Statute unveiled of famed coach Roy Kidd, spent 39 years at EKU, is in College Football Hall of Fame

Eastern Kentucky University unveiled a long-anticipated statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday.   The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels is located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium.   Private funds have been donated specifically for the project over the last two years.    Kidd retired from his coaching...

EKU dedicates final phase of $130 million science building; school hopes to be leader in STEM fields

A musical piece commissioned for the grand opening ceremonies Friday of the new Science Building at Eastern Kentucky University was aptly titled “Emergence Fanfare for Brass Quintet.” When Phase 2 of the facility was joined to Phase 1 this year, it gave EKU the largest such facility on any college campus in the Commonwealth and signaled the emergence of the University as a leader in preparing students...

Former undocumented immigrant, now Goldman Sachs VP Arce to discuss experience at EKU

Political commentator, author and former Goldman Sachs Vice President Julissa Arce garnered international media attention last year when she revealed that she had achieved her status and wealth as an undocumented immigrant. Arce will be sharing her story in a lecture titled “An American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street to Immigration Advocacy” on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Eastern Kentucky...

EKU’s Giles Gallery to host exhibit, programs on Kentucky’s holocaust survivors

A dozen years after its first showing, a unique historical Holocaust exhibit has been revived for one month at the Giles Gallery at Eastern Kentucky University. The exhibit, “This Is Home Now: Kentucky’s Holocaust Survivors,” runs from Sept. 25 through Oct. 25 and is free and open to the public. The opening reception on Wednesday night, Oct. 4, includes a talk by John Rosenberg, one of the...

Bringing Hope: Eastern Scholar House provides single parents housing and support

With a smile as sunny as the September skies above, Whitney Ballew looked out over the large crowd assembled at the dedication ceremony for the Eastern Scholar House on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. There was a time not that long ago that Ballew had about given up on her pursuit of a college degree, after having attended EKU and Bluegrass and Community and Technical College (BCTC). It...

EKU psychology professor Matt Winslow wins 2017 Acorn Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Matt Winslow pulled a smartphone out of his pocket and held it high. All the information his students need, he explained, is as close as their fingertips. “What is not so cheap and easy to access,” Winslow added, “is the critical thinking skills that allow them to process, evaluate, apply and even create information. You can’t ask Google to do that for you. “My job,” he insisted, “is...

EKU, UK announce partnership to cooperate on technology commercialization programs

Although Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky were opponents on the football field Saturday, two days later the two institutions announced a partnership aimed at growing the state’s economy, with research and intellectual property being the driving forces. EKU’s Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), headed by Tom Martin, and UK’s Office...

EKU faculty member Harter receives national award for work in economic education

Typically, research in economic education doesn’t measure the effectiveness of financial literacy programs in the elementary and middle grades. But Dr. Cynthia Harter at Eastern Kentucky University is not your typical economic educator. And that explains why she has been selected by the National Association of Economic Educators and the Council for Economic Education to receive the Henry H. Villard...

National publication recognizes Eastern Kentucky University with award for higher education diversity

Eastern Kentucky University is the only regional university in Kentucky to receive the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. EKU will be featured along with 79 other recipients in the November 2017 issue of Insight...

EKU grad to discuss work as NASA engineer during celebration of Science and Mathematics Week

Encouragement doesn’t always come with a pat on the back. As a student at Eastern Kentucky University, Tracie Prater’s career plans were constantly changing. She filled out a change-of-major form several times, but ultimately stuck with physics because of her undergraduate adviser, retired Foundation Professor Dr. Jerry Cook. “In one of his courses, I was suffering from a bit of burnout toward...

Washington Monthly ranks EKU second among state public universities in ‘best bang for the buck’

Looking for the best educational value for your dollar? Eastern Kentucky University ranks second among all public universities in Kentucky in Washington Monthly’s annual “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings, scoring highest in the category of earnings performance. Only Murray State University ranked higher overall in the survey, which the magazine calls its “exclusive list of schools that help...

EKU graduate, College of Science combine for program to fund solar panels, scholarships

Aided by a visionary graduate who retired from a successful career in research and development with Procter and Gamble, an effort is underway at Eastern Kentucky University to provide “Photons for the Future.” By literally “plugging into” a drive to install solar panels at EKU’s new Science Building and elsewhere around campus, alumni and friends can help the University on its path to energy...

EKU fire protection and safety engineering technical program earns national accreditation

The Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) Program at Eastern Kentucky University has earned national accreditation from the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) through September 2021. EKU offers one of only two ABET-accredited FPSET degrees in the world, and the only accredited program that is offered online....

Transformations: EKU Chautauqua Series features host of bestselling authors, Genius Award winners

Two MacArthur “Genius” Award winners, a host of bestselling authors, distinguished professors and other leading figures from a variety of fields will examine the theme of “Transformations” in the 2017-18 Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University. The series, which runs throughout the academic year and also includes an art exhibit on the theme, kicks off Thursday, Sept. 7, with...

Kentucky All ‘A’ Classic basketball tournaments returning to EKU’s Alumni Coliseum

The Kentucky All “A” Classic is coming back to Eastern Kentucky University. Eastern hosted the small-school basketball tournament for boys’ and girls’ teams from 1991 to 2011. The Frankfort Convention Center has hosted the event the past six years. The Convention Center is scheduled to be torn down this fall. The decision, which followed a meeting of the All “A” Classic Board of Directors,...

Public invited to free EKU solar eclipse viewing; large telescopes available for participants

Eastern Kentucky University will host a free solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21. The public is invited to the University’s observation deck across Kit Carson Drive from the Perkins Building and behind the Granny Richardson Springs One-Room Schoolhouse. Some parking is available at the deck (turn at the schoolhouse), and some additional parking will be available in the Perkins Lot. Large...

EKU paramedicine chair Davis receives national Unsung Hero Award from EMS Educators Association

An Eastern Kentucky University faculty member has received the 2017 Unsung Hero Award from the National Association of EMS Educators. Nancye Davis, chair of the Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences, has spent more than 30 years in the field of emergency medicine, the last 25 as an EKU faculty member. Nancye Davis (Photo Provided) Under the leadership of Davis the past four years,...

For second successive year, EKU sets all-time high for private gifts and commitments at $9.2 million

Scholarships that support the University’s commitment to student success and result in improved retention and graduation rates. A helping hand for underrepresented minority students. An innovative green energy initiative at the New Science Building. An endowed professorship in music. Improved athletic facilities. Those are just a few of the outcomes of another record year for private support at Eastern...

EKU hosting preview of KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission, info session on eclipse

Area residents are invited to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse and get a sneak preview of a KET documentary about NASA’s Voyager mission at an event in Eastern Kentucky University’s Ravine on Friday evening, July 28. The event begins at 8 p.m. with some educational activities related to what will be a total solar eclipse across parts of western Kentucky (partial eclipse in Richmond area)...

New residence halls, second phase of science building, scholar house opening at EKU this fall

With two new suite-style residence halls that “can compete against any in the nation,” Eastern Kentucky University is experiencing an upsurge in students choosing to live on the Richmond campus. The two new residence halls are not the only new facilities that will welcome EKU students this fall. The second phase of the University’s New Science Building also opens, as well as the Eastern Scholar...