Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:
Feb. 2-5, 2016
Gatton Academy students honored with science award
Cancer is more than just a research interest for Makenzie Daniels and Haley Dicken, two students at WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.
Paducah planner to head City-County Planning Commission of Warren County
Benjamin D. Peterson, a veteran planner for a cooperative agency for the city of Paducah and McCracken County, has accepted the executive director post for the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County. He is a graduate of both Greenwood High School and WWKU, earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a minor in geology and a master of science degree in geography with an emphasis in environmental planning from WKU.
Selection of flowers, chocolates, more abound for BG sweethearts
Instructor Roger Dennis said WKU Florist on Regents Avenue will be busy leading up to Valentine’s Day. WKU offers a dozen roses professionally arranged with greenery for $69.99 and other floral arrangements.
Gatton Academy students win cancer research award
Makenzie Daniels and Haley Dicken were winners of the Emperor Science Award. This award was given to 100 students around the country to those interested in the medical field and particularly cancer research.
Crestwood native to play in world premiere
The WKU Wind Ensemble, which includes Daniel Finch of Crestwood on Alto Saxophone, will perform at the 2016 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division conference in Charleston, S.C.., and will present the world premiere of a new work written to honor nine victims of a church shooting there last June.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Hosting On-Campus Support Group for Students With Mental Health Issues
WKU students struggling with mental health issues can now tap into an on-campus support group.
Jan. 27-Feb. 1, 2016
WKU’s Ransdell to retire in 2017
WKU President Gary Ransdell will retire in 2017, he announced Friday morning after a closed session at the WKU Board of Regents meeting in Elizabethtown.
Ransdell: ‘Sense of timing’ influenced retirement decision
Timing is everything, or at least that is what WKU President Gary Ransdell said Friday after announcing his planned retirement in 2017.
Young adults struggle with finances
“I think that our educational system does a good job on educating except on two subjects, how to plan for our financial future and how to be a parent,” said Dr. Ron Rhoades, assistant finance professor and director of the WKU Financial Planning Program.
Former principal dancer talks about life with dance company ahead of WKU performance
Tadej Brdnik didn’t start out wanting to be a dancer.
WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Universities to Work with Gov. Bevin on Creation of Performance-Based Funding Plan
Governor Matt Bevin wants to influence any performance-based funding model used by Kentucky universities.
WKU President Gary Ransdell Announces Retirement
WKU President Gary Ransdell announced at Friday’s Board of Regents meeting in Elizabethtown that he is retiring effective June 30, 2017.
$650 million proposed state budget cut could place hardships on universities
On Tuesday, Governor Matt Bevin outlined his budget proposal for the next two years.
WKU President Gary Ransdell announces retirement
After 20 years of serving as head of his Alma Mater, WKU President Gary Ransdell announced he would be retiring in 2017.
The Lane Report
WKU president Ransdell to retire in 2017
At the WKU Board of Regents first quarterly meeting on Friday (Jan. 29), President Gary A. Ransdell announced his intention to retire in 2017. His last day serving as President will be June 30, 2017, and following a brief sabbatical, he will officially retire from WKU Dec. 31, 2017.
WKU president Gary Ransdell to retire
Longtime WKU President Gary A. Ransdell announced Friday he will retire next year. Ransdell’s last serving day as president will be June 30, 2017.
WKU president Gary Ransdell to retire next year
After 20 years, the president of WKU is stepping down. Gary Ransdell announced at an administrative meeting Friday that his last day as president would be June 30, 2017. Ransdell has served as president since 1997.
Jan. 15-26, 2016
Efficiency and sustainability: Technology is changing the way farmers view their land
Genetically modified crops are another product of technology that has been around for years, WKU agronomy professor Dr. Todd Willian said.
Barren fiscal court hears plan to bring garden to jail
Barren County Jailer Matt Mutter announced that the detention center has an agreement with WKU’s Glasgow campus that will help establish a garden in a grassy area on the jail’s property on Samson Street to serve as the basis for a new work program.
Officials hope active shooter training video will help prepare campus
Police officers at WKU entered Mass Media and Technology Hall with guns readied while cameras recorded footage for an active shooter training video on Tuesday.
Glasgow Daily Times
Cell production: Jail may launch garden program
“We have a big grassy spot there next to the jail, on the jail property,” Mutter said. “This will be a partnership with WKU-Glasgow, which we are proud to do this with the university. We think this is a one-of-a-kind, the first of this kind of collaboration with the university, so it’s going to kind of be a ground-breaking event, I guess, as we get started.”
WKU prepares campus community for active shooter scenario
As high profile college shootings became more frequent, WKU Police teamed up with the university and WKYU-PBS to better prepare students, faculty and staff for a life-threatening situation.
BC FISCAL COURT: WKU-G SCHOOL RESOURCE DEPUTY AND THE JAIL GARDEN PROJECT
WKU-Glasgow will soon have a School Resource Deputy, thanks to a partnership between the Barren County Sheriff’s Office and Glasgow’s Campus.
Beauty and Ingenuity: Countdown to March 9 Eclipse
“Our students are excited about going to Palu and working alongside the Indonesian students,” says Richard Gelderman, a professor of physics and astronomy at WKU. “We’re also hoping to be able to welcome the Indonesian students to the US in 2017, when the next total eclipse comes to Kentucky.”
WKU Public Radio
WKU Producing Video to Help Students, Employees Survive Active Shooter Situations
WKU is filming a video aimed at helping students and employees handle active shooter situations.
Snowstorm One for the Record Books in Bowling Green
State Climatologist Stuart Foster at WKU said the snow also came on the heels of nearly ten inches in February 2015 and more than seven inches last March.
Taiwan presidential race showcases women’s increasing role
WKU political scientist Timothy Rich, an expert on Taiwanese politics, said a win by Tsai could help catalyze incremental change in China.
Jan. 7-14, 2016
A day of pampering for survivors
The Rising Center hosted a “Come kiss Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault goodbye” event on Jan. 8. Miss Mammoth Cave Area Queen Haley Wheeler, a WKU freshman studying Communication Disorders, was the guest speaker of the event. Wheeler is running on the platform of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness for the Miss Kentucky Pageant this summer.
Globetrotters coming to Bowling Green
The Harlem Globetrotters will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at Western Kentucky University’s E.A. Diddle Arena.
Butler County mesonet station goes live
Butler County’s new Kentucky Mesonet station is one of many weather stations across the state, but it’s the first funded by money raised locally.
Groups plan march, other events
Josh Hayes will receive the Humanitarian Award. Hayes, director of the equal opportunity office at WKU, is a former president of Bowling Green’s NAACP chapter and works with the Bowling Green Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.
Tractor show keeps ‘agriculture heritage alive’
Children excitedly climbed the over 8-foot-tall John Deere 6110R Tractor to take turns inside the cab pretending to drive the 5-ton-plus machine during Saturday’s Winter Antique Tractor Show at WKU’s L.D. Brown Ag Expo Center.
WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Mesonet Launches 66th Weather Data Site
A program that gathers weather and climate data across the Bluegrass State launched its 66th site on Jan. 11. The new site is in Butler County.
WKU student selected as 2016 Derby Festival Princess
Andi Dahmer, a WKU freshman from Fisherville, is among five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court.
Dec. 15, 2015-Jan. 6, 2016
Show offers otherworldly experience
Visitors at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium were whisked away on a simulated trip to Mars during a new show that explores human travel to the red planet.
TALK OF THE TOWN: Q&A with Telia Butler
Bowling Green native Telia Butler is a graduate of Greenwood High School and WKU, where she was a reporter and editor at the College Heights Herald.
Program aims to draw young males to leadership
Denise Hardesty, coordinator of WKU’s Minority Teacher Recruitment Center, added that young men need role models.
Bill would bolster research at Kentucky colleges
Research and development is critical for industry to innovate its products and processes, and a state representative wants to make Kentucky more competitive by further alleviating research costs.
