Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

WKU news summary for Nov. 14-18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

WKU news summary for Nov. 7-11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for Oct. 24-28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for Oct. 17-21, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for Oct. 10-14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for Oct. 3-7, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for September 26-30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for September 19-23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for September 12-16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for September 5-9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for August 29-September 2, 2016

Intercultural Student Engagement Center aims to support, engage & connect: With fall classes in full effect, it’s often easy to get lost in all that WKU has to offer. However, this fall a new department, the Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC), is partnering with staff and the community in an effort to help recruit, retain and graduate students on the Hill.

Confucius Institute welcomes new staff and teachers, plans upcoming events: In preparation for the 2016-17 academic year, the Confucius Institute at WKU hired two new staff members, welcomed new teachers and made plans for Confucius Day activities.

2 awarded Fulbright grants to serve as teaching assistants with Chinese Flagship Program: Chen Yi from Taiwan and Huang Jing from China have been awarded Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grants to serve as teaching assistants with the Chinese Flagship Program and take courses at WKU for the 2016-17 academic year.

View from the Hill – Wellness screening saves WKU employee’s life: A WKU staff member credits the university with saving his life after a health screening uncovered a serious medical issue. Amy Bingham has the story in this View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 21-28, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

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

What’s Happening at WKU

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

‘Burley’ author to present lecture Sept. 7 at WKU Glasgow: Ann Ferrell, WKU associate professor of Folk Studies, will be speaking in Glasgow at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the WKU Glasgow Regional Library.

Steve Forbes to present lecture Sept. 8 at WKU: The WKU BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism will host a lecture by Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, on Thursday (Sept. 8).

Tea expert to speak at Kentucky Live! program Sept. 8: Bruce Richardson, co-owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and one of the world’s leading tea experts, will be the opening speaker for this fall’s Kentucky Live! series at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1680 Campbell Lane. His topic will be The Tea Things of Jane Austen.

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

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

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

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

WKU news summary for August 22-26, 2016

WKU Forensics Team ready for 2016-17 speech & debate season: The 40 members of the WKU Forensics Team are preparing for the 2016-17 season. The nationally recognized speech and debate team welcomes 12 new members this fall and includes students from across the United States and from numerous academic programs at WKU.

WKU PBS documentary on Mammoth Cave will be distributed nationally: WKU PBS is proud to announce that the 30-minute documentary Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home will be nationally distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association in September.  This will allow the story of the establishment of Mammoth Cave National Park to be shared with the rest of the country as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial.

Storm Chase class among ‘real world’ experiences offered by WKU Meteorology Program: For students in WKU’s Meteorology Program, the forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of professional learning experiences through innovative student engagement activities. “The common theme is thinking outside of the traditional classroom in ways that put the ‘real world’ in the hands of students prior to graduation,” said Dr. Josh Durkee, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Geology.

WKU PBS partners with Warren juvenile detention center to provide training program: WKU PBS installed a television studio and set inside the Juvenile Detention Facility in Warren County as a pilot project to provide workforce development training and educational augmentation to the residents. WKU PBS hopes to provide similar opportunities at the other detention centers across the Commonwealth and is creating a template for other PBS member stations across the nation to provide similar projects.

‘Lost River Sessions’ starting live concert series:Lost River Sessions, the award-winning WKU Public Broadcasting television and radio series, is bringing live Folk, Bluegrass and Americana music to the stage with a new concert series – Lost River Sessions LIVE!

WKU launching International Year of South Korea: The International Year of South Korea will bring nearly 30 events featuring South Korea to WKU campuses and several community venues.

WKU geology major conducts research in Ethiopia: WKU geology major Deborah Flynn, a senior from Bowling Green, traveled to Ethiopia this summer to collect data for an ongoing research project.

View from the Hill – Hilltopper Athletic Foundation: There’s never been a better time to be part of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation with interest at an all time high. Amy Bingham has more on the HAF in this View from the Hill.

