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Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:

April 12-18, 2019

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

WNKY-TV

  • CAPE recommendations approved by WKU Academic Affairs Committee: At a committee meeting among members of the WKU Board of Regents, the recommendations for WKU’s Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) were voted on and approved, pushing them forward to a final vote of approval that will be held by the full board in May.

Glasgow Daily Times

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

WDRB-TV Louisville

Columbia Magazine

  • Adair native Dwain Harris named CEO of National AHEC: Adair County native Dwain Harris began a new leadership position as chief executive officer of the National AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Organization as the year began, bringing more than 20 years of experience in healthcare leadership and communications to the role. He has a bachelor's in print journalism and master's in health administration from WKU.
  • Robert Penn Warren Circle screening April 25 at WKU: The annual meeting of the Robert Penn Warren Circle will begin April 25 at WKU with a screening of the documentary film Robert Penn Warren: A Vision.

West Kentucky Star

Murray Ledger & Times

  • Local student inducted into WKU Honor Society: Katherine Adams of Murray was inducted into WKU’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society as part of the Spring 2019 Induction Ceremony.
  • Local student selected for The Gatton Academy: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 96 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2021 and Isaac Anderson of Calloway County High School is one of the students selected. He is the son of Marty and Charity Anderson of Dexter.
March 30-April 11, 2019

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

  • VIP – Melissa Whitley, ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’: Melissa Whitley discusses the success of the 9th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at WKU.
  • WKU looking to suspend 101 academic programs: In an email sent by acting WKU Provost Cheryl Stevens to university faculty and staff, the former Ogden College dean announced the recommendations for various programs to be suspended on the Hill.
  • WKU holds 9th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event: For the ninth straight year, students from WKU’s Interfraternity Council joined together with other members of the Greek community to organize and host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”
  • Dance Big Red prepares to change lives: The night many have been waiting for is finally here. Different WKU campus organizations came out to the Preston Center to make sure all was ready for Dance Big Red, a dance-a-thon from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital and its sister organizations in Louisville.

WKU Public Radio

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • WKU fraternity brothers ride for Alzheimer’s research: Members of WKU’s Phi Gamma Delta, or Fiji, fraternity departed Saturday morning from Round Top Baptist Church in Eliza­beth­town by bicycle, traveling roughly 70 miles back to Bowling Green in the name of Alzhei­mer’s research.
  • Local students selected for Gatton Academy: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science has selected 96 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2021, including four area students, according to a news release from the school.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU regional campuses prepare for fall registration: WKU 2019 fall registration began on April 1 and academic advisors are meeting with students across the region to prepare. Fall semester begins on Aug. 26 and courses will be offered at the regional campus locations, as well as on main campus in Bowling Green.

Kentucky Teacher

  • Digging deeper to unearth gifted students: KDE partnered with the University of Louisville, WKU and Jefferson County schools in the project, which utilized the Young Scholars Model developed by the Fairfax County, Va., schools at five elementary schools.

Lane Report

KyForward

Frankfort State Journal

Edmonson Voice

Columbia Magazine

SOKY Happenings

March 20-29, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Broadway World

  • Collegiate Theatrics: WKU's Hilarie Spangler: Never one to let any moss grow under her feet, WKU's Hilarie Spangler is crazy-busy leading up to her college graduation in a couple of months, with the near-future mapped out for the young woman who started her theater career as a youngster in community productions in Middleboro, Kentucky.

Glasgow Daily Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Crossing the generations: The moderate-severe disabilities class at T.K. Stone Middle School partnered with students from the elementary education program at WKU on a leadership project. It’s goal: Make Elizabethtown more inclusive and accessible.

LaPorte County (IN) Life

Dubois County (IN) Herald

Owensboro Times

  • Diocese announces new superintendent of Catholic Schools: Kessler received his Bachelor of Science in business education and marketing from WKU; his Masters of Education, with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University; and his Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership-Principal from the University of the Cumberlands.

