WKU In the News

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Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:

August 24-September 4, 2018

Daily News
County schools begin new teacher mentorship program
The program is the result of a partnership between WKU and the district. Mentors receive a stipend from the district and a free course from WKU.

African American Museum seeks to expand hours with fundraising gala
When Maxine Ray remembers Jonesville, a historically black community that once thrived where part of WKU now stands, she imagines a neighborhood where folks looked out for one another.

Four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist visits WKU
WKU students got a glimpse into natural disasters, political revolution and the endurance of the human spirit Wednesday as Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Carol Guzy shared images spanning three decades of her storied career.

WKU kicks of project recognizing 50th anniversary of 1968
Most college students today feel no connection to 1968, a year that included the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and the deadly Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, among other historic events.

WKU president enters second year with confidence
After a year of budget cuts and staffing reductions, WKU Timothy Caboni is setting a brighter tone in his second year on the job.

WKU president champions pay raises, academic efforts
After rounds of budget and job cuts, WKU employees will see more money in their paychecks starting early next year, and students will see several new academic initiatives, such as an online bachelor’s degree program geared toward adult learners throughout Kentucky.

Cage the Elephant to perform at WKU
Bowling Green-based rock band Cage the Elephant will perform at WKU on Sept. 8 as part of events surrounding the Hilltoppers’ first home football game of the season, it was announced Friday.

Images from Women Photojournalists of Washington on display at WKU
Jody Richards Hall on the campus of WKU has a new photojournalism display.

Family of John Asher announces scholarship at WKU
The family of Churchill Downs spokesman, John Asher, has announced they are creating a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, WKU.

WKU Public Radio
Reflections from 1968: Exhibit at WKU Spotlights Role of Tumultuous Year in U.S. History
The WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting is commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous years in recent U.S. history—1968.

Following Year of Changes, WKU Ready to Move Forward
WKU President Timothy Caboni says the first year of his tenure wasn’t what he envisioned as financial challenges forced the school to make difficult decisions through reorganizations and layoffs.

WKU students and traffic return to Bowling Green
Classes are back in session at WKU, bringing thousands of students back to Bowling Green, along with the traffic that comes with it.

August 18-23, 2018

Daily News
WKU, SKYCTC band together for engineering pathway
A new engineering pathway between Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College and WKU is offering students a smoother path to a four-year degree.

Baker Arboretum hosting lecture on garden pollinators
For this year’s distinguished lecture, the Baker Arboretum is hosting horticulturist Jason Reeves to speak on the importance of planting pollinator-attracting plants in gardens at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Knicely Conference Center.

WKU students move in this week
As he helped unload the family car and move his freshman daughter into Bemis Lawrence Hall on Monday, it was hard for Ronny Spinks II to say goodbye.

Local businesses excited for return of WKU students
Next Monday, students will swarm WKU’s campus once again.

New freshmen move in on campus, volunteers help
The campus of WKU is starting to fill up again.

Australian Design Review
Announcing the 2018 Shaw Contract Design Awards Winners
People’s Choice Winner: WKU – Ogden College Hall by RossTarrant Architects

The Times of Northwest Indiana
Munster High School honors alumni with Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Barbara Deeb is a 1975 graduate. She began her career at WJOB in Hammond and has also received two Emmy’s for her television work. She serves as Adjunct professor at WKU in Bowling Green, where she continues to work and live.

Programs can help students with autism adjust to college life
WKU offers the Kelly Autism Program. It supports young adults in life skills such as maneuvering in a grocery store, as well as securing gainful employment after graduation.

August 1-17, 2018

WKU President Timothy Caboni discusses his plans for year two on the Hill
Next Monday, Aug. 20, freshmen will be arriving in Bowling Green and moving into their dorms as they embark on their first year at WKU. As for WKU President Timothy Caboni, he’s gearing up for his second year in charge at WKU.

Daily News
Kentucky Climate Center at WKU developing drought warning system with $200,000 grant
A new $200,000 grant will allow the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU to develop a statewide drought warning system that could avert economic disaster for farmers.

WKU’s new provost outlines priorities
It seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime when Terry Ballman was offered the job as WKU’s new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

WKU’s regents approve 10-year strategic plan
WKU is moving forward with a 10-year strategic plan that aims to transform students’ experience, improve diversity on campus, raise money for a $50 million student financial aid fund, revisit employee compensation and introduce a new budget model.

Making history: Local med school launches with ‘white coat’ event
Historic Van Meter Hall made some history of its own Friday evening. And it may have launched some history-making careers in the process.

WKU prepares to open new residence hall
New dorm rooms with private baths, a 24-hour dining facility and lots of common space to study or socialize are just a few of the features in the new Hilltopper Hall opening this month at WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times
SKYCTC and WKU announce new engineering pathway agreement
Graduates from Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College will seamlessly transfer to WKU to complete their engineering degrees under an agreement between the two institutions.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
WKU grad student conducts research at Hidden River Cave
While Hart County Jail inmates were helping to carry large sections of steel into Hidden River Cave for the assembly of the world’s largest swinging bridge this week, Cesalea Osborne was conducting research inside the cave.

WKU receives grant for drought early warning system
The Kentucky Climate Center at WKU received a two-year $200,000 grant to develop the Kentucky Drought Early Warning System.

My host is my castle—bats as hosts
In a new paper in Trends in Parasitology, researchers Danny Haelewaters, Harvard University, Carl Dick, WKU, and Thomas Hiller, the University of Ulm, review what is known about the tripartite study system with bats, bat flies and fungi.

July 27-31, 2018

Daily News
WKU announces record giving, prepares for next capital campaign
Giving is on the rise at WKU, with a new high of $45 million raised during the 2017-18 fiscal year beating out the previous record that was set just one year prior.

WKU to tighten admission standards, expects enrollment dip
WKU is tightening its admission standards, a move that its provost says will probably affect the size of the 2019 freshman class but lead to better retention and student success rates down the line.

Family, friends remember WKU professor who died in Vietnam
Friends and family of the late Edward W. Bohlander, a sociology professor who taught at WKU, remembered him Friday as a man who showed love to his students, family and even strangers on the street.

WKU Bingocize program receives $400,000 NIH grant
A WKU program that blends exercise and bingo for the elderly is heading into a clinical trial thanks to a grant topping $400,000 from the National Institutes of Health.

WKU’S M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan changing program routine in 26th year
It’s that time of year where recent high school graduates will soon be making their way to college campuses to begin a new chapter of their lives.

WKU breaks record in philanthropy raising
WKU announced that it had a record year in philanthropy with more than $45 million in private support during the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Memorial service takes place in memory of WKU Professor Ed Bohlander
A memorial service for former WKU professor Ed Bohlander took place this afternoon on WKU’s campus.

Top Crops garden for individuals with special needs
Welcome to the Top Crops garden…

New admissions standards set to kick in at WKU in fall 2019
Earlier this week, WKU Provost Dr. David Lee sent out an e-mail to faculty and staff announcing that the university has made the decision to begin applying new admissions standards beginning in the Fall of 2019.

TeachMeet Kentucky holds 9th annual “unconference” Monday
Over 300 teachers from across the state came together today on WKU’s campus.

A celebration of life for the late WKU professor, Dr. Ed Bohlander
WKU professor Dr. Ed Bohlander passed away in Vietnam after being in a coma for over a month while on vacation there. On Friday, the community remembered his legacy. ​

WKU Public Radio
WKU Receives Record Breaking Amount of Private Gifts
WKU has announced it raised a record amount of private financial support during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

July 18-26, 2018

Daily News
WKU, city schools partner for new math camp
Students flew paper helicopters, programmed a robot and perfected 3D-printed designs Wednesday at a new math camp for elementary students in the Bowling Green Independent School District.

Volunteers serve community in 10th annual Day of Caring
Through much of the morning and afternoon on WKUs South Lawn, Aviation Heritage Park, US Bank, WKU Athletics and the Louisville-based SkyCab Balloons were working together to provide a fun time for local kids.

Donations accepted for scholarship dedicated to late WKU professor
Family and friends of retired WKU professor Edward Bohlander, who passed away this month in Vietnam, remember him as a man with a passion for his profession.

Nature photography collection gifted to WKU
Brazil. Spain. California. Idaho. Portugal. Kentucky. He wandered the world to document nature’s beauty, and now the world can see what he saw. The family of international travel writer and photographer W. Ray Scott recently donated his collection of 20,000 photographs to WKU’s Department of Library Special Collections.

Barren County education pioneer to join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni
A Barren County educator who led education reform efforts and became the county’s first woman elected to public office will be inducted into WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall.

Nobel Prize winner speaks at WKU
When physicist John Michael Kosterlitz got a phone call naming him a winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in his field, the news left him in stunned silence for about 30 seconds before he could muster his reply – “Jesus!”

Good Samaritan awards Institute for Rural Health $50,000
WKU’s Institute for Rural Health received a $50,000 grant from the Good Samaritan Foundation for its work in providing dental and clinical care to rural residents of southcentral Kentucky.

Math camp teaches students new skills
While many kids are taking a break from the books this summer, a select group of students from Bowling Green is choosing to work on their math skills.

WKU announces associate provost for global learning
WKU announced John Sunnygard on Tuesday as the associate provost for Global Learning and International Affairs.

WKU Foundation celebrates 25 years of philanthropic initiatives
In the last quarter century, the WKU Foundation has played a pivotal role in the development of WKU. On Monday, the organization celebrated its 25th anniversary on the Hill.

Local SBDC helps small business owners succeed
One of the backbones of a community are its small businesses.

Stuff the Bus awards local student with scholarship
Warren East High School graduate Sydney Hawthorne received the Stuff the Bus scholarship. Hawthorne is planning to attend WKU.

WKU Chief of Police given Patriot Award
Today was a big day for WKU and its Police Department.

Day of Caring: U.S. Bank partners with WKU Athletics to host ‘Science of Flight’
On WKU’s South Campus, U.S. Bank partnered with WKU Athletics hosting a “Science of Flight” event.

Franklin Favorite
WKU president Caboni visits Franklin
WKU President Timothy C. Caboni recently wrapped up his first year on the job, and is using the summer months to get more familiar with the university’s service area.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Announces Next Three Members of School’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni
Three graduates of WKU are being inducted into the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall.

Glasgow Daily Times
Former Barren County educator selected for WKU Distinguished Alumni
Described as a “pioneer in Kentucky education reform”, former Barren County principal and superintendent Nettie Bayless Courts Depp will be inducted into the WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall.

Daniels receives Gilman Scholarship
Katie Daniels of Glasgow was recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship that will enable her to study abroad for a semester.

Students bike across the country to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s
A group of college students from WKU stopped in Blacksburg Wednesday as part of their coast-to-coast biking trip to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Nelson Co. Gazette
Brent Holsclaw named chief financial and facilities officer at ECTC
Holsclaw earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education from Berea College and his Master’s degree and Rank I in School Administration from WKU.

Salyersville (KY) Independent
BIKE4ALZ: Group bikes across nation for Alzheimer’s
On Friday, July 13 a group of young men from WKU stopped in Salyersville while biking from coast to coast to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s.

June 29-July 17, 2018

Daily News
Study: New college students benefit from taking full load of classes
Students starting school at a Kentucky college or university this year should take at least 15 credit hours a semester for the best chance at graduating on time with less debt.

Local Bosnians move forward on 23rd anniversary of genocide
Local Bosnians joined with WKU officials Wednesday, the 23rd anniversary of a Bosnian genocide, to discuss ways to move the country forward.

WKU geoscientist calls cave rescue ‘miracle’
A WKU geoscientist shared his uniquely qualified perspective on the underwater rescue mission in Thailand.

Bike4Alz riders campaign to end Alzheimer’s with local event
When Alisa Anderson pictures Alzheimer’s disease, her mind immediately goes to her mother, Elaine Ford, who passed away from the disease earlier this year.

Bike4Alz riders gear up for Alzheimer’s research fundraiser
Erik Roepke, a rising WKU junior, has noticed a troubling trend this summer during a 3,600-mile bicycle journey across the U.S. to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. “(It) seems like everywhere we go … we meet someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” he said. “It kind of makes it so much more real.”

Education commissioner urges local students to chase success
Local high school students in WKU’s Young Male Leadership Academy had a special guest Friday.

WKU holds annual summer forensics institute
Since the 1970’s, one summer forensics camp at WKU has been helping kids with their confidence, as well as teaching them how to find their voice as future leaders of our country. For the kids that attend, their love of forensics started for a variety of reasons.

Bike-4-Alz riders visit residents of Magnolia Village
The Bike-4-Alzheimer’s riders from WKU arrived back into Bowling Green yesterday afternoon, and tonight they’re holding their fundraising event at SOKY Marketplace.

“Bike-4-Alz” group makes a pit stop in Bowling Green
It’s a journey that started all the way back on May 14th, and now with the final destination just two weeks away, a group of WKU bicyclists returned to Bowling Green for a brief two-day pit stop.

WKU hosts 35th annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute
School may be out for the summer for high school students, but not for 390 of their teachers. Instructors from across the country have congregated at WKU this week to learn how to properly, and effectively, teach advanced placement courses.

Bike 4 ALZ riders meet with local Alzheimer’s patients
The men biking across the country to raise money for Alzheimer’s research got to interact with some local Alzheimer’s patients on Friday.

Bike4Alz group makes stop in Bowling Green
Starting in May, 13 WKU fraternity students have been traveling across the country to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s Disease, and Thursday, the bikers arrived back in Bowling Green.

United Way’s Day of Caring | Top Crops
United Way’s Day of Caring is quickly approaching. Several volunteers will be heading out to WKU’s Ag Farm to help with some special projects at Top Crops.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
LaRue teacher studies Constitution in D.C.
Bryan said the fellowship is paying for his master’s degree in history at WKU. As he is working toward the degree, he will be able to teach a dual-credit history class at LaRue County in which students also can earn college credit.

Glasgow Daily Times
Three scholarships awarded in memory of Sherry Rush Tabor
Three scholarships were recently awarded in memory of Sherry Rush Tabor, who taught health classes at Western Kentucky University’s Glasgow Campus and was also director of case management and social services at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow.

WKU’s Manuscripts and Folklife Archives granted accreditation status
WKU’s Manuscripts and Folklife Archives, a part of the Department of Library Special Collections, was recently granted accreditation status by the Kentucky Oral History Commission (KOHC).

WPSD-TV, Paducah
WKU students riding 3,600 miles for Alzheimer’s research
Thirteen WKU students rode into Paducah Monday during their trek across the United States. They are riding for the right reasons.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Katie Bouchard crowned Miss Kentucky 2018
Katie Bouchard, a 22-year-old from Owensboro, was crowned Miss Kentucky 2018 Saturday night at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Bouchard, who is studying social work at WKU according to WBKR radio, competed as Miss Jefferson County on the platform “Being the Voice of Kentucky’s Children.”

June 21-28, 2018

Daily News
Retired WKU professor stranded in Vietnam in coma will return home Monday
After a severe head injury left him comatose in Vietnam for months, retired WKU professor Edward Bohlander will return home to Bowling Green on Monday.

WKU grad showcases passion for cooking on national TV
With over a million people watching, WKU alumnus Gerron Hurt has showcased his cooking skills on the current season of Fox Network’s “MasterChef.”

WKU students gaining traction with Spartan 4×4 business
It’s hard to tell which is more attention-grabbing, the old Dodge farm truck transformed into an off-road monster called Leonidas or the trio of college students who did the transforming. It’s a chick magnet for sure, but that’s not what these WKU students had in mind when they bought the 2013 Dodge Ram from a Metcalfe County farmer and did an extreme makeover.

Nobel physics prize winner to speak at WKU
A winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in physics will headline an upcoming mathematics conference at WKU this summer.

WKU series branches out with community art project this fall
WKU is branching out with a community art project this fall involving artist Patrick Dougherty, who is known for his large-scale sculptures woven with tree saplings.

Bell discusses latest book, the writing life
As a child growing up in Cincinnati, author David Bell thought all writers were like Ernest Hemingway, leading adventurous lives in exotic locales. The truth is that many, when not writing, “are driving their kids to soccer practice in a Toyota Camry,” Bell said. For the record, Bell – a best-selling author and WKU associate professor – arrived for an interview at Spencer’s Coffee on Monday in an orange, 1975 Chevy C-10 pickup without radio or air conditioning.

WKU librarian receives national award
Over the weekend, one WKU librarian received the national library service award at the American Library Association’s annual summer conference in New Orleans.

WKU hosts 35th annual Advanced Placement Summer Institute
School may be out for the summer for high school students, but not for 390 of their teachers. Instructors from across the country have congregated at WKU this week to learn how to properly, and effectively, teach advanced placement courses.

Retired WKU professor to return to Bowling Green after accident in Vietnam
It’s a moment the Bohlander family has been waiting for. “He will be air evaced from directly from Vietnam to Bowling Green.”

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU president visits Metcalfe County Schools
WKU President Timothy C. Caboni has spent his summer visiting the 27 counties that make up the WKU immediate service area. On Wednesday, June 20, he wrapped up a whirlwind day with a trip to the Old School Café in the Metcalfe County School District.

Metcalfe County graduate awarded scholarship
When the Hornets’ Nest Pickers were asked to perform for WKU President Timothy C. Caboni at a reception in his honor last fall on the WKU-Glasgow campus, the band asked for nothing in return. However, in an act of extraordinary goodwill, then Chancellor Dr. Sally Ray arranged for a $1,000 scholarship be awarded to a Metcalfe County High School senior who would be attending WKU-Glasgow in the fall of 2018. In her words, this would be “in honor and thanks for the Hornets’ Nest Pickers performance.”

WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Mesonet Develops App Useful to Farmers
Kentucky’s statewide weather and climate monitoring network now has an app that’s especially useful for farmers.

