Recap

Here’s a recap of recent WKU News items; for updates, follow WKU News on Twitter or Facebook

WKU news summary for April 25-29, 2016

2 WKU faculty members receive Fulbright Program awards: Two faculty members in WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have received grants from the Fulbright Program. Dr. Kristin Wilson, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research, has received a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to South Africa. Dr. Kay Gandy, professor in the School of Teacher Education, has received a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad grant to Senegal.

WKU announces plan to implement budget reduction: WKU announced its budget reduction plan for Fiscal Year 2017. In a message to the campus on April 27, President Gary A. Ransdell outlined the plan to reduce WKU’s budget by $6,039,200 to address the Fall 2016 enrollment revenue decline, increases in fixed costs, most notably the 48 percent increase in the KERS employer contribution, and a 4.5 percent state appropriation reduction.

Alltech, WKU establish operating brewery to support innovative program: Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is partnering with WKU to bring the largest production-level brewing system to a university campus in the United States. The fully operational brewery will help support new undergraduate and graduate certificates in Brewing and Distilling Arts and Sciences, set to begin this summer.

View from the Hill – Alltech partnership brings brewery to WKU: A new beer is brewing at WKU and it will provide a unique educational opportunity for students. It’s the result of a public/private partnership with Alltech as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

WKU Film Festival lineup features screenings, special guests, student projects: The Western Kentucky Film Festival celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a lineup of the best student work from the year and a host of special guests, including horror icon Mick Garris and nationally known independent filmmakers Diane Bellino, Ryan Sage and Jonathan Rattner.

Author Paul Griner receives 2016 Kentucky Literary Award: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announced Paul Griner as the winner of this year’s Kentucky Literary Award for his book Hurry Please, I Want to Know, published by Sarabande Books (Louisville).

WKU student PR teams win Parthenon Awards: Eight 2015 public relations graduates from WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting won Parthenon Awards for excellence in nonprofit public relations campaigns at the 30th annual PRSA Nashville Parthenon Awards on Thursday.

Members of WKU community touched by earthquake in Ecuador: WKU is touched by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16. The country has not experienced a disaster of this magnitude in over seven decades.

CHHS Graduate Students Attend NCAA Inclusion Forum: Two graduate students in the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration and one faculty member from the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services attended the 2016 NCAA Inclusion Form April 16-18 in Indianapolis.

Saving Liberty: WKU students turn to social media to restore aviation history: WKU students, working in coordination with a local non-profit, will use a social media marketing campaign to raise funds for the acquisition and restoration of the last remaining military De Havilland 4 (DH-4) airframe in the U.S.

WKU Habitat chapter completes matching grant: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has completed the State Farm Matching Grant this semester.

ICYMI: News Around Campus — April 2016 edition: In case you missed it, check out links to some April 2016 news items/social media posts from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

WKU Week in Photos: April 16-23, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis, Bryan Lemon and Bob Skipper of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Hubble show through May 10: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through May 1o at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Rue de la Rouge Street Festival will kick off with Guinness World Record attempt: WKU students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record at 4 p.m. April 29 for the longest human chain to pass through a Hula Hoop. The world record attempt is part of a much larger street festival called Rue de la Rouge (Street of Red), a celebration of College Street — the cultural bridge between downtown Bowling Green and the university on The Hill.

WKU to present ‘Evening of Dance’ April 29-May 2: Evening of Dance is the culmination of a year of intense study, training and rehearsal.  This year WKU Dance faculty Amanda Clark, Clifton Brown, Meghen McKinley and Kylene Stephens will be joined by guest choreographers to present a spectacular show filled with tap, jazz, modern dance and contemporary ballet.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for April 18-22, 2016

WKU Forensics Team wins NFA national speech, debate titles: The WKU Forensics Team won both the National Forensic Association National Tournament championship and the National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate National championship, hosted this year by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, over the April 14-18 weekend.

2 WKU students named Freeman-ASIA Scholars: Two WKU students will study abroad this summer with support from the Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) scholarship program. Mary “Kate” Hart of Princeton and Salvador Hernandez of Nashville, Tennessee, were awarded scholarships of up to $3,000 to advance their Chinese language studies abroad.

Gatton Academy among top-performing schools for 8th consecutive year: The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has been named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students for the eighth consecutive year.

Regents select firm to assist with presidential search: The WKU Board of Regents on Friday (April 22) chose the firm of Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search for a new president.

Music professor leads judging panel for international clarinet competition: WKU Music Professor John Cipolla recently served as president of the jury judging panel for an international clarinet competition in Teplice, Czech Republic.

WKU preparing for 2016-17 International Year of South Korea: WKU’s Office of International Programs (OIP), in collaboration with faculty, staff and units across campus, is preparing for the 2016-17 International Year of South Korea.

Donations expected to reach 20,000 for CANstruct® event: 20,000. That is just under the number of people that can fit in Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, and it is also the number of canned food items expected Saturday (April 23) for the sixth annual CANstruct® for a Cause event at WKU.

View from the Hill – Game Changer Marcus Ward: Tomorrow is WKU Football’s spring game. Find out why strong safety Marcus Ward is called a game changer on and off the field in this View from the Hill. More: Parking and traffic advisory for April 23 events.

Robert Penn Warren Essay Contest winners announced: The Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU has announced the winners of the 2015-16 Robert Penn Warren High School Essay Contest. Madeline Stephenson, who attends Cumberland County High School in Burkesville, received first prize for her essay, “The Systems of Life.”

WKU SBDC partners with Google to offer 3 free workshops for businesses: The Small Business Development Center at WKU is partnering with Google to offer three free workshops titled “Let’s Put Your Business on the Map.”

Topper Tank Awards $1,000 to Eight Student Business Ideas: The WKU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation awarded eight student teams $1,000 in the Spring 2016 Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition April 19.

View from the Hill – Navy Admiral returns to his alma mater to say thank you: A WKU Alum who serves as Deputy Surgeon General in the U.S. Navy returns to his alma mater to say thank you. Amy Bingham caught up with Rear Admiral Terry Moulton in this View from the Hill.

WKU Students Receive Free Subscription to IBM Watson Analytics: In a continuing effort to help give students a competitive edge in the workforce, the Gordon Ford College of Business’ Initiative for Applied Data Analytics has partnered with IBM Watson Analytics to provide each WKU student a free subscription of the Watson™ Analytics Student Edition.

KPHA Chapter Wins Best Student Chapter at KPHA Conference for 8 Years in a Row: The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services and the WKU Chapter of the Kentucky Public Health Association are proud to announce that our student KPHA chapter was awarded the Student Chapter Award for Excellence at the 68th annual KPHA state conference on April 13.

WKU PR seniors earn honorable mention in PRSSA national Bateman Competition: An awareness campaign developed by five WKU public relations majors for the Student Veterans Alliance (SVA) is one of 16 student projects earning honorable mention distinction in a nationwide public relations competition for college students—the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) 2016 Bateman Case Study Competition.

WKU Week in Photos: April 11-15, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Hubble show through May 10: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through May 1o at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

2016 SOKY Book Fest April 22-23 to feature 150 authors & illustrators: More than 150 authors and illustrators are expected to be in attendance for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest weekend of April 22-23, including New York Times bestselling authors J.A. Jance, Garth Stein and Jay Asher, well-known for his young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

700 to compete in Kentucky Science Olympiad on April 23: About 700 students from across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky Science Olympiad at WKU on April 23.

New York Times Reporter To Be John B. Gaines Family Lecturer on April 25: WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting is pleased to welcome New York Times investigative reporter Nikita Stewart back to her alma mater as the guest lecturer for the 12th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series. The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 25 in Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) auditorium on WKU’s campus.

Rue de la Rouge Street Festival will kick off with Guinness World Record attempt: WKU students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record at 4 p.m. April 29 for the longest human chain to pass through a Hula Hoop. The world record attempt is part of a much larger street festival called Rue de la Rouge (Street of Red), a celebration of College Street — the cultural bridge between downtown Bowling Green and the university on The Hill.

