Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:
Feb. 21-March 6, 2014
A dark mystery illuminates the past
Bowling Green author and WKU English professor David Bell never gave much thought to his parents’ lives before he was born.
The bike-friendly campus
WKU received Bronze Level status in November from the League of American Bicyclists.
German teacher receives WKU honor
Heike Armbrust, an English teacher and facilitator of international student teaching for WKU in Germany, was recently honored by WKU President Gary Ransdell with a resolution declaring her an honorary alumna of WKU.
IdeaFest speakers: Creativeness, hard work can pay off
“I never thought I’d be working at a place where walking down the hallway holding a pair of ladies’ undergarments was completely normal,” said Brad Cooper, senior director of product innovation at Fruit of the Loom Inc. Cooper was one of 11 professionals who spoke at the IdeaFestival Bowling Green on Friday in WKU’s Downing Student Union Auditorium.
Essick talks inspiration, career
Photojournalist Peter Essick spoke Thursday night to a packed house on the WKU campus about his early influences and his work for National Geographic magazine.
Star of the show
Glittery gold and silver stars hung over an 8-foot model spaceship Tuesday while astronaut Terry Wilcutt spoke to a crowded Cave City Convention Center about space technology and exploration.
Barren schools sign agreement with WKU
Barren County Board of Education has a new agreement with WKU designed to help prepare students for college and careers, Assistant Superintendent Mark Wallace said Tuesday.
Feb. 15-20, 2014
Glasgow Daily Times
Barren County School District, WKU sign off on Capstone
Jay Todd Richey, a May 2013 graduate of Barren County High School, said high school drama club is just as important as sports, band or a job. “It requires just as much teamwork, dedication and involvement as anything else you can do in high school,” Richey said before his speech at Barren County High School’s Fine Arts Capstone signing event.
Museum prepares to recover eight cars
The sinkhole has been monitored since it collapsed last week, said Jason Polk, professor of geography and geology at WKU.
WKYU-TV turned 25 years old last month and officials say the station has a bright future.
Crennel credits success to others
Longtime professional football coach and WKU alumnus Romeo Crennel will be the first to say that his accomplishments and his path to success pale in comparison to those of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and others he admires.
NCAA Swimmer Develops Mental Skills That Carry Her Beyond Olympic Medal
WKU graduate Claire Donahue set many records as a collegiate swimmer.
Corvette Reveals Plan To Remove Cars From Sinkhole
Geologists with WKU have been on the scene since the room first collapsed and said since that time, things in the sky dome have remained relatively calm opening up the door for construction.
Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville
Elkton teen controls chopper into collapsed Corvette museum
An Elkton teenager studying engineering at WKU was part of the quad-rotor design team that flew a remote-control helicopter down a sinkhole Wednesday at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Feb. 8-14, 2014
- More WKU in the News: National Corvette Museum sinkhole
Entrepreneur invents natural rodent repellent
Kari Block is the first executive in residence at WKU’s Department of Communication, and Wednesday night she talked with WKU graduate Sam Ford about how she’s made the journey from minimum wage jobs to being named in the Top 3 for National Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2013.
When Rebecca Gotsch, a 2009 graduate of WKU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, choreographed a piece for the young dancers she teaches at a studio in Kokomo, Ind., she didn’t know she’d be using the same dance for WKU students in The Dance Project.
Milken winner approachable, helpful, BGHS students say
William King is still in shock after being presented the Milken Educator Award on Wednesday during a student assembly. King, Bowling Green High School’s freshman principal, taught social studies at BGHS after graduating from WKU.
Convicted felon welcomes new start at law office
Robert Spiers says his new life began after his Nov. 8, 2001, arrest for robbing a southcentral Kentucky bank. The Bowling Green man, who served 12 years in prison after robbing a total of three banks, has been a paralegal at Coffman Law Office since September. He is enrolled in WKU’s pre-law program majoring in history and religious studies. He also is in the paralegal program.
Herb being studied as cancer treatment
Basil is more than an herb that goes in spaghetti sauce to Chandra Emani, an assistant professor of biology at WKU’s Owensboro campus.
WKU Public Radio
New WKU ‘Diplomat in Residence’ Returns to Bowling Green With Wealth of Experience
Michael McClellan was born just outside of Bowling Green, but his career path has taken him to the far corners of the earth as a senior foreign service officer for the State Department and U.S. Information Agency.
Glasgow Daily Times
BCHS continues Capstone initiative
Students at Barren County High School will soon be able to receive dual high school and WKU credit for taking various fine arts classes.
Feb. 1-7, 2014
Glasgow Daily Times
Golda Walbert joins Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
There aren’t many teachers who’ve had a more varied education career or affected more lives than Golda Walbert, 89, a Rockcastle County native who taught in one-room and settlement schools in eastern Kentucky before moving to Barren County in 1956.
Diddle Arena seat will symbolize those still not found after wars
For more than 50 years, Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Ross of Cave City couldn’t bring himself to talk about the three years he spent as a prisoner of war in North Korea.
Housing project awaiting approval
Some demolition work that began last week on Kentucky Street near WKU’s campus is part of an overall plan to revitalize the area.
Symphony, orchestra offer musical events planned for sweethearts
The Symphony at WKU and Orchestra Kentucky will have events to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
WKU appoints diplomat to new part-time post
Michael McClellan, a veteran of the U.S. State Department, will join WKU as diplomat-in-residence.
Jan. 28-31, 2014
10 Steps to Acing the College Application
Several schools, like WKU, for example, have made the move to merge their undergraduate admissions and scholarship applications into one comprehensive form.
Folklorist turns conversations with tobacco producers into book about state’s top crop
While the art of producing tobacco has changed little over the last couple of centuries, the structure of the tobacco industry has seen drastic changes – especially in the last decade. How farmers have navigated those changes is the focus of a book by Dr. Ann K. Ferrell, assistant professor of folk studies at WKU.
Jan. 16-27, 2014
Potter Gray reaches robotics state finals
For Carrie Koedyker, the best part about coaching a robotics team is watching students learn how to work together. Koedyker, a gifted and talented teacher at Potter Gray and T.C. Cherry elementary schools, has led a robotics team to the Kentucky FIRST LEGO League State Robotics Championship every year for six years. On Saturday, the Potter Gray Panthers competed at the championship at WKU’s E.A. Diddle Arena.
Organizers hope to spur more innovation in region
The concept of an IdeaFestival has been around in bigger cities for a few years, and Bowling Green will play host to one next month.
Students Return For Spring Semester
This weekend WKU students were moving back in and gearing up for the start of the spring semester.
Hagerstown (MD) Herald-Mail
Business people – Jan. 26
Hagerstown native Jenna Warrenfeltz has been named director of Imagewest, WKU’s student-run advertising and public-relations agency that is marking its 10-year anniversary this year.
Jan. 7-15, 2014
The Warrnambool (Australia) Standard
Students warm to Aussie culture
It was almost Kentucky fried students when 14 visitors from WKU had their first day in Warrnambool. Learning to surf was among the quintessential Aussie things the students wanted to experience during two weeks in the country as part of their studies of Australian communications and culture.
Glasgow Daily Times
Pike is new Glasgow Daily Times editor
Daniel Pike has been named editor of the Glasgow Daily Times, Publisher Keith Ponder announced. Pike, 34, is a graduate of WKU and Glasgow High School.
Philosopher, commentator to speak at WKU Black History Month event
Cornell West, a philosopher and frequent media commentator on political and social issues, will deliver WKU’s 2014 Black History Month keynote address as part of the Cultural Enhancement Series.
Turning 100: BG man won distinction in Korean War
U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) Sidney Crider Carpenter remembers going to the Van Meter Hall attic at Western Kentucky Teachers College to the rifle range.
Family, friends say goodbye to Judge Huddleston
After graduating from WKU with a business administration degree, Huddleston joined the Volunteers in Service to America program, serving disadvantaged youth in Bell County in eastern Kentucky.
Cyber security important for everyone, speaker says
After millions of Target customers’ credit and debit cards were compromised during the holiday shopping season, the topic is frequently on people’s minds, and it should be, according to Ed Tivol, vice president of EWA Government Systems, a Bowling Green-based cyber security firm.
Evansville Courier & Press
Mountain Workshops video: Determined to Love, featuring Bob Park and family
In October of 2012 working professionals from across the country and faculty from WKU gathered with participants to explore the richness of our community, the beauty of landscape and the possibilities and challenges of visual storytelling.
Jan. 1-6, 2014
Before It’s News
Pulsar In Stellar Triple System Could Reveal True Nature Of Gravity
The discovery of a superdense neutron star in a stellar triple system has made it possible for researchers to collect the best measurements to date of the complex gravitational interactions present in these types of systems, according to a new Nature study. Using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the study authors were able to locate the pulsar along with two white dwarf stars in a compact area smaller than Earth’s orbital path around the sun. The pulsar was first discovered by Jason Boyles, formerly a graduate student at West Virginia University and now a visiting assistant professor at WKU, during a large-scale search for these radio wave-emitting neutron stars using the GBT.
Developer eyes retail project near WKU
The company that plans student housing adjacent to WKU also will build nearby commercial space.
Judge Huddleston dies
A native of Bowling Green, Huddleston graduated from WKU with a degree in business administration and joined the national Volunteers in Service to America program, where she served in the Appalachian region of the state.
‘Mr. Western’ honored by statue
Students returning to WKU on Monday will see a new bronze statue of a campus icon.
Des Moines Register
Roosevelt senior earns spot on ‘Olympic’ speech team
Lily Nellans got her first subscription to The Economist when she was in the eighth grade. The Roosevelt High School senior now spends at least three hours a day reading publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She was selected to be part of a team representing the U.S. at the National Forensic League’s World Schools Debating Championships, which will be held in Thailand in August. Nellans has a full-ride scholarship to WKU. The school’s speech and debate team is considered one of the best in the country.
Dec. 14-31, 2013
Provo (UT) Daily Herald
Japan promises equality, but women find few jobs
Kumiko Nemoto, associate professor of sociology at WKU, is studying the attitudes toward working women at several major Japanese companies. She said gender equality would be more attainable if companies received financial incentives for achieving it, and penalties for discrimination.
Director will leave in June; national search underway
The director of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science at WKU is leaving next year.
Art show gives all a chance to display work
Art for the masses by the masses is one way to describe a local art show that has started accepting entries.
WKU to host financial aid event Jan. 12
Changes in federal law the past couple of years have made the process of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid more confusing, officials say.
WKU uses new recruiting tactic
WKU is reaching out across America for potential students.
Conservation vacation allows WKU to unplug
While students at WKU unplug from the rigors of school this winter, the university itself unplugs.
Great success on the Hill
We at WKU are already providing access to engineering programs that support economic growth and workforce development in the southcentral Kentucky region and beyond.
Graduates celebrate at WKU commencement
As Brittany McCarthy waited excitedly with friends before WKU’s afternoon graduation ceremony Saturday, she couldn’t believe her time as an undergraduate was ending.
WKU Graduates Hopeful About Finding Jobs That Use Their Degrees
They went from students to graduates during WKU’s commencement ceremonies.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-Glasgow says farewell to first employee
Judy Parker, the first full-time employee when she was hired as a secretary at what was initially WKU-Glasgow center, has been with all of them, but has retired as office coordinator in the campus chancellor’s office.
WKU leaders support engineering initiative
We at WKU already are providing access to engineering programs that support economic growth and workforce development in the southcentral Kentucky region and beyond.
The birth of WKU’s Big Red
Even mascots have a creation story. In the case of WKU, the tale starts with Gene Keady.
Go behind the mask of mascots from Louisville, Kentucky and WKU
The secret life of mascots is like being a superhero: You get to perform mighty deeds and no one sees who’s behind the mask.
Dec. 4-13, 2013
10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013
WKU engineering graduate Ryan Farris who helped develop the Indego powered exoskeleton is among the recipients of Popular Mechanics’ 2013 Breakthrough Awards.
National Hog Farmer
Study Looks at Protecting Water Near Feedlots
Kim Cook and Karamat Sistani, at the ARS Animal Waste Management Research Unit, in Bowling Green, along with collaborators at WKU in Bowling Green and at ARS in Beltsville, Maryland, are using geographic information system (GIS) technologies to map the distribution of contaminants across feedlot sites.
McLean County News
Hicks is new ag agent
Cary Hicks, who has been McLean County’s 4-H Extension Agent for 18 months, has been chosen as the new agriculture extension agent. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from WKU in 2004 and is one class away from finishing a master’s degree in agriculture, also from WKU.
WKU graduations for fall 2013 semester on Saturday
WKU will award degrees and certificates to about 1,400 graduates in two ceremonies during fall commencement Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena, a release said.
Grant provides musical outlet for school children
Students at several Warren County Public Schools are now able to learn to play violin, viola and cello thanks to a grant from the GM Foundation and the Symphony at WKU.
Providing free textbooks to vets good deed
We never cease to be surprised by all the good things WKU does for this community and its students. We are fortunate to have a university of its stature in our city.
Paul Orberson, ex-coach who made millions in network marketing, dies at 57
He grew up in Danville, earned a baseball scholarship to WKU, then eventually returned to Boyle County as a teacher and high school basketball coach.
Nov. 26-Dec. 3, 2013
Textbooks for Troops’ auction Dec. 7
Tonya Archey says a program offering free textbooks for military veterans sets WKU apart. On Saturday, an auction can help maintain that status.
Trained dog provides autism research, companionship
Kenney Whitus, a junior at WKU from Houston who is studying history, really misses her boxer dogs. She hasn’t seen them since August.
The Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week
Teenager Grace Babbs already has a long list of impressive titles and achievements — world traveler, researcher, founder and academic. She is dually enrolled at St. Mary High School and Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Sciences at WKU in Bowling Green.
Civil War photographers captured, created history
In photographing the Civil War, there were no precedents to guide the compositions of scenes of death and destruction. Robert Dietle, history department chairman at WKU, provided descriptions of some of the best known photographers of the Civil War.
Nov. 16-25, 2013
Kenton Co. teacher selected for Ky. Teacher Hall of Fame
A Kenton County Schools teacher is among three teachers who have been chosen for the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame, housed at WKU.
Glasgow Daily Times
Golda Walbert joins Nunn Teacher Hall of Fame
Members of the seventh class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected.
WKU-Glasgow students publish in “Broomsedge Chronicles”
A new edition of Broomsedge Chronicles is now available. It’s 237 pages are written by students in WKU-Glasgow English classes with a focus on foods.
Cave City welcomes new ideas for center
Twelve interior design students from WKU gave presentations Monday to members of the Cave City Tourism & Convention Commission, as well as members of the Cave City City Council.
WKU Author’s New Book Finds Kentucky’s Tobacco Industry Changing in Major Ways
Kentucky’s tobacco industry has undergone major changes in the past few decades from the way it’s grown and harvested, to the way it’s sold and marketed. WKU folklore professor Dr. Ann Ferrell spent the past eight years researching what the changes have meant to tobacco families and what the future holds in her new book “Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century”.
WKU Author’s Latest Book Explores Dark Family Secrets
It’s been a good couple of months for author and WKU English Professor David Bell.
Crosley Radio turns music nostalgia into big business
A native of Jasper, Ind., Bob LeMastus came to Louisville in 1984 to work for Modern Marketing, then based on Broadway. Fresh out of WKU, he was immediately thrust into the middle of what was then a tiny market: nostalgia table radios.
Event helps educate students about food inequality
While eating out of a takeout bowl of rice, Leah Beth Dublin of Cuba, Ky., lounged against a wall as she sat on the floor in a worship room at the WKU Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry.
Students learn plight of homeless through annual Shantytown at WKU
Students at WKU’s “Shantytown” worked for one hour Monday evening to construct shelters out of cardboard, duct tape and newspapers, using their ingenuity during the annual awareness event to spotlight homelessness.
Student teachers getting a boost
WKU has gone back to high school to build a better teacher.
‘Tell a story without even talking’
African jazz dance teacher Carrie Farmer reminded students to let loose as they took turns demonstrating new moves Friday while drum music filled the dance studio in WKU’s Gordon Wilson Hall.
Agricultural Research Service
Tracking the Fate of Feedlot Contaminants with GIS Has Benefits
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers in Bowling Green, Ky., have found that a unique approach to cleaning up feedlot operations—the use of geographic information system (GIS) spatial mapping technologies to track how contaminants flow through the soil—offers its own set of benefits.
Nov. 13-15, 2013
WKU Celebrates International Education Week
International Education Week is being celebrated around the world as well as on the campus of WKU.
WKU Recognized as ‘Bike Friendly University”
Of all the college campuses across the United States, only 75 can officially be called “Bike Friendly Universities” and WKU is now among them.
Glasgow Daily Times
How can a town make its mark?
WKU marketing students gave a presentation Tuesday night during the Cave City Chamber of Commerce meeting about the importance of developing a brand and what it can do for the town of Cave City.
Getting ‘the collegiate experience’ closer to home
Melissa Tracy has been able to take nearly all of her college classes, including those she needed for her degree in elementary education, at WKU’s Glasgow Campus; something that wasn’t possible a few years ago.
Help for military available through Veterans Council
The new chairman of the Southern Kentucky Veterans Council and an outreach coordinator for Veterans Upward Bound at WKU since March, Stinson said she got information to the young man about USA Cares in Radcliff. Eventually, he found help.
Virtual Dementia Tour gives Louisville users a look at mental disorders
Darla Hayden spent part of her day gaining a greater understanding of what life is like for patients suffering from mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Hayden, a health administration graduate student at WKU, was in town this week for the Louisville Innovation Summit.
WKU participating in Age Friendly Cities project
WKU students, including Henderson native Darla Hayden, are working with a group of seniors to solve a quandary in Bowling Green.
Upcoming institute for teachers of gifted students
Mariam MacGregor will be the keynote speaker for the 18th Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Center for Gifted Studies.
‘We Will Rock You’ rocks, but confounds
WKU grad Ruby Lewis is even better as Scaramouche, belting out a scorching rendition of “Somebody to Love.”
Nov. 8-12, 2013
WKU Called One of the Nation’s Best Schools for Military Veterans
WKU is being recognized for its efforts in reaching out to military veterans.
Young Veteran at WKU Helps Other Military Students Navigate Maze of College Life
Monday is Veteran’s Day, and all across our region and nation, people are taking part in parades and ceremonies honoring those who have served in the military. Kent Johnson, a young veteran from our region is helping other veterans create new lives after leaving the active service.
Retired Gen. Cherry in another book about unlikely reunion with Vietnam solider
Retired Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry chronicled his reunion with the Vietnam pilot he shot down; now the experience has been taken a step further in a pictorial book by John Fleck.
‘Daddy would have loved this’
A 1940 WKU graduate who served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1962 and retired as a lieutenant colonel was inducted posthumously Friday into WKU’s ROTC Hall of Fame.
Nov. 2-7, 2013
Journalist speaks at WKU
Social media has leveled and “democratized” the playing field of journalism, allowing many people’s stories to be told on several platforms.That’s the assessment of Soledad O’Brien, an award-winning journalist who spoke Tuesday at WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series in Van Meter Hall.
BG remembers Kennedy
As guests looked Tuesday at John F. Kennedy memorabilia, posed with a cardboard cutout of the former president and watched photos and video clips of him during the JFK Fan Fair at the Kentucky Museum, Morris Lowe told the small crowd about Kennedy’s campaign visit to Bowling Green on Oct. 8, 1960.
Habitat has sponsor for first green home
Habitat for Humanity over the weekend inked a deal for sponsorship of its first green home in Durbin Estates. Louisville-based PBI Bank, which has two offices in Bowling Green, will contribute $20,000 to $25,000 toward building the first house in the subdivision. Getting to the point of building the first house has taken time. WKU garnered a $345,000 grant in 2010 to help build the infrastructure for the project, which has included installing a vernal pond to be used to filter stormwater.
WKU students gather to watch YouTube Music Awards
In Downing Student Union, WKU students laughed along the unexpected, unscripted comedy threaded in the award presentations and performances while watching the live streaming party of the inaugural YouTube Music Awards on Sunday night.
Studio tour allows artists to show off work
Elaina Smith has always liked making things. That led her to become a sculptor and art major at WKU.
Soledad O’Brien Speaks at WKU
The well known broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien stopped at WKU Tuesday evening.
Henderson native to be inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame
A Henderson native who was a decorated veteran of the D-Day landing during World War II will be inducted posthumously into WKU’s ROTC Hall of Fame on Friday as part of an early observance of Monday’s Veterans Day.
Tampa Bay Times
Chris Knight to bring his vision of rural America to Riverhawk Music Festival
The son of a pipe liner, Knight worked his way through school and graduated from WKU with a degree in agriculture.
Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2013
ATMAE Announces Completely Retooled Technology and Engineering Certification Program at 2013 ATMAE Conference in New Orleans, Seeks Industry Input
For the past several years, Dr. Mark Doggett from WKU, and his team have been studying the latest innovations in the field as well as current curriculum from around the country and updated the core pieces of knowledge needed to be a well-rounded technologist.
Glasgow Daily Times
Wife, mom, student … queen candidate
Brittany Cain had never been a homecoming queen candidate in high school, so when she was chosen to represent Western Kentucky University’s Glasgow Campus Saturday, she was elated.
Council decides to earmark $1M for WKU-Glasgow expansion
It will take two readings of an ordinance yet to be presented to make it final, but Glasgow City Council plans to have more than $1 million it received through grant funds earmarked toward the expansion of the local WKU campus.
Local named WKU homecoming queen
Taylor Emberton may have looked like she was running down the football field to accept her crown Saturday during WKU’s homecoming festivities, but she wasn’t.
Geo-literacy key to understanding what’s around us
Kay Gandy said she is a “geo-evangelist.”
‘Hooked on Science’ coming to schools
After making more than 500 appearances in the Midwest, a local man is bringing his “Hooked on Science” program to local schools.
Couple marry on date of groom’s diagnosis to create positive memory
Kyle and Azlisya Norris wanted to walk into their wedding reception to the tune of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” The song seemed appropriate for the day, which might never have happened – Sunday was the anniversary of the day Kyle was diagnosed with leukemia in 2000. It didn’t matter that the band didn’t know the song; instead, the couple joyfully walked in to be with family and friends at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center to the sound of Van Halen’s “Jump” without the lyrics.
Health, control of food quality reasons for backyard gardening
Jackson Rolett of WKU’s Office of Sustainability said he isn’t an expert on composting.
Union teacher named state elementary art teacher of ’13
Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School art teacher Glenda Gregory was recently selected as the Tennessee elementary art teacher of the year by the Tennessee Art Education Association for 2013-14. Gregory received her bachelor of science degree from WKU and a master’s in secondary education.
Oct. 18-25, 2013
Elgin (Ill.) Courier-News
Judson installs Gene C. Crume Jr. as Elgin university’s sixth president
As Gene C. Crume Jr. was officially installed as Judson University’s sixth president Thursday afternoon, he talked about the unity symbolized by a folk hymn often sung by Christian youth. And the former president of the college he attended decades ago recalled recognizing the makings of a “star” in Crume while he was still a youth. Thomas Meredith, former president of Crume’s alma mater, WKU, said that one great thing about his profession is being able to identify “future stars.” “And when I came to Western Kentucky, Gene Crume’s bright light was shining out,” he said.
Student awarded EPA fellowship
Paul Fleischmann, a WKU chemistry and biology major from Crestwood and a 2012 graduate of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, was one of 40 students nationwide awarded a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunity Fellowship.
WKU Habitat for Humanity Helps Rebuild Community Devastated by Tornado
A group of WKU students spent their fall break not on a beach, but rebuilding an eastern Kentucky community devastated by tornadoes.
Speaker talks recession, health care
Obamacare might decrease unemployment, a visiting economist speaking at WKU said Monday.
WKU nursing school serves more students with expansion
“I want to show them God’s love through nursing,” said Jen Gannott, a senior in the WKU School of Nursing.Gannott, who plans to work on a medical-surgical floor in a hospital after graduation, is just one student among a greatly expanded WKU’s School of Nursing.
Funding plan could boost WKU
New money for higher education is being pursued in Kentucky, a process that could help WKU tackle compensation needs for faculty and staff, WKU President Gary Ransdell said.
Ransdell: Campus could add buildings
WKU-Glasgow could see a couple of new buildings on campus, though that won’t happen right away, WKU President Gary Ransdell said this week.
Scotsman offers business model in exploring autism needs
A Scotsman’s business acumen could help officials at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU help figure out how to best serve Kentucky’s growing autism population.
Mountain Workshops Profile Owensboro Legend Hal Miller
Thirty-seven years ago, a group of WKU students and faculty traveled to western Kentucy and Tennessee for a photo essay project on the last one-room schoolhouses in those regions.
Oct. 12-17, 2013
“They learn science in a very hands-on way,” said Terry Wilson, director and professor of the Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability at WKU. “They can make a judgment about water quality.”
MTSU professor offers tribute to filmmaker
David Lavery offered comparisons between two successful Hollywood filmmakers Tuesday night, but it was obvious he’d made his choice of favorite before the program ensued at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall.
Warming hearth & home
WKU graduate J. David Riley opened a business this month to bring comfort to hearths and homes.
Camp uses Italian’s ideas to teach about invention process
She learned the primary lesson offered last week by WKU professor Richard Gelderman at Science Investigation Camp at Hardin Planetarium.
Event showcases the moon
Andrew Ross, 6, has a telescope at home, but it doesn’t allow him to see the moon in nearly as much detail as he did Saturday night during International Observe the Moon Night.
Set goals, speakers say
African-American women and other women of color need to stay in higher education, a top Kentucky education official said.
The Lane Report
WKU researchers using fruit fly to study growth of cancer cells
A WKU biology professor and his students are using a small fruit fly to find answers for a large question about how cancer cells migrate and grow.
The Royal Gazette (Bermuda)
Miss Hospitality role is a perfect fit
Echaunti Swan is the Island’s first beauty contestant to be named Miss Hospitality — after being handed the brand new title (in partnership with the Bermuda Hospitality Institute and Miss Bermuda Pageant) in June. Swan already has a degree in broadcast journalism and public relations from WKU and is looking to apply to the London College of Communications in the near future.
Oct. 4-11, 2013
Bus of food
Jackson Rolett believes access to local food should be a right, not a privilege. That’s why Rolett plans to drive a new mobile market bus to several areas of Bowling Green beginning in April. The bus was purchased with a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant that supported the Local Food for Everyone initiative, a partnership between the Community Farmers Market and WKU’s Office of Sustainability.
WKU hosting moon event
Star gazers around the world will turn their attention to the moon Saturday for International Observe the Moon Night.
Business started at WKU launched app last month
A business that got its start at WKU launched a smartphone application last month that its creators hope will help people in Bowling Green and Louisville find activities in their town and get great deals.
Library wants local stories on Kennedy
With two anniversaries related to John F. Kennedy coming up, the WKU Special Collections Library launched the JFK Memory Project to collect remembrances of those who lived through his campaign and presidency.
Why you can’t stop checking your phone
“The idea that you can just turn off all those associations when you get into the car—I just don’t think it’s realistic,” said Stephen O’Connor, a psychologist at WKU who recently coauthored a paper linking compulsive cellphone use to a heightened rate of crashes.
Extra Funds Bolster Rural Health Institute’s Effort To Serve Area
At first glance, they look like RVs. But a closer look at the two giant trucks reveals the words “Mobile Health Unit” emblazoned on the side.
While Researching Geriatric Health in Kenya, WKU Student Meets Grandmother of President Obama
It’s not unusual for a college student to travel overseas as part of a study abroad program or research effort. What is unusual, however, is meeting the grandmother of the sitting U.S. president.
National Hog Farmer
Danbred North America Adds Abell to its Genetics Team
Originally from Kentucky, Caitlyn Abell received her undergraduate degree from WKU in 2009 and then joined the prestigious research program at Iowa State University where she conducted research in sow longevity, productivity and genetic improvement.
Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2013
US Confucius Institutes gather
Hanban, the nonprofit agency that administers more than 400 Confucius institutes worldwide, will launch a certification test for global educators who teach Chinese to foreigners starting in 2014. “The standards will be more concise and clearer in form, and closer to other foreign languages’ standards in content than before,” Zhou Hui, deputy chief of the division of teachers under Hanban, said during the first ever joint meeting of United States Confucius institutes held at Western Kentucky University over the weekend.
Wallace 2013 To Honour Naturalist’s Remarkable Contribution
Five international scholars who are expected to present talks, including the Earl of Cranbrook from the United Kingdom, on ‘Alfred Russel Wallace and his South-east Asian Heritage’, Prof Emeritus Yong Hoi Sen from Academy Science of Malaysia ‘Phylogenetics and Systematics of Animal Life’ while Prof Charles H. Smith from WKU will give a video presentation on ‘Wallace and Incipient Structures: A World of ‘More Recondite’ Influences’.
Local student volunteers for Habitat for Humanity
Imari Hazelwood, a graduate student in literacy education from Lebanon, along with 13 members of WKU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will spend their fall break in the West Liberty and Frenchburg areas to continue efforts to rebuild homes destroyed by tornadoes that swept through eastern Kentucky in March 2012.
‘Tobacco man’ disappearing in Ky., author says
“Tobacco man” is disappearing, author Ann Ferrell said Monday. Ferrell, author of “Burley: Kentucky Tobacco in a New Century,” spoke at WKU’s “genderations,” sponsored by the WKU Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the Faculty House.
Confucius Institutes seek 1.5 million students by ’15
A goal of obtaining 300,000 more Confucius Institute students in the next two years worldwide is realistic, said Madame Xu Lin, chief executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and director-general of the Hanban.
Local officials work ‘around the clock’ on conference
WKU “worked around the clock,” to prepare for this weekend’s three-day meeting, Lin told delegates. The meeting continues today and Monday at the Sloan Convention Center and has more than 260 people representing more than 85 U.S. Confucius Institutes across the United States.
Campuses offer access to higher ed
WKU’s three regional campuses – Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Fort Knox – reach out through Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee to provide access to higher education to those who, for many reasons, might not find a traditional WKU main campus experience possible.
WKU to expand its recruitment efforts in South
The eyes of WKU are on Texas and Oklahoma and the Carolinas. WKU is making a student recruitment push in Texas and other areas of the South as the number of potential Kentucky high school graduates continues to shrink, the WKU Board of Regents Academic Affairs Committee was told Friday.
Diplomat advises for global careers
Michael McClellan, a senior foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department, is about to retire from a profession “he just fell into.” McClellan spoke Thursday evening at Gary Ransdell Hall on WKU’s campus about “Successful Careers in the Age of Globalization,” sponsored by the WKU Honors College.
WKU Hosts First U.S. Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes
This weekend WKU hosted the first U.S. meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes.
WKU Hosts Meeting of U.S. Confucius Institutes
The four-day joint meeting of the U.S. Confucius Institutes concludes on Monday in Bowling Green. Representatives from over 90 universities have attended the meetings, hosted by WKU. More than 260 delegates are attending the conference.
WKU Board of Regents Agrees to Consider New Degree Programs in Arabic and Chinese
A proposal to create new majors and minors in two different languages will be taken up by the WKU Board of Regents next month.
WKU Freshman Wins National Military Youth Award, Meets President Obama
September has been a whirlwind month for WKU freshman RaShaan Allen. He’s a redshirt freshman on the WKU football team and just just re-joined the team after spending time in the nation’s capital.
Confucius Classroom dedication
Community leaders and representatives from the WKU Confucius Institute gathered Monday, Sept. 16, along with Simpson County teachers and students to dedicate the new Confucius Classrooms at the Beasley House Center for Community and International Education, in Franklin.
Teacher returns for second year at Simpson Elementary
Returning for her second year to teach Chinese at Simpson Elementary is QianQian Guo, and she is very excited about returning to Franklin. The Simpson County Board of Education, in partnership with WKU’s Confucius Institute, and Franklin-Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation, Inc., have brought four teachers from China to teach at Simpson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Franklin-Simpson Middle School, and Franklin-Simpson High School.
Sept. 21-25, 2013
Social media for retention: Are colleges missing opportunities?
“There are missed opportunities,” says Corie Martin, manager of creative web services in the division of public affairs at WKU. “A lot of what I hear is that a lack of resources—human, financial, and time—are to blame, but from my personal experience, it doesn’t take a huge team of people to experience success with social media outreach.”
Building a future
New windows and new carpet greeted some WKU students when they returned to campus and checked into their dorms.
WRECC hires WKU graduate as new CEO
Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. has named its new chief executive officer, a WKU graduate with local ties. Scott Ramsey, formerly of Union County, will begin work Thursday.
Leaf compost program to start up again
A partnership between WKU and the city of Bowling Green clears streets of excess leaves, creates mulch for gardeners and could soon become a source of energy to power greenhouses and other structures.
Clay Turner, an agriculture graduate of WKU, began his first farming business at age 15, focusing on custom hay production.
Glasgow Daily Times
Barren County High School celebrated the establishment of their new Confucius Classroom on Monday. The room was decorated thanks to a $10,000 WKU grant.
Sept. 14-20, 2013
Digital news leader Neil Budde named executive editor of Courier-Journal Media
WKU graduate Neil Budde, a former editor and reporter for The Courier-Journal and a trailblazer in digital news publishing, is returning to Kentucky to lead the state’s largest newspaper.
Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Herald
Yunt named Wick CEO, president
Tom Yunt has been named president and chief executive officer of Wick Communications Co. Yunt begins work on Oct. 7. He and his wife, Marianne, plan to move to Sierra Vista, where the company is headquartered. Tom and Marianne are natives of Frankfort, Ky. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from WKU in 1977 and a master’s degree from the University of Dubuque in 2006.
Hyatt Place will become a Bowling Green hotel as part of downtown Tax Increment Financing District
The Hyatt Place hotel will join the list of projects in Bowling Green’s Tax Increment Financing district.
Rockettes seeing Red
Big Red, WKU’s ever-lovable blob of a mascot, practiced his high kicks Thursday afternoon with two Radio City Rockettes around Guthrie Bell Tower as students strolled by.
Certificate program has real-world application
Krystal Steele, a WKU junior majoring in interior design, says pursuing the school’s new undergraduate certificate in kitchen and bath design is a hedge against a weak economy.
Woman writes humorous book about difficult dates
When it comes to bad dates, Kimberly Greenwell and her friends have loads of experience. As they swapped stories, the Louisville woman’s friends encouraged her to write a book about them. The result is “The Bad Date Book – The Stories of a Frog.” Greenwell will sign copies of the self-published book from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at WKU Store.
Cave City, WKU partnering to elevate the community’s image
WKU students will help Cave City spit shine its image for visitors.
Hyatt Place Hotel Planned for Downtown Bowling Green
City, county and economic officials broke ground for a brand new addition in downtown Bowling Green.
WKU and Bowling Green Helping Boost Downtown
Many in Bowling Green were excited to welcome a new 108 room, four story Hyatt Place Hotel.
The Symphony at WKU Presents: Classical Jazz
On Friday, September 20th, The Symphony will perform Classical Jazz: The music of Ellington & Gershwin with Willis Deloney on piano.
Bowling Green, WKU Leaders Say New Hyatt Place Hotel will Connect Campus and City
A new hotel is being called a bridge that will bring WKU and downtown Bowling Green closer together.
New Scholarship for WKU Alumni and Area Teachers Offers Discounted Grad School Tuition
A new scholarship program sponsored by the WKU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is aimed at cutting the cost of graduate school for area educators.
SDSU recital to feature world premiere
Tammy Yonce, a South Dakota State University assistant professor of music, will join WKU’s Heidi Álvarez, Michael Kallstrom and Donald Speer for a 7:30 p.m. recital Saturday (Sept. 21) at the Peterson Recital Hall. Kallstrom composed the program’s works and one piece will be a world premiere.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Taps Military Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named RaShaan Allen the 2013-2014 Military Youth of the Year in a reception held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va. He is now at WKU, where he plans to major in political science.
Sept. 5-13, 2013
Embracing the Role of “Campus Mom”, a WKU Student Reflects Rising Number of Non-Traditionals
Glasgow resident and full-time college student Samantha Johnson could serve as “exhibit A” of a growing trend being seen throughout America’s colleges and university campuses. When Johnson enters a classroom at WKU-G, as the campus is known, she brings with her a lifetime of experiences that the average 18 to 22 year old lacks
Spottsville native at WKU’s Gatton Academy named National Merit semifinalist
Joseph Crafton was one of nine high school seniors attending the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU who were named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a news release.
Summer Of 2013 Cooler And Wetter Than Normal
The culprit for the cool summer was an active storm track that brought numerous rain chances to south central Kentucky all summer long. According to Dr. Greg Goodrich, Associate Professor of Meteorology in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, the persistent clouds and storms often put a cap on afternoon temperatures.
Speaker says consider students’ backgrounds
A Baylor University educator told teachers and administrators Friday that teachers need to meet their students’ needs by first understanding their backgrounds. Krystal Goree was a speaker at the Fall Institute for the Association for the Gifted, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Sleep leads to better grades, expert says
If you get more sleep, you can get better grades. That was the message Wednesday evening from James B. Maas of Cornell University, a noted sleep expert, to about 3,300 freshmen at WKU during the Freshman Assembly at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Symphony, orchestra plan music for concerts
The Symphony at WKU and Orchestra Kentucky will bring music to the masses this weekend and Monday.
WKU students hold vigil, recall 9/11 experiences
WKU freshman Katelyn Thompson shielded a lit white candle from wind with her left hand, bowed her head and took a moment of silence with more than 50 people Wednesday night at a vigil in remembrance of 9/11 in front of the Guthrie Bell Tower.
Locally grown food movement criticized by lecturer in BB&T series
Pierre Desrochers says locally grown food movements are an expensive luxury in a modern world.
Glasgow Daily Times
Dr. Maas: Sleep is important aspect of living a healthy life
Sleep — what is it good for? Absolutely everything, according to Dr. James Maas.
Dream fulfilled for Chinese teacher
The Simpson County Board of Education, in partnership with WKU’s Confucius Institute, and Franklin-Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation, Inc., have brought four teachers from China to teach at Simpson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Franklin-Simpson Middle School, and Franklin-Simpson High School. For Jueyin Liu, or “Bertha,”this upcoming school year is a fresh and exciting one. This will be Jueyin’s first year teaching Chinese at Franklin-Simpson High School and she said she’s more than ready to get to work.
A new learning experience
Zhang Yu, or “Grace,” as you may know her, was a high school teacher in China for four years before she came to America to teach at Franklin-Simpson Middle School.
District cuts ribbon on Beasley House
Barbara Beasley, daughter of Dr. L. F. Beasley, spoke on behalf of the family before a ribbon cutting Aug. 6 and shared her memories growing up in what is now the Beasley House for Community and International Education. She expressed her gratitude for the presence of the Confucius Institute in Simpson County and all of those involved in the experience. The ceremony not only celebrated the life and contributions of the Beasley family and their former home, but also welcomed the 2013-14 Chinese Teachers.
Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2013
2 exhibits opening at SKyPAC
On Thursday, the SKyPAC main gallery will unveil the exhibit “Word Doodles” by artist Todd Camplin, a graduate of WKU who lives in Texas.
Mackenzie Perkins, a WKU graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in public health, was one of eight students who went with parasitologist Cheryl Davis, a University distinguished professor in WKU’s Department of Biology, to see if soil-transmitted parasites were prevalent in eastern Kentucky.
Sleep expert to speak to WKU students, faculty
Sleep is serious business, Dr. Phillip Bale of Glasgow says.
WKU Professor Takes Turn in Baseball Broadcast Booth
The next time you listen to a baseball game on the radio, notice how many times the weather is referenced.
WKU Store Celebrates Win Over UK With New Shirts
WKU’s big win over the the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend was also a big win for the businesses who help fans dress for games.
Chinese teacher sees beauty in Franklin
The phrase, “Becoming productive citizens in a global society,” is the motivation behind the aspirations of Simpson County Schools and the Chinese program. Simpson County Board of Education, in partnership with WKU’s Confucius Institute, and Franklin-Simpson Educational Excellence Foundation, Inc., have brought four teachers from China to teach at Simpson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Franklin-Simpson Middle School, and Franklin-Simpson High School.
Aug. 17-29, 2013
WKU Gordon Ford College of Business PEAK program honored
The WKU Gordon Ford College of Business Professional Education and Knowledge program (PEAK) has been selected for top honors in the MidAmerican Business Deans Association (MABDA) Innovation in Business Education Award program.
Ask the Experts: Financial Literacy Training Camp
Invest Conservatively – Responsible saving and responsible investing go hand in hand. In order to secure your wealth for retirement, Brian Goff, a professor of economics at WKU, recommends that you, “Consume less than your income and put the difference in diversified stocks and long-term bonds and leave it there.”
Bailey: King in ’63 inserted last-minute ‘mountaintop’
When Howard Bailey looked at Martin Luther King Jr.’s original I Have a Dream speech on display at an exhibit, he noticed King had written “mountaintop” and “dream” in the margins.
Retired WKU professor recalls fighting for rights alongside MLK
The first time he met Martin Luther King Jr., Alan Anderson was in jail in Albany, Ga.
Top of the line
When people filed into the new WKU Store at the Downing Student Union two weeks ago for the store’s soft opening and then to a sneak preview event last week, store director Shawna Turner stopped herself from approaching patrons for feedback.
$100 making a difference in lives of residents here
Over the past five years, the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club has dedicated money each year to the $100 Solution service program, headed by WKU’s ALIVE Center. On Wednesday, members heard from Leah Ashwill about how their contributions have impacted lives.
Local group fills role in battle
When the U.S. Air Force cyber defense operations in San Antonio wanted someone to watch its computer network 24/7 for hackers and malware, it chose a company in Bowling Green.
BCM bids farewell to graduate before mission trip
Refreshments were set on a table near the lounge room at the Baptist Campus Ministry on Saturday evening while Rebecca Morgan – a May graduate of WKU – chatted with friends as the organization’s guest of honor.
Smaller WKU enrollment a new business model, Ransdell says
A smaller student body at WKU is the future, and this fall’s smaller enrollment reflects that reality, President Gary Ransdell told faculty and staff at the annual convocation.
Area reaches goal of $150M in investments
Downtown Bowling Green’s Tax Increment Financing District has made it to the $150 million signature level, meaning that the TIF will eventually start getting in tax revenues resulting from the new investment in downtown.
Future of Mesonet funding in question
Kentucky Mesonet caretakers are looking for a community buy-in to help sustain and ultimately grow the 64-station weather network across the state.
Prof works to form Fed review group
A WKU assistant professor is working with U.S. government officials as they attempt to establish a Centennial Monetary Commission as a bipartisan way to study the policies of the Federal Reserve System.
Owensboro Builds on Old Tradition With Dragon Boat Races
Todd Petzold expressed cautious optimism as his team prepared to participate in the Owensboro Dragon Boat Festival for a second straight year. The teams were made up of between 15-20 people, including men and women. The team names ranged from the Metal Mateys to the Froggy Paddlers to Dragon Boat Z and WKU’s entry from the school’s Confucius Institute. They’re taking part in an athletic event and tradition whose origins date back to the year 278 B. C. in China and a man considered the father of Chinese poetry, Qu Yuan. “He wrote a particular collective verse call Li Sao that really created a sort of key role for himself in the history of Chinese literature,” said Mei Du, an assistant professor of History at WKU.
