In the News

Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:

May 19-21, 2015

U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News Releases the 2015 Best Online Programs for Veterans
         Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans: 1. Pennsylvania State University—World Campus; 2. Daytona State College (FL); 2. WKU

Habitat World
“How to get there from here”
         “Because of the satisfaction I get from helping others, I’m able to keep going and always look for another opportunity to pass on that feeling that was given to me,” says Bryan Reaka, Habitat campus chapter adviser and assistant professor at WKU.

Daily News
WKU students sweep Hearst awards
         WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting swept awards in the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the fourth consecutive year.

WBKO-TV
The Hyatt Place Opens in Bowling Green
         The Hyatt place Bowling Green is situated at the WKU Gateway to Historic downtown Bowling Green & The TIF District.

WFIE-TV Evansville
WKU Owensboro awards more than 200 degrees
         More than 200 college graduates will be hitting the job market Tuesday.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Storm Chasers Tracking Severe Weather Across Great Plains (And Possibly Canada)
         A group of WKU students is spending the next two weeks in the Great Plains tracking severe storms and dangerous weather patterns.

Kentucky Teacher
WKU physics workshop open to teachers
         The WKU Physics Department will host “Lifelong Learning: Physics Modeling Workshop” July 6-24 in Bowling Green.

May 7-18, 2015

CBS News
Two sisters embark on mission to find bone marrow heroes
         Sisters Sam and Alex Kimura are living the life on a year-long cross-country road trip. But theirs is no post-college fling – it is, in fact, a medical mission.

WBKO-TV
WKU Holds Its 177th Commencement
         In front of their family and friends at Diddle Arena on the campus of WKU, hundreds of students became alumni.

Gatton Academy Gets Major Expansion and More Students
         The Gatton Academy at WKU is getting a major expansion.

Daily News
Students from Gatton Academy place in Kentucky State Envirothon Competition
         On Thursday, May 14th five students from Bowling Green’s Gatton Academy earned 2nd place in the Kentucky State Envirothon Competition.

Hard work, mentorship themes of annual Excellence Awards Awards
         Keynote speakers Robbin Taylor, 2015 ATHENA award recipient, and Ed Griffin, 2015 Small Business Person of the Year, said the roads to their success were scattered with people who helped them, encouraged them and taught them their crafts.

Engineer day
         Engineering students demonstrate how wobbler engines work on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Engineering and Biological Sciences building.

Observatory gives meteorology students hands-on experience
         When Josh Durkee joined the faculty of WKU in 2008, there hadn’t been a weather station on campus for several years, so he worked to bring one back to the Hill.

Gatton Academy receives $10 million in gifts, donations
         Julia Gensheimer loves being a student at The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

Lane Report
Namesake gift will allow for expansion of WKU Gatton Academy
         The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science has received a gift from its namesake to further educate Kentucky’s gifted students.

WKU Public Radio
Gatton Academy at WKU Prepares to Expand Residence Hall and Class Size
         The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Math and Science at WKU is preparing to undergo a transformation that will sharply increase its population.

Kentucky Teacher
Gifted education workshops scheduled at WKU
         The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) will hold two summer workshops on June 16 at WKU in Bowling Green.

GRREC hosting Summer Science Academy
         The workshop will focus on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for grades 3-5, with emphasis on helping teachers better understand the new standards around engineering. Instructors will include faculty members from Northern Kentucky University and WKU.

May 1-6, 2015

WBKO-TV
BCTC and WKU Establish Joint Admissions Program
         Tuesday Presidents Dr. Augusta Julian of Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Dr. Gary Ransdell of WKU signed a joint admissions agreement that will pave the way for BCTC students to have an easier path to a bachelor’s degree at WKU.

Daily News
Expo provides ‘hands-on’ fun
         What happens when a soda bottle containing liquid nitrogen is placed in a plastic trash can full of water?

WKU Public Radio
Nepal Earthquake Hits Close To Home For WKU Grad Student
         It took nearly six grueling hours and a sleepless night for Indu Bhattari to find out her family was safe following the massive earthquake that devastated the country.

NACUBO
Nine Campuses Named Green Ribbon Schools
         Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

April 24-30, 2015

Kashmir Images
Nepal’s earthquake and why Mount Everest should be closed — permanently
         “You could say [that] climate change closed Mount Everest this year,” John All, a climber, scientist and professor of geography at WKU told the magazine.

Washington Post
Nepal’s earthquake and why Mount Everest should be closed — permanently
         “You could say [that] climate change closed Mount Everest this year,” John All, a climber, scientist and professor of geography at WKU told the magazine.

Kentucky Teacher
WKU to host summer conference for educators
         The WKU School of Teacher Education will host its annual summer conference June 26 in Bowling Green. The conference is for teachers, administrators, practitioners, university faculty and graduate and undergraduate students in P-12 education.

News 5 Belize
FCD to Receive Assistance from Kentucky University
         On Monday, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center and WKU.

Climate Change – A Global Problem, CCCCC Signs MOU with Kentucky University
         The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WKU that will see a partnership between the two entities.

Daily News
Show features artists of color
         When Clifton Brown, associate professor and co-director of the WKU Dance Co., was thinking of ideas for Evening of Dance, he realized he wanted the show to reflect the real world.

The Symphony at WKU to present ‘Carmina Burana’
         The Symphony at WKU will present “Carmina Burana” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Van Meter Auditorium on Hilltop Drive.

Dinner theater returns to BG
         WKU public relations seniors Logan Barnett, Shani Bandy, Sheldon Dossett and Olivia Filiatreau are presenting it as dinner theater as part of their school project.

Waldrop named Kentucky School Resource Officer of the Year
         The Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers announced that Mike Waldrop was selected as the Kentucky State School Resource Officer of the year. He is retired from the WKU Police Department.

U.S. Army
Relative of WWI MOH Recipient Sgt. Alvin York Enlists
         Having acquired enough college credits in high school to enroll at WKU in Bowling Green, Kentucky, last fall as sophomore, York decided he needed to take a break from the classroom to begin fulfilling a deeper desire — even though he’d received a full scholarship.

April 17-23, 2015

Ky Forward
Bryan Station Middle, Royal Springs in Scott Co., WKU named U.S. Green Ribbon Schools
          Two Kentucky public schools and one postsecondary institution are among 81 schools, districts and postsecondary institutions nationwide that have been recognized for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

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 Western Kentucky University, earning college credit as well as completing high school.

Daily News
Rip The Runway
         Bowling Green talent and businesses were showcased in Rip The Runway, an annual fashion show from members of Black Student Alliance at WKU on Friday.

WKU festival teaches self-sustaining lifestyles
         Standing next to an orange Volkswagen van Saturday morning, furniture maker Mark Whitley talked about the movement toward smaller living spaces and the use of storage containers to make some of those “tiny houses.”

WBKO-TV
Three Day Blood Drive Attracts Hundreds Of Donors
         Since 2002, WKU’s Greek week blood drive has collected a total of more than 14,000 units of blood through its partnership with the American Red Cross. This means the donors have potentially saved more than 43,000 lives, and that number is on the rise.

Thousands Attend WKU Greek Week Event: Spring Sing
         Greek week is well underway on the campus of WKU.

WYMT-TV Hazard
2015 East Kentucky Leadership Award for Media: Bill Estep
         Estep graduated from Pulaski County High School and WKU before joining the Lexington Herald Leader in 1985.

Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era
4 area students selected for Gatton 2017
         Gatton Academy’s Class of 2017 includes 60 students from 39 counties, and four of those students are from local schools.

April 10-16, 2015

Daily News
Authors get set for SOKY Book Fest
         When Mark Wayne Adams moved to Orlando, Fla., to become an animator more than eight years ago, it changed his life.

WKU panel: Putin not a threat to peace
         Three WKU professors agreed Tuesday evening that Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t a threat to world peace but rather seeks to be a world player in current economic, nuclear and military discussions.

Art, music form connections with Cubans for WKU representatives
         In true Cuban fashion, students and professors from WKU described their trip to the country in March as one filled with improvisation.

WKU to host free Sustainability Fest
         People interested in “slow” rather than fast food or in how to create a “food forest” – both current sustainability efforts – can attend a free festival in Bowling Green.

Denver curator touts Baker Arboretum
         Panayoti Kelaidis says rock gardening is not just a hobby, but our link with nature and a chance to express ourselves.

Death row exoneree speaks out against death penalty
         Sabrina Butler Porter thinks life in prison is a sufficient penalty for even “the worst of the worst” in society.

WBKO-TV
WKU Hosts National Dodgeball Championships
         Hundreds of dodgeball players plus their friends and families traveled from across the country to Bowling Green on Saturday and Sunday.

Henderson Gleaner
Henderson teen’s scholarship taking her overseas
         India Blasser, who is a senior at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU, has secured a scholarship to travel to Moldova and further her knowledge of Russian language and culture.

Hazard Herald
Hazard student chosen for Gatton Academy
         One student in Perry County has been selected to be a student for the 2017 class in a prestigious math and science academy in the Commonwealth.

April 4-9, 2015

Kentucky Teacher
WKU conference emphasizes importance of literacy
         The importance of literacy in every subject area will be the focus of the WKU School of Teacher Education’s annual summer conference June 26 in Bowling Green.

Owensboro Living
Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score
         Seth Marksberry, son of Tracy McQueen and J.D. Marksberry and junior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test.

Daily News
WKU plans bone marrow registry drive
         Chris Goodman said it’s one of the most rewarding things he’s ever done.

Symphony to hold fundraising parties
         The Symphony at WKU is taking its patrons around the world with this year’s Parties of Note. The parties will begin with an American Girl tea party, “A Paris Afternoon” at 2:30 p.m. April 18.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Education news of interest for the week of April 7
         The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 60 students for its Class of 2017.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU student helps out
         The children Helmut Gormik works with at the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County often make him laugh.

