EKU, Bureau of Prisons form Kentucky’s first Inside-Out partnership bringing students, inmates together

Eastern Kentucky University and the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced last week a new Inside-Out partnership agreement, the first in the state, to provide EKU criminal justice students a more hands-on learning experience while also providing current inmates a chance to learn in a college environment without leaving custody. Dr. James David Lawson, EKU lecturer for the Inside-Out agreement, said that...

All ‘A’ Classic at Eastern Kentucky University records highest attendance for tournament since 2008

The recent All “A” Classic at Eastern Kentucky University recorded a total attendance of 38,201, the highest number for the annual event since 2008. The statewide basketball tournament for small schools returned to the Richmond campus this year after six years at the Frankfort Convention Center. EKU hosted the tournament from 1991 to 2011. Attendance at the nine sessions of the tournament ranged...

Eastern Kentucky University VP says school’s new Case Dining Hall ‘represents community’

The food itself might nourish the body, but there’s something about a campus dining hall that feeds the soul. Just ask Dr. Billy Martin, associate vice president and chief student affairs officer at Eastern Kentucky University. At grand opening ceremonies for Case Dining Hall, Martin recounted the story of observing a student on his first day on the Richmond campus. The student, who seemed at first...

EKU graduate returns to alma Mater to serve as director of government and community relations

Ethan Witt knows firsthand the value of a degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Now, after serving four and a half years in the field offices of Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the 2011 political science graduate is returning to his alma mater to share that story as its director of government and community relations. He will serve under the direction...

EKU ranked seventh nationally among best colleges and universities for veterans by College Choice

Eastern Kentucky University ranks seventh nationally, and tops in Kentucky, among the best colleges and universities for military veterans, according to College Choice. Last fall, EKU finished 14th nationally in the annual Military Times: Best Colleges rankings, up from 17th the previous year. In the Military Times rankings, EKU was the only school from Kentucky or any adjacent state to crack the...

EKU online degree program rank among top 25 in country by U.S. News & World Report

For the seventh year, Eastern Kentucky University online degree programs have been ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. EKUy ranked in the top 25 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs and in the top 100 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs. “Our mission is to provide adult learners with access to quality education,” said Tim Matthews, executive director...

DOCJT’s Criminal Justice Executive Development program graduates 21 new officers

Twenty-one law enforcement executives from agencies across Kentucky graduated last week from the Criminal Justice Executive Development program, an advanced leadership course designed for supervisors at small and medium-size agencies from across the state. Bowling Green Police Deputy Chief Kevin Wiles served as guest speaker. The 21 graduates comprised the Department of Criminal Justice Training’s...

Eastern Kentucky University breaks ground on new Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Eastern Kentucky University celebrated the groundbreaking Monday for a new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The new center, which at approximately 130,000 square feet will be more than double the size of the University’s existing fitness center, is expected to open in Fall 2019 on the former site of Todd and Dupree residence halls and adjacent to a soon-to-be-renovated student union facility. Artists...

NKU parlays tough defense, blistering shooting into 91-63 victory over EKU on Sunday night

By Don Owen KyForward reporter Often overlooked by college basketball fans in this age of 3-pointers and high-flying dunks, stingy defensive efforts are greatly valued by head coaches. John Brannen appreciates tough defense that plays with energy, and he had much to applaud Sunday night while watching his Northern Kentucky University squad totally dismantle Eastern Kentucky University, 91-63, at BB&T...

Kentucky Court of Appeals to hear civil cases November 30 at EKU’s Carl D. Perkins Building

The Kentucky Court of Appeals will convene Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to hear civil cases on appeal from Fayette, Franklin, Hopkins and Jefferson counties and a criminal case from Jefferson County. Proceedings are open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. at the Carl D. Perkins Building at 4436 Kit Carson Drive. Three-judge panels composed of Court of Appeals Judges Glenn...

EKU among leading four-year schools for veterans in latest listing of Military Times Best Colleges

Eastern Kentucky University is among the leading four-year schools nationally in the annual Military Times Best Colleges rankings. EKU finished 14th (and tops in Kentucky) in the recently announced 2018 rankings, up from 17th a year ago. The rankings (formerly known as “Best for Vets”) measure schools on their commitment to helping military veterans further their education. EKU is the only school...

College roundup: Bo Schuh scores 13 as Transy defeats TMC; EKU rolls past Asbury, MSU falls

By Don Owen KyForward reporter Transylvania University shot 65.4 percent from the field Saturday night to knock off host Thomas More College, 88-72, in a men’s basketball game at the Connor Convocation Center. TU’s Bo Schuh The Pioneers (3-0) placed five players in double figures, led by Spencer McKinney’s 15 points. Bo Schuh added 13 points for Transylvania, which built a 45-32 lead at halftime....

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...