Kentucky Today
Director of WKU weather monitoring network explains purpose to panel
The head of a small agency at WKU, partially funded by state tax dollars, appeared before a legislative committee Wednesday. Dr. Stuart Foster, director of the Kentucky Mesonet, described its purpose to the Interim Joint Local Government Committee.

June 14-20, 2018

Local bicyclists ride in silence in honor of fallen WKU coach
Last night at Trek at the Track, one group of local bicyclists decided to do something in memory of the fallen coach and fellow cyclist. The Bowling Green League of Bicyclists gathered at the NCM Motorsports Park Track.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Learn and Earn, Caverna TOPS help students earn money for school
Leslie Witty shared information Tuesday during the Cave City Chamber of Commerce’s second quarterly breakfast about a scholarship program offered through Western Kentucky University that helps college students, as well as area businesses.

WKU Public Radio
Forecastle Foundation Partnering With Bowling Green Microbrewery to Improve Kentucky Waterways
A Bowling Green microbrewery is teaming up with WKU and two non-profit groups to celebrate conservation efforts in southern Kentucky. The White Squirrel brewery is releasing a new beer called the “Belle of the Green River”, which is made with water from the Green River.

Paper Advance
Alisha Thompson: From NASA to Domtar Personal Care
Alisha Thompson, who leads Domtar Personal Care’s business intelligence and analytics team, has been passionate about technology since she was a child. At 8 years old, she wrote her first program, a game for the Commodore 64 computer. That project started her on a path that led to a career in business intelligence and analytics. Thompson wasn’t always the outgoing visionary she is today. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in computer science at WKU, she was a shy, self-described nerd with the linear mindset of a stereotypical programmer.

June 8-13, 2018

Rolling Stone
See Country Duo Everette Cut Loose in Memphis for ‘Slow Roll’ Video
There’s an entire philosophy contained in one line of country duo Everette’s debut single “Slow Roll” that name-checks Matthew McConaughey and his immortal, “Alright, alright, alright” from Dazed and Confused. It speaks to an easygoing mentality that meshes with their relaxed, blues-influenced groove, and the song’s new video has lead vocalist Brent Rupard and guitarist-vocalist Anthony Olympia putting their own advice into practice. In short, the two Kentucky natives – who cut their teeth as performers while they were attending WKU – captured their experience of hitting the road in an antique RV and subsequently breaking down on the highway.

WKU Public Radio
Longtime WKU English Professor Mary Ellen Miller Passes Away
The longest-serving professor at WKU has passed away.

WKU Gets Grant to Research Suicide Prevention in Teens
WKU has received a federal grant to conduct research on suicide and self-harm in adolescents.

Two-week summer camp for gifted middle school students at WKU
A camp at WKU, called the Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students, kicked off this week.

Italian court rules in favor of Big Red in 15 year ongoing lawsuit
An Italian judge ruled in favor of the WKU mascot, Big Red, on Wednesday. The judge claimed that Italian TV character, Gabbibo, infringed on the likeness of Big Red.

Daily News
Alltech ends brewing agreement with WKU
Two WKU-themed beers will no longer be produced by Alltech after the company decided to end its brewing partnership with WKU.

WKU mourns death of poet laureate, longest-serving professor
After more than 50 years teaching at WKU, Mary Ellen Miller has left behind a lifetime of memories with the colleagues she worked with and the young writers she inspired.

Italian court sides with WKU in Big Red lawsuit
It’s been a long, strange trip for Ralph Carey, the inventor of WKU mascot Big Red.

Glasgow Daily Times
Guthrie announces WKU Mental Health Research Grant
Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) recently announced that the National Institute of Mental Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding a $413,400 research grant to WKU.

WKU’s longest-tenured professor passes away
The Hilltopper family is grieving after one of their very own professors passed away this weekend.

WKU receives research grant to study mental health issues
During a week when two celebrities took their own lives, one program at WKU is doing its part to research ways to lower the rising number of suicides in our country.

WKU’s 15-year-old lawsuit against an Italian media company is being reopened
In 2003, WKU sued Silvio Berlusconi’s (the former Prime Minister of Italy) company Mediaset for $250 million after they learned of an Italian character named “Gabibbo” that shared a striking resemblance to the Hilltoppers’ beloved mascot Big Red. However, the school’s original suit only advanced as far as the lower courts before losing in the Italian court of appeals because of possible foul play.

West Kentucky News
Bike4Alz Team Rolls Into Paducah July 2nd
Thirteen WKU students are biking 3,600 miles across the country this summer to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s research and for those living with dementia.

June 1-7, 2018

Italian court affirms merits of plagiarism suit filed by creator of WKU’s Big Red
A 15-year-long court case was given new life on Wednesday when the highest court in Italy published its decision affirming the merits of a plagiarism suit brought by the inventor of WKU’s mascot against a large Italian media company.

International Parking Institute
IPI Announces Results Of 2018 Board Of Directors Election
The International Parking Institute announced the results of its 2018 Board of Directors Election this week. Two newly elected IPI Board members are Larry Cohen, CAPP, executive director, Lancaster Parking Authority, Lancaster, Pa. and Jennifer Tougas, Ph.D., CAPP, director, parking and transportation services, WKU, Bowling Green, Ky.

Daily News
Camp at Center for Courageous Kids fosters lifelong memories
While many college students use the summer to relax or travel, there’s nothing WKU senior Johnny Mollman would rather do than work as a camp counselor for the Center for Courageous Kids.

WKU draws gunsmiths to 37th annual crafting seminar
For about 15 to 20 years now, Connecticut resident Walt Framski has been attending a summer gunsmithing seminar at WKU that’s attracted hundreds of gunmakers and crafters since it was founded almost 40 years ago.

WKU to offer three healthcare career training programs
WKU is hoping to attract more students looking to come back to school by offering three new job training programs in the health care industry at its Glasgow campus.

Edmonson Voice
A Conversation With WKU President Tim Caboni: Bow Ties, Tuition, Parking, & More
Dr. Timothy Caboni, President of WKU, stopped by our office today as part of the Big Red Caravan tour; an initiative that will bring the president through 27 counties in the western and southcentral Kentucky area.

Gunsmithing seminar returns to the Hill for 37th year
It’s a lost art, and one that will be gone soon if seminars like these don’t continue. That lost art is gunsmithing, and the goal of this annual seminar held at WKU is to carry on the tradition of smiths who started the trade back in the mid-18th century.

Kentucky Museum’s summer camps kickoff
Today was the first day of the Kentucky Museum’s summer camps.

WKU alum on the brink of Triple Crown glory as co-owner of Justify
He’s won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and now, Justify is continuing to train ahead of his quest to claim the final jewel of horse-racing’s Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. Justify is a horse on the course of history, but he actually has a co-owner whose roots can be traced back to WKU.

New scholarship created for future special education teachers
A new scholarship fund is being established at WKU to support students pursuing degrees in special education.

Louisville Magazine
Meet the Man in the Buddy Bat Suit
As a student at WKU, he would dance in the student section at basketball games. “Well, it got to the point where they gave me my own time out during basketball games where I would literally stand in center court and dance like crazy,” he says. Eventually he got a call from WKU’s president asking him to be Big Red, WKU’s mascot.

Watch this Louisville native on the new season of ‘MasterChef’
Get ready to cheer on this school teacher and Louisville native as he tests his mettle and kitchen skills as a competitor in season nine of Fox’s popular “MasterChef” series. Gerron Hurt, a Fern Creek High School and WKU graduate, said teaching high school English in Nashville, Tennessee, is a wonderful job but being a part of the “MasterChef” competition has reignited his passion for cooking.

Big Red to take on evil twin, Gabibbo, in Italian court — again
WKU mascot Big Red will be going another round in the legal fight against his evil Italian twin, Gabibbo.

The Epoch Times
The States With the Best and Worst Economies
The United States has the biggest economy in the world, with $20.4 trillion of gross domestic product (GDP), but some states are greater contributors than others. The most effective ways for state and local governments to boost their local economies are cutting red tape and investing in the workforce, according to experts. Too much regulation can hurt economic growth negatively, said Sebastian Leguizamon, assistant professor at WKU.

May 25-31, 2018

Daily News
Richards recounts unique career
Sandwiched by a pair of standing ovations and with an emotional close, retiring state Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, recounted his four decades in the state legislature at the Bowling Green Rotary Club meeting Wednesday at Bowling Green Country Club.

WKU graduate receives $45,000 scholarship to study at prestigious London school
For as long as she can remember, Lillian Nellans has dreamed of helping to make the world a safer place for the vulnerable and powerless.

Late businessman, Baker arboretum founder commits $10 million for scholarships
A new $10 million endowment created by late businessman and local arboretum founder Jerry E. Baker will support scholarships for students at WKU.

Two WKU alumni being recognized for contribution to the Ogden Innovation Endowment Fund
Two alumni of WKU have given monetary gifts to support the Ogden Innovation Endowment Fund.

WKU School of Journalism wins 2018 Hearst Awards
For the fourth time in program history, and the first time since 2005, the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting has won the 2018 Hearst Overall National Championship Award, an award that is frequently referred to as the “Pulitzer of college journalism.”

WKU plans to combat nationwide enrollment decline
WKU is expecting to face yet another year of decline in enrollment numbers, but new plans in place hope to combat the problem that higher education universities across the country are also facing.

Rep. Jody Richards talks about his experiences in the Kentucky House
State Representative Jody Richards spoke at Bowling Green’s Rotary Club luncheon on Wednesday.

KY Forward
Two alumni make gifts to support WKU’s Ogden Innovation Endowment Fund
Two WKU alumni who graduated from programs within the Ogden College of Science and Engineering have made gifts to support the Ogden Innovation Endowment Fund.

WKU SkyTeach master teacher Rico Tyler named Outstanding Master Teacher at UTeach Conference
Rico Tyler, master teacher with WKU’s SKyTeach program, received the Outstanding Master Teacher Award this week at the 2018 UTeach Conference in Austin, Texas.

Jerry E. Baker Foundation commits $10 million endowment for student scholarships at WKU
The Jerry E. Baker Foundation, established through the estate of Jerry E. Baker, a generous longtime supporter of WKU, has pledged a $10 million endowment for student scholarships.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU offering major in molecular biotechnology
WKU says it is adding a new major in its biology department: molecular biotechnology.

Vallejo (CA) Times-Herald
May 31 Vallejo A&E Source: Always Something To Celebrate
Members of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity from the WKU Chapter arrived in Vallejo on Friday May 18 after finishing the first leg of their cross country bicycle trip to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s.

May 18-24, 2018

WKU Public Radio
Jerry E. Baker Foundation Commits $10 Million Endowment for WKU Scholarships
The estate of a longtime WKU supporter is pledging a $10 million endowment for student scholarships.

Daily News
WKU regents OK 4 percent tuition hike with final vote next month
WKU moved ahead with a 4 percent tuition hike for students Tuesday during a Board of Regents meeting, but a final decision won’t come from the group until it meets June 22.

WKU students begin cross-country journey for Alzheimer’s awareness
When WKU junior Noah Rudloff watched his long-time girlfriend’s grandmother, Elaine, struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, he came to understand why people say the disease is like losing a loved one twice.

Baker named South Central Kentuckian of the Year
The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky named the late Jerry E. Baker the 2018 South Central Kentuckian of the Year.

Lane Report
WKU offering new molecular biotechnology major
A new molecular biotechnology major is the next step in the evolution of the genetics program in WKU’s Department of Biology.

Austin American-Statesman
Herman: From newspaper photographer to state trooper school
Post-high school, Nick Wagner’s possible paths included a law enforcement officer training program in his home state or photojournalism study at Western Kentucky University. Opting to flee the “comfort zone” of his home state, he chose WKU’s highly respected program.

Duke Talent Identification Program recognizes Kentucky students
At Diddle Arena, the Center for Gifted Studies hosted the Kentucky recognition ceremony for the Duke Talent Identification Program.

WKU Finance Committee meets to approve budget recommendations
On Tuesday morning, the WKU Finance and Budget Committee convened inside the Martin Regents Room in Jody Richards Hall to discuss and approve several recommendations for the development of the 2018-2019 operating budget.

WKU Department of Biology to add Molecular Biotechnology major this fall
Beginning in Fall of 2018, the WKU Department of Biology has announced its plans to add a new Molecular Biotechnology major.

Local businesses dealing with absence of WKU students
When summer rolls around, students from WKU go back to their homes fro the months of May through August, leaving behind a campus that closely resembles a ghost town.

Jerry Baker named South Central Kentuckian of the Year
Since 2012, the Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky has presented the South Central Kentuckian of the Year award to a deserving philanthropist in our area. Thursday that award was given to the late Jerry Baker.

KMAX-TV Sacramento
BIKE4ALZ Cross-Country Ride
The Bike4Alz team makes a stop in Davis before continuing on their cross-country trip to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Ashley is live as the cyclists gear up for the next leg of their journey which takes them to Folsom.

Business Intelligence Info
Scaling Data Science Without Data Scientists
Dr. Lily Popova Zhuhadar, Associate Professor of Information Systems at WKU, runs an annual data science competition for her WKU students, using RapidMiner Studio to analyze data for a variety of use cases including customer churn, marketing segmentation, financial risk modeling, and cross selling.

Ky. Forward
Champions again — WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting wins Hearst multimedia competition
WKU’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the seventh consecutive year.

Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era
WKU recognizes top graduates, students
WKU’s six academic colleges celebrated their Class of 2018 graduates and recognized top students in ceremonies May 11 at Diddle Arena.

May 12-17, 2018

Readers Digest
32 Signs You Live in the Nicest Place in America
Soon after her daughter made the decision to attend WKU, Becky Monroe and her family popped into a Bowling Green, Kentucky, dress shop. When the mother-daughter team running the store heard the girl would be attending that fall, they immediately opened their arms to her.

Reuters supports photojournalism with the announcement of 2018 grant winners
Gabriel Scarlett is a junior at WKU, studying Photojournalism and Arabic while pursuing his EMT-B certification in Emergency Medicine.

Lane Report
88 students graduate in the WKU Gatton Academy’s 11th class
       On Saturday, May 12, eighty-eight students representing forty-eight counties from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky were recognized during The Gatton Academy’s eleventh graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall.

Two WKU students selected for Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
For the second year in a row, two WKU students have been selected to participate in US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes in the United Kingdom.

Daily News
WKU grad’s film to premiere at Nashville Film Festival
The Nashville Film Festival wraps up Saturday, a culmination of a 10-day event that has showcased filmmakers throughout the world.

WKU students set off to chase, study storms
  For Pierce Larkin, a meteorology student at WKU, chasing and studying storms across the midwest last summer was the time he connected school to the real world.

BG woman turns miniature furniture into online business
For Stewart, who is frequently busy attending WKU athletic events with her husband, WKU athletic director Todd Stewart, her workshop serves as her getaway.

‘Wonderful way to bring community together’: Lost River Sessions debuts art, music event downtown
The Square was anything but square Saturday night as musicians, music lovers, artists, food vendors and curiosity seekers created a buzz on a midsummer-like May evening in Fountain Square Park.

College Heights Foundation moves ahead with new building plans
The College Heights Foundation at WKU is ready to move ahead with plans to demolish its aging 1960s-era building and replace it with a newer, more accessible facility.

WKU honors more than 3,200 graduates during 183rd commencement
WKU conferred degrees and certificates to 3,283 graduates Friday during the first outdoor commencement the university has held since 2006.

WKU commencement ceremony honors class of 2018 graduates
2006 was the last time WKU celebrated commencement outdoors at Houchens-Smith Stadium, but that tradition returned for the graduating class of 2018.

WKU grads take the Topper Walk
WKU graduates participated in the Topper Walk.

Shelbyville actress lands role in Las Vegas ‘Marilyn Monroe’ musical
After attending WKU as a Performing Arts major, Ruby Lewis went on to win roles with national touring companies performing in “Gypsy,” “Grease,” “Jersey Boys” and “We Will Rock You.”

LaRue County Herald News
Hornback graduates from Gatton
       Skyler Hornback was a part of a class of 88 students representing 48 counties from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky who were recognized during the Gatton Academy’s 11th graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Graduation marks start of new chapter for WKU students
  Red towels were waving Monday night inside Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Har­din High School as WKU students celebrated their graduation.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
WKU-O graduates 330: Many juggle work, classes and family
On Monday evening, about an hour before the WKU Owensboro class of 2018 received their diplomas, Lisa Husk was waiting calmly backstage with two of her daughters.

Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era
Hopkinsville cousins accomplish goal to finish college in four with minimal debt
WKU graduating seniors Martajia Armstrong and LaDeirdre Mumford, both from Hopkinsville, are two cousins who came to college with a plan to finish in four years with the least amount of debt possible, and they accomplished their mission.

Glasgow Daily Times
Local students graduate from Gatton Academy
On Saturday, 88 students representing 48 counties from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky were recognized during The Gatton Academy’s 11th graduation ceremony in Van Meter Hall.

Glasgow student awarded Boren Scholarship
WKU undergraduate Tristan Shaw of Glasgow, has received a David L. Boren Scholarship sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to fund study abroad in China.

May 8-11, 2018

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow hosts May 2018 Graduand Ceremony
       When Trista Childress, a senior at WKU Glasgow, addressed her fellow graduates during the Graduand Ceremony on Thursday evening at the T.J. Health Pavilion Community Center, she referenced the theme song for the television show “Cheers.”

WKU Public Radio
WKU Bicyclists Riding Cross Country to Bring Attention to Alzheimer’s
       Eleven members of a fraternity at WKU are bicycling across the country for more than two months this summer to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s.

Daily News
Lost River Sessions to hold first arts festival before Saturday concert
      This Saturday, Lost River Sessions will be bringing music and visual arts together in a way it never has before.

WKU takes stock of priorities with new budget approach
      Faculty and staff at WKU raised questions Wednesday about an ongoing process that’s re-examining how the university distributes budget dollars in the long term.