Danville Advocate Messenger
No seasickness for Casey woman spending semester at sea
         Ali Thompson, a sophomore at WKU, is spending her spring semester on a cruise ship, as part of the Semester at Sea program.

Chicago Tribune
After ‘Homeland,’ Second City comic ready for some drama in her life
          I was a theater major at Western Kentucky University. There was an independent improv team, and I found myself only looking forward to that.

World News Publishing
Q&A with Kerry Northrup: ‘News publishing is diverging along two very different tracks’
         He holds the endowed Turner Multimedia Professorship at WKU, and previously was publications director at WAN-IFRA.

March 26-April 3, 2015

Daily News
Students nominate buildings
         For one semester for the past several years, Michael Ann Williams, folk studies and anthropology department head at WKU, has taught a vernacular architecture class in which students research places with historical or architectural significance and can nominate them to be on the National Register.

SmartAsset report cites WKU’s value
         WKU is the second-best “value” university in Kentucky, according to SmartAsset, a financial data and technology company.

Talk of the Town with Lee Robertson
         After decades on the campus of WKU, Lee Robertson has earned the title “Mr. Western.” A native of Calhoun, he is a 1950 WKU graduate with a major in health and physical education and minors in English and biology.

Economist talks energy, right-to-work
         Economist Stephen Moore told a full lecture hall Thursday night that the U.S. doesn’t need to worry about oil and gas availability.

Political cartoonist fights repression in Ecuador
         Bonil, a political cartoonist in Ecuador who has criticized Ecuador President Rafael Correa’s policies, said humor is the most civilized expression of disagreement.

Gatton student wins top technology award
         Vir Patel was a little nervous about transferring from University Heights Academy in his native Christian County to the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.

WBKO-TV
Dozens Of Men Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
         People like to say, “you don’t know how someone feels, until you walk a mile in their shoes.” That’s exactly what happened earlier this afternoon.

Louisville Business First
Which Kentucky colleges pack the most value?
         The University of Kentucky and WKU lead the way in a new ranking that looks at the best values in the state for higher education, but the University of Louisville was not far behind.

Lane Report
One-on-One: Kentucky auto manufacturing finds its voice
         Dave Tatman was recently named as the inaugural executive director of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association. He also serves at WKU as associate vice president for advanced manufacturing.

March 21-25, 2015

Daily News
WKU, Icelandic university create unique partnership
         WKU has developed a unique academic and research partnership with the University of Akureyri in Iceland and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network to create the North Atlantic Climate Change Collaboration.

Professor examines South American transportation issues
         South America’s basic infrastructure needs are estimated to cost $1 trillion, and a WKU professor continues to offer expertise as to how Latin American countries might tackle that huge problem that continues to strangle potential economic growth.

Ensembles take center stage at competition
         Several of the finest high school ensembles gathered Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena to compete in the Winter Guard International Sport of the Arts Mid-South Percussion and Winds Championship.

Cherry to be inducted into Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame
         Retired Brig. Gen. Edward Daniel “Dan” Cherry of Bowling Green will be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame next month. Cherry is a member of the 2013 class of the WKU Distinguished Hall of Fame and a grandson of WKU founder Henry Hardin Cherry.

New triathlon training club kicks off with indoor competition at WKU
         A new athletic club, T3 Bowling Green Multi-Sport Club, kicked off its first triathlon event Sunday at the Raymond B. Preston Athletic Center at WKU.

Professor uses near-death experience to encourage dreams
         John All, associate professor of geography at WKU, told students and other attendees Friday that preparation throughout his life has helped him follow his dreams to climb mountains and survive numerous dangerous situations.

Students compete in local history contest
         Hundreds of students from across the state competed Friday at E.A. Diddle Arena, but this time it wasn’t in athletics. Instead, they showed their academic skills at the 42nd annual WKU History Contest.

Courier-Journal
WKU extends international reach to Iceland
         There has been some very sobering science news breaking on climate change lately, but what came out of WKU is not among those depressing headlines.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Signs Agreement With University in Iceland to Study Climate Change
         WKU is expanding its international reach to the Arctic.

WBKO-TV
8th Tech Day in Kentucky Held in Bowling Green
         ConnectKentucky and WKU Office of Research hosted the annual event.

WKU Signs Agreement With University In Iceland
         In simultaneous ceremonies just over 60 miles from the Arctic Circle in Iceland and in Bowling Green, WKU, the University of Akureyri (UNAK) and the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) signed an academic and research agreement Monday (March 23) that solidifies the North Atlantic Climate Change Collaboration (NAC3) project.

WKU Hosts Regional Drum Corps Competition
         Many teams were marching to the beat of their own drum this weekend on the campus of WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times
Student to attend Gatton Academy
         Before she applied for the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science on WKU’s campus, Tithe Ahmed said she was unsure about it.

Harlan Daily Enterprise
Miller selected for The Gatton Academy
         William Mason Miller, son of Will and Stacey Miller, of Harlan, has been selected for The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. A total of only 60 students were selected

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Local students selected for Gatton Academy
         Sixty students from around the state, including three from Hardin County, have been selected for the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science Class of 2017.

Lebanon Enterprise
Courtwright selected for Gatton Academy
         Marion County High School student Matthew Courtwright is one of 60 students selected for the Class of 2017 in the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.

Bardstown Kentucky Standard
Gatton Academy selects 60 students for class of 2017
         The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 60 students for its Class of 2017.

March 14-20, 2015

Daily News
Interfaith workshop on Earth Care reset for April
         The Bowling Green Interfaith Workshop on Earth Care has been rescheduled for April 10-11.

Percussion, wind championships in Bowling Green this weekend
         Preliminaries for the championship will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at WKU’s E.A. Diddle Arena at 1605 Avenue of Champions.

Events display culture of Ecuador
         Ecuador came to WKU on Tuesday in words and pictures.

WKU to add advanced manufacturing program
         WKU is rolling out a new competency-based online program this month that targets people already working in manufacturing.

Talk of the town: Q&A with David Oliver
         Warren County native David Oliver is director of environmental health and safety at WKU, a post he has held since 2011. He has three decades of experience working in industry.

Students build with ‘sticks and some glue’
         Joseph Phillips, 16, has loved building things since he was little, so he was immediately interested when he found out about the Regional Bridge Building Championships on Saturday at WKU’s Center for Research and Development.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Becomes Tenth Member of “Farm to Campus” Effort in Kentucky
         WKU is enhancing its commitment to offer fresh, locally-sourced food products at its campus dining facilities.

March 5-13, 2015

Lexington Herald-Leader
Singer Jimmy Sacca’s death recalls the Hilltoppers’ 1950s heyday
         His was a voice from a more innocent era, a time when four guys wearing WKU letter sweaters and beanies could become the most popular singing group in an America just beginning to discover rock ‘n’ roll.

Buffalo News
Jimmy Sacca, Buffalo Music Hall of Famer, dies
         Lockport native Jimmy Sacca, lead singer of the Hilltoppers, a vocal quartet that notched 29 hit singles from 1952 to 1957, died Saturday in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lexington, Ky. He was 85.

Lockport (NY) Union-Sun & Journal
Remembering a homegrown talent
         Born in Lockport on July 26, 1929, the son of James and Susan Sacca, he was a Lockport High School graduate. He also attended the Eastman School of Music and, on a football scholarship, WKU at Bowling Green.

Daily News
WKU’s Hardin Planetarium to host science camp
         WKU’s Hardin Planetarium will host a five half-day Science Curiosity Investigation camp from 8 a.m. to noon April 6 through April 10 at 1501 State St.

Jimmy Sacca of Hilltoppers fame dies
         Lockport, N.Y., native Jimmy Sacca, lead singer of the Hilltoppers, a vocal quartet that notched 29 hit singles from 1952 to 1957, died Saturday in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington. He was 85.

JA names president
        Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky named Drew Martin as its next president. Martin comes to JA from WKU, where he served most recently as assistant director of Leadership Giving.

Journalists talk of telling the big story
         A veteran newspaper woman and a young photojournalist who pursued a story in Virginia that was framed by world events told journalism students at WKU that the experience taught them to seek out the everyday people for answers.

WKU Public Radio
WKU One Step Away from Offering MFA in Creative Writing
         WKU is one step closer to offering a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

WKDZ-FM Cadiz
Mesonet Director Seeking Local Partnerships
         Kentucky Climate Center Director Dr. Stuart Foster is seeking partnerships from local government to continue operating and expanding the Kentucky Mesonet. Dr. Foster was the featured speaker for the Pennyrile Area Development Districts monthly meeting.

Feb. 28-March 4, 2015

Daily News
Second IdeaFestival BG aims to inspire
         An event designed to inspire people personally and professionally is coming to Bowling Green for its second year.

Talk of the Town with Lynette Breedlove
         Lynette Breedlove has been director of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science since July 31.

Students shine at Olympics
         With light as their guide, nine, four-person teams competed Saturday in the 2015 Physics Olympics at WKU’s Snell Hall.

WBKO-TV
Philanthropy Event Raising Thousands For Local Agency
         Hundreds of people gathered this weekend for the 13th annual Shamrock Shootout, a two-day basketball tournament put on by WKU’s Kappa Delta sorority. The philanthropy chair says around 450 players participated in this year’s event.

Feb. 25-27, 2015

Accounting Today
Accounting Degree Review ranks the 30 most affordable residential master’s programs for 2015
         4. Western Kentucky University

Glasgow Daily Times
Disease might put bats on endangered list
         A bat species commonly found in the southeastern and midwestern United States might end up on the federal endangered list due to the spread of a deadly disease.

WKU Public Radio
Discovery of White Nose Syndrome in Warren County Cave Shows Disease is Spreading
         Dr. Chris Groves talks with WKU Public Radio’s Kevin Willis about the latest discovery of bats with White Nose Syndrome.

Feb. 14-24, 2015

Daily News
WKU to host GOP debate
         WKU will host a primary debate for Republican candidates in the Kentucky gubernatorial race this year.

