Recap

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WKU news summary for March 20-24, 2017

WKU geology team advances to international finals in Imperial Barrel Award contest: A team of WKU geology students won the 2017 Eastern Regional in the prestigious Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) program and is one of 12 universities that advanced to the international finals April 1 in Houston.

WKU PBS engineer selected for national project: Jordan Basham, Special Projects Engineer for WKU PBS, is among 25 digital professionals from PBS member stations to become Digital Immersion Partners.

Gabbi Doolin Memorial Scholarship Fund established: The memory of Gabbi Doolin—a second-grade student at the Allen County Primary Center when her life was taken on November 14, 2015—will live on forever through the establishment of the Gabbi Doolin Memorial Scholarship Fund. The announcement of the fund — administered through the College Heights Foundation at WKU — was made Thursday (March 23) at Allen County-Scottsville High School.

View from the Hill – Student Research Conference Preview: Hundreds of WKU students engaged in research get a chance to show off their findings at the 47th annual Student Research  Conference on March 25.  Amy Bingham has a preview of some of the unique topics in this View from the Hill.

Biology graduate publishes research on perception of elephant impact on ecosystem: WKU biology graduate Adam Edge of Shepherdsville is the lead author of a paper titled “Examining Human Perception of Elephants and Large Trees for Insights into Conservation of an African Savanna Ecosystem” that has been published in the journal Human Dimensions of Wildlife.

WKU Learn and Earn teams with Caverna for academy program: WKU Learn and Earn is pleased to announce that it is working with Caverna Independent Schools to provide more WKU scholarship opportunities for Caverna High School seniors and community members while also meeting the growing workforce needs within the region.

Sexual Assault Prevention Month events begin March 27: One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, and WKU Counseling and Testing and Hope Harbor, Inc., are leading efforts to raise awareness for prevention resources in the Bowling Green/Warren County area during Sexual Assault Prevention Month. In addition to the services offered throughout the week by both offices, other campus and community groups have joined efforts to coordinated 10 events to raise awareness, share prevention information, and encourage support for sexual assault victims.

WKU Hosts Meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Physiological Society: WKU hosted the 5th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Physiological Society on March 18.

What’s Happening at WKU

‘Phantom of the Universe’ to be presented March 12-April 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Phantom of the Universe, Hardin Planetarium’s newest public show opening Sunday (March 12), shares how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter in our universe.

WKU’s 47th Annual Student Research Conference March 25: About 400 students will make presentations at WKU’s 47th Annual Student Research Conference on March 25 at Downing Student Union.

WKU hosting 2017 MATHCOUNTS State Competition March 25: The practices are over. They qualified to represent their school. They survived the grueling chapter competitions. Now, the state finals are upon us. Starting at 9 a.m. March 25, 158 middle school students representing 48 schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will compete in the 2017 MATHCOUNTS State Competition at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

WKU Glasgow co-sponsoring March 25 event with cast and crew of ‘An Uncommon Grace’: “A Conversation with the Cast and Crew of An Uncommon Grace” will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday (March 25) at the Plaza Theatre, 115 E. Main St., Glasgow.

2017 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar to discuss sex trafficking, policing sexuality March 28: Dr. Jessica Pliley, Associate Professor of History at Texas State University-San Marcos, will present Sex Trafficking and the FBI: Policing Sexuality and the Growth of the American State as part of the 2017 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program at WKU.

WKU hosting 2017 National Geographic State Bee March 31: WKU will host 100 fourth- through eighth-graders from across Kentucky for the 2017 National Geographic State Bee on March 31. The state competition will begin with preliminary rounds at 9 a.m. CT followed by the final round at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center, 2355 Nashville Road.

Vic Richey to Discuss Leadership in March 31 Lecture: Vic Richey, Chairman, CEO, and President of ESCO Technologies, Inc., a St. Louis-based technology company with subsidiaries operating throughout the United States and around the world, will deliver a lecture titled, “Everything I Learned about Leadership I Learned in the Army” on March 31 at 10 a.m. in Grise Hall Auditorium on WKU’s main campus.

WKU Theatre & Dance, Music team up to present ‘A Pair of Puccinis’ March 31-April 2: The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music will join together to present A Pair of Puccinis March 31-April 2.

Transfer Scholarship application deadline April 1 for fall 2017 admission to WKU: College students wanting to transfer to WKU may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance. The application deadline for the Transfer Scholarship is April 1 for fall 2017 admission.

Press freedom subject of 2017 Gaines Family Lecture on April 3: Joel Simon, executive director of the international nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists, will speak at WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting at 7 p.m. April 3 in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.

WKU to celebrate 2nd annual Fulbright Week April 3-7: WKU will celebrate the second annual Fulbright Week April 3-7 with events for prospective students and faculty.

2017 Faculty Awards Reception April 12: The 2017 Faculty Awards Reception will be held at 3 p.m. April 12 at the Faculty House. WKU annually recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty members in the areas of Teaching, Research/Creativity, Public Service, Student Advisement and Part-Time Teaching.

‘Game of Thrones’ language creator to present 2017 Hatcher Lecture on April 13: David J. Peterson, the full-time conlanger (language creator) for HBO’s Game of Thrones, will visit WKU on April 13 as the 2016-2017 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecturer. Peterson’s lecture, Living Language: Conlang and the Power of Language, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

WWE Live coming to WKU on April 17: WWE Live will return to WKU’s Diddle Arena at 7:30 p.m. April 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 17).

Kentucky Museum hosting quilt registry April 21-22: The Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society will hold a quilt registry at the Kentucky Museum at WKU from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 and April 22 to register quilts made in Kentucky during the period from 1800 to 1960.

WKU news summary for March 13-17, 2017

Grant opens opportunity for middle, high school students to study Arabic during VAMPY: Ten students will be able to study Arabic tuition-free this summer thanks to a grant from the Qatar Foundation International. The grant will fund tuition and travel expenses for 10 students to enroll in Arabic during the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth (VAMPY) June 25 to July 15 at WKU.

Confucius Institute at WKU to host exhibit of Chinese art: The Confucius Institute at WKU will host the grand opening Wednesday (March 22) of Exposing Chinese Culture to the World through Art, an exhibit by 13 Chinese painters and calligraphers who are the first cohort of Confucius Institute Distinguished Artist.

‘Elizabeth Bishop’s Prosaic’ by Vidyan Ravinthiran receives Warren-Brooks Award: Elizabeth Bishop’s Prosaic, by Vidyan Ravinthiran, has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Robert Penn Warren–Cleanth Brooks Award for outstanding literary scholarship and criticism, by the Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU.

View from the Hill – WKU PR students raise awareness about mental health: Some WKU Public Relations students are using their capstone project to help change the conversation about mental health.  Amy Bingham shows us how they are getting their message out in this View from the Hill.

WKU School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Student Selected as Award Recipient by NIRSA: WKU School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport student Gabrielle Ringenberg has been selected as a 2016 recipient of the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

WKU Dental Hygiene Students Receive Awards at KDHA: The WKU Dental Hygiene Program recently participated in the Kentucky Dental Hygienist’s Association (KDHA) annual meeting, earning awards for their presentations.

WKU Week in Photos: March 6-10, 2017: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

‘Phantom of the Universe’ to be presented March 12-April 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Phantom of the Universe, Hardin Planetarium’s newest public show opening Sunday (March 12), shares how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter in our universe.

WKU AD + PR program hosting ‘Focus on your Future’ March 20-24: The WKU AD + PR program will be hosting “Focus on your Future” the week of March 20-24.  There will be in-class speakers motivating and directing students on the path to finding an internship of career that is right for them.

Korean pop culture experience in spotlight at WKU March 22-23: Sherri Ter Molen, a scholar and researcher on Korean pop culture from Wayne State University, will present “K-poppers for Hilltoppers: The Korean Pop Culture Experience” at 5 p.m. March 22 in the Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium as part of the Department of Communication’s 2017 Above and Beyond Series and WKU’s International Year of South Korea.

WKU Board of Regents to hold committee meetings March 24: The WKU Board of Regents will hold committee meetings on March 24, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CDT. The meetings will be in the Martin Regents Room, Mass Media and Technology Hall.

WKU’s 47th Annual Student Research Conference March 25: About 400 students will make presentations at WKU’s 47th Annual Student Research Conference on March 25 at Downing Student Union.

WKU hosting 2017 MATHCOUNTS State Competition March 25: The practices are over. They qualified to represent their school. They survived the grueling chapter competitions. Now, the state finals are upon us. Starting at 9 a.m. March 25, 158 middle school students representing 48 schools across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will compete in the 2017 MATHCOUNTS State Competition at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

2017 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar to discuss sex trafficking, policing sexuality March 28: Dr. Jessica Pliley, Associate Professor of History at Texas State University-San Marcos, will present Sex Trafficking and the FBI: Policing Sexuality and the Growth of the American State as part of the 2017 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program at WKU.

Vic Richey to Discuss Leadership in March 31 Lecture: Vic Richey, Chairman, CEO, and President of ESCO Technologies, Inc., a St. Louis-based technology company with subsidiaries operating throughout the United States and around the world, will deliver a lecture titled, “Everything I Learned about Leadership I Learned in the Army” on March 31 at 10 a.m. in Grise Hall Auditorium on WKU’s main campus.

Transfer Scholarship application deadline April 1 for fall 2017 admission to WKU: College students wanting to transfer to WKU may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance. The application deadline for the Transfer Scholarship is April 1 for fall 2017 admission.

‘Game of Thrones’ language creator to present 2017 Hatcher Lecture on April 13: David J. Peterson, the full-time conlanger (language creator) for HBO’s Game of Thrones, will visit WKU on April 13 as the 2016-2017 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecturer. Peterson’s lecture, Living Language: Conlang and the Power of Language, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

WWE Live coming to WKU on April 17: WWE Live will return to WKU’s Diddle Arena at 7:30 p.m. April 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 17).

Kentucky Museum hosting quilt registry April 21-22: The Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society will hold a quilt registry at the Kentucky Museum at WKU from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 and April 22 to register quilts made in Kentucky during the period from 1800 to 1960.

WKU news summary for March 6-10, 2017

Class of 2017 inducted into Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: Three new members of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame were inducted Wednesday (March 8) during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Members of the ninth class, chosen by a statewide selection committee, were Opal T. Sibert, Ron Skillern and Joe Westerfield. More: View from the Hill on the 2017 inductees.

WKU student selected as Jane Jacobs Fellow: Jennifer Ottersbach, a WKU graduating senior from Crestwood, will work with the Center for the Living City as the Jane Jacobs Fellow to develop civically-engaged young women who lead local and global action. Ottersbach will engage the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to identify, create and disseminate resources to support young women’s developing voices.

Transfer Scholarship application deadline April 1 for fall 2017 admission to WKU: College students wanting to transfer to WKU may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance. The application deadline for the Transfer Scholarship is April 1 for fall 2017 admission.

WKU introduces Bias Incident Reporting program: WKU is taking steps to provide a safer environment for its diverse populations. The university encourages students to take advantage of the safe places the campus has to offer and utilize the new programs. Bias Incident Reporting is an online portal that will allow students, staff and faculty to report incidents of bias or hate to a campus representative. The university has been working on this program for several months and hopes to have it up and running in the fall of 2017.

WKU meteorology students, White Squirrel Weather staff survey tornado damage: On March 1, a powerful storm system swept across the region, which produced 11 tornado, 590 high wind and 108 severe hail reports. Among the 11 reported tornadoes, one touched down just 10 miles southeast of WKU at 7:24 a.m. and produced a swath of property and tree damage along the 12000 block of Cemetery Road.

WKU Graduate Student Awarded Fellowship at University of Louisville: WKU graduate student Regis Pearson recently received an Integrated Programs in Biomedical Science (IPIBS) Fellowship to study for the Ph.D. of Physiology and Biophysics degree at the University of Louisville.

White Squirrel Weather Staff Attends FEMA Training Event: On February 21-23, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) hosted their advanced workshop, “Enhanced Sports and Special Events Incident Management” at WKU. The focus of the event was to gain certified FEMA training for emergency response and management for various large-scale incidents and potential hazards during sporting or other special events with high-volume crowds.

Department of Social Work Attends Social Work Lobby Day: Students and faculty from the WKU Department of Social Work participated in Social Work Lobby Day on March 3 in Frankfort.

Topper Transit Green Line Express Discontinued: Effective March 20, the WKU Green Line Express shopping shuttle (2 p.m.-6 p.m. weekdays) will be discontinued.  Students can still reach the destinations served by the Topper Transit Green Line Express by using the GObg Public Transit Purple Line (Route 5).

Spring Break 2017 Parking & Transit: Intersession services will be in effect during Spring Break Week (March 13-17).

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 27-March 4, 2017: Here’s the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

‘Phantom of the Universe’ to be presented March 12-April 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Phantom of the Universe, Hardin Planetarium’s newest public show opening Sunday (March 12), shares how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter in our universe.