BG native promoted at Louisville firm
WKU alumna and Bowling Green native, McKenzi Loid, has been promoted at a Louisville public relations firm, Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations.
School resource officer will be added
Following students’ concerns about safety, a partnership between WKU and the Barren County Sheriff’s Office will add a full-time school resource officer to WKU’s Glasgow campus.
Kidding Around: Investing in Rare Toys
Professor Cathy Carey of WKU—an economist, academic, writer and action-figure collector herself—told specialist website DoctorWhoToys.net: “It becomes problematic if individuals begin sacrificing other values in life for the sake of the collection. These problems will vary in intensity with different collectors. Some collectors may be viewed as eccentric based on their collections—and they will often view this as a badge of honour.”
Dec. 11-14, 2015
Kentucky teen aspires to be a heart doctor
Rachel Autumn Cooper, 17, is a senior at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.
WKU holds fall commencement
More than 1,000 WKU students, with a degree in hand, are leaving the school and moving to the next stage of their lives.
Townsend selected for Teacher Hall of Fame
Retired teacher Angela Townsend always wanted her students to feel valued.
More than 1,400 WKU students graduated in Diddle Arena on Saturday. The ceremonies marked the 178th commencement for WKU.
WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Scientist Says State Should Prepare for Climate Challenges as Paris Talks Wrap Up
WKU Professor of geography and geology Rezaul Mahmood says the climate talks in Paris are important because the issue is critical in our time, and discussion and debate are vital for developing good, long-term solutions.
Dec. 5-10, 2015
WKU announces new VP for student affairs, former VP Howard Bailey to retire
Following an announcement that WKU’s vice president for student affairs is retiring Dec. 31, a replacement has been found.
Confucius Institute at WKU honored
WKU’s Confucius Institute was honored this week with its second Confucius Institute of the Year Award.
FBI hosts active shooter symposium
Capt. Dominic Ossello of the WKU Police Department said officers in his agency undergo annual training to test their response to “dynamic situations” requiring the use of force, and that the department works closely with the Bowling Green Police Department, Warren County Emergency Management and The Medical Center among other entities when it comes to knowing their responses.
WKU ROTC cadet reaches new heights
Shawn Sattazahn, a WKU ROTC student, describes parachuting from an aircraft at 14,000 feet as “the most liberating experience I’ve ever had in my life.”
Commencement organizers share experiences
This weekend may be the proudest moment of many WKU students’ lives as the university confers certificates and degrees to 1,425 graduates, but for commencement organizers Judy Byrd and Marleen Murphy, the ceremony is just one of many.
Report shows decline in underemployment for grads
Five years after a recession that left many Americans unemployed, there’s good news – the underemployment rate of the college graduates is down.
WKU appoints first project manager for new Learn and Earn program
Leslie Witty will become the first project manager for a new Learn and Earn program at WKU.
Dec. 1-4, 2015
Imani means faith: WKU celebrates Kwanzaa
The pounding of drums filled the second floor of the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus Wednesday to give guests a traditional African welcome as the Kwanzaa celebration commenced to honor African heritage in African-American culture.
Students display technology at STLP showcase
More than 1,000 students from southcentral Kentucky filled E.A. Diddle Arena to demonstrate technology-based projects.
Football weekend logistics plan ready
WKU Associate Athletic Director Craig Biggs said plans have been in the works for several months to set up the logistical adventure that is the college and high school football games extravaganza at WKU beginning Thursday.
Symphony to perform Holiday Pops Concert
The Symphony at WKU will perform “It’s Yule Time!” Holiday Pops Concert, an annual event with guest appearances by the Southern Kentucky Choral Society, at 3 p.m. Sunday at Van Meter Auditorium.
Museum will host ‘Christmas in Kentucky’
WKU’s Kentucky Museum will host its eighth annual “Christmas in Kentucky” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1400 Kentucky St.
Glasgow Daily Times
Raising the standard: WKU Glasgow students improve lives through education
There was a mix of traditional and non-traditional students who took part in WKU Glasgow’s Graduand Ceremony Thursday night at the Plaza Theatre.
WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Climate Scientist Says Paris Agreements Will Offer Opportunity for Economic Development
Rezaul Mahmood is a professor at WKU and associate director of the Kentucky Climate Center. He served on a national climate advisory committee and says this is a good time for Kentucky leaders to look for opportunities related to new climate change policies.
Alexandria Knipp awarded overseas internship
Alexandria Knipp, a WKU student from Olive Hill, has been awarded a U.S. Foreign Service Internship by the U.S. Department of State.
WKU one of 14 schools selected for national innovation and entrepreneurship program
WKU was selected among 14 higher education institutions in the U.S. by the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) to join the Pathways to Innovation Program.
Nov. 20-30, 2015
Nashville Public Television
Under the Tracks | David Bell
David Bell, author of SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW and THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, discusses his experience as a writing teacher and his writing process.
WKU students reach out to local homeless
As the holidays bring family and friends closer together, a group of WKU students helped those left out in the cold.
WKU students explore African culture through dance
Drumming, stomping feet and giggles resonated throughout a dance studio in Gordon Wilson Hall at WKU on Friday as students participated in an African dance workshop.
Author, Ky. product speaks about work
Alecia Whitaker, a New York-based author who grew up on a farm in Kentucky, came back to her home state to receive WKU’s Evelyn Thurman Award, making several stops at local schools while in Warren County.
WKU students share experiences from Paris terror attacks
As terrorist attacks struck Paris on Friday, eight WKU students were visiting the city.
Chicago professor speaks to WKU students
Author Dwight N. Hopkins, a professor at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, came to WKU as a part of the International Year of South Africa to talk about building new leadership in 21st century Africa.
Nov. 13-19, 2015
WKU Public Radio
French Students at WKU Reflect on Paris Attacks
Four students from France are currently studying at WKU. They’re now forced to cope with last week’s deadly terrorist attacks thousands of miles away from their homeland.
‘Holiday Extravaganza’ dance performance designed to enchant kids, adults
The WKU Department of Theatre and Dance will close its 2015 mainstage season with “A Holiday Extravaganza.”
Dunbar’s Henning tapped as Drama Teacher of the Year
Alicia Henning of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Fayette County) has been named Drama Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Theatre Association. Henning received a bachelor’s degree in theater from WKU and worked professionally in theater around the country before becoming a teacher.
Nov. 7-12, 2015
WKU hosts wreath laying ceremony
Students, cadets and Veterans alike gathered at Guthrie Bell Tower on Wednesday to honor the members of our Armed Forces, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
WKU Public Radio
Army Veteran Chooses Education to Help Others Transition from Military
Celebrating Veteran’s Day is a way to honor the service of all those who have served our country, including 335,000 military veterans in Kentucky. Some have enrolled in higher education to further their civilian careers, including 400 veterans currently enrolled at WKU.
25 Great Colleges for Veterans
In honor of Veterans Day 2015, MONEY has compiled this list of the nation’s best schools for veterans looking to start or return to college.
WKU awarded roughly $40,000 in journalism collaboration
WKU public broadcasting will participate in a regional journalism collaboration and receive a portion of a $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Writer shares family history at event
For writer Sallie Bingham, what you get out of history is up to you.
Seeing red: Students, family, friends flood campus for Homecoming
Debbie Murillo was admiring the parade floats lined up Saturday morning along the Avenue of Champions in front of Downing Student Union, taking pictures ahead of WKU’s annual homecoming game.
Making the grade in job searches: Resources available to grads
Multiple resources are available when looking for a job, including online, networking and talking to faculty members, according to Rebecca Tinker, associate director of the Center for Career and Professional Development at WKU.
Cheerleading movie features WKU students
When Sarah Cahill found out her cheerleading squad from Southwestern High School in Somerset was going to be featured in Varsity Spirit’s “American Cheerleader” movie, she was excited.
