soul’ of Hilltopper Football, Jimmy Feix Dies at 83
Jimmy Feix, who became the first WKU football player to earn All-America honors, and later, the school’s winningest head coach, died Sunday afternoon. He was 83 years old.
Glasgow Physician: Americans Need Better Understanding of Health, Academic Impacts of Lack of Sleep
For Dr. Phillip Bale, increasing the understanding of the importance of sleep is crucial to improving health, as well as the academic performance of children.
“Top Crops” Grows Top Quality Gardens and Gardeners
You can see then every Friday morning working away at their garden at WKU’s farm and on Saturdays selling what they’ve raised at Bowling Green’s Community Farmers’ Market.
WKU legendary coach Jimmy Feix dies
WKU legendary coach and quarterback Jimmy Feix has died at age 83.
Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2014
GeoSphere coming to WKU
The GeoSphere, a unique learning environment in which students enter a 20-foot inflatable globe, sit on Antarctica, and are given an unparalleled view of our planet, is coming to WKU from Nov. 17-20.
Chronicle of Higher Education
New Campus Leader Fosters Study Abroad in a Repurposed Palace in Britain
The students—all from American institutions, including the University of Evansville, WKU and Wabash College—also travel in Britain and to other parts of Europe, both independently and on college-organized tours.
WKU student visits exclusive listening party
Shelby Worthington’s favorite Taylor Swift song is “I’d Lie” – but she’s not lying about meeting the Grammy Award-winning singer.
Kindergartners teach college students about drama
More than a dozen theater students from WKU worked with kindergarten students this past week at W.R. McNeill Elementary School to teach them drama. In turn, the kindergarten kids taught the college students a thing or two.
Right messages can save lives, researchers say
The right message at the right time can change lives, say two communications researchers who spoke at WKU.
Performers show ‘Love for China’ at SKyPAC event
Young performers garbed in swirling colorful robes in hues of gold, green and blue greeted patrons Friday night at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center during “Love for China.”
Fourth-graders learn about electricity, farm safety at WKU
Loud noises and fire grab the attention of fourth-graders.
International Festival Brings Cultural Groups Together, Celebrates Diversity
Countries from all over the world were represented right here in Bowling Green on Saturday during the International Festival at Circus Square Park.
Sept. 19-24, 2014
Macey Nichter’s favorite entertainment sport is heavy on testosterone, but it doesn’t faze the WKU freshman.
1931 Adam Style building begins its 3rd mission
Since 1997, to find WKU President Gary Ransdell, one had only to bound up the steps of Wetherby Administration Building on the Bowling Green campus, go through the glass doors and make an immediate right turn.
WKU Films to be showcased in Louisville
The Louisville International Festival of Film 2014 has selected two films directed and produced within the WKU film studies program to be part of the event Oct. 9-11 at the Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St.
Researcher details aged parent concerns
People dealing with aging parents struggle with logistics over long distances.
Author reveals plight of Ugandan woman in biography
St. Louis writer Kate Saller wasn’t the most likely person to write a biography of a woman from Uganda, she told the audience at Barnes & Noble on Thursday night as part of the Far Away Places series presented by WKU Libraries.
NASA T-38 Talon Moves To Aviation Heritage Park
Rolling on the road at two miles an hour isn’t exactly where a plane is meant to be. That’s where the T-38 Talon found itself Sunday night as it was moved from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport to Aviation Heritage Park.
Symphony Day Brings Crowd to Jackson’s Orchard
Symphony Day is an annual event, which featured the WKU Symphony and three area high school programs, including Bowling Green, Warren County and Barren County high schools.
Sept. 12-18, 2014
For parents in college, it’s all about balance
Ashley Woods, 27, is a full-time undergraduate student at WKU studying nursing. She’s taking 17 credits and works in the visual performing arts library at WKU. She’s also a mother of two — a five-year-old and a toddler.
Opportunities abound to study abroad
Ralaela Fernandes and Felipe Silva think it’s a good idea to study in a foreign country. The WKU students from Brazil, who are both taking courses in dental hygiene at WKU after qualifying for the opportunity from the Brazilian government, attended Tuesday’s Fall 2014 Majors and Minors and Study Abroad Fair.
Business owner goes all natural with socks
Kyle O’Donnell is using socks to save the world. More precisely, the Bowling Green man knits socks made from organic cotton in his business, Only Footprints, which is inside the WKU Research and Development Center. O’Donnell has been knitting since December and regularly sets up his wares at the Bowling Green Community Farmers Market.
Swedish student teachers work in region
The exchange was arranged by WKU. Fred Carter, director of the office of teacher services at WKU, said the student teachers, the school districts and the universities benefit from the exchange.
WKU Public Radio
Not Your Grandfather’s Rocking Chair: WKU Features Over Twenty Chairs Made By Famous Kentucky Artist
A set of chairs currently on display at The Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus offers a glimpse at some of the finest pieces of Appalachian art ever created.
Harvesting Underway on WKU Hemp Crop
Another milestone is being reached in Kentucky’s effort to grow and market industrial hemp. One of the state’s first legal hemp crops was harvested Thursday at the WKU farm in Bowling Green.
When Citizens Decide How Public Money Is Spent
The report’s author, Dr. Victoria Gordon of WKU, interviewed organizers of and participants in participatory-budgeting initiatives in Boston, Chicago and St. Louis, as well as leaders of nonprofit advocacy groups such as the Participatory Budgeting Project.
