Eastern Kentucky University
Office of Government Relations and Regional Stewardship
Monthly Newsletter:  A Focus on our Region
Hazard | Manchester
Danville | Lancaster
Corbin | Somerset
May 01, 2015 
In This Issue:
Upcoming Events
Graduation Ceremonies

- Branding Survey -

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We appreciate your time and feedback!

EKU East Region Events

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10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
EKU Manchester
50 University Dr.
Manchester, KY 40962

EKU Central Region Events

Food for Finals 
05/11 - 05/13/2015
EKU Danville Campus
1560 Hustonville Road
Danville, KY 40422

EKU Danville Veterans Club:
Trip to Washington, DC
05/15 - 05/17/2015

EKU Cultural Club:
Trip to Dayton, Ohio 
05/16 - 05/17/2015

Business at Noon Luncheon:
State of the County Address & Leadership Madison County Class Graduation -  Click here to RSVP
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Madison Co. Extension Office
230 Duncannon Lane
Richmond, KY 40475
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Congratulations, Sarah and Krissie!


This month, as EKU gains two deserving graduates, our office will lose two wonderful interns. On May 15, Sarah Carpenter and Kristen Hogan will both graduate from the College of Business and Technology with Bachelor degrees in Public Relations.

Sarah and Krissie are very talented and outstanding young professionals. We wish them the best of luck in their careers!

Sarah Carpenter
BA Public Relations
Eastern Kentucky University
Class of 2015

Kristen Hogan
BA Public Relations
Eastern Kentucky University
Class of 2015

EKU Faculty Focus: Stephen Kappeler
Stephen Kappeler
School of Justice Studies
EKU South Region

Eastern Kentucky University has had a long-standing reputation for producing highly qualified graduates in the field of criminal justice. Thanks to Stephen Kappeler, the school of justice studies coordinator and EKU faculty member, this reputation continues to grow along with the program through an expansion into our regional campuses.


"By being a part of the Regional Campus system, I have the opportunity to bring Eastern's School of Justice Studies programming to students who may not have the option to participate in a traditional four year degree program on a centralized campus," said Kappeler. "This promotes personal and regional growth in a way that might not be actionable otherwise."


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EKU Student Focus: Colette Cox
Colette Cox
Student Services Coordinator
Danville Regional Campus
EKU Central Region

Colette Cox began her college studies at EKU Danville after being employed for several years at Matsushita, a factory in Danville, Kentucky. Secure in her position at Matsushita, Colette had not planned on attending college until the day the factory announced its impending closure. 


Colette had to rethink her future and quickly began a new career path by enrolling in the local community college, where she completed an Associate's degree. Later, she was offered a position at EKU and reenrolled in school. This May, Colette will be graduating with her Bachelor's degree in General Studies with a concentration in Business and Technology 


Regional Feature Focus: Will Keaton
William Keaton
 Assistant Director
Student Life - Community Service
Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University strives to exemplify regional stewardship and community engagement throughout its 22-county service region in Southeastern Kentucky. Due to a transformation in EKU's student life community service programming in spring 2014, an increasing amount of EKU students have participated in service opportunities benefiting the EKU service region. 


EKU student life has significantly changed operations of and participation in the campus community culture since 2014. The number of students participating in the "Saturday for Service" monthly program doubled in 2014, and the program expanded into several counties of the service region, including Boyle, Estill, Garrard, Lee, Madison, and Pulaski. In addition to expanding service opportunities beyond Madison and Fayette counties, student volunteer contributions for the spring's 2015 Greek Weekend Day of Service totaled 619, the largest Saturday for Service in the program's ten-year history. 


During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Alternative Break Program has expanded offering a more diverse list of opportunities to students of all EKU regional campuses. This semester, eight new trips themed around social issues present on EKU's campus or service region, such as hunger, poverty, and civil rights, were offered. William Keaton, the Assistant Director of Student Life Community Service since fall 2013, said engagement with service issues in another community better allow students to reflect back on the service issues they see in their own communities. 


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Leadership East Kentucky Focus
Creating Entrepreneurial Communities was the theme for the 2015 annual East Kentucky Leadership Conference, which took place on April 23-24 in Pikeville, KY. 

The Colonel presence was certainly prevalent during a forum centered around f ostering entrepreneurial spirit.  Terry Gray, with Leadership East Kentucky and the EKU East Region was the moderator for this portion of the conference, along with several other EKU staff members, which served as panelists, including  Ian Mooers, EKU Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES) and Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET), Kristel Smith with Ky Innovation Network, and Jason Rainey of EKU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and EKYTAP for EKU-CEDET.


Other members of the panel included Paul Wright, Enterprise Development Director at MACED, and David Snow, Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville Office, the Director of the Small Business Institute Program at UPIKE.

Panel believes eastern Kentuckians have an entrepreneurial spirit
Panel believes eastern Kentuckians have an entrepreneurial spirit  
Source: WYMT - EKU Staff Pictured (right to left)
Kristel Smith, Jason Rainey, and Ian Mooers


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