In this issue:
Eastern Kentucky University’s strong commitment to community engagement has been reflected for years in transformed lives, improved services and enhanced quality of life throughout the region and Commonwealth.
Now it has earned national attention.
EKU is among only 361 U.S. colleges and universities (approximately 5 percent of the total of institutions) selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive the Foundation’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. Eastern was first honored by Carnegie in 2008.
Dr. Laurie Larkin, assistant professor of public health at Eastern, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Southern District SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Education Educators) America’s Outstanding College and University Health Educator of the Year.
One of the pieces featured in the Chautauqua art exhbit is “Groceryscape 1,” a work by Emily Loehle of Vincennes, Ind.
A Chautauqua art exhibition on this year’s theme of “Strategizing” will open in the Giles Gallery of the Campbell Building on Monday, Jan. 26.
Daniel Nichols, senior vice president for STEM Jobs magazine, presents the Gold Status Award recognizing Eastern as one of the top STEM universities in the nation, to Dr. Jaleh Rezaie, interim director of EKU's STEM-H Institute. Nichols joined EKU faculty, STEM high school educators, and local business that hire STEM graduates at the awards presentation.
EKU ranks among the best nationally in the U.S. News & World Report’s recently announced 2015 Best Online Education Program Rankings. Eastern is one of only two Kentucky schools to rank in the top 50 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Online Graduate Education Programs. EKU also ranked in the top 100 for Online Graduate Nursing Programs.
Andrew Stofleth, on behalf of EKU Phi Kappa Phi chapter, delivered books raised during the holiday drive to Madison Kindergarten Academy on Dec. 16. He is pictured with Jennie Bogie, the library and media specialist at Madison and four kindergarteners.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s Eastern Kentucky University Chapter 122 recently hosted a Holiday Book Drive in to benefit Madison Kindergarten Academy.
The Corbin Rail Project is on the fast track to an opening in May 2015, and Kentuckians and others are invited to hop aboard by donating artifacts from bygone days of the railroad industry.
The museum, a collaborative venture involving EKU, the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission (CTCC), the L&N Historical Society and CSX Transportation, is seeking a variety of artifacts to help illuminate the region’s rich railroad heritage. These might include photos, newspaper articles and other documents, uniforms, hats, pins, belt buckles, bells, whistles, watches, signs, manuals, lanterns, tools, locks, audio or video, posters, radios, train sheets, diagrams, paintings, letters, patches, loco plates, tickets and china/dishes.
Have a worthwhile community-based project that only needs funding?
Eastern is ready to help.
President Benson and the University’s Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES) invite communities throughout Eastern’s 22-county service region to submit proposals for one of five $10,000 CARES community grants. Activities within the following counties are eligible: Bell, Boyle, Casey, Clay, Estill, Garrard, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley.
Matt Roan, Special Assistant to the President
Matt Roan, Special Assistant to the President, 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. Roan, who joined Eastern in fall of 2013, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a history minor from Southern Utah University and a juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.