SOKY Reads! to feature popular middle grades book: From August to October, The Southern Kentucky (SOKY) Book Fest partners will host the annual SOKY Reads! program, a community-wide reading project in Bowling Green and the surrounding region.

Diversity & Community Studies partners with Kentucky YMCA: WKU’s Department of Diversity & Community Studies has partnered with the Kentucky YMCA Youth Association to allow WKU students to expand their global perspective and understanding of social entrepreneurship through the Institute for Social Responsibility & Economic Citizenship (ISREC).

Second group of students begins MFA in Creative Writing: A second cohort of students has joined WKU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. The seven students, who bring the total number of MFA students to 13, are fully funded with teaching assistantships for the two-year, residential course of study.

WKU Learn and Earn announces new business partnerships: WKU Learn and Earn announces the addition of four new Business Partners in Warren County. These businesses will be partnering with WKU Learn and Earn program to employ both traditional and non-traditional college students, thus helping meet their company production goals. In return, those students work part-time for wages and receive college scholarships from their employers as well.

WKU Week in Photos: Aug. 14-19, 2016: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

Register now for Hardin Planetarium’s fall break camp: Registration is under way for a fall break camp at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. The 2016 Science Curiosity Investigation (SCI) Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 3-7 for students in grades 3-6.

Environmental and Occupational Health Graduate Student Interns with the National Institutes of Health: This summer and through the fall, Kelsey Bullock, a graduate student in the Master of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science, will intern with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Chatting with Chumbler: Welcome Back to the Hill!: Monday was the first official day of Fall 2016 semester start, and what an exciting time it is to be a Hilltopper! Our faculty and staff within the College of Health & Human Services (CHHS), have been busy preparing not only for this very first week of class, but also for this entire academic year and beyond.

What’s Happening at WKU

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

Mammoth Cave National Park celebrating Founders Day with free events Aug. 27-28: On Aug. 27-28, Mammoth Cave National Park will offer multiple, free events open to the public in celebration of the National Park Service Founders Day in its centennial year.

‘Burley’ author to present lecture Sept. 7 at WKU Glasgow: Ann Ferrell, WKU associate professor of Folk Studies, will be speaking in Glasgow at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the WKU Glasgow Regional Library.

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

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

WKU news summary for August 15-19, 2016

Med Center Health, WKU expand affiliation with new sports medicine complex on campus: Building upon decades of partnership in academic programs to train clinicians to meet the growing demand for additional healthcare professionals, Med Center Health and WKU on Friday (Aug. 19) announced that the hospital will begin construction of the Med Center Health Sports Medicine Complex on WKU’s campus.

2016 convocation: President reflects on past 19 years, looks ahead at final 10 months: In his final convocation address as WKU’s president, Dr. Gary A. Ransdell reflected on the past 19 years and asked WKU faculty and staff to “join me for the last chapter.” “We will get a lot done over the next 10 months,” Dr. Ransdell told WKU faculty and staff at Friday’s opening convocation.

2016 convocation: Faculty, staff awards presented: The annual faculty and staff awards were presented Friday morning at WKU’s 2016 opening convocation.

WKU achieves record success in national scholarships: WKU students and recent graduates achieved record success in multiple national scholarship competitions in the 2015-16 academic year. Of the all-time high 136 students and alumni who applied, 70 earned recognition, winning more than $465,000 in funding. (More: List of 2015-2016 WKU Nationally Competitive Scholarship Winners)

48 Gatton Academy students return from 3-week study abroad program in England: Forty-eight Gatton Academy students have returned home following a 23-day study abroad program to London and Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

View from the Hill – State Farm Courtyard Dedication: A new courtyard is open next to the Augenstein Alumni Center, just in time for the start of the fall semester.  It’s all thanks to State Farm Insurance agency as Amy Bingham explains in this View from the Hill.

Center for Professional Selling Earns National Recognition: The Gordon Ford College of Business Center for Professional Selling has been recognized by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF) as a Top University for Professional Sales Education in its Annual Report, published annually.

