Recap

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

WKU news summary for July 18-22, 2016

New scholarship program, lower tuition making WKU Dual Credit more accessible: Beginning this fall, college courses at WKU will be even more accessible for high school students. WKU Dual Credit has decreased tuition rates for all high school students, from $210 for three credit hours to $156 for three credit hours, and a new scholarship initiative announced by Gov. Matt Bevin provides a tuition scholarship providing high school seniors with up to two dual credit courses at no cost to them.

WKU’s MPA Program earns reaccreditation for additional seven years: The Master of Public Administration Program in WKU’s Department of Political Science has earned reaccreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for an additional seven years through Aug. 31, 2023.

WKU faculty members to discuss book, present research at AEJMC conference: Dr. Victoria LaPoe and Dr. Ben LaPoe, faculty members in WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting, will be discussing their new book and presenting research next month at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s national conference.

View from the Hill – Gatton Expansion nears completion: The Gatton Academy is wrapping up a $10 million expansion and preparing to welcome its largest class to date.  Amy Bingham shows us how it’s all coming together in this View from the Hill.

Parking Permits Have Been Mailed: Attention WKU faculty, staff and students: PTS has begun mailing permits which have been ordered online. Haven’t ordered your permit yet?  Order now at www.wku.edu/transportation.

Minds-on learning an integral part of Camp Explore experience: Hands-on, minds-on learning is a hallmark of the programs offered by The Center for Gifted Studies and Camp Explore is no exception. All five classes – Math, Clowning, Art, Science, and Language Arts – challenged campers to think while they constructed homes of craft sticks and marshmallows, wrote stories, and created works of art.

Gatton Academy students at Harlaxton: Students from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science are spending a few weeks at Harlaxton College in England. Follow the group online or on Twitter @GattonAcademy.

VAMPY Pictures of the Week: VAMPY photographers share their favorite photographs from the camp’s final week.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are wrapping up their cross country ride from Seattle to Virginia Beach. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

Hilltop Drive Closed July 23: Hilltop Drive will be closed to through traffic on Saturday (July 23) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to an event in front of Van Meter Hall.  Those needing access to the top of the hill may use Colonnade Drive.

Hardin Planetarium to present summer show July 3-Aug. 18: Night Sky Stories Over a Summer Campfire will be presented July 3-Aug. 18 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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.

WKU news summary for July 11-15, 2016

Chatting with Chumbler: Strengthening CHHS’ Global Footprint: Dr. Neale Chumbler, dean of WKU’s College of Health and Human Services, will be meeting with administrators, staff and students at the University of Haifa in Israel next week to create a new Global Health Summer Program between UH and WKU. Read more in the Chatting with Chumbler blog.

Paducah selected as site for 2016 Mountain Workshops: As Brittany Greeson, a WKU photojournalism student who was taking a break from school and interning at the Flint Journal, arrived at the 2015 edition of the Mountain Workshops in Frankfort, she said that the feeling of failure was on her mind. The pressure to perform at the Mountain can be intense.

WKU Global Reach: Professor’s Unforgettable Research on Elephant Behavior: While WKU’s Dr. Bruce Schulte has conducted research on a variety of animals including the North American beaver and the Florida manatee, his current international research on African elephants is positively impacting village communities in Kenya by helping to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Phi Delta Theta chapter at WKU receives 2015-16 Clark Jackson Award: The Phi Delta Theta chapter at WKU was recently recognized as the winner of the 2015-16 Clark Jackson Award, a distinction given to one of the Fraternity’s 180+ chapters across North America. The Clark Jackson Award recognizes the chapter that raises the most money through the Fraternity’s Iron Phi program.

View from the Hill – WKU’s Learn and Earn program combines employment and scholarship opportunities: Scholarships and employment are coming together at WKU and giving students an opportunity to learn and earn at the same time. Amy Bingham has more on the Learn and Earn program in this View from the Hill.

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

View from the Hill – Top Dollar Scholarship Portal: Scholarship opportunities at WKU are just a click away thanks to an online portal that brings together the application process and the scholarship search engine.  It’s been almost a year since Top Dollar was launched and this technology is already having an impact as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

View from the Hill – WKU Honors Student takes Domestic Violence Platform to Miss Kentucky competition: A WKU student who competed for the title of Miss Kentucky earlier this month had a  strong message about a serious subject as her platform.  The issue is domestic violence.  Amy Bingham explains why the contestant is so passionate about it in this View from the Hill.

Study of other cultures and religions eye-opening for VAMPY students: Rather than running from other cultures or fearing the unknown, VAMPY campers in Arabic and Humanities are opening themselves up to the world and finding that enlightenment and empowerment come from keeping an open mind to new experiences.

First and second graders engage in Camp Explore: Sixty first and second graders are engaged in hands-on, minds-on learning this week at Camp Explore. More: Camp blog.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

WKU Admissions hosting Picnics in the Park: The Admissions Office at WKU is hosting several “Picnics in the Park” during June and July for incoming freshmen. They are celebrations for WKU2020 that will be held all over Kentucky and Tennessee.

WKU Regents to meet July 21-22: The WKU Board of Regents will meet for a retreat on July 21 and conduct its third quarterly meeting on July 22.

Hardin Planetarium to present summer show July 3-Aug. 18: Night Sky Stories Over a Summer Campfire will be presented July 3-Aug. 18 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU hosting information sessions July 19 & July 21: People in the community who want to advance their career can learn how WKU can help them get started at free information sessions in Bowling Green, WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, WKU Glasgow, and WKU Owensboro. Attendees will have the option to participate in person or virtually through a live webinar.

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.

WKU news summary for July 5-8, 2016

Bike4Alz group riding into Bowling Green: The 2016 Bike4Alz team rode into Bowling Green Wednesday afternoon and participated in a community street fest on Thursday evening.

Chili’s near WKU campus to celebrate grand opening July 11: Chili’s® Grill & Bar has fired up the grill and opened its doors near WKU in Bowling Green. Chili’s will celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. Monday (July 11).

Department head completes 10th 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 10th circumnavigation of the planet, completing a three-week around-the-world tour of the South Pacific, Asia, Africa and Europe, covering about 32,000 miles, representing WKU and the American Geographical Society as part of a geographic educational outreach program.

Campers enjoying routine of VAMPY and anticipating weekend: With an event-filled past few days of camp, campers are looking forward to revert back to a typical schedule filled with optionals, community time, and of course study hall. More: Camp blog.

Marcus Ward Earns Trip to Hollywood for KPMG Conference: Marcus Ward, a senior accounting student from Birmingham, Alabama, is one of 90 students from the United States selected to attend the KPMG Future Diversity Leaders Program in Hollywood, California, the week of July 11.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

WKU Admissions hosting Picnics in the Park: The Admissions Office at WKU is hosting several “Picnics in the Park” during June and July for incoming freshmen. They are celebrations for WKU2020 that will be held all over Kentucky and Tennessee.

Hardin Planetarium to present summer show July 3-Aug. 18: Night Sky Stories Over a Summer Campfire will be presented July 3-Aug. 18 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU Agriculture to host Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day on July 12: The WKU Department of Agriculture will hold its Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day July 12 at the L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center in Bowling Green.

WKU hosting information sessions July 19 & July 21: People in the community who want to advance their career can learn how WKU can help them get started at free information sessions in Bowling Green, WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, WKU Glasgow, and WKU Owensboro. Attendees will have the option to participate in person or virtually through a live webinar.

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.

WKU news summary for June 20-July 1, 2016

WKU Learn and Earn teams with SOKY Jobs on program: WKU Learn and Earn is working with SOKY Jobs in efforts to increase program awareness, expand business partnerships and meet the growing workforce needs within the region.

School of Nursing Receives $272,574 AENT Grant Award: WKU’s School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) is pleased to announce that WKU was recently awarded $272,574 for the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for 2016-2017 academic year.

WKU staff member awarded NACAS diversity scholarship: Marshall Gray, director of postal, printing and vending services at WKU, has been awarded the 2016 Mereese Ladson Diversity Scholarship from the NACAS Education Foundation.

WKU group attends annual international GIS conference: For the past 15 years in a row, a student from WKU’s GIS program has been selected for a GIS assistantship to participate in the annual Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) International Geographic Information Systems (GIS) User Conference at San Diego, California.

