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Volume 15 • Number 1
Aug 18, 2014
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A rendering of the "reading garden," including a porch added to the south side of Crabbe Library and a pedestrian mall.
Bob Dylan marked an era of American history with his 1964 classic “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

Exactly 50 years later, that song title certainly rings true at Eastern, where dozens of campus improvement projects are changing the face of the Richmond campus.

Eastern has named Laurie A. Carter as Executive Vice President for Student Success and University Counsel.

Nicholas J. Perlick has been named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at EKU.

Sam Shearer, a member of the nationally prominent Honors Program, is one of only four Honors students nationally to be named a 2014 Portz Scholar, a distinction awarded each year to the best Honors student research projects in the nation.

Jonese Franklin is the new news director for WEKU-FM, the public radio service of EKU.

Dr. Sherwood Thompson, a professor in the College of Education, has been elected president-elect of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research (AAER).

EKU faculty member Dr. Burke Christensen is among 13 “heroes” of the insurance industry, as identified by LifeHealthPro, an online resource for life and health insurance advisers.

Dr. Amanda Lewis, associate professor in the Health Services Administration program, was recently chosen to serve the Kentucky Health Information Management Association (KHIMA) as president-elect for 2014-15.

Eastern is participating again in the annual College Colors Day spirit competition and is asking for fan support to help win the national Spirit Cup award, which includes $10,000 toward its general scholarship fund and a chance for some lucky individual to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

EKU is a “Great College to Work For,” according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

To further assist those students more interested in creating video games than simply playing them, Eastern has joined the Higher Education Video Games Alliance.

For Seventh Consecutive Year Eastern ranks among “America’s Best Colleges” for the seventh consecutive year, according to Forbes, the popular business magazine.

(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
After recounting the story of how Orville and Wilbur Wright overcame great odds to make aviation history and change the world, President 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. “Public higher education is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities, and my commitment to you is that we’re going to make decisions full of consequences, now and in the future.”

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A concept rendering of the proposed facility.
This summer EKU Athletics received its largest single gift.

President Benson announced that Donald R. and Irene Dizney, of Ocala, Fla., 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.

The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) has re-accredited all three bachelor’s degree programs in fire protection offered by EKU.

EKU’s Division of Natural Areas has learned that it will receive the 2014 Outstanding Organization Award presented by the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education.

Dr. Amiya K. Mohanty, professor emeritus and adjunct professor of sociology, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist in Sociology by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

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<i>President Michael Benson presents Glenmore Jones with his associate degree as members of Jones’ family look on. From left are: family friend Beth Stewart, granddaughter Victoria West, granddaughter Savannah West, granddaughter Emily West, daughter Mindy West, wife Carolyn Jones, Glenmore Jones, President Benson, sister Sondra Wilson, daughter Paula DeWitt and niece Tica Welsh.</i>
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
President Michael Benson presents Glenmore Jones with his associate degree as members of Jones’ family look on. From left are: family friend Beth Stewart, granddaughter Victoria West, granddaughter Savannah West, granddaughter Emily West, daughter Mindy West, wife Carolyn Jones, Glenmore Jones, President Benson, sister Sondra Wilson, daughter Paula DeWitt and niece Tica Welsh.
When Glenmore Jones first met Michael Benson on the golf course, he regaled Eastern’s president with a fight song from his own college days almost seven decades earlier on the Richmond campus.

When the two met again on July 1, it was to celebrate a milestone that not even a hole-in-one could match.

Jones, who attended Eastern Kentucky State Teachers College for three-plus years immediately after serving in World War II but never completed a degree, was back on campus to erase his only regret in life and receive an associate degree in General Studies with a minor in Military Science.

Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced $557,945 in federal funding for a project at Eastern to expand transportation choices in the community.


Distinguished author and historian Charles Bracelen Flood, a tireless advocate for EKU Libraries, passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, after a brief illness. He was 84.

“In preparing for battle,” General and President Dwight Eisenhower once said, “I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

Taking that as his cue, President Benson will open EKU's 2014-15 Chautauqua Lecture Series on “Strategizing” with a lecture entitled “Why Plans Are Important Even if You Are Punched in the Mouth.”

Eastern will host a Women Leading Kentucky conference on the Richmond campus on Thursday, Sept. 4.

(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
Hundreds of beekeepers, industry experts and vendors from all across the nation converged on the EKU campus July 28-Aug. 1 for the Eastern Apicultural Society Conference. Here, conference participants gain insights from a session entitled “Finding Queens in Top-Bar Hives.”

Eastern will offer a 100 percent online master’s degree in construction management for Fall 2014.

Have a great business idea but don’t know what to do next?

The Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) at EKU is looking to help five ambitious entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
EKU welcomed new students during this year's Move-in Day on Aug. 15. Faculty, staff and students volunteered to help ease the students' transition to campus.

Community leaders and others throughout Eastern’s 22-county service area are invited to participate in a Leadership Work Study Tour to Asheville, N.C., Sept. 16-18.


Seven Eastern aviation graduates received their 1,250-hour professional flight certificates in a campus ceremony this spring. The awards concluded the program’s College to Careers event for EKU aviation seniors and Somerset Community College aircraft maintenance technology students and staff. The event included a panel session featuring EKU alum Don Bornhorst, senior vice president for Delta Air Lines; Rich Meyers, maintenance base manager for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport; and three representatives of Endeavor Air: Logan Case, manager of pilot recruitment, Steve Norton, chief pilot, and Duane Fields, tech ops recruiter. Bornhorst assured the students they had made a wise investment in their education at EKU, adding that it was the perfect time to join the aviation industry. The EKU certificate representatives, joined by Endeavor officials Norton, far left, and Case, far right, were, from left, Jeremy Criddle, Crestwood; Anthony Vaught, Richmond; Jessica Jenkins, Crestwood; Marty Dye, Hi Hat; Sarah Boots, Richmond; Dustin Ratliff, Richmond; and Richard Quant, Erlanger. Ratliff also received the Joseph Schwendeman Outstanding Aviation Senior Award.

Jarrod Wolfe, Jackson, a senior Risk Management and Insurance, has received a $6,000 Westfield Scholarship from the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation.

Jennifer Tilley, Richmond, who earned a master’s degree in criminal justice studies on May 10, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Justice, Law, and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Stofleth, of Richmond, was recently selected to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s 2014-16 National Council of Students. The Council, comprised of 10 student vice presidents from the Society’s five regions, serves as a student advisory panel.

Jenna Sehmann, Richmond, a sophomore oboe major, was selected to attend the 2014 Bay View Music Festival.

(Salem Peters/Public Relations)<br><i>Scott Cason, Vice President for Communications and Marketing</i>
(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
Scott Cason, Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Scott Cason, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, 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. Cason came to Eastern in July, after 15 years in higher education marketing and communications, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President for Communication and Marketing at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University in Ohio and his master’s degree in teaching from Otterbein College, and spent nine years in the U.S. Navy.