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WKU news summary for May 18-22, 2015

WKU wins Hearst multimedia title for 4th consecutive year: With first-place finishes in all four events, WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has won the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the fourth consecutive year.

Kentucky Mesonet adding station near Woodbury in Butler County: The Kentucky Mesonet will be installing a station in Butler County thanks to a partnership with several local organizations.

Landmark paper on bacteriophage genetic diversity includes 39 WKU students: Thirty-seven WKU undergraduate students, two WKU graduate students and two professors in the WKU Biology Department were part of an effort to sequence and analyze the genomes of bacteria-infecting viruses (bacteriophages) as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science Education Alliance (SEA).

177th Commencement concludes with 3 undergraduate ceremonies: WKU’s 177th Commencement wrapped up Saturday (May 16) with three undergraduate ceremonies at Diddle Arena.

Ogden Foundation Scholar using music to help people: Sarah Fox came to WKU to take advantage of the opportunity for international reach. In the past four years, she has been to England, Cuba and Austria. Next week, she will accompany the WKU Chorale on a trip to Spain. This fall, she will begin a yearlong master’s program at the University of Birmingham in England on the next step toward a goal of using music to help impoverished communities. (More: View from the Hill segment.)

61 students graduate in Gatton Academy Class of 2015: On Saturday (May 16), 61 students representing 37 counties from across Kentucky were recognized during The Gatton Academy’s eighth graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall.

Graduate ceremony begins WKU’s 177th Commencement: WKU’s 177th Commencement began Friday night (May 15) with the graduate ceremony as the University conferred more than 600 master’s, doctoral and specialist degrees and graduate certificates.

WKU Week in Photos special edition: 177th Commencement: Check out a special May 2015 Commencement installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs. (More: Photos also are available on WKU Facebook)

2 WKU GIS students awarded assistantships for international conference: Each year for the past 13 years, a student from WKU’s GIS program has been selected for a GIS assistantship to participate in the annual Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) International Geographic Information Systems (GIS) User Conference at San Diego, California. This month marks the 14th year in a row that ESRI has selected students from WKU’s GIS program for the conference assistantship.

WKU Habitat for Humanity group volunteering May 18-23 in Nebraska: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is sending a volunteer group to Omaha, Nebraska, this week (May 18-23) to assist with building homes.

View from the Hill – WKU Business Graduate: A WKU graduate is closing in on her dream of opening her own business after winning a string of competitions. Amy Bingham has the story in this View from the Hill.

What’s Happening at WKU

Summer 2015 camps/activities: Check out a list of some upcoming summer 2015 camps/programs/activities at WKU. For additional details, visit the camp websites or check out the listing of summer activities for youth in the area compiled by the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships at

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Hubble’ through June 30: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU hosting blood drive May 27: WKU will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 27 at the Raymond B. Preston Health & Activities Center. This event is open to the community; appointments can be scheduled at using the sponsor code: WKU.

WKU Regents Finance and Budget Committee to meet May 29: The Finance and Budget Committee of the WKU Board of Regents will meet May 29 to consider the 2015-16 operating budget and tuition and fee schedule. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Martin Regents Room, Mass Media and Technology Hall.

WKU news summary for May 11-15, 2015

2 music students to be recognized as WKU’s top graduates: Two academic chart-toppers from the Department of Music will be honored this weekend with WKU’s highest graduation awards. Alyna Bloecher, a master’s student from Bowling Green, will receive the John D. Minton Award for outstanding graduate student on Friday night (May 15), while Sarah Fox, a music and history major and Honors College student from Russellville, will receive the Ogden Foundation Scholar Award on Saturday night (May 16). (More: View from the Hill on Sarah Fox; Share your Commencement memories on social media using #WKUGrad and check out

WKU student selected for US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute: Andrew Henderson, a WKU student from Olive Hill, will spend six weeks this summer studying in the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute in Wales.

WKU group visits Ozarks to study geomorphology, karst environments, water resources: A group of 15 students in three WKU Geography and Geology courses headed to the Ozarks last month to participate in an interdisciplinary fieldtrip focused on geomorphology, karst environments and water resources. The group visited various landscapes that included the St. Francois Mountains and Salem Plateau areas of southeastern Missouri and the northern Arkansas karst region as part of collection of Spring 2015 courses taught by Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North.

16 WKU students to participate in Indianapolis Sport Facility Symposium: WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) has partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s (DELO) Study Away office to offer a summer seminar May 17-22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Led by KRS faculty Dr. Brad Stinnett, Dr. Evie Oregon and Dr. Fred Gibson, 16 students will be afforded an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at facility planning, design and constructions processes in professional, intercollegiate and interscholastic recreation and sport facilities.