KHSAA Commissioner Says He Likes Having High School Football Finals at WKU
The leader of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association says he’s pleased with the job WKU has done in hosting the state football finals.
WKU Health Sciences Complex at The Medical Center Officially Opens
The new WKU Health Sciences Complex at The Medical Center in Bowling Green will double the number of new nursing and physical therapy students graduating and entering the work force.
From Bulgaria to Bowling Green: Bluegrass Musician and Fulbright Scholar Lilly Drumeva Lands at WKU
When you think of bluegrass and country music, places like Kentucky and Tennessee probably come to mind. A scholar and musician who has been studying at WKU has another location for your list: Bulgaria.
WKU Students Connect With Area Businesses
The annual Welcome Back WKU Festival put on by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, had students flocking to the south lawn on the university’s campus.
Ribbon Cut on The Medical Center – WKU Health Sciences Complex
14 months of construction came to a close Thursday. The ribbon has been cut on The Medical Center – WKU Health Sciences Complex and now the new partnership is expected to make a huge impact on health care across our area.
Aug. 10-16, 2013
Six college courses that help grads land jobs
After a summer interning at New York-based marketing firm Peppercomm, WKU student Nick Gilyard plans to take a course in design this year. His aim: Get more experience working with infographics before he graduates next year.
Classes aren’t in session until Aug. 26, but WKU freshmen begin arriving Sunday.
Conversations a departure from television frenzy
Turn on the television. Click through the channels. There’s the usual assortment of comedies, dramas, sporting events and people trying to yell over each other during combative exchanges on public affairs free-for-alls. Then, switch to WKU PBS, the public television affiliate of WKU in Bowling Green. In the locally produced TV programs, there are conversations.
Local Businesses Prepare For WKU Students’ Return To Bowling Green
Area businesses are preparing for about 20,000 WKU students to return to Bowling Green.
Bernheim art piece is subject of Emmy-winning documentary
Snake Hollow, an art piece at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont that is a winding swirl of willow saplings and limbs tied together, has a starring role in an award-winning documentary by WKU.
Pioneer News, Shepherdsville
WKU earns Emmy for film on Bernheim Forest hollow
In April 2012, artist Patrick Dougherty set foot in Bernheim Forest to create Snake Hollow, a sculpture made of willow saplings that’s not only art, but also a maze for kids.
New Lincoln economic director promotes region
The new economic development director for Lincoln County has a passion for regionalism and works to promote not only Stanford, but also neighboring communities, including Danville. Frankfort resident George E. Leamon, an employee of the Bluegrass Area Development District since 1989, has replaced Matt Belcher as the part-time executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Authority. Leamon, a Glasgow native who earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from WKU, started taking economics courses near the end of his college career.
WKU Unlocks Building Data to Reach Environmental, Financial Goals
WKU is closer to reaching its sustainability goals by working closely with Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, to increase energy efficiency in 56 buildings across three campuses in Bowling Green.
Aug. 3-9, 2013
WKU opens fourth ICSET lab, fetes founder on his retirement
WKU’s Institute for Combustion Science & Environmental Technology, or ICSET, opened its fourth laboratory Monday.
World Youth Day thrill for WKU group
While visiting Brazil for World Youth Day last month, what struck Mary Reding most about the Brazilian people was their hospitality and generosity.
Project looking at BG issues
The city of Bowling Green’s age-friendly initiative continues to work toward development of a master plan.
Efficiencies at WKU stretch from light bulbs to diplomas
WKU plans to replace light bulbs that last maybe three years with bulbs that can last 16 years.
Stars and Stripes
Drive launched for WKU textbook project
Though the main event is months away, WKU is seeking help now to support its active military and veteran students.
Kentucky Standard, Bardstown
Documentary on Bernheim’s Snake Hollow wins Emmy
WKU’s Public Broadcast Station was awarded an Ohio Valley Emmy Award for its documentary highlighting the installation of Bernheim’s Snake Hollow.
July 27-Aug. 2, 2013
The Outdoor Wire
Folklore experts to document experiences of DNR staffers
Called “Ranger Lore: The Occupational Folklife of Parks,” this joint research project is being done by two scholars, one at Indiana University, the other at WKU.
New York Times
Be a Human First, Then Take the Photo
Demetrius Freeman is one of two photo interns at The New York Times from WKU.
Portland (TN) Leader
Woods excited to begin
Kentucky native David E. Woods has been named principal of Portland High School. Woods graduated in 1988 from Union County High School in Morganfield, Ky. He graduated from WKU in 1993 and completed his masters at Trevecca University in 2002.
New WKU Store Location To Open Prior To Fall Classes
Renovations continue on the Downing University Center at WKU, but this fall students will get a first look inside.
Day of Caring Volunteers Make A Lasting Difference
At the WKU Ag Expo Center, Connected Nation and Top Crops put together a high tunnel house for an adult special needs garden.
Day Of Caring Volunteers Stop By New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Center
Overcast skies didn’t stop hundreds of volunteers from getting their hands dirty at the New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Center. Volunteers from WKU Athletics say this year’s Day Of Caring is a whole new experience.
Sonora student sets record on ‘Jeopardy!’ Kids Week
Skyler Hornback had said it was a long five months to hold on to his secret of the outcome of his “Jeopardy!” episode. After the show aired Wednesday night, it’s easy to see why. Hornback, a Sonora resident and student at LaRue County Middle School, set a “Jeopardy!” Kids Week record, winning $66,600 in the game, the highest one-day total in Kids Week history. Hornback plans to use the money to cover his housing at WKU, where he already has a full-tuition scholarship, or possibly to attend his dream school of Yale University.
WKU Preparing for Higher Ed Funding Model that Weighs Retention Rates
WKU is preparing for the possibility that state funding for higher education could someday be based–in part–on retention rates. WKU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Brian Meredith says it’s an idea being tried in other parts of the nation.
Governor makes appointments to boards and commissions
Gov. Beshear has appointed Gillard B. Johnson to the WKU Board of Regents to serve for a term expiring June 30, 2019.
Keselowski makes his star turn
Brad Keselowski is the newest star of the “This is SportsCenter” commercials, in a spot that started running this week to promote the Brickyard 400. He shares the limelight with WKU mascot Big Red.
July 19-26, 2013
Detroit Free Press
Brad Keselowski, Big Red in new ‘This is SportsCenter’ commercial
His co-star in the 30-second spot is WKU mascot (and ESPN advertising favorite) Big Red, who keeps trying — to little avail — to get into Keselowski’s race car instead of hitching a ride home in ESPN anchor Kevin Negandhi’s minivan. Hilarity ensues.
Gerontology group honors WKU researcher who studies older-adult exercise
A WKU assistant professor has been recognized for his work focusing on exercise among older adults.
Kids explore temps & tornados in new program
At this camp, the teachers learned something, too. Eleven boys and girls ages 10 to 14 participated in the first WKU Weather Camp last week in the Environmental Sciences and Technology Building.
Kentucky Broadcasters meet at WKU
Chats about radio careers filled the second floor lobby of Mass Media and Technology Hall this week.
WKU Grad’s Sitcom Nominated for an Emmy
This is pretty cool. WKU grad and Hartford native, Kirker Butler, is hard at work these days co-executive producing and writing the sitcom The Neighbors. And, now, his show has garnered an Emmy award nomination!
WKU Students Participate in KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute
The first Kentucky Broadcasters Association WKU Radio Talent Institute is being held this week on the campus of WKU.
July 9-18, 2013
The Logan Journal
Clay Turner nominated for state Local Food Hero
One of the nominees for Kentucky’s Local Food Hero is Clay Turner of Russellville. A 2001 graduate of Logan County High School, Turner has parlayed his degree in agricultural economics from WKU into a successful fruit and vegetable production business on his three-generation farm outside Russellville.
Work begins on HCS facility
Construction has begun on the new Early College and Career Center for Hardin County Schools, and community partners involved in the project celebrated Wednesday morning at a groundbreaking. WKU and ECTC joined HCS as partners in bringing the center to students. Sullivan University is a new academic partner and will assist in coordinating a culinary arts pathway.
Hardin County School system building new career center
The Hardin County School system is launching an Early College and Career Center. “The more we can educate students here locally, the more likely they are to stay here and go to work in the jobs that you all create across this community for them,” said Dr. Gary Ransdell, President of WKU.
Ransdell roast raises money for 4 chamber scholarships
They named a building after WKU President Gary Ransdell, but he still didn’t retire, Kevin Brooks said.
WKU ‘front door’ now at Augenstein Alumni Center
The “front door” of WKU has moved from the Kentucky Museum to the Augenstein Alumni Center.
Students leave for World Youth Day in Brazil
Attending World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, was a joyful and spiritual experience for John Sohl, 22, a recent WKU graduate from Shepherdsville.
Cherry, Minton, Smith will be inducted
A grandson of the university’s founder and veteran fighter pilot, the chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court and a member of the 1971 Milwaukee Bucks NBA championship team will be inducted this fall into the WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Plano writer pens her 1st novel, ‘Hope Island’
Diana Hankla, who now lives in Alvaton, is a Warren Central High School and WKU graduate.
Big Red Roast Honors Dr. Gary Ransdell
WKU President Gary Ransdell was the headliner of The Big Red Roast hosted by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds packed the National Corvette Museum for the yearly event. Many familiar faces from Dr. Ransdell’s past joined the crowd to share in the fun.
Crews Prepare Health Sciences Complex For August 22 Ribbon Cutting
Construction crews remain busy putting the finishing touches on The Medical Center – WKU Health Sciences Complex. After a ground breaking last summer, and hard work this winter, administrators are anxious to get inside.
June 27-July 8, 2013
Lincoln note part of exhibit at WKU
It may be the tiniest addition to the Instruments of American Excellence exhibit at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus, but it is a major piece of American Civil War history from one of the country’s most well-known presidents.
Office of Scholar Development takes student success to new levels
If there was a title like a “future dreams coach” at Audra Jennings, who heads the WKU Office of Scholar Development, would be a perfect candidate, since she’s already doing the job.
More housing planned near WKU
A Columbia, Mo., development company plans to build a large apartment complex for up to 454 people adjacent to WKU and within the Tax Increment Financing District.
Hester to become SWHS principal
Jenny Hester will be the new principal at South Warren High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2000 and her master’s degree in 2006 at WKU.
Lenoir City grad Claire Donahue ready for World Championships
The really big moments of Claire Donahue’s life continue to happen in a swimming pool.
Williamson (Tenn.) Herald
Dad creates scholarship for autistic program at WKU
Ryan Hodges was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 4 years old, but neither Ryan nor his family ever let that diagnosis hold him back. Ryan recently completed his freshman year of college at WKU, and plans to graduate and get a job so he can be a contributing member of the community.
Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow teams up with WKU for summer reading academy
Glasgow Independent Schools has teamed up with WKU to offer the Summer Reading Academy for fourth through eighth grade students who are not currently reading at grade level.
June 20-26, 2013
Johnson appointed principal at Alvaton Elementary School
Sarah Johnson has a long history with Warren County Public Schools as a student and educator, and now she can add a new role to that list: principal of Alvaton Elementary School. A Warren County native, Johnson attended North Warren Elementary School and Warren East middle and high schools before receiving her undergraduate and graduate degrees from WKU.
Photography, film production is camp’s focus
High school students learned about digital photography and film last week at the Kentucky High School Media Institute at WKU.
BRADD to apply for Mesonet grant
The Barren River Area Development District will apply for a grant from the American Geophysical Union so that Kentucky Mesonet administrators can tailor certain climate data for area water system operators.
Regents OK $393 million budget
The WKU Board of Regents on Friday approved a $393,959,000 budget for 2013-14 on a 6-2 vote.
June 12-19, 2013
WKU Violinist and Teacher Wins National Jefferson Award
Dr. Ching-Yi Lin of Bowling Green received a Jefferson Award Tuesday in Washington.
Kentuckian Nationally Recognized for Public Service
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today welcomed Dr. Ching-Yi Lin of Bowling Green, Kentucky, to his office to personally congratulate her upon winning the 2013 Jefferson Award.
WKU Students Go Nuts Over Unofficial Store Mascot
Every college campus has something that sets it apart, and integrating those unique elements into your store can be a very successful strategy; just ask The WKU Store.
WKU grad chooses ministry over medicine
For years, Rebecca Morgan, 21, of Bowling Green, planned to pursue a career in medicine.
Digital world, school safety on tap for KASS meeting in BG
Kentucky’s school superintendents and other school administrators will gather this week in Bowling Green to look at delivering education in a digital world, safety in schools and education priorities they hope the Kentucky General Assembly will tackle.
Tolbert selected as new principal
Brad Tolbert will be the new principal at Warren Central High School. Tolbert, who graduated from Dawson Springs (Ky.) High School in 1984 and then WKU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in history and government, had first served in resident housing at WKU from 1988 to 1992.
On a Mission
Arnie Franklin enjoys talking to people about the planes displayed at Aviation Heritage Park.
A passion ignited
Bill Scott, music director and conductor of The Symphony at WKU, said the moment that stands out for him during a recent China trip was when the orchestra received a fourth curtain call following its first concert at the Beijing campus of North China Electric Power University. The Symphony at WKU gave four performances: at the aforementioned North China Electric Power University; Beijing Language and Culture University; Hebei University in Baoding; and at North China Electric Power’s Baoding campus. There were more than 4,000 spectators total at the four venues.
News Democrat & Leader
Logan County native named Stevenson assistant principal
A Logan County native who worked for years at Logan Aluminum and married a Russellville High School alumnus is coming back to her native county to take the assistant principal job at Stevenson Elementary School. Robin Cornelius is a 2004 graduate of WKU, where she earned a degree in elementary education.
Watson named Spottsville Elementary principal
Spottsville Elementary has a new principal. Longtime educator Beth Watson will be taking over the position, effective July 1. She received her master’s degree from WKU in elementary education.
June 7-11, 2013
Tag team growth in Bowling Green
Since 2008 and through the Great Recession, a time when the goal of many communities was just not to lose economic ground, Bowling Green and its 10-county region have experienced impressive growth – $1.375 billion in large-scale construction projects.
Clark named new principal at Warren East High School
Nicole C. Clark is the new principal at Warren East High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in English language arts from WKU in 2002 and her master’s degree in school administration from WKU in 2006, the same year that she attained her Rank 1 in instructional supervision.
Kentucky tries to connect conservation islands
Unless something is done, Kentucky’s plant and wildlife communities could see a sweeping transformation within a human lifespan, with invasive species taking over, “and people will not like a lot of the members of the mix,” said Albert Meier, a WKU biology professor and co-director of the WKU Green River Preserve near Cave City.
Green River is Ohio River’s most biologically diverse tributary
Aside from the beauty of its water, cliffs and natural springs — known as blue holes — the Green River is recognized as an international ecological treasure. “It is a globally important site for aquatic biodiversity,” said Albert Meier, a biology professor at WKU and co-director of the WKU Biological Preserve along the upper Green River near Cave City.
Shepherdsville Resident Wins International Scholarship
Timothy Phelps, a Shepherdsville resident and an English for Secondary Teachers student at WKU is one of over 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
UC’s top academic leader comes from Purdue
Beverly Davenport Sypher will be the new top academic officer at the University of Cincinnati. She earned bachelor’s degrees in communication and journalism from WKU, then a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.
Lynne Gibson named John Hardin principal
The new principal at John Hardin High School is a familiar face to the school’s staff and students. Lynne Gibson, an assistant principal at John Hardin, replaces Alvin Garrison. Gibson graduated from East Hardin High School and received post-secondary degrees from WKU.
Museum commissions bust of Confederate general
Christina P. Rankin, a WKU student, was commissioned to create the busts. She was recommended for the project by her WKU sculpture instructor David M. Marquez, who oversaw the work.
June 1-6, 2013
International Experiences Benefit Pre-Service Teachers
International experiences are extremely beneficial to future educators. Fred Carter, Director of Teacher Services at WKU, illustrates why.
Two local students witness violence in Turkey firsthand
For the past several days, Turkey has been a flashpoint of protest as numerous demonstrations against Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan have thrown cities into upheaval. Two people with local ties, Nate Hovee, 23, a WKU senior from Paintsville, and Saralinda Schell, 16, a Bowling Green High School student, witnessed the protests swell firsthand while studying abroad in Turkey.
Gatton Academy’s Julia Roberts is coordinating world gifted conference
Julia Roberts said most people come up to her and say, “It’s summer – you must have lots of (free) time.” Not really. She’s actually busier. “We are busy all year, but double our speed for the summer,” said Roberts, executive director for the Center for Gifted Studies and The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.
As they have in Bowling Green, Muslims have become part of the national fabric, with about 2.5 million living in the U.S., said Lawrence Snyder, associate religious studies professor at WKU. Bowling Green has one of the highest percentages of Muslims in the state, and it’s rare for a city of its size to have two mosques.
Ransdell roast set July 16 for Leadership Fund
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced that WKU President Gary Ransdell will be “roasted” on July 16 at the Chamber Foundation’s benefit lunch for the Charles M. Moore Leadership Fund.
Outdoorsman Cory Ramsey
The man who bills himself as “Outdoorsman Cory Ramsey” has taken more than 200 well-documented hikes in the last several years, exploring new trails from one end of Kentucky to the other. This trail, at Shanty Hollow Lake just north of his home in Bowling Green, is his favorite place, a place his boots know well. Most kids from Fulton who go to college go to Murray State University. But when Ramsey was in the Governor’s Scholars program at Centre College, he mentioned that he was interested in broadcasting, and a fellow scholar advised him to look into the program at WKU in Bowling Green.
American students visit Mosque
American students were given a tour of one of Peterborough’s biggest Mosques when they visited the city. The youngsters from WKU were given a tour of the Faizan e Madina Mosque on Thursday during their trip to Peterborough as part of their studies of religion in England.
May 23-31, 2013
T.C. Cherry teacher part of national educators’ competition
A T.C. Cherry Elementary School teacher is in the finals in a national educators’ competition. Margie Clevenger is nominated as one of the Top 20 Educators in Johnsonville Sausage’s Best of US campaign. Clevenger graduated from WKU in 2006 with a dual degree in moderate and severe disabilities and learning and behavior disabilities. She is a member of the Autism Cadre and serves on the advisory board of the Kelly Autism Program at WKU.
Work proceeds on WKU construction projects
When the diplomas were handed out at WKU earlier this month, an important transition occurred across the Avenue of Champions from E.A. Diddle Area.
Restored warplane will be unveiled
Board members hope to be able to transport the next airplane the group wants to work on – a T-38 jet used to train astronauts, including Russellville native and WKU graduate Terry Wilcutt – to Bowling Green soon.
Brooks named principal at McNeill Elementary
She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, a master’s degree and a Rank 1 in educational administration, all from WKU. She was named the 2006 Kentucky elementary school teacher of the year.
Hendricks selected as new Nelson County principal
Michelle Hendricks said she could not be more delighted about her new job as principal of Nelson County High School. A graduate of WKU, Hendricks holds a bachelor of arts in English and allied language arts.
Madison County (Ala.) Record
Gulden retires from Rainbow after diverse career
Debbie Gulden’s greatest honor during her 24-year career was selection as 2010 Teacher of the Year at Rainbow Elementary School. She earned a master’s degree in guidance/counseling at WKU.
May 18-22, 2013
Evansville Courier & Press
Storm chaser: Watching tornado from 5 miles away can be a calming experience
Watching a tornado touch ground from five miles out can be a collective, calming experience, especially for students who’ve never witnessed the phenomena before, said Josh Durkee, an associate professor of meteorology at WKU.
Dalai Lama to Louisville teens: Study harder than I did
The 77-year-old Dalai Lama might not seem to have much in common with American youths. But in a meeting with Louisville teenagers Tuesday morning, he said they might all have a few things in common. Isaac Kresse, a student at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, asked how the Dalai Lama would advise responding to the explosion of technology.
Twelve to become licensed paramedics through Louisville-funded academy
Ten emergency medical technicians and two firefighters who completed degrees to become licensed paramedics were recognized by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer during a program at Metro Hall on Tuesday. The program was held in conjunction with the Kentucky EMS academy at WKU.
Twister’s impact felt in southcentral Kentucky
Meanwhile, Josh Durkee, an associate professor of meteorology at WKU, went looking for storms in the area as part of a class.
Marsh is ready for next challenge
Mark Marsh is winding down his time as CEO of Greenview Regional Hospital, preparing for the next chapter in his life as head of a much larger hospital in Clarksville, Tenn. But the departure is bittersweet for Marsh, whose fondness for Bowling Green comes from his days as a standout quarterback at WKU.
Local Red Cross On Standby, WKU Meteorology Students Already In Oklahoma
Images of the EF5 tornado barreling through Moore, Oklahoma were captured by many residents on video. A group of WU Meteorology students also caught a glimpse of the monster storm on their radar.
Carol Perkins: Best graduation – WKU Spring 2013
My great niece, my sister-in-law and her stepdaughter graduated from WKU last weekend. Never one to jump up and click my heels, ready to go to any graduation, I have to give WKU credit for hosting the best one I have attended and I have attended many.
May 11-17, 2013
Horsemen, engineers work to rein in safety for horses, riders
A loud snap echoed through the McConnell Integrated Applications Laboratory at the Complex for Engineering and Biological Sciences at WKU on Monday afternoon as another pair of leather reins finally split in two.
WKU experience ‘nothing short of amazing’
When he transferred to WKU in 2010, Daniel Burton was prepared to work hard, but he never thought he would be named the Ogden Foundation Scholar, the university’s top graduation honor.
Mother, daughter receive degrees on same evening
Within about 15 minutes of each other Friday night on the eve of Mother’s Day weekend, a mother and her daughter received graduate degrees from WKU.
DuBose is named executive director
The voice is familiar to many people in the 100,000-strong Hilltopper nation. Now, they’ll see the face up front more.
Kidney Transplant Saves WKU Student
Many of you have a drivers license, but on the back, you can choose to sign your name. That signature can mean all the difference for people like Matt Miller, a WKU student with aspirations to become a physical therapist.
Danville Advocate Messenger
Officers train for bike patrol
This week, five Danville police officers and one Boyle County deputy sheriff are training at Millennium Park to become bike patrol certified. Chief Rafael Casas of WKU Police Department came to Danville to provide the training.
Governor signs bill to ramp up career, technical education in Kentucky
Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday ceremonially signed House Bill 207 that unites the state’s two Career and Technical Education (CTE) systems under the guidance of Kentucky’s Department of Education.
Winnetka proposed stormwater fee would be among highest in country
In an attempt to shore up its flooding defenses, Winnetka appears ready to move forward with a $41 million plan that would cost residents an average stormwater utility fee of about $360 a year — possibly the highest such fee imposed anywhere in the country. Currently, Portland, Ore., has the highest stormwater utility fee in the country at about $260 a year per resident, according to the WKU 2012 Stormwater Utility Survey, an annual report that tracks costs and methods of about 1,300 communities throughout the country.
Claire Donahue: Hungry for More
This weekend, Claire Donahue returns to the pool where she saw the first sign of what was to come last summer – making her first Olympic Team.
Associated Baptist Press
Longtime editor R.G. Puckett dies
A native of Kentucky, Puckett was a graduate of WKU and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
Charlotte News & Observer
Outspoken Baptist editor and minister R.G. Puckett dies at 80
Born in Kentucky and educated at Campbellsville University, WKU and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Puckett went to work as a pastor at churches in Ohio and Florida in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
May 2-10, 2013
WKU cuts $2.13M to balance budget; no job losses seen
Keeping his word to avoid across-the-board cuts to meet a projected $2,139,000 revenue shortfall, WKU President Gary Ransdell on Wednesday announced a three-pronged strategy developed by the WKU Administrative Cabinet to a balanced budget.
Foundation awaits approval
As soon as a detailed development plan gets final approval, WKU’s Student Life Foundation is ready to begin construction on a $17 million apartment project.
WKU to award 2,000 diplomas in weekend ceremonies
WKU will confer 2,000 degrees in ceremonies Friday and Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Gatton Academy at WKU leads list
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is ranked the No. 1 high school in America for a second straight year by Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast website.
WKU student teachers offer glimpses of lifestyle, learning
When Jonathon Lynn knew he was going to be student teaching this spring through WKU in Werne, Germany, he didn’t know he would get lost walking home after his first day of school and find his host family’s house through the assistance of a perfect stranger.
Gatton Academy is America’s Best High School for Second Year in a Row
For the second year in a row, The Gatton Academy has been named America’s Best High School by Newsweek.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-G campus will have new writing center
WKU-Glasgow campus recently announced that it will implement a writing center during the fall 2013 semester.
It’s great to be a graduand
More than 50 students were honored at the fourth annual WKU-Glasgow Graduand Ceremony at the Plaza Theatre on Thursday night.
Cultivating a Special Collection
WKU’s most happy accident happened more than 10 years ago when I [Sue Lynn McDaniel] was sitting in a dentist’s chair. The hygienist was making small talk and asked a standard ice-breaker question: “What do you do for a living?” My reply led to her inquiring: “Would WKU be interested in my Uncle J. T.’s suitcase?” Uncle J. T. turned out to be John T. Scopes, the defendant in what has come to be known as the Scopes Monkey Trial.
April 27-May 1, 2013
Glasgow Daily Times
Minton is keynote speaker for WKU-G graduand
John Minton Jr., chief justice of Kentucky’s supreme court, will be the keynote speaker for Thursday’s WKU-Glasgow Graduand ceremony.
Teacher mentor program to come to BGHS, FSHS in fall
Sylvia Dietrich says the way prospective teachers are educated in America isn’t working, so it is time to “build a better teacher.”
Journalists see finished product at WKU museum
Twenty-eight journalists from WKU conducted 23 interviews, wrote 19,242 words, sent and received 1,086 emails and took 70 hours of video during the past 12 months.
Symphony at WKU preps for concert, trip to China
WKU senior Steven Stewart never thought he’d perform with The Symphony at WKU in China.
Surf KY News
WKU Graduate Student to be on Jeopardy
Mark Reeves is a Bowling Green resident and graduate student at WKU. He will be featured on an episode of Jeopardy that will premiere on Friday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. on WNKY.
WKU Wins Bluegrass Unplugged Conservation Competition
WKU has won the regional “Bluegrass Unplugged” competition as part of the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2013.
April 23-26, 2013
Evening of Dance
Lisa Draskovich-Long remembers what it was like to perform on stage during her 14 years as a dancer in a professional company.
Deli holds autism awareness event
If it weren’t for the help the Renshaw Early Childhood Center at WKU has provided for Micha Griffin’s son, Griffin says she would be at a loss.
WKU students recruiting for a chapter of United Way
Six WKU students came together last semester to raise awareness about poverty, homelessness and other social concerns.
Coach gives Rotary members a medal-winning surprise
WKU swimmer Claire Donohue spoke about her trip to the 2012 Olympics, her beginnings in Lenoir City, TN, and the importance of swimming in a community like Franklin, during her address to the Rotary members.
Glasgow Daily Times
Ransdell, Ray meet with city on WKU funding
Preliminary figures put the cost of adding a second building to the Glasgow campus of WKU in the neighborhood of $10 million, said Mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman after a meeting with WKU representatives and the Glasgow City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal
WKU’s Imagewest, a Student-run Advertising and Public Relations Agency, Alumna First to Land International Job
When Imagewest’s 23-year-old Kayla Spelling heads home at the end of a workday, she weaves through tourists buying leather goods, scarves and magnets. She listens for the warning of bike bells and picks up bits of conversations in the language she doesn’t yet understand. The espresso she grabbed that morning from her neighborhood café had long worn off. She woke up this morning in a foreign city, nearly 5,000 miles away from home pursuing an international career many only dream about.
April 16-22, 2013
“Hope for Haiti?”
“Hope for Haiti?”, an exhibit of photographs, opened April 5, in the Mass Media and Technology Hall gallery. The show, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Broadcasting, was created over several visits in 2012 by Professor James H. Kenney Jr., coordinator of the Photojournalism program at WKU.
Winkler wows crowd at book fest
As Henry Winkler was beginning his presentation Saturday at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center, people continued to stream into the room.
Student nabs $35,000
A WKU graduate student wants to improve the planet by manufacturing one natural-fiber sock at a time.
Hand-crafted, made to last
Johnathon Randolph studies chemistry as a graduate student at WKU, but when he isn’t on campus, Randolph is perfecting the formula for his business venture.
Glasgow Daily Times
Author books on Boone’s poetry
A mimeographed piece of paper in her mailbox in the 1980s at WKU spurred Loretta Murrey to invite poet Joy Bale Boone to speak to her Introductory to English Literature classes at the university’s Glasgow campus.
Jefferson Awards – CHING YI LIN
Ching-Yi Lin has many titles. Among them… being a world class violinist.
April 13-15, 2013
‘The heartbeat for our institution’
WKU opened its “home” for the nearly 100,000 alumni Friday with the ribbon-cutting of the new Augenstein Alumni Center.
WKU unveils another gem on its campus
Current and future alumni of WKU should be very excited about the opening of the new Augenstein Alumni Center.
WKU program opens doors
WKU’s international student teaching programs have increased student employability to nearly 100 percent and WKU has partnered with schools around the world in offering international student-teaching opportunities.
WKU Unveils Augenstein Alumni Center
At WKU the spirit makes the master, and that spirit has a new home.
WKU Expansion Continues To Move Into Downtown Bowling Green
The expansion at WKU continues. Friday’s grand opening of a brand new alumni center is just the beginning of the university’s master plan which calls for more building towards downtown Bowling Green. It’s something the city says will bring vital construction.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame inductees reminisce, accept honors
For Don McGuire, a Hazard native and one of the original members of the WKU-based Hilltoppers, the honor brought back memories of the quartet’s heyday, when it was named the No. 1 group in the country in 1953.
Hilltoppers and Halfway to Hazard honored at Hall of Fame
One of Hazard’s own, Don McGuire along with the rest of the Hilltoppers were inducted into the hall of fame.
ECTC hosts annual Early Childhood Education Conference
More than 200 area early childhood educators and providers spent Saturday training at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s annual conference. Lining the hallways were vendors including WKU, Lincoln Trail District Health Department and representatives from the state Department of Education and governor’s office.
April 5-12, 2013
Manufacturers, state hopeful about new partnership
Kentucky manufacturers are expected to benefit from a new partnership with universities and state government.
Financial innovations help universities tackle campus construction projects
In 1997, Gary Ransdell was the new president of WKU with a question on his mind: What did students want most? Their answer: better residence halls.
Downtown gets colorful additions
Dale Augenstein’s focus has been on getting the Lilly Pulitzer store open as well as seeing the building with his namesake completed: The Augenstein Alumni Center on the campus of WKU is being dedicated Friday. That event will bring a lot of alumni to town.
Workers get set for WKU’s debut of alumni center
When WKU graduates walk into their new Augenstein Alumni Center on Friday after the 2 p.m. opening ceremony, they’ll have a deja vu moment. They may have walked on that concrete before, perhaps many years ago.
Shaping a community
The people come in waves at the Raymond B. Preston Health and Activities Center to work out in the Fitness Center.
Plus 2 business degree set for online offerings
WKU plans to tap into a new market for business students with the introduction of its Plus 2 Business Administration degree.
Local show gives view of Mars
Area residents have the chance to view some of NASA’s latest findings, which indicate the possibility that life once existed on Mars.
Former WKU Student in South Korea Speaks About Political Tension
One former WKU student has been living and teaching English in South Korea since last August.
WKU Tracking Energy Usage
A new online energy kiosk is the latest addition to WKU’s energy savings initiatives.
March 29-April 4, 2013
Glasgow Daily Times
English professor sets out to prove how great Ky. BBQ is
Writing a book on Kentucky barbecue was a labor of love for Wes Berry, an English professor at WKU.
WNEM-TV (Saginaw, Mich.)
National Math and Science Initiative Awards $12 million to Endow UTeach Program at 12 Universities
The recipient universities are Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Northern Arizona University, Temple University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Irvine, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of North Texas (UNT), University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), and WKU.
C-USA move official
Old collegiate rivalries and new money drove the economic engine that pushed WKU to seek an affiliation with Conference USA, WKU President Gary Ransdell said Monday.
Students hope to break barrier to medical care
WKU junior Chaz Arnold of Owensboro has worked with fellow Spanish major Hannah Johnson, 22, a senior from Nashville, over the course of two semesters to organize the WKU Health Fair for Hispanics.
‘CANstruct’ event to mix food drive with contest
A contest planned this month at WKU will combine a canned food drive with some construction ingenuity.
Numbers slip 2.2% at WKU
WKU’s enrollment is down 2.2 percent for the spring 2013 semester compared to last spring.
Ransdell: Plan for tuition hike not a certainty
With the University of Kentucky pursuing a 3 percent tuition and fees increase for the fall, WKU’s request for a 5 percent hike isn’t a certainty.
Public broadcasting stations, students partner
Local broadcasting stations WKYU, PBS and WKU Public Radio have partnered with WKU’s advertising and public relations program in an effort to gain public input on programming and to help increase revenue for local public stations.
WKU biz college in top 1 percent
Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU has maintained its international accreditation.
Keillor brings humor
Seventy has been a milestone age for author, humorist and radio host Garrison Keillor.
An eye of one’s own
The idea of creating POY Latam came from Pablo Corral Vega, Director of Nuestra Mirada, and Loup Langton, Director of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting at WKU, who regretted that Latin America lacked a good photojournalism contest of its own.
Glad to welcome master’s students
Opportunity influences educational attainment. That’s why it’s exciting to learn WeKU’s Elizabethtown campus will build on its successful bachelor’s degree program in social work by offering master’s level training next fall.
March 23-28, 2013
Men Get On High Heels For Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The saying “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” came to life Wednesday at WKU.
WKU expands its footprint
WKU has evolved from a single building in downtown Bowling Green at the turn of the 20th century into a sprawling campus that begins with a hilltop administration building overlooking the city and extends its reach throughout Bowling Green and the surrounding region including extended campuses throughout the area such as Glasgow.
800 students participate in history contest
While the WKU Hilltoppers were waiting to make the grade Friday evening in the NCAA basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., potential future Hilltoppers were sitting in E.A. Diddle Arena on Friday morning also attempting to make the grade in history.
WKU graduate, 67, aims to scale 29,029-foot Mount Everest
Martin Douthitt’s goals were set to new heights about a decade ago.
Glasgow Daily Times
Starting them young
College planning started early for Austin Tracy Elementary kindergartners and first-graders who visited WKU-Glasgow this week.
Glasgow City Council Passes Resolution Pledging Support for WKU Expansion
The Glasgow City Council has unanimously passed a resolution pledging the city’s support for an expansion of the WKU-Glasgow campus.
Mayport Chaplain Best In Navy
Lt. Karen Rector is the 2013 recipient of the Military Chaplain Association’s “Chaplain of the Year” award. After graduating from WKU, she enlisted in the Navy and attended boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill.
Appendectomy hasn’t slowed down Claire Donahue in the pool
Not even an appendectomy can slow down Claire Donahue now that she’s an Olympic gold medalist.
Two Henderson teens selected for prestigious Gatton Academy
Two Henderson teens have been selected to attend the academy that Newsweek magazine named the nation’s best public high school.
March 15-22, 2013
Masters of knowledge: Advanced social work program coming to WKU’s Elizabethtown campus
A popular bachelor’s degree program will be complemented with a master’s program in the upcoming school year.
WKU’s forecast dire
Paychecks are in peril, faculty and staff found out Wednesday at a WKU budget forum.
Parts of WKU are going dark on Earth Hour
Several areas on WKU’s campus will go dark Saturday night for Earth Hour, a global initiative that symbolizes commitment to sustainability.
Students to perform with Symphony at WKU
The Symphony at WKU will present “Famous Fifth Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at WKU’s Van Meter Hall.
City hopes to become friendlier to bicyclists
Bowling Green bicyclists have until the end of the month to make their presence known through an online survey conducted by WKU.
The characters Joe and Mag have very different personalities in the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of “Lovers.”
Display airs out secrets of abuse
A tiny pink dress hung on a clothesline amid a group of T-shirts of various sizes and colors Tuesday at WKU’s Centennial Mall.
Groups hope to make BG more age-friendly
The WKU Center for Gerontology, the AARP and the city of Bowling Green are working together to collect opinions on how Bowling Green can become a more age-friendly city.
WKU President: Expect Another 5% Tuition Increase, No Employee Salary Increases
WKU President Gary Ransdell says anything less than a five-percent tuition increase next year will result in a loss of jobs on campus. In a presentation to faculty and staff Wednesday, Dr. Ransdell outlined his thoughts on the school’s budget, tuition rates, and employee compensation.
WKU Hopes StormReady Designation Will Improve Student and Community Safety
It’s the worst case scenario. A tornado is heading straight towards WKU. The school is now better prepared to handle that type of event after being designated StormReady.
Mankato (MN) Free Press
Annette Parker appointed president-elect of SCC
Highly impressed with her innovative, technology-focused background, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Board of Trustees appointed Annette Parker the next president of South Central College Wednesday. Parker holds a doctorate in educational leadership from WKU.
Nashville Business Journal
Meet Daniel Houghton, the young globetrotter tasked with guiding Lonely Planet out of decline
Less than three years ago, Daniel Houghton was a photojournalism student at WKU. Now he’s the top-man at the company that will soon own iconic travel guide company Lonely Planet.
WKU students build hope through Habitat for Humanity homes
While many college students immediately think of beaches at the mention of spring break, that is not the case for a group from WKU.
March 9-14, 2013
Housing proposal takes step forward
WKU’s Student Life Foundation hopes to begin construction soon on a $20 million housing project on Kentucky Street.
Crowd greets Sun Belt champions as team returns to E.A. Diddle Arena
One day at a time. One game at a time. One play at a time.
WKU student honored as top Army engineer cadet
WKU junior Sean Tedtaotao has been named the Top U.S. Army Engineer Cadet for 2013 by the Society of American Military Engineers.
WKU conference highlights researchers
Jason Leszczewicz, a WKU senior majoring in physics, is one of several shining stars in the WKU research universe, according to a university administrator.
Motivational speaker spends time with WKU students during speech
A motivational speaker told students at WKU to seize upon their personal vision and then make plans to accomplish it.
WKU Store Unveils New Championship Shirts
Hilltopper fans are still celebrating winning the Sun Belt championship, and now they can do it in style.
Brandon Harris serenades fans after WKU wins the Sun Belt
Some players celebrate winning a conference championship by dancing. Others just go crazy, get emotional or soak it all in with teammates and fans. WKU’s Brandon Harris plays Owl City’s “Vanilla Twilight” to a hotel bar full of the Hilltopper faithful.
Past Trigg players, coaches share stories on Coach Mike Wright
Coach Wright grew up in Cadiz, graduated Trigg County High School in the 1970s, went on to WKU and made his way home as a teacher and coach.
Start-up funding seeds sprouting
The Bowling Green ICC began in 2002 as a result of the Kentucky Innovation Act of 2000 and is housed at the WKU Center for Research & Development.
For Steve Gorman, who grew up in Hopkinsville, Ky., and relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville in 2004, rock stardom was a bit of a detour; he majored in broadcasting at WKU.
March 1-8, 2013
North Mississippi Daily Journal
Zacharias Miss. State memorial service filled with emotion
Dr. Donald Zacharias likely is ringing his Mississippi State cowbell in heaven, showing everyone how to do it properly. The most personal, emotional words came from Dr. Eric Zacharias, a Colorado internal medicine specialist, who spoke at length about his father and their family lives intertwined with the rise of his academic career coming to MSU from the presidency at WWKU.
Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger
John Grisham, others recall Donald Zacharias’ impact on Mississippi State
Former Mississippi State University (and WKU) President Donald Zacharias lifted the land-grant university to new heights, but it’s the personal stories stemming from his care for individuals that were remembered most during a memorial Thursday on the Starkville campus.
Former WKU president Zacharias dead at 77
A former WKU president and a mentor of current President Gary Ransdell died Sunday.
Zacharias did great things as WKU president
Former WKU President Donald W. Zacharias will be fondly remembered as a fine educator, mentor, a devoted family man and an outstanding university president.
Beshear promotes literacy in BG stop
Literacy is an acknowledged passion for Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear. The former teacher took her passion on the road Monday, making Bowling Green her first stop during the third Kentucky Literacy Celebration Week.
WKU’s counseling center is a safety net for students who are overwhelmed
On the business card for the WKU Counseling and Testing Center is the phrase: “College should be challenging, not overwhelming.”
Gwinnett Daily Post
Daily Post photographer honored by GPA
The Daily Post’s Brendan Sullivan has been named the Georgia Press Association Photographer of the Year for 2012. A 2010 graduate of WKU, Sullivan has been a member of the Daily Post staff since February 2012.
Louisville Business First
WKU sees value in social media education
In classrooms at WKU, students now are learning how social media applies to business and how, if objectives are met, there can be real value in social media for a business.
King of the Hill
In the circles of big-time college basketball, Ray Harper may not yet be a household name. But you’d better believe the second-year coach at WKU knows what he’s doing.
WKU president speaks to Rotary Club about educational growth, quality
WKU is focused on promoting quantity, quality and relevancy to help better its students and drive economic growth in the bluegrass state.
Arabic Teacher Balances Several Part-Time Jobs
Khaldoun Almousily is an Arabic professor at WKU by day and interpreter for state government by night.
Feb. 21-28, 2013
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU expansion could get local help
Just weeks after WKU kicked off the 25th anniversary of the WKU-Glasgow campus, a movement is under way to help with a local expansion.
Author covered the commonwealth to find the great state of Kentucky barbecue
Wes Berry, an associate professor of English at WKU, wrote The Kentucky Barbecue Book “to rectify a wrong.” It’s being released next week.
MBA program comes to WKU’s E’town campus
A Master of Business Administration program that requires no travel soon will be available for Hardin County and area residents.
WKU students aiming to bring farm to campus
WKU students were using the lure of some locally produced ingredients to begin discussions about bringing the farm to campus.
Opinions vary on roundabout plan
Depending on who’s expressing an opinion, Bowling Green’s plans for a roundabout could solve traffic problems or it might create even more.
Three honored for work with victims
A survivor of domestic abuse involved in a precedent-setting court case, the city police department’s advocate for victims of domestic violence and WKU’s coordinator of sexual assault services were honored by the Warren County Domestic Violence Council for their efforts supporting victims.
Feb. 13-20, 2013
Professor: Federal Reserve System isn’t working
America doesn’t need a central bank like the Federal Reserve System and might be better off seeking other alternatives.
Roundabout plans to get public debut
The public will get a chance Thursday to look at the drawings for Bowling Green’s first roundabout, planned for the intersection that includes U.S. 31-W By-Pass, Nashville Road, University Boulevard and Loving Way.
Planning continues for a BG African-American Museum on State Street
Behind-the-scenes efforts continue to bring an African-American History Museum to Bowling Green. An 11-member committee meets twice a month, once for a work session, in a rented building at 301 State St., said committee vice chairman Lloren Foster, who is an assistant professor of African-American Studies at WKU.