Fourth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green March 15 at WKU: The fourth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green will be held in the Downing Student Union at WKU on March 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST.

WKU AD + PR program hosting ‘Focus on your Future’ March 20-24: The WKU AD + PR program will be hosting “Focus on your Future” the week of March 20-24.  There will be in-class speakers motivating and directing students on the path to finding an internship of career that is right for them.

Korean pop culture experience in spotlight at WKU March 22-23: Sherri Ter Molen, a scholar and researcher on Korean pop culture from Wayne State University, will present “K-poppers for Hilltoppers: The Korean Pop Culture Experience” at 5 p.m. March 22 in the Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium as part of the Department of Communication’s 2017 Above and Beyond Series and WKU’s International Year of South Korea.

2017 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar to discuss sex trafficking, policing sexuality March 28: Dr. Jessica Pliley, Associate Professor of History at Texas State University-San Marcos, will present Sex Trafficking and the FBI: Policing Sexuality and the Growth of the American State as part of the 2017 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program at WKU.

Vic Richey to Discuss Leadership in March 31 Lecture: Vic Richey, Chairman, CEO, and President of ESCO Technologies, Inc., a St. Louis-based technology company with subsidiaries operating throughout the United States and around the world, will deliver a lecture titled, “Everything I Learned about Leadership I Learned in the Army” on March 31 at 10 a.m. in Grise Hall Auditorium on WKU’s main campus.

‘Game of Thrones’ language creator to present 2017 Hatcher Lecture on April 13: David J. Peterson, the full-time conlanger (language creator) for HBO’s Game of Thrones, will visit WKU on April 13 as the 2016-2017 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecturer. Peterson’s lecture, Living Language: Conlang and the Power of Language, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

WWE Live coming to WKU on April 17: WWE Live will return to WKU’s Diddle Arena at 7:30 p.m. April 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 17).

Kentucky Museum hosting quilt registry April 21-22: The Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society will hold a quilt registry at the Kentucky Museum at WKU from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 and April 22 to register quilts made in Kentucky during the period from 1800 to 1960.

WKU news summary for Feb. 27-March 3, 2017

6 WKU students awarded Gilman International Scholarships for summer 2017: Six WKU students will study abroad this summer on Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.  Bryan Anders of Bowling Green, Magen Estep of Bowling Green, Rachel Fisher of Russellville, Courtney Hurst of Louisville, Melissa Reeves of Louisville and Chanel Watkins of Louisville were awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 to take their studies overseas.

16 selected for 2017-18 Cherry Presidential Scholarship: WKU has selected 16 students as recipients of the 2017-18 Cherry Presidential Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious academic award.

February 2017 likely to be Kentucky’s warmest on record, climatologist says: Following consecutive cold and snowy winters, the warm and dry winter of 2016-17 will rank as one of the warmest on record in Kentucky, according to state climatologist Stuart Foster. “February is likely to go down as the warmest on record, breaking a record set in 1932,” said Dr. Foster, director of the Kentucky Climate Center and the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.

Ademuyewo crowned WKU’s 2017 Coming Home King: Adeleke Ademuyewo of Cincinnati, Ohio, was crowned WKU’s 2017 Coming Home King on Thursday night (March 2).

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Approve Funds for the Implementation of Bingocize® in 20 Kentucky Nursing Homes: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved $744,202 of civil money penalty (CMP) funds for the implementation of Bingocize® in 20 Kentucky certified nursing homes. Bingocize®, a preventative health promotion program designed by Dr. Jason Crandall, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport, is designed to increase the functional performance, health knowledge and social engagement of older adults in a variety of settings.

Forensics Team wins debate tournament at Illinois State: The WKU Forensics Team closed out the semifinal round of debate, capturing the top four spots to win the debate tournament in Normal, Illinois, the weekend of Feb. 25-26. WKU acted as co-host to the tournament and was therefore ineligible for the team sweepstakes awards.

Summer Early Entry prepares students for first year at WKU: College courses like English and math have minimum ACT requirement before students can enroll in them. When students’ ACT scores fall below the minimum, students can complete developmental courses to qualify them for enrollment in their required English and math courses. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows students to complete developmental courses during the summer so they are fully prepared to take courses in the fall.

View from the Hill – International Year of South Korea: WKU students have experienced Ecuador, South Africa and now South Korea without ever leaving campus. It’s through the International Year of program as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

School of KRS Faculty Member Selected to Serve on Editorial Board: Dr. Brad Stinnett, Assistant Professor in the WKU School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport, has been selected to serve as an Editorial Board member of the Recreational Sports Journal. The RSJ is one of the longest running scholarly journals in sport, and it is the premier journal in the field of recreational sport, particularly campus recreation.

WKU Upward Bound students win state Scholar’s Bowl: The WKU Upward Bound Scholar’s Bowl team won first place at the state Scholar’s Bowl on Feb. 25.

CSD Faculty Members Selected for National and State Leadership Opportunities: Two faculty members from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders have been selected to represent WKU in national and state leadership opportunities.

Coutts named winner of 2017 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, library group’s highest honor: Brian Coutts, Professor and Head of the Department of Library Public Services at WKU, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, which is Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) highest honor. The award recognizes Coutts for his distinguished contributions to reference services and librarianship.

4 WKU students honored in 2017 Flo Gault Poetry Contest: Four WKU students have been honored for their poetry in the 2017 Flo Gault Poetry Contest, sponsored by Sarabande Books in Louisville.

Morel appointed to WKU Alumni National Board of Directors: The WKU Alumni Association recently appointed Joe Morel (’02), a Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association, to serve as a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors.

WKU Learn and Earn Program: The Learn and Earn program at WKU partners with area companies and businesses to employ both traditional and non-traditional college students thus helping meet their company production goals. In return, those students work for wages and receive college scholarships from their employers as well. For more information, visit https://www.wku.edu/learnandearn/

Easy Steps To Ensure A Smooth Student Transfer: The Transfer Center at WKU strives to ensure transfer students have a seamless transition from their previous institution. Located in the Academic Advising and Retention Center (AARC), the Transfer Center is the one-stop shop assisting students with transfer admission, credit evaluation, advising, and much more.

ICYMI: News Around Campus — February 2017 edition: In case you missed it, check out links to some February 2017 news items/social media posts from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 20-24, 2017: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Curiosity and a Habitable Mars’ through March 30: Curiosity and a Habitable Mars will be presented through March 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Used Book Sale March 3-5 will benefit SOKY Book Fest: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest Used Book Sale will be held March 3 through March 5 at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library, 175 Iron Skillet Court, in Bowling Green. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 5.

22nd annual regional bridge building competition March 4: The 22nd Annual Regional Bridge Building Championships will be held Saturday (March 4) at the WKU Center for Research & Development’s Commons Area.

‘A Way with Words’ co-host Barnette to visit WKU March 9: Martha Barnette, co-host of the public radio show A Way with Words, will be in Bowling Green on March 9 for a presentation on the state of language followed by a question-and-answer session. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. CST and will take place at the Augenstein Alumni Center ballroom.

‘Game of Thrones’ language creator to present 2017 Hatcher Lecture on April 13: David J. Peterson, the full-time conlanger (language creator) for HBO’s Game of Thrones, will visit WKU on April 13 as the 2016-2017 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecturer. Peterson’s lecture, Living Language: Conlang and the Power of Language, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

WWE Live coming to WKU on April 17: WWE Live will return to WKU’s Diddle Arena at 7:30 p.m. April 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 17).

WKU news summary for Feb. 20-24, 2017

WKU tied for 2nd in 2016-17 list of top Fulbright producers: WKU is tied for second in the list of top Fulbright-producing master’s degree-granting institutions. WKU had eight Fulbright grantees in 2016-17, making it the only public master’s institution in the top three. WKU tied with Loyola Marymount University while Villanova University ranks first with 11 grantees. This is the fourth time and the third consecutive year WKU has been named a top Fulbright-producing institution as reported today (Feb. 21) in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

WKU Forensics Team wins 2017 state championship: The WKU Forensics Team won the 2017 Kentucky state forensics tournament on Saturday (Feb. 18) at Owensboro Community and Technical College. WKU won the overall state championship, sweeping all three of the team sweepstakes championships along the way: individual events, NPDA debate and IPDA debate. The team also collected 11 individual state championships.

38 WKU students to present research at 2017 Posters-at-the-Capitol: Thirty-eight WKU students, including 11 from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, will present their research at the 2017 Posters-at-the-Capitol event March 2 in Frankfort.

Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Wins Major Awards: The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU came away with several top awards this past weekend at the Small Business Institute® Annual Conference in San Diego, California.

Global UGRAD-Pakistan student joins Hilltopper family: WKU once again qualifies as a host institution welcoming Rida Fatima as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program.

4 WKU staff members among 2017 Trailblazer honorees: For 20 years, Bowling Green’s Trailblazers Committee has recognized community leaders during Black History Month. This year, four of the six honorees are members of the WKU community.

President Gary A. Ransdell’s response to University Senate resolutions: President Gary A. Ransdell sent memos Tuesday to Dr. Kate Hudepohl, chair of the WKU University Senate, in response to the University Senate resolutions related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and sanctuary campus designation.

SOKY Book Fest partners select finalists for 2017 Kentucky Literary Award: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announces the three finalists for the 2017 Kentucky Literary Award. This year’s award will go to a work of nonfiction by a Kentucky author or with a significant Kentucky theme that was published in 2015 or 2016.

View from the Hill – Freshmen get an advantage with Summer Start Program: Freshmen entering WKU this fall will have the opportunity to jump start their college career.  Amy Bingham explains the Summer Start program in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 13-17, 2017: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Webcams available to view WKU Housing construction projects: Construction webcams are now in place so you can watch the progress of Hilltopper Hall and the Southwest and Northeast Hall connectors online at www.wku.edu/webcams; images are uploaded from 5 a.m.-5 p.m.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Curiosity and a Habitable Mars’ Feb. 16-March 30: Curiosity and a Habitable Mars will be presented Feb. 16-March 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Theatre production of ‘Dog Sees God’ explores teen issues: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, called an “unauthorized parody” by playwright Bert V. Royal, is a darkly humorous, ultimately touching theatrical exploration of the existential challenges faced by 21st century teens. WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present Dog Sees God Feb. 23-28 in the Lab Theatre of Gordon Wilson Hall. Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and Feb. 27-28 and 3 p.m. Feb. 26.

 ‘Physics of Shadows’ theme of Feb. 25 Physics Olympics at WKU: Physics of Shadows is the theme of the 2017 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics on Feb. 25.

WKU Engineering to conduct 17th annual LEGO Robotics Competition Feb. 25: WKU Engineering faculty and staff, with support from the Tau Beta Pi student Engineering Honors Society, will conduct the 17th annual Kentucky Bluegrass LEGO Robotics Competition on Saturday (Feb. 25) at Henry Moss Middle School, 2565 Russsellville Road, Bowling Green.

Used Book Sale March 3-5 will benefit SOKY Book Fest: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest Used Book Sale will be held March 3 through March 5 at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library, 175 Iron Skillet Court, in Bowling Green. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 5.

‘Game of Thrones’ language creator to present 2017 Hatcher Lecture on April 13: David J. Peterson, the full-time conlanger (language creator) for HBO’s Game of Thrones, will visit WKU on April 13 as the 2016-2017 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecturer. Peterson’s lecture, Living Language: Conlang and the Power of Language, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Downing Student Union Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

WWE Live coming to WKU on April 17: WWE Live will return to WKU’s Diddle Arena at 7:30 p.m. April 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 17).

WKU news summary for Feb. 13-17, 2017

16 Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit Finalists: Sixteen Gatton Academy seniors learned this week they were selected as National Merit Finalists.

WKU music faculty members, alumni honored by KMEA: Two WKU music faculty members and two WKU alumni were honored Feb. 10 at the annual Kentucky Music Educators Association conference in Louisville.

WKU Forensics Team wins at Bowling Green State University: The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in two tournaments the weekend of Feb. 11-12. WKU’s team of 10 was crowned team sweepstakes champion at both tournaments, capturing 15 individual championships, and advancing all members to at least one final round each.

25 WKU students candidates for 2017 Coming Home King: Twenty-five WKU students are vying for 2017 Coming Home King. The king will be crowned March 2 during halftime of WKU’s men’s basketball game versus North Texas. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Diddle Arena.

Cabela’s, WKU Student & WKU School of KRS Support High School Fly-Fishing Course in Montana: The WKU Recreation Administration program will offer their second annual summer fly-fishing course in Montana for high school students. New this year is a high school student scholarship made possible by a current WKU student. This year’s unique fishing program is supported by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, a WKU student, and the WKU School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS).

WEVV-TV to begin using data from Kentucky Mesonet at WKU: The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU has signed an agreement with WEVV-TV (CBS/Fox 44) in Evansville, Indiana, to provide weather and climate data for viewers in that area.

