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Bermans donate $1 million to support expanding academic program in EKU School of Business

As industry demand for sales professionals continues to grow, a long-time business executive who knows the need firsthand has stepped up to support an up-and-coming academic program in the Eastern Kentucky University School of Business. A $1 million gift from Louis and Maribeth Berman, of Louisville, has enabled the School’s Center for Professional Sales, which now bears the Bermans’ name, to secure...

West Virginia rushes for 329 yards, rolls to 56-10 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday

By John Antonik West Virginia University MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia had little trouble disposing of Eastern Kentucky in its COVID-19-delayed season opener Saturday afternoon at Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers built a 42-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 56-10 victory over the winless Colonels. “It was a good win,” West Virginia head coach Neal Brown said afterward. “I’m...

Wells tosses four touchdown passes in college debut, Marshall coasts to 59-0 victory over EKU

KyForward staff HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The good news for Eastern Kentucky University is that for three hours Saturday afternoon, a national television audience watched its football team square off against Marshall. The bad news is that Marshall freshman quarterback Grant Wells passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns as the Thundering Herd coasted to a 59-0 win over EKU at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Wells,...

EKU kicks off football season Saturday afternoon with nationally televised game at Marshall

Eastern Kentucky University begins the football season this Saturday by traveling to Huntington, W.Va., for a nationally televised game with Marshall. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN. Eastern Kentucky posted a 7-5 overall record last season. The Colonels are under the direction of first-year head coach Walt Wells, who most recently served as a quality control...

EKU unveils Veterans Education and Transition Support Center with dedication event

Eastern Kentucky University has long been known as an institution that supports veterans, and it has now unveiled a space that strengthens that support. EKU’s newly renovated Powell Building now boasts a 3,000 square foot facility dedicated to veterans attending the university. The EKU Veterans Education and Transition Support (VETS) Center was unveiled Tuesday morning, with Rep. Andy Barr and president...

EKU administration defies Ohio Valley Conference, announces eight-game football schedule for this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eastern Kentucky University has released an eight-game football schedule, a week after the Ohio Valley Conference postponed its league contests for the upcoming season. The revised schedule features home games against Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Western Carolina. The Colonels will open the season on Sept. 5 at Marshall, followed by another road game at West...

McFaddin officially named EKU’s 14th president; board votes unanimously to remove interim tag

Dr. David McFaddin is Eastern Kentucky University’s 14th president after a special meeting of the Board of Regents on Thursday. The board voted unanimously to remove the interim from his title and will work out a contract with the president before December. McFaddin is currently paid $300,000 per year. “Today is truly the culmination of everything that is good about this institution. My job is...

Eastern Kentucky University suspends search, recommends McFaddin be appointed president

Eastern Kentucky University’s presidential search committee today voted unanimously to recommend to the University’s Board of Regents that the presidential search for EKU’s 14th president be permanently suspended, and interim president Dr. David McFaddin have his interim title removed and be appointed president. “The Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Search Committee met this afternoon...

West Virginia transfer Brandon Knapper granted waiver by NCAA for immediate eligibility at EKU

Eastern Kentucky University basketball head coach A.W. Hamilton has announced that West Virginia transfer Brandon Knapper has been granted a waiver by the NCAA that makes him immediately eligible to compete. A 6-0 guard from Ontario, California, Knapper played the past two seasons at West Virginia. He appeared in 27 games for the Mountaineers last season, averaging 2.6 points and earning second team...

EKU baseball star A.J. Lewis signs contract with Colorado Rockies; Chicago native batted .451 in 2020

Eastern Kentucky University star catcher A.J. Lewis has signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies. “Being a professional baseball player is a dream come true,” Lewis said. Lewis was on the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year watch list in 2019 and 2020. He hit .303 with 45 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine home runs, a team-best 49 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases in 2019. EKU...

EKU journalism faculty member Michael Randolph receives IRE Educator of Color Fellowship

Michael Randolph, a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, is one of nine university journalism faculty members nationwide to receive an Educator of Color Fellowship from the Investigative Reporters and Editors. “I am amazed, honored and flattered that I was one of the first recipients of this award,” said Randolph. “I know that there are many journalism...

EKU trio named preseason All-OVC; Colonels begin season Sept. 3 against Western Carolina

Three Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team by the coaches and communications directors. EKU running back Alonzo Booth and a pair of offensive linemen – Tucker Schroeder and Graham Ashkettle — earned spots on the Preseason All-OVC Team. Booth finished the 2019 season with 673 rushing yards on 140 carries (4.8 yards per carry)...

Former EKU All-America running back Markus Thomas on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Former Eastern Kentucky University All-America running back Markus Thomas is a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation has announced. Thomas played four seasons at EKU from 1989 to 1992. He earned All-America honors his senior season after running for 1,494 yards and scoring 17 rushing touchdowns. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the...

EKU Board of Regents approve components of enrollment plan, return to campus for fall semester

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents have approved several components of an enrollment plan titled “The EKU Advantage.” “The EKU Advantage” includes freezing tuition, dining and housing rates at the same rates that students paid last fall, increasing available scholarship monies for need-based students, waiving application fees and several other requirements to ensure the university...

Four EKU football players named preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by HERO Sports

Four Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the HERO Sports preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team. Running back Alonzo Booth, offensive linemen Tucker Schroeder and Jackson Bardall, and linebacker Steven Crowder were the EKU players receiving the honors. Booth earned second team All-OVC honors from the coaches and communications directors last season. He was also chosen...

Transylvania names national expert as new VP for strategic initiatives and enrollment management

Sarah Coen, a national expert on enrollment and student success, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for strategic initiatives and enrollment management. Coen, who served as dean of enrollment at Transylvania from 1999-2006, returns to the university after working for the last 10 years as senior vice president at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a national higher education consulting...

García-Palencia twins provide double impact for EKU track and field program as freshmen

Two of the most impressive Eastern Kentucky University competitors at the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships were freshmen from Spain. They share a last name. And were born two minutes apart. Emma and Pedro García-Palencia are fraternal twins – mellizos, in Spain. They were born prematurely, at seven months. Pedro had an issue with the umbilical cord, so a Cesarean...

Calipari atop New York Knicks’ coaching wish list? UK mentor unlikely to consider NBA opening

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s name has surfaced yet again as a potential candidate for the head coaching job with the New York Knicks. If the past is any indication, the Kentucky coach won’t walk away easily or at all. However, Calipari is a longtime friend of Leon Rose, who was recently hired as the Knicks’ team president. Rose’s first priority is hiring a coach and it’s...

EKU announces start times for home football games; Colonels host Western Carolina on Sept. 5 at 3 p.m.

Start times for four of Eastern Kentucky University’s five home football games were announced Monday. The Colonels will begin the season at home against Western Carolina on Sept. 5. The kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. After playing three straight road games, EKU will be back at Roy Kidd Stadium on Oct. 3 to host Tennessee-Martin at 7 p.m. That will be this year’s Hall of Fame Game. EKU begins...

EKU women’s basketball adds Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson; averaged 7.2 points last season

The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team has added Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson. Johnson, a 6-foot-2 center from Dallas, Texas, has played for the Bobcats the past three seasons. As a junior, Johnson averaged 7.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. She netted a season-high 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting during Texas State’s 67-59 win over Alcorn State....