WKU Regents pass $402 million budget: WKU’s Board of Regents has passed a $402 million budget for 2016-17.

WKU Regents hear 10-year housing master plan: WKU’s Student Life Foundation is embarking on 10-year plan to provide housing that is more in line with the style students prefer.

VAMPY’s 33rd year kicks off: The 33rd summer of VAMPY got underway Sunday with move-in, campus tours, icebreaker games, and camper bonding.

VAMPY siblings share unique – but similar – camp experiences: In a group that spans four grades, hails from 10 states (and China!), and is populated by 200 unique individuals, it seems unlikely that a widespread commonality could emerge. Yet 10 percent of this year’s cohort of VAMPY campers has something in common: They’re all attending camp with their sibling.

A day in the life of VAMPY campers: While classes are a big part of the VAMPY experience, campers also bond and grow outside of class time by spending time with other campers, especially their hallmates — the other campers in a group led by one counselor. To see what a typical day entails for VAMPY campers, our photographers followed counselor Ellie Hogg’s 12 girls from morning to night. More: Camp blog.

High school students participate in Confucius Institute program in China: Since 2011, the Confucius Institute at WKU has given high school students the opportunity to go to China. On June 13, 20 individuals led by Sonya Gray (WKU) and Shi Wei (Trinity High School, Louisville) arrived in Beijing.

ICYMI: News Around Campus – June 2016 edition: Check out some June 2016 news items/social media posts from around campus.

View from the Hill – WKU Police release powerful new active shooter training video: Run, Hide and Fight.  Three words that could save your life in an active shooter situation.  WKU has released a powerful new video demonstrating this technique.  Amy Bingham has a preview of it in this View from the Hill.

WKU professor’s 8th novel released: WKU English professor and local author David Bell’s eighth novel, his first set in Kentucky, was released with New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House USA, on June 21.

19 WKU Graduate Students Participate in 3rd Annual Sport Facility Symposium Study Away: WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s (DELO) Study Away office to offer a summer seminar May 15-22 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

WKU Admissions hosting Picnics in the Park: The Admissions Office at WKU is hosting several “Picnics in the Park” during June and July for incoming freshmen. They are celebrations for WKU2020 that will be held all over Kentucky and Tennessee.

Hardin Planetarium to present summer show July 3-Aug. 18: Night Sky Stories Over a Summer Campfire will be presented July 3-Aug. 18 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU Agriculture to host Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day on July 12: The WKU Department of Agriculture will hold its Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day July 12 at the L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center in Bowling Green.

WKU hosting information sessions July 19 & July 21: People in the community who want to advance their career can learn how WKU can help them get started at free information sessions in Bowling Green, WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, WKU Glasgow, and WKU Owensboro. Attendees will have the option to participate in person or virtually through a live webinar.

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.

WKU news summary for June 13-17, 2016

3 to join WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni during 2016 Homecoming: A beloved WKU athletic trainer and mentor, a retired Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and a nationally recognized educator will join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. Bill “Doc E” Edwards, the Hon. Tom Emberton Sr. and Dr. Chester C. Travelstead will be inducted during WKU’s 2016 Homecoming celebration. The 25th class of noted alumni will be recognized during a luncheon at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at Sloan Convention Center.

Concrete canoe team finishes 4th in national competition: WKU civil engineering students finished fourth overall last weekend in the 2016 Concrete Canoe National Competition.

WKU faculty member receives civic engagement award: Dr. Molly Kerby, associate professor in WKU’s Department of Diversity & Community Studies, was one of four outstanding leaders in civic engagement honored recently by the American Democracy Project (ADP), an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

VUB staff member elected to Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame: Krystol Stinson of Scottsville has been elected to the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. She will be inducted into the Hall’s Class of 2016 on Sept. 17 in Frankfort. Stinson works for WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound project as the outreach coordinator.

Gatton Academy team 2nd in state Envirothon Competition: For the second year in a row, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science earned second place in the Kentucky State Envirothon Competition, scoring the highest overall on both the Wildlife and Aquatics exams.

Nominations being accepted for 2017 class of Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: Nominations are being accepted through July 15 for the 2017 class of inductees into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

A 50 Year Milestone: On June 16, 1966, Western Kentucky State College achieved university status and officially became WKU. Celebrate by taking a trip back in time to experience life on the Hill half a century ago. More: Photo album on Facebook.

View from the Hill – WKU’s White Squirrel Phenomenon: For years WKU has gone nuts for white squirrels. So much so that merchandise and even a mascot have resulted from the obsession. Amy Bingham has more on the furry phenomenon in this View from the Hill.

SCATS camper sees fundraising efforts pay off: When Sadibou Ceesay of Berea first learned about SCATS, it was from stories told by older classmates at Berea Community Middle School that described a place where classes challenged you, optionals were as fun as they were wacky, and you met friends who became like your family for two glorious weeks. Sadibou knew he had to experience this “Hogwarts for nerds” for himself and set about creating a fundraising plan so he could attend SCATS and his brother, Ismaila, could attend VAMPY. More: Camp blog.

Campers build community through mandatory fun: Outside of their classes, SCATS campers have started to form friendships through a variety of structured and unstructured activities each evening. Most nights, counselors plan a variety of creative “mandatory optionals” for the campers. It’s mandatory that each camper sign up for one activity, but optional which of the fun choices he or she selects. More: Camp blog.

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

‘Chinese Cultural Experience’ mobile unit still on the move: Since the official unveiling of the Confucius Institute at WKU’s mobile unit in September 2013, the “Chinese Cultural Experience” has visited more than 200 sites in Kentucky and is still on the move.

Gated Regents and Pay Lot Closed for Maintenance: Due to maintenance, Gated Regents Lot and the adjacent pay station lot will be closed Friday-Sunday (June 17-19) for resealing and striping.  The lots are scheduled to reopen on Monday (June 20).

Clarinets for Conservation: This summer, the Daraja Strings portion of DMI began a brand new young strings program. Dr. Ching-Yi Lin, Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of the Pre-College Program at WKU, and new DMI volunteers, Emily Vaughn (WKU) and Shelley Armer (UT-Knoxville), share their experiences in getting this program up and running.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Pluto show through June 30: Pluto: Gateway to the Third Zone of the Solar System will be presented through June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Finance and Budget Committee to meet June 20: The Finance and Budget Committee of the WKU Board of Regents will meet 9 a.m. Monday (June 20). The meeting will be in the Martin Regents Room, Mass Media and Technology Hall.

WKU Agriculture to host Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day on July 12: The WKU Department of Agriculture will hold its Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day July 12 at the L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center in Bowling Green.

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.

WKU news summary for June 6-10, 2016

WKU students 1st in photo, 2nd in multimedia in 2016 Hearst national championships: WKU student Brittany Greeson, a senior from Owensboro, has been named the national photojournalism champion in the 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Alyse Young, a senior from Redmond, Washington, finished second in the national multimedia championship

Summer filled with research, internships, study abroad for Gatton Academy students: Eighty-six students from The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky are involved in some form of summer learning. From research internships to study abroad to robust community service projects, students are gearing up for busy weeks ahead.

Older women more satisfied than men with their hospital care, WKU research says: Older female patients are more satisfied with their hospitalization than their male counterparts, according to new research from WKU.

WKU PBS’ ‘Lost River Sessions’ earns 3 Ohio Valley Emmy Award nominations: WKU PBS, WKU’s Public Television Service, has been nominated for three awards in three different categories for the 52st Annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards. Recipients will be announced during an Aug. 6 ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

WKU Libraries receives national recognition for PR, social media campaigns: WKU Libraries received the “Award for Excellence” in the Library Public Relations Materials and Social Media Campaign categories at the awards banquet for the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) conference held in Boston, Massachusetts, June 2-4.

Science Teachers Engage in Hands-on Opportunities: Ten middle school science teachers from across the United States engaged in a variety of hands-on lessons throughout the week as the inaugural class of National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars. The teachers were selected for the prestigious program through a competitive application process and able to attend at no cost thanks to a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

Students Experience Real-World Innovation at Camp Innovate: Ask most people to name examples of innovations and they will probably mention cutting-edge examples of technology and engineering: driverless cars, drones, virtual reality goggles, or the latest smartphone. Students in Camp Innovate, offered for the second year by The Center for Gifted Studies, are learning that innovation can be found in every subject area if students are willing to embrace new ways of learning.