2 WKU GIS students awarded assistantships for international conference: Each year for the past 13 years, a student from WKU’s GIS program has been selected for a GIS assistantship to participate in the annual Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) International Geographic Information Systems (GIS) User Conference at San Diego, California. This month marks the 14th year in a row that ESRI has selected students from WKU’s GIS program for the conference assistantship. This year’s recipients are GIScience student Taylor Berzins of Antioch, Tennessee, and Geoscience graduate student Ellen Barringer of Louisville.

36 inducted into WKU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma honor society: The WKU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society inducted 36 at its Spring 2015 Induction Ceremony May 7 at the Downing Student Union.

Team from St. Xavier wins 2015 High School Programming Contest: The Department of Computer Science at WKU held the annual High School Programming Contest on April 24.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Department hosts hearing screenings: During May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month, the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at WKU is spotlighting the importance of early detection and treatment for communication disorders in adults.

2 Warren County teachers return from WKU program in England: Jessica Roberts, fifth grade teacher at North Warren Elementary, and Harmony Hendrick, fourth grade teacher at Natcher Elementary, recently returned from Harlaxton, England, where they visited and worked in seven schools as part of the Hands Across the Sea program developed by WKU and Warren County Public Schools.

WKU Student United Way presents $1,000 grant to Salvation Army: The WKU Student United Way recently presented The Salvation Army with a $1,000 grant on May 5 in the Student Activities Office.

IRH wellness outreach takes health education to worksite: During the 2014-2015 academic year, students from WKU’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and staff at the Institute for Rural Health (IRH) provided more than 600 services at the J.M. Smucker Corporation in Scottsville as part of the IRH’s worksite wellness outreach.

ICD-10 workshop a success; additional sessions scheduled: Ninety-two physicians, coders, practice managers, and faculty learned more about the revisions to the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems on April 29 at the Knicely Conference Center. The workshop provided an overview of ICD-10, which is scheduled to start on Oct. 1.

WKU Week in Photos: May 3-8, 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 May 4-8, 2015

7 WKU students honored by Fulbright program: Seven WKU students have been honored by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Erin Asher of Louisville, Sarah Fox of Russellville, Lindsey Houchin of Bowling Green, Kayla Sweeney of Somerset and Rebecca Thieman of Louisville received Fulbright grants to study or teach English abroad. Hayley Hilbert of Louisville and Ryan Vennell of Chatham, Illinois, are alternates.

Bill Gatton makes generous gift for Academy’s expansion project: The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science has received a gift from its namesake to further educate Kentucky’s gifted students. On Wednesday (May 6), The Gatton Academy and WKU announced a gift from Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton to expand Florence Schneider Hall.

WKU Storm Chasers prepare for 2015 field experience in central U.S.: Each year during WKU’s May term, Dr. Josh Durkee, Associate Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science Research, selects a competitive group of eight students for his Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course with the aim to forecast and document the nation’s most severe storms.

WKU students to study abroad this summer on Gilman Scholarships: Three WKU students will study abroad this summer on Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Two more students were selected as alternates. Chasity Jane Hodge of Lebanon Junction, Abigail Vickers of Waynesburg and Amy Wolterman of Lexington were awarded scholarships of up to $5,000. China Rose Brown of Nortonville and Colleen Lorraine Goodson of Whitesburg were selected as alternates.

Gatton Academy senior named 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar: Dimitri Leggas of Lexington, a senior at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, was announced this week as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Presidents of WKU, BCTC sign joint admissions agreement: Presidents Dr. Augusta Julian of Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Dr. Gary Ransdell of WKU signed a joint admissions agreement Tuesday (May 5) that will pave the way for BCTC students to have an easier path to a bachelor’s degree at WKU.

View from the Hill – Weight Watchers at WKU: WKU employees are taking advantage of an opportunity to live healthier and lose weight in the process. Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

Cultural Enhancement Series announces 2015-16 season lineup: The 2015-2016 Cultural Enhancement Series Committee announced its season lineup for the academic year beginning this fall.

Cooperative Center for Study Abroad selects board chair: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) has selected Dr. Royal Berglee as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Berglee is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Morehead State University.

WKU CHAOS facility receives data visualization grant: Hazardous weather and climate events are a relatively common occurrence each season at WKU. The seasonality of these otherwise extreme atmospheric conditions provides students and faculty in the B.S. Meteorology Program ample opportunities to apply meteorological and climatological theories to forecast and analyze these local and regional events. This type of student-engaged, applied learning is the fundamental philosophy of the College Heights Atmospheric Observatory for Students, or CHAOS.