Sessions to showcase music scene
         WKU’s PBS station is using a new locally produced show in an effort to get more people interested in the southcentral Kentucky music scene.

White nose detected in WKU cave
         Bats are dying of white nose syndrome in a Warren County cave near Smiths Grove.

Six earn Fulbright honors
         WKU students are earning some of the most prestigious academic awards, placing the school among the top in the nation as a master’s degree granting university producing Fulbright scholars.

Surf KY News
WKU Offering First U.S. Four-Year Degree in Floodplain Management
         Some of the nation’s top floodplain managers will meet next week at WKU, home of the United States’ first four-year degree in floodplain management.

Feb. 7-13, 2015

WKU Public Radio
WKU Lands Spot on List of Top Fulbright Scholarship Producers
         WKU is receiving praise for the number of Fulbright Scholars it produced last year.

WKU Alum Who Spent Nearly Six Year as P.O.W. Passes Away
         A WKU graduate believed to have been held as a prisoner of war longer than any other Kentuckian has died at the age of 85.

WKU-EKU Agreement to Increase OSHA Training Classes
         A new partnership between WKU and EKU will make it easier for workers in the Bowling Green and Owensboro areas to receive OSHA certification.

Daily News
WKU a top Fulbright producing school, magazine says
         WKU is a top producer of Fulbright scholars in the nation, according to an industry report.

Center at ‘old mall’ helps boost businesses
         A building that many Bowling Green residents refer to as “the old mall” is changing and boosting the business landscape.

Local businessmen will join hall of fame
         Two business leaders will be inducted into Junior Achievement’s South Central Kentucky Business Hall of Fame next month. Jim Johnson, owner and president of Jim Johnson Nissan Hyundai, and G. Michael Murphy, owner and president of Scott & Murphy Inc., owner and chief executive officer of Scott, Murphy & Daniel LLC and co-owner and CEO of Hartz Contracting in Owensboro, were selected.

WKU students earn video awards
         The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce selected three student video productions for awards.

Annual show features choreography by WKU students, alumni
         When Jameelah Baker was listening to songs for her final project for her Choreography II class last semester at WKU, she could picture an attack of a planet.

WKU concert will benefit HOTEL INC
         WKU graduate Jordan Minton is excited to return to his alma mater to perform during Unite for a Night, a concert benefiting HOTEL INC.

WKU’s initiative enjoying growth
        Personnel from the Institute for Rural Health at WKU can come to a community, set up a preventive medical facility in any conference room, and offer dental and public health screenings and procedures with WKU-trained nurses and dental practitioners.

WBKO-TV
WKU Top Fulbright Student Producers In Nation
         WKU is named among the top Fulbright producing institutions by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Chronicle of Higher Ed
Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students
         WKU listed

Cincinnati.com
Birth of a blob: ‘Big Red’ from Cincinnati
         No one could work a crowd like Ralph Carey. His appearance would rile the masses into a frenzy. He could make grim situations bright, bringing smiles and laughter to old and young.

Runners World
High School Student Makes Dress Out Of Race Medals
         Peyton Froula, a senior at duPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was looking for material for a non-traditional clothing assignment for her Advanced Textiles class last fall. She hit the jackpot. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon had recently donated a surplus of race medals to the art department at Froula’s school, and despite having never designed any clothing before, Froula had the vision to see the medals’ potential. The result is a wearable dress made out of race medals and ribbons. Froula says she would like to try designing more items of this nature in the future, but at this point, she does not expect to make a career of it. She will attend WKU in the fall, and she’s interested in pursuing a marketing degree.

Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 2015

WDRB-TV Louisville
College tours: WKU
         In this week’s “College Tours”, we take you to WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times
Letter leads Jay Todd Richey to China
         At the start of Jay Todd Richey’s freshman year at WKU, he received a letter in the mail about the Chinese Flagship Program.

Inc.com
Leadership Lessons from Lonely Planet’s 26-Year-Old CEO
         Lonely Planet CEO Daniel Houghton made headlines when, two years ago, he took the helm of iconic travel brand Lonely Planet at 24. Houghton, less than three years out of WKU’s photojournalism program at that time, had amassed some interesting experiences in his time after graduation–including working as a photojournalist, a tenure at an advertising agency, running his own one-man marketing and photography shop, and acting as digital media adviser for WKU’s student publications department.

Daily News
WKU aims to lock up $200,000
         On Feb. 13, WKU Hilltoppers could receive $200,000 in security products from Stanley Security.

WKU ranked among ‘Most Beautiful’ colleges
         WKU was ranked recently 27th out of 30 “Most Beautiful College Campuses” by The Best Colleges Online.org.

Lonestar Rodeo heading back to BG
         Mike Wentworth remembers when he was chosen to be Lonestar Rodeo’s rodeo clown.

Mariah Moore house has interested buyer
         A WKU alumnus said he intends to buy the historic Mariah Moore house on State Street.

Seniors learn of services, volunteer opportunities
         Marybeth Hunt, coordinator of community outreach and advising for WKU’s Center for Gerontology, talked about the Age-Friendly Bowling Green Initiative, which is a local project of the World Health Organization.

WKYU-FM
Augenstein Buys Former Mariah’s Restaurant
         The oldest and one of the best known buildings in Warren County will no longer sit vacant in downtown Bowling Green.

WBKO-TV
Mariah Moore House Under Contract to be Sold
         One of Bowling Green’s most historic buildings will no longer sit empty.

Special Report: Adult Learners Excel At WKU
         It’s not uncommon to hear someone say “you’re never too old to learn something new”. A small group of those enrolled on the Hill say that is the most exciting part.

Project Collects Tobacco Stories
         Officials in Horse Cave’s cultural district invited the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU to collect the stories.

Union-Tribune San Diego
When fans go too far
         Dalakas’ research, which was conducted with professor Joanna Melancon from WKU and former CSUSM student Tarah Sreboth, focused not on violent behavior or joy in a rival’s defeat, but on the taboo of mocking somebody’s death.

Kentucky Teacher
Cave association has programs for students, teachers
         The summer workshop, co-sponsored by WKU, will focus on karst ecosystems. Teachers were introduced at last year’s workshop to topics such as karst geology, cave animals, cave surveying, water studies and cave conservation.

Jan. 24-29, 2015

Daily News
Former ‘Rising Star’ still making music
         His career didn’t start in music, though. Davis was a star pitcher at Edmonson County High School. He ranks second in career saves at WKU with 16. A letterwinner at WKU in 2008 and 2010-11, his career stats there are 7-13 with a 4.65 earned run average.

Side by Side exhibit at museum
         Side by Side, a collaborative exhibition of artwork created by young artists with disabilities and area artists, will have a reception honoring the artists from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Dorothy Grider Garden Gallery at the Kentucky Museum at 1400 Kentucky St. at WKU.

Horse Cave, WKU partner to tell history
         Tobacco and Horse Cave go together like a cigarette and its filter.

Meteorologist brings new twist on weather
         Landon Hampton has spent years fascinated with tornadoes, storms, ominous clouds and soothing sunsets. He didn’t always have a fixation on the weather, though.

WKU spring semester begins
         WKU bustled with activity Monday as the spring semester got underway.

Bluegrass Supply Chain Services expansion will add 55 jobs
         Founded in 2002 in WKU’s Small Business Accelerator as a part-time consulting operation with two associates, BSCS has grown into a multi-million dollar supply chain services company that operates three divisions in four states and has 625 employees, according to a news release from the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

Need for nurses, teachers matches popularity of majors at WKU
         Two majors dominated by women and known for job security sit atop the list at WKU for highest enrollment.

Organizer hopes for diverse crowd at interfaith workshop
         Bella Mukonyora hopes next month’s Interfaith Workshop on Earth Care will start a community discussion about climate change from the perspective of various religions.

Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow trio among Spirit Masters
         Three students from Glasgow are among WKU’s 32 Spirit Masters for the 2014-15 school year.

Project adds Horse Cave tobacco tales to ‘Stories’ website
         The Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU was invited by officials with the city of Horse Cave’s cultural district to work on the project, which began in 2013.

Danville Advocate-Messenger
Man brings the state’s hidden gems into the spotlight one map dot at a time
         A 1998 Governor’s Scholar at Centre College and a 2004 WKU graduate in broadcasting, Ramsey said while on a stop in Danville last week, which included lunch at one of his favorite spots in the county — the Bluegrass Pizza and Pub — that his idea to bring notice to small “map dot” communities in Kentucky and share the hidden gems of the state was born from a combination of his upbringing and serendipitous events that led him to the open road.

Jan. 17-23, 2015

Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame 2015 class
            The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning has announced five new members of the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame to be inducted in a ceremony Jan. 28. They include Jim Wayne Miller who taught at WKU and died in 1996 at age 59.

Daily News
Local teen excited to be Miss Kentucky Teen USA
            Competing in any pageant is very humbling for Caroline Ford. Ford, who will begin her freshman year at WKU next week, said she will compete in the Miss Teen USA Pageant with the same confidence she had in the Miss Kentucky Teen USA Pageant.

PRISM Concert to be ‘multi-sensory, multimedia’ event
           Jacob Sturgeon is about to perform for the fifth time in the WKU Department of Music’s annual PRISM Concert.

US News
Choose the Right Online IT Training
           Nathan York, a 36-year-old network engineer from Georgetown, Kentucky,​ is pursuing an online undergraduate IT degree from WKU. Online learning was a natural choice for him, he says, especially as he has a full-time job and a family. He can work from home, and for many classes on his own time at his own pace.

Kentucky Teacher
Workshops to examine Washington’s influence in West
             George Washington’s Mount Vernon is offering workshops on Washington’s influence in what later became Kentucky on March 28 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort and March 30 at WKU in Bowling Green. Workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

Jan. 14-16, 2015

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow gives workshop on FAFSA for students
         WKU’s Glasgow Regional Campus has been partnering this month with Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to offer a Free Application for Federal Student Aid workshop.