View from the Hill – Science Teachers take part in National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program: Ten of the brightest middle school science teachers from around the country are at WKU this week developing new ways to get students excited about science. Amy Bingham has more on the prestigious program in this View from the Hill.

WKU Public Radio set for ‘Marathon Pledge Drive’: WKU Public Radio will attempt to squeeze an entire week of on-air pledging into 26.2 hours beginning Friday morning (June 10). The station is making an effort to raise the final $50,000 needed to meet its membership goal for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Ninth Annual “Lighten Your Load” was a great success!: At the end of every spring semester, WKU Housing & Residence Life provides students with the opportunity to donated unwanted clothing, food, and household items before they move out of the residence halls for the summer.

Public Health Graduate to Present at American Public Health Association Conference: The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services, and the WKU chapter of the Kentucky Public Health Association, would like to extend a huge congratulations to Gargya Malla, one of our spring 2016 MPH graduates, for being selected to present a poster at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association in Denver, Colorado.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Pluto show through June 30: Pluto: Gateway to the Third Zone of the Solar System will be presented through June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU Agriculture to host Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day on July 12: The WKU Department of Agriculture will hold its Industrial Hemp Conference and Field Day July 12 at the L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center in Bowling Green.

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.

WKU news summary for May 30-June 3, 2016

WKU faculty member wasn’t expecting record-breaking run on ABC’s ‘500 Questions’: WKU faculty member Guy Jordan never expected that he’d make an unprecedented, record-breaking run on ABC’s “500 Questions” – or become hit on social media in the process.

WKU professor describes plan for Great American Eclipse: While still more than a year away, WKU is already planning several educational outreach programs for the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse.

WKU steel bridge team finishes 1st in nation for best looking bridge, 37th overall: WKU civil engineering students competed in the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition May 27-28 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. WKU finished 37th overall in the competition, but finished first in the nation for the best looking bridge, which was an amazing red curved arch truss bridge.

WKU finishes third overall in 2016 Hearst competition: With a first-place finish in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition and a second-place finish in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition, WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has placed third overall in 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. The awards were presented Wednesday (June 1) in San Francisco, where three WKU students are competing for Hearst National Championships in multimedia and photojournalism competitions.

Space archaeologist joins 2016-17 Cultural Enhancement Series lineup: In a season already jam-packed with talent and ingenuity, the 2016-17 Cultural Enhancement Series is adding another name to its roster: Sarah Parcak.

Concrete canoe team ready for 2016 national competition: WKU civil engineering students will be traveling to the University of Texas at Tyler next week for the 2016 Concrete Canoe National Competition.

WKU senior named Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations Student of the Year: WKU senior Angela Petkovic, a public relations major from Bowling Green, has been named the Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations Student of the Year.

KBA announces 2016-17 Harry Barfield Scholarship Recipients: The Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) announced the recipients of its 25th annual Harry Barfield Scholarship awards program. The recipients who will be receiving $2,500 scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year include WKU students Marcus Browning of Somerset and Kalee Chism of Louisville.

Student Activities Office hosts 10th LeaderShape Institute: The Student Activities Office recently hosted its 10th campus-based WKU LeaderShape Institute, an intensive, weeklong experience that teaches students to lead with integrity and believe in the impossible.

Two CHHS CSD Faculty Members Elected to State Offices: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Health and Human Services is proud to announce that two faculty members have been elected to lead the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA).

Honors College Graduates Recognized at Annual Luncheon: The Honors College at WKU recognized more than 200 graduates, the largest class in its history, at the annual Honors College Graduation Luncheon on May 13. At the commencement ceremonies on May 14, several Honors College graduates were recognized as Scholars of the Colleges and Jessica Canada was honored as the Ogden Foundation Scholar.

WKU Global REACH: Professor’s geologic research impacts international community: Dr. Chris Groves, University Distinguished Professor and accomplished hydrogeologist, exemplifies WKU’s goals of leadership and international reach. Renowned for his extensive research on cave and karst systems and water resources in China, Groves has been travelling to China since 1995. His first trip introduced him to South China’s vast karst landscape. Groves has travelled to China 32 more times since then for the purpose of collaborative research.

CHHS Celebrates the End of a Successful Year and Plans for a Busy Summer: The 2015-16 Academic Year just concluded and what a great year it was for CHHS.

View from the Hill – Math Professor nearing 120-pound weight loss: Since the beginning of 2015, WKU has offered the Weight Watchers at Work program to employees at no cost.  Now a WKU Math Professor is closing in on a 120-pound weight loss. Amy Bingham talks to her in this View from the Hill.

PS1 Repairs: Parking Structure 1 ramp on Avenue of Champions will be closed for repairs beginning Monday (June 6) through June 18.  The ramp on University Boulevard will remain open.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Pluto show through June 30: Pluto: Gateway to the Third Zone of the Solar System will be presented through June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU Presidential Search Committee to meet June 3: The WKU Presidential Search Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) Friday (June 3) in the Cornelius Martin Regents Room, Mass Media and Technology Hall.

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.

WKU news summary for May 23-27, 2016

WKU steel bridge team making fourth consecutive trip to national competition May 27-28: WKU civil engineering students will compete this weekend in National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

WKU student receives Princeton in Latin America Fellowship: Emma Shoaf, a graduating senior at WKU from Lexington, has received the Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) Fellowship to work in the Dominican Republic.

WKU graduate Ruby Lewis ready for opening night on Broadway in ‘PARAMOUR’: As she prepares for opening night Broadway, Ruby Lewis hasn’t forgotten the role WKU played in launching her career.

View from the Hill – Glasgow couple now travels the world as nurses years after dropping out of school: A Glasgow couple is traveling the world working as Family Nurse Practitioners after obtaining their degrees from WKU and Vanderbilt University. Would you believe they were both high school dropouts? Amy Bingham has their story in this View from the Hill.

WKU group attends planning association conference: Last week WKU faculty, students and alumni attended the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association conference at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green.

Enactus Team Competes in Nationals: The 2016 WKU Enactus Team competed at the 2016 Enactus National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The team presented projects that created four new Hispanic-owned businesses in Bowling Green, started a statewide translation initiative to allow pre-literate speakers to take the Kentucky state written driver’s exam, and connected WKU Dental Clinic students with those in the WKU community who need dental health evaluations.

WKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Seven WKU Study Away Students: The Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded scholarships to seven WKU students taking courses this summer through WKU Study Away.

Photograph Havana, Cuba with two veteran photographers, teachers and travelers!: Venture behind the scenes and explore the “hidden Havana” in this short photographic workshop. This workshop is intended to photograph and document Havana, Cuba, as a city with a sense of place; steeped in history, traditions and culture.

2016 John Lyne Speech Contest: Dr. Gary Hughes was the contest director for this year’s 2016 John Lyne Speech Contest held at WKU Glasgow Campus. On May 7, 40 competitors presented persuasive speeches prepared in their COMM 145 or “Business” COMM 145 courses.

Colonnade Drive Closed June 1-2: Due to weather delays, Colonnade Drive will be closed Wednesday-Thursday (June 1-2) to through traffic from Potter Hall to Garrett Service Drive while construction continues on Helm Library. More: Map of detour

Portion of PS1 Closed May 28: Floor 3 of Parking Structure 1 is scheduled to be closed for routine maintenance on Saturday (May 28) and is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. Sunday (May 29). All vehicles, including WKU campus vehicles, must be relocated by 5 p.m. today (May 27).

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

Follow the WKU storm chasers: The 7th Annual WKU Weather Analysis and Forecasting Field Methods Course (a.k.a. Storm Chase) is under way. Daily updates on the group’s activities and targets will be posted on the WKU Meteorology Blog as well as @wkustormchase on Twitter.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders are riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Pluto show May 12-June 30: Pluto: Gateway to the Third Zone of the Solar System will be presented May 12-June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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.

WKU news summary for May 16-20, 2016

WKU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program receives initial accreditation: WKU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program has received initial five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

McAdoo named Executive Director of WKU Alumni Association: Dr. Anthony McAdoo, a veteran alumni relations professional, has been named the new Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association.