WKU Fusion journalists to provide coverage of international media summit: More than 480 top media executives from around the globe and a team of multiplatform journalists from WKU will gather in New York City next week for meetings on the future of news brands.

32 WKU students selected as Spirit Masters for 2015-16: Thirty-two WKU students have been selected as Spirit Masters for the 2015-16 year. Spirit Masters are the official ambassadors of WKU, work with the administration, alumni and community to provide a warm reception for guests and welcome every opportunity to promote WKU and exemplify the University’s motto, “The Spirit Makes the Master.”

2 graduate students honored: Two graduate assistants in WKU’s Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports who are students in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport have earned the following honors: Ruben Duffie of Cincinnati, Ohio, received the Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Scholarship to attend the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Conference Aug. 1-4 in Baltimore, Maryland. Josh Pullens of Los Angeles, California, was selected by the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) to serve on the staff during the Basketball National Campus Championships Series April 17-19 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Teams from Russell schools win 2015 Kentucky Science Olympiad: Teams from Russell Independent Schools were the overall winners April 25 in the state finals of the 2015 Kentucky Science Olympiad on the WKU campus. Russell High School’s Maroon Team won the high school (C) division while Russell Middle School’s Maroon Team won the middle school (B) division.

WKU Libraries receives award for public relations campaign: WKU Libraries received the “Award for Excellence” in the Library Public Relations Materials category at the awards banquet for the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) conference held in San Diego on April 21.

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences presents annual awards: The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences held its Fourteenth Annual Recognition and Awards Program on May 3 at the Knicely Conference Center. For award listings/photos of students who were recognized for their achievements, visit the CEBS Facebook page.

Winner of Robert Penn Warren Essay Contest announced: The Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU has announced the winners of the 2015 Robert Penn Warren High School Essay Contest. Sarah Cohron, of Bowling Green High School, won first place and a $200 prize.

2 students receive undergraduate library research awards: WKU students Logan Secrest of Buffalo, Ohio, and Wesley Osborne of Owensboro received undergraduate research awards at a recognition ceremony in Cravens Library on Monday (May 4).

A new look for Institute for Rural Health’s outreach services: There is a new look to WKU’s Institute for Rural Health’s (IRH) outreach this spring semester. With the use of portable equipment, the IRH will use its new Ford Transit Connect to provide preventive medical and dental services, as well as health education in rural areas of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Nonprofit student organization hosts 8th annual awards event: Hosted by WKU’s Nonprofit Student Association, two local nonprofit organizations and one business were recognized for their hard work and influence in the community of Bowling Green. The eighth annual awards luncheon also provided a chance for the WKU students interested in nonprofits to network with local organizations.

WKU Week in Photos: April 27-May 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 April 27-May 1, 2015

WKU to confer degrees to more than 2,600 in 177th Commencement: WKU will confer degrees and certificates to 2,620 spring and summer graduates in graduate and undergraduate ceremonies of its 177th Commencement May 15-16 at Diddle Arena.

2 WKU students receive Boren Scholarships to study abroad: Two WKU students have been awarded David L. Boren Scholarships that will fund a year studying abroad. Tyler Prochazka of Newton, Kansas, will study in China, and Zachary Redmond of Owensboro will study in Jordan. This is the first time two WKU students have received scholarships in the same year.

WKU, Caribbean climate group sign cooperative agreement in Belize: WKU and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) formally signed a cooperative agreement Monday (April 27) in Belmopan, Belize, that brings to fruition many years of collaboration. The institutions have been working toward the broader goals of addressing climate change in the Caribbean region and also the impacts in Kentucky and elsewhere in the world. This agreement represents the next step in fully realizing the potential of the collaboration between WKU and the CCCCC to address the growing focus on global climate change challenges.

New digital portal expands global visibility for Kentucky research: WKU and the University of Kentucky are pleased to announce the launch of Kentucky Research Commons, a new digital portal that presents and provides access to the breadth and depth of research being conducted in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

WKU Sales Team Earns Top 20 Spot in National Competition: The WKU Sales Team, a group of six students representing sales majors and minors from the Gordon Ford College of Business, placed 18th out of 68 teams competing in the 17th annual National Collegiate Sales Competition held in Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, April 7-10.

