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...

Science Guy: Filler from your old bean bag chair, air pressure can be used for amazing experiment

Do you have a bean bag chair? If so, our “science guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how you can use those tiny pieces, inside the chair, to do an amazing experiment. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Mashing Matter INGREDIENTS • Bicycle Pump with Rubber Stopper • 1 Liter Clear...

Science Guy: Friction gives serious muscle power to pages of those old phone books

Do you have any old phone books? If so, don’t trash them. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and some kid scientists, show us how the pages, inside, have muscle power. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Phone Book Friction INGREDIENTS • Two Phone Books INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Overlap the pages...

Western Kentucky University professor earns national recognition for STEM education research

Dr. Lisa C. Duffin, an associate professor of psychology, has earned national recognition for her research on STEM education as part of Western Kentucky University’s SKyTeach Program. Dr. Duffin received the 2016-2017 UTeach STEM Educators Association (USEA) Faculty Scholar Award, which is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to furthering the body of research on STEM...

Science Guy: Have an ordinary dollar bill handy? Here’s a way you can make it magnetic

Do you have a dollar bill? If so, did you know it’s magnetic? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist, explain why. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” INGREDIENTS • Neodymium Magnet • United States Dollar Bill INSTRUCTIONS STEP 1: Hold the dollar bill so it hangs freely from...

Western Kentucky University graduate student helps build College and Career Readiness program

When Rachel Bauer was in high school, she imagined herself on a very different career path. However, there was one persistent passion that continued to drive her forward: her love for people. “Ever since high school, I knew I wanted to go into a helping profession. I was working in a hospital after I got my undergrad degree, and I realized that was not what I wanted to do. The field didn’t feel...

Science Guy: Want to avoid a face full of soda when you drop the can? Here’s how that works

Have you ever dropped your can of soda? Most people will tap the top before opening, but our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist say you should do something else. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Soda Can Shake INGREDIENTS • 2 Cans of Regular Soda • Transparent Cup INSTRUCTIONS STEP...

Science Guy: Alka-Seltzer not just for upset stomachs — it’s an ingredient in a fun experiment

Has your kid’s baby bottle ever exploded? Probably not! Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist, show us a special baby bottle, which will explode when you add an ingredient from the medicine cabinet. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Exploding Baby Bottle Ingredients • Hard...

Western Kentucky University graduate nominated for primetime Emmy Award for work on HBO series

Becky Ann Baker and Lena Dunham in Girls (Photo from IMDB) Becky Ann Baker, a 1975 Western Kentucky University graduate, is a first-time nominee for a Primetime Emmy Award for her work on the HBO series Girls. Baker, who is known for roles in the movies Men in Black (1997), Spider-Man 3 (2007) and A Simple Plan (1998) as well as work on television and Broadway, was nominated in the category of Outstanding...