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EKU aviation program awarded Appalachian Regional Commission grant to purchase flight simulators

A nearly half-million-dollar investment in Eastern Kentucky will bring hands-on experience with Eastern Kentucky University’s highly touted aviation program directly to students in the service region. The purchase of two dozen virtual reality flight simulators, to be placed throughout the Appalachian region, is being made possible with a nearly $360,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission....

EKU baseball team helps provide new shoes to area children by volunteering with Samaritan’s Feet

The Eastern Kentucky University baseball team served local children by washing their feet and giving them a new pair of shoes on Monday. The event was part of the National Day of Service campaign by Samaritan’s Feet. Nearly 400 children either received shoes on Monday at EKU’s Alumni Coliseum, or if they couldn’t make it will receive their shoes later this week. An EKU baseball player washes...

EKU aviation alumnus Matthew Singer named 2019 Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year

Many professionals strive for years in the workplace before their efforts are fully recognized. That’s why Eastern Kentucky University aviation alumnus Matthew Singer was surprised to learn that after just two years managing the London-Corbin Airport, the Kentucky Aviation Association named him Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year for 2019. “I wasn’t expecting it,” said Singer. “Getting...

EKU names Matt Roan as Director of Athletics; spent past three years as AD at Nicholls State

Eastern Kentucky University has named Matt Roan as Director of Athletics after a two-month search process. Roan returns to EKU after three-plus years as Director of Athletics at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. “Eastern Kentucky University and the region it serves are special places for my family and me, and we are honored to be returning. We look forward to embracing EKU’s tradition...

EKU’s Kayla Griffin leads through service; graduated magna cum laude with Homeland Security degree

“Becoming a servant-leader begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve… Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is a leader first.” That quote, by Robert Greenleaf, the founder of the servant leadership movement, perfectly describes students in Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety, said recent graduate...

EKU announces an eight-game 2020 Ohio Valley Conference football schedule, four at-home

Eastern Kentucky University announced its eight-game 2020 Ohio Valley Conference football schedule on Thursday.   The Colonels will play four OVC games at home and four on the road.  EKU will face Tennessee-Martin, Eastern Illinois, Murray State and Tennessee State at home.  Eastern will go on the road to play Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay, Jacksonville State and Southeast Missouri.   Eastern Kentucky...

EKU Board of Regents names Dr. David McFaddin interim president; will assume duties on Jan. 6

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents named Dr. David McFaddin the school’s interim president after meeting in executive session at its regular board meeting on Dec. 12. McFaddin will assume the duties Jan. 6, when Dr. Michael Benson’s resignation takes effect. Before being named interim president, McFaddin was the senior vice president for operations and strategic initiatives at...

EKU president Dr. Michael Benson stepping down; national search to be conducted for next president

Dr. Michael Benson announced he will step down as president of Eastern Kentucky University effective Jan. 6. Benson, in his seventh year of service, will work with EKU Board Chairman Lewis Diaz along with the Board of Regents and the President’s Council to ensure a smooth transition. “It has been a singular privilege and honor to serve as EKU’s 13th President,” said Benson. “Thanks to the...

Former assistant Walt Wells named head football coach at EKU; press conference to be held Tuesday

Eastern Kentucky University’s new football head coach Walt Wells is a familiar name. Wells served as an assistant under legendary EKU head coach Roy Kidd from 1997 to 2002 and was an assistant again with the Colonels in 2015. Interim Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced the hiring of Wells as the 15th head coach in program history on Monday. A press conference and reception will be held on...

David Bledsoe hired as Director of Regional Aviation Maintenance Academies at EKU

Eastern Kentucky University has hired David Bledsoe as its Director of Regional Aviation Maintenance Academies, now in their preliminary stages. The Regional Aviation Maintenance Academies will provide those displaced by the downturn in the coal industry, as well as veterans and others seeking employment in Kentucky Appalachian Regional Commission counties, the opportunity to earn certification as...

Next segment of Eastern Kentucky University’s Chautauqua Lecture Series set for Thursday

The next segment in the Chautauqua Lecture Series features a lecture, Q&A, and book signing with military veteran David L. Albright discussing “Building Resilience and Finding Balance: Mettle Mindfulness and Veterans’ Mental Health.” This presentation is free and open to the public. It will take place in O’Donnell Hall, of the Whitlock Building on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Albright...

EKU online nurse practitioner program wins UPCEA South Region Program of Excellence Award

Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program won the UPCEA South Region Program of Excellence Award for quality teaching and learning. The 100-percent online program, which was introduced in 2013, has built a reputation for academic rigor and student support. “Community is the foundation of a successful online program. Developers of Eastern Kentucky University’s...

EKU ranked among nation’s best in ‘Military Times: Best for Vets’ for support of military veterans

Eastern Kentucky University has long been ranked as a great school for military veterans, and this year is no different. The “Military Times: Best for Vets” 2020 rankings once again placed EKU in the top 10 percent of public universities in the nation and number one in Kentucky as the university prepares to offer new services and grants for its military and veteran students. “One of the main...

EKU to host ‘Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy’ panel on Nov. 14 in Crabbe Library

Eastern Kentucky University Libraries will join the Department of Communications to host the panel “Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy,” on Nov. 14 in the Crabbe Library. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion to follow at 6 p.m. J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” has been surrounded by controversy since its 2016 release. “Appalachian Reckoning:...

Confident Wildcats ‘locked-in’ as they prepare for Friday night’s home opener against Eastern Ky.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina wasn’t surprised by Tyrese Maxey’s performance at Madison Square Garden earlier this week. “Tyrese is a big-time player,” he said. “The dude is a big-time shot-maker and everything that he does, he does well and he does it with a smile on his face that’s when you know he’s really playing.” Maxey came off the bench and scored 26 points to lead...

EKU’s Gen1 Conference begins Thursday; 150 educators from several states expected to attend

This Friday is national First Generation College Student Day, and approximately 150 educators at all levels from Kentucky and several other states will converge on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University to discuss ways to better serve those who are the first in their families to attend college. The day-long Gen1 Conference, to be held in the Perkins Building, is the first conference focused on first-generation...

Friend of Eastern Kentucky University funds new scholarship for students in Clay and Leslie Counties

Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer, a former teacher and real estate investor, learned the value of education early in life. After her father passed away when she was nine, her mother, an EKU alumna, sacrificed much to ensure her children received the best education possible. That education set Kramer up for success. Now she is paying it forward with the Frances Elizabeth Hensley Kramer Endowed Scholarship. Frances...

EKU’s top-ranked Criminal Justice program now available at Mountain Empire Community College

Eastern Kentucky University’s top-ranked Criminal Justice program made history as the first EKU program to be offered completely on-site and out of state. The program, already a popular choice among students at EKU’s regional campus sites in Manchester and Corbin, as well as numerous Kentucky Community and Technical College campuses throughout Eastern Kentucky, is now available to students attending...

EKU student’s capstone research on pesticide contamination earns cover story in prominent journal

While pursuing a master’s in public health from Eastern Kentucky University, Mary Sheldon earned an accolade many researchers spend their whole careers hoping for. Her capstone research was recently the cover story of a prominent peer-reviewed journal. The report, titled “Pesticide Contamination in Central Kentucky Urban Honey: A Pilot Study,” was a collaboration between Sheldon; Dr. Clint Pinion,...

EKU joins national initiative ‘Degrees When Due’ to help students with some credit complete degrees

Eastern Kentucky University has been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees. As one of the colleges and universities from 20 states participating in Degrees When Due, EKU will learn best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging...