Western Kentucky University dedicates new $40 million Ogden College of Engineering building

Western Kentucky University celebrated on Monday the ribbon cutting of the newly-constructed Ogden College Hall. The four-floor, 80,000-square-foot facility features more than 30 labs for biology, chemistry, and physics and astronomy along with student advising offices, a 300-seat auditorium and the office suite for the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. The $40 million building replaces Thompson...

With five recipients, Western Kentucky University among top producers of Fulbright Scholars in nation

Western Kentucky University has again been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students as announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Five WKU students received Fulbright awards for academic year 2017-18, placing WKU in a tie for fourth place among master’s institutions nationally. WKU is the only Kentucky institution to make the list, published in...

Two Western Kentucky University students chosen chosen to participate in ONE Summit Feb. 24-26

Nicole Camargo and Amanda Collins, two ONE Campus Leaders at Western Kentucky University, were chosen to participate in an exclusive summit in Washington, D.C., focused on fighting extreme poverty and disease. At the three-day, invite-only summit, students will come together, learn about The ONE Campaign and hear from well-known speakers, activists, and political leaders. Participants will receive...

America Psychological Association’s Rena Subotnik to speak at WKU Wedge Visiting Scholars Program

Dr. Rena Subotnik of the American Psychological Association will be the featured guest speaker at this year’s Wedge Visiting Scholar Presentations. The event takes place in two sessions, both of which are free to attend. Dr. Rena Subotnik The first session begins at 7 p.m. CT Feb. 21 in Gary Ransdell Hall on WKU’s campus and is open to students, parents, teachers, administrators and counselors...

Life-changing impact of educators celebrated at 2018 Louie B. Nunn Ky. Teacher Hall of Fame induction

Family members, friends and former students celebrated the life-changing impact of three outstanding teachers Tuesday at the Capitol Rotunda during the induction of the 10th class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. The 2018 inductees, chosen by the statewide selection committee, were Gloria K. Compton of Lexington, the late Ronald Montgomery of Louisville and the late Mattie...

WKU students honored in 2018 Hearst Journalism Awards multimedia, writing competitions

Four Western Kentucky University students have been honored in writing and multimedia competitions in the 2017-2018 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Nicole Ares, a May graduate from Versailles, finished second in the Enterprise Reporting competition and received a $2,000 award. Michelle Hanks, a senior from Chattanooga, Tennessee, finished sixth. Sawyer Smith, a May graduate from Louisville, finished...

Western Kentucky University named Diversity and Inclusion Champion from Diversity Abroad

Western Kentucky University has taken a leap forward in its diversity and inclusion efforts, receiving a prestigious award from Diversity Abroad. WKU has been named the Diversity & Inclusion Champion in the 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards. The EDIIE Awards celebrates innovative practices, original research and inclusive excellence with an...

University of Kentucky Winter Wheat Meeting to be held in Hopkinsville convention center on Jan. 4

The 2018 University of Kentucky Winter Wheat Meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST Jan. 4 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. It is hosted by the UK Wheat Science Group, registration for the event will start at 8:30 a.m. The annual meeting provides an overview of research projects from the past year. UK, Western Kentucky University and industry experts will cover...

Western Kentucky University unveils bronze statue honoring longtime supporter Rep. Jody Richards

A bronze statue of longtime Western Kentucky University supporter and Kentucky State Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green was unveiled on WKU’s main campus this week in Jody Richards Hall. Jody Richards Hall, previously known as Mass Media and Technology Hall, was dedicated during a May 4 ceremony. Richards, whose 14-year tenure as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives was the longest in...

University of Ky media adviser Chris Poore honored by alma mater for contributions to Journalism

By Mike Farrell Special to KyForward Chris Poore, media adviser for the Kentucky Kernel, has chalked up another award for his efforts. Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) College Heights Herald honored Poore, a WKU alum, with its 2017 award for outstanding contributions to journalism. The award was given Saturday, Oct. 14, during the 67th annual Student Publications Homecoming Breakfast at Bowling...

WKU Herald, Talisman pick up three Pacemakers, other awards at national college media convention

WKU’s student publications received top national awards during the National College Media Convention Oct. 26-29 in Dallas. The College Heights Herald and the Talisman both received Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker awards, the country’s most prestigious recognition for college publications, during a ceremony on Saturday. Six students and two alumni were also recognized with individual awards. The...

Committee names three to 2018 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame; induction ceremony planned for Feb. 6

Members of the 10th class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected. The three chosen by the statewide selection committee are Gloria K. Compton, Ronald Montgomery and Mattie Jo Smith. Members of the 2018 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame will be inducted during a ceremony on Feb. 6 in Frankfort. The induction ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. EST in the Capitol Rotunda. The...

Four Western Kentucky University Gatton Academy students named semifinalists in Siemens Competition

Four Western Kentucky University Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science students have been recognized as national semifinalists in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students. The Siemens Competition received over 1,860 student submissions this year. The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s...

Western Kentucky University announces 2017 Homecoming celebration schedule Oct. 11-15

With a parade, reunions, pep rallies, award presentations, hall of fame inductions, a football game and more, Western Kentucky University alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends will find There’s No Place Like Home during Homecoming 2017. “WKU has a Homecoming atmosphere that very few universities can match,” said Ginny Hensley, director of Alumni Programming. “Regardless of when you spent...

WKU Student Publications has finalists in all four Associated College Press Pacemaker categories

For the first time, WKU Student Publications has four finalists for national Pacemaker awards — one in each category in which the Associated Collegiate Press honors the nation’s best student-run publications. WKU’s finalists for the honors, which will be awarded in October at the National College Media Convention in Dallas, are: • College Heights Herald – finalist for the...

Western Kentucky University receives $2.5 million estate gift from late Beulah R. Winchel

Western Kentucky University has received an estate gift of more than $2.5 million from the late Beulah R. Winchel. Winchel, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 103, was born in the Franks community of Breckinridge County on Jan. 8, 1912. She received her teaching degree at WKU, then known as Western Kentucky State Teachers College, in 1939. She later received her master’s degree in Library Sciences...

Afghan journalist Lotfullah Najafizada to visit Western Kentucky University for Fleischaker/Greene Award

The School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University will welcome Afghan journalist Lotfullah Najafizada to campus in this month as the recipient of the second annual Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting. Lotfullah Najafizada (Photo provided) Najafizada serves as the director of TOLONews, Afghanistan’s first and largest 24/7 news and current events...

Kentucky Museum to host second annual Hammer-In event celebrating metalworking traditions Oct. 7

The Kentucky Museum will host its second Hammer-In on Oct. 7. The Hammer-In is a gathering of metalworkers endeavoring to preserve the craft and techniques of the blacksmith forge and foundry arts through demonstrations in both historic and modern-day form. The free community event begins at 10 a.m. The 2016 Hammer-In event at the Museum drew more than 300 enthusiastic participants celebrating the...

Science Guy: Using the power of the sun, it’s possible to pop a balloon — inside another balloon

Have you ever popped a balloon inside a balloon? If not, our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how by using the power of the sun. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Pop a Balloon Inside a Balloon INGREDIENTS • Magnifying Glass • Black Balloon • Clear Balloon INSTRUCTIONS STEP...

Science Guy: Inflate a balloon inside a bottle? Sure, but it’s more difficult than you think

Can you inflate a balloon inside a bottle? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist explain why it’s more difficult than you may think. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Balloon in a Bottle INGREDIENTS • Balloon • Bottle INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Pour the water out of the water...