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Volume 15 • Number 2
Sept 02, 2014
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As it increases in total enrollment, Eastern is growing more diverse.

Preliminary fall enrollment figures at the University show significant increases in African American and Latino students. The growth in underrepresented populations has, in large part, fueled an increase in overall numbers. As of Aug. 26, a total of 16,454 students had enrolled for fall classes at EKU, up 1.8 percent from the same date a year ago and coming at a time of slowing of growth in the number of high school graduates.

(Terrence Humphrey/ Public Relations)<br><i>Dr. Brad Ruhfel in the EKU Herbarium</i>
(Terrence Humphrey/ Public Relations)
Dr. Brad Ruhfel in the EKU Herbarium
EKU is playing a key role in a National Science Foundation-funded effort to digitize collections that chronicle a “global hotspot of plant diversity in the southeastern United States.”

Dr. Dionne Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work, is Kentucky’s 2014 Faculty Advisor of the Year, as determined by the Kentucky Academic Advising Association (KACADA).

President Benson has been named co-chair of Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium. He will serve alongside John Roush, president of Centre College.

“The State of Clay: Works by Artists Teaching in Kentucky’s Colleges and Universities,” a LexArts exhibit curated by Joe Molinaro, EKU professor of art, and Elmer Craig, resident artist at Eastern, features works by ceramic artists from 15 Kentucky colleges and universities, including Molinaro and Craig. This is the first such show to focus on the works of faculty artists from across the Commonwealth. The show will also feature Laura Ross, winner of the 2013 Artist Award from the Governor's Awards in the Arts.

The most recent book by Dr. Russell Carpenter, director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and assistant professor of English, has been nominated for the 2013-2014 International Writing Centers Association Best Book/Major Work Award, presented during the organization’s conference, held every two years.

Dr. Jon McChesney, chair of EKU’s Department of Recreation and Park Administration, was one of 12 experts featured in a recent WalletHub (wallethub.com) article that ranked the best and worst cities in the U.S. for recreation.

For the fifth consecutive year, Eastern has earned national recognition for its contribution to the public good.

Eastern has scored high in another national ranking of U.S. colleges and universities.

<i>Lori Flanery, left, secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, presents the LEED Gold plaque to Kenna Middleton, center, director of University Housing, and President Benson.</i>
Lori Flanery, left, secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, presents the LEED Gold plaque to Kenna Middleton, center, director of University Housing, and President Benson.
Today’s prospective student certainly considers academics, faculty quality, student life and cost in making a college choice.

But, increasingly, he or she also looks carefully at an institution’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

At Eastern, that commitment is exemplified by New Hall, the yet-to-be named student residential facility that opened last year on Kit Carson Drive. On Aug. 25, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) presented a plaque to University officials, recognizing the 84,000-square-foot, suite-style building as the first LEED Gold-certified residence hall on a state university campus in the Commonwealth. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

As a mathematics faculty member at Eastern from 1981 to 2006, Dr. Betty Givan spent her days immersed in numbers.

For the past several years, the Richmond resident has been counting YouTube hits, cookbook sales and a growing army of fans – as a culinary entrepreneur.

(Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader)<br><i>President Benson, left, and five members of the President’s Council react as an icy bucket of water is dumped on their heads on Monday, Aug. 18, as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the nation.</i>
(Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader)
President Benson, left, and five members of the President’s Council react as an icy bucket of water is dumped on their heads on Monday, Aug. 18, as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeping the nation.
On a warm and muggy summer afternoon, President Benson and five members of the President’s Council found a way to stay cool and at the same time raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The Center for Career and Cooperative Education, recently reorganized to better serve the campus community and employers, will host an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

<i>Zakic’s work, “The Shore”</i>
Zakic’s work, “The Shore”
In an ambitious move to embrace the sacred and the profane, artist Boris Zakic, professor of art at Georgetown College, has an exhibition of paintings at Eastern’s Giles Gallery in Richmond and simultaneously at PUBLIC, the gallery of the Louisville Visual Art Association.

