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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...

Kentucky Archaeological Survey joins WKU’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

The award-winning Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS) joined Western Kentucky University’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology on June 1. For more than two decades, KAS has worked with teachers, students, landowners, communities and government agencies to protect archaeological sites and educate the public about Kentucky’s rich archaeological heritage. “We are thrilled about working...

Constance Alexander: Asking the right questions prepares students for careers that don’t yet exist

A surefire way to ignite a spark of indignation into Taylor Clements’ brown eyes is to call him a “Math Person.” True, he graduated from Murray State University with a major in Mathematics, but he also minored in music, played trumpet in the Racer Band, and was a Resident Counselor in the Commonwealth Honors Academy program. He did not define himself according to his major. He remembers his mother’s...

WKU Storm Chase class begins 10th annual journey across the Great Plains this Saturday

Western Kentucky University student Olivia Cahill will accomplish one goal later this week when the WKU Storm Chase class begins its 10th journey across the Great Plains. “The storm chase has been the No. 1 thing on my bucket list for as long as I can remember,” said Cahill, who first heard about the trip as an eighth-grader in Dry Ridge and came to WKU because of its meteorology program and the...

WKU Regents accept recommendations of academic review committee, will suspend 101 progams

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents last week approved the recommendations of a comprehensive academic program review committee. The Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) committee reviewed all of the University’s academic program offerings. In March, the committee recommended 55 programs be transformed, 15 programs be grown, 290 programs be maintained and 101 programs be...

Five Western Kentucky University students earn Fulbright grants for 2019-2020 academic year

Five Western Kentucky University students have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for the 2019-20 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and one has been designated as an alternate. They are among over 2,100 graduating seniors and recent graduates selected this year on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well...

WKU STEM program launches first ‘Mallownaut’ into space on Blue Origin New Shepard rocket

The National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF) has announced that for the first time in the history of space travel, a marshmallow “astronaut” named Marvin has traveled to space in an experiment designed by the National STEM Scholar Program. The National STEM Scholar Program empowers science teachers to motivate students at the tipping point of life-long science interest – middle school. The experiment...

Caverna High alumnus establishes scholarship for students to take dual credit classes at WKU

Clarence Glover, of Louisville, established the Clarence Glover Equity and Inclusion Scholarship to help underrepresented students at Caverna High School take WKU Dual Credit classes. Dual Credit courses allow high school students to receive credit from both their high school and WKU upon completion of a course. Originally from Horse Cave, Mr. Glover graduated from Caverna High School and has remained...