Duncan Wood named National Merit Scholar finalist
Duncan Wood of Maysville, has been named a National Merit Scholar finalist. Wood is currently dually enrolled as a senior at Mason County High School and the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science on the WKU campus in Bowling Green, where he will have over 90 hours of college credit hours by graduation.
Saarinen named a National Merit finalist
Being accepted to the Gatton Academy for Math and Science at WKU after his sophomore year at Shelby County High School would be a highlight for Sam Saarinen’s young academic career.
WKU Expands MBA Program to Elizabethtown
Starting this fall, WKU’s Elizabethtown campus will offer a Masters of Business Administration.
Feb. 7-12, 2013
Life’s experiences enrich instruction
As head of the Political Science Department at WKU, Saundra Ardrey reaches out to students at a time in their lives when they are starting to become politically engaged.
‘She’s an inspiration’
Margaret Munday has a firm place in local history, although she doesn’t necessarily see herself as a historical figure.
Edmonson students chase $70,000 prize
The students are working with the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, a partnership between the national park and WKU, park spokeswoman Vickie Carson said.
City, campus group working for bike paths
With more than 600 bike racks on WKU’s campus and many of them used, it’s clear that there are quite a few bicyclists in Bowling Green.
Glasgow Daily Times
Group shines light on sustainability
A Friday afternoon symposium proved that Barren County and WKU have a community of individuals and organizations actively searching for a way to better the planet and lead lives that are as beneficial to future generations as they are to the present generation.
Triumph over adversity: WKU-G is 25 and growing
More than 150 gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of WKU-Glasgow on Thursday morning.
WKU Glasgow Celebrates 25 Years, Plans Expansion For Future
It was 1988 when WKU-Glasgow opened its doors. 25 years later, things look much different.
The Symphony at WKU Presents Symphony Soirée
The Symphony’s Annual Fundraising event is coming up on Saturday, February 23, 2013, 6:00 PM at The Knicely Conference Center.
Pure Politics (cn/2)
Inside Ky.’s best-kept education secret: Part 1
For the last six years, some of Kentucky’s brightest high school math and science students have come to Bowling Green to finish out their high school education — and get a big jump on college.
Aurora (IL) Courier-News
Judson announces new president
Judson University announced Friday that WKU graduate Gene C. Crume Jr., will be its seventh school president.
Chicago Daily Herald
Judson University selects new president
Judson University has selected the seventh president in its 50-year history in Elgin, officials announced Friday. Gene C. Crume Jr. will begin his tenure April 7 as president-elect of the private Christian university. Crume grew up in Kentucky, and earned his bachelor’s degree in public relations and his master’s degree in communications from WKU.
Feb. 2-6, 2013
Evansville native seen by millions in Super Bowl commercial
Matthew Gerbig, who now goes by Matthew Alan, had a role in the Bud Light commercial called “The Lucky Chair,” also featuring Stevie Wonder. Matt is a 1996 graduate of Reitz High and a 2000 graduate of WKU.
Glasgow Daily Times
Community Milestone: WKU-Glasgow 25th Anniversary
Flags around the public square in Glasgow celebrate the 25th anniversary of WKU’s Glasgow campus.
We must embrace WKU President Ransdell’s vision
WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell has expressed his vision for the future of the university’s Glasgow campus.
Bailey has seen attitudes evolve in city, at WKU
There’s a “new frontier” for racism in America, Howard E. Bailey said.
LEGO competition about skills, core values
After spending several months learning how to control a robot made out of LEGOs, Madison McCloughan, 11, of Bowling Green, anxiously awaited her team’s next turn to show its skills Saturday at the Kentucky FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League State Robotics Championship.
Academy teaches vital craft
Emergency medical personnel learn the paramedic craft at the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services Academy at WKU in Bowling Green.
Rainhill Equine Facility
Since 2004, Karen Thurman has been a one-woman show; feeding, caring for,and loving the 54 disabled horses on her nonprofit farm. But caring for 54 horses doesn’t come cheap. Karen works seven days a week; Monday through Friday for WKU’s parking services department, and weekends waiting tables at Cracker Barrel.
When It Comes To Content Strategy, It’s Better To Think About Spreadability Than Stickiness
Sam Ford, author “Spreadable Media,” discusses why content strategies that focus on keeping conversations artificially contained are outmoded.
Nashville City Paper
How much would a more accurate weather forecast cost? For Kentucky, it was about $3M
Kentucky’s meteorologists have an advantage: a statewide network of 64 automated weather stations in nearly every county in the commonwealth. It’s called a mesonet.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2013
Jack Harbaugh’s influence on display at Super Bowl
Jack Harbaugh has always been a believer in pep talks. Just ask his two sons, though they’re a little busy these days preparing for Super Bowl XLVII.
Oral Roberts University Names New President
Board Chair Mart Green and the Oral Roberts University Board of Trustees announced the election of Dr. William “Billy” Wilson as the fourth president of the Christian educational institution. Wilson, 54, will begin at the university July 1 of this year. A native of Owensboro, Ky., Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from WKU in Secondary Education.
Harlaxton in England has become WKU’s home away from home.
Jan. 19-29, 2013
Author will address issue at WKU event
A Louisville author will talk Feb. 11 in Bowling Green about how WKU might keep more African-American males in college and see them complete their degrees.
DUC, other projects are progressing
Dero Downing University Center and other construction projects on the WKU campus are rounding into form.
Clinic rewarding for young musicians
Amy Spears of Bowling Green remembers participating in WKU’s Honors Band Clinic when she was in high school.
The Medical Center – WKU Health Sciences Complex Taking Shape
The Medical Center – WKU Health Sciences Complex is beginning to take shape. The more than 73,000 square foot, $15.6 million facility sits in the tif district.
WKU Provost Wants School to Offer Classes “On Demand”
An academic leader at WKU says the school–and other universities in the state–must find ways to reach out to those who have given up on higher education.
Jack Harbaugh: Tracing Super Bowl siblings back to their source
Let me tell you about Jack Harbaugh, the father of the Super siblings. The man is the most authentic person I’ve ever met. If he were food, he’d have an organic label on his chest.
Career center coming
In 2007, when WKU acquired land next to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, WKU President Gary Ransdell said he and university officials were ready to bring another postsecondary facility to Hardin County.
HCC speaker: Dr. King would say ‘we still have a lot of work to do’
What would Martin Luther King Jr. think of America today? That question was posed Thursday by speaker Howard Bailey during Henderson Community College’s celebration of the life and legacy of the late civil rights activist.
Glasgow Daily Times
Super Saturday at the library: Students put new spin on engineering
Samantha Stone, 9, and Kaitlin Godsey, 8, worked with a styrofoam ball, pieces of straw and paper to form a windmill at the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library’s Discover Tech Super Saturday event.
Jan. 12-18, 2013
WKU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding, University Construction Costs, Tuition Hikes
WKU President Gary Ransdell stopped by the studios of WKU Public Radio Tuesday morning to discuss state funding for higher education, a recent announcement regarding how university construction projects will be financed, and the impact of rising tuition rates on current and future students.
WKU President Ransdell on Role of Athletics at University
WKU President Gary Ransdell spoke to WKU Public Radio Tuesday on a variety of subjects, including the high-profile role athletics has been playing lately at the university.
Mahurin sworn in as TVA board member
In a 60-second ceremony Wednesday, Bowling Green resident Pete Mahurin became the third new board member for the Tennessee Valley Authority to be sworn in this year.
Griese selected as CEO at Service One
Service One Credit Union’s board of directors has appointed Garth Griese as president/chief executive officer. He succeeds Valerie Brown, who retired after 34 years of service.
WKU prof publishes book for teachers
High-level critical thinking by students in public education classrooms is touted as the approach to solving why “Johnny” and “Mary” can’t cut it in life once they get out of high school.
Artist’s work shaped by ‘real adventures’
A Grayson County artist internationally known for his mystical and menacing dragons plans to self-publish in August the first major hardcover book of his work, “Larry Elmore: The Complete Elmore Artbook.” Elmore, a 1971 WKU graduate, first found his sense of adventure in the Kentucky woods.
Glasgow Daily Times
Chinese culture comes to life at Barren County High School
The event organized by BCHS Chinese teacher NaNa Yin, with the help of her students, created the two-day Chinese Museum exhibit, a one stop shop for learning about all things Chinese. Yin even enlisted the help of WKU Chinese Music Club and the WKU Confucius Institute to provide hands on learning experiences with traditional Chinese instruments, knots and calligraphy.
Leading the way: Cheer’s inclusion in KHSAA makes for changes to competition
Central Hardin sophomore Desmond Owens said he still feels confident about their chances in the state competition, which is the last weekend in January at E.A. Diddle Arena at WKU.
Jan. 3-Jan. 11, 2013
Beshear endorses WKU project
A new Honors College and International Center at WKU took another step forward.
United Way of Southern Kentucky Recognizes Donors at Live United Awards
Volunteer Investment Awards: WKU
Dr. Julie Ellis Speaks To GPS Students About A Woman’s Perspective On Engineering
GPS brought back one of its own to kick off the speaker series for the new Engineering Design & Application class. Dr. Julie Ellis, professor and Engineering Department Chair at WWKU, discussed her experiences in the engineering world with a range of Upper School students.
WKU Historians Describe the 1863 “Winter of Discontent”
WKU Historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn LaFantasie say the season might best be described as the “winter of discontent.”
Dec. 14, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013
Magic Proposal Lands WKU Couple On Good Morning America
WKU student Sean Emory and Hilltopper alum Andrea Leachman appeared on Good Morning America, Saturday morning to talk about their magical moment Sean captured on video for the world to see of him proposing using a magic trick.
SKyPAC, WKU sports headline 2012
A performing arts center, a controversial coach, a fungal meningitis outbreak and a Barren County sheriff all made for big headlines in the area in 2012.
Construction on WKU retail wrap making progress
Alumni Square at WKU is taking shape with the current build-out of the 8,000-square-foot, two-story retail wrap structure adjacent to the parking garage and with the near completion of the new Augenstein Alumni Center.
Glasgow Daily Times
Discovering Technology: Results are concrete
WKU civil engineering students build two concrete canoes each year, one of which they race in regional and national competitions.
Dec. 6-13, 2012
A Question for the Holiday Season: Who among Us Identifies with All of Humanity?
A scale developed by psychologists Sam McFarland, Matthew Webb, and Derek Brown at WKU measures the degree to which people identify with all humans, not just their kin, local communities, or other assorted in-groups. The Identification With All Humanity Scale (IWAH) builds off of work by the towering figures Alfred Adler and Abraham Maslow and attempts to measure active willingness to help those in need.
Goode Finds Home At WAVE3
Running with his early experience in the trade, Brian Goode next excelled at WKU, where in 1998 he and his best friend created the WKU Storm Team, a student-run television meteorology club still in existence today at the school.
Local native wins prestigious teaching prize
Henderson County native Ryan Williams, now a teacher in Owensboro, has won a prestigious educational award that carries a substantial monetary prize. Williams, a third-grade teacher at Mary Lee Cravens Elementary School in the Owensboro Independent School District, is Kentucky’s newest recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from WKU.
Group receives $40 million grant
The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative in the Kentucky Transpark will receive $40 million over four years as one of the 16 awarded applicants in the federal 2012 Race to the Top competition.
Augenstein Center nearing completion
The 100,000 strong Hilltopper Nation will have a home to come back to next year – a home that members of the Nation can call their own, college officials said.
Smith to succeed Downing as College Heights Foundation leader
In 1990, Donald Smith received a scholarship from the College Heights Foundation at WKU. In January, he will become president of the $50 million foundation that has been in operation since 1923.
3 Area Teachers to be Inducted into KY Teacher Hall of Fame
Members of the sixth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected.
Western iMedia Looks To Future Of Field
The Confucius Institute may be a program that you’re not too familiar with, but the students of Western iMedia are hoping to change all that by bringing you the story in a non-traditional manner.
Russellville News-Democrat & Leader
Hadden selected for Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
Auburn’s Eloise Hadden is one of three teachers selected to be a part of the sixth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
Area man to lead foundation at WKU
Hardin County native Donald Smith has been named president of WKU’s College Heights Foundation by the foundation’s board.
Nov. 30-Dec. 5, 2012
Donald Smith Named New President of WKU’s College Heights Foundation
Donald Smith, who has served as Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at WKU, has been named the President of the College Heights Foundation at WKU.
Civil War Historians Reflect on Fredricksburg
Dr. Glenn La Fantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker of WKU say the Battle of Fredricksburg was marked by some questionable command decisions by Union General Ambrose Burnside.
Western iMedia leader takes team on remarkable journey
Jet lagged, exhausted and adjusting to the 13-hour time difference between Hong Kong and Bowling Green, we left the Hong Kong airport uncertain about would happen. It was another world, thousands of miles from home.
A silver-haired CEO dressed in business casual attire sits at the head of the long conference table, flanked by young men and women with laptop computers parked in front of them.
WKU police, family hail Wallace’s service
Mark Wallace, younger brother of Maj. Mike Wallace of the WKU Police Department, remembers his older brother’s badge and white belt when Mike was in the sixth grade and helping kids cross the street at the old 11th Street School in Bowling Green.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-G Graduand set at Plaza
WKU-Glasgow will host its annual Graduand Recognition program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Theatre, 115 East Main St.
Community lends a hand in student success
In recent weeks, Dale Brown, WKU’s director of college and school relations visited with all our eighth-graders.
Nov. 17-29, 2012
WKU testing ‘smart’ meters
WKU students aren’t the only Toppers facing a final exam. Computer devices sitting atop some familiar black parking meter poles on campus are also attempting to prove their mettle.
Educating our Veterans
Back in 1992, a new organization came to WKU. It was called Veterans Upward Bound, a federally funded educational outreach for military veterans.
Wallace will end long run at WKU
Maj. Mike Wallace of the WKU Police Department said it is time to pass the torch.
Fight human trafficking, speaker says
Austin Knight, 19, founder of the nonprofit group Slavery Is Real, is raising awareness on human trafficking in Kentucky, the United States and the world. Knight brought his message to a packed Faculty House audience at WKU.
Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
Several years ago, area school superintendents used to gather informally at Shoney’s on Scottsville Road in Bowling Green to trade information and pollinate ideas.
Tampa Bay Times
Overuse Threatens Florida Springs
Jason Polk, a geoscience professor at WKU, has been diving in Florida’s springs and sinkholes since 2004, doing research in underground caverns in Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Marion counties. He has seen stark changes over the years.
Nov. 9-16, 2012
Food pantry for students, staff opened at WKU
For WKU students and staff in need, an emergency food pantry has opened.
Ghost Hunters Episode Shot at WKU to Premiere
The crew for the television series “Ghost Hunters” shot an episode of their show on WKU’s campus this summer.
BGHS salutes ‘pretty awesome’ Padilla
Anne Hardie Padilla will be inducted into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame in February, but this morning an appreciative staff at Bowling Green High School showed Padilla they couldn’t wait until February to offer their congratulations.
After two hours of painstaking construction Wednesday evening, five cardboard shanties stood on the South Lawn at WKU.
Grimes pushes for more volunteerism
Grimes discussed the 2011 Kentucky Civic Health Index last week at the Kentucky Engagement Conference hosted by WKU. It was, she said, the first of 12 stops to discuss the report, which was prepared by WKU’s Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility.
Kanter: America can do better job of educating kids
U.S. Department of Education Undersecretary Martha Kanter said Thursday that America can do a better job of educating children in the 21st century. Kanter spoke at the opening of the Kentucky Engagement Conference at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center.
Central Kentucky News Journal
Phillips family honored at WKU veterans ceremony
A Campbellsville family was honored recently during WKU’s ceremony on Nov. 10 honoring veterans and members of the military.
Glasgow Daily Times
Mother-daughter duo write, illustrate book
Susan Chambers was first approached by her youngest daughter, Cayce Cole, about writing a children’s book about Greek mythology six years ago. “She went out looking for a book and there was not one to be had for children,” said Chambers, an English instructor at WKU’s Glasgow Campus.
Federal Education Leader Touts Civic Learning at Bowling Green Conference
One of the nation’s education experts says civic engagement should be built into every education curriculum. Dr. Martha Kanter serves as Undersecretary in the U.S. Department of Education.
WKU Opens Food Pantry For Students
Right now, it’s only a closet, but this is just a start.
WKU Student Collecting School Supplies For ESL Students
Have you ever thought about what you can do with $100? One WKU student was given a $100 from the “Hundred Dollar Solution” program.
WKU Students See What it’s like to be Homeless
An area of WKU’s campus turned into what students called shantytown Wednesday night.
South Warren Middle students recognized for work with WKYU-TV
Members of the South Warren Middle School Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) were recognized at the November 12 meeting of the Warren County Board of Education for their work on the “Teacher Wall” project with WKU television station WKYU-PBS.
Nov. 6-8, 2012
Glasgow Daily Times
Faith carried Airman Pace through WWII
James Trigg Pace was teaching in a two-room schoolhouse in Lucas in December 1941. Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, he came home from church and turned on the radio. It didn’t take him long to hear about the attack on Pearl Harbor, and he made a decision. Pace had a high draft number, he said, so he decided to take some classes at WKU, where he was already a student, that would help him in the military.
WKU tops Middle in blood drive event
WKU won a blood drive competition against Middle Tennessee State University.
Humboldt (Calif.) Beacon
Grammy-nominated alt-rappers Nappy Roots take southern sound to the ‘Lounge with KRS-One
Nappy Roots are easy to differentiate from the typical mainstream rap artists out there these days. After meeting at WKU, they strove to put out music that stood out as a rap alternative with integrity.
Nov. 1-5, 2012
WKU 48 Hour Film Challenge
There were around twenty groups who signed up for the event which allowed for only two days to make an up to five minute film. The quick deadline may have caused some stress but those involved say it also helped.
Kentucky Folklife Program archives move to WKU
The number of collections at the WKU Folklife Archives nearly doubled this week as the archives from the Kentucky Folklife Program merged with the university’s folklife archives.
Think tank will make WKU its home next year
A national social science think tank is moving its headquarters to WKU in January.
Oct. 26-31, 2012
Program offers study in France with 2 degrees
Two college degrees in four years with a full year immersed in the culture of France and its business community. Those are the benefits of the dual degree in international business between WKU and Groupe Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de St-Etienne – France (St. Etienne School of Management), said Zubair M. Mohamed, university distinguished professor, professor and chair of the management department in the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU.
WKU’s future in endowed scholarships
With the accomplishment of a $202 million fundraising campaign now behind WKU, more endowed scholarships pave the way to the future, the university’s director of development and alumni relations says.
WKU celebrates Ransdell, ‘15 Points of Progress’
More than $817 million in campus improvements and two successful capital campaigns under the 15-year tenure of WKU President Gary Ransdell were celebrated Friday during the WKU Board of Regents meeting.
Legends of Ghostly Activity in Bowling Green
Tamela Smith is the manager of Interactive Video Services at WKU. When she is not in this position, she collects ghost stories and investigates the paranormal.
Oct. 18-25, 2012
Mountain Workshops: Photojournalism Tradition Reigns
In its 37th year, WKU’s Mountain Workshops challenge participants to turn a name on a piece of paper drawn from a hat, into an intimate and interesting story.
‘Breathe, relax, think, move, act …’ a great picture doesn’t just happen
Henderson is in the flatlands, of course. But it was in the mountains of eastern Kentucky that the acclaimed photojournalism program at WKU launched the first of its small-town documentary projects, producing picture stories that capture some of the essence of a Kentucky community.
Older People Guess Weights Less Accurately Than Younger People
As we grow older, we are less capable of correctly estimating differences in the weights of objects we lift, according to a study published Oct. 24 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Jessica Holmin and Farley Norman from North Dakota State University and WKU, respectively.
Honors College building planned
A new, 75,000-square-foot Honors College building that will also contain services for international students will be one of the subjects covered Friday during the WKU Board of Regents meeting. Regents will meet at 9 a.m. in the Cornelius A. Martin Regents Room in Mass Media & Technology Hall.
Writers linked by bourbon, bologna
Before regaling a full room at Cherry Hall on Sunday afternoon with stories featuring his childhood and experiences, writer Ed McClanahan spoke about his friendship with writer and WKU professor Jim Wayne Miller.
National education leader to speak at BG conference
The U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter will highlight the two-day Kentucky Engagement Conference Nov. 8-9 as WKU hosts the state meeting for the first time.
For Jane McClure of Franklin, Tenn., attending WKU is a family affair.
GREEN program gives lesson on ecology
Robin Hume sprayed water on the little plastic model of a town while the Bowling Green Junior High School students watched, surrounded by fall’s splendor at Romanza Johnson Park outside Alvaton.
Expert on bullying to speak at special needs conference
Southcentral Kentucky’s special needs community will be spotlighted in a one-day conference, “Special Needs Summit: Building Bridges,” hosted by the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.
WKU Campus Clean-up Day
Keeping campus clean is always a priority at WKU, but the Student Government Association made it their mission.
Area High School Seniors Flash Forward to College for a Day
Area high school students got a taste of what navigating a college campus is really like. No chaperones. No help. Just a map and each other.
Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow citizens among winners at WKU Summit Awards
The Carroll Knicely Conference Center West was at full capacity Thursday night as WKU had its 12th annual Summit Awards Dinner.
Oct. 12-17, 2012
Glasgow Daily Times
Bringing the Gold
Glasgow was a bit star-struck Tuesday with a visit from Claire Donahue, the only WKU alumnus to win an Olympic gold medal for the USA.
WKU Watch Party for Presidential Debate
Hundreds of students were on WKU’s campus to watch the presidential debate.
HomeGrown: Claire Donahue
From the world’s most competitive stage to the White House, Gold Medalist Claire Donahue is living beyond the dream.
WKU homecoming kicks off Thursday
Homecoming activities at WKU begin Thursday with a chili and cheese luncheon and pep rally. That evening, a country music superstar will rock E.A. Diddle Arena.
Girls get a boost for science careers
Ivy Neal, an eighth-grade student at Taylor Middle School in Campbellsville, says she’s good in science but not so good in math.
Henderson is focus of WKU photo project: More than 100 coming to record daily life here
From Tuesday to Sunday, an even luckier group of people will get a chance to be featured in a new book — about Henderson and Henderson County. But don’t expect this project, which also includes videos to be posted to a website, to focus on institutions. It probably won’t feature people who sit in an office all day, either. That’s not what the Mountain Workshops, in their 37th year and hosted by the WKU Photojournalism Program, are all about.
Oct. 4-11, 2012
Keys to success?
Two Bowling Green men have taken a classroom project and turned it into a product that will be available for purchase this month. Jeffrey DeJarnette was in an engineering class at WKU when he was tasked with reinventing an everyday item. DeJarnette looked at ways to improve key rings and came up with the idea of an organizer that folds keys into themselves.
Saudi Student Population Grows at WKU, Providing Unique Benefits to All Involved
Universities throughout the U.S. are trying to increase their international student population, and WKU is no different.
Stone Hearth News
Parent-teacher communication now measurable with new system from Clemson
Joseph Mazer, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University and and Blair Thompson, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at WKU published an article in the April 2012 issue of Communication Education in which they developed a scale to measure parent-teacher communication at the K-12 level.
Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2012
For budding entrepreneurs, doing business in a downtown retail space can be an enticing prospect.
Big dreams, tiny GEMS
Shruti Gautam, a 9-year-old girl in fourth grade at Cumberland Trace Elementary School, wants to be an aerospace engineer because it is “cool.”
Grant will provide 60 scholarships
A federal grant to the WKU School of Nursing will make life “so much easier” for students pursuing nurse practitioner degrees, according to Dr. Mary Bennett, director of the school of nursing.
Ransdell: State funding cuts hurting momentum at WKU
When the legislature cuts higher education in state biennial budgets, WKU loses momentum in keeping faculty and staff salaries competitive.
Checking Out The ‘Wheelz’
A young man from Las Vegas who does flips in a wheelchair wowed students Friday at WKU.
College Heights Foundation president stepping down
After 14 years at the helm of the College Heights Foundation, Alex Downing will be changing jobs.
WKU Habitat for Humanity Students and Faculty to Rebuild Homes in West Liberty Destroyed by Tornadoes
At WKU students are packing up and preparing for fall break, but one group of students won’t be spending it on a beach or at a resort. They’re headed east to West Liberty, Ky to rebuild the community devastated by tornadoes back in March.
WKU Hosts Special Needs Summit to Prevent Bullying
Bullying in schools is a growing problem, and it’s one that can be particularly difficult for those with special needs.
WKU Nursing Program Receives Grant
WKU’s School of Nursing is hoping a new grant will allow them to train more registered nurses.
WKU $100 Solution Program Trains Students on Using a Small Amount to Make a Big Difference
If you were given 100 dollars, what would you do with it? WKU and the alive center’s $100 Solution” initiative shows you how you can take a little money, and make it go a long way.
Sept. 21-27, 2012
Conference to address STEM opportunities for Kentucky girls
The Kentucky Girls Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Collaborative, in partnership with the Center for Gifted Studies at WKU, will hold its Fourth Annual Conference Oct. 12 in Bowling Green.
WKU raises $202.3 million in five-year New Century of Spirit Campaign
WKU has declared success in the New Century of Spirit Campaign by exceeding the campaign’s $200 million goal.
Food trailer could assist area farmers
A mobile food trailer could be in the future of area farmers, thanks to an $82,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The food trailer was part of a grant proposal written by the Community Farmers Market in partnership with WKU’s Center for Research and Development.
Beshear celebrates Gatton Academy ranking
A teenager with a perfect ACT score made a point Monday about the significance of attending the No. 1 high school in America.
As a junior biology major from Hong Kong, Li Kawang remembers being not only a fresh college student, but a new resident of the United States. Events such as the cookout Sunday at WKU were important to him, he said.
WKU campaign tops $202 million
Mixing the glamour of old Hollywood and the modern energy of hip-hop, WKU announced Friday evening that it surpassed its $200 million fundraising goal.
Tools of excellence on view
Sara Mearns, a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, goes through about 250 pairs of pointe shoes every season.
‘Real food’ event Oct. 24 promotes health, farming
Community groups are teaming up to offer a daylong event that will raise awareness on what’s being dubbed “real food” and how communities can sustainably produce that real food.
Celebration for Gatton Academy Recognition Held
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science was named the Number one high school in the country earlier this year by Newsweek magazine.
Students Competing for National Scholarships
The Office of Scholar Development at WKU is helping students compete for some major, national scholarships.
WKU’s Major Giving Effort Breaks the $200 Million Mark
Declaring it a successful effort, officials at WKU have announced that the “A New Century of Spirit” campaign raised more than $202 million.
WKU Aims to Help Military Vets
What makes WKU the best school for vets?
WKU Voter Registration Efforts a Success
WKU student and faculty volunteers reached out to the campus and the community, urging people to register to vote so their voices would be heard in November’s presidential election.
WKU Students Celebrate National Saudi Arabia Day
The students at WKU celebrated the National Saudi Arabian Day on Sept. 26.
Glasgow Daily Times
Man honors parents with scholarships
Students in Monroe and Allen counties will soon receive a helping hand with their college tuition and fees.
Barren County, WKU Officials sign off on Capstone
Thursday was a historic day for students at Barren County High School. Dr. Gary Ransdell, president of WKU, visited the high school campus as he and Barren County administrators officially launched the Capstone Scholars in Agriculture Program.
Business First of Louisville
WKU raises $202 million
WKU has topped its goal for its seven-year fund-raising campaign.
Sept. 15-20, 2012
Special week puts WKU’s global reach in spotlight
The Peruvian Amazon and the Kasigau region of Kenya are classrooms, too. Making college students aware of the larger world around them is the focus of International Reach Week, Sept. 24-29, at WKU.
Ordinary Items, Extraordinary Accomplishments
Elvis’ Sun Records microphone, Tony Hawk’s skateboard, Jack Nicklaus’ golf club, Helen Keller’s Braille Bible chapter of Genesis, Jimmy Carter’s hammer and the underwater camera housing and instrumentation developed for the Titanic expedition – they are all here.
Campus honor society building its membership
Clay Motley at WKU is “reinvigorating” The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the campus.
200 Years of Progress
The importance of WKU to the Bowling Green’s growth, as well as its intellectual and cultural life, cannot be underestimated.
Historians Say Antietam Helped Lead to Emancipation Proclamation
Dr. Glenn La Fantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU military historian Jack Thacker say President Lincoln considered the Battle of Antietam to be a victory and selected the aftermath of the battle as a good time to move ahead with plans to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
Conference to explore STEM opportunities for Kentucky girls
The Kentucky Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Collaborative, in partnership with The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU, will hold its fourth annual conference, “Collaboration: The Key to Successful Programming for Girls in STEM,” on Friday, Oct. 12, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Exhibit: Ordinary stuff used for extraordinary
At first glance, a new museum exhibit in Kentucky seems to be an assortment of ordinary stuff: a hammer, shoes, scientific instruments. On closer inspection, these unassuming items achieved the extraordinary.
Sept. 11-14, 2012
Exhibit: Ordinary stuff used for extraordinary
At first glance, a new museum exhibit in Kentucky seems to be an assortment of ordinary stuff: a hammer, shoes, scientific instruments. On closer inspection, these unassuming items achieved the extraordinary. The collection at WKU features more than 140 common items used by luminaries in entertainment, politics, art, literature, sports and science.
Learn Chinese with Me
Through songs, illustrated books and a hand puppet, Celie Perkinsen began understanding the basics of language. The teaching methods are familiar to many, but the language may not be, because 3-year-old Celie of Bowling Green was learning Mandarin on Wednesday through those methods. The Confucius Institute at WKU sponsors a six-week series at the main branch of the Warren County Public Library in which preschool students learn Mandarin.
‘Invisible’ reps visit WKU
The children are “invisible,” but the effort to save them from danger has gripped the world.
WKU groups, high schoolers to perform at ‘Symphony Day’
Just say the words “Symphony Day,” and Symphony at WKU conductor William Scott gets excited.
An accountant by trade, Carola Strolger was looking for a way to be more connected with people, rather than just with numbers. So she began praying. “Sew clothes” was a phrase that came to her in multiple dreams. She was pointed toward Bowling Green residents Becky Lenz Durkee and Karla Andrew, both of whom were her Facebook friends. But she didn’t really know them. It turns out the women had a connection through WKU that they weren’t aware of until getting together for the business.
WKU plans to impress parents
Hot dogs, hamburgers and lots of hospitality are among the items WKU officials will use soon to impress the parents of the students currently enrolled and to attempt to convince parents of prospective students to enroll their children as Hilltoppers.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU’s Ransdell to launch Capstone at Barren County High School
Barren County Superintendent Bo Matthews announced that WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell will be visiting the high school campus on Sept. 20 at noon to sign and officially launch the new Capstone Scholars Program for Barren County High School students.
Tickets Now Available for 27th State Marching Band Championships
Tickets are now available for purchase for the 2012 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) State Marching Band Championships to be held Oct. 27 at WKU’s Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Sept. 1-10, 2012
WKU Expanding Scholarship Offerings
WKU is making changes to its scholarship program to help recruit more high-achieving students.
Center offers extra power
WKU and Bowling Green Municipal Utilities have launched Lost River Data Center, which is housed in the university’s Center for Research and Development at 2413 Nashville Road.
Take advantage of your opportunities
WKU freshman Kassondra Key, 18, of Lafayette, Tenn., is in college for the long haul.
WKU geography professor John All academic adventurer
WKU professor John All remembers that Nevada hiking trip with his father, John, at a national park.
Ransdell hopes to lead WKU another 10 years
WKU President Gary Ransdell plans to lead the university for nearly another decade through 2022.
Duncan Wood to perform in Macy’s parade
Duncan Wood, a senior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU, has been selected to perform with the All-American Marching Band in 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Danville Advocate Messenger
Kentucky State BBQ Festival shines after stormy start
Barbecue connoisseurs like Wes Berry now have the event circled on their calendars as well. Berry, an English professor at WKU, recently completed writing “The Kentucky Barbecue Book,” which documents his barnstorming of 160 barbecue restaurants across the state in the last three years.
South Florida Insider
Instruments of American Excellence
WKU, a leading American university with international reach, will open its “Instruments of American Excellence Collection” at the Kentucky Museum September 21, 2012. The collection spotlights the ordinary means by which renowned Americans from all fields of study have achieved extraordinary things.
Aug. 25-31, 2012
WKU students’ return brings more customers into local businesses
With thousands of WKU students back in Bowling Green for the fall semester this week, local businesses have seen an increase in traffic and several have extended their hours.
Students welcomed with free stuff
Free stuff and college students. It’s a mix that works well annually for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce during its Welcome Back WKU Festival.
Local residents at GOP convention
Five students from WKU headed to the convention as part of an honors course titled “road to the White House,” said Scott Lasley, an associate professor of political science at WKU and chairman of the Warren County Republican Party.
Local groups help international scholars, students
Shana Ma, who’s from Inner Mongolia, China, is teaching Chinese at local schools this year as part of WKU’s Confucius Institute.
Ky. governor touts success of services for entrepreneurs
Kentucky is trying to draw more attention to a network of free services it offers to entrepreneurs starting new businesses.
Claire Donahue Visits Local Elementary School
Some elementary school students got an Olympic sized treat, when Bowling Green’s very own Olympic gold medalist swimmer made an appearance to talk to the kids of Plano Elementary.
Aug. 17-24, 2012
Local student studies autism in China
WKU graduate Rachel Reetzke is ready to take the next step along her path to a career in autism communication science research and to help children and families in China.
Resident assistants are valuable resources
Joshua Hollingsworth, 21, a WKU junior from Marietta, Ga., has always wanted to be a resident assistant.
Gov. Beshear Unveils Kentucky Innovation Network
Gov. Steve Beshear came to Bowling Green to unveil the newly-branded and expanded Kentucky Innovation Network.
WKU Wants Students To “Tweet” About Elections
WKU is back in session for the fall semester and, in a year of a presidential election, the political science program has thought of a way to get students involved in the issues.
WKU Economist Says It’s Difficult to Predict Gasoline Prices
The cost of gasoline is having an impact on the lives of people across the state and nation, but experts say it can be very hard to determine why prices seem to fluctuate so quickly. Dr. Brian Goff is an economist with WKU’s Center for Applied Economics.
Van Donated to Kelly Autism Program
A fifteen passenger van has been donated to the Kelly Autism Program, which is part of the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.
WKU Economics Professor says Economy is “Troubling”
WKU Economics Professor Brian Strow says the slow growth rate of the U.S. Economy is a troubling sign.
Ky. Senate recognizes Gatton Academy for No. 1 ranking by Newsweek
The Kentucky Senate formally recognized the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science on Monday for ranking as Newsweek magazine’s No. 1 school in the nation.
Frankfort State Journal
Folklife’s move from Frankfort can save it
Officials with the Kentucky Historical Society say the Kentucky Folklife Program’s move to WKU makes financial and philosophical sense.
Aug. 10-16, 2012
Logan County Native Was an Unsuspecting–but Willing–Pioneer as First Black Undergrad at WKU
Margaret Munday is a woman who is both a pioneer, and an eyewitness to an amazing time in Kentucky history. Ms. Munday helped change the course of higher education in south-central Kentucky, and WKU in particular.
Link: The Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals
My Week with Google Street View
As part of a 2011 web redesign effort, WKU launched a virtual tour of campus aimed at prospective students.
Higher education takes the spotlight at chamber luncheon
Gary Ransdell, president of WKU, and Thelma White, president/CEO of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, spoke at the chamber’s luncheon about their joint admissions agreement, which was created in November.
In coal country, Knight discovered gold on vinyl
Chris Knight is a roots rock country sort of a singer-songwriter, but it took him a while to figure out that was his destiny. He had earned a college degree in agriculture at WKU and then spent a decade as a mine reclamation inspector and a miner’s consultant while living in Slaughters, Ky., near where he was raised.
Art’s impact grows
John Oakes remembers the days when art wasn’t a prominent part of Bowling Green.
Incoming WKU student to tell story at state fair
An incoming WKU freshman will perform Saturday at the Kentucky State Fair’s Storytelling Showcase in Louisville.
Officials stress education’s link with business
Business and education are connected and people from both groups must work together to ensure a strong future for the state, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Dave Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, told guests at a luncheon Tuesday at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Floyd County Times
Math and science initiatives prove successful, lawmakers told
Programs serving Kentucky’s brightest math and science students were showcased Monday at a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Education. One featured program, the Gatton Academy, was recently recognized by Newsweek as America’s Best High School.
Entrepreneur center coming to NWTN
The Entrepreneur Center Northwest Tennessee will be located in Martin and will be managed by executive director Carol Reed. She is a graduate of WKU, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration.
Aug. 4-9, 2012
Boyle County will launch Chinese language program
Samuel Tan and Nears Chen, fellows with the Confucius Institute at WKU, will teach their native language in classes offered to Boyle students in grades three to 12.
Fewer Universities Teaching Civil War Classes
WKU Historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn LaFantasie say many universities and colleges have cut back on course offerings that cover Civil War history.
Center a ‘one-stop shop’ for help
The rise in autism rates means support services for people with autism and their families are more critically needed now, said Barbara Burch, WKU’s provost emeritus and chairwoman of the board of directors for the university’s Clinical Education Complex, which is home to the Kelly Autism Program.
WKU’s Donahue gets gold
Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue will return to the United States with an Olympic gold medal as Team USA claimed the 400-meter medley relay Saturday at the Aquatics Centre in London.
July 31-Aug. 3, 2012
Donahue helps U.S. advance in medley relay
Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue helped the United States’ 400-meter individual medley relay team advance to Saturday’s finals by swimming in this morning’s preliminaries.
Duncan Hines Festival returns with derby, other popular attractions
Now in its 16th year, the festival will be Aug. 10-11 at WKU’s Kentucky Library and Museum and Circus Square Park.
Area schools to have teachers from China
In her native Zhengzhou, China, Wei Xu teaches English, but she is spending the upcoming school year in Bowling Green teaching Chinese in several Warren County schools.
Somerset students get easier transition
While reports show more students are eyeing two-year colleges, WKU is expanding its connection to community colleges across the state.
3 WKYU producers win regional Emmy
Three producers at WKYU, WKU’s PBS affiliate station, received a regional Emmy award Saturday.
Downtown to get shuttle service
WKU wants to better connect its campus with downtown Bowling Green.
Science and research
Drew Fultz, a senior at Mississippi State University in Starkville, is working with two WKU professors this summer to research the effects of urbanization on precipitation trends.
Former Hilltopper Helps U.S. Olympic Team Advance in London
Former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue helped the United States 400 meter individual medley relay team advance to Saturday’s finals by swimming in Friday’s preliminaries.
July 26-30, 2012
Former Hilltopper Swimmer Finishes in Top 8 at Olympic Butterfly Race
Claire Donahue finished out of the medal race Sunday, but she still has one more chance at Olympic gold. Donahue, a former WKU swimmer, finished 7th in the women’s 100m butterfly.
Donahue finishes 7th in Olympic final
Dana Vollmer, not Claire Donahue, shattered the world record and struck Olympic gold Sunday in the women’s 100-meter butterfly.
WKU changes rules for weapons
WKU’s Board of Regents approved Friday a change to the campus weapons policy, a new general education program and the purchase of two properties for new fraternity houses.
Ransdell outlines Action Plan at regents’ retreat
WKU’s Board of Regents discussed the university’s goals for the upcoming year at the board’s annual retreat Thursday at the WKU Center for Research and Development on Nashville Road.
Old school has new purpose
A week from today, students will walk through the doors of the old Bowling Green Junior High School, only this time they will be college students living in parts of the historic property.
July 21-25, 2012
Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune
Alzheimer’s issue inspires cyclists
Nine Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers from WKU, who hit the road in May, made a pit stop in Sarasota before pedaling out the last leg of the journey to Mile Marker 0 in Key West.
WPBF-TV Palm Beach, Fla.
Fraternity brothers pass through Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches on charity bike ride
A group of fraternity brothers spent their summer vacation on an extreme mission. They biked 3,000-plus miles all in hopes of raising some serious cash for Alzheimer’s research.
Mathnasium, a national franchise with a location at 870 Fairview Ave., has been offering chess lessons and tournaments to its members this summer in partnership with WKU’s chess club.
In hotel, Ransdell sees win-win relationship
The hotel developer of the $14 million Staybridge Suites under construction on Campbell Lane near Nashville Road has a blossoming friendship with WKU.
Inductees into WKU Hall of Alumni deserving
Induction into the WKU Distinguished Hall of Alumni is a very high honor, and three soon-to-be inductees have more than earned this distinction.
Old Bowling Green High School Gets A New Look
The outside of the old Bowling Green High looks the same, but the inside has had a drastic change. Columns Student Housing has transformed the school and held its grand opening Tuesday ahead of some very anxious WKU students moving in.
Macon County (Tenn.) Times
Memorial lecture series remembers “The World They Knew”
A lecture on Dr. D.D. Howser was presented Thursday night as part of the O.L. & Lillian Garrison Hire Memorial Lecture Series entitled “The World They Knew”. The talk was short and sweet, and attended by locals, members of the Historical society, and family members of Howser himself. Janice Crane, graduate of WKU, has given corresponding talks about rural medicine in Scottsville, Tompkinsville, and Lafayette, Tenn., each featuring a doctor that spent the majority of his time in that area.
Pioneer News, Shepherdsville
Joshua Blaker celebrates in tall grass as he is honored with WKU turf award
Bullitt Countian Joshua Blaker is a graduating senior and will be receiving a B.S. degree in Agriculture with a Golf and Turfgrass Management concentration.
July 12-20, 2012
Next three inductees are named
This year’s inductees into WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni were announced Wednesday.
Accounting grads at WKU land jobs
At a time when most college graduates are still searching for work, many of those in WKU’s accounting program already have jobs lined up.
Rachel Yarano, 12, of Bowling Green, was introduced to jumping rope in kindergarten, when she saw older children jumping. “It looked like the best thing in the world, and it made me want to be as good as them,” Rachel said. A jump rope camp last week at the Preston Health and Activities Center at WKU got her closer to achieving that goal.
In front of a packed house inside the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center, Claire Donahue submerged herself in the water for an ordinary workout.
Keeling weaves common thread
David Keeling, head of WKU’s department of geography and geology, is a frequent international traveler.
Clem Haskins is confident that one high school sport rules the roost in Kentucky.
BASKETBALL: What a magical induction night
Even the normally affable and outgoing Jim McDaniels struggled to come up with words to describe Saturday night. There was something magical about the inaugural Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame induction and how the 7-foot center from Allen County was in its first class.
July 10-11, 2012
Cyclists on trip to aid Alzheimer’s Association pass through First Coast
Training to cycle 70 miles a day is one thing. Actually pedaling that far in a day is something else. But Tyler Wittmer and six other members of WKU’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are enduring hot weather, bugs, constant soreness and occasional crashes for a good cause that is close to their hearts, the Alzheimer’s Association.
WKU’s Student Veterans Alliance looks to expand
When Danielle Adams enrolled at WKU in 2009 after more than seven years of active military duty, she was looking for a sense of camaraderie.