Project L.I.F.E. impacting students at Academy at Eleventh Street: Grades Going Sky High read the headline of a student in Project L.I.F.E. (Leadership Independence Freedom Empowerment), a WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships program with the Academy at Eleventh Street. Graduate Assistant Keira Martin of Louisville initiated Project L.I.F.E. as part of her work through in the Center’s WKU Hill House program. The young man spoke of working hard to improve his grades in Biology and other subjects. “My future plans: To become a better person in life,” he finished.

South Central AHEC funds health career clubs, adds SRHA chapter: This spring, the South Central Area Health Education Center (SC AHEC) at WKU funded after-school health career exploration clubs at Clinton County Middle School and Clinton County High School.

View from the Hill – Miranda Kramer: In her one year as a Lady Topper softball player, senior pitcher Miranda Kramer is leaving quite a legacy. Amy Bingham talks to the record setting athlete in this View from the Hill.

Gordon Ford College of Business Honors Outstanding Students, Faculty, Staff: WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business held its 18th annual Recognition Dinner on April 24 at the Augenstein Alumni Center on WKU’s campus.

WKU senior receives Library Student Assistant Scholarship: WKU senior Jessica “Abby” Zibart of Auburn has been selected as the recipient of the WKU Library Student Assistant Scholarship. Zibart is working on a major in anthropology and a minor in folk studies and is scheduled to graduate in December 2015.

SGA awards scholarships to 7 students for Study Away courses: The Student Government Association at WKU has awarded scholarships to seven students taking courses this summer through WKU Study Away.

Study Away selects 30 students for Summer 2015 scholarships: WKU’s Office of Study Away has selected 30 students to receive more than $7,000 in total scholarship awards. The scholarships will be applied toward tuition for Study Away and Faculty-Led Study Abroad courses taken during Summer Sessions 2015.

WKU student appointed to Best Buddies leadership role: Katherine Devine, a WKU senior from Bowling Green, was recently appointed Best Buddies Leadership Conference Committee chair. Devine is a student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

WKU students, staff win regional AP broadcasting awards: Several WKU students and staff members were honored Saturday in regional Associated Press broadcasting competition.

WKU graduate student awarded counseling fellowship from NBCC: The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected WKU student Brandy Heavrin of Leitchfield for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). As an NBCC MFP-AC Fellow, Heavrin will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

KGA hosts pre-service conference for WKU teacher candidates: Teacher Leaders (TLs) for the Kentucky Geographic Alliance (KGA) put on a daylong pre-service teacher conference at WKU on April 25 to share science and social studies lesson ideas with teacher candidates.

WKU Week in Photos: April 20-26, 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 April 20-24, 2015

WKU among 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools: Big Red’s efforts to go green earned national recognition Wednesday (April 22) as WKU is among the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees.

4 WKU students recognized by Critical Language Scholarship Program: Four students at WKU have been recognized by the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. Mackenzie Donoghue from Seoul, South Korea; Alex Hezik from Campbellsville; and Kelly Tursic from Union all received scholarships. Jody Dahmer of Fisherville was named an alternate.

4 WKU students recognized by Goldwater scholarship program: For the second straight year, all four WKU students nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program have been honored by the premier award for undergraduates pursuing careers in science, mathematics or engineering. Andrew Brown of Central City and Dimitri Leggas of Lexington were named Goldwater Scholars. They are the only students from a Kentucky institution to receive Goldwater scholarships this year. Audrey Brown and Ben Guthrie, both from Bowling Green, received honorable mentions.

WKU forensics team wins NFA national speech & debate title: The WKU forensics team won both the National Forensic Association National Tournament championship and the National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate National championship, hosted this year by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, over the April 16-20 weekend.

Gatton Academy ranked among top-performing schools for 7th consecutive year: The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has been named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students for the seventh consecutive year.

St. John named conductor of The Symphony, Director of Orchestral Activities at WKU: The WKU Department of Music and Potter College of Arts & Letters announce that Dr. Brian St. John has accepted the position of Conductor of The Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at WKU beginning in the fall of 2015. In addition, Dr. St. John will hold the Baker Professorship of Music, one of three endowed professorships in Potter College of Arts & Letters.

WKU Regents approve tuition, property purchase: The WKU Board of Regents on Friday (April 24) approved a 3.1 percent increase in resident undergraduate tuition for 2015-16.

WKU graduates, Public Affairs win PRSA Nashville Parthenon Awards: Five 2014 public relations graduates from WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting and WKU’s Division of Public Affairs both won awards for excellence in public relations campaigns and projects at the 29th annual PRSA Nashville Parthenon Awards announced Thursday (April 23).