WKU moving away from non credit development courses
WKU wants to move away from non-credit developmental courses for its underprepared students and replace them with for-credit alternatives, according to Academic Advising and Retention Center Director Russell Curley.
WKU launches competency-based program in advanced manufacturing
WKU is launching a new model that offers degrees in advanced manufacturing. The new model is a modularized competency-based distance learning approach, which measures learning rather than the amount of time students spend in a classroom.
Grant to fund Ohio River Network journalism collaboration in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio
A $445,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will establish an Ohio River regional journalism collaboration between seven public media TV and radio stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.
WKU receives $150,000 gift for hospitality programs
WKU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences recently received a $150,000 gift, the program’s largest-ever current gift from a successful alumnus and respected restaurateur. The gift from Joe Micatrotto Jr. (’09) will fund the Micatrotto Fund for Excellence in Hospitality.
Surf KY News
Schools welcome Huangmei Opera to RiverPark Center
The Huangmei Opera Performance Troupe from China is making an unprecedented opportunity available to the Owensboro and Daviess County public schools districts through a special performance made possible by the Confucius Institute of WKU.
Oct. 29-Nov. 6, 2015
WKU professor analyzes election
Following Matt Bevin’s decisive gubernatorial victory – which some have described as an upset – Scott Lasley, a WKU political science professor, offered an election analysis Wednesday to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club at Bowling Green Country Club.
WKU to kick off homecoming events
Homecoming at WKU brings to mind memories of waving red towels, singing the school’s fight song and tailgating on game day.
International-themed eatery opens at WKU
Baklava, gyros, tiramisu and other foreign foods were for sale at Passport Bistro, a new WKU campus restaurant that debuted Monday.
WKU institute receives funds
A $25,000 award will help WKU’s Institute for Rural Health improve its service.
Immigration activist urges students to get involved
Activist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas hoped to inspire WKU students and other community members to get involved with immigration reform during a lecture he gave Tuesday night.
Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Libraries gives Barren County College Street campus book grant
As a former school librarian, Tara Griffith has long known that the key to getting students to read is by providing them with the books that hold their interest.
WKU kicks off homecoming weekend with chili cheese luncheon
Hilltopper supporters crowded into 643 Sports Bar in downtown Bowling Green Thursday for the annual Junior Achievement WKU Homecoming Chili and Cheese Luncheon and Pep Rally.
WKU campus prepares for Homecoming Weekend
The Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Bowling Green was built for big events on campus like this weekend.
Kentucky colleges, businesses named to military friendly lists
Nineteen Kentucky colleges and universities were named to Victory Media’s list of 2016 Military Friendly Schools. Also, 12 Kentucky businesses were named 2016 Military Friendly Employers.
WKU SKyTeach program receives $400K STEM research grant
Professors in WKU’s SKyTeach program recently received a $400,000 Mathematics Science Partnership research grant from the Kentucky Department of Education.
Kentucky Innovation Network, WKU partner on Global Entrepreneurship Week events
The WKU Small Business Accelerator and the Bowling Green Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network are supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Nov. 16-22. Global Entrepreneurship Week was designed to inspire people everywhere to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
Oct. 23-28, 2015
WKU student director receives award
Charley Pride, director of student activities and organizations at WKU, received the 2015 Robert H. Shaffer Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.
WKU goods drive to benefit flood victims
Historic rainfall in South Carolina left many without resources, according to Andrew Rash, coordinator of leadership and volunteerism with WKU’s Student Activities and Organizations.
WKU dedicates new building
Claire Conlon, an applied economics graduate student, came to WKU from Durban, South Africa, four years ago and was excited to see the new Honors College/International Center and overjoyed when she read the dedication program included two South African songs performed by the WKU Chorale.
WKU announces smoking policy changes
The first phase of a plan to make WKU a tobacco- and vapor-free campus goes into effect in January, according to President Gary Ransdell.
U.S. official: more can be done to help Syrian refugees
The human picture of that tragedy comes from Anne Richard, the U.S. State Department’s assistant secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, who spoke to WKU students and others Friday about the educational needs of Syrian refugee children and what America is doing to help.
Broadway’s Cirque du Soleil show will star Ruby Lewis
Cirque du Soleil has revealed one of the female leads of its first production created specifically for Broadway and, appropriately, she’s a self-described “thrill-seeker” who lists among her skills skydiving, improv and tae kwon do. WKU graduate Ruby Lewis will make her Broadway debut this spring in “Paramour” with a 38-member company that will build a show about a love triangle with some eye-popping acrobatics.
Students test the waters: GM, WKU, nonprofit partner to provide outdoor education
Children rushed excitedly into the shallow area of Trammel Creek with green nets to see what critters they could catch and to learn about the species living in the water.
WKU’s Bailey looks to life’s next chapter
After 45 years in higher education, Howard Bailey is retiring as WKU’s vice president of student affairs.
Bailey’s service leaves lasting legacy
Most students who graduate from WKU get their degree and move into the workforce.
Startup to release tool for interpreters, translators
A startup company tied to the WKU Small Business Accelerator aims to release an app designed to make converting technical terms from one language to another easier for interpreters and translators.
Tom Eblen: Annual workshop has documented small towns, trained photojournalists for four decades
When I was a freshman at WKU in 1976, two professors took several photojournalism students I knew to the Eastern Kentucky mountains for a week to document the state’s last one-room schoolhouses.
Frankfort State Journal
Mountain Workshops documentary descend on Frankfort
Every year for the past 40, a group of photojournalism experts and students have gotten together to focus on the art of the story in a small town or city in Kentucky.
Bowling Green to host State Marching Band Championships on Saturday
The 2015 KMEA State Marching Band Championships will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday at WKU’s Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Synth Wave of Horror Part 3: John Carpenter
Yeah, actually, my father was a music teacher. He has a PhD from Eastman School of Music, and he taught at WKU. So as a kid, I played violin, piano, guitar, bass guitar, and what have you.
Fusion Adds VP of Innovation and Engagement
It’s not every digital media executive who can point to juggling ongoing duties with MIT. But such is the case with WKU graduate Sam Ford, who has joined the company to fill an exciting new role.
WKU reveals new Honors College, International Center
It was something that had been in the works for nearly 6 years, and Friday afternoon the new WKU Honors College and International Center building was finally unveiled to the public.
5 WKU nursing students to get Greenview scholarships
Greenview Regional Hospital is offering financial assistance to students who will be graduating from the Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) program at WKU through a competitive selection process. Scholarships will be offered to students in return for a two-year commitment to work at Greenview Regional Hospital upon graduation.
Oct. 17-22, 2015
Raising young sons at age 60
When photographer Brittany Greeson met the family, she assumed the boys were Cox’s grandchildren. Greeson photographed the family in February 2014, when the boys were 7 and 3. She shot them for a class at WKU, where she’s a student. It was one of the first stories she’d ever tried to capture, she said, and the first time she’d ever spent several days embedded in another family’s daily routines, from the joyous bursts of playtime to tough moments of discipline.
New Ranking of the 50 Best Online Bachelor’s in Management Ranking for 2015-2016 Released by Top Management Degrees
WKU-Bowling Green, Kentucky
Renovations at WKU Glasgow library create educational opportunities
After two years of renovations, the library at WKU’s Glasgow campus is new and improved.
Glasgow Daily Times
Extensive library renovations finished
A monetary gift made more than 25 years ago continues to reap benefits for the WKU Glasgow library.
Oct. 13-16, 2015
Fantasy world play being staged
WKU junior Haley Moore of Louisville always loved children’s theater.
Glasgow Daily Times
New provost touts importance of WKU-Glasgow campus
Dr. David Lee has seen firsthand the impact that the WKU Glasgow Regional Campus has had within the community it serves.
WKU holding free information sessions for adults who want to finish degrees
WKU will conduct a pair of free information sessions for adult learners who want to finish their college degrees.
