Recap

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

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.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Humans on Mars’ Jan. 5-Feb. 14: Humans on Mars will be presented Jan. 5-Feb. 14 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation with Tom Kimmerer: WKU Libraries kicks off its spring season of Kentucky Live! on Feb. 11 with Tom Kimmerer, Chief Scientist at Venerable Trees Inc., in Lexington, who will be talking about his new book Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass.

Lone Star Rodeo Feb. 12-14 at WKU’s Ag Expo Center: The Lone Star Rodeo Company will make its 2016 visit to WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center for four shows at 8 p.m. Feb 12; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 13; and 2 p.m. Feb. 14.

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Starry Tales for a Winter Night’ Feb. 16-March 24: Starry Tales for a Winter Night, a highly interactive planetarium experience designed to help you find your way around winter’s night skies, will be presented Feb. 16-March 24 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Office of Scholar Development hosting ‘Day of Workshops’ on Feb. 17: The Office of Scholar Development at WKU is sponsoring a “Day of Workshops” on Feb. 17 to raise campus awareness of nationally competitive scholarships and other opportunities for research, creative work and professional development.

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.

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.

WKU news summary for November 2-6, 2015

WKU on Military Friendly® Schools list for 7th year: For the seventh consecutive year, WKU has been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. WKU serves more than 2,000 active duty military, veterans and their family members.

WKU to observe Veterans Day with ceremonies on Nov. 11: WKU will observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with a wreath laying and the ROTC Hall of Fame ceremony. The wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Guthrie Bell Tower followed by the Hall of Fame induction at the Stansbury Concourse on Diddle Arena’s second floor.

WKU SKyTeach program receives $400,000 grant: Professors in WKU’s SKyTeach program recently received a $400,000 Mathematics Science Partnership research grant from the Kentucky Department of Education.

WKU recognizes top volunteers, alumni at 2015 Summit Awards: WKU recognized its top volunteers, alumni and alumni chapters Thursday night (Nov. 5) at the annual Summit Awards.

WKU Forensics Team wins in West Virginia & Illinois: WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, and Normal, Illinois, the weekend of Oct. 31-Nov. 1 to take part in three tournaments.

Barren County school receives WKU Libraries grant: College Street Campus of the Barren County Schools was recognized on Thursday (Nov. 5) at the school’s morning meeting as this year’s winner for the School Library Grant sponsored by the Friends of WKU Libraries.

WKU honors 28 at Lexington Area Scholars Luncheon: WKU honored 28 students from high schools in the Lexington area for their academic achievements.

Dedication Ceremony for Newly Named Oppitz Conference Room to be Nov. 7: The Gordon Ford College of Business has renamed its Dean’s Conference Room the “Oppitz Conference Room” in honor of former professor and assistant dean Robert James “Jim” Oppitz, who bequeathed a substantial portion of his estate to the College when he died in February 2014. A Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday (Nov. 7) on the fourth floor of Grise Hall.

Department of Public Health Faculty Attend NIOSH Colloquium: Drs. Cecilia Watkins, Vijay Golla and Gary English from the Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services, attended the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health Affiliates Colloquium in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 26-30, 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 October 26-30, 2015

WKU, USGBC recognize 3 LEED certified buildings: In a Campus Sustainability Day event Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Green Building Council recognized three buildings at WKU for achieving LEED certification.

View from the Hill – Literacy Award: WKU receives national recognition for a literacy program that bolsters reading strategies for students. Amy Bingham finds out why this reading intervention course works so well in this View from the Hill.

WKU student’s asbestos essay finalist for scholarship: Kennedy McAlpin became interested in cancer after her great-grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. Since he worked in the naval shipyards during World War II, her family suspected it was mesothelioma caused by asbestos, although it was never specifically diagnosed. McAlpin, a WKU junior from Somerset, now wants to help eradicate the disease through education, and is one of four finalists for a $2,500 scholarship from MesotheliomaHelp.org.

WKU to screen series of French films during 3-week festival: WKU will screen a series of recent French films with a focus on women during a three-week festival as part of a grant sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and the French Embassy. The festival will begin on Nov. 3 with a reissue of recently deceased filmmaker Chantal Akerman’s One Day Pina Asked and end on Nov. 23 with Two Days, One Night, the film that garnered Marion Cotillard a nomination for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards. All events are free and open to the public.

CHHS Institute for Rural Health Receives $25,000 Award: The Institute for Rural Health (IRH), in the College of Health and Human Services at WKU, has received a $25,000 award from the Good Samaritan Foundation Inc., a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Holocaust murals on display at Kentucky Museum: A collection of murals depicting scenes from the Holocaust is on exhibit through Nov. 5 at the Kentucky Museum thanks to funding from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

WKU honors 58 at Glasgow Area Scholars Luncheon: WKU honored 58 students from five high schools in the Glasgow/Barren County area for their academic achievements.

WKU honors 55 students from northern Kentucky area: WKU honored 55 students from 12 high schools in the northern Kentucky area for their academic achievements.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 19-24, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Five CHHS School of Nursing Students to Receive Greenview Regional Hospital Scholarships: The School of Nursing has announced their recipients of the Greenview Regional Hospital Registered Nurse (RN) Scholarships. Greenview Regional Hospital, located in Bowling Green, offers financial assistance to students who will be graduating from the Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program at WKU through a competitive selection process. Scholarships will be offered to students in return of a two-year commitment to work at Greenview Regional Hospital upon graduation.

WKU news summary for October 19-23, 2015

2 Gatton students semifinalists in 2015 Siemens Competition: Two Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky students have been recognized as national semifinalists in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Harsh Moolani, a second-year student from Owensboro, and Alexandra Wright, a second-year student from Union, were both honored by the competition.

WKU to celebrate Homecoming ‘Under the Big Top’ Nov. 5-8: WKU will celebrate Homecoming 2015 “Under the Big Top” Nov. 5-8. Activities include pep rallies, reunions, concerts, award presentations, hall of fame inductions, parade, crowning of the Homecoming queen and the football game between the Hilltoppers and Florida Atlantic. More: 25 students are candidates for Homecoming queen.

Forensics Team members win at events in Alabama & Missouri: WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Warrensburg, Missouri, to take part in three tournaments the weekend of Oct. 17-18.

Pride honored for service to fraternities, sororities: Charley Pride, Director of Student Activities and Organizations at WKU, has received the 2015 Robert H. Shaffer Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

Biology professor, student make presentations on elephant research: Dr. Bruce A. Schulte, professor and head of WKU’s Department of Biology, presented the keynote address on The Benefits of Understanding Elephant Behavior at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Elephant Managers Association (EMA), held Oct 11-14 in Nashville, Tennessee.

WKU honors 134 at Bowling Green/Warren County Scholars Luncheon: WKU honored 134 students from high schools in Bowling Green and Warren County for their academic achievements.