WKU student earns Madison Fellowship honorable mention: Shelley Spalding, a 2015 WKU graduate and current graduate student from Lebanon, earned an honorable mention for her application for the James Madison Graduate Fellowship.

WKU student to participate in Fulbright UK Summer Institute: Angel Ann Semrick, a first-year Special Education and Elementary Education major and Cherry Presidential Scholar at WKU, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright UK Summer Institute at King’s College London.

6 WKU students awarded Lifetime Experience Grants: The Office of Scholar Development has awarded six WKU students a total of $12,000 in Lifetime Experience Grants in the 2015-16 academic year.

Small Business Accelerator client releases world’s first mobile terminology app: Code Switch Media, a client of the Kentucky Innovation Network and a tenant of the WKU Small Business Accelerator, has released the world’s first truly mobile terminology management app, INTRAKIT™.

WKU’s 179th Commencement concludes with undergraduate ceremonies: WKU recognized more than 1,800 graduates in its Class of 2016 and presented two honorary doctorates on Saturday as the 179th Commencement concluded with three undergraduate ceremonies. More: Ogden Foundation Scholar, top students honored; graduate ceremony; doctoral degree recipients; View from the Hill on inaugural DPT graduates.

58 students graduate in Gatton Academy’s ninth class: On Saturday (May 14), 58 students representing 38 counties from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky were recognized during The Gatton Academy’s ninth graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall.

WKU Week in Photos special edition: 179th Commencement: Check out a special May 2016 Commencement installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU Week in Photos: May 9-13, 2016: Check out latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU Week in Photos special edition: Commencement events at regional campuses: Check out a special installment of WKU Week in Photos for May 2016 Commencement events at WKU Regional Campuses.

View from the Hill – Kappa Delta Sorority provides huge financial boost to the Family Enrichment Center: WKU’s Greek Community has played a big role in the success of the Family Enrichment Center, a regional hub for child abuse prevention services. Amy Bingham explains how in this View from the Hill.

WKU Student United Way Presents $1,000 Grant to Housing Authority of Bowling Green: The 2015-2016 chapter of WKU’s Student United Way set a goal at the beginning of the school year to raise enough funds for a community grant to be made to a United Way of Southern Kentucky (UWSK) affiliated program by the end of the school year. Through a variety of fundraising efforts over the past year, WKU’s Student United Way raised enough money to award a grant in the amount of $1,000.

Follow the WKU storm chasers: The 7th Annual WKU Weather Analysis and Forecasting Field Methods Course (a.k.a. Storm Chase) is under way. Daily updates on the group’s activities and targets will be posted on the WKU Meteorology Blog as well as @wkustormchase on Twitter.

WKU Sport Facility Symposium: WKU students are visiting sports facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina. Updates and photos from the Study Away course are posted on the group’s blog as well as @WKU_KRS on Twitter.

Follow Bike4Alz: The Bike4Alz riders will be riding from Seattle to Virginia Beach this summer. Follow the group online or on Twitter @Bike4Alz

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Pluto show May 12-June 30: Pluto: Gateway to the Third Zone of the Solar System will be presented May 12-June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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.

WKU news summary for May 9-13, 2016

WKU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program recognizing inaugural graduates: The inaugural 30 graduates of WKU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy have developed a special bond over the past three years and are ready for their next step as the program reaches a long-anticipated milestone. More: View from the Hill.

WKU to confer degrees to 2,564 during 179th Commencement: WKU will confer degrees to the inaugural graduates of its Doctor of Physical Therapy program, present two honorary doctorates and recognize top undergraduate and graduate students during its 179th Commencement on May 13-14.

5 WKU students receive Boren Scholarships: All five of WKU’s applicants for David L. Boren Scholarships have received awards that will provide up to $20,000 for a year of study abroad.

5 WKU students recognized in Truman, Goldwater, Udall scholarship competitions: Five WKU students have been recognized in three of the most competitive national award competitions. Two were named finalists for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship; two received honorable mention in the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship competition; and one earned an honorable mention in the Udall Scholarship competition.

9 WKU students to study abroad on Gilman Scholarships: Nine additional WKU students will study abroad this summer on Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships. Four other Hilltoppers received Gilman Scholarships for summer in an earlier application cycle.

WKU storm chasers ready for annual forecast field course: Each year during WKU’s May term, Dr. Josh Durkee assembles a group of students for his Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course and together, they forecast, analyze, document and study severe convective storms across the Great Plains. The group begins its seventh annual trip on Sunday.

5 Chinese Flagship students accepted for Capstone Year Program: A record-matching five WKU Chinese Flagship Program students have been accepted for the 2016-2017 Chinese Flagship Overseas Capstone Year Program.

3 WKU students awarded U.S. EPA Greater Research Opportunity Fellowships: Three WKU students have been awarded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunity Fellowships.

Deeb named NATAS Ohio Valley Silver Circle Honoree: Barbara Deeb, news producer/reporter for WKU-PBS, has been named a Silver Circle Honoree by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Ohio Valley Chapter.

WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting Earns ACEJMC Reaccreditation: WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting (SJ&B) earned reaccreditation May 6 from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

33 students to serve as Spirit Masters at WKU for 2016-17: Thirty-three WKU students have been selected as Spirit Masters for the 2016-17 year. Spirit Masters are the official ambassadors of WKU, work with the administration, alumni and community to provide a warm reception for guests and welcome every opportunity to promote WKU and exemplify the University’s motto, “The Spirit Makes the Master.”

2 WKU students receive undergraduate library research awards: WKU students Benjamin Paul Watson of Frankfort and Hannah Garrett of Henderson were recognized in a ceremony at Cravens Library on May 5. 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.

2 WKU graduate students receive counseling fellowship: The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected two WKU graduate students for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).

Parking and Transit Summer Session Changes: WKU Parking & Transportation Services has announced summer parking and transit changes that will be in effect May 16 to Aug. 12.

WKU ICSR releases annual report for 2015-2016: WKU’s Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility (ICSR) has released its annual report for the 2015-2016 academic year. This year’s report documents growth across virtually all of the ICSR’s curricular and extracurricular programs, including the academic minor, Third Tuesday Teas (T3s) and the Social Justice Speakers Series.

Russell Independent teams win 2016 Kentucky Science Olympiad: The state finals for the 2016 Kentucky Science Olympiad were held April 23 on the WKU campus with both overall winners from Russell Independent Schools  — Russell Independent High School – Maroon Team in the high school (C) division and Russell Independent Middle School – Maroon Team in the middle school (B) division.

WKU Week in Photos: May 2-6, 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 Pluto show May 12-June 30: Pluto: Gateway to the Third Zone of the Solar System will be presented May 12-June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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.

WKU news summary for May 2-6, 2016

WKU to confer degrees to 2,564 during 179th Commencement: WKU will confer degrees to the inaugural graduates of its Doctor of Physical Therapy program, present two honorary doctorates and recognize top undergraduate and graduate students during its 179th Commencement on May 13-14.

Record 13 WKU students honored by Fulbright Program: Thirteen WKU students have been honored by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the most in WKU’s history. Eight graduating seniors and recent alumni received grants: Brittany Broder of St. Charles, Missouri; Jessica Brumley of Lawrenceburg; Elizabeth Gribbins of Louisville; Jarred Johnson of Somerset; Bailey Mack of Louisville; Tyler Prochazka of Newton, Kansas; Megan Skaggs of Brownsville; and Ryan Vennell of Bowling Green. Five students were designated alternates and will be promoted if additional funding becomes available: Audrey Brown of Bowling Green, Sarah Haywood of Harlan, Emma Shoaf of Lexington, Mallory Treece of Smiths Grove, and Justin Wellum of Louisville.

Alltech China, WKU announce new internship program: Alltech China and WKU announced a new internship program in conjunction with the Chinese Language Flagship Program at WKU.

Gatton student receives scholarship for research internship in Germany: Eura Shin, a second-year student at The Gatton Academy, has received a funded summer internship in Germany through a competitive, international scholarship. The German Academic Exchange Service’s Research Internship in Science and Engineering (known as the DAAD RISE) provides North American and British undergraduates the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German research institutions.

