October 2013

Graduation, Retention Rates on Upswing

By a number of key measures, things are looking up at Eastern Kentucky University.

Graduation rates? Up.

Freshman retention rate? Up.

Diversity among the student body? Up.

Average high school GPA and ACT scores for first-time freshmen? Up.

Benson among Leaders Heading Effort to Help Appalachian Kentucky Move Forward

Pres. Benson photo

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson is among 41 leaders from education, government and business heading a comprehensive and bipartisan effort aimed at “Shaping Our Appalachian Region.”

That’s the title for a recently announced initiative to help Kentucky’s Appalachian region move forward in the face of continued declines in the coal industry.

Students, Faculty Helping Elkhorn City Become Certified "Trail Town"

photo of students near Elkhorn City

Elkhorn City is not a college town, but you might not know it these days.

Dozens of Eastern Kentucky University students, assisted by a few faculty members, are making frequent visits, helping the Pike County community (pop. 982) maximize its economic development and tourism potential and obtain “Trail Town” designation.

Economics Scholarship Honors Memory of Graduate Kyle Thacker

Thacker family photo-scholarship presentation

When they graduated with bachelor’s degrees in economics in May 2012, twins Kyle and Keith Thacker of Somerset pledged that, wherever they were in life, they would never miss the program’s annual reunion at Eastern Kentucky University.

Elrod Appointed to Juvenile Justice Advisory Board

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An Eastern Kentucky University faculty member has been appointed to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board by Gov. Steve Beshear.

Dr. Preston Elrod, professor in the School of Justice Studies, will serve alongside EKU colleague Dr. Betsy Matthews, who was appointed to the Board last year.

Mock Trial Team Finishes Fifth in St. Louis Tournament

Mock Trial team photo

A team from Eastern Kentucky University finished fifth in the Arch Invitational Mock Trial Tournament in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 19-20.

Competitors included host Washington University, the University of Texas at Austin, University of Missouri at Columbia and Kansas City, St. Louis University, University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University, among others.

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