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Four EKU football players named preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by HERO Sports

Four Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the HERO Sports preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team. Running back Alonzo Booth, offensive linemen Tucker Schroeder and Jackson Bardall, and linebacker Steven Crowder were the EKU players receiving the honors. Booth earned second team All-OVC honors from the coaches and communications directors last season. He was also chosen...

Transylvania names national expert as new VP for strategic initiatives and enrollment management

Sarah Coen, a national expert on enrollment and student success, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for strategic initiatives and enrollment management. Coen, who served as dean of enrollment at Transylvania from 1999-2006, returns to the university after working for the last 10 years as senior vice president at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a national higher education consulting...

García-Palencia twins provide double impact for EKU track and field program as freshmen

Two of the most impressive Eastern Kentucky University competitors at the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships were freshmen from Spain. They share a last name. And were born two minutes apart. Emma and Pedro García-Palencia are fraternal twins – mellizos, in Spain. They were born prematurely, at seven months. Pedro had an issue with the umbilical cord, so a Cesarean...

Calipari atop New York Knicks’ coaching wish list? UK mentor unlikely to consider NBA opening

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s name has surfaced yet again as a potential candidate for the head coaching job with the New York Knicks. If the past is any indication, the Kentucky coach won’t walk away easily or at all. However, Calipari is a longtime friend of Leon Rose, who was recently hired as the Knicks’ team president. Rose’s first priority is hiring a coach and it’s...

EKU announces start times for home football games; Colonels host Western Carolina on Sept. 5 at 3 p.m.

Start times for four of Eastern Kentucky University’s five home football games were announced Monday. The Colonels will begin the season at home against Western Carolina on Sept. 5. The kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. After playing three straight road games, EKU will be back at Roy Kidd Stadium on Oct. 3 to host Tennessee-Martin at 7 p.m. That will be this year’s Hall of Fame Game. EKU begins...

EKU women’s basketball adds Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson; averaged 7.2 points last season

The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team has added Texas State transfer Jayla Johnson. Johnson, a 6-foot-2 center from Dallas, Texas, has played for the Bobcats the past three seasons. As a junior, Johnson averaged 7.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting from the field. She netted a season-high 18 points on 9-for-11 shooting during Texas State’s 67-59 win over Alcorn State....

EKU standouts Lewis, Harris selected to Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I All-America team

Senior catcher A.J. Lewis and junior second baseman Daniel Harris IV have been chosen to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-America team. Lewis was a first team selection while Harris earned a spot on the third team. A.J. Lewis EKU has featured an All-America selection in each of the last four years – Ben Fisher (2017), Alex Holderbach (2018), Aaron Ochsenbein (2019), Lewis (2020) and Harris...

Jeff Whitaker named Chief Information Officer at EKU; alum has worked at university since 1997

Jeff Whitaker has been named Eastern Kentucky University’s Chief Information Officer. Whitaker had been Deputy Chief Information Officer at EKU since 2014. In that role, he managed vendor contracts and negotiations with vendors such as Oracle, Cisco, Ellucian, and Microsoft. Whitaker also oversaw an $8 million budget and was responsible for strategic planning/forecasting in leading EKU technology...

EKU’s Quantasia Perry enjoying challenges, rewards of being a student-athlete and mom

(On July 27, 2018, Quantasia Perry gave birth to her daughter, Kali… less than 10 months later, she lined up to race for an Ohio Valley Conference gold medal) Eastern Kentucky University’s Quantasia Perry stood in lane four and stared down the track. The redshirt freshman was 100 meters away from a gold medal at her first Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But...

Susan and Oliver Ramsey establish fund at EKU to promote names of football players on jerseys

The donors who make up the Eastern Kentucky University giving community each support a unique passion. For Susan and Oliver Ramsey, their passion is student-athletes. No matter the distance or time passed, the Ramsey’s have continued to support EKU football, rarely missing a game in more than 40 years. “Since the late 70s, we have maintained season tickets within Roy Kidd Stadium,”...