WKU gears up for International Year of Cuba
        Paula Upright, who grew up playing baseball and maintains that love in adulthood, is thrilled to be traveling to Cuba this summer along with five other WKU faculty members as part the university’s International Year of Cuba.

Somerset Commonwealth Journal
Pulaski County student awarded scholarship to study abroad
       Lillian Hamm is among four students at WKU’s Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science to receive nationally competitive scholarships for study abroad this summer.

Mesonet weather station to be located at Northern Elementary
     Plans are on track for a Mesonet weather station to be placed at Northern Middle School.

WKU graduation is a celebration for students and the economy
     As nearly 3,300 students will walk away with degrees this weekend, thousands of family and friends will drive in to the city—leaving dollars in their path.

Exclusive: WKU President Caboni reflects on first year
      A WNKY exclusive a one-on-one interview with WKU President Timothy C. Caboni.

Lane Report
6 WKU students awarded Fulbright U.S. Student grants
        Six WKU students have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for the 2018-19 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board: Sarah Angelle of Monticello; Sarah Linder of Louisville; Logan Mitchell of Hebron; Lily Nellans of Windsor Heights, Iowa; Maggie Sullivan of Louisville; and Elizabeth Upshur of Antioch, Tennessee.

WKU’s MBA program ranked no. 72 by U.S. News
      The Gordon Ford College of Business’s Online MBA Program was recently ranked No. 72 nationally by U.S. News for the second year running, a big leap from No. 138, the position the program held three years ago.

Three WKU student PR teams win Parthenon Awards
      Three WKU student teams of public relations majors earned Parthenon Awards at the 32nd annual competition in Nashville, Tn., on April 30 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
WKU Alumni members support Feeding America
      Members of the WKU Alumni – Heartland Chapter gather while volunteering at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.

May 1-7, 2018

Daily News
WKU makes changes to graduation ceremonies
       WKU is reimagining old traditions and beginning new ones with changes to its graduation ceremonies this year.

WKU details second round of budget cuts
       WKU released more details Thursday about a second round of budget cuts that will bring the university’s total spending reductions to roughly $27 million beginning July 1.

WKU staff push for student success in strategic plan
       More competitive pay for staff and greater cost transparency for students are just a few of the priorities outlined in a 10-year strategic plan for WKU.

WKU names new provost
     WKU has named a new provost to replace the retiring David Lee.

2nd Annual David Heard Memorial Bass Fishing Tournament
        The event also raises money for a memorial scholarship in David’s name at WKU.

New Program at WKU to Prepare Students with Autism for the Workforce
         Two organizations in Bowling Green are partnering up to provide students with autism a unique opportunity.

Special Olympics and WKU Football Hold Unified Flag Football Game
         For the first time ever Special Olympics and the WKU football team held a unified flag football game at L.T. Smith Stadium.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU announces graduation dates
      The WKU Glasgow Graduand Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. May 10 at T.J. Health Pavilion Community Room, 310 N. L. Rogers Wells Blvd., Glasgow.

WKU student selected for scholarship
        Reuben Tang of Glasgow was one of 100 students selected nationwide for the Fund for Education Abroad scholarship.

WKU student from Tompkinsville awarded fellowship
        The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Chelsea Spears, of Tompkinsville, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
ECTC partners with WKU to offer ROTC classes
        Next school year, students at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be able to participate in ROTC through a partnership with WKU.

US News and World Report
School to Give Radio Experience to Some Students With Autism
       A new fellowship program at WKU aims to prepare students with autism to enter the workforce by providing broadcasting experience.

Lane Report
Grace, Richardson first WKU students selected as Rangel Scholars
      Two WKU juniors are among the 15 scholars selected nationwide for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program.

River City News
3 Campbell County Students Selected for Two Prestigious Academies
    J.T. Reagor, son of James and Stephanie Reagor, has been selected to attend the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.

April 26-30, 2018

Daily News
10 questions with … David Lee
       Current job title: Western Kentucky University provost.

New WKU program will train students with autism for careers
        A new training program at WKU will give students with autism experience with every aspect of public broadcasting and operations with the goal of preparing them to enter the workforce.

WKU President Timothy Caboni honored with investiture ceremony
      When WKU President Timothy C. Caboni came to WKU as a student, he felt like he was coming home for the first time.

WEHS teacher wins prestigious teaching fellowship
      Cory Dodds, coordinator of nationally competitive opportunities in WKU’s Office of Scholar Development, helped Bellar apply for the fellowship.

Investiture Ceremony for WKU’s 10th president
        In Centennial Mall on WKU’s campus, university leadership held the investiture ceremony of WKU’s 10th president, Dr. Timothy C. Caboni. The ceremony was held to officially mark the beginning of his tenure on the Hill.

WKU President Celebrated at Investiture Ceremony
        WKU celebrated President Timothy C. Caboni’s first tenure on the hill today during the investiture ceremony.

Winchester Sun
GRC’s Vickers chosen for STEM program
        Sarah Vickers, a sophomore at George Rogers Clark High School, was accepted into Gatton Academy, an esteemed residential program for students interested in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Corbin News Journal
CHS student to attend WKU’s Gatton Academy
        A Corbin High School sophomore is one of two area students selected for WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Sciences.

April 20-25, 2018

Daily News
Retiring WKU provost gives last lecture
        When Claire Bellar remembers U.S. history professor David Lee, she sees him as an educator who changed her life.

Take Back the Night march Thursday spotlights sexual assault
        Bowling Green’s annual Take Back the Night march will begin at 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1106 State St., and end at 7 p.m. after a march through the downtown area. The event will include speakers from Hope Harbor and the WKU Counseling and Testing Center.

‘Books are not dying’: 20th Book Fest draws crowd despite missing headliner
         Courtney Stevens flashed smiles as she handed signed copies of her book, “Dress Codes for Small Towns,” to a number of eager teenage girls Saturday at Knicely Conference Center.

Manners matter: Girl Scouts learn at Riverview
        Baird, retired after 35 years of working at the WKU library, said Saturday’s event combined etiquette and history lessons as the girls also took a tour of the Italianate-style home built from 1857 through 1872 and restored as a tourist attraction in 1972.

Hilltoppers Serve as Mentors at Local Elementary School
         Fifteen years ago, Dishman-McGinnis Elementary guidance counselor Angie Slocum started a mentorship program.

Annual Blood Drive Returns to WKU
        Happening here locally, WKU is hosting an opportunity to give back and save lives.

Red, White & Brew Was a Big Success
        A fun, gorgeous weekend all around! A perfect time for the annual Red, White & Brew!

WKU Celebrates Earth Day
     WKU celebrated Earth Day on April 19.

WKU Nonprofit Student Association Hosts Awards Luncheon
      WKU’s Nonprofit Student Association held its 11th annual Nonprofit Awards Luncheon at Lost River Cave.

Results are in for the latest Big Red Poll
       The WKU Social Science Research Center just released the latest Big Red Poll.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Langley takes on many roles
          Before working at North Hardin, Langley earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from WKU in 2001 and worked as a family resource coordinator.

Columbia Magazine
Samuel Kessler, CHS senior, finishing HS at Gatton Academy
       Campbellsville High School senior Samuel Kessler has had a busy school year. He is finishing his high school studies at WKU’s Gatton Academy, and has been given several opportunities to participate in and present results from a research project conducted last summer.

Glasgow Daily Times
Regina Murphy named GMS principal
        Murphy has been an educator for 23 years, holding positions such as math teacher, curriculum coach, interim principal and most recently as assistant principal. She earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Rank 1 from WKU.

Pioneer News, Shepherdsville
Tonya Hill selected as Roby Elem. principal
         “When I graduated from Western Kentucky University, I became the certified teacher in the computer lab where I taught students kindergarten through fifth grade computer skills,” she said.

Lane Report
WKU student selected as 2018 Goldwater Scholar
       WKU student Lauren Pedersen of Barbourville was selected as a 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, the premier award for undergraduates pursuing careers in science, mathematics or engineering.

April 14-19, 2018

Daily News
WKU’s ENACTUS team advances to national competition
        A team of WKU students has been recognized as among the best at finding entrepreneurial solutions to community problems and will advance to a national competition in May.

End of an era: Richards reflects on unexpected 42-year career
       When Jody Richards first entered the state Capitol in Frankfort as a legislator in 1977, he did not envision spending the next four decades as a public servant.

WKU students earn big ROI in competition
       A team of WKU students, after plotting strategy, analyzing arcane statistics and working together on important decisions, has finished among the top universities in the Southeast.

WKU art student painting to support local special needs program
       Emmalee Lawrence is a freshman at WKU majoring in art and psychology.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Campus Closeup
        Senior Olivia Bickett is completing a research project on stone crabs at WKU’s Gatton Academy, under the guidance of biology professor Steve Huskey.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Acknowledging student success
          GATTON ACADEMY SELECTS FIVE LOCALS. Hardin County always has had a strong pipeline with The Gatton Academy of Math­ematics and Science at WKU.

Lexington Herald-Leader
Program helps autistic kids forge friendships
        When Amy Hardin’s son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 4, he struggled to have a conversation and make friends. Now 7 years old, J.W. Hardin has a village of friends and his mother said he’s testing at or above grade level in reading and math at his mainstream public school. His mother credits the staff at the Kelly Autism Program at WKU as her son’s secret to success.

Metro Magazine
Converted cooking oil fuels WKU’s shuttle bus
      WKU Topper Transit Bus #13 is undergoing a big change this Earth Month.

Western Recorder
Kelly Autism Program, Sunrise build partnership
         The specific challenge for Sunrise and the Kelly Autism Program (KAP) was to equip a young autistic adult with the tools needed to successfully transition to independent living. KAP had years of experience in working with ASD individuals. Sunrise had a proven transition program in VentureON for young adults who had aged out of foster care.

April 7-13, 2018

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Management transition continues at WKU regional campuses
         A change in management for WKU’s regional campuses could increase course offerings for students, university officials said.

Glasgow Daily Times
Amid budget cuts, WKU-Glasgow ‘still committed’ to offering courses and services
          WKU announced in February that it would return its regional campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown to the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) due to the university facing a $15 million budget shortfall.

Lane Report
Dahmer selected as WKU’s first Truman Scholar
           Loandria “Andi” Dahmer, a WKU junior from Fisherville, has been selected as a 2018 Harry S. Truman Scholar. She will receive $30,000 for graduate school and opportunities for professional development to prepare her for a career in public service leadership.

Daily News
Autism program at WKU makes big difference
         No one but those who have autism, or the family members of children with autism, really knows how challenging this diagnosis can be.

Changes in store for state Office of Entrepreneurship
        Jeff Hook, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network office in WKU’s Center for Research and Development on Nashville Road, is another supporter of the state’s new economic development structure.

Dispatchers offer first line of defense for public
        WKU Police Department has eight full-time dispatchers and two part-time dispatchers who answer 10,000 to 14,000 calls annually.

WKU to add building to outdoor McChesney Field Campus
       WKU’s outdoor learning space at the McChesney Field Campus is getting a new building with classroom space and other facilities.

WKU lecture features reporters who exposed Larry Nassar
       Two reporters whose work helped convict serial child molester Larry Nassar shared their story Monday at WKU during this year’s John B. Gaines Family Lecture.

Kelly Autism Program helps kids forge friendships
        When Amy Hardin’s son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 4, he struggled to have a conversation and make friends.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Students Rally for Higher Education
         Students and university employees gathered on WKU’s campus Thursday at a rally for higher education funding. The event was intended to bring attention to budget cuts, pension increases and faculty and staff reductions.

WKU Poet Laureate Says Poetry Is for Intellect and Emotion
        Each April the Academy of American Poets recognizes National Poetry Month as a way to increase awareness of and appreciation for poetry in the United States. WKU Poet Laureate, Dr. Mary Ellen Miller, believes that anyone can learn to appreciate poetry.

Somerset Commonwealth-Journal
Weather station at Northern Elementary will benefit students, residents & farmers
          Pulaski County is about to be put on the map — the weather map that is. The county is on track to have a Mesonet weather station installed at Northern Elementary School.

Shepherdsville Pioneer News
Lewis prepares for future with debate trip to Qatar
       Gatton Academy Class of 2018 Senior Maggie Lewis put her Arabic skills to use during a recent trip to Qatar, a sovereign country in Western Asia.

Autism Awareness Month: Available services and concerns facing the community
          April is known as Autism Awareness Month.

Students rally for higher education at WKU
        Students, faculty and staff at WKU rallied Thursday to express the importance of higher education in the commonwealth.

Men put on some heels on the hill at WKU to bring awareness to sexual assault and gender violence
      Some men at WKU are putting on some heels walking on the hill, in an effort to bring awareness of sexual assault and gender violence.

Reporters that broke US Olympics sexual abuse story speaking at WKU
       Reporters from the investigative team that broke the United States Gymnastics sexual abuse scandal discussed their situation with students as a part of the Sexual Assault prevention Month activities at WKU.

Higher Education Rally at WKU
         The rally for higher education was held Thursday on WKU’s campus and dozens came out to show their support.

WKU Fraternities Host Mile In Her Shoes Event
        In recognition of Sexual Awareness Month WKU’s Inter-Fraternity Council hosted their ninth annual walk a mile in her shoes event.

Journalists Who Broke the Nassar Scandal Speak to WKU Classes
      The journalists who broke a recognizable case spoke about exposing one of the most disturbing sexual assault cases to date.

Kelly Autism Program is Changing Lives in Bowling Green
      The month of April means it’s Autism Awareness Month.

Kentucky Students Compete in National Geographic Bee
          From all around Kentucky, 100 4th through 8th grade students were invited to WKU’s Knicely Conference Center.

The Springfield (KY) Sun
Begley selected for Gatton Academy
      A Washington County High School sophomore has been selected to attend The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

London Sentinel-Echo
Two sophomores from Laurel have been selected for The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science
          The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020, including two from Laurel County.

WJRS-FM Russell County
Local High School Student has been Selected by the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science for the Class of 2020
         The Gatton Academy selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020.

March 31-April 6, 2018

Lane Report
The Gatton Academy selects 99 students for Class of 2020
       The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020.

Northern Kentucky Tribune
WKU’s Gatton Academy of Math, Science selects 99 sophomores for Class of 2020, included are NKyians
          The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU has selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
WKU’s Gatton Academy accepts five area high school students
         Next fall, 99 students from 48 counties in Ken­tucky will attend The Gatton Academy of Math­ematics and Science at WKU, the academy announced Wednesday.

Columbia Magazine
Gatton Academy selects Green and Russell County students
       The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020.

WCLU-FM Glasgow
          The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020.

WXBC-FM Hardinsburg
Breckinridge Student Selected For Gatton Academy
         A Breckinridge County High School student is among 99 students, from 48 counties, selected for the Class of 2020 at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.

Daily News
WKU lecture will feature reporters who exposed Larry Nassar
        The reporters whose work helped lead to the conviction of serial child molester Larry Nassar will tell their story at this year’s John B. Gaines Family Lecture at WKU on April 9.

Kentucky lawmakers show support for legalization of hemp farming
         WKU’s agriculture department is one of the 57 locations where the state allows for industrial hemp growth in its research pilot program.

WTVW-TV Evansville
Big Red Helps Ron Rhodes With The Forecast
        WKU mascot Big Red joined Ron Rhodes and the rest of the Daybreak team Tuesday.

The Voice-Tribune, Louisville
Susan Sweeney Crum, Signing Off
         “I went to Western Kentucky University as a theater major,” she said, “but switched after a semester to broadcast journalism. I realized I didn’t have that kind of dedication to travel the country looking for acting jobs.”

Insider Louisville
Emerging ways to illuminate plays, digital media technology and projections light up Louisville stages
        Allgeier is a Louisville native who majored in communications with a focus on video production and minored in theater at WKU. He notes that the dual focus was, by accident, a nearly perfect course of study for digital media technology.

7 Questions With … Meredith Lawrence, director of Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund
         Meredith, a graduate of Ballard and WKU, tells Insider she’s looking forward to building on the momentum from the first two years of Awards in the Arts, and says it’s a privilege to recognize the people and places that are putting Louisville on the map.

London Sentinel-Echo
Kanthawar recognized as candidate for 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar
         Five Gatton Academy seniors learned recently they are candidates for the 2018 United States Presidential Scholars, including North Laurel’s Arjun Kanthawar.

March 21-30, 2018

The Week
Land of poison
            In the summer of 2016, photographer Gabriel Scarlett visited the Navajo Nation to document the lasting effects of the Cold War-era uranium craze. “I came to understand a truth that these reservations are prisoner-of-war camps for a defeated people,” he told The Week in an interview. “I was the only person there hoping to share their stories,” said Scarlett, then just a rising sophomore at WKU. “Often, I was the only person who had ever been there.”

Corbin Times-Tribune
Corbin High School senior benefitting from Gatton Academy
      The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is growing in popularity as an option for Tri-County high school junior and seniors and as one Corbin student who attends the academy says, the experience is worth the work.

KY Forward
Nineteen  Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit finalists
           Nineteen seniors from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized as finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition, marking the most students recognized in one school year in the school’s history.

RFID Journal
WKU Builds Its Own RFID System for Parking Management
        WKU has built a radio frequency identification system to manage its parking enforcement that employs a university-owned van, equipped with an RFID reader and antennas, to capture the tag ID number of each car permitted to park within a lot, thereby saving the amount of time required to confirm permitted vehicles.

Daily News
Attorney general joins WKU sexual assault prevention efforts
      Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear urged WKU students Monday to “stand up and step in” when they encounter sexual assault situations on their campus.

10 questions with … Mitchell Walker
        Current job title: WKU police chief.

WKU students campaign for anti-poverty funding
       Two WKU students recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for anti-poverty funding.

High school students to join in international Arabic debate
       Four students from The Gatton Academy at WKU will go head-to-head in an upcoming international Arabic debate championship against native and non-native speakers from around the world.

