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National media exposure for Western Kentucky football in 2019 valued at nearly $35 million

The Western Kentucky University football program’s turnaround season in 2019 brought tremendous exposure to the athletic department and university. A new analysis has valued that media/marketing exposure at nearly $35 million. The study completed by Joyce Julius and Associates, Inc. – which takes into account national television, television news coverage, print media, internet news and social...

WKU recruit Dayvion McKnight named Kentucky Mr. Basketball; averaged 20 points, 8.1 rebounds

Western Kentucky University signee Dayvion McKnight received the state’s top high school hoops honor Sunday, as the guard was named 2020 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. McKnight received the award, given to the state’s top senior, from the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation during a virtual ceremony on Sunday. McKnight, a 6-foot-2 guard from Collins High School in Shelbyville, is the ninth Kentucky...

WKU men’s golfer Linus Lo named to All-Conference USA second team; third Hilltopper to earn honor

Western Kentucky University men’s golfer Linus Lo has been named to the All-Conference USA second team. “Linus is one of the hardest workers I have ever had the pleasure to coach,” said WKU men’s golf head coach Chan Metts. “He is very deserving of being an All-Conference player. Especially looking at his fall season he set a program record for scoring average in a semester....

Council on Postsecondary Education approves plans to forgo tuition hikes at five state universities

Students at five Kentucky universities will not face any tuition hikes this fall under plans approved Friday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education as part of a strategic effort to maintain college affordability during COVID-19. Public campuses are on track for one of the smallest average increases in tuition in decades, although rates at three state universities remain pending. While the...

Former LexCath football standout Wes Caldwell named athletic director at Highlands High School

Wes Caldwell has been named the athletic director at Highlands High School. He is currently the assistant athletic director at Lexington Catholic High School. Caldwell earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Middle Tennessee State University and his master’s degree in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky University. Wes Caldwell While attending Middle...

WKU School of Media finishes second overall in 2019-20 Hearst Journalism Awards competition

Western Kentucky University’s School of Media finished second in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s 2019-20 Overall Intercollegiate Competition. WKU, which has placed in the top eight nationally overall for 27 straight years, won the Hearst Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the eighth time in nine years and won the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the fourth straight...

Nursing careers part of WKU women’s soccer culture; eight former Lady Toppers helping in COVID-19 battle

As COVID-19 began to spread throughout the United States in March, the country hit pause. Those who were deemed as non-essential worked from home or didn’t work at all, but there was a group that kept going. Among that group were the doctors and nurses fighting the virus and helping those affected by it. Nurses have always been an important part of the country’s infrastructure, but the...

After being re-elected, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Minton sworn into office remotely

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr., after being re-elected to that position by the justices, was sworn into that office remotely by Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes. With the re-election to another four years, Minton became only the second chief justice in Kentucky to be chosen to serve four terms. Hughes says if you look at Minton’s leadership...

Tuition at Western Kentucky University to remain unchanged for 2020-21 academic year

Tuition at Western Kentucky University will remain unchanged for the 2020-21 academic year. The WKU Board of Regents has approved the tuition schedule, which must now be approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The last time tuition was held flat was 1979-80. The Board also waived the distance learning surcharge fee — $150 per credit hour for full-time students engaged in an online...

WKU to induct 16 great Hilltopper squads in inaugural class of Athletic Hall of Fame Teams

The Western Kentucky University Alumni W-Club announced last week the 16 great athletic squads that will make up the multi-year inaugural class of the WKU Athletic Hall of Fame Teams. The W-Club expanded the Athletic Hall of Fame last year to induct great teams, not just individuals. Recognition of the 16 teams considered as the “Inaugural Class” began in November when the 2002 and 1952...

Louisville Manual volleyball standout Mosley chooses WKU; defensive specialist to add depth

Western Kentucky University volleyball head coach Travis Hudson has announced the addition of Louisville Manual High School’s Cameron Mosley to the incoming class of recruits. A defensive specialist, Mosley will add depth to the WKU back line. Mosley joins fellow incoming freshmen Sam Canner and Shannon Keck as the newest additions to the Lady Topper program that has now produced 20 consecutive...

Former Western Kentucky center Chris Marcus passes away at 40; led nation in rebounding in 2001

Former Western Kentucky star center Chris Marcus passed away last week in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. He was 40. One of the most dominant Hilltopper big men ever, Marcus was chosen last year as one of the 15 finest players in program history as a representative of the WKU All-Century Team. Former WKU center Chris Marcus passed away last week at the age of 40. (WKU Athletics photo) He received Associated...

Western Kentucky adds JUCO standout Osawe, CORE4 Academy star Milton for upcoming season

Western Kentucky University has added junior-college basketball standout Kevin Osawe and CORE4 Academy star Kylen Milton for the 2020-21 season. Osawe, a 6-foot-6 forward, will have two years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Vincennes (Ind.) University. Milton, a 6-foot-5 guard originally from Conway, Ark., averaged 23 points per game during a 2019-20 post-grad season at CORE4 Academy...

Gatton Academy student to represent Kentucky at Tuesday’s national Posters on the Hill celebration

First-year Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky student Gloria Huang is one of only 60 students nationwide selected for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Posters on the Hill celebration. CUR evaluated around 400 applications through a rigorous, highly competitive process. Huang is the only Kentuckian selected for this year’s event. Huang’s research is mentored by Dr....

WKU football players, coaches adapting mentally and physically during off-campus spring workouts

Last Thursday afternoon was supposed to be Western Kentucky University’s eighth on-field spring football practice at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Instead, the Hilltoppers are scattered apart throughout the region and the country, staying home and staying safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have been for almost three weeks. On March 12 – five days prior to what was supposed to be the first day...

WKU’s School of Media wins Hearst photojournalism title for fourth straight year, 26th time in 31 years

Western Kentucky University’s School of Media has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the fourth straight year and 26th time in the past 31 years. With a second-place finisher in the Photojournalism II – Picture Story/Series Competition and sixth-place and seventh-place finishers in the Photojournalism I – News and Features Competition,...

WKU’s Ogden College Hall first educational lab in nation to achieve WELL v2 Gold Certification

Western Kentucky University’s Ogden College Hall is the first educational laboratory in the United States to achieve WELL v2 Gold Certification by the International WELL Building Institute, maximizing the safety, health and overall wellness of the building’s occupants. That certification ranks it as the healthiest university lab building in the world. “We wanted this multi-departmental science...

WKU Distinguished Educator Awards to recognize exemplary teachers within service region

Nominations are open for the Western Kentucky University College of Education and Behavioral Sciences’ inaugural Distinguished Educator Awards. The awards will celebrate the individual and significant contributions educators make to the teaching profession. From literacy to innovation, WKU will recognize 10 P-12 educators within the university’s service region based on their inspiring solutions...

WKU’s Fresh Food Company is first restaurant on Kentucky college campus to earn Green Certification

Western Kentucky University’s Fresh Food Company is the first restaurant in Bowling Green, and the first restaurant on a Kentucky college campus, to earn Green Restaurant Certification from the Green Restaurant Association. Fresh Food Company, located in the Downing Student Union, earned 91.51 GreenPoints to become Level 1 Certified. “We recycle, use absolutely no polystyrene foam products and...

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...