In this issue:
The pieces of a new diversity and inclusion initiative at Eastern might be many, but the whole is a campus where everyone understands “we’re all part of the same fabric.”
As the University’s interim chief diversity officer, Dr. Sherwood Thompson is heading up a new Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Planning Committee, a 30-member team comprised of faculty, staff and students from a cross-section of campus, whose goal is to develop a plan that will “positively impact the entire University.” The Committee held an initial retreat recently to discuss its goals and objectives and plan its work.
As a researcher and professor, he wanted to bring enriching evidence to his classes that supports the proposition that all people are truly created equal and that an informed and supportive environment promotes personal growth and a healthy society.
So Dr. Sherwood Thompson, professor of education and interim chief diversity officer at Eastern, dedicated three years to collecting, compiling and scrutinizing more than 300 diversity and social justice terms in order to become familiar with language that supports a sense of appreciation of human differences.
(Terrence Humphrey/C&M) Officials from EKU and Western Kentucky University sign an agreement that brings the two institutions together to deliver OSHA safety courses in Bowling Green and Owensboro. From left are Dr. Beth Laves, associate vice president, WKU Division of Extended Learning and Outreach; Tammy Cole, director, EKU Center for Career and Workforce Development; and Dr. Janna Vice, EKU provost.
OSHA safety courses are now available in Bowling Green and Owensboro, thanks to a new partnership between EKU and Western Kentucky University.
Tori Caldwell, foreground, on a study-abroad experience last summer in Segovia, Spain.
“Excited,” said Tori Caldwell, is an inadequate word to convey her reaction to winning one of only 108 Gilman International Scholarships awarded nationally to study abroad.
After he graduated from Betsy Layne High School and enrolled at Pikeville College in 1949, he didn't have enough money even to ride a bus from his home in the Floyd County community of Harold to Pikeville, just 12 miles away, let alone enough for lunch every day.
Knowing that many of his classmates didn't have enough money to go to school, Dr. Bert T. (Bertee) Adkins vowed that, if he ever got the chance, he would someday help students achieve their own educational dreams.
Adkins went on to complete his bachelor's degree and a master's degree at Eastern, before joining the faculty at EKU, where he taught business courses from 1973 until his retirement in 1998. But he never forgot the promise he made to himself as a struggling, young student at Pikeville.
Now, with the establishment of the Dr. Bertee (Bert T.) and Retta Faye (Jett) Adkins Endowed Scholarship, generations of EKU students will be better able to pursue a college degree. Adkins is establishing similar scholarships at other schools, including his late wife's high school in Tennessee.
Fifteen EKU Honors Program students travelled to Beaufort and Hilton Head Island Jan. 12-17 as part of the Honors Program’s annual “Sidewalk U.” course. This year’s course focused on the theme of “Inequality in American Society,” and the students spent one day exploring the region’s many migrant agricultural labor camps and farms and another full day exploring the culture, society and traditions of the area’s traditional Gullah/Gechee residents. On the trip’s third day, students explored the tourist and retirement communities and amenities, engaging in an active-learning “City as Text” exercise in the Harbour Town Yacht Basin community of Hilton Head’s world famous Sea Pines Plantation development. The final day of the trip included an opportunity for the students to “give back” to the region from which they learned so much over the preceding three days by volunteering as cooks and servers in a soup kitchen that serves Hilton Head Island’s unemployed and “working poor” populations. The trip was led by Dr. Elizabeth Underwood of the EKU Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work and by the Interim Director of the EKU Honors Program, Dr. David Coleman. EKU Honors Program senior Beth Spencer served as student leader and teaching assistant for the course.
(Terrence Humphrey/C&M)Dr. Matthew Winslow, Professor of Psychology and Teaching Enhancement Coordinator
Dr. Matthew Winslow, professor of psychology and Teaching Enhancement Coordinator, 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. Winslow, who joined the faculty in 1998 as an assistant professor, was tenured in 2003, promoted to associate professor in 2004, and then to full professor in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.), a master’s degree in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Minnesota. Currently he is facilitating a Metacognition Professional Learning Community. (Campus presentations on metacognition by Dr. Saundra McGuire scheduled for last week will be rescheduled at a later date.)