AOL Money
Why do shops play music? Are they manipulating you?
         A study by Ronald Milliman, Professor of Marketing at WKU, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that the speed that people move through supermarkets can be controlled by the tempo of the music. Slow music, he said, slowed shoppers and led them to spend a third more.

Kentucky Teacher
Mammoth Cave to host workshop on climate change
         Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU are offering a free teacher workshop focusing on climate change Feb. 19-20 at the park.

Daily News
Online classes given national recognition
         WKU’s bachelor’s degree online programs have gained national recognition.

Jan. 10-13, 2015

Glasgow Daily Times
Local WKU students study abroad
         Glasgow college students Brittany Allen and Lisa Hawkins can both cross “traveling to Europe” and “studying abroad” off their to-do lists.

Daily News
Antique tractor show evokes nostalgia
At the ripe old age of 2, Lex Cook of Franklin can appreciate a good antique when he sees it. Lex is a tractor man, more specifically, old, red tractors.  He spent Saturday in the arms of his grandfather, Sam Chandler of Woodburn, checking out the more than 80 antique tractors and engines at the Winter Antique Tractor Show held by the Warren County Antique Tractor & Engine Club at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.

Classification reaffirms WKU engages community
         Where “The Spirit Makes the Master” is more than a motto, engaging students with the communities served by WKU becomes an education unto itself.

Organization picks Siewers as its new executive director
         A former WKU staffer and former director of Greenways Commission of Bowling Green and Warren County employee has found a new position with a Mammoth Cave nonprofit organization.

Women veterans face challenges
         Tonya Archey recalls her 10 years in the Navy as a time when she saw firsthand life in all its ugliness.

Bristol (VA) Tricities.com
Poems, short stories by late writer released
         In his poetry, Jim Wayne Miller wrote of “Winter Days.”

WKU Public Radio
No Rest For Olympic Gold Medalist Claire Donahue
         There’s no rest for the weary for WKU Olympic gold-medal winning swimmer Claire Donahue. She and her coach Bruce Marchionda are just back from the World Games, where she scored another medal, but her real goal is the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Dec. 17, 2014-Jan. 9, 2015

U.S. News & World Report
Best Online Programs
         Tie, No. 2, WKU, Bowling Green, KY

Digital Media Net
U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2015 Best Online Programs
         Best Online Bachelor’s Programs: 2. WKU

Phoenix Business Journal
U.S. News ranks best online universities for bachelor’s degrees, MBAs
         Penn State’s online campus — known as Penn State World Campus — has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top school for offering online bachelor’s degrees. Penn State World Campus, which was ranked No. 3 last year, was followed by Daytona State College, University of Illinois-Chicago, and WKU, all three of which tied for second. WKU was ranked 87th last year.

The Himalayan Times
Mount Everest climbing season faces uncertainty of Himalayan proportions
         Prof John All of WKU, who abandoned Lhotse climbing last year, said things were too uncertain this year. “We have decided not to return before 2016,” he told this daily.

Dramatics
Make it your own
          Leaf Coneybear in WKU’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee wears a homemade, patchwork t-shirt.

Kentucky Teacher
WKU offers interactive web design competition
         The WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting’s High School Interactive Design Competition offers students who are interested in web design, interactive design, game building and/or app building the chance to compete for team and individual prizes.

Daily News
‘Back in the saddle': Tony Rose settling in at D93
        Tony Rose is the voice of the WKU Hilltoppers men’s and women’s basketball and football teams and has worked to benefit the community, such as with Stuff the Bus, a program that collects school supplies for local children.

Kara Wilson eliminated on first night of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’
         Wilson is a 2012 WKU graduate who coaches girls’ soccer and teaches English and journalism at Grayson County High School in Leitchfield.

Newest Confucius Classroom ‘instrument’ of learning
         Alondra Estrada, a 9-year-old fourth-grader from Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School, held a big, yellow, decorative fan in her hand.

North Wing of WKU’s Kelly Thompson Complex for Science is coming down
         A part of Hilltopper history is vanishing under a wrecking ball.

Campus police stay busy between semesters
         With WKU nearly empty as both students and most employees enjoyed the break between semesters, campus police remained on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, protecting the university’s assets, which include students who stay in one of the three dorms open for those who can’t go home and the buildings and property.

Lane Report
Higher ed graduates to competency-based degrees
         The University of Louisville and WKU launch the commonwealth’s first “competency-based,” fully online public postsecondary degree programs. UofL will offer a bachelor of science degree in healthcare management leadership and WKU a bachelor of science in advanced manufacturing.

Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville
Local student shines at residential dual-credit program
         Seventeen-year-old Vir is in his second year at WKU’s The Carol Martin Gatton Academy, a selective residential program for high school juniors and seniors with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

Dec. 12-16, 2014

Daily News
Detective work part of coordinating WKU Special Collections
         Jonathan Jeffrey says his job is part detective work and all curiosity.

Air Force technical sergeant completes WKU degree while stationed in military
         Many students tackle the challenge of working and going to college at the same time, but Bryan Lietzke faced a particular challenge balancing his military career and classes at WKU.

WBKO-TV
Over 1,000 Students Graduate From WKU
         The WKU winter class of 2014 graduated this weekend.

USA Today College
WKU offers a unique way to relax during finals
         Instead of turning to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for those much-needed study breaks, WKU students had a unique way of relaxing during finals week. Dr. Lacretia Dye, an assistant professor in the department of counseling and student affairs, hosted group yoga and meditation counseling sessions at a rejuvenation-themed event sponsored by the university’s Department of Housing and Residence Life.

WKU Public Radio
Member of U.S. Air Force Among 2014 WKU Graduates
         Oregon native Bryan Lietzke has been in the U.S. Air Force for eleven years. He’s been deployed to Afghanistan five times.

Wallet Hub
What are the lasting lessons from the recent string of high-profile data breaches?
            High-stakes hacking has been a major theme for American businesses in 2014. The recent wave of data breaches at popular retailers have made consumers more aware — and warier — of the very real threat that their sensitive financial information could slip easily into criminal hands. Mark Ciampa, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at WKU, was among experts who offered their insights in this report.

Dec. 5-11, 2014

Daily News
More than $600,000 bequest helps groups
              The College Heights Foundation, Foundation Christian Academy, Greenwood Park Church of Christ and The Salvation Army, all of Bowling Green, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., received gifts.

Charitable spirit strong in BG, officials say
              Leah Ashwill, director of the WKU ALIVE Center, said she hasn’t noticed a shortage of community involvement or charitable giving in the Barren River region.

New dean appointed to College of Health and Human Services
           A new dean will take over in late March at WKU’s College of Health and Human Services.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow offers ‘Study Away’
           A committee of WKU Glasgow faculty started working on a plan last year for study abroad opportunities for WKU Glasgow students.

WKU Glasgow 2014 graduands honored
           As always, Coordinator for Student Affairs for WKU Glasgow John Roberts said he was excited for the graduand ceremony that took place at the Plaza Theatre in Glasgow on Thursday night.

WBKO-TV
Graduating Students Prepare for Workforce
           With only a few weeks to go in the semester, hundreds of students are preparing for graduation, and also for their journeys into the real world.

Honoring Scholar of the Week Students
           WKU honored future graduates, as they recognized high school students from our area for their extracurricular activities and academic excellence.

Nov. 26-Dec. 4, 2014

WBKO-TV
#GivingTuesday Totals
           WKU also participated. The university is still tallying the total number of gifts received, but can report a record number of gifts made on-line in one day in its history.

Hometown Hero: A Labor of Love, WKU Chi Omega
           A sorority on WKU’s campus is receiving a new home for their chapter after being without one for nearly a year.

Daily News
Outlook for solar power looks bright
           The WKU Office of Sustainability, housed in a home from the 1930s on Regents Avenue, is being transformed into a structure using best practices for a sustainable home, said Christian Ryan, sustainability coordinator for WKU.

Nov. 19-25, 2014

Kentucky Teacher
Simpson County’s Flynn named top superintendent
           James Flynn, superintendent of Simpson County Schools, has been selected as the 2015 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).

Daily News
WKU students trying to assist downtown BG
           A group of WKU seniors is working with a local organization to get college students to visit downtown Bowling Green.

Simpson superintendent receives state’s top honor
           Flynn earned a bachelor’s degree in 1986 in biology from WKU and a master’s degree in biology and secondary education from Texas A&M University.

Group meets weekly on WKU’s campus
           Amid students studying, socializing and eating in WKU’s Downing Student Union, a group meets each Thursday to read and discuss the Bible.

African American Museum relocates to Chestnut Street
           The African American Museum in Bowling Green has a new home on WKU’s campus that brings it closer to the site of one of the city’s historic black communities.

Time
You Asked: Does Laughing Have Real Health Benefits?
           Some research from WKU has also tied a good chuckle to greater numbers and activity of “killer cells,” which your immune system deploys to attack disease.

WBKO-TV
WKU Provides Warmer Transportation For Students
            The frigid temperatures aren’t keeping students inside, as WKU students are fighting the cold while walking to class. However, the campus has another optionin hopes of helping to relieve the cold stress on students.

High School Championships Staying in Bowling Green
            Kentucky’s high school football championships will remain in Bowling Green through 2018.

WKU Public Radio
Kentucky’s High School Championship Football Games to Remain at WKU Through ’18
           Kentucky’s six high school state football championship games will remain in Bowling Green through 2018.

Nov. 15-18, 2014

WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Gospel Music Celebrated at WKU
           Some of the best gospel musicians in the Bluegrass State will be in Bowling Green Tuesday evening.

See Behind-The-Scenes Video of WKU President Jumping Out of Airplane
          Before kickoff of the November 15, 2014 matchup between Army and WKU Football, WKU President Gary Ransdell delivered the game ball from 13,500 feet above Houchens-Smith Stadium in a tandem jump with the US Army Golden Knights.

