Here is a listing of news items from WKU programs:
Research: Buck$ for Bright Ideas awards banquet May 1
Douglas Rohrer, Associate Vice President for Research and Development at WKU and Executive Director of the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, said more than 100 participants are expected at the banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. (Central time). A total prize pool of $25,000 in valuable services will be shared among the winners.
Buck$ for Bright Ideas is a publicly funded program that encourages residents in this region to move forward with their ideas.
“Many people in our part of the state have innovative ideas that could become the foundation for a new business,” Rohrer said. “Some of those people need help moving forward toward commercialization. The Central Region ICC is here to help with that effort. Our business development experts will work with them to turn their idea into a business reality.”
There will be multiple winners who will receive free services from regional professional firms for market research, patent research, accounting support, product design help and more. All applicants are eligible to receive one-on-one assistance with their idea at no charge.
Applicants must reside in one of the 28 counties of the Central Region or be a full-time student at a college or university within the region. The Central Region includes the following counties: Daviess, McLean, Ohio, Hancock, Butler, Logan, Simpson, Warren, Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Grayson, Breckinridge, Meade, Hardin, Nelson, Washington, Hart, Larue, Marion, Green, Taylor, Metcalfe, Adair, Union, Webster, Henderson, and Monroe.
Contact: Douglas Rohrer, (270) 901-3490.
Economics: WKU students inducted into honor society
The WKU chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society in the Gordon Ford College of Business inducted 26 students during its annual initiation banquet on April 19.
These inductees join college students on 678 chapters across the world in recognition of scholastic attainment in economics.
Richard Holton served as keynote speaker for the event. Holton is the President of Holton Blackstone and Mayberry, a boutique law firm in Nashville, Tenn. Holton graduated from WKU in 1969 with a BS/BA in Economics and Business Administration and recently created an Assistantship in the Department of Economics at WKU. Holton encouraged students to work hard and be proud of their WKU economics degree.
“Qualifying for and accepting membership in ODE is a way students can reward themselves for their own hard work and dedication in their studies,” said Dr. Cathy Carey, Chair of the Department of Economics. “It also tells employers and graduate schools that these students are at the top of their class.”
A list of inductees is available at http://www.wku.edu/business/news/index.php?view=article&articleid=2191
Contact: Dr. Catherine Carey, 270.745.6401
Journalism & Broadcasting: 10th annual Mayhem April 26
Headliners are Robert DeLong, one of Billboard’s top artists to watch in 2013 from Los Angeles and Pomegranates, an indie rock band from Cincinnati.
Mayhem will be held from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding.
Contact: Marjorie Yambor, (270) 745-3035.
Educational Talent Search: Cumberland team 2nd in regional competition
A team of six Cumberland County Educational Talent Search (ETS) students finished second in the TriO-sponsored regional “High Q” competition April 20 in Atlanta.
The team of Caleb Burns, Taylor Grinder, Katie Peretto, Kurtis Spears, Lucas Arms and Creed Scott scored 1,650 points in four games (an event high score) with its only loss coming in sudden death overtime to a team from Alabama.
“The team did a great job, and received loads of individual compliments for their sportsmanship and abilities. They are a great group of students,” said team coach, ETS Academic Coordinator Cres’sena Manning.
“High Q” is a quick recall trivia game that is one of many TRiO Student Initiative competitions that are put on each year. Teams are made up of TRiO program participants from around the country. Kentucky has a history of success at these events.
Educational Talent Search is a TRiO program that identifies and assists qualified students in 8th-12th grade in preparing for college. The goal of the program is to increase the number of youths who graduate from high school, and enroll in a post-secondary institution. Services include but are not limited to academic, career, and financial counseling. The program is free to all participants. For information, contact the ETS office in Jones-Jaggers Hall on WKU’s main campus at (270) 745-3757; via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Kayla Riley, (270) 745-4402