Oct. 8-12, 2015
Beer brewing offers new educational and career path for WKU students
Beer is nothing new on college campuses, but what they’re doing with it at WKU is.
Sisterhood fuels education with three grants
Three education projects will benefit from grants from the WKU Sisterhood, a group of charitable women.
TALK OF THE TOWN: Q&A with Julie Ellis
Now in her seventh year as head of WKU’s Engineering Department, Julie Ellis was drawn to WKU by the commitment to hands-on projects throughout the engineering curriculum, which she said is key to providing the kind of engineers the world needs.
Hitting close to home
For Huda Melky, a recently retired WKU employee, the international situation is personal. As a native Syrian, Melky has family living in the country, most of them in the capital, Damascus. They include three brothers and two sisters, with 30 children in all.
Professor’s poetry collection based on experiences
For most people, loss is something to move past. But for Jane Olmsted, a WKU professor, loss has been a wellspring of creativity.
Chili’s Grill & Bar will be built near alumni center
As early as mid-January, a new eatery will join WKU’s campus dining options – but this one will be closer to the general public.
WKU Greeks put on show for charity
Joey Badinger, a WKU junior from Louisville, was among several sorority and fraternity members dancing onstage for charity Wednesday night.
Best-selling author Gaiman gives advice
When best-selling author Neil Gaiman was asked to give advice to aspiring authors at WKU’s latest installment of the 2015-16 Cultural Enhancement Series on Tuesday night, his first piece of advice was only one word.
Chili’s set to open near WKU campus
Chili’s® Grill & Bar will fire up the grill and open its doors for the first time at WKU in Bowling Green in January 2016.
WKU to host luncheon for top scholars
About 100 top scholars from Hardin and Meade County high schools will be recognized for academic achievements at a luncheon Thursday. WKU and Fort Knox Federal Credit Union will host the luncheon at Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center.
Sept. 26-Oct. 7, 2015
The 10 Best College Towns In The U.S.
A spate of construction projects on and around the campus of WKU helped the city of Bowling Green, KY engineer one of the nation’s most successful downtown redevelopment efforts.
WKU transfer scholarship deadline Nov. 1
Community college students hoping to apply for WKU’s Community College Transfer Scholarship have until Nov. 1.
SKyTeach event cultivates girls’ interest in science
Melissa Rudloff, a master teacher with SKyTeach, hopes to instill girls with a passion for science and mathematics.
Crime numbers are down
Crime on WKU’s campus dropped in several categories, according to a recently released campus safety report.
WKU introduces new scholarship search tool
A new online tool aims to help match WKU students with scholarships.
Serving tea for scholastic fees
Walking through the doors of Riverview at Hobson Grove, a butler greeted guests, guiding them to pick up a teapot-shaped name tag before escorting them to the dining area to be seated. With the flick of a wrist, a bell was sounded to commence the “Downton Abbey”-Inspired Tea hosted by WKU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences alumni group.
For school districts, Chinese program offers window into foreign culture
Chinese teacher Liu Shanshan led students of Cumberland Trace Elementary School in Chinese songs and taught them how to use the language to introduce their families Wednesday.
Teachers get technology lessons at TeachMeet KY
Educators from Kentucky and Tennessee gathered Thursday in Gary Ransdell Hall at WKU to teach one another how to bring more technology into the classroom during the sixth annual TeachMeet KY.
WKU Physical Therapy Program offers hands-on experience
Jennifer Harrington and Alex Lewis, both second-year students in WKU’s doctor of physical therapy program, were among 15 students practicing joint mobilization techniques in class Tuesday.
Vickie Kristiansen and her 7-year-old son, Logan, were among 50 or so guests Sunday who climbed to the roof of WKU’s Thompson Complex to observe the moon, which appeared to have a shadowy bite taken out of it after 8 p.m.
Bowling Green festival celebrates different cultures
A native of Pakistan who came to WKU last year to study computer science, Muhammad welcomed visitors Saturday to the WKU Pakistani Student Union booth at the festival, offering information about Pakistani culture and traditions as well as henna tattoos to anyone interested.
WKU prof: African-American tome cultural resource
For WKUy history professor John Hardin, a recently released encyclopedia focusing on the lives of Kentucky’s African-Americans is about educating the public, especially children.
Budweiser Clydesdales in Bowling Green
They arrived at the WKU Ag Expo Center Tuesday afternoon and will be making a couple of stops throughout the area during their trip.
Burglary, Alcohol arrests down at WKU
One look at the numbers and it’s easy to see why WKUPD feels like things are on the right track on the hill.
Santa Barbara Independent
ReviveHealth Adds Eight New Team Members
Katie Clark is marketing manager, bringing a wealth of industry knowledge from her work in marketing, communication, and graphic design, first at American Addiction Centers, then as marketing and communication specialist at Emdeon, and, most recently, as a marketing analyst for Change Healthcare. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Marketing from WKU, and a master’s in Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina.
KCTCS appoints new president of Jefferson Community and Technical College
Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay K. Box announced today the appointment of Dr. Ty J. Handy as president of Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). Handy earned a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Memphis. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from WKU.
WKU professor honored for her impact on education in Kentucky
Julia Link Roberts, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Education at WKU, received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators at the organization’s annual conference on Friday in Bowling Green.
Sept. 22-25, 2015
Lunar eclipse viewing Sunday
After this weekend, area residents won’t get another chance to see a total lunar eclipse until 2019, according to Clifton Laney, WKU’s observatory education scientist.
NPR reporter shares untold stories of Supreme Court
Nina Totenberg was welcomed by standing applause from students, faculty and others as she walked to the podium Monday in WKU’s Van Meter Hall.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Symphony Donates Instruments to Warren County Schools
Some students in the Warren County school system are getting a musical education with help from The Symphony at WKU.
El Niño winter: Fewer snow days for students?
As summer moves into autumn on Wednesday, Kentucky state climatologist Stuart Foster was taking a look at El Niño potential impacts in Kentucky thousands of miles away, providing additional details from earlier forecasts.
Hall of Fame recognizes beef and dairy veterinarians for achievements and dedication
And on Friday, nearly 1,300 attendees had the privilege of honoring two of these veterinarians, Gary P. Rupp, D.V.M., and Jenks S. Britt, D.V.M., at the annual Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHOF) awards ceremony at the 48th American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Sept. 18-21, 2015
Glasgow Daily Times
Richey shares info on China
When Jay Todd Richey, a 2013 Barren County High School graduate, was accepted into WKU’s honors program, he received a packet of information that contained a brochure that intrigued him.
This College Student Just Questioned Donald Trump About His Stance On Muslim Americans
The sophomore at WKU is studying international affairs, philosophy and Arabic. She even spent the summer in Bosnia, taking classes in genocide studies, peace building and security.
Book fest offers creative outlet
Sara Volpi, WKU’s literary outreach coordinator and organizer for the SOKY Book Fest, said this is the academy’s fourth year participating.
WKU hosts student workshops
WKU students seeking information on scholarships should look no further than the Office of Scholar Development’s upcoming “Day of Workshops.”
Education officials redesign online college selection tool
A redesigned online Department of Education tool that provides college information on student costs, loans and potential earning power should be just one tool college students use to choose a college, WKU’s Chief Enrollment and Graduation Officer Brian Meredith said.
Book explores vital role of blacks in Kentucky
Now, there’s “no excuse” for not ensuring that students have the opportunity to learn about the full history of the state, and not just around Martin Luther King Day in January or during Black History Month in February, said another co-editor, John A. Hardin, a history professor at WKU in Bowling Green.
Sept. 11-17, 2015
WKU Public Radio
WKU History Prof Calls Kentucky African American Encyclopedia Highlight of his Career
It took more than 150 writers and researchers nearly seven years and $400,000 to get the one-of-a-kind book published. Now that it is, one of the editors of The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, WKU historian Dr. John Hardin, says it’ll serve as the “go to” place for African American research for years to come.