‘The best hidden secret’
For the third summer in a row, Johnathan Chen, 15, of Shanghai, is staying on WKU’s campus for three weeks during the Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth.
WKU professor’s work recognized by Chinese
Chris Groves, a professor of geography and geology at WKU, has been interested in caves since childhood, a passion that has taken him to study caves in China 26 times in 17 years.
June 28-July 9, 2012
WKU’s Meltzer saves 3 on lake
Josh Meltzer of Bowling Green is a photojournalist, but it was his swimming skills that came in handy while on vacation last week.
Study shows high-level competition
A study of recent gas prices in Warren County concluded that there was no market collusion in regard to setting prices. WKU economics professor Brian Goff, who guided the study, admitted that there will probably be critics of the study, considering that Bowling Green’s gas prices have been consistently higher than nearly all surrounding counties.
Donahue gets goodbye party
With a smile perhaps as big as the opportunity that awaits her, Claire Donahue waved goodbye to supporters and well-wishers as she embarked on her Olympic journey.
Goodman, former chief at NBC, dies
Julian Goodman, a Glasgow native who was a former president of NBC, died Monday at age 90 in Juno Beach, Fla. Goodman, a WKU graduate, was inducted into the university’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1992, the first year it was established.
WKU program sets vets on college path
David Angle calls himself a late bloomer. He was 33 when he joined the military, and when he returned from duty, the Bowling Green veteran didn’t know what to do. That’s when he discovered Veterans Upward Bound, an educational program that helps veterans learn the skills needed to go on to college. At first, Angle got “cold feet” and left the program. But he soon returned and found himself enrolled at WKU at the age of 49.
National Press Photographers Association
NPPA Humanitarian Award Presented To Josh Meltzer
Josh Meltzer, a photojournalism instructor at WKU, has been presented with NPPA’s Humanitarian Award for his heroic actions that saved the lives of two women and a pre-teen girl who were caught by strong rip tides in Lake Superior in Duluth, MN.
Project Graduate Wins Award
A Kentucky program geared toward helping college students make it to the finish line has won a national award.
Julian Goodman dies at 90; former NBC president
Julian Byrn Goodman was born May 1, 1922, in Glasgow, Ky., and while a teenager began working as a reporter for the local newspaper. In 1939 he enrolled in what is now WKU, majoring in English, but joined the Army after World War II broke out.
Glasgow Daily Times
Goodman dies at age 90
In 1945, when Julian Goodman began his NBC career at the NBC News night news desk in Washington, D.C., televised news was in its infancy.
June 20-27, 2012
WKU’s Donahue headed to the 2012 Olympics
London, meet Claire Donahue. WKU’s prized swimming product made her former school and her fan base proud Tuesday night, qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 57.57 at the Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb.
Fraternity pedals for a cause
For the past month, Sam Wells often has been forced to travel on the shoulder of the highway, keeping his pace as large vehicles hurtle past him. He’s heard his share of slurs and well-wishes. He has slept in churches and random homes. For Wells and eight others from WKU’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, it’s all part of the challenge for Alzheimer’s. The students are spending their summer biking across the country to raise money and awareness of the disease, and they stopped Monday in Bowling Green at Covington Woods Park.
WKU grad among Tony Award winners
Among the Tony Award winners this month was a WKU alumnus.
WKU Western Kentucky Drought Survey
A team from WKU is surveying drought conditions in the western region of the state, to get a first-hand look at how extent of the drought.
Louisville Business First
Google Maps Street View in partnership with WKU
Google Inc. has brought its Street View Partner program to the WKU campus in Bowling Green.
Glasgow Daily Times
Local student accepted to Gatton Academy
David and Starla Buckley have always known there was something different about their daughter, Tori, and the Barren County parents now know what separates their child from others — drive and gritty determination.
Students encouraged to return for degrees
WKU Project Graduate Advocate Rebekah Phillips said her office is equipped to work with any former student who has amassed 80 credit hours, and can point them to an appropriate program, one that is comparable to the student’s previous courses.
June 15-19, 2012
Photo District News
The College Kid Whose Obama Photo Landed in The New Yorker
The photo was shot during the G8 summit last month by Luke Sharrett, a student at WKU who has taken a break from his final semester in order to shoot on contract for The New York Times for 11 months.
Evansville Courier & Press
Reitz grad among WKU students biking to fight Alzheimer’s disease
Wittmer, a junior at WKU and Reitz High School graduate, is a team member of Bike4Alz, a group dedicated to raising money and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease by cycling cross-country.
WKU students spend summer fundraising across the country as they ‘Bike4Alz’
A group of WKU students – including two from Winchester – are spending their summer cycling for a cause. The young men, who are all members of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at WKU, are doing a 3,000- mile ride this summer to raise their goal of $175,000 for Alzheimer’s research.
Newton County (Ind.) Enterprise
WKU students biking America to raise Alzheimer’s awareness
Who says fraternity brothers are all the same? Nine students from WKU’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are spending their summer biking nearly 3,450 miles, from Canada to Key West Florida, to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Glasgow Daily Times
Local dry weather pattern causes concern
The last significant rainfall Barren County experienced was on May 31 with 1.4 inches, according to data recorded by the Kentucky Mesonet, a network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations maintained by the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU.
Historians Say Different Approaches to Command Marked Peninsula Campaign
This fighting led to the emergence of Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, according to WKU historians Dr. Glenn LaFantasie and Dr. Jack Thacker.
The Buzz | Louisvillian on Broadway
A Louisville native and WKU alum just made her Broadway cast debut Thursday night.
Bee Keepers Field Day
Joe Taylor of Grayson County shows how to sweep bees off the hives during the Bee Keepers’ Field Day on Saturday at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.
WKU camp lures top young minds
Growing up in small Gallatin County in northern Kentucky, CJ Sadler, 12, said she doesn’t get much of a chance to meet other academically gifted middle school students.
June 8-14, 2012
Officials break ground for project
As many as 150 people at a time will help build the new Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex in the 700 block of First Avenue.
Tomlinson is first home-schooler in Ky. at National Forensics League tourney
As a home-schooled student, Chandler Tomlinson, 18, of Bowling Green, had a hard time finding extracurricular activities he was interested in. Then in 2009, he saw an ad for the Southern Kentucky Academy, a forensics group run by WKU for middle and high school home-schooled students.
Back to school: Alumni College puts former students back in the dorm
Growing up in a small town, Brenda Bush of Glasgow said she was sheltered until she came to WKU for college in the early 1970s.
Bond issue for health science complex OK’d
Warren County Fiscal Court approved the first reading Friday of an ordinance to issue industrial revenue bonds for the construction of a health science complex to house WKU’s School of Nursing.
Spiller wins Downing Environmental Stewardship Award
Mary Ann Cole has known Cora Jane Spiller for about 15 years; they both belong to the Smiths Grove Woman’s Club. When Cole found out Spiller is the recipient of the 2012 Dr. Dero Downing Environmental Stewardship Award, she wasn’t surprised. The award, named for late WKU President Dero Downing, is sponsored by Warren County and its divisions of Stormwater Management and Environmental Planning and Assistance.
Historians Reflect on Causes of the War of 1812
As the nation approaches the June 18th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812, WKU Historians Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie say a combination of issues led to the outbreak of that war.
Ground Broken for Health Sciences Complex
Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Bowling Green Wednesday for a Health Sciences Complex that will be constructed on the campus of the Medical Center.
New Nursing School For WKU at The Medical Center
A new facility at The Medical Center is aimed at helping reduce the nurse shortage in our area.
WKU students biking over 3,000 miles for Alzheimer’s
Some fraternity brothers from WKU are enjoying some much deserved R & R in Evansville.
31ST Annual Gunsmith Seminar at WKU
Perry Price is a former opera singer from Connecticut. Kim Lawler is an oral surgeon from Hawaii. Christina Carlson is a silversmith for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Fraternity brothers spend summer trekking across US to raise cash, awareness for Alzheimer’s research
Most college students use their summer vacations to get away from studying, get a summer job and hang out with their friends.
Maysville Ledger Independent
Wood completes first year at Gatton Academy
Duncan Wood will graduate from Mason County High School this coming year. However, he is anything but your average high school student. Wood spent the past year studying at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science on the campus of WKU and will return in the fall.
June 5-7, 2012
Spot in the sun: Crowd watches as Venus makes historic journey
Angel Piper and Amanda Price, both of Bowling Green, will remember Tuesday evening for the rest of their lives. They were among about 1,000 people who gathered at WKU’s Houchens-Smith Stadium to view the transit of Venus across the sun, which happens only when the planet is completely aligned between the Earth and the sun, said Richard Gelderman, a professor of physics and astronomy at WKU as well as the director of Hardin Planetarium.
Exhibit honors Tuskegee Airmen
Housing Authority of Bowling Green Executive Director Abraham Williams remembers hearing the stories of the Tuskegee Airmen as a youngster in Alabama. When Williams heard about the CAF Red Tail Squadron “Rise Above” traveling exhibit that celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen, he wanted to make sure as many children as possible saw it so they could learn about America’s first black military airmen, the adversities they faced and how they rose above them.
Crookston (Minn.) Daily Times
Hopping on a bike can be doubly good
While at an Alzheimer’s conference in Washington, D. C. a few weeks ago, I met four college guys from WKU who were going to ride across country to raise funds for research to fight the disease.
Western Kentucky goes from flood to drought in a year
Last year was the wettest on record in Kentucky going back to 1895, bringing widespread flooding last spring in some areas. But state climatologist Stuart Foster says those same parts of the state are currently in drought.
June 1-4, 2012
Gatton School grads stand out
During her junior and senior years of high school, Erin Walch immersed herself in research with college professors, studied abroad in England and Costa Rica – and earned both her high school diploma and about two years worth of college credits.
Viewing Party Scheduled at WKU Tuesday Evening
The planet Venus will pass in front of the sun late Tuesday, in an event that won’t happen again for 105 years.
WKU offers chance to view transit of Venus
The transit of Venus across the sun is a rare occurrence happening Tuesday. WKU is offering a free public viewing of the event at Houchens-Smith Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Apartment living gaining momentum
WKU Student Life Foundation is responsible for 36 of those units with multiple bedrooms that will be ready to occupy in the fall. The foundation is spending about $6.1 million on the project.
WKU committee OKs 4.8% tuition hike
The finance and budget committee of WKU’s Board of Regents had a special meeting Friday, when it approved a 2012-13 operating budget that includes a 4.8 percent tuition increase.
Gatton Academy named to Washington Post’s list of ‘Public Elites’ for fourth consecutive year
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has been named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students.
Gatton Academy among elite
The accolades keep coming for the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, a school on the campus of WKU that 13 Tri-county students know well.
Cora Jane Spiller Receives Warren County Environmental Award
Cora Jane Spiller, the wife of Col. Robert Spiller of Oakland, is receiving the Dr. Dero Downing Environmental Stewardship Award because she has set an example to others in the community, using her time and person finances to help educate and further a positive effect her natural surroundings.
May 26-31, 2012
WKU Places in Top 5 Nationally in Hearst Journalism Competition
WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has finished fourth in the Overall Intercollegiate Championship in the 52nd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
International Falls Journal
From the Falls down to Florida
The group of students from WKU took off Friday on a two-month bike ride from the top of the nation to Key West, Fla. to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and awareness of the disease.
From Minn. To Fla.: College Students Bike For Alzheimer’s
Last Friday, the WKU students began their ride, called Bike4Alz, in International Falls, Minn. and will hit 13 major metropolitan areas on their way to Key West, Fla.
Seventh-graders honored for ACT, SAT scores
Hardin County students were among about 400 seventh-graders from across the state honored Friday at WKU for scoring at or above the average for college-bound seniors on at least one section of the college-ready ACT or SAT.
Gatton Academy has once again shown excellence
Gatton Academy at WKU has once again proven its prestige and success.
May 23-25, 2012
Ashland Daily Independent
Best in the nation
It may surprise many readers that Newsweek’s “best high school in America” is located right here in Kentucky and is open to selected students throughout the state, but then the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU in Bowling Green is hardly your typical high school.
Kentucky boasts best high school in USA
Kentucky took a bold step about five years ago with the establishment of a math and science high school for some of the state’s brightest students.
Different cultures coming together
This weekend, native-born Americans and others living in Bowling Green have an excellent opportunity to get to know their Bosnian neighbors during the 17th Convention of Bosniaks in North America, with events scheduled at WKU and the Sloan Convention Center. Bowling Green is home to more than 5,000 Bosnian immigrants and within a 10-hour drive of 150,000 Bosnians.
KY school tops list of the best
The best high school in the country, according to a national news magazine, opened five years ago and is in south-central Kentucky — the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU in Bowling Green.
Bowling Green school receives honor of Best in the Country from Newsweek Magazine
A Kentucky high school is being called the best in the country! Newsweek magazine gave the Gatton Academy of Math and Science in Bowling Green top honors. Gatton Academy has only been around five years. It’s integrated with WKU.
May 17-22, 2012
America’s best high schools: 1,000 that make the grade
Seth Tooley has no problem talking up his alma mater — The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky.
Newsweek Ranks Kentucky Academy as America’s Top High School
To call the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science a high school, you’d have to suspend an element of reality. You’ll find no football games, pep rallies, or dismissal bells on the Kentucky campus.
Kentucky News Network
Big Honor for a Southern Kentucky School
A very big honor for a southern Kentucky high school, as it wins a national title. The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green has been recognized by Newsweek magazine as the nation’s top high school.
Gatton named top high school in country
Newsweek magazine on Sunday named the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky the nation’s top high school.
Gatton grads finalists in science contest
Two recent graduates of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky are finalists in a national science competition.
Inventors’ business ideas get awards
When Ron Rizzo developed a small device to help officials inspect underwater bridges, search and rescue, and explore caves, he didn’t have the money to pursue the project the way he wanted to.
Nursing school could boost by-pass growth
The look of Commonwealth Health Corp.’s proposed new building for WKU’s school of nursing should help spur development along that end of U.S. 31-W By-pass.
As many as 10,000, including one president, expected for convention
One of Bosnia’s presidents will be in Bowling Green next week for the 17th Convention of Bosniaks in North America. As many as 10,000 people from within a 10-hour drive are expected to come to Bowling Green for the major cultural event, which includes a grand opening and dedication for the Bosnian Islamic Center.
Minton gets second term as Kentucky’s chief justice
Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green was unanimously elected to another four years as the head of the commonwealth’s court system this week.
Top-performing schools with elite students
Juniors and seniors from across the state are selected by scores, grades and essays to live in their own WKU residence hall, earning college credit as well as completing high school.
Gatton Academy at WKU Ranks Number 1
Newsweek Magazine lists the nation’s top high schools and Gatton Academy at WKU comes in as number one.
17th Convention of Bosniaks in North America Coming to Bowling Green
Thursday morning, a press conference was held on WKU’s campus to discuss the events coming up on May 24th throughout the 27th.
Why Does Everyone Climb Everest in May?
Why is everyone ascending Everest in May? To find out, and to get other answers to our questions about Everest, we talked to John All, a geographer at WKU.
Newsweek recognizes Gatton Academy at WKU as nation’s top high school
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has been recognized by Newsweek magazine as the nation’s top high school.
May 10-16, 2012
LINK: The Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals
Foursquare @ WKU: Using 4sqonCampus for event promotion
Part of my challenge as the manager of Creative Web Services at WKU is to keep our web presences interactive and fun.
Glasgow Daily Times
Chinese classes return to BC schools
Through an agreement renewal with Superintendent Bo Matthews, the board of education and the Confucius Institute at WKU, the district will have a Chinese volunteer teacher for the upcoming 2012-13 school year, offering Mandarin Chinese to interested students at the high school.
Bosniak Convention Coming to Bowling Green
WKU will be coordinating some educational activities in conjunction with the Bosniak Convention.
Rachel Hopkin Receives John D. Minton Award
Folk Studies student Rachel Hopkin, a familiar voice to WKU Public Radio listeners, received the John D. Minton Award for outstanding graduate student Friday.
WKU Professor Seeks to Understand Why Some Have “Identification with All Humanity”
WKU Psychology professor Sam McFarland has long been fascinated by individuals who put their lives–and the lives of loved ones–at risk in order to save people of a different race, ethnicity, or religious group.
WKU nursing program looking at expansion
WKU’s School of Nursing is about to get a big boost with a proposed expansion of Commonwealth Health Corp.’s campus.
Dad, daughter among WKU’s graduating class
Rick Stiltner had a better view of his daughter’s graduation from WKU than most parents who gathered at E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday.
Minton honored at annual Law Day
Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton’s tenure as a Warren Circuit Court judge was commemorated Wednesday with the unveiling and dedication of a portrait that will hang in the courtroom where he once presided.
WKU Holds Three Commencement Ceremonies
It was an exciting day at Diddle Arena as WKU’s undergraduate class of 2012 crossed the stage and received their diplomas.
May 4-9, 2012
WKU Students To Bike Across U.S. For Alzheimer’s
11 WKU students are getting ready to take a bike trip across the United States to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association.
WKU Dedicates New Music Facility
WKU dedicated a new building on its campus.
Boyle County schools expand language classes
Through the Confucius Institute at WKU, students grades 3-12 will be able to learn Mandarin Chinese from certified teachers.
Photojournalists document local lives in the REACH HIGHER Program
Several hundred people turned out for the opening of the REACH HIGHER photo exhibit in the The SKyPAC Children’s Gallery. Students in Jeanie Adams-Smith’s Picture Stories class at WKU documented the lives of low income women and children in the REACH HIGHER Program and later held a photography workshop for the women.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-Glasgow honors grads
Spring 2012 graduates were recognized Thursday night at the WKU-Glasgow Graduand Recognition ceremony at the Plaza Theatre.
April 27-May 3, 2012
WKU storm chasers prepare for annual forecast adventure
During WKU’s May 2012 summer term, eight meteorology students in Dr. Josh Durkee’s annual Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course will set out to forecast, analyze and document severe convective storms across the Great Plains.
Chamber honors Simpson
When Mike Simpson returned to Bowling Green in 1996, he was looking for a change of pace. His father had recently died, and he craved something different in his life. That’s when businessman David Chandler offered Simpson a position at his residential living business, Chandler Property Management. About 16 years later, Simpson is owner and president of the business, and today he was named the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Simpson, who grew up in Hancock and Ohio counties, graduated from WKU in 1985 and then returned for his master’s degree.
Duo’s musical gets professional boost
For the past few months, life has been extraordinary for WKU students Isaac Middleton and Joseph Sturgill.
Seven members of a WKU fraternity are preparing to bike across America this summer to raise money and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. A: Longtime college newspaper adviser wraps it up
Bob Adams was the newspaper adviser for The College Heights Herald, the national award-winning twice-a-week student newspaper at WKU.
WKU Mock Prisoners Raise Money For United Way
Some students and faculty at WKU acted as prisoners Tuesday, but it was all for a good cause.
New Greenhouse to Boost Ag Research
The recent opening of a new greenhouse/headhouse facility at the WKU farm is expected to strengthen the research partnership between the University and the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.
Physical Therapy Program at WKU Expected to Start in June of 2013
Officials at WKU say they currently plan to open the WKU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in about fourteen months.
USA Today College
WKU student newspaper explores school, A to Z
A is for Ambassador. B is for Band Member. C is for Chess. D is for Dubstep. E is for Event Planner. F is for Forensics. G is for Guns. . . .
April 19-26, 2012
School celebrates WKU at Spirit Day
The scene in Richardsville Elementary School’s gym Wednesday morning could have been mistaken for one at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Evening of Dance
Hannah Slattery has known she has wanted to dance her entire life.
‘We want to keep it safe’
When WKU senior Kristen Mikulcik was walking back to McLean Hall after a late-night study session Monday, she noticed more campus police than what she typically sees.
WKU farm opens greenhouse
A new greenhouse opened Tuesday on WKU’s farm as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
WKU group simulates life of homeless
About a dozen WKU students began a 24-hour homeless simulation Friday night.
Grudzielanek’s service work noted
Ray Grudzielanek remembers his first volunteer project. It was the 1970s, and he heard about a Special Olympics program at WKU. He decided to pitch in.
Komisar discusses journalism’s changes
Award-winning journalist Lucy Komisar spoke Thursday night at WKU about the past and the future of investigative journalism.
Four Jefferson Award winners honored
Like the other recipients, Martha Jenkins has been busy over the past few months volunteering her time. She has spent “hours and hours” arranging an exhibit at the Kentucky Museum celebrating 100 years of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, in which she taught for 40 years.
WKU and USDA Ag Research Service Strengthen Partnership
Officials at WKU say the opening of a new greenhouse/headhouse facility on the WKU farm will add to a strong partnership between the University and the Agricultural Research Service.
Beegie Adair Trio: The Real Thing – Live
Best selling jazz pianist, Beegie Adair, will released her first ever live concert recording, The Real Thing – Live, on April 24, 2012. Adair, who was born and raised in Cave City and studied piano at WKU is considered one of the world greatest jazz pianists.
WKU, China’s Hebei University sign agreement
In an effort to continue WKU’s expanding international reach, a delegation from WKU traveled to China’s Hebei province to finalize a five-year agreement creating a “2+2” program between Hebei University and WKU.
PurePOWER Technologies opens new facility at WKU
The new home for PurePOWER Technologies (PPT) means room for the company to grow and additional high-tech jobs for the Bowling Green area.
Enhanced Online News
SAS Recognizes Excellence in Teaching and the Use of Analytics
Analytics is not only one of the hottest fields for new graduates, it is also used by educational institutions to improve administration, teaching and learning. In acknowledgement of the importance of analytics in education, SAS has recognized WKU with the first SAS Excellence in Education award.
April 13-18, 2012
4th Annual WKU Open Chess Tournament Set for This Weekend
A Chess Grandmaster from Russia will deliver a lecture on “The Correlations between the Thinking Processes of Chess and Science” as part of this year’s WKU Open Chess Tournament.
Higher Education Leaders Looking for Efficiency in Classroom Use
More than 80 education leaders from across Kentucky are expected to attend a statewide summit next week to learn more about “best practices” in scheduling classroom space.
Entrepreneurship students at WKU are acting as consultants to downtown businesses in an effort to help revitalize the area.
Inmates get help for life after jail
One of the volunteers who works closely with Maj. William Baker on the Warren County Jail’s Inmate Reentry Program is WKU senior Karli Rutherford, who served last year as an intern at the jail and stayed on as a volunteer for the re-entry program.
Girls get to experiment with science
About 150 girls from across the region gathered Saturday at WKU to take hands-on science classes during the annual Girls in Science Day.
WKU students memorialize friend with golf tournament
Two friends have teamed up to start a golf tournament in honor of the late Bradley Boling.
WKU Among Nation’s “Green Colleges”
As the nation and the community gear up to celebrate Earth Day, WKU has been ranked among the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges” for the third consecutive year.
Four Boone sophomores to attend Gatton Academy
Four sophomores from Boone County are among the 50 Kentucky students selected to attend the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU for the Class of 2014.
Seventh Boyle student to attend Gatton Academy
Boyle County High School now has the unique distinction of being the only school in the state to have a student accepted into the Gatton Academy every year since its inception.
Stoneflies mapped across Ohio, with implications for water quality and nature conservation
Scientists at the University of Illinois and WKU, funded by the USA National Science Foundation, have completed the first ever statewide assessment of stonefly diversity in Ohio.
April 7-12, 2012
Three Area Students in Select Program at WKU
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has selected 50 students for its Class of 2014.
Three headed to WKU Gatton Academy
Three Tri-county high school sophomores have been selected to attend the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU.
Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville
Local students to attend Gatton Academy
Two students from Christian County and one from Trigg County were recently accepted into the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science out of WKU for the 2014 school year.
WKU Officer to Participate in Charity Bicycle Race
WKU Police Sgt. Craig Sutter will participate again in Law Enforcement United’s charity bicycle ride in May.
Start-up Businesses Thrive Across Kentucky And Bowling Green
It’s no surprise to some locals that Kentucky is getting recognition for having a large number of start-up companies. WKU’s Small Business Development Center is currently working with nearly 20 start-up businesses.
Authors Carl Hiaasen and Patricia Reilly Giff to headline SOKY Book Fest 2012
New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor award winner Carl Hiaasen will kick off the 14th annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest on April 21.
Shange discusses growing up black during the 1950s
Ntozake Shange, a poet, novelist and playwright, visited WKU’s Van Meter Hall on Monday night to talk about her experiences growing up as a black woman in the 1950s. Her lecture was the last Cultural Enhancement Series event of the school year.
Downtown getting set for more businesses
Downtown Bowling Green is in line for a series of changes when WKU graduate and entrepreneur Dale Augenstein opens two businesses downtown.
WKU classroom named for Wassom
Community members gathered at WKU’s South Campus on Friday to honor the late economics professor John Wassom during a dedication ceremony for the room named after him.
March 31-April 6, 2012
Iraq Veteran and Triple Amputee Shares His Story of Perseverance
Former Army Sergeant Bryan Anderson was just 26 when his humvee struck a roadside bomb in Iraq, amputating both of his legs and his left hand.
Historians Reflect on the Impact of the Battle of Shiloh
WKU Military Historian Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies say Shiloh changed the way many military leaders and the general public viewed the war.
WKU Historian Working on Shiloh Research Project
Dr. Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies is involved in a software mapping project that could become very significant to future historians.
Bank will offer free concert
Independence Bank will ring in its new $6.5 million location, set to open this month on Scottsville Road, with a free concert by rocker John Mellencamp on May 19. The Court Yard Hounds – featuring sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, who were previously members of the Dixie Chicks – will open for Mellencamp at WKU’s Houchens-Smith Stadium. The concert, dubbed “Sounds of Independence,” is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Amputee vet stays positive
Sgt. Bryan Anderson remembers the fiery blast that ripped his legs and left hand from his body, leaving them in the floorboard and passenger seat of the truck he was driving.
‘Zombies’ pitch advertising field
Several WKU students dressed up as zombies Monday afternoon to promote the advertising and public relations majors.
Geography whizzes compete in bee
Nikhil Krishna wasn’t sure he could win the statewide geography bee when he heard the final question Friday morning at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-Glasgow adds programs
Faculty members from WKU visited the WKU-Glasgow campus Wednesday to speak with students at the New Majors Fair regarding the six new programs the school will be offering in the fall.
Development and Students Trying to Boost Downtown Economy
Santa Fe, New Mexico and Bowling Green don’t have much in common, but some WKU business students are using a business based model called Santa Fe to help business downtown.
WKU Kappa Delta’s Shamrock Shootout Benefits Family Enrichment Center
People across Bowling Green came out to shoot hoops at the WKU campus and it was all for a good cause.
WWHR Pooch Pageant Benefits Animal Adoption Center
WKU’s student run radio station, Revolution 97.1, hosted its third annual pooch pageant at H.P. Thomas Bark Park on Cave Mill Road in Bowling Green.
March 22-30, 2012
WKU Helps Restaurants Offer Information in High-Tech Fashion
A group of WKU graduates has launched a smart phone application for restaurant patrons, and Bowling Green is the debut city.
Habitat program teaching women construction skills
WKU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter will look to get more women involved in home construction through the Women Build program.
Housing plentiful for students
When WKU students return to campus in the fall, they will have a number of new housing opportunities.
New Greenways coordinator takes over next month
Rachel Heltzer likes being outdoors, so applying to become the new Greenways coordinator was a natural step for the 25-year-old Ohio native. Heltzer, a graduate student in WKU’s geoscience program, said she has several goals when she takes over. Community outreach will be an important part of what she does.
Students given shot at downtown venture
By May, WKU students could be running a business downtown thanks to WKU’s student business incubator.
Men walk in women’s shoes for sexual assault awareness
WKU hosted the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Wednesday at the Chi Omega fraternity house on Normal Street.
Scientist calls for globe to cooperate on climate
A renowned physicist and meteorologist spoke to college and high school students in Bowling Green this week about climate change. Kenrick Leslie, executive director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize, visited WKU on Tuesday and Bowling Green High School on Wednesday.
Laura Kathleen opens up about life after, and the drama of, ‘Project Runway’
Sewing since the age of 8, Laura Kathleen holds a degree in Design, Merchandising, and Textiles from WKU.
Student portrait of Anthony Shadid catches widow’s eye on Twitter
Ebony Marshman was so inspired by Anthony Shadid’s work that she painted a portrait of him that was soon discovered by his widow, who requested a copy from the artist. Instead, Marshman will give Nada Bakri the original.
March 16-21, 2012
One-On-One: Gary Ransdell
President Gary Ransdell outlines how WKU partners with government and business to benefit the community.
Ben & Jerry’s co-founder proud of business model
When Jerry Greenfield opened an ice cream shop more than 30 years ago, he and his business partner had no experience. Though they followed an unconventional path, they ended up founding a billion-dollar company, Ben & Jerry’s. Greenfield visited Van Meter Hall on Monday night as part of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series.
Students get scholarships as they GEAR UP for higher ed
Several hundred high school juniors from across Kentucky received scholarships through the GEAR UP program Friday at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center.
Savoy magazine names Kentucky native one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America’
Kentucky native and WKU graduate George Nichols III has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” by Savoy magazine.
Clem Haskins blazed his own trail with basketball
At 68, Clem Haskins can look back on a successful life.
Conservation group acquires 115 acres
Jeff Jones, executive director of SCC, said the upper Green River the organization plans to complement land protection work under way in the Green River watershed by The Nature Conservancy, WKU, Kentucky Wild Rivers program and others.
March 10-15, 2012
Radcliff native takes command of 3/1 battalion
Lt. Col. Glenn Robert Bollinger III shakes his head when he wakes up in the morning and realizes he is back home. Bollinger, a Special Forces officer and Radcliff native, took command of the Special Troops Battalion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, on a bright and unseasonably warm Wednesday afternoon on Fort Knox’s Brooks Field. Bollinger graduated from North Hardin High School, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from WKU and a Master of Arts from the School of Advanced Military Studies.
Author of Best Selling Book on Climate Change to Speak at WKU
Dr. Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give a “Reach Week” lecture on the WKU campus on March 21st.
WKU Surprises At NCAA Tournament
They’re called the Hilltoppers. They’re from WKU. And they’re the only men’s basketball team with a losing record in the NCAA tournament. But they’re still playing and enjoying their new notoriety. Are they this year’s “Cinderella?”
Downtown businesses, WKU’s Ransdell search for ‘cool factor’
The relationship between downtown Bowling Green and WKU hasn’t been clearly defined, but that’s something downtown business owners and the university hope to change.
SKyPAC opens to rave reviews from crowd
WKU President Gary Ransdell agreed. “What a great asset to southcentral Kentucky,” he said.
Assistant county attorney wins ATHENA Young Professional Award
Assistant Warren County Attorney Jamie Spinks on Friday was named the ATHENA Young Professional Award winner. A WKU graduate who obtained a law degree from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Spinks has worked in public law in Allen and Warren counties since her graduation in 2007.
Hilltoppers NCAA Win Boosts Image of University and Bowling Green
WKU’s NCAA win against Mississippi Valley State doing wonders for the University and the community.
Exile, Headhunters to be inducted into Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
The pioneer inductees are The Hilltoppers, a vocal group that formed at WKU; country musicians Linda Lou and Emory Martin; and comedian and banjoist Old Joe Clark.
D.D. Williamson, Yum executives to speak at WKU lecture series
Mary Nixon and Ted Nixon are scheduled to speak about the risks and rewards of doing business around the globe as part of WKU’s Hays Watkins Visiting CEO Lecture Series.
March 2-9, 2012
Photo District News
Picture Story: A Question of Responsibility
Thailand-based photographer Inge Kathleen Hooker was fretting recently over a Burmese family she documented for her senior project three years ago. Hooker did the project in 2009 for her photography degree at WKU.
Glasgow Daily Times
Students learn leadership, not just farming
Students from 13 schools across the region came together Wednesday at WKU’s Glasgow campus to demonstrate their public speaking skills in the Regional FFA Day Finals and reunite with what many of them call their “family.”
Hundreds greet Sun Belt Conference champion WKU Hilltoppers at welcome home celebration
The Hilltopper tradition runs deep in the family of Laura Carson and her mother, Dorothy Hanes.
‘East Meets West’ at Van Meter Auditorium
The Symphony at WKU Music Director Bill Scott has known that he wanted certain parts of the organization’s next concert to come for a long time.
2012 Buck$ for Bright Ideas
The Central Region Innovation & Commercialization Center (Central Region ICC) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Buck$ for Bright Ideas Competition.
Evansville Courier & Press
‘Old Days’ brings Rosenbaum back to where it all began
Don’t get him wrong — Michael Rosenbaum is grateful for his seven years playing the villain Lex Luthor on WB’s “Smallville,” and for his scores of other acting roles in television, movies and plays over the past 15 years. At some point, the former Newburgh resident decided he wanted something more. At 39, Rosenbaum is doing all that, back where it all began, with “Old Days,” a feature film he wrote, will act in and direct in Newburgh and Evansville over the coming month. Rosenbaum took to the stage in play after play at WKU, where he graduated with a degree in theater and communications in 1994.
Air Force Woodwind Quintet Performs at WKU
Huffman Prairie Winds woodwind quintet, one of four classical chamber ensembles within the United States Air Force Band of Flight, will perform March 14 at WKU’s new Music Rehearsal Hall.
Feb. 24-March 1, 2012
WKU Habitat for Humanity Chapter Plans Spring Break Trips
WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be sending three volunteer groups to Missouri, North Carolina and Pennsylvania for spring break trips next week.
March Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
This month, several groups are raising awareness on sexual assault.
Salt Lake City Deseret News
Jeremy Evans comes out on top as slam dunk champ
Second-year Utah Jazz player Jeremy Evans made the most of a last-minute opportunity to come out victorious at the Sprite Slam Dunk contest in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday night.
Ad+PR program launches Community Projects initiative to assist organizations
WKU’s Advertising and Public Relations (Ad+PR) program has announced a community outreach effort designed to provide students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the field, while giving back to the local community in a truly significant way.
Feb. 17-23, 2012
WKU crowd encouraged to dream big
Actor and author Hill Harper told a crowd Tuesday at the Downing University Center theater about how to achieve their goals. Harper visited WKU as the keynote speaker for the university’s Black History Month events.
Dancer tells kids: Follow your passion
WKU alumnus Jeremy Benton has had a nearly decade-long theater career that’s taken him around the world.
Danville Advocate Messenger
Danville native Larnelle Harris earns honor
Hall of Fame singer and five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris will be honored by his hometown of Louisville as an Outstanding Community Leader and Citizen.
New Summer Scholarship Program Established at WKU
The Administrative Council at WKU has approved a scholarship program that is expected to help more than seven hundred students reduce their costs for summer school this year.
WKU Confucius Institute co-sponsors Spring Festival
WKU’s Confucius Institute hosted its annual Spring Festival on the University’s campus.
The Sky is The Limit
The Center for Gifted Studies held their first “Aiming for the Sky” balloon release.
Learning on the Equator
Two Franklin-Simpson graduates recently visited Ecuador with a Study Abroad group from WKU during the winter term in January 2012.
Feb. 11-16, 2012
Gatton Academy, AT&T Announce Gift for WKU Speaker Series
Students at The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU already enjoy unique opportunities for advanced study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Kentucky Mesonet Expanding to Muhlenberg
The Kentucky Mesonet is expanding its weather and climate monitoring network to Muhlenberg County.
Big Red Accepts Ellen’s Dance Dare
“Big Red” is accepting a big challenge from a TV talk show host.
LaRue County Herald News
LaRue native finds career path through FFA program
Years of hard work and volunteerism are paying off for a LaRue County woman as she graduates with a specialized degree from WKU.
Gift Will Establish Speakers Series at Gatton Academy
A twenty thousand dollar gift from AT&T will help to launch a speakers program at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.
Three inducted as fifth class in Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
The members of the fifth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame were inducted Tuesday (Feb. 14) at the State Capitol.
Feb. 4-10, 2012
The Dance Project showcases talents of student choreographers
The Dance Project, a concert that features student choreographers and performers, will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at WKU’s Gordon Wilson Lab Theatre.
Jonesville, Kentucky: A Community Gone, but Not Forgotten
Jonesville, KY existed where the southern part of WKU’s campus is today including areas like the baseball and softball field.
Group Using Research to help Predict Disasters & Global Events
Dr. Cari Bourette, a professor at WKU, with the help of her team have predicted such events as the tsunami that occurred in Japan last year.
Are You Prepared If An Earthquake Hits Bowling Green?
Local geology professors at WKU and emergency responders want to make sure you know what to do after an earthquake strikes.
WKU Confucius Institute Hosting Chinese Spring Gala
The Confucius Institute at WKU will be hosting a Chinese Spring Gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the auditorium of Downing University Center located on the campus of WKU.
Glasgow Daily Times
Howard lauded for G/T work
Glasgow Superintendent Sean Howard was presented the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education’s Michael Caudill Educator Award on Monday at the annual KAGE conference in Lexington. Howard was nominated for the award by Aileen Rose, a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Gifted Studies at WKU, and Elaine Richardson, chairwoman of the Glasgow Board of Education.
Feb. 1-3, 2012
WKU student’s work put him in star realm
A local college student’s research on the brightness of a supernova led him to become a star at a recent astronomy conference.
Concrete keeps WKU students afloat
A break in rainy weather Wednesday afternoon provided an opportunity for a group of WKU students to practice navigating a concrete canoe for a couple of hours at Basil Griffin Park.
The Motown Sound
Motownmadness will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at WKU’s Van Meter Hall.
Soiree will be Feb. 11
The Symphony at WKU conductor Bill Scott believes the Symphony Soiree would make a good outing just before Valentine’s Day.
Music Professor Emeritus Bennie Beach Reflects on His Career at WKU
Bennie Beach, WKU Music Department Professor Emeritus, remembers his early days at the University, his association with famed composer Roy Harris, and he shares some his poetry.
Jan. 26-31, 2012
Groups plan activities to recognize black history
Several organizations and churches are planning Black History Month activities for February.
Rolling out the red carpet
High school students and their parents wandered about the Downing University Center on Saturday as part of Spring Preview Day for minority students.
Logan’s Raby, two others will be enshrined
A woman who taught in Logan County for more than 30 years will be one of three inductees into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
Work by WKU students, city provides computers to Ecuador community
Students living in a village in Ecuador are perusing Facebook today, thanks to help from the city of Bowling Green and WKU.
Purple Heart Recipient is a Hometown Hero
A local military hero is awarded the Purple Heart for his service to his country, and now he is giving back closer to home. He also wants to use his influence to start a scholarship fund at WKU for soldiers returning to school who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Miss Kentucky Returns From National Competition
Ann-Blair Thornton, Miss Kentucky, has returned from the Miss America pageant. She now is busy fulfilling her Miss Kentucky duties, finishing school at WKU and working on her goal to attend law school.
Jan. 21-25, 2012
It’s back to class on the Hill
A new semester began Monday at WKU – but for many students, the stress of school hadn’t yet started as they reunited with friends and took advantage of a mild winter afternoon.
Super Saturdays set
A semiannual program at WKU for grade-school students begins this weekend.
Maggie’s magazine: Louisville photojournalist starts new publication
Louisville photojournalist Maggie Huber was paying the bills as a freelancer. But when her jobs fell off because of the economic downturn, the enterprising shooter went into survival mode. Necessity proved the mother of invention as THIS … is Louisville, the free monthly picture magazine Huber started and edits, hit the stands this month. A photojournalism graduate of WKU, Huber also cited Life as an inspiration, saying, “One of the first photography books I ever got was a collection of Life classic photographs.
3 Educators Chosen For Teacher Hall Of Fame
Two teachers from Madison County and one from Logan County will be inducted into the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame next month.
Kentucky high schooler presents medical research at world’s largest mathematics meeting
What began as an independent research project for a high-school student at WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky recently led to a presentation at the largest annual mathematics meeting in the world.
WKU’s 26,000 sq. ft. Music Hall to open for spring semester
The sounds of construction equipment and furniture moving have been music to Dr. Mitzi Groom’s ears as WKU’s new Music Hall is nearing completion.
Jan. 14-20, 2012
WKU’s “Public Achievement”Program Earns National Recognition
A Civic Education program at WKU was recognized recently at a ceremony at the White House.
Bowling Green woman tells of chaotic scenes aboard capsizing ship in Italy
Bowling Green resident Lauren Moore saw first-hand the chaos aboard the Costa Concordia cruise liner after it slammed into the reef Friday off the tiny island of Giglio.
The eyes of about a dozen women at Jan Lange’s house were glued to the television screen as they listened to the names of 15 semifinalists in the Miss America pageant Saturday night.
Iraq War veteran gets Purple Heart
Miki Padgett of Bowling Green received a prestigious military award Friday, just days before he returns to a war zone. Padgett was presented with a Purple Heart for injuries he suffered during a tour in Iraq in 2007. Padgett, who has bachelor’s degrees in economics and Spanish from WKU, hopes to finish his master’s degree in leadership dynamics when he returns from Afghanistan.
Glasgow Daily Times
Guthrie presents veteran with Purple Heart
U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie bestowed honors and played the role of diplomat at a town hall meeting Friday morning at Glasgow City Hall. Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, was there to present Miki Padgett with a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat in Iraq.
News-Democrat & Leader
Former Logan County teacher to be inducted into state hall of fame
Three outstanding educators – including a long-serving Logan County teacher – have been selected for the fifth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.
Jan. 10-13, 2012
WKU “Student Services and Technology” Rank in Top Ten
U-S News and World Report this week listed WKU among the top ten schools in the nation for on-line student services and technology.
WKU announces 10-year contract with Coca-Cola
WKU and Coca-Cola have signed a 10-year partnership for beverage rights.
Coke will be it on WKU campus
Coca-Cola products are returning to WKU’s campus after a 15-year absence.
BG to host Miss Kentucky USA pageant
The Miss Kentucky USA pageant will be coming to Bowling Green this month.
Kentucky Derby Festival names princesses
As part of a long-running Louisville tradition, the princesses for the 2012 Derby Festival Royal Court were selected Monday. They include Taylor Sang, of Louisville, a junior majoring in broadcast news at WKU.
Jan. 4-9, 2012
Glasgow Daily Times
Local veteran to receive Purple Heart
Miki Padgett remembers a childhood abroad when his parents were missionaries, which is part of how he knows how to relate to other cultures and heritages. This skill has brought him through war zones as he looked for improvised explosive devices and is one reason he is coming home to receive the Purple Heart at a ceremony at Glasgow City Hall. After he left the military, he finished his studies at WKU, where he majored in economic and Spanish.
Mesonet measures state’s wettest year
The statewide average precipitation exceeded 63 inches, placing 2011 with 1979 and 1950 as the wettest years in the state in more than a century, said Dr. Stuart Foster, state climatologist, who is also director of the Mesonet and the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU in Bowling Green.
Thornton preparing for pageant
Ann-Blair Thornton most misses going to Mariah’s restaurant in downtown Bowling Green. She couldn’t eat Christmas treats around the holidays, and her days generally begin at 3 a.m. with rigorous workout routines. It’s not an easy road to the ultimate beauty pageant, but it’s a journey the 22-year-old from Bowling Green embarked on after winning the title of Miss Kentucky over the summer. Thornton, a WKU senior, is preparing for the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.
