In the News

Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:

May 19-25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 13-18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 7-12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 30-May 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 21-29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 15-20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 6-14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 30-April 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 25-29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 19-24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 12-18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5-11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 1-4, 2016

Daily News
WKU transfer scholarship deadline approaches
            College students looking to transfer to WKU have a limited time to apply for scholarships.

Resource guide for veterans developed
            Vietnam veteran Ray Biggerstaff has been advocating and working on behalf of area veterans for years as part of the Military Officers Association of America and other organizations.

Student fair promotes health at WKU
            A free wellness fair attracted hundreds of WKU students with giveaways and tables featuring massages, henna tattoos and Heimlich maneuver practice sessions.

Online fundraiser for coach Oldham continues to draw support
            John Robert Oldham, son of legendary WKU men’s basketball coach John Oldham, was in a meeting when he got a call from his mother, telling him his 92-year-old father had fallen face first from a ladder.

PHOTOS: Geek is Chic
            Robin Ayers, a math instructor at WKU models evening wear during the Geek is Chic fashion show presented by the Fashion Merchandising program Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Hardin Planetarium.

Laboratory Equipment
Six New Species of Western Rattlesnake Identified
            There are more species of rattlesnake slithering around western North America than previously thought. That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted by University of Arkansas biologists Michael Douglas and Marlis Douglas and their colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and WKU.

Campus Beat
            Gary Ransdell, President of WKU

Feb. 20-29, 2016

Chronicle of Higher Education
Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students

Big Red Poll results for the GOP presidential caucus
            A WKU poll shows Donald Trump leading the way for Kentucky’s Republican presidential caucus.

Ransdell says budget cuts will mean job loss at WKU
          WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell said higher education can’t be a bailout for other parts of government. He kept the message simple in Thursday’s education budget committee meeting, eliminate these budget cuts.

A jail garden project connects students at WKU-Glasgow with inmates at the Barren County Detention Center
            Breaking Ground: A Jail Garden Project partners college students with women in the Barren County Detention Center.

Sunday Conversation with Gene Birk and Dr. Gary Ransdell
            When Dr. Gary Ransdell retires in June 2017, he will have served as President of WKU for 20 years! In this week’s Sunday Conversation with Gene Birk, Dr. Ransdell tells us what he will miss most.

Daily News
Ransdell right to challenge cuts
            WKU President Gary Ransdell is on target when he says proposed cuts to higher education in Kentucky would be “devastating.”

WKU student offers a glimpse into the world of invisible disabilities
            Some people might not realize there are two kinds of disabilities – those that are visible and those that aren’t.

Demolition will begin soon to make way for pharmacy adjacent WKU
            Heavy equipment arrived on the site this week of a future pharmacy adjacent to WKU’s campus.

Barren County jail, WKU-Glasgow collaborate on garden
             Project: Breaking Ground, a new garden at the Barren County Detention Center, serves the dual purpose of providing female inmates with a new work program, and being a crucial part of some classes for students at WKU’s Glasgow campus.

Ransdell: Higher-ed cuts would be ‘devastating’
            WKU President Gary Ransdell told the state House’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education on Thursday that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts to higher education would be “devastating,” saying they would lead to 20 to 30 university programs “that will be completely eliminated.”

Professor: Scalia changed how we look at the Constitution
            For Jeffrey Budziak, a political science professor at WKU, Scalia’s legacy lies in his philosophical commitment to interpreting the Constitution’s original meaning based on what the words meant at the time they were written, a principle known as originalism.

High school teams compete in Physics Olympics
            The challenge was to construct a harness that would most quickly carry a precious cargo from the “discovery site” to the “staging camp.”

WKU student promotes sustainability at local school
            When it comes to interning at Richardsville Elementary School, WKU student Audrey Sizemore said sharing her knowledge with kids is most rewarding.

Social work program helping nonviolent offenders
            A Bowling Green native with a master’s degree in social work from WKU as well as a bachelor’s degree in business, Clement has worked in the local DPA field office, in which attorneys work in five counties with clients unable to afford private lawyers, since 2007.

Snyder named dean for Potter College
            WKU Provost David Lee has formally named Larry Snyder dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters.

Glasgow Daily Times
Learning about earning: IDEA gets overview of WKU program
            Board members of the Industrial Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County met the leadership team of the WKU Learn and Earn Program on Friday morning.

WKU Public Radio
WKU President Asks Lawmakers to Spare Higher Education from Budget Cuts
            The president of WKU warned of layoffs and program eliminations in testimony before state lawmakers Thursday in Frankfort.

Grant to WKU Rural Health Group Will Lead to Dental Care for Children in Rural Counties
            An effort at WKU to provide dental care to underserved children is getting a boost.

WKU president says budget cuts will lead to loss of academic, student life student service and community service programs
           WKU President Gary Ransdell said that Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts to higher education will have a crippling impact at WKU which will lead to a loss of programs, jobs and a reduction at the Gatton Academy.