Dr. Lee Alan Dugatkin will address “The Evolution of Goodness” in a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, Sept. 4.

(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)<br> <i>President Michael Benson, left, and KCTCS President Michael B. McCall sign the EKU-KCTCS transfer agreement.</i>
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
President Michael Benson, left, and KCTCS President Michael B. McCall sign the EKU-KCTCS transfer agreement.
Transferring to a four-year institution became easier for Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) students with the signing of a statewide, multi-program agreement with EKU.

The African/African American Studies program has partnered with several campus offices to launch a new program aimed at promoting the retention of all students, with particular focus on minority students.


A new 60-foot sign greets alumni and friends from atop the water tank near Eastern Bypass and Roy Kidd Stadium.

Much like the modern football quarterback receives audio signals from his coach via a headset, teacher candidates in Eastern’s educator preparation program soon will be receiving real-time assists from their professors, even though they might be many miles apart.

(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
During the annual President's Picnic, members of the Class of 2018 shared their commitment to earn a degree by signing a banner to be displayed at EKU's commencement ceremony in four years. This year's picnic -- on the grounds of the EKU Center for the Arts for the first time -- followed the New Student Convocation in the Center's Grand Hall, and a concert by Mountain Heart sponsored by Meijer and Barnes & Noble.

Dozens of cultural events spotlighting the talents faculty, staff and students are scheduled during the school year. They include concerts, plays, dance performances and art exhibits.

The Golden Key International Honor Society chapter at Eastern has won the Gold Level of Chapter Standards for the 2013-2014 academic year.

<i>Ceirra Thompson, center, flanked by EKU faculty members Dr. Burke Christensen, left, and Dr. Siwei Gao.</i>
Ceirra Thompson, center, flanked by EKU faculty members Dr. Burke Christensen, left, and Dr. Siwei Gao.
Ceirra Thompson, of Lexington, a senior risk management and insurance major, has received a $5,000 national scholarship from the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation.

One hundred twenty-one high school students in seven counties near EKU are Upward Bound, thanks to a federally funded program celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Central Bank and the EKU Center for Economic Education have announced the establishment of the Central Bank Learning for Life Teaching Award for elementary teachers in Madison County.


Sarah Robinson, left, and John Perrin, both of Richmond, each recently received the EKU Economics Endowed Scholarship, valued at $500. “Sarah and John are excellent students,” said Dr. Gyan Pradhan, chair of the Department of Economics. “They have earned very good grades, and their instructors speak very high of them. Their leadership and contributions in campus and off-campus activities have earned them praise from faculty and students.” Both plan to go on to graduate school – Robinson in public policy and Perrin in economics.



The Kentucky Health Information Management Association awarded three $1,500 scholarships during its annual conference this summer. Two of the scholarship recipients are EKU Health Services Administration (HSA) seniors -- Stephanie Hudson from Mount Sterling, who will graduate in May 2015; and Florence native Jessica Pope, who will graduate in December 2014.

(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)<br><I>Dr. Thomas Erekson, Dean of the College of Business and Technology</i>
(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
Dr. Thomas Erekson, Dean of the College of Business and Technology
Dr. Thomas Erekson, who became dean of the College of Business and Technology on Aug. 1, 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. Erekson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education from Northern Illinois University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Vocational and Technical Education from the University of Illinois, was dean of the College of Business and Technology at Western Illinois University before coming to Eastern. He was the founding director of the School of Technology, Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, at Brigham Young, and also served as dean of the College of Technology at Bowling Green State University.

Akers, Jon (Criminal Justice & Police Studies). Kentucky Center for Instuctional Discipline. Kentucky Department of Education. $719,463.

Akers, Jon (Criminal Justice & Police Studies). Kentucky Center for School Safety. Kentucky Department of Education. $2,015,000.

Althauser, Krista (Curriculum & Instruction). Kentucky Center for Mathematics - Regional Coordinator. Northern Kentucky University. $80,930.

