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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...

WKU pulls out 20-17 win at Middle Tennessee State; Houston Baptist holds on for 33-30 win at EKU

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University began Conference USA play on Saturday by pulling out a 20-17 road victory at Middle Tennessee State. WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome threw two touchdowns passes, including an 11-yard scoring toss to Joshua Simon for a 20-10 lead with six minutes left in the game. Middle Tennessee (0-4) responded by scoring a touchdown with 2:07 remaining, but WKU recovered...

EKU forms Historic Home Preservation Committee to evaluate best uses for several historic properties

Eastern Kentucky University has established a Historic Home Preservation Committee that is studying and evaluating the best uses for several historic properties owned by the university. The committee was created to examine the historical context of several properties owned by EKU for possible use by both the university and local community, and to identify immediate needs regarding stabilization of...

EKU plays host to high-scoring Houston Baptist in home opener Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium

Eastern Kentucky University plays its first home game of the season on Saturday when Houston Baptist visits Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff for the Breast Cancer Awareness Game is scheduled for 3 p.m. This is the first meeting between the two football programs. EKU is 1-2 going into Saturday, while Houston Baptist is 0-3. Parker McKinney threw for 274 yards and four touchdown passes on Saturday to lead...

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...