WKU Institute for Rural Health Receives $2,500 Award: WKU’s Institute for Rural Health has received a $2,500 gift from the Kentucky Dental Association Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase health promotion materials and dental supplies for the preventive programs offered by the IRH’s Mobile Dental Unit.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 12-17, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU hosts workshop for speech-language pathologists: WKU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department hosted the Barren River Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) Region 14/16 Fall Workshop on Oct. 1 at The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex.

WKU news summary for October 12-16, 2015

HHMI award supports WKU students’ genomics research: Dr. Rodney King and Dr. Claire Rinehart, both professors in WKU’s Department of Biology, recently received a $10,000 award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support WKU students engaged in genomics research.

WKU Mountain Workshops: 40 years of visual journalism: Forty years ago, two young teachers at a fledgling photojournalism program in the Midwest dreamed up a class project that would one day become one of the premier visual journalism workshops in America. The Mountain Workshops of WKU will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a dinner Oct. 20 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort.

Kentucky Museum receives Sam Bush mandolin for IAE exhibit: The Kentucky Museum at WKU recently received a mandolin from musical legend Sam Bush. Known for his unique “blend of bluegrass, rock, jazz, and reggae,” Bush has graciously allowed the Museum to display his instrument as part of the Instruments of American Excellence exhibition.

WKU Forensics Team wins tournaments at Ball State: The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Muncie, Indiana, to take part in two tournaments the weekend of Oct. 10-11. The tournaments were co-hosted by Ball State University and Illinois State University. WKU swept the team sweepstakes at both tournaments. Junior Camille Acosta ranked in the top three in individual sweepstakes at both tournaments, a measure of personal success across multiple events.

Code Switch Media joins WKU Small Business Accelerator: The newest client of the WKU Small Business Accelerator creates innovative, multilingual digital content and products for interpreters, translators and other language professionals. In an increasingly mobile world, Code Switch Media’s goal is to enhance communication by enabling all language professionals to have the latest, most accurate translations available.

CHHS Recreation Administration Program Receives Accreditation Continuation: The Recreation Administration Program in the College of Health and Human Services’ School of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport received accreditation continuation following a routine visit by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) in September.

View from the Hill – CEC’s Family Resource Program: A diagnosis of autism or any learning disability can be overwhelming for parents, but a new program within the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex can help provide support. Amy Bingham profiles the CEC’s Family Resource Program in this View from the Hill.

WKU honors 79 students at Elizabethtown Area Scholars Luncheon: WKU honored 79 students from six high schools in the Elizabethtown area for their academic achievements.

WKU honors 41 students at Five County Scholars Luncheon: WKU honored 41 students from six high schools in five southcentral Kentucky counties for their academic achievements.

WKU group attends annual Kentucky GIS Conference: WKU students, faculty and alumni attended a statewide meeting this week (Oct. 12-14) at the Owensboro Convention Center to share thoughts on new developments and best practices in geographic information systems.

Topper Tank Competition Sees Five Student Groups Take Home $950 in Cash: The WKU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation awarded five student teams $950 in the second annual Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition. The Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition is similar to the ABC television show “Shark Tank.” This year, 11 student teams presented their original ideas and inventions in 90-second elevator pitches to five judges.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 5-11, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Graduate student receives AORE scholarship award: Leah Rossettie of Corning, New York, a graduate assistant in WKU’s Outdoor Adventure Recreation Center, was selected by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) to receive the 2015 Student Scholarship Award.

2 honored as inaugural Open Access Hall of Fame inductees: Dr. Scott Lyons and Ann Epperson are the inaugural inductees into the WKU Libraries Open Access Hall of Fame.

Confucius Institute hosts Chinese Hanban teachers: More than 120 Chinese Hanban Teachers representing more than 20 states gathered at WKU’s Center for Research and Development Oct. 9-11 for the 2015 Chinese Hanban Volunteer Teacher In-Service Training.

School of Nursing Hosts Employment Recruitment Fair: The WKU School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services, with help from the WKU Center for Career and Professional Development, hosted the first WKU School of Nursing job fair on Oct. 9 in the WKU/Medical Center Health Sciences Complex Conference Center.

WKU news summary for October 5-9, 2015

Chili’s set to open near WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center: Chili’s® Grill & Bar will fire up the grill and open its doors for the first time at WKU in Bowling Green in January 2016. Operated by Aramark Higher Education, this is the first Chili’s location in Bowling Green and the first located on a university campus in Kentucky.

WKU Forensics Team wins in Illinois & Pennsylvania: WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Normal and Peoria, Illinois; and Easton, Pennsylvania, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Oct. 3-4. In Illinois, WKU was crowned sweepstakes champion of both tournaments, ahead of 14 schools, including Northwestern University, Illinois State University, Ohio University and Ball State University. In Pennsylvania, a squad of 11 captured the team sweepstakes in debate, topping such schools as Central Michigan University and Hillsdale College.

Meaningful Acts of Service promote student volunteerism: The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships is offering an opportunity for students to get more involved in there community through Meaningful Acts of Service that provide monthly volunteer opportunities.

WKU Sisterhood awards grants to three projects: The WKU Sisterhood awarded grants to three projects at its annual meeting on Sept. 25.

Gatton Academy named member of CLASS Coalition: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky’s Director Dr. Lynette Breedlove announced that the school has been named a member of the CLASS Coalition, a new national association of principals and leaders from high-performing, admissions-based high schools. The Coalition is focused on helping students overcome challenges and gain the skills necessary to succeed after graduation.

View from the Hill – New Provost: Two longtime fixtures in WKU’s Potter College of Arts and Letters are finding themselves in new roles at the university. Amy Bingham talks to both the new Provost and the new Interim Dean of Potter College in this View from the Hill.

FACS Faculty Receive Grant from Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence and Dr. Adam R. West secured a grant from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) to continue research on families who have adults with Multiple Sclerosis. This $27,000 grant will expand their research across the United States, focusing on parents who have MS and their experiences of parenting with a chronic illness, the roles of children as caregivers, resources for parents with MS, and how romantic and co-parental relationships are affected.

WKU department head completes Eastern Europe expedition: Dr. David Keeling, Distinguished University Professor of Geography and head of WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, returned recently from a 19-day expedition to Eastern Europe, representing the American Geographical Society as part of its geographic educational outreach program.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 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 September 28-Oct. 2, 2015

WKU Forensics Team wins tournaments in Indiana: The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Muncie, Indiana, to take part in two tournaments known as the Mid-American Forensic League Numbers 1 and 2, the weekend of Sept. 26-27. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champions at both tournaments, ahead of Bradley University, Illinois State University and the University of Northern Iowa. The team walked away with a total of 12 individual event championships, out of a possible 22.

