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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.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Invisible Universe’ April 7-May 14: Invisible Universe! Viewing Our Cosmos in a Different Light will be presented April 7-May 14 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Workshop on April 29 will outline changes in medical coding: Physicians, coders and practice managers can learn about revisions to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems during a free class 1-3 p.m. April 29 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Astrophysicist/educator bringing Relativity Tour to WKU on April 30: You won’t need to be a rocket scientist to attend astrophysicist/educator Dr. Jeffrey Bennett’s Relativity Tour presentation April 30 at WKU’s Downing Student Union Auditorium. Dr. Bennett will present Black Holes Don’t Suck! – An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Relativity Theories and Why They Matter at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

WKU Dance Company to present ‘Evening of Dance’ May 1-4: Evening of Dance has it all this year from the sultry sounds of jazz to the feathery lightness of ballet. Evening of Dance will be presented May 1-4 in the Russell Miller Theatre in WKU’s Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center.

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.

WKU news summary for Feb. 23-27, 2015

3 WKU students honored by Gilman Scholarship Program: Three WKU students have been honored by the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Demarcus Brooks of Louisville, Linda Cruz of Carrollton and Brianna Stewart of Guston were named Gilman Scholars and will receive up to $5,000 each toward their study abroad or internship program costs.

‘Ideas, Innovation, Invention’ theme of 2nd IdeaFestival Bowling Green: The second annual IdeaFestival®Bowling Green promises to be an outstanding event for those who celebrate ideas. This one-day speaker series, set for March 20 at WKU’s Downing Student Union, features nine presentations split into three 90-minute sessions each with three 20-minute talks, and a keynote session that is also 90 minutes.

Honors College at WKU spotlighted in national guide: The Honors College at WKU is one of five Master’s Comprehensive public university honors colleges or programs in the United States profiled in the second edition of A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs.

WKU offering first 4-year degree in floodplain management in U.S.: Some of the nation’s top floodplain managers will meet next week at WKU, home of the United States’ first four-year degree in floodplain management. Members of the Certification Board of Regents for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Certified Floodplain Manager program will be in Bowling Green on March 2-4 for their spring meeting.

Professor emeritus to receive prestigious literary award: Dr. Robert V. Haynes of Bowling Green, professor emeritus of history at WKU, will receive the prestigious Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award on Saturday (Feb. 28) at the 26th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration in Natchez, Mississippi.

WKU photojournalism, broadcasting students honored: WKU photojournalism students finished first and second in the second multimedia competition of the 2014-15 Hearst Journalism Awards Program and two WKU broadcasting students were honored in the Broadcast Education Association’s 2015 Festival of Media Arts.

International gerontologists visit WKU & Bowling Green: International gerontologists from Canada, Nigeria, Switzerland and the Netherlands visited WKU and the city of Bowling Green on Wednesday (Feb. 25) for a showcase of the city’s Christian Care Communities before attending the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education meetings in Nashville later this week.

WKU professor selected as Sport Professional of the Year: WKU Professor William “Willie” Hey has been chosen as “Sport Professional of the Year” by Southern District SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America.

View from the Hill – Society for Lifelong Learners: WKU is hitting the ground running with a brand new learning opportunity for adult learners. Amy Bingham explains the Society for Lifelong Learning in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 9-21, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of 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.

WKU news summary for Feb. 16-20, 2015

26 selected for 2015-16 Cherry Presidential Scholarship: WKU has selected 26 students as recipients of the 2015-16 Cherry Presidential Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious academic award. The scholarship is valued at more than $16,800 annually and worth more than $67,000 during a four-year period.

White Nose Syndrome identified in bats at WKU research cave: White Nose Syndrome (WNS), an often-fatal disease that is ravaging bat populations throughout eastern North America, was positively identified last week within WKU-owned Crumps Cave in northern Warren County near Smiths Grove.

Cold wave grips Kentucky after this week’s winter storm: Winter tightened its grip on Kentucky on Thursday (Feb. 19), as frigid polar air behind a cold front swept down across the snowpack that extends south across all of the Commonwealth. Thursday’s coldest temperature recorded across Kentucky by the Kentucky Mesonet, the Commonwealth’s official source of climatological observations, was minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit at two locations, near Elkton in Todd County and near Cynthiana in Harrison County. More: A look back at how the winter storm impacted WKU.

More forensics team members qualify for national tourneys: The WKU forensics team qualified several more students for the April national tournaments at the Missouri Association of Forensics Activities tournament Feb. 13-14. Next weekend, the team will travel to Murray to compete in the Kentucky Forensic Association state tournament, at which WKU hopes to win its 25th consecutive championship.

Roberts receives national award for impact on gifted education: Dr. Julia Link Roberts was recognized for her impact on gifted education as recipient of the 2015 Palmarium Award, presented Feb. 6 in Denver.

11 Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit Finalists: Eleven Gatton Academy seniors learned Friday (Feb. 13) they were selected as National Merit Finalists. Since The Gatton Academy’s inception in 2007, 72 students have been named National Merit Semifinalists. Sixty-three Gatton Academy seniors took the PSAT®, meaning 17.5 percent of the students made the National Merit Finalist level.

Gifted Education Month celebrated In Bowling Green & Warren County: More than 60 gifted students, their parents and teachers filled Bowling Green City Hall on Feb. 12 to celebrate Gifted Education Month.

212° Academy students win Young Science Writers contest: 212° Academy students Emilee Arnold and Emily Fan have been selected as the winners of the SOKY Book Fest–212° Academy Young Science Writers contest.

Dates, deadlines changed for ‘Celebration of the Arts’ exhibition: Due to recent weather conditions, the Kentucky Museum is moving the dates of the upcoming US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibition to begin a week later opening to the public on March 7.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, 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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