Good luck to Ann-Blair in her pageant
Bowling Green native Ann-Blair Thornton is living every girl’s dream. She was crowned Miss Kentucky and is about to contend in the Miss America pageant next week.
The $100 Solution
Many college students perform community service. But for 11 WKU students, their grade last semester depended on implementing their own service project.
Kentucky New Era
2011 was one of the wettest years on record in Kentucky
Although 2011 began with lingering concerns about drought, the year ended as one of the wettest on record in Kentucky, according to state climatologist Dr. Stuart Foster.
Inside Higher Ed
Confucius Says …
More than 300 colleges in more than 90 countries — including about 70 institutions in the United States — host Confucius Institutes, centers of Chinese language and culture education and research funded by China’s government.
Dec. 16, 2011-Jan. 3, 2012
Kentucky Ag Connection
Adams Honored with Farm Public Relations Award
Matt Adams, a Hardin County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, is the recipient of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 26th annual Farm Public Relations Award. Adams graduated from WKU with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.
WKU Leading Confucius Institute
WKU is one out of about 350 Confucius Institutes world wide, one of 65 in the United States. President Gary Ransdell took a recent trip to China for the annual Confucius Institute Conference.
Reader Letter | Studying abroad thrives at WKU
In response to the Nov. 29 cover story, “Studying abroad declines in state,” the Commonwealth of Kentucky may be falling behind in international education statistically, but the study abroad opportunities for students in the Honors College at WKU tell a different story.
BG High School junior to visit White House in January
Christian Crues, 16, a junior at Bowling Green High School, has served as a mentor for fifth-graders at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School through the Public Achievement program, which also has help from WKU students, who will be on the trip with Crues.
Man paralyzed in shooting among graduates at WKU
Phillip Cole II was one of more than 1,000 students to graduate from WKU, but his journey to that milestone took longer than many of his fellow graduates.
Glasgow Daily Times
Neighbors network in effort to improve community
Nicole Breazeale, a sociology professor at WKU-Glasgow Campus, had students in her social problems class this semester collect information on local social issues and the kind of help that was available to meet the needs of those issues.
Dec. 9-15, 2011
BBC News Magazine
Charles Dickens: Six things he gave the modern world
Prof Theodore Hovet of WKU has argued that Dickens’s influence stretches further than just adaptations in modern cinema, actually providing themes and techniques that are still used today.
Making a world of difference
“Though Spanish and French are popular second languages in many American schools, my 14-year-old daughter has shown a keen interest in Chinese culture,” said Amy Bingham DeCesare, who works as a broadcast coordinator at WKU.
Religious inquiry: Many religious studies majors got hooked at WKU
In the middle of the Bible Belt is a program that teaches students about an array of faiths from Christianity to Islam to Hinduism. WKU houses the only religious studies program among public universities in the state, and it’s expanding, professors say. It recently added a master’s program and is soon bringing in an Islamic expert, and the Asian, Religion and Cultures program is a new degree at WKU.
WKU dean set to retire following weekend graduation ceremonies
This weekend’s graduation ceremonies at WKU will be the last for Blaine Ferrell as dean of the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. He is retiring after a 33-year career at WKU.
Dec. 2-8, 2011
Bradenton (Fla.) Herald
Taggart rewarded for WKU revival
Raised by a poor Manatee County family that struggled to put food on the table, Willie Taggart was taught to believe that hard work eventually pays off. The second-year head football coach at WKU found that advice was more than just talk this week.
Why Wait? Bowling Green pair create app that provides wait times at restaurants
Eric Littleton and Jon Matar partnered on the creation of WhyWait, which people can download onto their smartphones beginning Dec. 21. Operating out of an office at the WKU Research and Development Center, Littleton and Matar have been reaching out to local restaurants about signing up for WhyWait.
WKU’s Office of Research recognizes faculty and staff at annual reception
A number of WKU faculty and staff were honored during an awards reception hosted by the Office of Research.
Mountain Workshops collection complete
Hardin County residents soon will be able to hold a piece of local history in their hands. WKU’s Mountain Workshops has completed its work on a black-and-white coffee table book titled “At Home in the Heartland” that chronicles the lives of local residents through the lenses and pens of photojournalists.
Nov. 23-Dec. 1, 2011
WKU building noted for energy efficiency
WKU achieved a milestone Tuesday – its newest building became another staple in the university’s energy efforts.
Students in county detention center learn culture from Chinese teachers
High school students at the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center had special visitors last week. Chinese teachers visiting the United States through WKU’s Confucius Institute taught students about their country’s language and culture.
Businesses gearing up for football title games
While footballs fly this weekend at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, business officials look for plenty of money handoffs to take place at cash registers throughout Bowling Green.
Eco Friendly Building at WKU
The newest addition to WKU’s campus is being recognized for its environmentally friendly features.
WKU prof traveling Kentucky to find best barbeque
Dr. Wes Berry is a man with a mission: he’s trying to find the best doggone barbeque the Bluegrass State has to offer.
A Conversation With Erika Brady
A conversation with Erika Brady, long-time co-host of Barren River Breakdown on WKU Public Radio.
Nov. 15-22, 2011
An Unsung Carbon Sink
“If you think of the global carbon cycle like a bank account, we’re trying to keep track of all the deposits and withdrawals impacting the level of CO2 in the atmosphere,” says geologist Chris Groves, director of the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at WKU in Bowling Green.
USA Cares gets $100,000 grant to help veterans
USA Cares, a national military assistance non-profit organization based in Radcliff has received a $100,000 grant to help hundreds of the state’s post-9/11 veterans transition back into civilian life.The gift is from Terry Scariot, a Bowling Green businessman and philanthropist. The funds will specifically be used to assist veterans who are one year away from graduation at WKU or from one of the state’s 16 schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
WKU vigil helps friends, family affected by suicide
WKU provided a safe environment Saturday for friends and relatives of those who have died by suicide to grieve, hosting the second annual Survivor of Suicide Remembrance Vigil.
ECTC-WKU agreement offers new opportunity
A joint admissions agreement between Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and WKU offers benefits for both institutions and, more importantly, for local learners.
Kentucky Standard, Bardstown
WKU grad receives Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship
A Bardstown native and WKU graduate has received a 2012 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary Foundation to travel to Africa to complete graduate coursework and engage in service.
Data Driving College Preparation
Sam Evans, the dean of the college of education at WKU, was part of the group that sketched out how the new P-20 collaboration would work.
First Strike Fallen Honored at WKU
One of the fallen heroes, 1st Lt. Eric Yates, the company’s fire support officer and a 2008 WKU Reserve Officers’ Training Corps graduate, was killed on September 18th, 2010 and was honored by his alma mater for his heroic actions on the battlefield during a Veteran’s Day ceremony held at WKU, November 11th.
Chaney Rose, 15, teared up as she talked Saturday among a group of other children her age who have siblings with special needs. She was one of many participants Saturday in Super Sib Day at the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU. The Family Resource Program at the complex and the Regional Child Development Clinics teamed up for the event, which the clinic hopes to hold once every academic semester to give siblings of special needs children a network of other kids to share similar life experiences.
Roll call mourns those who made ultimate sacrifice
As Kathy Yates leaned toward the microphone, tears filled her eyes and she could barely see the page she was reading from.
WKU honors fallen graduate
Ceremonies on WKU’s campus Friday honored 1st Lt. Eric Yates, a 2008 graduate from Rineyville who was killed in action in Afghanistan last year.
Book review: ‘The Poet’s Wife Speaks’ a special book
Mary Ellen Miller’s stunning debut volume of poetry gathers the elements of a woman’s full experience in writing that is fierce, elegant and intelligent. In ode-like meditations, Miller takes us into the dark frolic of the family, the world, and a woman’s quest to secure the ascendancy and survival of the creative self … even as the world around her proves unsteady in its joys and sorrows.
Book review — ‘The Poet’s Wife Speaks’
Mary Ellen Miller’s late husband, Jim Wayne Miller, was a terrific poet and teacher; the two of them have been pillars of the WKU community.
Some WKU students choosing to learn Arabic as a way of enhancing job prospects
For many Kentucky college students, choosing a foreign language class usually involves the usual suspects of Spanish, French, and possibly German.
WKU Sorority Participates in International Event
One WKU sorority participated in an International event to give young girls a chance to have fun.
WKU to honor fallen Rineyville soldier
A Rineyville soldier killed in Afghanistan last year will be honored by his alma mater. First Lt. Eric Yates, a 2008 graduate of Western Kentucky University, will be honored through the unveiling of a granite panel featuring his likeness on Guthrie Tower and will be inducted into the WKU ROTC Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Kentucky Museum.
WKU-ECTC sign admission agreement
Officials signed an agreement Thursday that allows students to apply to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and WKU jointly.
Nov. 5-9, 2011
WKU students contribute to genetic database
Gatton Academy students Elizabeth Farnsworth and Cynthia Tope, both of Burlington, and Samantha Hawtrey of Union contributed genomic research to the national DNA sequence database.
City crews falling back into annual leaf pickup duties
Last year, crews collected an estimated 2 million pounds of leaves. Those leaves are taken to the WKU farm, where workers compost the leaves, turning them into mulch.
Chevy Volt a ‘cool’ new ride for Ransdell
WKU President Gary Ransdell has brought many green initiatives to campus, and now his car is energy efficient as well. On Friday, Ransdell became the first person in Bowling Green to lease a Chevrolet Volt.
Hardin Countians chosen for WKU ad campaign
Three Hardin Countians will be lending their faces to WKU’s advertising efforts this fall.
Glasgow Daily Times
Lucas man turns trash into art
WKU employee Chris Radus doesn’t drive his pickup to work every day, but when he does it’s not uncommon for folks to put scrap metal in its bed they think he might use. Radus, of Lucas, is a 3-D artist who turns junk into works of art. Radus refers to himself as the “surplus guy.”
Gatton students recognized by Siemens
Five second-year students at WKU’s Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized by the Siemens Foundation as national semifinalists in the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.
First Chevy Volt In Bowling Green Leased By WKU President
The WKU President, Dr. Gary Ransdell drove Bowling Green’s first Chevy Volt off the Campbell Chevrolet lot Friday morning.
Oct. 26-Nov. 4, 2011
Postsecondary Education Leaders Focus on Student Retention
Leaders in the field of higher education say student retention will become an increasingly important factor in the years ahead.
Vendors will offer local items at indoor winter market
WKU’s Innovation and Commercialization Center will be the site of an indoor winter market for the next seven Saturdays.
Duo hits the road with sustainable farm on truck
Nick Runkle and Justin Cutter are passionate about sustainable farming. So Runkle and Cutter started Compass Green, a mobile greenhouse project. On Wednesday, they stopped at WKU on the South Lawn. Their goal is to raise awareness about sustainability by teaching workshops about practical farming tools, focusing on the bio-intensive method, Runkle said.
Duo hoping social media site takes off
An entrepreneurial spirit, an interest in making connections and inspiring would-be entrepreneurs have led two recent WKU graduates to create a social media site uniting all those concepts.
WKU’s growth sets a record
WKU has topped 21,000 students for the first time as the school’s enrollment increased for the 14th year in a row.
WKU Dance Program Earns National Accreditation
WKU’s dance program has earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Oct. 21-25, 2011
Civil War Historians Comment on “Lateral Entry” to Command
WKU Historians Dr. Glenn LaFantasie and Dr. Jack Thacker say “lateral entry” made it possible for many people with political connections to receive leadership positions in the military in the early years of the Civil War.
Nelson County Gazette
Nelson Technology Center robotics team dominates WKU robot competition
The Nelson County Area Technology Center robotics team won top honors Saturday at a state competition in Bowling Green.
‘It made you proud to be a Topper’
Clay Scott graduated from WKU in 1981, and he has seen many Hilltopper football games. But this one was special, he said.
Board of Regents approves bond sale for improvements at DUC
WKU’s Board of Regents voted Friday to approve $35 million in bonds for the renovation of Downing University Center.
Run for Autism not just racing
Kelly Autism Program Director Marty Boman is excited about the upcoming LifeSkills Run for Autism, but it’s not just because the program will benefit from the event.
Three join WKU alumni hall of fame
Three WKU graduates were inducted Friday into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Oct. 15-20, 2011
Yellow Springs (Ohio) News
Strolger part of Nobel team
Lou Strolger has always loved the stars. As a teenager, he would stargaze with the astronomers and astrophiles at Antioch College. And he thought he might someday become an astronaut.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-Glasgow focuses on retention
New students at WKU-Glasgow Campus were treated to food, music and door prizes during the WKU freshmen assembly Monday afternoon, but that was just a small part of the activities campus director Sally Ray and her staff had prepared for them.
WKU’s NOVA Center microscope one of a kind at U.S. universities
WKU officially opened its NOVA Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
Educator, author Harrison remembered as ‘academic giant’
When David Lee thinks of his former colleague Lowell Harrison, he remembers a witty, composed man who was dedicated to his profession and to WKU.
Elizabethtown resident named WKU 2011 Young Alumnus
Brent Ditto of Elizabethtown remembers being a student ambassador at WKU in Bowling Green in the role of a “spirit master” for two years.
WKU Homecoming Week
WKU Homecoming has begun, and people are getting into the school spirit by participating in activities throughout the week.
Oct. 7-14, 2011
WKU’s Roberts honored with Acorn Award
A WKU professor recently was one of two Kentucky faculty members to be honored with an Acorn Award this year.
Congratulations to Roberts for Acorn Award
WKU professor Julia Link Roberts is a wonderful educator, and people have definitely taken notice of her teaching skills.
WKU professor plays role in team’s Nobel Prize
A WKU professor found out last week that several members of a research team he’s a part of were awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Nappy Roots still plain talkin’ with new album
Nappy Roots has done a lot of growing and changing in the years since its platinum debut album “Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz.” But when it comes to the basics, the Bowling Green group remains the same.
Historian discusses Civil War
Michael Vorenberg, a Civil War historian from Brown University, gave a lecture about the influence of the Civil War on United States citizenship on WKU’s campus Thursday night.
WKU Professor is Part of Nobel Prize Winning Team
“This must be a joke, this must be one big cosmic joke,” said Dr. Louis-Gregory Strolger about being a part of winning a Nobel prize in Physics.
Christian Science Monitor
Charles Napier remembered for facial expressions in tough guy roles
Charles Napier benefited from a granite jaw, toothy grin and steely stare as he became one of the most recognizable actors movie and TV audiences never heard of. After earning a degree in art from WKU, he worked at various jobs, including art teacher and basketball coach.
Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2011
Charles Napier, Bakersfield’s leading man, dies at 75
Veteran Hollywood actor Charles Napier, a 1961 WKU graduate, died Wednesday afternoon at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, according to a family friend. The actor was 75.
Peckenpaugh proudest of school gains
As a former Henderson County and WKU football standout, Leo Peckenpaugh certainly knows the thrill of victory.
WKU Astonomer’s Colleagues Win Nobel Prize
An astonomer from WKU helped with a research project that has earned three scientists the Nobel Prize in Physics for this year.
WKU Center for Applied Economics Studies Gasoline Prices
In addition to the documented relationship between oil and gasoline prices, Dr. Brian Goff says a degree of “momentum” plays a role in what we pay at the gas pump.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-G offers students Ecuador trip
The WKU department of agriculture is offering students and possibly some community members opportunities to study abroad in Ecuador over the upcoming winter and spring breaks.
Scottsville native, actor Napier dies in Calif.
Charles Napier, an Allen County native and WKU graduate who went on to forge a 40-year career as a noted character actor in television and film, died Wednesday at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. He was 75.
Miller Slaughter ready to begin new role
Miller Slaughter has been named director of the Small Business Development Center at WKU.
‘It’s like their prom’
About 50 area nursing home residents gathered Tuesday at Warren Central High School to discuss issues facing long-term care facilities. They were there as part of an annual conference sponsored by the Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.Dana Bradley, director of WKU’s Center for Gerontology, volunteers at the conference along with her students each year.
Regents study planned DUC renovations
Plans for the renovation of WKU’s Downing University Center were revealed for the first time Friday at Board of Regents committee meetings.
Solving problems on a budget
How far can $100 go in helping a community? That’s the question presented by The $100 Solution, an international nonprofit organization housed at WKU.
Draw a Stickman Web idea gains hits
Phil Williams, who studied graphic design at WKU before switching his major to computer programming, said the opportunity for people to share what they create on the site and personalize it has been one of the most attractive aspects of Draw a Stickman.
Sept. 22-28, 2011
Marching Band championships are Oct. 29 at WKU
Tickets are available for the 2011 Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Championships, to be held Oct. 29 at WKU’s Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Kentucky News Review: WKU Professor discusses most recent climb on Mt. Everest
A professor from WKU tells The Observer that rapid climate change could make Mount Everest an ice-free ascent. “When I climbed Mount Everest last year I climbed the majority of ice without crampons because there was so much bare rock,” said John All, an expert on Nepal glaciers from WKU.
Instead of learning about science at their desks, elementary school students performed experiments while wading in Trammel Creek last week as part of an annual program that continues this week. The program is a partnership between WKU’s Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability and the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
WKU Professor Receives Award
A WKU professor was honored for his work in the community.
WKU’s Julia Roberts Honored with Acorn Award
Dr. Julia Link Roberts, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies at WKU, is one of two recipients of the Acorn Awards for teaching excellence, given annually to outstanding professors at Kentucky’s colleges and universities—one for a professor at a four-year college or university and one at a two-year institution.
WKU Experts Reflect on the History of Organized Labor
Questions about the role of public employee unions have prompted controversy in several states this year. State lawmakers in Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin have been involved in heated debates over a number of issues relating to union membership and the future of public employee unions.
Sept. 15-21, 2011
Cage the Elephant to perform free show
The group, which has earned an international following in recent years, will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at WKU’s South Lawn next to Downing University Center.
The Aviation Heritage Park will receive its third plane on Saturday morning, after it is loaded on two trailers and driven three miles from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport to its resting spot on Three Springs Road. The Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star tells the story of Gen. Russ Dougherty.
Local teachers involved in national writing program
Peggy Otto, an assistant English professor and director of the Writing Project at WKU, and Lisa Cary, a seventh-grade science teacher at Drakes Creek Middle School, are representing Kentucky in the National Writing Project Common Core Initiative.
Landmark on the rebound
During the next 18 months, motorists downtown will see the transformation of the old BB&T building to one that is reminiscent of the era in which its earliest predecessor, the Potter Opera House, was constructed. A lot of time has been spent exploring and designing what the space could be with the help of WKU professor and architect Neal Downing and students from WKU’s Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences Institute.
WKU Band Will March for the ALS Association
The marching band at WKU will soon be marching for a good cause!
WKU faculty, students documenting local history
The WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology is using a grant to document the history and culture of Allen County in the southern part of the state.
Life Lessons: William Lynwood Montell, author
Professor emeritus of folk studies at WKU, William Lynwood Montell is the author of more than two dozen books, including his latest, “Tales From Kentucky Sheriffs.”
The Basketball Artist
The words “NBA” and “artist” don’t usually end up in the same sentence, save for the occasional baller’s misguided foray into hip-hop music. Then again, Jeremy Evans is far from usual.
Sept. 10-14, 2011
Arthur W. Perdue Foundation supports food processing and technology program at WKU- Owensboro
A $50,000 gift from Perdue, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, will support the Food Processing and Technology program at WKU’s Owensboro Campus.
WKU-Owensboro Receives Major Gift
A $50,000 gift will help to support the Food Processing and Technology Program at WKU’s Owensboro campus.
WKU-Russell Athletic partnership provides company with “lab”, WKU with latest uniform technology
When the WKU football team wanted a new series of “old school” looking uniforms, they didn’t have to look far for a manufacturer.
Perdue Farms gives donation to WKU-Owensboro
WKU-Owensboro continues to grow each year. On Tuesday, a donation from Perdue Farms and some matching donations will allow the campus to educate more students in Owensboro.
WKU-Owensboro Food Processing Program Gets Big Donation
The food processing and technology program for WKU-Owensboro receives some big support Tuesday afternoon with a donation. The program is receiving nearly $200,000 for new lab equipment.
Earth Force And GM Recognize Teachers For Environmental Education
Dr. Terry Wilson, Director of the Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability at WKU, has devoted the majority of his career to teacher and leadership training in environmental education.
Glasgow Daily Times
State Poet Laureate visits Glasgow library
Maureen Morehead, the 2011-2012 Kentucky Poet Laureate, spent about two hours at the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library Thursday night with 12 members of the community, reading from her books of poetry and discussing poetry as a form of literature as well as her role as the poet laureate. Morehead taught at Manual High School in Louisville, the University of Louisville and WKU.
Civil War Remembrance Celebration This Saturday
Civil War-related activities are being planned for this weekend at the Kentucky Museum at WKU as part of the “Remembering the Civil War” celebration.
WKU honors military, Sept. 11 victims at football game
Tailgating on Saturday afternoon was about more than getting ready for the WKU-Navy football game.
Muslims still having to battle stereotypes about their religion
When Paul Fischer teaches religion courses at WKU, several students enter his class with wrong ideas about other religions, particularly Islam.
Sept. 3-9, 2011
WKU Honors College Senior Receives Award
Sara Moody, a senior in the Honors College at WKU, has received a Foundation for Global Scholars award that funded a social work internship in India this summer and complemented her earlier international experiences.
WKU’s Class of 2015 Urged to ‘Finish’ Their Undergraduate Degree
President Gary Ransdell urged the WKU Class of 2015 to “finish” as they gathered at Diddle Arena Tuesday evening for the annual Freshman Assembly.
A degree of determination
The message to incoming students was clear Tuesday night at WKU’s Freshman Assembly: finish your degree.
Task force to target retention at WKU
WKU is rallying for retention.
Intelligent Partners announces visit of WKU to their Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices
Intelligent Partners announces the visit of WKU to their Dubai office on the 12th September and Abu Dhabi office on the 13th September 2011. WKU’s international representative shall be meeting students and parents at Intelligent Partners offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2011
Growth hormone helps repair the zebrafish ear
Researchers from WKU and the University of Louisville worked together to see which genes were switched on or off after acoustic trauma and found distinct patterns of gene expression.
Businesses welcome WKU students, introduce services
Briana Webb asked her mom, Latonya, to come up from Nashville for the day Wednesday so she could attend the Welcome Back WKU festival on the South Lawn.
Homecoming event honors BG’s Miss Kentucky winner
“I hope I can have the same effect on children that Miss Kentucky had on me when she spoke at my school,” said Miss Kentucky 2011 Ann-Blair Thornton, a WKU senior and Bowling Green High School graduate.
“FIRST, the organization that started this program along with LEGO, touts it as a sport for the mind,” says John Inman, a science outreach coordinator at WKU, which hosts the Kentucky FIRST LEGO League championships each year.
Aug. 25-30, 2011
Thousands back for start of WKU
Danielle Clifford perched on her College Street porch, adjusting her backpack and preparing for the trek up the hill.
BG police Capt. Delaney receives diversity award
WKU recently recognized a Bowling Green Police Department captain for his leadership role in the community.
Looking for puzzle pieces
Renee Pinkston, a recent WKU anthropology graduate from Leitchfield, was part of a team of seven current and former anthropology students, two professors and three state police troopers digging into the soil near the eastbound stretch of road, west of Glasgow near mile marker 8.
First Day of Classes at WKU
Bowling Green’s population just shot up, as people return to the hill!
Chronicle of Higher Education
Helping Kentucky Tell Its Tales
For 50 years, William Lynwood Montell, a professor emeritus in folklore studies at WKU, has recorded stories in the Bluegrass State from varied professions—doctors, lawyers, funeral-parlor operators, one-room school teachers.
WKU Historians Reflect on the Civil War and its Impact on the Formation of West Virginia
Historians Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU History Department say the military conflict which took place in western portions of Virginia 150 years ago contributed to the formation of the state of West Virginia.
The Vintage Sound Collections of Freeman Kitchens
A new exhibition at the Kentucky Museum on the WKU Campus in Bowling Green chronicles the work of Freeman Kitchens.
Aug. 19-24, 2011
WKU President Stresses “Retention” in Opening Remarks
WKU President Gary Ransdell says student retention is becoming an important measure of academic quality.
Back to school for WKU
As students begin moving onto WKU’s campus, President Gary Ransdell wants to get them in, get them through, keep them around and get them out.
Group presents plans for African-American history museum
When Pam Johnson took to the podium Tuesday night during the Bowling Green Board of Commissioners meeting, she challenged the commissioners to a quiz.
Risks, rewards: Both inherent in recycling center proposal
A large, new recycling center — where materials could be sorted, baled and stored — would enhance their marketability, according to data collected by WKU grad student Chad Phillips.
New tech at WKU-O offers greater incentives to learn
The Owensboro campus of WKU has always offered a Master’s program online or through distance learning, but new technology and incentives will now allow students to earn a professional MBA in the classroom.
Aug. 12-18, 2011
Lance Dunbar, Bobby Rainey ready to renew running feud
North Texas senior running back Lance Dunbar has made one thing clear. Despite averaging more than 1,300 yards each of the past two seasons for the Mean Green, he believes critics still show favoritism to WKU running back Bobby Rainey.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU officials talk cooperation
Administrators from the main campus of WKU met with faculty and staff members at the Glasgow campus Saturday morning during a group assembly to talk about ways to increase collaboration between the two campuses.
WKU, BGTC agreement worthwhile
The recent joint admissions agreement between WKU and Bowling Green Technical College will not only allow students to enroll jointly at both institutions, but it will also create a smoother transfer process for students.
Analysis to help chamber go after jobs for the region
WKU can play a role in helping develop those niche markets with its applied research capabilities. WKU President Gary Ransdell said he would like the university to be able to provide more applied or practical research but is somewhat limited because of state law.
Area officials working to build relationships in China
What started as an educational outreach for WKU has developed into business and personal relationships that could bring economic development opportunities to southcentral Kentucky.
Super computer at WKU a tool for researchers, firms
It’s one of the biggest, fastest computers in the state, and it’s sitting in a center in Bowling Green.
The Lane Report
Supercomputer added at WKU’s Center for Research and Development
The computing power available at WKU is getting supersized at the High Performance Computing Center.
St. Louis Beacon
Hometowner Laura Kathleen Planck struts her stuff on Project Runway
Planck graduated from MICDS, has a degree in design, merchandising and textiles from WKU and also studied at the Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy, according to her website.
Aug. 4-11, 2011
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU, BGTC reach agreement
The leaders of two area postsecondary education institutions have signed an agreement that will make it easier for local students to take classes at both schools.
WKU, BG Technical College sign joint admissions agreement
The presidents of WKU and Bowling Green Technical College signed a joint admissions agreement Tuesday that will allow students to enroll jointly at both institutions.
WKU grad competes on Lifetime TV’s ‘Project Runway’
When Laura Planck was taking design classes at WKU, Cindy Jones gave her a T-shirt, a pair of scissors, some safety pins and 20 minutes to create an outfit.
BG keeps title games
Football championship weekend is coming back to Bowling Green, and it’s here to stay for at least another four years.
CPE President Stresses the Importance of Preparing Students for College
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King says new Common Core State Standards and the “Stronger by Degrees” program are keys to improving student performance in the Commonwealth.
Meet the man who interprets Arabic in Kentucky’s courtrooms
Khaldoun Almousily is a busy man. When he’s not teaching Arabic language classes at WKU, he’s traveling the state, working as the only Arabic language interpreter and translator certified to appear in Kentucky’s courtrooms.
WKU and Bowling Green Tech Sign a Joint Admissions Agreement
Students attending Bowling Green Technical College, now have more options for furthering their education.
Local Experts Respond to Dip in Stock Market
WKU professor Dr. Brian Strow says what happens next depends on Congress.
Grayson County News-Gazette
The untold story of a local legend
Working with the children of Grayson County for the past 31 years has made Cleo Lowrey something of a local legend. After finishing her studies at WKU, Lowrey began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Grayson County.
July 26-Aug. 3, 2011
WKU honors online student serving in Afghanistan
Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Brownwell stands as proof that a WKU distance learning student can work on earning a master’s degree almost anywhere.
WKU impact on BG area at $672M
WKU has an annual economic impact of $672 million on the community, according to a new study by WKU’s Center for Applied Economics.
WKU student spends summer completing global race
Most college students spend their summer break working, sleeping in late or hanging out with friends. WKU junior Blake Garrison spent his summer break traveling through Kazakhstan, Estonia and Lithuania, just to name a few places.
“Adopted” Soldier Project Gains Momentum
Command Sergeant Major John Brownell says care packages sent to the soldiers in his unit have meant a great deal in recent months. The WKU graduate student is taking Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Administration classes on-line while he’s serving in Afghanistan with the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Knox. Members of the KRS Department, the Alive Center, and Extended Learning and Outreach have helped to coordinate the donations of the care package items.
New Study Released on WKU’s Economic Impact
Researchers studied 35 counties in twenty states with similar characteristics to determine how much impact universities of similar size can have on a local economy.
WKU Honors Adopted Soldier
WKU honors Command Sergeant Major John Brownell, a graduate student, whose squadron was adopted by the Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Administration department throughout their deployment.
A Legacy of Literacy Makes Local Teacher a Hometown Hero
In 1986, Dr. John Hagaman and a colleague got together and started the WKU chapter of the National Writing Project.
Charleston City Paper
Nappy Roots keep their optimism and style alive
Nappy Roots weren’t a rap group so much as a group of friends attending WKU. It eventually grew into something bigger.
July 19-25, 2011
New alumni center at WKU was needed
With WKU’s fast-growing alumni population, it simply makes sense for the institution to build a much larger and user-friendly alumni building.
Education for sustainability
Bill Hammond remembers what school was like when he was a child in New York City. Hardly a day went by without a field trip. Days were often spent on the rooftop, drawing maps of the neighborhood.
Professor helps in search for explosives, illegal substances
Bruce Kessler’s math research has never been a life saver – until now.
Lexington house offers clues into life of little-known yet acclaimed black trainer
Most of what is known about the Breckenridge Street home was pieced together by Sarah McCartt-Jackson, a WKU graduate student who wrote the National Register application.
Glasgow Daily Times
McCaslin moves up with Franklin-Simpson Center
A longtime WKU-Glasgow campus leader is moving on to a new position in the Kentucky higher education system.
WKU Prof Invents Program to Fight Crime
A WKU math professor has been working with a Bowling Green technology company, to develop a software product he hopes will help detect explosives in airports, drugs, and contraband, and help protect the military from explosive devices.
July 14-18, 2011
Bowling Green woman named Miss Kentucky
Ann-Blair Thornton, who is majoring in English and economics at WKU, will represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant on Jan. 14 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Bowling Green Native Wins Miss Kentucky
Glitz, glamor, beauty, and 32 smiling faces all competing for the title of Miss Kentucky. Bowling Green’s own Ann-Blair Thornton brings home the crown.
Renshaw ECC Golf Scramble Benefit
Over $60,000 will be given to the Renshaw Early Childhood Center after a golf scramble fundraiser.
A crowning moment
Ann-Blair Thornton doesn’t remember the crown being placed on her head or the sash being draped around her shoulders. The second the announcer named her Miss Kentucky, the 21-year-old from Bowling Green was in shock.
Prof uses Web to keep in touch from hospital
Matthew Basham doesn’t let anything keep him from communicating with his students. After all, he’s interacting with them from his hospital bed.
WKU breaks ground on alumni center
For now, it’s a gravel lot surrounded by a chain-link fence and a “Keep Out” sign. But it’s slated to become a home for about 97,000 people.
Renshaw center nets recognition
In an office at the Renshaw Early Childhood Center, three file boxes are filled with papers. They’re a reminder of the hard work it takes to get accredited.
Harbaugh brothers still get help from their dad
It’s the least Jack Harbaugh can do, given that he credits his sons for saving college football at WKU.
Warsaw native returns to roots with restaurant
When he was just a young boy, Justin Mylor would sit and watch his grandmother cook in her restaurant in downtown Warsaw. Even then, the culture of cooking was seeping into Mylor, grabbing him and setting him on his own path toward a career in cooking. He studied at WKU, then worked at the nearby Bowling Green Country Club.
July 1-13, 2011
WKU Historians Discuss the Impact of the Battle of Bull Run
WKU Historians Jack Thacker and Glenn LaFantasie say the first Battle of Bull Run helped to demonstrate how deadly and costly the Civil War would become.
WKU to Host Sustainability Institute
Educators and other interested individuals from across the region will attend the Education for Sustainability Institute at WKU later this month.
Green living project reviewed
Now, it’s just an empty field. But, 10 years from now, Habitat for Humanity and WKU envision this more than 14-acre lot as a thriving residential community and the model for sustainable living.
Teen uses sleuth skills for Gatton research
For a research project that sounds as if it’s straight out of an Agatha Christie novel, a Hardin County student is looking to become the local (and younger) Miss Marple, Christie’s observant sleuth.
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
Editorial: More math and science programs needed
About four years ago, the state launched the program at WKU in Bowling Green with a $4 million donation from businessman C.M. “Bill” Gatton and $2.8 million in annual funding from the Kentucky General Assembly.
Lesage native in Paris for journalism internship
Lesage native Mark Simpson, now an advertising professor at WKU, and his students are in the midst of a four-week trip in Paris, France, to work abroad with on client project.
June 16-30, 2011
TVA gives WKU $106,000 for energy program
WKU already was spending money on projects to reduce energy use. So when the university learned it could receive additional incentives through the Tennessee Valley Authority, it was an added bonus.
Unveiling a star at Aviation Heritage Park’s annual Hangar Party
Six years ago, when a small group of aviation buffs set out to create an aviation park in Bowling Green, they barely even had a plan.
Gatton Academy students tackle codes in cold case
No one knew much about Ricky McCormick after his body was found decomposing in the middle of a St. Louis field. Authorities knew that he was a 41-year-old high school dropout who had a criminal record, had been living with his elderly mother and had fathered at least four children.
Among the best & brightest
This is no ordinary high school. The academy on WKU’s campus might resemble a typical small school – students are constantly entering and exiting the tall white building, toting backpacks or chatting with friends. But the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is an above-average school for exceptional students, and now it’s been named the fifth best high school in the nation.
General Russell Dougherty Honored
When Mark Dougherty looks at the T-33 shooting star he can’t help but think of his dad, General Russell Dougherty and his own past experiences with the plane.
June 10-15, 2011
Pam Vincent selected as new library director
A native of St. Louis, she graduated high school in Pensacola, Fla., then came to Bowling Green to study photojournalism at WKU, though she ultimately received her undergraduate degree in political science.
WKU physical therapy program on move
Harvey Wallmann had never heard of physical therapy when he injured himself while playing sports in the late 1970s. Decades later, he’s bringing to life WKU’s new physical therapy program.
Toppers on Tour stops at Freeman Lake
A countdown on the home page of WKU athletics tells fans the season-opening game with the University of Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn., is 79 days away.
June 7-9, 2011
Dover (Del.) Post
New DelDOT head confirmed by Senate
New DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt is expected to be sworn in some time in the coming weeks. A native of Ontario, Canada, Bhatt graduated from WKU with an economics degree and was a deputy director in the Kentucky transportation department.
Karst conference at WKU draws international experts
WKU is hosting an international conference dedicated to the study of a familiar local landscape.
Aviation Heritage Park Will Unveil New Plane
Soon, Aviation Heritage Park will unveil a new plane to go into its park. The park will debut a restored T-33 Shooting Star at this year’s Hanger Party, in honor of late General Russell Dougherty.
June 4-6, 2011
Columbus (IN) The Republic
Scientists from around the world head to Bowling Green, cave country for karst conference
Scientists from around the world are heading to Bowling Green’s and cave country this week to attend the 2011 International Conference on Karst Hydrogeology and Ecosystems.
Leaders working to address issue of college readiness
Local school leaders are working to combat a problem that plagues colleges in Kentucky and across the nation: Too many college freshmen are not ready for college-level courses. Last fall, about 55 percent of students who entered WKU were not ready for college, meaning they had to take at least one remedial course to catch up. Of those students, about 18 percent needed to take three developmental courses, according to WKU data.
Out and About: Kentucky’s people help make up best of state
For all there is to see and do in Kentucky, the best thing is our people. It’s the people who live here that make us what we are. One of those was Dr. Dero Downing, the former president of WKU who died a couple of months back at the age of 89.
Q&A: WKU AD Bjork reflects on his first year
Ross Bjork’s first season as WKU athletic director was nothing if not interesting.
World Environment Day: The unusual ways you can participate
Some very creative students at WKU organized a flash mob to promote recycling on Earth Day. Charlie Harris, a student at WKU who helped organize the school’s Earth Day activities and uploaded video of the flash mob to YouTube, said the event was done to “make the idea of sustainability inescapable and accessible to everyone on campus for at least one day.”
May 26-June 3, 2011
San Antonio Express-News
Chasing NBA dream no longer Lanier graduate Mendez-Valdez’s primary goal
A first-generation American who overcame obstacles on and off the basketball court, Orlando Mendez-Valdez went on to an All-America career as a guard at WKU and earned a degree in exercise science in May 2009.
The Lane Report
WKU Small Business Development Center for 10-county Barren River Area relocates to WKU Center for Research and Development
Chris Bixler thinks the recent relocation of WKU’s Small Business Development Center will make it easier for clients to take advantage of their free assistance.
WKU’s ‘reset’ with McDonald will be worth watching
The most intriguing men’s college basketball decision made in the commonwealth so far in 2011 was made at WKU.
New study shows 90% of journalists use Twitter, Facebook, blogs daily
The survey conducted by TEKGROUP International and Associate Professor Ken Payne of WKU indicates that journalists want corporate communicators to put more information online in an online newsroom.
Bowling Green’s Celebrated Gospel Singer John Edmonds
WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin produced this preview of her upcoming radio documentary about this internationally-recognized musician.
May 21-25, 2011
Caves in America
Modern cave exploration, which includes scientific and systematic mapping, started during the 1950s—relatively recently in the context of world exploration. “We’re still very much in a golden age of cave exploration,” says Patricia Kambesis, 58, an environmental researcher based in Cave City, Ky., who has mapped caves in 29 states and 17 other nations.
Expanding international reach
Winny Lin didn’t come for the dancing dragon. She didn’t travel from Owensboro to see a kung fu artist break a steel rod over his head or to watch women in colorful costumes bounce across the stage. Lin, a retired teacher, ventured Friday to WKU to celebrate the opening of the Chinese Learning Center – a staple in WKU’s attempt to integrate Chinese language and culture into the university and the community.
Bat disease plan in place
Rick Toomey, director of Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning – a partnership between Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU – said the bat populations at the park are continually monitored.
WKU Students Tracked Deadly Storm in Missouri
Members of a WKU meteorology class had been chasing the deadly storm that struck Joplin, Mo., on Sunday evening.
Gatton Academy Ranked Among The Public Elites
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has been named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students.
The Civil War: Forts, Hills, and the Railroad
“Bowling Green was significant during the Civil War because of the railroad,” said Nancy Baird, who is retired from the Kentucky Museum on the campus of WKU.
WKU students tracked deadly Missouri tornado
The group of students from WKU was chasing the storm as part of a class project.
Grant will help train nurse practitioners at stroke center
Ann Mead, WKU’s vice president for finance and administration, has made a donation to support the program, according to a release from the stroke center. Both of Mead’s parents died after suffering strokes.
Glasgow Daily Times
Big plans ahead for WKU-G
The new director and associate dean of WKU-Glasgow and the university’s president are discussing possibilities for a big future at WKU-Glasgow.
May 14-20, 2011
Commuter saves by pedaling
Friday might be dubbed “Bike to Work Day” by the American League of Bicyclists, but for Forrest Halford, it’s no different from any other day. Halford, textbook manager at the bookstore on WKU’s campus, even has photos from a wintry day during which the temperature was minus 3 degrees, and he still rode to work.
Starting a new chapter
There were times when Clare Cherry got almost no sleep. Over the past six years, the single mom has juggled three children, odd jobs, college classes and heaps of homework to make it to Saturday.
Grads have hard work ahead in landing a job
As new college graduates enter the workforce, they may encounter a brighter job market compared to previous years.
Aviation Heritage Park gets NASA T-38
Officials at Aviation Heritage Park recently sent a letter to NASA indicating interest in honoring astronaut and Russellville native Terry Wilcutt with a plane at the park in Bowling Green.
Beef boosters groom meat mavens on campus
At WKU, animal sciences professor Nevil Speer offers the Masters of Beef Advocacy curriculum as an extra-credit assignment for the mostly freshmen and sophomores in his introductory-level classes.
May 11-13, 2011
Marketplace of Degrees
The institution with the most approved programs on the list in those five years is WKU.
Months of planning go into WKU graduation ceremonies
Four commencement ceremonies, 1,800 graduating students, 15,500 programs, 1,600 red towels marked Class of 2011 and about 20,000 guests. It’s no wonder planning for WKU’s spring commencement starts in January.
May 5-10, 2011
WKU reaches $1 million goal for matching SKyTeach grant
A relatively new program at WKU had to reach for the sky in an attempt to get more funding. On Friday, the program announced it had reached that goal.
April’s rain sets record in the state
If April seemed unusually damp, that’s because it was the wettest April on record in Kentucky since 1895. Stu Foster, director of the Kentucky Mesonet and Kentucky Climate Center at WKU, said that is based on preliminary data compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
WKU Saving Money Through Energy Conservation Program
In a effort to save money on energy costs, WKU started its own energy savings program.
Creator of NPR’s All Things Considered comes to WKU Public Radio to discuss history of show, NPR
May 3rd marked the 40th anniversary of the NPR flagship news program, All Things Considered. The show’s creator, Bill Siemering, recently came to WKU Public Radio to speak with staff and listeners about the origins of NPR, how All Things Considered got off the ground, and what set and still sets the show apart from other network news programs.
WKU research looks into narcissism, use of social media sites
The widespread popularity of social networking sites and devices has some wondering if young people are becoming too self-involved and narcissistic. But research done at WKU indicates these sites don’t increase narcissism so much as they amplify the narcissism already present within the user.
Behind the mask, WKU’s Matt Rice shows a lot of brains
Matt Rice is hardly irrelevant.
May 3-4, 2011
WKU to award 1st independent doctoral degrees at ceremony this month
WKU is preparing to award its first independent doctoral degrees this month.
Local Military Specialist Speaks On bin Laden Kill Mission
Missions like the one that led to the death of Osama bin Laden are extremely dangerous. But a military specialist here in Bowling Green says for highly trained soldiers, they’re routine. Officer Scott Hutcheson teaches military science in the WKU ROTC program.
Reactions from WKU ROTC Commander on Osama Bin Laden’s Death
The death of Osama Bin Laden brings more reaction from an active duty service member at WKU.
Los Angeles Times
Osama bin Laden’s death removes a cloud that enveloped a generation
Because the Sept. 11 attacks occurred at such an impressionable age for the millennials, considered to be those born after 1980, many have had a lingering sense of worry, experts say. “They grew up with this constant pressure that something more was going to happen,” said Brian Van Brunt, director of counseling at WKU, where students celebrated after the news of Bin Laden’s death.
