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One-year ASUN-WAC Challenge partnership with give Eastern Kentucky a shot at FCS Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Atlantic Sun Conference has formed an alliance with the Western Athletic Conference, giving both leagues a path to the FCS playoffs this fall. The partnership, known as the ASUN-WAC Challenge, will feature Eastern Kentucky University, Central Arkansas and Jacksonville State, along with Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin. Kennesaw State...

EKU to join Atlantic Sun Conference for 2021-22 season; Colonels departing Ohio Valley Conference

Eastern Kentucky University and all 16 of its athletics teams will join the Atlantic Sun Conference on July 1, 2021, Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan announced Friday. All EKU teams will be immediately eligible for conference awards, postseason play and NCAA Tournament automatic bids. EKU is currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. During its last full year of competition...

EKU extends winning streak to eight with 113-73 victory over UT Martin on Thursday night

Wendell Green Jr. and Michael Moreno combined for 48 points Thursday night as Eastern Kentucky won its eighth consecutive game with a 113-73 victory over UT Martin at McBrayer Arena. Green finished with 25 points and four assists, while Moreno added 23 points. EKU tied an Ohio Valley Conference record by draining 20 shots from 3-point range. The Colonels improved to 13-2 overall, 7-1 in the OVC. Michael...

EKU’s King named OVC Player of the Week; No. 17 Lindsey Wilson women upset No. 4 Thomas More

Eastern Kentucky University junior Tre King has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced on Monday. Tre King King did a lot of scoring, and a little bit of everything else, in EKU’s 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday night. He finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two...

EKU pulls out 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday for seventh consecutive victory

Sophomore Michael Moreno’s 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Eastern Kentucky held on to beat host Eastern Illinois, 93-85, on Saturday at Lantz Arena. It was EKU’s seventh consecutive win, and the Colonels improved to 12-2 overall, 6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. This is Eastern Kentucky’s best start since 1946-47. Tre King EKU...

King, torrid 3-point shooting fuel EKU’s 90-80 win over Tennessee Tech, best start since 1952-53

Lexington native Tre King scored career-best 29 points and the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team hit 16 three-pointers in a 90-80 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. At 11-2, the Colonels are off to their best start since the 1952-53 team. A 4:02 scoring drought in the second half by EKU allowed Tech to turn an 8-point deficit into a 1-point lead. Dane Quest...

EKU’s Wendell Green Jr. selected OVC Freshman of the Week; scored 30 points against Austin Peay

Eastern Kentucky University’s Wendell Green Jr. has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for men’s basketball. Green averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game to lead Eastern to a pair of OVC victories last week. EKU’s Wendell Green Jr. scored a career-high 30 points against Austin Peay on Saturday. (EKU photo) The 5-foot-11...

Dr. Michele Dickens named dean of Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing

Dr. Michele Dickens has been named dean of Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing. Dickens has served as the ADN nursing instructor since 2008, BSN instructor since 2012, RN to BSN program director and assistant professor of nursing since 2015, associate professor of nursing tenure since 2018 and associate dean and director of online programs since 2018. Dr. Michele Dickens She was named...

Troy Ellis named chair of EKU Foundation Board; replaces outgoing chairwoman Maribeth Berman

Troy Ellis, ‘87, BBA in Computer Systems Information, has been named chair of the Eastern Kentucky University Foundation Board, replacing outgoing chairwoman Maribeth Berman. “I’m very happy to serve. I serve a University that has given me so much. I almost feel like it’s an obligation. I want to do what I can to ensure that others have the same opportunities that I was given,” said Ellis....

Undergraduate students to receive free textbooks with EKU BookSmart during 2021-22 academic year

Eastern Kentucky University has announced that for the 2021-22 academic year, every undergraduate student will receive their required textbooks for free. The initiative, called EKU BookSmart, is a new and innovative program developed by EKU and powered by the long-standing partnership between the university and Barnes & Noble College. BookSmart will provide all required textbooks and course materials...

