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Volume 15 • Number 7
Nov 10, 2014
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Greg Gorbett, associate professor in the Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences, has been selected to serve as a member of the Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee’s (SAC’s) Fire Scene and Explosives Subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).

President Benson will make two presentations at Yale University on Friday, Nov. 14. He was invited to speak at the Yale Law School by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He will address the role of the G.I. Bill and the Morrill Land Grant Act in shaping public universities and discuss how those acts inform today’s debates regarding higher education. He was also asked to discuss his 1997 book, “Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel,” at a private dinner with Shabtai: The Jewish Society of Yale (formerly known as Eliezer).

EKU will participate in a National Roll Call Reading of Names when it hosts events commemorating Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)<br><br><i>Music faculty member Bernardo Scarambone, right, is pictured with students Edgar Gonsales and Cibele Moura.</i>
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)

Music faculty member Bernardo Scarambone, right, is pictured with students Edgar Gonsales and Cibele Moura.
The Richmond campus and Sao Paulo, Brazil are almost 5,000 miles apart, but two students and a faculty member are using their musical talents to bridge the gap.

Cibele Moura, a sophomore piano performance major, and Edgar Gonsales, a graduate student in piano performance, both students of fellow Brazilian and EKU music faculty member Bernardo Scarambone, each won recent state piano competitions.

Ongoing campus beautification efforts at Eastern have caught the attention of the surrounding Richmond community.

At the recent annual awards banquet of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, EKU received one of two Bernease Walters Beautification Awards presented by the Chamber. The Chamber noted that since Michael Benson became EKU president in August 2013, more than two dozen campus improvement projects have been initiated. Several involve making the campus more pedestrian friendly and maximizing green space.

A film crew was on the Richmond campus Nov. 5, to shoot footage that will be used on an upcoming episode of HGTV’s “Sale of Two Cities” program. The episode, expected to air in April, will profile Donnie and Kim Kidd, of Richmond, along with a couple from Boston as they shop for homes in the two cities at the same price point. Each episode compares the cost of living, climate, culture and other factors in each city. The film crew spent time at Arlington with the Kidds and went up to the roof of Dupree Hall for panoramic views of the campus and community.

The walls are coming down in the Department of History.

No, it’s not another construction project on the Richmond campus, but the Department is seeking to break down disciplinary silos and build on the marketable skills of its graduates.

History majors at EKU can now choose from among 23 career paths designed to meld a broad liberal arts background with specific skill sets via a second major or minor in such fields as broadcasting and electronic media, journalism, public relations, advertising, paralegal sciences, economics, geography, communication studies, management and globalization and international affairs, among others.

On Nov. 3, Model Laboratory School students helped load more than 2,000 food items collected during during a “Trick or Treat for the Salvation Army” event organized by Model secretary and parent Beth Campbell (left). Students representing the classes who brought the most items --the first grade class of Williams’ Whales and the fourth grade class of Spata’s Stingrays -- are, front to back, Matthew Gorbett, Taylor Strunk, Beckley Rader, Riley Bonilla, Bailey Dolen, Riley Honaker, Tatum Nelson, and Lily Shelton. Lt. Dakarai Darby of the Richmond Salvation Army is in the back.

Tickets are on sale for the EKU Theatre production of “The Real Inspector Hound,” which opens Wednesday, Nov. 12.

“Colonialism,” said Dr. Audra Simpson, “is often thought of as something of the past, something that is now over. It is rarely imagined as a process that is still ongoing.”

But Simpson will do just that when she delivers a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, Nov. 20. The educator and author will address “Mohawk Interruptus: Strategizing Indigenous Life against Settlement in the Late 20th Century” at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. Her talk, free and open to the public, also serves as the keynote address for National Native American Heritage Month.

The Japanese koto, a 13-string long zither that originated in China and was brought to Japan in the 8th century, will be spotlighted in a concert on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Dr. Anne Prescott will perform “Rokudan no Shirabe,” the oldest known work for koto; “Nara no Shiki,” a contemporary piece in traditional style; “Wakamizu,” one of the earliest pieces to incorporate new playing techniques; a well-known European tune; and several other pieces. The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Kennamer Room of the Powell Building.

(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
Competing mostly against doctoral students from better-known schools, a master’s degree-seeking student at Eastern recently earned a prestigious psychology research award.

Second-year Clinical Psychology student Chelsea Sleep, of Louisville, was awarded the 2014 Student Research Fellowship Award from Section IX (Assessment Psychology) of the Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association Division 12) for her proposal. Competing proposals came from Michigan State University, Villanova University, Pennsylvania State University, Kent State University, Wayne State University and the University of Milan. Only one other student had not yet completed a master’s degree.

<i>Dr. Stephen Richter, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Associate Director for Research in the Division of Natural Areas
Dr. Stephen Richter, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Associate Director for Research in the Division of Natural Areas
Dr. Stephen Richter, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and associate director for research in the Division of Natural Areas, 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. Richter, who joined the EKU faculty in 2005, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Berry College, master’s degree in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Oklahoma.