Hardin, co-editors honored for Kentucky African American Encyclopedia: The Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board has honored the three co-editors, including WKU History Professor John Hardin, for their work on the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. Dr. Hardin, Dr. Karen Cotton McDaniel of Eastern Kentucky University and Dr. Gerald L. Smith of the University of Kentucky were selected to receive a 2015 Kentucky Archives Month Certificate of Merit for Writing/Publication.

Hardin appointed to Historic Properties Commission: John A. Hardin, a History professor at WKU, has been appointed to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

View from the Hill – Cell Phone Drive: Oct. 1 marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It’s an epidemic that affects one in three women and one in four men. There’s a simple way you can help with the issue. Amy Bingham explains what it is in this week’s View from the Hill.

Roberts honored for impact on education in Kentucky: Julia Link Roberts received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators on Friday (Sept. 25), recognizing the impact she has had on teacher education and all facets of gifted education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Confucius Institute to host teacher training conference: The Confucius Institute at WKU has been selected as the site for the 2015 Hanban Volunteer Teacher In-Service Training conference Oct. 9-11. The conference will include more than 130 Hanban Volunteer Teachers from more than 20 states and will be held at the WKU Center for Research and Development.

Olmsted publishes poetry collection ‘Seeking the Other Side’: Jane Olmsted has released her latest poetry collection, “Seeking the Other Side.”

Topper Tank Deadline Nears!: The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation will be hosting its annual Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition. Topper Tank is a 90-second elevator pitch competition, where students with a business idea or invention may present that idea or invention to business professionals, just like the hit TV show “Shark Tank.”

2015 Campus Safety and Security Report: The 2015 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report is available on the WKU Police website. In addition to crime and fire statistics for 2014, the report details policies about the police department, how to report fires and crimes to the police, and provides information from the Department of Environmental Health and Safety on campus fires and fire safety.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 21-25, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis, Bryan Lemon and Bob Skipper of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for September 21-25, 2015

El Niño pattern may bring drier winter, climatologist says: An El Niño weather pattern could mean this winter in Kentucky won’t be a repeat of last year’s cold and snowy conditions, state climatologist Stuart Foster says.

WKU forensics team hosts 23 schools in season opener: The WKU forensics team kicked off its competitive season by hosting the Fall Forensic Tournament on WKU’s campus the weekend of Sept. 18-20. With five tournaments in one weekend, the event offered competition in debate and individual events over three days, hosting 23 schools from California to Pennsylvania, including the University of Alabama, University of Kentucky, Illinois State University and Truman State University. WKU students competed in the tournament, but as host the team was not eligible for team sweepstakes awards.

‘Wildflower’ honored with 9th Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award: WKU Libraries has selected Wildflower, written by Alecia Whitaker, as the winner of the ninth Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award. The national award was created to honor the memory of former WKU librarian Evelyn Thurman, who made significant contributions to children’s librarianship and literacy during her 25 years of service to the university and community. Books eligible for the award must be written or illustrated by a Kentucky author or illustrator or have a significant Kentucky-related connection.

WKU offering program for nurses in agricultural areas: WKU now offers an online continuing education program, “Nursing Responses to Mental Health Issues of Agricultural Populations,” to serve the mental health needs of farmers. The course teaches nurses how to identify sources of stress, recognize the manifestations of stress and evaluate the mental health status of farmers.

View from the Hill – Meet the new conductor of The Symphony at WKU: The Symphony at WKU kicks off its new season Friday night with a new conductor at the helm. Amy Bingham introduces us to him in this week’s View from the Hill.

WKU PBS, PBS KIDS, Overstock.com team to provide more books: With the help of WKU mascot Big Red, representatives of WKU PBS delivered a second round of books to area children as part of its Reading Readiness campaign.

Community Partnerships Day celebrated at WKU Hill House: WKU President Gary Ransdell and Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson signed the Community Partnerships Day proclamation on Friday (Sept. 18) recognizing the commitment and continued support of community members, organizations, WKU students, faculty and staff to working together to improve quality of life.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 14-18, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos, which included several events as well as visits to WKU’s regional campuses, by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for September 14-18, 2015

View from the Hill – WKU Campus #1 Love Ranking: WKU receives a number one ranking in an area that has nothing to do with academics or athletics. But it’s a topic that has struck a chord with thousands of alumni around the country as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 8-12, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Confucius Institute at WKU brings Chinese art troupe to area schools: The Confucius Institute at WKU brought in a professional Chinese art troupe from the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center in Flushing, New York, to visit several schools districts in Kentucky last week.

SOKY Book Fest continues partnership with 212° Academy: 212° Academy students from Warren County will once again have the opportunity for a chance to win a spot on the author roster at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest in April 2016. For the fourth year in a row, students at the 212° Academy —a program for gifted and talented children in the Warren County schools—will be crafting ideas, writing stories, sourcing illustrations, and ultimately publishing books to be entered into a competition to become one of two authors who can participate in the professional book festival with public attendance in the thousands.

WKU news summary for September 7-11, 2015

WKU student awarded State Department internship: WKU student Jody Dahmer of Fisherville, a junior Honors College and Chinese Flagship Program student with majors in Political Science and International Business, has been awarded a prestigious internship in Washington, D.C., with the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs in the Office of Regional Security Policy. The Bureau works with issues such as counter-terrorism, military relations and human rights across Asia.

7 Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit Semifinalists: Seven seniors from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky — Niven Achenjang of Barbourville, Linyue “Joy” Fan of Bowling Green, William Hornsby of Union/Bowling Green, Lucas Knight of Owensboro, Kristen Pedersen of Barbourville, Leslie Pike of Hodgenville and Emma Saarinen of Shelbyville — have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Wildlife Federation guide recognizes WKU’s campus landscape: WKU is the only Kentucky school included in The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students, a new publication from the National Wildlife Federation.

WKU Small Business Accelerator adds clients: As the temperature climbed this summer, so did the number of clients starting businesses in the Small Business Accelerator at WKU. Over the past several months the number of business start-ups has increased, offering diversity in the type of clients the facility serves.

WKU forensics team opens 2015-16 season by hosting tourney Sept. 18-20: The WKU forensics team will open its 2015-16 season by hosting the WKU/Alumni Fall Forensic Tournament Sept. 18-20.

Society for Lifelong Learning to kick off fall term Sept. 15: The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its fall term at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 15) with an official proclamation from Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon.

SOKY Book Fest continues partnership with 212° Academy: 212° Academy students from Warren County will once again have the opportunity for a chance to win a spot on the author roster at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest in April 2016. For the fourth year in a row, students at the 212° Academy —a program for gifted and talented children in the Warren County schools—will be crafting ideas, writing stories, sourcing illustrations, and ultimately publishing books to be entered into a competition to become one of two authors who can participate in the professional book festival with public attendance in the thousands.

