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Trump in Richmond to support Congressman Andy Barr; Joe Biden rallied for Amy McGrath Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why. 
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could...

‘Dreams and goals come true’ — KEYS Academy celebrates 15 years on EKU campus

The KEYS Academy recently celebrated its 15th year on Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus. The Knowledge – Education – ‘Yes You Can’ Attitude – Scholarship Academy is a week-long, residential camp experience established as a transitional program to provide resources and guidance to middle and high school students enrolled in the regional Southern Kentucky Migrant Education Program. “This...

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...

EKU regents approve program suspensions, eliminate 96 currently filled faculty, staff poitions

Faced with the need to recoup $25 million in recurring costs, a task made necessary largely by declines in state funding and increased pension obligations, the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents today suspended several academic programs and eliminated 96 currently filled faculty and staff positions. Benson “It truly is a perfect storm and financial reckoning the likes of which EKU has never...

Owensboro native ‘finds himself’ in EKU aviation program through Kids’ Chance Scholarship program

For Chandler Osborne, a senior aviation major at Eastern Kentucky University, defying the odds runs in the family. David ‘Oz’ Osborne (Photo from EKU) His father, David “Oz” Osborne, is a walking miracle. In 1989, he was severely injured in an altercation while on duty as a Daviess County police officer. The perpetrator shot him five times, struck him repeatedly in the head with his...

EKU graduate returns to alma Mater to serve as director of government and community relations

Ethan Witt knows firsthand the value of a degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Now, after serving four and a half years in the field offices of Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the 2011 political science graduate is returning to his alma mater to share that story as its director of government and community relations. He will serve under the direction...

EKU junior wins national award for academic achievement while studying abroad in Madagascar

There it was, sitting on a tree branch at eye level barely two feet away, “just as curious about what I was doing there, as I was with what she was doing.” That was Nathanael (Knate) Bartosch’s memorable up-close introduction to a wild crowned lemur in the forests of Madagascar. The junior anthropology major and Honors Program member at Eastern Kentucky University spent 10 weeks this past summer...

EKU Volleyball senior Mallory Maxwell returns to court just four months after devastating knee injury

Mallory Maxwell, former libero for the Eastern Kentucky University volleyball team, was waiting in the left back court to get her hands on a ball that had been pushed to deep corner. She jumped into the air to make the play, but when she came down her knee buckled, she dropped and immediately knew something was not right. “It was the most intense pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” Maxwell said,...

Eastern Kentucky hopes to continue domination of Tennessee Martin in Homecoming matchup Saturday

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team will host the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday for Homecoming. The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com. The Alumni Coliseum parking lot serves as the staging area for the Homecoming...

EKU to honor 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions with ceremony during season-opener

The football team that started the championship tradition at Eastern Kentucky University – the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl Champions – will be honored at the Colonels’ first home game of the 2017 season on Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech University. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The 2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Grantland Rice Bowl Championship. All members of the 1967...

EKU graduate Hopkin’s story a remarkable tale of a metamorphosis of both body and mind

The ninth of 10 children, he graduated from Lynn Camp High School in 2009 with a 2.7 GPA and a composite ACT score of 18. At age 21, he decided to become the first in his family to attend college, but only after a friend just out of the military asked him via a text. He began that pursuit on the Corbin campus of Eastern Kentucky University, qualifying for three remedial courses. When he started classes...

Paraplegic EKU senior Guest eyes brighter future, thanks to education and medical procedure

By Yasmin White Special to KyForward Thousands of students will say farewell to Eastern Kentucky University in May. They will cross the commencement stage, receive their diplomas and throw their caps into the air as they celebrate another milestone. For Jeffrey Guest, however, graduating college is not just another accomplishment. It’s proof that the bad things that happen to us don’t have to define...

After 25 years in corporate world, deaf senior Mackey finds new career, fresh hope at EKU

Deaf since birth, he worked 25 years with IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, the last three years training testers internationally. He interacted successfully with the hearing world. Colleagues accepted him and came to respect and appreciate diversity. He even received a Bravo Award for his leadership on a large project. Then the unthinkable happened. His job was outsourced – to the very people he trained. They...

Eastern Kentucky University academic colleges set spring commencement ceremonies May 12-13

Eastern Kentucky University’s six academic colleges will hold spring commencement ceremonies May 12-13, all in Alumni Coliseum. EKU is not holding a University-wide ceremony. The schedule is as follows: · College of Justice and Safety, Friday, May 12, 9 a.m. · College of Health Sciences, Friday, May 12, 1:30 p.m. · College of Business and Technology, Friday, May 12, 6:30...

Empty Bowl Project to fight hunger to be held in Richmond for the 20th straight year on March 31

For the 20th consecutive year, the Empty Bowls Project is helping to put food on the table for hungry people in Madison County. The popular community event will be held on Friday, March 31, at First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. With a minimum $12 donation, participants will receive a handmade pottery bowl,...

Diverse EKU departments join forces for project on free-roaming horses in Breathitt County

What do the academic disciplines of sociology, animal studies, agriculture, wildlife management and aviation have in common? Faculty and students from those respective departments at Eastern Kentucky University are pooling their diverse areas of expertise to address the growing presence of free-roaming herds of horses in rural southeastern Kentucky. On Saturday, Feb. 25, EKU aviation instructor Randall...

EKU’s McBrayer Arena becomes largest classroom on campus for video production class

When it comes to college athletics many people have a notion that there is a separation from the rest of the university, that both operate in their own worlds and never intersect. However, Eastern Kentucky University athletics has turned its basketball arena into the largest classroom on campus. At EKU, academics and athletics intersect at McBrayer Arena. Through a partnership between Colonel athletics...

EKU re-elects officers for board of regents, approves sale of up to $75 million in general receipt bonding

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on Monday, voted to retain its slate of officers. Craig Turner will continue to serve as chair, Alan Long as vice chair, Barry Poynter as treasurer and Dana Fohl as secretary. Poynter is vice president for finance and administration at the University, and Fohl serves as deputy counsel. The Board also approved a resolution...

EKU Rodney Gross Scholar Hunter about to realize childhood dream of becoming a pilot

It’s not every five-year-old who already knows what he wants to do with his life, and then spends the next 15 years following through on his dream. But that’s what happened after young Horace Hunter took an international flight to visit his grandparents in Japan. Now 20, the senior aviation major and Rodney Gross Scholar at Eastern Kentucky University is about to embark on two prestigious internships...

Eastern Kentucky University receives anonymous gift of $1.25 million to fund math, science scholarships

An anonymous gift of $1.25 million will fund scholarships in math and science at Eastern Kentucky University. The donor provided an immediate donation of $250,000, with the balance of $1 million part of an estate gift. The donor provided an immediate donation of $250,000, with the balance of $1 million part of an estate gift (Photo Provided) “This generous gift will provide opportunities and encourage...