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Volume 15 • Number 6
Oct 27, 2014
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<i>After receiving the presidential medallion during his inauguration as Eastern’s 12th president, Dr. Michael Benson, left, shakes hands with his presidential predecessor, Dr. Doug Whitlock, as Dr. Benson’s wife, Debi, looks on.</i>
After receiving the presidential medallion during his inauguration as Eastern’s 12th president, Dr. Michael Benson, left, shakes hands with his presidential predecessor, Dr. Doug Whitlock, as Dr. Benson’s wife, Debi, looks on.
“Too often in higher education,” President Benson said, “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.”

Speaking at his inauguration EKU’s 12th president, 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. Ours is a window of time and we must take advantage of it. Let us leave here today with a renewed commitment to do right by those who built buildings, established programs, planted trees, endowed scholarships, changed lives, and invested sweat equity in this place – knowing full well that their investment would not be enjoyed in their lifetimes but by those who followed. Let us be the trailblazers of the 21st century.”


A member of the College of Education faculty at has been inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Dr. Roger Cleveland, above, associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at EKU, was one of 23 men and women enshrined in ceremonies conducted by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Bowling Green on Thursday, Oct. 16. Among the other inductees was the late Scottie Saltsman, left, former EKU police officer and law enforcement instructor and supervisor at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training on the Richmond campus.

Dr. Donna Corley, RN, CNE, a professor in the Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing, was a finalist for the 2014 Kentucky Nurse Educator of the Year Award given by Publishing Concepts Inc., the largest publisher of state boards of nursing journals.

Historian and documentary filmmaker Kent Masterson Brown will present his “Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West” in a presentation on campus Thursday, Oct. 30.

<i>President Benson reads a resolution in honor of long-time Lilley Cornett Woods onsite manager Robert Watts, left, during the groundbreaking ceremony at Lilley Cornett Woods.</i>
President Benson reads a resolution in honor of long-time Lilley Cornett Woods onsite manager Robert Watts, left, during the groundbreaking ceremony at Lilley Cornett Woods.
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 EKU, scientific researchers throughout the nation and local officials abuzz with excitement.

The EKU Board of Regents joined University and Letcher County officials on 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.


Krissie Hogan, a senior public relations major from Frankfort, and Jonathan Blount, a senior risk management and insurance major from Cleveland, Miss., were crowned Homecoming Queen and King on Oct. 25. The coronation came at halftime of the Colonels’ 33-21 win over Southeast Missouri.


Craig Turner picked up a hard hat and proudly waved it for all to see.

“This is indicative of the future of Eastern Kentucky University,” said the chair of the Board of Regents moments before University officials gathered on Oct. 23, to break ground on yet another construction project, the second phase of the New Science Building (NSB). “Our expectations are high, and there’s more to come.”

For now, the big news is the addition of a $66.3 million, 158,000-square-foot second phase to adjoin the existing New Science Building and add the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geography and Geology.

The Giles Gallery will host an exhibition of African American art Oct. 27-Nov. 14.


As the Emmy-nominated host of two popular programs on Kentucky Educational Television, Dave Shuffett has merrily traversed the back roads of the Bluegrass State for more than a quarter of a century, spotlighting the people and places that make his home unique.

On Thursday, Nov. 13, his travels will bring him to the Richmond campus, where Shuffett will be the featured speaker for the University’s annual Friends of EKU Libraries Celebration.

(Photo by Erica Chambers)<br><br> <i>From left, along with the children, are Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, President Benson, EKU Board of Regents Chair Craig Turner, and College of Justice & Safety Dean Dr. Allen Ault.</i>
(Photo by Erica Chambers)

From left, along with the children, are Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, President Benson, EKU Board of Regents Chair Craig Turner, and College of Justice & Safety Dean Dr. Allen Ault.
Safety is serious business, but it will also soon be a lot of fun, thanks to the reopening of Safety City, a joint effort of the Lexington Division of Police and EKU’s College of Justice & Safety.