WKU students to ride cross country in Bike4Alz project: For the fourth time since 2010, a group of WKU fraternity members will be making a cross country bike ride to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s research. More: View from the Hill – Fiji’s gear up for Bike4Alz.

WKU selects Cuba for 2018-19 International Year Of… program: Following a faculty proposal process, Cuba has been selected as the country of focus for the 2018-19 International Year Of… (IYO) program at WKU.

WKU Public Radio staff, student broadcasters receive Kentucky AP awards: WKU Public Radio reporter Lisa Autry took home a first place Kentucky AP Broadcasters award on April 30 for Best Long Enterprise Reporting – radio. Autry’s report on Asian Carp invading Kentucky waterways was voted tops in the category. Autry has been a reporter at WKYU since 2004; several of her feature stories have appeared nationally on NPR.

18 awards presented at Bucks for Bright Ideas banquet: The Kentucky Innovation Network recognized 18 winning individuals/teams during its annual Bucks for Bright Ideas banquet on Wednesday (May 4) at the WKU Center for Research and Development.

WKU faculty members provide training for Chinese teachers: Since 2012, professors from WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have traveled to China and provided training for new incoming Chinese teachers for the Confucius Institute. This year was no exception, as Dr. Kay Gandy and Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh from the School of Teacher Education provided a five-day training to 12 teachers on the campus of Beijing Language and Culture University from April 30 to May 4.

WKU Libraries professor’s book ‘Tibetan Folktales’ receives storytelling award: WKU Libraries Professor Haiwang Yuan’s book Tibetan Folktales was recently recognized by Five Libraries Unlimited, an affiliate of ABC-CLIO, as a top pick for their Storytelling World Awards.  Tibetan Folktales, written by Yuan, Awang Kunga and Bo Li, received an Honorable Mention in the Special Storytelling Resources category.

WKU physics students receive prestigious honor: Andrew McGuffey of Scottsville and Stefan Stryker of Lexington, WKU junior physics students who volunteer at The Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center, have been accepted to the American Association of Medical Physicists (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Students & Faculty Heading to Iceland: Eighteen students, three faculty, and two program assistants head to Iceland for the second year of this Faculty-Led Study Abroad program.

Parking and Transit Changes: WKU parking permit sales are underway for the 2016-17 Academic Year on the Bowling Green campuses.  A big change for the new year is that Housing permit sales will be limited to the capacity of campus. More: Parking overview for 2016-17.

WKU Broadcasting Majors Earn Awards From KAPB: Winners of the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters (KAPB) awards recognizing outstanding performance in professional and college broadcast journalism were announced April 30 in Louisville. The KAPB college competition recognized nine WKU broadcast majors for television and radio coverage.

College of Business Recognizes Student, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Achievements: WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business held its 19th annual Recognition Dinner on April 29 at the Augenstein Alumni Center on WKU’s campus.

FACS Faculty Awarded the 2016 Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year: The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services at WKU is proud to announce that Dr. Heather Payne-Emerson, Hospitality Management and Dietetics (HMD) faculty member, was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year Award by the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at the 2016 Annual Nutrition Conference and Exhibits in March.

WKU Week in Photos: April 25-29, 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 Hubble show through May 10: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through May 10 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Project Breaking Ground to host open house on May 12: Project Breaking Ground will host an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (May 12) at the three-quarter acre community garden that flanks the Barren County Detention Center at 201 Samson St. in Glasgow.

Hardin Planetarium to present Pluto show May 12-June 30: Pluto: Gateway to the Third Zone of the Solar System will be presented May 12-June 30 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for April 25-29, 2016

2 WKU faculty members receive Fulbright Program awards: Two faculty members in WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences have received grants from the Fulbright Program. Dr. Kristin Wilson, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research, has received a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to South Africa. Dr. Kay Gandy, professor in the School of Teacher Education, has received a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad grant to Senegal.

WKU announces plan to implement budget reduction: WKU announced its budget reduction plan for Fiscal Year 2017. In a message to the campus on April 27, President Gary A. Ransdell outlined the plan to reduce WKU’s budget by $6,039,200 to address the Fall 2016 enrollment revenue decline, increases in fixed costs, most notably the 48 percent increase in the KERS employer contribution, and a 4.5 percent state appropriation reduction.

Alltech, WKU establish operating brewery to support innovative program: Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is partnering with WKU to bring the largest production-level brewing system to a university campus in the United States. The fully operational brewery will help support new undergraduate and graduate certificates in Brewing and Distilling Arts and Sciences, set to begin this summer.

View from the Hill – Alltech partnership brings brewery to WKU: A new beer is brewing at WKU and it will provide a unique educational opportunity for students. It’s the result of a public/private partnership with Alltech as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

WKU Film Festival lineup features screenings, special guests, student projects: The Western Kentucky Film Festival celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a lineup of the best student work from the year and a host of special guests, including horror icon Mick Garris and nationally known independent filmmakers Diane Bellino, Ryan Sage and Jonathan Rattner.

Author Paul Griner receives 2016 Kentucky Literary Award: The Southern Kentucky Book Fest partnership announced Paul Griner as the winner of this year’s Kentucky Literary Award for his book Hurry Please, I Want to Know, published by Sarabande Books (Louisville).

WKU student PR teams win Parthenon Awards: Eight 2015 public relations graduates from WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting won Parthenon Awards for excellence in nonprofit public relations campaigns at the 30th annual PRSA Nashville Parthenon Awards on Thursday.

Members of WKU community touched by earthquake in Ecuador: WKU is touched by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16. The country has not experienced a disaster of this magnitude in over seven decades.

CHHS Graduate Students Attend NCAA Inclusion Forum: Two graduate students in the Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Administration with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration and one faculty member from the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services attended the 2016 NCAA Inclusion Form April 16-18 in Indianapolis.

Saving Liberty: WKU students turn to social media to restore aviation history: WKU students, working in coordination with a local non-profit, will use a social media marketing campaign to raise funds for the acquisition and restoration of the last remaining military De Havilland 4 (DH-4) airframe in the U.S.

WKU Habitat chapter completes matching grant: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has completed the State Farm Matching Grant this semester.

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

WKU Week in Photos: April 16-23, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis, Bryan Lemon and Bob Skipper of WKU Public Affairs.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Hubble show through May 10: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through May 1o at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Rue de la Rouge Street Festival will kick off with Guinness World Record attempt: WKU students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record at 4 p.m. April 29 for the longest human chain to pass through a Hula Hoop. The world record attempt is part of a much larger street festival called Rue de la Rouge (Street of Red), a celebration of College Street — the cultural bridge between downtown Bowling Green and the university on The Hill.

WKU to present ‘Evening of Dance’ April 29-May 2: Evening of Dance is the culmination of a year of intense study, training and rehearsal.  This year WKU Dance faculty Amanda Clark, Clifton Brown, Meghen McKinley and Kylene Stephens will be joined by guest choreographers to present a spectacular show filled with tap, jazz, modern dance and contemporary ballet.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

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 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for April 18-22, 2016

WKU Forensics Team wins NFA national speech, debate titles: The WKU Forensics Team won both the National Forensic Association National Tournament championship and the National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate National championship, hosted this year by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, over the April 14-18 weekend.

2 WKU students named Freeman-ASIA Scholars: Two WKU students will study abroad this summer with support from the Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) scholarship program. Mary “Kate” Hart of Princeton and Salvador Hernandez of Nashville, Tennessee, were awarded scholarships of up to $3,000 to advance their Chinese language studies abroad.

Gatton Academy among top-performing schools for 8th consecutive year: The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has been named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students for the eighth consecutive year.

Regents select firm to assist with presidential search: The WKU Board of Regents on Friday (April 22) chose the firm of Isaacson, Miller to assist in the search for a new president.

Music professor leads judging panel for international clarinet competition: WKU Music Professor John Cipolla recently served as president of the jury judging panel for an international clarinet competition in Teplice, Czech Republic.

WKU preparing for 2016-17 International Year of South Korea: WKU’s Office of International Programs (OIP), in collaboration with faculty, staff and units across campus, is preparing for the 2016-17 International Year of South Korea.

Donations expected to reach 20,000 for CANstruct® event: 20,000. That is just under the number of people that can fit in Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, and it is also the number of canned food items expected Saturday (April 23) for the sixth annual CANstruct® for a Cause event at WKU.