WKU Glasgow launches regional workforce development partnership
WKU’s Glasgow Campus is beginning a new initiative in addressing workforce development issues in the area with the development of a regional alliance.
Taiwan 2016 Elections
Panelists, including WKU Political Science faculty member Timothy Rich, previewed Taiwan’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections and their impact on the country’s relations with China. “The 2016 Elections” was the second panel of “Strait Talk: Taiwan’s 2016 Elections and the United States,” a day-long forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies which was co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution Center for East Asia Policy Studies.
NPR correspondent to present lecture at WKU
Nina Totenberg, a National Public Radio correspondent, will give a lecture at WKU on Monday.
More than 620 4th-graders to participate in 20th anniversary of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days on Sept. 24
More than 620 fourth-graders from Warren, Allen and Edmonson counties will participate in the 20th anniversary of Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® program on Sept. 24 at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.
Professor discusses the road to marriage equality
Patricia Minter, an associate professor in WKU’s History Department, discussed “The Road to Marriage Equality: Past Discrimination, Current Victories and Future Challenges” Tuesday at a WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility event. About 50 people attended.
Student hopes to make splash in D.C.
WKU junior Jody Dahmer hopes to make a splash in Washington, D.C., this spring after earning an internship with the U.S. Department of State.
Event raises awareness for autism
Sporting a Superman cape and carrying a plastic dinosaur in each hand, Ethan Burden, 15, of Morgantown, asked for hugs and begged his parents to take him to Captain D’s after crossing the finish line in the ninth annual LifeSkills Run for Autism downtown Saturday. The run/walk was created to raise awareness and acceptance of autism and all money raised benefited the Kelly Autism Program at Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU.
WKU recognized for landscape
For Christian Ryan, WKU’s Sustainability Coordinator, the university’s campus is more than just beautiful.
WKU volunteerism fair offers students community engagement
For WKU exchange student Mariana Vetromille, this year’s Project Affect was a way to find out more about WKU and get to know America better.
Ky. Museum celebrates art, food
The Kentucky Museum was the official arena for kicking off the International Year of South Africa.
U.S. Bancorp chairman to visit WKU
Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Bancorp based in Minneapolis, will speak on “Leadership in a Global Economy” at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, at WKU’s Augenstein Alumni Center.
International Observe the Moon Night at WKU
Every year in the fall, people at hundreds of locations in countries across the world come together to view the moon. This year it all happens on Saturday, September 19th. A local celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hardin Planetarium.
The Spirit Makes the Master
WKU, where The Spirit Makes the Master. It was a motto every student and faculty member had heard, but what did it mean?
Sept. 3-10, 2015
Glasgow Daily Times
Local group, governor discuss major shift in workforce development plans
WKU’s Glasgow Campus has taken the lead in addressing workforce issues in the region with the development of a regional workforce alliance. According to Dr. Sally Ray, Regional Chancellor of WKU’s Glasgow Campus, this project has been in the planning for quite some time and while other efforts have been attempted to address this extremely important issue, Ray said the new alliance is taking a different approach.
Military aid: New WKU center helps servicemen
Dr. Evelyn Ellis remembers a much different environment on college campuses when she was attending school for those wearing a uniform or associated in any way with the military.
For kids, literacy vital for success
WKU mascot Big Red visited kids at the Housing Authority of Bowling Green’s Learning Center on Tuesday to promote reading and literacy education.
WKU student organizes event at nursing home
Megan Sircy always had a passion for working with senior citizens through her experiences volunteering and singing at nursing homes.
Lecture offers glimpse into secret world
WKU students and community members will soon get a glimpse into a secret world few know about.
Students join ministries on campus
During the first week of classes, several students gathered for the first meetings of Campus Crusade for Christ to welcome WKU freshmen to campus.
Kentucky colleges and universities ranked nationally in 2016 Best Colleges
For Regional Universities (South) Bellarmine University was No. 13, followed by Murray State University (28), WKU (31), Thomas More College (53), Morehead State University (61), Eastern Kentucky University (76), Northern Kentucky University (80), Union College (83), Campbellsville University (84) and the University of the Cumberlands (87).
Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2015
The 10 Most Underrated Theatre Colleges : Mid West
6. WKU – Bowling Green, KY
Blog Talk Radio
Thinking About ‘Critical Thinking’ in the Classroom
Mentoring Minds presents Dr. Sandra Love,Director of Education Insight at Mentoring Minds, and Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh, Education Professor at WKU
More scholarships under new program
More WKU students will receive scholarships thanks to new program slated to take effect in the fall of 2016.
New scholarship available for Allen County residents
Dr. Delroy Hire has funded the Patriot Samuel W. Garrison Memorial Scholarship for Allen County students. The fund will be housed in the College Heights Foundation at WKU.
WKU professor gives stellar lecture
Creation stories, the end of the universe and whether God always existed were among topics discussed Tuesday night at the first session of the Nut Gathering Science Cafe in the White Squirrel Brewery.
WKU festival connects businesses and students
Shauna Mae Barbeau, owner of Rooted In Wellness Massage Therapy, was among representatives for 81 businesses reaching out to WKU students at this year’s Welcome Back WKU festival.
Tom Eblen: Kentucky African American Encyclopedia reveals many of state’s untold stories.
Amateur historians were an enormous help to Smith, a University of Kentucky history professor, and his co-editors, Karen Cotton McDaniel, a retired Kentucky State University professor and director of libraries, and John A. Hardin, a history professor at WKU.
Dig these Kentucky Archaeology Month events
Sept. 26, 10a.m.-3 p.m. – Gardner House and Brick Kiln Archaeology Open House, WKU Green River Preserve in Hart County. Contact Darlene Applegate for information.
Aug. 21-27, 2015
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Kentuckians Publish Black History Encyclopedia
Purported to be the first-ever state-based reference history of African-Americans, The Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia (KAAE) chronicles a sweeping tapestry of Black Kentucky history from the state’s frontier era to the present. “What we have is a single volume on Kentucky African-Americans looking at institutions, people, events, politics, business, women’s issues, religious issues—it does everything from A to Z,” said Dr. John Hardin, a history professor and former dean at WKU.
Wow! This Nigerian prince would like to wire you 75 million dollars!!
You’ve received these e-mails. Someone (Nigerian, British, South African, Libyan) wants to wire you an absurd sum of money. The writer, who is almost illiterate, urges you to please get in touch immediately. The security world knows this as the advanced fee fraud (AFF) e-mail scam. Hard though it may be to believe, as much as $10 billion is lost annually to this scam. Over the past four years, Timothy S. Rich, an assistant professor of political science at WKU, has researched the phenomenon and uncovered six things that few people know about it.
Mercy grad starts at WKU after cancer shock
Savannah Molyneaux of Jeffersontown has started classes this week in the honors program at WKU, just as she had anticipated after graduating from Mercy Academy in May.
Theater, dance at WKU gears up for 2016 season
WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance is preparing to open its 2015-16 Mainstage season.
Study shows WKU’s impact
WKU has an annual economic impact of more than $369.3 million in southcentral Kentucky, a new study shows.
ASCEND prepares students for college
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is starting its second cycle of the Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development Skills program.
Blitz shows students’ compassion
The majority of people who volunteer to do things for others in our community don’t do it for self-promotion or to read their names in the newspaper or see themselves on television.
WKU president outlines challenges, successes in speech
WKU President Gary Ransdell placed student enrollment, state funding and employee compensation at the forefront during his Convocation speech Friday in Van Meter Hall.
WKU reading course receives national award
A WKU course was recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities with its Excellence and Innovation Award.
Big Red’s Blitz vital community service event
For Marilyn Mitchell, executive director of Disability Resource Initiative, Big Red’s Blitz is vital.
WKU and Chamber of Commerce welcome back students
WKU started classes on Monday, but Wednesday was the annual “Welcome Back WKU” event.