WKU students help create new style of movie making; film nominated for Project of Year: While most students were at home relaxing over the holiday break, more than 15 WKU students, alumni and faculty worked on a proof of concept film called “The Reign,” written by WKU film professor Luke Pennington.

View from the Hill – The Kidz Club changes career path for WKU student: For the past year, Bowling Green has been home to the Kidz Club, a pediatric medical day treatment facility. Amy Bingham shows us the impact the facility has had on a WKU student in this View from the Hill.

WKU Student Leaders Win Awards at KARH 2017: WKU residence hall student leaders won several awards at the Kentucky Association of Residence Halls (KARH) annual conference at Bellarmine University Feb. 10-11.

WKU music professor receives alumni award from UNCG: WKU Professor of Music John Cipolla was presented with a distinguished alumni award by the administration and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro College of Visual and Performing Arts.

WKU Faculty Awarded NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant to Design a 100% Online Career Development Program for Student-Athletes: A WKU team of researchers, Evie Oregon, Lauren McCoy and Lacee Carmon-Johnson have been awarded an NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice grant to design a 100% Online Athlete Bridge to Career Development (A.B.C.D.) Program. WKU is one of five university research teams across the country that will receive funding to perform research designed to enhance student-athletes’ psychosocial well-being and mental health.

Students from WKU’s Department of Public Health Visit Logan Aluminum: Students from WKU’s Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services visited Logan Aluminum on Feb. 9.

Campus parking advisory: PS2 Reserved Feb. 20: Parking Structure 2 will be reserved Monday morning (Feb. 20) for a major student recruitment event.  The garage is scheduled to reopen at approximately 10 a.m. A list of alternate parking options for commuters is available online at http://www.wku.edu/transportation/news/index.php?view=article&articleid=4732

WKU Fall 2016 Graduates List: The WKU Fall 2016 Graduates List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/gradlist.php

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 6-10, 2017: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

2017 #HeartsontheHill: WKU, ranked one of the best campuses to fall in love, celebrated Valentine’s Day by encouraging Hilltoppers across the world to share their WKU love stories.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Curiosity and a Habitable Mars’ Feb. 16-March 30: Curiosity and a Habitable Mars will be presented Feb. 16-March 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Ethical Leadership Speaker Coming to Gordon Ford College of Business on Feb. 17: Alfonzo Alexander, Chief Relationship Officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the President of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT), will present “Ethical Leadership: The True Sustainable Leadership” at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 in Grise Hall Auditorium on WKU’s campus.

Cultural Enhancement Series: Black Violin to perform Feb. 21: The 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series will present Black Violin in concert at 7:30 p.m. CST Feb. 21 in Van Meter Hall.

Theatre production of ‘Dog Sees God’ explores teen issues: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, called an “unauthorized parody” by playwright Bert V. Royal, is a darkly humorous, ultimately touching theatrical exploration of the existential challenges faced by 21st century teens. WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present Dog Sees God Feb. 23-28 in the Lab Theatre of Gordon Wilson Hall. Show times are 8 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and Feb. 27-28 and 3 p.m. Feb. 26.

‘Physics of Shadows’ theme of Feb. 25 Physics Olympics at WKU: Physics of Shadows is the theme of the 2017 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics on Feb. 25.

Used Book Sale March 3-5 will benefit SOKY Book Fest: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest Used Book Sale will be held March 3 through March 5 at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library, 175 Iron Skillet Court, in Bowling Green. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 5.

WWE Live coming to WKU on April 17; tickets on sale Feb. 17: WWE Live will return to WKU’s Diddle Arena at 7:30 p.m. April 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 17).

WKU news summary for Feb. 6-10, 2017

Ransdell to become president and CEO of Semester at Sea: The Institute for Shipboard Education, parent organization to the Semester At Sea program, announced on Wednesday that Dr. Gary A. Ransdell will become president and CEO of Semester at Sea on Jan. 1, 2018.

Grant supports WKU research on human-elephant conflict in agricultural region of Kenya: Dr. Bruce A. Schulte, head of WKU’s Department of Biology, and his research collaborators have been awarded a grant from the International Elephant Foundation (IEF) for a study of human-elephant conflict (HEC) in an agricultural region of Kenya.

4 Gatton Academy seniors recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates: Four Gatton Academy seniors learned recently they are candidates for the 2017 United States Presidential Scholars. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

WKU Forensics Team members win 24 individual event titles at Illinois and Murray State: WKU’s Forensics Team traveled to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and Murray to take part in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 6-7, winning 24 individual event championships along the way.

Thursday Night SGA Safe Ride Service Suspended: Effective immediately, Thursday night SGA Safe Ride transit route service is suspended due to extremely low ridership.  Friday and Saturday service will continue until a suitable alternative is implemented.

212° Academy students win Young Authors Contest: 212° Academy students Allison Cleaver and Eva Cook have been selected as the winners of the SOKY Book Fest – 212° Academy Young Authors Contest.

View from the Hill – Mahurin Gift to Honors College: For decades, Pete and Dixie Mahurin have given back to their alma mater, WKU. Amy Bingham has more on their most recent gift in this View from the Hill.

Graduate Research Assistant Awarded Doctoral Student Assistantship from Vanderbilt University: WKU graduate research assistant Alyssa Olenick was recently awarded with a fully funded doctoral student assistantship from Vanderbilt University’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

11 WKU students inducted into leadership honor society: The WKU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society inducted 11 members Feb. 9 at a ceremony in the Downing Student Union.

Kentucky Folklife Program announces 2017 recipient of Homer Ledford Award: The Kentucky Folklife Program announces Doug Naselroad as the 2017 recipient of the Homer Ledford Award.

Winter Super Saturdays: Week Two: Check out The Center for Gifted Studies’ photo gallery from week two of Winter Super Saturdays.

Chatting with Chumbler: Las Vegas… Bright Future for our WKU Study Away Students: In his latest blog post, Dr. Neale Chumbler, dean of WKU’s College of Health and Human Services, discusses a recent Study Away trip to Las Vegas with 11 Hospitality Management and Dietetics students from the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences.

WKU MBA Students Receive Top Scores on National Exam: Students graduating from WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business Professional MBA program (PMBA) recently scored in the 99th percentile (Top 1%) on the comprehensive national assessment of MBA programs in 2016. In the previous two testing cycles, PMBA students ranked in the Top 5% nationally. Further, the Online MBA program earned a 93rd percentile (Top 7%) in 2016 after scoring in the Top 10% in prior years.

The Ford Report: The Fall 2016 magazine from the Gordon Ford College of Business is available online at https://issuu.com/gfcb/docs/gfcb_ford_report_magazine_fall_2016

Fall 2016 Dean’s/President’s List: The Fall 2016 Dean’s and President’s List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/deanslist.php

WKU Week in Photos: Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2017: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Dance Project 2017 opens spring season Feb. 10-12: The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance kicks off its spring season this weekend (Feb. 10-12) with Dance Project 2017 at Gordon Wilson Hall. This annual student-produced concert features work created by seven dance majors who have been chosen to present their work by dance faculty.

‘Starry Tales for a Winter Night’ open through Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Starry Tales for a Winter Night, a highly interactive planetarium experience designed to help you find your way around winter’s night skies, will be presented Jan. 3-Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Lone Star Rodeo Feb. 10-12 at WKU’s Ag Expo Center: The Lone Star Rodeo Company will make its 2017 visit to WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center for four shows at 8 p.m. Feb 10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 11; and 2 p.m. Feb. 12.

Scholar Development hosting ‘Fellowships in :15’ on Feb. 14: The Office of Scholar Development (OSD) is hosting “Fellowships in :15” on Tuesday (Feb. 14) to raise campus awareness of nationally competitive scholarships and other opportunities to fund study abroad, research, creative work and professional development.

Cultural Enhancement Series resumes with presentation by Sarah Parcak on Feb. 15: The 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series resumes on Feb. 15 with a lecture by space archaeologist Sarah Parcak at 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall.

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘Curiosity and a Habitable Mars’ Feb. 16-March 30: Curiosity and a Habitable Mars will be presented Feb. 16-March 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Ethical Leadership Speaker Coming to Gordon Ford College of Business on Feb. 17: Alfonzo Alexander, Chief Relationship Officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the President of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT), will present “Ethical Leadership: The True Sustainable Leadership” at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 in Grise Hall Auditorium on WKU’s campus.

Cultural Enhancement Series: Black Violin to perform Feb. 21: The 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series will present Black Violin in concert at 7:30 p.m. CST Feb. 21 in Van Meter Hall.

Used Book Sale March 3-5 will benefit SOKY Book Fest: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest Used Book Sale will be held March 3 through March 5 at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library, 175 Iron Skillet Court, in Bowling Green. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 4; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 5.

WKU news summary for Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2017

3 Gatton Academy students receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition has recognized three Gatton Academy students for their poetry and fiction entries.

WKU Winter Term 2017 reports record numbers: WKU faculty and staff made the most of their time in January, resulting in record numbers for Winter Term 2017. WKU Winter Term reported record high course enrollment, with 2,268 students taking classes during the three-week term between the fall and spring semesters – the most students taking courses since its inception in 2006.

Gifted Education Month to be celebrated in Kentucky: The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) will celebrate Gifted Education Month in Kentucky with a ceremony Wednesday (Feb. 8) at the State Capitol. The ceremony will begin at noon EST in the rotunda of the Capitol in Frankfort.

WKU recognized at United Way awards ceremony: More than 230 southern Kentucky residents joined United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) for the LIVE UNITED Awards and Annual Meeting on Thursday (Feb. 2) at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

View from the Hill – Presidential Search ends with Caboni Hire: Almost a year to the day that WKU President Gary Ransdell told the Board of Regents he planned to retire in 2017, the same board approved hiring his successor.  Amy Bingham looks back on the process that led to hiring Dr. Timothy Caboni in this View from the Hill.

WKU statement on White House Executive Order: Officials at WKU have identified 22 students and at least two faculty members who are from the seven countries named in the White House Executive Order banning entry into the United States. We are reaching out to each of them individually and advising that they not travel out of the U.S. while this ban is in place. We are aware of no WKU students or faculty members who are currently overseas or being prevented from re-entering the country.

More members of WKU Forensics Team qualify for national tournaments: WKU’s Forensics Team traveled to Saint Louis, Missouri, and DeKalb, Illinois, to take part in three tournaments the weekend of Jan. 28-29. At St. Louis, WKU’s team of 15 placed third in overall team sweepstakes, which combined individual events and debate. In Illinois, WKU’s team of 12 won the team sweepstakes championship at the MAFL 6 tournament. The three tournaments together qualified several more students for the April national tournaments.

ICYMI: News Around Campus — January 2017 edition: In case you missed it, check out links to some January 2017 news items/social media posts from WKU colleges, departments and programs.

Department of Public Health Sponsors Applied Epidemiology Training: On Jan. 27, The Public Health Undergraduate-Graduate Associated Students sponsored WKU’s first-ever Kentucky Public Health Assistance and Support Team (K-PHAST) training.

WKU Institute of Rural Health Receives 2017 Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation Grant: The Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation selected WKU’s Institute of Rural Health (IRH) to receive a 2017 Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation grant. The grant will be used to further service IRH clients in the rural communities of central Kentucky.

WKU Assistant Professor Michelle Reece Selected as Co-Chair for Southeastern Health Equity Council: WKU Department of Public Health Assistant Professor Michelle Reece has been selected as the new Co-Chair for the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC).

GFCB Online MBA Program Moves Up 23 Spots in U.S. News: The Gordon Ford College of Business’ Online MBA Program has moved up 23 spots to a ranking of 61 out of 300 eligible Online MBA programs for 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.

Accountants Can Earn Professional Education Credits: Accountants in Kentucky and Tennessee can earn up to eight hours of Continuing Professional Education credits for participating in the WKU CPE Program for Accountants, sponsored by the Gordon Ford College of Business’ Department of Accounting. The daylong CPE program will take place on April 21 in the Augenstein Alumni Center, located on WKU’s campus.

Winter Super Saturday: Week One Photos: Students engaged in a variety of hands-on, minds-on learning during the first week of Winter Super Saturdays.

WKU Week in Photos: Jan. 23-27, 2017: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

‘Starry Tales for a Winter Night’ open through Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Starry Tales for a Winter Night, a highly interactive planetarium experience designed to help you find your way around winter’s night skies, will be presented Jan. 3-Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU eSports team will host live viewing of Feb. 4 match: The WKU eSports team will host a live viewing of its Week 4 match in the University League of Legends (ULoL) regular season on Feb. 4. The match will be a best-of-three against Murray State University and will be held at Nite Class in the Downing Student Union. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with the match starting at 2 p.m.

Lone Star Rodeo Feb. 10-12 at WKU’s Ag Expo Center: The Lone Star Rodeo Company will make its 2017 visit to WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center for four shows at 8 p.m. Feb 10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 11; and 2 p.m. Feb. 12.