WKU to present ‘Evening of Dance’ April 29-May 2: Evening of Dance is the culmination of a year of intense study, training and rehearsal.  This year WKU Dance faculty Amanda Clark, Clifton Brown, Meghen McKinley and Kylene Stephens will be joined by guest choreographers to present a spectacular show filled with tap, jazz, modern dance and contemporary ballet.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for April 11-15, 2016

WKU biology faculty member receives NSF research grant: A WKU biology faculty member has received a National Science Foundation research grant to study how arctic songbirds have adapted to diminished sleep patterns and how that might help in the understanding of sleep loss in humans.

4 Gatton Academy students receive State Department language scholarships: Four students at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU have received nationally competitive scholarships for immersive, critical-language study this summer in China, Moldova and Morocco. The recipients of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships are Megan Brown of Campbellsville, Corey Goodwin of Cadiz, Logan Nofsinger of Louisville and Emma Saarinen of Shelbyville.

WKU entomologist tracing ancestry of dung beetles: One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by an entomologist from WKU.

Rue de la Rouge Street Festival will kick off with Guinness World Record attempt: WKU students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record at 4 p.m. April 29 for the longest human chain to pass through a Hula Hoop. The world record attempt is part of a much larger street festival called Rue de la Rouge (Street of Red), a celebration of College Street — the cultural bridge between downtown Bowling Green and the university on The Hill

Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts 57 Into Honor Society: The WKU chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society in business inducted 57 students, faculty, and business professionals during its annual ceremony on April 13.

WKU partners with community groups for 5th Annual Services Fair: WKU is collaborating with Warren County Public Schools and Community Action of Southern Kentucky to address the medical needs of individuals in the community who have limited access to health care services due to barriers related to language, transportation and/or income.

Four School of Nursing Students Receive Scholarships from Greenview Regional Hospital: The School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services has announced its recipients of the Greenview Regional Hospital Registered Nurse (RN) Scholarships.

2 WKU students awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants: Two WKU students recently were awarded study abroad grants worth $1,000 each from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are part of a select group of 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

Students open $100 Solution™ House for free monthly meals: Each month eight to 10 WKU students and staff visit the food pantry at WKU’s Office of Sustainability to obtain food and sometimes hygiene items. The five students in The $100 Solution™ Living Learning Community (THDS LLC) learned of the food insecurity last fall and decided to assist in efforts to address local hunger and homelessness through hosting free monthly meals.

Accounting Student Earns KyCPA Scholarships: Sayrah Jones, an Accounting JUMP student from Bowling Green will receive two scholarship awards from the Kentucky Society of CPAs Educational Foundation. Jones receives the BKD True Expertise Accounting Award and the KyCPA Educational Foundation Scholarship.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Hubble show through May 10: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through May 1o at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU graduate to discuss work on artificial intelligence: Dr. Casey Bennett, a 2003 WKU graduate, will be a featured presenter at a TEDx Talk on Friday (April 15) in Nashville, Tennessee.

WKU Research Symposium April 18-20 at Mammoth Cave National Park: WKU and Mammoth Cave National Park will open the park’s 11th Research Symposium on April 18 by signing an agreement to extend a mutually beneficial long-term partnership.

Bathroom bills to be discussed at Third Tuesday Tea on April 19: WKU professor Dr. Patti Minter and Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility staff member Andrew Salman will discuss recent bathroom bills in Houston and North Carolina as part of the ICSR’s Third Tuesday Tea on April 19. Criminalizing Trans Bodies: Dissecting Contemporary Bathroom Bills will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Downing Student Union, room 2124.

Theatre & Dance to present New Works Festival through April 19: As the Internet opens new ways of reaching consumers in search of entertainment, performers are finding different ways to use their talent. Many are writing original works to showcase their skills and using new forms such as podcasts, YouTube videos or webisodes. To help encourage students to create their own works, the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance started a Ten Minute Play Festival several years ago. That event has expanded into the New Works Festival, a six-day series showcasing the original work of student writers, actors and producers.

WKU TRIO programs to host area high school seniors on April 20: High school seniors in Educational Talent Search have been invited to WKU’s campus for an event on Wednesday (April 20). ETS serves students in Allen County, Butler County, Bowling Green, Caverna, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Hart County, Logan County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County and Warren County schools.

WKU Alum Carl Whitmer Featured Speaker April 21 in GFCB: Carl Whitmer, Chief Executive Officer of IASIS Healthcare in Nashville, will speak at 2:30 p.m. April 21 in Grise Hall Auditorium as part of the annual Hays Watkins Visiting CEO Speaker Series.

Ann Keniston to deliver annual Warren-Brooks Lecture on April 21: The Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU announces that Ann Keniston, Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, will deliver the annual Warren-Brooks Lecture on April 21.

WKU Board of Regents to meet April 22: The WKU Board of Regents will meet April 22. The Finance and Budget and Executive committees will meet beginning at 8 a.m. The second quarterly meeting of the full board will follow at 9:30 a.m.

2016 SOKY Book Fest April 22-23 to feature 150 authors & illustrators: More than 150 authors and illustrators are expected to be in attendance for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest weekend of April 22-23, including New York Times bestselling authors J.A. Jance, Garth Stein and Jay Asher, well-known for his young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

700 to compete in Kentucky Science Olympiad on April 23: About 700 students from across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky Science Olympiad at WKU on April 23.

New York Times Reporter To Be John B. Gaines Family Lecturer on April 25: WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting is pleased to welcome New York Times investigative reporter Nikita Stewart back to her alma mater as the guest lecturer for the 12th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series. The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 25 in Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) auditorium on WKU’s campus.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for April 4-8, 2016

WKU civil engineers win Ohio Valley regional conference: WKU civil engineering students finished first overall in the 2016 Ohio Valley Student Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the concrete canoe and steel bridge teams advanced to national competitions.

WKU Forensics Team places 2nd at AFA national tournament: The WKU Forensics Team placed second at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament championship, hosted this year by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, over the April 1-4 weekend.

9 WKU students recognized by Critical Language Program: Nine WKU students have been recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. Five students will receive scholarships to study in intensive language programs abroad while four others were named alternates.

WKU student, geoscientist present research in China: WKU senior Megan Laffoon of Louisville and University Distinguished Professor Chris Groves returned last week from Guangzhou, China, after presenting research at the International Symposium on Sustainable Development in Water Resources and Ecological Environment.

2016 SOKY Book Fest to feature 150 authors & illustrators: More than 150 authors and illustrators are expected to be in attendance for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest weekend of April 22-23, including New York Times bestselling authors J.A. Jance, Garth Stein and Jay Asher, well-known for his young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

Enactus Team Wins Berth in National Competition: The WKU Enactus Team earned a berth in the 2016 Enactus National Exposition after competing this past weekend at the Enactus Regional Competition, winning a top three ranking.

Construction under way for WKU’s Ogden College Hall: The rebuilding of WKU’s science campus is continuing with construction of Ogden College Hall.

Kentucky Folklife Program celebrates working lives of park rangers with new website: After more than two years of fieldwork and website preparation, Director of WKU’s Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Folklife Program Brent Björkman’s Ranger Lore project is accessible to the public.

View from the Hill – Fulbright Week: It’s Fulbright week at WKU,  a chance for the campus community to learn more about the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.  Amy Bingham has more on the Fulbright opportunity in this View from the Hill.

WKU group participates in sailing festival: The Red Towel was represented in sailboat racing March 28-April 3 in the British Virgin Islands as WKU’s Dan Chaney and Larry Caillouet raced Dr. Caillouet’s Beneteau 50 sailboat, Mary Jewell, in the weeklong BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival.

10 WKU ROTC graduates to share memories for Witness to War project: As part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of ROTC, 10 graduates of WKU’s program shared their memories of the Vietnam War Thursday and Friday (April 7-8) for the Witness to War project.

View from the Hill – Student Research Conference: Nearly 400 of WKU’s brightest students presented at the 46th annual Student Research Conference.  Amy Bingham profiles some of their unique presentations in this View from the Hill.

Eighth-grader from Prospect wins Kentucky Geographic Bee: Shyam Ravishankar of Prospect, an eighth-grader at Noe Middle School, took top honors at the 2016 Kentucky Geographic Bee on Friday (April 1) at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.

