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 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,...

Eastern Kentucky hopes to continue domination of Tennessee Martin in Homecoming matchup Saturday

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team will host the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday for Homecoming. The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com. The Alumni Coliseum parking lot serves as the staging area for the Homecoming...

EKU to honor 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions with ceremony during season-opener

The football team that started the championship tradition at Eastern Kentucky University – the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl Champions – will be honored at the Colonels’ first home game of the 2017 season on Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech University. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The 2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Grantland Rice Bowl Championship. All members of the 1967...

EKU graduate Hopkin’s story a remarkable tale of a metamorphosis of both body and mind

The ninth of 10 children, he graduated from Lynn Camp High School in 2009 with a 2.7 GPA and a composite ACT score of 18. At age 21, he decided to become the first in his family to attend college, but only after a friend just out of the military asked him via a text. He began that pursuit on the Corbin campus of Eastern Kentucky University, qualifying for three remedial courses. When he started classes...

Paraplegic EKU senior Guest eyes brighter future, thanks to education and medical procedure

By Yasmin White Special to KyForward Thousands of students will say farewell to Eastern Kentucky University in May. They will cross the commencement stage, receive their diplomas and throw their caps into the air as they celebrate another milestone. For Jeffrey Guest, however, graduating college is not just another accomplishment. It’s proof that the bad things that happen to us don’t have to define...

After 25 years in corporate world, deaf senior Mackey finds new career, fresh hope at EKU

Deaf since birth, he worked 25 years with IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, the last three years training testers internationally. He interacted successfully with the hearing world. Colleagues accepted him and came to respect and appreciate diversity. He even received a Bravo Award for his leadership on a large project. Then the unthinkable happened. His job was outsourced – to the very people he trained. They...

Eastern Kentucky University academic colleges set spring commencement ceremonies May 12-13

Eastern Kentucky University’s six academic colleges will hold spring commencement ceremonies May 12-13, all in Alumni Coliseum. EKU is not holding a University-wide ceremony. The schedule is as follows: · College of Justice and Safety, Friday, May 12, 9 a.m. · College of Health Sciences, Friday, May 12, 1:30 p.m. · College of Business and Technology, Friday, May 12, 6:30...

Empty Bowl Project to fight hunger to be held in Richmond for the 20th straight year on March 31

For the 20th consecutive year, the Empty Bowls Project is helping to put food on the table for hungry people in Madison County. The popular community event will be held on Friday, March 31, at First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. With a minimum $12 donation, participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl,...

Diverse EKU departments join forces for project on free-roaming horses in Breathitt County

What do the academic disciplines of sociology, animal studies, agriculture, wildlife management and aviation have in common? Faculty and students from those respective departments at Eastern Kentucky University are pooling their diverse areas of expertise to address the growing presence of free-roaming herds of horses in rural southeastern Kentucky. On Saturday, Feb. 25, EKU aviation instructor Randall...

EKU’s McBrayer Arena becomes largest classroom on campus for video production class

When it comes to college athletics many people have a notion that there is a separation from the rest of the university, that both operate in their own worlds and never intersect. However, Eastern Kentucky University athletics has turned its basketball arena into the largest classroom on campus. At EKU, academics and athletics intersect at McBrayer Arena. Through a partnership between Colonel athletics...

EKU re-elects officers for board of regents, approves sale of up to $75 million in general receipt bonding

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on Monday, voted to retain its slate of officers. Craig Turner will continue to serve as chair, Alan Long as vice chair, Barry Poynter as treasurer and Dana Fohl as secretary. Poynter is vice president for finance and administration at the University, and Fohl serves as deputy counsel. The Board also approved a resolution...

EKU Rodney Gross Scholar Hunter about to realize childhood dream of becoming a pilot

It’s not every five-year-old who already knows what he wants to do with his life, and then spends the next 15 years following through on his dream. But that’s what happened after young Horace Hunter took an international flight to visit his grandparents in Japan. Now 20, the senior aviation major and Rodney Gross Scholar at Eastern Kentucky University is about to embark on two prestigious internships...

Eastern Kentucky University receives anonymous gift of $1.25 million to fund math, science scholarships

An anonymous gift of $1.25 million will fund scholarships in math and science at Eastern Kentucky University. The donor provided an immediate donation of $250,000, with the balance of $1 million part of an estate gift. The donor provided an immediate donation of $250,000, with the balance of $1 million part of an estate gift (Photo Provided) “This generous gift will provide opportunities and encourage...

Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa to deliver EKU’s Hispanic Heritage Month keynote address

Award-winning reporter and news anchor Maria Hinojosa will provide “A Latina Perspective on the Politics of 2016” when she speaks at Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, Sept. 22. Hinojosa will deliver the University’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Address at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. Her talk, free and open to the public, is part of the University’s...

EKU welcomes second largest freshman class featuring highest average ACT in school history

The most comprehensive campus revitalization in Eastern Kentucky University’s long history aims to transform the living and learning experience for what continues to be a near-record number of students. The University recently welcomed its second largest class of new freshmen in the past 26 years (2,695 as of the first day of fall classes). As of Aug. 29, total enrollment had reached 16,954, virtually...

EKU to mark 15th anniversary of 9/11 with stair climb, ceremonies, blood drive

Eastern Kentucky University will mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy with its annual stair climb and memorial ceremonies, as well as a blood drive. On Sunday, Sept. 11, EKU students, faculty, staff and community members, many cloaked in full fire department or military attire, will be joined by first responders from surrounding counties at the climb, which will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Keene...

EKU athletics enjoys banner year; club team to compete in national obstacle event

It was a banner year for the Eastern Kentucky University athletics department last season. Eastern claimed its third straight Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup this year, a symbol of overall athletic excellence in conference-sponsored championships. The men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Ohio Valley Conference Championships for the ninth time in the last 10 years. The men’s...

EKU president Michael Benson receives three-year contract extension; tuition increases 5 percent

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents rewarded President Michael Benson with a new contract that would extend his presidency to 2020. The contract continues the same salary, terms and conditions that Benson received when he was given a four-year contract upon accepting the EKU post in 2013. “We’re confident in our president,” said board member Janet Craig. “We believe in our president,...

IdeaFestival Bluegrass will offer special Youth Day & Career Maker Faire on April 21 — free to students

Middle and high school students from across the Bluegrass region will convene at IdeaFestival Bluegrass for the first ever Youth Day & Career Maker Faire on April 21. The event will be held at the EKU Center for the Arts and is presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium and Bluegrass Tomorrow. Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis will be a special presenter for the IF Youth Day on April...