Recap

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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.

WKU news summary for July 25-29, 2016

WKU research project uses snowflakes to answer ‘What is Beauty?’: What is beauty? It’s a question that philosophers, poets, playwrights and the public have debated for centuries. And it’s a question that Olivia Adkins, a WKU graduate student from Morehead, and Dr. Farley Norman, University Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences, have tried to answer in research published online July 25 in the journal Perception by SAGE Publishing.

WKU Regents approve 2 new University Distinguished Professor appointments: The WKU Board of Regents on Friday (July 22) approved two new appointments for University Distinguished Professor: Tom Richmond, professor of mathematics, and Betsy Shoenfelt, professor of psychological sciences.

In new book, retired WKU professor examines literature and photography in the South: Dr. Joseph R. Millichap, professor emeritus of English at WKU, celebrates and interprets the complementary artistic expressions of photography and literature in the South in his latest book, The Language of Vision: Photography and Southern Literature in the 1930s and After.

Journal of NCAA Compliance Aligns with School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport to Create a Peer-Reviewed Component for Academic Experts: Hackney Publications announced that the Journal of NCAA Compliance (JONC), which delivers an in-depth look at news and trends in the NCAA compliance field, has strengthened its editorial product by aligning with WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS) to create a peer-reviewed component for articles authored by academic experts.

Chatting with Chumbler: Mount Carmel, Israel: Experiencing, Learning, Collaborating: In his latest blog post, Dr. Neale Chumbler, dean of WKU’s College of Health and Human Services, recaps a productive trip to the University of Haifa (UH) in Israel to initiate discussions with several UH officials to establish a new Global Health summer program as a study abroad option for Masters (and Honors) and an international teaching option for faculty within CHHS.

View from the Hill – WKU Strings Class in Tanzania: It’s been a life changing summer for some music professors who took their talent all the way to Africa. Amy Bingham has more on the adventure in this View from the Hill.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

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