View from the Hill – Game Changer Marcus Ward: Tomorrow is WKU Football’s spring game. Find out why strong safety Marcus Ward is called a game changer on and off the field in this View from the Hill. More: Parking and traffic advisory for April 23 events.

Robert Penn Warren Essay Contest winners announced: The Center for Robert Penn Warren Studies at WKU has announced the winners of the 2015-16 Robert Penn Warren High School Essay Contest. Madeline Stephenson, who attends Cumberland County High School in Burkesville, received first prize for her essay, “The Systems of Life.”

WKU SBDC partners with Google to offer 3 free workshops for businesses: The Small Business Development Center at WKU is partnering with Google to offer three free workshops titled “Let’s Put Your Business on the Map.”

Topper Tank Awards $1,000 to Eight Student Business Ideas: The WKU Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation awarded eight student teams $1,000 in the Spring 2016 Topper Tank Elevator Pitch Competition April 19.

View from the Hill – Navy Admiral returns to his alma mater to say thank you: A WKU Alum who serves as Deputy Surgeon General in the U.S. Navy returns to his alma mater to say thank you. Amy Bingham caught up with Rear Admiral Terry Moulton in this View from the Hill.

WKU Students Receive Free Subscription to IBM Watson Analytics: In a continuing effort to help give students a competitive edge in the workforce, the Gordon Ford College of Business’ Initiative for Applied Data Analytics has partnered with IBM Watson Analytics to provide each WKU student a free subscription of the Watson™ Analytics Student Edition.

KPHA Chapter Wins Best Student Chapter at KPHA Conference for 8 Years in a Row: The Department of Public Health in the College of Health and Human Services and the WKU Chapter of the Kentucky Public Health Association are proud to announce that our student KPHA chapter was awarded the Student Chapter Award for Excellence at the 68th annual KPHA state conference on April 13.

WKU PR seniors earn honorable mention in PRSSA national Bateman Competition: An awareness campaign developed by five WKU public relations majors for the Student Veterans Alliance (SVA) is one of 16 student projects earning honorable mention distinction in a nationwide public relations competition for college students—the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) 2016 Bateman Case Study Competition.

WKU Week in Photos: April 11-15, 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 Hubble show through May 10: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through May 1o at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

2016 SOKY Book Fest April 22-23 to feature 150 authors & illustrators: More than 150 authors and illustrators are expected to be in attendance for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest weekend of April 22-23, including New York Times bestselling authors J.A. Jance, Garth Stein and Jay Asher, well-known for his young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

700 to compete in Kentucky Science Olympiad on April 23: About 700 students from across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky Science Olympiad at WKU on April 23.

New York Times Reporter To Be John B. Gaines Family Lecturer on April 25: WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting is pleased to welcome New York Times investigative reporter Nikita Stewart back to her alma mater as the guest lecturer for the 12th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series. The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 25 in Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) auditorium on WKU’s campus.

Rue de la Rouge Street Festival will kick off with Guinness World Record attempt: WKU students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record at 4 p.m. April 29 for the longest human chain to pass through a Hula Hoop. The world record attempt is part of a much larger street festival called Rue de la Rouge (Street of Red), a celebration of College Street — the cultural bridge between downtown Bowling Green and the university on The Hill.

WKU to present ‘Evening of Dance’ April 29-May 2: Evening of Dance is the culmination of a year of intense study, training and rehearsal.  This year WKU Dance faculty Amanda Clark, Clifton Brown, Meghen McKinley and Kylene Stephens will be joined by guest choreographers to present a spectacular show filled with tap, jazz, modern dance and contemporary ballet.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

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 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for April 11-15, 2016

WKU biology faculty member receives NSF research grant: A WKU biology faculty member has received a National Science Foundation research grant to study how arctic songbirds have adapted to diminished sleep patterns and how that might help in the understanding of sleep loss in humans.

4 Gatton Academy students receive State Department language scholarships: Four students at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU have received nationally competitive scholarships for immersive, critical-language study this summer in China, Moldova and Morocco. The recipients of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships are Megan Brown of Campbellsville, Corey Goodwin of Cadiz, Logan Nofsinger of Louisville and Emma Saarinen of Shelbyville.

WKU entomologist tracing ancestry of dung beetles: One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by an entomologist from WKU.

Rue de la Rouge Street Festival will kick off with Guinness World Record attempt: WKU students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record at 4 p.m. April 29 for the longest human chain to pass through a Hula Hoop. The world record attempt is part of a much larger street festival called Rue de la Rouge (Street of Red), a celebration of College Street — the cultural bridge between downtown Bowling Green and the university on The Hill

Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts 57 Into Honor Society: The WKU chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society in business inducted 57 students, faculty, and business professionals during its annual ceremony on April 13.

WKU partners with community groups for 5th Annual Services Fair: WKU is collaborating with Warren County Public Schools and Community Action of Southern Kentucky to address the medical needs of individuals in the community who have limited access to health care services due to barriers related to language, transportation and/or income.

Four School of Nursing Students Receive Scholarships from Greenview Regional Hospital: The School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services has announced its recipients of the Greenview Regional Hospital Registered Nurse (RN) Scholarships.

2 WKU students awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants: Two WKU students recently were awarded study abroad grants worth $1,000 each from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are part of a select group of 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

Students open $100 Solution™ House for free monthly meals: Each month eight to 10 WKU students and staff visit the food pantry at WKU’s Office of Sustainability to obtain food and sometimes hygiene items. The five students in The $100 Solution™ Living Learning Community (THDS LLC) learned of the food insecurity last fall and decided to assist in efforts to address local hunger and homelessness through hosting free monthly meals.

Accounting Student Earns KyCPA Scholarships: Sayrah Jones, an Accounting JUMP student from Bowling Green will receive two scholarship awards from the Kentucky Society of CPAs Educational Foundation. Jones receives the BKD True Expertise Accounting Award and the KyCPA Educational Foundation Scholarship.

What’s Happening at WKU

Hardin Planetarium to present Hubble show through May 10: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented through May 1o at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

WKU graduate to discuss work on artificial intelligence: Dr. Casey Bennett, a 2003 WKU graduate, will be a featured presenter at a TEDx Talk on Friday (April 15) in Nashville, Tennessee.

WKU Research Symposium April 18-20 at Mammoth Cave National Park: WKU and Mammoth Cave National Park will open the park’s 11th Research Symposium on April 18 by signing an agreement to extend a mutually beneficial long-term partnership.

Bathroom bills to be discussed at Third Tuesday Tea on April 19: WKU professor Dr. Patti Minter and Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility staff member Andrew Salman will discuss recent bathroom bills in Houston and North Carolina as part of the ICSR’s Third Tuesday Tea on April 19. Criminalizing Trans Bodies: Dissecting Contemporary Bathroom Bills will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Downing Student Union, room 2124.

Theatre & Dance to present New Works Festival through April 19: As the Internet opens new ways of reaching consumers in search of entertainment, performers are finding different ways to use their talent. Many are writing original works to showcase their skills and using new forms such as podcasts, YouTube videos or webisodes. To help encourage students to create their own works, the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance started a Ten Minute Play Festival several years ago. That event has expanded into the New Works Festival, a six-day series showcasing the original work of student writers, actors and producers.

WKU TRIO programs to host area high school seniors on April 20: High school seniors in Educational Talent Search have been invited to WKU’s campus for an event on Wednesday (April 20). ETS serves students in Allen County, Butler County, Bowling Green, Caverna, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Hart County, Logan County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County and Warren County schools.

WKU Alum Carl Whitmer Featured Speaker April 21 in GFCB: Carl Whitmer, Chief Executive Officer of IASIS Healthcare in Nashville, will speak at 2:30 p.m. April 21 in Grise Hall Auditorium as part of the annual Hays Watkins Visiting CEO Speaker Series.

Ann Keniston to deliver annual Warren-Brooks Lecture on April 21: The Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU announces that Ann Keniston, Associate Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, will deliver the annual Warren-Brooks Lecture on April 21.

WKU Board of Regents to meet April 22: The WKU Board of Regents will meet April 22. The Finance and Budget and Executive committees will meet beginning at 8 a.m. The second quarterly meeting of the full board will follow at 9:30 a.m.

