A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Six Western Kentucky University students awarded Fulbright students grants for international studies

Six Western Kentucky University students have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for the 2018-19 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Sarah Angelle of Monticello, Sarah Linder of Louisville, Logan Mitchell of Hebron, Lily Nellans of Windsor Heights, Iowa, Maggie Sullivan of Louisville and Elizabeth Upshur of Antioch, Tennessee...

Eleven WKU fraternity members to make cross country ride, raise money for Alzheimer’s research

Eleven members of a Western Kentucky University fraternity will make the sixth Bike4Alz cross country ride this summer to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. The members of WKU FIJI (Phi Gamma Delta) are riding with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Bike4Alz, which was founded by WKU students in 2010. The previous five teams have biked more than 13,000 miles and raised nearly $250,000 for research. The...

WKU to award 3283 degrees at 183rd commencement May 11; additional recognition events scheduled

Western Kentucky University will reimagine an old tradition with some new additions for its 183rd Commencement on May 11. For the first time since May 2006, WKU’s spring ceremony will be conducted outdoors at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Two new events will bookend the ceremony – the Topper Walk as WKU faculty and the Class of 2018 make their way from the Kentucky Museum into the stadium...

Western Kentucky University names former California State University dean Terry Ballman as next provost

Terry Ballman, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, San Bernardino, will be the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Ballman will begin Aug. 1, succeeding David Lee, who is retiring. Terry Ballman “I was drawn to the mission of WKU as a student-centered applied research university that prepares students of all...

Former Owen Co. star, Kentucky Mr. Basketball Carson Williams to finish college career at WKU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Carson Williams will finish out his collegiate career at Western Kentucky University. Carson Williams The former Owen County High School standout played the past two seasons at Northern Kentucky University and averaged 12 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season. Williams was named the Horizon League’s All-Freshman team during his...

Community partnerships in Pulaski, Fulton Counties support stations for Kentucky Mesonet at WKU

After reaching agreements with community partners, the Kentucky Climate Center will install and operate a Kentucky Mesonet station in Pulaski County and make upgrades to the Mesonet station in Fulton County. Partners for the new station at Northern Elementary School near Somerset include the Pulaski County Farm Bureau Board, which secured funding from several sources in the community; the Pulaski County...

WKU’s Gatton Academy of Math and Science selects 99 Kentucky sophomores for Class of 2020

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University has selected 99 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2020. “We are excited to welcome the Class of 2020, an exceptional and diverse group of young people. Each year our admissions process reveals a remarkable number of outstanding Kentucky students seeking to challenge themselves in the STEM fields,” said Dr. Lynette Breedlove,...

WKU wins Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for 24th time in 29 years

Western Kentucky University has won the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the 24th time in the past 29 years. WKU won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s 2017-2018 Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the two photo competitions and was followed by Ohio University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University...

Western Ky. University announces new editors for Talisman, College Heights Herald publications

Two juniors were chosen Wednesday to lead Western Kentucky University’s award-winning student publications in the coming year. Evan Heichelbech a journalism and management double-major from Louisville was named editor-in-chief of the College Heights Herald for Fall 2018. Heichelbech, currently managing editor-digital for the Herald, previously served as sports editor and as a sports reporter. He...

Nineteen Western Kentucky University Gatton Academy seniors named National Merit finalists

Nineteen seniors from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized as finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition, marking the most students recognized in one school year in the school’s history. Since The Gatton Academy’s inception in 2007, 110 students have been named National Merit Finalists. Eighty-nine current Gatton Academy seniors took...

Western Kentucky University professor Craig Cobane named American Council of Education Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) announced today that Dr. Craig T. Cobane, Executive Director of the Mahurin Honors College at Western Kentucky University and the Jacque and John Jarve Endowed Professor, has been named an ACE Fellow for the academic year 2018-19. Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by...

For student volunteers, WKU Habitat for Humanity changes lives both personally and professionally

Photo from WKU Next week, nine members of Western Kentucky University’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will be spending their spring break volunteering in Greenwood, South Carolina. Since 2003, more than 850 WKU students have worked on Habitat projects in more than 90 locations as part of Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program that builds houses and hope in communities. “Habitat for Humanity...

WKU approves honorary doctorate for alumna, University of Tennessee Chancellor Davenport

Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents on Friday approved an honorary Doctorate of Letters for WKU graduate Beverly J. Davenport, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Beverly J. Davenport “This is a wonderful way to celebrate her accomplishments,” said WKU President Timothy C. Caboni. Dr. Davenport earned her bachelor’s degree from WKU’s Communication and Journalism...

Western Kentucky University selects 16 students for 2018-19 Cherry Presidential Scholarships

Western Kentucky University has selected 16 students as recipients of the 2018-19 Cherry Presidential Scholarship, the school’s most prestigious academic award. The scholarship is valued at $16,000 annually and worth $64,000 during a four-year period. The students were among 48 applicants who visited WKU on Feb. 5 for activities that included an interview. In addition to demonstrating outstanding...

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...