A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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,...

EKU College of Science honors graduates Horseman, Bohannon for impactful contributions

Eastern Kentucky University graduates Dr. Nelson D. Horseman and Dr. Julia K. Bohannon were each presented the EKU College of Science Award during ceremonies this week. The college’s highest honor is presented to individuals who have made impactful contributions to the college. Horseman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from EKU in 1973 and 1975, respectively, before earning a...

EKU’s online enrollment jumps 13 percent; growth partially attributed to new program offerings

Eastern Kentucky University has 13 percent more students enrolled in EKU Online programs compared to a year ago. The growth, from 3,002 to 3,399, is attributed to new program offerings, increased interest in degree completion and sustained enrollment in foundational programs. “Students should be and are researching schools that offer exceptional value for the tuition they are paying,” said Dr....

EKU earns national recognition for water management practices, ranking fourth in 2018 report

Eastern Kentucky University ranks fourth among colleges and universities nationally in the water category of the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Eastern finished in a tie with nine other institutions, trailing only Princeton University, Colorado College and the University of Connecticut in its record of water...

EKU researchers studying copperheads in Red River Gorge, seek to minimize human-snake interaction

They come from all over the country for the rock climbing, the hiking and, of course, the rugged, breathtaking scenery. But visitors to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge sometimes encounter copperhead snakes when they interact with the environment. Funded primarily by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, a team of Eastern Kentucky...

EKU faculty member elected vice president of International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors

Dr. Deborah T. Givens, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, was elected vice president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors at the organization’s conference July 11-15 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Attendees came from England, Canada, Australia, China, Nepal and the U.S. In addition to programming about issues impacting the...

Madison Community Band celebrates 10th anniversary, unveils a celebratory logo for 2018-19

The Madison Community Band, based in Richmond, is preparing to kick off its 2018–19 season while observing the band’s 10th anniversary. More than 50 members of the community band and its friends recently gathered at Central Bank Richmond’s Community Room on Aug. 17 to celebrate the Madison Community Band’s 10th anniversary and to unveil a celebratory logo designed by longtime supporter, FMB...

Eastern Kentucky University Master of Public Administration program earns NASPAA accreditation

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Eastern Kentucky University has met the high standards for continued accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). EKU’s program, available in online and on-campus formats, is accredited through 2025. “Our MPA faculty are dedicated to preparing students for successful careers,” said Dr. Sara...

Award-winning broadcasting veteran Mike Savage named general manager of WEKU-FM

An award-winning 25-year broadcasting veteran and a former member of the NPR Board of Directors, Mike Savage has been named general manager of WEKU-FM, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University. Most recently, Savage served four years as general manager of WBAA at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he led a full-time staff of 12 and was responsible for managing a $1.5...

Partnership between EKU aviation program, Blue Grass Airport expands with opening of new facility

A “mutually beneficial” partnership between Eastern Kentucky University’s nationally prominent aviation program and Blue Grass Airport has taken another step forward. With the recent opening at the airport of a new facility for general (private) aviation aircraft owners, EKU students are enjoying yet another opportunity for valuable internships and part-time employment. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony...

EKU’s 2018-19 Chautauqua series to explore theme ‘Truths and Consequences’ through nine lectures

The 2018-19 Chautauqua series at Eastern Kentucky University will explore the theme “Truths and Consequences” through nine lectures by many internationally prominent authors, artists and experts; a special documentary screening; and a nationwide juried art exhibition. “The Chautauqua Committee discussed many potential themes this year, but above all, what emerged was everyone’s concern with...

Retired EKU professor examines ‘The Rhetoric of Lincoln’s Letters’ in new book

A retired Eastern Kentucky University professor examines “The Rhetoric of Lincoln’s Letters” in a book with that title. Dr. Marshall Myers, professor emeritus of English and former coordinator of composition at EKU, records the evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s writing style through his letters and explores the various persuasive techniques the Kentucky-born president used to communicate with...

The Colonels are marching again! EKU marching band resurrected from earlier budget axe

The Colonels are marching again. Thanks to $50,000 in scholarships for participating students and $20,000 from institutional sources and donors, one of Eastern Kentucky University’s greatest traditions – its marching band – has been resurrected. It had been announced earlier this year that, because of budget constraints, the Marching Colonels would be discontinued. “The faculty...

EKU and the City of Richmond partner to develop assisted living facility for up to 100 residents

Eastern Kentucky University and the City of Richmond have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial partnership. The newest example, the establishment of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Local Development Area, will bring to the community a much-needed assisted living facility for at least 100 seniors of low to moderate income, and provide hands-on educational opportunities and employment for EKU students. The...

EKU budget for 2018-19 strives to maintain academic quality, affordability, student success

A steadfast commitment to academic quality and student success amid declining state appropriations, political uncertainties, rising fixed costs, maintenance needs on some older facilities, and a slight decline in expected enrollment (tuition revenue) factored in the development of Eastern Kentucky University’s 2018-19 budget. In its regular meeting on June 25, EKU’s Board of Regents approved a...

EKU’s inaugural Camino to Success camp offers home, hope to Latino high school students

In Spanish, “Camino” means path. And, at the graduation banquet for the inaugural Camino to Success summer camp at Eastern Kentucky University, it was a path marked with tears, as some of the 40 participants tried to explain what the five-day event had meant to them. In several instances, as a speaker began to choke with emotion, fellow campers and other audience members would snap their fingers...

Eastern Kentucky University nearly $2.7 million ahead of forecast on $50 million capital campaign

Eastern Kentucky University is ahead of schedule as it nears the public phase of its current capital campaign. Dan McBride, interim vice president for development and alumni relations, told the EKU Board of Regents at its regular meeting on Monday, that approximately $29.7 million had been raised through last month, easily surpassing the goal by that point of $25 million. It appears that the University...

EKU Appalachian Research Project resumes gathering oral histories related to Mountain Horses

When most people think of Kentucky and horses, the images that typically come to mind are of regal thoroughbreds, the scenic farms that ring Lexington, and the annual Kentucky Derby. But that’s not the whole story. Kentucky and its love affair with horses reach even deeper into history and into mountainous eastern Kentucky, where settlers and their gaited saddled horses – known at the time as “Kentucky...

Young daughters make long commute worth the sacrifice for Eastern Kentucky University senior

By Madison Harris Special to KyForward When senior aviation major Kristena Cook reflects on her daily life, a 100-mile commute each way from her Louisville home to class at Eastern Kentucky University while juggling her children, education and career amid constant exhaustion, she can only be grateful. “Statistically speaking, this should not be my life,” she said. “I should be locked up, committed...