<i>EKU’s 7th-place team in the Arch Invitational at St. Louis University consisted of, from left, Joshua Lang, Ashley Becca, Kiva Adkins, Caleb Taylor, Daniel Bevins, Troy Cox and Angel Spurlock.</i>
EKU’s 7th-place team in the Arch Invitational at St. Louis University consisted of, from left, Joshua Lang, Ashley Becca, Kiva Adkins, Caleb Taylor, Daniel Bevins, Troy Cox and Angel Spurlock.
EKU’s Mock Trial Program took seventh place at the Arch Invitational Mock Trial Tournament hosted by Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 18-19.

Enlightenment philosopher David Hume, paraphrasing Epicurus, once wrote, “Is he (God) willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?”

The existence and nature of evil is perhaps the most difficult philosophical problem for those who believe that there is a God who is morally perfect, omniscient, and omnipotent. In a lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Dr. Doug Geivett will discuss the problem of evil for theistic belief and consider several possible responses to it in a talk entitled “God and the Problem of Evil.” The event, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Adams Auditorium (Room 149) of the Wallace Building.

EKU’s Dance Theatre will present its fall concert Nov. 12-15 in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building.

(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
Barbara Bellissimo, right, executive director of The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, was on the Richmond campus recently to present the College of Education with a $10,000 grant to pilot a virtual e-mentoring program with a select group of teacher candidates, faculty and schools. As the participating EKU students present lessons in some area school, they will be technologically linked to a professor on the Richmond campus (much like a football quarterback to a coach). Watching in their offices, the University faculty member can then relay helpful tips, perhaps pointing out teachable moments or potential pitfalls. At left is EKU College of Education Dean Dr. Verna Lowe; at center is Dr. April Blakely, coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at EKU and primary investigator for the grant.

A Live @ Your Library event in celebration of American Archives Month will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29.


Just as it did with Elkhorn City a year ago, Eastern is partnering with the City of Paintsville to help the Johnson County seat earn designation as a Kentucky Trail Town.

Eastern’s Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES) and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce hosted a leadership work study trip to Asheville, N.C., Sept. 16-18.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)<br><br><i>Dr. George Landon, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science</i>
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)

Dr. George Landon, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Dr. George Landon, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders and others in prominent positions to discuss their roles, as well as campus issues. Landon, who joined the EKU faculty in 2007, holds bachelor and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Kentucky.

Calie, Patrick (Biological Sciences). Lead Faculty Award for the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (KBRIN). National Institutes of Health through University of Louisville. $30,489.

Collier, Michael (Safety and Security). Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence. Defense Intelligence Agency. $396,851.

Dodd, Luke; Brown, David; and Richter, Stephen (Biological Sciences). Biological Assessments of the Eastern Kentucky Training Site and H.R. Disney Training Site in Kentucky. Kentucky Department of Military Affairs. $80,000.

Fister, Susan (Bluegrass Community Health Center). Expanded Medical Services Supplemental Grant. Health Resources and Services Administration. $218,486.

Florell, Dan (Psychology). National Association of School Psychologists Archives. National Association of School Psychologists. $4,800.

Jones, Paula (Adult Education). Adult Education Services in Madison, Garrard, and Clay Counties. Kentucky Adult Education. $739,686.

Marion, Jason (Environmental Health Services). Kentucky Environmental Public Health Traineeships Program. Health Resources and Services Administration. $77,411.

Martin, Sally, and Hunter, Gill (English and Theatre). EKU Writing Project. Kentucky Department of Education. $40,488.

Rainey, Jason (Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology). EKU Small Business Development Center. Small Business Administration through University of Kentucky. $109,500.

Richmond, Richard (Graduate Education and Research). Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. U. S. Department of Education. $220,000.

Schneck, Colleen (Occupational Therapy). PREPaRE: Preparing Related Services Personnel for Rural Employment. U. S. Department of Education. $232,974.

Smith, Darrin (Chemistry). Proposed Synthesis of Ergovaline. United States Department of Agriculture. $9,390.

Smith, Kristel (Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology). Kentucky Innovation Network at Richmond. $175,000.

Sons, Lisa (University Programs). Educational Talent Search. U. S. Department of Education. $351,253.

Tinsley, Jane (Enrollment Management). NOVA Student Support Services Program. U.S. Department of Education. $337,546.