Cultural Enhancement Series resumes with presentation by Sarah Parcak on Feb. 15: The 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series resumes on Feb. 15 with a lecture by space archaeologist Sarah Parcak at 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall.

WKU news summary for Jan. 23-27, 2017

Dr. Timothy C. Caboni named 10th president at WKU: The WKU Board of Regents selected Dr. Timothy C. Caboni as the University’s 10th president. Dr. Caboni will begin his duties July 1 following the retirement of President Gary A. Ransdell.

Regents approve naming Honors College at WKU for Dixie and Pete Mahurin: The WKU Board of Regents honored Dixie and Pete Mahurin for their legacy of support for gifted education by naming the Honors College for them.

WKU Summer Start program will offer first-year students early credit & tuition savings: A new program at WKU will make students’ first college experience more affordable and less intimidating. It will also prepare students for success. WKU Summer Start is a unique summer introduction to college for first-year students, connecting them to campus life while living in residence halls. Students complete six credit hours and take advantage of tuition savings, as well as get to know other new students and staff through social events and activities.

Professor Wins Top Paper Awards at Conference: Dr. Whitney Peake, Vitale Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Management in the Gordon Ford College of Business, received two of the top awards during the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Annual Conference held in Philadelphia January 19-22.

10 WKU Graduate Students Participate in Winter Session Study Away at NCAA Convention: The School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport has partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s Study Away office to offer a winter Study Away at the NCAA Convention January 17-20.  Led by KRS faculty Dr. Evie Oregon and Dr. Lacee Carmon-Johnson, 10 students were afforded the opportunity to attend educational sessions, network, participate in meetings and discussions with NCAA officials, conference staff, athletic administrators, upcoming professionals, and meet Dr. Mark Emmert, NCAA President.

What’s Happening at WKU

‘Starry Tales for a Winter Night’ open through Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Starry Tales for a Winter Night, a highly interactive planetarium experience designed to help you find your way around winter’s night skies, will be presented Jan. 3-Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Department of Music’s 22nd annual PRISM Concert Jan. 27: The WKU Department of Music will present its 22nd annual PRISM Concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Van Meter Hall. More: View from the Hill segment.

WKU eSports team will host live viewing of Feb. 4 match: The WKU eSports team will host a live viewing of its Week 4 match in the University League of Legends (ULoL) regular season on Feb. 4. The match will be a best-of-three against Murray State University and will be held at Nite Class in the Downing Student Union. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with the match starting at 2 p.m.

Lone Star Rodeo Feb. 10-12 at WKU’s Ag Expo Center: The Lone Star Rodeo Company will make its 2017 visit to WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center for four shows at 8 p.m. Feb 10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 11; and 2 p.m. Feb. 12.

WKU news summary for Jan. 16-20, 2017

WKU Board of Regents announces preferred presidential candidate: The WKU Board of Regents has selected Dr. Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Kansas, as the preferred candidate to be the 10th president of WKU. Dr. Caboni will visit WKU and hold a series of meetings and campus forums Jan. 25 and 26. The Board will consider extending a formal offer to Dr. Caboni at its quarterly meeting on Jan. 27.

‘The Skeleton Revealed’ showcases WKU biology faculty member’s expertise: WKU biology faculty member Steve Huskey isn’t afraid of the skeletons in his closet. In fact, he’s showing off nearly 200 of them in a new book, The Skeleton Revealed.

WKU students honored in Hearst photojournalism, multimedia competitions: Students from WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting won the first multimedia and photojournalism competitions of the 2016-2017 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

McFarland serving on APA Task Force on Human Rights: Sam McFarland has taught human rights for more than 20 years and has a longer history as a human rights activist. Now the WKU Psychology Professor Emeritus is part of a task force that could help one of the largest professional psychological organizations in the U.S. better understand and support human rights.

WKU Forensics Team places 2nd at tournaments in Illinois: Members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to compete in two tournaments co-hosted by Bradley University and the University of Texas at Austin the weekend of Jan. 14-15.

View from the Hill – WKU Online programs ranked among best in nation: For the third year in a row, WKU’s online degree programs were ranked in the top five in the country by U.S. News and World Report.  There are plenty of reasons why as Amy Bingham tells us in this View from the Hill.

WKU new home for ‘Soundings,’ journal affiliated with SVHE: WKU has been selected as the new home for the editorial operation of century-old journal affiliated with the Society for Values in Higher Education.

WKU history professor Hardin receives Humanitarian Award: John Hardin, professor of History at WKU, has been honored with the Humanitarian Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee.

Generous Gift Received for Bingocize®; a Preventative Health Promotion Program for Older Adults: Bingocize®, a successful, preventative health promotion program designed by Dr. Jason Crandall, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport (KRS) in WKU’s College of Health and Human Services, recently received a $1,000 gift from Diane Amos. Amos, Post-Award Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs at WKU, donated the funds to the KRS Foundation as a supportive effort to create a Bingocize® program at the Barren River Adult Daycare Center, where her mother, Lou Ann Russell, formerly attended.

Spring 2017 Parking and Transportation: Check out a list of updates for WKU parking and transit operations for the spring semester.

What’s Happening at WKU

‘Starry Tales for a Winter Night’ open through Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Starry Tales for a Winter Night, a highly interactive planetarium experience designed to help you find your way around winter’s night skies, will be presented Jan. 3-Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Department of Music’s 22nd annual PRISM Concert Jan. 27: The WKU Department of Music will present its 22nd annual PRISM Concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Van Meter Hall.

WKU eSports team will host live viewing of Feb. 4 match: The WKU eSports team will host a live viewing of its Week 4 match in the University League of Legends (ULoL) regular season on Feb. 4. The match will be a best-of-three against Murray State University and will be held at Nite Class in the Downing Student Union. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with the match starting at 2 p.m.

Lone Star Rodeo Feb. 10-12 at WKU’s Ag Expo Center: The Lone Star Rodeo Company will make its 2017 visit to WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center for four shows at 8 p.m. Feb 10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 11; and 2 p.m. Feb. 12.

WKU news summary for Dec. 12, 2016-Jan. 13, 2017

WKU professor receives China’s top science award: A WKU professor has received China’s top award for foreign scientists for his two decades of research on water resources in the karst systems of southwest China. University Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology Chris Groves was one of six recipients of China’s 2016 International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, the top honor for foreign scientists working in China. The awards were presented by President Xi along with other leaders on Monday (Jan. 9) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

U.S. News & World Report ranks WKU online programs among best in nation: In its annual ranking of the best online degree programs, U.S. News & World Report has named WKU among the top schools nationwide in five areas for 2017.

WKU Passport Services Office honored by State Department: WKU’s Passport Services Office is being recognized by the U.S. Department of State for providing outstanding service.

View from the Hill – Registrar named to National Board: Registrar Tiffany Robinson has been at WKU less than three years and has been named to a position on a national board. She will serve as Vice President of Access and Equity for American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and is one of two people who will be receiving the group’s Emerging Leader Award at its annual meeting in April. Amy Bingham talks with Tiffany Robinson in this View from the Hill.

WKU GIS group attends URISA Cumberland Chapter meeting: WKU students, faculty and alumni attended a Kentucky and Tennessee statewide geographic information systems (GIS) meeting Jan. 8-9 to share ideas and discuss challenges and practices of GIS.

Crawford Hydrology Lab research presented at U.N. water conference in Africa: Crawford Hydrology Lab Director Chris Groves and WKU graduate student Autumn Turner attended the International Conference on African Large River Basin Hydrology in Senegal.

View from the Hill – Presidential Search Update: The new year will mean a new president for WKU.  Amy Bingham has an update on the Presidential Search in this View from the Hill.

WKU SBDC consultants recognized at conference: WKU Small Business Development Center Director Miller Slaughter and management consultant Nathan Lee received the 2016 Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s Spirit Award. This award recognizes the center that demonstrated the SBDC spirit of service and accomplishment during the year.

View from the Hill – Admissions Tour Bus Driver: For the past eight years, WKU’s admissions tour bus driver has added his own brand of humor and Hilltopper devotion to prospective students.  Amy Bingham takes us along for the ride in this View from the Hill.

Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council announce 2017 officers: WKU’s Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council have announced their officers for 2017.

Cumberland Trace students awarded Rzepka scholarships: The recipients of the Cumberland Trace Incentive-Matt Rzepka Memorial Scholarship Fund were announced Dec. 12 during the morning assembly at Cumberland Trace Elementary School. This year’s recipients are Carson Morgan, Mallory Renshaw, Blair Nix, Finley Johnson, Emma Ahmed, Callie Akin and Emma Baker. Each student will receive $2,000 toward his or her college education.

WKU confers degrees to 1,372 during 180th Commencement: WKU conferred degrees and certificates to more than 1,370 graduates Saturday at its 180th Commencement. More: Commencement photos

WKU student awarded Freeman-ASIA scholarship: WKU student Dominique Wood of Nashville, Tennessee, will study abroad next spring through support from the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia scholarship program.

3 WKU students receive undergraduate library research awards: WKU undergraduate students Elizabeth Hurm, Susannah Roy and Mahdi Alawami were honored in their University Experience classes for winning undergraduate research awards. WKU Libraries and WKU University Experience faculty offer the awards in an effort to recognize the important role of good undergraduate research in college academic success.

WKU Library Student Assistant Scholarship presented: WKU sophomore Alexa Anderson of Bowling Green has been selected as the Fall 2016 recipient of the WKU Library Student Assistant Scholarship. Anderson, a family studies major, works as a library security patroller for WKU Libraries.

Bowling Green High School Students Win Public Health Video Contest: As part of an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance, the Masters of Public Health (MPH) capstone students from WKU’s Department of Public Health challenged local high school students to develop a video public service announcement to spread the message.  The winners of the video contest were a group of creative students from Bowling Green High School.

WKU Week in Photos: Dec. 5-9, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

‘Starry Tales for a Winter Night’ open through Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium: Starry Tales for a Winter Night, a highly interactive planetarium experience designed to help you find your way around winter’s night skies, will be presented Jan. 3-Feb. 12 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Department of Music’s 22nd annual PRISM Concert Jan. 27: The WKU Department of Music will present its 22nd annual PRISM Concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at Van Meter Hall.

WKU news summary for Dec. 5-9, 2016

2 WKU students awarded Gilman Scholarships: Two WKU students will study abroad next spring on Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Dominique Wood of Nashville, Tennessee, and Deven Richardson of Bowling Green were awarded scholarships of up to $5,000 to take their studies overseas.

WKU student awarded Freeman-ASIA scholarship: WKU student Dominique Wood of Nashville, Tennessee, will study abroad next spring through support from the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia scholarship program.

3 WKU students awarded Foreign Service Internships: Three WKU students will begin working in the U.S. Department of State next summer. Margaret Sullivan of Louisville, Noah Stevens of Elizabethtown and Erick Murrer of Nancy were awarded prestigious U.S. Foreign Service Internships, funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Small Business Accelerator, Kentucky Innovation Network launch ‘Focus on Innovation’: The WKU Small Business Accelerator collaborated with the Central Region Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network to host its first Focus on Innovation small group discussion on Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the WKU Center for Research and Development.

WKU Forensics Team finishes semester with win at Ohio State: Eight WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take part in a tournament hosted by the Ohio State University Dec. 2-3. WKU won the team sweepstakes, defeating such schools as Ball State University, Florida State University and the University of Akron. In all, the crew of eight took away seven of the tournament’s 11 individual event championships.

NSF awards grant for biology professor’s research project: The National Science Foundation has awarded WKU Biology Professor Shivendra Sahi a grant to fund his research project titled, “Functional characterization of gold responsive genes and development of plant based system for efficient synthesis of gold nano-particles.”

Students from WKU Arabic Program to represent U.S. in international debate event: Four students from the WKU Arabic Program will represent the United States at an international debate competition next spring in Qatar.

WKU establishes varsity eSports program: WKU has launched its first eSports team making the public university second in the nation to offer a varsity eSports program.

Ogden Foundation Scholar – Austin Hatfield: WKU will host its 180th commencement this weekend where close to 1,400 degrees will be conferred. Amy Bingham talks to the top graduate in this View from the Hill.

WKU Habitat chapter sending group to North Carolina for winter break trip Dec. 11-17: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be sending a volunteer group to North Carolina for a winter break trip Dec. 11-17. The WKU group will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to assist the local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate with various projects as part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge.

3 WKU students receive undergraduate library research awards: WKU undergraduate students Elizabeth Hurm, Susannah Roy and Mahdi Alawami were honored in their University Experience classes for winning undergraduate research awards. WKU Libraries and WKU University Experience faculty offer the awards in an effort to recognize the important role of good undergraduate research in college academic success.

