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Now at Western Kentucky, former NKU hoops standout Williams aims for C-USA title — and more

By Don Owen Special to KyForward The what-ifs concerning Northern Kentucky University basketball last season inevitably focused on the shocking transfer by Carson Williams the previous spring. A crowd favorite inside BB&T Arena for two seasons, not to mention a member of the Horizon League’s All-Freshman squad in 2016-17, Williams’ unexpected departure left many NKU followers pondering: •...

An ‘institution of access and opportunity,’ WKU removes ACT requirement from most scholarships

Western Kentucky University is increasing the affordability of a higher education by making a number of major changes to its scholarship programs. Beginning in the fall of 2020, WKU will no longer utilize ACT scores to award most academic merit-based and targeted scholarships for incoming freshmen. WKU will also make an additional $5.2 million in scholarship funding available to a larger group of students...

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro to receive WKU’s Fleischaker/Greene Award for International Reporting

The School of Media at Western Kentucky University will welcome Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro to campus Oct. 15 as the recipient of the fourth annual Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting. Aro, an award-winning investigative reporter with the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializes in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 she began investigating the pro-Kremlin...

Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU receives NEA grant to preserve, share Kentucky musical legacies

The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of Southcentral Kentucky. Since 1989, the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program has been to document, present and...

Regional university partnership offers new options for students in Southeastern Kentucky

EKU President Michael Benson and Somerset Community College President Carey Castle sign a memorandum of agreement. (EKU photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s regional public universities have now joined forces to offer classes at the new University Center of Southern Kentucky, located on the campus of Somerset Community College. The University Center of Southern Kentucky, or UCSK,...

Noted child psychologist Dr. Sylvia Rimm to present at annual Berta Seminar event Oct. 24-25 at WKU

Registration is now open for the 2019 Berta Seminar, an annual event exploring the social and emotional needs of gifted children. Noted child psychologist Dr. Sylvia Rimm will present at both a session for parents of gifted children and at a day-long workshop for educators. EILA credit is available. Thanks to a generous gift from Kathleen and Vince Berta, this event is free to attend and open to the...

WKU ‘turning a corner, beginning to see results’ as it begins implementation of 10-year strategic plan

Western Kentucky University is turning a corner and beginning to see results as it begins to implement its 10-year strategic plan, “Climbing to Greater Heights.” That was the message delivered Monday by WKU President Timothy Caboni in his Convocation address to begin the 2019-20 academic year. The full text is available at www.wku.edu. After two years of working hard to prepare for the next decade,...

Battle of the Bluegrass football rivalry renewed: EKU to meet WKU in 2024 at Houchens-Smith Stadium

The football version of the Battle of the Bluegrass will renew when Eastern Kentucky University travels to play at Western Kentucky University in 2024, the two schools announced Monday. The game will be played on Sept. 7, 2024, at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. The most recent meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky came on Sept. 2, 2017. Eastern held Western at bay for much...

Former WKU receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers coach and Louisville native Darryl Drake passes away at age 62

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, a former Western Kentucky University football player and coach, passed away Sunday morning at age 62 in Latrobe, Pa. The Steelers did not disclose a cause of death and canceled their training camp practices on Sunday and Monday. “We are all saddened to learn of the passing of Darryl Drake,” said Todd Stewart, WKU’s director of...

Ky. Division of Water, National Weather Service to co-host national drought forum in September at WKU

Scientists and policymakers from across the nation, including those from the Kentucky Division of Water, will gather at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green on September 17-19 to address topics and issues associated with drought. The biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum will address administrative issues, incorporate the latest scientific advances in drought...

WKU lineman Tyler Witt named to 2019 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List; started all 12 games in 2018

Western Kentucky University junior offensive lineman Tyler Witt has been named to the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. The Wuerffel Trophy is “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service” and is awarded to the FBS player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Going into the 2019 campaign, Witt is also listed by Athlon Sports...

As Kentuckians welcome cooler temperatures and dryer air, exactly how hot has it been during July?

By Stuart A. Foster Kentucky State Climatologist At the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, the official source of temperatures collected by the National Weather Service for the city, the average temperature through the first 21 days of July has been 81.1 degrees, or 2.4 degrees above normal. Taking a closer look, however, tells a different story. The average daily high temperature has been...

Applewhite, Gray and Snider to join WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni during Homecoming 2019

A Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, a nationally recognized public health official and an award-winning professor and mathematician will join Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. J. Scott Applewhite, Dr. Shirley B. Gray and Dr. Dixie E. Snider Jr. will be inducted during WKU’s 2019 Homecoming Celebration. The 28th class of noted alumni will be recognized during...

Western Kentucky University recognizes top volunteers at annual alumni celebration dinner

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association recognized its top volunteers at an Alumni Volunteer Celebration dinner last week. According to Dr. Anthony McAdoo, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, the event honored retiring members of the WKU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, as well as paid tribute to individual volunteers and alumni chapters that have had a tremendous...

WKU tight end Kyle Fourtenbary named to the 2019 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List

Western Kentucky University junior tight end Kyle Fourtenbary has been named to the 2019 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. The Opelika, Ala., native is one of 60 players to be listed, including only one of five from Conference USA. Fourtenbary enters the 2019 campaign with 44 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns in his career. As a sophomore, he finished with 36 receptions for 302 yards...

WKU junior center Seth Joest named to 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List

Western Kentucky University junior center Seth Joest has been named to the 2019 Rimington Trophy Award Watch List, it was announced on Friday. The Versailles native and Woodford County High School graduate started all 12 games for WKU in 2018 and played all 898 offensive snaps. Joest ranked second among Conference USA centers with a 16.9 overall cumulative rating by PFF College’s Signature...

WKU’s ‘First Year Village’ project moving forward, expected to open for students in fall 2021

Construction fences are up as Western Kentucky University prepares for the next step in the creation of the “First Year Village.” Demolition of the exterior of Bemis Lawrence Hall will begin the first week of August to make room for the $48 million living learning complex. The cost of the project will be funded by the WKU Student Life Foundation, which gave its final approval in June. The project...

WKU’s Pate voted to All-Conference USA Preseason Team; Hilltoppers picked fifth in East Division poll

Western Kentucky University offensive tackle Miles Pate has been voted to the 2019 All-Conference USA Preseason Team by the league coaches. Pate, a senior and a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., joined four other senior offensive linemen who made up the squad that was chosen by C-USA’s 14 head coaches. As a redshirt junior, Pate started all 12 games and played 893 of 898 offensive snaps at the right...

WKU’s Maggie Lewis chosen for QatarDebate Elite Academy; only non-native Arabic speaker selected from USA

Western Kentucky University senior Maggie Lewis of Shepherdsville has been selected to join the QatarDebate Elite Academy. “I couldn’t feel more privileged, honored or excited to take on such a unique and challenging opportunity,” said Lewis, an Arabic major and 2018 graduate of The Gatton Academy. “Being selected to be part of QatarDebate’s Elite Academy is something that I never anticipated...

Allen named dean of Campbellsville’s School of Education; Flanagan to chair graduate programs

Campbellsville University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Hedgepath has announced Dr. Lisa Allen as dean of the university’s School of Education, and Dr. Valerie Flanagan as the chair of the school’s graduate programs. Both become effective July 1. Allen was first employed by the university in 2011 as an assistant professor of education. She has served as interim dean for...