View from the Hill – WKU Glasgow Teacher Education: With the semester beginning to wind down, WKU’s Glasgow campus is promoting the success of its education department. Amy Bingham profiles two graduates of the program in this View from the Hill.

‘Mud Creek Medicine’ author wins 2015 Kentucky Literary Award: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announced Kiran Bhatraju as the winner of this year’s Kentucky Literary Award for his book Mud Creek Medicine: The Life of Eula Hall and the Fight for Appalachia.

WKU student awarded study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi: WKU student Maura Broderson of Versailles recently was awarded a $1,000 study abroad grant from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

WKU recognized by Exercise is Medicine® on Campus initiative: WKU has been named a Gold Level Campus by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine® on Campus initiative.

College Heights Herald, Talisman win national awards: WKU’s College Heights Herald news and advertising operation and the Talisman yearbook were honored in recent competitions.

WKU geoscientist to represent U.S. on international karst commission: WKU Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology Chris Groves has accepted an invitation to represent the United States in the leadership of the Karst Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU).

WKU Thrift Shop raises funds for local organization: What better reason to shop, than for charity? The WKU Thrift Shop was held April 15 as a part of National Volunteer Week activities.

View from the Hill – Kirker Butler: A WKU Alum who has written on shows like Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and even ABC’s recent mini-series Galavant was back in Kentucky promoting his new book. Amy Bingham talks to him in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: April 13-17, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by WKU Public Affairs.

Long Term Care students visit Barren River Adult Day Care: Students taking Long Term Care Administration spent a rewarding and educational day at the Barren River Adult Day Care.

WKU news summary for April 13-17, 2015

WKU suspends swimming and diving program for 5 years: Effective immediately, WKU has suspended its intercollegiate swimming and diving program for five years, the University announced Tuesday (April 14). The 50-plus team members and coaches were informed of the decision by WKU President Gary Ransdell and Director of Athletics Todd Stewart.

WKU VP for Public Affairs named 30th recipient of ATHENA Award: Robbin Morrison Taylor, WKU’s vice president for Public Affairs, was named the 30th recipient of the ATHENA Award, given by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and Martin Dodge Jeep Chrysler RAM.

Confucius Institute at WKU plans 7 summer programs in 2015: After successfully completing five programs last summer, the Confucius Institute at WKU will support seven Chinese language and cultural summer programs in 2015. The CI at WKU is continuing to create programs that are focused on providing more learning opportunities for students.

IMREC staff members recognized at NIRSA annual conference: Several staff members in WKU’s Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports were recognized during the 66th NIRSA Annual Conference and Recreational Sports Exposition March 30-April 2.

WKU Distance Learning announces 2 new staff members: WKU Distance Learning has named two employees to new positions. Tanya Vincent has been named the WKU Distance Learning Coordinator, and Patrick Flanigan has been named the new Distance Learning Specialist.

Bowling Green Shuttle New Vendor for Airport Service: Parking & Transportation Services and Bowling Green Shuttle have partnered to offer convenient, affordable, and easy-to-use shuttle service to the Nashville Airport.

WKU’s top business students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma: The WKU chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society in business inducted 56 students, faculty and business professionals during its annual ceremony on April 15.

Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society Inducts 26 Members: The WKU Chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society for Economics inducted 26 students during its annual initiation banquet April 13 at the Augenstein Alumni Center.

SOKY Book Fest selected as a KTIA Spring Top 10 Festival for 2015: The Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) has selected the 17th Annual Southern Kentucky Book Festival as one of its 2015 Spring Top 10 Festivals & Events. This is the third straight year that the festival has been given this recognition.

View from the Hill – WKU Fulbright Recognition: WKU’s academic profile continues to rise after the university is named among the top Fulbright producing institutions by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Amy Bingham has more on the distinction in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: April 6-10, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by WKU Public Affairs.

WKU news summary for April 6-10, 2015

WKU Forensics Team wins 9th AFA national championship: The WKU Forensics Team won its ninth American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament championship, hosted this year by Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion with 520.5 points, while the University of Texas at Austin placed second with 516.5 points and George Mason University placed third with 376.5 points.

WKU adds CHAOS weather observation, forecast facility: The Hill has seen its fair share of extreme weather and climate events over the years, including floods, crippling ice storms, paralyzing snows, damaging hail and wind, heat and cold spells, and tornadoes. Now with the addition of the College Heights Atmospheric Observatory for Students (CHAOS), WKU has fresh eyes to monitor these hazardous conditions that pose a potential threat to the faculty, staff and more than 21,000 students that work, live and travel to and from our campuses on a daily basis.

