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Volume 15 • Number 8
Nov 24, 2014
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<i>Participating in a ribbon-cutting for the new Colonel’s Cupboard at Eastern Kentucky University are, from left, Associate Vice President for Campus Life Dr. Mike Reagle, EKU student Bailey Cox, President Michael Benson and Executive Vice President for Student Success and University Counsel Dr. Laurie Carter.</i>
Participating in a ribbon-cutting for the new Colonel’s Cupboard at Eastern Kentucky University are, from left, Associate Vice President for Campus Life Dr. Mike Reagle, EKU student Bailey Cox, President Michael Benson and Executive Vice President for Student Success and University Counsel Dr. Laurie Carter.
Most college students are worried about their next big test.

For some, unfortunately, an even bigger worry is the source of their next meal.

Studies suggest that one in six Eastern Kentucky University students have likely experienced “food insecurities” at some point in their lives. Now, with the launch of Colonel’s Cupboard, the University is taking steps to ensure that none of its students or their dependents ever go hungry and to increase the likelihood of their academic success.

The EKU football team learned Sunday morning it earned one of 13 at-large bids to the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. The Colonels will host Missouri Valley Football Conference foe Indiana State in the first round this Saturday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Ronnie Nolan, director of the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children (KECSAC), an EKU contracted program serving the educational needs of children in the care or custody of the Commonwealth, was reappointed to the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC) by Gov. Steve Beshear for a second term.


KECSAC Director Dr. Ronnie Nolan (left) and Kentucky Department of Education program consultant Sherri Clusky posed with Gov. Steve Beshear after the National Dropout Prevention Conference awards ceremony where the governor was presented with the Network’s 2014 Crystal Star Award for Distinguished Leadership and Service. Nolan served as the chair of the national planning team and worked with the Center and the KDE to welcome nearly 800 educators from across the country to Kentucky during the November conference. Nolan, along with Dr. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education, nominated the Beshears for their work in promoting Senate Bill 97, commonly known as the Graduate Kentucky Bill.

Rachel Cromer, associate director of development in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, was recently awarded a $1,500 Professional Development Scholarship from the National Educational Alumni Trust (NEAT).

Dr. Richard A. Crosby, professor of music and EKU Foundation Professor, has received a 2014 ASCAP Plus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. This award is given annually to encourage and support composers who are in the process of building their careers.

Eastern was well represented at the 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference held at the University of Louisville, Nov. 13-14. Multiple staff members from the EKU Online Instructional Development Center served as presenters and panel experts throughout the event.

For the fourth time in five years, EKU ranks second or higher nationally among four-year schools in the Military Times “Best for Vets” rankings.

(Stephanie Cole)<br><i>Members of Vietnam Veterans of America Post 166 conduct a Missing Man Ceremony during Veterans Day ceremonies at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, Nov. 11.</i>
(Stephanie Cole)
Members of Vietnam Veterans of America Post 166 conduct a Missing Man Ceremony during Veterans Day ceremonies at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
President Benson held up a national Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine clipping he received in the mail. The article extolled Eastern’s commitment to helping military veterans achieve their educational dreams, and a handwritten note on the clipping said simply, “EKU, be proud.”

“If you want to understand the world,” Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof once said, “you need to understand Asia.”

A new Interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program at Eastern is helping students do just that.

The program, which offers an academic minor and certificate, critically examines the cultures, societies, languages, histories, religions and politics of Asians and peoples of Asian descent throughout the world, according to Director Dr. Minh Nguyen.


Following his presentation at the annual Friends of the Library dinner, Emmy-nominated KET host Dave Shuffett signed copies of his book, "My Kentucky Life."

The EKU Choirs will present their annual “Deck the Halls!” Holiday Dinner and Concert Dec. 5-6.

Tom Browning, the only Cincinnati Reds pitcher to throw a perfect game, will be the featured speaker at the EKU baseball team’s 14th annual Diamond Dinner at the Keen Johnson Building on Jan. 30.


Students in Laura Barthel’s Entrepreneurship class prepared gift bags for a “Just Say Thanks to Entrepreneurs” event during Global Entrepreneurship Week, which was Nov. 17-23. EKU and the Kentucky Innovation Office at Richmond marked the celebration with several activities on and off campus.

Glenda Poynter had tried to quit.

She managed to kick the tobacco habit when she was pregnant, only to return.

“I beat myself up every day, saying I needed to quit.”

But when Eastern offered classes in the Cooper/Clayton tobacco cessation program, she told herself, “I’ll do it on my own, which wasn’t true, because I couldn’t.”


Once again, Eastern boasted the largest delegation of student presenters at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).

A team of Eastern students finished fifth out of 18 teams competing in Louisville in the 2014 Mid-Central USA Programming Contest. Eastern placed 42nd out of a total of 146 teams in the entire Mid-Central Region.

<i>From left, EKU’s seventh-place team consisted of Tyler Collet, Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Joey Faulconer, Paris; Josh Griffin, Shelbyville; Mikal Harpster, Warrenton, Mo.; and Chase Garris, Brandenburg.</i>
From left, EKU’s seventh-place team consisted of Tyler Collet, Cross Lanes, W.Va.; Joey Faulconer, Paris; Josh Griffin, Shelbyville; Mikal Harpster, Warrenton, Mo.; and Chase Garris, Brandenburg.
A team of five PGA Golf Management students from Eastern finished seventh in the recent 2014 Jones Cup National Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)<br><i>Dr. Roger Cleveland, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership</i>
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
Dr. Roger Cleveland, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership
Dr. Roger Cleveland, associate professor in Educational Leadership, 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. Cleveland, who joined the faculty in 2008, holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Morehead State University, a master’s degree in the sociology of education from Union College and a doctoral degree in social and cultural foundations of education from the University of Cincinnati.