Autrey, Kathy (Training Resource Center). University Training Consortium Professional Development and Training. Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $23,956,575.

Barger, Crystal (Training Resource Center). University Training Consortium - Child Support. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $99,000.

Barger, Crystal (Training Resource Center). Advocacy Liaison. Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $150,536.

Barger, Crystal (Training Resource Center). Early Childhood Mental Health. Kentucky Department of Public Health. $230,000.

Barger, Crystal (Training Resource Center). Training Resource Center-Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $281,241.

Belluscio, Teresa (Disabilities Office). Appalachian Tutoring Grant. Kentucky Department of Education. $72,300.

Bosley, Lisa (English & Theatre). Developmental Education Acceleration and Co-Requisite Models. Council on Post-Secondary Education. $17,704.

Braccia, Amy (Biological Sciences). Stream Restoration Monitoring. USDA Forest Service. $5,000.

Bradley, Michael, and Sharp, Ryan (Recreation and Park Administration). City of Paintsville Trail Town Certification. $6,420.

Bundy, Myra Beth (Psychology) and Wittman, Peggy (Occupational Therapy). Eastern Kentucky University Developmental Disabilities Clinic Autism Social Groups. WHAS Crusade for Children. $3,000.

Cain, Karen Sue (Enrollment Management). Coordinator of the Developmental Education Initiative. Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. $8,2429.

Cornelius, Susan (Center for Career and Workforce Education). 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Kentucky Department of Education. $422,309.

Cranfill, Tamara, and Michael, Sonia (Special Education). Technology. WHAS Crusade for Children. $10,000.

Cranfill, Tamara, and Michael, Sonia (Special Education). Scholarships to Special Education Students. WHAS Crusade for Children. $15,000.

Cunningham, David (Chemistry). Coating Research. Abbott Point-of-Care. $25,000.

Davis, Tricia (American Sign Language and Interpreter Education). Deafblind Equipment Distribution Program. Federal Communications Commission. $144,451.

Davis, William (Applied Arts & Technology). Field Based Teacher Education. Office of Career and Technical Education. $65,371.

Davis, William (Applied Arts & Technology). Professional Development for Teacher Educators in Career and Technical Education. Office of Career and Technical Education. $13,500.

Davis, William, and Field, Dennis (Applied Engineering and Technology). Perkins Grant. Office of Career and Technical Education. $64,912.

Dent, Delinda (Curriculum & Instruction). Kentucky Reading Project. Collaborative Center for Literacy Development. $61,794.

Dodd, Luke (Biological Sciences). A Long Term Evaluation of the Interacting Effect of Fire and White-Nose Syndrome on Endangered Bats. U. S. Department of the Interior. $286,894.

Feltus, Oliver (Accounting, Finance & Information Systems). Real Estate Education Grant. Kentucky Real Estate Commission. $48,736.

Fink, Hal (Training Resource Center). Kentucky Department of Corrections Technical Assistance. Kentucky Department of Corrections. $210,144.

Fink, Hal (Training Resource Center). Kentucky Department of Corrections Educational Enhancement Program. Kentucky Department of Corrections. $1,600,000.

Fister, Susan (Bluegrass Community Health Center). Family Planning Grant. Madison County Health Department. $48,528.

Fister, Susan (Bluegrass Community Health Center). Bluegrass Community Health Center. Health Resources and Services Administration. $1,911,669.

Frederick, Robert (Biological Sciences). Wildlife Ecologist - Research Startup. Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. $30,000.

Gleisner, Teresa (Corbin Campus). Tri-County Education Pays Center. Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $18,2320.

Hay, Michael (Migrant Education). Migrant Regional Center / Southeast Regional Center. Kentucky Department of Education. $250,000.

Hayes, David (Biological Sciences). DNA barcode reference library for development of eDNA methods for detecting rare Arkansas freshwater mussels. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. $42,799.59.

Hayes, Laurence (American Sign Language and Interpreter Education). Vocational Rehabilitation Interpreting Services. Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. $1,025,231.

