January 2015

Aviation Program Flying High across Kentucky

photo of Benson, Adkins at airport

Eastern Kentucky University’s aviation program continues to write its name in the skies above the Commonwealth.

On Jan. 28, University officials met with representatives of Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) to discuss a 2+2 partnership to offer ACTC students a degree in aviation through EKU’s highly accredited program.

Professor Wins Colombia's Highest Honor for Excellence in Literature

Growing up on a farm in the Amazon jungle in Colombia, Manuel Cortes-Castaneda was surrounded by horses, which he often rode into town with his large family, and other wild animals. He vividly recalls his father reading “Arabian Nights” at bedtime and even at a young age developed a love for hearing, reading and eventually writing poetry.

Chautauqua Topic: "The Optimism Bias"

Sharot photo

How do emotion, motivation and social factors influence our expectations, decisions and memories?

Dr. Tali Sharot will attempt to answer that question when she addresses “The Optimism Bias” in a Chautauqua lecture at Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, Feb. 12. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building.

Freshman Academy for Diverse Students Building "Culture of Achievement"

file photo from Freshman Academy for Diverse Students

With the establishment last fall of the Freshman Academy for Diverse Students at Eastern Kentucky University, Coordinator Dr. Salome Nnoromele hoped to build “a culture of achievement.”

The results from its first semester suggest the Academy is well on its way to doing just that.

Eastern Progress Staffers Capture KPA Awards

Students from Eastern Kentucky University’s campus newspaper, The Eastern Progress, received 17 awards from the Kentucky Press Association at the Association’s recent winter convention.

Mock Trial Team Captures Title in Windy City Invitational

Mock Trial Team Chicago

The Eastern Kentucky University Mock Trial Team continued its stellar season with a first-place finish in the Windy City Invitational, hosted by Northwestern University Jan. 17-18 in Chicago.

EKU compiled a 6-1-1 record in the 28-team event, finishing immediately ahead of its regional rivals, the University of Cincinnati and Bellarmine University.

Sandy Leaving to Become Ball State Athletics Director

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Eastern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Mark Sandy is stepping down from his current position to take a similar position at Ball State University. Sandy, who was in his 10th season at EKU, will begin his duties as Ball State’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on February 1.

Carnegie Honors EKU for Community Engagement

file photo from Shelby City Cemetery project

Eastern Kentucky University’s strong commitment to community engagement has been reflected for years in transformed lives, improved services and enhanced quality of life throughout the region and Commonwealth.

Now it has earned national attention.

Artifacts Sought for Corbin Rail Project

hand lantern photo

The Corbin Rail Project is on the fast track to an opening in May 2015, and Kentuckians and others are invited to hop aboard by donating artifacts from bygone days of the railroad industry.

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