CSD Web Student is First Distance Presenter at Student Research Conference: Rachel Burns, a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Online Distance Program in the College of Health and Human Services at WKU, presented via Adobe Connect at WKU’s 46th Annual Student Research Conference.  Burns is the first student to present via remote location at the conference.

WKU Week in Photos: March 28-April 1, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Hubble show March 29-May 8: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented March 29-May 8 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Sociology professor to discuss ‘Left Wing Populism in Latin America’ on April 11: WKU is pleased to bring Dr. Carlos De La Torre, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky, to present “Assessing Left Wing Populism in Latin America” as part of the Tracing the Unexplored: Populism in the Americas series. Dr. De La Torre will be speaking at 4:30 p.m. April 11 at the Faculty House on the Bowling Green campus.

2016 Faculty Awards Reception April 12: The 2016 Faculty Awards Reception will be held at 3 p.m. April 12 at the Faculty House. WKU annually recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty members in the areas of Teaching, Research/Creativity, Public Service and Student Advisement. This year WKU is introducing a new award recognizing the excellence of Part-Time Instructors.

19th Annual Nursing Research Day April 12: The WKU School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Nursing Research Day sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Theta Chapter.  This event will be held on April 12 from 5 to 8 pm (CDT) at The Medical Center/WKU Health Sciences Complex.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for March 28-April 1, 2016

Gatton Academy selects 100 students for Class of 2018: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 100 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2018.

Two CHHS KRS Faculty at WKU are Awarded KBRIN-INBRE Research Funding Aimed at Improving Metabolic Health: Dr. Rachel Tinius and Dr. Jill Maples, both assistant professors in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport in the College of Health and Human Services, were recently awarded a Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN)-INBRE Investigator Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

Entrepreneurship Students Advance to Idea State U: Three student teams from WKU placed in the regional competition for Idea State U, a statewide business plan competition designed to encourage innovation among college students, and earned a total of $1750 to assist in launching their business ventures.

School of Teacher Education adds clinical model program: Transforming teacher preparation programs into clinical models that fully prepare teacher candidates and provide exemplary, learner-ready teachers to schools is the mission of a team of WKU’s School of Teacher Education (STE) faculty and their Bowling Green Independent Schools partners.

WKU student selected to attend U.S.-China-Taiwan relations symposium: Paul “Francis” Wilson of Akron, Ohio, a freshman Honors College at WKU and Chinese Flagship Program student with majors in International Affairs and Photojournalism, has been selected as a student delegate to attend the 2016 Strait Talk Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley.

Service Project Leads to New Bikes for Kids at Domestic Violence Shelter: Children staying at the Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS), the domestic violence shelter in Bowling Green, have brand new bikes to enjoy this spring thanks to a service project completed by the Rural Health Scholars at WKU.

Bingham and Neeley represent DELO at 2016 NCCSS Conference: Alicia Bingham and Dewayne Neeley attended the 67th North Central Conference on Summer Sessions (NCCSS) March 16-18 in Chicago. Bingham was inducted as the 2016 President of NCCSS. Neeley was a presenter at the conference, leading the session “An Urban Experiment: Dual Credit in NYC in Summer.”

Economics Honor Society Inducts 25 New Members: The WKU Chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society for Economics inducted 25 students during its annual initiation banquet held March 21 at the Augenstein Alumni Center.

Chatting with Chumbler: CHHS Research Reflection: CHHS is committed to increasing its research profile within the university and the region.

Doctoral students share research during brown bag lunch series: Students in WKU’s Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) program have been showcasing their research this semester, and in April visiting scholar Nuray Kisa, a doctoral student from Turkey, will present on the results of her dissertation study. These monthly events feature brief presentations from doctoral students describing their completed research, or projects that are currently in progress, and give an opportunity for faculty and other students to discuss.

ICYMI: News Around Campus — March 2016 edition: In case you missed it, check out some March 2016 news items/social media posts from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

15 WKU students inducted into Phi Eta Sigma honor society: The WKU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society inducted 15 at its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony on March 28 at WKU’s Downing Student Union.

WKU Week in Photos: March 21-25, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Marketing Professor Wins Teaching Award: Marketing professor Dr. Greg McAmis recently won the Best Practices in Teaching Sales Education Competition held at the 2016 National Conference in Sales Management in Milwaukee.

WKU news summary for March 21-25, 2016

WKU, JCTC sign joint admissions agreement: Presidents Dr. Ty J. Handy of Jefferson Community and Technical College and Dr. Gary Ransdell of WKU signed a joint admissions agreement Wednesday (March 23) that will pave the way for JCTC students to have an easier path to a bachelor’s degree at WKU.

WKU represented at international gifted education conference: Julia Link Roberts and Tyler Clark participated in the European Council for High Ability’s 15th international conference March 2-5 in Vienna.

WKU students win debate title at Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament: Fifteen members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Lexington to compete in the 50th Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament the weekend of March 18-20. WKU had the top three finishers in Lincoln-Douglas debate with Mark Allseits and Damon Brown named co-national champions. WKU’s Carolyn Evans won national titles in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.

Cultural Enhancement Series announces 2016-2017 lineup: The 2016-2017 Cultural Enhancement Series Committee has announced its season lineup for the academic year beginning this fall.

WKU to offer new online master of social work: Social workers who have completed their bachelor of social work within the last six years have a new online option for completing their master of social work (MSW) at WKU.

View from the Hill – Mobile Dental Unit receives $120,000 grant: WKU’s Institute for Rural Health receives a grant that will ensure dental care for approximately 1,600 children over the next two years. Amy Bingham explains how this community outreach works in this week’s View from the Hill.

WKU Recognized by Exercise is Medicine Initiative: WKU has been named a Gold Level Campus for the second year in a row by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine® on Campus initiative.

Gatton Academy team advances to 2016 National Science Bowl: A team from The Gatton Academy won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 27.  The DOE National Science Bowl® (NSB) challenges students’ knowledge in all areas of science, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math.

WKU TRIO hosts pre-college event for high school juniors: Students from schools in Allen County, Butler County, Caverna, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Hart County, Logan County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Pulaski County and Warren County came to WKU for a pre-college experience on March 16.

GFCB Undergraduates Accepted to INFORMS Conference in Hawaii: Two Gordon Ford College of Business students will present their research projects at the 2016 INFORMS International Conference in Wailoloa, Hawaii, in June.

RN to BSN Students have Publications in Kentucky Nurse: Kerri Eklund and Brittany Janes recently had publications in The Kentucky Nurse, the publication of the Kentucky Nurses Association.

Dr. Tim Hawkins Receives NCMA Fellow Award: Marketing professor Dr. Tim Hawkins has been selected as a recipient of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Fellow Award.

WKU Week in Photos: March 14-18, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

‘Flannery’s Porch’ series seeks to prototype millennial news: The first episode of a new millennial news series developed by the fusion journalists of WKU has just been released through the IndieGoGo social crowdsourcing platform.

EOC counselor, WKU alumni receive Women of Achievement awards: Educational Opportunity Centers Counselor Rita Meredith received the 2016 Woman of Achievement award for her work as a college educator at the 24th annual Bowling Green Women of Achievement luncheon on March 19.

Gatton Academy senior named Youth Achiever of Year: Gatton Academy senior Rachel Cooper has been named the YMCA of Greater Louisville’s 2016 Black Achievers Youth Achiever of the Year.

WKU news summary for March 14-18, 2016

WKU graduate student to use Rotary Scholarship to study water issues: WKU graduate student Leslie Ford will use a $40,000 Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship to pursue a second master’s degree in the Netherlands.

3 inducted into Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: Surrounded by family, friends, former students, state officials and others in the Capitol Rotunda, three outstanding educators were inducted Tuesday (March 15) into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Members of the eighth class, chosen by a statewide selection committee, are Marie Jones of Georgetown, Angela Alexander Townsend of Bowling Green and Wendell Worley of London. More: Periscope video of induction ceremony; View from the Hill.