View from the Hill – Glasgow Military Student Services Center: For the past six years WKU has been named one of the top military friendly schools in the nation. A new center on the Glasgow campus just strengthens that reputation as Amy Bingham reports in this View from the Hill.

WKU Glasgow leading initiative on workforce development: WKU’s Glasgow Campus has taken the lead in addressing workforce issues in the region with the development of a regional workforce alliance. According to Dr. Sally Ray, Regional Chancellor of WKU’s Glasgow Campus, this project has been in the planning for quite some time and while other efforts have been attempted to address this extremely important issue, Ray said the new alliance is taking a different approach.

Keeling presents research at Royal Geographical Society conference: Dr. David Keeling, University Distinguished Professor of Geography and Head of WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, attended the annual conference of the Royal Geographical Society Sept. 1-4 at the University of Exeter.

WKU PBS, PBS Kids, Overstock.com team to provide books: More than 100 children served by the Housing Authority of Bowling Green were treated to a visit from WKU mascot Big Red and a gift of three brand new books courtesy of WKU PBS, PBS Kids and Overstock.com.

WKU acquires collection of stereoviews of Mammoth Cave: The Department of Library Special Collections at WKU recently acquired a complete set of Charles L. Waldack’s 1866 stereoviews of Mammoth Cave. The collection of 42 stereoviews are magnesium light views about Mammoth Cave, and include scenes of the Hotel, guests, the African American cave guides, and many interior shots of cave formations. Stereoviews, also known as stereoscopic photographs or stereographs, were introduced in the early 19th century for viewing two almost identical images through a stereoscope to offer a 3D illusion.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 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 August 31-September 4, 2015

WKU launches International Year of South Africa: The International Year of South Africa promises to bring more than 30 events and co-curricular programs featuring South Africa to WKU’s main and regional campuses as well as to several community venues.

Homecoming game to kick off at 11 a.m.; ‘Under the Big Top’ theme for 2015: WKU’s 2015 Homecoming game against Florida Atlantic University will kick off at 11 a.m. (CT) on Nov. 7 and will be broadcast on a national television network to nearly 100 million homes as part of Conference USA’s television package. Festival of Friends, the official Homecoming Tailgating, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the WKU campus.

School of Journalism & Broadcasting offering new computer coding class: Among several new course offerings available to WKU Journalism majors this fall is a class aimed at teaching students, with no prior programming knowledge, how to write computer code. SJB 340, Programming for Media Platforms, explores modern markup languages by utilizing Raspberry Pi computer modules, online tools and lab instruction.

View from the Hill – Scholarship Expansion: More students than ever will benefit from WKU’s expanded scholarship program. Amy Bingham has more on the new model in this View from the Hill.

WKU Glasgow recognizes donors of outdoor stage: WKU Glasgow hosted a recognition ceremony on Wednesday (Sept. 2) for a unique donation to the campus, an outdoor stage.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 24-28, 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 August 24-28, 2015

WKU announces expanded scholarship program: More students will receive scholarship awards from WKU under a new program announced by the University on Wednesday. Under the model, students entering in Fall 2016 will automatically qualify for scholarship awards ranging from $1,500-$8,000 per year depending on grade-point average and ACT scores. The minimum qualifications for an automatic award are a 3.3 GPA and 25 ACT.

Snyder named Interim Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters: Dr. Lawrence W. Snyder Jr. has been named Interim Dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters at WKU.

Biology professor named Interim Associate Provost for Research: A University Distinguished Professor in Biology at WKU has been named Interim Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity. Dr. Cheryl Davis will start her new position Sept. 1.

View from the Hill – Triplets at WKU: It’s all in the family for a set of triplets who began classes Monday at WKU. Amy Bingham talks to them about their built-in support system in this View from the Hill.

Scholarship honors memory of one of Allen County’s founders: Dr. Delroy Hire’s roots run deep through Allen County, Kentucky, as one of his ancestors, Samuel W. Garrison, was one of the area’s first settlers. To celebrate that heritage, Dr. Hire has funded the Patriot Samuel W. Garrison Memorial Scholarship for Allen County students, housed in the College Heights Foundation at WKU.

Confucius Institute making plans for 2015 Confucius Day: The Confucius Institute at WKU is making plans for the second annual Confucius Day that will be celebrated on Sept. 26 in conjunction with the Bowling Green International Festival.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 17-21, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Accounting Student Completes Leadership Program: WKU sophomore accounting major Rebecca Zimberg completed the annual Kentucky Society of CPAs College Leadership Institute on Aug. 8.

Plus 2 Online Program Ranked 7th in Nation: The Gordon Ford College of Business’s Online Business Administration Program is ranked 7th nationally among online programs for 2015, according to the SuperScholar Smart Choice Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Administration Degree list.

Professors Organize 22nd Annual International Conference: The 22nd Annual International Conference on Advances in Management and the 8th International Conference on Social Intelligence was held July 22-25 in Boston, Mass. Dr. Afzal Rahim, University Distinguished Professor of Management, organizes the conference as part of his position as Life President of the Center for Advanced Studies in Management.

Susan Jones Toast Celebration and Scholarship Benefit: Join the School of Nursing for an evening of memories celebrating Dr. Jones’ tenure at WKU, her community involvement, and her recent appointment as a WKU Professor Emerita, on Nov. 6. All proceeds from this event will benefit the M. Susan Jones Scholarship Fund in the College Heights Foundation. This scholarship will support travel for WKU nursing students participating in study abroad programs or traveling to conferences to present their scholarly work.

School of Nursing Provides Online, Interactive Continuing Education Program: As part of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) grant, nursing faculty at WKU have created an hour, online, interactive continuing educational program titled, The Nursing Response to Mental Health Issues in Agricultural Populations. To sign up for the continuing education program, visit the website: http://wku.edu/cpd/nursing-ce-ag.php.

View from the Hill – Bingocize App: A few years ago, WKU brought the idea of combining exercise with bingo to assisted living facilities throughout the Bowling Green area. Now “Bingocize” has been taken a step further as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

WKU offices team up with Light of Chance for Hullabaloo Obstacle Course Challenge: Light of Chance, Inc. will host the Hullabaloo Family Obstacle Course Challenge at 9 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) at Bowling Green’s Kereiakes Park, 1220 Fairview Ave. This year, Light of Chance is joining forces with WKU Facilities Management and Planning, Design and Construction along with the Office of Sustainability.

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 August 17-21, 2015

WKU reports $18.3 million in private gifts during 2014-2015: WKU announced Friday (Aug. 21) that it raised $18.3 million in private gifts during fiscal year 2014-15 — the second-highest total in the University’s history.

2015 Convocation: Dr. Ransdell highlights successes, discusses challenges: WKU President Gary Ransdell celebrated achievements of the past year, discussed challenges of the upcoming year and presented annual faculty and staff awards Friday morning (Aug. 21) at the 2015 opening convocation.

