In the News

Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:

April 22-28, 2017

Daily News
Website explores area’s underground
        A website, UNDER BG, seeks to provide awareness, information and resources about the region’s karst landscape. The website was developed by the city of Bowling Green in partnership with WKU.

WKU to hold dance concert
            Meghen McKinley, a choreographer and assistant professor in the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance, has two pieces in the upcoming “Evening of Dance,” one of which she reset from her days at the University of Buffalo.

 WKU professor honored for supporting students
            When philosophy professor Grayson Hunt helped start a student group for transgender and gender-nonconforming students at WKU, the group initially met secretly.

 TIF District reshaping region
            Less than 10 years since it was formed, the WKU Gateway to Downtown Bowling Green Tax Increment Financing District has fundamentally changed the landscape of Bowling Green in myriad ways, with more changes coming.

WKU autism complex announces plans for new program
            The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU is planning a new initiative for people 21 years old and older who are diagnosed within the autism spectrum continuum.

WKU Public Radio

Korean Pop Culture Part of Year Long Celebration at WKU
            This year, WKU is celebrating the International Year of South Korea with events, dinners, parties and guest speakers like Ter Molen who’s now an adjunct instructor at DePaul University in Chicago. She’s also doctoral candidate in Department of Communications at Wayne State University in Detroit where her dissertation topic is American fans of Korean Pop Culture.

Glasgow Daily Times
Language, culture and camaraderie: Festival Cultural Hispano 2017
            Students gathered under a giant tent last Wednesday in front of WKU Glasgow.

WKU celebrates “Autism After 21 Day”
            The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex, or CEC, helps families navigate the world of education while they’re going through challenges that other may not understand.

April 15-21, 2017

Daily News
New sci-fi series coming to Bowling Green
            Kirby produced a short sci-fi film called “Odessa” while a student at WKU. Smith was one of the actors in his film and talked to Kirby about it.

SOKY Book Fest happening Friday, Saturday
            Dennis Hetzel, author of “Season of Lies,” is a self-confessed Chicago Cubs fan and a political junkie.

WKU student receives human rights fellowship
            Jay Todd Richey says studying at WKU has taught him how lucky he is to have grown up in Kentucky with a stable family and an “idyllic” childhood.

WKU student wins prestigious journalism internship
            Journalism student Hunter Frint of Bowling Green knew it would be a long shot when she applied for the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Magazine Internship Program.

WKU starts SpiritFunder campaign
            WKU has launched a new crowdfunding site called SpiritFunder.

WKU Brewing and Distilling Arts & Sciences
            Many college students are well-versed in the consumption of beer – but what about studying beer – Its history, how it’s made, marketed and sold?

WKU celebrates national volunteer week
            Across our nation, many campuses and communities celebrate National Volunteer Week in April.

Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow Hall of Fame induction is Sunday
            Jim Richards and Butch Gilbert, coaches who guided Glasgow High School teams during the glory days of the 1960s, are headliners of the second annual GHS Athletic Hall of Fame class.

WKU student awarded Humanity In Action Fellowship
            A WKU student has been awarded a Humanity in Action Fellowship to study human rights in Warsaw, Poland, in the summer of 2017.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Launches Its Own Crowdfunding Platform
            WKU students and faculty have a new funding source to tap into for things like research, travel, and equipment.

Chicago Tribune
Eclipse expert headed to Triton’s Cernan Center
            Theo Wellington is the eclipse planning coordinator at WKU, and has heard Espenak speak “several times.” She also works at the Hardin Planetarium on the campus of the university.

April 8-14, 2017

Youngstown (OH) Vindicator
Canfield student receives speech and debate scholarship
               Surrounded by trophies documenting his many achievements and flanked by his parents, Canfield High School senior Zachary Bernat signed a letter of intent Thursday to attend WKU in the fall. Bernat won’t be participating in athletics at WKU, however. He’s going to be a member of its forensics, or speech and debate, team.

The News Enterprise
WKU president says goodbye
           Before Gary Ransdell officially steps down as president of WKU, he’s embarking on a victory tour of sorts to celebrate his tenure. At a farewell reception held Tuesday at the regional campus in Elizabethtown, he listed the greatest hits of his 20-year presidency.

CBS Sunday Morning
Living on one dollar a day
            Exhibit: “Living on a Dollar a Day” now at WKU in Bowling Green, Ky.

Franklin Favorite
Atmos Energy promotes Franklin native
          Atmos Energy announces the promotion of Kevin Dobbs to President of the Kentucky/Mid-States Division. Dobbs, a native of Franklin, Kentucky, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and biophysics from WKU.

Daily News
WKU students win $500 for sexual assault awareness video
          A sexual assault awareness video created by WKU students has been named a winner in Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s #VoiceofJustice video contest.

WKU joins group of schools refining education doctorate
          WKU is now part of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, a consortium of universities that works to improve instruction in education doctorate programs.

WKU student entrepreneurs see opportunities, find value
            Dawn Bolton and Whitney Peake don’t carry matches per se, but they fan lots of fires.

Diamond duties for WKU President
       WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell enjoys being analyst on WKU Baseball radio broadcasts.

WKU hosts dedication ceremony for Honors College
            WKU held a dedication ceremony for its honors college on Friday.

Northern Kentucky Tribune
Andrew Davis named Goldwater Scholar
            Andrew Davis of Williamstown has been named a Goldwater Scholar. a premier award for undergraduates pursuing careers in science, mathematics or engineering. A student at WKU, he was one of only two students from Kentucky to receive a Goldwater scholarship this year.

April 1-7, 2017

Daily News
WKU professors win Fulbright awards
            What Saundra Curry Ardrey most looks forward to about starting her Fulbright year at the University of Limpopo in South Africa this summer is returning to a historical black college that reminds her of her undergraduate days at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 2017
            Walk a Mile In Her Shoes at WKU, the march raising awareness to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, kicked off at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Mall.

Students do display at Downing Museum
            Eleanor Davidson was a little frustrated.

Crowdfunding designed to bring funds to WKU projects
            WKU will soon have its own crowdfunding platform.

Gaines Family Lecture touches on press freedom
            Out of every journalist killed around the world since 1992, as many as 65 percent were murdered on the job.

SOKY Book Fest kicks off April 21-22
            The festival is in its 19th year, and festival coordinator Sara Volpi with WKU Libraries said this year features more authors than ever before.

WKU Learn and Earn expands to Simpson County
            When Kentucky Downs General Manager Ted Nicholson was growing up in Chicago, he was fascinated with Arlington Park, a historic horse-racing venue that was resurrected as Arlington International after a devastating fire in 1985.

WKU students to compete in international Arabic debate event
            After picking up Arabic in her freshman year at WKU, Bowling Green junior Savannah Gillam is now about to put her skills to the ultimate test by competing in an upcoming international debate event in Qatar.

Dance Big Red major success
            Dance Big Red raised $66,553.91 for pediatric heart and cancer care at Norton Children’s Hospital after dancing for 12 hours, surpassing their goal.

April is National Autism Awareness Month
            The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex oversees programs that work to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by ASD and developmental delays and disabilities.

Lane Report
Gatton Academy selects 95 for Class of 2019
            The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 95 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2019. Students from 50 counties represent the Class of 2019.

WKU’s Norman named Fellow by the American Council on Education
            Dr. Tony Norman, Director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at WKU, has been named a Fellow by the American Council on Education for the 2017-18 academic year.

Lexington eighth-grader wins 2017 Kentucky Geographic Bee
            Evan Winkler, an eighth-grader at Morton Middle School in Lexington, won the 2017 Kentucky Geographic Bee on Friday at WKU. Winkler finished third in 2016.

Dance Big Red makes a lot of green for Norton’s Children’s Hospital
            The third annual Dance Big Red was resounding success! Organizers had hoped the 12-hour dance marathon last Friday night would net them $50,000.

March 25-31, 2017

Deputy Secretary for Kentucky Labor Cabinet visited WKU to sign agreement
            WKU has been no stranger to construction throughout Dr. Gary Ransdell’s tenure as President, and Thursday the university’s president signed a Construction Partnership Program with Kentucky’s Labor Cabinet.

JA Mini-Corvette Challenge changing locale
            The Junior Achievement Mini-Corvette Challenge is moving. The race that used to take place at the National Corvette Museum will now be run in the parking lot of WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

WKU and Aramark come to agreement on dining and catering services
            WKU and Aramark have agreed on a 20-year contract for dining and catering services.

Memorial scholarship established to honor Gabbi Doolin
            A Thursday morning announcement at Allen County-Scottsville High School dedicated to continuing the legacy of late 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin, by scholarship.

Daily News
WKU partners with Aramark in new 20-year dining contract
            WKU will partner with dining services provider Aramark for a 20-year dining contract that will also require Aramark to help renovate WKU’s Garrett Conference Center.

Women honored at luncheon
            When Barbara Deeb’s name was called to receive the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission’s “Woman of the Year” award during the Women of Achievement Luncheon on Saturday at Mariah’s Restaurant, she was surprised.

Parts of southcentral Kentucky preparing for solar eclipse
            WKU will use its football stadium as a viewing site for various schools that aren’t in the path of the eclipse, said Jeff Younglove, part-time special projects coordinator in public affairs.

Glasgow Daily Times
Mesonet weather station coming to Monroe County
            Monroe County will be getting a Kentucky Mesonet weather station soon, thanks to action taken by the Tompkinsville City Commission.

WKU Public Radio
Family of Slain Allen County Girl Creates Memorial Scholarship
            The parents of a young Scottsville girl murdered in 2015 are keeping her memory alive by helping students pay for college.

Manchester Enterprise
Gatton Academy
            Megan Whittle, a student at Clay County High School has been chosen for WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science for the Class of 2019.

Frankfort State Journal
Teach them well
            Abdullah Ateyeh, Julia Martinez and Zoe Ward of Western Hills High School and Paul Portmann and Sasha Sairajeev of Franklin County High will spend the next two years at the The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, a nationally recognized program housed at WKU in Bowling Green that will offer rigorous academics and the possibility of earning as many as 60 college credit hours.

Three Area Students Chosen For Gatton Academy
            Three area sophomore high school students have been chosen for WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science for the Class of 2019.

March 18-24, 2017

The Skeleton Revealed: Vertebrates As You’ve Never Seen Them Before
            “By simply examining the skeleton of today’s vertebrates, one can gather a remarkable amount of information about the species with which we share our planet,” writes Steve Huskey in his incredible new book, The Skeleton Revealed: An Illustrated Tour of the Vertebrates.

Daily News
Doolin family announces memorial scholarship
            Surrounded by educators and friends, Brian and Amy Doolin announced the establishment of the Gabbi Doolin Memorial Scholarship on Thursday at Allen County-Scottsville High School.

WGI brings regional color guard competition to Bowling Green
            DuWayne Dale is excited about Daviess County High School’s color guard coming to Bowling Green for the Winter Guard International Mid-South Color Guard Championship.

WKU students hope to promote downtown BG with night market
            When WKU student Jody Dahmer studied in Taiwan, he was fascinated by the country’s vibrant night markets that energized the streets with artists and vendors.

Arabic language study grant to benefit WKU VAMPY students
            Some of Kentucky’s brightest students will get the chance to study Arabic at WKU this summer through a new grant provided by Qatar Foundation International.

WKU Public Radio
Family of Slain Allen County Girl Creates Memorial Scholarship
            The parents of a young Scottsville girl murdered in 2015 are keeping her memory alive by helping students pay for college.

Memorial scholarship established to honor Gabbi Doolin
            A Thursday morning announcement at Allen County-Scottsville High School dedicated to continuing the legacy of late 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin, by scholarship.

WKU social work students begin project to beautify community
            Students enrolled in the WKU Master of Social Work program partnered with the Bowling Green Police Department and students from Eleventh Street Academy to help clean up the Hill House community.

Bowling Green “Little Free Library” open for business
            The movement was adopted by the WKU Hill house, WKU students and grads, and Dr. Jay Gabbard to promote a sense of community along with a shared love of reading.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU’s Student Research Conference set for March 25
            About 400 students will make presentations at WKU’s 47th Annual Student Research Conference on March 25 at Downing Student Union.

March 11-17, 2017

AOL News
Boyfriend recreates ‘Hamilton’ rap for epic proposal
            Essa told that he had been thinking of proposing to Sarah Burnett, his girlfriend of five years and fellow student at WKU, for the past year.

Engagement video pulls from Broadway
           A Bowling Green couple’s engagement video borrows from Broadway for a big production. Elijah Essa had the idea in the back of his mind to involve the Broadway musical Hamilton in his engagement to Sarah Burnett, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Elijah and Sarah are students at WKU, so Essa worked with a friend who is a dancer to choreograph the production in Van Meter Hall. Practices began at the beginning of the spring semester.

Daily News
WKU festival sparks creativity, innovation among students
            After middle school student Morgan Crowe peered into a microscope at WKU on Wednesday, she looked up from the lens with a smile and said, “Cool!”

Frankfort State Journal
Love of learning lands Western Hills High School sophomore Abdullah Ateyeh at WKU’s Gatton Academy
            When Abdullah Ateyeh stepped into Robin Jones’ Algebra 2 class at Western Hills High School, it quickly became apparent that Ateyeh knew more than he let on.

Nebraska Today
Massengale reflects on four decades at Nebraska
            Martin Massengale credits the people of Nebraska for his long and illustrious career at the University of Nebraska. The president and chancellor emeritus and founding director of the Center for Grassland Studies and Foundation Distinguished Professor is beginning his transition into retirement after more than four decades at the university. A Kentucky native, Massengale grew up on a diversified family farm, which guided his interest in agriculture. In 1952, at 18, he graduated from WKU after earning his bachelor’s degree in agriculture.

Glasgow Daily Times
Free small business consults
            Miller Slaughter, a management consultant with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of WKU, will be at the Glasgow Barren County Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 21, providing free small business consultations.

March 2-10, 2017

Daily News
WKU debuts new reporting tool for discrimination
            A new online tool will be introduced next semester that allows WKU students to report instances of prejudice and hate on campus.

BGHS teacher inducted into Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
            After more than three decades of teaching, Ron A. Skillern’s biggest piece of advice for new teachers is to pause at the end of each school day and reflect on how to improve.

‘Game of Thrones’ language creator to lecture at WKU
            Local fans of the popular television show “Game of Thrones” and its action-packed fantasy setting have a chance next month to hear from a linguist who created the show’s memorable languages.

WKU early entry program targets underprepared students
            Underprepared college students can often struggle in their first semester, but an early entry program at WKU allows those students to get ahead.

Mild winter speeds up crop development locally
            But according to the WKU agriculture professor, an early start to crop production could mean a hard hit to the harvest if cold weather decides to make an appearance.

Poppy’s Field Trip Winner: Kelly Autism Program at WKU
            The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex (CEC) at WKU enhances socialization and communication skills while enriching the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delays and Disabilities.

44 News, Evansville
Daviess County Teacher Inducted into Kentucky Hall of Fame
            A Daviess County teacher is inducted into the 2017 Class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Joe Westerfield, a native of Hartford, spent 33 years as an educator in Daviess County schools before retiring in 2002. Westerfield has spent his time serving on various committees and registering more than 5,000 students to vote.

WEHT-TV Evansville
Daviess County Teacher Inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame
            A former teacher from Daviess County was inducted into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame on Wednesday during a ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort.

International Business Times
Best Online Colleges 2017: Top 10 Schools Include Western Kentucky University, Penn State
            In a news release this week, College Choice named WKU No. 1, followed by Pennsylvania State University World Campus in second place and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide in third.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Upward Bound students win Kentucky Scholar’s Bowl Competition
            The WKU Upward Bound Scholar’s Bowl team won first place at the state Scholar’s Bowl on Feb. 25.

Franklin Favorite
Summer Early Entry preps students for first year at WKU
            College courses like English and math have minimum ACT requirement before students can enroll in them. When students’ ACT scores fall below the minimum, students can complete developmental courses to qualify them for enrollment in their required English and math courses. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows students to complete developmental courses during the summer so they are fully prepared to take courses in the fall.

Marketing Associate, Taylor Gilkey
            While attending college at WKU, Taylor worked part time at WKU’s Dairy Unit milking cows for three years. Now, she works alongside RFD-TV’s marketing executives to help bring the best of rural America and RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN rodeo to the spotlight.