WKU recognized as state’s first university-level Green Ribbon Schools nominee: WKU has been recognized as Kentucky’s first university-level nominee for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award.

4 Gatton Academy students win State Department language scholarships: Four students at The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU have been offered nationally competitive scholarships for immersive language study this summer. This number of language scholarships marks the most in The Gatton Academy’s eight-year history.

Gatton Academy student earns perfect score of 36 on ACT: The Gatton Academy’s Class of 2016, who are currently juniors in high school, took the ACT in March and the scores have now been reported with Seth Marksberry earning a perfect score of 36.

WKU faculty member honored for paper on changes in parent-teacher communication: WKU Associate Professor of Communication Blair Thompson will receive the Top Paper in Communication Education award from the Central States Communication Association for his work on The Changing Nature of Parent-Teacher Communication: Mode Selection in the Smartphone Era.

Student, alumnus, Gatton Academy earn Tech Day in Kentucky awards: A Gatton Academy senior, alumnus and the school itself have earned awards at the 8th annual Tech Day in Kentucky.

Nominations being accepted for 2016 class of Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: Nominations are being accepted through July 15 for the 2016 class of inductees into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

WKU Week in Photos: March 30-April 3, 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 March 30-April 3, 2015

WKU civil engineers win 2015 Ohio Valley regional conference: WKU civil engineering students finished first overall in the 2015 Ohio Valley Student Conference March 25-28 at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

WKU wins Hearst photojournalism title for 22nd time in 26 years: With two top-three finishers in the final photojournalism contest of the 2014-15 Hearst Journalism Awards Program, WKU has won the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 22nd time in the past 26 years.

WKU Forensics Team wins 25th straight state championship: The WKU Forensics Team won the 2015 Kentucky state forensics tournament on Saturday, keeping alive a quarter-century streak that began in 1991.

Research finds confidence in math not enough to be a ‘math person’: Confidence in mathematics isn’t enough for students to see themselves as a “math person.” “The common belief in our culture is that you’re a math person or you’re not,” said Dr. Jennifer Cribbs, assistant professor in WKU’s School of Teacher Education. However, Dr. Cribbs’ research shows that students’ perceptions are important factors for students’ identity development.

3 Gatton Academy students earn awards at science fairs: Three Gatton Academy students have been recognized with awards at science fairs across Kentucky.

WKU student creates artwork for Iceland’s president: Katie Adams said she is still “trying to wrap my head around” the experience of creating original artwork that now hangs in the office of the president of Iceland. More: View from the Hill on Iceland agreement.

WKU group discusses project’s goals with Iceland’s president, other officials: Following the signing of a formal cooperative agreement on March 23 in Akureyri, Iceland, between WKU, the University of Akureyri (UNAK), and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN), the delegation participated in several joint meetings with Icelandic officials during the remainder of their visit. These meetings included an invited visit with the President of Iceland, Ólafur Grímsson at Bessastaðir, the Presidential residence, in Reykjavik.

WKU academic team among top 25 in nation for 2nd straight year: WKU’s Academic Competition Team finished 22nd in the nation in the NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament on March 28 in Atlanta.

WKU students attend ASCD annual national conference: Students from WKU’s chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development attended the 70th ASCD Annual National Conference March 20-23 in Houston, Texas.

WKU faculty member, student recognized at KSHA convention: A faculty member and a student in WKU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department were honored at a state convention recently. Instructor Janice Smith and graduate assistant Elizabeth Ebelhar were recognized at the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in February.

Neeley named program manager for WKU Dual Credit: WKU’s Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) has named Dewayne Neeley as program manager of Dual Credit.

ICSR seeking entries for ‘Imagining Otherwise’ student video contest: WKU’s Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR) announces Imagining Otherwise, a WKU student video contest aimed at providing innovative and creative visions of a more just world.

WKU Libraries announces launch of International Journal of Faith Community Nursing: WKU Libraries announces the launch of International Journal of Faith Community Nursing (IJFCN), the sixth electronic journal offered on TopSCHOLAR – WKU’s scholarly research and creative activity database.

6th-grader from Meyzeek Middle School wins 2015 geography bee: Pranav Kanmadikar, a sixth-grader from Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, won the 2015 Kentucky state championship in the annual National Geographic Bee on March 27 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

WKU Week in Photos: March 23-27, 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 March 23-27, 2015

WKU extends international reach with partnership in Iceland: In simultaneous ceremonies just over 60 miles from the Arctic Circle in Iceland and in Bowling Green, WKU, the University of Akureyri (UNAK) and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) signed an academic and research agreement Monday (March 23) that solidifies the North Atlantic Climate Change Collaboration (NAC3) project. More: History of the project; project website.