WKU Provost Emslie to step down; Lee named to position: Citing a desire to return to teaching and research, Dr. Gordon Emslie announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WKU as of Aug. 24. After a brief sabbatical Dr. Emslie will return to teaching next January as a member of the Physics and Astronomy faculty in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. Dr. David Lee, dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters, has been appointed to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for a two-year term.

WKU wins national award for Literacy 199 reading program: A program to help WKU students who are underprepared for college reading has received national recognition. Literacy 199, a for-credit reading intervention course developed as an alternative to non-credit developmental courses, was honored with the Excellence and Innovation Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

43 Gatton Academy students spend 3 weeks in England: Forty-three Gatton Academy students have returned home following a 23-day study abroad program to London and Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

WKU collecting items for military service members: The Military Student Services office is collecting items for service members as part of WKU’s activities for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

‘Saint Monkey’ selected for 2015 SOKY Reads! project: This fall, The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partners will host SOKY Reads!, a community-wide reading project, in Bowling Green and the surrounding region. Saint Monkey, Jacinda Townsend’s debut novel, is this year’s choice. The novel, which won the James Fenimore Cooper prize for historical fiction, is set in eastern Kentucky and New York City, and chronicles the lives of two best friends from adolescence to adulthood.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 13-16, 2015: Check out the first installment of WKU Week in Photos for the fall 2015 semester by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Dr. Victoria LaPoe Selected As Kopenhaver Fellow: On Aug. 5, the Kopenhaver Center and the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women hosted its third annual Women Faculty Moving Forward Workshop at the AEJMC Conference held in San Francisco. Kopenhaver Fellows for 2015 include Dr. Victoria LaPoe of WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

Finance Professor Testifies in front of U.S. Department of Labor: Dr. Ron A. Rhoades, Assistant Professor of Finance and Chair of the WKU Financial Planning Program in the Gordon Ford College of Business, testified before the U.S. Department of Labor last week regarding its controversial proposed “Conflicts of Interest” rule in retirement advice. Rhoades testified in support of this rule, and suggested modifications to enhance its effectiveness.

Theatre & Dance announces 2015-2016 Mainstage season: The WKU Department of Theatre and Dance 2015-2016 Mainstage season will feature a year of entertainment ranging from classic to contemporary.

Confucius Institute at WKU welcomes 43 Hanban Chinese teachers: WKU President Gary Ransdell and his wife, Julie, hosted a reception recently to welcome the 2015-2016 delegation of the Confucius Institute at WKU’s 43 Hanban Chinese teachers.

WKU news summary for August 10-14, 2015

WKU preparing for fall 2015 semester; classes begin Aug. 24: Classes for the fall semester at WKU begin Aug. 24. Check out a listing of key events and reminders on the WKU News page.

WKU faculty members complete program in South Africa: WKU faculty members from eight departments spent more than two weeks in South Africa as part of the second annual Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS).

Family establishes scholarship in memory of Marcia Renee Rose: The College Heights Foundation at WKU is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marcia Renee Rose Scholarship Fund. This endowed scholarship fund was established in memory of Marcia Rose by her brother, Barry Rose, and her parents, Kent and Elizabeth Rose.

View from the Hill – Two Prestigious Internships: Two WKU students just wrapped up prestigious internships on opposite sides of the Eastern Hemisphere. One at the U. S. Embassy in Beijing and the other at the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands. Amy Bingham talks to both students in this View from the Hill.

Student Financial Assistance announces new phone hours: In an effort to reduce hold times for students and parents Student Financial Assistance has created a schedule of dedicated phone hours for our busiest month of the year this August. Doing so will allow us to pull more staff from their regular processing duties and allow them to man phone lines to field incoming calls during these high volume times leading up and through the start of the Fall 2015 semester!

GFCB Student First to Earn Certificate in Advanced Professionalism: Management graduate Leslie Steele is the first recipient of the Certificate in Advanced Professionalism (CAP) from the Gordon Ford College of Business. The Certificate was designed to enhance students’ professional preparedness as they enter the business world.

WKU Institute for Rural Health Receives $50,000 Award: WKU’s Institute for Rural Health (IRH) has received a $50,000 award from the Good Samaritan Foundation Inc., a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

KRS Partnered with IAVM to offer UpStart Program: The School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) partnered with the International Association for Venue Managers Foundation (IAVM) to offer the inaugural UpStart program in Baltimore, Maryland, on Aug. 1. Presented by the IAVM Foundation and KRS, the program was designed to develop future leaders by providing ambitious, young professionals the opportunity to build relationships, engage in transformative learning opportunities and interact with venue management leaders in a conference setting.

WKU Week in Photos: Summer 2015 edition: A busy summer on the Hill is winding down as WKU gears up for the start of the fall 2015 semester. Take a look back at several Summer 2015 activities and events in a special edition of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

News from WKU Parking & Transportation: Check out the following announcements from WKU Parking & Transportation Services: August parking and transit operations; new parking permits required.

WKU news summary for August 3-7, 2015

WKU accepting applications for psychology doctorate: WKU is accepting applications for its newly-approved Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology program. The first cohort begins this fall and enrollment is already strong. The Psy.D. program focuses on training clinical and school psychologists.

Geology student’s research wins award at ACA meeting: Caleb Chappell of Crestwood, a junior in the WKU Geology program, was awarded the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Pauling Poster Prize at the annual American Crystallographic Association meeting July 25-29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

WKU Glasgow, Akebono partner on student employment program: WKU Glasgow will host an informational session Wednesday (Aug. 12) to explain a developing partnership between the university and local employer, Akebono Brake Corporation. Billed as the Akebono College Weekend Program, human resource officials and WKU administrators will explain this new part-time employment opportunity for WKU students at the session that will begin at 2 p.m. at the WKU Glasgow campus, 500 Hilltopper Way.

View from the Hill – Cooking 80/20 with Robin Shea: A Bowling Green woman who was on a mission to reclaim her family’s dinner table 13 years ago is still sharing her message, but to a much wider audience. Amy Bingham previews a new national cooking show being produced at WKYU in this View from the Hill.

View from the Hill – Communication Disorders: A young Bowling Green woman who overcame a cancer diagnosis and a stroke is moving on with her life and WKU’s Communication Disorders Clinic is a big reason why. Amy Bingham has her story in this View from the Hill.

WKU news summary for July 27-31, 2015

WKU’s revamped benefits plan receives national recognition: WKU’s revamped health benefits program has earned national recognition for Kari Aikins, assistant director of Human Resources. Aikins was named to Business Insurance’s 2015 Benefits Management Honor Roll.

Veterans Upward Bound tutor wins national scholarship: “The few. The proud.” That’s the motto of the United States Marine Corps. Joe Hunter, a former Marine, was among the few and the proud to recently win a Hammer Family Memorial Scholarship for $5,000.