2016 SOKY Book Fest April 22-23 to feature 150 authors & illustrators: More than 150 authors and illustrators are expected to be in attendance for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest weekend of April 22-23, including New York Times bestselling authors J.A. Jance, Garth Stein and Jay Asher, well-known for his young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

700 to compete in Kentucky Science Olympiad on April 23: About 700 students from across Kentucky will compete in the Kentucky Science Olympiad at WKU on April 23.

New York Times Reporter To Be John B. Gaines Family Lecturer on April 25: WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting is pleased to welcome New York Times investigative reporter Nikita Stewart back to her alma mater as the guest lecturer for the 12th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series. The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 25 in Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) auditorium on WKU’s campus.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

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 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for April 4-8, 2016

WKU civil engineers win Ohio Valley regional conference: WKU civil engineering students finished first overall in the 2016 Ohio Valley Student Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the concrete canoe and steel bridge teams advanced to national competitions.

WKU Forensics Team places 2nd at AFA national tournament: The WKU Forensics Team placed second at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament championship, hosted this year by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, over the April 1-4 weekend.

9 WKU students recognized by Critical Language Program: Nine WKU students have been recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. Five students will receive scholarships to study in intensive language programs abroad while four others were named alternates.

WKU student, geoscientist present research in China: WKU senior Megan Laffoon of Louisville and University Distinguished Professor Chris Groves returned last week from Guangzhou, China, after presenting research at the International Symposium on Sustainable Development in Water Resources and Ecological Environment.

2016 SOKY Book Fest to feature 150 authors & illustrators: More than 150 authors and illustrators are expected to be in attendance for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest weekend of April 22-23, including New York Times bestselling authors J.A. Jance, Garth Stein and Jay Asher, well-known for his young adult novel Thirteen Reasons Why.

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 2:30 p.m.

Enactus Team Wins Berth in National Competition: The WKU Enactus Team earned a berth in the 2016 Enactus National Exposition after competing this past weekend at the Enactus Regional Competition, winning a top three ranking.

Construction under way for WKU’s Ogden College Hall: The rebuilding of WKU’s science campus is continuing with construction of Ogden College Hall.

Kentucky Folklife Program celebrates working lives of park rangers with new website: After more than two years of fieldwork and website preparation, Director of WKU’s Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Folklife Program Brent Björkman’s Ranger Lore project is accessible to the public.

View from the Hill – Fulbright Week: It’s Fulbright week at WKU,  a chance for the campus community to learn more about the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program.  Amy Bingham has more on the Fulbright opportunity in this View from the Hill.

WKU group participates in sailing festival: The Red Towel was represented in sailboat racing March 28-April 3 in the British Virgin Islands as WKU’s Dan Chaney and Larry Caillouet raced Dr. Caillouet’s Beneteau 50 sailboat, Mary Jewell, in the weeklong BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival.

10 WKU ROTC graduates to share memories for Witness to War project: As part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of ROTC, 10 graduates of WKU’s program shared their memories of the Vietnam War Thursday and Friday (April 7-8) for the Witness to War project.

View from the Hill – Student Research Conference: Nearly 400 of WKU’s brightest students presented at the 46th annual Student Research Conference.  Amy Bingham profiles some of their unique presentations in this View from the Hill.

Eighth-grader from Prospect wins Kentucky Geographic Bee: Shyam Ravishankar of Prospect, an eighth-grader at Noe Middle School, took top honors at the 2016 Kentucky Geographic Bee on Friday (April 1) at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.

CSD Web Student is First Distance Presenter at Student Research Conference: Rachel Burns, a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Online Distance Program in the College of Health and Human Services at WKU, presented via Adobe Connect at WKU’s 46th Annual Student Research Conference.  Burns is the first student to present via remote location at the conference.

WKU Week in Photos: March 28-April 1, 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 Hubble show March 29-May 8: Hubble: 25 Years of a Telescope with Vision will be presented March 29-May 8 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Sociology professor to discuss ‘Left Wing Populism in Latin America’ on April 11: WKU is pleased to bring Dr. Carlos De La Torre, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky, to present “Assessing Left Wing Populism in Latin America” as part of the Tracing the Unexplored: Populism in the Americas series. Dr. De La Torre will be speaking at 4:30 p.m. April 11 at the Faculty House on the Bowling Green campus.

2016 Faculty Awards Reception April 12: The 2016 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 and Student Advisement. This year WKU is introducing a new award recognizing the excellence of Part-Time Instructors.

19th Annual Nursing Research Day April 12: The WKU School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Nursing Research Day sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Theta Chapter.  This event will be held on April 12 from 5 to 8 pm (CDT) at The Medical Center/WKU Health Sciences Complex.

WKU to host Women Veterans Conference on April 30: Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker for the Western Kentucky Regional Women Veterans Conference on April 30 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

Visión Mundial exhibit open through May 6: The School of Journalism & Broadcasting is proud to present Visión Mundial: Latin America’s Best Photojournalists, a collection of 61 images taken by some of the leading photojournalists of Latin America. The exhibit is on display through May 6 at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

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 2:30 p.m.

WKU news summary for March 28-April 1, 2016

Gatton Academy selects 100 students for Class of 2018: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 100 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2018.

Two CHHS KRS Faculty at WKU are Awarded KBRIN-INBRE Research Funding Aimed at Improving Metabolic Health: Dr. Rachel Tinius and Dr. Jill Maples, both assistant professors in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport in the College of Health and Human Services, were recently awarded a Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN)-INBRE Investigator Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

Entrepreneurship Students Advance to Idea State U: Three student teams from WKU placed in the regional competition for Idea State U, a statewide business plan competition designed to encourage innovation among college students, and earned a total of $1750 to assist in launching their business ventures.

School of Teacher Education adds clinical model program: Transforming teacher preparation programs into clinical models that fully prepare teacher candidates and provide exemplary, learner-ready teachers to schools is the mission of a team of WKU’s School of Teacher Education (STE) faculty and their Bowling Green Independent Schools partners.

WKU student selected to attend U.S.-China-Taiwan relations symposium: Paul “Francis” Wilson of Akron, Ohio, a freshman Honors College at WKU and Chinese Flagship Program student with majors in International Affairs and Photojournalism, has been selected as a student delegate to attend the 2016 Strait Talk Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley.

Service Project Leads to New Bikes for Kids at Domestic Violence Shelter: Children staying at the Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS), the domestic violence shelter in Bowling Green, have brand new bikes to enjoy this spring thanks to a service project completed by the Rural Health Scholars at WKU.

Bingham and Neeley represent DELO at 2016 NCCSS Conference: Alicia Bingham and Dewayne Neeley attended the 67th North Central Conference on Summer Sessions (NCCSS) March 16-18 in Chicago. Bingham was inducted as the 2016 President of NCCSS. Neeley was a presenter at the conference, leading the session “An Urban Experiment: Dual Credit in NYC in Summer.”

Economics Honor Society Inducts 25 New Members: The WKU Chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society for Economics inducted 25 students during its annual initiation banquet held March 21 at the Augenstein Alumni Center.

Chatting with Chumbler: CHHS Research Reflection: CHHS is committed to increasing its research profile within the university and the region.

Doctoral students share research during brown bag lunch series: Students in WKU’s Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD) program have been showcasing their research this semester, and in April visiting scholar Nuray Kisa, a doctoral student from Turkey, will present on the results of her dissertation study. These monthly events feature brief presentations from doctoral students describing their completed research, or projects that are currently in progress, and give an opportunity for faculty and other students to discuss.

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

15 WKU students inducted into Phi Eta Sigma honor society: The WKU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society inducted 15 at its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony on March 28 at WKU’s Downing Student Union.

WKU Week in Photos: March 21-25, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Marketing Professor Wins Teaching Award: Marketing professor Dr. Greg McAmis recently won the Best Practices in Teaching Sales Education Competition held at the 2016 National Conference in Sales Management in Milwaukee.

WKU news summary for March 21-25, 2016

WKU, JCTC sign joint admissions agreement: Presidents Dr. Ty J. Handy of Jefferson Community and Technical College and Dr. Gary Ransdell of WKU signed a joint admissions agreement Wednesday (March 23) that will pave the way for JCTC students to have an easier path to a bachelor’s degree at WKU.

