Sunday, May 13th, Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Regional Campus held their very first commencement at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center. There were a total of 55 graduates who walked and received their diploma from Dr. Dennis George.
Pictured former Hardin County Schools superintendent and WKU graduate Lois Gray delivered the ceremony's keynote speech.
Jasmine Routon was chosen to deliver the Student Salutation. Routon is a Sociology major and Sexuality Studies minor student. During her tenure at WKU, Ms. Routon was recognized as the Outstanding Student in Sexuality Studies by the WKU Department of Sociology. She has presented a paper entitled, "The Gay Rights Movement in the United States" it was an analysis of social movement effectiveness at the annual meeting of the Anthropologists and Sociologists of KY. In July, she will present "Shedding Light on GLBT Fleeing from Rural Areas to Urban Settings" at the 75th meeting of the Rural Sociology Society in Chicago, Illinois.
ELED Students Service Project
ELED Block Students completed a service project in collaboration with a participating Hardin County School, over and above the required 70 field hours for their coursework. The event for K-5 students and their parents provided planned activities, workshops, demonstrations, and displays in the areas of Arts and Humanities. The event was a big success and will be a continued collaborative effort.
ElED Block students from all locations came to the Elizabethtown Campus for their Technology Day. They spent half of their day in the computer lab working on their projects with graphs and the other half doing teamwork activities. Two Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox students, Monica Soard and Melinda Logsdon, have been selected to do their student teaching in Ecuador. Michellian Findley was also recognized at the Technology Day for being an outstanding student and a retired Veteran.
Gamma Beta Phi
Six new students were sworn into Gamma Beta Phi by Dr. Donielle Lovell. Pictured Corinda Hopinks, Jennifer Daniels, Rita Rowe, and Jena Holman with Dr. Lovell, and Dr. Stephens. Not pictured Jose Ramirez and Crystal Townsend.
Family Game Night
WKU Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Regional Campus Elementary Education Students coordinated a Game Night at Lincoln Trail Elementary School. They collaborated with the Lincoln Trial Family Recourse Center to replenish their food stock and baby items. Each participant of the game night was to bring canned food and/or baby items as their fee of admission. Local businesses in the community were very generous and donated door prized. It was a fun night for all.
Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Resource Library Center Dedication
Pictured Dr. Dennis George, Brian Coutts, Head of Department of Library, Larura DeLancey, Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Librarian, Connie Foster, Interim Dean Library Services, and Dr. Stephens. All participated at the ribbon cutting ceremony dedicating the Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Resource Library Center took place March 19, 2012.
WKU Graduate Takes Control of 3/1 Brigade
Lt. Col. Glenn Robert Bollinger III, a Special Forces officer and Radcliff native, took command of the Special Troops Battalion of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. Bollinger graduated from North Hardin High School, obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from WKU and a Masters of Arts from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in 1992. Bollinger takes over a battalion in transition as soldiers reorient to civilian life and the brigade stabilized after a yearlong deployment. Its expected at least 40 percent of the battalion to be new soldiers and he will be tasked with building them up from their foundation and preparing them for whatever the Army has next.
KCTCS Super Sunday
WKU Ft. Knox Senior Military Counselor Bea Cobb and Ft. Knox Office Associate Melissa Ballinger staffed our WKU table at the KCTCS Super Sunday event at the New Hope Baptist Church in Radcliff in February. This event was developed to provide information to minority families about college opportunities, and a large crowd attended the program. ECTC coordinated the local program and invited WKU to participate with them for the day. Many expressed interest in attending ECTC and WKU.
Library Now Open
The brand new Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Resource Library is now open and ready for business. Librarian Laura DeLancey consults with students Ashley Glenn and Melanie Ybarra. WKU Libraries collaborated with the Regional Center in developing the new Resource Room.
Ransdell Visit with Garrison Commander
Pictured are Dr. Ransdell, with Mr. Rob Eagin, Army Continuing Education Services Officer, and Dean George discussing WKU programs for soldiers.
President Ransdell, Dean George, and Ron Stephens recently visited with the Garrison Commander and other officials at Ft. Knox. The group also visited the WKU Ft. Knox office and with the Army Continuing Education Center Chief.
Command Sergeant Major Brownell's Appreciation
Pictured are Bea Cobb, Military Programs Counselor at Ft. Knox, Command Sergeant Major John Brownell, and Melissa Ballinger, Office Associate at Ft. Knox.
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) John Brownell recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. CSM Brownell received his Bachelors degree from WKU in May 2010. He is currently working on a Masters in Athletic Administration and Coaching. He will retire from the Army in July 2012. While in Afghanistan the mission for 6th Squadron, 4th US CAVALRY, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, was to provide assistance to the afghan Army in the re-establishment of their country while providing assistance and security to the people. While deployed in Afghanistan, CSM Brownell, flew an American flag for Bea and Melissa. In the picture he is presenting them with the flag that was flown, a certificate and a squadron "Coin of Excellence."
Staff Sergeant Geno Scariot Emergency Scholarship
Pictured are Bea Cobb, Military Programs Counselor, SFC Celia Hodge, Tonya Archey, Military Student Services Director, and Melissa Ballinger, Office Associate at Ft. Knox.
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Celia Hodge is one of the many military students enrolled at WKU Ft. Knox. She is currently working on her MPA with WKU. Celia is the first student to receive a scholarship award from the Staff Sergeant Geno Scariot Emergency Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship fund is available due to the generous support from Terry and Kathy Scariot. The emergency scholarship fund was established to assist military students with financial aid issues who need immediate assistance. Named in honor of Geno Scariot, a WWII Air Force Staff Sergeant, who served in the 458th Bombardment Group of the 96th Combat Wing, Eighth Air Force, in Norwich, England.
Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox Librarian
Meet our new Librarian! Laura DeLancey joined the Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox staff in August. She teaches library instruction sessions in a variety of disciplines, and offers research assistance for extended campus students and faculty. She is actively engaged in promoting the library's current and forthcoming resources and services, and manages course reserve materials and the development of a reference collection. The new library will be open for students to use later this year, providing reference materials, course reserves, and computer workstations.