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EKU online nurse practitioner program wins UPCEA South Region Program of Excellence Award

Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program won the UPCEA South Region Program of Excellence Award for quality teaching and learning. The 100-percent online program, which was introduced in 2013, has built a reputation for academic rigor and student support. “Community is the foundation of a successful online program. Developers of Eastern Kentucky University’s...

EKU ranked among nation’s best in ‘Military Times: Best for Vets’ for support of military veterans

Eastern Kentucky University has long been ranked as a great school for military veterans, and this year is no different. The “Military Times: Best for Vets” 2020 rankings once again placed EKU in the top 10 percent of public universities in the nation and number one in Kentucky as the university prepares to offer new services and grants for its military and veteran students. “One of the main...

EKU to host ‘Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy’ panel on Nov. 14 in Crabbe Library

Eastern Kentucky University Libraries will join the Department of Communications to host the panel “Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy,” on Nov. 14 in the Crabbe Library. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion to follow at 6 p.m. J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” has been surrounded by controversy since its 2016 release. “Appalachian Reckoning:...

Confident Wildcats ‘locked-in’ as they prepare for Friday night’s home opener against Eastern Ky.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina wasn’t surprised by Tyrese Maxey’s performance at Madison Square Garden earlier this week. “Tyrese is a big-time player,” he said. “The dude is a big-time shot-maker and everything that he does, he does well and he does it with a smile on his face that’s when you know he’s really playing.” Maxey came off the bench and scored 26 points to lead...

EKU’s Gen1 Conference begins Thursday; 150 educators from several states expected to attend

This Friday is national First Generation College Student Day, and approximately 150 educators at all levels from Kentucky and several other states will converge on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University to discuss ways to better serve those who are the first in their families to attend college. The day-long Gen1 Conference, to be held in the Perkins Building, is the first conference focused on first-generation...

Friend of Eastern Kentucky University funds new scholarship for students in Clay and Leslie Counties

Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer, a former teacher and real estate investor, learned the value of education early in life. After her father passed away when she was nine, her mother, an EKU alumna, sacrificed much to ensure her children received the best education possible. That education set Kramer up for success. Now she is paying it forward with the Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer Endowed Scholarship. Frances...

EKU’s top-ranked Criminal Justice program now available at Mountain Empire Community College

Eastern Kentucky University’s top-ranked Criminal Justice program made history as the first EKU program to be offered completely on-site and out of state. The program, already a popular choice among students at EKU’s regional campus sites in Manchester and Corbin, as well as numerous Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses throughout Eastern Kentucky, is now available to students attending...

EKU student’s capstone research on pesticide contamination earns cover story in prominent journal

While pursuing a master’s in public health from Eastern Kentucky University, Mary Sheldon earned an accolade many researchers spend their whole careers hoping for. Her capstone research was recently the cover story of a prominent peer-reviewed journal. The report, titled “Pesticide Contamination in Central Kentucky Urban Honey: A Pilot Study,” was a collaboration between Sheldon; Dr. Clint Pinion,...

EKU joins national initiative ‘Degrees When Due’ to help students with some credit complete degrees

Eastern Kentucky University has been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees. As one of the colleges and universities from 20 states participating in Degrees When Due, EKU will learn best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging...

EKU celebrates 2019 Homecoming Oct. 3-5; football game set for 3 p.m. Saturday against UT Martin

Eastern Kentucky University’s 2019 Homecoming weekend will take place earlier in the month than usual, welcoming graduates and their families and friends to the Richmond campus Oct. 3-5. This year’s Homecoming celebration coincides with the launch of the public phase of EKU’s second-ever comprehensive campaign, dubbed the “Make No Little Plans” campaign. The campaign is raising $50...