WKU photojournalism students first, fifth in Hearst contest: WKU photojournalism students finished first and fifth in the third multimedia competition of the 2014-15 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

WKU to implement Quality Enhancement Plan: Beginning this fall, WKU will place a greater emphasis on teaching students to find, analyze and communicate information to better prepare them for the workplace.

Roberts recognized by alma mater for work in gifted education: Dr. Julia Link Roberts was recognized for her contributions to the field of gifted education with an award given by her alma mater, the University of Missouri, March 13 in Columbia, Mo.

View from the Hill – Transfer Center: The number of transfer students coming to WKU is growing every day.   A new Transfer Center on campus helps ease the transition as Amy Bingham reports in this View from the Hill.

6 ROTC cadets participate in 2015 Bataan Memorial Death March: Six WKU Army ROTC cadets participated in the 26th annual Bataan Memorial Death March on March 22 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

WKU Student Places Third in Regional Business Plan Competition: Samantha McCormick, an entrepreneurship major from Bowling Green, placed third in the regional competition for Idea State U, a statewide business plan competition designed to encourage innovation among collegians. McCormick won $500 and the opportunity to advance to state competition to be held April 24-25 in Lexington.

WKU Glasgow group tours state in ‘Kentucky Experience’ course: Twenty-six WKU Glasgow students and faculty members spent their 2015 Spring Break traveling by coach through the eastern part of Kentucky to explore the unique history, geography and culture of the Commonwealth.

WKU staff members thanked for furthering international reach: More than 45 staff members representing nearly 30 units and departments were thanked for furthering WKU’s international reach at the annual Staff Thank You Luncheon.

WKU Public Health students attend long term care conference: Seven WKU students and one faculty member from the Department of Public Health’s Health Care Administration (HCA) and Long Term Care Administration (LTCA) Certificate Program recently traveled to Rising Sun, Indiana, to attend the American College of Health Care Administrators’ (ACHCA) regional District 3 Meeting.

WKU Week in Photos: March 14-21, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

ACLU of Kentucky presenting exhibit, other events at WKU: ACLU of Kentucky: Moving Justice Forward for 60 Years, an exhibit marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, will be presented March 29-May 1 at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

OSHA training courses begin in April at WKU Owensboro: OSHA safety courses will begin in April in Owensboro thanks to a partnership between WKU and EKU.

WKU news summary for March 16-20, 2015

Gatton Academy selects 60 students for Class of 2017: The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 60 students for its Class of 2017.

5 WKU students accepted into Chinese Flagship Capstone Year: A record five students at WKU have been accepted into the Chinese Flagship Overseas Capstone Year Program. The WKU Chinese Flagship Program, one of 12 Chinese Flagship programs in the country, maintains a 100 percent student acceptance rate to the Overseas Capstone Year Program.

WKU honored with fifth Tree Campus USA® designation: WKU was honored with 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Geoscience graduate student wins national research scholarship: The Karst Waters Institute has selected WKU Geoscience graduate student Connor Salley of Oliver Springs, Tennessee, as the 2015 recipient of the Institute’s William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science.

Comer welcomes WKU to Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program: Agriculture Commissioner James Comer officially inducted WKU as the 10th member of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to Campus Program in a ceremony Monday (March 16) on the WKU campus. More: View from the Hill segment on the program.

WKU to host scholars from Mexico in ‘Proyecta 100,000’: WKU has been selected to participate in the Mexican government’s “Proyecta 100,000” program. As part of the “National Training Program for Students and Teachers SEP-SRE Proyecta 100,000,” WKU will host seven Mexican scholars from June 1 to June 26 for a four-week intensive language and cultural immersion program, according to Dr. Alison Youngblood, assistant professor of English at WKU. The program will be a joint effort between the Department of English and English as a Second Language International.

WKU Forensics Team earns awards at Pi Kappa Delta national tourney: Eight members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Athens, Ohio, to compete in the 49th Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention the weekend of March 6-7. WKU received excellence awards in both debate sweepstakes and overall sweepstakes, against more than 58 other schools.

Jim Wayne Miller Reader honored with Weatherford Award: A book co-edited by WKU English Professor Mary Ellen Miller has been honored as one of the best Appalachian books of 2014.