Columbia photojournalist makes transition from Rock Bridge to Libya
Debbie Cacek, Ty Cacek’s mother, remembers clearly when she realized what path her son was taking. He was getting close to graduating from Rock Bridge and was in a meeting with the head of the photojournalism department at WKU on a college tour.
April 27-May 2, 2011
WKU Officials Dedicate New Ransdell Building
Officials at WKU officially dedicated the new Gary A. Ransdell Hall.
Building Dedication to President Dr. Gary A. Ransdell
WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell has something to smile about.
WKU’s tuition may increase
WKU students will dig a little deeper into their pockets next semester as tuition is expected to increase.
University officials approve capital plan
The final phase of a new WKU science campus is the top priority for university officials as they outline a capital plan for the next six years.
Evansville Courier & Press
Student intern uses art to uplift patients at St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital
St. Mary’s Serenity Unit treats geriatric psychiatric patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dementia, depression, and similar conditions affecting behavior. Last summer, Amanda Goff and her co-workers at the Boonville location witnessed the mural’s creation by 23-year-old student intern, Gordon “Drew” Stinnett. Stinnett is pursuing a psychology degree at WKU and plans to further his studies to include the practice of art therapy.
Two sophomores from Oldham will participate in math academy
Two high school sophomores from Oldham County will leave for college early as they join about 70 other Kentucky students chosen for the 2013 class of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.
April 22-26, 2011
Gardner House Restoration
This weekend, a historic Kentucky home will conduct an open house. Built in the early 19th Century, the Gardner House is located on the WKU Biological Preserve in Hart County. It’s become a restoration project for WKU’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology.
WKU Farm adds beehives
Some new housing has been built at the WKU Farm – for honeybees.
New York Times Blog
In Chaos, a Moment’s Repose
Philip Scott Andrews, 24, graduated from WKU in 2010. He has been an intern at The Associated Press and National Geographic, and is now at the Washington bureau of The New York Times.
WKU Glasgow campus: Director ready for challenge
Sally Ray took over WKU’s communication department at the height of a WKU growth spurt. She was charged with managing enrollment growth and hiring new faculty members as students poured into the program.
Glasgow Daily Times
Ray should get chance to do good job at WKU-G
The announcement of Dr. Sally Ray as the new director of WKU-Glasgow campus opens a new era at the campus.
Teachers grapple with new standards
The Kentucky education system is in a bit of a turmoil, thanks to a piece of legislation called Senate Bill 1.
Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch
WKU academy helping teachers with math, technology
A program at WKU is helping some elementary school teachers enhance how they teach math and use more technology in the classroom.
Jefferson Award Winner: Dylan Beckham Started Anti-Bullying Campaign
Dylan’s campaign became two fold: first to stop bullying and second to raise money for WKU’s Kelly Autism Program.
WKU Students Make Plarn Rugs for Homeless
As a way to give back, students at WKU turned a reusable item into an essential for the homeless.
April 19-21, 2011
WKU alumni library to be named after Owsleys
They may live in Cecilia, but Bob and Martha Jean Owsley’s names soon will be familiar to Bowling Green residents.
Glasgow Daily Times
Sally Ray named director at WKU-Glasgow
Starting May 9, WKU-Glasgow will have a new director and associate dean.
Pop culture writer shares quirky views at WKU
For years, Chuck Klosterman didn’t sleep in a bed. Currently, his favorite band is a British group called Yuck. He has attracted acid users to a bookstore literary lecture, and his favorite town is Austin, Texas, because “their town is just filled with weirdos.”
Change in summer hours to help WKU save energy
As they try to cut energy consumption, WKU officials are tweaking their summer hours.
WKU Grads Start Grocery Delivery Business: “LettuceHelp”
When some recent graduates of WKU had a hard time in the job market, they decided to start up their own business, which saves you a trip to the grocery store.
April 13-18, 2011
WKU baseball program to retire Glasser’s No. 14
When Dr. Jack Glasser’s WKU baseball career came to a close, he was faced with a difficult decision. He could either pursue a career in professional baseball, or give up his catcher’s mitt to focus on a future in medicine.
Hire Attire helps students dress for success
Looking through racks of skirts and dress slacks, Janesia Harlston was searching for the right outfit to make a good impression at an upcoming job interview. Instead of a store, however, Harlston was perusing clothes at WKU’s Career Services Center at Downing University Center.
Deadly disease for bats found in state
WKU biology professor Carl Dick said the disease attacks bats as they hibernate, and the visible symptoms include a white fungus layer growing on the muzzles, ears and wing membranes of bats.
More than 1,500 students get opportunity to meet authors at SOKY Book Fest
When Jennifer Bradbury was a student at WKU in the early 1990s, a history professor mentioned something about mummy unwrapping parties. The thought of that stuck with her through the years, eventually becoming the basis for her latest novel, “Wrapped.”
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU students learn about career options
A career fair on Wednesday at a local school gave students some insight into what jobs might be awaiting them after graduation and gave area employers a chance to identify potential employees.
WKU groups hoping to help Japan
WKU departments and groups are working together to put on a community yard sale to benefit disaster relief efforts in Japan.
WKU partnership forum to be held at ECTC
WKU will host its first forum on community-based research this week in Elizabethtown.
Thousands Attend Southern Kentucky Bookfest
Nicholas Sparks attended the bookfest, signing copies of some of his latest novels.
Soap Opera Examiner
Soap Opera author weighs in on why soap operas are fading
Sam Ford is widely recognized in academic and entertainment worlds as an expert on the soaps industry. He is Director of Digital Strategy for Peppercorn Strategic Communications, a research affiliate with MITs Convergence Culture Consortium and an instructor at WKU’s Popular Cultures Studies program.
April 8-12, 2011
DERO GOODMAN DOWNING: A life remembered
When Dero Downing was a college student, he constantly wrote letters to his parents. When he enlisted in the Navy and was sent overseas, he wrote to his wife, Harriet, every chance he got.
WKU program enhances math, tech education
When Emily Mills assigned a project to her first-graders, she was shocked by their response. After students turned in their math video assignment, they continued to make more videos on their own – something Mills had not asked them to do.
Wider reach in Ky. helping Gatton grow
There were times when Erin Walch didn’t feel she belonged in public high school. Too many people dreaded school while she craved an education.
Visions of the crucifixion
As the rain pounded the windows and wind whipped the trees against the glass, John Warren Oakes painted with a steady hand and watchful eye.
View from the Hill: Larnelle Harris
He’s performed all over the world, but Larnelle Harris gives lots of credit to the music education he received here at WKU in the late ’60′s, studying with his voice teacher Ohm Pauli.
Dr. Dero Downing Laid To Rest
Friday morning WKU and the community said good-bye to a legend at the funeral of Dr. Dero Downing.
Gatton Academy accepts five from Boone
Five of Boone County’s brightest sophomores will get a head start on their college careers.
April 6-7, 2011
Dero Downing’s impact felt well beyond WKU
Dero Downing touched not only Bowling Green, where he served as president of WKU for 10 years, but a number of cities along a long stretch of Interstate 65.
Ex-WKU president Dero G. Downing dies
Dero Goodman Downing passed away April 4, 2011.
One Day Without Shoes
WKU students were barefoot as part of One Day Without Shoes, an event sponsored by TOMS Shoes to raise awareness of people worldwide who can’t afford shoes.
WKU professor offers a workshop on fly casting
In Raymond Poff’s summer class, fishing rods are more important than textbooks. Flies and fishing line outweigh pens and notebooks.
Yale students de-stress with campus canines
Brian Van Brunt, president of the American College Counseling Association, said universities and colleges are seeking creative ways to offer students relief during stressful times. The use of animals for stress relief or therapy is well-established, Van Brunt said. WKU, where he is director of the counseling and testing center, has brought in a therapy dog for “stress debriefing” sessions after a traumatic event, such as a suicide or a deadly car accident.
New York Times
To Tell the Story, Forget Perfection
Tyler Cacek, 20, is the first of three photographers who will be summer interns in The New York Times photo department to be featured on Turning Point. Mr. Cacek was raised in Columbia, Mo. After high school, he moved to Kampala. He is expected to earn his undergraduate degree from WKU in 2013.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Students Who Use Facebook More for Self-Promotion Show Less Concern for Others
When W. Pitt Derryberry, an associate professor of psychology at WKU, began to survey college students about their technology use, he expected to find technology responsible for declines in moral judgment among students.
April 2-5, 2011
University Community Mourns the Death of Dero Downing
Dr. Dero G. Downing passed away yesterday, at the age of 89.
WKU’s Fourth President Dr. Dero Downing Passes Away
WKU’s fourth president Dr. Dero Downing died yesterday.
Dero Downing dies at age 89
When Elizabeth Downing and her siblings were searching for the perfect Christmas gift for their father a few years ago, they asked Dero Downing’s friends and former colleagues to write letters about him.
KHSAA hopeful title tilts stay in BG
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is still hopeful it can work out a deal to bring the football and girls’ basketball state championships back to Bowling Green, according to Commissioner Julian Tackett.
Seigenthalers express their views on journalism
When John Seigenthaler traveled to Alabama during the civil rights movement, he didn’t expect to be severely beaten after trying to save a girl from a mob.
Amazing Tones started at WKU
In 1971, a group of African-American students at WKU got together for fellowship and, although it wasn’t planned, they started singing.
Glasgow Daily Times
Lord wants independent thinkers
The third candidate for the position of director and associate dean for WKU-Glasgow Campus visited the facility on Friday.
WKU was ‘up with all the big boys’ in 1971 Final Four
Forty years ago, when college basketball’s Final Four was closer to a canvas high-top than the Gucci loafer it is today, they played a Final Four that everyone should have seen.
WKU Baseball to Host Two Games in Bowling Green Ballpark
April 5th and April 19th are very important dates on the WKU baseball team’s schedule this year.
March 26-April 1, 2011
Glasgow Daily Times
McCaslin touts his experience
The second of four candidates for the position of associate dean and director of WKU-Glasgow Campus met with staff members of the school and people from the community Wednesday during an open forum at the facility. This candidate has a distinct advantage over the other three because he’s been doing the job for eight months.
Bowling Green gas prices about average
WKU economics professor Brian Goff had heard the complaints and seen the letters to the editor in the Daily News. The perceived problem is that gas prices in Bowling Green are unusually high, and he wondered if that was true.
Comic Book Guy
A visitor might have thought these elementary school students were taking a break, or even goofing off. But for students at Cumberland Trace Elementary School, reading Operation Comics is a way to learn math. “The kids really seem to enjoy it,” said Bruce Kessler, associate dean of the Ogden College of Science and Engineering at WKU and the creator of the comic books that can be used in classrooms.
Seigenthalers speakers in Gaines series
As media changes and some journalism industries struggle, WKU professors are trying to keep students motivated and prepared. And they’re hoping that an upcoming lecture by two prominent journalists will encourage students. The seventh annual Gaines Lecture Series is bringing John Seigenthaler Sr. and John M. Seigenthaler Jr. to WKU at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Mass Media and Technology Hall auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Guys walk in women’s shoes to raise awareness
The WKU community hosted a “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” event Friday in an effort to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence.
Family physician achieves dream of opening his own practice
Jack Glasser wasn’t solely interested in medicine, though. At WKU, he played catcher on the baseball team and became the first WKU baseball player to be named Baseball All-American and Athlete of the Year. He was inducted into WKU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
WKU Graduate Working in Brazil on 2011-2012 Fulbright Grant
WKU graduate Dunja Zdero of Louisville is working in Brazil on a 2011-2012 Fulbright grant.
WKU Installs Natural Gas Boiler
Sustainability efforts at WKU are heating up with the installation of a second large natural gas boiler in as many years at the Central Heat Plant.
4 WKU Students Accepted to Prestigious Dance Program
Four WKU dance students have been accepted into the prestigious Ailey School’s Summer Intensive Program in New York City.
Statewide Summit Calls Attention to the Need for Health Literacy
Educators, government officials, and Health professionals met in Bowling Green to discuss ways to address the lack of health literacy in Kentucky and across the nation.
Scripps names marketing VP
Jessica Rappaport has been named vice president of marketing for The E.W. Scripps Company’s television division. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from WKU.
High Tech Preparation For Job Interviews
WKU-Owensboro campus is giving students and graduates a chance to work on their job interview skills, and the campus is using technology to help prepare them better.
March 22-25, 2011
Glasgow Daily Times
Initial director candidate visits campus
The first candidate for the new associate dean and director of WKU’s Glasgow campus called WKU-Glasgow a “great success story” and emphasized his desire to learn more about the school so that he can help the school reach its full potential.
WKU-Glasgow dean search moves forward
The search for a new associate dean and director at WKU’s Glasgow campus has reached a new stage.
‘Center Stage Series’ continues Sunday
The WKU Department of Music’s “Center Stage Series” will present Wayne Pope, baritone, and Julie Pride, piano, in their seventh concert in a series of themed recitals.
Students work to develop musical
A young woman struggles to figure out life by getting in touch with her “inner pirate” in WKU Department of Theatre and Dance’s “Before Broadway” series presentation of “Maggie the Pirate.”
‘Zing Zang Zoom’ tour a family affair for stunt motorcycle group and ‘thrillusionist’
People can see the performers and more at the circus at 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. Sunday at E.A. Diddle Arena at WKU.
West Chester (Pa.) Daily Local News
The long road ahead
Matt Payton has never been the biggest or the fastest player on any baseball diamond on which he has set foot. A two sport star at Louisville Male High School in Kentucky, he knew that there was only so far a five-foot-nine, 185-pound athlete could go on the gridiron, so he turned his focus to America’s pastime as his high school career progressed. Even then, Payton was left sending letters to colleges across the country in hopes of pursuing his passion at the next level. Chris Finwood, head baseball coach at WKU was the first to write back, and Payton made sure he was rewarded for it.
March 19-21, 2011
WKU Hosts Fair Trade Conference
WKU hosted a national conference on “fair trade” this past weekend, and University President Gary Ransdell declared WKU a “Fair Trade University.”
WKU deemed a leader in fair trade movement
WKU is becoming a leader in the fair trade movement as President Gary Ransdell signed a proclamation Saturday deeming WKU a fair trade university. It’s the fourth university in the nation and the first in Kentucky to officially back the movement.
2010 U.S. Census: Warren sees rise in blacks
Part of Warren County’s growth might be attributed to WKU’s efforts to recruit minority faculty members and students. WKU also has on its campus the Minority Teacher Recruitment Center to assist minority students interested in becoming teachers.
WKU spending cuts will cost jobs
WKU is cutting a few positions and reducing funds in an effort to cut spending by $2.3 million for fiscal year 2011-12.
WKU Becomes a Fair Trade University
WKU is the newest Fair Trade University, joining only four other schools in the nation.
March 17-18, 2011
Marlinton (WV) Pocahontas Times
One week and a camera
What story would you tell if you had a camera and one week in an unfamiliar place? That was the question a group of 11 students from WKU faced as they spent spring break in Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties.
Two Kentuckys: Cities grow while rural areas decline, Census shows
Warren County, for instance, which grew more than 21 percent, is home to WKU and is on Interstate 65 between Louisville and Nashville. Its county seat, Bowling Green, is now the state’s third largest city, behind Louisville and Lexington.
Speaking Up and Speaking Out
WKU and Hope Harbor have organized events and activities to recognize March as Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Disney Music from the Movies
Five vocalists, along with Orchestra Kentucky and the Orchestra Kentucky Chorale, will bring the magic back with “Disney in Concert – Tale as Old as Time.” The show will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at WKUs Van Meter Hall. Tickets range from $10 to $25. The orchestra will provide free shuttle service from Mariah’s restaurant and the Adams Street parking lot.
Ventura County (CA) Star
Fair trade group’s conference in Ky. this weekend
WKU will be the site this weekend of the seventh annual National Convergence of United Students for Fair Trade.
Columbus (IN) Republic
Fair trade student group holding conference at WKU this weekend
WKU will be the site this weekend of the seventh annual National Convergence of United Students for Fair Trade.
Hopkinsville Community Colllege, WKU sign transfer agreement
The presidents of Hopkinsville Community College and WKU Monday signed an agreement intended to make it easier for students to plan their transfer from the two-year college to WKU.
March 11-16, 2011
Houston’s last Final Four: One dome, two asterisks, and UCLA
The WKU center remembers the unity of a homegrown team.
WKU, HCC sign joint admissions agreement
Students can now be jointly admitted to Hopkinsville Community College and WKU,, thanks to an agreement signed by the presidents of both schools.
Source 16 TV, Hopkinsville
HCC and WKU Sign Admissions Partnership
Area students will now have an easier time furthering their education thanks to a new partnership between Hopkinsville Community College and WKU.
‘Buck$’ contest taking entries for ideas
Area residents with ideas that could lead to a business could win valuable assistance to help move their idea forward.
Bjork presses reset
After a tumultuous season and a week of limbo, WKU athletic director Ross Bjork decided to officially hit the reset button on coach Ken McDonald and the WKU basketball program Monday.
Indo-Kentucky chamber to be unveiled this week
After the location of one Indian-backed industry in Kentucky, southcentral Kentucky leaders were approached about the need for an Indian business chamber of commerce. Kirtley expects interest to be generated among some of WKU’s international students and professors.
Fiscal court accepts bid for Parks and Rec building
Arnie Franklin Jr. of the Aviation Heritage Park reported to fiscal court that the park is in negotiations with NASA to bring a T-38 to the park in honor of former astronaut Terry Wilcutt. Wilcutt is a Russellville native and graduated from WKU.
Tampa Bay Online
Ty Rogers’ shining NCAA moment came in Tampa
Not long ago, Ty Rogers, pharmaceutical salesman, husband, father and small-town hero, was sitting among strangers at a restaurant in Bowling Green, Ky.
Southeast Farm Press
Donald Ball recipient of 2010 Richard Deese Award
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently honored WKU graduate Donald Ball as the 2010 Richard Deese Award recipient during their Annual Meeting and Awards Program held in conjunction with the 68thAnnual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Montgomery.
March 8-10, 2011
Communication Disorders Clinic: WKU’s best-kept secret
When Allison Small turned 5 years old, she wasn’t yet able to speak. Her mother, Cari Small, heard that a child’s brain stops developing by age 5, and she was convinced that her daughter would never talk.
Symphony fundraiser ‘parties’ on
The Symphony at WKU is keeping the party rolling with four remaining events that are part of its Symphony Soiree “Parties of Note” fundraiser.
Green Bay Press Gazette
Experts suggest NFL, players union aren’t widely split on financial issue
The rhetoric on financial disclosure Wednesday suggested emotions are raw on both sides, but all three economists — Rodney Fort of the University of Michigan, Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College and Brian Goff of WKU — said the fundamental issue is how to split money in a profitable league. That suggests the sides aren’t as far apart as they might seem.
WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, VA
Students join disabled volunteers for Lynchburg construction project
“I’m happy to be able to make them happy,” says Eric Cavender, a student at WKU who spent part of his day working with a DePaul client. ”It’s great to spend some time with them, talk with them, and make them feel like they’re wanted out here to help.”
March 5-7, 2011
Al Rider named Distinguished Citizen
Al Rider prizes helping people achieve their dreams through education as president and CEO of North Central Education Foundation, but he never dreamed that he might receive an award for what he considers just doing his job.
Garbage truck hits, kills student
A 20-year-old WKU student was killed early Saturday morning when he was struck by a garbage truck.
Salt Lake City Tribune
Jazz’s Evans assigned to Utah Flash
The Jazz have assigned rookie forward Jeremy Evans to the Utah Flash of the NBA Developmental League. Evans, a second-round draft pick out of WKU, will play in the Flash’s games Friday and Saturday nights against New Mexico.
Feb. 26-March 4, 2011
Colon Cancer Prevention Organizations Call on the Public to Wear Blue
Regular colon cancer screenings can frequently catch the disease while it is still in a treatable state, according to WKU Professors of Nursing Eve Main and Cathy Abell.
Historians Say Lincoln’s Inaugural Address is Still Timely
Two WKU historians say the remarks Abraham Lincoln delivered in his first inaugural address “resonate” today.
President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Discusses Unemployment and the Economic Outlook
Dr. James Bullard, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis visited WKU this week, and commented on sluggishness in the labor markets, as well as the general outlook for the region served by the Bank.
Students: Texting and driving don’t mix
For the past two days, Savannah Pennington has stood on a street corner, yelling at passing motorists.
Aviation park restoring T-33 Shooting Star
The T-33 is in honor of Glasgow native and WKU graduate Gen. Russell Dougherty.
Tops vs. UK a highlight on 2011 football schedule
The 2011 WKU football schedule has been finalized and will feature seven official Hilltopper home games, with one in Nashville.
WKU students on spiritual search
When Steve Stovall and his wife, Teresa, started the Christian Student Fellowship in 1975, he never imagined they’d still be there 35 years later. And while some things have changed over the years, the reason for the ministry remains.
Black church’s challenges
The Rev. Curtis Johnson was discussing young people and the church Wednesday at a roundtable discussion at WKU with the Rev. Freddie Brown, pastor of State Street Baptist Church, and Monique Moultrie, assistant professor of religion and philosophy. The topic was “Is God Dead: Religion, the Black Church, and the African American Community.”
Ashland Daily Independent
Boyd teacher Hall of Fame inductee
An educator in the Boyd County School District was one of three inducted as the fourth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Three inducted into Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
Three Kentucky teachers receive top grades. On Tuesday Patricia Morris, Artie Hankins, and Deidra Hylton were inducted into the state’s Teacher Hall of Fame.
Arbor Day Foundation names WKU a Tree Campus USA University
WKU has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced.
Students Urge Others to Not Text and Drive
The no texting while driving law has been in effect in Kentucky for exactly two months. On Tuesday, a group of WKU students took to the streets with a clear message.
“Prisoners” Raise Money for the United Way
Some WKU students had to report to jail on campus, but don’t worry, it was for a good cause.
WKU to participate in United Nations water project
A WKU geoscientist will help lead a new project titled IGCP 598: Environmental Change and Sustainability in Karst Systems under the auspices of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Geoscience Program.
Going Green In South Central Kentucky
WKU did that during it’s winter break during the 08-09 year and saved almost a $100,000.
Feb. 23-25, 2011
1st Lt. Yates honored, remembered in Frankfort
The Kentucky State Senate on Wednesday adopted Sen. Dennis Parrett’s resolution honoring and remembering the life of 1st Lt. Eric D. Yates, who was killed in the line of duty. The House of Representatives adapted a similar resolution, sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Lee. A 2003 graduate of John Hardin High School, Yates participated in the ROTC program. He graduated with double majors in social studies and history from WKU in 2008.
WKU professors with links to Middle East discuss protests
Tarek Elshayeb called his parents as often as possible during the recent uprising in Egypt. Elshayeb, an Egyptian native, wanted to make sure his parents were all right.
The exhibit will be displayed Sunday through April 2 at the Kentucky Museum at WKU.
Songs of faith
When Larnelle Harris sang with other artists on a project called “Spirituals: Songs of the Soul,” he received a revelation of sorts. “It became a time of worship,” the Grammy and Dove award-winning artist and WKU graduate said.
Harbaugh enjoys his return to the Hill
On Tuesday, Jack Harbaugh came home. And he couldn’t have been more excited about it.
How Kentucky Mesonet Sites Work
Each Kentucky Mesonet site contains roughly $20,000 worth of weather monitoring equipment purchased from many different vendors.
Fed’s Bullard says it’s time to debate completing QE2
“The natural debate now is whether to complete the program or to taper off to a somewhat lower level of assets,” St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast held at WKU.
Photo District News
Student Wins Multimedia Portfolio of the Year at POYi
Leslye Davis, a student at WKU, has won Multimedia Portfolio of the Year honors at the Pictures of the Year International contest, organizers announced last night. Davis’s projects, which can be viewed on vimeo.com, tell a variety of personal stories that underscore the passage of time and the strength of family bonds.
School celebrates return of only grad to reach NBA
Six decades after leaving Mt. Juliet, Tom Marshall was welcomed home by a crowd of cheering fans who wanted to honor the school’s only athlete to make it to the NBA.
Tehachapi (CA) News
Charles Napier to narrate for the Tehachapi Community Orchestra
Well-known actor Charles Napier will narrate Camille Saint Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” at the Tehachapi Community Orchestra’s Feb. 27 concert. Napier attended WKU and graduated with a major in art and a minor in physical education.
Feb. 19-22, 2011
Student studying in Dubai as WKU Arabic program grows
Michael Marcell has spent time with one of the most powerful women in the world. He hears more than a dozen languages on a daily basis, and he has befriended an unlikely, yet inspiring, person.
Proposed cuts threaten stations
The U.S. House of Representatives is considering spending cuts, including $86 million allocated to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It’s money that helps keep stations, such as Bowling Green’s WKYU-PBS and WKU Public Radio, afloat.
Evansville Courier & Press
Lego competition set this month in Bowling Green
More than 100 middle school students from Kentucky and Tennessee will take part in the Lego Robotics Championship later this month in Bowling Green.
Habitat For Humanity Preparing For New Community
Land off of Glenn Lily road will be apart of something Kentucky has never seen before. An entire community built around ‘Green Infrastructure” that will filter polluted run off water. “So if we can slow the water and create opportunities for it to naturally filter and put in plants that are both high water absorbers and pollutant absorbers then when the water returns to our groundwater sources it is very much purified,” WKU’s Sustainability Programs Development Coordinator Nancy Givens said.
US Bank Celebration of the Arts Exhibit opens Feb. 27
The US Bank Celebration of the Arts exhibit begins Feb. 27 at the Kentucky Museum. The open art exhibition, which runs through April 2, is the largest of its kind in south central Kentucky.
Feb. 16-18, 2011
Owensboro: WKU & GOEDC Will Provide Expertise to Business Community
WKU and the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. are teaming up to provide business expertise to existing Owensboro-area companies and help foster start-up businesses in the region.
Inmate re-entry program in the works
Representatives from the Warren County Regional Jail and the Kentucky Department of Corrections met Wednesday in Bowling Green with organizations such as Another Chance to Succeed, Gateway Recovery Home, the WKU sociology department and others to discuss how services can be provided once the inmate re-entry program goes into effect.
Logan Aluminum gives $300K to create partnership program
For mechanical engineering students, actual experience in the field is an important part of their education.
Life after College
Jennifer Kiefer remembers what school was like for her little brother. After transferring from a private school to an inner-city school in Louisville, he was suddenly lost in a crowd of children. That’s what prompted Kiefer to join Teach for America – a competitive, prestigious program that sends college graduates into impoverished schools to teach. About 20 percent of applicants are offered teaching positions. Kiefer is one of several WKU students who are leaning toward service-based programs post graduation.
WKU student launches social networking site dedicated to music
Daniel Stone noticed a trend among many of his friends’ Facebook pages – many of them were posting music videos or lyrics to songs they liked. So Stone, a musician and college student from Bowling Green, decided to launch a social networking site, soundlion.com, that’s totally dedicated to music.
WKU department adopts deployed student’s squadron
Some students at WKU are collecting items to send to Afghanistan.
WKU Helping Out Special Graduate Student
Dr. Randy Deere has a bunch of different students in his online classes but there is one quite different from the rest.
Students from China perform at WKU
Students from China performed on the campus of WKU Tuesday night.
WKU partnership with Logan Aluminum will benefit engineering students
WKU has announced a new program designed to increase learning opportunities for engineering students.
Feb. 8-15, 2011
Evansville Courier & Press
Rosenbaum returns to ‘Smallville’ for series finale
After seven years and 160 episodes, WKU graduate Michael Rosenbaum thought he was finished portraying diabolical villain Lex Luthor on “Smallville.” Even though that was three years ago, the fans had been clamoring for his return ever since.Rosenbaum finally relented, agreeing to appear in the two-hour CW series finale on May 13.
Baker, Natcher named to JA Hall of Fame
Two Bowling Green businessmen were held up as examples of people who embody Junior Achievement’s principles. Jerry Baker and Joe Natcher were named to JA’s Business Hall of Fame during a breakfast ceremony at the Sloan Convention Center.
Cornett enjoys family-friendly atmosphere at SKY Rehab
Suzanne Cornett has worked at SKY Rehab for 13 years. Her job as human resources director includes overseeing payroll and personnel and employee relationships. It wasn’t a career she planned to enter. As a student at WKU, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. A job in human resources changed all that.
New foundation dreams of riverfront recreation
Nearly six years ago, WKU professor Steve Spencer and then-Greenways Coordinator Helen Siewers made a presentation at a Downtown Redevelopment Authority meeting proposing a 1,400-foot, six-drop whitewater park on the Barren River.
As a packed auditorium of WKU students gathered Tuesday for the Black History Month keynote address, an elderly black man hobbled into the auditorium, talking loudly to a few people sitting near the back.
Soap Operas 101
Over-dramatic. Never-ending. Addictive. Those are some common adjectives students use in Sam Ford’s class at WKU. After all, they’re discussing one of America’s favorite train wrecks: the soap opera.
Journalist Juan Williams Comments on Civilty and Changes in Journalism
Journalist Juan Williams says news consumers need to use their eyes and ears to support news talk programs that are civil. Speaking at Western Kentucky University, Williams said viewers, listeners, and readers are the ones who will ultimately decide what types of news information they will receive in the future.
WKU-O to offer nursing degree program
WKU’s Owensboro campus will start offering a bachelor’s degree in nursing starting the upcoming school year.
WKU Sells Recruits on Opportunity Rather Than Victories
WKU coach Willie Taggart is peddling opportunity.
Feb. 5-8, 2011
Civil War Experts Reflect on the Issue of Slavery
Civil War Historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glen LaFantasie say President Lincoln looked at the state of Kentucky as a key pivotal area as he tried to address slavery issues in the days leading up to the start of the Civil War. Lincoln considered Kentucky to be a key strategic location, in part because of its access to the Ohio River.
Dragon a draw at reptile expo
Ella Mosgrove, a vendor from Sellersburg, Ind., stood with a leatherback bearded dragon on her shoulder Saturday at the Kentucky Reptile Expo at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center.
World renowned conductor to lead master class Feb. 18
Orchestra Kentucky will host a conducting master class led by internationally acclaimed conductor Hugh Wolff. The master class will be from 1 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Feb. 18 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall.
Nurse practitioner enjoys patient interaction
Stacia Washer didn’t know that her destiny lay in the medical field until she started working in it. Washer has associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WKU.
Hilltoppers introduce DC Guidry
Lance Guidry made a name for himself nationally on YouTube last month.
Evansville Courier & Press
WKU analysis center to shine during conference
WKU’s Nondestructive Analysis Center’s impact as a national research facility will be on display during a conference in March.
Feb. 1-4, 2011
WKU Political Scientist Analyzes Egyptian Uprising
Middle East expert Dr. Soleiman Kiasatpour of the WKU political science department says the causes of the recent demonstrations in Cairo have been simmering for decades in the Arab world and the effects could be felt in this country soon.
Assistive Technology to be on Display
Some significant advancements in technology are creating new opportunities for blind individuals and those who have suffered varying degrees of vision loss. A meeting to be held at the ALIVE Center in Bowling Green on the evening of Feb. 8 will give the public and opportunity to learn more about the new equipment.
WKU-Owensboro Offers Nursing Courses
WKU-Owensboro will soon offer local nurses a higher level of education.
WKU shows progress on sustainability
Christian Ryan-Downing sits in a dimly lit office as she discusses the many ways WKU is becoming a more environmentally friendly campus.
Students’ community role lauded
The event featured presentations from Nadia DeLeon, community engagement coordinator at WKU’s ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, and Terry Shoemaker, program coordinator for the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility.
Schoolchildren help spread the red
Helen Chyle has attended Lady Topper basketball games for 29 years, but she’d never seen anything like this.
People gather at WKU for Chinese New Year
More than 50 people gathered Wednesday at the Baptist Campus Ministry at WKU to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Side by Side connects kids with artists
The annual exhibit, which includes individual artwork by the student and artist, as well as a collaborative piece by the two, is displayed at The Kentucky Library and Museum at WKU.
Elizabethtown’s Henry now a Hilltopper
Keeping Kentucky players in state for their college careers was little more than an afterthought for WKU’s former coaching staff.
Southeast trio hits WKU trifecta
Boe Brand, Terran Williams and Dyron Speight looked like they had just won the lottery.
Six Honored as 2011 Outstanding Alumni
William Pitt Rew Derryberry College of Education M.A. ’95, educational psychology and counselor education Ed.S. ’97, educational psychology As a professor of psychology at WKU, Pitt Derryberry concentrates on the research and teaching of moral development, specifically moral judgment and self-understanding.
WKU lands 26, making it ‘a great day’
With a little more time to assembly this year’s recruiting class, second-year WKU coach football Willie Taggart landed a bumper crop.
Jan. 26-31, 2011
College Goal Sunday
The old saying the early bird catches the worm, applied to those who went to a certain seminar at WKU.
Local Reaction to Crisis in Egypt
Just two days after WKU student Katherine Meredith left from studying abroad, things went south in Egypt.
Harbaughs are close competitors
The house in Ann Arbor, Mich., had a tiny front yard, with a strip of grass perhaps five feet wide, Jack Harbaugh remembers. The back yard was another matter entirely. It was expansive, and mowing the lawn on that side of the home was an assignment that required quite a bit more time and effort. Harbaugh’s sons John and Jim, separated in age by 15 months, took turns cutting the backyard grass. Or at least that was how it was supposed to work.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake kicks off
Friday’s gathering served as the kickoff to the event, which begins Feb. 22 with College Bowl for Kids’ Sake from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Downing University Center.
Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner
Evans keeps working hard despite limited minutes
At 6-foot-9, Jeremy Evans is a good-sized fellow, even by NBA standards.
After Tucson, schools seek aid to track trouble
At WKU, where Brian Van Brunt is director of counseling, staffers “are looking at what would we do if we had a similar case,” he says.
Wall Street Journal
Decline Found in Freshmen’s Mental Health
“We’ve known for some time that first-year college women are coming to college with more distress and at a much greater risk for depression than college men,” says Karl Laves, a director of counseling at WKU.
New York Times
Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen
“This fits with what we’re all seeing,” said Brian Van Brunt, director of counseling at WKU and president of the American College Counseling Association.
Jan. 13-25, 2011
Mother finishes book ailing son began
Todd Gibbs had hoped to write a book about a lung transplant. Instead, 15 years later, his mother, LaRecea Gibbs, has fulfilled her son’s dream by writing “Not a Wasted Breath: Living Fearlessly with Cystic Fibrosis.”After graduating from high school, Todd continued his quest to pack as much life as possible into every day. He bought a house and worked at WVLE radio in Scottsville and earned the nickname “Scoop.” He was a referee for high school basketball games, running up and down the court even though he had only 30 percent lung capacity, and he served as director of the Lady Invitational of the South, a well-known girls’ high school basketball tournament. Todd also graduated from WKU and served on the Scottsville City Council.
Regents give OK to new degrees
Some new programs are coming to WKU as administrators expand the types of degrees available to students.
WKU grad starts interactive fitness site
Before she became a mother, Dawn Bland did a lot of things to stay in shape.
WKU leaders prepare for next 5 years
WKU’s growth has been well-documented over the last 10 years. Capital campaign projects have given way to new buildings and renovations. The brick-and-mortar projects have been apparent. WKU has also aimed to become a national brand through research and international study. Enrollment has steadily increased. Now leaders will begin developing a strategic plan through 2017.
Accreditation council has WKU ties
NCATE, which accredits teacher education programs, departments and colleges, has worked with WKU for years, approving its teacher programs. NCATE representatives will travel to Bowling Green in March, conducting a visit to determine whether those programs will keep accreditation.
New director at WKU dons ‘lots of hats’
The faces of some college programs are changing as WKU welcomes new leaders. Doug Rohrer of Bowling Green recently was named director of WKU’s Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center. He took over the position on Jan. 3.
Donor looks to get other alumni involved in new center
When talking about WKU’s new Augenstein Alumni Center, it would be easy to focus on money. After all, the price tag comes in at an impressive $5 million.
WKU and Leaders in Owensboro Announce Business Accelerator Partnership
WKU faculty will focus on plant biotechnology and food science in the laboratory space that will be available at the Centre for Business and Research in Owensboro.
Athens (AL) News Courier
Kentucky students help build Habitat house
The students, all members of the campus chapter of HFH at WKU, had signed on at Thanksgiving to spend their winter break working for Habitat through the Collegiate Challenge program.
Decatur (AL) Daily
Hilltopper home builders
The students from WKU have spent this week working on Habitat for Humanity’s 36th house in the county.
New York Times
Positives With Roots In Tragedy On Campus
There’s a pattern here. Some of the best university programs — at Virginia Tech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, WKU — have been spurred by some of the worst tragedies.
Engineers design sustainable technology for developing countries
Recently, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) created a Web-based open-source project hosted by WKU, in which engineers and engineering students collaborated on the design of a human-powered water purifier for use in remote regions of the developing world and locations affected by natural disasters and other catastrophes.
Glasgow Daily Times
Scholarships named for Juanita Bayless
A local organization has chosen to honor a community member who died recently by awarding club scholarships in her name. Dr. Juanita Bayless, former WKU-Glasgow director and member of the Glasgow Rotary Club, died Dec. 21 after losing her battle with cancer.
The Guardian, Belize
Dental Department Enhances services to Rural Areas through Contribution by WKU
The Dental Department, Ministry of Health, recently conducted a workshop for its dental staff in partnership with WKU.
New research programs coming to Owensboro
The Owensboro Greater Economic Development Corporation and WKU officials announce the launch of two new research programs in Owensboro.
Jan. 8-12, 2011
Second-guessing red flags, action taken in Tucson case
The shooting on Saturday, which gravely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed a federal judge and five others, nonetheless raises questions about whether anything more should have been done. “It’s not illegal to be mentally ill and ranting and raving,” says Brian Van Brunt, president of the American College Counseling Association and counseling director at WKU. It “only becomes illegal when there’s behavior attached to it that is criminally threatening. As long as they’re not imminently suicidal, we don’t have the right to commit them to a hospital.”
Penalties, scandals highlight irregular college season
WKU’s Gary Ransdell calls for a bigger BCS: expansion from four affiliated bowls to seven, accommodating every conference champ and three at-large entries. He’d place the four top-ranked teams in a plus-one bracket.
Live@edu Gaining Higher Ed Traction
Microsoft’s Live@edu software has gained 4 million new student users over the last three months around the world. WKU deployed the suite for 42,000 students and alumni. According to Robert Owen, vice president of IT, the efficiencies gained from moving to Live@edu will save the university $50,000 a year in hardware and software costs.
Real World Learning In The Woods
Students with WKU’s outdoor leadership program got some real world practice at the McChesney field campus.
More than 5,000 students invited to Lady Tops game
Several local classrooms will be empty on Feb. 2 when more than 5,000 elementary and middle school students spill into E.A. Diddle Arena at WKU.
Aviation Heritage Park secures T-33 for display
It’s another aircraft and another story for Aviation Heritage Park at Basil Griffin Park in Bowling Green.
Jan. 4-7, 2011
Colleges look to a wider network to address student mental health
It took a crisis to introduce Jennifer to WKU’s campus counseling center, but these days the center is trying to prevent just that: it’s looking to head off emergencies before they begin by reaching students like Jennifer where they spend most of their time—in classrooms and in dorm rooms.
State to consider physical therapy program at WKU
A shortage of physical therapists in this area might not get much attention, but it’s a problem that needs to be addressed. So says Tom Pennington, a physical therapist and CEO of Integrity Rehab Group in Bowling Green, who has worked in this area for more than 20 years.
Some WKU students get a head start
While most WKU students are still enjoying their winter break, about 2,400 of them are already hitting the books again.
The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is relocating its international headquarters to WKU from the University of Winnipeg in Canada.
Portage native earns top academic honor at WKU
Shannon Smith, of Portage, Mich., earned WKU’s top academic honor during the commencement ceremony on Dec. 18.
Dec. 16, 2010-Jan. 3, 2011
Glasgow Daily Times
Dr. Juanita Bayless, 1939-2010
The life of Juanita Bayless was spent tirelessly working to improve her community and the educational opportunities for students at the WKU-Glasgow campus.
New Dean Announced For WKU’s Business College
WKU welcomes a new staff member to the hilltopper family.
WKU grads commence new phase of their lives
With a degree in elementary education in hand, new WKU graduate Chelsea Scott hopes that doors will open for her as she embarks on a teaching career.
Dec. 4-15, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Laser tag, karaoke keep finals from being a test of nerves
Brian Van Brunt, president of the American College Counseling Assn., compared the pre-finals yoga and snacks to the bicycle helmets students were urged to wear in childhood. “It helps make a safer, easier journey,” he said. And current college students do expect more services, he said: “The word I’m tempted to use is ‘entitled.’ ” Still, campuses should be genuinely concerned about student stress and offer good care with “some fun attached to it,” said Van Brunt, director of counseling and testing at WKU.
Dogs show students: Exams’ bark is worse than bite
“College students are very stressed at this point of the year, and some are playing catch-up,” said Brian Van Brunt, also director of counseling and testing at Western Kentucky University. “Going to events like these allows students to clear the brain and press the reset button.”
San Antonio Express-News
Ex-POW ‘found the good’ in people
Somehow, five years and three months of captivity that included starvation and torture in North Vietnam did not change Ken Fleenor. He was the same man his wife, Anne, met long before, when she was a high school senior and he was a junior majoring in biology and agriculture at WKU.
The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is relocating its international headquarters to WKU from the University of Winnipeg in Canada.
New uses for old buildings
A group of nine WKU seniors met Wednesday with Mayor Elaine Walker and a small group of city officials to discuss possible renovations at two locations in downtown Bowling Green.
A new program at WKU is designed to help area counselors better educate students about careers and college choices in a daunting job market.
Dr. Dero: We didn’t need a classroom to learn a worthwhile lesson
It was a cold December night more than 30 years ago, and we were college kids with more time on our hands than wisdom in our heads. We were at WKU, and our thoughts turned that frosty evening to WKU’s then-president, Dero Downing.
President’s letter: Downing responds with forgiveness, inspiration
One never knows, when confessing to a misdemeanor from many years ago, how it will be received by the intended victim. In the case of retired WKU President Dero Downing, it was received very graciously.
Salt Lake City Desert News
Utah Jazz: Rookie Jeremy Evans brings energy to team and the crowd
As a seldom-used rookie coming off the bench, it’s Jeremy Evans’ job to bring the Jazz some energy when he gets a chance to play. Evans did just that, but didn’t limit his energy boost to the other four Jazz players he shared the floor with on Monday night. He sent waves of excitement to about 19,000 fans in EnergySolutions Arena on four different occasions.
Bradenton (Fla.) Herald
Dowling commits to WKU
The Manatee County-WKU pipeline just got a whole lot bigger and a bit more famous.
Commentary: Taggart can’t be measured by dollars
Willie Taggart is the best coach money can buy. He might be earning a Wal-Mart type salary, but he is producing Neimus Marcus results.
Elizabethtown tight end Henry commits to WKU
Elizabethtown senior tight end Mitchell Henry is carrying on a family tradition. Henry’s grandfather and parents all have ties to WKU and soon Henry will as well as he gave a verbal commitment to the Hilltoppers on Friday prior to the Panthers’ basketball game.
