Third Annual "Transfer Madness" Event Is March 26

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It’s easier than ever to transfer to Eastern Kentucky University, whether from one of the Commonwealth’s community and technical colleges or from another institution.

That point will be made repeatedly during Transfer Madness, Kentucky’s statewide online transfer fair. The third annual event is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT at transfermadness.org (students should register in advance at the site). Students from the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) as well as those planning to attend a KCTCS institution en route to a four-year degree and those already at four-year schools planning to transfer will be able to chat with advisers from more than 20 four-year public and private institutions, download e-brochures, learn about scholarships and register for prizes.

Of EKU’s approximately 2,000 new, first-time transfer students this year, about half came from KCTCS schools, according to Lisa Cox, director of Eastern’s Student Outreach and Transition Office.

One transfer student, senior Lisa Rutherford, from Belfry, had been out of school for 20 years before she entered Big Sandy Community and Technical College. After earning an associate degree there, she transferred to EKU and is set to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation.

“I am proud to say that I love learning,” Rutherford said, “and I keep pushing forward.”

She chose Eastern after a college fair at Big Sandy and credits Cox for helping her find a suitable degree program. Now she is eyeing employment as an activities director in an assisted living venue and even going on to earn her master’s degree.

“I would tell others to not be afraid to take a chance and to believe in their individual abilities,” Rutherford said. “Attending college is much more than an education. It is a positive experience that will allow them to discover a world of new opportunities.”

EKU will waive the application fee for any student who logs into the EKU “booth” during Transfer Madness and applies within a week of the event, Cox noted.

Last fall, EKU signed an agreement with KCTCS that further facilitates the seamless transfer of KCTCS students to EKU through the Colonel Connection. When students jointhe Colonel Connection (colonelconnection.eku.edu) program, their KCTCS transcripts will automatically be sent to EKU at the end of each term so their EKU DegreeWorks audit is always synchronized to reflect their current coursework. Also, their individualized degree plan is “locked,” making the chance of getting caught by curriculum changes unlikely. All participants in the program are assigned a Colonel Connection adviser. “Best of all,” Cox added, “once you are admitted to EKU, your admission status remains active as long as you are enrolled in the Colonel Connection program and adhere to the agreement. So there is no need for another application when the time comes to transfer.”

KCTCS students interested in furthering their education at EKU can also sign up at soto.eku.eduto attend a campus visit day.

Cox noted that EKU’s regional campuses and numerous online degree programs and courses give students additional options for completing a degree.

For more information about Transfer Madness, visit transfermadness.org.

Published on March 13, 2015

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