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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:

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.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hunter Hayes to present 2015 Homecoming concert Nov. 5 at WKU: Hunter Hayes is bringing his 21 Tour to WKU’s Diddle Arena on Nov. 5 as part of 2015 Homecoming activities. The concert, featuring special guest Kelsea Ballerini, will begin at 7:30 p.m.; doors will open at 7 p.m. The concert is sponsored by WKU’s Campus Activities Board.

DiscoverWKU: Admissions planning student recruitment events: Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to DiscoverWKU during upcoming recruitment events across Kentucky. WKU’s Office of Admissions will be hosting events in nine cities between Aug. 27 and Oct. 12.

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Autumn Sky’ Aug. 25-Oct. 11: Finding Your Way Around the Autumn Sky will be presented Aug. 25-Oct. 11 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Mammoth Cave National Park to host Bat Night event Aug. 29: WKU will be among the agencies and organizations participating in the 5th annual Bat Night celebration on Aug. 29 at Mammoth Cave National Park. The event, hosted by the park and the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU open house Aug. 30: The Society for Lifelong Learning (SLL) at WKU will kick off its fall term with an Open House and Annual Meeting from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Knicely Conference Center. An official reading of a proclamation by Gov. Steve Beshear will also be presented, declaring Sept. 13-19 “Lifelong Learning Week” in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

WKU Glasgow to dedicate Military Student Services Center Sept. 2: WKU will dedicate its new WKU Glasgow Military Student Services Center at 10 a.m. Sept. 2.

WKU ALIVE Center, Student Activities to host Project Affect Sept. 9: The WKU ALIVE Center For Community Partnerships and the Student Activities’ Leadership & Volunteerism Office will host Project Affect — an event to help students get involved on campus and in the community – from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

Kentucky Women Writers Conference to be livestreamed at WKU: The Kentucky Women Writers Conference — an annual conference held in Lexington attracting hundreds of writers from across the United States — is set for Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 and will be livestreamed at Cravens Library, Room 212, on WKU’s campus.

Sam Bush in concert Sept. 12 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall: The 2015-2016 Cultural Enhancement Series and the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU will present a concert by Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush on Sept. 12 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall. Note: Tickets are already sold out but a standby line will open at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

6th annual Eric Yates Memorial 5K Run/Walk Sept. 16: Registration is under way for the sixth annual Eric Yates Memorial 5K Run/Walk. The run/walk, organized by WKU Army ROTC, will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Chaney’s Dairy Barn, 9191 Nashville Road.

Kentucky Rural Health Association Hosts Kentucky Candidates Forum: The Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) and several co-sponsors will host a meet and greet session with Kentucky political candidates at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

2015 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum Sept. 28: At the 2015 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum, local, regional and national speakers will lead conversations about building healthy communities with a focus on transportation, housing, business, education, and local food policies. The forum will be held Sept. 28 at the Sloan Convention Center; speakers will include WKU’s Cecilia Watkins.

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 or email 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 or email 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

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 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 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

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

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

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 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

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

Hilltoppers in Iceland: WKU faculty and students are studying climate change in Iceland this summer. Follow their blog at 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

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

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.

WKU news summary for May 25-29, 2015

WKU Steel Bridge team finishes in top 25 in 2015 national competition: WKU civil engineering students competed in the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition May 22-23 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The WKU Steel Bridge team earned its third consecutive trip to the national competition with a first-place finish at the regional competition in March. At the 2015 National Steel Bridge Competition, WKU finished 25th overall, up from 34th from the previous year.

2 WKU students recognized by Gilman program for fall 2015: Two WKU students have been recognized by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program for the fall. Cache Tyler Tomlinson of Shelbyville received a scholarship to study in Germany. Haley Danielle Taylor of Tompkinsville was selected as an alternate to study in Italy.

Nearly 400 seventh-graders honored at Duke TIP ceremony: Nearly 400 academically talented seventh-graders from throughout Kentucky were honored by the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) May 22 at WKU.

WKU, Parker-Bennett-Curry receive grant for garden project: In collaboration with WKU, Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School received a grant to build a garden through Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools grow students’ relationships with food through gardening.

57 students participate in WKU’s 2015 LeaderShape Institute: WKU’s Student Activities Office recently hosted its ninth campus-based WKU LeaderShape Institute, an intensive, energizing, six-day experience to help students better their leadership skills. A group of 57 students spent May 16-22 at the All Saints Center in Leitchfield to participate in lectures, activities and exercises focused on their personal values and visions they have to better the world in which we live.

Edmonton man named Veterans Upward Bound Alumnus of Year: Henry Damron of Edmonton has been selected as the 2015 Veterans Upward Bound Alumnus of the Year. Damron received the award at VUB’s annual awards banquet last week at the Knicely Conference Center.

Bowling Green veteran receives VUB Student of the Year award: Bowling Green resident Karyn O’Neal is this year’s winner of the Veterans Upward Bound Student of the Year award. The announcement was made last week at VUB’s annual awards banquet at the Knicely Conference Center.

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.

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.

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