March 2011

EKU Junior One of Only 60 Nationally to Earn Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Photo of Miles Owen

When he graduated from high school in 2005, Miles Owen had “no idea” what direction to take in life.

Instead of immediately enrolling in a college or university Owen chose instead to spend 10 months with AmeriCorps, helping clear houses of debris in hurricane-ravaged St. Bernard Parish, just east of New Orleans. The decision proved fortuitous.

Staff Member Helps Haitians Improve English Skills

Russell Helms in Haiti photo

During his Spring Break this year, Eastern Kentucky University Creative Writing staff member Russell Helms discovered that students in Haiti are very eager to learn English and would welcome anyone willing to make the trip and contribute his or her teaching skills.

Grand Opening Ceremonies Held for New EKU Campus in Somerset

Photo of Ribbon-Cutting at Somerset Center

Addressing a large crowd that had gathered at grand opening ceremonies for Eastern Kentucky University’s new Somerset campus, Terri Reynolds could hardly contain her excitement.

“Finally, Somerset has its first four-year, state-sponsored university,” beamed Reynolds, coordinator for the campus. “The Lake Cumberland area has long awaited this morning.”

Students, Faculty Conduct Service-Learning Project in Memphis

Thirty-four students and six faculty members from Eastern Kentucky University spent several days recently on a cultural and service-learning excursion to Memphis. The trip, sponsored by the African/African American Studies Program, was the culmination of the EKU celebration of Black History Month.