Recap

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

WKU news summary for March 2-6, 2015

Muhlenberg County educator inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame: Mary K. Armstrong, a longtime Muhlenberg County educator, was inducted Tuesday (March 3) into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

WKU Habitat members spending 2015 spring break in North Carolina & Arkansas: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be sending two volunteer groups to North Carolina and Arkansas for spring break trips March 9-14.

WKU joins Competency-Based Education Network: As a member of Kentucky Commonwealth College, WKU, along with the University of Louisville, will join other institutions throughout the nation to participate in the Competency-Based Education Network, or C-BEN.

WKU forensics team competes in tournaments in Illinois & Ohio: The WKU forensics team traveled to Peoria and Normal, Illinois, and Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in four tournaments the weekend of Feb. 27-28.

WKU student from Franklin crowned 2015 Coming Home King: McGavinn Brown of Franklin was crowned 2015 Coming Home King on Saturday (Feb. 28) at WKU.

Graduate students, faculty attend Sports Career Workshop: A group of five graduate students and two faculty members from WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) attended the Sports Career Workshop Feb. 20-21 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

WKU professors appear in sinkhole documentary, assist with educational exhibit: During the past year, sinkhole collapses headlined newspapers around the globe. From Kentucky to Guatemala, these catastrophic events attracted much attention and provided an opportunity for researchers to continue studying the causes, impacts, and remediation of sinkholes.

WKU’s Institute for Rural Health receives gift from Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation: WKU’s Institute for Rural Health has received a $10,000 gift from the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation.

WKU Business Plan Competition Provides $6,000 to Student Entrepreneurs: The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Gordon Ford College of Business awarded $6,000 in cash prizes to six teams who competed in the 2015 WKU Business Plan Competition.

Students from WKU programs compete in 2015 TRIO Day events: Two WKU TRIO programs took students to compete in the 2015 TRIO Day state academic competitions, hosted by Eastern Kentucky University on Feb. 28.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 22-28, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by WKU Public Affairs.

Winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

What’s Happening at WKU

2015 Girls’ Sweet 16 tournament March 11-15 at WKU’s Diddle Arena: WKU’s Diddle Arena will be the site of the 2015 Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament March 11-15.

20th Annual Regional Bridge Building Championships March 14: The 20th Annual Regional Bridge Building Championships will be held March 14 at the WKU Center for Research & Development’s Commons Area.

42nd annual WKU History Contest March 20: The 42nd annual WKU History Contest will be March 20 in E. A. Diddle Arena. The contest, sponsored by WKU’s History Department, is for high school and junior high school students and will consist of objective and essay exams.

North Carolina law professor to present 2015 Harrison lecture March 24: Professor Alfred L. Brophy, the Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law, will present the 2015 Harrison Distinguished Lecture on March 24 at WKU.

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

WKU news summary for Feb. 23-27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter weather communications plan: Here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Feb. 16-20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Feb. 9-13, 2015

WKU named one of top Fulbright student producers in nation: WKU has been named among the Top Fulbright Producing Institutions by the Chronicle of Higher Education. With six grants for 2014-15, WKU is tied for third in the nation of Master’s institutions and the only college or university in Kentucky to be recognized as a Top Producer.

Gatton Academy director attends Cooke Foundation summit: Dr. Lynette Breedlove, Director of The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, joined school leaders and experts from across the country last week at a two-day summit located outside of the nation’s capital to identify solutions to close the excellence gap—the troubling disparity in academic performance between lower income and higher income students at advanced levels.

WKU assistant registrar honored for research on staff morale: Rheanna Plemons, Assistant Registrar at WKU, has been honored for her study on factors affecting staff morale.

EKU, WKU partnership brings OSHA training courses to Bowling Green, Owensboro: OSHA safety courses are now available in Bowling Green and Owensboro, thanks to a new partnership between Eastern Kentucky University and WKU.

WKU forensics team wins at Illinois & Kentucky tournaments: WKU’s forensics team traveled to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; Normal, Illinois, and Murray, Kentucky, to take part in several tournaments the weekend of Feb. 7-8.

23 WKU students are candidates for 2015 Coming Home King: Twenty-three WKU students are vying for the 2015 Coming Home King. The king will be crowned Feb. 28 during halftime of WKU’s men’s basketball game versus Florida International. Tipoff is 7 p.m. at Diddle Arena. Candidates will participate in numerous activities including an interview on Feb. 24, a volunteer experience on Feb. 27, and a banquet Feb. 28. WKU students will cast their votes for the Coming Home King on Feb. 23 via TopNet.

WKU Alumni Association elects 9 new board members for 2015-2016: The WKU Alumni Association recently elected nine new board members for 2015-2016. The new members will serve for three-year terms, which will begin in July.