Baylor professor’s book on Irish poet wins Warren-Brooks Award: Seamus Heaney’s Regions, by Richard Rankin Russell, has been selected as the 2014 winner of the Robert Penn Warren–Cleanth Brooks Award for outstanding literary scholarship and criticism.

2015 ‘Buck$ for Bright Ideas’ program accepting applications: Area residents with ideas that could lead to a new business could win assistance to help move their idea forward. The Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Owensboro offices of the Kentucky Innovation Network are accepting applications for the 2015 “Buck$ for Bright Ideas” competition through April 24.

Society for Lifelong Learning celebrating two milestones: The Society for Lifelong Learning (SLL) is celebrating two significant milestones. The Society enrolled its first 100 members last week and began its first semester of courses this week.

8 WKU students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Alabama: Eight WKU students recently participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to work with Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

WKU department head continues transportation research in Peru: During WKU’s 2015 Spring Break week, University Distinguished Professor of Geography Dr. David Keeling traveled to Peru to extend ongoing research on the transportation systems of Latin America.

8 WKU students participate in 2015 Spring Break trip to D.C.: Eight WKU students participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip to Washington, D.C., March 7-13, hosted by the Student Activities Office.

3 WKU students participate in Model Arab League conference: During their 2015 Spring Break, three WKU students immersed themselves not in the sunshine of a Caribbean beach, but in some of the most sensitive diplomatic challenges in the Middle East.

WKU senior named number two college radio personality in the nation by BEA: The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) honored WKU senior Cameron Coats in the organization’s 2015 Festival of Media Arts Awards. Coats placed second in the Student Audio Air Personality category.

WKU graduate student recognized as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist: WKU graduate student Nikki Stock of Bear Lake, Minnesota, has been recognized as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

WKU news summary for March 9-13, 2015

WKU biology faculty member receives grant for project: Dr. Nancy Rice, associate professor of biology at WKU, has received a special research grant from the Kentucky Academy of Science for a project that focuses on managing high blood pressure for residents in rural Kenya.

MFA in Creative Writing at WKU clears CPE: On Feb. 13, Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education approved Western Kentucky University’s new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Pending approval by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the program will admit its first class of students for fall 2015.

View from the Hill – Girls Sweet Sixteen leaving Diddle Arena: Diddle Arena has been home to the The Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls state tournament for the past 15 years. But that’s about to change as Amy Bingham reports in this View from the Hill.

WKU newest member of Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program: Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will welcome WKU to the Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program on Monday (March 16) at 11:30 a.m. CDT at the Downing Student Union.

View from the Hill – Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: The newest inductee into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame is a beloved educator from Muhlenberg County. Amy Bingham introduces us to her in this View from the Hill.

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 March 2-6, 2015

Muhlenberg County educator inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame: Mary K. Armstrong, a longtime Muhlenberg County educator, was inducted Tuesday (March 3) into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

WKU Habitat members spending 2015 spring break in North Carolina & Arkansas: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be sending two volunteer groups to North Carolina and Arkansas for spring break trips March 9-14.

WKU joins Competency-Based Education Network: As a member of Kentucky Commonwealth College, WKU, along with the University of Louisville, will join other institutions throughout the nation to participate in the Competency-Based Education Network, or C-BEN.

WKU forensics team competes in tournaments in Illinois & Ohio: The WKU forensics team traveled to Peoria and Normal, Illinois, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 27-28.

WKU student from Franklin crowned 2015 Coming Home King: McGavinn Brown of Franklin was crowned 2015 Coming Home King on Saturday (Feb. 28) at WKU.

Graduate students, faculty attend Sports Career Workshop: A group of five graduate students and two faculty members from WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) attended the Sports Career Workshop Feb. 20-21 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

WKU professors appear in sinkhole documentary, assist with educational exhibit: During the past year, sinkhole collapses headlined newspapers around the globe. From Kentucky to Guatemala, these catastrophic events attracted much attention and provided an opportunity for researchers to continue studying the causes, impacts, and remediation of sinkholes.

WKU’s Institute for Rural Health receives gift from Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation: WKU’s Institute for Rural Health has received a $10,000 gift from the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation.

WKU Business Plan Competition Provides $6,000 to Student Entrepreneurs: The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Gordon Ford College of Business awarded $6,000 in cash prizes to six teams who competed in the 2015 WKU Business Plan Competition.

Students from WKU programs compete in 2015 TRIO Day events: Two WKU TRIO programs took students to compete in the 2015 TRIO Day state academic competitions, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University on Feb. 28.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 22-28, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by WKU Public Affairs.

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.


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