Dec. 1-3, 2010
Filmmaker in Bowling Green to showcase Burmese refugees
More than 1,000 refugees from Burma have arrived in Bowling Green in recent years. For more than 60 years, Burma’s military regime has persecuted ethnic minorities, prompting many to flee their country for refugee camps in Thailand. From there, some have made it to the US. Documentary filmmaker Paco Beltran is in Bowling Green to see how some of these refugees have settled into life in southern Kentucky.
Chad Beswick, an organizer of the candlelight vigil at WKU’s Centennial Mall in observance of World AIDS Day, wandered the crowd as people began to arrive, handing out red ribbons and small white candles.
Immigrants from Myanmar tell of struggles as refugees
The event, “Forced from Our Villages: The Karenni Community Journey from Burma to Bowling Green,” drew many from the refugee community to the auditorium at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall.
WKU group pushing Fair Trade products
Holiday shoppers seeking unique gifts that benefit third-world farmers and artisans might want to check out fair trade items available locally, and a Western Kentucky University student group is pushing to boost the sale of such products on campus.
Nov. 20-30, 2010
Plans set for traffic, fan influx
WKU is hosting the KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl football championships Friday and Saturday, and the games will alter traffic and parking plans in the area, according to officials.
International students will share their cultures at Cumberland Trace
This week, students at a local school will travel the globe without leaving their classrooms.
Fee hike to go toward DUC renovation
WKU officials are moving forward with preliminary plans for a major renovation to the Downing University Center that will be funded in part by a $140 increase in annual student fees over the next 20 years.
University gets $1.75M gift for endowed chair
WKU announced it has received a $1.75 million pledge to create an endowed chair in physiology in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering.
Stringing kids along
Seven years after its launch, the WKU Pre-College Strings Development Program has become the fastest-growing strings program in the state.
WIT is helping women succeed
Four years ago, Robin Felix began taking classes at WKU, making the 80-mile round trip from Caneyville to work toward a degree in public health. She has put a lot of miles behind her, as well as 66 credit hours with a solid grade-point average.
WKU sees growth at regional campuses
WKU has seen dramatic growth in the past four years at its regional campuses at Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox, Owensboro and Glasgow.
WKU astronomy students hope to have some practical applications for a stratosphere balloon that they launched Saturday.
WKU Historians Reflect on the Election of Abraham Lincoln
November marks the 150th anniversary of the election of President Abraham Lincoln. Although the nation’s 16th President was a native of Kentucky, he received relatively little support from the state in the Presidential election of 1860. Dan Modlin talks with historians Dr. Jack Thacker and Dr. Glenn Lafantasie of the WKU History Department.
Kansas City Star
Son of a military man, Crennel’s no drill sergeant
Romeo Crennel first walked the sidelines at WKU, where he had been a walk-on defensive and offensive lineman, and things were a certain way there.
Universities encouraging study abroad to enrich students
And at WKU — which has branded itself a Leading American University with International Reach — the number of students studying abroad has jumped from 210 in 2005-06, to 486 in the 2009-10 school year.
Kentucky universities see increase in international students
Encouraging U.S. students to go abroad is only one strategy schools are using to make their campuses more global. They also are recruiting international students from abroad.
Nov. 12-19, 2010
Investigation continues in slaying of WKU professor Martha ‘Bettina’ Richmond
Almost a year after her death, police are actively investigating the slaying of WKU mathematics professor Martha “Bettina” Richmond.
Students showcase tech projects
About 1,300 students spilled into WKU’s E.A. Diddle Arena on Wednesday as part of the Student Technology Leadership Program fall showcase.
Council for gifted kids moving headquarters to WKU
The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is relocating its international headquarters from the University of Winnipeg in Canada to the campus of WKU.
Four years after Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at WKU made national headlines over an embarrassing hazing incident, the band of brothers – suspended from WKU for three years as a result – is still working hard to polish its tarnished public image.
WKU Students and Faculty Advisors Complete Work on Hazardous Materials Study
Students and Faculty advisors from the WKU Department of Public Health have completed a study on the flow of hazardous materials being transported through the region.
Winnipeg Free Press
Experts iffy on swamp gas explanation of hotel explosion
WKU geologist Lee Florea said gases can accumulate in underground pockets because of contaminants such as petroleum that attach themselves in sediment in cave walls. When these break down, they can produce gases.
Nov. 6-11, 2010
News 24, Johannesburg, South Africa
Astronaut describes experience
Their visit, together with a professor from WKU, Charles McGruder, comes at a time when Africa is bidding to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.
Eyewitness News, Johannesburg, South Africa
SA economy in line for huge benefits from SKA project
WKU Professor Charles McGruder said the SKA will drive South Africa into the future.
The dark side of being bright
“Gifted” is a label most parents don’t mind having applied to their child. But for a child or adolescent, being bright can have a dark side and giftedness can often be a burden as well as an asset.
WKU’s Bjork speaks to visitors bureau
WKU Athletic Director Ross Bjork wants to extend partnerships in the community to include the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Groves’ work benefits humanity
Distinguished Professor Chris Groves is one of the best-known members of the WKU faculty, and his reputation and work extend far beyond the Hill.
‘Grilled cheese girl’ organizes bone marrow drive
WKU junior Alex Kimura – also known on campus as “the grilled cheese girl” for her fundraising efforts to feed the hungry – has organized a bone marrow drive Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at WKU’s Preston Center.
WKU prof gains attention for elephant study in Africa
WKU biology professor Bruce Schulte is making news around the world for work he is doing in South Africa that has important implications for habitat and wildlife management.
Peace Corps, WKU join for graduate credit
WKU has announced a new partnership with the Peace Corps to give students an opportunity to volunteer while they earn graduate degree credit, the first such agreement with a university in Kentucky.
WKU basketball still seeking winning combination
Sergio Kerusch sees the WKU basketball team as a work in progress.
How college basketball recruiting became a national obsession
Evan Daniels’ job barely existed back when he was mulling a career as a sports reporter. A student at Male High School, he played football for the Bulldogs before realizing that his future lay on the sideline, not the playing field. So he studied broadcast journalism at WKU, where he read the news on the student TV station and set out to befriend veteran sports journalists who could help him land a gig at ESPN.
Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2010
At home in the heartland
At the end of October, more than 100 journalists from across the United States descended upon Elizabethtown, Ky., just south of Louisville.What was the big story? There wasn’t any.The journalists were simply doing the same thing they’ve done for so many years: getting together to document daily life in a town as a means to cultivate their story-telling skills. This week-long summit, called Mountain Workshops, is run by WKU, a school known for its photojournalism program.
Researchers and students at WKU test technology to solve problems for electric utilities
Experts at the Institute for Combustion Science and Environmental Technology at WKU work with a stunning array of high-tech gadgets to find solutions to today’s energy problems. For these dedicated men and women, “putting research into practice” is more than a clever slogan—it’s why they come to work every day.
Photojournalism project finds stories wherever it goes
The Mountain Workshops is an annual documentary photojournalism project run by WKU. Each fall, participants spend a week documenting everyday life in a small town in Kentucky or Tennessee.
WKU recognized for success in Fulbright program
WKU for the second year is one of the country’s top 10 master’s degree granting institutions to produce Fulbright scholars.
Ransdell’s wife plays key role at WKU
Julie Ransdell may well be WKU’s biggest unsung hero – or heroine.
Education led Rahim to distinction
WKU Distinguished Professor of management Afzalur Rahim is a leaders’ leader.
1981 WKU grad donates $1M for alumni center
WKU has received a $1 million gift from 1981 alumnus Dale Augenstein, a Hilton Head Island, S.C., restaurant owner, for its future alumni center in Block 12 of Bowling Green’s Tax Increment Financing district.
WKU enrollment up by 1 percent
WKU continues to be the fastest growing institution of higher education in the state, according to final fall 2010 enrollment numbers released Friday by the university.
WKU kicks off ‘Spread the Red’ campaign
WKU Hilltoppers want to channel the spirit of famed former coach E.A. Diddle to help “Spread the Red” for this basketball season.
WKU Announces Major Gift for Alumni Center
The new Alumni Center at WKU will be named in honor of Owensboro native Dale Augenstein.
New Vice-President for Development and Alumni Relations Emphasizes Alumni Giving
Kathryn Costello, WKU’s new Vice-President for Development says alumni play a key role in the University’s plans for private giving in the future.
School district, WKU to partner
Fort Thomas Independent Schools will announce a new partnership between Highlands High School and WKU at an event today.
Oct. 22-29, 2010
Months of Planning Heighten the Impact of Homecoming
Officials at WKU say the long list of events taking place at this year’s Homecoming have been in the planning stages for nearly a year.
Thrill on the Hill
WKU is ready for a “Thrill on the Hill” as it’s set to welcome alumni and the community for Homecoming 2010.
WKU to induct three into Hall of Distinguished Alumni
The late artist Joe Dudley Downing, the late health pioneer Josephine Cherry Lowman and current University of Louisville President James Ramsey will be inducted into WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni during this weekend’s homecoming festivities.
Program through Coleman Foundation helps students develop business skills
WKU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is in the business of moving creative ideas from the brain to the marketplace. Now the center will extend its mission to students of all disciplines.
Psychology professor ‘star’ aging researcher
WKU Distinguished Professor and cognitive psychologist Sharon Mutter once thought she’d have an office with an East Coast urban view, complete with the cliched Freudian couch.
Faithful fans rejoice as Hilltoppers break their 26-game losing streak
Bowling Green’s Lisa King had attended every WKU football game this season – home and away – supporting her son, senior lineman Preston King.
10K Classic draws 2,400
Hundreds of people lined the sidewalks of WKU’s campus, clapping and cheering for walkers and runners as they neared the finish line next to the football stadium.
After 763 days, countless close calls and an unlimited amount of frustration, the streak is finally over for WKU.
Building named after Ransdell
WKU’s first green building – the $35 million College of Education and Behavioral Sciences – will be named for WKU President Gary Ransdell.
New College Building Named After WKU President
WKU’s President, Gary Ransdell will leave his mark on campus in a more permanent way. The building is named in his honor.
Chili and Cheese Pep Rally for WKU Football
Here’s a taste of what happened during the Homecoming kick-off festivities.
Elephant ecological engineering ‘benefits amphibians’
“Elephants, along with a number of other species, are considered to be ecological engineers because their activities modify the habitat in a way that affects many other species,” explained WKU’s Bruce Schulte.
Scare Tactics: 2 collections tell tales from beyond Kentucky graves
Nearly one-third of Americans believe in ghosts, according to a Gallup poll, and a CBS News poll counted one-in-five respondents who claimed they had seen one. Lynwood Montell, professor emeritus of folk studies at WKU and author or editor of several books on paranormal experiences, describes himself as “neither a believer nor a disbeliever.”
WKU sheds ‘King Kong’ be ending 26-game skid
When Willie Taggart got on the bus Saturday in Lafayette, La., he already had 59 text messages.
WKU has athletic forward in Juan Pattillo
The WKU men’s basketball program has produced terrific athletes in recent years. Courtney Lee showed electric moves. Elgrace Wilborn was a highlight film waiting to happen. Juan Pattillo, a transfer from Oklahoma, might wow Diddle Arena crowds, as well.
Elon University Pendulum
Finding humanity amidst disaster: Loomis shares experiences as photographer in challenging times
Rick Loomis’s interest in photography started in high school when he landed an internship in the field of photojournalism. He knew he had found his career path and pursued a major in photojournalism at WKU.
Glasgow Daily Times
Barren Mesonet Station will get new equipment
Barren County producers will be able to access more weather-related data soon, thanks to a grant that will fund the installation of additional equipment at the county’s Mesonet Station.
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Embarrassing: WKU ends 26-game losing streak with blowout of Cajuns
WKU ended more than two years of frustration Saturday by snapping the nation’s longest-active losing streak.
Oct. 14-21, 2010
Banks and students to aid BRASS
BRASS, which primarily serves 11 surrounding counties, is losing about $6,000 a year due to cuts. But the local banking community and students at WKU are stepping in to try to offset the loss.
Williams helps put folklore on the map
Distinguished Professor Michael Ann Williams is out there. Whether she is exploring log cabins in Appalachia, pondering the origins of country music or literally putting Bowling Green’s historic Shake Rag district on the map, the head of WKU’s department of folk studies – one of only a few in the country – does not believe in hiding away in ivory academic towers.
Participants in Run for Autism set a record
Saturday morning’s activities, which included a four-mile run and a one-mile walk, raised money for the Kelly Autism Program at WKU through registration fees and donations.
“Finish” Program at WKU Help Students Complete Degree
Over 180 non-traditional students at WKU have graduated so far this year, with the help of a program called, “Finish WKU.”
WKU photo students set to invade Hardin County
The WKU Mountain Workshops, weeklong workshops for photojournalism, multimedia and picture-editing, will be stationed in Elizabethtown this week.
Documentary explores lost part of Bowling Green history
The documentary film “Rovers, Wrestlers and Stars” tells the story of a vanished piece of Bowling Green history. The Quonset Auditorim stage was shared by the likes of Ray Charles, Bill Monroe, Tina Turner and revival preachers in the years following World War II. Rachel Hopkin, a student in the WKU Folk Studies department, prepared this report.
Beat, Play, Love
Ravens coach John Harbaugh and his younger brother, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, grew up competing at just about everything, but they are each other’s staunchest supporters.
11-year-old speaks out against bullying
CNN’s Joe Johns meets a young man who is standing up for his peers against bullying.
RV News Service
RV Safety Foundation announces 2011 conference dates
The program will be held at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center at WKU.
Oct. 2-13, 2010
WKU’s Chris Bullard is one Hilltopper on a winning streak
Chris Bullard said he has plenty of reason to smile.
Flagship program prepares students for careers in China
From zero to superior in four years. That’s the goal of the WKU Chinese Flagship Pilot Program.
Developmental psychologist has passion for research
WKU Distinguished University Professor Elizabeth Lemerise is serious about having fun.
Grumman F9F-5 Panther gets new home
The bold blue jet commemorates and tells the story of Lt. Cmdr. John Magda, a Camp Taylor native and WKU graduate who became a flying ace in World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy and flying in the Battle of the Midway.
Coach saves team from I-65 disaster
Travis Hudson has been a head collegiate volleyball coach for 16 seasons. But no amount of experience on the court prepared him for the disaster he and his WKU volleyball team encountered Thursday.
Bullying message gets boy on CNN
When Dylan Beckham stood up for a friend who was being bullied, he didn’t anticipate his actions would lead to a countywide movement.
The Mane Event teaches about caring for horses
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.
Costello replaces Hiles at WKU
Kathryn Costello, vice president of development at the University at Buffalo, has been named vice president for development and alumni relations at WKU.
Educator known for ‘Electric Operas’
WKU Distinguished Professor Michael Kallstrom’s life is a work of spontaneous creativity, and that’s just the way he likes it.
With driver dying, coach guides team bus to safety
A college volleyball coach is being hailed as a hero for guiding a bus to a stop Thursday after the bus driver collapsed.
Evansville Courier & Press
WKU homecoming Oct. 29 billed as community event
WKU’s 2010 Homecoming festivities, billed as a community event, will get under way Oct. 29 as the “Thrill on the Hill” parade makes its way from campus to Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green.
Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2010
WKU President Emphasizes Need for Planning
WKU President Gary Ransdell says planning and setting priorities will be keys at the University, as the institution faces tough decisions in the future.
Bluegrass Middle School hires new principal
Bluegrass Middle School has selected a new principal after spending the beginning of the school year without permanent leadership. Michael Elmore, principal of Butler County High School, will take over at Bluegrass Middle School on Oct. 11. Elmore has a bachelor’s degree in business education from WKU, a master’s degree in secondary school counseling from WKU, and level one and level two principal certifications.
Pride and tears
Hardin County started the week by bidding farewell to another fallen soldier, who was remembered for his wit, modesty and thirst for knowledge.
Students head to Shantytown
WKU students left the comfort of their dorm rooms for a few hours Wednesday night to experience life in a “Shantytown” and to raise awareness about homelessness.
WKU to stage Disney favorite
The story of “Beauty and the Beast” has been a favorite of WKU student Hannah Hall for a long time.
The name is slightly different, but the founding principle behind WKU’s Hill House in Bowling Green is the same. And as the program marks its first year of existence, its student residents are gearing up for their first major project.
Students respect ‘B-maker’ methods
WKU Distinguished Professor Cheryl Davis – also known as “the B-maker” among pre-med students – might have a reputation as tough teacher, but she has also made her mark at WKU as one of its best teachers and most highly regarded scholars.
More taking online classes
WKU students just a decade ago walked along shaded tree-lined streets and picturesque rolling hills to get to class. Today, with just the click of a mouse, they can attend courses in their pajamas without leaving the sofa.
Afghanistan fatality: War hero, WKU grad honored at Bell Tower
1st Lt. Eric David Yates, a 2008 WKU ROTC graduate from Rineyville, was honored at a memorial service Thursday afternoon on campus.
Marlboro (NJ) News-Transcript
Marlboro basketball coach joins staff at WKU
Andrew Theokas, who guided the Marlboro High School boys basketball team to its best season in school history last winter, is the new director of men’s basketball operations at WKU.
Sept. 18-24, 2010
WKU honors soldier killed in action
WKU held a memorial September 23 to honor a graduate of the university killed in action.
Loss of a scholar
First Lt. Eric D. Yates of Rineyville in Hardin County is remembered by one of his professors at WKU as “a very interesting person” — an ROTC cadet whose senior seminar paper was a scholarly examination of Ghandi’s years in South Africa.
Friends and Family Pay tribute to Fallen Soldier
Today friends and family paid respects to a fallen soldier at WKU’s Guthrie Tower.
AG Safety Week
Today at WKU’s agricultural farm, fourth graders from around the area learned about tractor safety, horse safety and electrical safety.
Taggart relies on area talent to resurrect the Hilltoppers
Willie Taggart led the Manatee High Hurricanes to a state football championship in 1992, and he still chats a few times a week with his old coach, Joe Kinnan.
McNeal defying odds at WKU
WKU is struggling, but Willie McNeal is putting fright into opposing coaches.
Campus memorial service to be held at WKU for fallen Kentucky solider
A campus memorial service will be held Thursday at WKU for a graduate of the school’s ROTC program who died in Afghanistan.
Soldier from Kentucky dies after attack in Afghanistan
Army 1st Lt. Eric Yates, 26, of Rineyville, Ky., died Saturday from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his combat unit on Friday with an improvised explosive device, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. He joined the Army through the ROTC program at WKU his junior year, said Lt. Col. Jason Caldwell, head of the military science and leadership department and the ROTC program at the school.
South Florida game end of brutal stretch for WKU
Willie Taggart said one word when he first viewed the WKU football team’s schedule for his first season as head coach.
Funeral Monday for soldier killed in Afghanistan
Yates also was a 2008 graduate of the ROTC program at WKU. He served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell.
Rineyville soldier dies in Afghanistan
Eric Yates was considered quiet and likeable with a soft sense of humor by some who knew him as a John Hardin High School student. Yates graduated from WKU in 2008 and was a double major in social studies and history. He received his commission through WKU’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.
Ag agent joins Extension Service
The newest ag agent for the Hardin County Extension Service won’t have to waste any time acclimating himself to the area. Matt Adams — who graduated from WKU this past spring with a major in agriculture and business administration — grew up in Upton.
The Gifted Education in Math and Science program, or GEMS, is nearing its second year in Warren County Public Schools. Selected students spend a few hours a week taking advanced, problem-based math and science classes. It’s funded for five years through a $2 million grant from WKU.
Weigel staple in role on Hill
When WKU Distinguished Professor of history Richard Weigel speaks, people tend to listen.
WKU’s diversity plan to get an update
WKU, along with all of Kentucky’s four-year higher education institutions, has begun crafting a new diversity plan that will have far-reaching fiscal, recruitment and hiring practice implications for years to come.
Sept. 12-17, 2010
Mammoth Cave Documentary to be Viewed in Other States
An award-winning public television documentary about Mammoth Cave will be available to TV stations across the country, starting in October. “Mammoth Cave; A Way to Wonder” recently won four regional Emmy Awards.
Historians Urge the Public to Understand the History of the Fourteenth Amendment
Some WKU historians say its very important for the American people to be familiar with the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.
Trammel Creek field trip gives kids real-life lesson
About 90 fourth- and fifth-grade students traveled to Trammel Creek, where they studied bugs and animals and tested the water. They’ve been learning about water quality and freshwater organisms in science class. Students got a real-life lesson at the creek after General Motors gave the school a grant to fund the field trip. The GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant and the WKU Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability sponsored the trip.
WKU dedicates week to U.S. Constitution
As colleges across the country this week observe Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, WKU professors and instructors are using the occasion as a forum for students to debate political issues surrounding the upcoming elections, such as immigration.
Making a difference: WKU’s Center for Gifted Studies turns 30, broadens its mission
Ask Julia Roberts what she wants for her birthday and she will tell you – dedicated gifts – lots of them. As the Center for Gifted Studies at WKU – one of about a dozen such nationally prominent centers – prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday, founding Executive Director Roberts, an internationally recognized expert on gifted children, sees a need for gifted educational opportunities that is greater than ever.
Educator has wide range of expertise
WKU Distinguished Professor Zubair M. Mohamed takes multi-tasking to a whole new level – a global level.
Ending world hunger focus of WKU’s FeelGood group
Battling world hunger one grilled cheese sandwich at a time might seem like a tall order. But not for Alex Kimura. The 20-year-old WKU junior each Thursday heads to the Big Red statue near Downing University Center armed with two George Foreman Grills and a lot of moxie. Her mission is to empower classmates by selling them sandwiches to benefit the thousands of people who die each day from hunger.
Taggart wants full house for WKU-IU game
Willie Taggart doesn’t recall much about his final football game as a quarterback at WKU. He vividly remembers his first.
Forecast: Rainey for WKU football
When the WKU football offense breaks the huddle, everybody knows what to watch for.
‘He Hate Me’ is finding that he loves acting
Rod Smart knows a thing or two about making a name for himself. No, really.
Business First of Louisville
WKU sets record for fall enrollment
WKU has set a record for fall semester enrollment, with 20,855 students enrolled this year.
Cambridge Who’s Who
Donald W. Swoboda Honored for 42 Years of Dedication to Higher Education
Donald W. Swoboda, Dean of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach at WKU, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in higher education.
Sept. 3-10, 2010
WKU football’s West Coast system pleases tailback Bobby Rainey
When Willie Taggart came to the WKU football team with a new offense, perhaps no one was happier than tailback Bobby Rainey.
McConnell speaks to students at Gatton Academy
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell knows how he feels about the new health care legislation.
Center honors writer’s local roots
The Robert Penn Warren Center and Library at WKU has not only become a destination for serious scholars, but a research resource that is gaining international prestige.
Area played ‘incalculable’ role in Warren’s writing
Rosanna Warren, the daughter of Robert Penn Warren and writer Eleanor Clark, is a highly acclaimed poet in her own right.
Orchestra visits ‘The Planets,’ music with visuals, Monday
Orchestra Kentucky hopes to put on an “out of this world” performance and give patrons the feeling of traveling through space with Gustav Holtst’s “The Planets.” The 45-minute concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Van Meter Auditorium.
Symphony begins season with ‘Broadway’
Tickets are still available for “Broadway Today,” The Symphony at WKU’s season opener.
WKU interim director Wagner honored for innovation, leadership
Chris Wagner, interim director of the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at WKU, is the recipient of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators’ 2010 William T. Nallia Award.
WKU ‘in a period of uncertainty’
Amid expiring federal stimulus money, shrinking state revenues and steadily growing enrollment, WKU began this academic year in a climate of fiscal uncertainty and caution.
WKU, E’town college join in chemistry study
A $250,000 National Science Foundation grant has been awarded to WKU and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to purchase powerful equipment for a chemistry study between the two schools.
McDonald: Strong schedule will have Hilltoppers ready for March
Ken McDonald didn’t do himself any favors when constructing WKU’s 2009-10 men’s basketball schedule. On Tuesday, it was revealed that the third-year Hilltopper coach repeated that process again this season.
New tailgating policies set to debut Sept. 18
WKU’s revamped tailgating policy is set to make its debut Sept. 18 when the WKU football team has its home-opener against Indiana at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
McConnell Speaks with WKU Students
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a stop in Bowling Green Tuesday to speak with students at WKU’s Gatton Academy.
WKU Football Tailgating Areas Expanding
Last season, WKU made the decision to restrict where people could tailgate before football games. Now the university is making some changes to that policy, and adding more space for pre-game celebrations.
National Parks Traveler
Teaching Students In the Underground Maze of Mammoth Cave National Park
Students from WKU have been learning that at Mammoth Cave National Park, where underground studies are aimed at making them better above-ground teachers.
Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2010
Study abroad courses have become popular for offering new perspectives on the world, but a new program under development at WKU strives to meet that goal without the need for a passport.
Navitas program students arrive at WKU
The first students enrolled in WKU’s new international recruitment program are arriving on campus to begin fall classes.
Liu is one of five teachers who traveled from China to Bowling Green to bring a dose of their language to the area. It’s part of a program through WKU, which seeks to strengthen the university’s ties with China.
WKU will double Chinese teachers in area next year
WKU will double the number of Chinese teachers it is bringing to area schools next year in response to a growing demand for more instructors.
WKU’s Willie Taggart game-planned for this a long time
Willie Taggart wears a perpetual smile and unwavering confidence. He has been preparing to be a football coach since he played at WKU from 1995-98. He has been preparing to be a head coach since 2003.
Hilltoppers job is a labor of love
A different coach might not have thought this to be a good move.
Aug. 22-26, 2010
Big Red Bike Tour
WKU freshmen this week are getting a head start on their college careers and learning their way around campus and Bowling Green through the Making Academic and Social Transitions Educationally Rewarding Plan, a transition program for first-year students.
Ransdell addresses faculty, staff during Opening Convocation
WKU will continue its aggressive – though temporarily scaled-back – agenda of construction, improving scholarship and expanding international ties, President Gary Ransdell told staff and faculty Monday during Opening Convocation.
Group tours green buildings|
Architects, academics and policymakers came to Bowling Green on Saturday to see for themselves why the city is gaining a reputation for green building.
WKU Leaders Emphasize Attitude as the New Academic Year Starts
President Gary Ransdell says its a “New Day” at WKU.
Glasgow Daily Times
GHS students learn Chinese
Students at Glasgow High School are learning about a whole bunch of new characters – Chinese characters, that is.Yao Wang, a teacher from Chongqing, China, in the southwest part of that country, arrived in the United States three weeks ago by way of Beijing, Chicago, Nashville and Bowling Green. She will spend a year in Glasgow teaching students conversational Chinese. Wang and 10 other Chinese nationals are in the state teaching in several counties through a WKU program.
Aug. 15-20, 2010
Ex-Hilltoppers star Courtney Lee ‘excited’ to be a Rocket
In just two seasons, Courtney Lee has already experienced the extreme highs and absolute lows of the NBA.
What’s in a number? Quite a lot to the newest Rocket
So Courtney Lee, the newest Rocket — picked up in a trade for Trevor Ariza last week — had no chance at getting the double-1s. But he asked anyway.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU’s new SKyTeach program is expanding the horizon for Kentucky educators and students.
Building projects ongoing at WKU
When WKU students return to campus later this month, they will see a number of construction projects under way – including construction of a new $9.2 million music hall.
Gatton seniors beat Ky. Average
While ACT scores for most local graduating classes of 2010 remained close to the state average, scores for one Bowling Green class soared above the rest. The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science posted a composite score of 31 out of 36 possible points for 12th-graders. That’s 11.6 points above the state average of 19.4.
Kentucky New Era (Hopkinsville)
Eyes on the future
Just five months after his hire, WKU Director of Athletics Ross Bjork made the hour-long trip from Bowling Green to have lunch Tuesday with the Hopkinsville Rotary Club.
Gatton Academy grads outpace state on ACT
The 2010 graduating class of WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science outpaced their peers for the third year in a row on the ACT.
New provost visits Hardin County
The new provost at WKU has made the university’s other campuses a priority.
Glasgow Daily Times
New WKU provost in Glasgow to learn more about campus
A former Glaswegian spent the day touring the city on Thursday, but he wasn’t returning home to Barren County.
Grayson County Record
Local book cooks up funds for education
A cookbook compiled by a retired nurse in Grayson County may hold the recipe for success for WKU students.
Former Hurricane looks to reboot Hilltoppers program
WKU coach Willie Taggart’s favorite catchphrase is “chase greatness and you’ll catch excellence.”
Aug. 11-13, 2010
WKU drawing more top students
WKU is attracting more top academic students through its honors college, putting it on a more competitive level with Kentucky’s top private colleges, Centre College and Transylvania University.
Glasgow Daily Times
Bayless given key to the city
Glasgow City Council members adopted a resolution Monday night recognizing the work Dr. Juanita Bayless has done for the community during her more than 20 years at WKU.
New York Times Lens Blog
The Capital was his classroom
Luke Sharrett’s portfolio speaks for itself. Since he arrived at the Washington bureau in August 2009 as a one-semester intern from WKU — an internship that just kept getting extended — Mr. Sharrett has had more than 400 photographs published in The Times.
Aug. 3-10, 2010
Williams joins Manatee crew at WKU
Eric Williams says he wants to change the area code at WKU to 941. If that doesn’t work, he can always call the school Manatee West.
WKU recruit Derrick Gordon is star in own right
As a junior, WKU commitment Derrick Gordon was a first-team All-County player but was considered only the third-best player at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick.
WKU prof featured on Nat Geo series
WKU marine biology teacher Steve Huskey is making waves on the National Geographic Channel.
Ransdell Q&A: Rebuild a major focus at WKU
It’s halftime for WKU President Gary Ransdell.
Each year, more WKU students take advantage of a growing number of opportunities to study abroad.
Students complete Alzheimer’s bike ride
Tyler Jury, a junior at WKU and a graduate of Elizabethtown High School, planned the cross country bike trip because his grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a deadly form of dementia that destroys brain cells, leading to memory and behavior impairment.
SHS alum Brinkley takes home 7 Emmys
David Brinkley, a 1986 graduate of the city school system, recently won three Emmy Awards for his work on a pair of PBS informational programs about what is surely Kentucky’s most majestic natural wonder, Mammoth Cave.
July 30-Aug. 2, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU adding a fifth grad ceremony
WKU continues its unprecedented growth, prompting school administrators to add a fifth annual commencement ceremony to accommodate the number of degrees the school is now awarding.
Mead aims to join open water elite
Deadly predators or not, on Aug. 9, Mallory Mead – a former swimmer at WKU – will attempt to become just the 37th person in the world to complete what is known as the “Triple Crown” of open water swimming.
WKU approves property purchase
The WKU Board of Regents on Friday approved the purchase of property on Regents Avenue for a new floral design training center.
Hedges named specialty hospital’s Nurse of the Year
Tiffany Hedges, a registered nurse at Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital within The Medical Center, was recently recognized for helping patients by being named the specialty hospital’s Nurse of the Year. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from WKU.
Geography prof Groves to be WKU distinguished professor
Chris Groves, professor of geography and director of the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, was appointed distinguished professor by the WKU Board of Regents during its third quarter meeting.
Glasgow Daily Times
Program helps woman become teacher
Angela Aaron knew at an early age she wanted to be a teacher. She has been able to pursue her dream to become a teacher due to her participation in the Family Self Sufficiency Program, which is available to all families living in public housing.
July 23-28, 2010
Tom Hiles reflects on time at WKU before taking job in Ohio
WKU Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Hiles will officially leave that job at the end of the week.
Marshall County Tribune-Courier
Athletic Hall of Fame announced
The 2010 Marshall County Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were announced by the Athletic Foundation in a press conference at Marshall County High School. Inductees include Lady Topper coach Mary Taylor Cowles, who was named Miss Basketball in 1987 scoring 1,947 points that season.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU bio preserve adds land
WKU’s Upper Green River Biological Preserve has grown to 1,200 acres, with just more than 400 acres added in the last 18 months.
Taggart: Tops can’t make excuses
When the Willie Taggart era at WKU officially begins, the first-year coach and his extremely youthful squad will run out of a tunnel into a “Sea of Red.”
July 17-22, 2010
Baseball or broadcasting?
Friends and family who watched J.B. Paxson grow up in Johnson County will remind you that one thing matched his fairly prodigious athletic talent. That was his ability to talk. And talk. And talk. So it isn’t a huge surprise that while the WKU product spends this season pitching for the Great Lakes Loons, the Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Midwest League, he is getting a jump on a potential broadcasting career.
Mullins named Administrator of the Year
Paul Mullins, principal of LaRue County High School, was named the school-level Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Mullins graduated from Elizabethtown High School and received bachelor’s, master’s and Rank 1 degrees from WKU.
Coaches, players gather to roast Johnson
Some of Kentucky’s past hoops stars got to relive some of those memories Wednesday night as Charlie Thurman held a surprise roast for Wally Johnson. Bobby Rascoe, who played against Johnson at Daviess County and WKU, said he hopes Thurman keeps hosting these events.
WKU football wants to end box-office troubles
WKU athletic director Ross Bjork wants to win on the field and in the stands.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU brings in $19M in cash gifts
A 50 percent increase in corporate donations helped WKU set a record for cash gifts for the recent fiscal year.
From blue to red
Allen Edwards has had less than a month to get used to his new surroundings at WKU.
WKU students spend month in Argentine culture
Two students and their professor in the WKU geography department have successfully completed a 4,200-mile tour into remote areas of northern Argentina, an excursion that is the first of its kind for the university.
WKU ALIVE Center helps speakers share knowledge
Some 100 WKU faculty, staff and Bowling Green area community leaders are now available to share their knowledge and skills with area organizations, classes and schools through a new speakers bureau through the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships.
Words to the Wise
On a Friday morning, about 100 children from across the nation stood in a circle at WKU, clapping, chanting and dancing.
Union County Advocate
A legislative perspective
Other universities are playing critical roles as well when it comes to energy production. WKU, for example, is regularly out in the field helping power companies measure and control pollutants. Isolating mercury is especially tough, since it represents just one part per billion of a power plant’s emissions.
Cash Gifts Reach New Levels at WKU
WKU Officials say significant increases in alumni giving played a key role in boosting overall cash gifts to the nineteen million dollar mark.
Glasgow Daily Times
Taggart talks football to Rotary members
Willie Taggart’s talk with the Glasgow Rotary Club had just ended, and already he was receiving ticket requests on the spot from the audience.
July 10-16, 2010
Bradenton (Fla.) Herald
Taggart confident he can turn around WKU
The one thing Willie Taggart has learned since becoming a head football coach is that there is no down time.
WVIR-TV Charlottesville, VA
College Students Riding For Alzheimer’s
Members of FIJIs Across America are aiming to raise $75,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
WKU Athletics Director Stresses the Importance of Effective Marketing
Administrators in the WKU Athletics Department are urging sports fans in the region to order tickets for upcoming games.
McCreary County Record
WKU installs weather monitor at Barren Fork
McCreary County marks the halfway point in the installation of a statewide weather and climate monitoring network.
Inside Higher Ed
Academic Outcomes of Study Abroad
Don Rubin and Richard C. Sutton, director of the GLOSSARI project, executive director of international programs at WKU and formerly assistant vice chancellor for international programs at the University System of Georgia, presented these and other findings in a “final report” on the GLOSSARI project at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in Kansas City.
Bowling Green Daily News
Emslie discusses goals for WKU
Gordon Emslie began his new position as provost and vice president for academic affairs at WKU on July 1, replacing Barbara Burch, who left June 30 after 14 years to devote time to working with WKU’s doctoral program in education leadership, civic engagement, internationalization, research and other areas.
A fighting chance
Barbara Deeb and her brother, Frank Dubczak, have always been close. Now WKYU-TV producer/host Deeb and Dubczak, who lives in Crown Point, Ind., are closer than ever. She recently donated stem cells to help him fight leukemia.
WKU creates study program for Rome
WKU is creating an opportunity for international study in Italy through a new direct exchange program with the American University of Rome.
June 25-July 8, 2010
Group biking across America for Alzheimer’s
Seven students from the Fiji Fraternity House at WKU are making the more than three thousand mile journey to raise money for treatment and research.
Bowling Green Daily News
Fantastic Science Fridays
The teachers at each class are recent college graduates from across the state who have come here to practice for a career in teaching through a WKU program called GSKyTeach.
Forensic director to step down
After 20 years as director of WKU’s Forensic Team and nine national championships, Judy Woodring is retiring Thursday and will be replaced by associate director Jace Lux, the university announced.
Roberts awarded internship
Meteorology majors in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology have been awarded 2010 Student Career Experience Program internships from the National Weather Service. Senior meteorology major Sam Roberts of Corryton will intern at the Morristown, Tenn., office.
June 22-23, 2010
Pittsburg (Kan.) Morning Sun
Riding for research: Group fights Alzheimer’s with ride
When Tyler Jury’s grandfather, Barrett Cummings, died of Alzheimer’s Disease last July, he sought a spiritual way to honor the man that he said had been an integral part of his life.
Bowling Green Daily News
Tops hit the town
New WKU athletic director Ross Bjork has spent the past month reacquainting himself with the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Glasgow Daily Times
Descending from the Hill
Ken McDonald doesn’t get many chances to meet his fans face to face.
Tour touts Toppers: School intends to push WKU as its brand
Athletics on the Hill was a hot topic on a steamy Tuesday night at the WKU-Owensboro campus.
June 18-21, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Blue Angels flying into BG for celebration
The Blue Angels will be flying into town this week to honor Navy Lt. Cmdr. Johnny Magda, but the big party to celebrate the Aviation Heritage Park’s restoration of a plane in Magda’s honor is Saturday. Magda is a member of WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Area sees unusually hot temps
Just in case it didn’t register: It’s been considerably hotter than normal for this time of year in southcentral Kentucky. And those higher than normal temperatures are expected to continue during the next few weeks, thanks to a high-pressure system settled over the area, according to Stu Foster, state climatologist and professor at WKU.
GEAR UP puts students on campus
High school kids from regional school districts – most of them first-generation college-bound students – gathered Thursday and Friday on the campus of WKU to get a taste of college life.
June 15-17, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Ski boot featured on PBS show
Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1960s, Chris Radus, an employee of WKU’s facilities and operations department, knew there was something different about his brilliant, quirky father, Raymond J. Radus, a research engineer at Westinghouse, which played a role in the space program.
BGHS, Gatton make Newsweek list
Bowling Green High School and the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized by Newsweek’s 2010 America’s Best High Schools list.
June 12-14, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU prof scales Everest
WKU geography professor John All, who is working in Nepal on a Fulbright scholarship to study climate change, has summited Mount Everest.
Planetarium offers summer program, ‘Amazing Night Sky’
The Hardin Planetarium is offering a new summer presentation titled “The Amazing Night Sky.”
Bjork: Tops in strong position
If the conference changes ultimately prove as sweeping as this week’s developments and speculation suggest – resulting perhaps in a 16-team Pac-10 Conference, a significantly beefed-up Big Ten Conference and a decimated Big 12 Conference – the wave could eventually reach the Southeast, possibly affecting WKU and the Sun Belt Conference.
Glasgow Daily Times
Davis lands dream job
Three months into her job, the new manager of Barren River Lake State Resort Park said the work is a labor of love. Lisa Davis, 52, began her tenure in the top position at the local state park on March 16. Davis has a long personal history with the local resort park. She grew up in neighboring Warren County where she graduated from Warren East High School and attended WKU.
June 9-11, 2010
Major League Baseball.com
Last player drafted at the top in school
In the tradition of saving the best for last, 2010′s winner of MLB.com’s “Mr. Don’t Count Him Out” award, Matt Rice, could very well someday be the best mechanical engineer of the 1,525 players selected in the recently completed First-Year Player Draft. The junior catcher from WKU, who was taken by the defending World Series champion Yankees, brings some impressive numbers to the table. Scouts like the .369 batting average, 10 home runs and 65 RBIs he put up this season. Job recruiters outside the hardball realm are sure to dig the 4.0 GPA. Either way, Mr. Don’t Count Him Out looks like a can’t-miss kid.
Beshear makes higher education appointments
Gov. Steve Beshear announced a number of higher education appointments Wednesday, including several to university and college boards. Melissa B. Dennison, a Glasgow pediatrician, and Laurence J. Zielke, a Louisville attorney, were reappointed to the WKU Board of Regents.
Kentucky, Indiana colleges avoid NCAA penalties on Academic Progress Rates
Nearly all NCAA Division I teams throughout Kentucky and at Indiana University made the grade in the NCAA Academic Progress Rates released on Wednesday. All varsity sports at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and WKU scored above the 925 minimum in APR, which tracks the retention and eligibility of student-athletes over a four-year span.
Bowling Green Daily News
BRADD meeting speakers exemplify can-do attitude
WKU football coach Willie Taggart told Butch Lumpkin he had an observation to make.
Can you dig it?
WKU’s new McChesney Field Campus on the Green River is giving archaeology students an opportunity to dig into the past, and what they are finding has them fascinated.
University works to increase sustainability
As an environmental disaster unfolds in the Gulf of Mexico, WKU faculty and staff met this week to look at ways to integrate improvements in sustainability into the social, cultural and educational fabric of the university and the community.
Two new grads didn’t let cerebral palsy limit their dreams
He can’t walk or speak; she uses a wheelchair and has little use of her right side. Though Nick Gibson, 18, and Jasmine Spencer, 17, faced challenges during their school tenure, both reached one of their goals last week, graduating from high school. Nick plans to attend WKU.
June 5-8, 2010
College Students Beat Wall Street in TVA Investment Challenge
College students in TVA’s Investment Challenge Program once again outperformed the experts on Wall Street in 2009 and, at the same time, earned money for their schools. The three top schools for 2009, based on performance, are: Lipscomb University, 62.29 percent return; WKU, 45.62 percent return; East Tennessee State University, 43.83 percent return. WKU also earned a monetary award of $6,106.
Bowling Green Daily News
‘Lighten Your Load’ boosts local charities
More than 4,000 articles of clothing, 1,000 miscellaneous items and two truckloads of food were collected and donated to local charities, shelters and flood victims when WKU’s Housing and Residence Life, Sustainability and Recycling partnered again on the third annual “Lighten Your Load” move-out collection drive.
Photos: Horse Power
The Bluegrass Draft Horse and Mule Championship brings mules, ponies, light horses and heavy horses to compete in pulling weights at WKU’s L.D. Brown Ag Expo Center.
Be like Joker? Taggart’s wish is granted
When he was a young assistant down in Bowling Green at then-Football Championship Subdivision WKU, his alma mater, making the transition from player to coach, starting his way up the career ladder, Willie Taggart wanted to be like another coach.
Ashland Daily Independent
3 area students chosen for Gatton Academy
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU has selected 61 students for its Class of 2012, including three from northeastern Kentucky.
May 28-June 4, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKYU installs ‘green’ lights
WKU television station WKYU is the first PBS station in the country – and only the second TV station in the country – to switch to a new, cutting-edge sustainable lighting technology that will reduce its energy consumption by 97 percent.
