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The Fall 2009 semester at WKU officially begins on Aug. 31 – the first day of classes. But activities for students, faculty and staff will begin earlier. Here’s a list of several activities as well as other information on administrative/academic changes, traffic and parking updates and key dates to remember:

First-year students arrive Aug. 23 for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan

Between 2,000 and 2,100 members of WKU’s Class of 2013 will arrive Aug. 23 for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan events. (Click here for the move-in/parking map.)

For the 17th year, WKU is offering the Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding Plan available for first-year students. The program, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Residence Life and supported by numerous campus/community organizations, ends Aug. 27.

Activities include various educational and informational workshops, special events and social activities.

This year, participants have been asked to bring two canned goods on Aug. 23 for a “Butterfly Effect” canned food drive (sponsored by WKU and ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships) to benefit Salvation Army and HOTEL Inc. On Aug. 24-26, individuals, churches, and community groups are welcome to drop off canned goods at the ALIVE Center (1818 31W ByPass) during business hours.

All items collected will be presented to representatives from the Salvation Army and HOTEL INC at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 during a ceremony near the Guthrie Tower.

Other M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan highlights include the following:

Aug. 23: Opening convocation, featuring President Gary Ransdell and others, at 8 p.m. at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Amphitheatre.

Aug. 25: WKandU (an outdoor festival) from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Amphitheatre.

Aug. 26: Faculty, staff and student reception from 5-6:45 p.m.; location TBA.

Aug. 27: Big Red’s Blitz (community service project coordinated by the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships) from 8 a.m.-noon at various locations, including Bowling Green Public Works, Habitat for Humanity, Lost River Cave, Potter Children’s Home and Salvation Army.

Aug. 27: Campus and Community Involvement Fair from 1-4 p.m. at the Preston Health and Activities Center. About 85 campus groups, clubs and community organizations will attend.

Aug. 27: Concert featuring Edwin McCain Band near the Guthrie Tower. An opening act will perform at 8:30 followed by Edwin McCain Band at 9:30.

Freshman Assembly Pinning Ceremony Sept. 8

WKU invites all incoming freshmen to the Freshman Assembly Pinning Ceremony on Sept. 8. The pinning ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in Diddle Arena and ends with free Papa John’s pizza, hot dogs, drinks and live entertainment from Why They Came on the Downing University Center South Lawn. The guest speaker will be Dr. Barbara Burch, WKU’s Provost and creator of the Freshman Assembly.

The Freshman Assembly brings the incoming class of students together to hear the message of engagement from the leadership of the university, from fellow students and from community leaders.

Contact: Cortney Basham, Freshman Assembly Chair, at 270-745-7007 or at cortney.basham@wku.edu.

University College dean among administrative changes

Provost Barbara Burch has announced that Dr. Dennis George has been selected as the first permanent dean for the University College. Dr. George had served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 2005. Prior to joining Academic Affairs, Dr. George was a professor in the Department of Public Health and the Department of Engineering Technology. Dr. George will assume his new position effective Aug. 15. Dr. Jane Olmsted had served as interim dean for the past year.

Here is a list of other changes in academic programs or administration.

Administrative changes: Dr. Bruce Schulte, Biology department head; Dr. David Erbach, Computer Science assistant department head; Dr. Julie Ellis, Engineering department head; Dr. Sally Ray, assistant dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters; Dr. Daniel Modaff, Communication department head; Dr. Laura McGee, Modern Languages interim department head; Dr. David Young , Theatre and Dance department head; Dr. Michelle Trawick, Economics department chair; Dr. Sherry Powers , associate dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and head of School of Teacher Education; Dr. Bud Schlinker, Educational Administration, Leadership and Research interim department head; Dr. Chris Wagner, Ed.D program interim director; Maj. Jason Campbell, Military Science department head; Dr. Richard Bowker , vice president for Research and dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Ron Stephens, associate dean and director of Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Ft. Knox Regional Campus; Dr. Bob Owen, vice president for Information Technology; Tarek Elshayeb, director for International Student and Scholar Services; Jerry Barnaby, interim director for Study Abroad; Dr. Ellen Bonaguro, associate dean for Academic Student Support Programs; Dr. Steve Haggbloom, interim director for Office of Sponsored Programs; Dawn Hall, interim director for Women’s Studies program.

New names for departments: Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport; Department of Marketing & Sales; School of Teacher Education.

New centers: Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility; Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability; Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education; WKU Center for Literacy.

New academic programs: Masters of Arts in Criminology; majors in Business Informatics, Popular Culture Studies, International Affairs, Science and Math Education, Middle Grades Mathematics, Middle School Science Education, Military Leadership, International Business; minors in Southern Studies, Legal Studies, Musical Theatre, Electrical Engineering, Meeting, Convention and Exposition Planning, Worksite Health Promotion, Sustainability, Creative Writing, Professional Writing; certificates in Human Resources Management, Environmental Health & Safety, Historic Preservation, iMedia, Instructional Design, Aging Studies, Nurse Administrator.

New University Distinguished Professors: Dr. Zubair Mohamed, Management; Dr. Richard Weigel, History.

2009 University Award winners: Dr. Sandra Hughes, English, Award for Teaching; Dr. Shivendra Sahi, Biology, Award for Research/Creativity; Dr. Albert Meier, Biology, Award for Public Service; Dr. Mark Cambron, Engineering, Award for Student Advisement.

New Emeritus Faculty appointments: Dr. Richard Cantrell, Associate Professor, Economics; Dr. Charles Hays, Professor, Accounting; Dr. Dale Wicklander, Professor, Communication; Dr. Charles Bussey, Professor, History; Dr. Stan Cooke, Professor, Communication Disorders; Dr. Lou Fong, Professor, Consumer and Family Sciences; Dr. David Dunn, Professor, Public Health; Ms. Anna Jo Johnson, Assistant Professor, Academic Support-English; Dr. Gregory Baur, Professor, Mathematics; Dr. Darleen Pigford, Professor, Mathematics; Dr. William Buckman, Professor, Physics & Astronomy

Traffic/parking changes

Effective Aug. 15, the traffic flow along a stretch of College Heights Boulevard from State Street to the Hub parking lot becomes two-way. The intersection of College Street and College Heights Boulevard (in front of Cherry Hall) will become a three-way stop.

The Adams Street, Chestnut Street North, Mimosa, Pearce-Ford Tower and University Boulevard parking lots have been reconstructed this summer and will be more environmentally friendly.

Dates to remember

Aug. 23-27: M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan activities at various locations.

Aug. 29: WKU football’s Family Fun Day at 3 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Activities include a Hilltopper football scrimmage at 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 31: First day of classes at all WKU locations.

Sept. 2: Welcome Back WKU Festival at 11 a.m. at Downing University Center South Lawn.

Sept. 8: Freshman Assembly at 6 p.m. at Diddle Arena.

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