WKU PBS wins Emmy award for ‘Lost River Sessions’: It was a first for WKU PBS on Saturday (July 25) as James Pearson won an Emmy award for audio work on the popular “Lost River Sessions” television program.

WKU students, faculty, alumni attend 2015 GIS conference: WKU students, faculty and alumni were among more than 16,000 Geographic Information Systems professionals, educators and users from 130 countries who attended the world’s largest GIS conference July 20-24 in San Diego, California.

Dual Credit and Study Away Partnership Takes High School Students to New York City: Fifteen Kentucky high school students recently gained college credit and studied in New York City through a partnership between Dual Credit, Study Away and WKU’s Theatre & Dance and Economics Departments. Students took one of two online courses, including Thea 151 – Theatre Appreciation or Econ 150 – Intro to Economics. They took three weeks of online coursework and then traveled with their instructors and Dual Credit staff to New York City, where they completed the fourth week of their classes.

Institute for Rural Health Receives Allen County Grant: For the 11th year in a row, the Institute for Rural Health (IRH) at WKU received an $8,000 grant through a partnership with the Allen County Health Department to continue dental services in Allen County.

Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreting Class: In partnership with the Community Action of Southern Kentucky, the South Central AHEC sponsored a Bridging the Gap medical interpreting class. This 40-hour class was completed in June with a total of 18 participants representing the following countries and corresponding languages: Venezuela, Rwanda, Peru, Vietnam, Mexico, Granados, Columbia, El Salvador, and Chile.

WKU news summary for July 20-24, 2015

41 WKU students earn prestigious scholarships in 2014-15: WKU students continued to perform at a high level in the nation’s most prestigious scholarship competitions in 2014-15, according to a report presented Friday to the Board of Regents. Of the more than 120 WKU students who applied, 41 earned recognition and earned more than $575,000 in funding, with a few students waiting for final results, said Dr. Audra Jennings, Director of the Office of Scholar Development.

Regents approve property sale: The WKU Board of Regents approved the sale of 0.64 acres to Five Star Properties LLC for $600,000.

WKU, ESLi celebrate partnership, sign new five-year agreement: WKU and English as a Second Language International celebrated 15 years of partnership with the signing of a new five-year agreement on Tuesday (July 21). (More: View from the Hill on ESLi partnership.)

WKU student completes summer internship in Iceland: WKU senior Tara Sorrels, an International Business major and Honors College student from Taylorsville, completed an internship this summer at the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) in Akureyri, Iceland, under the direction of Embla Eir Oddsdóttir. During her time in Iceland, Sorrels also conducted research for her WKU Honors thesis on scenario planning for climate change within Icelandic fisheries, which she is completing under the direction of Dr. Leslie North in the Department of Geography and Geology.

Researchers at Clemson, WKU assess social media activity during active shooter incidents: A study by researchers at Clemson University and WKU has revealed that closer monitoring of social media during active shooter incidents in U.S. pre-kindergarten through high schools is necessary to prevent the rapid spread of false information. This key finding has just been published in Computers in Human Behavior.

Entrepreneurship Class Consults With Local Business: A student team enrolled in the Entrepreneurship 496 Small Business Consulting course won $500 and the opportunity to attend the Small Business Institute Conference in New Orleans in February 2016 for the National Project of the Year Competition.

‘Kentucky Maverick,’ one of last books by WKU history professor Carlton Jackson, released: One of the last books written by WKU history professor Carlton Jackson has been published by the University Press of Kentucky.

KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute begins At SJ&B: The National Radio Talent System will end its summer with the third annual KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute at WKU began July 20. The fourth Institute of the summer has 35 professional broadcasters teaching at the Institute, with Erica Farber, President/CEO of RAB, joining a group of radio professionals from Forcht Broadcasting, iHeart Media, CapCity Communications and Commonwealth Broadcasting in teaching the RAB RMP certification course.

WKU news summary for July 13-17, 2015

Michelle Elkins named director of WKU’s Kelly Autism Program: Michelle Elkins, M.S., SLP-CCC, a 1994 graduate of WKU, has been named as director of the Kelly Autism Program (KAP) at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.

WKU student earns Foundation for Global Scholars award: WKU student Lillian Nellans of Des Moines, Iowa, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Foundation for Global Scholars to support study in the Peace and Conflict program at American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer.

Finance Student Wins National Scholarship: Haley Burgin, a senior finance major from Lawrenceburg, has been selected to receive a $5,000 NextGen Scholarship from TD Ameritrade to continue her studies in financial planning. Haley is one of 10 students selected for the scholarship and will travel to New York City July 21-23.

WKU group participates in Arctic Council Roundtable in Iceland: A group of students and faculty from WKU recently returned from a study abroad program in Iceland led by Dr. Bernie Strenecky, WKU Scholar in Residence, and Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North of the Department of Geography and Geology. The course, co-taught with faculty from the University of Akureyri (UNAK), included the opportunity to participate in a landmark event that took place in Akureyri, Iceland, which is located at the northern gateway to the Arctic.

View from the Hill – Three WKU Theatre Alums team up for “Woodshed”: A short film shot this week in Bowling Green was like déjà vu for three WKU alumni. Amy Bingham caught up with the lead actors and the director of “Woodshed” in this View from the Hill.

WKU School of Nursing Students Win Award: The Vanderbilt Experience: Student Nurse Internship Program (VESNIP) was successfully completed by 12 WKU nursing students, three of which also completed their honors project during the internship. WKU is one of five schools invited to participate in the VESNIP opportunity. The students received invaluable experiences with clinical placements including; Women’s Health, Critical Care, Acute Care, Pediatrics, Psychiatric, and Perioperative.

Premium Housing Permits Are Sold Out: Attention WKU Housing residents: Premium Housing Permits (H1 – H4) are sold out. Waiting lists are maintained and names will be released from the list as space allows. For information on Housing parking options, visit http://www.wku.edu/transportation or email transportation@wku.edu or call 270-745-2361.

Commuter Permits for Main Campus Will Sell Out Soon: Attention WKU Commuter students: Commuter parking permits for main campus are limited and sold on first come, first served basis. Commuter permits sold out on the first day of school last year. Buy yours now before they are sold out. For information, visit http://www.wku.edu/transportation or email transportation@wku.edu or call 270-745-2361.

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

WKU news summary for June 29-July 9, 2015

3 to join WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni during 2015 Homecoming: A distinguished national journalist, an internationally recognized pioneer in engineering and a nationally accomplished golfing instructor will join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. Thomas A. George III, Naomi J. McAfee and Nancy L. Quarcelino will be inducted during WKU’s 2015 Homecoming celebration. The 24th class of noted alumni will be inducted during a luncheon at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at Sloan Convention Center.