Bjork: Tour aims to expand footprint
The WKU athletic department is hitting the road this month.
Dick Taylor Takes Professor Post
New Jersey Broadcaster Association First Vice Chairman and Clear Channel/Tri-State Market Manager Dick Taylor has taken a new post as assistant professor at the School of Broadcasting and Journalism at WKU in Bowling Green.
View From the Hill: Toppers on Tour
It’s called “Toppers on Tour”. This summer WKU coaches are hitting the road to build support for all the Hilltopper teams. It will be a chance for the public to meet some new faces including athletic director Ross Bjork who’s only been on the job for six weeks.
WKU team finishes third in bass tournament
WKU finished third in the 2010 BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship at Lake Lewisville in Texas last week.
Smithville (Mo.) Herald
Corner tactics receive attention
Jerid Gunter was fed up with traditional job seeking. So the WKU graduate stood on the corner of Broadway Boulevard and Sixth Street in Kansas City, wearing a sign that read, “This college grad can’t get experience without an opportunity. Hire me!” His sign included his e-mail address, and he handed out resumes to anyone who’d take one.
Space, South Africa’s New Frontier
By hosting the World Cup this month, South Africa is set to defy Africa’s image as too poor and trouble-ridden to stage one of the world’s great spectacles. With its pursuit of research into the farthest reaches of the universe – deep space – South Africa hopes to provide further proof that Africans can compete at all levels. “South Africa is the jewel of African astronomy,” says Charles McGruder, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at WKU.
May 25-27, 2010
Kenny Perry: Golf’s Class Act
James Kenneth Perry skipped right over the childhood fantasy jobs of cowboy, policeman, and astronaut when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. At age 7, the serious, determined child told his father precisely what he was going to do. “I am going to play on the PGA Tour,” not a whisper of doubt in his voice. And against steep odds, Kenny Perry is doing precisely what he said he would.
WKU pitcher won’t let injury cost him shot at pros
Matt Ridings was on the cusp of becoming the winningest pitcher in Sun Belt Conference history.
Bowling Green Daily News
Work should start soon on parking garage
Construction on a parking garage just north of WKU on Kentucky Street should start soon, according to David Butler, of the construction firm Alliance Corp.
May 21-24, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Christians on The Hill
This week at WKU, a high school student might find a life’s calling. About 2,500 students and their sponsors from Christian schools worldwide are gathering this week at WKU for Accelerated Christian Education’s annual International Student Conference.
WKU confers a record number of degrees in 2010
More Kentuckians are earning college degrees, with that number statewide up an average of 9 percent from last year while the number of WKU graduates grew by a whopping 24 percent.
‘Weather weenies?’ Hardly
WKU meteorology professor Dr. Josh Durkee affectionately refers to his students as “weather weenies,” but there is nothing geeky about these storm chasers.
Local students hit the road to cure Alzheimer’s disease
A summer-long fundraising project started by local students takes off this week. Tyler Jury, a junior at WKU and a graduate of Elizabethtown High School, planned the trip because his grandfather was diagnosed with Alizheimer’s disease which robs its sufferers of their memories.
Kentucky university grads up 9.3%, but UK, Morehead, Murray down
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s preliminary count of 2010 graduates from the state’s public universities on Friday showed that the number of all degree holders increased 9.3 percent in the state over the previous year. WKU was one that had reason to brag about its progress, while others are developing strategies to increase the number of graduates under the state’s Double the Number program, which aims to double the number of college graduates living in Kentucky by 2020.
Circle of Blue Water News
Q&A: Chris Groves – Exploring Underground Water Systems in Mammoth Cave
Renowned cave explorer Dr. Chris Groves goes deep into Mammoth Cave to see how torrential rainfall above affects underground rivers and ancient passages.
May 17-20, 2010
Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser
Ridings goes for record
One week after a dominant outing against UL, WKU right-hander Matt Ridings looks to set himself apart in the Sun Belt Conference record books.
Albany (Ga.) Herald
The Nett Reed Show heads to WKU
Nett, who signed a letter-of-intent with WKU, where she will play basketball and run track, said goodbye Tuesday morning amid family and friends and a bouquet of warm embraces from just about everyone.
Academy challenges gifted high-schoolers
By the start of her sophomore year in high school, Anna Walter was bored.”High school was ridiculously easy for me,” the 18-year-old from Burlington said. “I was sitting in class asking myself ‘Why am I here?’ I needed something more challenging.” She found it at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.
May 11-14, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Family, friends, co-workers gather at WKU to remember beloved Bettina Richmond
The WKU community came together along with family and friends of Bettina Zoeller Richmond on Wednesday afternoon for a remembrance celebration of the slain professor, whose murder last November remains under investigation.
Special session set for May 24
Gov. Steve Beshear has called a special session to begin May 24 and has offered a compromise budget proposal he said contains many of the features the House and Senate already had agreed upon.
WKU awarded more than $455K in grant funding
WKU has been awarded a research grant of $455,856 from the first collaborative funding program shared by the National Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Veterans Upward Bound
Former U.S. Marine Marisa Duarte teaches English to special needs kids at Bowling Green High School. It’s a job she loves and is proud to do every day.
Bradenton (Fla.) Herald
Woodie making an impression at WKU
Less than six months on the job and Raymond Woodie is fast becoming the rock star of the college football recruiting wars. He is the assistant coach considered most responsible for giving WKU the best recruiting class in the Sun Belt Conference where it is the league’s newest football school and is coming off a winless season.
Toyota gift to advance technology learning at WKU
The Toyota USA Foundation recently announced that WKU will receive a $500,000 grant to help fund the new Academy for Math and Technology Leadership.
Relationships drive recruiting success
Like any successful coach, Raymond Woodie is armed with a slogan. This one puts a premium on the work he does before he even gets to work. “If you don’t prepare,” said Woodie, the WKU defensive ends coach, “you prepare to fail.”
Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville
The history of fashion: Homemakers get lesson on Ky. Style
Sandra Staebell, the registrar and collections curator of Kentucky Library & Museum at WKU, shared facts about Kentucky fashion in the last 150 years during a luncheon Thursday at the Christian County Extension Office.
The Women and Kids Learning Together Camp
The camp takes place primarily on WKU’s campus and incorporates the arts, education and wellness, and practical living issues.
May 6-10, 2010
Cantankerous young author Alex Taylor is poised for success
WKU English faculty member Alex Taylor is finding it difficult these days to be smart on demand. When asked about his work, he feels compelled to be profound, yet admits with a sly grin, “I don’t have access to profundity very often.” Talking to strangers about your cultural influences and artistic process is an occupational hazard for successful writers, and if you’re very talented and very lucky, it’s a skill you’re forced to learn sooner rather than later. Ohio County, Ky., native Taylor, 28, has just seen his first book of short stories published by Sarabande Books. Now he’s stepping into the spotlight to talk about his writing, the only thing he ever felt he needed to do with his life.
Bowling Green Daily News
College High Hall rededicated
As WKU officials, alumni and friends gathered Saturday to rededicate and rename a renovated College High Hall – one of the original buildings on campus – many recalled old school memories while others looked to the university’s future.
Building hope: WKU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter sponsors Women Build
The sounds of hammers banging nails and saws tearing into wood floated up from the corner of Clay Street and 14th Avenue on Saturday morning. More than 100 people were working on building two houses as part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week.
At-risk students to get academic boost via grant
WKU announced Wednesday that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to improve the abilities of area teachers and at-risk students in math and technology.
Christian education conference will be at WKU this month
About 2,500 middle school and high school students from the United States and five continents will be at WKU this month for the 38th annual International Student Convention of Accelerated Christian Education.
May 1-4, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU’s endowment recovers
Despite the tough economy, WKU’s endowment has surpassed the level it was at before the stock market meltdown, and its capital campaign is tracking ahead of any third-quarter numbers in the school’s history.
Aviation Heritage Park’s Hangar Party will return
This year, the party will serve as the debut of the restored F9F Panther, one similar to that flown by the late Lt. Cmdr. Johnny Magda, a WKU graduate.
Selig looks back on decade at WKU
On Wednesday, Wood Selig will walk the halls at E.A. Diddle Arena for the final time as the man in charge of the entire WKU athletic department.
Rains a history maker
The weekend’s rainfall total was the highest ever recorded for a single rain event in Bowling Green, according to state Climatologist Stu Foster.
Bjork easing into athletic director role at WKU
The Ross Bjork era of WKU athletics officially is underway.
McDonald calls schedule ‘exciting’
WKU coach Ken McDonald wants to be “aggressive” with his scheduling.
Special Report Quakes: Making Headlines
“We don’t make predictions of earthquakes in one area, but I will make a prediction, today there will be a 100-percent chance of an earthquake somewhere on the globe,” said Dr. Michael May, a Geography and Geology Professor at WKU. “Certainly.”
April 24-28, 2010
Can laughing give you a workout?
Studies have shown that mirthful laughter, the kind that stems from real joy, relieves stress, lightens mood and confers health benefits. Since the concept of laughing for health surfaced in the 1970s, studies have indicated it can decrease cortisol and epinephrine (the hormones that regulate stress), help reduce blood vessel constriction and boost immune function.One small new study takes that notion further by suggesting laughter could be as beneficial as exercise. But the study has limitations, said Mary Bennett, director of WKU’s School of Nursing, who has published papers on laughter.
Bowling Green Daily News
The business of biking
Jennifer Tougas, an avid bicyclist and director of Parking Services at WKU, spoke Monday to the Barren River Area Development District about how members can take advantage of some of the millions of dollars spent each year by bicyclists.
Fungus could threaten Kentucky bats
With Earth Day serving last week as a reminder of the fragility of the planet and massive die-offs of bat populations in the Northeast, research on a fungus that threatens Kentucky bats has taken on a new urgency for WKU researchers.
Earth Day: Community celebrates green thinking
Picking up trash at WKU was second nature to Alex Downing when his father, Dero Downing, was president there.
April 18-22, 2010
‘A wonderful college-looking building’
While the hill on ECTC’s campus separates buildings and academic programs from technical programs, the school’s newest facility is designed to bring the two sides together. Phase II of the Regional Post-secondary Education Center at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. today (April 22) with a ceremony in the building’s lecture hall.
Bowling Green Daily News
Activities for 40th Earth Day set throughout the region
Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s GO bg transit will offer free bus rides all day and GO Pass specials. The transit will also participate in WKU’s annual Earth Day Festival, which is hosted by the WKU Office of Sustainability and WKU Recycling.
Losing fundamental freedoms
Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and when it comes to First Amendment rights, that is not a good thing – even when free pizza is involved.
Brown accepts interim position
Former Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Dale Brown has been named interim associate vice president for enrollment management in WKU’s Office of Academic Affairs.
WKU Celebrates “W” Day
WKU’s College Republicans celebrated W-day to honor the 43rd president, George W. Bush.
WKU Names Dale Brown Interim Assoc. VP
Dale Brown has been named Interim Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management in WKU’s Office of Academic Affairs, Provost Barbara Burch announced Monday.
WKU Psychologist Pfohl Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
WKU psychology professor William “Bill” Pfohl has been named the recipient of National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.
WKU Announces New Exchange Program
WKU is offering a new student exchange program with a university in Taiwan.
April 14-16, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU commended for graduation rate
WKU was among 15 public colleges and universities in the nation to be prominently featured for its initiatives to retain and graduate students in a Southern Regional Education Board report released Wednesday.
12th annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest will feature 135 authors
135 authors will be featured at the 12th annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center.
Free workshops offered at seventh annual Kentucky Writers Conference
The Kentucky Writers Conference is an opportunity to bring 12 authors coming for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest together the day before, and provide free workshops so that area writers can benefit from the knowledge of published authors, said Kristie Lowry, community outreach assistant for WKU Libraries.
Lady Toppers’ Brown Expected Back for 2010-11 Season
The spring signing period’s been quiet so far for the WKU Lady Topper basketball program, but the program expects to have a surprise returnee on its roster for the 2010-11 season.
WKU Coach Willie Taggart Prepares for Debut
When the WKU football team plays its annual “Spring Red/White Game” Saturday night, it will mark the debut of head coach Willie Taggart.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Improving College Completion in the South, One Student at a Time
Colleges that have succeeded in improving their students’ retention and graduation rates tend to have two things in common, says a new report on promising practices for increasing college completion. The report draws attention to institutions like WKU, which has an Academic Advising and Retention Center that provides tutoring and advising.
Community college transfers eased by new bill
A measure that would make it easier for community college students to transfer to four-year public universities was signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday.
South Oldham High School sophomore chosen for WKU program
The South Oldham High School marching band will be marching without sophomore Paul Fleischmann when the fall football season starts. Instead Paul and his trombone skills will be marching to college two years early as he joins 60 other Kentucky students accepted into the 2012 class of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.
Bullitt East sophomores heading to WKU in fall
Years of schooling are ahead for Bullitt East High School twins who plan to be surgeons someday and a classmate who wants to be an astronomer for NASA.
April 7-14, 2010
WKU Student Enrollment Expands Another Year
WKU continues to expand its student enrollment for another year.
Dartmouth Professor of English to be presented prestigious award for literary criticism April 16
Peter W. Travis, the Henry Winkley Professor of Anglo-Saxon and English Language and Literature at Dartmouth, is the winner the 2009 Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism, for his book Disseminal Chaucer: Rereading the Nun’s Priest’s Tale. Given by the Robert Penn Warren Center at WKU, the award will be presented April 16 during the annual Robert Penn Warren Symposium.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU, community embrace Earth Day
WKU’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 has grown into a major community festival packed with fun and inspirational green events for everyone, including Warren County’s first environmental stewardship award and a candlelight vigil at Fountain Square Park.
Cultural historian to lecture at WKU
WKU’s Department of History welcomes Paul Boyer, Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the 2010 Harrison Distinguished Lecturer on Wednesday.
Ex-poet laureate will speak Tuesday
The 2009-10 Cultural Enhancement Series at WKU concludes Tuesday with a presentation by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.
Emslie is a great choice for provost
A. Gordon Emslie seems like a fitting choice as WKU’s next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Clinton County News
Shelley selected for prestigious WKU program focusing on math, science
Clinton County is one of several schools across the State of Kentucky that will have a student participating in the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science next year.
April 3-6, 2010
Evansville Courier & Press
Rosenbaum ‘Zeros’ in on conventional wisdom for SyFy
Actor Michael Rosenbaum, a WKU graduate, is in the developmental stage of creating a new show for the SyFy network. Rosenbaum incorporated personal experiences from the set of “Smallville” and various sci-fi/comic book conventions into “Saved by Zeros,” a show that dives into the unexplored world of what he calls the “non-terouge” — the world of an actor outside of the business.
Bowling Green Daily News
Emslie named provost at WKU
A. Gordon Emslie will be WKU’s next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, replacing Barbara Burch.
WKU reaching out through new app
WKUstudents and others can now find information about the Bowling Green school through mobile devices such as iPhones and BlackBerrys.
McConnell on hand for dedication of robotics lab at WKU
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and WKU President Gary Ransdell on Friday dedicated a new state-of-the-art robotics laboratory they hailed as “cutting-edge” and key to regional education, research and work force development.
Taco Bell & Pizza Hut to go Head-to-Head at WKU
Fugate Enterprises, one of the top 10 franchisees of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced the launch of its mobile voting promotion in which the students of WKUhave a say regarding whether a Taco Bell or Pizza Hut will be built near campus.
College Seniors Looking For Jobs
It’s tough enough to get a job–but watch out–you may have even more competition next month. College seniors are hitting up employers for jobs, before they graduate in May. Robert Unseld with WKU career services says confidence in your skills are key to landing a job.
McConnell: don’t forget about smalls banks during financial reforms
A plan to change financial regulation is expected to come before Congress in the coming weeks. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell says the interests of small banks need to be remembered. The Republican Minority Leader recently visited the studios of WKU Public Radio, and spoke with Dan Modlin.
Kentucky program shoots for the heavens
Kentucky Space is a nonprofit enterprise created in early 2006 and is involved in designing and developing educational, research and development and entrepreneurial space platforms. This consortium involves students and the combined resources and capacity of the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, University of Louisville, WKU, Murray State University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and Belcan, with support from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
March 31-April 2, 2010
New Building Dedicated on WKU Owensboro Campus
WKU has been offering classes in Owensboro since 1969, but now the school has its own facility in Daviess County.
WKU-O ribbon cutting draws big crowds
A ribbon cutting at the new Owensboro campus of WKU drew big crowds on Thursday.
View From the Hill
It was a day of celebration for WKU’s Owensboro campus for the first time in history WKU-O has it’s very own facility.
The Logan Journal
Logan County Felts Log House a fixture of Kentucky Museum
The Felts Log House sits next to the Kentucky Library & Museum on WKU’s campus and provides visitors with an opportunity to step back into the past.
March 27-30, 2010
Louisville Business First
Mitch McConnell to help WKU dedicate robotics lab
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, will join officials with WKU in Bowling Green on Friday, April 2, for the dedication of the university’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Lab.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU celebrates ICSR’s official open
WKU on Thursday celebrated the official opening of its Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, an initiative of faculty, students and staff to promote civic engagement and social change.
March 24,-26, 2010
Local college students ride for Alzheimer’s cure
Tyler Jury and his friends will give new meaning to the phrase “road trip” during their summer break. Jury, a junior at WKU and an Elizabethtown High School graduate, is biking across the country this summer with a group of college students to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU’s ‘Before Broadway’ series returns
Following in the footsteps of last year’s one-night only stage reading of “Greenbrier Ghost,” the WKU Musical Theater Department is again set to present another not-yet-full-production as part of its ongoing “Before Broadway” series.
Policy group’s forum will gather info on recession
WKU will host a forum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, which will gather public comment on the economy and how it has affected community members.
McDonald disappointed but ready to move forward
It was an emotional five months inside E.A. Diddle arena this season for the WKU Hilltoppers. In what was a mixed bag of high optimism, immense frustration and hard-charging redemption – the one emotion that will probably be most remembered about the 2009-10 WKU basketball campaign is disappointment. No one seems to understand that more than Hilltopper coach Ken McDonald.
Randsell: SBC must improve
In recent months, basketball has been a source of frustration for WKU President Gary Ransdell. But Ransdell’s frustrations haven’t sprung entirely from the Hilltoppers’ disappointing 21-13 campaign that ended without a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Sun Belt Conference as a whole has raised Ransdell’s ire.
WKU Advertising Agency Celebrates Success
The only student run advertising and public relations agency in the nation celebrated its sixth anniversary.
WKU Robot Wins First Place
WKU electrical engineering students won at this past weekend’s I.E.E.E. competition in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Food Accepted in Place of Library Fines
WKU’s libraries are accepting food items from students in exchange for overdue library fines.
March 20-23, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Girls + science
Pouring liquid nitrogen into a plastic bottle sandwiched between two bricks and wrapped in duct tape, WKU geology and geography professor Margaret Crowder sealed the bottle and dropped the contraption into a trash can filled with water. The explosion that occurred seconds later sent gallons of water – and the trash can – into the air, to the delight of the girls who had gathered to watch. Nearly 150 other girls from the region visited WKU Saturday for the university’s annual Girls in Science Day.
Junior attains PSAT perfection
Sarah Schrader, a student at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, scored a 240 on the 2009-10 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, an achievement that only one Kentucky student out of nearly 11,000 received last year, according to Corey Alderdice, assistant director for admissions and public relations.
Taggart opens spring with confidence
If first-year WKU coach Willie Taggart is nervous about his on-field debut as the Hilltoppers’ football leader, he’s hiding it well.
Women in community honored at banquet
WKU women’s basketball coach Mary Taylor Cowles was honored with the Woman of the Year award, though was unable to accept the award in person because her team played Illinois in the WNIT on Friday night.
Zionsville schools operations director leaving for Ky. Job
Zionsville Schools director of operations Charles Jones said he is eager for a fresh challenge. Jones, who has spend the last 35 years in Zionsville Schools, is taking a job as director of facilities at WKU.
Former WKU Coach Elson Lands at Indiana
Former WKU head football coach David Elson has a new job.
March 17-19, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU production turns into benefit
WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance had not planned to do a benefit for earthquake victims when it chose to produce “Once on This Island,” which is set in Haiti.
Report: Recycling increases at WKU
Big Red is going green in a big way.
WKU astronomers join Hubble project
WKU is joining some of the nation’s elite scientists to try to help understand “dark energy” and other mysteries of the universe.
Bill to ease college transfers advances
A bill to make it easier for community college students to transfer to four-year public universities cleared the Senate Education Committee on Thursday in a weaker — but satisfactory — form, the bill’s original sponsor said.
WKU small business expert says have a plan before starting out on your own
High unemployment rates in Kentucky are leading some people to consider starting their own businesses. Adam Brownlee, director of the WKU Small Business Development Center, says it’s very important to create a specific business plan before starting out on your own.
March 12-16, 2010
WKU part of project to study history of universe
Faculty and students from WKU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will participate in a new project utilizing the Hubble Space Telescope to document the early history of star formation and galaxy evolution.
WKU lecture guest says total elimination of nuclear weapons not realistic
A political scientist who will be speaking at WKU next week says world leaders should focus on managing nuclear weapons, rather than trying to abolish them.
WKU Begins Plans for Confucius Institute
A new program at WKU could soon have some area K-12 students learning the Chinese language. We now bring you more about the Confucius Institute.
Local students win awards in Mark of Excellence
Students at Elizabethtown High School, North Hardin High School and with Hardin County Educational Community Television brought home multiple awards from the WKU Mark of Excellence journalism awards, which were given out earlier this month.
$24M Facility at WKU Promotes Technology and Science
WKU has officially dedicated a $24 million facility that is the latest piece in the transformation of the university’s science campus.
Bowling Green Daily News
Fulbright sends WKU grad to Argentina
Two years after applying and a year after notification, 2007 WKU graduate Katherine Hale will finally reap the rewards of a prestigious grant.
Registered dietician enjoys teaching those in the community
Amy Meador wanted to be a secondary education teacher, but a health class she took at WKU changed that.
WKU introduces Bjork
Ross Bjork has come full circle. After beginning his career as an assistant development coordinator at WKU in 1996, Bjork – currently a senior associate athletic director at UCLA – was officially introduced as WKU’s new athletic director at the Topper Club at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
Bjork excited to lead growing program
When Ross Bjork first returned to WKU earlier this week to refamiliarize himself with the campus, he nearly got lost. WKU has come a long way since Bjork worked here in 1996 for $600 a month as an assistant development coordinator. But odds are the 37-year-old native of Dodge City, Kan., won’t have trouble navigating too much longer.
March 6-10, 2010
KFGO-AM Fargo, ND
Fargo’s Sandbag Efforts get help from Kentucky
Flood fight coordinators have been hard pressed to drum up volunteers to fill the one million sandbags needed ahead of high water. But the thin ranks of workers has been bolstered by students on spring break from WKU.
House panel OKs $17.5B budget
State universities face a 1.5 percent trim in the first year of the budget, which begins July 1, and a 1 percent cut in the second year. They’ll also have to come up with about $63 million to operate and maintain buildings that will open over the next two years.
Bowling Green Daily News
Warren schools gives support to WKU program on Chinese
The Warren County Board of Education on Monday expressed general support for a partnership with WKU for the addition of Chinese classes to the curriculum.
Schools to offer Chinese courses
WKU’s new Confucius Institute, which will extend Chinese language courses to local schools beginning this fall, will not only broaden the language offerings at city and county schools but will help area students become more competitive in the global economy, educators say.
Professor Puts Earthquakes into Perspective
With the recent major earthquakes all over the globe, the Rotary Club in Horse Cave invited a WKU professor to educate them on seismic activity.
House budget trims education, adds $2 billion for projects
The House budget committee approved a budget bill Tuesday night that trims education funding but adds more than $2 billion in bonded debt for new schools, roads, water lines and other projects.
Elizabethtown in WKU’s focus
Elizabethtown is the likely site of the next Mountain Workshops, a five-day excursion into the heart of a Kentucky community that is headed by WKU’s photojournalism department.
March 1-5, 2010
Kentucky makes first cut in national Race to the Top grant program
Kentucky is a finalist in the federal Race to the Top grant program, which will dole out $4 billion to help bolster teaching and student performance in a handful of states.
Kentucky among final runners in Race to the Top
Kentucky was named one of 16 finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition on Thursday, moving one step closer to securing up to $200 million in federal grants intended to improve schools.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU students, faculty volunteer during their break
Nearly 30 students and faculty from WKU’s Habitat for Humanity campus chapter will be hitting the volunteer ranks rather than the beaches for spring break next week as part of the nonprofit’s Collegiate Challenge, an alternative academic break program.
Plan for new Greenways path goes forward
The Greenways Commission is moving ahead with plans to connect WKU’s South Campus on Nashville Road to Bowling Green Junior High School on Campbell Lane.
Feb. 26-March 1, 2010
Beshear: Funding needed for OCTC tech center
Governor Steve Beshear said getting funding to complete OCTC’s Advanced Technology Center is necessary to move educational opportunities in the Commonwealth forward. If approved, OCTC and WKU-Owensboro campus will split $14 million.
Bowling Green Daily News
McDaniels reclaims a piece of his WKU history
More than 40 years ago, WKU basketball legend Jim McDaniels pulled off the red jersey he wore as a member of the Hilltoppers’ freshman team for the last time. The jersey hadn’t crossed McDaniels’ mind for decades. As far as he knew, the thing was long gone. Shuffled around, stored away, perhaps even thrown out in the passage of time. Actually, though, the jersey was safely in the possession of a former WKU baseball player who idolized McDaniels, and who happened upon the No. 44 garment in a campus equipment room 38 years ago.
Feb. 24-26, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Celebration of the Arts kicks off Saturday
A wide mix of artwork and artists will soon grace the Kentucky Library and Museum in the U.S. Bank Celebration of the Arts.
At WKU, speaker preaches diversity
Lani Guinier, an award-winning Harvard Law School professor, on Wednesday delivered the keynote address for WKUs 2010 Black History Month Celebration, where she simply told students the goal is to think outside the box.
Making Your Dream of a Business… a Reality
If the fear of the recession is stopping you from pursuing your dreams of starting your own business, there’s help right here in South Central Kentucky.”We’re all about supporting the creation and growth of companies,” said Jeff Hook, the Director of Operations for the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center.
Prospect/Goshen Rotary club recruits students to make a difference
What can $100 do to improve lives? That’s the question the Prospect/Goshen Rotary Club has been posing to college students, and the answer, it turns out, is quite a lot.The Rotary Club gives $100 to a student or class of students, who are told to find people with a need and use the money to improve their quality of life. The project, called the $100 Solution, started five years ago and has grown to include students at WKU.
Taggart aims to bring WKU back
WKU coach Willie Taggart is no stranger to rebuilding.
Feb. 21-23, 2010
Kentucky’s new football coaches have a history
Joker Phillips and Charlie Strong were glad to see young up-and-comer Willie Taggart get his shot as the head coach at WKU in November. The three coaches, who spoke to the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts on Monday as part of Black History Month, have history together and maintain good relationships.
National Parks Traveler
Mammoth Cave National Park Extends “Sister” Agreements To Slovenia
During ceremonies at Mammoth Cave earlier this month officials from the national park, WKU, and the Karst Research Institute of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts established a cooperative arrangement to share scientific research.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU wants to boost ag farms by making cheese
WKU wants to start a cheese-making program to give its students experience in the food science industry and to give farmers a chance to add value to something they already produce.
WKU planning, hoping for an ‘epic’ Earth Day
WKU faculty, staff and students are gearing up for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 local planners say is likely to be a celebration of “epic” proportions compared to years past.
WKU historian says bibles often provide clues about the history of black Americans
A WKU historian says an old bible can be an important resource for some people trying to trace their family history. Dr. John Hardin says many slaves didn’t have last names, and notes written in family bibles can sometimes provide helpful clues about their past.
Congressman Guthrie Hosts Seniors Info Fair
Over 50 organizations set up at the WKU Center for Research and Development on Monday.
Black Coaches Have Big Dreams For Football
This year’s college football season will make history. There will be more African-American head coaches than ever before.Monday morning at a black history event in Frankfort, three of them celebrated the accomplishment. Charlie Strong, Joker Phillips and Willie Taggart are the head football coaches at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.
Feb. 18-21, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Cooperation among faiths focus of Earth Care conference
A conference on environmental stewardship Saturday in Bowling Green attracted a strong cross section of educators, spiritual leaders, conservationists and concerned citizens. The Interfaith Dialogue on Earth Care, part of WKU’s Community Religious Literacy Project, was hosted by the university, area churches and community organizations to examine four world faiths – Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism – in the context of how they relate to care of the Earth’s ecosystems.
Event brings awareness to link between faith, planet
The Interfaith Dialogue on Earth Care opened Friday night at WKU with a keynote address from speaker and author Dr. Matthew Sleeth, who told the audience that the nation’s diverse congregations must bridge barriers, overcome biases and take action to achieve environmental and spiritual sustainability on a dying planet Earth.
Women build construction skills
Hammering echoed throughout Lowe’s on Saturday as dozens of women tried their hand at framing a storage shed. The work is in preparation for a Women Build project, sponsored by WKU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Wilcutt gives insights into space travel in WKU speech
Did you know that when you fall asleep in space, your forearms raise to a 90 degree angle? Terry Wilcutt does. He also knows the answer to the question every astronaut seems to get – how do you go to bathroom in space?
Selig’s return, guided by fate and family, is ODU’s fortune
Old Dominion University’s new director of athletics is recognized as a skilled fundraiser and successful salesman and marketer. What else is Wood Selig?
Selig to leave WKU for AD job in hometown
Athletic director Wood Selig, who helped elevate WKU’s profile, resigned on Friday to take over the same position at Old Dominion University.
A Spurs Youth Athletic League Success Story: Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Today, Orlando Mendez-Valdez is a made-for-Hollywood story – a professional basketball player who rose from poverty to become a tournament MVP his first season.
Feb. 13-16, 2010
WKU Hopes for Funds from Kentucky Budget
WKU will look to funding from lawmakers to help pay for a number of buildings on its campus.
WKU Dedicates Snell Hall
The new Snell Hall, the latest piece of the transformation of WKU’s science campus, was dedicated Monday afternoon, February 15.
Glasgow Daily Times
Snowfall above average, but far from record
Barren County and the surrounding area may be experiencing a once in a decade year in terms of snow and ice, but the conditions are far from a record, according to Stuart Foster, Kentucky State climatologist located at WKU.
Feb. 9-11, 2010
Tiger Family loses former Butler coach
Howard “Tip” Downing, 94, died Saturday, Jan. 30. He was football coach at Butler in the 1946 and ’47 seasons and also helped coach the basketball teams here. Downing, who lived on Hawthorne Street, came to Princeton after a sterling basketball and football career at WKU.
Bowling Green Daily News
Former WKU players remember Pope
Former Lady Topper Cacie Pope lost her lengthy battle with brain cancer Sunday at her home in Lakewood, Calif.
Feb. 7-9, 2010
WKU gets its spirit back with Sergio Kerusch’s return
WKU didn’t just lose a player when Sergio Kerusch went down — it lost its heartbeat.
Fijis Across America are two-wheelin’ for the cause
Five WKU students are planning to cycle across the nation this summer in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease research.
Bowling Green Daily News
‘Smitty’ takes reins at WKU’s Van Meter
For the past 10 years, Jeff “Smitty” Smith has been a fixture at the Capitol Arts Alliance in Bowling Green. Community members honored the technical director Sunday as he leaves the theater for a similar job at Van Meter Hall, a newly renovated performance center at WKU.
Feb. 3-5, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Van Meter makeover advancing
Scheduled to be completed by June, WKU’s Van Meter Hall is ahead of schedule and will see a flurry of activity in preparation for its grand opening in September.
‘The program is Paul Sanderford’
For 15 years, Paul Sanderford roamed the sidelines as the head coach of the WKU Lady Toppers. In that span, he won 365 games, guided 12 teams to the NCAA Tournament and took three squads to the Final Four – including an appearance in the NCAA title game in 1992. Considering such success, it was only a matter of time before Sanderford’s name hung from the rafters at E.A. Diddle Arena. That time comes Saturday, when a jersey honoring Sanderford will be retired at halftime of the Lady Toppers’ 4 p.m. game against Troy.
Faith and the Earth at center of summit
WKU’s Community Religious Literacy Project is partnering with area churches and community organizations to sponsor an interfaith conference designed to create dialogue and foster awareness of spirituality as it relates to the green movement and sustainability of the Earth – the first of its kind here, according to event organizers.
Cajun music group playing at Capitol
The mission of the Cultural Enhancement Series at WKU is to bring anything that will stretch people’s imagination and concepts a bit.
Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser
WKU mops up in Sun Belt recruiting wars
Willie Taggart earned his first win as WKU’s new head coach away from the football field on National Signing Day. Taggart officially announced his first recruiting class on Wednesday, a collection of 16 signees that was rated No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference according to Rivals.com’s point system.
Taggart has high hopes for recruits
When you inherit a football team that didn’t win a game, no one’s job is safe. Rookie coach Willie Taggart brought in a 16-man recruiting class to WKU that he believes will compete for early playing time.
Pearman named EIS ExCEL winner
Gary Pearman has been selected as the 2009-2010 winner of the ExCEL award for Elizabethtown Independent Schools. Pearman is an English teacher at T.K. Stone Middle School. Pearman received a teaching degree, and a master’s degree in counseling, from Western Kentucky University. He also is National Board certified.
Long shot: ‘Deep End’ star knows success is on case-by-case basis
WKU graduate Matt Long got a crash course in how fickle Hollywood can be five years ago.
African Physicists Set Their Sights on Mammoth Scope
Charles McGruder, an astronomer from WKU and a past president of the U.S. National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), called on the scientists to show a united front in Africa’s bid to host what would be the world’s largest scientific instrument, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.
Local Mother Speaks out About Autism and the MMR Vaccine
At least 1 in 110 children have autism, and while several factors could be to blame, one local mother is outraged about the ground-breaking article being retracted. “We have a couple of parents that work with our program that have already feel very strongly that the mmr shots have had an impact on their child’s life,” said Dr. Marty Boman, the director of WKU’s Kelly Autism Program says there’s an ongoing dispute over the effect of heavy metal poisoning from immunizations, and autism.
Feb. 1-2, 2010
Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier
Ice climbers tackle silo’s slippery slope
Adrenaline and stamina faced off against a frozen 80-foot tower as collegiate ice climbing returned to the Cedar Valley Saturday.Climbers from as far away as Kentucky and Arkansas strapped spiked crampons to their feet and swung sickle-shaped axes to see who would make it to the top of a grain silo sheathed in ice in the shortest time. Seven students and staff from WKU took part. Coming from an area that gets snow once a year at most, the frozen temperatures and the climb were something new for them, said Julia Thomas, a student with WKU’s Outdoor Recreation Adventure Center.
WKU could get forward Kerusch back
Struggling Western Kentucky University could get some good news this week. WKU coach Ken McDonald said Sergio Kerusch may play in Thursday’s game at Louisiana-Monroe after being sidelined for over a month with a broken right foot.
Jan. 25-27, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU $12.5M closer to its target
WKU experienced record-breaking cash gifts for the last six months of 2009.
Classes officially start at new WKU-Owensboro campus
Monday was the first day of classes for students at the new WKU-Owensboro campus.
First Day Of Classes In WKU’s Owensboro Facility
For the past 25 years, if you were a WKU student living in Daviess County, that meant you were usually taking your classes at the community college or local high school in Owensboro. Now that’s all a thing of the past.
Jan. 23-25, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
Economic center sought at WKU
The economy has been a hot topic for the past two years, and a local professor is trying to bridge the gap between economic experts and local residents. Brian Goff, economics professor at WKU, is spearheading a project that would create an economics research center at WKU.
Parents urged to get more involved
Common sense and research show that one of the keys to student success is increasing parent involvement at schools. Schools from around the region, including in Warren County, are doing what they can to increase that involvement. “I can tell you that when parents get involved in their student’s education, it’s a real plus for their kids,” said Fred Carter, director of Teacher Services and School Relations at WKU.
Winter round-up at L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center
The Southern Kentucky Ranch Horse Association Winter Round-up Show drew horse lovers from across the Southeast and even Canada for the two-day event at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.
Working Side by Side
An exhibit at the Kentucky Museum is giving disabled children from southcentral Kentucky the chance to collaborate with professional artists, share their creations with the public and learn new creative and social skills that open doors to new opportunities in the arts.
Jan. 21-22, 2010
Alexandria (La.) Town Talk
Hope for the future: WKU students use vacation to help Alexandria Habitat project
Several college students from Kentucky are giving up a week of their winter break to build a house in Alexandria for Habitat for Humanity. But don’t feel too bad for them. They’re actually having fun. The students from WKU arrived in town Sunday and will leave Saturday. They are helping to build a house on Faith Way in Alexandria.
Taggart to coordinate Hilltoppers’ offense
As a former WKU quarterback, Willie Taggart is used to running an offense, and that will continue now that he’s the head coach at his alma mater.
Earthquake Draws Attention to Fault Lines Near Kentucky
With some places in Kentucky near two major fault lines, what could those in the Bluegrass could face when a quake hits? Dr. Michael May, a geology professor at WKU, offers some insights.
Jan. 20, 2010
Circle of Blue
Connecting Caves, Karst Landscapes and Climate Around the World
Chris Groves, director of the China Environmental Health Project of the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at WKU, explains how caves and karst landscapes hold clues about earth’s climate.
Winchester native/WKU grad stars in new show
The hot new attorney at one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious law firms is a WKU graduate who hails from Winchester. Well, the attorney doesn’t. Dylan Hewitt grew up in a working-class New England family and went to Yale and Columbia universities. But Matt Long, the actor who plays Dylan on ABC’s new drama, The Deep End, hails from Clark County.
Beshear’s education choice: some pain or big cuts
The state’s public universities could suffer minimal pain or double-digit cuts in 2012 depending on the fate of Gov. Steve Beshear’s long-shot proposal for gambling. University leaders didn’t immediately leap Tuesday to support the governor’s expanded-gambling plan, which faces a skeptical General Assembly.
Kentucky universities face 2 percent spending cuts
Higher education was spared deep cuts in Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed two-year budget, but still faces a 2 percent decline in general fund spending in 2012. However, universities could face far more drastic cuts if the state legislature does not pass expanded gaming legislation that would raise an estimated $780 million in revenue, the administration says. Without that additional revenue, Beshear said higher-education cuts could be as much as 14 percent in 2011 and 34 percent in 2012.
From Jan. 16-19, 2010
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU chooses provost finalists
One of the six finalists for WKU provost comes from within its ranks. A selection is expected to be made by the beginning of May regarding a replacement for Barbara Burch, who will retire from her post at the end of the school year. Burch will remain on WKU’s faculty.
Emergency room director enjoys pace, variety of the job
WKU graduate Karen Ellis has been emergency room director at Greenview Regional Hospital since September. She is responsible for nursing care, hiring staff, staff development, looking for ways to improve patient satisfaction and budgeting.
Book Fest’s latest chapter puts event in new setting
The 2010 Southern Kentucky Book Fest is moving to a new location this year. The 12th annual book festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center.
More storm spotters wanted
The problem of insufficient weather spotting was the subject of a two-day conference in Bowling Green that ended Saturday, sponsored by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU.
The Facebook phenomenon
If you know what Farmville is, know what it means to be poked, have a flair board or have friended anyone lately, odds are you are one of more than 350 million users who have been sucked into the online world of Facebook. Although he hasn’t researched Facebook, Dr. Anthony Harkins of the Popular Culture Studies department at WKU has noticed its influence.
Harlem Globetrotters Make History with Help of Our Community
The Harlem Globetrotters tipped off their 2010 “Magical Memories” World Tour by breaking 17 box office records through its first two weeks of touring, including their visit to WKU’s Diddle Arena.
From Jan. 12-14, 2010
Can Africa Topple Australia in the Contest To Build the World’s Biggest Telescope?
Physicists from across Africa gathered this week in Dakar, Senegal, for a conference focused on lasers and optics. But radio astronomy dominated the chatter in the hallways. Africa has a shot at hosting what would be the world’s largest scientific instrument, the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope. WKU astronomer Charles McGruder laid out a battle plan for winning the bid. McGruder is a past president of the U.S. National Society of Black Physicists and a National Science Foundation–funded promoter of African astronomy.
WKU Student and Parents Found Safe In Haiti
WKU student Sophia Sterlin and her family, missing after the quake in Haiti, have been found safe.
WKU Announces New Partnership with Global Education Provider
WKU bills itself as a leading American university with international reach. A new program hopes to expand that reach even further.
Organic Alchemy Looks to Turn Waste into Energy
It’s an experiment that could potentially turn cow waste into energy, and it’s gaining the attention of those in the ag community and WKU.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU journalism, broadcasting leader plans to step down
After seven years at the helm, Pam Johnson will step down as head of the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting at the end of the school year.
Raiders in the rafters
Warren East High School retired the basketball numbers of former stars (and WKU alums) Johnny Britt and Kami Thomas Howard on Tuesday night, the first such honors bestowed upon WEHS alumni in school history.
WKU extends international reach
WKU is set to increase its international enrollment. The university announced Monday a partnership with Navitas, a global education services provider with a home base in Australia, to create a University Pathways Program. The university and Navitas signed a 10-year contract that will allow the campus to grow its international base.
Kansas City Star
With Crennel, Chiefs add more New England flavor
The Patriots football dynasty may be crumbling in New England, but it’s enjoying a renaissance in Kansas City with the Chiefs. The final piece was put in place Wednesday with the hiring of WKU Hall of Famer Romeo Crennel to take over a beleaguered defense.
Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel retires
After 32 years, on his final day as a football coach and as the Redskins’ offensive line coach, WKU alum Joe Bugel touched on the same themes he preached to his players every day: passion, loyalty, friendship.
Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune
Palmetto’s Scott chooses WKU
Ty Scott had his sights set high. Then he realized that’s not always the best view. The Palmetto High defensive back was contemplating scholarship offers from big-time schools, including Louisville, Michigan State, Iowa State, Purdue and Indiana. Then along came Willie Taggart, the former Manatee High quarterback great, who became WKU’s head coach last November.
WKU partnering with company to increase number of international students
Officials at WKU have entered a new partnership to enhance the quality of international student experiences at the school.
WKU alum says patients need to reach out to their healthcare providers
The author of a new book about becoming a better healthcare consumer says too many people are afraid to ask their doctors questions. And WKU alum Jeff Knott believes patients have a responsibility to give accurate descriptions of symptoms to their physicians.
Finance News Network
Navitas Ltd (ASX:NVT) partners with WKU
Global education provider Navitas Ltd (ASX:NVT) has announced it is to partner with WKU in the US to establish a university pathway college at the university’s main campus due to open in September 2010.
Navitas announces US expansion agreement
Navitas Ltd has announced a partnership with WKU to set up its first US-based college, to be established at the university’s main campus.
The West Australian
Navitas establishes first US college
Navitas has made its first foray into the United States after sealing a partnership deal with Western Kentucky University to establish its first college in the country.