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WKU basketball standout Charles Bassey named preseason All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine

It’s been a while since Charles Bassey stepped on the court for a game, but national pundits haven’t forgotten what he can do. The Western Kentucky University junior center has been named a preseason second team All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine. Bassey – a 6-foot-11, 235-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria – was named a first team preseason All-American as a sophomore in 2019-20...

WKU increases access with ‘Hilltopper Guarantee’ in fall of 2021 to help financially challenged students

Beginning in the fall semester of 2021, Western Kentucky University will be tuition free to any freshman from Kentucky who receives Pell Grant assistance and has at least a 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school grade-point average. “Hilltopper Guarantee: WKU’s Commitment to the Commonwealth” is the latest major step to increase access to a WKU education through affordability. “The WKU experience...

WKU professor’s ‘Appalachian Reckoning’ among winners of 41st annual American Book Awards

Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, co-edited by Western Kentucky University history professor Anthony Harkins, is among the winners of the 41st annual American Book Awards presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. Appalachian Reckoning will receive the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award in an online ceremony Oct. 25. The American Book Awards were created to...

Cunningham throws for career-high 343 yards, Louisville posts 35-21 win over Western Kentucky

KyForward staff LOUISVILLE — Micale Cunningham passed for a career-high 343 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as Louisville cruised to a 35-21 win over Western Kentucky on Saturday night. Cunningham completed 19 of 34 passes with touchdowns of 28, 2 and 70 yards to surpass his previous yardage best of 288 last season against Boston College. The junior quarterback also rushed for a 14-yard touchdown. A...

Louisville football players ‘ready to go’ for Saturday night’s opener against Western Kentucky

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville The wait is almost over. The University of Louisville is just hours away from playing its long-awaited opener against visiting Western Kentucky. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight at Cardinal Stadium. Like all of his teammates, Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham might have a little more juice, making his first season-opening start on Saturday night. ...

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU to play role in $5 million research project to advance weather forecasting

Advances in weather forecast models have enabled forecasters to improve the accuracy of forecasts, including severe weather warnings, helping to save lives and property. The Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University, a division of the Kentucky Climate Center, will play a key role in a $5 million National Science Foundation project aimed at making further advances in near-term forecasts that can...

WKU cross country program moves forward with fall season; Hilltoppers open campaign Sept. 18

The Western Kentucky University cross country program plans to move forward with its fall season. The team is still awaiting the NCAA’s decision on a fall NCAA cross country championship, with a ruling set to be made later this month. WKU is set to return 16 runners, while welcoming seven newcomers to the program. (WKU photo) WKU is currently scheduled to open its season on Sept. 18 at the Mountains...

Louisville tight ends stocked with talent; Cardinals prepare for Western Kentucky in Sept. 12 opener

By Rocco Gasparro University of Louisville When University of Louisville tight ends coach Stu Holt arrived for the start of spring practice in 2019, he didn’t know if he would have enough bodies to finish the season. The Cardinals entered last season without a scholarship tight end on the roster before head coach Scott Satterfield granted local product Marshon Ford a full ride. Ean Pfeifer, a...

WKU to no longer require standardized test scores (ACT, SAT) for admission; begins in spring semester

Beginning with the spring 2021 semester, Western Kentucky University will no longer require standardized test scores, such as the ACT or SAT, for most applicants for admission. “WKU is excited to be among the first of Kentucky’s public four-year universities to become test optional,” said Ethan Logan, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Experience. The university began considering the move...

Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU receives grants from WHAS Crusade for Children

The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex (CEC) at Western Kentucky University has received two grant awards from the WHAS Crusade for Children — $21,000 for the Kelly Autism Program Prime Time, and $26,000 for the Renshaw Early Childhood Center Big Red School. These funds will support the operation of the Big Red School and the Prime-Time Program, within the CEC. These specific programs serve...

Louisville linebacker Etheridge brimming with confidence as season opener against WKU nears

By Tyler Nunez University of Louisville Not since his freshman year has Louisville inside linebacker Dorian Etheridge had so much confidence going into a season. Now he just wants to capitalize on it. After an inaugural campaign in 2017 that saw the soon-to-be four-year starting linebacker earn Freshman All-American honors and an 8-5 season (capped by a heartbreaking loss to Mississippi State in the...

Western Kentucky University’s ISEC receives $60,000 grant from Jessie Ball duPont Fund

The Cynthia and George Nichols III Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) has received a $60,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for The Climb Continues, a project to support Western Kentucky University sophomore and junior students of color through programming to increase retention and four-year graduation rates, achieve academic progress, obtain financial literacy and create a stronger...

WKU president says fall semester a time of ‘hopefulness in the face of enormous challenges’

As Western Kentucky University prepares for a fall semester like no other in its history, there are still milestones to celebrate and goals to attain, President Timothy C. Caboni said during his annual convocation address. Even the address itself was unusual, delivered virtually to adhere to guidelines designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “The past five months have been difficult, each of us...

WKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni to add John Asher, Dr. Jack Britt, Travis Hudson this fall

The longtime face and voice of the Kentucky Derby, a leader in agriculture and education, and the coach of Lady Topper volleyball will join the 29th class of Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. John Asher, Dr. Jack Britt and Travis Hudson will be inducted during WKU’s 2020 Homecoming Celebration. The Hall of Distinguished Alumni is presented by Franklin Bank &...

Western Kentucky players, coaches happy to be back on campus with a ‘little bit of basketball’ normalcy

When the Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team returned from the canceled Conference USA Tournament in March, things changed rapidly in the wake of COVID-19. Players moved back home and began preparing for online classes. Locker room meetings and weight room workouts moved to Zoom and FaceTime, and head coach Rick Stansbury even discovered TV shows like The Office, Breaking Bad and Stranger...

Cayman Islands Classic relocates to Florida due to pandemic; WKU part of eight-team tournament field

The fourth annual Cayman Islands Classic, which includes Western Kentucky University, has been relocated to Niceville, Fla., in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Teams participating in the tournament with Western Kentucky are Kansas State, La Salle, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, Northern Iowa...

WKU Alumni Association Board of Directors appoints 16 members to serve on Diversity & Inclusion Council

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association Board of Directors recently appointed 16 individuals to serve as founding members of the newly established Diversity & Inclusion Council. The founding members were selected from a competitive nominee pool of 45 individuals from across the country who have professional expertise or volunteer experience working with diversity and inclusion programs....

WKU Office of Sustainability receives $30,000 grant from Jessie Ball duPont Fund to fight food insecurity

The Western Kentucky University Office of Sustainability received a grant of $30,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to support the community food pantry and garden to assist members of the WKU community facing food insecurity. The Office of Sustainability has hosted a food pantry since 2011, providing food and toiletries to WKU students, faculty and staff. In response to increasing food insecurities...

Henry Luce Foundation awards Kentucky Museum $155,000 grant for Folk Art collection project

The Kentucky Museum will continue to catalog and digitize their Folk Art collection with support from a $155,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant will provide funding for a Curator of Folk Art, a Folk Studies graduate assistantship, and consultation with quilt scholar and folklorist Laurel McKay Horton, who will collaboratively catalog and digitize the Folk Art collection into the Museum’s...

WKU adds Davidson transfer Luke Frampton to roster; led Atlantic 10 in 3-pointers as a freshman

Western Kentucky University head coach Rick Stansbury has announced the signing of transfer Luke Frampton from Davidson. Frampton, a 6-foot-5 guard, emerged as one of the top shooters in Davidson history during his two seasons with the Wildcats. “We liked Luke out of high school a few years ago, and we feel blessed to have this opportunity for him to join our program now,” Stansbury said....