October 01, 2014
In This Issue:
Upcoming Events

Holiday: Fall Break
(University will be closed)
10/13 - 10/14/2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Madison Co. Extension Office
230 Duncannon Lane
Richmond, KY 40475

10/20 - 10/24/2014

(Click link above to RSVP)

10/24 - 10/26/2014

Andy Barr - Elisabeth Jensen Debate: More info TBA
7:00 - 8 p.m.
EKU Center for the Arts
1 Hall Dr.
Richmond, KY 40475
visit: www.eku.edu for more information

30th Annual Commerce Awards
6:30 - 9 p.m.
EKU Keen Johnson Ballroom
University Drive
Richmond, KY 40475
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October 24, 2014
The Inauguration of Eastern Kentucky University's 12th President, Michael T. Benson


The week of October 20-24, 2014 promises to be an exciting time at EKU as we are set to celebrate

the Inauguration of Eastern's 12th President, Michael T. Benson, and his formal address to the University community.  


Throughout his twenty-year career in public higher education, Michael has devoted himself to students and their academic success. He is an accomplished communicator and scholar committed to diversity and expanding global academic opportunities, and is a proven financial manager who is focused on developing and sustaining political and external support for EKU.


"Nobody is going to outwork me, nobody is going to outwork the President's Council, and nobody is going to outwork our faculty and staff. We're going to achieve some great things at Eastern Kentucky University."

- Michael Benson, 2013 EKU Convocation 


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Andy Barr, left, 
and Elisabeth Jensen
Source: kentucky.com
EKU Center 10.27.14: 
Andy Barr and Elisabeth Jensen Debate


EKU is making preparations to host U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and democratic challenger, Elisabeth Jensen this month. Both candidates in the 6th Congressional District will visit the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts for their scheduled debate on Monday, October 27 from 7 - 8 p.m. News anchor, Bill Bryant will moderate the event and it will be broadcasted live on WKYT.


More information about tickets and event details will be available closer to the event date. Visit www.eku.edu  for updates.

Dr. Victor Kappeler
White House Asks Kappeler to Participate in Policy Review Session


An Eastern Kentucky University faculty member has been asked by the White House to participate in a "policy review listening session" and discuss federal programs and policies related to equipping state and local law enforcement agencies.


Dr. Victor Kappeler, Foundation professor and associate dean, School of Justice Studies in EKU's College of Justice & Safety, was asked by the White House Office of Public Engagement to participate in the listening session on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. In its invitation, the White House said Kappeler's "academic research is relevant to this review."


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From left: Kentucky Aviation Commissioner R. Winn Turney, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, state Sen. Jared Carpenter, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson, state Rep. Rita Smart, Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes, Madison Judge/Executive Kent Clark and  Berea Mayor Steve Connelly Source: The Richmond Register
Ground broken for airport expansion
Source: The Richmond Register
By: Bonnie Dailey


The first phase of $1.4 million in improvements at Madison Airport began Tuesday afternoon with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

 According to Willie Walker, airport board chair, this is the first step in improving aviation services for the community and also benefit the Eastern Kentucky University aviation program. 


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EKU President Dr. Michael Benson and Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Lynn Moore
Southeast partners with EKU for Aerospace Technology degree
Source: The Mountain Advocate
By: Dennis Mills


On Wednesday evening, Presidents from Southeast Community and Technical College and Eastern Kentucky University met in Middlesboro to sign an agreement that will create an aeronautical program that can lead to a Bachelor of Science in Aviation degree with an emphasis on Aerospace Technology.


The option would allow Southeast Community College students the opportunity to complete the first 53 semester hours on the Middlesboro campus. The next 23 credits, know as bridge credits, could be taken at EKU or the Middlesboro-Bell County Airport. The final leg of the degree would require students to finish their degree on  the Eastern Kentucky University campus in Richmond.


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EKU President Michael Benson, left, and KCTCS President Michael B. McCall sign the EKU-KCTCS transfer agreement. (Photo by Stephanie Cole/EKU Public Relations)
EKU Signs Transfer Agreement with KCTCS


Transferring to a four-year institution became easier for Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) students today with the signing of a statewide, multi-program agreement with Eastern Kentucky University. 