#HeartsOnTheHill for Valentine’s: As part of Valentine’s Week at WKU, we asked Hilltoppers to share their love stories with #HeartsOnTheHill. Here are some we compiled from your posts on Instagram and Twitter.

View from the Hill – Ecuador Unframed: If you don’t have a chance to travel to Ecuador this year, WKU is bringing it to you. Amy Bingham shows us a unique exhibit that fits perfectly with WKU’s International Year of Ecuador theme in this week’s View from the Hill.

WKU Week in Photos: Feb. 1-6, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

CCSA wraps up first set of study abroad programs at WKU: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) recently wrapped up its first set of study abroad programs at WKU, including three winter programs: London Winter, London Arts and London-Dublin.

32 WKU, Gatton Academy students to present research Feb. 19 at 2015 Posters-at-the-Capitol: Thirty-two students from WKU and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will present their research at the 2015 Posters-at-the-Capitol event Feb. 19 in Frankfort.

WKU’s Kentucky Eta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta rechartered: The Kentucky Eta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at WKU was rechartered on Jan. 23-24.

WKU Music Department well represented at KMEA: The WKU Department of Music was well represented at the 2015 Kentucky Music Educators Association annual conference. Held in Louisville Feb. 4-7, this conference brings together students, teachers, administrators, industry personnel, and music enthusiasts from throughout the state of Kentucky.

Tour de France, War of 1812, barbecue, nursing topics of books by WKU faculty members: The Tour de France, the War of 1812, Kentucky barbecue and stories from Kentucky nurses are topics of books authored by WKU faculty members and retired faculty members.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

WKU news summary for Feb. 2-6, 2015

WKU student lands State Department internship in Beijing: Jay Todd Richey, a WKU sophomore from Glasgow, has landed a prestigious internship with the United States Embassy in Beijing.

Cooperative Center for Study Abroad welcomes new members: The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) welcomes two new members and one returning member: Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona; Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan; and Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

WKU Forensics Team wins in Ohio: Ten members of WKU’s forensics team traveled to Athens, Ohio, to take part in a tournament the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion, ahead of several schools, including Marshall University and Wayne State University.

Plans progressing for military services center at WKU Glasgow: After several meetings in Glasgow, university administrators and military officials are well on their way to bringing a military services center for college students to fruition on Glasgow’s regional campus of WKU.

WKU GIS faculty members achieve national certification: Five nationally certified GIS professionals now comprise WKU’s geographic information science (GIS) faculty. WKU Geography and Geology faculty members Scott Dobler, Pat Kambesis and Amy Nemon received notification this week about their new credential as a certified geographic information systems professional (GISP). Dr. Jun Yan, GIS Program Leader, and Kevin Cary, GIS Center Director, are the other two GISPs on WKU’s GIS faculty.

View from the Hill – Harlaxton: Since 2007, WKU has partnered with the University of Evansville to send more than 600 students to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. Amy Bingham finds out why Harlaxton is such a hit in this View from the Hill.

Geoscience graduate student awarded scholarship for George Wright Society conference: Collins Eke of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a WKU Geoscience graduate student specializing in cultural geography, has been awarded a George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship. The competitive award provides financial assistance to attend the 2015 George Wright Society Conference on Parks March 29-April 3 in Oakland, California.

WKU Fall 2014 Graduates List: The WKU Fall 2014 Graduates List is available online at http://www.wku.edu/mediarelations/gradlist.php

WKU’s Institute for Rural Health releases 2012-14 service report: The Institute for Rural Health at WKU has released its biennial service report for 2012-14.

5 WKU students participate in National Student Exchange: Five WKU students are part of the 2014-2015 class in the National Student Exchange, a not-for-profit education consortium that provides affordable and practical opportunities for students to study and live at another member university.

WKU Week in Photos: Jan. 26-31, 2015: Check out the latest installment of WKU Week in Photos by Clinton Lewis and Bryan Lemon of WKU Public Affairs.

WKU finalist for $200,000 grant award from STANLEY Security: WKU is a finalist in STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS grant program and could win up to $200,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services to help secure students and facilities within the campus environment. Through Feb. 13, students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni and members of the campus community are encouraged to vote for WKU daily via the voting website at http://www.stanleysaferschools.com/vote/ID/wkuedu, by texting wkuedu to 334455 or on Twitter by using both #wkuedu and #STANLEYsecurity.

Winter weather communications plan: Old Man Winter has arrived early this year. Should he impact WKU’s schedule, here’s a reminder about WKU’s winter weather communications plan that provides a number of ways you can find out if classes are delayed, canceled or if a campus is closed.

 

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