University News

Professors Author Book for Teens, Tweens

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What if there’s a chance that an extinct bird is still around? That’s the premise of a new book for teens and tweens by Eastern Kentucky University professors Marie Mitchell and Mason Smith.

Graduate Receives National Science Foundation Research Fellowship

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A May 2011 graduate at Eastern Kentucky University has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Jessica Pulliam, who received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and was recognized as an Honors Scholar, will pursue a doctoral degree in sociology at Florida International University in Miami, beginning this fall.

Ten Faculty Members Receive Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Awards

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Ten Eastern Kentucky University faculty members were presented the University’s first Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year awards during a May 3 ceremony.

The awards program, developed by the Office of Quality Enhancement Programs, recognizes outstanding faculty members who have had an effect on developing their students’ critical and creative thinking skills.

Co-Op Program First in Kentucky to Earn Accreditation

Eastern Kentucky University’s Cooperative Education Program has become the first co-op program in the Commonwealth and only the 12th nationally to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education.

The first-time accreditation, which followed a site visit, is for six years.

Ruppel Receives Second Fulbright, Headed to Slovakia

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Dr. Fred Ruppel is returning to Slovakia.

Recently awarded a six-week grant under the Fulbright Specialists Program – his second Fulbright to work in that central European country – the Eastern Kentucky University economics professor will spend May 27-July 19 collaborating with one or two Slovakian co-authors on an economics textbook.