University Chronicle
Pianist Mike Longo’s Consolidated Artists Productions to Release His New CD, “Only Time Will Tell,” March 31
            After earning a bachelor’s degree in classical piano at WKU, in 1959, Longo spent two years touring with the Salt City Six, the Dixieland group, and was hired at the Metropole Café in New York as one of the club’s house pianists. In his two shifts a day, he backed Coleman Hawkins, Gene Krupa, and Henry “Red” Allen, among many others.

Feb. 25-March 1, 2017

American Library Association
Brian E. Coutts named winner of RUSA’s Isadore Gilbert Mudge award
            Brian E. Coutts, Professor and Head of the Department of Library Public Services at WKU, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor, for his distinguished contributions to reference services and librarianship.

Daily News
February one of warmest on record
            Warmer than average temperatures have brought local flora into bloom weeks sooner than expected and made 2017’s winter months some of the warmest on record in Bowling Green.

Career program helps WKU athletes
            A new online program at WKU will help student-athletes get in the game when it comes to developing their careers and overcoming the time demands that college athletes face.

WKU entrepreneurship program wins awards
            The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU was honored at the Small Business Institute Annual Conference in San Diego.

Forces of Nature: Physics ‘is beautiful’
            William “Todd” Jackson, a sophomore at Greenwood High School, said Saturday that physics “is beautiful.”

PBS donates books to Housing Authority
            Xyrhianna Jackson loves to read.

Six named as Trailblazers
            Aurelia Spaulding, communications and marketing coordinator in the Division of Public Affairs at WKU, never thought she’d be receiving a Trailblazer Award.

Spectrum News
WKU President Gary Ransdell satisfied with his 20-year tenure leading his alma mater
            After 20 years, Dr. Gary Ransdell is retiring as president of WKU, and admits that it has been a special experience leading his alma mater for the past two decades.

Kentucky Museum has been educating students, adults and children for nearly 80 years on the WKU campus
            The Kentucky Museum, located in the Kentucky Building on the campus of WKU, houses six major permanent exhibits and several changing exhibits.

Immigration law forum held at WKU featuring local attorneys
            The Attorneys at English, Lucas, Priest and Owlsey, along with WKU, held a forum open to the public regarding immigration law on Tuesday.

After school program gifted 100 new books
            The children of the after school program at the Housing Authority of Bowling Green were given a copy of the book “Who was Jackie Robinson?” on Friday.

Frankfort State Journal
Two Frankfort students in running for WKU title
            Twenty-five WKU students are vying for 2017 Coming Home King, including two from Frankfort.
Gabibbo wins against Big Red: The Italian character is not a copy of the American one!
            After 15 years, the Italian Supreme Court has brought the long-standing matter to an end: according to the decision of the Court, Italy’s Gabibbo is not a copy of America’s Big Red, and there is no finding of copyright infringement.

Feb. 18-24, 2017

Daily News
AG shines light on campus sexual assault
            One in five women and one in 16 men reported being sexually assaulted on a U.S. college campus in 2015, but only 10 percent of campus sexual assaults were reported to the authorities.

WKU professor emerita to celebrate 40 years with orchestra, Bowling Green
           Sylvia Kersenbaum has been involved with the WKU music scene since coming to Bowling Green 40 years ago.

 WKU weather network to share data
            Weather forecasts in western Kentucky will soon be enhanced by a statewide weather station network headquartered at WKU.

WKU professor gets funding to study human-elephant conflict
            A WKU professor is getting the funding necessary to begin what he expects to be a three-year study of human-elephant conflict in rural Kenya.

New residence hall construction underway at WKU
            Early construction on a new residence hall at WKU has begun, with the goal of offering students more personal living space with common areas for studying and socializing.

Glasgow Daily Times
‘Lost River Sessions’ to film in Glasgow on Monday
            “Lost River Sessions,” a television and radio program aired by WKU’s Public Broadcasting Station and its NPR station in Bowling Green, will be in Glasgow on Monday to film an episode of the show.

WKU offering fly-fishing course in Montana
            The WKU Recreation Administration program will offer their second annual summer fly-fishing course in Montana for high school students. New this year is a high school student scholarship made possible by a current WKU student. This year’s unique fishing program is supported by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, a WKU student and the WKU School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS).

Another jail-WKU partnership leads to preventive dental care
               A new partnership between the Barren County Detention Center and WKU has kicked off with half a dozen or so inmates getting preventive care from dental hygiene students.

Attorney General visits WKU to promote video contest
            Attorney General Andy Beshear visited WKU on Wednesday morning to encourage the campus community to participate in the #VoiceofJustice video contest.

Gatton Academy team to compete in National Science Bowl Finals in Washington D.C.
            A Bowling Green team of high school students wins its regional competition in the 2017 National Science Bowl. The Gatton Academy team will now advance to the National Science Bowl finals this spring in Washington D.C.

WKU Public Radio
Beshear Announces Video Contest To Promote Awareness of Campus Sexual Assault
            Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is announcing a video contest aimed at raising awareness of sexual assault on college campuses. He was at WKU Wednesday to promote the effort.

Franklin Favorite
‘Chinese Cultural Experience’ mobile unit tours local schools
              The “Chinese Cultural Experience” event had a successful start in Simpson County on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The “Chinese Cultural Experience” mobile unit of the Confucius Institute at WKU opened for students of Simpson County schools and for residents of Franklin.

Feb. 10-17, 2017

Lane Report
WKU researchers awarded NCAA grant to study enhanced learning for student-athletes
            A WKU team of researchers was awarded an NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice grant to design a 100 percent online Athlete Bridge to Career Development (ABCD) Program.

Daily News
Archaeologist uses satellites for fresh look at the field
          After years of studying humanity’s past, archaeologist Sarah Parcak remains optimistic about its future. That was the message Parcak wanted to bring when she spoke Wednesday during WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series.

Horticulture education extension agent joins Warren County office
             Horticultural education agent Krista Hildabrand, a native of Adair County and a WKU graduate, has joined the Warren County Cooperative Extension Service office in Bowling Green.

WKU students rally for higher ed funding in Frankfort
            A group of WKU students rallied Monday in Frankfort with other Kentucky university students to demand more financial support for higher education from lawmakers.

New CVS near WKU drawing students early on
            A new CVS Pharmacy across the street from WKU is attracting attention from its students, despite only being open for one week.

WKU project seeks donations related to divisive election, aftermath
            If you are looking for a place to dispose of your “Bowling Green Massacre” sign or Donald Trump doll, look no further than WKU.

Special Report: Love At First Site
            “If you’re spending more of your years in education and getting established in your career, people still want companionship, they still want to date, they still want to have sex, they still want to do all of those things, without being married. And so, technology has just enabled that, online dating has enabled that,” Assistant Professor of Sociology at WKU, Dr. Lauren McClain said.

Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow native talks about working on Clinton campaign
            When Katherine Rogers graduated from WKU with a degree in political science and public relations in 2014, she had no clue what type of career she wanted to pursue.

Fruit of the Loom to honor former CEO’s legacy with a Rick Medlin Memorial Scholarship Fund
            Dependents of Fruit of the Loom employees have access to scholarship opportunities at WKU in Bowling Green, through the newly established Rick Medlin Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Hatcher wins 2016 Bobby Driver Memorial scholarship
            Brian M. P. Driver, vice-president, of The Bobby Driver Scholarship Fund presented Heather with a plaque and congratulated her. The $1,000 check was deposited to her account at WKU.

Franklin Favorite
Students participate in telescope-building workshop
            The workshop allowed students to learn how to build an at home telescope with basic materials with the instruction of WKU Professor and astronomer Rico Tyler.

KY Forward
Winchester native Naselroad selected by WKU as 2017 Homer Ledford Award winner
            The Kentucky Folklife Program announces Doug Naselroad as the 2017 recipient of the Homer Ledford Award.

Feb. 4-9, 2017

Kentucky Monthly
Brew Toppers
            This is not your uncle’s beer class. While the idea of studying alcohol might raise a chuckle from past students who studied the bottom of a bottle after class, it’s a serious business at WKU in Bowling Green.

WKU Public Radio
Retiring WKU President To Lead Semester at Sea
            WKU President Gary Ransdell is preparing to write a new chapter in his higher education career.

Bowling Green Chamber Touts Accomplishments, Honors Ransdell and Taylor at Annual Dinner
            WKU vice president for public affairs Robbin Taylor assumed the duties of the chamber’s 2017 chairman of the board and WKU president Dr. Gary Ransdell accepted the lifetime achievement award for his two decades leading the university.

Daily News
August solar eclipse will be out of this world
            When physics and astronomy professor Richard Gelderman talks about an upcoming total solar eclipse happening Aug. 21, he’s only able to describe it with bubbly enthusiasm.

Ransdell honored by chamber; Taylor takes ’17 gavel
            WKU President Gary Ransdell received the Herb Smith Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday night at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce’s 82nd Annual Dinner.

WKU professor publishes book of animal skeleton pictures
            A WKU professor whose constructed animal skeletons have been on display across the country is having some of his work compiled in a book.

Dr. Gary Ransdell to lead Semester at Sea program
            Dr. Gary Ransdell will be taking on a new position after his retirement from WKU this June.

WKU Cultural Enhancement Series welcomes variety of guests in the spring
            All events will be hosted at Van Meter Hall and begin at 7:30 pm CT.

BG Area Chamber celebrates 2016, honors WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell
            Along with selecting a new chairman of the board, the Chamber awarded Dr. Gary Ransdell the Herb Smith lifetime achievement award for his two decades as WKU president, an award not given out every year.

Glasgow Daily Times
Free small business consults at Chamber of Commerce
            Miller Slaughter a management consultant with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of WKU will be at the Glasgow Barren County Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 providing free small business consultations.

Alexander to speak at WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business
            Alfonzo Alexander, Chief Relationship Officer of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and the President of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT), will present “Ethical Leadership: The True Sustainable Leadership” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 17 in Grise Hall Auditorium on WKU’s campus.

Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2017

Daily News
New business college top priority in WKU capital projects plan
            WKU is setting its sights on the future by planning a series of construction projects, including a new business college and residence hall.

WKU welcomes new leader
            Timothy Caboni was named WKU’s 10th president on Friday following a week-long campus visit that he said brought back old memories of his own time on the hill.

WKU Public Radio
Report: Fewer Kentuckians Trust Media, More Taking Part in Community Activities
               More Kentuckians are getting involved in their communities, but fewer citizens are trusting of the media.  Those are some of the findings contained in the 2016 Civic Health Index released by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Secretary of State Grimes visits WKU to discuss civic engagement
            Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes visited Bowling Green to to go over reports published in the 2016 Kentucky Civic Health Index Wednesday night.

Manual grad makes an entrance at SAG Awards
            A WKU graduate described walking the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards held at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as “a dream.”

Jan. 20-30, 2017

Daily News
Trump ban hits 20-plus at WKU
            President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration and travel from seven majority Muslim countries affects 22 students and at least two faculty members at WKU, according to a statement released Monday morning by the school.

New WKU program allows students to get early start
            First-time students at WKU can now get a head start on college credit at a discounted rate, all while living on campus and getting a feel for college life.

WKU professor develops Bingocize exercise program
            When Jason Crandall sent his students from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro to an independent living facility in 2011, he wanted them to have an exercise plan for the seniors.

WKU professor chosen for psychological organization’s task force on human rights
            For several months, WKU psychology professor emeritus Sam McFarland has been working with five other experts from across the United States and Canada to give the American Psychological Association a better understanding of human rights.

Missionary has a heart for helping prostitutes
            While Rebecca Morgan was studying biochemistry at WKU, she thought she was on track to go to medical school, but God had other plans, the Elizabethtown native said.

Caboni chosen as WKU president
            WKU’s Board of Regents has chosen Timothy C. Caboni from the University of Kansas to become WKU’s 10th president this summer.

Children explore Chinese culture at library
            As Dad picked up Elizabeth, red fingers and all, inside the WKU Confucius Institute traveling van, he talked about why the two visited the exhibit.

WKU announces Dr. Timothy Caboni as WKU’s 10th president
            The WKU Board of Regents has officially selected Dr. Timothy Caboni as the University’s 10th president.

Local students experience history in the making
            A weekend filled with energy, excitement and emotion to spread across the nation, with some south central Kentuckians to witness it all.

WKU Public Radio
It’s Official: Timothy Caboni is WKU’s Next President
            WKU has its next president.

WMKY-FM Morehead
Grimes Launches Second Statewide Civic Engagement Tour
            The next stop on Grimes’ civic health tour is next week at WKU, a partner in the release of the Civic Health Index. The roundtable discussion will be held Feb. 1, 3:30 p.m. CT, at the Faculty House.

Jan. 13-19, 2017

Daily News
Students, lawmaker will attend Inauguration Day celebrations
            When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the country’s 45th president Friday, a group of WKU students and one local lawmaker will see history unfold.

Hands-on learning WKU business interns translate classroom knowledge to real-life tasks
            Cody Cox, a human resources intern at Houchens Industries in Bowling Green, said his classwork at WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business has prepared him for the internship duties he assumed in August.

Talk of the Town with Ryan Dearbone
            He is a 2005 and 2014 graduate of WKU, with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and a master’s in communication.

WKU teacher training program promotes successful teachers, students
            Between the low pay, long hours, mountains of paperwork and dealing with difficult students and their parents, teaching can be one tough job.

 WKU scores high marks in online programs
            WKU’s online degree programs earned high marks this year, receiving recognition from U.S. News and World Report in multiple areas.

Ransdell to tackle WKU priorities
            With less than six months left in office, WKU President Gary Ransdell isn’t wasting any time.

WKU Students Going to Women’s March in Washington D.C.
            Just one day after Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States, tens of thousands will gather in Washington D.C. and other cities through out the country to march for women’s rights, including a number from South Central Kentucky.

Tactical training takes place on WKU’s campus
            The Bowling Green Police Department have taken advantage of the empty WKU campus for tactical training for building searches.

Local college students head to inauguration
            A group of students and staff from the WKU Glasgow campus are headed to the inauguration.

Glasgow Daily Times
Presidential moment: Local residents, law enforcement attending inauguration
            Richard Fitzpatrick, an academic advisor and part-time instructor at WKU’s Glasgow Campus, will be attending the inauguration along with seven students from the campus.

Dec. 14, 2016-Jan. 12, 2017

Meet The 28-Year-Old CEO Plowing Travel Guidebooks Into The Future
            Three years after graduating from WKU, Daniel Houghton, 28, took the helm of the now 44-year-old travel brand, Lonely Planet, in 2013.

Lane Report
Ky. schools recognized on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Online Programs
            Kentucky colleges and universities have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report on its lists of 2017 Best Online Programs.

WKU online programs ranked among best in nation
            WKU has been named among the top schools nationwide for its online degree programs.

Daily News
Kentucky hemp production expected to jump
            Paul Woosley, an assistant professor of agronomy at WKU who oversees the school’s hemp production project, said he was thrilled about the rise in the number of producers in the program.

New report shows Kentuckians put less faith in news media
            “We’re in the midst of what seems to be an unprecedented grappling with the importance of facts,” said Eric Bain-Selbo, a department head at WKU, who co-authored the report.

Teacher education program sees success by placing teachers in classrooms sooner
            When Rachel Swift was studying to be a teacher at WKU, she jumped at the chance to get in front of a classroom as soon as she could.

As WKU winter term classes begin, students seek to get ahead
            With winter term classes underway at WKU, students are buckling down to get to where they want to be faster.

Increased winter moisture a possibility in long-range climate outlook
            A more active storm track affecting weather patterns in southcentral Kentucky could lead to a slightly enhanced probability of a wetter than normal winter, the director of the Kentucky Climate Center said Tuesday.

WKU tuition incentive program looks to expand in new year
            After a 20-year career in health care, Thomas Bratcher went back to school at WKU to find a way to become a physician without mountains of student loan debt.

2016 was a year of change
            “Transformative” has been a common word to describe WKU President Gary Ransdell’s tenure.

Plano boy, 13, will graduate high school in May with two associates degrees
            Like many 13-year-olds, William Poteet plays video games and helps out at church, but his above-average intelligence has put him on track to graduate in May with his high school diploma – and two associate’s degrees.

36 ACT student supports practice, research
            Alex, 17, is a senior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science; his hometown is Crestwood.