WKU represented at international gifted education conference: Julia Link Roberts and Tyler Clark participated in the European Council for High Ability’s 15th international conference March 2-5 in Vienna.

WKU students win debate title at Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament: Fifteen members of the WKU Forensics Team traveled to Lexington to compete in the 50th Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament the weekend of March 18-20. WKU had the top three finishers in Lincoln-Douglas debate with Mark Allseits and Damon Brown named co-national champions. WKU’s Carolyn Evans won national titles in extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking.

Cultural Enhancement Series announces 2016-2017 lineup: The 2016-2017 Cultural Enhancement Series Committee has announced its season lineup for the academic year beginning this fall.

WKU to offer new online master of social work: Social workers who have completed their bachelor of social work within the last six years have a new online option for completing their master of social work (MSW) at WKU.

View from the Hill – Mobile Dental Unit receives $120,000 grant: WKU’s Institute for Rural Health receives a grant that will ensure dental care for approximately 1,600 children over the next two years. Amy Bingham explains how this community outreach works in this week’s View from the Hill.

WKU Recognized by Exercise is Medicine Initiative: WKU has been named a Gold Level Campus for the second year in a row by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine® on Campus initiative.

Gatton Academy team advances to 2016 National Science Bowl: A team from The Gatton Academy won the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) West Kentucky Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 27.  The DOE National Science Bowl® (NSB) challenges students’ knowledge in all areas of science, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math.

WKU TRIO hosts pre-college event for high school juniors: Students from schools in Allen County, Butler County, Caverna, Cumberland County, Edmonson County, Hart County, Logan County, Metcalfe County, Monroe County, Pulaski County and Warren County came to WKU for a pre-college experience on March 16.

GFCB Undergraduates Accepted to INFORMS Conference in Hawaii: Two Gordon Ford College of Business students will present their research projects at the 2016 INFORMS International Conference in Wailoloa, Hawaii, in June.

RN to BSN Students have Publications in Kentucky Nurse: Kerri Eklund and Brittany Janes recently had publications in The Kentucky Nurse, the publication of the Kentucky Nurses Association.

Dr. Tim Hawkins Receives NCMA Fellow Award: Marketing professor Dr. Tim Hawkins has been selected as a recipient of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Fellow Award.

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

‘Flannery’s Porch’ series seeks to prototype millennial news: The first episode of a new millennial news series developed by the fusion journalists of WKU has just been released through the IndieGoGo social crowdsourcing platform.

EOC counselor, WKU alumni receive Women of Achievement awards: Educational Opportunity Centers Counselor Rita Meredith received the 2016 Woman of Achievement award for her work as a college educator at the 24th annual Bowling Green Women of Achievement luncheon on March 19.

Gatton Academy senior named Youth Achiever of Year: Gatton Academy senior Rachel Cooper has been named the YMCA of Greater Louisville’s 2016 Black Achievers Youth Achiever of the Year.

WKU news summary for March 14-18, 2016

WKU graduate student to use Rotary Scholarship to study water issues: WKU graduate student Leslie Ford will use a $40,000 Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship to pursue a second master’s degree in the Netherlands.

3 inducted into Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame: Surrounded by family, friends, former students, state officials and others in the Capitol Rotunda, three outstanding educators were inducted Tuesday (March 15) into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Members of the eighth class, chosen by a statewide selection committee, are Marie Jones of Georgetown, Angela Alexander Townsend of Bowling Green and Wendell Worley of London. More: Periscope video of induction ceremony; View from the Hill.

2016 Talisman to be final edition as yearbook: The 2016 edition of the Talisman, WKU’s national award-winning yearbook, will be the last edition published in the yearbook format. Beginning in 2016-17, the Talisman will build on its popular-culture website, WKUTalisman.com, and relaunch as a high-end, student-run magazine published each semester.

WKU School of Nursing to transition away from associate degree program: Over the next three years, the School of Nursing, in The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at WKU, will transition away from the traditional Associate of Science in Nursing Program (ASN) and increase students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to meet the workforce need for more BSN nurses.  Admissions into the online Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ASN program, currently one of only two in the state, will continue.

WKU students first, second in Hearst’s Multimedia Two/News competition: WKU students Alyse Young and Brittany Greeson finished first and second in the Multimedia Two/News Competition of the 2015-2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Young will receive a $2,600 scholarship for her winning multimedia piece titled “In Their Shoes” from WKUPJ.com and also qualifies for the National Multimedia Championship this June in San Francisco.

WKU Public Health, Cohort Programs offering 2 new online degree programs: The demand for professionals in the fields of public health and healthcare administration is on the rise. WKU will help students meet this demand through two new 100 percent online degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration/Long-Term Care Administration Certificate (HCA/LTCA) and the Master of Public Health Generalist Concentration (MPH) program.

Partnership creates opportunity for middle school science teachers: Ten middle school science teachers from across the United States will be selected for the prestigious new National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program thanks to a partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky and The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU. Scholars selected for this unique program will be hosted by The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies from June 5- 11 at WKU.

Confucius Institute at WKU, Gatton Academy partner for trip to China: A group of 12 students from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky traveled to China during WKU’s spring break to study its changing energy policy, as well as the country’s architectural development.

WKU CHHS Department of Social Work Celebrates Social Work Month: As a part of Social Work month, two faculty, Dr. April Murphy and Vivian Hurt, from WKU’s Department of Social Work in the College of Health and Human Services, rallied the students and other social workers in the rotunda of State Capitol in Frankfort for Lobby Day 2016.

The Amazing Tones of Joy to represent WKU in national college choir competition: The Amazing Tones of Joy will represent WKU in the National College Choir Explosion on April 9 in Louisville.

GFCB Students Participate in National LINC Finance Conference: Finance majors Haley Burgin and Jacob LaRue were among 52 financial planning students from 25 colleges and universities in attendance at TD Ameritrade Institutional’s annual advisor conference, National LINC 2016.  Students had the opportunity to connect with industry experts and explore job opportunities.

WKU news summary for March 7-11, 2016

15 selected for 2016-17 Cherry Presidential Scholarship: WKU has selected 15 students as recipients of the 2016-17 Cherry Presidential Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious academic award.

Tutor in a Bag helps students improve reading skills: After tutoring a kindergarten student for a literacy class, WKU junior Lillie Hoskinson wanted to find a way to improve reading skills of other struggling students. The project came to her in a dream – Tutor in a Bag. (More: View from the Hill)

WKU-PBS show tells the story of the people displaced by Mammoth Cave National Park: Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home is the poignant story of people moved from their homes and communities to make way for the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.  This moving tale comes to life with the WKU-PBS premiere of the 30-minute documentary on March 11 at 7 p.m. CT.

WKU Counseling & Testing Center reaccredited: The WKU Counseling & Testing Center has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Sustainability is the Focus of New Graduate Certificate: The new Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability is already having positive impact on WKU students.  The Gordon Ford College of Business (GFCB) this past fall initiated an innovative four-course online certificate for graduate-level students who wish to equip themselves with the knowledge to address some of the most complex environmental and societal issues in the business community and add a “green” component to their resume. The GFCB is the first in the state to offer a graduate certificate in this area and is well-known for its sustainability emphasis throughout the MBA program.

Society for Lifelong Learning kicks off spring/summer term: The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its spring/summer 2016 term this week. The term begins March 15 and runs through May 5 with 23 classes, four Food for Thought events and additional travel programs in the summer.

2 committees of WKU Board of Regents to conduct meetings: Two committees of WKU’s Board of Regents will hold meetings this week. The Presidential Search Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday (March 11) in the Rick and Ann Guillaume Executive Board Room of the Augenstein Alumni Center. The Executive Committee will conduct a special-called meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday (March 12) in the Cornelius A. Martin Regents Room of Mass Media and Technology Hall.

WKU Geology Students Explore the Mojave Desert in Study Away Program: A group of 14 WKU geology majors and one faculty member are on a weeklong field excursion in the Mojave desert.

Creason and Avenue of Champions Reserved This Weekend: A large portion of Creason Lot and Avenue of Champions on-street parking will be reserved from 7 a.m. Saturday (March 12) until 5 p.m. Sunday (March 13) for the WGI Mid South Percussion & Winds Championship at Diddle Arena.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 29-March 4, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

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