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WEKU partners with Red Barn Radio, becomes exclusive home of Lexington-based music show

WEKU and Red Barn Radio have announced a broadcast partnership that makes WEKU the exclusive home of the Lexington-based music show in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Beginning July 7, Red Barn Radio will expand to a two-hour program airing on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. The first hour of the program will be from the Red Barn Radio archives, while the second hour will be the latest recorded weekly show from...

Eastern Kentucky University banking students place second nationally in Bank Case Study Competition

A team of Eastern Kentucky University students has placed second in the nation in the Bank Case Study Competition, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors has announced. Fifty-eight undergraduate student teams from 44 colleges and universities partnered with community banks to conduct original case studies on how the economic growth, regulatory relief and the Consumer Protection Act helped community...

Has Rose wilted? Anniversary of landmark decision provides opportunity to reflect

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky School Boards Association After the Kentucky Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Rose v. Council for Better Education, the state poured more than $1.6 billion into K-12 education, created the SEEK education funding formula to help equalize state funding across school districts and changed many state laws governing K-12 schools. Rose at 30: click here for a look...

EKU President Michael Benson selected to represent OVC on NCAA Division I Presidential Forum

Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Michael Benson has been selected by his fellow university presidents to represent the Ohio Valley Conference on the NCAA Division I Presidential Forum. Benson’s term begins Sept. 1. Benson was selected at the May 31 meeting of the Board of OVC Presidents. The Presidential Forum assists the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in its strategic mission of governance...

Council Postsecondary Education awards campuses $300,000 in strategic initiative funding

The Council on Postsecondary Education has announced six Kentucky campuses are the recipients of two strategic grant award programs to help more students succeed in college. The awards for both programs total $300,000. Following a competitive review process, the Council awarded $50,000 Stronger by Degrees Student Success grants to five campuses to improve student progression and completion, with a...

EKU computer science major chosen for prestigious Summer Cybersecurity Research program

A junior computer science major at Eastern Kentucky University was one of only two students chosen nationally for the prestigious Summer Cybersecurity Research program at Wright State University. Alex Dixon will spend 10 weeks this summer at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, researching cybersecurity topics such as malware detection and software vulnerability assessment, among mentors at the top of the...

Military veteran who died in line of duty as Kentucky Conservation Officer is formally recognized

A military veteran who died in the line of duty as a Kentucky Conservation Officer was formally recognized Thursday in Frankfort with a monument at the permanent memorial honoring Kentucky’s fallen conservation officers. Bernard Dean Ratliff served as a wildlife and water patrol officer with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for more than a decade until his death in June 1999....

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Eastern Kentucky University alum, pilot Sean Howard named chief flight instructor in aviation program

Eastern Kentucky University’s recently hired chief flight instructor is new to the job, but very familiar with EKU.   After serving as a professional pilot for more than two decades, Sean Howard has returned to his alma mater to train the next generation of flyers in EKU’s aviation program. He is excited to be back on campus.   “It feels like home to me, this program, this university,” said...

Author, activist Jennifer Baumgardner to deliver Women’s History Month keynote address at EKU

The Women’s History Month keynote address at Eastern Kentucky University, part of the Chautauqua lecture series, will educate audiences about feminism, intersectionality and the recent #MeToo movement. Jennifer Baumgardner, feminist author and activist, will give the talk, titled “Beyonce and Beyond: A Brief History of Feminisms, Intersectionality, and #MeToo,” on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30...

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty named vice president for student affairs and campus life at EKU

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty Jr. — better known as “Skip” to generations of Eastern Kentucky University students, faculty and staff — has been named vice president for student affairs and campus life by EKU President Michael T. Benson in a recent restructure of administrative roles. “I even sign my name as Skip,” Daugherty said in his trademark affable manner, matter-of-fact but followed by...

Macy Norton to give lecture: ‘Pet Histories: The Native American Origins of a Modern Practice’ at EKU

The keynote address for the Eastern Kentucky University Living with Animals Conference is from Macy Norton, titled: “Pet Histories: The Native American Origins of a Modern Practice.” The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. Marcy Norton (Ph.D. Berkeley) is a historian of the early modern Atlantic World, with a focus on Latin America and Spain. Much...

EKU Military Affairs Director Barbara Kent takes ‘school of opportunity’ mission to new level

Barbara Kent, recently-named Director of Military and Veteran Affairs at Eastern Kentucky University, has experienced the university as a “school of opportunity” firsthand. A military veteran, Kent came to EKU in 2010 as a temporary, part-time administrative assistant without a college degree. Now, in addition to earning a director position, she is preparing to graduate in May with a master’s...

EKU awarded $1.46 million ARC POWER Investment to open four aviation maintenance technician schools

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through its POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative has announced an investment of $1,463,927 in Eastern Kentucky University’s “Kentucky’s Appalachia Aviation Maintenance Technician Training” project. The 18-month program, slated to begin training students in January 2020, will be partially taught...

WEKU launches app to make radio accessible anywhere, broaden listening base

Imagine your own home for a moment. Do an electronics inventory in your head. Do you have a radio in your house, apartment or residence hall? If you’re under 30, you may not. Technology has drastically changed the way we consume radio over the last 10 years, and it continues to evolve. Now there’s a WEKU app for that. “This is a strategic investment in new ways of listening and fitting into our...

EKU to offer out-of-state bachelor’s degree in criminal justice by partnering with MECC

Eastern Kentucky University and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) announced a new transfer partnership agreement to offer a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC). This is the first-ever EKU program to be offered completely on-site, out of state. “The College of Justice and Safety, EKU’s Program of Distinction, remains committed...

EKU Richmond, Corbin campuses offering childcare vouchers for students through CCAMPIS grant

Attending college full-time while raising young children can be challenging for any student, but a grant could provide some Eastern Kentucky University students with a cost-saving solution for child care. EKU’s Child and Family Studies program, part of its Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been awarded federal funding to start a program to assist full-time, undergraduate student parents...

Peaks Mill Elementary teacher Angie Beavin earns prestigious $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Fifth-grade teacher Angie Beavin knows how to meet the needs of her students at Peaks Mill Elementary in Frankfort, and it all starts with reading. As the saying goes, reading is fundamental, but in the contemporary classroom you could add that data helps get the job done. Beavin is an enthusiastic proponent of the Public Education and Business Coalition’s “Thinking Strategies” method,...

U.S. News & World Report ranks EKU online degree programs among best for eighth consecutive year

For the eighth consecutive year, EKU Online degree programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Eastern Kentucky University ranked in the top 30 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The university also ranked in the top 100 for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs. “It’s incredibly rewarding to have...

Eastern Kentucky University board bids farewell to Chair Craig Turner, elects Regent Lewis Turner

Eastern Kentucky University’s January 9 Board of Regents meeting was uncharacteristically emotional as the Colonel Community bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chair Craig Turner. The board unanimously elected Regent Lewis Diaz as Turner’s successor. A Cuban native, Diaz is EKU’s first minority Board of Regents Chair. He graduated from EKU with an undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree...