A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

“Appalachian Mining Town” video game designed by EKU students a finalist in national competition

“Appalachian Mining Town” might center around an abandoned mining town in eastern Kentucky, but the video game recently developed by a team of Eastern Kentucky University students wasn’t forgotten by the E3 College Competition, which selected the product as one of five finalists for the national event. “This is an amazing honor,” said Dr. George Landon, EKU Gaming Institute director. Landon...

Special Olympics ‘Fifty Years of Hustle and Heart’ summer games start Friday at EKU

More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes and more than 600 volunteers from throughout Kentucky will be celebrating “50 Years of Hustle and Heart” this weekend as the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games return to Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond from Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3. There are a number of events on Friday, June 1, leading up to the start of the Games. The Law Enforcement...

Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University honors five fallen officers

“At 31 years old, my world was shattered,” said Amy Ellis, widow of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who was killed in the line of duty five years ago today. “We lost all our hopes and dreams. I was terrified and angry.” Amy Ellis spoke Thursday during the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony, which honored the lives of five Kentucky officers who died in the line of duty. Ellis...

Eastern Kentucky University earns bronze STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability efforts

One of Patrick McKee’s goals, when he became sustainability manager at Eastern Kentucky University in 2015, was to help the institution receive a STARS rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Mission accomplished. In recognition of its sustainability achievements, EKU recently received a Bronze rating from AASHE and is one of only 299 schools worldwide...

Five officers to be honored at Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24

Five Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24 at the memorial monument site in Richmond. The name of Louisville Metro police officer Nicholas Rodman, who died in the line of duty March 29, 2017, will be added to the memorial. Additionally, Louisville police officer James Harrison, Clarkson...

Retired EKU professor earns fourth Fulbright Scholar Award, travels to Azerbaijan to teach

Coming from a Pakistani business family that for generations built and fostered relationships worldwide, she was raised and educated to think globally and, from a young age, traveled frequently and extensively. Now, Dr. Qaisar Sultana is headed to Azerbaijan with a Fulbright Scholar Award. The professor emerita of special education at Eastern Kentucky University will teach a special education course...

NKU expanding early-enrollment program for Chase College of Law, adds EKU to its accelerated program

Northern Kentucky University is expanding an early-enrollment program at Salmon P. Chase College of Law to reach more students in Kentucky. The Chase 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, which combines a final year of undergraduate study with a first year of law school, is now available to undergraduate students at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), as well as those at Northern Kentucky University and two...

Five decades later, 85-year-old Floridian returns to Eastern Kentucky University to receive degree

Just how big was Roy Davidson’s smile when he crossed the Eastern Kentucky University commencement stage to receive his diploma on May 11? You might say it was 54 years wide. That’s how much time had elapsed since Davidson, now 85, had last set foot on the Richmond campus. In fact, if a personal tragedy hadn’t curtailed his pursuit of a degree just a few credit hours short in 1964, his diploma...

EKU students win national case study competition, earn $1,000 academic scholarships

The Department of Financial Institutions congratulates the student team from Eastern Kentucky University for taking top honors in the 2018 Community Bank Case Study Competition. The 2018 competition focused on how bank management utilizes technology to streamline processes and better serve their customers. EKU seniors Lorelei Nguyen, Dalton Stanley and Aaron Schmidgall will each receive a $1,000 academic...

Eastern Kentucky University professor David Zurick wins 2017 Nautilus Award for Lyrical Prose

His previous books have illuminated life in the Himalayas and the American South. Now, Eastern Kentucky University Foundation Professor Dr. David Zurick has won one of the publishing industry’s most prestigious honors – a 2017 Nautilus (Silver) Award – for his most recent work. “Morning Coffee at the Goldfish Pond: Seeing a World in the Garden” is one of only three Silver winners in the Lyrical...

EKU to become first AACSB program in Kentucky to offer a fully online degree in accounting this fall

Beginning this fall, Eastern Kentucky University will be the first Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International-accredited program in Kentucky to offer a fully online degree in accounting. Applications are now being accepted for the bachelor’s of business administration degree with a concentration in public accounting. In addition, an online certificate in accounting will...

EKU redesigns Master’s of Business Administration degree program, launch set for this fall

Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Business, in the spirit of continuous improvement, has redesigned its Master’s of Business Administration degree program. The redesigned program, two years in the making, launches this fall and features a number of changes that grew out of “extensive research” conducted with business executives, faculty, current MBA students, and undergraduate business...

Kentucky by Heart: Former EKU sports information director Karl Park finds new outlet in horse racing

If you live anywhere in the Richmond area or have been a keen observer of college sports in Kentucky for several decades, the name Karl Park is probably familiar. As Eastern Kentucky University’s sports information director from 1970 until he retired from that role in 2004, his dedication to EKU and quality service to the sporting public garnered him a Colonel’s share of awards along the way, not...

EKU aviation program faculty/student duo earns national award for project to enhance airport safety

A faculty member and student from Eastern Kentucky University’s nationally prominent aviation program recently earned a national award for a project aimed at enhancing airport safety. Cameron Sidor, a junior aerospace management major from Richmond, and Kyle Knezevich, assistant professor of aviation, were awarded first place by the Academic Relations Committee of the American Association of Airport...

EKU regents approve program suspensions, eliminate 96 currently filled faculty, staff poitions

Faced with the need to recoup $25 million in recurring costs, a task made necessary largely by declines in state funding and increased pension obligations, the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents today suspended several academic programs and eliminated 96 currently filled faculty and staff positions. Benson “It truly is a perfect storm and financial reckoning the likes of which EKU has never...

16th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair attracts 297 students from across state

The 16th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) was held March 24 at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum. Overall, 297 students representing 280 projects were on hand to compete for awards in 22 middle school and 22 high school categories ranging from animal sciences to robotics and intelligent machines. Students in the high school division at the state fair and several other...

Project Graduate helps 58-year-old Lexington native finish bachelor’s degree, but he doesn’t stop there

By Madison Harris Special to KyForward In 1971, Stanley Howell dropped out of Eastern Kentucky University. In 2017, he completed his doctorate. What happened in between is a tribute to Howell’s steely determination and to the encouragement he found from the Project Graduate program at EKU. Through Project Graduate, the then-58-year-old Howell returned to EKU to complete his bachelor’s degree 40...

EKU to offer online bachelor’s of business administration beginning with Fall 2018 semester

Eastern Kentucky University will present a new option for online students in Fall 2018. Applications are now being accepted for the bachelor’s of business administration (BBA) degree with a general business concentration. EKU’s program is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It will provide a full degree program, not just a degree...

EKU earns LEED Gold status from U.S. Green Building Council for phase 2 or Science Building

Eastern Kentucky University has been honored again for its commitment to environmental stewardship. University officials learned recently that Phase 2 of its Science Building, the largest such facility on any college campus in the Commonwealth, was granted LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) A ceremony will be held at...