WKU statement regarding Request for Proposals for sports medicine complex: On September 26, 2016, WKU issued a Request for Proposals seeking a medical provider to lease the campus health clinic, provide orthopedic services for student athletes and construct a Sports Medicine Complex on the WKU campus, with a deadline of November 15 for submission of proposals. The University has determined that no proposal met all of the requirements of the RFP. Therefore, WKU is unable to award a contract and is officially closing the current RFP process.

Honors College, WBKO recognize 2016-2017 Scholar of the Week recipients: The Honors College at WKU and WBKO-TV hosted a reception on Dec. 6 to honor the 2016-2017 Scholar of the Week recipients.

WKU Week in Photos: Nov. 28-Dec. 2, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present winter show Dec. 1-29: Celebrations for a Long Winter’s Night will be presented Dec. 1-29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU to confer degrees to 1,372 during Fall 2016 Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 10: WKU will confer degrees to 1,372 graduates during its Fall 2016 Commencement on Dec. 10 at Diddle Arena. In morning and afternoon ceremonies of its 180th Commencement, WKU will award 75 associate, 925 bachelor’s, 307 master’s, 13 doctoral and three specialist degrees and 19 undergraduate certificates and 30 graduate certificates.

WKU news summary for Nov. 21-Dec. 2, 2016

Scott Lyons appointed Dean of Graduate School at WKU: WKU Provost David Lee announced the appointment of Scott Lyons as Dean of the Graduate School.

3 selected for 2017 class of Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: Members of the ninth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected. The three chosen by the statewide selection committee are Opal T. Sibert, Ron Skillern and Joe Westerfield. Members of the 2017 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony scheduled for March 8 in Frankfort.

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

WKU to confer degrees to 1,372 during Fall 2016 Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 10: WKU will confer degrees to 1,372 graduates during its Fall 2016 Commencement on Dec. 10 at Diddle Arena. In morning and afternoon ceremonies of its 180th Commencement, WKU will award 75 associate, 925 bachelor’s, 307 master’s, 13 doctoral and three specialist degrees and 19 undergraduate certificates and 30 graduate certificates.

English professor Miller transitions to new stage in career after 53 years at WKU: After more than 53 years of devoted service to WKU, Professor of English Mary Ellen Miller will transition to a new stage of her career on Jan. 1. Miller began teaching at WKU in 1963; moving forward, she will teach half-time and devote more of her time to writing. Miller is the longest-serving member of the faculty and has logged more years at the institution than any professor on record.

Manager of WKU hydrology lab conducts groundwater training program in Brazil: Lee Anne Bledsoe, manager of WKU’s Crawford Hydrology Laboratory, recently returned from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she presented a weeklong groundwater investigation workshop to a group of Brazilian hydrologists and cave explorers.

View from the Hill – Topper Corner: The new ice skating rink is adding to the excitement of downtown Bowling Green and WKU has a presence in the midst of it all.  Amy Bingham shows us how Topper Corner adds a unique flair in this View from the Hill.

Student Group Earns Top Three in National SBI Project of the Year: A student group in Dr. Whitney Peake’s Spring 2016 Small Business Analysis and Strategy course recently learned their consulting project has been named one of the top three projects in the country by the Small Business Institute Undergraduate Project of the Year contest. The group has been invited to the SBI Annual Conference to be held in February in San Diego to discover the final results of the competition.

8 WKU faculty members selected for program to Bosnia-Herzegovina: Eight WKU faculty members representing seven departments and three colleges have been selected to participate in the fourth annual Zuheir Sofia Endowed International Faculty Seminar (ZSEIFS).

Confucius Institute, WKU Owensboro host group from Xiyuan Hospital of China: The Confucius Institute at WKU, in partnership with WKU Owensboro, hosted representatives of Xiyuan Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences from Nov. 29-Dec. 2 for a series of meetings and visits in Bowling Green and Owensboro.

Crowder appointed editor of geoscience education publication: The Executive Committee of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers has appointed Dr. Margaret Crowder as Editor-in-Chief of its In the Trenches publication.

Biology student’s research recognized at conferences: A research project by WKU biology student Millicent Ronkainen of Hodgenville earned recognition at two recent conferences.

WKU students, faculty honored at Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting: WKU students and faculty members were recognized at the Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Annual Meeting Nov. 4-5 at University of Louisville.

WKU Forensics Team wins at tournaments in Tennessee: Members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Jefferson City, Tennessee, to compete in two tournaments the weekend of Nov. 19-20. The team won the overall sweepstakes championship for the two tournaments combined, ahead of several other schools including the University of Alabama, James Madison University and Belmont University. Out of 22 possible individual championships between the two tournaments, the team won 15.

View from the Hill – Therapy Dog is a “Star” on campus: A furry four-legged friend is serving as an ambassador of sorts for WKU’s Counseling and Testing Center.  Amy Bingham introduces us to “Star” in this View from the Hill.

Chatting with Chumbler: University of Haifa Partnership Update: Dr. Neale Chumbler, dean of WKU’s College of Health and Human Services, recently returned from a trip abroad to the University of Haifa in Mount Carmel, Israel. CHHS has been working with the University of Haifa (UH) to establish a Global Health Graduate summer program as a study abroad option for WKU students as well as an international teaching option for faculty within CHHS. This recent trip cemented a contract with the UH and CHHS will be offering this new program to WKU students starting this Summer 2017.

WKU’s Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree granted accreditation by the NASAD: The Family and Consumer Sciences department at WKU has received notice that the Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree has been granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).   This accreditation took effect in October 2016.

Public Health Students Put Spotlight on Global Health for International Education Week: On Nov. 17, students from the Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services once again brought global health issues to the attention of the university community as part of International Education Week (IEW).

CSD Students Present at National Convention: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Convention was held November 17-19 in Philadelphia.  Student research assistants from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Allison Glascock, Kennedy McAlpin, Meredith Tade, Megan French and Shelby Schaefer presented their research study “A Novel Game for Improving Engagement in Older Adults with Dementia.”

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present winter show Dec. 1-29: Celebrations for a Long Winter’s Night will be presented Dec. 1-29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Children’s Theatre Series closes with ‘The Imaginators’: The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance closes the academic year this weekend (Dec. 2-4) with its third and final children’s show, The Imaginators, directed by Kelly McGee, a senior from Louisville.

WKU hosting Gridiron Bowl, C-USA title game, other events Dec. 2-4: WKU will be hosting the 2016 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, the Conference USA championship game and several other events this weekend (Dec. 2-4). More: Parking/traffic information

WKU news summary for Nov. 14-18, 2016

WKU nationally ranked in Open Doors study abroad report for 5th consecutive year: For the fifth year in a row, WKU is nationally ranked in the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) U.S. study abroad rankings, released in the November 2016 Open Doors Report.

Confucius Institute at WKU fall semester updates: The Confucius Institute at WKU (CI at WKU) shared an update on its fall 2016 activities.

Groves reappointed to United Nations scientific board: University Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology Chris Groves is in Guilin, China, this week where he has been appointed to a second six-year term on the Governing Board of the International Research Center on Karst (IRCK) Under the Auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

WKU Forensics Team members qualify for national tourneys: The weekend of Nov. 12-13 WKU’s Forensics Team traveled to Lebanon, Illinois, to take part in two tournaments hosted by McKendree University, qualifying several members for the April national tournaments.

Warren East Middle receives Friends of WKU Libraries School Library Grant: Warren East Middle School was recognized on Friday (Nov. 11) at the school for being this year’s winner for the School Library Grant sponsored by the Friends of WKU Libraries.

WKU divisions win awards in annual Markie competition: WKU brought home several Markie Awards from the Bowling Green chapter of the Professional Marketing Association. WKU divisions won a total of four gold and six silver Markies in the annual competition. The results were announced Nov. 15.

View from the Hill – White Squirrel Weather System: WKU’s campus community is heading into the winter season with a customized forecast right at their fingertips.  Amy Bingham shows us how “White Squirrel Weather “is just getting started in this View from the Hill.

3 with WKU ties honored by Kentucky Historical Society: Three people with ties to WKU were honored Nov. 11 with the Kentucky History Awards from the Kentucky Historical Society.

Alpha Epsilon Delta chapter inducts 29 new members: WKU’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the National Health Pre-professional Honor Society, inducted 29 new members on Monday evening (Nov. 14).

Entrepreneur Speaks in Grise Hall: Sarah Nuse, CEO of Tippi Toes Dance Co., spoke at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation’s third Entrepreneur Speaker Series event of the Fall Semester on Tuesday.

Over 270 Kentucky High School Students Attend WKU’s Annual Journalism Scholars Day: Journalism Scholars Day, a 44-year tradition at WKU, attracted more than 270 Kentucky high school journalism students and 14 media advisers from 10 schools across the state to campus on Nov. 4.

MPH Student Presented at Mid-American College Health Association Conference: Casey Cahill, Graduate Assistant of Student Wellness, presented the topic “Data Software for a Student Wellness Program to Increase Engagement on Campus While Utilizing Various Marketing Outlets” during the Mid-American College Health Association (MACHA) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

WKU Week in Photos: Nov. 7-12, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Planetarium presenting ‘Lives of the Stars’ through Nov. 29: Lives of the Stars, a show about looking at the life cycles of the stars, will be presented Oct. 11-Nov. 29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU Dance Company to present ‘WinterDance’ Nov. 18-20: Christmas will soon be here and what better way to begin the season’s festivities than with WinterDance, featuring Adventures in Toyland Nov. 18-20 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall.

Hardin Planetarium to present winter show Dec. 1-29: Celebrations for a Long Winter’s Night will be presented Dec. 1-29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU news summary for Nov. 7-11, 2016

Forensics Team wins largest tournament of fall semester: The WKU Forensics Team was crowned team sweepstakes champion, ahead of 47 other schools, at the largest tournament of the fall semester Nov. 5-6 in Peoria, Illinois.

WKU named to Military Friendly® Schools list for 8th straight year: For the eighth consecutive year, WKU has been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse.

Davis appointed Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity: WKU Provost David Lee has announced the appointment of Cheryl Davis as Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity.

WKU Public Radio to broadcast Lost River Sessions LIVE! concert on Nov. 17: The award-winning Lost River Sessions is about to break new ground with its first live radio broadcast Nov. 17 from the Capitol Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green. The Lost River Sessions LIVE! concert will be broadcast throughout the region on WKU Public Radio beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

WKU statement about political protests: Following an historic presidential election, students from both sides of the political spectrum gathered on the courtyard outside of WKU’s Pearce-Ford Tower Wednesday night (Nov. 9). As the crowd grew after the activation of the Keen Hall fire alarm, WKU Police, with assistance from Bowling Green Police and Warren County Sheriff’s Office, ordered the crowd to disperse. Five students were arrested, charged with disorderly conduct second degree and failure to disperse.

View from the Hill – New WKU Basketball Coach Rick Stansbury: With two exhibition games under his belt, new WKU head coach Rick Stansbury was ready to officially tip off basketball season. Amy Bingham talks with Coach Stansbury about his move to WKU in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Planetarium presenting ‘Lives of the Stars’ through Nov. 29: Lives of the Stars, a show about looking at the life cycles of the stars, will be presented Oct. 11-Nov. 29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU Presidential Search Committee to meet Nov. 11: The WKU Presidential Search Committee will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday (Nov. 11). The meeting will be in the Martin Regents Room, Mass Media and Technology Hall.

International Education Week events Nov. 14-18 at WKU: WKU will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 14-18 with a variety of dynamic events spanning a range of disciplines and creating a multitude of global and intercultural opportunities for students.

PolitiFact Presents “A Survivor’s Guide to the Pants on Fire Election” on Nov. 16: Editors from the Pulitzer Prize-winning political fact-checking site PolitiFact will be on WKU’s campus for a special post-election event on Wednesday (Nov. 16) at 7 p.m. in the Mass Media & Technology Hall auditorium.

WKU Dance Company to present ‘WinterDance’ Nov. 18-20: Christmas will soon be here and what better way to begin the season’s festivities than with WinterDance, featuring Adventures in Toyland Nov. 18-20 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall.

WKU news summary for Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016

Period of dry, warm weather has state in ‘early stages of drought,’ climatologist says: After Kentucky’s wettest July and August on record, state climatologist Stuart Foster wasn’t expecting to be talking about drought conditions by early November. But dry and warm conditions in September and October have changed that conversation.

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU adds 2nd station in Shelby County: The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU has installed a second station in Shelby County. The site in northern Shelby County is the 68th station in 66 counties for the statewide network that is the Commonwealth’s official source for weather and climate data

WKU Forensics Team wins at Marshall tournament: WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, the weekend of Oct. 29-30 to take part in a tournament hosted by Marshall University. WKU was tripled-crowned team debate sweepstakes champion, team individual events sweepstakes champion and team combined sweepstakes champion.

WKU listed among Best for Vets for 7th straight year: For the seventh straight year, WKU has earned national recognition in Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings. WKU is ranked No. 14 among 130 four-year schools on The Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 list announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 1).