WKU students blitz Bowling Green with community service
As freshmen in college, students experienced many “firsts.”
College sweethearts return to roots to care for animals
Matthew and Emily met at WKU. Neither went and immediately majored in veterinarian medicine. This field and this marriage was pre-destined.
WKU Public Radio
Ransdell: WKU at Three Crossroads that Impact Budget
WKU President Gary Ransdell says the university is at a crossroads in three areas: enrollment, state funding, and employee compensation.
WKU reports $18.3M in private gifts in fiscal year 2014-15
WKU announced that it raised $18.3 million in private gifts during fiscal year 2014-15—the second-highest total in the University’s history.
New York Times
Bad Singing and Fire Eating: Actors on Their ‘Special Skills’
Katelyn Webb grew up in the small eastern Kentucky town of Paintsville, where her grandfather taught her how to safely use firearms and crossbows.
Aug. 15-20, 2015
Panel discussion scheduled for African-American encyclopedia
The 551-page book was seven years in the making, edited by Kentucky State University professor emeritus Karen Cotton McDaniel, University of Kentucky history professor Gerald Smith and WKU professor John Hardin.
Surf KY News
A First of its Kind: Kentucky African American Encyclopedia Celebrates State’s History
John A. Hardin, professor of history at WKU, has served as assistant to the provost for diversity enhancement in the WKU Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and as assistant dean of the Potter College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
7 years in the making, encyclopedia highlights accomplishments of black Kentuckians
University of Kentucky history professor Gerald Smith and WKU professor John Hardin also shepherded the encyclopedia to completion, a task that sometimes seemed daunting.
Panel to Discuss ‘Kentucky African American Encyclopedia’
Smith will be joined on the panel by “Encyclopedia” co-editors Karen Cotton McDaniel, a professor emeritus at Kentucky State University, and John A. Hardin, a history professor at WKU.
WKU officials tout research success
When it comes to research at WKU, things are going well, according to Larry Snyder, associate provost for research and creative activity.
SOKY Reads! to feature Ky. author’s debut novel
“Jacinda Townsend grew up in the area, so it’s good to get readers interested in an author who’s local. It’s an event to foster reading and encourage reading in the community,” said Sara Volpi, literary outreach coordinator of WKU Libraries.
WKU’s M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan marks end of summer
WKU’s L.T. Smith Stadium was full of spirit Sunday night as sections of students, color-coded by glow sticks, competed with chants and cheers to determine which had the most enthusiasm.
Institute receives $50,000 award
WKU’s Institute for Rural Health received a $50,000 award from the Good Samaritan Foundation, a ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
WKU M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan students move in
A new generation of Hilltoppers began their college journey.
WKU Owensboro Hosting Dr. Gary Ransdell Appreciation Night Featuring Aaron Kizer
WKU’s Owensboro campus is hosting Dr. Gary Ransdell Appreciation Night on its campus Saturday, August 22nd.
Aug. 6-14, 2015
Students offered reimbursement through weekend work program
A partnership between a Glasgow brake production plant and WKU could make college easier and more affordable for students working their way through college.
Bowling Green teen ready for national pageant
Caroline Ford is excited about her upcoming trip to the Bahamas, but she isn’t going on vacation. The current Miss Kentucky Teen USA will compete in the 2015 Miss Teen USA pageant. The 18-year-old WKU freshman from Bowling Green said she hopes the judges will have time to “get to know me as a person.” The winner of the pageant earns a scholarship to attend the New York Film Academy in New York.
Panel to discuss African-American encyclopedia
The Filson Historical Society and the Muhammad Ali Center are co-sponsoring a panel discussion to celebrate the release of “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.” The discussion of “The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia” will be held Aug. 19 at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. in Louisville. Editors include John A. Hardin, professor of history at WKU and the author of two books, several major articles, and numerous book reviews on Kentucky African-American history.
Bowling Green’s Caroline Ford to Compete for the title of Miss Teen USA
Caroline Ford is well known member of the Bowling Green community and soon she’ll be representing that community, and the state, as she competes for the title of Miss Teen USA.
Bowling Green named one of the best college towns in America
Livability named Bowling Green as one of the Top Ten Best College Towns in America.
LEO Weekly Louisville
A&E Guide: Artist Profile – Emily Althaus
You might recognize Emily Althaus from one of your countless binge watching sessions of this last season of the smash hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” Althaus is a Louisville native, raised in the Okolona neighborhood, and a graduate of duPont Manual high school (Youth Performing Arts School). After graduation she attended WKU, where she continued to study acting and theater arts.
WKU accepting applications for new psychology doctorate program
WKU is accepting applications for its newly-approved Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology program. The first cohort begins this fall.
July 31-Aug. 5, 2015
Starting The College Search From Your Smartphone
Rising college freshmen Hannah Major didn’t think twice about looking up schools she was interested in on social media. It was natural to explore colleges on the sites and apps she was already using. “It’s just like having a friend on Facebook,” says Major, who will attend WKU in the fall. “I follow them on Facebook just to see what they’re posting.”
AGT’s Initial Testing of TMT-13™ Shows Significant Emission Reductions to Coal Burning Power Plants
Advance Green Technologies plans to provide TMT-13™ to power plants across the United States. The company is actively pursuing pilot programs with these plants after the detailed testing results are in. The first live power plant test is planned to be in Kentucky putting us in close proximity to WKU’s combustion laboratory known as ICSET.
Central News Agency, China
American university students explore mystery of Chinese medicine at NCKU
A group of students from American universities learning the basic concepts of Chinese medicine and experiencing their first acupuncture and therapeutic message at a recent cultural class organized by the Chinese Language Center (CLC) at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan. Joseph Dahmer from WKU also having a needle in his leg said, “I never have this before. It doesn’t hurt, doesn’t feel bad at all. My leg feels tingling but I kind of like the feeling.”
Gov. Beshear makes appointments to boards and commissions
Appointed as a member of the Statewide Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation: Matt Davis, of Bowling Green, is a university administrator and part-time faculty member at WKU. He represents individuals with disabilities. The appointment replaces Irene Dervin, whose term has expired. Davis shall serve for a term expiring May 20, 2018.
WKU PBS program helps bring families together
The WKU PBS Pool Party marked its 15th year Sunday. For Dana Divine, WKU PBS program operations manager, the party has the same mission every year: Bringing families together.
Business helps parents track kids online
Through his new business, recently retired Bowling Green Police Department Detective Mike Lemon will continue to follow his passion of protecting children from online predators. On Sept. 1 he will open the doors to his new business, Millstone Labs at the WKU Small Business Development Center on Nashville Road where he will provide computer forensic analysis in the private sector.
Georgians get radio experience
A group of six radio professionals from the country of Georgia were guests at the third annual KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute.
July 24-30, 2015
Thousands participate in Day of Caring
At Natcher Elementary School, members of the Lady Toppers basketball team were taking a break from painting paw prints on the school’s floors and a U.S. map that students use for social studies class outside near the playground.
Scholarship winners announced
Service One Credit Union in Bowling Green has announced seven recipients of its 2015 WKU Student Scholarships.
TALK OF THE TOWN: Q&A with Christy Spurlock
Christy Spurlock has been education curator at the Kentucky Museum at WKU since November 2005.
United Way Day of Caring helps Top Crops
There were over 1,200 volunteers across South Central Kentucky who volunteered their time for the United Way Day of Caring.
Day of Caring: WKU Athletics helps out the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green
WKU Athletics participated in the Day of Caring by pairing it with Hilltoppers with Heart.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Professor Researches Accuracy–and Inaccuracy
Researchers from WKU and Clemson University have teamed up to learn more about the role social media sites play in spreading inaccurate information during crisis situations
European excursion emboldened rising junior at WKU
A Madisonville woman was recently given the chance to broaden her horizons and discover a future bigger than her small-town beginnings. Farris Melton, 20, visited the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia May 21-June 29 on a school-sponsored study abroad trip to Europe.
