March 2014

Hummel Planetarium to Resume Public Shows on Saturdays

image from "Perfect Little Planet"

Hummel Planetarium at Eastern Kentucky University will resume public shows on Saturdays, beginning April 12.

A new projection system, designed and installed by Information Technology staff at the University, has replaced outdated, unreliable equipment, allowing programs to be displayed across the full dome.

Students Contribute 1,400 Hours of Public Service on Alternative Spring Break

Photo of group that worked at Rockaway

Not every college student heads to the beach or even back home for Spring Break.

Forty-eight Eastern Kentucky University students (along with five faculty/staff learning partners) fanned out across the country for “Alternative Spring Break” March 10-14 and contributed more than 1,400 hours of public service.

New Book by Myers Looks at "Historic True Tales of Cultural Ingenuity" in Kentucky

Dr. Marshall Myers takes a look at “Historic True Tales of Cultural Ingenuity” in Kentucky’s colorful early history in his latest book.

“Only in Old Kentucky,” published by The History Press, contains captivating and sometimes bizarre accounts of hidden oddities and curiosities about the Bluegrass State rarely brought to light.

EKU's Reach, Reputation Extend into Siberia

photo of Schumann at presentation

Not many Americans have any great desire to travel to Siberia.

But Dr. Michael Schumann’s interest in the region has helped extend the reach and reputation of Eastern Kentucky University into that scenic but often forgotten part of the world.

Grant Sparks South Irvine Students' Interest in Science

A grant from the Eastern Kentucky University Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES) is sending kindergarten students from one Estill County school to outer space.

Well, not exactly, but the grant is helping to heighten the youngsters’ interest in the skies and science.

Two Faculty Members Honored at Regional Conference

Two members of Eastern Kentucky University’s health promotion and administration faculty – Dr. Michael Ballard and Dr. Laurie Larkin – were honored at the joint American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Southern District/ Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (KAHPERD) conference in Lexington on Feb.

Welch Series Lecture Topic: "Why Poverty Persists in Rural America"

Dr. Cynthia (Mil) Duncan will address "Why Poverty Persists in Rural America" on Friday, March 28, as part of theWelch Appalachian Social and Economic Justice Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University.

The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in EKU’s Business and Technology Center Auditorium.

EKU Center Honors Amazon Fulfillment Network as Employer of the Year

photo of presentation to Amazon

The Center for Career and Cooperative Education at Eastern Kentucky University recently recognized the Amazon Fulfillment Network as its 2014 Employer of the Year.

In presenting the award, EKU President Michael Benson said Amazon “has shown dedication to the professional growth of EKU students and alumni.”

Senior Seth Henderson Selected for White House Internship

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The White House has taken on a maroon hue this spring.

Seth Henderson, Berea, a senior political science and criminal justice major at Eastern Kentucky University, was selected to serve a 14-week internship in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence.

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