View from the Hill – New Van and Articulation Agreement at WKU’s Elizabethtown/Fort Knox campus: Opportunities are expanding for students who attend WKU’s Elizabethtown/Fort Knox campus.  Amy Bingham explains how in this View from the Hill.

Mountain Workshops announces launch of new website: The 2016 edition of the annual Mountain Workshops, which are an internationally recognized collection of simultaneous photojournalism, video storytelling, picture editing, data visualization and time-lapse workshops, announces the launch of its new website, http://mountainworkshops.org/ with stories from Paducah.

WKU honors 114 students from Bowling Green/Warren County: WKU honored 114 students from five high schools in Bowling Green/Warren County for their academic achievements.

WKU honors 47 students from schools in 5 area counties: WKU honored 47 students from six high schools in the southcentral Kentucky area for their academic achievements.

EOHS Faculty and Students Conduct Firefighter Research Survey in Owensboro: On Saturday, faculty and graduate students from the Environmental and Occupational Health Science program conducted a survey with over 150 firefighters from across the Green River Firefighter Association (GRFA).

Gameday information for WKU Football vs. FIU on Nov. 5: WKU hosts Conference USA East Division foe FIU at 4:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 5) at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium for Military Appreciation Day. Check out gameday information from WKU Sports and WKU Parking & Transportation.

Fall Super Saturdays kicks off with minds-on learning: Fall Super Saturdays kicked off October 29 with more than 450 students in first through eighth grades.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 24-28, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Planetarium presenting ‘Lives of the Stars’ through Nov. 29: Lives of the Stars, a show about looking at the life cycles of the stars, will be presented Oct. 11-Nov. 29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Nov. 3-8: Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn wants to find his way off Skid Row and into the heart of his co-worker Audrey. His new “strange and interesting plant” just might help make those dreams come true! Or, it might destroy the world. Mark your calendars now for the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance production of Little Shop of Horrors on Nov. 3-8.

Hack The Hill, undergraduate coding competition, Nov. 5-6: Hack The Hill, WKU’s first hackathon, will take place on Nov. 5-6 for undergraduate students. The coding competition encourages designers, entrepreneurs and engineers to create code for mobile and desktop apps, hardware hacks, games and other technology-related creations.

WKU Bands, Chorale to present Veterans Day Concert Nov. 10: The WKU Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Chorale will present a Veterans Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green.

‘Tasting Kentucky’ author Green to discuss book Nov. 10: Registered dietitian, author and culinary nutrition consultant Maggie Green will be presenting about her latest book Tasting Kentucky: Favorite Recipes from the Bluegrass State at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Barnes & Noble (1680 Campbell Lane) as part of WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live speaker series.

WKU to observe Veterans Day with ceremony on Nov. 11: WKU will observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with a wreath-laying ceremony followed by the ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

WKU news summary for Oct. 24-28, 2016

WKU’s fall 2016 enrollment increases 1% to 20,277 students: WKU’s fall enrollment is up 209 students, or 1 percent, at 20,277. That was the report Brian Meredith, WKU’s Chief Enrollment and Graduation Officer, gave to the WKU Board of Regents Friday morning (Oct. 28) at its fourth quarterly meeting.

4 Gatton Academy students named semifinalists in 2016 Siemens Competition: Four Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky students have been recognized as national semifinalists in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Amber Carroll, a second-year student from Russellville (Logan County High School), Reese Danzer, a second-year student from Walton (Walton-Verona High School), Sherafghan Khan, a second-year student from Hopkinsville (University Heights Academy), and Olivia Urso, a second-year student from Glencoe (Gallatin County High School), were honored by the competition.

Mallory Vaughn crowned WKU’s 2016 Homecoming queen: Mallory Vaughn of Bowling Green was crowned WKU’s 2016 Homecoming queen on Saturday night (Oct. 22).

Talisman wins 18th national Pacemaker Award: The Talisman collected its 18th national Pacemaker Award on Saturday (Oct. 22) at the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

WKU receives KPPC’s Environmental Sustainability Award for 2016: WKU has been selected as the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center’s (KPPC) Douglas C. Griffin Environmental Sustainability Award winner for 2016.

Professor completes 11th around-the-world tour: Dr. David Keeling, Distinguished University Professor of Geography and head of WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, returned recently from his 11th circumnavigation of the planet, completing a three-week around-the-world tour of Latin America, Australia, Asia and Africa, covering about 32,000 miles and representing WKU and the American Geographical Society as part of a geographic educational outreach program.

More Forensics Team members qualify for national tourneys: The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Whitewater, Wisconsin, to take part in two tournaments known as the Mid-American Forensic League Numbers 3 and 4, the weekend of Oct. 22-23. WKU’s team of eight qualified several students for the April national tournaments.

WKU honors 80 students from Owensboro area high schools: WKU honored 80 students from eight high schools in the Owensboro area for their academic achievements.

WKU honors 63 students from Glasgow area high schools: WKU honored 63 students from five high schools in the Glasgow area for their academic achievements.

Students Earn $1,150 in Topper Tank Competition: The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Gordon Ford College of Business awarded 10 student teams $1,150 in the annual Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition.

View from the Hill – Julie Ransdell receives Distinguished Service Medal: Julie Ransdell does not like the spotlight.  But that’s exactly where she found herself at last week’s Summit awards when she received a prestigious honor.  Amy Bingham talks with the wife of WKU President Gary Ransdell in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 17-22, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

ICYMI: News Around Campus — October 2016 edition: Check out some October 2016 news items/social media posts from around campus on WKU News.

What’s Happening at WKU

Planetarium presenting ‘Lives of the Stars’ through Nov. 29: Lives of the Stars, a show about looking at the life cycles of the stars, will be presented Oct. 11-Nov. 29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU to present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Nov. 3-8: Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn wants to find his way off Skid Row and into the heart of his co-worker Audrey. His new “strange and interesting plant” just might help make those dreams come true! Or, it might destroy the world. Mark your calendars now for the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance production of Little Shop of Horrors on Nov. 3-8.

Hack The Hill, undergraduate coding competition, Nov. 5-6: Hack The Hill, WKU’s first hackathon, will take place on Nov. 5-6 for undergraduate students. The coding competition encourages designers, entrepreneurs and engineers to create code for mobile and desktop apps, hardware hacks, games and other technology-related creations.

WKU Bands, Chorale to present Veterans Day Concert Nov. 10: The WKU Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Chorale will present a Veterans Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green.

WKU news summary for Oct. 17-21, 2016

The Gatton Academy completes expansion with celebration: After a 15-month hiatus from Florence Schneider Hall, The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has returned to its former home following the expansion and renovation of the building. While the 160 students currently attending The Gatton Academy and both the offices for The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies moved into the newly expanded building in August, Wednesday (Oct. 19) marked the official opening of the building to the community.

Public invited to help scientists study bat behavior: Bats play an important role in the ecosystem. Yet, scientists know relatively little about their behaviors in the wild. Arizona BatWatch is a new, National Science Foundation-funded, citizen science project designed to help scientists study bat behaviors around a roost. Arizona BatWatch, created by Shannon Trimboli, Education Coordinator of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, launched Wednesday morning (Oct. 19), just in time for National Bat Week on Oct. 24-31.

WKU Meteorology launches White Squirrel Weather: There are new eyes in the sky over WKU and it’s called White Squirrel Weather.

WKU Forensics Team competes in Indiana, Alabama & Missouri: The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Muncie, Indiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Warrensburg, Missouri, to take part in six tournaments the weekend of Oct. 15-16.

WKU’s top volunteers, alumni recognized at Summit Awards: WKU recognized its top volunteers, alumni and alumni chapters Thursday night (Oct. 20) at the annual Summit Awards.

View from the Hill – Dr. Ransdell’s last Homecoming as WKU President: It’s a bittersweet Homecoming week on the hill as this marks the last one for Gary and Julie Ransdell during his time as President.  But they are embracing every moment as Amy Bingham shows us in this View from the Hill.  (Don’t miss the vintage footage of Gary Ransdell working the 1975 homecoming parade when he was employed by alumni relations!)

WKU honors 91 students from Lexington & Louisville areas: WKU continued its 2016 series of scholars luncheons by honoring 91 outstanding students from high schools in the Lexington and Louisville areas.

Hughey, Basham named 2016 inductees into WKU Libraries Open Access Hall of Fame: Dr. Aaron Hughey and Cortney Basham are the 2016 inductees into the WKU Libraries Open Access Hall of Fame.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 10-15, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis, Bryan Lemon and Bob Skipper of WKU Public Affairs.

Deeb named local host for ‘All Things Considered’ on WKU Public Radio: Longtime WKU PBS host Barbara Deeb is returning to her radio roots as she becomes the new local host of All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio (WKYU-FM). Rhonda Miller, who joined the station in 2015, will move into a full-time reporter’s role in the newsroom, covering various issues throughout the WKU Public Radio listening area.

Montell’s ‘Tales of Kentucky Ghosts’ available in paperback just in time for Halloween: William Lynwood Montell’s Tales of Kentucky Ghosts, now available in paperback, combines more than 270 stories collected from across the state. Montell, professor emeritus of folk studies at WKU, combed through university archives and interviewed countless individuals to provide a comprehensive look at regional legend and lore.

Master in Health Administration Students Garner Top 10 Finish in Case Study Competition: The Master of Health Administration (MHA) program competed in the 21st annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition hosted by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) held in Las Vegas.

WKU’s Online Master’s in Speech Language Pathology Ranked #1 by Early Childhood Education Degrees: Early Childhood Education Degrees has recently ranked WKU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders’ online Master’s in Speech Language Pathology as one of the 10 best programs of its kind in the nation, coming in at #1.

Beta Alpha Psi Chapter Receives Superior Status: WKU’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has been recognized as a Superior Chapter by the international honor society. For its efforts, the chapter will receive an award of $500 from the KPMG Foundation.

WKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Six WKU Study Away Students: The Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded scholarships to six WKU students taking study away courses during Winter Term 2017.

What’s Happening at WKU

WKU celebrating ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ during Homecoming 2016: WKU is celebrating “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” during Homecoming 2016 activities Oct. 19-23. More: Homecoming gameday parking/traffic information; Traffic/parking information for Homecoming parade Oct. 21

Children’s Theatre Series continues with ‘Cinderella Confidential’ Oct. 21-23: In the midst of a Dr. Seuss-themed Homecoming filled with interesting characters, fairy tales will be coming to life Oct. 21-23 on the top of the Hill. Join the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance for the second show in its Children’s Theatre Series, Cinderella Confidential by Eric Coble, directed by Allie Thomas, a senior from Clinton.

20th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Oct. 23 to feature author Silas House: Author Silas House will be the featured presenter as WKU celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 23.

Planetarium presenting ‘Lives of the Stars’ through Nov. 29: Lives of the Stars, a show about looking at the life cycles of the stars, will be presented Oct. 11-Nov. 29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU screening series of French films Oct. 17-26: WKU will screen a series of recent French films with a focus on coming of age in postcolonial French culture as part of a grant sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and the French Embassy.

WKU Board of Regents to hold meetings on Oct. 27 & Oct. 28: The WKU Board of Regents will hold meetings on Oct. 27 and 28.

Hack The Hill, undergraduate coding competition, Nov. 5-6: Hack The Hill, WKU’s first hackathon, will take place on Nov. 5-6 for undergraduate students. The coding competition encourages designers, entrepreneurs and engineers to create code for mobile and desktop apps, hardware hacks, games and other technology-related creations.

WKU Bands, Chorale to present Veterans Day Concert Nov. 10: The WKU Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Chorale will present a Veterans Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green.

WKU news summary for Oct. 10-14, 2016

WKU selected by Wallace Foundation for initiative to improve principal training: WKU is one of seven universities across the country selected by The Wallace Foundation to participate in a $47 million initiative to improve training for school principals.

WKU, Central Texas College sign articulation agreement: WKU and Central Texas College have signed an agreement providing a seamless transfer path to a four-year degree.

WKU biology faculty member receives NIH grant to research effects of sleep loss: Dr. Noah Ashley, an assistant professor in WKU’s Department of Biology, has received a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health to research the effects of inflammation due to sleep loss.

22 WKU students candidates for 2016 Homecoming queen: Twenty-two students are candidates for 2016 Homecoming queen at WKU. The queen will be crowned at halftime of WKU’s Homecoming game against Old Dominion on Oct. 22.

WKU study assesses impact of preventable hospitalizations: Preventable hospitalizations are costly among Medicaid enrollees in comprehensive managed care plans, according to new research from WKU. Many hospitalizations are preventable and consequently a cause for increasing health care costs.

View from the Hill – Armbrust/McGee German Culture and Work Experience Scholarship Fund: WKU’s international reach is  impacting Warren County’s economic development in a way that has led to a new scholarship opportunity. Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

Service One Credit Union co-sponsors van for WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox: Service One Credit Union has co-sponsored a van with the WKU Heartland Alumni Chapter for use at WKU’s Elizabethtown-Fort Knox Campus.