Daily News
Golden Knights fly Ransdell into game
          A golden sword emblazoned on the side of a C-31 Fokker announced that the Golden Knights were in town. The deafening buzz of the propellers and heat from the engines blurring the view of Ashley Street behind the plane preceded takeoff.

Cold snap will linger
          The recent biting temperatures, which began Wednesday, are expected to be the first prolonged mid-November arctic outbreak of this magnitude since 1937, according to a news release from WKU.

Kentucky Museum at WKU celebrates 75th anniversary
          The Kentucky Museum is a valuable resource for faculty and staff members and the community, officials said.

Fox News
Parachuting president: WKU’s pres makes epic entrance
          Skydivers parachuting into college football stadiums on Saturday afternoon have become almost a weekly occurrence, but WKU took the parachute entrance game and flipped it completely on its head this past Saturday.

Courier-Journal
WKU president: Skydive ‘an amazing experience’
          WKU president Gary Ransdell made good on his promise.

Nov. 6-14, 2014

Daily News
West Point, WKU share military history professor as common thread
           Knowledge of military history is a key component to the success of U.S. Army officers.

Ransdell to parachute to field Saturday
           As president of WKU, it is Gary Ransdell’s job to take the school to new heights. But this is a bit much.

Veterans get help affording textbooks
           The program Textbooks for Troops is gaining fans around the world.

Three enter WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni
           Retired U.S. Army Col. Gary “Mickey” Riggs, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Rick Loomis and musician David “Doc” Livingston entered the WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni on Friday.

USA Today
Father of deceased WKU student gives heartwarming speech after win
           The WKU Hilltoppers lost sophomore Tyler English in a tragic house fire on Halloween, and the team wore ‘TE’ patches to honor English during a 35-27 win against UTEP on Saturday.

Courier-Journal
WKU president will parachute into Army game
           WKU president Gary Ransdell knows how to make an entrance.

Surf KY News
Local Educator One of Only Seven Stem Certified Master Trainers
           Jason Lindsey, a Kentucky native, is an award-winning science educator and author. Jason studied science and journalism at WKU where he earned a degree in meteorology.

WBKO-TV
WKU Displays Wreath During Ceremony In Honor Of Veterans
           The community gathered on WKU’s campus as a wreath was displayed in honor of all veterans.

Central Kentucky News
Through the lens of a female cadet: Former military officer documents journey of women in ROTC programs
           Nicholasville’s Danielle Pousette has revealed her photography project showcasing military women, for which she was granted the funds to complete last year by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Pousette, a former military officer and graduate of the WKU ROTC program, said she was inspired to pursue the project when her daughter approached her with a card on Veterans Day a few years ago.

Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2014

WKU Public Radio
Photo Gallery: The Making of a Horror Film
           It’s the time of year when people are tuning into special Halloween themed episodes of their favorite shows and searching the horror section of Netflix for their annual haunted pleasure. But some WKU students aren’t only watching scary films, they are creating one.

WKU Regents Approve New Doctor of Psychology Degree, Swear in New Faculty Regent
           WKU is one step closer to offering a doctorate in Applied Psychology.

Sixth Novel By WKU Author David Bell Explores Issues Involving Family, Trust
           The Forgotten Girl is the latest book by author and WKU English Professor David Bell.

Oct. 23-30, 2014

Daily News
Afghan army commanders visit WKU military science class
           The dozen military science ROTC students at WKU were discussing combat tactics one minute with a professor. The next, they were having an extended give-and-take session with three veteran commanders in the Afghan army.

Students compete in rocketry event
           Designing a rocket was challenging for Autumn Bolmer, 10, and her fourth-grade classmates from Owensboro’s Estes Elementary School, but they ultimately persevered to compete in STEMshot!, a compressed air rocketry competition Saturday in Bowling Green.

Film editor to travel, make documentary to highlight medical group
           After graduating from WKU in 2013, Bardstown native Bowman moved to Los Angeles to work in film editing, creating corporate and fashion videos.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Tom Eblen: Annual Kentucky workshop for photojournalists reinforces power of storytelling
            Each October, I spend a week in a different Kentucky town with three dozen of the nation’s best photojournalists. We help 75 or so students discover and tell the stories of people who live there.

Oct. 17-22, 2014

Daily News
Outgoing faculty regent says salaries, benefits key issues at WKU
           Seven years as faculty regent at WKU taught Patti Minter that you can be thrown in the deep end of the swirling issues of a university and still keep your head above water.

WCHS graduate up for award
           Marcus Drew Steele has been nominated for the Cynopsis 2014 Digital Model D Award for “Best Daily Series” for his series, “A Closer Look with the AP,” which is available through the Portico TV service of Net2TV. “It’s all encompassing. It’s not only the day’s headlines around the country, but all around the world,” the WKU broadcast journalism graduate said. “It’s a more in-depth type of show.”

Dedication ceremony honors Wilcutt, Finney
           Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt and Naval Cmdr. David Finney grew up within minutes of each other, but it would be several years and several thousand feet in the air before their paths would cross.

Summit teaches about children with disabilities
           When it comes to communicating with some children with special needs, it can be like dancing in the dark in high heels in a too-tight skirt with hardly any music playing, Ann Kaiser said Friday

NASA evolves as shuttle chapter ends
           NASA’s planned manned mission to Mars is the main focus of an American space program that is evolving into a “deep space” venture, said Russellville native Col. Terry Wilcutt, former space shuttle commander and now a top space agency administrator.

‘Stronger than we’ve ever been’
           The Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum reopened Thursday, more than a year after a fire damaged the building and some of the artwork.

WKU Public Radio
Downing Museum Reopens, Extends Commitment to WKU
           A Bowling Green museum dedicated to the late renowned artist and Hart County native Joe Downing has reopened following a 2013 fire.

WBKO-TV
Aviation Park Welcomes NASA Administrator for Honoring
           Saturday morning at Aviation Heritage Park, community members gathered as park personnel dedicated the NASA T-38 Talon in honor of Terry Wilcutt and the late Dave Finney.

Baker Arboretum Recovers More Than One Year After Fire
           The original Downing Museum opened in 2009, displaying the art work of late Joseph Downing.

WFIE-TV Evansville
ISIS presentation at Kentucky Wesleyan College
           WKU professor of International Politics, Soleiman Kiasatpor, spoke to a large crowd at Kentucky Wesleyan College Monday evening on ISIS.

Oct. 9-16, 2014

USA Today
Bachelor’s degree before driver’s license: The life of a child prodigy
           Like any other 11-year-old boy, William Poteet loves to play video games and watch The Amazing Spider-Man. Unlike most boy’s his age, you can find William in the Mathematics department at WKU taking honors calculus alongside students twice his age.

Daily News
Bill Nye talks science literacy to sell-out WKU crowd
           Bill Nye is still affected by his last visit to Kentucky, when he faced Ken Ham in a debate over the origins of the universe.

WKU event was benefit to help prevent child abuse
           After exiting Van Meter Hall, Crestwood senior Luke Sparks left with the Kappa Delta 24th Annual Shenanigans “road trip” banner to commemorate his Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers’ journey as back-to-back first place winners in the dance competition.

Legendary WKU coach Jimmy Feix laid to rest
           Jimmy Feix was laid to rest Thursday in Bowling Green.

WBKO-TV
High School Scholars Awarded at WKU
           Forty-four local scholars enjoyed one of the most recognizable moments of their high school career, as WKU honored their academic achievements.

Glasgow Daily Times
Living his dream: Pulitzer Prize photographer returns for visit to Barren County
           For Bill Luster, life has been good in photojournalism, a career that allowed him to fulfill many dreams.

Oct. 3-8, 2014

Daily News
Feix was standout for WKU, community
           Former WKU head football coach Jimmy Feix was a larger-than-life figure who loved his school and the people in the city of Bowling Green and beyond.

WKU legend Feix dead at 83
           WKU was the world to Jimmy Feix. Now that he is gone, the Hilltoppers hope he knew that he meant the world to them.

Kids learn to build ‘wacky’ machines at WKU
           Children are going wacky this week during the 2014 Science Curiosity Investigation Camp at WKU.

Students learn to market themselves
           Students seeking jobs in the business world want an edge – and WKU is helping them get one.

WKU Public Radio
The ‘Heart and Soul’ of Hilltopper Football, Jimmy Feix Dies at 83
           Jimmy Feix, who became the first WKU football player to earn All-America honors, and later, the school’s winningest head coach, died Sunday afternoon.  He was 83 years old.

Glasgow Physician: Americans Need Better Understanding of Health, Academic Impacts of Lack of Sleep
           For Dr. Phillip Bale, increasing the understanding of the importance of sleep is crucial to improving health, as well as the academic performance of children.

“Top Crops” Grows Top Quality Gardens and Gardeners
           You can see then every Friday morning working away at their garden at WKU’s farm and on Saturdays selling what they’ve raised at Bowling Green’s Community Farmers’ Market.

WBKO-TV
WKU legendary coach Jimmy Feix dies
           WKU legendary coach and quarterback Jimmy Feix has died at age 83.

Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2014

Kentucky Teacher
GeoSphere coming to WKU
           The GeoSphere, a unique learning environment in which students enter a 20-foot inflatable globe, sit on Antarctica, and are given an unparalleled view of our planet, is coming to WKU from Nov. 17-20.

Chronicle of Higher Education
New Campus Leader Fosters Study Abroad in a Repurposed Palace in Britain
           The students—all from American institutions, including the University of Evansville, WKU and Wabash College—also travel in Britain and to other parts of Europe, both independently and on college-­organized tours.

Daily News
WKU student visits exclusive listening party
           Shelby Worthington’s favorite Taylor Swift song is “I’d Lie” – but she’s not lying about meeting the Grammy Award-winning singer.