Dec. 10-13, 2016

Daily News
WKU professor receives National Science Foundation grant
            A WKU biology professor has received a grant totaling nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation that will allow him to continue his work improving upon a safe way to synthesize valuable gold nano-particles.

WKU celebrates 180th commencement
After 11 years of taking two classes a semester and taking summers off, Tammy Cruse received her Bachelor of Science degree in systems management Saturday at WKU’s 180th commencement ceremony at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Kentucky Board of Education finalizes framework for charter schools
            Among the board members was Gary Houchens, an associate professor at WKU in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research.

Regents hear updates on president search, residence hall in committee meetings
            The search for WKU’s next president is escalating and entering a new phase as members of the Presidential Search Committee continue to narrow the field of candidates.

WKU faculty debate adding sexual misconduct language to course syllabi
            Students at WKU could see new language pertaining to sexual assault, harassment and discrimination on their course syllabi next semester following approval from faculty Thursday.

WKU’s Ogden College steps into future as new science building rises
            Work on a new science building at WKU is continuing while officials remain hopeful it will create a brighter future for students and faculty in WKU’s Ogden College of Science and Engineering.

Dec. 3-9, 2016

Daily News
Bowling Green Woman’s Club gets set for annual Christmas Home Tour
            Proceeds benefit the club’s WKU Scholarship Fund, which goes to a male or female incoming freshman at WKU.

TALK OF THE TOWN: Q&A with Robbin Taylor
            Robbin Taylor is vice president of public affairs for WKU.

Longtime educator will take a break
            After more than 50 years teaching at WKU, Mary Ellen Miller has become known as a creative writing teacher who asks for the best from her students and doesn’t settle for less.

Christmas at the museum: Children enjoy holiday activities
            Five-year-old John William Childers diligently squeezed glitter glue on green felt circles while making ornaments Saturday at the 10th annual Christmas in Kentucky event hosted by the Kentucky Museum.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Graduate Named New Leader of Bowling Green-Based Fruit of the Loom
            Melissa Burgess-Taylor will lead the company following the unexpected death of former CEO Rick Medlin last month.

WKU installs varsity eSports program on campus
            A varsity eSports program is now established on the Hill, and these toppers are ready to take gaming to a whole other level.

Scholar of the Week students recognized
           Scholar of the week winners were recognized at a reception dinner and two scholars were awarded a scholarship.

WHAS-TV Louisville
WKU welcoming 13-year-old freshman
            WKU is giving a special welcome to its newest member of the class of 2021.

Dec. 1-2, 2016

Financial Buzz
Fruit of the Loom Names Melissa Burgess-Taylor New Chairman & CEO
            She received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with a minor in textiles and clothing from WKU, and currently resides in Bowling Green with her husband and two children.

WKU announces new Dean of Graduate School
            A faculty member in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport has been appointed as Dean of the Graduate School at WKU.

Area jail and WKU partner to serve lunch
            Project Breaking Ground served lunch Thursday at the Bunche soup kitchen in Glasgow. Inmates at the Barren County Jail helped the group also.

Fruit of the Loom in Bowling Green has a new CEO
            According to the Wall Street Journal, the company named Melissa Burgess- Taylor as its new chairman. and chief executive on December 1.

Glasgow Daily Times
Jail gardeners provide meal at Soup Kitchen
            Project Breaking Ground has been a collaborative project with, primarily, the jail, a WKU faculty member and her students, including some jail inmates, but it has also involved other community members. Until this week, the produce from the effort that began early this year has been used for meals within the jail.

37th annual Cave Sing set for Sunday
            “The Kentucky Folklife Program last year did some documentation about traditional artists around the Mammoth Cave area. The project was called ‘Folklorist in the Park,’” said Brent Bjorkman, director of the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU in Bowling Green.

The Daily Californian
Media organizations release report revealing threats to student journalism
            Brandon Carter, editor-in-chief of the WKU Herald, said his newspaper has very good support from its administration, especially because the school’s president, Gary Ransdell, is a strong advocate for the freedom of the student press.

Daily News
Pharmacy adjacent WKU to open late January
            A new CVS Pharmacy going up near WKU is one signal of downtown Bowling Green’s ongoing development.

Planetarium forms online store to help students see solar eclipse
            WKU’s Hardin Planetarium has opened an online shop to help pay for incidentals so that students can come view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Lane Report
Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame to add 3 new members
            A statewide committee has selected three entries for the ninth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

Kentucky Distillers’ Association hires director of Social Responsibility
            Edelstein, 26, is a Louisville native and honors graduate of WKU and Tufts University, where she earned a Master of International Business degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Nov. 23-30, 2016

WKU Public Radio
Three Current, Former Educators Selected for Hall of Fame
            Three people who have dedicated their lives to educating others have been selected to be inducted into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow Graduand Ceremony
            WKU Glasgow will host its December 2016 Graduand ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Theatre, 115 E. Main St. in Glasgow.

Daily News
Teacher of the year to be inducted into Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
            When you enter teacher Ron Skillern’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics classroom at Bowling Green High School, you’re greeted by a wooden sign with a quote in Latin from “Lonesome Dove,” a book and film made about the West, that translates to “A grape ripens whenever it’s with another grape.”

Kentucky Board of Education, regional educators seem open to charter schools
            Gary Houchens, a WKU professor, was one of the board members present and said the meeting was an opportunity for the state’s education community to make its voice heard on the topic.

WKU receiving $130,000 to join in career readiness initiative
            Literacy professor Kandy Smith says employers often tell her that the high school graduates they hire must be retrained because they aren’t career ready when entering the workforce.

Bowling Green High and WKU graduate to be the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
            A Bowling Green native has been recommended to be the next chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Local agencies explain preparedness for school attacks
            After an attack on the campus of Ohio State University sends 10 people to the hospital, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and WKU say they prepare the best they can for a similar situation.

Nov. 18-22, 2016

New York Times
Along the Autism Spectrum, a Path Through Campus Life
              Crosby J. Gardner has never had a girlfriend. Now 20 and living for the first time in a dorm here at WKU, he has designed a fast-track experiment to find her.

WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Sees Record Number of Degrees Conferred in 2015-16
           Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities awarded a record number of degrees during the 2015-16 academic year. WKU saw a four percent increase in that same time.


Kentucky colleges, universities hand out record number of degrees
             Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities handed out a record 65,829 degrees and credentials during the 2015-16 year, the Council on Postsecondary Education reported. That represents a 2.7 percent increase from the year before and a 32.5 percent jump over 10 years.

Daily News
WKU students learn about international business from experts
            A student group “Business Without Borders” brought men and women to WKU to discuss their careers and offer advice about international business settings.

Bowling Green man’s comic book soon to debut
         The WKU graduate, who has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature, designed the character with Matt Horak of Ohio.

Nov. 12-17, 2016

Daily News
PolitiFact editors help students sort fact from fiction
            As people become more entrenched in their Facebook newsfeed and digital bubbles, fact-checking takes on an increasing importance when it comes to discerning political rhetoric and reality.

WKU students raise awareness about antibiotic overuse
           As many as 2 million people develop infections from antibiotic resistant bacteria each year, a problem the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says kills at least 23,000 people as a direct result of those infections.

Bowling Green diversified economy shows in Fed stats
           “The across-the-board growth shows a diversified economy,” said Brian Strow, associate professor of economics at WKU, on Monday. “It is helpful to point out that growth occurred when Warren County declared itself as a right-to-work county in Kentucky.”

WKU to host week of cultural event
            Faculty and staff at WKU are encouraging students to step outside their comfort zone this week by organizing a range of intercultural events during WKU’s International Education Week.

WKU Presidential Search Committee reviews candidates
            Campus officials heading up the search for WKU’s next president spent about three hours reviewing candidates with a consulting firm in closed-door talks Friday.

Kentucky New Era
Failure is key to growth for All-Stars
            A new overall achievement award was announced this year for the Most Valuable Scholar, and the winner, Sherafghan Khan, received an additional $2,000 scholarship sponsored by Fortera Credit Union. Khan, a 17-year-old senior at University Heights and Gatton Academy, also won in the high school science category. He said it felt amazing to hear his name.

Washington Post
Hometown Revolt Against Park Shakes Up Korea Political Map
            “Lower approval rates in Daegu are symbolically troubling for Park given that this was her home constituency in the National Assembly,” said Timothy Rich, assistant professor at WKU who studies East Asia politics.

Financial Planning
How President Trump will roll back fiduciary rule
            “The easier path, the one I think is more likely, is that Department of Labor, with new leadership, will simply delay the rule. Agencies delay new rules all the time,” says Ron Rhoades, program director of the Financial Planning Program at WKU.

Henderson Gleaner
Union County natives recognized for education and community engagement
            On October 29, two Union County natives were recognized in Bowling Green for their contribution to community and education. Delvagus Jackson received the Ambassador of Education award, and Aurelia Spaulding received the Nick and Pat Kafoglis Diamond Award from the Bowling Green / Warren County Branch of the NAACP.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Presidential Search Yields ‘Outstanding’ Applicants
            As WKU President Gary Ransdell prepares to retire next year, the hunt for his replacement remains on schedule.

Pulitzer Prize-winning “Politifact” visits WKU post-election
            The Pulitzer Prize-winning website “Politifact” sent some of their editors to talk with students at WKU on Wednesday.

The Gatton Academy: the number one public high school in America
            When you walk in the doors of Florence Schneider Hall, you see typical college students.

WKU Veterans Day ceremony holds special meaning amid political turmoil
            All gave some, and some gave all. A saying that was a stark reminder for Veterans who gathered at Guthrie Bell Tower on the campus of WKU on Friday.

Campus Beat
            Keeping students and faculty safe.

Lexington Herald-Leader
At 70, KET host Bill Goodman looks to new career, not retirement
            Goodman attended WKU, leaving just short of a degree to take a job in Nashville.

Nov. 3-11, 2016

Survivors of fallen military gather at Churchill
            Even though it had been six years since Kathy Yates of Rineyville, Ky. lost her son, Lt. Eric Yates in Afghanistan, she said it was heartening to be around other families who knew what she had experienced. Her son, a WKU ROTC graduate assigned to Fort Knox, died from injuries received when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in the Zhari district of Afganistan’s Kandahar province, according to the Army.

Williamson (TN) Herald
Col. Karen Semeraro relied on personal strength to see through challenges
            Karen Semeraro went to WKU on an ROTC scholarship and was commissioned into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant where she began her 30-year career.

Franklin Favorite
Franklin in sweet spot for ’17 solar eclipse
            This area’s “path of totality,” according to Dr. Gordon Emslie, a Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WKU, will span from Bowling Green around Exit 26 south to Franklin, Tennessee.

Atlas Obscura
The Tiny Kentucky Town That Eclipse Fans Are Obsessing Over
            Dr. Richard Gelderman, the director of the Hardin Planetarium at WKU in nearby Bowling Green, understands the attraction of experiencing a total solar eclipse—earlier this year, on a NASA grant, he went to Indonesia to witness one first hand.

Daily News
National Geographic photographer offers glimpse at vanishing species
            Poison dart frogs, a proboscis monkey and other images of colorful and vanishing amphibians, primates and birds flashed across a screen at WKU’s Van Meter Hall on Monday evening as nature photographer Joel Sartore tried to inspire students and others attending to help preserve the planet’s biodiversity.

WKU names associate provost
            WKU has a new associate provost who’s aiming to boost the recognition WKU receives for its research and creative activity efforts.

Three locals receive Bevin appointments
            State Board of Education member Gary Wayne Houchens of Bowling Green, an associate professor at WKU for educational administration, leadership and research, was appointed to the Education Commission of the States and will serve at the pleasure of the governor.

Dry and warm weather could signal drought
           Unexpected warm and dry weather this fall, combined with low humidity, is putting Kentucky in the early stages of a drought situation, according to state climatologist Stuart Foster.

Lane Report
Gov. Bevin makes appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions
            Gary Wayne Houchens has been appointed to the Education Commission of the States. Houchens, of Bowling Green, is an Associate Professor at WKU. Houchens shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.

Glasgow Daily Times
Goodman talks about transition from KET to Humanities Council
            Goodman originally was spurred to seek a career in journalism while a student at WKU. He took his first courses on the top floor of Cherry Hall on the university’s main campus in Bowling Green.

Indianapolis Star
Kentucky native Ben Hill is new morning anchor at WTHR
           The morning newscast at WTHR-13 welcomed Ben Hill as a new “Sunrise” anchor this week. Hill grew up in Owensboro, Ky., and attended WKU. Before his stint in South Carolina, he worked for TV stations in Tyler, Texas, and Baton Rouge, La.

McLeansboro (IL) Times-Leader
Warmer temps across the U.S. keeping leaves green longer
            Dr. Stuart Foster, director of the Kentucky Climate Center and Kentucky Mesonet at WKU in Bowling Green, explained how temperature plays a role in fall color.

Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2016

Daily News
Test results show minority students are struggling
            Sam Evans, dean of WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, said the results make it imperative to “ensure and provide opportunities for all students to achieve at the highest possible level that that student can achieve.”

Paul, Trump lead in WKU Big Red Poll
            A new Big Red Poll of Kentucky voters from WKU shows Rand Paul and Donald Trump with substantial leads in their races, but also a general dissatisfaction with most public officials as evidenced by low favorability ratings.

Librarian celebrates 50 years of service
           Kay Dillon has probably had to shush a lot of children in her 50 years as a librarian. Dillon, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and her Rank I from WKU, was an assistant librarian at Bowling Green High School, worked in the resource center at Eleventh Street Elementary School and served as librarian at Rockfield and Cumberland Trace elementary schools.

NAACP honors community members at Freedom Fund Gala
           Recognizing community members for their work and honoring four recent high school graduates with scholarships, the NAACP of Bowling Green/Warren County held its annual Freedom Fund Gala on Saturday evening at Augenstein Alumni Center. Aurelia Spaulding, communications and marketing coordinator at WKU, was given the Nick and Pat Kafoglis Diamond Award, which recognizes those who demonstrate leadership, a passion for community engagement and a positive outlook for the future.

WKU grad writes book about controversial elections in America
         Fred Lucas, 1999 WKU graduate and White House correspondent for The Daily Signal, explores past presidential election disputes in his book, “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections.”

Regents hear enrollment update
            New fall enrollment numbers for WKU show mixed results to improve recruitment and retention, with a Friday report showing 209 additional students but declines in sophomores, nontraditional and international students.

WKU’s Board of Regents aims to resolve differences, unite with training session
            Budget cuts, outcome-driven state funding and an ongoing search for WKU’s next president were a few of the issues prompting a training session Thursday where board of regents members explored their responsibilities.

WKU Police builds relationships with the community
            Officers from the WKU Police Department stepped off campus Tuesday.

107th annual Freedom Fund Gala held at Augenstein Alumni Center
             The Bowling Green-Warren County branch of the NAACP hosted their 107th annual Freedom Fund Gala at the Augenstein Alumni Center at WKU Saturday evening.

Oct. 21-28, 2016

WKU Public Radio
A Play By Any Other Name? WKU Shakespeare Scholar ‘Delighted’ By Marlowe Decision
            An announcement this week from the Oxford University Press landed like a bombshell in the laps of Shakespeare fans and scholars.

Daily News
WKU ghost story tour resurrects university’s history for students
            Since childhood, Tamela Smith’s always been fascinated with ghost stories and “anything out of the ordinary that couldn’t be explained.”

WKU to host hacking, coding competition
            WKU is set to host its first hackathon.

WKU Meteorology launches online campus weather service
            Anyone who’s ever looked at a chance of rain in a weather forecast and wondered if they should bring an umbrella will likely appreciate a new online weather service for WKU that’s aiming to clear the air.

Homecoming, tailgating a time to see good friends
            There’s nothing like homecoming and tailgating for Stephanie Burba.

Ransdell soaks it all up in last homecoming
            For two decades Gary Ransdell has been the man to lead WKU.

WFIE-TV Evansville
Big Red delivers surprise to Daviess County students
            It’s not every day Big Red knocks on your classroom door.  

Hopkinsville Resident Honored In Siemens Competition
            A Hopkinsville resident is among four math and science students at the Gatton Academy to be recognized as national semifinalists in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Sherafghan Khan, a second-year student from University Heights Academy was one of those honored by the competition.

Glasgow Daily Times
Greentoppers buy local: WKU-Glasgow fall festival
            The aroma of fresh apple cider and caramel apples spread through the air outside the front entrance of WKU Glasgow on Tuesday.

