November 01, 2014
In This Issue:
Upcoming Events

Holiday: Thanksgiving Break
(University will be closed)
11/26 - 11/28/2014

Madison Co.-Richmond Community Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Madison Co. Public Library - Community Room
507 W. Main St.
Richmond, KY 40475

Friends of EKU Libraries Annual Celebration Featuring Dave Shuffett
*RSVP by 11/10
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Dinner/Presentation
EKU: Keen Johnson
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
*Info TBD: Check DRA event calendar for updates.

*RSVP by 11/12
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
EKU: Keen Johnson Ballroom

Chautauqua Lectures: 
Audra Simpson
7:30 p.m.
O'Donnell Hall - Whitlock Bldg.
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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael T. Benson takes the oath of office administered by Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.


"Too often in higher education," Michael Benson said Friday as he was inaugurated as Eastern Kentucky University's 12 president, "we become accustomed to saying that things cannot be done, or this or that cannot be tried.


"I say that we cannot afford to remain static, nor do we have the luxury of being anything but bold and audacious."

During the ceremony in the EKU Center for the Arts, Benson said it is "an honor and a privilege to work in higher education and at a place like EKU. Let us not take this opportunity for granted. 


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Along with new local business, Estepp's Frienly Shell, Eastern Kentucky University also received one of the two Bernease Walters Beautification Awards given out that evening.


David McFaddin, EKU Executive Dir. of Government Relations & Regional Steward, also in his second consectutive year as chamber president was awarded the Howard and Neal Colyer Dedication Award


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Inauguration/EKU Homecoming Celebration Week


Acoustic acts dominate student talent show

Eastern's Got Talent, Performers

Georgia Parks and the Colonel listen to 
Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood


The surrounding hillsides ablaze with autumn colors, dreary skies and a chilling breeze beckoned late afternoon rain showers.


But in a few short months, just on the other side of a long and desolate winter, the Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Station will spring back to life in a way that already has Eastern Kentucky University, scientific researchers throughout the nation and local officials abuzz with excitement.


The EKU Board of Regents joined University and Letcher County officials on Monday, Oct. 20, at a groundbreaking ceremony for a research facility and adjacent bunkhouse sure to attract even more scientists to the 554-acre old-growth forest, managed by the University's Division of Natural Areas. Construction is expected to be completed by summer of 2015.


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Eastern Kentucky University hosts



U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen took to the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts stage on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The event was televised by WKYT and Political Editor, Bill Bryant was the moderator. 


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EKU Danville: 
Cultural Club Stuffed Animal Drive


The EKU Danville Cultural Club recently collected 129 stuffed animals as a community service project with the toys going to the Richmond post of the Kentucky State Police.  


Officer, Robert Purdy will distribute the items among troopers to carry in their squad cars as a comfort to children in traumatic situations. The Danville EKU Cultural Club also collected winter coats and donated them to the local Salvation Army.


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Kyle Nicholas, Student Body President

The Eastern Progress


The Student Government Association has a new Constitution after the Board of Regents approved the new governing document at its Monday meeting in Hazard.


Kyle Nicholas, the student body president, said the revisions to the Constitution came at the recommendation from President Benson following the last few years' student elections in which two student president candidates had been disqualified for various campaigning offenses. Nicholas said there have been past attempts by SGA to amend the Constitution, but the Board struck down those attempts.


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Andrew King, 20, a music marketing junior from Glasgow, signs his name on a mural at Powell and pledges to speak out against and report dating violence and sexual assault. DAN KLAPHEKE

The Eastern Progress


What was supposed to be a class assignment on awareness turned into a campus wide event involving more than eight campus departments and reached out to more than 300 students.


The event, which raised awareness about sexual assault and dating violence, was created for a group project by five social work students and took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 .


Jessica Pitman, 23, a social work senior from Somerset, was one of the students who created the event.


"What kind of got it started was the government is pushing the "It's On Us" campaign so we wanted to run with that," Pitman said.


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