Local residents chant ‘Gun Control Now’ at local March for Our Lives event
         As survivors of last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., led thousands in Washington, D.C., local students made their own voices heard by marching from Cherry Hall at WKU to Fountain Square Park.

WKU faculty approve further changes to foreign language requirement
        Students at WKU will be able to use two years of a high school world language to fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement through the 2019-20 academic year, following faculty approval Thursday.

Great turnout for the Delta Zeta Wing Wars
         The second annual Wing Wars Eating Competition, put on by the Delta Zeta chapter, was held at the Christian Student Fellowship House at WKU’s campus.

Professors host panel discussion about sexual harassment experiences
       Students at Western Kentucky University gathered for a panel discussion as their professors spoke about their experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace.

Andy Beshear signs proclamation for Sexual Assault Prevention Month
         April marks Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month. Attorney General Andy Beshear was at WKU’s for a proclamation and signing of the prevention month.

Dance Big Red totals announced
        This year’s Dance Big Red raised more than $70,000 for Norton Children’s Hospital.

Special Needs Expo offers several resources to people with disabilities
        The inaugural Special Needs Expo was held in the Knicely Center for people with disabilities to get information on essential resources.

Locals rally for gun reform as a part of the March for Our Lives movement
        Hundreds of people rallying for gun reform marched from WKU to Fountain Square Park in Bowling Green as a part of the nationwide March for Our Lives movement on Saturday.

Women’s appreciation march held on WKU’s campus
       Thursday evening on WKU’s campus, the Black Student Alliance group held a women’s appreciation march.

WKU Admissions Expected to Rise After Athletic Success
        A loss for the Hilltoppers men’s basketball team last night… but a wins for WKU overall.

WKU Takes Action for Sexual Assault Prevention Month
        Use your voice… It’s sexual assault prevention month!

Dance Big Red Raises Thousands!
        Members of the community danced for hours and raised tons of money over the weekend, all to support the children in a local hospital.

March 14-20, 2018

Northern Kentucky Tribune
Kentucky by Heart: Inspired by movie, Jessica Collins aims to provide kids ‘A Place to Sleep’
            “You’re never too young to make a difference,” said Jessica Collins, 19, a nursing student at WKU. She means those words now, and she meant them at age ten when she gave roots to a program that donates beds to children who lack such a basic resource. The project is called “A Place to Sleep,” and since 2010, about 1500 bed sets have gone to deserving young people, mostly in Jessica’s hometown community of Shelbyville.

The Lane Report
Emerging Lane | Home-Grown Innovation
        The WKU Center for Research and Development houses the WKU Small Business Accelerator and the central region office of KIN.

Shelbyville Sentinel-News
Mountain Workshop considering Shelby County
        WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting is eying Shelby County for its annual Mountain Workshop.

Frankfort State Journal
Local students to participate in state geography bee
             One hundred students from across the state will participate in the competition at WKUon April 6. This is the competition’s 30th year.

March 7-13, 2018

Daily News
To stay or go a complex decision for WKU graduates
        Where to live, where to work, where to apply for jobs – the life of a college graduate is full of decisions. Local officials hope that when it comes to making those decisions, they choose Bowling Green.

WKU considers further changes to foreign language requirement
      Faculty at WKU are considering whether to extend a policy that allows students to use two years of a high school world language to fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement.

Turning pink into green: Homegrown ‘e-tailer’ continues to expand
         “E-commerce sales continue to grow and grow,” said Chris Gerbig, an Indiana native and 2007 WKU graduate.

Thrive Global
59 Women In Journalism Share Their Top 5 Tips To Excel As A Journalist
      Tessa Duvall joined The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville as the education, children and families reporter in December 2014. Her reporting focuses on the issues that affect children living in Northeast Florida, including juvenile justice and mental health. Tessa graduated with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and sociology from WKU in 2013, and spent a year covering education in the dusty oil fields of West Texas before moving to the Sunshine State.

For student volunteers, WKU Habitat for Humanity changes lives both personally and professionally
        Next week, nine members of WKU’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be spending their spring break volunteering in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Murals of the Holocaust
        For three weeks every summer, gifted young students from across the state and nation gather at WKU for a summer program called VAMPY, or Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth. Middle and high schoolers immerse themselves in a range of studies and activities that, as one student says, allow them to “express your inner nerd.”

Feb. 23-March 6, 2018

WKU students take global poverty fight to Capitol Hill
       WKU students are pressing their lawmakers in Washington this week.

WKU opens new parking structure
       WKU cut the ribbon on Parking Structure Number 3, which boasts 700 new parking spaces on The Hill.

Garden is Changing Lives at Barren County Detention Center
       The garden started in partnership with WKU and creates a valuable productive learning experience for the inmates.

Daily News
WKU Spirit Master founder supports scholarship, lecture series
           As a retired WKU professor with a 40-plus-year career, Carl Kell remembers many students who needed summer internships but couldn’t count on scholarships for support.

Art project honors Bosnian War’s victims, survivors
         When WKU junior McKayla Cash remembers high school, the history of the 1990s Bosnian War and the 100,000 people killed is starkly absent.

Used book sale to raise funds for April SOKY Book Fest
         Thousands of used books will be offered to the public at a three-day sale to fund the annual Southern Kentucky Book Fest.

Trailblazer award winners worthy of emulation
         As former WKU administrator Howard Bailey said during Sunday’s Trailblazer awards event, “These are people who have blazed trails and been successful in areas where their ancestors maybe were denied.”

Odd man in: James builds handyman work into thriving business
         Odds are, Dustin James is one of the few WKU students who drives to campus in an SUV loaded with a ladder and power tools. And the odds are good that he is in the minority when it comes to being a successful entrepreneur.

Barren County jail plans expansion of garden
        The garden was started in 2016 in a collaboration between the jail and a sociology of food and agriculture class taught at the WKU Glasgow Regional Center by assistant professor of sociology Nicole Breazeale.

Community art project will memorialize faces of Bosnian War
         The sounds of chisels, hammers and other sculpting tools will fill the courtyard of the Kentucky Museum at WKU this week as students and community members create wall carvings to memorialize victims of the Bosnian War.

Feb. 15-22, 2018

Daily News
Barren County invests in possible job training program
          Gopal plans to hire 10 project managers locally to run the program on WKU’s Glasgow campus for a year, Hale said.

Medical outreach to Mennonites results in baby manual for new mothers
           Med Center Health’s “The Baby Book” is a 65-page how-to guide for new mothers, created after a Mennonite woman in this area asked registered nurse Susan Jones, professor emerita at WKU and an employee of the WKU Institute for Rural Health, to create a new baby guidebook styled after one she had been given in the 1960s.

Faith community members stress environmental stewardship at event
         The conference stretched throughout the day and featured guest speakers, small group discussions and presentations. It concluded this year’s Interfaith Workshop on Sustainability and Social Justice, a two-day event organized by WKU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Mammoth Cave guide works to fund memorial for ancestors
          In his efforts to raise the $10,000 needed to have the marker constructed and placed, Jerry Bransford is working with Imagewest, a student-run advertising and public relations agency at WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times
Fiscal court handles range of topics
          The WKU mobile dental lab was back at the jail, he said, and planting for the garden on the jail grounds has begun with a goal of tripling output this year.

Barren County government supports app training program
        The local partner organizations, like the county government, would be responsible for providing raising the funds to cover the related expenses; providing a location – and Hale said WKU Glasgow would be doing that; for guiding Interapt to appropriate media channels for marketing and outreach, etc.

Kentucky Museum offers Pay As You Will program
         In an effort to keep cost from being a barrier to people seeing the exhibits in the Kentucky Museum, they have begun a Pay As You Will program.

Ambassador to Canada visits WKU
         U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, spoke to WKU students about her career and how she reached her goals.

US News & World Report
Mammoth Cave Guide Works to Fund Memorial for Ancestors
         In his efforts to raise the $10,000 needed to have the marker constructed and placed, Jerry Bransford is working with Imagewest, a student-run advertising and public relations agency at WKU.

Chronicle of Higher Education
Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students, 2017-18
          Three research universities had 10 or more Fulbright scholars in the 2017-18 academic year, and 13 research universities and two bachelor’s institutions had 20 or more students who were awarded Fulbright grants.

Lane Report
WKU again named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students
        WKU has again been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students as announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Ky Forward
With five recipients, WKU among top producers of Fulbright Scholars in nation
          WKU has again been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students as announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Leaders League
8 Powerful Leaders Under the Age of 30
           The story of how Daniel Houghton became CEO of Lonely Planet in 2013, could certainly form the basis of a Hollywood screenplay. After graduating from WKU and working as a freelance photographer, one of Houghton’s films caught the eye of billionaire tobacco magnate Brad Kelley, who invited to co-found NC2 Media.

Feb. 10-14, 2018

Daily News
Photography exhibit features Bosnia and Herzegovina
        The culture, people and beauty of Bosnia and Herzegovina will go on display Thursday at Spencer’s Coffee at 915 College St. with the opening of a new photography exhibition. James Kenney, a photojournalism professor at WKU, will showcase his work beginning at 7 p.m. The exhibit, called Belief in Bosnia, features photographs taken in Bosnia and Herzegovina that document the country’s progress.

WKU hosts forum on university’s future
        Faculty and staff at WKU shared their hopes and goals Monday to remake the university over the next 10 years as part of an ongoing strategic planning process.

Two-day event to focus on sustainability, social justice
          This is the sixth annual public event organized by WKU’s Philosophy and Religion Department.

Upcoming autism film screening gives WKU students the spotlight
       WKU students with autism will step into the spotlight and share their inclusion experiences during a panel discussion later this month.

WKU Public Radio
What’s the Big Idea? Bowling Green Festival Looks to Make Student Dreams a Reality
       An estimated 800 middle and high school students will be on the campus of WKU Thursday for the fifth-annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green.

Lane Report
Launching Med School Satellites
          Members of the inaugural class of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine satellite campus in Bowling Green will begin their medical education on July 30, a milestone event that will allow more Kentuckians to earn medical degrees and help address an ongoing shortage of physicians in rural areas of the state.

Elizabethtown News Enterprise
Making a career of career readiness
        For Jerisia Lamons, career services director at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, helping others find a career pathway is about more than making sure they receive a steady paycheck. Lamons said her role in helping a person’s professional life is about finding a fulfilling passion. Though Lamons has made a career of helping others find meaningful work, she said pursuing a career in the realm of social work wasn’t her initial plan when attending WKU.

Paying tribute to an inspiration
        As her family and the community she served offered its final goodbye to revered educator Lois Gray, many accolades have been shared.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU-BCEA explore collaborative efforts
         More than a third of Friday’s meeting of the Barren County Economic Authority was devoted to learning about – or being reminded of – some of the goals the organization and WKU, particularly the Glasgow campus, have in common and ways they have worked and can continue to work together to improve the community.

Internship/scholarship program honoring late WKU grad
        Bowling Green High School and WKU graduate, McKenzi Loid, recently received a scholarship in her name.

Feb. 3-9, 2018

Daily News
Best-selling author visits WKU
            When best-selling author Roxane Gay sat down to write her latest book, the last topic she wanted to confront was her own self-described “fatness” and the personal demons surrounding it.

Local celebrities paint bowls for hunger fundraiser
        Though WKU President Timothy Caboni was originally anticipated to paint a bowl for the fundraiser, his wife, Kacy Caboni, who is director of principal gifts and special initiatives in WKU’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations, appeared in his place.

WKU Civil War forum stirs discussion, debate on monuments
       When protests in Charlottesville, Va., erupted in violence last August, WKU history professor Glenn LaFantasie felt he was experiencing something new.

First-ever civic assembly gives residents chance to be heard
           “All news organizations want to figure out how to engage in the communities they serve,” said Ford, a part-time instructor at WKU who also consults on innovation in media.

WKU recognized for diversity, inclusion efforts
        WKU has earned recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts from a group dedicated to expanding access to global education opportunities.

WKU Public Radio
Former Leader of Hardin County Schools, WKU Regents Passes Away
          A former Hardin County Schools superintendent and chairwoman of the WKU Board of Regents has passed away.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Former school superintendent Lois Gray dies at 81
        Lois Gray, 81, also served as a principal in Fort Knox Community Schools and was a longtime member of the WKU Board of Regents, serving as its chairwoman from 2002 to 2004.

Glasgow Daily Times
Longtime educator, community leader Walbert dies
        Friends and family members say Golda Walbert was passionate about education and her community involvement on many fronts. After beginning her career in her home county and then Harlan County, she moved to this area and became supervisor of instruction at Barren County Schools. She retired from the school system in 1990, but she then taught education courses at Lindsey Wilson College and WKU. In 2014, she was inducted into the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame.

Guide raising funds for family memorial at Mammoth Cave
             Helping him with the fundraising process is Imagewest, a student run advertising and public relations agency at WKU.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Scholars Fear Implications of Commercializing King’s Legacy
         “When I see something like this on television, it’s almost as if this is perpetuating the sanitizing of King’s legacy and his true meaning, not just then in his own time, but his persistent meaning today in our own time,” said Dr. Andrew Rosa, assistant professor in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies at WKU.

Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2018

Daily News
WKU president makes the case for steady funding to lawmakers
         Speaking Thursday to House lawmakers, WKU President Timothy Caboni made the case for “stable and predictable funding” from the state for higher education.

Traditional Japanese drum show promises loud, energetic presence
         Van Meter Hall will shake and tremble Friday amid the percussive attack of an outfit that uses massive traditional Japanese drums as its weapons.

Local celebrities to paint bowls for fundraiser
          Roughly a month before the sixth annual Empty Bowls event, well-known local people, including WKU President Timothy Caboni, WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart and Bowling Green Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fields, will paint bowls that will be auctioned for the fundraiser.

Internship in memory of BGHS graduate gives students opportunities
        Now, through a new internship in her name, a public relations student at WKU is working with BGHS journalism students to pass on public relations principles as they plan and run their own publicity campaign.

Firefighters get waist-deep in farm rescue training
         Scudder, with the Browning Fire Department, sunk to his beltline in corn as part of farm safety training for all Warren County fire departments Saturday at the WKU Agriculture Exposition Center.

WKU’s Board of Regents discuss legislative session, budget in committee meetings
        WKU President Timothy C. Caboni said that it’s “almost impossible” to close a $15 million budget shortfall without any job loss.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Triple moon events to rise over U.S. on Wednesday morning
        The event has been hyped for several days as the “super blue blood moon,” but Rico Tyler, SKyTeach master teacher at WKU, said some of those terms can be misleading as to the importance of the coming eclipse.

Jan. 24-26, 2018

Lexington Herald-Leader
How can worse forecasts make Kentucky better?
        Gov. Matt Bevin often talks about the need for Kentucky to envision, and work toward, a better future, to become what he calls “the best version of itself.” Which is why it is so perplexing that he wants to cut the state’s tiny appropriation to Kentucky Mesonet, which the Kentucky Farm Bureau praised as “one of the most comprehensive weather data systems in the country.”

Daily News
WKU Prism Concert to showcase music department ensembles
        WKU’s annual Prism Concert distinguishes itself from other ensemble performances with a setup that allows performers’ music to come at the audience from all directions.

Denton Record-Chronicle
UNT names dean for College of Health and Public Service
         Neale R. Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at WKU, has been named the new dean of the University of North Texas’ College of Health and Public Service. His appointment will begin July 1, according to a news release.

Jan. 19-23, 2018

Meteorologists are raising the alarm: Bevin’s budget could put Kentuckians in danger
        Meteorologists are raising the alarm that Kentuckians could be in more danger when storms sweep through the commonwealth if a series of weather monitoring stations are lost under a budget proposal by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Daily News
New Ogden College Hall set to welcome WKU students
        When students start classes at WKU on Monday, they’ll get to experience new laboratory, studying and common area space in Ogden College Hall.

Army reservist plans long-term military, FBI career
          At 25 years old, U.S. Army Reservist Catherine Arnold has her sights set on a long military and FBI career. She is returning to school in August and will be studying behavioral science at WKU.

Bardstown Kentucky Standard
Carey continues charity project after return from abroad
         Over the summer, Bardstown resident Casey Carey had the chance to spend five weeks in the African country of Tanzania studying abroad, representing WKU and exploring non-profit organizations.

WDRB-TV Louisville
Proposed Budget Cuts Could Mean Less Weather Data in Kentucky; What it Means for YOU
           Kentucky could lose dozens of weather stations that The National Weather Service uses to warn you about things like tornadoes and flash floods. There is a current proposal to cut the $750,000 annual budget for the Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.

WCPO-TV Cincinnati
Proposal would axe weather monitoring stations in Kentucky
       A network of 69 weather monitoring stations used to issue warnings for tornados and flash floods across Kentucky would be eliminated under the latest budget proposal from the state’s Republican governor.

WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Mesonet One of 70 Programs on the Chopping Block in Governor’s Budget
         Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin presented his State of the Commonwealth on Tuesday. He suggested 70 programs that could be eliminated from the state budget.

Jan. 12-18, 2018

WKU Public Radio
Caboni: ‘Proposed Cuts Could Have Been Much Higher’
        The president of WKU says the school will work in the coming weeks and months to improve its outcome in the next two-year state budget.

Daily News
Governor’s budget proposal amounts to $4 million reduction for WKU, cuts statewide weather network
         WKU is facing a $4.6 million cut and elimination of funding for its statewide weather network under a budget plan proposed Tuesday by Gov. Matt Bevin.

Harold Brantley: A half-century’s worth of appraisals
        Fresh out of WKU with an agriculture degree in the early 1960s, Harold Brantley thought the road he was on would lead to a career as an agriculture extension agent.

March, speeches honor King’s legacy
        MLK Planning Committee member Howard Bailey, retired WKU vice president for student affairs, announced at the program that the committee was funding two $500 scholarships for local high school students.

