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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...

David Stumbo: Kentucky is failing its workers; the system must protect employees from harm

Worker fatalities and corresponding governmental failures were detailed recently in “Fatal Flaws: How Kentucky is Failing Its Workers,” an online series produced by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KCIR). The thorough exposé described the complex legal and political factors involved in our system intended to protect employees from harm through governmental regulation. The Commonwealth’s...

Kentucky State Police, Eastern Kentucky University unveil new digital forensics lab at Richmond Campus

The Kentucky State Police have teamed up with Eastern Kentucky University to create a new digital forensics laboratory on the school’s Richmond campus. The laboratory will provide forensic examinations on electronic media for KSP investigators as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. “With the widespread use of desktop computers, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and flash drives,...

New book co-authored by EKU president examines role of higher education on American Democracy

“The link between democracy and higher education has long been embedded in the American story.” That’s how co-authors Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson and Hal Boyd open the first chapter of “College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy,” newly published by University Press of Kentucky. Benson and Boyd, a former special assistant to Benson...

Eastern Kentucky University’s four-year graduation rate more than doubles over past eight years

The four-year graduation rate at Eastern Kentucky University continues its steady rise, and has now more than doubled in an eight-year span. Roughly one in three students from the Fall 2014 freshman cohort graduated in four years. The 32.7 percent record is up from 29.98 just a year ago and well above the 15.67 mark for the 2006 freshman cohort, according to just-released figures. The five-year graduation...

EKU student Stephen Jones overcomes gun violence, football injuries to succeed in classroom

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When...

Council on Postsecondary Education presidential search committee narrows field to three finalists

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s Presidential Search Committee has recommended three finalists for the position of Council president. In alphabetical order, the finalists are Dr. Robert Donley, Dr. Emily House and Dr. Aaron Thompson. “Following a thorough and exhaustive national search process, we are confident that all three candidates possess exceptional qualities of leadership and the...

Scott County graduate Ryan Wiggins serves as EKU student regent with a ‘passion for advocacy’

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University “A passion for advocacy” inspires everything Ryan Wiggins does as Student Government Association president at Eastern Kentucky University. “I have always wanted to make a difference for my constituents,” he said. Wiggins has had a pretty clear idea of what he wanted to do for a long time. After graduating from Scott County High School in 2015 and...

WEKU celebrates 50th anniversary in October, launches new 50 Club to raise funds

On Oct. 7, 1968, radio listeners in Central Kentucky woke up to a new and exciting alternative – WEKU-FM. The public radio station at Eastern Kentucky University will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a “major” announcement about its future and the launch of a new 50 Club. The station’s fall membership drive runs Oct. 5-12, but the station is focused on a “Power Hour” from 7 to 8 a.m....

EKU President Michael Benson rated highly in evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 24, accepted an evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders of President Michael Benson. In separate surveys, the majority of each group, including 100 percent of external stakeholders, rated Benson as effective or very effective. Michael Benson After an open discussion of the evaluation, the Board...

EKU expanding Merit Scholarship Program next fall in effort to offset rising student debt

With a new school year underway, many high school seniors are already looking ahead to what comes next – college and career choices. “From August to November is what we call application season,” said Dr. Brett Morris, executive director for enrollment management at Eastern Kentucky University. “It’s almost like the Derby, as students have been anxiously researching colleges and begin applying...

EKU receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for third consecutive year

Eastern Kentucky University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for the third consecutive year. The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. EKU will be featured along with 95 other recipients in the November 2018 issue of Insight into Diversity Magazine,...