WKU honors 116 students from northern Kentucky, Elizabethtown areas: WKU began its 2016 series of scholars luncheons by honoring 116 outstanding students from high schools in the northern Kentucky and Elizabethtown areas.

Teacher Education professor explores graduate course opportunities at Harlaxton: Dr. Lisa Murley, an associate professor in WKU’s School of Teacher Education, was awarded an International Activities Grant for an exploratory visit to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

Kentucky Folklife Program accepting nominations for Homer Ledford Award: The Kentucky Folklife Program is accepting nominations through Nov. 21 for the Homer Ledford Award.

WKU Week in Photos: Oct. 3-7, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

View from the Hill – Family Resource Program provides crucial support for caregivers: More than a year ago a Family Resource Program was started at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex to offer support for caregivers.  Activities are already providing much needed resources as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

21st Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day: On Sept. 22 more than 550 fourth-graders attended the 21st annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day at L.D. Brown Agriculture Expo Center. Fourth graders attended from Allen, Edmonson and Warren counties.

What’s Happening at WKU

Planetarium to present ‘Lives of the Stars’ Oct. 11-Nov. 29: Lives of the Stars, a show about looking at the life cycles of the stars, will be presented Oct. 11-Nov. 29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Traffic/parking information for annual 10K Classic Oct. 15: The 37th annual Med Center Health 10K Classic is scheduled for Saturday morning (Oct. 15). The event will begin on University Boulevard and end at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Check out the parking and traffic information for the event.

WKU screening series of French films Oct. 17-26: WKU will screen a series of recent French films with a focus on coming of age in postcolonial French culture as part of a grant sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and the French Embassy.

‘I’ll Fly Away: The History of Bowling Green/Warren County Airport’ to be presented Oct. 18: As part of American Archives Month, the Special Collections Department of WKU Libraries is partnering with the Landmark Association and Co-Mar Aviation to host “I’ll Fly Away: The History of Bowling Green/Warren County Airport” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the BG/WC Regional Airport in the FBO Building.

Wells Fargo Director Speaking Oct. 18 at Gordon Ford College of Business: Bryan Piskorowski, Managing Director and Head of Advice & Market Strategy for Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis, Missouri, will give a presentation entitled, “Global Macro Outlook from Wells Fargo Advisors” on Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in Grise Hall Auditorium. The community is invited to attend.

Entrepreneurial Summit Oct. 19 at Fort Knox Education Center: Have you ever considered opening your own business, but really did not know how to get started? Perhaps, you have a creative idea or invention that you would like to pitch to prospective investors. Whatever your situation, you will definitely want to be on hand for the First Annual Entrepreneurial Summit:  Turning Your Great Ideas Into Gold!

Cellist, composer Ben Sollee to perform at WKU on Oct. 20: The 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series will continue with a performance by cellist and composer Ben Sollee at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Van Meter Hall.

‘Serafina’ author to visit Bowling Green Oct. 20 as part of SOKY Reads program: Best-selling author Robert Beatty will visit Bowling Green at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Warren County Public Library’s Bob Kirby Branch (175 Iron Skillet Court) as part of the annual SOKY Reads one book, one community reading program.

Far Away Places series presents author of ‘Radio and the Gendered Soundscape’: The next Far Away Places speaker is Christine Ehrick, associate professor of History at the University Louisville, who will be talking about her book Radio and the Gendered Soundscape: Women and Broadcasting in Argentina and Uruguay, 1930-1950. Her program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 20) at Barnes & Noble (1680 Campbell Lane).

WKU to celebrate ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ during Homecoming 2016: WKU will celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” during Homecoming 2016 activities Oct. 19-23.

20th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Oct. 23 to feature author Silas House: Author Silas House will be the featured presenter as WKU celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 23.

WKU news summary for Oct. 3-7, 2016

WKU Research Foundation launches new website: The WKU Research Foundation has launched a new website at WKURF.org. The website serves as a cross-campus research showcase dedicated to the advancement of research initiatives and the publication of information about research and scholarly project outcomes and their impact.

Educational Talent Search at WKU expanding services in area with new federal grant: The Educational Talent Search program at WKU is expanding to Barren and Simpson counties with the addition of a third grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

WKU Forensics Team wins in Illinois and Pennsylvania: WKU Forensics Team members traveled to Normal and Peoria, Illinois; and Easton, Pennsylvania, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Oct. 1-2.

Free parking available in downtown garage for WKU: Beginning Monday (Oct. 10), free parking will be available in the downtown parking garage for the WKU community. Transportation to and from WKU’s main campus will be provided on WKU’s Topper Transit Red Line.

Music professor performs, teaches at international clarinet festival in Italy: WKU Music Professor John Cipolla performed a clarinet recital and taught at the European Clarinet Association’s annual clarinet festival in Camerino, in the Marche region of central Italy.

EALR professors, students present at CREATE Conference: Several professors and students from WKU’s Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research participated in the Consortium for Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness annual conference held September 29-October 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. The CREATE Conference was marking its 25th anniversary and featured researchers and graduate students from around the nation sharing their work and ideas about school improvement.

Chatting with Chumbler: In his latest Chatting with Chumbler blog post, College of Health and Human Services Dean Neale Chumbler recaps the recent fly fishing course in Montana.

Local officials, WKU proclaim Oct. 5 as Safe Communities America Day: Officials from Bowling Green and Warren County joined WKU in celebrating Wednesday (Oct. 5) as Safe Communities America Day with a proclamation signing at City Hall.

Habitat for Humanity chapter sending group to Henderson: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be sending a volunteer group to Henderson for a fall break trip Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 6-8).

Topper Tank Awards Cash to Student Business Ideas: The Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition will take place on October 25 at 4 p.m. in Grise Hall 240. The deadline for students to submit their ideas via email is October 18.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 26-30, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘MoonBeings’ through Oct. 9: MoonBeings, a show about extending the search for life beyond Earth to a diverse array of moons in the solar system, will be presented Aug. 21-Oct. 9 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

ONE Vote ’16 election caravan bringing White House bounce house to WKU on Oct. 10: A caravan that includes an adult-size bounce house in the shape of the White House is coming to WKU on Monday (Oct. 10) to engage students on issues of extreme poverty ahead of November’s election. The caravan is sponsored by ONE, a non-partisan organization of 2.5 million Americans working to ensure that the next president has a strategy for fighting extreme poverty, especially in Africa.

KET, WKU to host preview of ‘The Hilltoppers’ on Oct. 10: During the 1950s, an unassuming quartet from Bowling Green made the astonishing rise from college singers to national fame – culminating in 21 songs on the Top 40 charts. The Hilltoppers’ path to stardom is the subject of a new KET documentary premiering Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on KET and Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on KET2. Guests can screen the new documentary before it airs on KET at a preview event hosted by KET and WKU on Oct. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT in WKU’s Van Meter Auditorium, the site where The Hilltoppers recorded their first song, “Trying,” in 1952.

Give Red, Give Life in WKU vs. MTSU blood drive Oct. 10-12: Members of the WKU campus and surrounding community are invited to participate in the Give Red, Give Life WKU vs. MTSU blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10-12 at WKU’s Preston Health and Activities Center.

Planetarium to present ‘Lives of the Stars’ Oct. 11-Nov. 29: Lives of the Stars, a show about looking at the life cycles of the stars, will be presented Oct. 11-Nov. 29 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Richey to present program Oct. 11 on book about Mose Rager: The Special Collections Department of WKU Libraries is hosting a program presented by Nancy Richey, associate professor in Library Special Collections, about her latest book Mose Rager: Kentucky’s Incomparable Guitar Master at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Kentucky Building at WKU. As part of the program, guitarist Robbie Jones will be featured and demonstrating the thumb-picking style known and created by the late Mose Rager himself.

Virginia professor to present Civil War lecture Oct. 13 at WKU: At 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in WKU’s Gary A. Ransdell Hall Auditorium, Elizabeth R. Varon will discuss the great impact of Appomattox on the Civil War generation and subsequent generations of Americans. Her lecture is titled “Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory.”

WKU faculty member to discuss book on actress Una Merkel: Sean Kinder, associate professor from the Department of Library Public Services at WKU, will be speaking about his book Una Merkel: The Actress with Sassy Wit and Southern Charm at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Barnes & Noble, 1680 Campbell Lane in Bowling Green.

Entrepreneurial Summit Oct. 19 at Fort Knox Education Center: Have you ever considered opening your own business, but really did not know how to get started? Perhaps, you have a creative idea or invention that you would like to pitch to prospective investors. Whatever your situation, you will definitely want to be on hand for the First Annual Entrepreneurial Summit:  Turning Your Great Ideas Into Gold!

WKU to celebrate ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ during Homecoming 2016: WKU will celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” during Homecoming 2016 activities Oct. 19-23.

20th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Oct. 23 to feature author Silas House: Author Silas House will be the featured presenter as WKU celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 23.

WKU news summary for September 26-30, 2016

WKU Forensics Team captures titles at Southern Mississippi: The WKU Forensics Team traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to take part in two tournaments co-hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University the weekend of Sept. 24-25. The team captured the team sweepstakes championships of both tournaments, walking away with a total of 18 individual event championships, out of a possible 22.

Poor Outpatient Care is associated with Costly Hospitalizations that are Preventable: Preventable hospitalizations are costly among Medicaid enrollees in comprehensive managed care plans, according to new research from WKU.

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU adds station in Boyle County: The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU has partnered with the Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service to install a station near Danville.

2016 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report: The 2016 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report is available on the WKU Police website at http://www.wku.edu/police/documents/2016annualcampussafetyandsecurityreport.pdf.

WKU to honor high school scholars at recognition events: WKU will honor top scholars from area high schools for their academic achievements.

INKED Founder Shares Lessons Learned: April Foster, founder and CEO of INKED of Bowling Green, spoke at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation’s first Entrepreneur Speaker Series Event of the Fall Semester on Sept. 20.

KRS Faculty Member Publishes a Textbook: Dr. Scott Lyons, director of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) at WKU,  partnered with three colleagues, Dr. John Jackson of the University of Alabama, Dr. Willie Hey of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and Mr. Peter Bannon, President of Sagamore Publishing, to publish “Interactive Health and Fitness: A Practical Approach to Improving Wellness.”

Gameday information for WKU vs. Houston Baptist on Oct. 1: Check out gameday parking/traffic/tailgating/ticket information for WKU vs. Houston Baptist on Saturday.

Transfer Scholarship application deadline Nov. 1 for spring 2017 admission: College students wanting to transfer to WKU may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance. The application deadline for the Transfer Scholarship is Nov. 1 for spring 2017 admission.

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

View from the Hill – Dating Violence Bill highlighted during Domestic Violence Awareness month: College-aged students now have more protection from dating violence thanks to a law that went into effect in January.  It’s all the more reason to raise awareness about domestic violence on campus as Amy Bingham reports in this View from the Hill.

PS3 Construction Begins Next Week: Construction of Parking Structure 3 in the Creason Lot will begin on Tuesday (Oct. 4).  When completed, this project will add over 500 parking spaces to WKU’s main campus and will be served by the Topper Transit bus system to provide access to campus.

SOKY Book Fest continues partnership with Warren County 212° Academy: For the fourth year in a row, 212° Academy students from Warren County will once again have the opportunity for a chance to win a spot on the author roster at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest in April 2017.

Students will see changes when filing FAFSA for 2017-18; application available Oct. 1: Every year college students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, most commonly referred to as the FAFSA, to qualify for financial aid. But a few changes are in store for the upcoming school year.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 19-24, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘MoonBeings’ through Oct. 9: MoonBeings, a show about extending the search for life beyond Earth to a diverse array of moons in the solar system, will be presented Aug. 21-Oct. 9 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting to present first Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting: The WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting will welcome Jineth Bedoya Lima, an award-winning Bogotá journalist, to campus on Oct. 4 as the first recipient of the Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting.

KET, WKU to host preview of ‘The Hilltoppers’ on Oct. 10: During the 1950s, an unassuming quartet from Bowling Green made the astonishing rise from college singers to national fame – culminating in 21 songs on the Top 40 charts. The Hilltoppers’ path to stardom is the subject of a new KET documentary premiering Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on KET and Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on KET2. Guests can screen the new documentary before it airs on KET at a preview event hosted by KET and WKU on Oct. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT in WKU’s Van Meter Auditorium, the site where The Hilltoppers recorded their first song, “Trying,” in 1952.

Give Red, Give Life in WKU vs. MTSU blood drive Oct. 10-12: Members of the WKU campus and surrounding community are invited to participate in the Give Red, Give Life WKU vs. MTSU blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10-12 at WKU’s Preston Health and Activities Center.

Richey to present program on book about Mose Rager: The Special Collections Department of WKU Libraries is hosting a program presented by Nancy Richey, associate professor in Library Special Collections, about her latest book Mose Rager: Kentucky’s Incomparable Guitar Master at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Kentucky Building at WKU. As part of the program, guitarist Robbie Jones will be featured and demonstrating the thumb-picking style known and created by the late Mose Rager himself.

Virginia professor to present Civil War lecture Oct. 13 at WKU: At 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in WKU’s Gary A. Ransdell Hall Auditorium, Elizabeth R. Varon will discuss the great impact of Appomattox on the Civil War generation and subsequent generations of Americans. Her lecture is titled “Legacies of Appomattox: Lee’s Surrender in History and Memory.”

Entrepreneurial Summit Oct. 19 at Fort Knox Education Center: Have you ever considered opening your own business, but really did not know how to get started? Perhaps, you have a creative idea or invention that you would like to pitch to prospective investors. Whatever your situation, you will definitely want to be on hand for the First Annual Entrepreneurial Summit:  Turning Your Great Ideas Into Gold!

‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ theme for Homecoming 2016 at WKU: Alumni and friends will celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” for WKU’s Homecoming 2016.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

20th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Oct. 23 to feature author Silas House: Author Silas House will be the featured presenter as WKU celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 23.

WKU news summary for September 19-23, 2016

WKU professor broadens international reach with political science research: Even as the events of the 2016 presidential election unfold, WKU’s Dr. Timothy Rich, Assistant Professor of Political Science, continues to turn his attention internationally, studying the processes of politics beyond our border.

WKU Forensics Team opens 2016-17 season as tournament host: The WKU Forensics Team kicked off its competitive season by hosting the Fall Forensic Tournament on WKU’s campus the weekend of Sept. 16-18.

‘Duncan the Story Dragon’ wins 10th Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award: WKU Libraries has selected Duncan the Story Dragon, written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll, as the winner of the 10th Evelyn Thurman Young Readers Book Award. The national award was created to honor the memory of former WKU librarian Evelyn Thurman, who made significant contributions to children’s librarianship and literacy during her 25 years of service to the university and community.

View from the Hill – White Oak Basket Exhibit: A new exhibit at the Kentucky Museum pays tribute to the time honored tradition of basket making.  In this View from the Hill, Amy Bingham talks to one basket maker who is about to receive national recognition for her talent.

WKU Department of Public Health offering JUMP-MHA Program: WKU’s Department of Public Health is now offering a Joint Undergraduate Master’s Program, JUMP-MHA. This program is designed to accelerate completion of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree.

Gameday information for WKU vs. Vanderbilt on Sept. 24: WKU (2-1) hosts its first-ever Southeastern Conference opponent in Bowling Green on Saturday (Sept. 24) when Vanderbilt (1-2) visits Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Check out gameday parking/traffic/tailgating information on WKU News.

WKU hosts international landscape conference: Cultural Geographer Dr. Peggy Gripshover, associate professor in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, led a walking tour of downtown Bowling Green as part of the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture’s (ISLPMC) annual conference, held Sept. 14-17 at WKU.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 12-16, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘MoonBeings’ through Oct. 9: MoonBeings, a show about extending the search for life beyond Earth to a diverse array of moons in the solar system, will be presented Aug. 21-Oct. 9 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

2016-17 theatre season opens Sept. 22-27 with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’: The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance 2016-17 Mainstage season will present a year of entertainment ranging from classic to contemporary. The season Sept. 22-27 with the romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Dr. David Young.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month event Sept. 26 at WKU: October is designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On Monday (Sept. 26), President Gary A. Ransdell, joined by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, will proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WKU. The proclamation signing will take place at 2 p.m. on the first floor of Downing Student Union.

Eezy.com hosting Meetup session Sept. 27 on Facebook marketing: Eezy.com, a leader in premium Photoshop brushes, vector illustrations and video footage and a tenant in the WKU Small Business Accelerator, will host a Meetup session on the topic of Facebook marketing for small business owners and marketers. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Eezy’s office in Suite 119 of WKU’s Center for Research and Development at 2413 Nashville Road, Bowling Green.

Author Anne Lamott to open 2016-2017 Cultural Enhancement Series on Sept. 27: The 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series will open with a presentation by author Anne Lamott at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Van Meter Hall.

Samsung senior vice president to visit WKU Sept. 28-29: Dr. Dochul Choi, Samsung’s senior vice president for Technology, and a team of Samsung representatives will visit WKU’s Department of Engineering and its Energy Systems Lab as well as WKU’s Center for Research and Development on Sept. 29.

WKU’s Presidential Search Committee to meet Sept. 30: WKU’s Presidential Search Committee will meet at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Martin Regents Room, Mass Media & Technology Hall. The agenda for the meeting can be found at http://www.wku.edu/presidentialsearch/documents/psc-meeting-agenda-09-30-2016.pdf

WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting to present first Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting: The WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting will welcome Jineth Bedoya Lima, an award-winning Bogotá journalist, to campus on Oct. 4 as the first recipient of the Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting.

Give Red, Give Life in WKU vs. MTSU blood drive Oct. 10-12: Members of the WKU campus and surrounding community are invited to participate in the Give Red, Give Life WKU vs. MTSU blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10-12 at WKU’s Preston Health and Activities Center.

‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ theme for Homecoming 2016 at WKU: Alumni and friends will celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” for WKU’s Homecoming 2016.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

20th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Oct. 23 to feature author Silas House: Author Silas House will be the featured presenter as WKU celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 23.

WKU news summary for September 12-16, 2016

Record number of Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit semifinalists: Eighteen seniors from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, marking the most students recognized in one school year in the school’s history.

Statement from Dr. Gary A. Ransdell: Read WKU President Gary A. Ransdell’s statement to the WKU community about two recent incidents on campus.

WKU Global Brigades Chapter supports international reach: Students at WKU are showing their support of the university’s goal of international reach through Global Brigades, a new organization focused on the advancement of Latin American and African countries.

WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting to present first Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting: The WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting will welcome Jineth Bedoya Lima, an award-winning Bogotá journalist, to campus on Oct. 4 as the first recipient of the Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting.

9 new members elected to WKU Alumni Association Board: The WKU Alumni Association recently elected nine new board members for 2016-2017. The new members will serve for three-year terms, which began in July.

View from the Hill – Steve Forbes Lecture at WKU: Multimillionaire Steve Forbes makes his case on capitalism in front of a standing room only crowd at WKU.  Amy Bingham sat down with him after his speech and has more in this View from the Hill.

Economics Faculty Ranked Ninth in Scholarly Contributions: The Gordon Ford College of Business’ Department of Economics has been ranked the ninth most prolific regional research department in the South by economics education researchers.

WKU graduate receives 2016 Firestarter Award: WKU graduate Annie Erskine is the 2016 recipient of the Firestarter Award, presented by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

‘Standing the Test of Time’: Exhibit at Kentucky Museum to celebrate basketmaking: On Friday (Sept. 16), The Kentucky Museum opened a new exhibit titled Standing the Test of Time: Kentucky’s White Oak Basket Tradition, which will explore the many facets of this tradition and honors the basketmakers connected to this important regional art form. The opening reception will begin at 6 p.m.

WKU Fly Fishing: A Visit to Missoula, MT: Next Monday, Dr. Neale Chumbler will be heading to Montana, joining with the WKU Fly Fishing group on a five- day experiential learning excursion in Missoula. A total of 13 individuals (eight students and five community members) will be embarking upon this trip, the fifth that Professor Raymond Poff, from WKU’s Recreation Administration program, has led at WKU. Read more on the Chatting with Chumbler blog.

WKU Week in Photos: Sept. 6-9, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘MoonBeings’ through Oct. 9: MoonBeings, a show about extending the search for life beyond Earth to a diverse array of moons in the solar system, will be presented Aug. 21-Oct. 9 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

South Korean Film Festival begins Sept. 19 at WKU: WKU’s Office of International Programs, Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the Department of English will present a South Korean Film Festival as part of the International Year of South Korea.

Founder of Local Business to Speak Sept. 20 at Gordon Ford College of Business: April Foster, Founder and CEO of INKED of Bowling Green, will speak at the Gordon Ford College of Business Entrepreneurship Speaker Series on Tuesday (Sept. 20) at 4 p.m. in Grise Hall 240.

2016-17 theatre season opens Sept. 22-27 with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’: The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance 2016-17 Mainstage season will present a year of entertainment ranging from classic to contemporary. The season Sept. 22-27 with the romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, directed by Dr. David Young.

Area 4th-graders to attend 21st Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® event Sept. 22: More than 500 fourth-graders from Warren, Allen and Edmonson counties will participate in the 21st annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® program on Sept. 22 at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.

Millstone Labs to host Cyber Cop Boot Camp Training Sept. 23: Millstone Labs, LLC, a tenant in the WKU Small Business Accelerator, leads the fight against Online Child Exploitation. Every crime today leaves a “digital fingerprint” and with the proper training of what to look for more crimes will be solved and likely prevented. Millstone Labs is hosting a Cyber Cop Boot Camp Training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at WKU’s Center for Research and Development, 2413 Nashville Road, Bowling Green.

Author Anne Lamott to open 2016-2017 Cultural Enhancement Series on Sept. 27: The 2016-2017 WKU Cultural Enhancement Series will open with a presentation by author Anne Lamott at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Van Meter Hall.

‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ theme for Homecoming 2016 at WKU: Alumni and friends will celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” for WKU’s Homecoming 2016.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

20th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing Oct. 23 to feature author Silas House: Author Silas House will be the featured presenter as WKU celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 23.

WKU news summary for September 5-9, 2016

German-based company supports scholarship fund & WKU’s international reach: BILSTEIN COLD ROLLED STEEL LP has provided funds to establish the Armbrust/McGee German Culture & Work Experience Scholarship Fund within the College Heights Foundation at WKU.

Textbooks For Troops impacts enrollment, retention, military friendly rankings: WKU’s Textbooks For Troops program is having a positive impact on enrollment and on the University’s growing national reputation as a “military friendly” institution.

WKU signs joint faculty agreement with Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Scientists at WKU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) can have appointments to both institutions thanks to a joint faculty agreement.

WKU department head presents research at international conference: Dr. David Keeling, University Distinguished Professor of Geography, presented research on accessibility and mobility in Medellín, Colombia, this past week at the annual international conference of the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Institute for Rural Health Receives $50,000 Grant: The Institute for Rural Health (IRH) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) received a $50,000 grant from the Good Samaritan Foundation Inc., a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

View from the Hill – Center for Citizenship and Social Justice: Last semester, budget cuts at WKU forced the consolidation of two similar programs offered on campus.  Amy Bingham has more on the new Center for Citizenship and Social Justice in this View from the Hill.

WKU Glasgow faculty member finalist for national award: Dr. Nicole Breazeale, assistant professor of sociology at WKU Glasgow, is one of five national finalists for the 2016 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, presented by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education and the Center for Engaged Democracy at Merrimack College.

Reflections from Cherry: Health as a Necessity: In his latest Chatting with Chumbler blog post, Dr. Neale Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, discusses how Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry’s 1926 book, Education: The Basis of Democracy, remains relevant today.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present ‘MoonBeings’ Aug. 21-Oct. 9: MoonBeings, a show about extending the search for life beyond Earth to a diverse array of moons in the solar system, will be presented Aug. 21-Oct. 9 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium.

Scholar Development hosting ‘Fellowships in 15’ on Sept. 13: The Office of Scholar Development (OSD) is hosting “Fellowships in 15” on Sept. 13 to raise campus awareness of nationally competitive scholarships and other opportunities to fund study abroad, research, creative work and professional development.

Opening reception Sept. 13 for ‘Tiny Treasures Miniature Books’ exhibition: The Special Collections Department of WKU Libraries will be hosting an opening reception for its most recent exhibition Tiny Treasures Miniature Books from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Jackson Gallery of the Kentucky Building.

2016 Majors and Minors & Study Abroad Fair Sept. 14: The Academic Advising & Retention Center (AARC) and Study Abroad and Global Learning (SAGL) offices of WKU will host the 2016 Majors and Minors & Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Preston Health and Activities Center.

Far Away Places series begins Sept. 15 with ‘Exploring New Zealand’: The 2016-17 Far Away Places speaker series kicks off with “Exploring New Zealand” by Clinton Lewis, WKU University Photographer, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Barnes & Noble, 1680 Campbell Lane.

Area 4th-graders to attend 21st Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® event Sept. 22: More than 500 fourth-graders from Warren, Allen and Edmonson counties will participate in the 21st annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® program on Sept. 22 at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.

‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story’ theme for Homecoming 2016 at WKU: Alumni and friends will celebrate “Oh, the Places You’ll Go! A Ransdell Story” for WKU’s Homecoming 2016.

2016 Homecoming set for Oct. 22: WKU’s 2016 Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 22. The Hilltoppers will face Old Dominion in the annual Homecoming football game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

 

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