EKU launches ‘Make No Little Plans’ fundraising campaign; three pledges total nearly $5 million

Eastern Kentucky University’s public phase of its comprehensive fundraising campaign launched at a gala at the University Center for the Arts on Sept. 27 with three new pledges totaling nearly $5 million. Entitled “Make No Little Plans — The Campaign for EKU,” the goal was announced as $50 million by EKU Foundation Board Chair and campaign chair Maribeth Berman. Berman announced that $39 million...

Strong faculty, clinical partners help EKU’s online RN-to-BSN degree program earn No. 14 national ranking

A strong student-centered faculty and a nationwide network of clinical partners have helped Eastern Kentucky University’s online RN-to-BSN degree program earn a No. 14 national ranking among 440 such programs from RegisteredNursing.org. EKU’s nationally accredited, fully online, 29-credit-hour program is aimed at helping nurses with associate degrees achieve their educational and career goals by...

CPE celebrates statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky at EKU’s Brock Auditorium on Sept. 25

On Sept. 25, approximately 400 seventh- and 12th-graders from Bourbon County and Paris Independent schools will converge in Brock Auditorium at Eastern Kentucky University to celebrate the official statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky. GEAR UP Kentucky is a seven-year, $24.5 million grant program designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school and transitioning into postsecondary...

EKU’s 13th annual field camp at Lilley Cornett Woods provides formal lectures, campfire discussions

Every June, the Eastern Kentucky University Division of Natural Areas hosts a three-day field camp at its Appalachian research station, Lilley Cornett Woods. In its 13th year, this camp brings together students and faculty, agency personnel, and school teachers from across the country to interact through camping and hiking, formal lectures, informal campfire discussions and field trips to local mine...

Society of Professional Journalists selects EKU’s student chapter as Campus Program of the Year

The Society of Professional Journalists has named Eastern Kentucky University’s student chapter as the winner of the Campus Program of the Year award. The national award recognizes EKU SPJ’s most recent First Amendment Week program, titled “Guardians and the War on Truth,” which took place in April. The four-day program included a panel discussion of Kentucky journalists about the challenges,...

WEKU’s Mike Savage elected to NPR Board of Directors; three-year term begins in November

WEKU director and general manager Mike Savage has been elected to the Board of Directors for National Public Radio (NPR). This is Savage’s second term as a member director. His three-year term begins in November. NPR’s 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of 12 member directors who are managers of NPR member stations and are elected to the board by their fellow member stations. Mike Savage The...

Regional university partnership offers new options for students in Southeastern Kentucky

EKU President Michael Benson and Somerset Community College President Carey Castle sign a memorandum of agreement. (EKU photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s regional public universities have now joined forces to offer classes at the new University Center of Southern Kentucky, located on the campus of Somerset Community College. The University Center of Southern Kentucky, or UCSK,...

EKU opens 20th year of Chautauqua Lecture Series with Yale professor, author Oswald Schmitz Sept. 12

Eastern Kentucky University is presenting the 20th year of its Chautauqua Lecture Series beginning Sept. 12, with Yale University professor and author Oswald Schmitz on the topic of his recent book, “The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene.” This opening lecture serves as the series’ annual Bruce MacLaren Distinguished Lecture, in honor of the series’ founder, as...

EKU grad Thomas Logsdon officially named as one of the inventors of GPS by the Air Force

A global system that powers modern life was produced by decades of experimentation and hundreds of brilliant minds. One of those minds is an Eastern Kentucky University Colonel. Tom Logsdon, a 1959 graduate of EKU, was recently named one of 28 official inventors of the GPS by the U.S. Air Force. Logsdon’s fingerprints are all over the project that became GPS. As an engineer for Rockwell International,...

Scottish Rite Foundation awards more than $50,000 to Eastern Kentucky University graduate students

The Scottish Rite Foundation recently awarded scholarships to twelve graduate students in the College of Education’s Communication Disorders Graduate Program. The scholarships provide financial support to students who possess career aspirations of working with children or adults with speech, language, and swallowing disorders. (Photo from EKU) “Our faculty is incredibly proud of each of the students...