2016 Talisman to be final edition as yearbook: The 2016 edition of the Talisman, WKU’s national award-winning yearbook, will be the last edition published in the yearbook format. Beginning in 2016-17, the Talisman will build on its popular-culture website, WKUTalisman.com, and relaunch as a high-end, student-run magazine published each semester.

WKU School of Nursing to transition away from associate degree program: Over the next three years, the School of Nursing, in The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at WKU, will transition away from the traditional Associate of Science in Nursing Program (ASN) and increase students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to meet the workforce need for more BSN nurses.  Admissions into the online Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ASN program, currently one of only two in the state, will continue.

WKU students first, second in Hearst’s Multimedia Two/News competition: WKU students Alyse Young and Brittany Greeson finished first and second in the Multimedia Two/News Competition of the 2015-2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Young will receive a $2,600 scholarship for her winning multimedia piece titled “In Their Shoes” from WKUPJ.com and also qualifies for the National Multimedia Championship this June in San Francisco.

WKU Public Health, Cohort Programs offering 2 new online degree programs: The demand for professionals in the fields of public health and healthcare administration is on the rise. WKU will help students meet this demand through two new 100 percent online degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration/Long-Term Care Administration Certificate (HCA/LTCA) and the Master of Public Health Generalist Concentration (MPH) program.

Partnership creates opportunity for middle school science teachers: Ten middle school science teachers from across the United States will be selected for the prestigious new National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program thanks to a partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky and The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU. Scholars selected for this unique program will be hosted by The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies from June 5- 11 at WKU.

Confucius Institute at WKU, Gatton Academy partner for trip to China: A group of 12 students from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky traveled to China during WKU’s spring break to study its changing energy policy, as well as the country’s architectural development.

WKU CHHS Department of Social Work Celebrates Social Work Month: As a part of Social Work month, two faculty, Dr. April Murphy and Vivian Hurt, from WKU’s Department of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services, rallied the students and other social workers in the rotunda of State Capitol in Frankfort for Lobby Day 2016.

The Amazing Tones of Joy to represent WKU in national college choir competition: The Amazing Tones of Joy will represent WKU in the National College Choir Explosion on April 9 in Louisville.

GFCB Students Participate in National LINC Finance Conference: Finance majors Haley Burgin and Jacob LaRue were among 52 financial planning students from 25 colleges and universities in attendance at TD Ameritrade Institutional’s annual advisor conference, National LINC 2016.  Students had the opportunity to connect with industry experts and explore job opportunities.

WKU news summary for March 7-11, 2016

15 selected for 2016-17 Cherry Presidential Scholarship: WKU has selected 15 students as recipients of the 2016-17 Cherry Presidential Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious academic award.

Tutor in a Bag helps students improve reading skills: After tutoring a kindergarten student for a literacy class, WKU junior Lillie Hoskinson wanted to find a way to improve reading skills of other struggling students. The project came to her in a dream – Tutor in a Bag. (More: View from the Hill)

WKU-PBS show tells the story of the people displaced by Mammoth Cave National Park: Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home is the poignant story of people moved from their homes and communities to make way for the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.  This moving tale comes to life with the WKU-PBS premiere of the 30-minute documentary on March 11 at 7 p.m. CT.

WKU Counseling & Testing Center reaccredited: The WKU Counseling & Testing Center has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Sustainability is the Focus of New Graduate Certificate: The new Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability is already having positive impact on WKU students.  The Gordon Ford College of Business (GFCB) this past fall initiated an innovative four-course online certificate for graduate-level students who wish to equip themselves with the knowledge to address some of the most complex environmental and societal issues in the business community and add a “green” component to their resume. The GFCB is the first in the state to offer a graduate certificate in this area and is well-known for its sustainability emphasis throughout the MBA program.

Society for Lifelong Learning kicks off spring/summer term: The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its spring/summer 2016 term this week. The term begins March 15 and runs through May 5 with 23 classes, four Food for Thought events and additional travel programs in the summer.

2 committees of WKU Board of Regents to conduct meetings: Two committees of WKU’s Board of Regents will hold meetings this week. The Presidential Search Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday (March 11) in the Rick and Ann Guillaume Executive Board Room of the Augenstein Alumni Center. The Executive Committee will conduct a special-called meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday (March 12) in the Cornelius A. Martin Regents Room of Mass Media and Technology Hall.

WKU Geology Students Explore the Mojave Desert in Study Away Program: A group of 14 WKU geology majors and one faculty member are on a weeklong field excursion in the Mojave desert.

Creason and Avenue of Champions Reserved This Weekend: A large portion of Creason Lot and Avenue of Champions on-street parking will be reserved from 7 a.m. Saturday (March 12) until 5 p.m. Sunday (March 13) for the WGI Mid South Percussion & Winds Championship at Diddle Arena.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 29-March 4, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for Feb. 29-March 4, 2016

4 WKU students to study abroad on Gilman Scholarships: Four WKU students will study abroad this summer on Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Tanya Escobar of Bowling Green, Sydnie Gordon of Taylorsville, Stephen Rosado of Bowling Green and Nicholas Smith of Bowling Green were awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 to take their studies overseas.

WKU fusion journalists to produce coverage of media summit in London: They are the journalistic equivalent of a rock band. Each is an artist with certain instruments from the orchestra of millennial media. Performing together as Western iMedia, they create a uniquely experiential style of story that engages millions of people. And now they are taking their show on the road to London, England.

WKU named Tree Campus USA for 6th consecutive year: WKU has received the Tree Campus USA® designation for the sixth consecutive year from the Arbor Day Foundation.

WKU Forensics Team qualifies more students for national tournaments: The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Normal, Illinois, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in three tournaments the weekend of Feb. 27-28.

Taylor Bowling crowned WKU’s 2016 Coming Home King: Taylor Bowling of London was crowned WKU’s 2016 Coming Home King on Thursday (March 3).

WKU’s Habitat chapter will help build homes in Alabama during 2016 spring break: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is sending a volunteer group to Mobile, Alabama, next week (March 7-11) to assist with building homes.

Dean Recognized for Leadership in National Organizations: Gordon Ford College of Business Dean Jeff Katz was recently elected to serve on the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma and also currently serves as the President of the MidAmerican Business Deans Association.

WKU TRIO teams finish 1st, 2nd in state academic competitions: WKU TRIO students participated in academic competitions at the University of Louisville as a part of the state’s celebration of national TRIO Day on Feb. 27.

212° Academy students win Young Authors contest: 212° Academy students Emma Jayne McGuffey and Shelby Cockrill have been selected as the winners of the SOKY Book Fest – 212° Academy Young Authors Contest.

WKU Engineering Honors Society conducts 16th annual robotics competition: Students from the WKU Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society worked with Engineering faculty and staff to conduct the 16th annual Kentucky Bluegrass LEGO Robotics Competition on Feb. 27 at Drakes Creek Middle School.

CHHS Student Presents Research at Various Conferences: Kelly Fussman, a senior in the Honors College with majors in Communication Disorders and Spanish, presented her research at three conferences in three consecutive weeks this month.

Bucks for Bright Ideas competition encourages entrepreneurship: The Bowling Green office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, in partnership with the network’s Owensboro and Elizabethtown offices, is accepting applications for the 2016 Bucks for Bright Ideas competition through April 22.

WKU Fall 2015 Graduates List: The WKU Fall 2015 Graduates List is available online. The list includes names and hometowns as listed by the students and the degree received.

Cabela’s Outdoor Fund/KRS Support High School Montana Fly-Fishing Class: The WKU Recreation Administration program will offer a summer fly fishing course in Montana for high school students with the financial assistance from the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund and WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS).

March is National Social Work Month!: March is National Social Work Month! There are more than 650,000 social workers in the United States including Bowling Green.  Social workers help people overcome life’s challenges so they can live more fulfilling lives.  That is why this year’s Social Work Month theme, “Forging Solutions Out of Challenges,” is so relevant!

ICYMI: News Around Campus — February 2016 edition: In case you missed it, check out links to some recent news items/social media posts from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 22-26, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

View from the Hill – Barren Jail Garden: Jail gardens are nothing new but what if you add in a sociology and psychology component?  It makes for a great outdoor classroom as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

Spring Break 2016 Parking & Transit: Intersession services will be in effect during Spring Break Week (March 7-11). Check out the parking and transit changes.

2016 winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Feb. 22-26, 2016

WKU again makes list of top Fulbright producers: For the third time and the second consecutive year, WKU has been named a top Fulbright-producing institution. With five student grantees for 2015-16, WKU tied at fifth in the nation among master’s degree-granting institutions.

WKU Forensics Team wins 2016 KFA State Tournament: The WKU Forensics Team won the 2016 Kentucky Forensic Association State Tournament on Saturday (Feb. 20). This year’s tournament was hosted on WKU’s campus and featured teams from all across the Commonwealth participating in speech and debate events.

‘Ghostly Figures’ by Ann Keniston selected as winner of Warren-Brooks Award: Ghostly Figures: Memory and Belatedness in Postwar American Poetry, by Ann Keniston, has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Robert Penn Warren–Cleanth Brooks Award for outstanding literary scholarship and criticism.

WKU’s College Heights Herald named KPA’s top college newspaper for 3rd year in row: Students in the newsroom of WKU’s College Heights Herald brought home the General Excellence Award for college news organizations – the top honor from the Kentucky Press Association – for the third year in a row Thursday night at the KPA awards banquet.

Office of Study Away programs gear up for Summer 2016: The Office of Study Away is preparing for Summer 2016 and will offer nearly 30 Study Away and Faculty Led Study Abroad (FLSA) courses taught by WKU faculty. The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), which the Office of Study Away administers, will also offer unique courses taught by faculty from CCSA member institutions.

Gordon Ford College of Business Hires Internship Coordinator: Recognizing the importance of equipping students with workplace skills through experiential learning, the Gordon Ford College of Business has hired an Internship Coordinator dedicated to expanding internship opportunities in the business community for its students. Monica Duvall, a marketing professional with more than 12 years of experience in the business world, joins the GFCB as a resource in developing, managing, implementing, and evaluating the internship program for students.

WKU Glasgow, Barren County Detention Center partner for jail garden project: The Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce conducted ribbon cutting Thursday (Feb. 25) to commemorate a new partnership between WKU Glasgow, the Barren County Detention Center and the Barren County community for a new project that is breaking ground. The project, titled Breaking Ground: A Jail Garden Project, partners college students with incarcerated women to collaboratively examine current food-related issues of social significance while working together to design, construct and nurture a beautiful, healing, productive jail garden using sustainable agricultural practices.

21 students are candidates for 2016 Coming Home King at WKU: Twenty-one WKU students are vying for the 2016 Coming Home King. The king will be crowned March 3 during halftime of WKU’s men’s basketball game versus Southern Miss. Tipoff is 8 p.m. at Diddle Arena.

WKU’s Model Arab League team members honored at regional conference: WKU’s Model Arab League team competed last week in the Ohio Valley Regional conference, where several members were recognized with awards.

Veterans Upward Bound tutor elected Student Veterans Alliance president: Veterans Upward Bound Tutor Joe Hunter of Bowling Green has been elected as the new president for WKU’s Student Veterans Alliance.

View from the Hill – University Experience Service Learning Project: Who better than college freshmen to address concerns of high school students who plan to go to college?   Amy Bingham explains a partnership that’s allowing this information to get into the hands of those who need it in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 15-20, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

2016 winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Feb. 15-19, 2016

6 Gatton Academy seniors are candidates for 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars: Six Gatton Academy seniors learned recently they are candidates for the 2016 United States Presidential Scholars.

6 Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit Finalists: Six Gatton Academy seniors learned Wednesday (Feb. 17) they were selected as National Merit Finalists.

Snyder named Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters: WKU Provost David Lee has named Dr. Larry Snyder as Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters. Dr. Snyder is currently serving as Interim Dean of the College, and his appointment concludes a five-month national search that attracted more than 50 applicants.

Institute for Rural Health receives $120,000 grant for dental project: The Institute for Rural Health at WKU has received a $120,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund in Jacksonville, Florida. The funds will be used for the IRH’s Saving the Teeth of a New Generation of Kentuckians project. This initiative will provide preventive dental care, oral health education, and oral hygiene instruction to underserved, rural children residing in the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD).

Bowling Green’s snowfall at nearly 4 feet in past 12 months: If you think Bowling Green has received a ridiculous amount of snowfall recently, you would be correct. Over the 12-month period stretching from Valentine’s Day 2015 to Valentine’s Day 2016, Bowling Green has received nearly 4 feet of snow (43.5 inches), which is more than five times the expected amount of around 8 inches for any 12-month period.

Entrepreneurship Professor wins National Award from the Small Business Institute®: Dr. Dawn Bolton, Mattie Newman Ford Professor and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business took home the top National Best Practices Award from the Small Business Institute® for her implementation of the STudent Entrepreneurship Learning Lab and Research (STELLAR) project. She was awarded the honor at the Small Business Institute® awards luncheon during the annual meeting on Feb. 13 in New Orleans.

WKU, Medical Center partner with UK College of Medicine on satellite program: Responding to the shortage of physicians in the Commonwealth, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine is planning to develop a satellite program in Bowling Green for four-year medical education and to expand the Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP) in Morehead to a three-year (year-round) medical education program. The UK College of Medicine initiative  ̶  in partnership with Morehead State University, WKU, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, King’s Daughters Medical Center and The Medical Center at Bowling Green  ̶  will begin as early as 2018.

WKU American String Teachers Association chapter to receive award at national conference: WKU’s American String Teachers Association chapter has been named the ASTA’s “Most Improved Student Chapter” for 2016. The WKU chapter will receive the award at the 2016 ASTA National Conference March 2-5 in Tampa, Florida.

View from the Hill – Dual Credit Enrollment Explodes: Dual credit enrollment at WKU continues to explode setting a record of 1,900 dual credit students last fall semester.  Amy Bingham has more on this popular trend in this View from the Hill.

WKU partners with Barren County Sheriff for officer at Glasgow campus: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the WKU Police Department and the Barren County Sheriff’s Office to provide security for the WKU campus located in Glasgow has been in the planning stages for well over a year. However, that MOU came to fruition Tuesday (Feb. 16) when Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy James Duff became the first SRO (School Resource Officer) assigned to the WKU Glasgow campus.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 8-12, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Wind Ensemble to premiere composition honoring victims of S.C. church shooting: The WKU Wind Ensemble will perform Saturday at the 2016 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division conference in Charleston, South Carolina, and will present the world premiere of a new work written to honor nine victims of a church shooting there last June.

2016 winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Feb. 8-12, 2016

WKU Regents appoint presidential search committee: WKU’s Board of Regents began the process of the search for a new WKU president by appointing a presidential search committee on Friday (Feb. 12).

Director of Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network to visit WKU: Embla Eir Oddsdóttir, Director of the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN), will be visiting WKU the week of Feb. 15 and engaging in a variety of activities to further strengthen collaborations between WKU and the IACN.

23 WKU students to present research at 2016 Posters-at-the-Capitol: Twenty-three WKU students, including four from the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, will present their research at the 2016 Posters-at-the-Capitol event Feb. 25 in Frankfort.

SOKY Book Fest partners select finalists for 2016 Kentucky Literary Award: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announces the three finalists for the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award. This year’s award will go to a work of fiction by a Kentucky author or with a significant Kentucky theme that was published in 2014 or 2015.

WKU forensics team sweeps tournaments in Illinois: WKU’s forensics team traveled to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and Murray to take part in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 6-7, winning 24 individual event championships along the way.

Little Learners, Big Ideas events build critical thinking in preschool students: Two community events hosted by Little Learners, Big Ideas are planned to build literacy and critical thinking skills in preschool students.

View from the Hill – Black Cultural Center: African American students at WKU have a new place to call home thanks to the creation of a Black Cultural Center. Amy Bingham takes us inside the new center in this View from the Hill.

WKU students play key role in College Youth in Government conference: The WKU chapter of YMCA College Youth in Government dominated another year at the organization’s national conference Jan. 14-18, sending nearly two dozen students to participate in the model national government simulation.