KyForward

Lane Report

March 15-19, 2019

Daily News

  • WKU student honored as Fulbright Scholar: Growing up in public housing in Bowling Green, the eldest of three sons to a single mother, Deven Richardson had to learn many lessons early in life.
  • Bowling Green residents tackle trash: About 75 volunteers in neon green vests marched along Bowling Green roads and greenways Saturday to pick up trash – piece by painstaking piece – during Operation P.R.I.D.E.’s inaugural “Clean the Green.”
  • Pulitzer-winning journalists to speak at WKU: Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists will be at WKU this week to discuss their reporting on the impact heroin has had on their community.
  • Soccer, friendship connects Bowling Green to Nairobi: Odero regularly travels between Bowling Green and Nairobi, Kenya. After one of his three children – his only daughter – began studying mathematics at WKU, Odero visited about 3 1/2 ago and enjoyed Kentucky enough to stick around for a while.
  • City purchases recycling trailer to boost public participation: About two years ago, two WKU student interns evaluated the city’s waste stream and identified two things: the city needed more internal recycling – as employees were tossing out cardboard, paper and other recyclables – and the city needed to apply for grants to increase recycling.

Frankfort State Journal

WNKY-TV

Beech Tree News

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU schedules annual conference: More than 340 students will present at WKI’s 49th Annual Student Research Conference on March 23 at Downing Student Union.

KyForward

Spectrum News

March 9-14, 2019

National Geographic

  • 6 surprisingly lucky animals around the world: In Cambodia, where fish are associated with “health, well-being, and good fortune,” a species called the try kantrop is particularly lucky, says Barry Kaufkins, a folklorist at WKU.

Daily News

  • WKU helping districts with teacher recruitment needs: With openings for math, science, special education and other teaching positions across the state, WKU is doing what it can to get young people interested in becoming educators.
  • Plan for regional public transit depends on grants: FTA grants provide the bulk of the funding now for CASK’s GO bg Transit bus service that operates in the city of Bowling Green. That service has seen slumping ridership in the past and is currently part of a study being done by consultant Michael Baker International that could recommend merging GO bg Transit with WKU’s Topper Transit service.
  • Earnhart's latest brand: Homegrown Werkshop merges with NYC agency: After nearly two decades of helping local clients like Minit Mart, Stewart Richey Construction and WKU athletics achieve their goals, Tim Earnhart has achieved one of his own.
  • Concert kicks off campaign for the Salvation Army: The Gaither Vocal Band boasts five singers, including Bill Gaither. Larnelle Harris, who started with the band and studied at WKU, will also perform during the concert.
  • Workforce board looking for investors in KY hirED: KY hirED is the successor to WKU’s Learn and Earn program that placed WKU students in part-time jobs with local employers and offered the opportunity for those students to earn scholarship money.

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

Courier-Journal

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Morningside selects Mudd as principal: Tim Mudd has an extensive background with Elizabeth­town Independent Schools. He is an Elizabethtown High School graduate and has a physical education degree from WKU.

Owensboro Times

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

  • UA folklorist aims to keep Arkansas' folk art from fading: Virginia Siegel, a folklorist previously working in Kentucky, will lead a statewide effort based at the University of Arkansas to support folk art traditions. An Ohio native, Siegel earned a master's degree in folk studies from WKU.
March 2-8, 2019

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

  • Percussion in Cuban Music: A Crash Course from the WKU Department of Music: A centerpiece of Cuban music is the percussion section. In conjunction with WKU's International Year of Cuba, Professor Mark Berry's percussion studio in the Department of Music spent part of its fall semester studying percussion in Cuban music and prepared some short audio features to give listeners a crash course in Cuban music.

WNKY-TV

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Master Gardener Association to host guest lecturer: The Green River Area Extension Master Gardener Association will welcome Dr. Martin Stone, Ph.D., associate professor of horticulture at WKU, for the “Glass Houses: The History of Greenhouses in the World the Past Two Thousand Years” program at 1 p.m. Monday at the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service Office, 4800A New Hartford Road.

Wayne County Outlook

February 22-March 1, 2019

WKU Public Radio

New York Times

Daily News

  • Trailblazers Program honors six: A bank officer, WKU’s top law enforcement official and the head of maintenance and engineering at The Medical Center were among those honored Sunday by the Bowling Green Trailblazers Organizing Committee for their professional excellence and pioneering work.

KyForward

February 15-21, 2019

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Bike4Alz: David Weafer has never ridden his bicycle more than five miles in one day. But that will change soon. Weafer, a 20-year-old psychology major at WKU, plans to ride his bicycle 3,600 miles from San Francisco, California, to Virginia Beach, Virginia, this summer in an effort to create awareness and raise money for Alzheimer's research.

