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EKU discounting summer tuition for teachers in grad education programs; applications due May 5

The learning environment may be changing during the COVID-19 outbreak, but the commitment shown by Kentucky educators has not wavered. To show appreciation for the dedication shown by Kentucky teachers, Eastern Kentucky University is offering a Kentucky teacher tuition discount for graduate teacher education programs taken in summer 2020. The reduced tuition rate of $395 per credit hour will be available...

A third-generation EKU Colonel, Keeton Thornsberry writing his own story as track star in Richmond

Keeton Thornsberry ruined many family game nights. “Even as a kid — I couldn’t handle losing at Monopoly,” said Thornsberry, now an Eastern Kentucky University track star. His competitive nature, however, rarely allowed him to fail. Thornsberry was Notre Dame Academy’s fourth-grade Geography Bee champion, and he was the finest pickleball player in the entire neighborhood. So,...

EKU’s Student Assistance Fund for Eastern crucial for students during COVID-19 pandemic

When Eastern Kentucky University established the Student Assistance Fund for Eastern (SAFE) last fall, a global pandemic on the scale of COVID-19 was only the stuff of horror novels. As the coronavirus began to impact the U.S. this past winter, devastating families, upending students’ lives and forcing EKU classes online for the rest of this semester, the fund suddenly took on even greater importance....

EKU donates personal protective equipment to first responders in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Kentucky University has stepped up to support the local community and region with personal protective equipment (PPE) to be distributed by the Madison County Emergency Management Agency. These essential tools will help ensure first responders and healthcare workers on the frontlines are working safely while they meet the demands for health services in the...

EKU’s A.J. Lewis named to watch list for Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award

Before the collegiate baseball season ended, Eastern Kentucky University’s A.J. Lewis was named to the watch list for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, which honors the nation’s top NCAA Division I catcher. Lewis was the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference on the watch list. The award was previously known as the Johnny Bench Award. EKU has had a catcher on...

EKU earns prestigious Gold distinction for helping veterans, dependents achieve educational dreams

Eastern Kentucky University’s long-standing national reputation for helping veterans and their dependents achieve their educational dreams just got another boost. EKU is the only university in Kentucky and one of only 72 nationwide to earn Gold distinction in the 2020-21 rankings released recently by Military Friendly (militaryfriendly.com). Of nearly 1,700 institutions that completed the annual...

Kentucky’s public university leaders express concern over soaring pension costs to House subcommittee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Leaders of Kentucky’s public universities say they are grateful for the funding increase proposed by Gov. Andy Beshear in his budget, but say increasing pension costs are their biggest financial hurdle. Presidents of public universities in Kentucky expressed concern over increasing pension costs. From left, Kentucky State University President Dr. M. Christopher Brown;...

Ted Bassett headlines honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow 2020 Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday

Ted Bassett, who spent more than 40 years as president, general manager and chairman of the board and trustee at the Keeneland Association, headlined the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast on Wednesday at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort. Ted Bassett Also among the honorees are Dr. Michael Benson, former president of Eastern Kentucky University, Walker Hancock of Claiborne Farm,...

Five EKU student veterans receive Forever GI Bill’s Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

Five Eastern Kentucky University student veterans recently received the Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship. The scholarship is a provision of the Forever GI Bill that gives additional benefits to students training in high-demand STEM fields. The scholarship offers students the opportunity to finish their STEM degree program or teaching certification with significantly...

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...