University Press of Kentucky offers wide range of options for Black History Month reading
              The first reference book of its kind in the nation, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia explores the diverse history of African-Americans throughout state’s rich past. Edited by Gerald Smith, the Theodore A. Hallam Professor and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar in Residence at the University of Kentucky Department of History; Karen Cotton McDaniel, professor emeritus at Kentucky State University; and John A. Hardin, professor of history at WKU, the encyclopedia features more than 1,000 entries, capturing the black experience in the Commonwealth from earliest frontier years to the present.

Feb. 12-19, 2016

WKU Public Radio
WKU Part of Coalition to Fight Doctor Shortage
            Several universities are banding together to address Kentucky’s physician shortage.

Who Would Have Thought? Bowling Green Has Seen Nearly 15 More Inches of Snowfall Than Anchorage, AK
            WKU meteorology professor Greg Goodrich says that’s more than five times the normal amount of snow in Warren County over any 12 month period.

WKU Hosting Conference Aimed at Encouraging Women to Seek Workplace Leadership Positions
            WKU is encouraging American workplaces to nurture and support female leaders.

Search Commences for Next WKU President
        Two weeks after WKU President Gary Ransdell announced plans to retire next year, the process to find his successor has officially begun.

Universities join forces to reduce doctor shortage
            Partners in the effort – which is slated to begin as early as 2018 – also include WKU, St. Claire Regional Medical in Morehead, King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, and The Medical Center at Bowling Green. UK officials have signed memorandums of understanding with these partners, although some details are still being ironed out.

Lexington Herald-Leader
UK to start satellite medical school program at WKU, expand program at Morehead State
            The University of Kentucky will open a new medical school program in Bowling Green and expand an existing medical education program in Morehead, UK President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday.

Lane Report
Kentucky ranks 8th in nation in total degree, credential growth
         The Council on Postsecondary Education issued the “Kentucky Completion Report” that shows total degrees and credentials awarded grew 59 percent over a 10-year period, from 39,203 awards in 2003-04 to 62,339 awards in 2012-13.

UK College of Medicine expands to Bowling Green to meet need for more doctors
            The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is planning to launch a satellite program in Bowling Green for a four-year medical education and to expand the Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP) in Morehead to a three-year (year-round) medical education program.

WKU creates presidential search committee
       The Board of Regents met on the campus of WKU Friday. That meeting centered around what’s being one of the most daunting tasks in the school’s history, replace President Dr. Gary Ransdell.

Daily News
WKU to partner with UK for regional medical school
            University of Kentucky will expand its medical school slots by 30 percent using a partnership that locally includes WKU and The Medical Center, according to an announcement made Thursday.

Bowling Green ‘not out of the woods’ for snow
            Greg Goodrich, a WKU meteorology professor, said warmer temperatures expected this weekend don’t necessarily mean Bowling Green is off the hook.

Sharing a promise: New group on campus encourages women to be dedicated to Christ
            WKU junior Jayauna Smith of Indianapolis wanted to start something different on campus that would bring women closer to Christ and create a camaraderie of women who share the same values.

Former Glasgow police chief now WKU Glasgow deputy
         Barren County Sheriff’s Deputy James Duff on Tuesday became the first school resource officer assigned to the WKU Glasgow Campus.

Financial participation: Students balancing campus activities and personal finances
         Budgeting can be challenging for college students, many of whom are on their own for the first time and are presented with an array of fees, expenses and opportunities. Dr. Brian Strow, WKU associate economics professor, said it is common for students to buy things they can’t afford because they are still learning financial discipline.

WKU begins search for new president
         Two weeks after WKU President Gary Ransdell announced his retirement next year, the search is on for his replacement.

Famous choral group brings colors of South Africa to WKU
            Van Meter Hall rang with the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Wednesday as the South African choral group shared its colorful harmonies and playful dances with hundreds of people at WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times
Duff hired by Barren County Sheriff’s Office
        Former interim Glasgow Police Department Chief James Duff is the new school resource officer for WKU’s Glasgow campus.

Feb. 6-11, 2016

Deadline Detroit
‘I Became Outraged for the People’ of Flint, Says Young Photographer Who’s Back
            Greeson is on a break from studies at WKU to resume chronicling a saga she began covering as an intern at The Flint Journal last spring.

Daily News
Liberal arts education also important for economic progress, educators say
            Gov. Matt Bevin wants to encourage the state’s colleges and universities to produce graduates who can meet Kentucky’s workforce needs. During his recent budget address, Bevin described plans to tie that idea to state funding for higher education.

Land grant will expand Civil War park in Allen County
            An endowment for maintenance and upkeep of the property will be established and administered by WKU’s College Heights Foundation, Pedigo said.

Lone Star Rodeo set to entertain, amaze crowd
            Mike Wentworth has been part of a rodeo since he was a teenager.

Women leadership conference Feb. 19
            Too few women are in leadership roles, and a conference at WKU will focus on the issue.