‘The Colonel’ Robert Spiller dies, leaves legacy of philanthropy
        He was simply “The Colonel” to those who knew him. To those who didn’t, chances are he was a benefactor, an unseen helping hand.

Raw: New cookie-dough business set to open downtown
Bailey Dahlquist, a WKU junior majoring in entrepreneurship, is putting his studies to good use by launching a business called Raw in the former home of Zebra Graphics at 432 E. Main Ave.

2018 Health and Wellness Expo Rescheduled
         It will now take place on Saturday, January 27 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Medical Center WKU Health Sciences Complex.

Col. Robert E. Spiller passes away at 89
       Colonel Robert E. Spiller was born on Christmas Day in 1928. He was the very definition of philanthropist, helping organizations ranging from the Salvation Army to Kids on the Block.

Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era
Talking up a storm about the weather
          Arctic air masses in January 1963 and February 1951 dropped temperatures to as low as 30 below zero in some parts of Kentucky, according to Dr. Stuart A. Foster, a climatologist and director of the Kentucky Climate Center at WKU.

CU Insight
Service One Credit Union announces the appointment of Rebecca Stone as President/CEO
      Service One Credit Union announces the appointment of Rebecca Stone as President/CEO. Previous EVP and Chief Operating Officer, of the credit union, Rebecca Stone assumed her position on January 1, 2018. Stone filled the position vacated by Garth Griese who retired on December 31, 2017.

Jan. 4-11, 2018

Daily News
Expo to provide wealth of health, wellness information
         WKU’s Institute for Rural Health will be at the expo with roughly 100 flu shots and 10 pneumonia shots, according to Matt Hunt, the institute’s director.

Meteorologist: ‘Be prepared’ as winter storm looms
         Temperatures got off to an “unusually cold start” during the first week of 2018, according to state climatologist Stuart Foster, director of the Kentucky Climate Center and Kentucky Mesonet at WKU.

Weight lifters test strength at Bowling Green Strongman competition
        The Iron Warrior SoKY Strongman competition, held Saturday at WKU’s L.D. Brown Ag Expo Center, drew roughly 60 competitors from numerous states and pitted them against each other in five official Strongman challenges.

Upcoming seminar will cover needs of gifted students with disabilities
        Understanding how to meet and advocate for a gifted student’s academic needs can be daunting, but when that student also has a disability it can become much more challenging for teachers and parents.

WKU president outlines priorities for lawmakers
        Facing budget cuts and a pension system short billions of dollars, WKU will likely face difficult decisions in the coming months, according to WKU President Timothy Caboni.

WKU president announces new group to develop budget changes
         Facing enrollment declines and pressure to compete under a new performance funding model, WKU is revamping how it distributes its internal resources through a new group.

Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era
Winter Wheat Meeting discusses Mesonet
         Officials are beginning to implement a second tier of Mesonet stations across the state in 2018, although Christian County is not among the communities slated to receive one of the new stations.

Dec. 14, 2017-Jan. 3, 2018

The Coach Who Has What Everybody’s Chasing
        Travis Hudson could go big time if he wanted to.

Daily News
Search for new WKU leaders advances
          National searches are underway to replace WKU’s outgoing provost and dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Frankfort State Journal
Harrod remembered as kind-hearted person with knack for writing, friendship
          A stranger to few, Frankfort native and former State Journal food columnist Kay Harrod died Monday. She was 68. She received a bachelor’s degree from WKU in history and journalism and a master’s degree in education from Georgetown College.

Glasgow Daily Times
Local WKU student wins scholarship
         The Bobby Driver Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. announces that Trista A. Childress is the recipient of the third WKU $1,000 scholarship for 2017.

WVEC-TV Norfolk
Kentucky college students help build Habitat house in Accomack County
          A group of college students from WKU traveled 14 hours from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and gave up a week of their winter break to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Accomack County.

Dec. 7-13, 2017

NatGeo’s Patrick Witty: From “striping the film” to “iPhone journalism”
           Whether it’s a microscopic view of bacteria, or caving in Vietnam, Patrick Witty takes National Geographic’s signature yellow border and turns it into windows, helping the brand show people some of the world’s most remote and far-flung places. In 1996, Witty began his career as a photographic intern at National Geographic. He’d won the CPOY award that year, which was given to the top college photographer in the country by the University of Missouri. The prize was an internship at National Geographic, and for Witty, who had a BA in photojournalism from WKU, it was his dream.

Ghana Web
Ghanaian athlete graduates from WKU
           Emmanuel Dasor, a Ghanaian sprinter in the United States of America (USA), has graduated from WKU, with a Degree in Business Administration.

Daily News
Caboni to grads: Carry WKU spirit with you
         In his first commencement address, WKU President Timothy Caboni urged graduates Saturday to keep the school’s spirit with them as they embark on the next stage of their lives.

WKU faculty support modifying language requirement
       All WKU students would be allowed to use two credits of high school world language, or equivalent, to fulfill the university’s language requirement under a resolution the University Senate approved Thursday.

Over 1,000 Students Graduate From The Hill This Weekend
       It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays… college graduation!

KY Forward
Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognizes staff achievements at annual conference
        Miller Slaughter from WKU’s SBDC was recognized as the 2017 Sutton Landry State Star. This honor is presented to an individual who is considered an example of excellence.

Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2017

The Underrated Music City Outside Of Nashville That Everyone Needs To Visit
          While Nashville is known as “Music City,” there’s a neighboring town that needs to be on every music lover’s radar. Just a short, one-hour drive from the popular Tennessee capital is Kentucky’s, Bowling Green. Not only is the state’s third largest city home to WKU, it also has an up-and-coming music scene you can’t ignore.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU Glasgow social work students take on Boys and Girls Club projects
        Social work students at WKU Glasgow presented semester projects based on the needs of the Boys and Girls Club of Glasgow-Barren County on Tuesday afternoon.

Area students present, compete at regional STLP event
        Area students gathered in E.A. Diddle Arena at WKU on Monday for the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) regional competition.

WKU Offers Stress Relief For Finals Week
       Finals week is underway here at WKU where stress levels of students and teachers are extremely high…but the WKU testing and counseling center are taking strong measures to make sure that stress doesn’t interfere with the students work.

Daily News
WKU offers stress busters for finals week
       As WKU students cram for upcoming final exams, university employees are offering free breakfast, coffee and time with their dogs to help relieve stress.

WKU Student Veterans Alliance celebrates success
        When Don Butler remembers serving in the U.S Marine Corps, he remembers how much his brothers in arms taught him about teamwork, duty, honor and courage.

WKU’s Ausenbaugh leaves legacy in journalism, teaching
         There is a legend that Jim Ausenbaugh once suggested a student rewrite a cover letter eight times before sending it to some prestigious newspaper in search of a job.

Nov. 17-29, 2017

Washington Post
Many refugees are women and children. That changes whether Americans want to admit them.
          But who are refugees, really? The State Department’s Refugee Processing Center finds that, in fact, arrivals of Syrian refugees are about equally divided between men and women. What’s more, from Jan. 1 to Nov. 1 of this year, more than half the applicants were children, with 43.4 percent younger than 14 and 11.9 percent between the ages of 14 and 20. That composition matters for how Americans think about refugees. Our recent unpublished research suggests that, when encouraged to think about how many refugees are women and children, Americans are less likely to see them as security risks. Timothy S. Rich is an associate professor of political science at WKU. His primary research agenda focuses on the domestic and international politics of East Asia. Maggie Sullivan is a WKU undergraduate senior majoring in international affairs and gender and women’s studies who has worked resettling refugees.

Science Friday
The Hidden Science Beneath Kentucky
        When WKU cave scientist Jason Polk, graduate student Fernando Hernandez, and graduate student James Shelley invited the team to visit Crumps Cave, a research cave in southern Kentucky, we jumped at the chance.

CBS News
Could this brain-training program help ward off dementia?
           The program was developed by Karlene Ball of the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and Dan Roenker, of WKU.

Daily News
New WKU research center will give students the reins
      WKU students will have more hands-on opportunities to study prevention of workplace accidents, emergencies and health issues with this week’s opening of the WKU Center for Environmental and Workplace Health.

WKU alumni assist with Puerto Rico hurricane recovery
         As the fallout from hurricane season continues to affect Puerto Rico, three WKU graduates are working to help rebuild the U.S. territory’s ravaged power grid.

The Kentucky Museum Presents Christmas in Kentucky
        The Kentucky Museum is set to host the 11th Annual “Christmas in Kentucky” this weekend.

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton Stops By WKU
       WKU had a special visitor. Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton stopped by to speak to students and staff in the student union building.

WKU Public Radio
WKU Hoping to Boost Graduate Job Prospects By Offering More Certificates
        WKU is increasing the number of opportunities to earn certificates in response to a recent executive order by Governor Matt Bevin.

Financial Times
Can journalists ever regain Americans’ trust?
           Kevin Willis remembers the moment he heard about the massacre. The news director for WKYU, the national public radio station for WKU, was checking overnight messages in the gym on a February morning when he saw the first of the tweets urging him to start reporting on the Bowling Green massacre.

Nov. 8-16, 2017

WKU Public Radio
WKU Announces Gift to Support Underrepresented Students
         Wednesday was National Philanthropy Day and WKU celebrated in a big way.

Here’s How a Grant Will Impact WKU Group Helping First-Generation Students
          The Intercultural Student Engagement Center Academy is accepting a $20,000 grant which will help aid the 2018 cohort of students.

Daily News
Medical school on Med Center Health campus ‘on target’
         A monster-sized crane stretches skyward on the campus of Med Center Health just off the U.S. 31-W By-Pass in Bowling Green, a vivid reminder that the Medical Center and its various offshoots continue in construction mode.

Strategic planning process moves forward at WKU
         Faculty and staff at WKU took a step toward redefining the university’s mission as groups heading an ongoing strategic planning process met Thursday.

WKU receives gift to support diversity initiatives; fundraising unit changes name
         Big events on the hill on Wednesday, as the fundraising unit changed its name and brand, to Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement.

Construction underway for Med Center parking structure and UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green
         A project starting out with concrete being poured in the middle of the night has hopes of impacting the future of medicine for our state.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Helping the Paper Chase: Adult learners have opportunities to complete degrees with Project Graduate
           Aside from raising her four children to become productive and helpful citizens, one of the most important things Erin Neal said she has done is complete her bachelor’s degree at WKU.

Oxford (MS) Eagle
WKU students visit Oxford to study William Faulkner
          An English class from WKU got an up close and personal look into the world of an author they’re studying: William Faulkner. And for their professor, Walker Rutledge, there’s no better way to educate them about the writer than with a visit to the place he lived.

Kentucky Ag Connection
Summit Focuses Attention on Children’s Environmental Health
         The event, sponsored by Kentucky EnviroHealthLink, took place at the Knicely Center, WKU’s conference center.

KY Forward
WKU unveils bronze statue honoring longtime supporter Rep. Jody Richards
          A bronze statue of longtime WKU supporter and Kentucky State Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green was unveiled on WKU’s main campus this week in Jody Richards Hall.

Nov. 2-7, 2017

The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Moon Affects Our Mood
          We call widespread beliefs that are unsupported by fact folklore. Erika Brady, who teaches folklore at WKU, says, “it’s a way of imposing order on something that feels frighteningly out of control.”

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
WKU president addresses postsecondary council
           WKU President Timothy C. Caboni said he’s been working hard to get up to speed during his first four months of the job.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
WKU Owensboro building better employees for Daviess County
           David Powers is working hard to make sure students who graduate from WKU Owensboro are ready for local employment.

WKU Public Radio
Kentucky Mesonet Adds Weather Monitoring Station in Monroe County
            The statewide weather and climate monitoring network Kentucky Mesonet has installed its 69th station, which is in a high-risk area for tornadoes.

Financial Planning
The professors revolutionizing financial planning
              Head is now co-director of the financial planning program at WKU. He also founded the school’s Center for Financial Success, a hub for financial literacy programs. While teaching has allowed him to shape future planners the way he had hoped, his work at the center opened up even more avenues for change.

Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2017

Daily News
Veterans Day Parade set for Saturday
           David Angle, an adult education specialist with Veterans Upward Bound at WKU, said the parade is a chance to showcase his program.

WKU elects new faculty rep for Board of Regents
          Faculty at WKU have elected mathematics professor Claus Ernst to represent them on the university’s Board of Regents.

Big Red Poll: Kentuckians generally dissatisfied with politicians
           Kentuckians do not have the highest opinion of politicians and how they are doing their jobs, according to the latest statewide Big Red Poll.

Caverna High School, WKU unveil work, credit program
          Caverna Independent Schools and WKU are collaborating to start a program at Caverna High School that would allow students to fill local jobs and provide them with dual-credit courses.

WKU sees declining enrollment, adding to budget concerns
         Declining enrollment at WKU is contributing to a roughly $15 million budget shortfall that the university will have to address, WKU President Timothy Caboni said.

Monroe County gets new Mesonet station
          Monroe County installed the 69th Mesonet station in Kentucky Tuesday afternoon. This particular station is the fourth funded and support through local partnership efforts. The station is strategically located near the Gamaliel Shooting Supply approximately two miles from the Tennessee border. Weather experts tell us that location for the station is incredibly critical.

Kentucky universities try to entice dropouts to come back, graduate
          Kentucky’s public universities are trying to recruit former students who left without a degree to come back and finish.

WKU being acclaimed as very affordable college
           WKU is being acclaimed as one of the most affordable colleges with high acceptance rates in the United States.

WKU Public Radio
Caverna High School Partnering with WKU for Dual-Credit, Work Program
             A high school that pulls students from both Barren and Hart counties is partnering with WKU to create a part-time work and dual-credit program similar to the Learn and Earn program.

Lane Report
Kentucky Mesonet at WKU installing station in Monroe County
          The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU is installing a station in Monroe County.

Kentucky Museum Hosting “Community Heritage Day”
            This Saturday you can explore your Kentucky heritage on the campus of WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times
County receiving Mesonet station
           The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU is installing a station in Monroe County.

Polls provide insight into Kentucky political landscape
          The Big Red Poll, conducted by 150 WKU students and overseen by WKU political science professor and Director of the WKU Social Science Research Center Joel Turner, indicates 43 percent of respondents approve of Bevin’s performance while 42 percent disapprove; 15 percent didn’t know enough to form an opinion.

WKU Foundation receives payment to fund the Graves Gilbert Clinic Endowment Fund for Excellence in Healthcare
         A Graves Gilbert Clinic Endowment Fund for Excellence in Healthcare has recently been established through a partnership with WKU and the WKU College of Health and Human Services (CHHS).

WVIK-FM, Rock Island, IL
Learning To Spot Fake News: Start With A Gut Check
          For example, last spring, students at WKU took up the question “Are the protestors against Trump being paid to protest?” The students traced the claim back to a Tweet by an Austin, Texas, resident that was later retracted. But his retraction, they found, received much less notice than his original, baseless statement.

Oct. 21-25, 2017

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU to host program about opioid epidemic
         Next summer, medical students will begin classes at the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine–Bowling Green Campus, the first regional campus medical school of its kind in Kentucky. The new school will also bring a WKU alumnus and longtime UK professor and administrator back to southcentral Kentucky, along with his expertise in one of the greatest threats facing our state and our nation: the opioid epidemic.

WKU vs. MTSU blood drive accepting appointments
         WKU and the surrounding communities can schedule an appointment to give blood during the WKU vs. MTSU Blood Drive competition from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 13-15 at WKU’s Preston Health and Activities Center.

Daily News
More families save for college, but many don’t understand best practices
         More families are saving for college, but many parents still don’t understand the best ways to save, according to a recent College Savings IQ Survey from Fidelity Investments.

Royal wedding had Bowling Green link
          Bobby Austin was born and raised in Bowling Green’s Jonesville community in the 1940s. He received degrees from WKUand Fisk University before getting his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada.

Housing Authority draws attention of HUD officials
       Abraham Williams has brought plenty of local and state attention to the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, forming partnerships with local businesses, public school systems and universities in his quest to improve lives.

Internship program honors BGHS grad killed in accident
            Now, following a private donation in her memory, an internship will allow public relations students at WKU to work at Bowling Green High School.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
State degrees, credentials hit record last year
         With the close relationship OCTC has with WKU’s Owensboro campus, those associate degrees often transfer to a bachelor of science degree.

Houston Chronicle
Lucky hats and hot dogs: The real reasons why Astros are in World Series
          “I look at it as an anxiety management measure,” says Dr. Rick Grieve, who works in the psychology department at WKU. “And you see an increase in this behavior when the games become more meaningful. … What was that phrase from the beer commercial? ‘It isn’t crazy if it works.’ That’s all anxiety management.”

Oct. 17-20, 2017

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Event to boost Taylor scholarship fund
         Bill Taylor was beloved in the classroom and on the field. When he died in April 2010, his friends wanted his legacy to be “so deeply ingrained that he wouldn’t be lost in the shuffle,” so they established the Coach Bill Taylor Memorial Scholarship at WKU.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
WKU places weather station at EC3
        WKU now is monitoring the weather in Hardin County after it installed a weather station at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center, according to a district news release.

Daily News
WKU president plans to prioritize raises
          After putting salary increases on hold and calling for only vital job vacancies to be filled, WKU President Timothy Caboni took questions from faculty members Thursday at a meeting of WKU’s University Senate.

Bowling Green will host first ever Pride event this weekend
           For local organizer Patricia Minter, a history professor at WKU, there’s an exciting energy around the event.

Business basics fuel Blue Cotton’s explosive growth
         Mike Coffey, 50, didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. A Louisville native, he earned degrees in finance and accounting at WKU and wanted nothing more than to be a bean counter.

Caboni: WKU to hold raises, review vacancies amid budget concerns
         Salary increases will be put on hold at WKU and only job vacancies that meet strategic needs will be filled under changes made by President Timothy Caboni to help stabilize WKU’s financial situation.

