Eastern Kentucky University
Office of Government Relations and Regional Stewardship
Monthly Newsletter:  A Focus on our Region
Hazard | Manchester
Danville | Lancaster
Corbin | Somerset
April 01, 2015 
In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
Holiday: Spring Break
(University will be closed)
03/30 - 04/03/2015

EKU Alpha Phi Omega vs 
Centre College Alpha Phi Omega
Shelby City African American Cemetery
Danville, KY 40422

EKU Faculty Senate 
2015 Legislative Forum 
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
EKU Center for the Arts
1 Hall Drive
Richmond, KY 40475

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
One Pennington Way
Corbin, KY 40701
Connect with EKUGOV!

Welcome to the first edition!


Eastern Kentucky University has a rich history and commitment to the idea that  place matters.  With the recent emergence and transition to a knowledge based economy in the region, our role in ensuring the viability and vitality of our communities is paramount. Through our regional campuses, centers of excellence and community partnerships, EKU is committed to working across boundaries to help build innovative economies, livable communities, collaborative governments, and a culturally competent and inclusive region.  


In this newsletter, you will enjoy a Focus on the #People#Places, and #Programs of Eastern Kentucky University across the region. Enjoy! 

EKU Faculty Focus: Melissa Newman
Melissa Newman Dept. of Communication Instructor and EKU SOAR Liaison

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to excel in a career. There are many success stories out there; individuals who have worked hard to climb the latter, but not many professionals can say that they have had three separate, but successful career paths.


Melissa Newman, an Eastern Kentucky University Visiting Instructor, is not like most professionals. She has a very distinguished track record in three different professions, each of which utilized her skills in public relations, writing and teaching through different mediums.


Newman started her accomplished career in print and multimedia services, one that spanned more than two decades working in the fields of journalism and public relations. After a productive tenure in this field of work, she made the decision to go back to the beginning and pursue a new career path at her alma mater. It was at Union College, where she received her undergraduate degree in business administration and communication, that she now found herself embarking on her second career.


During her time at Union College, Newman served as the director of the annual fund and alumni relations. She utilized her background in public relations and multimedia communications to help her excel in this position, but she also tapped into an undiscovered skill that grew into a new passion.


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EKU Student Focus: Amber Broughton
EKU South Region student, Amber Broughton - Social Work Major

January 28 turned out to be a very lucky day for EKU Corbin Social Work major, Amber Broughton. 

Even though she had entered the "Spin the Wheel" event on a whim at the last minute, she was thrilled when she received notification that she had won! 


This study abroad scholarship will take Amber to London, England this summer. EKU Corbin staff, faculty, and students congratulate Amber on this award and are confident she will represent EKU well.

Feature Focus: EKU Central Region

EKU is a nationally recognized leader in supporting veterans who are seeking higher education, and that support extends well into Kentucky through EKU's regional campuses.


The Veterans Club at EKU Danville, a newly organized registered student organization, received $2,570 from the EKU Student Government Association in its spring 2015 appropriations meeting. According to EKU staff advisor, Fawna Playforth, the grant will cover part of the expenses for an upcoming May trip to Washington DC for the group. The group has also been awarded another $600 from EKU's Office of Admissions and Office of Veterans Affairs to assist with travel expenses.


Former Marine and student president of this organization, Jonathan Carnes, describes the intent of this trip:


"This trip will allow our current members to spend quality time with one another and build camaraderie within our ranks. We intend to use our time to visit national historic sites and military memorial sites to pay our respects to the generations before us that sacrificed so much for our nation in its times of great need."


The group hopes to visit and photographically document site visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Vietnam Wall Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum. They also are trying to arrange a trip to the White House to meet with legislative leaders or, if they are very lucky, with President Obama.


The Veterans Club has already completed some service work at the EKU Danville Campus. For Veterans Day in the fall semester, they sponsored an appreciation day for veterans, their families, and other military supporters. Last Christmas, they participated in "Christmas Cards for Heroes," a national effort in which they provided Christmas cards on which EKU students and faculty could write personal messages to active-duty service members serving overseas. They also coordinated this drive with several local elementary schools, so about half of the cards were written by young children who were learning about the contributions and sacrifices of our military men and women.  

Leadership East Kentucky Focus

Leadership East Kentucky (LEK) is a regional leadership training and development organization, serving residents throughout Eastern Kentucky.  Operating in our 16th year of programming, LEK is now directed by Eastern Kentucky University at the Manchester Regional Campus.  Leadership East Kentucky has met in different communities throughout the region and has been hosted by over 50 different communities since 1999.


The goals of LEK are:

  1. To provide opportunities for individuals to enhance their leadership skills.
  2. To enable individuals to become more familiar with eastern Kentucky.
  3. To build a leadership network within the region.

Leadership East Kentucky's Executive Director is Terry Gray, who oversees EKU's regional campus efforts in the East Region.  Gray believes Leadership East Kentucky is a program that is vital to the future of East Kentucky, growing leaders who, in turn, grow their communities.  Each year, LEK recruits a leadership class from throughout East Kentucky and from diverse fields of interest, including business & industry, education, government, non-profits, religion, arts & culture, grassroots organizations and others.  Topics for the sessions may include education, health, economic development, justice, governance, our youth, and other topics. In addition, we provide training in various skills, including collaboration, working in teams, asset based planning, visioning and leadership skills.


We are in the process of taking applications for our 2015 leadership class.  The LEK application is now available for you to download at www.lek.eku.edu. Dates for our 2015 sessions are:

June 9, July 14. Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 with classes meeting 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.


Click here to learn more about Leadership East Kentucky.