Kindergartners teach college students about drama
           More than a dozen theater students from WKU worked with kindergarten students this past week at W.R. McNeill Elementary School to teach them drama. In turn, the kindergarten kids taught the college students a thing or two.

Right messages can save lives, researchers say
           The right message at the right time can change lives, say two communications researchers who spoke at WKU.

Performers show ‘Love for China’ at SKyPAC event
           Young performers garbed in swirling colorful robes in hues of gold, green and blue greeted patrons Friday night at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center during “Love for China.”

Fourth-graders learn about electricity, farm safety at WKU
           Loud noises and fire grab the attention of fourth-graders.

WBKO-TV
International Festival Brings Cultural Groups Together, Celebrates Diversity
           Countries from all over the world were represented right here in Bowling Green on Saturday during the International Festival at Circus Square Park.

Sept. 19-24, 2014

Daily News
Hard driving
           Macey Nichter’s favorite entertainment sport is heavy on testosterone, but it doesn’t faze the WKU freshman.

1931 Adam Style building begins its 3rd mission
           Since 1997, to find WKU President Gary Ransdell, one had only to bound up the steps of Wetherby Administration Building on the Bowling Green campus, go through the glass doors and make an immediate right turn.

WKU Films to be showcased in Louisville
           The Louisville International Festival of Film 2014 has selected two films directed and produced within the WKU film studies program to be part of the event Oct. 9-11 at the Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St.

Researcher details aged parent concerns
           People dealing with aging parents struggle with logistics over long distances.

Author reveals plight of Ugandan woman in biography
           St. Louis writer Kate Saller wasn’t the most likely person to write a biography of a woman from Uganda, she told the audience at Barnes & Noble on Thursday night as part of the Far Away Places series presented by WKU Libraries.

WBKO-TV
NASA T-38 Talon Moves To Aviation Heritage Park
           Rolling on the road at two miles an hour isn’t exactly where a plane is meant to be. That’s where the T-38 Talon found itself Sunday night as it was moved from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport to Aviation Heritage Park.

Symphony Day Brings Crowd to Jackson’s Orchard
           Symphony Day is an annual event, which featured the WKU Symphony and three area high school programs, including Bowling Green, Warren County and Barren County high schools.

Sept. 12-18, 2014

USA Today
For parents in college, it’s all about balance
           Ashley Woods, 27, is a full-time undergraduate student at WKU studying nursing. She’s taking 17 credits and works in the visual performing arts library at WKU. She’s also a mother of two — a five-year-old and a toddler.

Daily News
Opportunities abound to study abroad
           Ralaela Fernandes and Felipe Silva think it’s a good idea to study in a foreign country. The WKU students from Brazil, who are both taking courses in dental hygiene at WKU after qualifying for the opportunity from the Brazilian government, attended Tuesday’s Fall 2014 Majors and Minors and Study Abroad Fair.

Business owner goes all natural with socks
       Kyle O’Donnell is using socks to save the world. More precisely, the Bowling Green man knits socks made from organic cotton in his business, Only Footprints, which is inside the WKU Research and Development Center. O’Donnell has been knitting since December and regularly sets up his wares at the Bowling Green Community Farmers Market.

Swedish student teachers work in region
           The exchange was arranged by WKU. Fred Carter, director of the office of teacher services at WKU, said the student teachers, the school districts and the universities benefit from the exchange.

WKU Public Radio
Not Your Grandfather’s Rocking Chair: WKU Features Over Twenty Chairs Made By Famous Kentucky Artist
           A set of chairs currently on display at The Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus offers a glimpse at some of the finest pieces of Appalachian art ever created.

Harvesting Underway on WKU Hemp Crop
           Another milestone is being reached in Kentucky’s effort to grow and market industrial hemp. One of the state’s first legal hemp crops was harvested Thursday at the WKU farm in Bowling Green.

Government Technology
When Citizens Decide How Public Money Is Spent
           The report’s author, Dr. Victoria Gordon of WKU, interviewed organizers of and participants in participatory-budgeting initiatives in Boston, Chicago and St. Louis, as well as leaders of nonprofit advocacy groups such as the Participatory Budgeting Project.

Sept. 6-11, 2014

USA Today
Kentucky school tops national rankings again
            For the third year in a row, a Kentucky high school has been ranked the best in the nation. The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green topped a list by news website The Daily Beast of the 754 best high schools in the United States.

Courier-Journal
Gatton Academy again atop best high school list
           The best high school in the nation is right here in Kentucky.

The Lane Report
Gatton Academy ranked nation’s top high school
          The Gatton Academy, located on the campus of Western Kentucky University, was ranked the nation’s best high school for the third consecutive year. The Gatton Academy was named the top high school in 2012 and 2013 on a joint list by Newsweek/The Daily Beast and this year on a list by The Daily Beast, an award-winning online news site.

Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow High School and WKU partner in Project Lead the Way
           Glasgow High School Principal Keith Hale unveiled “a new commitment to kids” Tuesday in the GHS auditorium as part of a partnership with WKU and the Project Lead the Way program.

Daily News
Project turns plants into money for kids
           He says it was a mistake. Stephen Ritz was dean of students at a school in New York City that doesn’t exist anymore. Someone brought in a box of daffodil bulbs, and he stuck them behind a radiator and forgot about them. Later, when a student looked behind the radiator, he found a bunch of flowers. The flowers resonated with students at the school. That planted an idea in Ritz’s mind, something he would use at his next school. Ritz told his story Tuesday at WKU as a speaker for the Mary E. Hensley Lecture Series, named for the woman who taught for 39 years in Clay and Hart counties.

WKU course is a cerebral look at pro wrestling culture
           It’s a body slam to the senses – a cerebral look at a cultural phenomenon that’s survived in America since before World War II and that has had more storylines than “Days of Our Lives” and “All My Children” combined.

Ecuador comes to WKU through 25 events
           The International Year of Ecuador comes to WKU this week as a series of more than 25 events scheduled for the 2014-15 school year begins Wednesday.

Girls seek science at WKU
           Taylor Grider, 15, wants to become a pediatrician. Science is her passion, she says.

Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014

WKU Public Radio
WKU’s Girls in Science Day Encourages Female Students to Pursue STEM-Related Classes and Careers
           WKU wants to convince more middle and high school girls to pursue classes in the STEM fields. More than 200 area girls in grades 5-12 will be on campus Saturday, Sept. 6, for the Girls in Science Day event.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Traveling to teach: Ren ‘Lolly’ Hui educating HCS students on Chinese language, culture
           Hui, who goes by Lolly Ren in America, is a native of China’s Henan province. She is teaching Chinese language and culture to seventh- and eighth-grade students at East Hardin Middle School in Glendale this year through the WKU Con­fu­cius Institute and the Han­­ban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in China.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow students get a new START
           The WKU Glasgow campus opened its new Student Tutoring and Resource Team Center on Wednesday.

Ad Week
This Data-Obsessed Shop Creates Buzz for Super Bowl Ads Online
           WKU frat brothers Steve Parker Jr. and Jeff Adelson-Yan reunited in New York and started Levelwing 12 years ago, creating a digital firm focused on social media, email, display and analytic measurement campaigns.

Courier-Journal
Small WKU high school scores big
           Speaking of more rigorous standards for public education, a small, little known public school in Kentucky has just been named the top high school in America by the Daily Beast, an online news site.

Daily News

International student works dream job
           When she was choosing a health care major to study at WKU, “nursing made sense,” Abou said. She came to study at WKU in January 2009 and graduated in May.

Camping World founder leaves lasting impression
           David Garvin and Freddie Higgins had been friends since high school – Garvin at College High and Higgins at Bowling Green High School.

WKU international students could double in five years
           WKU wants to double its international student population within five years, a university official said.

Festival features regional authors
           Price will be one of 30 authors at the new Regional Author Showcase, which is being presented by Warren County Public Library, WKU Libraries and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Downing: Dad would appreciate renovated DSU
           Alex Downing, son of former WKU President Dero Downing, said his dad’s eyes would fill with tears and as a Horse Cave native would remark, “Much obliged,” if he were alive to see the university’s student union that continues to bear his name.

Biz advisory firm opens BG location
           Red Rock Business Advisors opened an office in Bowling Green on Friday, the company’s first office outside its headquarters in Leesburg, Va. Red Rock provides consulting about business strategy, information technology and financial services, company President Chad Davis said. Davis is a Glasgow native and graduate of WKU, so it made sense to locate an office in Bowling Green, he said.

WKU cadets begin journey
           Its history began forming in the spring of 1917, when the United States entered World War I.

Lane Report
UPIKE, WKU collaborate on health programs
           University of Pikeville and WKU have partnered to make three health-related masters degree programs available to students in eastern Kentucky and provide access to WKU students in UPIKE’s College of Optometry.

Aug. 23-29, 2014

Daily News
WKU, UPIKE combine efforts
           WKU and the University of Pikeville are combining some educational efforts.

‘It is thrilling': Gatton again named top high school
          For the third year in a row, The Daily Beast has named the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky as the top high school in America.

WYMT-TV Hazard
New public private partnership includes UPike and WKU
           The University of Pikeville and WKU announced a partnership for some academic programs Thursday.

WBKO-TV
WKU Students Get A Big Welcome Back
          WKU students are back on campus and in class. Wednesday afternoon, those students had the opportunity to see what Bowling Green has to offer and score some free goodies.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow Campus students return to class
           WKU students had their first day of classes on Monday, and Melissa Jewell was happy to be back in classes at WKU Glasgow.

Aug. 14-22, 2014

WKU Public Radio
Ransdell Implores Campus Community to Do Everything Possible to Retain Students
        WKU President Gary Ransdell says it’s every employee’s job to help the school retain as many students as possible.

Tatman Accepts Position With WKU’s Center For Research And Development
       Earlier this summer, Dave Tatman was named the first executive director of the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association. Now he’s joined WKU’s Center for Research and Development. The university says Tatman will act as an interface between the newly-formed association and WKU.