Young Adult Southern Book Con turns new page for young readers
          Sara Volpi, who helps organize the Southern Kentucky Book Fest as a literary outreach coordinator with WKU Libraries, said the book fest has seen more teens show up in recent years.

WKU Public Radio
Here’s What Life is Like for a WKU Student in the U.S. on DACA
       WKU student Angel Enriquez is one of an estimated 700,000 people who are uncertain of their future after the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Robert Reich visits WKU and speaks on American politics
           Former Secretary of Labor for President Bill Clinton and one of President Barack Obama’s economic advisers traveled to WKU on Wednesday. He spoke with students and faculty, answering any questions they may have on politics.

Former US Labor Secretary Visiting Bowling Green
             Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, and Economic Adviser to President Obama, speaks at WKU.

Oct. 12-16, 2017

Daily News
Kentucky poet laureate coaches WKU students
        When Kentucky poet laureate Frederick Smock teaches students to write and appreciate poetry, his advice is simple: Don’t overthink it.

Faculty regent predicts budget changes for WKU
         The race for a new faculty representative on WKU’s governing board is tightening, with two candidates expected to vie for the position in a runoff election Friday.

Ransdells honored as distinguished WKU alumni
           After hosting annual Hall of Distinguished Alumni luncheons for 20 years, former WKU President Gary Ransdell and his wife, Julie, took their turns being honored Friday.

Parade kicks off Homecoming weekend
           Wicked witches, cowardly lions and tin men could be seen up and down the Avenue of Champions and State Street between the southern edge of WKU’s campus and Circus Square Park to celebrate the school’s homecoming weekend.

Crowder brings national tour to Bowling Green
         Christian rock musician David Crowder will soon be filling Van Meter Auditorium with songs of praise.

Caboni reflects on first 100 days as president, looks ahead
            After 100 days on the job, WKU President Timothy Caboni shared his impressions and upcoming priorities Wednesday at a meeting of the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club.

Chief Justice speaks at alumni center
         Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said a “public conversation” is needed on whether to amend the state’s constitution so state judges are appointed by the governor instead of elected.

100 Days at the Helm for New WKU President
         WKU’s new President now has more than a hundred reasons to enjoy his career, now that he’s celebrating his first 100 days on the job.

Homecoming Festivities Kick Off with the Annual Chili & Cheese Luncheon
         Homecoming festivities officially kicked off Thursday with a crowd favorite…comfort food.

Dr. Caboni’s First Homecoming as WKU President

Hilltoppers take to the hill to celebrate Homecoming
       WKU alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends took to the hill to celebrate homecoming.

Team Ransdell inducted into the WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni
Homecoming week festivities continued as they inducted two very familiar faces into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

WKU Homecoming kicks off with annual Chili & Cheese Luncheon
         Every year, the Chili & Cheese Luncheon kicks off Homecoming festivities at WKU.

WKU President Tim Caboni speaks to Kiwanis Club
         After 100 days as head Hilltopper, WKU President Tim Caboni spoke at the local Kiwanis Club.

WKU Homecoming Queen From Dawson Springs
        A Dawson Springs woman was named 2017 Homecoming Queen at WKU Saturday. Katherine Crider, who is a Biology Major, received the crown Saturday afternoon during Homecoming activities.

Los Angeles Times
Spend Halloween with John Carpenter: Why the horror movie man wants to play scary music, just for you
         When John Carpenter was a boy, he found some music paper and started scribbling away “like a crazy person,” he said. His father, a music professor at WKU in Bowling Green, played the piece — Carpenter’s first avant-garde composition. “Garbage is what it was,” Carpenter says drolly.

Oct. 6-11, 2017

WKU celebrating 2017 Homecoming week
         For Hilltopper fans, this week is all about school spirit.

Mental health experts discuss the pros and cons of “13 Reasons Why”
          “I read the book, I didn’t feel any sort of relief, or any sense of hope or anything,” says Masami Matsuyuki, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist/Training Coordinator, WKU Counseling & Testing Center.

Attorney General Beshear calls for action to change Domestic Violence
         October is taking on a new meaning as the state of Kentucky has named it National Domestic Violence Awareness month, in hopes to bring attention to change and to make neighborhoods safer.

Daily News
Caboni, Beshear condemn domestic violence
         Domestic violence won’t be tolerated at WKU and students should step up to end it.

Hammer-In celebrates blacksmithing at WKU
         Smoke scented with burning iron and the sound of ringing hammers filled the air around the Kentucky Museum at WKU on Saturday during the second annual Hammer-In event.

Small Business Development Center earns award after record year
         When Debra Dudley came up with ideas for new products at her Bonnieville-based Oscarware Inc. back in 2012, she was at first stymied by lack of financing.

Kentucky poet laureate to visit WKU for writing celebration
         Aspiring writers at WKU will get a chance to work with Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock at the 21st annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing this month.

Lane Report
Kentucky Science Center partners to promote girls in STEM
           Kentucky Science Center, along with the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and SkyTeach at WKU will be hosting a full-day of STEM-focused sessions for girls in the Kentucky area on Oct. 21.

WKU Public Radio
Attorney General Beshear to Create New Unit to Focus on Prosecuting Sexual Assault
           Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said only three percent of sexual assaults result in a conviction in court and prosecution of those cases must be stepped up. He spoke on the campus of WKU on Oct. 9 as part of events to mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
Higher ed leaders in 2nd Congressional District discuss updating federal policies
            Higher education leaders in the 2nd Congressional District told U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie during a roundtable at Kentucky Wesleyan College on Monday they want the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to make the federal financial aid process easier for students and their families.

WEVV-TV Evansville
WKU Habitat Members Help Build Homes In Madisonville
        Members of the Habitat for Humanity Chapter at WKU are ditching their fall break plans. Instead, they are planning to help people in need in Madisonville.

Sept. 27-Oct. 5, 2017

WKU Public Radio
South Central Kentucky Takes Topic of Teen Suicide Out of the Shadows
        In south central Kentucky mental health professionals, educators and community coordinators with Warren County Public Library and WKU Libraries are collaborating to take the subject of teen suicide out of the shadows.

Daily News
Right recipe: Owners see downtown as good fit for Little Fox Bakery
From having the word “Cupcake” tatooed on her knuckles, to coming up with such off-the-wall creations as a Mexican Chili Chocolate cupcake, Alison Taylor is all about finding the right ingredients for both culinary and professional success. Now Taylor, partnering with her mother, Diane Taylor, has a new recipe – one whose main ingredient is entrepreneurship. The mother-daughter team did their homework, seeking guidance from WKU’s Small Business Development Center.

WCPL has Halloween activities through October
          Jonathan Jeffrey, department head for library special collections at WKU, will host a discussion of the art and form of tombstones at 6 p.m. Monday at the WCPL’s Smiths Grove branch, 115 Second St.

WKU prepares for Homecoming festivities
            With concerts, reunions, pep rallies, a football game and more, there will be something for everyone when WKU celebrates Homecoming from Oct. 11-15.

Late teacher’s generous gift to WKU is an example
          We can all learn from the example of the late Beulah R. Winchel, a teacher who worked hard, lived modestly and left her alma mater, WKU, with an estate gift of more than $2.5 million.

WKU professor looks into Chinese rape case by American soldiers
         When Chunmei Du began studying a historic rape case involving a Chinese university student and two American GIs, she discovered it was a window into the larger course of Chinese-U.S. relations.

Bosnian community honored in new WKU exhibit
         Through displays showcasing traditional Bosnian footwear, a coffee set, living room and others, Bowling Green’s Bosnian community saw its stories commemorated Friday with the opening of an exhibit at the Kentucky Museum at WKU.

Afghan journalist shares inspiration with WKU students
         Afghan journalist Lotfullah Najafizada goes to work every day with the memory of a deadly Taliban bus bombing seared into his brain.

Culture of Bosnians in BG Exhibit Opens
         Hundreds came out to the Kentucky Museum this weekend to celebrate the opening of ‘A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green’.

WTVW-TV Evansville
Garner Awarded Kentucky Spanish Teacher of the Year Award
          She is a National Board Certified educator and attained her Rank I, Master of Arts in Education, and Bachelor of Arts degrees all from WKU.

Young journalists travel across U.S. to understand nation’s divisions
              WGBH and GroundTruth worked with journalism programs at state universities in a mix of red and blue states to find fellows: the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, WKU, the University of Minnesota, the University of Montana and the University of California-Berkeley.

Sept. 22-26, 2017

Daily News
Estate gift of late teacher tops $2.5 million to WKU
           When Beulah R. Winchel turned 18 and left home at the start of the Great Depression, her father gave her $100 and told her to make her own way in the world.

WKU to celebrate blacksmiths with Hammer-In event
          The Kentucky Museum at WKU will ring with the sounds of hammers and blacksmith forges Oct. 7 during the second annual Hammer-In.

Universities will see increased flexibility in sexual assault investigation
         Universities will have more flexibility in the standard they use for investigating campus sexual assaults following a move Friday by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to withdraw Obama-era guidance on the matter.

Former Bowling Green man opens restaurant in Florida
         Gaddie worked for the Bowling Green restaurant through his time at Greenwood High School and WKU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

KY Forward
WKU receives $2.5 million estate gift from late Beulah R. Winchel
           WKU has received an estate gift of more than $2.5 million from the late Beulah R. Winchel.

Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour bringing lifesaving methods to Kentucky
          The American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour stopped in Bowling Green at WKU to teach free, life-saving lessons to the campus community.

Sept. 12-21, 2017

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU President Caboni visits Glasgow, honors area students
          WKU President Timothy C. Caboni was honored during a welcome reception at WKU Glasgow Wednesday afternoon. Earlier in the day, it was Caboni who honored area high school seniors during an honors luncheon at the T.J. Health Pavilion Community Center.

Kelsey takeover: Student runs WKU Glasgow’s social media for a day
        Kelsey Burnett, a marketing major at WKU Glasgow, recently got some real-world marketing experience – she took over the regional campus’ social media accounts for a day.

Daily News
Researchers study effects on newborns of pregnancy diet, exercise
Whitney Peake gently undressed her baby boy, Booker, before handing him to Rachel Tinius, who placed the infant inside a Pea Pod machine to demonstrate how she measured his body fat just after birth.

New WKU police chief plans changes
         WKU’s new police chief will roll out changes for the department, including a renewed focus on officers building more relationships while on patrol and a push to hire more officers and dispatchers.

Student starts at WKU as senior in college
           After starting his first year at WKU with enough credit hours to be a senior, it’s safe to say that Alex Banaszak isn’t your typical college student.

WKU students see majors and minors and study abroad options
         Students descended upon a smorgasbord of curricula being offered at the Preston Center on The Hill.

LaRue County Herald
Hornback named semifinalist for prestigious scholarship
       Twenty seniors from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition, marking the most students recognized in one school year in the school’s history. Skyler Hornback of Sonora, who attended LaRue County High School, was one of the twenty that was named a semifinalist.

Ky Forward
Kentucky Museum to host second annual Hammer-In event celebrating metalworking traditions Oct. 7
            The Kentucky Museum will host its second Hammer-In on Oct. 7. The Hammer-In is a gathering of metalworkers endeavoring to preserve the craft and techniques of the blacksmith forge and foundry arts through demonstrations in both historic and modern-day form. The free community event begins at 10 a.m.

Sept. 2-11, 2017

Southern Living
The Kentucky Report: Shoulder, Monroe County-Style
            Some doctrinaire barbecue fans might declare such a preparation to be grilling, not barbecue. I’ll let WKU professor Wes Berry, author of The Kentucky Barbecue Book and authority on all things barbecue in the Bluegrass State, adjudicate that question.

Vine Pair
Back to School: 13 Places to Get a Beer Degree
          You might think of bourbon when you think of Kentucky, but don’t count out the beers. WKU offers a certificate in brewing and distilling as an addition to other majors.

Daily News
McDaniels lifted WKU to rare heights
         WKU lost a towering presence Wednesday.

Regional superintendents size up new WKU president, share state pension concerns
          Regional superintendents had their first chance to size up new WKU President Timothy Caboni during a meeting of the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative on Wednesday when he spoke about partnering with the group’s member school districts.

Kantosky named VP at Warren RECC
          Kantosky earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology and her master’s degree in city and regional planning at WKU.

FAFSA application season approaches
         Financial aid professionals are encouraging students to prepare to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the 2018-19 school year, which becomes available Oct. 1.

‘I feel like I belong’: WKU counting on new living-learning communities to boost retention
        Ask WKU freshmen Miranda Stone and April Schoenfeld what they’re most excited about as Hilltoppers, and they’ll tell you about the new Top of the Class “living-learning” community they’re part of as teacher education students.

Glasgow Daily Times
Prospective Hilltoppers get a sneak peek at WKU Glasgow campus
         Prospective Hilltoppers were given an opportunity Thursday afternoon to see what it might be like to become a WKU Glasgow student.

Barren County Culinary Arts and WKU Dietetics create a recipe for student success
        Barren County School District’s Nutrition Services Department and WKU collaborate to provide post-baccalaureate program internship placements for WKU students.

Christian Post
Hall of Fame vocalist named this year’s recipient of Orchestra Kentucky’s Lifetime Achievement Award
          Hall of Fame vocalist, Larnelle Harris, was named Orchestra Kentucky’s 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts and Humanities.

Aug. 25-Sept. 1, 2017

Daily News
Caboni charts WKU’s course
          When WKU competes against other state universities for state money under a new performance funding system, WKU President Tim Caboni said its greatest edge will be the personal attention WKU gives students.

Sam Bush concert to honor two Bowling Green music pioneers
        Before Bush takes the stage, Ryan Jones, a student at WKU majoring in music education, will perform a tribute to Hogan, who was born in Bowling Green in 1865 and died in 1909.

WKU opens Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina programming
           When Jerry Daday watched the Bosnian war on TV as a college student, his biggest question was, “Why aren’t we doing anything to stop this?”

Video makes local duo business stars
          “We had two clients the first month we started,” said the 22-year-old Kirby, who graduated from WKU in December. “Now we regularly work with 20 clients per month.”

WKU offers students canine help
          When Will Montelli, a Bowling Green junior at WKU, sought counseling at the university’s Counseling and Testing Center, he found that a therapy dog named Star helped him get the most out of his time.

WKU faculty welcome new president Timothy Caboni
       Faculty at WKU welcomed new President Timothy Caboni during their first University Senate meeting of the semester Thursday, praising his listening skills and fresh leadership style.

Local good Samaritan traveling to Houston to help with flood relief
         A police sergeant from WKU is stepping up to help with flood relief in Texas.

WKU athletics joins relief efforts for Houston
         WKU athletics has joined in the charitable causes helping the city of Houston and Conference USA member Rice recover from the devastating effects of tropical storm Harvey.

Kentucky public TV station gives suspended students a turn behind the cameras
           Students at The Academy at 11th Street in Bowling Green, Ky., are working with local station WKU Public Broadcasting this summer to produce episodes of the public affairs TV show Outlook.

Unity Podcast
Episode 7: Catching up with Caboni
         In the opening episode of season three, Unity host Ambriehl Crutchfield talks with President Caboni about the importance of transparency in his administration, his visit to Hilligans and his new load of “homework” as president.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
WKU taking many steps to help students succeed
          Fall is a time of renewal at a university, including the arrival of a new class of students full of promise and possibilities. At WKU, a strong class of 2021 has begun its higher education journey, and we stand at the ready to ensure that journey is successful.

Glasgow Daily Times
Column: WKU president discusses priorities
          Fall is a time of renewal at a university, including the arrival of a new class of students full of promise and possibilities. At WKU, a strong class of 2021 has begun its higher education journey, and we stand at the ready to ensure that journey is successful.

WKU-Glasgow’s Breazeale receives sustainability award
          Nicole Breazeale, associate professor of sociology at WKU Glasgow, recently received the seventh annual President’s Award for Sustainability, which honors an individual who exhibits excellence in supporting WKU’s commitment to sustainability.

Aug. 19-24, 2017

Spectrum News
Gatton Academy celebrates decade of educating Kentucky’s best and brightest students
         The 2017-18 school year marks the 10th anniversary for The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science on the campus of WKU.

Daily News
WKU program combines bingo and exercise for health benefits
           A WKU program that combines bingo and exercise for elderly people has been shown to have research-tested improvements to physical health, cognitive skills and social engagement.

New initiatives, programs at WKU all have advantages
         Fall is a time of renewal at a university, including the arrival of a new class of students full of promise and possibilities. At WKU, a strong class of 2021 has begun its higher education journey, and we stand at the ready to ensure that journey is successful.

Students witness history at WKU
           Some 1,500 area school kids burst into shrieks and cheers Monday at WKU’s Houchens-Smith Stadium as the long-awaited total solar eclipse cast its shadow over the campus.

Stuff the Bus scholarship partners with WKU crowd-funding platform
          Tony Rose has never had a problem setting big goals – or meeting them. And now he’s aiming, with help from WKU’s College Heights Foundation, to meet a goal that could have a big impact on local students for years to come.

Gatton Academy graduate part of nationwide eclipse project
          When college student Honor Hare saw her first total solar eclipse, she was blown away by the darkness it cast, revealing stars and the planet Venus to her in the daytime.

Freshmen at WKU talk about the transition into college
         With scattered storms throughout this Tuesday, WKU’s campus was busy as students officially switched from summer to school mode.

Gatton Academy celebrates 10th anniversary
          The Gatton Academy first opened their doors at WKU in 2007 becoming the first residential science, technology, engineering, and math high school in the state.

Students Enjoy Eclipse at the Home of the Toppers
            Hundreds of school kids got the hands-on lesson of a lifetime Monday as WKU’s football field went from daylight to darkness.

WKU Public Radio
Students Gather At WKU To See Total Solar Eclipse
            Approximately 2,000 people gathered at WKU’s football stadium to view the total solar eclipse, with the much-anticipated event bringing in school students from around the region.