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

Lexington Herald-Leader
A look at when The Hilltoppers were chart-toppers
            KET premieres a documentary Monday night that takes viewers back to a time when one of the hottest acts in pop music was straight out of Bowling Green.

WKRN-TV Nashville
Lifelong friends find success with handmade furniture business
            Harris Green and Curt Chaffin went to high school together in Robertson County before they both attended college at WKU.

Oct. 14-20, 2016

Daily News
Gatton Academy celebrates expansion
             Several students, donors and community members gathered outside Florence Schneider Hall on WKU’s campus Wednesday to celebrate the expansion of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

2016 WKU Homecoming starts Thursday
            Hundreds of hungry fans are expected to attend the Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 6-4-3 Sports Bar and Grill in Stadium Park Plaza to officially kick-off WKU’s Homecoming week.

WKU, GRREC join in $47 million project to improve school principals
            When it comes to preparing school principals to lead, WKU professor Marguerita DeSander contends more must be done to meet the local needs of schools throughout the region.

Surging downtown poised for next step
            Jonathan Jeffrey, department head for the Department of Library Special Collections and the manuscripts and folklife archives coordinator at WKU, said there was a time in the late 1960s and 1970s when there were quite a few empty or neglected buildings as retailers left downtown and relocated in other parts of the city.

Blast off: WKU SKyTeach hosts competition
            On Saturday, rockets flew through WKU’s Center for Research & Development.

Topper Corner store holds grand opening
            White squirrel figurines, paintings, clothing and other WKU merchandise is now officially available for purchase with the grand opening of WKU’s Topper Corner on Thursday.

State expects hemp program to grow
            Industrial hemp is just one crop being researched in Kentucky. There is also research being done on growing hops for Kentucky’s craft beer industry at WKU through a $50,000 grant, he said.

Fellowship group reaches out to college students
            Sounds of a guitar, violin, tambourine, flute and students singing could be heard coming from the WKU Faculty House Log Cabin on Wednesday during the Reformed University Fellowship worship meeting.

Debate watch party hosted on WKU campus
         The WKU Political Engagement Project hosted the “#TopTheVote” event at Downing Student Union.

Gatton Academy celebrates expansion, honors C.M. Gatton
         The Gatton Academy in Bowling Green celebrated an expansion made possible by donations from Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton.

Bowling Green High teacher named 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year
          A teacher at Bowling Green High School is named the 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Ron Skillern has taught social studies at Bowling Green High School for 19 years as well as designing and teaching an intensive course for verbally and mathematically gifted students at WKU’s Center for Gifted Studies since 1992.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Awarded National Grant to Improve Principal Training
            WKU will share in a $47 million grant to improve training for principals.  WKU is one of seven schools across the country selected by The Wallace Foundation to participate in the initiative.

Lane Report
WKU partners with Texas college that has a branch in Fort Knox
            WKU and Central Texas College have signed an agreement providing a seamless transfer path to a four-year degree. CTC has a site in Fort Knox.

Glasgow Daily Times
Engineers speak to local students about the profession
            Lacey Martin, a senior at WKU from the Civil Engineering Department, said her classes with Owens greatly influenced her career path.

Environmental Monitor
Fall 2016 Environmental Monitor Goes To Print
            The Fall 2016 Environmental Monitor is running off the press and mailing to subscribers this week. Don’t miss work by scientists at WKU to dissect glaciers in Iceland, some of the most dynamic — yet understudied — glaciers on Earth.

Columbia Magazine
Public invited to help scientists study bat behavior
           Bats play an important role in the ecosystem. Yet, scientists know relatively little about their behaviors in the wild. Arizona BatWatch is a new, National Science Foundation-funded, citizen science project designed to help scientists study bat behaviors around a roost.

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

Oct. 5-13, 2016

Daily News
WKU professor receives $400,000 sleep loss research grant
            Most people know the feeling of fatigue after a night of little sleep, but the negative long-term health effects of sleep deprivation remain a mystery to many.

‘New normal’ low interest rates are pessimistic view of economic growth, local expert says
            The new normal approach is pessimistic, said Brian Strow, associate professor of economics at WKU. Strow is a member of the Board of Scholars for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.

Three competitors emerge for long-term WKU dining services contract
            Three competitors have emerged in an ongoing bid process for a new 20-year dining services contract at WKU, which WKU President Gary Ransdell has described as a $20 million annual enterprise.

WKU to host regional level for Hampton’s Entrepreneurship Challenge
            WKU will host Zone 2 of Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge next spring.

Alltech founder pitches innovation
            Kentucky can be a leader in innovation, Pearce Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, told a forum Thursday at the WKU Center for Research and Development.

WKU fall break camp for kids weaves learning with creativity
            Fall break may have meant students didn’t have class or homework, but that didn’t stop them from learning something new.

WKU expanding parking, busing to downtown BG
            WKU students will have more access to downtown Bowling Green with new parking and transportation options starting next week.

WKU police changes on tap
            Students should expect improved community policing when WKU hires a new campus police chief next year, said Brian Kuster, WKU’s vice president of student affairs.

Glasgow Daily Times
Philippines park superintendent learns about Mammoth Cave
            Two things she found interesting about MCNP was its partnerships with the Mammoth Cave Research Foundation and WKU.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Gatton Academy Growing
            The Gatton Academy at WKU is celebrating its 10th year with the largest class yet.  The academy is a residential high school for gifted juniors and seniors pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The program is preparing to increase its number of students from 160 to 190.

Professor gifts his prize money to WKU Study Abroad students
            A whole lot of studying, for a whole lot of cash, according to WKU Associate Professor for Art History, Guy Jordan.

The ONE Campaign visits WKU, discusses poverty and voting
            As Election Day quickly approaches, one volunteer group along with a White House bounce house stopped by WKU’s campus to give students the opportunity to let their voices be heard.

WKU students use fall break for a good cause
            WKU’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity spent a few days of their fall break in Henderson, Kentucky.

“Safe Communities America Day” proclamation signed in Bowling Green
            Wednesday was a monumental day for WKU, Warren County and the city of Bowling Green.

Owensboro Living
A View Of Life Through The Lens
            Some folks leave the house each day with their essentials; a wallet, keys, sunglasses, etc. But for Eddie Atherton, another item is added to his everyday outings, his camera. Atherton graduated from WKU with a degree in Agriculture Management and Technology with an emphasis on Horticulture.

Maysville Ledger-Independent
Danville grad fulfills his dream of becoming a farmer
            A 2005 graduate of Danville High School, Greene said he wanted to pursue farming, but was encouraged to go a different route, so he did. He attended WKU, first showing an interest in photojournalism before settling on a degree in history and social studies. He graduated in 2009.

Oct. 1-4, 2016

WKU Public Radio
Republican Senator Rand Paul Voices Refugee Crisis Concerns
            Senator Rand Paul is speaking out against accepting refugees from countries considered to have a high risk of terrorism, as well as the vetting process for Syrian refugees.

Daily News
Paul denounces socialism, champions capitalism to WKU students
            U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made the case for small government and free markets to students at WKU on Monday, contending that socialism is plagued by a history of poverty, coercion and violence.

TALK OF THE TOWN: Q&A with Jeff Younglove
           Jeff Younglove is part-time special projects coordinator for WKU, which is part of the work he did for more than two decades as director of campus and community events.

WKU competitive gaming program gets started
           Lightning-fast reflexes, tight teamwork and split-second decision-making are just a few of the skills WKU students are trying to cultivate as part of the university’s new eSports program, which is dedicated to competitive video gaming.

Transparency continues as issue with presidential search
           A committee searching for WKU’s next president discussed applicants behind closed doors Friday afternoon, while at the same meeting questions about the transparency of the process were raised.

Sen. Rand Paul talks to WKU students
            Senator Rand Paul was on the WKU campus Monday to speak to a group of students.

Sunday Conversations with Gene Birk: Todd Stewart
            It’s a thrill on the Hill this fall with the football, soccer and volleyball teams in full swing.

WKU continues search for their next president
          WKU continues the search for its next president.

Glasgow Daily Times
Scholarship may be available for students transferring to WKU
           College students wanting to transfer to WKU may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance.

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

Sept. 28-30, 2016

At Home On The Hilltop: Jack Theuerkauf’s Story
            Jack Theuerkauf is coming home.

Vigil held for WKU student killed in car accident
            A vigil was held outside of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority house Wednesday night for Stephanie Campbell.

Daily News
Synthetics contribute to drug violations at WKU
            Campus police are seeing drops in theft and burglary at WKU, but drug abuse violations are continuing to rise compared to the last two years.

WKU Topper Corner now open for business
            Shoppers seeking local artwork, gifts and WKU clothing can buy from the WKU Topper Corner store, which is now open for business.
How TeNesha Murphy makes TV career, long-distance marriage work with Rob Murphy
            TeNesha earned a broadcast journalism degree from WKU in 2000.

Lane Report
Deadline Nov. 1 to apply for Transfer Scholarship at WKU
            The deadline to apply for WKU’s Transfer Scholarship for the spring semester is Nov. 1. Transfer students may be eligible for up to $4,000 in scholarship assistance.

WHAS-TV Louisville
Honoring Louisville native killed in crash
            The WKU Greek Community is honoring one of their own Louisville native Stephanie Campbell who died in a car wreck in Grayson County.

Daily Nebraskan
UNL to host “Land Cover Change, Irrigation, and their Impacts on Climate” speech
            Dr. Rezaul Mahmood will be the keynote speaker. He is a professor at WKU, specializing in weather and climate science.

Sept. 23-27, 2016

Daily News
WKU requests proposals for sports medicine complex
            WKU is now seeking proposals to build and design an on-campus sports medicine complex, following recommendations by state lawmakers that the process be open to competition.

Kentucky AG visits WKU, addresses domestic violence
            Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and WKU President Gary Ransdell signed a proclamation Monday at Downing Student Union acknowledging October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Benefits draw servicemen, vets to higher ed
            More military-affiliated students – including veterans, active duty, reserve and active National Guard members and military family members – are enrolling in higher education locally.

 Cybercrime threat seen
            What began as a misdemeanor investigation for Franklin Police Department Detective Mike Jones late last year ultimately resulted in the arrest of two people on more than 10 felony counts after Jones was able to extract information from a cellphone.

Safety Days program teaches kids responsibility
            School groups from Allen, Edmonson and Warren counties confronted fires, tractor rollovers and other dangerous situations Thursday for this year’s Progressive Agriculture Safety Days program.

Month of October proclaimed ‘Domestic Violence Awareness’ month
            WKU President Gary Ransdell and Kentucky’s Attorney General, Andy Beshear, proclaimed October ‘Domestic Violence Awareness Month’ Monday at WKU.

Bidding to open on sports medicine complex
            Bidding on a sports medicine complex on WKU’s campus is set to begin Monday.

WKU Public Radio
Beshear Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month at WKU  
            Following some high-profile rape cases across the nation, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says Kentucky’s college campuses have not been exempt from sexual violence.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Which Kentucky cities are among nation’s best places for startups? You may be surprised
            Bowling Green’s entrepreneurial push started 12 years ago when WKU and the Kentucky Innovation Network opened the Small Business Accelerator in a former shopping mall.

Glasgow Daily Times
Green is the new orange: Barren County’s sustainable jail garden
                The jail garden project began in January after Nicole Breazeale, assistant professor of sociology at WKU Glasgow, approached Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter about starting it.

Sept. 15-22, 2016

Daily News
WKU will step up inclusion efforts following racial incidents, president says
            WKU President Gary Ransdell is calling for new campus initiatives to discourage prejudice following two racial incidents targeting an African American student and an assistant dean.

Author Anne Lamott to begin WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series
            Anyone who’s ever struggled with writing will likely appreciate best-selling novelist Anne Lamott when she speaks at WKU later this month.

WKU will bid sports complex project following state committee review
            WKU will bid a project for a new, on-campus sports medicine complex following a meeting Tuesday with Kentucky’s Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee

Local professor a finalist for award
            A WKU faculty member is being honored for her efforts to bring the community into the classroom.

Gatton Academy celebrates 10th year with their largest enrollment
            This school year marks the 10th anniversary for the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, and the institution currently has its largest enrollment in history.

Gatton Academy attracting high school students looking for a more challenging curriculum
            Students who attend the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, do so because they feel like they are not getting enough from their local high schools.

5k race in Bowling Green honors fallen soldier
            Eric graduated from WKU in 2008. He was a member of the ROTC program, where he built a number of strong relationships with fellow cadets.

WKU Public Radio
WKU President Creates New Committee on Diversity and Embracement Following Campus Incidents
            The president of WKU is announcing several initiatives following a pair of incidents on campus involving hate speech.
Got A Fiduciary Question? DoL To Issue FAQs Soon
            Ron Rhoades, a planner who is now an assistant professor of finance at WKU, said that the rule is sparking a major transformation in the industry.

Franklin Favorite
Author House to be featured presenter at writing celebration
            Author Silas House will be the featured presenter as WKU celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing.

Sept. 10-14, 2016

Daily News
National Merit names 24 students in Bowling Green as semifinalists
            The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky – Katie L. Alexander, Alexander J. Banazak, Vishnu K. Boyareddygari, Matthew R. Broadbent, Katherine Brown, Mark A. Carrender, Matthew B. Courtwright, Veronica C. Johnson, Aaron T. Kirtland, Elaine M. Losekamp, Benjamin J. Luckett, Samuel Z. Newton, Eileen E. Price, Sara O. Saeed, Taylor E. Senay, Patricia M. Thompson, Jessica M. Williams and Amanda N. Zahn

Bilstein establishes scholarship fund at WKU
            Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel LP has provided funds to establish the Armbrust/McGee German Culture & Work Experience Scholarship Fund within the College Heights Foundation at WKU.

Showing appreciation: Church hosts luncheon for first responders
            WKU Police Department Interim Chief Mitch Walker looks forward to the event every year and he agrees that it’s nice for the church to open up their doors for emergency services individuals and show their appreciation.

FAFSA application opens in October this year
            Filling out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, should be much easier for students and parents this year.

WKU students get hands-on experience with archaeological dig
            WKU students were digging holes, screening and looking for artifacts Friday afternoon during an archaeological survey at Dugas Community Park in Scottsville.

Insider Louisville
UofL among several Kentucky public universities to fall in U.S. News & World Report rankings
            WKU was the only public university in the state whose ranking did not decrease this year, remaining at No. 31 among the 105 regional universities of the South.

UK, U of L drop in ranking of best colleges
            Among best regional universities in the South, Bellarmine University is ranked No. 12, Asbury University is No. 14, WKU is No. 31, and Murray State University is No. 35. Midway University (No. 69), Morehead State University (No. 72), Eastern Kentucky University (No. 79), Thomas More College (No. 79), Northern Kentucky University (No. 82) and Campbellsville University (No. 98) are also in the top 100.

Columbia Magazine
Entertainers educate students on eastern art and culture
            Adair County Middle School students were treated to a traditional Chinese performance and magic show Tuesday morning in the school’s gymnasium. The show, dubbed “Amazing China,” featured world-renowned Chinese performers and was presented by the Confucius Institute at WKU in conjunction with the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center.

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

Sept. 2-9, 2016

Daily News
Forbes defends capitalism at WKU lecture
            Publishing executive and two-time presidential candidate Steve Forbes made the case for capitalism Tuesday to hundreds of students at WKU.

WKU infant development study seeks more participants
            When you look at a typical infant, it’s tempting to think there’s not much going on inside its developing brain.

WKU students place American flags for terror attack victims
            It will be 15 years this Sunday since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – an anniversary marked by a group of WKU students who placed on campus a flag for each victim.

Former Warren County superintendent named as head of GRREC
            After working with Green River Regional Educational Cooperative throughout his career in education, Tim Murley feels honored to be named as its new executive director.

WKU’s Forensics Team looking to echo past success in 2016-17 speech, debate season
            For Ganer Newman, director of WKU’s Forensics Team, the start of each school year means rebuilding.

Engineers’ group honors WKU graduate
            Dennis D. Smith, president and chief executive officer of DDS ENGINEERING PLLC and a graduate of WKU, was named to the prestigious honor of Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

WKU to upcycle computers
            The cost of textbooks, parking passes and residence hall appliances are a few of the many expenses college students face when they head to school for the first time.

