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Today@WKU: October 30, 2017

Welcome to Today@WKU, the daily newsletter from WKU Public Affairs, for October 30, 2017.

WKU News

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WKU Sports

  • WKU Volleyball honored its seniors on Oct. 29.

    Volleyball: Lucas’ 5,000th Career Assist Helps WKU Volleyball to Senior Day Sweep: After honoring its five seniors – Alyssa Cavanaugh, Sydney Engle, Amara Listenbee, Jessica Lucas and Maggie Singleton – prior to the match, WKU Volleyball went on to sweep UAB from Diddle Arena Sunday afternoon. Senior setter Lucas registered a remarkable milestone on the day, recording her 5,000th career assist in the third set on a Sydney Engle kill. The victory marked WKU’s 21st-straight victory to match last year’s win streak and tie the program’s second-longest streak. Next: WKU at Rice on Friday.

  • Men’s basketball: Shorthanded Tops Roll Past Samford in Exhibition Opener: With just seven active players, the WKU Hilltopper Basketball team used a dominant second half Sunday and notched a 78-64 exhibition victory at Samford to open the season at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Ala. Next: WKU vs. Campbellsville at 7 p.m. Wednesday. More: Tops Emphasize Need for Championship Effort at Media Day
  • WKU Football safety Marcus Ward proposed to WKU Soccer senior Hannah Chua on Oct. 27.

    Soccer: WKU Ends 2017 Season in 2-0 Setback at UAB: WKU Soccer concluded its 2017 season on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Field, falling 2-0 in a rescheduled match at UAB that served as the regular season finale for both sides. WKU (7-9-1, 4-5-1 C-USA) ended the regular season with four wins in its last five matches, making a strong push in an attempt to reach the C-USA Tournament. The Lady Toppers finished with 13 points, tied with Charlotte for the eighth and final qualifying spot, but fell on the fourth tiebreaker against the 49ers. More: Chua’s Senior Night Heroics Lift WKU to 2-1 Win over Marshall

  • Football: FAU beats WKU 42-28: Devin Singletary ran for 244 yards and four touchdowns as Florida Atlantic scored 22 fourth-quarter points to roll past WKU 42-28 on Saturday night. Next: WKU at Vanderbilt this Saturday.
  • Men’s golf: Lo Leads Hilltoppers into Third on Day One in Arkansas: WKU redshirt sophomore Linus Lo picked up Sunday where he left off last week, finishing the opening round of Louisiana-Monroe’s Duck Commander Intercollegiate in fourth place. Lo shot a 1-over 73 at the par-72, 7,289-yard Mystic Creek Golf Club to pace the Hilltoppers, who are in third as a team with two rounds to play after opening with a 305 total. WKU is just three shots back of the leader and host, Louisiana-Monroe. The second round begins this morning.
  • Women’s golf: Joiner Prepares to Defend Title at Idle Hour Collegiate Championship: WKU sophomore golfer Mary Joiner will defend her individual title this week as the Lady Toppers wrap up their fall season in Mercer’s Idle Hour Collegiate Championship. Joiner, a Franklin, Ky., native, will defend her crown against competitors from 11 teams on Monday and Tuesday at the par-72, 6,166-yard Idle Hour Golf & Country Club in Macon, Ga.
  • Women’s basketball: WKU Tabbed Second in Preseason C-USA Coaches’ Poll: Lady Topper Basketball has been picked second in the annual Preseason C-USA Coaches’ Poll as announced by the league office on Friday afternoon, picking up eight first-place votes to sit just behind Middle Tennessee at the top of the standings. More: Lady Toppers host media day Next: WKU vs. Union on Thursday
  • Cross country: Hilltoppers Claim Sixth, Lady Toppers Finish 13th at C-USA Championships: WKU Cross Country wrapped up action from the 2017 Conference USA Championships hosted by Southern Miss at the Choctaw Trails in Jackson, Miss., with a sixth place finish on the men’s side while the Lady Toppers finished 13th on the day. Julien Cuyeu led the men’s squad with a 23rd place finish while Savannah Ames set the tone for the women with a 38th-place mark. Six of WKU’s 12 combined runners at the championship event were freshmen, making their first C-USA appearances. 

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

WKU in the News

  • Caverna High School, WKU unveil work, credit program: Caverna Independent Schools and WKU are collaborating to start a program at Caverna High School that would allow students to fill local jobs and provide them with dual-credit courses. The program is called Transforming Outcomes through Performance and Scholarship, or TOPS, according to Caverna Principal Chase Goff, who noted that the program works like the WKU Learn and Earn program. Upon completion of introductory training, Learn and Earn sets students up with part-time employment opportunities with local businesses.

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, Oct. 30

  • 7:30 p.m.: Performance: Percussion Ensemble. Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Contact Music, (270) 745-3751.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Wednesday, Nov. 1

  • 6:30 p.m.: DiscoverWKU Nashville North. Holiday Inn Express Nashville-Hendersonville, 615 E. Main St., Hendersonville, Tennessee. Contact Admissions, (270) 745-2551.
  • 7 p.m.: Hilltopper Basketball vs. Campbellsville, exhibition. Diddle Arena. Contact Athletic Communications, (270) 745-4298.

Thursday, Nov. 2

  • 6:30 p.m.: The Graduate School IMPACT Speaker Series: The Value of Graduate Education: Personal Impact, Professional Opportunities by President Timothy C. Caboni. Jody Richards Hall Auditorium. Contact Graduate School, (270) 745-2446.
  • 6:30 p.m.: DiscoverWKU Nashville South. Courtyard Franklin Cool Springs, 2001 Meridian Blvd., Franklin, Tennessee. Contact Admissions, (270) 745-2551.
  • 7 p.m.: Lady Topper Basketball vs. Union (Tenn.), exhibition. Diddle Arena. Contact Athletic Communications, (270) 745-4298
  • 7 p.m.: Hardin Planetarium show: Lives of the Stars. Hardin Planetarium. Contact Planetarium, (270) 745-4044.
  • 8 p.m.: Theatre Production: Mother Courage and Her Children. Russell Miller Theatre, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $15; $12 for students and senior citizens. Contact Theatre and Dance, (270) 745-5845.

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

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