A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Western Kentucky University announces finalists for 2021 Distinguished Educator Awards

Western Kentucky University has announced the 2021 finalists of the WKU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences’ Distinguished Educator Awards. “While it’s hard to believe we’re rounding out a year of non-traditional instruction, our teachers have felt every shift and change that came with our new ‘normal’,” said Corinne Murphy, Dean of WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral...

WKU now accepting nominations for 2021 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame; nomination deadline May 31

Nominations are now open for the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2021 class. Established in 2000, the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame recognizes educators across the Commonwealth who positively impact the teaching profession and the students they serve. As a national leader in educator preparation and administrator training, WKU works closely with district partners to fulfill regional needs while ensuring...

Young WKU alumni couple establish endowed scholarship, but they are just getting started

For GeMonee and Alex Brown, Western Kentucky University not only prepared them for their future careers, but also brought the couple together. And they want to help others find the same opportunities they had as students. To do this, the couple, who are both 27, has made a gift of $10,000 to establish the Alexandra and GeMonee Brown Scholarship, which will benefit a full-time student who is a rising...

Western Kentucky University names Robert Fischer as provost and vice president of academic affairs

Western Kentucky University has named Dr. Robert “Bud” U. Fischer Jr. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs beginning July 1. Dr. Fischer is the dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. “Dr. Fischer has a record of success in elevating the universities where he has held leadership positions,” WKU President Timothy C....

WKU Organizational Leadership student Erica Materkowski serves as Space Force Guardian

By Lauren Weitlauf Special to KyForward Western Kentucky University Organizational Leadership Master’s student Erica Materkowski never thought she would remain in the military after her commitment to ROTC ended. During her undergraduate career, Materkowski studied chemistry and biology and participated in the ROTC Air Force program to pay for schooling. Due to her educational background, she was...

New WKU collaboration aims to improve health and wellness among child welfare workers across state

Western Kentucky University’s College of Health and Human Services and the Center for Child Welfare Education and Research (CCWEAR) are pleased to announce the launch of the Kentucky Child Welfare Workforce Wellness Initiative (KCWWWI). Child welfare workers make a positive difference in the lives of families and children. They are heroes and advocates. They are selfless professionals, and they...

Nicholas Brake: Don’t be deceived by the name, House Bill 149 creates opportunities for the wealthy

Don’t be deceived by the name.  House Bill 149, an act creating “opportunities in education” is bad legislation at the worst possible time. HB149 was drafted with the intent of providing tax credits to wealthy donors to give families the ability to use public dollars for private school tuition and for education-related expenses for all families. It is potentially devastating for...

Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU announces first virtual Folklife Network Gathering March 5-6

The Kentucky Folklife Program, part of the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, will host the first virtual Kentucky Folklife Network Gathering on March 5-6. The two-day event is dedicated to creating more robust avenues of communication among folklorists, academics, community scholars and cultural documentarians across the state. The gathering will feature...

Gatton Academy’s Jason Zhang moves to top 40 finalist round in Regeneron Science Talent Search

Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science student Jason Zhang (’21, Bowling Green HS) has advanced to the finalist round in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) 2021. The 40 finalists are each awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000. The Regeneron STS is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.Produced...

Western Kentucky completes weekend sweep at Middle Tennessee with 68-52 victory on Sunday

Charles Bassey scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Sunday as Western Kentucky completed a two-game weekend series sweep at Middle Tennessee with a 68-52 win at Murfreesboro, Tenn. Bassey also finished with five blocked shots as WKU limited Middle Tennessee to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers converted 48 percent of their attempts from the field and were 17-for-22 at...

WKU star center Bassey tabbed Lute Olson National Player of the Week, C-USA Player of the Week

Western Kentucky University center Charles Bassey has been named Lute Olson National Player of the Week by College Insider. Additionally, the junior big man was selected as Conference USA Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced. WKU’s Charles Bassey (23) has been named Lute Olson National Player of the Week. (WKU photo) Bassey led WKU to a rivalry sweep over Marshall...

Western Kentucky completes weekend sweep of Marshall with 69-67 road victory on Sunday

Western Kentucky brought out the brooms Sunday afternoon in Huntington, W.Va. The Hilltoppers (11-4 overall, 4-2 Conference USA) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to post a 69-67 win at Marshall, completing their first series sweep in league play after two opening splits. “Getting down a little bit the first half, our guys showed a lot of grit and a lot of character,” WKU head...

WKU volleyball picked to win Conference USA East Division; Matthews tabbed preseason POTY

After a 2019 season in which the Western Kentucky University volleyball program continued to climb to new heights, the Conference USA coaches have picked the Hilltoppers to win the league’s East Division this season. Lauren Matthews was selected as the Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year and was joined on the preseason team by teammates Paige Briggs and Nadia Dieudonne. Lauren Matthews Those...

Registration open for eighth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green, hosted by Center for Gifted Studies

Registration has opened for the eighth annual IdeaFestival Bowling Green, to be held online from 9 a.m. to noon CST on Feb. 17. Hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, this year’s celebration of ideas is open to middle and high school groups, individual students, members of the WKU community, and the general public. With a theme of “Re-start, Re-think, Re-imagine,”...

Western Kentucky stages furious rally, but Hilltoppers fall short in 63-58 loss to Louisiana Tech

Western Kentucky nearly dug out of a 21-point hole against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in a 63-58 home loss at E.A. Diddle Arena. A 20-0 run by Louisiana Tech in the first half doomed the Hilltoppers (9-4 overall, 2-2 Conference USA), who pulled back within one in the final two minutes but didn’t get over the hump. WKU guard Taveion Hollingsworth...

WKU volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh dead at age 24; earned All-America honors four times

Former Western Kentucky University volleyball standout Alyssa Cavanaugh died on Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was 24. A four-time All-American during her career from 2014-17, Cavanaugh is one of the most decorated players in WKU program history. Alyssa Cavanaugh “It is with profound sadness that we deal with the loss of Alyssa Cavanaugh,” WKU head coach Travis Hudson...

Western Kentucky pulls out 73-71 road victory at Alabama on goaltending call in final minute

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University made a loud statement this weekend with a road victory at Alabama of the Southeastern Conference. In a contest that seesawed back and forth through 14 lead changes and 18 ties, Western Kentucky pulled out a 73-71 win over Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. Alabama’s Alex Reese (3) drives past Western Kentucky defender Carson Williams (22) during...

Gatton Academy, Craft Academy extend Class of 2023 admission deadline; offer ACT testing

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science along with The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics announced their coordinated admissions deadlines will be extended from February 1 to March 1. The programs are taking steps to support prospective students in applying for admissions to the academies despite the current pandemic. In addition to extending the deadline, these measures...

Caboni highlights WKU’s progress toward strategic plan goals, calls campus work ‘extraordinary’

Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni has praised the work of the campus community in pursuit of its strategic plan goals. Addressing the school’s Board of Regents, Caboni called the work extraordinary. “Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends pressed forward toward the goals carefully-crafted goals detailed in our 10-year strategic plan, Climbing to Greater Heights.” Timothy...

WKU makes clutch plays in final minute, holds on for 68-65 win over visiting Rhode Island on Sunday

Charles Bassey’s basket with 10 seconds remaining in the game snapped a 64-64 tie and Western Kentucky pulled out a 68-65 win over Rhode Island on Sunday at E.A. Diddle Arena. Taveion Hollingsworth made two free throws with four seconds left on the clock to seal the win for WKU, which improved to 5-2. The Hilltoppers led the game for 34 minutes, but Rhode Island stayed within striking distance nearly...