Winter Term 2016 Offers Expanded Courses through Study Away: WKU students and faculty made good use of their time off during Winter Term 2016 through WKU Study Away and Faculty Led Study Abroad. WKU faculty taught courses in seven programs with over 74 participants.

CCSA – The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Winter Programs Complete: Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) recently wrapped up its Winter 2015-16 study abroad courses through WKU, including five winter programs: London Winter, London Arts & Literature, London Theater, Australian Ecosystems and Two Capitals: London & Dublin.

WKU Student Research Conference accepting submissions through Feb. 19: The 46th Annual WKU Student Research Conference is accepting student abstract submissions to present mentored research and creative works. Feb. 19 is the deadline for students to submit 200-word abstracts describing their scholarly activities.

‘Burley,’ award-winning book by WKU faculty member, available in paperback: Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century, an award-winning book by WKU faculty member Ann K. Ferrell, is now available in paperback from University Press of Kentucky.

WKU Admissions hosting student recruitment events on campus, in Louisville & St. Louis: WKU’s Office of Admissions will be hosting student recruitment events in Bowling Green, Louisville and St. Louis.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 1-5, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

2016 winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Feb. 1-5, 2016

2 Gatton Academy students named Emperor Science Award winners: Two Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky students have been named winners of the inaugural Emperor Science Award. Makenzie Daniels and Haley Dicken, both first-year students at The Gatton Academy, will work alongside cancer scientists on a rewarding, multi-week cancer research project.

WKU Forensics Team wins at tournaments in Ohio, Missouri: WKU’s Forensics Team traveled to Athens, Ohio, and St. Louis, Missouri, to take part in two tournaments the weekend of Jan. 30-31.

CHHS Institute for Rural Health Receives $20,000 Grant: The Institute for Rural Health in the College of Health and Human Services has received a $20,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation. The funds will be used for the IRH’s Mobile Dental Outreach in Rural Kentucky project.

Moffatt, Swietek join WKU Public Broadcasting: Emil Moffatt and Molly Swietek, familiar faces at WKU, are now in leadership roles at WKU Public Broadcasting.

View from the Hill – WKU President Gary Ransdell talks about the timing of his retirement and plans for his remaining time on the Hill: When Gary Ransdell announced his retirement last week it caught everyone by surprise.  But it’s something he had been planning for quite some time. Amy Bingham sits down with the university’s ninth president to talk about his decision,  as well as the remainder of his time at WKU in this View from the Hill.

Gifted Education Month celebrated in Kentucky: More than 200 gifted students, educators, parents, and advocates gathered at the Kentucky State Capitol to celebrate Gifted Education Month in Kentucky February 3. Governor Matt Bevin, Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, legislators, and students spoke at a ceremony held by the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education.

Winter Super Saturdays gets underway: More than 450 students came to WKU and the Kentucky Science Center for the first class of Winter Super Saturdays January 31. More: First and Second Graders Get Slimy With Science

Online-only Winter 2016 edition of WKU SPIRIT available: The WKU Alumni Association has released an online-only Winter 2016 edition of WKU SPIRIT magazine.

2016 winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Jan. 25-29, 2016

WKU President Gary A. Ransdell to retire in 2017: At the WKU Board of Regents first quarterly meeting on Friday (Jan. 29), President Gary A. Ransdell announced his intention to retire in 2017.  His last day serving as President will be June 30, 2017, and following a brief sabbatical, he will officially retire from WKU Dec. 31, 2017.

WKU continues to climb in Open Doors study abroad rankings: For the third consecutive year, WKU climbed in the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) U.S. study abroad rankings, released in the November 2015 Open Doors Report.

January 2016 snowstorm one for the record books in Bowling Green: The snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow on Bowling Green on Friday (Jan. 22) is the third unusually large snowstorm to affect the region in the past 12 months.

Gordon Ford College of Business Receives Investments from Alumni: Two WKU Gordon Ford College of Business alumni have recently provided substantial investments that will support the future of business education. Marc Satterthwaite, a 1987 finance graduate who resides in Louisville, has provided a $150,000 gift to support the Center for Financial Success while Michelle Wells, a 1982 Information Systems graduate from Louisville, has provided a $150,000 gift to support the Center for Advanced Business Analytics.

WKU GSKyTeach research presented at international chemistry conference: Research from WKU’s GSKyTeach program was presented recently at the 2015 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (PAC CHEM™) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

WKU research project recognized at international education conference: WKU student Courtney Inabnitt and Associate Professors Dr. Lisa C. Duffin and Dr. Martha M. Day presented their research at the Clute Institute International Education Conference Jan. 3-7 in Orlando, Florida.

View from the Hill – Lady Topper Kendall Noble: Kendall Noble secured her place in WKU history last Saturday when she became the first Lady Topper to net a triple double.  Amy Bingham talks with the Conference USA Player of the Week in this View from the Hill.

CHHS Dean’s Blog: CHHS Strategic Planning Phase I: With nearly 250 faculty members and staff and over 5,000 students, the College of Health and Human Services’ (CHHS) expertise extends across so many areas of allied health and human service disciplines. CHHS cannot be all things to all people. Therefore, focus is vital to achieve impact as CHHS moves forward.

Cooperative Center for Study Abroad welcomes 5 members: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries, welcomes five new members to its ranks.

View from the Hill – Topper Tech: When students return to the hill each semester they bring lots of technology with them. There’s a whole department dedicated to keeping those electronic devices working free of charge! Amy Bingham has more in this View from the Hill.

Dr. Susan Jones, CHHS-IRH, Receives Grant for Collaborative Project: Dr. Susan Jones, Institute for Rural Health in the College of Health and Human Services, was recently notified of continued funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the Nurses Using Research, Service, and Education in Academia and Practice (NURSE-AP) project.

WKU Students at Sundance: For the third year in a row, WKU Study Away students have been in Utah at the world-renown Sundance Film Festival. More: Check them out on Facebook.

ICYMI: News Around Campus — January 2016 edition: In case you missed it during WKU’s winter break or the January snowstorm, check out links to some recent news items/social media posts from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

2016 winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Jan. 18-22, 2016

Cultural Enhancement Series season concludes with February performances: Martha Graham Dance Company and Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform in February at WKU’s Van Meter Hall as part of the 2015-2016 Cultural Enhancement Series.

WKU Board of Regents to meet Jan. 29 in Elizabethtown: The WKU Board of Regents will conduct its First Quarterly Meeting on Friday, Jan. 29, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The meeting will be held at the Hardin County Schools—Early College and Career Center, 200 University Drive, Elizabethtown.

Photojournalism Professor Tim Broekema selected for NPPA Educator Award: WKU Photojournalism Professor Tim Broekema was selected as a 2016 recipient of the Robin F. Garland Educator Award by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). The honor is given for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator.

2016 winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed. More: This week’s winter weather updates are posted on WKU News page.

Fall 2015 Dean’s/President’s List: The Fall 2015 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/deanslist.php or on WKU News at http://wp.me/pi4mf-9Lr

WKU news summary for Jan. 11-15, 2016

Wind Ensemble to premiere composition honoring victims of S.C. church shooting: The WKU Wind Ensemble will perform next month at the 2016 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division conference in Charleston, South Carolina, and will present the world premiere of a new work written to honor nine victims of a church shooting there last June. More: View from the Hill – WKU Wind Ensemble to perform at South Carolina conference.

U.S. News ranks WKU online programs among best in nation: In its annual ranking of the best online degree programs, U.S. News & World Report has named WKU among the top schools nationwide in five areas.

WKU student selected as 2016 Derby Festival Princess: Andi Dahmer, a WKU freshman from Fisherville, is among five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court.

Kentucky Mesonet launches Butler County station: The Kentucky Mesonet’s newest station in Butler County – the first funded exclusively through local partnerships — became operational this week.

WKU senior awarded scholarship to attend Esri Federal GIS Conference: Kentucky Guardsman and WKU GIScience senior Eric Anderson of Louisville has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Environmental Systems Research Institute’s (Esri) Federal Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference Feb. 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

Student Veterans Alliance members attend conference: The WKU Student Veterans Alliance (SVA) was well represented at the Student Veterans of America National Conference Jan. 7-9 in Orlando, Florida.