Hayes, Laurence (American Sign Language and Interpreter Education). Interpreter Training Program and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Accessibility Project. Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. $1,051,089.

Hayes, Laurence (American Sign Language and Interpreter Education). ITP P-12 Educational Interpreter In-Service. Kentucky Department of Education. $527,532.

Hughes, Amy (Justice and Safety Center). Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium. Center for Rural Development. $532,107.02.

Kline, Terry (Safety, Security and Emergency Management). Graduated Licensing Classroom Program. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. $1,673,634.

Kline, Terry (Safety, Security and Emergency Management). Kentucky State Traffic School. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. $1,175,791.

Kline, Tery, and Millard, Christopher (Safety, Security and Emergency Management). Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Program. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. $1,019,040.

Landon, George (Computer Science). 3-D Shape and Content from Transmittance. Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. $74,166.

McChesney, Jon (Recreation & Park Administration). Graduate Assistant - Special Populations, City of Richmond. City of Richmond. $15,000.

Miller, Gladys (Center for Career and Cooperative Education). Kentucky Work Study Program. Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. $30,000.

Mooers, Ian (Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology). Rural Business Enterprise Grant: CEDET Technical Training Program. United States Department of Agriculture. $70,000.

Mooers, Ian (Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology). Idea State U Competition. Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. $1,500.

Moreland, Robyn (Student Affairs). Edcuation Pays Center. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $741,648.

Nolan, Ronnie (KECSAC). Kentucky Educational Cooperative for State Agency Children (KECSAC). Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. $1,193,478.

Oakley, Oliver (Biological Sciences). The immunomodulatory role of estrogen in ovulation. University of Louisville. $56,000.

Petrilli, Peggy (Teacher Education Services). Kentucky Teacher Internship Program. Education Professional Standards Board. $67,328.

Petrilli, Peggy (Teacher Education Services). Kentucky Teacher Internship Program: Technology Interns. Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. $2,005.

Pharr, James, and Rockwell, Scott (Safety, Security and Emergency Management). NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. National Institute of Standards and Technology. $8,735.

Porter, Diana (Curriculum & Instruction). Adolescent Literacy Project (ALP) FY15. Collaborative Center for Literacy Development. $55,470.

Powell, Norman (Educational Leadership). MERR Scholarship Program. Kentucky Department of Education. $100,000.

Rezaie, Jaleh (STEM-H Institute). Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program: Host Conference. Council on Post-Secondary Education. $8,000.

Rice, Corrie (Training Resource Center). Managed Care Organization Forums. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $120,000.

Richter, Stephen, and Brown, David (Biological Sciences). Statewide validation of the Kentucky Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (KY-WRAM) and Indices of Biotic Integrity. Kentucky Division of Water. $156,925.

Ruhfel, Brad (Biological Sciences). Resolving the phylogenetic placement of the recently described Trifolium kentukiense Chapel and Vincent using molecular data.. Kentucky Waterways Alliance. $1,000.

Ruhfel, Brad (Biological Sciences). Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: The Key to the Cabinets: Building and Sustaining a Research Database for a Global Biodiversity Hotspot. National Science Foundation. $90,648.

Sowders, Lynn Dee (Research and Service Center). Juvenile Justice Training Center. Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice. $421,359.

Stewart, Tamara (University Programs). Upward Bound. U. S. Department of Education. $506,785.

Wachtel, Elizabeth (Training Resource Center). Policy Advisor. Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $287,260.

Wachtel, Elizabeth (Training Resource Center). Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Initiative: KICC. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $435,300.

Wachtel, Elizabeth (Training Resource Center). Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Initiative. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $2,735,237.

Williams, Kathy (Academic Readiness and Testing). KYOTE English Scoring Assignments. University of Kentucky. $3,923.

Wilson, Lori (Chemistry). The application of molecular beacons as a diagnostic mechanism for rapid SNP genotyping of highly degraded forensic samples. Kentucky NSF EPSCoR. $59,361.

Wilson, Lori (Chemistry). Startup Funds for Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. $25,000.