Kentucky teen honors aunt in All-American Soap Box Derby win
Kelsey, who will be going to WKU next month, was racing in a car that honored her aunt Connie Leonard, who died from breast cancer in 2012.
Kaintuckeean: Chinn biography a must-read for those who appreciate Kentucky history
Published posthumously by the late Professor Carlton Jackson of WKU, Kentucky Maverick: The Life and Adventures of Colonel George M. Chinn is a must-read for those who appreciate Kentucky history.
The Science of Becoming a Math Person
What creates the self-concept that one is or isn’t a math person? The obvious answer is that it must depend on whether you believe you’re good at math and are, in fact, good at math. To test this assumption the researchers from Harvard, Florida International University and WKU explored data from 9,000 college calculus students, comparing background, experiences and career goals to performance in their math classes.
July 18-23, 2015
Apartments scheduled to open in mid-August
A new apartment complex designed to cater to college students that’s situated on land facing Center Street is nearing completion.
Early registration begins for 10K Classic
Early registration for The Medical Center 10K Classic has begun.
Children can break out of poverty cycle
Local poverty approaches 20 percent and climbs higher when only children are considered, said Jerry Daday, an associate professor of sociology at WKU. That’s one in five people.
Mammoth Cave secrets still being uncovered
Patricia Kambesis, a geologist and cave researcher at WKU, said the maps they produce help in making models for research.
Singing along while shopping? You’re probably spending more money, too
A researcher at WKU demonstrated that slow music causes us to move more slowly through the store, but the upside is that we spend significantly more.
Harlan Daily Enterprise
Cornett receives scholarship
Jacob Cornett, a 2013 graduate of Harlan County High School, has been selected to receive a full scholarship from the Kentucky Transportation cabinet to pursue a degree in civil engineering at WKU.
July 15-17, 2015
Out of this world
For astronomers like Ronn Kistler, getting humanity’s first up-close look at Pluto was like finding a mysterious present under the Christmas tree.
Career event targets 18- to 24-year-olds
Young adults can get their “swag” on in Bowling Green next week with a career exploration event.
Pole dancing classes inspire confidence, develop strength
She received a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from WKU and talked about her business idea with others during competitions in her business studies. Money she won has been poured into the new business.
Kentucky Professor Researching Plants in Battle Against Cancer
Chandra Emani, an Indian American assistant professor of biology at WKU Owensboro, is looking at the use of plants in the battle against cancer.
Kelly Autism Program director named
The new director of the Kelly Autism Program at WKU has been named.
July 10-14, 2015
The MLB All-Star Game Is An Exhibition, But So Is The World Series
A few nights ago on MLB Network, Harold Reynolds vocalized the frequently repeated gripe against using the MLB All-Star game to decide which league gains home field advantage in the World Series. He kept saying, “It’s an exhibition. It’s an exhibition. It’s an exhibition.” He’s correct but doesn’t realize the same argument can be levied against any World Series or regular season game.
New show on TV Land stars WKU graduate
A new show starring Castle High School and WKU graduate Michael Rosenbaum premieres this week.
Summer construction underway
Despite most WKU students going home for summer break, the campus remains busy with construction projects.
Professor: Greek crisis unlikely to impact U.S.
Greece’s economic crisis can be a learning experience for southcentral Kentuckians but will have little impact on them, a WKU professor said.
Camp engages gifted students
Schools are out for summer vacation, but that isn’t stopping gifted students from learning.
Faith on the Hill: Despite separation, religion and politics maintain a connection
America’s founding fathers advocated a wall between government and religion, yet religion has played a role in U.S. politics throughout the country’s history. The connection between religion and politics remains evident today as many presidential candidates reference their faith on the campaign trail. Jeffrey Budziak, assistant professor of political science at WKU, said there was no legal precedent for the separation of church and state until the 1940s, but the Constitution clearly lays out that the government can’t intrude on religious beliefs.
WKU professors aim to improve cancer drug
Two WKU faculty members hope to develop a chemotherapy drug with reduced side effects using a grant they received last week from the National Institutes of Health.
June second warmest ever, but rains forestall drought
If you thought June was plenty warm, you weren’t imagining things.
Kentucky Planetariums: Space Out
WKU’s Hardin Planetarium in Bowling Green offers programming on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays all year (except holidays), a science camp three times a year, and a local night sky program for six weeks twice a year.
The Unbearable Darkness of Prestige Television
Critically acclaimed genre series such as Game of Thrones and True Detective are using bleak self-seriousness to distance themselves from their lowbrow roots.
June 26-July 9, 2015
Three to join WKU Distinguished Hall of Alumni
A distinguished national journalist, an internationally recognized pioneer in engineering and a nationally accomplished golfing instructor will join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall.
March to mark genocide
Along with the march Saturday, Jerry Daday, an associate professor of sociology at WKU, is hosting an educational event in the Mass Media Technology Hall auditorium at 6 p.m. Friday night.
Income report causes concern
Catherine Carey, a WKU economics professor and department chair, said the bureau is using new ways to report economic data.
Mexican students at WKU experience Ky. culture
A group of Mexicans learning English at WKU wrapped up their studies last week.
WHAS Crusade for Children awards grants to 191 agencies
WKU – Early Childhood Center $26,500.00
WKU – Kelly Autism Program $18,000.00
WKU – Scholarships $18,000.00
Higdon elected Board of Regents chair
Frederick A. Higdon of Lebanon was elected chair of the WKU Board of Regents.
The weird and uncensored take center stage at IndyFringe Festival
A one-madwoman-show by Julie Lyn Barber, “Who Run The World: A Madwomen’s Cabaret,” features powerful women throughout history visiting Hillary Clinton on the eve of her presidential nomination.
June 20-25, 2015
Louisville actress in Netflix hit
A Louisville woman and 2009 WKU graduate has a part in Season Three of Netflix’s hugely popular drama “Orange is the New Black.”
US News & World Report
Why Many Students With A’s in Math Don’t Major in It
The study, “Establishing an Explanatory Model for Mathematics Identity,” was published online in April, 2015, in the academic journal Child Development, and was co-authored with Jennifer Cribbs of WKU and Gerhard Sonnert and Philip M. Sadler, both at Harvard University. The goal of the research is to understand what motivates a student to pursue a career in a math or science field, and encourage more students to head down these paths.
Archambault Named WKU’s New VP of Alumni
WKU has hired a new Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development.
Local Professor Looking For More Ways to Combat Cancer
An assistant professor of biology at WKU Owensboro is looking at the use of plants in the battle against cancer.
WKU In National Concrete Canoe Competition
WKU civil engineering students finished 17th overall in the national concrete canoe competition.
WKU welcomes seasoned fundraiser as vice president
In some ways, WKU’s new vice president, Marc Archambault, plans to do what he’s always done: Connect a university to the public.
Agencies test communication
Emergency response trucks dotted the back parking lot at WKU’s South Campus on Wednesday as agencies from across the region gathered to test how well they can talk to one another when an emergency arises.
Nurse practitioners fill a need in health care system
Chris Bratcher is a registered nurse with Lifeline Home Health, but he wanted to take his education one step forward so he enrolled in WKU’s nurse practitioner program.
Orange is the new red for grad
When David Young talks about students who have graduated from WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance and have gone on to star on stage and in movies and television series, he sounds like a proud papa.
Area veterans find local support options at resources fair
Buford was one of a couple dozen military resources at the Veterans Resource Fair Thursday at the Bowling Green National Guard Armory on Morgantown Road. The fair was put on by the Educational Opportunity Centers of WKU.
Ask the Experts
WKU’s Brian Strow on 2015’s Metro Areas that Most and Least Resemble the U.S.