WKU geologist leads team mapping Gulf of Mexico seabed: A research team led by Dr. Royhan Gani, Associate Professor of Geology in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, has been working on mapping seabed topography and understanding depositional history of the Gulf of Mexico using high resolution 3D seismic data.

2 new members appointed to WKU Board of Regents: Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Julie A. Hinson of Prospect and Jason McKinney of Scottsville to the WKU Board of Regents.

WKU Week in Photos: Class of 2020 arrives on campus: Members of WKU’s Class of 2020 arrived on campus Aug. 13-14 for M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan events and other activities as they prepare for the fall 2016 semester. Check out a special installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

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

WKU Graduate Sherrice Dubose Joins NIAAA Staff: Sherrice Dubose, who earned her Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Management at WKU, became a staff member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association on June 27.

WKU Educational Opportunity Centers awarded grant to assist low-income students: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday (Aug. 17) that WKU has received a $236,900 competitive grant that will allow WKU to continue providing college admission and financial aid counseling to low-income students in several Kentucky counties. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Educational Opportunity Centers TRIO grant program.

WKU Glasgow adds Student Recruitment Specialist: WKU Glasgow announces the addition of Lauren Swayne, a Barren County native, to the WKU Glasgow administrative team. Swayne has recently been named as the Student Recruitment Specialist for WKU Glasgow.

What’s Happening at WKU

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

Mammoth Cave National Park celebrating Founders Day with free events Aug. 27-28: On Aug. 27-28, Mammoth Cave National Park will offer multiple, free events open to the public in celebration of the National Park Service Founders Day in its centennial year.

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 August 8-12, 2016

Mitch Walker named interim police chief at WKU: Mitch Walker, patrol captain with the WKU Police Department, has been named interim chief of the department.

5 WKU students recognized by Gilman Scholarship Program: Four WKU students were awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support their participation in fall semester study abroad programs. One student was selected as an alternate.

WKU dedicates State Farm Courtyard adjacent to Augenstein Alumni Center: WKU has dedicated the State Farm Courtyard, located adjacent to the Augenstein Alumni Center.

WKU PBS enjoys trifecta of honors at Ohio Valley Emmy Awards: WKU PBS, WKU’s Public Television Service, had an impressive showing at 52nd Annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards with a trifecta of honors during an Aug. 6 ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

WKU preparing for fall 2016 semester; classes begin Aug. 22: Classes for the fall 2016 semester at WKU begin Aug. 22. Check out a list of key events and reminders.

‘Standing the Test of Time’: Exhibit at Kentucky Museum to celebrate basketmaking: On Sept. 16, The Kentucky Museum on the campus of WKU will open a new exhibit titled Standing the Test of Time: Kentucky’s White Oak Basket Tradition, which will explore the many facets of this tradition and honors the basketmakers connected to this important regional art form. This exhibit will run through Jan. 31, 2017.

View from the Hill – Acceptance letters hand delivered to some Class of 2021 students: For some lucky students, getting accepted into WKU means much more than getting a letter in the mail. Amy Bingham takes us on some surprise visits to members of the class of 2021 in this View from the Hill.

View from the Hill – New Alumni Director Anthony McAdoo: This summer a new Executive Director took over WKU’s Alumni Association.  Amy Bingham introduces us to Anthony McAdoo in this View from the Hill.

WKU English professor creates web series about senior citizens: A series of documentaries that aims to preserve and share the stories of senior citizens in the South premiered this summer. The Assisted Stories Project, created by WKU English and film professor Dr. Jerod Ra’Del Hollyfield, is debuting a new episode each week until Aug. 26 on the WKU English Department’s website. The first season features residents of three senior communities in the Bowling Green area.

Geography faculty conduct research in United Kingdom for new courses: Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Gripshover and Dr. David Keeling, cultural geographers in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, recently returned from a two-week research trip to the United Kingdom to collect new material for two Colonnade Connections courses in development.