Sept. 6-11, 2014
Kentucky school tops national rankings again
For the third year in a row, a Kentucky high school has been ranked the best in the nation. The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green topped a list by news website The Daily Beast of the 754 best high schools in the United States.
Gatton Academy again atop best high school list
The best high school in the nation is right here in Kentucky.
The Lane Report
Gatton Academy ranked nation’s top high school
The Gatton Academy, located on the campus of Western Kentucky University, was ranked the nation’s best high school for the third consecutive year. The Gatton Academy was named the top high school in 2012 and 2013 on a joint list by Newsweek/The Daily Beast and this year on a list by The Daily Beast, an award-winning online news site.
Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow High School and WKU partner in Project Lead the Way
Glasgow High School Principal Keith Hale unveiled “a new commitment to kids” Tuesday in the GHS auditorium as part of a partnership with WKU and the Project Lead the Way program.
Project turns plants into money for kids
He says it was a mistake. Stephen Ritz was dean of students at a school in New York City that doesn’t exist anymore. Someone brought in a box of daffodil bulbs, and he stuck them behind a radiator and forgot about them. Later, when a student looked behind the radiator, he found a bunch of flowers. The flowers resonated with students at the school. That planted an idea in Ritz’s mind, something he would use at his next school. Ritz told his story Tuesday at WKU as a speaker for the Mary E. Hensley Lecture Series, named for the woman who taught for 39 years in Clay and Hart counties.
WKU course is a cerebral look at pro wrestling culture
It’s a body slam to the senses – a cerebral look at a cultural phenomenon that’s survived in America since before World War II and that has had more storylines than “Days of Our Lives” and “All My Children” combined.
Ecuador comes to WKU through 25 events
The International Year of Ecuador comes to WKU this week as a series of more than 25 events scheduled for the 2014-15 school year begins Wednesday.
Girls seek science at WKU
Taylor Grider, 15, wants to become a pediatrician. Science is her passion, she says.
Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014
WKU Public Radio
WKU’s Girls in Science Day Encourages Female Students to Pursue STEM-Related Classes and Careers
WKU wants to convince more middle and high school girls to pursue classes in the STEM fields. More than 200 area girls in grades 5-12 will be on campus Saturday, Sept. 6, for the Girls in Science Day event.
Traveling to teach: Ren ‘Lolly’ Hui educating HCS students on Chinese language, culture
Hui, who goes by Lolly Ren in America, is a native of China’s Henan province. She is teaching Chinese language and culture to seventh- and eighth-grade students at East Hardin Middle School in Glendale this year through the WKU Confucius Institute and the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in China.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow students get a new START
The WKU Glasgow campus opened its new Student Tutoring and Resource Team Center on Wednesday.
This Data-Obsessed Shop Creates Buzz for Super Bowl Ads Online
WKU frat brothers Steve Parker Jr. and Jeff Adelson-Yan reunited in New York and started Levelwing 12 years ago, creating a digital firm focused on social media, email, display and analytic measurement campaigns.
Small WKU high school scores big
Speaking of more rigorous standards for public education, a small, little known public school in Kentucky has just been named the top high school in America by the Daily Beast, an online news site.
International student works dream job
When she was choosing a health care major to study at WKU, “nursing made sense,” Abou said. She came to study at WKU in January 2009 and graduated in May.
Camping World founder leaves lasting impression
David Garvin and Freddie Higgins had been friends since high school – Garvin at College High and Higgins at Bowling Green High School.
WKU international students could double in five years
WKU wants to double its international student population within five years, a university official said.
Festival features regional authors
Price will be one of 30 authors at the new Regional Author Showcase, which is being presented by Warren County Public Library, WKU Libraries and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
Downing: Dad would appreciate renovated DSU
Alex Downing, son of former WKU President Dero Downing, said his dad’s eyes would fill with tears and as a Horse Cave native would remark, “Much obliged,” if he were alive to see the university’s student union that continues to bear his name.
Biz advisory firm opens BG location
Red Rock Business Advisors opened an office in Bowling Green on Friday, the company’s first office outside its headquarters in Leesburg, Va. Red Rock provides consulting about business strategy, information technology and financial services, company President Chad Davis said. Davis is a Glasgow native and graduate of WKU, so it made sense to locate an office in Bowling Green, he said.
WKU cadets begin journey
Its history began forming in the spring of 1917, when the United States entered World War I.
UPIKE, WKU collaborate on health programs
University of Pikeville and WKU have partnered to make three health-related masters degree programs available to students in eastern Kentucky and provide access to WKU students in UPIKE’s College of Optometry.
Aug. 23-29, 2014
WKU, UPIKE combine efforts
WKU and the University of Pikeville are combining some educational efforts.
‘It is thrilling': Gatton again named top high school
For the third year in a row, The Daily Beast has named the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky as the top high school in America.
New public private partnership includes UPike and WKU
The University of Pikeville and WKU announced a partnership for some academic programs Thursday.
WKU Students Get A Big Welcome Back
WKU students are back on campus and in class. Wednesday afternoon, those students had the opportunity to see what Bowling Green has to offer and score some free goodies.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow Campus students return to class
WKU students had their first day of classes on Monday, and Melissa Jewell was happy to be back in classes at WKU Glasgow.
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.