Orchestra Kentucky, The Symphony play music for everyone
            While Orchestra Kentucky typically doesn’t have its first rehearsal for a concert until the night before some performances, The Symphony at WKU practices for five weeks prior.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul tours WKU’s Gatton Academy
            U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, called Friday for a greater emphasis on education for gifted students after touring WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

Rand Paul tours Gatton Academy expansion
            Friday Senator Rand Paul toured the number one high school in the nation right here in Bowling Green. The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is on the campus of WKU.

WKU students can lend a hand, score a free MAC
            When you hear the job description “Coordinator of Resource Conservation,” it probably doesn’t mean very much to you.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU’s Ferrell speaks about Kentucky’s burley tobacco
            When Ann Ferrell chose to write her doctorate dissertation on Kentucky’s burley tobacco, she thought she was going to be writing about the end of the tobacco industry.

Simply amazing: Swift lauded for leadership, compassion
            Swift graduated from WKU and served as the director of BMCEMS since the service’s inception.

WKU Glasgow adds GHS alum to staff
            Lauren Swayne, a graduate of Glasgow High School, was recently named as the student recruitment specialist for WKU Glasgow. She will be serving as WKU Glasgow’s representative in Barren, Metcalfe, Monroe, Cumberland, Clinton and Edmonson counties.

Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2016

Daily News
Topper return: WKU welcomes students with festival featuring local businesses
            When it comes to the start of classes each year at WKU, there’s an opportunity for savvy local businesses to attract new customers and potential employees.

WKU’s Music Department tunes up for September events
            WKU’s Department of Music is marching to the beat of its own drum by organizing an eclectic mix of recitals and other musical events for the community next month.  

Regents settle into new roles after recent appointments
            The two newest members of WKU’s Board of Regents come from different business backgrounds, but they agree that their recent appointment is a chance to give back to WKU.

Incarcerated juveniles learn, create TV program
   WKU-PBS staff locked themselves in with residents of the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center in late July, taught them how to work cameras and audio for television programs and in early August taped two programs for broadcast.

‘Lost River Sessions’ to bring live concert series
            Fans of WKU Public Broadcasting’s radio and television series “Lost River Sessions” will soon be able to enjoy the folk, bluegrass and Americana musicians featured in the series through a new live concert series.

TALK OF THE TOWN: Q&A with Jonathan Oglesby
            Jonathan Oglesby earned his master’s degree in geoscience from WKU in May. Before graduation, Oglesby received the 2016 Outstanding Geoscience Student award for his research in Niger in West Africa.

Welcome Back to WKU Day
            It was Welcome Back to WKU Day on The Hill Wednesday.

Richmond Register
More than a side project: Lexington Brewing & Distilling has found its niche
            Lexington Brewing has also expanded its operations to Bowling Green and the campus of WKU. The brewery partnered with WKU on College Heights Brewing.

Aug. 20-26, 2016

Short film to feature 19 actors with disabilities
            The film — a collaboration between Backlight Productions and WKU — will debut at the Franklin Theatre in late August. Talent Takeover: Ruby Lewis of ‘Cirque du Soleil Paramour’
            Nonetheless, Ruby is no stranger to performing — her first professional role following successful collegiate years at WKU was in the touring company of Gypsy as Dainty June.

South Potomac Pilot
NREIP Interns Impact Navy Technologies, Return to College, Plan DoD Careers
            WKU student Abbie Schopper explains a prototype pitot static air velocity probe tested for use in a shipboard duct while briefing Navy personnel during her 2016 summer internship, sponsored by the Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP).

Daily News

SOKY Reads program reaches youth, adults alike with middle grades book
            Sara Volpi, a literary outreach coordinator with WKU, organizes the program and the goal is to reach younger readers this year.

Author wants kids to develop healthy eating habits
            For “Alexander and the Great Berry Patch,” Hawkins worked with now-retired WKU science professor Marvin Russell to put together a chart showing how many calories are burned during certain activities.

Religious community talks about peace, similarities
           The event was organized by the Baha’i community and supported by the WKU Religious Literacy Project as an opportunity to present ways to bring peace to our neighborhoods and work with people from different backgrounds.

Amphibian photo display at WKU
            “Amphibians: Vibrant and Vanishing,” a photo exhibit by National Geographic’s Joel Sartore, will be displayed through Nov. 18 at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall.

Students move in for WKU’s fall semester
            As many WKU students moved into their housing in recent days, it was a different feeling for sophomore Jadiesha Durham of Springfield as she moved into Bemis Lawrence Hall in Saturday. 

Bowling Green will offer among best views of 2017 eclipse
            On Aug. 21, 2017, Bowling Green residents will have among the best views of the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979.

Ransdell reflects on 19 years as WKU’s president through last convocation speech
            WKU President Gary Ransdell took a bittersweet step toward retirement Friday as he spoke to faculty and staff in his final convocation address.

WKU’s Board of Regents approves move to build new sports medicine complex with Medical Center
            WKU is partnering with Med Center Health to construct a new sports medicine complex on campus.

Big Red’s Blitz brings students, community together
            Music and dancing brought together a group of WKU students and people with disabilities Thursday during an annual community service event called Big Red’s Blitz.

WKU’s SGA wants to enhance campus safety with mobile phone app
            Imagine this: You’re a student at WKU getting out of your night class in Cherry Hall and have to pass the spooky-looking Kissing Bridge on the way back to your dorm. You’re alone, so you pull out your phone and open an app allowing your friends to track your location for the time it takes to walk home.

WKU Public Radio
WKU President ‘All In’ for Next Ten Months
            The president of WKU is pledging to move full steam ahead for the remaining ten months of his tenure.  Gary Ransdell spoke of his upcoming retirement during his annual opening convocation to faculty and staff Friday.

Trimble Banner
Rowlett home from study abroad program
            Bedford resident Jenna Rowlett is among 48 Gatton Academy students who have returned home following a 23-day study abroad program to London and Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

Kentucky Press News Service
WKU meteorology programs offers ‘real world’ experiences
            For students in WKU’s Meteorology Program, the forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of professional learning experiences through innovative student engagement activities.

Lane Report
WKU receives $236K grant to assist low-income students
            WKU has received a $236,900 competitive grant to continue providing college admission and financial aid counseling to low-income students in several Kentucky counties, Sen. Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday. Funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Educational Opportunity Centers TRIO grant program.

Franklin Favorite
WKU’s president reflects on past 19 years
            In his final convocation address as WKU’s president, Dr. Gary A. Ransdell reflected on the past 19 years and asked WKU faculty and staff to “join me for the last chapter.”

Northern Kentucky Tribune
Beechwood alum Robert Hardin heads Off-Broadway for dual roles in new show, “McCready The Musical”
            The acting bug bit deep, and after graduation Hardin chose WKU as his training ground for stage and screen.

1st day of classes at WKU
            Monday was the first day of classes for the 2016 fall semester at WKU.

Gary Ransdell reflects on time at WKU
            Dr. Gary Ransdell reflected on the past 19 years in his final convocation address as WKU’s President, and asked faculty and staff to join him for the last chapter.

Aug. 11-19, 2016

WKU Public Radio
WKU President ‘All In’ for Next Ten Months
            The president of WKU is pledging to move full steam ahead for the remaining ten months of his tenure.  Gary Ransdell spoke of his upcoming retirement during his annual opening convocation to faculty and staff Friday.

Lane Report
$22M sports medicine complex to be built on WKU campus
            WKU and the Med Center Health announced today a $22 million project to construct the Med Center Health Sports Medicine Complex on WKU’s campus.

Northern Kentucky Tribune
National Judicial College to honor Kentucky’s Chief Justice John Minton; special reception in Cincinnati
            The National Judicial College (NJC) will honor two pillars of the judicial community in October with the Advancement of Justice Award, including Kentucky’s Hon. John D. Minton Jr., Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Daily News
WKU’s Board of Regents approves move to build new sports medicine complex with Medical Center
            WKU is partnering with Med Center Health to construct a new sports medicine complex on campus.

Big Red’s Blitz brings students, community together
            Music and dancing brought together a group of WKU students and people with disabilities Thursday during an annual community service event called Big Red’s Blitz.

McConnell announces grant to help low-income WKU students ‘overcome barriers’
            WKU will receive a $236,900 grant that will help low income students “overcome barriers,” according to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Service One offering teacher grants
            Other educational initiatives offered by Service One include $14,000 in scholarships to students attending WKU, participation in the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business-Education Partnership, participation in the Newspaper in Education program with the Daily News, on-site educational seminars, participation with area Junior Achievement programs and the sponsorship of a financial success counselor for the WKU Center for Financial Success.

Randsdell to freshmen: Are you ready?
            WKU President Gary Ransdell walked up to the podium to cheers and the waving of red towels Sunday during the opening ceremony of the 2016 M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan.

WKU construction projects aim to improve student life on campus
            A new science building is steadily rising on WKU’s campus, where officials hope to provide a better experience for students.

WKU’s new interim police chief settles into job
            WKU tapped a patrol captain to serve as interim campus police chief following the retirement of Chief Robert Deane.

WCLU Radio
WKU Glasgow Adds Glasgow-Barren County Native to Administrative Team
         WKU Glasgow is proud to announce the addition of Lauren Swayne, a Barren County native, to the WKU Glasgow administrative team. Lauren has recently been named as the Student Recruitment Specialist for WKU Glasgow.

Gary Ransdell reflects on time at WKU
            Dr. Gary Ransdell reflected on the past 19 years in his final convocation address as WKU’s President, and asked faculty and staff to join him for the last chapter.

WKU Gordon Ford College of Business to offer new graduate certificate
          “Business Core Competencies” will add to the skill set of people who need an upgrade in their education.

WKU and Warren East graduate becomes Assistant Director of the FBI
            From the hill to one of the top officials at the FBI. That’s exactly what WKU graduate David Resch has done.

WKU Adding Multi-Million Dollar Sports Medicine Complex
            A $22 million dollar, 140,000 square foot sports medicine complex is in the works for Western Kentucky University.

Campus Beat
      WKU is heading back to school

Broadway World
William Lynwood Montell Releasing Six New Books
            William Lynwood Montell taught in the folk studies program at WKU from 1969 to 1999.

August 5-10, 2016

Lane Report
WKU raised record $23.1M in private gifts in FY 2015-16
            WKU raised a record $23.1 million in private gifts during fiscal year 2015-2016. The total is a 22 percent increase over the previous record of $18.9 million, said Marc Archambault, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations. The record total includes gifts from more than 14,000 donors who made more than 29,000 individual gifts.

Turning an Equine Passion into a Profession
            Kentucky’s colleges and universities offer degrees in just about anything you can think of – but none are more quintessentially Kentucky than equine studies.

Huffington Post
A Day In The Life Of Ruby Lewis Who Stars In ‘Cirque du Soleil Paramour’
            After majoring in Performing Arts at WKU, playing roles like Mother in Ragtime and Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Ruby Lewis was cast as Dainty June in a touring production of Gypsy.

Daily News
GM Foundation awards $85,000 to community groups
            Receiving money were the Family Enrichment Center; Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green; Kentucky War Memorial Unit; Barren River Area Safe Space; Friends of Lost River; WKU Foundation; Bowling Green Area Chamber Foundation; Governor’s Scholars Program Foundation; and United Way of Southern Kentucky.

Riverview at Hobson Grove to have Twilight Tour
            Jack Le Sieur, director of the Downing Museum and a professor at WKU, will discuss Victorian furniture.

Chamber On Track automotive initiative joined by Detroit’s LIFT
            More than 500 students are participating in the program through partnerships with WKU, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Bowling Green Independent School District, Warren County Public Schools and the Warren County Area Technology Center.

Kentucky Mesonet network to get upgrades
            Change is in the forecast for a statewide network of weather stations that makes its home at WKU.

WKU sets new record in private giving
            WKU set an annual record in the 2015-16 fiscal year by raising $23.1 million in private gifts.

Internet of Things connects us all
            The possibility of a device takeover concerns Stacy Wilson, an electrical engineer and professor at WKU, who specializes in system identification, controls systems and supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, security.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Announces $23.1 Million in Private Gifts, Breaking School Record
            WKU’s latest fundraising totals are the highest in school history.

WKU Mesonet Tracks Recordbreaking Rainfall Across Kentucky
            The rainfall that’s been pounding Kentucky this summer has broken records and impacted farmers.

Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville
WKU’s Kentucky Mesonet plans upgrades
            The winds of change are blowing for the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU with plans for equipment upgrades.

WCLU-FM Glasgow
            WKU raised $23.1 million in private gifts during fiscal year 2015-2016—the highest annual total in the University’s history.

Surf KY News
Climatologist Documents Impact of Record July Rainfall
            State climatologist Stuart Foster spent his day Tuesday traveling across western Kentucky to get a closer look at the impact of July’s record-breaking rainfall.

July 29-August 4, 2016

Daily News
Director Carpenter talks Bowling Green memories, new ‘Halloween’ film
            It’s been a long journey for famed film director John Carpenter, from playing in garage bands for fraternity parties at WKU to playing in front of thousands of people at venues around the world.

July is rainiest in Kentucky’s history
            Stuart Foster, director of WKU’s Kentucky Climate Center, said July 1938 has long been the wettest July in the state’s recorded history, with 11.05 inches of rain.

‘The State That Springfield Is In’ reflects life
            Now professor Tom C. Hunley, who teaches poetry and creative writing at WKU, has produced a book of poems featuring the Simpsons and their Springfield community.

Bluegrass roundup: Horse show and clinic features miniature horses
            Lorrie Shipman of Bethlehem, Ga., was excited to learn that her miniature horse Cygnet Farms Street Flame earned the Hall of Fame status Saturday during the Bluegrass Roundup American Miniature Horse Club show at WKU’s L.D. Brown Ag Expo Center.

Coal research grant awarded to WKURF
            The WKU Research Foundation on Thursday was approved for a $200,000 coal research grant from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

Minton elected head of justice group
            John D. Minton Jr., chief Kentucky Supreme Court justice, has been elected by fellow chief justices to serve a one-year term as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chairman of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors.

Franklin Favorite
SCS adds math intervention, English language teaching positions
            An assistant coordinator position at was approved for Franklin-Simpson Middle School during the 2016-17 school year, and the board finalized a contract for psychology services to the district provided through WKU for the 2016-17 school year. Through the program, WKU students participating in a psychology internship will provide the services.

Glasgow Daily Times
Upgrades planned for Ky. Mesonet
            The winds of change are blowing for the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU with plans for equipment upgrades and network improvements as well as the unveiling of a new logo.

July 21-28, 2016

Biotech Gate
Unique Brain Exercise Shown in Study to Lower Risk of Dementia
            The exercise was developed by Dr. Karlene Ball of the University of Alabama Birmingham and Dr. Dan Roenker of WKU. It is now exclusively licensed to Posit Science Corporation, and is available as the “Double Decision” exercise of the brain training program.

NEA award honors sage artist, venerable tradition
             Brent Björkman, director of WKU’s Kentucky Folklife Program and the Kentucky Museum, has known Waddell for nearly 17 years and nominated her for the fellowship.

Ky Forward
Adair County publisher Sharon Burton captures 2016 Al Smith Public Service Award
             Sharon Burton, publisher of Kentucky’s statewide agricultural newspaper and a community weekly in her native Adair County, is the winner of the 2016 Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism by a Kentuckian. She earned a journalism degree from WKU in 1983.

Daily News
Grant will help WKU nurse practitioner students
            The federal Health Resources and Services Administration awarded WKU a $272,574 grant as part of $3 million in awards given to six organizations in Kentucky.

New park’s director settling into position
            Fisher graduated from WKU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in geography, with emphasis in environmental planning and management.

WKU’s leaders discuss dining services contract, state funding among other issues
              As the winds of change sweep across Kentucky’s higher education landscape, WKU’s leaders want to keep the university on course for success.

Stuff the Bus kicks off collection of school supplies
             Jordan Reed of Bowling Green is a recipient of a scholarship that is a result of a partnership between Stuff the Bus, WKU and the College Heights Foundation.

Pieces of city history resurfacing
            For almost three decades, century-old pieces of Bowling Green history have been largely out of sight in a storage room at WKU.

WKU’s public administration program gets reaccredited for master’s
           This year the Master of Public Administration program at WKU met the global standards for reaccreditation, which grants the program an additional seven years of accreditation.