WKU faculty members receive NIH grant to study anti-cancer drugs: Dr. Michael Smith, associate professor of Biology at WKU, and Dr. Kevin Williams, professor of Chemistry at WKU, have been awarded an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discover new anti-cancer platinum compounds with reduced side effects.

10 WKU students receive Lifetime Experience Grants: The Office of Scholar Development (OSD) has awarded 10 WKU students a total of $17,900 in Lifetime Experience Grants in the 2014-15 academic year.

WKU faculty, students, alumni working on summer film project: Several WKU faculty, students and alumni are working on a short film this summer. “Woodshed” is written and directed by Professor Travis Newton (School of Journalism & Broadcasting) and produced by Dr. Dawn Hall (School of University Studies). Dr. Ted Hovet (Department of English) is the associate producer. The film will feature two of WKU’s most prominent acting alumni, Matt Long and Derek Wilson.

Minter gift supports Lavender Recognition Ceremony at WKU: A gift from a longtime faculty member and her husband has created an endowment to support an annual Lavender Recognition Ceremony at WKU.

Eye-tracking company features WKU graduate student’s project: Tobii Technology, an eye-tracking company headquartered in Sweden, recently selected graduate thesis research undertaken by Jonathan Oglesby, under the direction of Dr. Leslie North in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, as a feature story to showcase on its website.

Marketing Professor Procures NPS Grant: Dr. Timothy Hawkins, assistant professor of marketing in the WKU Gordon Ford College of Business, has been awarded a $109,000 grant from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Acquisition Research Program to study the effectiveness of supplier performance evaluation (SPE) processes in government.

WKU’s Bell releases 7th novel: WKU English professor David Bell’s seventh novel was released with New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House USA, on July 7.

View from the Hill – Storm Chasing Trip: Forty-four thousand miles. That’s how far WKU’s Storm Chasers have travelled since 2010 when meteorology students began tracking storms across the Great Plains every spring. Amy Bingham has more on this hands-on opportunity in this View from the Hill.

WKU Spring 2015 Graduates List: The WKU Spring 2015 Graduates List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/gradlist.php

CHHS Social Work Goes to England: Kellye McIntyre, MSW, and Austin Griffiths, MSW, traveled to Lincoln, England to visit the University of Lincoln School of Health and Social Care in June 2015.

KRS Grad Students Published in KAHPERD Journal: The RSA 501 Research Methods course is part of the degree requirements for the MS in Recreation & Sport Administration degree within the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport. The culminating assignment in Dr. Willie Hey’s RSA 501 course is to submit a manuscript for publication to a professional peer reviewed journal. As a result, 12 abstracts and 5 articles of KRS graduate students were published in the spring 2015 Kentucky AHPERD Journal.

Social Work Receives Grant to Enhance Community: Drs. Molly Kerby (Diversity & Community Studies) and Gayle Mallinger (Social Work) received a grant from the Kentucky Governor’s Commonwealth Garden Initiative to revitalize, expand, and enhance the community garden at the Bowling Green Housing Authority.

Higdon, Dennison, Harris to lead WKU Board of Regents: Frederick A. Higdon of Lebanon was elected chair of the WKU Board of Regents. Dr. Melissa B. Dennison of Glasgow was elected vice chair and Cynthia Harris of Louisville was elected secretary.

VAMPY 2015: VAMPY, the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth, concludes this week at WKU. Follow The Center for Gifted Studies’ VAMPY blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/ For updates on other summer courses/activities, follow @wku and @wkunews on Twitter.

WKU news summary for June 22-26, 2015

WKU Board of Regents approves $396.5 million budget for 2015-16: WKU’s Board of Regents approved a $396.5 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16 that includes a $2 million state appropriation for the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, which will allow the Academy to grow to 200 students by Fall 2017. The budget also expands scholarship offerings to more students and provides additional funds for employee health insurance and retirement benefits.

Archambault named Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations: Marc Archambault, a veteran higher education administrator and advancement officer, has been named WKU’s Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations and President of the WKU Foundation. Archambault, currently Vice President of Development and Alumni at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, and CEO of the UVU Foundation, will join WKU on Aug. 17.

WKU finishes 17th overall in 2015 National Concrete Canoe Competition: WKU civil engineering students finished 17th overall in the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition, held June 20-22 at Clemson University.

WKU PBS earns record 7 Ohio Valley Emmy Award nominations: WKU PBS, WKU’s Public Television Service, has been nominated for seven awards in six different categories for the 51st Annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards. Recipients will be announced during a July 25 ceremony at Keeneland in Lexington.

WKU students conducting chemical research in South Korea: WKU students John Biechele Speziale and John Logan Reynolds are conducting chemical research for 10 weeks this summer at Changwon National University in South Korea.

View from the Hill – Masters in Gifted Education: For 33 years, WKU has been a pioneer in gifted education. A new opportunity is now available to teachers of gifted and talented students, as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

Year of Light Activities at Planetarium SCI Camp: Hardin Planetarium is busy celebrating the International Year of Light — a global initiative adopted by the United Nations. Investigations will be illuminating during Hardin Planetarium’s summer SCI Camp July 6-10. Youngsters attending SCI Camp will be engaged with interactive experiences and explorations into the mysteries of light.

VAMPY 2015: VAMPY, the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth, is under way at WKU. Follow The Center for Gifted Studies’ VAMPY blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/ For updates on other summer courses/activities, follow @wku and @wkunews on Twitter.

WKU news summary for June 15-19, 2015

Scholarship allows 2 Grayson County students to attend VAMPY: The Dann and Kathi Cann annual scholarship will sponsor two students from Grayson County to attend the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) this year. VAMPY, which begins June 21, is sponsored by The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU. Follow the VAMPY blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/

WKU graduate Althaus featured in ‘Orange is the New Black’: Emily Althaus, a 2009 WKU graduate from Louisville, is featured in the role of Maureen Kukudio in the new season of Orange is the New Black.

Two May 2015 WKU graduates will begin MD/PhD programs this fall: Among 28 former WKU students who will begin medical school this fall, May 2015 graduates Hannah Pennington and Brandon Farmer will begin extremely competitive MD/PhD programs.

View from the Hill – Paul Just inducted into CoSIDA Hall of Fame: A man who has been a fixture in WKU athletics for nearly 50 years is being honored for his career in sports information. This week Paul Just was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. Amy Bingham talks to him in this View from the Hill.

26 students attend WKU Agriculture’s 2015 ASSET Conference: WKU’s Department of Agriculture hosted 26 students at the ASSET (Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows) Conference June 14-18.