Funeral arrangements set for fallen KSP trooper
Chrisman was a Lawrenceburg native and a WKU graduate.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Names New VP of Development and Alumni Relations
WKU has picked its next Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations.
Biologist looks at plants in cancer battle
An assistant professor of biology at WKU Owensboro is looking at the use of plants in the battle against cancer.
So You Landed Your Dream Summer Internship — Now What?
One of them is Catherine Havel, a WKU graduate and former PRSSA member. Catherine offers some insight she gained during her time as an intern.
June 12-19, 2015
Louisville native appears in new season of “Orange is the New Black”
Althaus is a 2005 graduate of Manual High School. She earned her degree in acting in 2009 from WKU.
Papal letter brings mixed reactions
Christian Ryan, sustainability coordinator at WKU, said in an email that she’s thrilled to see Pope Francis promoting environmental stewardship.
Partnership may add school resource officer to Glasgow campus
The Barren County campus of WKU could see the addition of a new school resource officer in the future, thanks to a partnership between the university and the Barren County Sheriff’s Office.
WKU student honored for work
Caroline Ford has come a long way in her effort to fight hunger.
Religious leaders weigh in on Christian population decline
The trend toward a less religious population has long been happening in western Europe as society becomes more modern and technological, said Larry Snyder, associate professor of religious studies at WKU. But until recently, that hasn’t been the case in the U.S.
Alumni College participants give it the old college try
Garbed in a hot pink tutu spotted with silvery sequins, WKU alumna Janice Kidd swayed her hips with other dancers to the rhythm of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” on Friday evening at the historic Mariah Moore house.
Kids with autism bond with horses at area riding academy
Ethan Burden, 14, of Morgantown, was one of about 15 kids from WKU’s Kelly Autism Program who rode and groomed horses, worked with arts and crafts, listened to live music and played games at a horseback riding academy Thursday.
A delivery of equipment to the Center for Research and Development on Wednesday indicates a brewing partnership between WKU and the state’s growing craft beer industry.
iHeartMedia Louisville announces Amy Nic as new morning show co-host on 97.5 WAMZ
She is a Louisville native, born and bred in the Bluegrass State and graduated from WKU.
What makes a math person? Interest, recognition are key factors, researchers say
Hazari worked with colleagues Jennifer D. Cribbs from WKU, and Philip M. Sadler and Gerhard Sonnert, both from Harvard University.
Louisville native goes on 11-month World Race
Morgan Green, a recent graduate of WKU and Louisville native, will be running a special kind of race for the next 11 months.
Glasgow Daily Times
Josh Chrysler revives program
Josh Chrysler is spending the summer documenting traditional culture, arts and music of the Mammoth Cave region through a program called Folklorist in the Park.
State looks to expand programs that offer dual high school and college credit for courses
This fall, three high school students from Fayette County Public Schools will be among the first class of 60 students who will enter Morehead State University’s new dual-credit Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics. Two other high school students from Fayette County will enter the similar Gatton Academy at WKU this fall; three from Fayette County recently graduated from Gatton.
June 4-11, 2015
Veterans service fair is scheduled
A Veterans Resource Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 at the National Guard Armory in Bowling Green.
Students nominate county properties
Three Warren County properties have been approved by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office to be forwarded to the National Park Service to determine eligibility to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
WKU folklore project explores cultural history at Mammoth
Josh Chrysler, a recent graduate of WKU’s Folk Studies master’s program, will spend his summer doing what every folklorist dreams.
New store director settles into WKU job
New WKU Store director Ann Floresca may have started her first week on the job Monday, but she hasn’t spent much time in her office. Floresca said she doesn’t want to be the kind of director who just sits behind a desk.
WKU Public Radio
Alltech and WKU Partnering to Create Craft Beer Production Line in Bowling Green
A Lexington brewing and distilling company is setting up a beer production line in Bowling Green.
Gatton and Craft Academies look to educate Kentucky’s brightest which could lead to economic development for Kentucky
Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Education heard on Monday how students at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics could lead to economic development for the commonwealth, with many of those students potentially choosing to stay in state and be a major economic contributor to Kentucky.
Bluegrass and Backroads
WKU School of Broadcasting (Video)
WKU has one of the top Broadcasting programs in the United States. Follow some of the staff and students on a typical day at WKU.
May 30-June 3, 2015
Hyatt Place “The Official Hotel Of WKU”
“This really does create the Gateway to downtown Bowling Green,” said WKU President Gary Ransdell.
WKU Public Radio
Summer ‘Folklorist in the Park” Project to Document Native Folklife from Mammoth Cave Region
WKU and Mammoth Cave National Park are partnering in an effort to revive the Folklorist in the Park program.
Kentucky’s Green Ribbon middle schools celebrate energy savings, other efforts
There were three Green Ribbon winners from Kentucky, including WKU, one of nine colleges and universities honored by the U.S. Department of Education with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award, in the first year of that award category.
EC3 adding new career pathway
One goal for this partnership is for students to enroll at WKU’s Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus and finish the elementary or middle school education program there, a Hardin County Schools news release states. The dual-credit courses will transfer easily into WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
School gets grant to plant edible garden
The school, along with WKU, received a grant to build the garden through Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, which was created in partnership with FoodCorps to help schools boost students’ relationships with food through gardening.
May 22-29, 2015
Students win awards in steel bridge building
WKU civil engineering students competed in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 22-23 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Getting on track
Local leaders want students “on track” to a possible local motor sports career.
Graduations help spark food, hotel business
High school and college graduations don’t just result in diplomas for students and selfies for their cellphones.
Jonathan Jeffrey, manuscript and folklife coordinator at the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU, views veterans like Wassom and Beach as historical assets. He described oral histories as primary sources capable of adding a human element to dry historical facts.
Camps still enrolling
Parents looking for ways to keep their children engaged this summer still have time to enroll them in a number of camps at WKU focused on activities ranging from athletics to the arts.
Mesonet to install station in Butler County
The Kentucky Mesonet will install a station in Butler County because of a partnership with several local organizations.
WKU Finishes in Top 25 in National Steel Bridge Competition
The WKU steel bridge team finished 25th overall in the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition.
BG Chamber of Commerce Launches On Track Motorsports Education Initiative
WKU will serve as a strategic partner in the On Track initiative, offering support from the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, Gordon Ford College of Business and Center for Gifted Studies.
Middlesboro Daily News
Ratliff named 2015 KMLF Queen
People gathered at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater on a toasty Saturday afternoon for the 85th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Queen Coronation. Lindsay Tate Ratliff, representing WKU, won the judges votes this year and was named the 2015 queen.
Against All Obstacles: Young defies odds with support, love; set to graduate, go to college
Carroll County High School senior Sabrina Young will be the first in her family to attend college when she arrives on campus at WKU. But that achievement is overshadowed by the path she had to follow to even get to high school graduation.
He’s just 18, but Lex Selig has an impressive display of photographs at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
It all looks like the work of a seasoned photographer, but the photographs were taken by Lex Selig, an 18-year-old recent Norfolk Collegiate graduate who plans to major in photojournalism this fall at WKU.
Scientists At WKU Study Karst System’s Groundwater Dynamics
The city of Bowling Green, Kentucky, faces interesting challenges with respect to managing stormwater resources. This is because of its location in a karst region typified by caves, sinkholes, springs and underground streams.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Nine Campuses Named Green Ribbon Schools
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
April 24-30, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make it your own
Leaf Coneybear in WKU’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee wears a homemade, patchwork t-shirt.
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.
‘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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WKU president: Skydive ‘an amazing experience’
WKU president Gary Ransdell made good on his promise.
Nov. 6-14, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
WKU legendary coach Jimmy Feix dies
WKU legendary coach and quarterback Jimmy Feix has died at age 83.
Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2014
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New public private partnership includes UPike and WKU
The University of Pikeville and WKU announced a partnership for some academic programs Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
‘I knew I was dead’
On a clear May morning near the roof of the world, John All was in his element.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.