Daily News
Ransdell: WKU must protect, keep students
        WKU President Gary Ransdell delivered a sobering message this morning to faculty and staff at Van Meter Hall during the opening convocation, stressing the need for university personnel to report information about sexual assault, a new mandatory policy.

Big Red’s Blitz introduces freshmen to Bowling Green
        After hits from ‘N Sync, the Jackson 5, Prince and Pharrell Williams died down Thursday, a voice over speakers at WKU’s Centennial Mall caught the attention of 324 students, all crowded together, some of them bouncing on the balls of their feet.

GM executive joins WKU research effort
        WKU’s research machine is getting a tuneup. Looking under the Hilltoppers’ hood is Dave Tatman.

WKU welcomes students to campus
        Ever since Lauren Shelton was 6 years old she has dreamed of attending WKU.

Veterans employment assistance a growing need
         Rick Wright, coordinator of Veterans Upward Bound at WKU, said the number of veterans he has seen seeking postsecondary education has skyrocketed.

WBKO-TV

WKU Students Fighting For Renters’ Rights Around Kentucky
        A student group at WKU is getting a surge of support as it tries to take changes in communities throughout the state. The WKU Student Coalition for Renter’s Rights just started this summer. Without even having their first meeting, they’ve already received the attention of university president, Dr. Gary Ransdell, who gave them a shout-out on Facebook.

Ky Forward
NY Times features Western Ky. University’s efforts to help rehabilitate city’s downtown
          Nearly 200,000 square feet of new student housing, a 30,000-square-foot alumni center, and four new fraternity houses flanked by retail businesses and restaurants are just a sampling of WKU projects that are rehabilitating the city of Bowling Green’s central business district.

Aug. 9-13, 2014

New York Times
A University’s Partnership Reshapes Bowling Green, Ky.
         When Gary A. Ransdell, the president of WKU, invites alumni to view this city’s redeveloping downtown from his university’s hilltop campus, the response is almost always exclamations of surprise.

Courier-Journal
Closing Kentucky’s excellence gaps should be a priority
           Education is widely accepted as a key driver of economic growth and quality of life, and Kentucky is not an exception. Indeed, Kentucky’s policymakers and educators deserve credit for being at the forefront of education improvement conversations for over a generation. But Kentucky often overlooks one important indicator of education that may be critical for our future prosperity: the size of our excellence gaps. How can we raise more students to excellence and close excellence gaps in Kentucky? We already have several strong initiatives underway. For example, Kentucky is assessing student growth on the state assessment, and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky was ranked the No. 1 public high school in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013.

Daily News
WKU to cut ribbon on Downing Student Union Aug. 29
           When WKU officials were deciding how to renovate the Downing Student Union, there were two directions they could go in what was initially looking like a three-year project, said Bryan Russell, the university’s chief facilities officer.

WBKO-TV
WKU Offers Luxury Student Apartments
           A new building on WKU’s campus is providing a new look for students and the community. The “Kentucky Street Apartments” will be the new home to more than 220 students starting this fall.

Aug. 1-8, 2014

WKU Public Radio
Wynton Marsalis, Bill Nye, and Melissa Harris-Perry Coming to WKU in 2014-15
           A former PBS star known as “The Science Guy” and one of America’s most famous jazz musicians highlight the 18th season of WKU’s Cultural Enhancement Series.

Glasgow Daily Times
Park City officials ponder hotel’s future
           Park City commissioners received an update Monday night regarding a proposal for transforming the historic Mentz hotel into a bed and breakfast with a restaurant. The city is considering a partnership with WKU and Glasgow businesses owners Gary and Karin Baldwin-Carroll to turn the hotel into a bed and breakfast that will also feature a restaurant.

Asbury Park (NJ) Press
Fear for Barnegat Bay — can it be saved?
            There are about 1,500 stormwater utilities nationwide — independent authorities that rely on user fees or tax dollars to control local pollution and flooding — but none in New Jersey, said C. Warren Campbell, a professor of civil engineering at WKU who tracks those agencies, which work to control flooding and pollution.

July 23-31, 2014

College Magazine
CM’s Top 10 Journalism Schools 2014
           4. WKU – School of Journalism and Broadcasting: At the 2014 Hearst Awards, WKU was honored with second prize overall, as well as first prize in both photojournalism and multimedia.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Collaborating on Space Project
           Kentucky scientists and engineers are collaborating on the project involving research aboard the international space station.

Daily News
Commuters’ Welcome Program is Aug. 17
           WKU is instituting a special, free program this year for freshman commuter students who live at home within 50 miles of the Bowling Green campus.

Local gallery owner helps others’ creative expression
           After graduating from WKU in 2012, Courtney Davis didn’t expect to own her own business within a year.

Lost River Cave launches Kayaking in the Cave Tour
           Boat tours of Lost River Cave have been offered for years, but now people can explore the underground river in a different way with the new Kayaking in the Cave Tour that launched this weekend.

WKU forecasts fall enrollment increase
           A 5 percent increase in admission applications to WKU could lead to between 100 and 250 new undergraduate, full-time Kentucky students in the fall, a university official told the WKU Board of Regents.

Regents tour apartments
           More than 200 new beds are being added into the WKU Student Life Foundation housing mix for juniors, seniors and graduate students at WKU.

Combined endowment reaches all-time high
           WKU’s combined endowment reached an all-time high in March.

WBKO-TV
WKU Receives Safe Communities Designation
            WKU has received accreditation as an official safe community by the National Safety Council.

LaRue County Herald-News
Messonet seeks funding from counties
           Now in its eighth year of operation, the Kentucky Mesonet is looking to build a broad base of funding and support for the statewide climate and weather network.

July 3-22, 2014

Daily News
WKU group finishes cross-country bike ride
           Before riding nearly 3,000 miles across the country with his fraternity brothers to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research, Drake Riley, a WKU junior from Bowling Green, didn’t know much about the disease.

Golfer Kenny Perry recognized for philanthropy
           Kenny Perry of Franklin has received many accolades on the golf course, but he was honored for his philanthropic endeavors at two different events.

VAMPY attendees study topics in depth on campus
           Tricia Thompson said back home in Owensboro, she’s the 15-year-old kid who sits quietly in the back of the Owensboro Catholic High School classes and helps people with their homework.

Gatton students develop Google Glass app
           Though Google Glass isn’t yet a mainstay in southcentral Kentucky, area high school students are working to develop an app that someday might help college students.

Glasgow Daily Times
Digging for history
           A blue canopy provided shade for WKU archaeology students as they carefully scraped red clay dirt away from artifacts.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Students Biking for Alzheimer’s Reflect on Grueling, Rewarding Summer
           Their bodies are sore, but some WKU fraternity brothers are having the most memorable summer of their lives.  Twelve members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are wrapping up a cross-country bike ride to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

Already A Valuable Resource For Forecasters, Kentucky Mesonet Looks To Sustain Growth
           When severe thunderstorms fire up around the Commonwealth, forecasters with the National Weather Service often make use of a network of automated weather observation stations around the state. The network, known as Kentucky Mesonet, has seen steady growth over the last eight years.

Courier-Journal
WKU students ride cross-country for Alzheimer’s
           As Alzheimer’s disease patient Barrett Cummings was nearing the end of his life, his grandson, Tyler Jury, decided to come up with a way to honor him.

WLKY-TV Louisville
Students biking cross country for Alzheimer’s research
           From California to the nation’s capital, 12 WKU fraternity brothers are in the middle of a grueling physical challenge. They’re biking nearly 3,000 miles for a good cause.

WBKO-TV
Building Named to Honor Kenny Perry
           A house at Potter Children’s Home has officially been named after Kentucky native and pro golfer Kenny Perry.

Boston.com
Professor Startled to See MIT Course Featured As Jeopardy Clue
           Ford, now teaching at WKU, continues to be passionate about wrestling’s importance in explaining the way we live now.

June 26-July 2, 2014

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Bike4Alz team makes stop in Hardin County
           Robert Lucas said one of the highlights of his journey across America on a bicycle came along the heights of Wolf Creek Pass, which stands more than 10,000 feet at its summit.

Daily News
Subdivision going up across street from city district’s newest elementary school
           The Durbin Estates project is a cooperative effort among Habitat for Humanity Bowling Green-Warren County, the WKU Center for Environmental Education and Sustainability and the Kentucky Division of Water.

Bikers pass through on way to capital
           Morale was low among Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers from WKU on Friday as they biked from Hopkinsville to Bowling Green, one leg of their nearly 3,000-mile Bike4Alz trip across the country to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Clay helps build self-confidence
           Naomi was one of 20 children who participated last week in the clay-making workshop at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus, according to Lynne Ferguson, artist-in-residence at the museum.

Forensics director to head WKU student recruiting
           Jace Lux has learned over the years how to construct a pretty persuasive argument on behalf of WKU for a potential Hilltopper.

Value of scholarships to WKU grads totals more than $1 million
           A Bowling Green woman is setting a high standard in academics and hopes to pursue a career in biomedical research.

WBKO-TV
Bike4Alz Group Stops in Bowling Green
           A group of fraternity brothers from WKU is biking across the country this summer in hopes of raising $100,000 for Alzheimer’s disease research.

Kentucky New Era
12 WKU fraternity brothers cycle for Alzheimer’s research
           Twelve fraternity brothers of Phi Gamma Delta at WKU are supporting Alzheimer’s research one mile at a time.

WPSD-TV Paducah
Group bikes across the country to raise Alzheimer’s awareness
             Taking part in something bigger than yourself. A group of nine fraternity brothers are biking across the country, all to bring attention to a disease that steals minds and lives. The group of WKU Phi Gamma Delta members biked into Paducah Wednesday. “Bike 4 Alz” is riding to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s.