Quilts featured in Kentucky Museum exhibit patch together stories
            When Roxie Bell Hall Hale of Monroe County mourned her late husband, she decided to do it through making a quilt.

Medical Center announces 10K Classic
            Believe it or not, this is the 37th year for the Medical Center Health 10K Classic.” Runners, walkers, wheelchair competitors, and kids all cruise around the campus of WKU under beautiful fall skies.

July 12-20, 2016

Poynter Institute
How a Baton Rouge broadcaster co-anchored 9 hours of shooting coverage
           WAFB anchor Greg Meriwether’s work Sunday is an example of why it’s important for local media to hold onto experienced journalists. He lives where the shooting took place. He washes his car next to where it happened. “When I got out of Western Kentucky University, I thought I wanted to work in a big market somewhere,” he said. “But I found out a long time ago that you make yourself more valuable the longer you stay somewhere. You make yourself more valuable to your viewers when you know them, and they know you, and you know your community.”
Ghostbusters reboot pays special tribute to super fan
            Marshall Ryan Kemp, better known as Ryan E. Kemp, was the founding member of the Western Kentucky Ghostbusters fan group, but his presence permeated every facet of the Ghostbusters fan community.

WVIR-TV Charlottesville, VA
Cyclists Stop in Charlottesville on Alzheimer’s Awareness Trek
            A group of bikers is pedaling 3,600 miles across country for a cause that impacts 5 million Americans.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Drops Cost of Dual Credit Courses, Prepares to Offer New Statewide Scholarship Program
            WKU is dropping the cost of its dual credit courses.

WKU Program Looking to Place Military Veterans in College Classrooms
            WKU is looking for military veterans who want to earn a college degree.

Daily News
WKU alumna promoted at PR firm
            WKU alumna Ashley Brauer has been promoted to senior account manager at Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations in Louisville.

WKU ROTC student honored for overcoming life challenges
            Living with quadri-plegic cerebral palsy, Shawn Sattazahn has overcome many challenges to get an education at WKU and become an ROTC student.

President nominates Minton to federal nonprofit institute
            President Barack Obama nominated Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. of Bowling Green to serve on the board of directors of the State Justice Institute.

South Central Kentuckians gather around man with rare form of cancer
            Spenser Bradley, a former WKU cheerleader, was diagnosed with Renal Medullary Carcinoma, a type of cancer that affects African-Americans who have the sickle cell trait.

WKU French professor reacts to Nice, France terror attack
            At least 84 people were killed and more than 200 others injured when a truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France on Thursday night.

Glasgow Daily Times
Learn and Earn focus of chamber quarterly breakfast
            Mammoth Cave helped put Barren County on the map, but a program that has been developed over the past three years could help do the same thing in a new, different way, said Leslie Witty.

New Zealand Listener
The psychology of “us” versus “them”
            Enter Sam McFarland, a professor at WKU. McFarland has done his time writing about prejudice and the evils of pathological deference to authority.

Lexington Herald-Leader
WKU fraternity team pedals through Lexington for Alzheimer’s research
            She was praying Monday with Phi Gamma Delta (or Fiji) fraternity members from WKU who, after biking nearly 2,700 miles, made their way to Lexington.

WKU Students Bike For Alzheimer’s
            Twelve WKU students are cycling cross country to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimers Association.

July 8-11, 2016

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

Daily News
Closing the pay gap: Women are still making less money than male counterparts
            Kristi Branham, director of the Gender and Women’s Studies program at WKU, said the gender pay gap can be traced to the beginning of the wage labor system, when jobs were identified as masculine or feminine, with masculine jobs deemed more important.

WKU ALIVE Center to move, enter new chapter with merger
            WKU’s ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships will be moving to a new location on campus.

WKU professor rounds globe on educational tour
            In less than a month, a WKU professor hopped from Hawaii to Indonesia, making a few stops in the South Pacific and zooming off to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Tanzania, Greece and Portugal before ending his trip in Boston.

WKU fraternity brothers return from 3,600 bike journey for Alzheimer’s awareness
            A group of fraternity brothers cycling across the country to raise support for Alzheimer’s disease research got a warm welcome Thursday during a brief return to Bowling Green.

BG native gets second star from Air Force
            Brigadier Gen. Steven Basham, a Bowling Green native, will be presented Friday afternoon at the Pentagon an honor earned by few – his second star and a promotion to major general for his dedication to the U.S. Air Force. Basham graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1983 and went on to attend WKU.

WDRB-TV Louisville
WKU students biking across country for Alzheimer’s research
            Research from the Alzheimer’s Association shows every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s Disease. Being personally affected by the disease and not wanting anyone else to suffer, a group of fraternity brothers are biking 3,600 miles across country to change the alarming trend.

WAVE-TV Louisville
College students biking cross country for Alzheimer’s awareness
            A group of college students is currently cycling coast to coast raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s.

WHAS-TV Louisville
WKU students ‘bike’ for Alzheimer’s research
            WKU students were in Louisville Saturday to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

WLEX-TV Lexington
KY College Students Biking Cross Country For Alzheimer’s Awareness
            A group of college students is currently cycling coast to coast raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s.

Memorial held in Bowling Green for Srebrenica Genocide
            “And breakdown barriers about Bosnian people and different ways that might not seem like their own. So our thought is to be able to share them and show what great assets they are to the community,” Director of the Kentucky Museum Brent Bjorkman said.

June 28-July 7, 2016

Daily News
BG Onstage to present ‘Sweeney Todd’
            BG Onstage will present “Sweeney Todd” at 6:30 p.m. July 29-30 and at 3 p.m. July 31 at WKU’s Van Meter Hall.

 Hardin Planetarium to present program
            “Night Sky Stories Over a Summer Campfire” will be presented through Aug. 18 at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium, which is at College Heights Boulevard and State Street.

Cyclist group promoting Alzheimer’s awareness returns to BG
            Bowling Green is the next stop a group of WKU students plan to make on a roughly 3,600-mile journey to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research.

WKU to host information sessions to boost degree completion
            Problems with money, health, family responsibilities and other life events can often get in the way of finishing college.

WKU’s nursing school receives grant
            WKU’s School of Nursing will be able to continue training nurse practitioners thanks to a $272,574 grant it recently received from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

WKU prioritizes privacy, learning communities with housing plan
          Officials at WKU hope a new 10-year housing plan will make the university more competitive when it comes to attracting and retaining students.

Men of WKU ‘FIJI’ fraternity BIKE4ALZ
            They had been biking across the country for more than a month to raise money for Alzheimer research, and on Wednesday the men of the WKU ‘FIJI’ fraternity were back in Bowling Green.

Miss Kentucky contestant supporting survivors of domestic violence
            A WKU student who competed for the title of Miss Kentucky, is pushing a strong message about a serious subject as her platform.

Bike4Alz Team Back in Bowling Green
            Some WKU fraternity members are back in Bowling Green after biking from the Pacific West Coast.

Campus Beat
          The Society for Lifelong Learning

Montgomery (AL) Advertiser
St. James student earns national speech and debate recognition
              A student who graduated from St. James this year recently earned a national debate title in Salt Lake City. Bradley Wascher, who heads to WKU in the fall, took top honors and was named national champion in the “extemporaneous commentary” contest earlier this month at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, sponsored by the National Speech and Debate Association.

Lane Report
WKU partners with job search engine to expand Learn and Earn program
            WKU’s Learn and Earn program is partnering with SOKY Jobs to increase awareness, expand business partnerships and meet the growing workforce needs within the region.

June 17-27, 2016

WKU Public Radio
WKU Presidential Search Committee Laying Out Timeline For Next Steps
            Members of the WKU presidential search committee are laying out a timeline of next steps in the hiring process.

Daily News
Hamster Bowl raises support for Family Enrichment Center, military
            McGuire volunteered at the 2016 Hamster Bowl, an event sponsored by WKU’s ROTC and Student Veterans Alliance.

Bowling Green’s refugees celebrate community
            Alex Rostov, a WKU graduate student and former basketball player, volunteered at the event. He said he came to America from Latvia to get an education.

WKU’s Stinson named to state Veterans Hall of Fame
            Krystol Stinson, a local staff member of WKU’s Veterans Upward Bound program, has been elected to the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted in the fall.

WKU professor releases his eighth novel
            Local author David Bell, a WKU English professor, will discuss his eighth novel, “Since She Went Away,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren County Public Library Bob Kirby Branch.

With passport renewals ahead, WKU offers service center
            Within the next year, almost 20 million passports are expected to expire and come up for renewal following a 10-year period.

WKU to induct three in honor hall
            A revered athletic trainer, a retired chief judge and a nationally recognized educator will be inducted into WKU’s 25th class of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Oct. 21 during the 2016 Homecoming celebration.

Teacher gets regional art award
            Local art teacher and WKU alumna Shelly J. Clark recently received the 2016 Southeastern Regional Elementary Art Teacher of the Year Award given by the National Art Education Association.

Huffington Post
‘Since She Went Away,’ A Conversation with David Bell
            David Bell, an Associate Professor of English at WKU, received an MA in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati.

Cookeville (TN) Herald-Citizen
Likens named new H-C managing editor
            Terri Likens, a Kentucky native with more than 35 years experience in the newsroom, has been named managing editor of the Herald-Citizen. In 2010, she received WKU’s Herald Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism.

Washington Times
Smithsonian Pollinator Garden focuses on importance of pollination
            Smithsonian Gardens interns have learned from their hands-on maintenance of the grounds and plants. Linda Cruz, 21, said she has seen the benefits of the Pollinator Garden’s mission. “A lot of people assume only butterflies need help because of habitat destruction, but there are a lot of beneficial insects also being affected. I think the signs make you think it would be neat to see some insects in your own garden,” said Ms. Cruz, an agriculture major from WKU.

Phoenix New Times
John Carpenter on Stage Fright and Why He Composed Scores for His Early Horror Films
            There aren’t too many points of comparison between Charlie Chaplin and John Carpenter. But both of them are on that relatively short list of movie directors who composed music for their own films.

June 9-16, 2016

WKU Public Radio
WKU Researcher Uses Federal Hospital Survey Results to Measure Patient Satisfaction
            A WKU researcher says hospitals now have more incentive than ever before to achieve patient satisfaction. Neale Chumbler, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at WKU, says a federal survey of hospital patients is creating a comparison of care providers across the country.

Jail Garden Grows Healthy Relationships and New Lives
          A WKU sociology course brings students from the Glasgow campus to dig side-by-side with students who are inmates at the detention center. More than asparagus and potatoes are taking root at the jail garden. Some of the students are growing new lives.

Scottsville woman to be inducted into Kentucky Veteran’s Hall of Fame
            A Scottsville woman will be inducted into the Kentucky Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Nominations are being accepted for 2017 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
            Do you know a great teacher who deserves to be honored? WKU is accepting nominations for the 2017 class of inductees into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

Daily News
WKU counselor: Work through your grief
            Hospital officials in Orlando, Fla., are “very optimistic” about the recovery of victims of a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people, according to The Associated Press. But the massacre has left other wounds across the country, sparking grief and debate.

Report details Kentucky’s progress on education, future challenges
            Kentucky has come a long way from ranking near the bottom in K-12 education, and a new report contends it’s because of state legislation that helped usher in key changes more than 20 years ago.

New executive hired for Logan chamber
            The new executive director is a native of Logan County’s neighboring Todd County. She is a WKU graduate, where she received a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on business.

WKU to build new dorm, replace two other residence halls
            A new residence hall in the works at WKU will feature individual bathrooms, a dining facility and about 400 beds.

Minton sworn into third term as chief justice
          After eight years as head of the state court system, John D. Minton Jr. will continue in that role in a third term as chief justice of Kentucky beginning June 28.

Campus Beat
         WKU Glasgow campus

Cadiz Native On Winning WKU Concrete Canoe Team
            A Cadiz native was one of 14 WKU civil engineering students who has earned national recognition.
9 Habits of People Who Don’t Get Sick
            Those old Frazier reruns could rev your immune response. In a study from WKU, healthy women who watched videos featuring funny men like Robin Williams showed significantly greater activity of their body’s infection-fighting NK cells—a fundamental part of the immune system— than women who saw a tourism video.

Becker’s Hospital Review
Older women more satisfied with hospital care than male counterparts
            Neale R. Chumbler, PhD, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at WKU in Bowling Green and the study’s lead author, told WKU News, “Older patients want not only high-quality, compassionate and responsive care, but also a clear explanation of their diagnosis and treatment plan.”

Lane Report
WKU professor honored for civic engagement
            Dr. Molly Kerby, associate professor in WKU’s Department of Diversity & Community Studies, was honored recently by the American Democracy Project (ADP), an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Kentucky Board of Education welcomes five new members
            Five new members assumed their seats on the Kentucky Board of Education. Frankfort District Court Judge Chris Olds administered the oath of office to the new members, including Gary W. Houchens, who is from Bowling Green and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at WKU.

June 4-8, 2016

Daily News
SKyPAC names chief development, outreach officer
            William F. Skaggs has joined the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center as chief development and outreach officer.

WKU students recognized nationally for journalism
            Journalism students at WKU have been recognized once again in this year’s Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

WKU Glasgow program looking to spread to main campus
            WKU’s Learn and Earn program is looking for Bowling Green partners to help more students.

WKU endowment foundations at top, bottom of rankings
            When compared to Kentucky’s other college and university endowment foundations, WKU’s College Heights Foundation tops the list with the highest five-year average annual return.

WKU has best looking bridge in national competition
            WKU civil engineering students took home a first place for the best looking bridge at the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 27 and 28 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Lane Report
WKU student wins national photojournalism award
            WKU student Brittany Greeson has been named the national photojournalism champion in the 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

NEA awards grant funding to arts council and five Kentucky organizations
            A proposal from WKU’s Kentucky Folklife Program and Cumberland Gap National Park was one of 51 selected in 27 states as part of the NEA’s Imagine Your Park grant program celebrating the centennial of the National Parks System.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Johnston’s career celebrated
            Hardin County Schools board chairman Charlie Wise greeted the crowd Sunday at an open house to celebrate the career of outgoing Superintendent Nannette Johnston.

WLKY-TV Louisville
Kentucky Arts Council awarded $746,500 in funding
            They include $70,000 to the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman for two projects, $10,000 to WKU’s Kentucky Folklife Program and Cumberland Gap National Park to place a folklorist in the park, $20,000 to Appalshop in Whitesburg, $10,000 to Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington and $15,000 to Pioneer School of Drama in Danville.

May 26-June 3, 2016

Korea Joongang Daily
WKU’s professors visit to study Korean culture
            A group of eight professors from WKU visited Korea on a two-week program to have a glimpse into the Korean way of life and deepen ties with their South Korean counterparts under the International Year of Korea program.

Daily News
WKU professor breaks game show record
            In a trivia challenge that saw famed “Jeopardy!” winner Ken Jennings eliminated after four questions, WKU art history professor Guy Jordan made it through more than 200, setting a record for ABC’s “500 Questions” and ending the season undefeated.

Ribbon cutting held for downtown Starbucks
            A ribbon cutting was held Thursday for the new Starbucks at Stadium Park Plaza. The coffee shop opened Saturday and the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Thursday ribbon cutting in front of more than 200 spectators and elected and business leaders.

Not forgotten: American Legion holds Memorial Day service for veterans
            Harriet Downing, widow of former WKU President Dero Downing, who served in the Navy during World War II, attended the event, which she looks forward to every year because it allows her to reunite with old friends.

Oral history project aims to document garment industry
            The garment industry was once a major employer across southcentral Kentucky, and an oral history project at WKU aims to capture the stories of those who worked in the industry.

TALK OF THE TOWN: Q&A with Drew Martin
            Elkton native Drew Martin has been president of Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky since March 2015. He graduated from WKU in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in political science and communication studies and in 2014 with a master of arts in public administration.

WKU professor competes on ‘500 Questions’
            WKU art history professor Guy Jordan will appear Tuesday night on the ABC game show “500 Questions” as a challenger, fighting to knock the current main contestant out of the game.

WKU alum honored by Woodford Reserve
            Woodford Reserve is honoring the memory of WKU alumnus Army 1st Lt. Eric Yates by selling engraved bottles in his memory from Friday through Monday and donating the proceeds to the 101st Airborne Division Association’s “Screaming Eagle Foundation.”

Bevin appoints Houchens to ed board
            Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday appointed five new members to the Kentucky Board of Education, one of whom is from Bowling Green.

