Eastern Kentucky University ‘Dreamer’ named Student of the Year by Collegiate Honors Council

Seventeen years ago, almost to the day, Omar Salinas Chacón entered the United States through Atlanta, Georgia. His working-class parents, escaping a bloody civil war, gang violence and extreme poverty in El Salvador, fled to America with little more than a dream: that Omar and his brother would one day enjoy “a better life than they did … not only live, but thrive.” They call them “Dreamers,”...

EKU junior wins national award for academic achievement while studying abroad in Madagascar

There it was, sitting on a tree branch at eye level barely two feet away, “just as curious about what I was doing there, as I was with what she was doing.” That was Nathanael (Knate) Bartosch’s memorable up-close introduction to a wild crowned lemur in the forests of Madagascar. The junior anthropology major and Honors Program member at Eastern Kentucky University spent 10 weeks this past summer...

EKU environmental health science students honored by National Environmental Health Association

Three Eastern Kentucky University students from the Department of Environmental Health Science were recognized at the 81st National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Education Conference and Exposition. Only five students receive student research award honors at the national conference. Amos Kosgey (master’s of public health student) and Ambrose Maritim (undergraduate), both of whom...

Powell County businessman, EKU Alum establishes endowed scholarship to help students finish school

When he was a student at Eastern Kentucky University, Ritchie Rednour served as president of the Student Government Association and student regent. Fifteen years later, he is still a leader, serving on the University’s Foundation Board. And now the Powell County businessman has pledged $100,000 to establish the Ritchie Rednour Endowed Scholarship. Ritchie Rednour (Photo from EKU) The scholarship...

EKU Volleyball senior Mallory Maxwell returns to court just four months after devastating knee injury

Mallory Maxwell, former libero for the Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team, was waiting in the left back court to get her hands on a ball that had been pushed to deep corner. She jumped into the air to make the play, but when she came down her knee buckled, she dropped and immediately knew something was not right. “It was the most intense pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” Maxwell said,...

EKU business professor’s triumphant journey leads her from rural Malaysia to top of her academic field

She came from a poor family in rural Malaysia that often struggled to put food on the table. Her parents divorced when she was 2, and she was raised by a grandmother who had no formal education. When she did persevere to pursue a college education more than 9,000 miles from home at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, an economic recession in her homeland in 1998 resulted in the suspension of her...

Eastern Kentucky University’s Mayo, Gist named preseason All-OVC, Colonels picked to finish fourth

Eastern Kentucky University junior forward Nick Mayo and sophomore guard Asante Gist have been named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, the league announced at Media Day. EKU was picked to finish fourth out of 12 teams in a preseason poll of league head coaches and media relations directors. Mayo was voted first team All-OVC for the second straight year in 2016-17 after finishing the...

EKU Risk Management and Insurance Program receives donation from women insurance leaders

“The insurance industry,” says Eastern Kentucky University professor Dr. Burke Christensen, “is a place where women are free to rise as high as their talents will take them.” Now, thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Kentucky-based Women Leaders in Insurance and Financial Services (WLI) to the Eastern Kentucky University Risk Management and Insurance Program, women have additional help in...

DOCJT graduates 22 law enforcement dispatchers from Public Safety Dispatch Academy’s 114th class

Twenty-two law enforcement dispatchers graduated Friday from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. This class included 11 trainees of distinction. The graduates hail from communications centers across the state and comprise DOCJT’s 114th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999. The five weeks of training consisted of 205 hours...

Regents Castro, Diaz offer ‘Strategies for Success’ during presentation to EKU Latino students

The fast-growing Latino population at Eastern Kentucky University can now look to the institution’s Board of Regents for role models. Lewis Diaz, an attorney in Northern Kentucky, and Juan Castro, an accountant in Lexington, took time out to spend two hours with many of the University’s approximately 550 Latino students on Oct. 11, sharing their “Strategies for Success.” The event was part...

There’s no place like Homecoming: EKU welcoming graduates for Reunion Weekend Oct. 19-21

“There’s no place like Homecoming.” That’s the theme this year as Eastern Kentucky University gets ready to welcome graduates, their families and other friends of the University to Homecoming and Reunion Weekend Oct. 19-21. Thousands are expected for a weekend full of festivities, floats, family fun, fellowship and, of course, football. Continuing a practice that began last year, the University...

Chairman of EKU Board of Regents announces donation of $1 million for academic, facility initiatives

As chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents the past four years, Craig Turner knows firsthand that the need for private support of the institution has never been greater. It is why he and wife Madonna, both EKU alums, are also among the University’s most generous financial supporters. The University recently announced a $1 million leadership gift commitment from the Turners for a...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training sergeant academy produces 22 new graduates

Law enforcement officers from agencies across the commonwealth were recognized last week for completing the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Academy of Police Supervision. APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list to become sergeants. While in...

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...