Spring 2015 Dean’s/President’s List: The Spring 2015 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/deanslist.php

UnderBGKY collaborative project recognized as ‘Model Practice’: The UnderBGKY Karst Groundwater Awareness Campaign, made possible through a partnership between the City of Bowling Green’s Department of Public Works and faculty and staff in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, was recently selected as a “Model Practice” by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Eighth Annual “Lighten Your Load” was a great success!: At the end of every spring semester, WKU Housing & Residence Life provides students with the opportunity to donate unwanted clothing, food, and household items before they move out of the residence halls for the summer. Large boxes are provided in every lobby to collect the items. Housing and Residence Life staff collect, sort, count, and deliver the items to the Bowling Green Housing Authority. The items are given at no cost to individuals in the Bowling Green community who are in need.

McCaffrey launching book tour for ‘You Belong to Us’ on July 7: Author Molly McCaffrey’s second book will be released with Mint Hill Books, an imprint of Main Street Rag Publishing, on June 30. McCaffrey will launch her book tour for You Belong to Us at 6 p.m. July 7 at the Bob Kirby Branch of Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green. The event is free and open to the public.

Storm Chase recap: As part of a final project, the WKU Storm Chase students put together a video of their 2015 trip. Check it out at https://youtu.be/6jgnzNlEQlM

SCATS 2015: SCATS (The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students), an annual two-week program for gifted students who have completed sixth, seventh or eighth grade, wrapped up this week. Follow the SCATS blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/ For updates on other WKU summer courses/activities, follow @wku and @wkunews on Twitter.

WKU news summary for June 8-12, 2015

WKU graduate wins 2015 Hearst National Multimedia Championship; WKU finishes 2nd overall: WKU’s Adam Wolffbrandt, a May photojournalism graduate from Lexington, won the 2015 Hearst National Multimedia Championship, and WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting finished second overall in the 2014-15 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

WKU offering tuition discount for Kentucky’s P-12 teachers: In a move aimed at facilitating the deployment of highly-credentialed teachers into Kentucky’s P-12 school systems, WKU will offer Kentucky educators a reduced tuition rate for courses that lead to advanced certification or rank change associated with their employment in P-12 educational settings.

Brewery equipment arrives at WKU Center for Research & Development: The largest brewing system to be located at a university, and the first in Kentucky, has been delivered to the Center for Research and Development at WKU.

Partnership established to study, protect cave & karst area in Central America: Faculty from WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology and Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) of Belize formally signed a cooperative research, training and partnership agreement last month that is the culmination of several years of working together to identify mutual goals and seek resources.

View from the Hill – WKU named Green Ribbon School: WKU’s sustainability efforts are garnering attention at the federal level. Amy Bingham has more on the university’s status as a Green Ribbon School in this View from the Hill.

WKU academic advisor receives Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning award: Kassy Fineout, academic advisor in WKU’s Academic Advising & Retention Center, recently received a Love of Learning award worth $500 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Fineout is one of 80 recipients nationwide to receive the award.

WKU-UPIKE Expand Partnership to Offer Master of Healthcare Administration: WKU has expanded a partnership with University of Pikeville (UPIKE) Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. This fall, students at UPIKE can take the Master of Health Administration (MHA). It’s designed for their students who are completing their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DOM) and want to complete an MHA during their rounds.

WKU alum Jeremy Benton earning good reviews in ‘Cagney!’: WKU Theatre & Dance alumnus Jeremy Benton is racking up good reviews in the York Theatre Company’s Off Broadway production of Cagney!

View from the Hill – Art Paper Palooza: Summer camps are in full swing across the area and WKU is no exception. Amy Bingham shows us how students are flexing their artistic muscles at the Kentucky Museum in this View from the Hill.

ICYMI: News from around campus: In case you missed it, check out links to some other recent news items from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

Xposure Journalism Workshop: The 2015 WKU Xposure High School Journalism Workshop is under way this week. Follow the workshop blog at https://wkuxposure.wordpress.com/

SCATS 2015: SCATS (The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students), an annual two-week program for gifted students who have completed sixth, seventh or eighth grade, is under way at WKU. Follow the SCATS blog at http://gifted-studies.com/campblog/

Hilltoppers in Iceland: WKU faculty and students are studying climate change in Iceland this summer. Follow their blog at https://hilltoppersiniceland.wordpress.com/ For updates on other summer courses/activities, follow @wku and @wkunews on Twitter.

WKU news summary for June 1-5, 2015

Gatton Academy students begin internships, summer programs: The summer months bring a change of pace for students and recent graduates of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Students are beginning summer projects that span from their Kentucky backyards to internships across the nation and travels around the world.

‘Folklorist in the Park’ working to preserve heritage of region: The Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU is partnering with Mammoth Cave National Park for a special 2015 summer-long, National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored project, titled Folklorist in the Park. The Kentucky Folklife Program has hired Josh Chrysler, a recent graduate from WKU’s Folk Studies master’s program, to work as the Folklorist in the Park.

New master’s degree makes WKU state’s leader in gifted education: A new master’s degree in gifted education will solidify WKU as the region’s leader in gifted education and programming. With the MAE in Gifted Education and Talent Development, WKU now offers more coursework in gifted education than any other university in Kentucky. The 24 graduate hours expand upon the gifted endorsement offered at WKU every year since 1983.

View from the Hill – Lost River Cave/WKU: More than 60,000 visitors from all over the world tour Lost River Cave here in Bowling Green each year. In this View from the Hill, Amy Bingham explores the WKU connections that have made the tourist attraction what it is today.

SC AHEC and Warren County Public Library have created a new summer reading program: This summer, middle school and high school students have the opportunity to participate in the Warren County Public Library’s Everyday Heroes in the Health Field summer reading program. The program, which will run from June 4- July 24, will explore careers in the health field, and is an extension of the library’s main summer reading program, Every Hero Has a Story. The program was created through a partnership between the South Central Area Health Education Center (SC AHEC) at WKU and the Warren County Public Library.

SC AHEC and Edmonson County Public Library have created a new summer library program: This summer, students entering 5th-8th grade have the opportunity to participate in Edmonson County Public Library’s Medical Club, a summer library program. The Medical Club was created through a partnership between the South Central Area Health Education Center (SC AHEC) at WKU and the Edmonson County Public Library.

SC AHEC funds New Microscopes for Monroe County Schools: Monroe County Middle School and Monroe County High School are home to new microscopes and slides thanks to the South Central Area Health Education Center (SC AHEC) at WKU. SC AHEC funded the purchase of new microscopes to meet the schools’ needs.

Hilltoppers in Iceland: WKU faculty and students are studying climate change in Iceland this summer. Follow their blog at https://hilltoppersiniceland.wordpress.com/

WKU Storm Chasers wrap up annual trip: The WKU Storm Chasers wrapped up their 2015 trip earlier this week. Check out a recap and more on their blog at http://meteorology.blog.wku.edu/

WKU’s Ratliff crowned Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen: Lindsay Tate Ratliff, a WKU junior from Frankfort, was crowned queen of the 85th Annual Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival in Pineville.

 

 

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