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Today@WKU: August 21, 2017

Welcome to Today@WKU, the daily newsletter from WKU Public Affairs, for August 21, 2017.

WKU News

  • Great American Eclipse activities will be held today at WKU.

    WKU hosting eclipse viewing events today: WKU will host Great American Eclipse viewing events today for K-12 students, community members and WKU students, faculty and staff at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, WKU South Lawn and WKU Farm. A VIP event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the stadium’s Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Club. (More: View from the Hill on eclipse plans; campus parking information; White Squirrel Weather live video; Kentucky Mesonet data.) To accommodate visitors to campus for the total solar eclipse, WKU has delayed the start of classes on all campuses until 4 p.m. today. Offices at all WKU campuses will observe regular hours. The path of totality will stretch across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina in a roughly 100-mile wide band. In Bowling Green, totality starts at 1:27:23 p.m. and ends at 1:28:39 p.m. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will host alumni, current students, families and friends for a Solar Eclipse Festival from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at South Union Shaker Village. For more about the eclipse and events at WKU and the region, visit http://www.wku.edu/eclipse/

  • President Caboni outlines strategic planning, doing in charting future: WKU President Timothy C. Caboni outlined the strategic planning process for WKU’s future as well as new initiatives being implemented this fall during the annual Faculty Staff Convocation Friday.

    President Timothy C. Caboni outlined the strategic planning process during the Faculty Staff Convocation on Aug. 18.

  • WKU presents faculty, staff awards at convocation: The annual faculty and staff awards were presented Friday morning at WKU’s 2017 opening convocation.
  • Sodexo pledges $650,000 to scholarship assistance for employees, dependents: Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services and the University’s partner in facilities management, has made a gift commitment to WKU to establish the Sodexo Scholarship Fund to support their employees, as well as their dependents, in the pursuit of higher education at any campus of WKU. Sodexo has pledged $650,000 in scholarship assistance over the next 13 years with $50,000 in scholarships awarded in a given academic year.
  • WKU Admissions hosting events for prospective students & their families: WKU is taking its DiscoverWKU events across the United States this fall.
  • WKU Public Radio Weekday Newscast Schedule: Tune into WKU Public Radio for national and international news from NPR, and local newscasts every half hour during Morning Edition (4-9 a.m. Central), and All Things Considered (3-6 p.m. Central), as well as local news features and interviews produced by the WKU news staff. WKU’s Public Radio can be heard on WKYU-FM (88.9) in Bowling Green/Glasgow; WDCL-FM (89.7) in Somerset/Campbellsville; WKPB-FM (88.9) in Henderson/Owensboro; WKUE-FM (90.9) in Elizabethtown/Bardstown; and online at http://www.wkyufm.org/

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WKU Sports

  • WKU Soccer opened the season with a win at Lipscomb and a loss at Texas.

    Soccer: Lady Toppers Drop 2-0 Decision at Texas: WKU held Texas off the board over the final 45 minutes on Sunday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium, but two first-half goals from the Longhorns were the difference as the Lady Toppers dropped a 2-0 decision to close the opening weekend of play of the 2017 season. Next game: The Lady Toppers (1-1) close their season-opening road swing at Austin Peay at 7 p.m. Friday. More: WKU Shuts Out Lipscomb, 2-0, in Regular Season Opener 

  • Football: Fall Camp Report: Around noon Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium, WKU Football head coach Mike Sanford brought the team together to congratulate the group of Hilltoppers that had just completed Day 21 of 2017 Fall Camp. Sanford explained that, following with WKU tradition, the 100-plus Hilltoppers gathered at the 50-yard line would be awarded a shirt to signify they made it through the physical and mental three-week grind.

More: For updates on WKU Athletics, follow @WKUSports on Twitter or WKU Athletics on Facebook.

WKU in the News

  • WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound program turns 25: When U.S. Army veteran Philip Parsons completed his service in 2010, he had no high school diploma and couldn’t see a way to a better future. That changed the day he saw a card for WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound program while visiting an unemployment center. Now, after graduating in May with his master’s degree in social work, Parsons is a licensed clinical social worker. He was one of many program supporters attending a dinner Friday to celebrate the program’s 25th anniversary.
  • WKU volleyball holds 101 clinic and scrimmage: The WKU volleyball team was all about having fun and dropping some knowledge Saturday when the team held an open scrimmage and clinic. “By the end of two-a-days, they’re pretty tired and pretty stale,” WKU coach Travis Hudson said. “It always makes you feel better to give back a little. This was a great event today and I’m really excited about it.”

More: Check out WKU in the News page.

WKU Alumni

More: Visit the WKU Alumni website.

What’s Happening At-WKU

Ongoing/continuing events

Monday, Aug. 21

Saturday, Aug. 26

  • High School Football: Citizens First Bowl. South Warren vs. Warren Central, 5 p.m.; Warren East vs. Greenwood, 8 p.m. Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Contact Campus and Community Events, (270) 745-2497.
  • 8 a.m.: Head for the Hill, open house event. Downing Student Union. Contact Admissions, (270) 745-2551.
  • 8:30 a.m.: WKU Softball Elite All-Skills Clinic. WKU Softball Complex. Contact Softball, (270) 745-6269.

For upcoming events: Visit the What’s Happening at WKU page, Events@WKU page or WKU’s online events calendar

About Today@WKU

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