WKU School of Nursing Students Completed the VESNIP Program through Vanderbilt University: The Vanderbilt Experience Student Nurse Internship Program, (VESNIP) was successfully completed by 14 WKU School of Nursing (SON) students this 2016 summer term under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Cornell and Vanderbilt liaison and WKU faculty member, Sarah Woodall.

CSD Hosts Largest Speech-Language Pathology Summer Clinic Program to Date: The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department’s Communication Disorders Clinic hosted 49 full-time and part-time distance learning graduate students from across the United States for a clinical internship this summer.  These graduate students complete all coursework online with the exception of a six-week internship where students were required to attend WKU to demonstrate their ability to be successful as speech-language pathology students in a clinical setting.

KRS Faculty Member Recently Awarded Certified Venue Professional Title: Dr. Brad Stinnett, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport at WKU, was recently awarded the Certified Venue Professional (CVP) designation by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM).

KRS Faculty Member Completes Online Learning Consortium’s Online Teaching Certificate: Dr. Evie Oregon, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport in the College of Health & Human Services at Western Kentucky University, recently completed the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate, specializing in the Online Instructional Design Mastery Series concentration.

Lots Reserved for Move-In: This weekend, students will be moving in to attend M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan.  Approximately 2,200 students will be moving into the residence halls Saturday and Sunday.  To facilitate the move-in process, several parking lots will be reserved. More: Parking and Transit update for Aug. 12-21.

What’s Happening at WKU

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.

Kentucky Museum hosting Quilt Share Day on Aug. 13: The Kentucky Museum at WKU is hosting a Quilt Share Day from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 for quilters or anyone who admires the craft.

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 August 1-5, 2016

WKU announces record $23.1 million in annual gift receipts: WKU raised $23.1 million in private gifts during fiscal year 2015-2016 — the highest annual total in the University’s history. Marc Archambault, WKU’s Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, said the $23.1 million total is a 22 percent increase over the University’s previous record of $18.9 million, and it includes gifts from more than 14,000 donors who made more than 29,000 individual gifts.

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU plans equipment upgrades, unveils new logo: The winds of change are blowing for the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU with plans for equipment upgrades and network improvements as well as the unveiling of a new logo.

State climatologist documents impact of record rainfall: State climatologist Stuart Foster spent his day Tuesday (Aug. 2) traveling across western Kentucky to get a closer look at the impact of July’s record-breaking rainfall. The statewide average for July rainfall is 4.43 inches, but nearly two dozen Kentucky Mesonet at WKU stations recorded more than 10 inches of rainfall in July (including 11 sites with more than 15 inches) and the preliminary Mesonet average was 9.69 inches, said Dr. Foster, who is director of the Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU.

WKU Admissions planning student recruitment events: WKU’s Office of Admissions is planning several events this fall for prospective students and their families.

WKU graduate plays dual roles in new show ‘McCready’: In the highly competitive field of acting, having a special skill or knowledge can give you an edge over the competition. Just ask Rob Anderson, a 2008 WKU Department of Theatre and Dance graduate from Fort Mitchell.

KRS faculty member publishes his fourth book in a five-part series: Dr. Steve Spencer, Associate Professor in the College of Health & Human Services’ (CHHS) School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport, has recently released “The Odell Buckenflush Chronicles: Adding to the River Tales”, which is the fourth book in a five part series that he has authored about tales gathered from a career in the field of outdoor recreation.

Gatton Academy students at Harlaxton: Students from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science are wrapping up a study abroad experience at Harlaxton College in England. Follow the group online or on Twitter @GattonAcademy.

What’s Happening at WKU

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 PBS Pool Party Aug. 7: Get ready for the end of summer WKU PBS Pool Party being held at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center on Aug. 7 from noon to 5 p.m.

Kentucky Museum hosting Quilt Share Day on Aug. 13: The Kentucky Museum at WKU is hosting a Quilt Share Day from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 for quilters or anyone who admires the craft.

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

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