Net News Check
WKU Stresses Multimedia Storytelling
           It’s been more than 10 years since WKU opened its $18.5 million Mass Media and Technology Hall.

June 19-25, 2014

Daily News
Student on peace mission to Northern Ireland
A 21-year-old Western Kentucky University rising senior is attempting to make a difference in contentious, historic Northern Ireland this summer.

Kentucky educators reflect on trip to Beijing
           When looking back on his visit to China, Jason Marshall said he was struck by the kindness he experienced from strangers.

WBKO-TV
WKU Prepares For Active Shooting Scenario
          WKU Campus Police are taking every opportunity they can to prepare for a shooting scenario that can’t be predicted.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Researcher Co-Winner of National Science Contest
          A WKU researcher has been chosen as a co-winner in a “Science Idol” competition in Washington, D.C. Jill Maples shared the award as a recent symposium on biomedical research excellence. Maples is an assistant professor in WKU’s department of kinesiology, recreation and sport.

KOAM-TV Joplin, MO
Bike4Alz Team Visits Joplin
           12 members of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity from WKU are on a coast to coast bike ride called “Bike4Alz.”

June 12-18, 2014

Courier-Journal
‘I knew I was dead’
           On a clear May morning near the roof of the world, John All was in his element.

WHAS-TV Louisville
WKU professor speaks out about ‘escaping death’ from 70 foot crevasse
           Falling into a 70-foot mountain crevasse in the Himalayas wasn’t the first time that Dr. John All had found himself in a slippery situation.

Daily News
Chinese parents’ efforts win educators’ praise
           Wang Feng, an English teacher at Chongqing Renmin Primary School, said she reads every day to her 3-year-old son.

Educators visit Confucian Temple
           On Sunday afternoon, a group of Kentucky educators passed through a wooden gate painted in vibrant hues of green, red and blue and entered a a temple where Chinese emperors came to pay tribute to a famous teacher – Confucius.

Educators help Chinese who will visit U.S.
           When she was a young girl, Wei Yi’s grandmother taught her Chinese characters and how they were made, and Wei began to see the beauty in her own language.

Astronaut calls T-38 ‘pure joy’
           When U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt flew a NASA T-38 Talon for the first time, he almost panicked because it didn’t have all the equipment he was used to on military planes.

Alums reconnect at ‘College’
           Calico’s husband, Paul, graduated in 1976 from WKU with a business degree, and about five years ago the Calicos first attended the Alumni College on campus. The Alumni College is now in its 12th year.

June 6-11, 2014

CNN
Climber Escapes Death Three Times After 70-Foot Fall
           WKU professor John All survived a 70-foot fall into a crevasse while climbing in Nepal in late May. He struggled for five hours to get out of the hole, made his way on a three-hour journey back to his tent, and then waited overnight for a helicopter to rescue him.

National Geographic
Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
           Funding for laughter and humor research is low—so low that when Mary Bennett, director of the WKU School of Nursing, wanted to look into the effect of laughter on the immune system, she found herself scrounging, asking other researchers for vials and other equipment from their labs.

Daily News
Educators arrive in Beijing
           The trip was organized through the Confucius Institute at WKU and paid for by the Hanban.

Administrators head to Beijing
           David Stobaugh remembers the feeling of isolation he had when traveling through Europe and being surrounded by people who spoke a language other than English.

Gatton student conducts cancer research
           Justin Bunch saw his grandfather die from cancer the fall of 2011 and that sparked his interest in cancer research.

WBKO-TV
A Unique Aircraft Finds Its Home In Bowling Green
           “Another astronaut by the name of Terry Wilcutt, from Russellville, who is a Western Kentucky grad, who has made four flights on the space shuttle, has also flown this airplane numerous times. So, that is what ties it to the community and that is what brings it to Aviation Heritage Park,” said Gerald Roark.

WKU Professor Recovering In Bowling Green After Brush With Death
           Dr. John All has been climbing all his life.

WKRC-TV Cincinnati
Weather Safety: Ky. Mesonet funding questions
           If a thunderstorm produces a wind gust of 65 miles per hour in Alexandria, Kentucky, Local 12 meteorologists can deliver that data to you immediately thanks to a network of weather stations around the commonwealth.

Russellville News-Democrat & Leader
Local astronaut Terry Wilcutt among three honored
           A trio of distinguished astronauts will be the guests of honor at the 2014 Aviation Heritage Park Hanger Party, which will launch on June 14 at the Bowling Green/Warren County Regional Airport.

May 31-June 5, 2014

WSMV-TV, Nashville
WKU professor describes harrowing fall into Himalayan crevasse
           A Kentucky college professor who survived a nasty fall that nearly killed him is now talking about his scary ordeal.

Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain
Bikers riding for Alzheimer’s
            Southern Colorado residents will see a group of college students biking through the area to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease as part of a cost-to-coast fundraising trip. The group from WKU, Bike4Alz, hopes to raise $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research.

Korea JoongAng Daily
Phones are last cry for help
           WKU professor John All was climbing the 7,126-meter-high (23,379-feet) Himlung Himal in the Himalayas when he fell from a crevasse. He dropped 22 meters and was caught on a one-meter-wide ledge. He broke five ribs, dislocated his shoulder, and fractured his right arm.

Daily News
UAE students learn from local officers
           As Bowling Green police Officer Ronnie Ward walked into a classroom at WKU recently, six graduate students – including five police officers from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – stood to shake his hand, and then began an exchange of information about the differences and similarities in court systems and policing in the United States and UAE.

Band to kick off summer season
           Although Larry Long has been playing the bassoon for 45 years, he still gets excited when he plays with the Southern Kentucky Concert Band in the summer.

Plans for latest airplane reveal coming together
           Aviation Heritage Park will unveil its newest acquisition, a Northrop T-38 Talon No. 901 that had a career with NASA, during its annual Hangar Party.

Disabled Bowling Green man promises to work to help other veterans
           The Marine served during the invasion of Panama. He has been homeless and is now a WKU student studying geographic information science.

May 24-30, 2014

WAVE-TV Louisville
Storm chasing students spot super cells
           Breathtaking images of super cells forming in Texas were captured by storm chasers over the Memorial Day weekend, but they weren’t just any storm chasers, they were the WKU Storm Chasers.

Daily News
Rand Paul among crowd at veteran’s home dedication
           Koerner is a Marine veteran who served during the Panama conflict. He was homeless at one point but now is a WKU student studying geographic information science.

CHF president tells Rotarians scholarships make a difference
           As the cost of college becomes more burdensome, scholarships through the private sector create learning opportunities for students and change their lives.

Hines bio republished, available in paperback
           Hatchett conceived the idea for Hines’ biography while getting his master’s degree in history from WKU beginning in 1992.

WKU students forecast weather in the plains
           When Josh Durkee took his first students to the Midwest five years ago, he had a jaw-dropping moment that hasn’t been surpassed.

WKU Public Radio
Coalition of Groups Helps Bowling Green Veteran Live the American Dream
           Formerly homeless, Keith Koerner, a student at WKU, is now a first-time homeowner.

WDRB-TV Louisville
Girl with rare genetic condition makes a miraculous recovery
           Brooke can’t wait to attend WKU this fall and already has a Hilltoppers banner hanging in her room.

Kentucky Teacher
WKU offers day of professional learning
           The School of Teacher Education at WKU is hosting a day of professional activities based on the theme Change Your Luck with the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES).

May 16-23, 2014

Daily News
Director named for Gatton Academy
            America’s top public high school for two years running has a new director. Lynette Breedlove, an educator from Texas, has been named director of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU.

Former students celebrate teacher’s career
          After 35 years of teaching dance, Kathy Wise-Leonard of Dance Images is retiring, but her former students don’t intend to let her go quietly. Dance Images year-end recitals will be at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at Van Meter Hall on WKU’s campus. The celebration and student reunion will follow the last recital from 6 to 8 p.m. at the WKU Faculty House.

WKU group to bike across the country
           Most of the WKU fraternity brothers participating in Bike4Alz, a nearly 3,000-mile bicycle journey across the country that begins this week, didn’t own a bike until they agreed to go on the trip.  

1,500 graduate from WKU
           Best friends Laura Sims and Adrienne Polen, both of Bowling Green, ended their 17-year streak of attending school together when they graduated Saturday from WKU.

Graduates reflect on Gatton
           Tori Buckley, 17, of Barren County, knew from her first visit that she wanted to attended the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU.

WKU Public Radio
University’s Discarded Electronics, Furniture Wind Up Here
         Next to WKU’s main dining hall a red, metal cardboard crusher – one of three on campus, flattens a mess of card board boxes into a tightly-compacted bunch ready to be hauled away. But cardboard is just part of the equation. Throughout campus, there are hundreds of recycling bins, encouraging students and staff to reduce the amount of trash WKU puts into landfills.

May 10-15, 2014

WAVE-TV Louisville
Detecting a sinkhole: New device geared for homeowners
          It could cost big bucks to detect whether a sinkhole could open up, but soon there may be a device developed in Kentucky to keep families safe nationwide. WKU’s Matt Dettman has developed a device to detect what’s happening beneath your feet.

Daily News
Greater heights
           Basketball may be over for WKU senior Brandon Harris, but he has something even more exciting ahead of him.

Tourism officials still confident
           The tourism community remains optimistic despite news that the KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament won’t be coming to Bowling Green in 2016-17.

A little less stress
           The pressures of final exams at WKU were soothed Monday by small animals and hula hoops as students took a break at Centennial Plaza.

WKU likely to evaluate issue of sexual assault on campus
           Deborah Wilkins, WKU general counsel, anticipates the school will participate in a survey to evaluate the issue of sexual assault on campus.

Glasgow Daily Times
Educators retire from WKU Glasgow
           WKU Glasgow staff, students and colleagues said goodbye Wednesday to two faculty members — Dr. Loretta Murrey and Linda Fitzpatrick. Both are retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the semester.

 

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