New WKU President Charts Course for Fresh Beginnings in Speech to Faculty, Staff
          The new president of WKU believes the school needs to get back to the basics.

Glasgow Daily Times
A view from a hill: People gather at WKU for eclipse
           As the temperature dropped and the sky grew dark Monday afternoon, people from around the country gathered at WKU for the same reason – to stare at the sun.

2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges
          Kristin Bailey Wilson: Associate Professor of Educational Administration, WKU.

Aug. 12-18, 2017

Feel Good Friday: The New King of the Hill

WKU Announces Spirit Funding for Stuff The Bus Event
           WKU launched their new Stuff the Bus Scholarship Fund Tuesday morning, which you can donate to in order to help out a student who may not be able to pay for their dream of going to college.

Local business owners talk economic impact of WKU
         The start of a new school year for WKU is bringing many changes to campus — from new students, new construction, and a new President.

WKU Public Radio
Here’s What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse
          On Monday, the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and people all over the U.S. will watch.

Total Solar Eclipses Aren’t Just About What You See
          WKU Astronomy Professor Richard Gelderman saw his first total solar eclipse in Indonesia last year as part of a NASA research project.

Daily News
Gatton Academy has been a great success
          WKU’s Gatton Academy has been a huge success story since its founding 10 years ago.

WKU gets off to M.A.S.T.E.R.-ful start
         They’re baaack.

Gatton to celebrate 10th anniversary
         This weekend, alumni and students of WKU’s Gatton Academy will celebrate the elite high school’s 10th anniversary.

Wide variety of events planned for historic eclipse
         For most of his life, astronomy professor Richard Gelderman thought he understood total solar eclipses.

Eclipse will bring science to life
         For the first time in 38 years, on Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental United States.

Glasgow community garden encourages locals to help grow food
            Nicole Breazeale, an associate professor of sociology at the WKU Glasgow Regional Center who spearheaded a similar garden project at the Barren County Detention Center, said people who eat at the soup kitchen in the Bunche Center are encouraged to help with maintaining the garden.

WKU creates new academy to support students of color
               As she took the podium in front of a group of first-year students of color at WKU, Martha Sales had a clear message.

WKU tuition, work program announces expansion
            Whenever Leslie Witty tells people about WKU’s Learn and Earn program, which allows students to work part time and earn tuition scholarships, the most common reaction she gets is, “I wish that had been around when I was in school.”

Aug. 4-11, 2017

Daily News
WKU to boost college, career readiness with new certificate program
           Growing up, Rachel Bauer never envisioned school counseling as a career option.

Kids, families make a splash at WKU PBS Pool Party
            With the start of school looming, families splashed about Sunday at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center, celebrating the end of summer during this year’s PBS Pool Party.

Changes coming to Medical Center’s 10k classic
           For starters, participants will no longer begin near WKU’s Jones-Jaggers Hall and instead start at Houchens-Smith Stadium.

Taiwan News
Taiwan-born scientist says mushrooms can save the world
          Professor Pan Wei-ping spent most of his life studying the science of how things burn and the kind of smoke they produce. He is currently Assistant to the President & Sumpter Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at WKU.

WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business is expanding
           The Gordon Ford College of Business received a generous donation from local building owners to help meet the needs of their growing program.

Glasgow Daily Times
WKU announces new programs and courses
          The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at WKU announces two new graduate certificate programs. Both the College and Career Readiness Graduate Certificate Program and Addictions Education Graduate Certificate Program may be completed online and are open to anyone with interest in the subject matter.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
KWC announces partnership with WKU business college
           Kentucky Wesleyan College has partnered with the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU in an effort to better accommodate students in their pursuits of post-secondary education and beyond.

WEVV-TV Evansville
KWC Partners with WKU to Help Students Earn Degrees
           Kentucky Wesleyan College signs a partnership with WKU to help students get a degree in accounting, applied economics or earn their MBA.

July 20-Aug. 3, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT: Meet WKU’s new first family
            The residents at 1700 Chestnut Street have changed, but the love and passion for everything WKU is still present.

WKU President Timothy Caboni officially sworn into office
           The new President of WKU, Timothy Caboni, was officially sworn into office Friday morning.

Learn to safely and effectively photograph the total solar eclipse
           Professionals call it a once in a lifetime event.

WKU Public Radio
After Hopkinsville, Where’s the Next Best Place in Kentucky to View the Eclipse?
        With two minutes and 40 seconds of totality, Hopkinsville is considered the best viewing location in the world, but an astronomy professor at WKU says other cities in Kentucky are attractive viewing spots, as well. Dr. Richard Gelderman says, for example, Franklin will have totality for two minutes and 25 seconds.

WKU Police Chief Search Down to Three
         Three finalists have been named in the search for WKU’s next police chief.

Timothy Caboni Sworn In As WKU’s 10th President
          The 10th president of WKU, Dr. Timothy Caboni, is officially at the helm. Caboni was sworn in Friday by Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton Jr. during the quarterly meeting of the Board of Regents.

Daily News
Independent film series coming to Capitol
            The film series is made possible, Skaggs said, by these sponsors: the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Warren County Public Library, WKU Cultural Arts Enhancement Series, Gallery 916, 440 Main, White Squirrel Brewery and Susan and Chuck Webb.

New scholarship program could help address workforce issues
            The Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship Program initiated last year by Gov. Matt Bevin takes effect with the 2017-18 school year, and officials at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College and WKU are seeing positive responses from potential employees needing training and from employers.

WKU sets record in donor support
          With limits on state and student funding, WKU is pushing to expand the support it receives from donors.

WKU sees rise in freshman enrollment
          Four weeks out from the first day of classes, WKU is seeing a rise in first-time, first-year freshmen, but the number of transfer students is flat.

WKU regents discuss retention, changing mission
          Facing declining retention rates, WKU’s Board of Regents on Thursday weighed the university’s priorities and options for improving student success.

10 questions with … Tim Caboni
          Current job title: Tim Caboni is the 10th president of WKU.

WKU alumna nominated for Emmy award
            Becky Ann Baker was doing audio work in a recording studio for NBC’s series “The Night Shift” when she got the text.

‘Wisdom keepers’
          People who lived in the black communities at Shake Rag and Jonesville decades ago gathered at the African American Museum on Saturday to recount their experiences as young people growing up in a racially segregated Bowling Green.

Lane Report
Two Kentucky teachers named National STEM Scholars
               In 2016, the National Stem Cell Foundation partnered with the The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU to fund competitive scholarships for science teachers motivating students at the tipping point of life-long science interest – middle school.

Kentucky actress is up for a Primetime Emmy for her work on ‘Girls’
            Becky Ann Baker was born at Fort Knox and moved around a lot as an Army brat before eventually making her way back to WKU.

LaRue County Herald-News
LaRue Co. WKU student presents research at national microbiology meeting
          WKU biology student Millicent Ronkainen of Hodgenville recently presented her research at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

July 14-19, 2017

Daily News
WKU-PBS receives 7 Emmy nominations
           WKU-PBS, WKU’s Public Television Service, has been nominated for seven awards in six categories for the 53rd Annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards.

Nichols appointed to WKU’s Board of Regents
           Growing up in what he described as a “very poor family,” George Nichols III never imagined he’d get the chance to attend college one day.

Long-time WKU administrator honored for dedication to the University and faculty golf outing
            Dr. Raymond Cravens began his teaching career in 1958, and hasn’t missed the faculty-staff golf outing in 60 years.

Glasgow Daily Times
New WKU president shares thoughts about regional campuses
            Partnerships and matching resources with community needs were among the focuses WKU’s new president discussed while he was in town recently.

Stith cultivating Barren County as new horticulture agent
            Andrea Stith is the new Barren County Extension Agent for Horticulture. Stith is originally from Irvington and moved to Bowling Green in 2010 to attend WKU. She graduated from WKU in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Horticulture and a minor in Studio Art.

Hawkins assumes new role at Allen County Schools
            Veteran educator Kim Hawkins is the new Director of Special Education and Preschool in the Allen County School District.  Hawkins graduated from Glasgow High School in 1986 before beginning her higher education pursuit at WKU.

WTVW-TV Evansville
WKU President Visits the Tri-State
             The new leader of one of Kentucky’s top universities makes his first appearance in the Tri-State.

Richmond Register
From ‘Dream’ to reality: Miss Kentucky hails from Metcalfe County
           Matney is an agriculture major at WKU and she said she really enjoys the culture of the program.

July 8-13, 2017

Kentucky Farm Bureau Magazine
The Kentucky Mesonet: The Commonwealth’s official source for weather and climate data
              While many citizens in the Commonwealth don’t realize the state is home to one of the most comprehensive weather data systems in the country, they all are reaping the benefits of having a real-time weather data reporting system known as the Kentucky Mesonet.

Daily News
Caboni introduced to business leaders at chamber reception
            Tim Caboni knows his business, and now the business community knows him.

Internship program aims to strengthen local film industry
            The Southern Kentucky Film Commission’s internship program, intended to strengthen the area’s fledgeling film industry, has educated a batch of graduates from across the region and is already training a new wave of interns.

Stuff the bus, a promotion with legs – and wheels
             The donations have also led to a Stuff the Bus scholarship fund created two years ago in conjunction with the College Heights Foundation at WKU.

WKU’s new President, Dr. Caboni marks 11th day in office with a meet and greet
            Tuesday night, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce welcomed guests for a meet and greet with WKU’s new President, Dr. Timothy Caboni.

Community Leaders Meet with New WKU President
           Community leaders enjoyed a meet and greet with incoming WKU President Dr. Timothy Caboni Tuesday evening.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Caboni sees national role for WKU
           Every day Tim Caboni goes to work at WKU, he said he’s thankful for the work of his predecessor, Gary Ransdell.

Surf KY News
Sharp Named Principal at Bremen Elementary School
              The Site Based Decision Making Council at Bremen Elementary has chosen Grant Sharp as their new principal. Sharp is a Muhlenberg County native and graduated from Muhlenberg North High School in 2001. He earned his teaching degree from WKU in 2005 and a Master in Education Administration in 2009.

Lexington Herald-Leader
He broke his collarbone on 3,600 mile ride for Alzheimer’s. He’s finishing the trip.
           A group of students from WKU who are riding bicycles across the country to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research pedaled into Lexington Monday afternoon.

WTVQ-TV Lexington
Cross country bike tour for Alzheimer’s stops in Lexington
         A group of WKU students are biking across America to raise awareness and money to fight Alzheimer’s.

New Iberia (LA) Daily Iberian
Talking point: Debate champ
National Debate champion Quest Broussard is going to tell you what’s on his mind, whether you want to hear it or not. Broussard is the recipient of a four-year all expenses paid scholarship to WKU, where he plans to study psychology and education.

June 28-July 7, 2017

Daily News
WKU students return from 3,600-mile journey for Alzheimer’s awareness, support
          A group of WKU students is expected to pedal into Bowling Green on Thursday as part of a 3,600-mile journey across the U.S. to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research.

WKU hosts summer camp for gifted students
         For Nolan Beasley, engineering used to be just an academic interest.

WKU business college extends reach downtown through Pushin Building
          WKU’s business college is extending to downtown Bowling Green after space in the Pushin Building was donated by John Ridley, the building’s owner.

New WKU president channels great communicator style
          The question Tim Caboni is most often asked as WKU’s new president is what he sees as the university’s future.

Jerry Baker’s generosity is a model to us all
          In April 2006, Baker made a $15 million gift to WKU including his home, art collection and arboretum – at the time the single largest gift by an individual to a public university in Kentucky.

Ransdell leaves mark on WKU athletics after 20 years as president
           If a WKU sports team was playing during the last 20 years, Gary and Julie Ransdell probably weren’t far from the action.

Ransdell reflects on final days as WKU president
         After 20 years as president of WKU, Gary Ransdell has spent the last few months before his retirement bidding emotional farewells, clearing the way for his successor Tim Caboni and most of all, learning to let go.

WKU Public Radio
During First Week on the Job, Caboni Thinking About How WKU Prepares Students for Jobs, Life
         WKU President Timothy Caboni says the school can help fill local employment needs while also broadening the perspectives of its students.

WKU president Caboni offers thoughts on school’s athletics
          On Thursday, WBKO sat down with new WKU president Dr. Tim Caboni. Caboni started his tenure July 1 after the retirement of long-time WKU president Dr. Gary Ransdell.

Cross-country Bike4Alz group makes a stop in Bowling Green
           From one coast to the other, seven fraternity members of WKU’s FIJI chapter are biking for a cause: ending Alzheimer’s.

United Way and Top Crops
          United Way of Southern Kentucky was founded in 1956, born from the concern of people who wanted to help their neighbors in need.

WKU plans for solar eclipse
         August 21st marks the first day of the fall semester at WKU. But classes won’t begin until four o’clock that day so that thousands of students who live outside the line of totality can come to campus to witness the Great American eclipse for themselves.

WKU President Ransdell shares memories as he prepares for last week in office
           WKU’s ninth president ends his term in office on Friday, June 30th.

Gatton Academy students participating in South Korea internships
           While many students are enjoying a summer vacation by relaxing, two Gatton Academy students are spending time in South Korea performing chemistry experiments.

WKU Fraternity Biking Coast-to-Coast for Charity
           WKU fraternity members took a fundraising pit stop in Bowling Green Thursday night after biking coast to coast for a good cause.

Lane Report
WKU to offer educational leadership doctoral program at Fort Knox
         WKU will offer its educational leadership doctoral program at Fort Knox with the first cohort of students scheduled to begin the Ed.D. program in January 2018.

Broadway World
Legendary Horror Director John Carpenter Inks Overall Deal with Universal Cable
          A native of Carthage, NY, Carpenter attended WKU and the USC School of Cinema, where he began working on “Dark Star.”

Glasgow Daily Times
Caboni takes helm at WKU
          For the first time in two decades, WKU has a new president.

Metcalfe County native wins Miss Kentucky
         Metcalfe County native and WKU student Molly Matney won the 2017 Miss Kentucky pageant Saturday, and will represent the state at the Miss America pageant.

WKYT-TV Lexington
WKU junior named Miss Kentucky 2017
         WKU junior Molly Matney has been crowned Miss Kentucky.

WSMV-TV Nashville
New president begins tenure at WKU
         WKU’s new president has officially taken the reins of his position.

WCLU-FM Glasgow
         WKU’s new president has officially taken the reins of his position.

Lexington Herald-Leader
John S. Palmore, retired chief justice of Kentucky Supreme Court, dead at 99
         He attended WKU for two years, then went to the University of Louisville School of Law.

Molly Matney, Miss Mammoth Cave Area, wins 2017 Miss Kentucky pageant
          Molly Matney, a 20-year-old junior at WKU, won the 2017 Miss Kentucky pageant on Saturday night.

John S. Palmore, former Ky. chief justice and legal icon, dies at 99
            John S. Palmore, a towering figure on Kentucky’s highest court who served three terms as chief justice, died Tuesday. He was 99.

Timothy Caboni serves first day as president at WKU
          WKU has a new president running the show.

US News & World Report
New President Begins Tenure at WKU
        WKU’s new president has officially taken the reins of his position.

WPSD-TV Paducah
Bike4Alz team stops in Paducah on July 4 during coast-to-coast ride
Members of Bike4Alz are cycling from California to Virginia to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer’s disease research. The members are all students at WKU.

June 22-27, 2017

National Geographic
Coffin Flies, Corpse-Eating Beetles, and Other Bugs with Gruesome Jobs
            Skeletons displayed in museums illustrate how animals evolve, move, and protect themselves. In The Skeleton Revealed, Steve Huskey, a biologist at WKU, reveals the bare bones of anatomy with the help of larval brown beetles just three-eighths of an inch long.

Daily News
Ford competes for title of Miss Kentucky 2017
            She is majoring in broadcast journalism at WKU, and her ambition is to become a successful broadcast journalist, according to a news release from the Miss Kentucky organization.

Bowling Green refugees celebrate World Refugee Day
          Now, Kibawa is studying at WKU and sees even more opportunity for her younger relatives who’ve been able to adapt more easily.

Regents approve $413 million operating budget
          WKU’s Board of Regents approved a $413.6 million budget Friday, paving the way for incoming President Timothy Caboni to start with a 2.8 percent larger budget next fiscal year.

Jerry Baker, renowned philanthropist, dies at 86
            “I consider him to be a patriarch of our community and the consummate gentleman,” WKU President Gary Ransdell said.

Hilltopper Creamery rakes in the cheddar with new cheese sales
           After 12 years honing his craft, the best part about cheesemaking for Gary Beu is the questions he gets from students practicing their skills at the Hilltopper Creamery at WKU’s farm.

WKU Public Radio
Philanthropist, Businessman and Arboretum Founder Jerry Baker Passes Away at 86
          Baker was inducted into the WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2011. He was a 1951 graduate of WKU.

WBKR-FM Owensboro
Owensboro Woman to Compete For Title of Miss Kentucky
         Katie attends WKU where she is majoring in Social Work and plans to persue a career in Family Resource Coordinator in the school system so she can help at-risk students.

Glasgow Daily Times
Livestock Expo coming to Bowling Green
            The American Black Hereford Association (ABHA) will host the first annual ABHA Junior National Livestock Expo June 28- July 2 at the WKU Agriculture Expo Center in Bowling Green.

Robertson County (TN) Connection
Alexander to study in Iceland
           Alexander has just completed her second-year studies at WKU, that has partnered with the University of Akureyri, Iceland, to explore the effects of climate change and better understand approaches to environmental sustainability.

June 16-21, 2017

KY Forward
Bluegrass & Backroads: Passion for conservation drives researchers at Green River Preserve
         Follow Zack Couch, Zeb Weese, and Albert Meier in their pursuit of bats at the WKU Upper Green River Biological Preserve.

