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Campus news: Accounting students win state competition; Symphony to tour China; Beegie Adair to be honored

Here is a listing of news from WKU departments and programs:

Accounting: Students take top honors in state competition

For the second year, a group of students from WKU’s Department of Accounting took top honors in the Promote and Encourage Accounting in Kentucky (PEAK) Competition on April 26.

The PEAK Competition utilizes a Jeopardy-style experience to challenge students with knowledge of the accounting profession and the Uniform CPA Exam.

WKU defeated eight other Kentucky universities during the competition, including second place Eastern Kentucky University and third place Morehead State University.

WKU students winning the competition and earning $1,000 scholarships are: Sue Byler of Bowling Green; Jeff Creech of Prospect; Jacob King of Bowling Green; Courtney Morley of Louisville; and Alisha Weber of Oakland. Faculty adviser is Sheri Henson.

“As an applied college of business, we are particularly proud that for the second consecutive year our outstanding students received the top scores in an accounting competition that challenges them on the profession they intend to pursue,” said Dr. Jeff Katz, Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business. “The strong performance by our students reflects the excellent education provided by our world-class faculty of the Gordon Ford College of Business.”

PEAK is sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Contact: Sheri Henson, (270) 745-5382

Music: The Symphony prepares for tour of China

The Symphony at WKU will take a concert tour to China May 12-26. The Symphony will present a free concert on May 9 at Van Meter Hall.

The Symphony at WKU will take a concert tour to China May 12-26. The Symphony will present a free concert on May 9 at Van Meter Hall.

On May 12-26, The Symphony at WKU, the Commonwealth’s oldest symphony orchestra of 104 years, will take its first international concert tour to China.

While on this 15-day tour, WKU symphony musicians will have the opportunity to perform at several of our Chinese host institutions, to act as musical ambassadors, to visit historical and cultural landmarks and to better understand the world of their future.

The students will be viewing the Great Wall of China, Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, Western Qing Tombs, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Terra Cotta Warrior Museum, including the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Baoding and Shanghai. The concert tour will provide Chinese students and audiences with the opportunity to interact with an American symphony orchestra and hear a new American composition by WKU’s Michael Kallstrom, in addition to traditional classics, works by Chinese composers and American movie music.

Guest artists from the Chinese host institutions of North China Electric Power University and Hebei University will join the The Symphony at WKU for joint performances at each of the concerts.

Before leaving for China, The Symphony at WKU will present a free Bon Voyage concert at 7:30 p.m. May 9 at Van Meter Hall.

More: Follow the group’s China blog at http://confuciusinstitutechinaexperience.blog.wku.edu/

Contact: Music Department, (270) 745-3751.

Music: Beegie Adair to be honored by hometown

Beegie Adair

Beegie Adair

The City Council of Cave City will honor native Beegie Adair, a member of WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni, by dedicating the town’s community center in her name.

The dedication is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 11 at 105 Duke St. in Cave City. The event is open to the public.

Born Bobbe Gorin Long, Adair is fondly remembered in southcentral Kentucky as the daughter of A.G. and Bobbe Long, and granddaughter of Grover and Sallie Long, all longtime Cave City residents.

Adair began taking piano lessons at age 5. She continued to study piano throughout college, earning a B.S. in Music Education at WKU. During and after college, she played in jazz bands and spent three years teaching music to children before moving to Nashville, where she became a session musician, working at WSM-TV and on The Johnny Cash Show (1969-71).

In 1982, she and saxophonist Denis Solee formed the Adair-Solee Quartet, which evolved into the Be-Bop Co-Op, a jazz sextet. She made her first album under her own name, Escape to New York, with a rhythm section consisting of Bob Cranshaw and Gregory Hutchinson.

Adair has appeared on more than 100 CDs (34 of which are studio recordings with her trio), ranging from Cole Porter standards to Frank Sinatra classics to romantic World War II ballads. Her 6-CD Centennial Composers Collection became an instant collectible classic upon its release. Her latest album, The Real Thing, has spent over 12 weeks in the Top 20 on the JazzWeek charts.

She and her trio continue to play in jazz clubs and festivals around the world and was the top selling jazz artist in Japan in 2010. She was a 2004 inductee into the Cave City Hall of Fame and a 2002 inductee into the WKU Music Department’s Wall of Fame.

Adair lives in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Billy who is an associate professor of jazz studies at the Blair School in Vanderbilt University. She is an Advisory Board & Faculty member of the Nashville Jazz Workshop and performs regularly in Nashville.

Contact: City Council of Cave City, (270) 773-2188.

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