Campus Making "No Little Plans" for Inauguration, Homecoming

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Eastern Kentucky University is making “no little plans” for Oct. 21-26.

Several events are scheduled leading up to the inauguration on Friday, Oct. 24, of the University’s 12th president, Michael Benson. Then, the University will celebrate Homecoming with a parade and football game with visiting rival Southeast Missouri.

The theme for both the inauguration and Homecoming is “Make No Little Plans.”

Inauguration Week includes a day of community service, a faculty/staff luncheon, a presentation by celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni, a student talent show, a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 2 of the New Science Building, a Chautauqua lecture and African art exhibit featuring former U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Adelman, a community reception following the inauguration, a National Pan-Hellenic Council stepshow, and much more. The public is invited to participate in all activities.

Benson, who assumed the EKU presidency in August 2013, will be formally installed in ceremonies beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the EKU Center for the Arts. A community reception will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Center’s lobby. Those wishing to attend the ceremony should pick up their free tickets at EKU Center for the Arts box office, in the Student Life office in the Powell Building or online at, beginning Oct. 15. The EKU Center for the Arts box office (859-622-7469) is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

The annual Homecoming Parade and 5K Homecoming Run will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and follow the usual route along Lancaster Avenue and Main Street. To register for the 5K Run, visit The Colonel Country Tailgate will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by the 3 p.m. Homecoming game. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, the Alumni Center at Blanton House will host an open house, including tours and refreshments. The Division of Alumni Relations moved into the historic home, once used to house University presidents, earlier this year. The Alumni Center will also be open for tours on Friday, Oct 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The weekend also features the bi-annual EKU African-American Homecoming Reunion on Friday, Oct. 24, from 3 to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of activities and additional details about Homecoming, visit or call 859-622-1260.

Inauguration Week activities kick off on Tuesday, Oct. 21, with the entire day devoted to community service projects. A faculty/staff luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Fitness and Wellness Center, and the day concludes with “Poetic Truths and Revelations” from Giovanni at 6 p.m. at the EKU Center for the Arts.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Adelman will discuss “The Joys and Risks of Collecting African Art” in a 6 p.m. presentation in Room 239 of the Campbell Building. Framing his talk will be a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.; the Giles Gallery exhibit, entitled “Congo Art,” will be open during the reception. Adelman has donated to EKU a significant collection of African masks and fetishes from the Zaire and Congo areas.

A student talent show, at 8 p.m. in Brock Auditorium, caps Oct. 22 activities.

Ground will be broken for Phase 2 of the University’s New Science Building on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. The addition will house the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geography and Geology.

That evening, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Auditorium, Adelman will present a Chautauqua lecture entitled “Reagan at Reykjavik: A Case Study in Strategizing.” Adelman has served as an American diplomat, political writer and policy analyst. From 1975 to 1977, he was Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and later a member of the Defense Policy Board. He also served as the deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for 2 ½ years, working with Jeane Kirkpatrick, and served as Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for nearly five years. He was an adviser to President Ronald Reagan during the superpower summits between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

For a complete list of Inauguration Week activities, visit

Published on October 09, 2014

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