EKU provost Pogatshnik to retire, Zeigler tabbed as replacement at board of regents meeting

Eastern Kentucky University announced at its regular December board of regents meeting that its provost, longtime Eastern Kentucky University leader Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik, has announced his intention to retire on June 30, 2021. President Dr. David McFaddin said Pogatshnik will be succeeded by the current dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Sara Zeigler. Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik “After...

Faye scores career-high 16 points, EKU (5-1) cruises to 81-60 win over Transylvania on Saturday

Cheikh Faye hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-best 16 points as Eastern Kentucky defeated visiting Transylvania, 81-60, on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels (5-1) scored 32 points off 26 Pioneer turnovers. EKU’s Cheikh Faye launches a 3-pointer against Transylvania on Saturday afternoon. (EKU photo) Faye added four rebounds and two steals. Jomaru Brown contributed 13 points and...

Senior biology major Nick Koenig becomes EKU’s first-ever Rhodes Scholarship finalist

Eastern Kentucky University senior Nick Koenig recently competed as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated award for postgraduate international study. Recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship study at the University of Oxford in England with all expenses covered for several years. Only 32 American students were chosen as winners, and while not ultimately selected as a 2021...

Van Lith, Evans combine for 40 points as Louisville women post 101-58 win over EKU on Sunday

Hailey Van Lith and Dana Evans each scored 20 points on Sunday as Louisville coasted to a 101-58 victory over Eastern Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center. Van Lith also grabbed 11 rebounds and knocked down five 3-pointers. The freshman guard added two blocks and two steals in her home debut as Louisville improved to 2-0. Louisville’s Merissah Russell prepares to go inside against Eastern Kentucky...

EKU uses big plays, Booth’s four touchdowns to post 49-17 win over Western Carolina in Opportunity Bowl

Eastern Kentucky University featured scoring plays of 94, 69, 63 and 66 yards during a 49-17 win over Western Carolina in the Opportunity Bowl on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. Alonzo Booth rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns to lead EKU, which finished the season with a 3-6 record. Booth also caught a 69-yard scoring pass from quarterback Isaiah Velez to highlight a four-touchdown performance. The...

EKU to meet Western Carolina in Opportunity Bowl on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium

Eastern Kentucky University will face Western Carolina in the Opportunity Bowl presented by Raising Cane’s, and in memory of Dr. Sheila Pressley, on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. The bowl will air live on ESPN3. Eastern Kentucky is 2-6 after falling at No. 11 Central Arkansas last Saturday by a 37-25 score at Conway, Ark. The Colonels overcame a 24-0 deficit...

New Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship campaign encourages adults to go to college

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. The scholarship, which West Kentucky Community and Technical College WKCTC) began offering in 2017, offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for anyone who has not yet earned an associate degree. It covers various technical programs...

EKU picked fourth in OVC preseason poll; Murray State, Austin Peay tabbed co-favorites

Eastern Kentucky University has been picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference men’s basketball preseason poll. Murray State (10 first-place votes and 226 points) and Austin Peay (nine first-place votes, 226 points) tied for the top spot in the poll, while Belmont (five first-place votes, 214 points) checked in at No. 3. EKU received 173 points in the poll, finishing ahead of No. 5 Eastern...

EKU to meet Western Carolina in inaugural Opportunity Bowl on Nov. 21 at Roy Kidd Stadium

Eastern Kentucky University will host the inaugural Opportunity Bowl in memory of Dr. Sheila Pressley on Nov. 21, Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan has announced. The Opportunity Bowl will feature EKU and Western Carolina. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium. The Opportunity Bowl will air live on ESPN3. Pressley, who passed away in January of 2020, was the dean...

EKU regional campuses offering free Wi-Fi to community students in Corbin and Manchester

In partnership with area high schools in Corbin and Manchester, the locations of its regional campuses, Eastern Kentucky University is offering free, outdoor guest Wi-Fi and indoor, desktop internet to students who can’t otherwise access broadband internet. “COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Keeping the internet accessible and reliable is more important...