Glasgow Daily Times
DeVore named Eastern Elementary principal
              Barren County Schools announced Erika DeVore as the new principal at Eastern Elementary School on Tuesday. She obtained her master’s degree in principalship in 2008 from WKU and a Rank 1 designation in 2016 as Supervisor of Instruction from WKU.

Terre Haute Tribune Star
Old National gains business development officer
           WKU graduate Roland Shelton has joined Old National Bank as senior business development officer, vice president where he will focus on growth opportunities in the Terre Haute and Indianapolis markets.

El Paso Times
Students Lead EPCC Partnership with VIVA! El Paso
           EPCC and WKU graduate Camille Acosta returns to VIVA! for a second year.

Washington Post
How to avoid clouds that could spoil the Great American Eclipse
           You’ll hear it again and again. The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is a once in a lifetime celestial event, and a mind-blowing experience awaits those who witness it.

Surf KY News
New Assistant Principal Named for Henderson County High School
            Matthew Richeson has been named Assistant Principal for Henderson County High School. Richeson is a graduate of WKU where he received his bachelors of education, Oakland City University with a Masters of Secondary Education, and the University of the Cumberlands with a Masters of Administration.

June 10-15, 2017

Daily News
Campers get dose of messy fun
           The Center for Courageous Kids was in a state of controlled chaos for about 30 minutes Sunday as children at the camp, counselors and volunteers from WKU’s football team splashed one another with shaving cream, pudding and other kinds of assorted goop.

WKU professor on new charter school board
          WKU associate professor Gary Houchens will be a part of a new Charter Schools Advisory Council created by Gov. Matt Bevin to counsel the Kentucky Board of Education on charter school affairs.

Glasgow Daily Times
London named principal of North Jackson Elementary
             Jeannie London, assistant principal at North Jackson Elementary, was named the new principal of NJE on Wednesday. London graduated from Caverna High School in 1985 and from WKU in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Education, according to the press release.

Vanderbilt University News
University photographer played key role during Predators playoff ride
             John Russell grew up in Franklin, Ky., and got his start as a photographer in high school. He worked for the weekly Franklin Favorite in his hometown, and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism. After a stint at the Buffalo News, he headed back to Nashville for a job at the daily Nashville Banner, where he worked until the newspaper stopped publishing in 1998.

Danville Advocate-Messenger
Ephraim McDowell Health and Auxiliaries award scholarships to nine students
            Elizabeth Lyons, of Boyle County, plans to attend WKU this fall to begin her pursuit of a career as a physician.

‘A risk worth taking:’ Hop production on the rise in Kentucky
            Hops, like other crops, vary in quality and flavor depending on where they’re grown. But unlike other crops, hops can take three or more years to mature, meaning farmers won’t know their true flavor until later in their lives. For those reasons, the hop growers alliance and department of agriculture working with the University of Kentucky and WKU to determine which hop varietals grow best with Kentucky’s resources and how farmers can produce uniquely Kentucky flavors.

Lebanon Enterprise
MCHS Student Ambassador leadership team visits WKU
             A leadership team representing Marion County High School Student Ambassadors visited WKU to complete a campus tour and class with the nationally renowned Spirit Masters on Wednesday, June 7.

June 2-9, 2017

Songwriter Norro Wilson dead at 79
            Norro Wilson, the co-writer of classics like “The Grand Tour,” “The Most Beautiful Girl” and “A Picture of Me (Without You),” has died. He was 79 years old. Wilson was inducted into WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2011.

WKU Public Radio
UK College of Medicine Establishing Bowling Green Campus
             A new partnership will give some WKU students a direct path to medical school without having to leave Warren County.

Kentucky State Climatologist Says Extensive Data is Available for Decision Makers on Climate Change
             State Climatologist Stuart Foster oversees the Kentucky Mesonet with weather and climate monitoring stations across the state. Foster is director of the Kentucky Climate Center and said Mesonet provides extensive data that’s available to state policy makers.

Daily News
Hangar Party coming next week
              Aviation Heritage Park will show off its latest acquisition, a Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey, as well as other aircraft at its 11th annual Hangar Party. The helicopter pays homage to Col. Raymond Nutter, a WKU graduate who flew Hueys in Vietnam.

Ground is broken for new BG med school
              With Kentucky leading the nation in rates for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions, officials hope a new four-year medical school under construction in Bowling Green will help close a critical shortage of physicians.

WKU creating career nursing pathway
           Amid a nationwide shortage of nurses, WKU and Hardin Memorial Health are partnering to clear the way for nurses aspiring to advance their education and careers.

A 19 year-old Bowling Green native, and best selling author, aims to inspire others
            Kenan Mujkanovic is only 19 years old, but the WKU student and Bowling Green native is inspiring others to reach for their dreams, with the publication of his book, “Voices of Bowling Green.”

UK, WKU, Med Center Health break ground on new medical complex
            The University of Kentucky has broken ground on a new joint venture with WKU and Med Center Health.

Top Crops sign unveiling at WKU Farm
            Several local partners have worked to create a sign for the Top Crops organization. The new sign was unveiled Saturday night at the WKU Ag Farm.

New Bowling Green Medical Campus Breaks Ground
           Kentucky’s first four-year regional campus medical school construction has officially broke ground.

Lane Report
NAGC names Louisville’s Chris Poynter 2017 Communicator of the Year
          The National Association of Government Communicators has selected WKU graduate Chris Poynter, director of communications for the Office of the Mayor of Louisville, as its 2017 Communicator of the Year.

Ky. Forward
Bevin announces appointment of nine members to newly created Charter Schools Advisory Council
             Gary Wayne Houchens, Bowling Green, represents the Kentucky Board of Education. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research at WKU. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisville.

Morehead News
Mountain Workshop coming in October
            Morehead and Rowan County will officially be home to the 42nd annual nationally renowned Mountain Workshop.

May 27-June 1, 2017

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise
Hardin Memorial, WKU announce nursing partnership
             Greg Peel, a licensed practical nurse at Hardin Memorial Hospital, had resigned himself to the fact he never would be a registered nurse.

Daily News
United Way Day of Caring chance to help
              When Bill Greer sees the smiles his gardening program puts on the faces of adults with special needs, he feels grateful for the help he’s gotten over the years from volunteers through United Way’s annual Day of Caring.

Henderson Gleaner
Three sign to Gatton Academy
         “Work hard, but play hard” seemed to be the theme at the recent signing of three UCHS students to Gatton Academy.

Franklin Favorite
Former F-S student receives WKU award
           A former Franklin-Simpson High School student was named valedictorian of WKU’s colleges in May.

May 20-26, 2017

Readers Digest
32 Signs You Live in the Nicest Place in America
            They make anyone feel welcomed: Soon after her daughter made the decision to attend WKU, Becky Monroe and her family popped into a Bowling Green, Kentucky, dress shop. When the mother-daughter team running the store heard the girl would be attending that fall, they immediately opened their arms to her.

Daily News
Spillers named 2017 South Central Kentuckians of the Year
            When many people think of Col. Robert and Cora Jane Spiller, they think of philanthropy.

BRADD approves new executive director
           Eric Sexton, 35, will take over as BRADD executive director on July 3. Sexton graduated from Metcalfe County High School in 1999 and graduated cum laude from WKU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and an education emphasis and also earned a graduate certificate in instructional design in 2015 from WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times
Esters continues country store tradition with café
         Gabe Esters has always loved to cook, even when he was a college student working at the local country store, which served breakfast and lunch. He would rise around 4 a.m., go to the store and cook breakfast before hitting the road to Bowling Green for an early morning class at WKU.

May 13-18, 2017

Daily News
Center for Gifted Studies receives Holocaust grant
            Each summer, when Ron Skillern teaches a course about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, he finds the best teaching moments come when he asks students to tell a story through a mural.

Kentucky Acoustic Music Festival to raise money for the Capitol
            Lost River Sessions will present the Kentucky Acoustic Music Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Arts Center at 416 E. Main Ave.

Ransdell: My passions for WKU are forever
            President Gary Ransdell encouraged and thanked the last WKU graduating class he’ll preside over.

Ransdell reflects on WKU presidency
            WKU President Gary Ransdell celebrated his final commencement as president this weekend after having awarded degrees over his career to more than half of the university’s living alumni.

WKU Public Radio
New Study Examines How a Mushroom Might Help Clean Up Coal
            Kentucky is coal country, and is heavily reliant on the dirty fossil fuel for power. A study underway at WKU is examining the effectiveness of a water-based clean coal solution.

WKU holds 181st commencement ceremony
            WKU hosted three graduation ceremonies to celebrate the achievements of the Spring Class of 2017.

Dr. Ransdell reflects about life on the Hill
            As time on the Hill as President approaches an end, Dr. Ransdell looks back over the memories made.

Men prepare to bike across the country while raising awareness for Alzheimer”s Disease
            Fiji Fraternity members held a fundraising event at Bike Rack Bistro in Bowling Green.

May 6-12, 2017

Daily News
Gatton Academy listed as a top performing school by The Washington Post
            The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU was named to The Washington Post’s list of top-performing schools with elite students for the ninth consecutive year.

China Daily
Model Confucius Institute opens its doors in the US
            Confucius Institute at WKU held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Model Confucius Institute Building on May 5.

Mayor proclaims ‘Ransdell Day’
             Mayor proclaims May 11 as “Dr Gary and Julie Ransdell Day” to celebrate 20 years of service as the president of Western Kentucky University.

WKU graduation parking plans
              It’s gonna be a big weekend at WKU with commencement exercises being conducted both Friday and Saturday.

WKU’s Confucius Institute teaching local youth Chinese culture & language
            A local institute taking time out of their busy week to introduce Warren County youth to the Chinese culture and language.

Confucius Institute at WKU dedicates building
            Confucius institute directors from more than 20 universities around the world attended the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at WKU’s Model Confucius Institute building.

Youngstown (OH) Vindicator
Bernat signs with WKU for Speech and Debate
               Canfield High School senior Zachery Bernat participated in a letter of intent signing ceremony to attend WKU and join their Collegiate Forensics Team on April 13.

Clarksville Now
Screaming Eagle Foundation partners with Woodford Reserve to provide scholarships
            Last year following Memorial Day, the Screaming Eagle Foundation was able to donate $5,000 to the 1LT Eric Yates Memorial Scholarship that provides scholarships for the ROTC at WKU with the help of their partners at Woodford Reserve.

Spectrum News
WKU president admits that emotions running high as tenure comes to a close
            On Saturday, WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell will serve his last major function as he oversees commencement ceremonies for the 2017 graduating class.

April 29-May 5, 2017

Washington Post
One photographer’s view of President Trump’s first 100 days
            From the perspective of photographer Jabin Botsford, tasked with covering the White House, the frenetic pace can be like a splash of cold water to the face.

Spectrum News
WKU names building after long-time state Rep. Jody Richards
            WKU’s Mass Media and Technology Hall was officially renamed in honor of long-time Rep. Jody Richards in ceremonies on the WKU campus on Thursday.

Daily News
WKU building renamed for state lawmaker Jody Richards
            When state Rep. Jody Richards taught journalism at WKU, the school’s program never had a permanent home on campus.

English professor named WKU poet laureate
            After more than 50 years teaching at WKU, poetry has become a pillar of Mary Ellen Miller’s life.

WKU Alumni Association celebrates Ransdell’s leadership
            Standing in front of a room of smiling faces, WKU President Gary Ransdell bid an emotional farewell Tuesday ahead of his retirement in June.

WKU provides mental health resources ahead of final exams
            With pressure escalating a week before final exams at WKU, students may be tempted to pull all-nighters or last-minute cramming sessions ahead of looming deadlines.

Kentucky Army National Guardsman wins prestigious award
            Sgt. 1st Class Eric Vincent treats WKU’s ROTC cadets as if they were his own kids.

 Kentucky Museum, Library provide wealth of information
            The Kentucky Library and Museum at WKU has information on all things Kentucky for history and art buffs.

African American museum tells of vibrant history
            A significant part of Bowling Green’s history is now on public display after years of effort.

WKU honors long-time state rep. with naming of “Jody Richards Hall”
            Long-time state representative Jody Richards was honored in a big way Thursday.

WKU soon-to-be grads feeling pressure to find jobs
            While students across campus are preparing for finals next week, senior Toppers are also updating their resumes, and already feeling the pressure to hopefully land a job before taking their diploma.

WKU students unwind before finals at 24th Annual Valleypalooza
            With summer just around the corner and the semester coming to an end, many students are taking this time to enjoy the outdoors before gearing up for finals.

WKU honors Dr. Gary and Julie Ransdell for their contributions on The Hill
            Dr. Gary Ransdell will be moving on from his position as WKU President this summer.

Local soldier wins prestigious national award
            A local member of the Kentucky Army National Guard is receiving national attention.

Manchester Enterprise
Allen Inducted into Honor Society
            Kaley Allen of Manchester was inducted into the WKU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at its Spring 2017 Induction Ceremony on the WKU campus in the Downing Student Union.

April 22-28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

WKU Public Radio

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

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

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

April 15-21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 8-14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 1-7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 25-31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 18-24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 11-17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 2-10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb. 25-March 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frankfort State Journal
Two Frankfort students in running for WKU title
            Twenty-five WKU students are vying for 2017 Coming Home King, including two from Frankfort.

Gabibbo wins against Big Red: The Italian character is not a copy of the American one!
            After 15 years, the Italian Supreme Court has brought the long-standing matter to an end: according to the decision of the Court, Italy’s Gabibbo is not a copy of America’s Big Red, and there is no finding of copyright infringement.

Feb. 18-24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb. 10-17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb. 4-9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 20-30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 13-19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 14, 2016-Jan. 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 10-13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 3-9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 1-2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov. 23-30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov. 18-22, 2016

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

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


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

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

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

Nov. 12-17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Beat
            Keeping students and faculty safe.

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

Nov. 3-11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 21-28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 14-20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 5-13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct. 1-4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 28-30, 2016

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

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

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

WKU Topper Corner now open for business
            Shoppers seeking local artwork, gifts and WKU clothing can buy from the WKU Topper Corner store, which is now open for business.

How TeNesha Murphy makes TV career, long-distance marriage work with Rob Murphy
            TeNesha earned a broadcast journalism degree from WKU in 2000.

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

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

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

Sept. 23-27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 15-22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU Public Radio
WKU President Creates New Committee on Diversity and Embracement Following Campus Incidents
            The president of WKU is announcing several initiatives following a pair of incidents on campus involving hate speech.

Got A Fiduciary Question? DoL To Issue FAQs Soon
            Ron Rhoades, a planner who is now an assistant professor of finance at WKU, said that the rule is sparking a major transformation in the industry.

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

Sept. 10-14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sept. 2-9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 20-26, 2016

Short film to feature 19 actors with disabilities
            The film — a collaboration between Backlight Productions and WKU — will debut at the Franklin Theatre in late August.

NewYork.com Talent Takeover: Ruby Lewis of ‘Cirque du Soleil Paramour’
            Nonetheless, Ruby is no stranger to performing — her first professional role following successful collegiate years at WKU was in the touring company of Gypsy as Dainty June.

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

Daily News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug. 11-19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Beat
      WKU is heading back to school

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

August 5-10, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 29-August 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 21-28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 12-20, 2016

Poynter Institute
How a Baton Rouge broadcaster co-anchored 9 hours of shooting coverage
           WAFB anchor Greg Meriwether’s work Sunday is an example of why it’s important for local media to hold onto experienced journalists. He lives where the shooting took place. He washes his car next to where it happened. “When I got out of Western Kentucky University, I thought I wanted to work in a big market somewhere,” he said. “But I found out a long time ago that you make yourself more valuable the longer you stay somewhere. You make yourself more valuable to your viewers when you know them, and they know you, and you know your community.”

Ghostbusters reboot pays special tribute to super fan
            Marshall Ryan Kemp, better known as Ryan E. Kemp, was the founding member of the Western Kentucky Ghostbusters fan group, but his presence permeated every facet of the Ghostbusters fan community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 8-11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 28-July 7, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Beat
          The Society for Lifelong Learning

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

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

June 17-27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 9-16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Beat
         WKU Glasgow campus

Cadiz Native On Winning WKU Concrete Canoe Team
            A Cadiz native was one of 14 WKU civil engineering students who has earned national recognition.

9 Habits of People Who Don’t Get Sick
            Those old Frazier reruns could rev your immune response. In a study from WKU, healthy women who watched videos featuring funny men like Robin Williams showed significantly greater activity of their body’s infection-fighting NK cells—a fundamental part of the immune system— than women who saw a tourism video.

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

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

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

June 4-8, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 26-June 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 19-25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WKU Public Radio
Economists Offer Upbeat Assessment at Federal Reserve Meeting in Bowling Green
            Economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis say the nation continues a modest recovery from the Great Recession.  The group held a regional economic briefing Thursday at WKU.

Houston’s Rapid Growth, Heavy Rains, Heighten Flood Risk
            Many cities in the South and along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have grown faster than other parts of country in recent decades and become much more prone to flooding, said Warren Campbell, civil engineering professor at WKU and coordinator of the school’s floodplain management program.

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

May 13-18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 7-12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 30-May 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 21-29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 15-20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 6-14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 30-April 5, 2016

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

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

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

Classical music to return with new radio station
            A new classical music radio station through WKU is currently in the testing process and will target fans pining for local programming.

Gatton Academy selects 9 gifted NKY students
            The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, a residential high school for gifted and talented juniors and seniors, recently selected 100 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 25-29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 19-24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 12-18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 5-11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sky & Telescope
Total Solar Eclipse Reports from Indonesia
            Other teams came from University of Wyoming, WKU, and South Carolina State University. NASA provided funding for the travel and the training program for the students.

WKU names Cherry Presidential scholars
            WKU has selected 15 students as recipients of the 2016-17 Cherry Presidential Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious academic award.

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


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