"This agreement moves us closer to our goal of providing KCTCS students with seamless pathways to getting a baccalaureate degree," said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. "We are extremely proud of our partnership with EKU and believe it will increase student access and success."


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left to right) EKU Education student, Brittany Cooper, EKU Anthropology Graduate Gayle McQueary, and EKU Nursing student and Alpha Phi Omega member, Samantha Adams. (Photo by Mike Denis)
EKU Danville: 
Restoration of Historic African American Cemetery Takes "Giant Leap Forward"


Clean-up and restoration of a historic African American cemetery near Junction City took a "giant leap forward" recently, thanks to ground-penetrating radar, a long stretch of ideal late summer weather and an ample supply of eager volunteers from the Danville and Richmond campuses of Eastern Kentucky University and the community.


The radar equipment, supplied and staffed by representatives of Cultural Resource Analysts Inc. (CRAI) on Friday, Sept. 19, helped to turn up a military headstone, a metal vault and an intact casket. In addition, newly discovered death certificates at the Smith Jackson Funeral Home in Danville may reveal critical information from the early 20th century, a time when the process for preparing death certificates was not always strictly followed.


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EKU Corbin: 
New Project Pairs EKU Corbin Students with Local Elementary and Middle Schools 


The Middle School and Elementary Education Methods students from the Eastern Kentucky University Corbin campus worked with over 200 7th grade Corbin Middle School students (approximately 100 each day) to test the waters of Moore's Creek, which is a small creek near the middle school.


Six Middle School Methods students from EKU Corbin worked with Ms. Corean Wells' students on September 3rd. Ten Elementary Methods students assisted with Ms. Teneal Wilcox's students on September 5th. The EKU students helped with Dissolved Oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity measurements of samples gathered by the Corbin middle school students. The temperature and conductivity measurements used Labquest interfaces and probes purchased by EKU Corbin campus to help with science courses offered at this regional campus.


The EKU Methods students returned on September 12th to help the middle school students to research projects. The middle school students groups will make a poster about their project to be presented on October 7th 6pm-8pm to the public at Corbin Middle School.

EKU Manchester: 
Meet the newly elected 2014-15 EKU Manchester Student Government Association Officers!
From left to right: Secretary Jacob Martin, Chair Kelly Thompson, Representative Chelsea Spurlock, Co-Chair Kara Gray, and Treasurer Matthew Hampton

Richmond Chamber, Executive Director, Mendi Goble (left) pictured with 2014 Colonel Chamber Ambassadors

Town and Gown Partnerships Continue to Grow


This marks the first year for a new program that the Richmond Chamber of Commerce is offering students at Eastern Kentucky University. The Chamber has partnered with the College of Business and Technology to give 19 students the unique opportunity of becoming a Colonel Chamber Ambassador.


These students were selected to participate in the program after an application process. The Colonel Ambassadors now volunteer for different Chamber events, including some networking opportunities, exclusive to only Chamber members. They also attend a leadership series, where they hear personal testimonies from business professionals about their careers and experiences. Through this series, the students will receive invaluable knowledge and insight that not all students will obtain before graduating college.


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Eastern Builds Future Leaders


The leadership division of Student Life is launching a new opportunity for first year students attending Eastern Kentucky University called, "Emerging Leaders." The program allows students to ignite their leadership path and get a jumpstart on their involvement at Eastern.


The program pairs first year students with upperclassmen to meet regularly throughout the year. The upperclassmen act as mentors, hoping to guide the students through the beginning stages of their journey at Eastern. The mentors will be giving the students the advice that they wish they had been given their first year of college.


"College is all about exposing yourself to as many opportunities and types of people as you can! It's about learning everything possible both inside and out of the classroom," said Alycia Lynch, a senior Public Relations student and Emerging Leaders mentor. 


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EKU PR Students "SOAR" During Government Internship


What started as a class project for the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Communication's Public Relations Writing course, turned into a summer internship opportunity for a selected group of class participants.


Last year, David McFaddin, Executive Director of Government Relations and Regional Stewardship, discovered a communication need for the 2014 East Kentucky Leadership Conference. McFaddin thought utilizing the PR Writing course would give the students great experience and help the conference gain needed attention.


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