2 WKU students to receive awards at NIRSA conference: Two WKU students have been selected as 2015 recipients of the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Scholarship Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. Cybbi Barton, a graduate student from Lubbock, Texas, and Lane Embry, a senior from Bowling Green, will receive the awards during the NIRSA Annual Conference and Expo April 3-6 in Kissimmee, Florida.

View from the Hill – Standing Workstations: With a new year upon us , we often find ourselves looking for ways to improve our fitness. So what if you had the option of both sitting or standing at your desk?  It’s a choice some WKU employees will soon get to make and it may very well save their lives as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

Fall 2015 Dean’s/President’s List: The Fall 2015 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/deanslist.php or on WKU News at http://wp.me/pi4mf-9L

WKU news summary for January 4-8, 2016

11 students visiting China in Confucius Institute program: Eleven WKU students are visiting China as part of the Confucius Institute at WKU’s 2016 Winter Program “Leading through a Cultural Lens.”

WKU wins awards at CASE Kentucky: WKU received several awards at the annual meeting of the Kentucky chapter of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE Kentucky). The awards were presented to the Public Affairs and Development and Alumni Relations divisions Dec. 12 in Lexington.

View from the Hill – Howard Bailey Retires: A man who spent 45 years in higher education left WKU at the end of 2015. Amy Bingham talked with Howard Bailey, Vice President for Student Affairs, in this View from the Hill.

View from the Hill – Violin Fest: Musicians of all ages came to WKU last month for a unique weekend of lessons and performances. Amy Bingham goes behind the scenes of the university’s second annual Violin Fest in this View from the Hill.

Chatting with Chumbler: Friendraising as a Form of Advancement and Development in CHHS: The expectations for academic deans have been radically changed from exclusively supervising their college’s academic programs to devoting a considerable effort to advancement and development. Working with donors and potential donors was one of the most attractive features that attracted me to this position. I spend approximately 40% of my time working to develop relationships, both internally and externally in CHHS.

Where Did All the Nurses Go?: WKU’s Fall 2015 Commencement ceremony was held Dec. 12 and the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that 57 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates have accepted positions with the several hospitals/hospital systems.

Winter Term 2016 Parking and Transit Changes: Intersession Parking and Transit service changes are in effect during the Winter Term through Jan. 24. Normal parking regulations resume on Jan. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Zone correct housing permits will be required beginning 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Full transit service resumes Jan. 25. More: Winter Term parking map

WKU confers degrees, recognizes top students at 178th Commencement: WKU conferred degrees to more than 1,400 graduates and recognized its top students during its Fall 2015 Commencement on Dec. 12 at Diddle Arena. (More: Week in Photos Commencement edition)

Ogden Scholar uses passion for language to create global experience: Jessica Brumley considers herself a small-town person, but in the past four years she has used her passion for language and the written word to create a global education experience at WKU. (More: View from the Hill)

7 projects awarded grants by state research program: In the competitive world of grants, WKU has honed in on a successful strategy for winning coveted research dollars – apply for startup grants close to home. During the last two years, WKU has far exceeded other Kentucky comprehensive universities in both proposal submissions and grants awarded through a statewide research-based granting agency.

WKU faculty, staff honored for grant activities: An awards reception was held Dec. 9 to honor the efforts of WKU faculty and staff engaged in grant activities during fiscal year 2015. The Office of Sponsored Programs, the central support unit for grants administration, hosted the annual event at Downing Student Union along with the Office of Research and Creative Activity.

Gordon Ford College of Business and College of Health and Human Services Receive $50,000 Gift: MyGenetx has partnered with the Gordon Ford College of Business and the College of Health and Human Services to initiate a service for the veterans of our community.

CHHS Social Work Honor Society wins National Chapter Service Award: Delta Mu Chapter (WKU) of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society recently won a National Chapter Service Award which was presented at the 61st Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education, held in Denver.

WKU senior receives Library Student Assistant Scholarship: WKU senior Katie Gamble of Hopkinsville has been selected as the recipient of the WKU Library Student Assistant Scholarship.

WKU Week in Photos: Dec. 7-12, 2015: Check out WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for December 7-11, 2015

SACSCOC reaffirms accreditation for WKU: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Board of Trustees has reaffirmed accreditation for WKU. The action was announced by SACSCOC Tuesday (Dec. 8) at the board’s open business meeting.

Kuster to lead Student Affairs at WKU for next 2 years: Brian Kuster, Executive Director of the Student Life Foundation at WKU, has been appointed WKU’s Vice President for Student Affairs for the next two years.

3 selected for 2016 class of Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: Members of the eighth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected. The three chosen by the statewide selection committee are Marie Jones, Angela Alexander Townsend and Wendell Worley.

Forensics Team ends semester with win at Ohio State: Fourteen WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in a tournament hosted by Ohio State University the weekend of Dec. 4-5. WKU won the team sweepstakes, defeating 19 schools, including Arizona State University, Eastern Michigan University, Ball State University and Tennessee State University. In all, the team took away six of the tournament’s 11 individual event championships.

View from the Hill – Jessica Brumley, Ogden Foundation Scholar: This Saturday, more than 1,400 students will graduate from WKU. Amy Bingham sits down with this semester’s top academic scholar in this View from the Hill.

7 projects awarded grants by state research program: In the competitive world of grants, WKU has honed in on a successful strategy for winning coveted research dollars – apply for startup grants close to home. During the last two years, WKU has far exceeded other Kentucky comprehensive universities in both proposal submissions and grants awarded through a statewide research-based granting agency.

WKU faculty, staff honored for grant activities: An awards reception was held Wednesday (Dec. 9) to honor the efforts of WKU faculty and staff engaged in grant activities during fiscal year 2015. The Office of Sponsored Programs, the central support unit for grants administration, hosted the annual event at Downing Student Union along with the Office of Research and Creative Activity.

WKU senior receives Library Student Assistant Scholarship: WKU senior Katie Gamble of Hopkinsville has been selected as the recipient of the WKU Library Student Assistant Scholarship.

Witty named Project Manager for Learn and Earn Program: WKU Glasgow Chancellor Sally Ray announced Monday (Dec. 7) that Leslie Witty, a Barren County native and current Program Manager for Career & Workforce Development in the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) at WKU, will become the first Project Manager for a new Learn and Earn program at WKU. The Learn and Earn Program is one piece of a larger workforce education project called Kentucky’s EDGE (Economic Development, Growth, and Education).

$8,000 Awarded to Student Entrepreneurs in 2015 Business Plan Competition: The WKU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation of the Gordon Ford College of Business awarded $8,000 to student entrepreneurs this week as a part of its annual WKU Business Plan Competition.

Confucius Institute at WKU honored at Global Conference: The Confucius Institute at WKU was honored with its second prestigious “Confucius Institute of the Year Award” this week at the 10th Global Confucius Institute Conference in Shanghai.

SGA awards scholarships to six Study Away students: The Student Government Association at WKU has awarded scholarships to six WKU students taking courses WKU Study Away courses during Winter Term 2016.

WKU Week in Photos: Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for November 23-December 4, 2015

WKU selected for Pathways to Innovation Program: WKU is among 14 U.S. higher education institutions that have been selected by the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) to join the Pathways to Innovation Program.

WKU to confer degrees to 1,425 at 178th Commencement Dec. 12: WKU will confer degrees to more than 1,400 graduates in two ceremonies during its Fall 2015 Commencement on Dec. 12 at Diddle Arena.

7 faculty members selected for program to South Korea: Seven WKU faculty members have been selected to participate in the third annual Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS).

WKU hosts symposium in China to expand teaching program: WKU President Gary A. Ransdell, Dr. Sam Evans and the Confucius Institute at WKU hosted a symposium Thursday (Dec. 3) in Beijing, China, to expand the 1 + 2 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

Parking/traffic information for Dec. 3-6 events at WKU: WKU will be hosting the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, the Conference USA championship game and several other events on campus through Sunday (Dec. 6). WKU Parking and Transportation Services has provided information about parking, road closings and traffic control for the weekend’s events. More: View from the Hill on weekend preparations.