EKU Workforce Development and Community Engagement offers 10 free certificate classes

Eastern Kentucky University understands the new realities of learning and working remotely for students, staff, communities, business and industry partners across the country. As part of EKU’s Workforce Development and Community Engagement’s commitment to the Commonwealth’s economic development, the university has partnered with Ed2Go to offer 10 free certificate classes. Possessing in-demand...

EKU’s Jackie Alexander: A unique journey from Army officer in Iraq to college basketball coach

Jackie Alexander was raised 30 miles south of Eastern Kentucky University’s campus, along the Dix River in a small, close-knit community called Brodhead. Population at the last census: 1,211. “There’s something special about growing up where everyone knows everyone,” she said. Alexander became a basketball star at nearby Rockcastle County High School. As a senior in 2010, she led...

Legendary Madison Central High School baseball coach Don Richardson dead at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A legendary figure in Kentucky high school sports has passed away. Longtime and retired Madison Central High School coach Don Richardson died Saturday at the age of 88. Richardson served as baseball coach at Madison Central for 35 years and compiled a 952-157 mark. In addition, he was named the top coach in the state in 1982 and 1983 after guiding the Indians to a perfect...

EKU geosciences professor named Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award recipient for research in Sicily

When he first began studying geology 25 years ago, Dr. John White thought he would spend his academic career focused on the Big Bend area of his native West Texas. Then, while a doctoral student, he discovered the geological wonders of Italy, especially Sicily. And now, after many visits there for academic pursuits and for pleasure, the Eastern Kentucky University geosciences professor will return...

EKU’s Abbott a ‘Jacob’ of all trades on the baseball diamond; has played eight different positions

When Jacob Abbott took the mound on a cool February night in Baton Rouge, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team led 11th-ranked LSU, 2-0, in the bottom of the ninth. There were two outs. And two runners on. Cade Doughty, LSU’s highly touted leadoff hitter, stepped to the plate. He represented the winning run for the Tigers. The atmosphere was tense. Abbott fell behind early – two balls,...

EKU increasing number of business degree options available 100 percent online this fall

Eastern Kentucky University is increasing the number of business degree options available 100 percent online. Beginning in Fall 2020, students can earn their BBA online in one of three new areas – management, marketing and finance. An undergraduate certificate in global supply chain management is also coming online and can be added to any BBA to boost credentials. Enrollment for all options is open...

EKU men’s basketball adds five players to roster; Colonels look to contend for OVC crown next season

Eastern Kentucky University head coach A.W. Hamilton has announced the addition of five players for next season. The five signees are Devontae Blanton, Matt Cromer, Cheikh Faye, Brandon Knapper and Cooper Robb. Blanton is a 6-foot-6 wing out of powerhouse St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. A four-year starter at St. Edward, Blanton scored 1,000 career points and helped...

EKU Communication Disorders program helps community through telepractice during pandemic

While offices, schools and universities nationwide remain closed to the public, critical services like speech-language therapy must go on. Graduate students in the Eastern Kentucky University Communication Disorders program are putting their skills into practice to fill the gap. Using the remote conferencing app Zoom, student clinicians continue to provide speech-language therapy to clients of EKU’s...

Former EKU basketball player Willie Cruz now NBA athletic performance coach for Houston Rockets

Like most kids who grow up playing basketball, Willie Cruz dreamed of reaching the NBA. He made it. Only not as a player. Cruz, a former Eastern Kentucky University basketball player, is now the athletic performance coach for the Houston Rockets. Cruz was born on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the “Flower City” – Rochester, New York. Willie Cruz, a former EKU basketball player, is now...

EKU alumnus Hardy guiding work clothing manufacturer Carhartt in making protective equipment

William Hardy received a begging phone call on March 13 as COVID-19 began to overwhelm the healthcare system, specifically hospitals. The 1992 Eastern Kentucky University graduate from Irvine, Ky., by birth, current resident by choice, is now running supply chain management at the work clothing manufacturer Carhartt, having worked all the way from “management trainee” to senior vice president. “We...