Ransdell’s Topper spirit transformed WKU
            Since the first classes started at WKU in 1906, the campus has experienced a lot of changes.

New planning chief’s position is a homecoming
            Benjamin Peterson is a 1992 graduate of Greenwood High School and received two degrees from WKU.

Local floral shops get ready for Valentine’s Day
            The WKU Floral Design Training Center has been busy getting together Valentine’s Day orders.

Feb. 2-5, 2016

Daily News
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.

Oldham Era
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

Daily News
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.

Lexington Herald-Leader
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

Daily News

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.

WCLU-FM Glasgow
            WKU-Glasgow will soon have a School Resource Deputy, thanks to a partnership between the Barren County Sheriff’s Office and Glasgow’s Campus.

Jakarta Globe
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.

Yahoo News
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

Hazard Herald
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.

Daily News
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

Daily News
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.

Asia Tatler
Kidding Around: Investing in Rare Toys
           Professor Cathy Carey of WKU—an economist, academic, writer and action-figure collector herself—told specialist website “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.

Daily News
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.

WKU Graduation
           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

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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

Daily News
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.

Grayson Journal-Times
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.

Lane Report
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.

Daily News
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. 

Daily News
‘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.”

Kentucky Teacher
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.

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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

Daily News
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.

Lexington Herald-Leader
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.

Lane Report
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.

Ad Week
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

Daily News
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

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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

WDRB-TV Louisville
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.

Daily News
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.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
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

Citi IO
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.

Daily News
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.

Moon shots
           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.

Lane Report
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

Daily News
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.

Bovine Veterinarian
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.

Huffington Post
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.

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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.

Daily News
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.

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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

On Stage
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

Daily News
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.

Lexington Herald-Leader
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.

Lane Report
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.

Washington Post
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.

Daily News
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.”

WHAS-TV Louisville
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.

Lane Report
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

WHAS-TV Louisville
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.

Lexington Herald-Leader
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.

WFPL-FM Louisville
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.

Daily News
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.

WBKR-FM Owensboro
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

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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.”

Digital Journal
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.”

Lane Report
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.

Daily News
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

Daily News
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

Madisonville Messenger
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.

Washington Post
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.

Geek Dad
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

Daily News
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.

CBC Radio-Canada
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

Daily News
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.

India West
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.

WFIE-TV Evansville
New show on TV Land stars WKU graduate
         A new show starring Castle High School and WKU graduate Michael Rosenbaum premieres this week.

Daily News
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.

Lane Report
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 Atlantic
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

Daily News
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-TV Louisville
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

Lebanon Enterprise
Higdon elected Board of Regents chair
         Frederick A. Higdon of Lebanon was elected chair of the WKU Board of Regents.

Indianapolis Star
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.

Daily News
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.

WPSD-TV Paducah
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.

Lexington Herald-Leader
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

WDRB-TV  Louisville
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.

Daily News
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.

Brewing partnership
         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.

WHAS-TV Louisville
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.

Lexington Herald-Leader
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

Daily News
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 Teacher
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.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
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.

Daily News
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

Daily News
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.

Wartime Memories
        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.

Carrollton News-Democrat
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.

Virginian Pilot
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.

Environmental Monitor
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 7-18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 1-6, 2015

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

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

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

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

April 24-30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 17-23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 10-16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 4-9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 26-April 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 21-25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 14-20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5-13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb. 28-March 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

Feb. 25-27, 2015

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

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

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

Feb. 14-24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Feb. 7-13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronicle of Higher Ed
Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students
         WKU listed
Birth of a blob: ‘Big Red’ from Cincinnati
         No one could work a crowd like Ralph Carey. His appearance would rile the masses into a frenzy. He could make grim situations bright, bringing smiles and laughter to old and young.

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

Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 2015

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

Glasgow Daily Times
Letter leads Jay Todd Richey to China
         At the start of Jay Todd Richey’s freshman year at WKU, he received a letter in the mail about the Chinese Flagship Program.
Leadership Lessons from Lonely Planet’s 26-Year-Old CEO
         Lonely Planet CEO Daniel Houghton made headlines when, two years ago, he took the helm of iconic travel brand Lonely Planet at 24. Houghton, less than three years out of WKU’s photojournalism program at that time, had amassed some interesting experiences in his time after graduation–including working as a photojournalist, a tenure at an advertising agency, running his own one-man marketing and photography shop, and acting as digital media adviser for WKU’s student publications department.

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

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

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.

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

Jan. 24-29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 17-23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 14-16, 2015

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

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

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

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

Jan. 10-13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Bristol (VA)
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 12-16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 5-11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov. 19-25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Nov. 6-14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 17-22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 9-16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 3-8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 19-24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 12-18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 6-11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Daily News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 23-29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 14-22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Aug. 9-13, 2014

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

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

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

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

Aug. 1-8, 2014

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

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

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

July 23-31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 3-22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 19-25, 2014

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 6-11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 31-June 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 24-30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16-23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 10-15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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



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