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

The Owensboro Times

February 2-14, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Owensboro Times

  • Mother, son find ‘The Tassel is Worth the Hassle’: On the surface, Triston and Kerrie Druen appear to be typical college students. They are both doing their best to balance life with their course load and are concerned about the questions on an assignment that is due in their next class.
January 26-February 1, 2019

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

WBKO-TV

  • Climbing to Greater Heights at WKU: WKU President Timothy C. Caboni spoke at the Bowling Green Rotary Club meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the university's 10-year strategic plan called "Climbing to Greater Heights."

WNKY-TV

Madisonville Messenger

  • Black History Month celebration Saturday:For the second year, Zion Temple A.M.E. Zion Church will kick off Black History Month with a program Saturday featuring a guest speaker, music and more. The guest speaker will be Martha J. Sales, executive director of the WKU Intercultural Student Engagement Center.

The Owensboro Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

KyForward

January 15-25, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

  • Local businesses impacted by students returning: WKU students are returning for another semester on the hill, and local businesses are already ringing up more sales as the students make their way back.
  • Campus Beat – Mental health resources on campus: Mental health awareness has become much more prevalent in recent years, especially at colleges and universities across the country. Betsy Pierce, who works in the Counseling Center at WKU, discusses the resources available to WKU students, and what you can do to help someone you may know who is dealing with a mental health issue.
  • Kentucky Museum receives grant that will fund new exhibit: The Kentucky Museum has received yet another grant, this one known as the Kentucky Local Trust Fund, which will be used to create a new exhibit that will be introduced next year.

Fox 56, Lexington

  • Couple transforms rundown motel into luxury inn and café: There's new life in an old motel just outside Beattyville. The former eyesore in now eye-catching. You can get fresh-roasted coffee here, delicious danishes and chocolates made from the bean. In late 2017, WKU graduate Dustin Cornett opened The Chocolat Inn and Cafe, providing luxury accommodations in an area known for campgrounds and cabins.

Henderson Gleaner

WBKO-TV

January 3-14, 2019

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • E’town woman vies for Miss Kentucky title: Tara Curry, 22, a full-time student at WKU who hasn’t competed in a pageant since she was 6 years old, will represent Elizabethtown on Jan. 26 in Miss Kentucky USA in Lexington.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Badges of Honor: OHS principal overcame many obstacles to become a role model: While some people try to hide the past, John DeLacey looks for opportunities to share his with students and staff at Owensboro High School, where he works as principal. As a kid, his road to success was paved with obstacles -- just like the ones many OHS students face. While in college, he worked up to 50 hours a week during summers to pay for tuition and books. During the academic year, he worked two jobs and drove from Owensboro to WKU three days a week because he couldn't afford to live on campus.
  • Embry retires, Gaynor gets promoted at Independence Bank in Hancock County: Rick Embry retired as president of Independence Bank's Hancock County operations at the end of December. And Wade Gaynor has been named to the post, the bank said in a news release. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from WKU.

Daily News

  • 'Innovative' approach helps upstart Eezy make its mark: Eezy, winner last year of a Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Business Innovation Award, has been making Google happy since its launch by Shawn Rubel three years ago in a tiny office in the WKU Small Business Accelerator.

USA Today

  • Older workers are driving job growth as boomers remain in workforce longer: Baby boomers should be hanging it up and kicking back. Instead, they’re still driving U.S. job growth. “Many seniors are having a hard time making ends meet and find they have to work when they had not planned to,” says Dean Baker, cofounder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. That wasn’t the issue for Gregory Siegelman, 61, who was laid off from his job as a marketing vice president in 2014. Although he couldn’t land another marketing position, he realized he had lost his passion for the field and could afford to retire. But he was bored. “I knew I had more juice left in me,” he says, and so he sought a job teaching marketing at area colleges. He was repeatedly turned down until he finally snared a full-time job teaching marketing at WKU that began in fall 2017.
December 13, 2018-January 2, 2019

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

The Owensboro Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Glasgow Daily Times

Lane Report

December 7-12, 2018

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Daily News

Glasgow Daily Times

Ky Forward

December 1-6, 2018

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

KY Forward

November 16-30, 2018

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Lane Report

Ky Forward

Insider Louisville

  • Vinyl revival boosts Crosley Brands revenue: When Bo LeMastus joined Crosley in 1983, he did not plan to stick around. He wanted to merely fulfill an internship requirement for his business degree from WKU, where he had enrolled two years earlier.
November 10-15, 2018

Daily News

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Calhoun couple create WKU scholarship for area students: Hugh Wilhite has always wanted to do something for WKU because of how much the school gave to him, so the retired Calhoun doctor and his wife, Debby, have established a scholarship for students earning health care-related degrees.

