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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...

Dr. Christopher Shook named new dean of WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business

Dr. Christopher Shook has been named the new dean of Western Kentucky University’s Gordon Ford College of Business, Provost Terry Ballman announced Monday. Shook, who has served as the Sprunk & Burnham Endowed Dean at the University of Montana College of Business since 2016, will assume his duties at WKU on July 1. Dr. Christopher Shook“I am thrilled to be joining the Hilltopper Nation,”...

WKU President Timothy C. Caboni, First Lady Kacy S. Caboni establish scholarship

Western Kentucky University President Timothy C. Caboni and First Lady Kacy S. Caboni have established a new endowed scholarship fund with a gift of $100,000 made through a combination of outright and deferred support. The Timothy Christian and Kacy Myree Caboni Scholarship Fund will provide support for full-time, first-generation students at WKU. First preference will be given to students pursuing...

Austin Griffiths: March is Social Work Month, an annual opportunity to spotlight those helping others

It’s finally March in Kentucky, and we all know what that means. Nope, sorry, we’re not talking about basketball. March is Social Work Month—an annual opportunity to spotlight those who are dedicated to helping others to reach their full potential. The theme in 2019 “Elevate Social Work” is an appropriate way to recognize this honorable profession. Social work is often portrayed inaccurately...

WKU’s student-run magazine Talisman awarded Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press

Talisman, WKU’s student-run life, culture and news magazine and website, has been awarded a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. One of the top awards for student media, the hybrid Gold Crown recognizes both the Talisman magazine and website. The honor was the 10th time Talisman has been awarded the Gold Crown by CSPA, based at Columbia University in New York City. First published...

Nancy Hall Duncan inducted into Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame

As family, friends and colleagues looked on in the Capitol Rotunda, Nancy Hall Duncan of Versailles was inducted last week into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Duncan, who began her teaching career in 1965 and retired in 1998, fell in love with teaching as a youngster. “My sixth-grade teacher picked me along with a few others to go and tutor the first grade students,”...

Western Kentucky University regents approve tuition, mandatory fees for 2019-2020 school year

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents on Friday approved tuition and mandatory fees for 2019-20. Beginning with the fall 2019 semester, tuition for Kentucky undergraduate students will increase 2 percent, or $100, to $5,401 per semester. Nonresident and international undergraduate rates will remain unchanged. WKU President Timothy C. Caboni said the university is employing strategies to...

Renowned author Elaine Weiss to visit WKU to kick off yearlong celebration of 19th Amendment

Elaine Weiss, author of “The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” will visit Western Kentucky University April 29-30 to kick off a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Weiss will spend time with students in the classroom during her two-day visit and will present the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholar Lecture at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Downing Student...

Western Kentucky University Arabic program students preparing for Qatar debates in March

Four students in Western Kentucky University’s Arabic language program will be traveling to Qatar in March to compete in the fifth International Universities Debating Championship. WKU will be one of five U.S. universities participating in the international competition, hosted by QatarDebate, brings together Arabic and non-Arabic speaking students from around the world to Doha, Qatar, for six days...

WKU’s Kentucky Folklife Program announces Glespie Ray Deweese as recipient of Homer Ledford Award

The Kentucky Folklife Program at Western Kentucky University, a collaborating partner the Kentucky Arts Council, has announced that luthier Glespie Ray Deweese of Bowling Green is the recipient of the 2018 Homer Ledford Award. The award ceremony will take place at this year’s Kentucky Crafted Market 2019 on March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena in Lexington. Since 2007, this...

Institute for Rural Health receives $20,000 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation

The Institute for Rural Health, part of WKU’s College of Health and Human Services, has received a $20,000 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Foundation. “The Institute for Rural Health is honored to receive this grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky,” said Dr. Daniel Carter, Dental Director for the Institute for Rural Health. “The funds from Delta Dental provide much-needed preventive dental...

Kentucky Mesonet at WKU completes installation of weather station in Webster County

The Kentucky Mesonet at Western Kentucky University has completed installation of a station in Webster County. The site at Baker Park in Dixon is the 70th operational station in 69 counties following the installation of a station in Pulaski County last fall. The statewide network is the Commonwealth’s official source for weather and climate data. “The Webster County site highlights the importance...

Carpenter Foundation grant allows WKU’s Kentucky Museum to provide free admission for three years

The Kentucky Museum has received a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation that will allow the Museum to offer free admission to the public for three years. Previously, admission to the Museum was based on a per-person charge, with free admission for Western Kentucky University students, faculty and staff. The Free Admission pilot program will build upon the success of “Free Wednesdays...

WKU student among 30 nationwide to earn Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

Deven Richardson of Bowling Green has been selected as a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow. He is one of 30 fellows selected nationwide and the first Western Kentucky University student to earn this honor. The Rangel Fellowship program prepares outstanding students for careers in the U.S. Department of State foreign service. Through the fellowship, Richardson will receive...

Western Kentucky University announces fully online Work Force Administration Degree program

Students with an associate of applied science degree can earn an affordable professional bachelor’s degree in Work Force Administration from Western Kentucky University in as little as 15 months. “The WFA has been designed to support the unique needs of transfer and adult students,” said Jeff Butterfield, director of WKU’s School of Professional Studies. “The major focuses on developing supervisory...

George and CJ Nichols named 2018 Western Kentucky University Philanthropists of the Year

George and CJ Nichols have been named the 2018 Western Kentucky University Philanthropists of the Year. “We are honored and humbled to be recognized as the Philanthropists of the Year,” said George Nichols. “We know that so many others have done so much more than we have even thought about. For WKU to consider our efforts worthy of such an honor makes us proud. We accept it on behalf of all the...