View from the Hill – Communication Disorders Clinic: The number one role of WKU’s Communication Disorders Clinic is to be a training facility for future speech language pathologists. But the clinic also provides services for clients across the area as Amy Bingham shows us in this View from the Hill.

3 students win undergraduate library research awards: WKU undergraduate students Daulton Cowan, Maggie Flanagan and Jefferson Sanders were honored for winning undergraduate research awards at a recognition ceremony Monday (Nov. 30) in Cravens Library.

WKU students present research at Kentucky Academy of Science meeting: WKU students presented their research Nov. 13-14 at the Kentucky Academy of Science 2015 Annual Meeting at Northern Kentucky University.

View from the Hill – International Year of South Africa: WKU is immersed in its second “International year of “ study. This year the focus has shifted to South Africa as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

WKU departments recognized with 2015 ‘Markie’ Awards: Five WKU departments were recognized Nov. 17 with Professional Marketing Association 2015 “Markie” Awards.

WKU professor recognized at his alma mater in China: Professor Haiwang Yuan of WKU Libraries was recognized last month at his alma mater Nankai University in Tianjin, China, for his contributions to the academic development of the College of Foreign Languages (CFL).

Over 400 Kentucky high school students attend WKU’s Journalism Scholars Day: Journalism Scholars Day, a 43-year tradition at WKU, attracted more than 400 Kentucky high school journalism students and more than 20 media advisers from 27 schools across the state to campus Friday, Nov. 20.

Three CHHS Graduate Students Recognized by Professional Associations: Three graduate students in the College of Health and Human Services were recently recognized by professional associations. The students are current graduate assistants in Intramural-Recreational Sports at WKU.

WKU news summary for November 16-20, 2015

3 WKU students awarded Phi Kappa Phi study abroad grants: Three WKU students recently were awarded study abroad grants worth $1,000 each from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are part of a select group of 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

WKU Forensics Team members win in Tennessee & Ohio: Members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Jefferson City, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Nov. 14-15.

ROTC cadet achieves dream as honorary Airborne member: WKU ROTC cadet Shawn Sattazahn is the newest honorary member of the US Army Airborne Community.

CCSA awards Storyteller Scholarships to 7 students: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries, has awarded Storyteller Scholarships to seven college students throughout the United States.

WKU Bonner Leaders collect blankets, items for homeless: Thanks to the support of students, faculty and staff, WKU Bonner Leaders exceeded their goal of 45 blankets and collected 70 blankets along with 82 kits as part of the Blessing Bag project to support the homeless in the Bowling Green area

WKU professor elected to Kentucky Historical Society board: The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) recently installed new officers and members of its Governing Board. WKU History Professor John A. Hardin of Bowling Green was installed as a new member.

Confucius Institute hosts groups from Huanggang Normal University: The Confucius Institute at WKU welcomed two groups from Huanggang Normal University to the region last week.

2 IMREC staff members recognized at conference: Two staff members in WKU’s Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports were recognized recently at the 2015 Mid-American College Health Association annual meeting in Louisville.

KRS Graduate Student Selected for NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar: A graduate assistant in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport has been selected as a participant for the 2016 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar (ELS), which will be held January 27-29 and the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jacqueline McGill, a student in the Master of Science of Recreation and Sport Administration with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration program, was chosen as one of 200 participants in the highly competitive program.

WKU Week in Photos: Nov. 9-14, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Kentucky Climate Center Participates in Midwest Mesonet Workshop: Climate can be thought of as a natural resource that shapes society, including the economy and the lifestyles that people enjoy. Meanwhile, natural hazards, ranging from floods and droughts to winter storms and severe thunderstorms, are also inherent elements of climate. Therein, the collection and public availability of reliable weather and climate data is a public service that people have come to expect. State climatologist Stuart Foster, who serves as director of the Kentucky Climate Center, associate director Rezaul Mahmood, and Kentucky Mesonet operations manager Megan Schargorodski participated in the Midwest Mesonet Workshop held in Champaign, Illinois, on Sept. 28-29.

ICYMI: News Around Campus: In case you missed it, check out some recent news items/social media posts from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

WKU news summary for November 9-13, 2015

WKU ranked among Best for Vets for 6th straight year: For the sixth straight year, WKU has earned national recognition in Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings.

WKU student awarded U.S. Foreign Service Internship: Alexandria Knipp, a WKU student from Olive Hill, has been awarded a prestigious U.S. Foreign Service Internship from the U.S. Department of State.

Family and Consumer Sciences receives gift from alumnus: WKU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences had a special reason to celebrate Homecoming, as it recently received the program’s largest-ever current gift from a successful alumnus and respected restaurateur. Marc Archambault, WKU’s Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, announced Friday (Nov. 6) that Joe Micatrotto Jr. (’09) and his family have made a $150,000 gift to establish the Micatrotto Fund for Excellence in Hospitality Management. More: Gordon Ford College of Business dedicates conference room

View from the Hill – Alum proves it’s never too late to finish: It’s never too late to finish! That’s certainly true for a WKU alum whose family just made a large donation to WKU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Amy Bingham has the story in this View from the Hill.

WKU public media stations part of new Ohio River Network: Seven public media stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, led by Louisville Public Media, have been awarded a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish an Ohio River regional journalism collaboration.

WKU Forensics Team wins at largest event of fall semester: The WKU Forensics Team was crowned team sweepstakes champion, ahead of 40 other schools, this weekend at the largest tournament of the fall semester. The 68th Annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament, hosted Nov. 7-8 by Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, is one of the oldest collegiate forensics tournaments and has historically served as a predictor of success at April’s national tournament.

WKU launching competency-based program in Advanced Manufacturing: Adult learners in the region have an even more flexible option to expand their education in the advanced manufacturing area through a new model at WKU. The new model is a modularized competency-based distance learning approach, which measures learning rather than the amount of time students spend in a classroom. The first competency-based program will be a bachelor of science degree in Advanced Manufacturing, which is a bachelor completion program for students with an associate degree in science from a Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) school. The program will officially launch Dec. 1.

Karen Powell crowned WKU’s 2015 Homecoming queen: Karen Powell of Louisville was crowned 2015 Homecoming queen at WKU during halftime of Saturday’s game against FAU.

WKU Week in Photos: Nov. 2-7, 2015: Check out Homecoming events and more in the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Winners announced in 2015 Jim Wayne Miller writing contest: The winners and finalists of the 2015 Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Contest at WKU have been announced. Winners were David Haydon of Springfield, first; Hunter Conner of Lebanon, Tennessee, second; and Dakota Phelps of El Paso, Texas, third.

WKU English faculty member wins national award: Christopher Ervin, Director of Composition and assistant professor of English at WKU, has won the 2015 Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing.

WKU Arabic instructor speaks at education summit in Qatar: Arabic is the fastest growing language taught in the United States, at both university and high school levels. WKU continues to be on the cutting edge of this growth in Kentucky. Since starting the only Arabic major program in the state, WKU is taking its message across the ocean. From Nov. 2-5, Lhousseine Guerwane, Instructor of Arabic at WKU, traveled as an official guest of the Qatar Foundation International to share his insights and experiences at the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) in Doha.

WKU Engineering hosts 16th annual robotics competition: WKU’s Department of Engineering conducted the 16th annual Kentucky Bluegrass Robotics Competition on Saturday (Nov. 7).

WKU honors 94 at Owensboro Area Scholars Luncheon: WKU honored 94 students from high schools in the Owensboro area for their academic achievements.

WKU honors 61 at Louisville Area Scholars Luncheon: WKU honored 61 students from high schools in the Louisville area for their academic achievements.

Alpha Epsilon Delta Inducts 28 New Members: WKU’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) inducted 28 new members on Monday (Nov. 9). Alpha Epsilon Delta is the national Health Pre-professional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, physical therapy and others.

WKU Recreation Administration Hosts 4th Annual Fly Fishing Montana Program: The WKU Recreation Administration program in the College of Health and Human Services hosted its 4th annual WKU Fly Fishing Montana program in Missoula, Montana.

KRS Students Attend National Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference: A group of four students and one faculty member from WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) attended the 2015 National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Conference in Las Vegas. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, NRPA is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.

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