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Corporation for Public Broadcasting awards WKU Public Broadcasting $246,863 grant

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded a $246,863 grant to Western Kentucky University Public Broadcasting to develop and expand its workforce development training program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The grant, “Embracing Differences, Finding Strengths: A Public Broadcasting Model for Autism Inclusion,” is led by project directors Molly Swietek and...

WKU awarded $1.1 million federal grant for special education to address shortage of certified personnel

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has awarded Western Kentucky University a $1.1 million grant to address the ongoing national, state and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs. Project “Preparing Rural Educators and Professionals for Students with High-Intensity Needs” (PREP) is an interdisciplinary initiative led...

Belmont combines balanced scoring, strong defense in 79-62 road win over Western Kentucky

Belmont combined balanced scoring and strong defense to defeat Western Kentucky, 79-62, on Saturday night in E.A. Diddle Arena. Belmont (9-4) has now won seven consecutive games against Western Kentucky, the Conference USA favorites. Tyler Scanlon led five Bruins in double figures with 18 points. Michael Benkert scored a career-high 15 points, while Nick Muszynski added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Belmont’s...

Julie Harris Hinson makes $110,000 commitment to support WKU Opportunity Fund and additional areas

Julie Harris Hinson, a member of Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents, has made a $60,000 commitment to establish two new funds to support student success initiatives within the Cynthia and George Nichols III Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) and Student Publications as part of the WKU Opportunity Fund. Hinson has also made a pledge of $50,000 over five years to benefit more...

Carpenter Foundation awards grant to Kentucky Museum to restore historic Felts House at WKU

The Kentucky Museum has received a $36,000 grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support restoration of the historic Felts House, located on Western Kentucky University’s main campus. Constructed in 1810 in Logan County, the Felts House was the home of Archibald Felts, a Revolutionary War veteran who was among the first generation of permanent settlers in Kentucky. The two-story,...

Educators Wanda Clouse, Lynn Riedling selected for 12th class of Louis B. Nunn Ky. Teacher Hall of Fame

Two members of the 12th class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected. The statewide selection committee has chosen Wanda Carol Clouse of Barbourville and Lynn Riedling of Louisville for induction at the 2020 induction ceremony next spring on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green; details will be announced later. The Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky...

WKU professor’s research illuminates detrimental effects of increasing light pollution on bird population

Most animal species utilize a biological clock to synchronize with the Earth’s daily cycle of light and dark to govern activities important for reproduction, growth and sleep. However, with increased urbanization and industrialization across the globe, there is growing scientific evidence that artificial light at night can have harmful effects upon humans as well as wildlife. Such effects include...

WKU groundbreaking for Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion honors dedicated ‘family of Hilltoppers’

A groundbreaking for the Mary McChesney Kindell Pavilion at Western Kentucky University’s McChesney Field Campus was held on Oct. 24. The 140-acre site along the Green River in northern Warren County was gifted to WKU in 2009 from the children of longtime educator Hardin Field McChesney Sr. to honor their father, his love for education and his dedication to WKU. Hardin Field McChesney Sr., a native...

Lifeworks at WKU breaks ground on residential complex to support adults on autism spectrum

Western Kentucky University and local officials broke ground Monday on a two-year residential program designed to provide living, working and recreation support for individuals on the autism spectrum who are 21 years of age and older and are ready to enter the workforce. This innovative program is made possible through generous support from the community and will strengthen the strong partnership in...

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...