September 02, 2014
In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
10 a.m. Start Time 
The Arlington Club 
1510 Lexington Road
Richmond, KY 40475

EKU's City Fest 2014:
5:30 - 8 p.m. 
EKU Powell Corner 
521 Lancaster Ave.  
Richmond, KY 40475 

6 - 9 p.m. 
EKU Center for the Arts - 
Black Box Theater
1 Hall Dr.
Richmond, KY 40475

Meet the Candidates - City of Richmond Community Forum:
6 - 9 p.m. 
EKU Center for the Arts - 
Black Box Theater
1 Hall Dr.
Richmond, KY 40475 
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President Benson Addresses Faculty, Staff at Fall Convocation


After recounting the story of how Orville and Wilbur Wright overcame great odds to make aviation history and change the world, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson challenged faculty and staff to live a life of curiosity and consequence.

"I want to challenge you to look at your life and career here and ask yourself if your life is full of positive consequences - on your department, your colleagues and your students," said Benson, speaking at the University's annual Fall Convocation in Brock Auditorium.  


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Concept Rendering of Proposed Facility
Lead Gift from Dizneys Supports Multi-Purpose Facility


Eastern Kentucky University Athletics has received its largest single gift.


EKU President Michael Benson has announced that Donald R. and Irene Dizney, of Ocala, Fla., have committed a lead cash gift toward a $15 million multi-purpose facility to replace the current grandstands on the east side of Roy Kidd Stadium.


Benson said the facility will feature:

  • classrooms and small conference rooms
  • a nutrition and dietetics center
  • training facilities
  • a new football locker room
  • offices for football coaches
  • a Champions Caf´┐Ż, open each day for lunch


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Alpha Phi Omega student volunteers, Pictured with EKU Central Regional Campus Director, Cindy Peck (fourth from right)
EKU Danville: 
Huge Thanks to Students of Alpha Phi Omega

A local group of community volunteers (average age ranging from 58 to 72 years) have been consistently dedicating their Saturdays to cleaning up the 2.5-acre Shelby City African American Cemetery near the Boyle/Lincoln County line since 2013. 


On August 23, 2014, as temperatures soared into the high 80s and the heat index reached 103, volunteers were grateful to see eight Alpha Phi Omega students from the Richmond campus show up ready to work.


"This crew from EKU came in like gang-busters, and did as much work in 4 hours as our little group of volunteers could do in 6 weeks. They raked, hauled wood, found several fieldstone markers, and a piece of a wrought iron bench.  If these people are the typical caliber of students at Eastern, I don't worry about the future. They were polite, dedicated, hard-working, pleasant, interested, and engaged. They certainly live up to the ideals of Alpha Phi Omega, and are a credit to their University."


Michael Denis, President of Boyle County Genealogical Association and Danville Boyle County African American Historical Society, said of those students in his thank you letter to Alpha Phi Omega. 


This is what Colonel pride is all about and Cindy Peck, Director of EKU Central Region, couldn't be more proud. She said on Saturday, "I have never seen a better combination of learning and service. It does not get better than this. So, if you need a reminder of why we do what we do in our region, today was the perfect example." 

EKU Somerset Back to School Extravaganza
EKU Somerset: 2014-2015 Back-to-School Extravaganza 

EKU Somerset staff and volunteers handed out school supplies (pencils, erasers & EKU backpacks) and goodies. 


Traditional, Non-Traditional, & EKU Dual Credit students were assisted in filling out interest cards for EKU, capturing a total of 48 possibilities for EKU Now! and 53 potential future Colonels! 


The registrations were used to draw for prizes donated to the EKU Somerset Regional Campus from local area vendors, EKU College of Justice and Safety and the Appalachian Studies Program.


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EKU Corbin, KY Recycling Event
EKU Corbin Receives Recycling Grant for Fifth Year

The City of Corbin, KY and EKU Corbin regional campus were recently awarded a recycling grant from Kentucky PRIDE in the amount of $7150. This 2014-2015 award marks the fifth year that EKU Corbin campus and the City have joined forces in an effort to encourage recycling at the campus and in the local community.

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Shannon Hubbard, EKU's most recent recipient of the Laura D. Kennamer Campus Scholarship for Social and Behavioral Sciences
EKU Corbin Social Work student receives the Laura D. Kennamer Scholarship in Social & Behavioral Sciences

At the age of 14, Shannon found herself pregnant and dropped out of school.  Raising her child with little to no support, she worked hard and received her GED at the age of 16.  College seemed out of the question for Shannon so in order to provide for her family, she worked several "dead end" jobs. Realizing that none of these jobs would provide her with the financial security she needed for herself and her family, Shannon decided to enroll in College at the age of 29. 

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EKU Manchester Kick-off 2014
EKU Manchester: 
Semester Kick-off

EKU Manchester hosted its Fall 2014 semester kick-off party for students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, August 21. Several students and faculty took time to enjoy games and food in between classes as the new semester got underway.  Manchester will also host a Fall Festival on October 21.


Follow EKU Manchester on Facebook and Twitter for more announcements.

Photo Source: EKU Photo Blog
Welcome back, Colonels!


The fall semester of 2014 has begun and with that comes, Colonel Camp and Move In Weekend! This is a weekend full of events, allowing first year students a chance to connect and get to know each other before the rest of the student body arrives. 


Eager students filled the campus community on August 15-16 for a weekend packed full of activities and giveaways. Events like Glow Dance Party, Casino, BINGO, Zip line, Foam Dance Pit, and Gaming were a big hit for all participants!

Rendering of the "reading garden," 
including a porch added to the south side of 
Crabbe Library and a pedestrian mall
Numerous Campus Improvement Projects Mark Beginning of New Academic Year


"These infrastructure improvements all underscore the fact that we are forging ahead at EKU," President Michael Benson said. "We have talked about the three P's of people, programs and place. A sense of 'place' and making our campus even more beautiful and welcoming is a significant part of the educational enterprise. The way we present ourselves says a great deal about how we feel toward this institution and our daily work as stewards of the University."


Approximately two dozen projects - and this is in addition to routine maintenance - are either recently completed, ongoing or soon to begin. 


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President Michael Benson and 
members of the President's Council
President Benson Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Source: Richmond Register

By: Machaela Ballard, Register News Writer


Freshmen weren't the only people who were nervous Monday afternoon at Eastern Kentucky University. President Michael Benson, and five members of the the President's Council were doused with six buckets of icy water to answer his call to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.


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