WKU associate professor does well on ABC game show
            A WKU associate professor makes a record-breaking run on ABC’s “500 questions”.

Sunday Conversations with Gene Birk: Dale Augenstein
            He graduated from WKU in 1981. Ten years later he opened his first restaurant in Hilton Head.

Morgantown native wins an international contest
            A Morgantown native and Gatton Academy graduate is one of two university students to receive awards in the 11th Alltech Young Scientist Program, the largest global contest of its kind.

WKU grad lands starring role on Broadway
            A few months ago The Buzz talked with WKU graduate Ruby Lewis about living in New York City and preparing for her first Broadway role.

WBKR-FM Owensboro
WKU’s Guy Jordan Sets ‘500 Questions’ Record
            So, Guy Jordan, the Associate Art Professor at WKU conquered ABC’s game show ‘500 Questions’. Seriously.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 2016 class Thursday
            Darel Carrier: The Bowling Green native scored 3,148 points in high school. He was an All-American at WKU and a three-time All-Star in the American Basketball Association.

Williamson Herald
Backlight Productions takes center stage to shine in talent and spirit
            Every year is something special for the nonprofit’s quest for thespian knowledge, but this year’s project won the hearts of personnel at WKU. Adjunct professor in WKU’s film program Dr. Jerod Hollyfield has been a supporter of those facing handicaps, and based his short film “Goodfriends” on the daily struggles of those coping with such conditions.

Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow noon Rotary Club honors scholarship recipients
            Each year the club makes available the “Stanley G. Zimmerman Service Above Self” $1,250 scholarship to a graduating senior at Glasgow High School, and a graduating senior at Barren County High School and the Juanita Bayless Memorial $500 scholarship to students either attending or who plan to attend the Glasgow campus of WKU or the Glasgow Campus of KCTCS/Bowling Green Technical College.

May 19-25, 2016

Nashville Arts
Being A “Goodfriend”
            What makes motion pictures meaningful is their ability to teach us how “the other half lives. Films are useless if they do not inspire the audience to become better people, think new thoughts, and empathize more fully with others. WKU Professor Dr. Jerod Ra’Del Hollyfield understands the importance of film because he has built a career on using it to spotlight the issues society ignores.

WSFA-TV Montgomery, AL
Nashville film showcases actors with disabilities
           Movie star is not a title usually associated with people with disabilities, but a new movie being filed in Nashville is changing that. A young woman with autism wrote the movie, called A Dream Come True in New York City. The actors are all disabled. The crew is WKU film students and teachers.

Daily News
Bob Kirby honored at luncheon
            Several community members, family and friends of Bob Kirby gave a standing ovation Tuesday at the Knicely Conference Center in honor of him receiving the 2016 South Central Kentuckian of the Year Award.

Department of agriculture hopes to spread hops growth throughout state
            The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is working to determine whether hops are a viable crop in the state.

Study seeks participants for study on aging, reading
            It’s not uncommon to be distracted while reading, but what’s less understood is how that changes with age.

For WKU students, storm chasing brings studies to life
            When severe weather hits the Southwest and Midwest each spring, there’s a chance that a group of WKU students is chasing it.

Girls score higher than boys on recent technology, engineering test
            A new national test assessing students’ technology and engineering literacy shows that not only are girls just as capable as boys, but that they scored three points higher overall.

Growing auto industry has major impact on state, region
            Those were some of the messages delivered Thursday at a Regional Economic Briefing at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Lost and Found
            When efforts to recover a lost cane commemorating Col. Gary “Mickey” Riggs’ 29-year military career yielded nothing, Riggs’ family thought the Vietnam veteran would never see it again.

WKU could experiment growing hops
            The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and WKU could be teaming up soon.

Glasgow Daily Times
Headed to Gatton
            As this school year comes to a close, Glasgow High School sophomore Sims Alexander will not be returning to GHS in the fall.

Lane Report
WKU names executive director of alumni association
            Dr. Anthony McAdoo, a veteran alumni relations professional, has been named the new executive director of the WKU Alumni Association.

‘South Central Kentuckian of the Year’ named
After service in Korea, he graduated from WKU with a degree in commerce in 1960 and from the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University in 1978.

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

WKU Public Radio
Economists Offer Upbeat Assessment at Federal Reserve Meeting in Bowling Green
            Economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis say the nation continues a modest recovery from the Great Recession.  The group held a regional economic briefing Thursday at WKU.
Houston’s Rapid Growth, Heavy Rains, Heighten Flood Risk
            Many cities in the South and along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have grown faster than other parts of country in recent decades and become much more prone to flooding, said Warren Campbell, civil engineering professor at WKU and coordinator of the school’s floodplain management program.

WKU fusion journalists will cover INMA World Congress in London
            Nine members of WKU’s Western iMedia programme will cover the INMA World Congress and study tours, bringing their unique storytelling skills to the global news media conference for the sixth consecutive year.

May 13-18, 2016

Consequences of Sound
From Horror Legend to Rock Star: A Conversation with John Carpenter
            John Carpenter will forever be known as an auteur. His scripts, visuals, and music combine to form a distinctive style — referred to, fittingly, as Carpenter-esque — that permeates modern genre cinema.

Lane Report
Hard Jobs Take Soft Skills
            WKU this month is launching Learn and Earn. The program partners with area compa­nies and businesses to employ both tra­ditional and nontraditional college students. Participating students will work for wages and can receive college scholarships from their employers.

Daily News
Students depart on 3,600 bike journey for Alzheimer’s awareness
            Before embarking on a 3,600-mile bicycle trek to raise support for Alzheimer’s disease, Joey Badinger was excited.

A degree 20 years in the making
            As Pearl Taylor marched in to E.A. Diddle Arena in her cap, gown and honors cords Saturday afternoon, her husband of more than five decades shouted “Pearl” and blew kisses.

Uncertainty surrounds fate of WKU programs
            WKU’s Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility reports program growth this year, but that could be disrupted in light of state budget cuts impacting higher education.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-G faculty, students, jail staff and inmates celebrate garden’s progress
            After she completes a few other steps, Jaclyn West has big ideas she wants to implement that are partly inspired by her experience during the past three months.

More than two dozen pedal for Friends of MCNP
            Miranda Clements, the greenways coordinator for the Greenways Commission of Bowling Green and Warren County, had brought the materials for the course, a kit for which was purchased with the aid of grant funds, she said. Big Red Bikes, a program through WKU that refurbishes bike and loans them, had allowed them to bring several kid-sized bicycles for the day, and helmets were available as well.

WKU students bike riding across the country for Alzheimer’s Disease
            A group of WKU fraternity men are pedaling out of Bowling Green to raise money for a disease that is close to many people.

Non-traditional WKU student earns degree, inspires
            Graduation is a day college students dream of for about four years. For Pearl Taylor, that degree just happened to take a little longer.

WKU Students Unveil Jail Garden Project
            WKU Glasgow students unveiled their Jail Garden project Thursday afternoon. Project Breaking Ground is a sustainable garden located right next to the Barren County Detention Center in Glasgow.

Ky Forward
Reigning Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Queen proud to be a country girl
            Lindsay Ratliff, the 2015 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Queen, will be returning to Pineville for the Memorial Day weekend. And Ratliff won’t be the festival queen much longer as a new one will be crowned on Saturday, May 28. But the WKU senior is still enthusiastic about her upcoming visit to Bell County in the southeastern Kentucky mountains.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Local WKU graduates earn unique recognitions
           Several local graduates of WKU’s 179th commencement ceremony were recognized Saturday in Bowling Green for their unique accomplishments.

May 7-12, 2016

Daily News
WKU to graduate first physical therapy doctors Friday
            When WKU graduates walk the line to receive their degrees this weekend, 30 of them will be the first graduates of the university’s doctor of physical therapy program.

WKU students showcase projects through Engineering Expo
            Robots, a tennis ball launcher and other intricate devices were on display Wednesday as engineering students at WKU showcased and touched up their projects during the university’s Engineering Expo.

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

WKU graduate students receive $11,000 addiction fellowships
            A fellowship program aiming to improve health care for diverse populations is awarding $11,000 each to two WKU graduate students so they can continue to study addiction.

Community comes together for 22nd Annual Prayer Breakfast
            WKU football coach Jeff Brohm talked Wednesday about how the power of prayer and his faith and belief in the Lord have helped him on his journey.

Graduation marks both an end and a new beginning for WKU students
            WKU will award 2,564 degrees and certificates to graduates next weekend, and for many it will be a major milestone.

Sunday Conversations: John Oldham
            If you ask any true Hilltoppers fan, they’ll tell you, John Oldham’s name is legendary at WKU, first as an All-American athlete, then as head basketball coach, and finally as athletic director.

Glasgow Daily Times
Skyping across the stage: WKU Glasgow Graduand Ceremony
            Kelsey Gregg was almost 5,000 miles away from the WKU Glasgow Graduand Ceremony Thursday night, but she was present none the less.

Kentucky Today
LifeWay consultant joins KBC to work with south-central churches
            Rick Howerton will serve in the south-central region based in Bowling Green, where he once served as the WKU campus minister for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

April 30-May 6, 2016

Daily News
Alltech, WKU partner on China internship
            A new internship program between WKU and Alltech China is aiming to give students experience to hone their Chinese language skills and learn about Chinese business culture.

WKU Learn and Earn program to offer students summer employment
            As the semester winds down and finals approach for WKU students, the Learn and Earn program is offering students summer employment, along with a shot at tuition scholarships.

 Parking, transit changes coming to WKU next year
            A loss of parking spaces on WKU’s main campus, combined with more demand for housing parking, is prompting officials to limit housing permit sales next school year.

WKU faculty win Fulbright Program awards
            Kristin Wilson is one of two WKU faculty awarded grants from the Fulbright Program.

WKU students attempt to connect to downtown via hula hoop
            A line of WKU students and others holding hands formed Friday along College Street in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest human chain to pass through a hula hoop.

WKU freshman to speak about mental health in Washington, D.C.
            When Brendan Ward was in the third grade growing up in Memphis, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

NPR ‘voice of reason’ important for our times, president says
            Jarl Mohn, president and chief executive officer of National Public Radio, told an audience Friday morning that when he was 15, he started work in radio at a station in Doylestown, Pa., in eastern Pennsylvania.

Glasgow Daily Times
A jump toward independence: BCHS student accepted into Gatton Academy
            When Mason Tomko was in the seventh grade at Barren County Middle School, his class toured The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science which is located on WKU’s main campus.

Therapy Dog Helps WKU Students Stress Less
            The semester is almost at a close, which means finals and stress. The WKU Counseling Center held a meet and greet with their new therapy dog star to help students alleviate some stress.

Sunday Conversations with Gene Birk: Dr. Julia Link Roberts
            It has been on the Washington Post’s list of elite schools for eight straight years! And ranked by Newsweek as the number one public high school in the nation three years in a row!

April 21-29, 2016

Daily News
WKU will raise tuition, cut programs to address funding shortfall
            The news that WKU will hike tuition and cut programs to address a $6 million shortfall in 2016-17 was met Wednesday with relief and frustration.

Diversity key with Evening of Dance
Hannah Scott has had a busy semester.

WKU students teach engineering and robotics to children
            Children at the Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green spent time building model cars and programming robotics Tuesday to help them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

WKU students aim to break world record
            WKU students will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest human chain to pass through a hula hoop Friday as a part of a bigger event called Rue de la Rouge.

WKU grad stresses importance of local coverage in journalism
           New York Times investigative reporter Nikita Stewart became tearful as she talked about her grandmother Monday during the 12th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series at WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall.

New businesses make their pitch at Wishing Well event
           Gone Nuts creators Tara Keith and Brennan Elsas, both WKU students, were next to present. They were looking for the opportunity to earn funds to go toward buying a commercial nut grinder, a mixer and filling machine. Keith said the new machines would increase their production and maximize their consistency.

Theater program aims to divert youth from wrong path
           When kids make poor choices, it’s easy for them to go down the wrong path without guidance. So, a WKU theater program is attempting to intervene in the lives of local low-level juvenile offenders by allowing them to act out their experiences on stage.

Author shares love of dance with kids at Book Fest
           When author Brooks Benjamin asked Friday for volunteers to do dances – one of which depicted an oak tree’s life cycle – during the Southern Kentucky Book Fest Children’s Day activities, several hands shot up.

Marchers take a stand against sexual violence
            Gloria Cox felt a kinship with the more than 200 people at Take Back the Night, an annual walk and candlelight vigil held Thursday night to raise awareness about sexual violence.

Gifted kids need challenge to succeed
            There are plenty of services for students falling behind in school, but advanced students, known as “gifted,” face their own barriers to success. Julia Roberts is the executive director of The Center of Gifted Studies at WKU and the Mahurin professor of gifted education. She said the level of funding for gifted education in Kentucky has remained the same since 1990, which she put in the range of $6 million.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Outlines Budget Cuts, with No Degree Programs or Filled Faculty Positions Eliminated
            WKU President Gary Ransdell says budget cuts at the school won’t negatively impact academic programs.

WKU, Alltech Open First University-Based Craft Brewery in Kentucky
           A craft brewery with ties to WKU is now producing beer in Bowling Green.

WKU announces impact of budget cuts
            It’s a task no university wants to tackle, and neither does WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell.

Louisville Business First
Here’s a first: A Kentucky university is getting a brewery
            Lots of students go to college and drink beer. Now some will be able to make brew while they’re at it.

Kentucky Forward
Alltech, WKU combine to create largest operating campus brewing system in U.S.
            Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is partnering with WKU to bring the largest production-level brewing system to a university campus in the United States.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow hosts Hispanic festival
            High school and collegiate students gathered under a giant tent Wednesday in front of WKU’s Glasgow campus to celebrate Festival Cultural Hispano 2016.

Students tour Barren County industries, learn about local jobs
             The industry tours are part of a combined effort of Industrial Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County, WKU Glasgow and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College and others to expand workforce development in Barren County.

Ashland Daily Independent
Science Olympiad Dynasty
           You want to know something about science? Ask a student in the Russell Independent School system. Chances are, you’ll get the right answer. The middle school made it a dozen overall and eight in a row last weekend at WKU. The high school has won the past four in a row.

Frankfort State-Journal
Student to finish out high school at WKU’s Gatton Academy
           She began her schooling at Hearn Elementary, then continued at Elkhorn Middle School. Now, Niki Rajendran is wrapping up her sophomore year at Franklin County High School — but she doesn’t plan to return there in the fall. Rajendran will be finishing out the remaining of her high school years at WKU’s Gatton Academy, with 100 other students who were accepted.

April 15-20, 2016

Washington Post
Top-performing schools with elite students
           Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science (Bowling Green, Ky.) Juniors and seniors from around the state are selected by scores, grades and essays to live in a residence hall at WKU, earning college credit as well as completing high school.

WGBH Boston News
‘Millennial’ Is A Podcast That Spells Success For Its Creator (And Testifies To New Media’s Direction)
            After graduating from WKU in 2014, Megan Tan came face to face with the classic and vexing question  a million college seniors this year will face upon graduation: What was she going to do with her life?

Daily News
Greek Week blood drive underway
            WKU will be hosting a blood drive in honor of Greek Week.

Southern Kentucky Book Fest is this week in Bowling Green
           The Southern Kentucky Book Fest is being held later this week in Bowling Green, featuring author presentations, panel discussions and book signings.

WKU faculty voice concerns during presidential search forum
          The search for WKU’s next president continued Friday during an open forum where faculty shared desired qualities for WKU’s next leader and concerns about the university’s direction.

Bird research in Alaska combines WKU disciplines
           A WKU researcher is going to the top of the world this summer and next to continue his landmark research on birds.

Warren Central student to graduate with associate degree
            In May, Morgan Askins, a Warren Central High School student, will become the first in the Warren County Public Schools district to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree. She plans to attend WKU after high school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in either agriculture business or animal science and is interested in pursuing a doctorate after that.

WKU students attend “Bathroom Bills” open forum
            “Bathroom Bills” are making headlines across the country.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Columnist Tom Eblen inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame
            Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen, a WKU graduate, was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of a class that included community-oriented and nationally known journalists and journalism educators. Other inductees included WKU graduates Chuck and Donna Stinnett, who were longtime journalists at The Gleaner in Henderson.

