August 2014

Retired Mathematics Professor Finds Fame with YouTube Cooking Channel

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As a mathematics faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University from 1981 to 2006, Dr. Betty Givan spent her days immersed in numbers.

For the past several years, the Richmond resident has been counting YouTube hits, cookbook sales and a growing army of fans – as a culinary entrepreneur.

EKU Signs Transfer Agreement with KCTCS

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Transferring to a four-year institution became easier for Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) students today with the signing of a statewide, multi-program agreement with Eastern Kentucky University. 

EKU Receives LEED Gold Plaque for Residence Hall

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Today’s prospective student certainly considers academics, faculty quality, student life and cost in making a college choice.

But, increasingly, he or she also looks carefully at an institution’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

Senior Risk Management and Insurance Major Earns National Scholarship

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Ceirra Thompson, of Lexington, a senior risk management and insurance major at Eastern Kentucky University, has received a $5,000 national scholarship from the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation.

The scholarship was established to further the study of insurance and encourage, support and reward exceptional students who have an interest in an insurance career.

Giles Gallery Features Exhibition of Paintings by Zakic

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In an ambitious move to embrace the sacred and the profane, artist Boris Zakic, professor of art at Georgetown College, has an exhibition of paintings at Eastern Kentucky University’s Giles Gallery in Richmond and simultaneously at PUBLIC, the gallery of the Louisville Visual Art Association.

Professor Named KACADA Faculty Advisor of the Year

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Dr. Dionne Smith, assistant professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, is Kentucky’s 2014 Faculty Advisor of the Year, as determined by the Kentucky Academic Advising Association (KACADA).

Freshman Academy for Diverse Students Launched

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Eastern Kentucky University’s African/African American Studies program has partnered with several campus offices to launch a new program aimed at promoting the retention of all students, with particular focus on minority students.

E-Mentoring Program Will Better Prepare Teacher Candidates for Classroom

Much like the modern football quarterback receives audio signals from his coach via a headset, teacher candidates in Eastern Kentucky University’s educator preparation program soon will be receiving real-time assists from their professors, even though they might be many miles apart.

Benson, President's Council Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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On a warm and muggy summer afternoon, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson and five members of the President’s Council found a way to stay cool and at the same time raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Perlick Named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

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Nicholas J. Perlick has been named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Eastern Kentucky University.

Since 2009, Perlick has served as Director of Development at Middle Tennessee State University, where he has played a leading role in a centennial campaign that is poised to exceed its revised goal with more than a year remaining.

Fire Protection Programs Re-Accredited

The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) has re-accredited all three bachelor’s degree programs in fire protection offered by Eastern Kentucky University.

Division of Natural Areas to Receive Statewide Organization of Year Award

The Division of Natural Areas at Eastern Kentucky University has learned that it will receive the 2014 Outstanding Organization Award presented by the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education.

Representatives of the Division will be on hand to receive the honor at the Association’s fall conference on Sept. 13 in Lexington.

Colonel Fans Encouraged to Support EKU in College Colors Day Competition

Eastern Kentucky University is participating again in the annual College Colors Day spirit competition and is asking for fan support to help win the national Spirit Cup award, which includes $10,000 toward its general scholarship fund and a chance for some lucky individual to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Numerous Campus Improvement Projects Mark Beginning of New Academic Year

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Bob Dylan marked an era of American history with his 1964 classic “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

Exactly 50 years later, that song title certainly rings true at Eastern Kentucky University, where dozens of campus improvement projects are changing the face of the Richmond campus.

President Benson Addresses Faculty, Staff at Fall Convocation

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After recounting the story of how Orville and Wilbur Wright overcame great odds to make aviation history and change the world, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson challenged faculty and staff to live a life of curiosity and consequence.

Whitlock Presidential Portrait Unveiled

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The framed portrait of Eastern Kentucky University's 11th president, Doug Whitlock, was unveiled on Tuesday, Aug. 12, before a large crowd of appreciative faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and friends.

"Richmond 5" Competition Assists Local Entrepreneurs

Have a great business idea but don’t know what to do next?

The Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) at Eastern Kentucky University is looking to help five ambitious entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

2014-15 Chautauqua Series to Explore "Strategizing"

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Fifteen lectures by prominent thinkers, educators and activists and a nationwide juried art exhibition will explore the theme of “Strategizing” during Eastern Kentucky University’s year-long Chautauqua Series.

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