Glasgow Daily Times

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

November 2-9, 2018

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • FAKH finds ideal candidate: Jamie Sizemore has been selected as the new executive director of Feeding America, Ken­tucky’s Heartland. An Eliza­beth­town resident, Edmon­son County native and graduate of WKU, she begins her latest leadership role Dec. 3 in preparation for the Jan. 2 retirement of Gary Miles as the hunger relief and support organization’s current leader.
October 27-November 1, 2018

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

October 20-26, 2018

Science Friday

  • Welcome To The Bone Room: Even before its death, this yellow stingray was like a ghost. The ocean dweller haunting the waters of North Carolina down to Florida and the Bahamas and Caribbean, would glide across the seafloor or vanish into the sand with its mottled tan skin—sneaking up on nearby prey. But its disappearing act also works on humans. When a swimmer wading in shallow waters accidentally steps on a hidden yellow stingray, the creature defensively swings a venomous barb, or spine, on the top of its tail and stings the leg. It’s an intricate movement—one that WKU biology faculty member Steve Huskey goes all the way to the bone to understand.

Lane Report

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Whitesville Solar company starting to grow: When the Kentucky House of Representatives began debating House Bill 227 last winter, it spurred demand for solar energy. And that let Clint Merritt quit his job at a Beaver Dam automotive plant and devote full time to his Driven Solar company. A Whitesville native, Merritt graduated from WKU with a degree in electrical engineering.
October 12-19, 2018

Lane Report

WNKY-TV

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Entertainment Cheat Sheet

Omaha.com

Glasgow Daily Times

  • Ellis to be part of panel discussing role of journalism in democracy: Kentucky Humanities will present Democracy & the Informed Citizen, the fifth and final in a series of statewide community discussions on the importance of journalism in maintaining democracy, on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Jody Richards Hall on the campus of WKU.
October 6-11, 2018

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

WDRB-TV Louisville

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Esquire

New York Times

September 28-October 5, 2018

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Glasgow Daily Times

  • GWC, WKU participate in federal partnership program: A partnership between Glasgow Water Co. and WKU is the first in Kentucky to be part of a program implemented by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 to help communities connect with certain kinds of resources.

WBKO-TV

Daily News

  • Hardin Planetarium fundraising amid cuts: In October 1967, the Hardin Planetarium was state of the art. Today, it is not, according to Richard Gelderman, director of the planetarium and professor of astronomy and physics at WKU. That’s why he’s initiating a journey toward a fundraising goal of $150,000 this weekend with a benefit event for the planetarium.
  • BRIGHT Coalition seeks input for 2-year community health plan: Once the feedback has been gathered, BRIGHT will work together with WKU to determine the largest issues based on the the surveys so the coalition knows what to address in its 2019-20 health plan.
  • WKU to host blacksmiths with Hammer-In: Some of Kentucky’s best knife makers, gunsmiths and metalworkers will come together at WKU this weekend for its third annual Hammer-In.
  • WKU gears up for bike share program: WKU is gearing up to launch a bike share program next month that will allow students to glide down the Hill on bikes branded with WKU logos and colors.

WNKY-TV

September 19-27, 2018

Daily News

WDRB-TV Louisville

Tennessean

WHAS-TV Louisville

WNKY-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

September 14-18, 2018

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

September 8-13, 2018

WKU Public Radio

Courier-Journal

Daily News

US News & World Report

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

KY Forward

The Morehead News

  • Commentary: The story of Rowan told in pictures: Last October, 48 photojournalism students from around the world converged on our county with the prestigious WKU Mountain Workshops to visually document what we are and what we do. Those 48 were just the tip of the iceberg. When we add faculty and coaches of award-winning photography departments, experienced writers and designers the number topped 120.

DuBois (PA) Courier Express

September 5-7, 2018

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WEHT-TV Evansville

  • Miss Kentucky to serve as spokesperson for Kentucky Proud: Daviess County native and Miss Kentucky 2018, Katie Bouchard, is heading to the Miss America competition with a new job. Bouchard will serve as the official spokesperson for Kentucky Proud, as part of a decades-long partnership between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Miss Kentucky Organization. She’s the daughter of Michael and Amy Bouchard and a graduate of WKU.
August 24-September 4, 2018

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

WBKO-TV



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