Glasgow Daily Times
NY Times reporter to lecture at WKU
            WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting is pleased to welcome New York Times investigative reporter Nikita Stewart back to her alma mater as the guest lecturer for the 12th annual John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series.

Lincoln (NE) Journal Star
Journal Star reporter, photographer win top awards
            Francis Gardler, a native of Philadelphia, has a master’s degree in photography from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. Prior to that he was the Photojournalist-In-Residence at WKU, where he worked with some of the best photojournalism students in the country. A 1994 graduate of WKU’s photojournalism program, he’s worked in Los Angeles, Maryland, Illinois, New York and Michigan.

Insider Louisville
Mercy! Students from all-girl STEM academy to present research findings at scientific symposium
             Last year, students from Mercy Academy recorded a rare species of cave fish and a sunken boat likely from the 1800s when navigating previously unexplored areas of Mammoth Cave with submersible robots they designed and built. They used a variety of sensors to map, explore and test these uncharted areas. This year, the group’s findings, titled “Exploration of Mammoth Cave Pools with Submersible Remotely Operated Vehicles,” will be presented April 18-20 at the 11th Research Symposium at Mammoth Cave National Park, hosted by the WKU branch of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning.

April 6-14, 2016

Daily News
Students open home to feed the community
            Concerns about community hunger has prompted some WKU students to open their home and host free monthly meals for those in need.

WKU concrete canoe team prepares for national competition
            Building arm muscle and paddling on the lake is how some senior civil engineering students at WKU spend a majority of their time.

Immigration contributes to population increase in area
            WKU Associate Economics Professor Brian Strow said the general shift throughout American history has been population moving to already populated metro areas and we should just embrace the change.

Hot Rods, WKU-PBS hosting Jackie Robinson Day
            The Bowling Green Ballpark on Friday will commemorate the 69th anniversary of when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in making his Major League Baseball debut.

WKU president reflects on nearly 20 years on the Hill
            By the time WKU President Gary Ransdell finishes out his tenure in 2017, he’ll have awarded nearly half of all the university’s degrees.

WKU’s services grow throughout the years
            Growing from roughly 14,000 students to over 20,000 has prompted WKU to respond to changing needs in its food service, parking and transportation and facilities.

WKU serves public beyond classrooms, lecture halls
            Some 20,000 students study at WKU, but the university offers much more to the community and region than a place for college students to get a higher education.

Such great heights: Visitors tackle WKU Challenge Course during open house
            Carl Barker inched his way up the rock-climbing wall, pausing intermittently while keeping his footing.

Witness to War project lets veterans tell their stories
            Retired Col. Greg Lowe, retired Col. Mick Devine, his son, Sean, and Carol Mays Dillard sat in the Owsley Library at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center on Thursday talking about being students at WKU.

Political writer speaks at WKU on threats to democracy
            Political writer Ari Berman warned WKU students on Thursday about voting restrictions he contends are threatening democracy.

Map dots can be Kentucky staycations
          When Cory Ramsey left his tiny hometown of Hickman to attend WKU, it was a bit of a culture shock.

WKU alum selected for National Geographic expedition
            As the spring season begins, a Simpson County elementary educator is ordering snow boots and parkas.

$100 Solution House hosts free monthly meal
            WKU residents of the $100 Solution House opened their doors to the community, students and staff for a monthly special occasion.

President Gary Ransdell enjoys Hilltopper baseball from the press box
            The Hilltopper baseball team holds a special place in the heart of WKU President Gary Ransdell.

Wall Street Journal
Fee-Only Advisers Get a Break—and More Competition—Under Fiduciary Rule
           By virtue of having successfully advocated “for a fiduciary standard to be employed more widely, we will transform our competition to look more like us, and as a result there will be a lot more competition,” said Ron Rhoades, director of the financial planning program at WKU.

March 30-April 5, 2016

Daily News
Brewing, distilling certificates in the works at WKU
            Students interested in going into Kentucky’s brewing and distilling industries will soon be able to earn a graduate or undergraduate certificate in the crafts from WKU.

Saudi Arabian scholarship could bring changes for WKU students
            Potential eligibility changes to a scholarship that helps Saudi Arabian students study abroad shouldn’t impact WKU severely, according to Raza Tiwana, WKU’s Chief International Officer.

Gatton academy selects 100 students for class of 2018
            For the first time, the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU has accepted a class of 100 students.

Classical music to return with new radio station
            A new classical music radio station through WKU is currently in the testing process and will target fans pining for local programming.
Gatton Academy selects 9 gifted NKY students
            The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, a residential high school for gifted and talented juniors and seniors, recently selected 100 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2018.

Ashland Daily Independent
Blazer, Lawrence students heading to Gatton Academy
            Two area students are among 100 Kentucky high-school sophomores selected for admission to the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science for the class of 2018, according to the WKU Media Relations Office.

WCLU-FM Glasgow
            The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 100 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2018. Applicants were evaluated based on ACT/SAT scores, high school grades, awards, extracurricular activities, responses to essay and short answer questions, and letters of recommendation.

Henderson Gleaner
Corydon teen accepted into Gatton Academy
            A Henderson County home-school student has been accepted into the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

Columbia Magazine
ACHS sophomore Zachary Pyles admitted to Gatton Academy
            Zachary Pyles (Adair County High School) – son of Doug and Tamara Pyles, from Columbia, KY, has been selected by The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, Zachary is one of 100 Kentucky sophomores chosen for the Class of 2018.

Samuel Kessler to attend Gatton Academy
            Campbellsville High School sophomore Samuel Kessler will attend Gatton Academy for his last two years of high school.

Local Students Selected For Gatton Academy
            Three local students are among those selected to be a part of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science Class of 2018.

Nelson County Gazette
Bardstown High sophomore admitted to Gatton Academy in Bowling Green
            A Bardstown High School sophomore has been selected for admission to the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green.

Lane Report
Nine new members to be inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame
            Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader and served as its managing editor for 10 years. A native of Lexington, he is a graduate of WKU.

National Stem Cell Foundation Launches Scholars Program for Middle School Science Teachers with Gatton Academy & Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University
Ten middle school science teachers from across the United States will be selected for the prestigious new National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program thanks to a partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation, The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky and The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU. Scholars selected for this unique program will be hosted by The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies from June 5 – 11, 2016 at WKU in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Where exactly is the moon? Eclipse stories from Indonesia
            On the subject of serendipity (although this is, in fact, more an example of sagacity!) enormous thanks must go to EarthSky for helping to bring about a fantastic collaboration between Tadulako University and WKU in the USA.

March 25-29, 2016

Daily News
WKU professor reveals facets of famous journalist, abolitionist
            Academics often strive to think across disciplines, but for Deborah Logan, an English professor at WKU, that approach is the hallmark of Harriet Martineau – a prominent British writer of the 1800s.

Summit to discuss implementing worksite wellness programs
            WKU’s College of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health will do a presentation on a workplace wellness assessment done in 2014 and talk about how to improve workplace wellness programs throughout the state.

WKU grad introduces Trump to Shock G
            Most would say nothing, however WKU graduate Jason Marshall has found a way to combine the two in his latest music video called “THE Trumpty Dance” which plays off of Shock G’s song “The Humpty Dance.”  

Chandler gives back to community, builds portfolio
            A small, powder-blue truck with a white top is placed on the many shelves that also contain pictures and WKU items in Chandler’s office in Chandler Park.

Reel Kentuckians
            Students in WKU’s fledgeling film major tend to leave Bowling Green upon graduation, seeking employment out of state.

WKU students set out to prevent suicides
            More than 42,000 Americans commit suicide each year, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports.

WKU signs joint admissions agreement with Louisville community college
            A new joint admissions agreement between WKU and Jefferson Community and Technical College promises a pathway for students transferring to WKU.

Rotary Club donates African-American history book to students
            Local public school students can now learn more about the lives of historic African-American Kentuckians thanks to a donation of encyclopedias from the Bowling Green Rotary Club.

Shepherdsville Pioneer News
Evan Kerr will be part of WKU production of Guys and Dolls
            “Only Doing It for Some Doll.”

Frankfort State Journal
3 professors make history
            “At the time, I was director of libraries at KSU and a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky, so additional editors for the volume was indeed a welcome idea,” she said. “Wrinn and I discussed inviting history professors, John Hardin from Western Kentucky University and Gerald Smith from the University of Kentucky, to be co-editors on the project with me.”

WDRB-TV Louisville
Teresa Morgan named new superintendent for Hardin County Schools
            Mrs. Morgan is a 1989 graduate of Brescia College. She earned her Master’s of Education Degree from WKU in 1994. She obtained her Principal Certification in 1997 and her Superintendent Certification in 2014 from WKU.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
HCS picks new leader
            Morgan, 48, graduated from Brescia College and earned her master’s of education degree, principal certification and superintendent certification from WKU.

Lane Report
WKU’S 46th annual Student Research Conference held next weekend
            WKU’s 46th Annual Student Research Conference takes place on April 1-2. In total, 379 WKU students will give 304 presentations at the conference.

Ohio State University Public Media
Wellness Wednesday: Standing Desks, New Opiate Guidelines, and the Health of Sports Fans
            Dr. Rick Grieve, Professor of Clinical Psychology, WKU

March 19-24, 2016

WAVE-TV Louisville
Students able to attend JCTC, WKU simultaneously
            A partnership between Jefferson Community and Technical College and WKU means more possibilities for future college students.

Lane Report
WKU, JCTC partner for joint admissions agreement
            WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell and Jefferson Community and Technical College President Dr. Ty J. Handy today signed a joint admissions agreement that will pave the way for JCTC students to have an easier path to a bachelor’s degree at WKU. Students can be admitted to both schools at the same time through this agreement.

Daily News
WKU students to make voices heard on university’s next president
            As the search for WKU’s next president continues, students are voicing their opinions about the qualities and priorities the president should offer.

BRIGHT releases 2016-18 health plan
            Cecilia Watkins, associate professor in the department of public health at WKU, works with the worksite group.

Camps provide child care during spring break
            Among them is the Science Curiosity Investigation Camp offered at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium. This year’s theme focuses on exploring Earth’s solar system and aims to teach kids to think scientifically through fun activities.

Local man premieres in musical adaptation of the Easter Story
            Murphy graduated from Greenwood High School in 2004 and WKU with a degree in music education in 2008.

Work now underway on WKU store/Starbucks
            Construction is now underway on a WKU store with a Starbucks coffee shop at Stadium Park Plaza, with a scheduled completion date of about May 30.

Women of Achievement Awards honor accomplishments
            Women from the area gathered in WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center to recognize and honor the accomplishments of local women at the 24th annual Women of Achievement Awards.

WKU ending its associate of science in nursing program
            WKU is phasing out its associate of science in nursing program and increasing the number of students in the Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

Emerging trend of job hopping has advantages, disadvantages
            Carlous Yates, WKU director of student support programs, agrees that job hopping can be positive if it’s done for the right reasons.

Bowling Green reacts to Belgium attacks
          When word about the latest international terror attack spread, WKU immediately thought about students who were studying abroad.

Talisman yearbook goes digital
            The 2016 Talisman will be the final edition as a yearbook.

Dance Big Red 2016
            Dance Big Red is a student-led fundraising event benefiting the Children’s Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital and its sister facilities in Louisville, Kentucky.

Women of Achievement gather at WKU Alumni Center
            On Saturday, the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission held the 24th Annual Women of Achievement banquet.

WKU hosts Bowling Green Idea Festival
            Students and faculty at WKU hosted the Bowling Green Idea Festival Friday.

Nashville man looks for cure in bone marrow drive
            Luke Coleman, 24, is a graduate of WKU. He has leukemia and has already gone through two failed drug treatments, and a bone marrow transplant could save him from the disease. But it will require someone outside his family.

Glasgow Daily Times
All about that brass: Metcalfe students attend WKU band clinic
            Middle school band students from across Kentucky gathered at WKU at the end of February for the 2016 WKU Middle School Honors Band Clinic.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Herald-Leader’s Tom Eblen among inductees to Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame
            Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen is one of nine people who will be inducted next month into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Other inductees into this year’s hall are former Kentucky Post reporter Bill Straub; former Anderson County News editor Don White; Owensboro native Mike Edgerly, who is a broadcast journalist with Minnesota Public Radio; Louisville Trinity High School journalism teacher Tony Lococo; and Chuck and Donna Stinnett, who were longtime journalists at The Gleaner in Henderson.

Western Recorder
Amid party lights of spring break, BCM students seek to reach ‘darkest demographic’
            Baptist Campus Ministry students from Northern Kentucky University and WKU arrived in Panama City Beach March 5. Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky will take their turn this week.

March 12-18, 2016

Lane Report
WKU hosting National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program for middle school science teachers
            The Gatton Academy and The Center for Gifted Studies will host 10 middle school science teachers from across the U.S. to participate in the National Stem Cell Foundation Scholars Program from June 5-11 at WKU.

Jakarta Globe
Eclipse Stories: The World Joins Together in Palu
            Richard Gelderman, a professor of physics and astronomy at WKU in the United States, talked about the solar corona, the outer atmosphere of the sun that, counter-intuitively, is hotter than the surface of the sun.

Daily News
WKU grad student to study in Netherlands with $40,000 scholarship
            After studying water issues in India and Tanzania, a WKU graduate student will start her next adventure thanks to a $40,000 scholarship she was recently awarded by the Rotary Foundation.

Townsend, others inducted into teacher hall of fame
            The Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame inducted three educators in Frankfort on Tuesday who were chosen through a statewide selection committee as the eighth class to receive this honor.

WKU hosts interfaith dialogue event
            The WKU Office of International Programs and Potter College of Arts and Letters are hosting the third Interfaith Dialogue on Earth Care from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

WKU student creates tutoring program for struggling students
            When elementary education major Lillie Hoskinson was assigned to tutor a kindergartner struggling with reading at a local school, she felt overwhelmed at first and didn’t know how to help.

Lifelong Learning classes start this week
            Barbara Johnston said she is “delighted” with the way the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU has evolved.

IdeaFestival Bowling Green to share knowledge
            When Christian Ryan thinks about the upcoming IdeaFestival Bowling Green, she gets excited.

WKU PBS seeks community support through pledge drive
            An ongoing pledge drive to support WKU’s Public Broadcasting Service allows the public TV station to keep educating people locally, employees said.

Angela Alexander Townsend inducted into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
            A former Bowling Green teacher is inducted into the 2016 class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame in Frankfort. Townsend was one of three chosen by a statewide selection committee.

March 5-11, 2016

Daily News
South Warren High School student wins prestigious WKU scholarship
            Megan DeVore, a senior at South Warren High School, was recently named a winner of the 2016-17 Cherry Presidential Scholarship – WKU’s most prestigious academic award.

Pastor to host seminar on leadership
            Along with Quinn, the seminar will feature WKU leadership instructor Jason Marshall and WKU Alive Center’s communications and marketing coordinator Aurelia Spaulding.

Parents asked to check mumps vaccination records
            Mumps has afflicted some students at Kentucky’s colleges and universities, though cases have not yet been reported in this region.

Championship brings musical groups, color guards to Bowling Green
            Cedrick Leavell gets excited about Winter Guard International’s Mid South Championship each year.

College, career readiness increases by 50 percent in some districts
            Five years ago, every school district in Kentucky signed the Commonwealth Commitment to College and Career Readiness, which tasked districts with increasing their rates of college and career readiness by 50 percent over the course of five years.

Talk of the Town with Stuart Foster
            Stuart Foster is a professor in the geography and geology department at WKU.

WKU officials say more to be done to meet facility, infrastructure needs
            While possible cuts to state higher education funding loom, WKU’s infrastructure and facility needs continue to grow.

Competition seeks enterprising business ideas
            Creative entrepreneurs looking to bring their ideas to life will get a chance to compete for key resources in the Bucks for Bright Ideas competition through the Kentucky Innovation Network.

Sky & Telescope
Total Solar Eclipse Reports from Indonesia
            Other teams came from University of Wyoming, WKU, and South Carolina State University. NASA provided funding for the travel and the training program for the students.
WKU names Cherry Presidential scholars
            WKU has selected 15 students as recipients of the 2016-17 Cherry Presidential Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious academic award.

Kentucky Today
Amid party lights of spring break, BCM students seek to reach ‘darkest demographic’
            Baptist Campus Ministry students from Northern Kentucky University and WKU arrived in Panama City Beach March 5.


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