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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...

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

Vice President Mike Pence comes to Ky. with $9 million in federal grants to battle opioid epidemic

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today More than $9 million in federal grants to combat opioids in Kentucky were delivered Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, joined Gov. Matt Bevin in southeastern Kentucky. Pence said the grants included $750,000 in training grants for the University of Pikeville, $167,000...

EKU football standout Aaron Patrick named preseason All-American by national publication

Eastern Kentucky University defensive lineman Aaron Patrick has earned a spot on the Phil Steele preseason All-America team, the publication announced Wednesday. Patrick, a redshirt senior, is listed by Steele as a first-team All-America selection. EKU’s Aaron Patrick ranked second in the OVC with 0.68 sacks per game last season. He finished with 53 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and...

EKU president’s upcoming book to spotlight ’one of the most remarkable figures’ in history of higher ed

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson’s next book will spotlight “one of the most remarkable figures in the history of American higher education.” As president of fledgling Johns Hopkins University from 1875 to 1901, Daniel Coit Gilman “created the prototype for the modern research university.” When the University’s namesake, wealthy philanthropist Johns Hopkins, passed away...

EKU football standouts McCleskey Jr., Patrick and Moore chosen to All-OVC preseason team

Three Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason team. Running back Daryl McCleskey Jr., defensive end Aaron Patrick and defensive back Leodis Moore III earned spots on the preseason team, which was selected by OVC head coaches and communications directors. McCleskey was a third team All-OVC pick by Phil Steele after the 2018 season. The...

Child care grants awarded to EKU will help low-income student parents in pursuit of degrees

Earning a degree while raising children can be challenging, but it could become a little easier at Eastern Kentucky University. A grant awarded to the Applied Human Sciences department will help low-income student parents gain access to affordable childcare. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant, which EKU received in late 2018, will fund the Student Child Care Assistance Program...

EKU online graduate course for teaching program wins 2019 Catalyst Award from Blackboard

An Eastern Kentucky University online course created for the master of arts in teaching program has won a 2019 Catalyst Award from Blackboard, Inc. Esther Tattershall, an instructional designer with the Office of eCampus Learning, and Dr. April Blakely, director of online programs for the College of Education, received the honor in the category of Teaching and Learning for their work on EGC 820 –...

EKU to host modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in the Ravine

The Ravine at Eastern Kentucky University will host a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” on July 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. The 95-minute show is free and open to the public. Food trucks will be on hand for the event. Picnics and blankets are also welcome. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of errors features the wit and wily word play of two of his sharpest...

EKU graduate nursing program earns international award for exemplary online design, performance

A team of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University has earned a 2019 Blackboard Catalyst Award in Teaching and Learning for the exemplary design, quality and performance of the EKU Online Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The award-winning team includes Dr. Margaret Zoellers, Dr. Alison Connell, Dr. Angela Wood, Dr. Brenda Caudill, and Chris Daniel, an instructional designer with...

David Stumbo: Ladder work is one of the most dangerous activities — at home or at work

(David Stumbo is filling in for Keven Moore this week; Moore will be back next week with his regular ‘riskologist’ column.) I’ve noticed scores of homeowners cleaning out gutters and contractors putting fresh shingles jobs in my neighborhood lately all using one of the most universal tools in existence: the ladder. Most everyone knows what most ladders are used for: reaching higher (and...

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...