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Volume 16 • Number 17
May 04, 2015
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President Benson welcomed President Emeritus Whitlock to EKU's newest Pioneer Class at the April 25 Alumni Celebration Luncheon. The induction of members of the Class of 1965 was among the highlights of Alumni Weekend.

It was an afternoon in the spring of 1998 when an unknown student from a Middle Eastern nation walked into Dr. Ron Wolfe?s corner office in Alumni Coliseum, then the home of EKU?s Department of Communication.

Wolfe, who had just recently been diagnosed with a melanoma in his left eye, was anxious about an impending experimental treatment at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Department chair at the time, he recognized the burly male as a mass communications major ?but had never had him in class or really gotten to know him.?

The student sat down in front of Wolfe?s desk, looked up and in a deep, shaky voice, began to speak: ?I?ve been thinking about you, and I just wanted you to know it will be all right.?

The International Bulletin of Missionary Research placed d history professor Dr. Todd Hartch?s book, ?The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity,? on a list of 15 outstanding books for 2014 for missionary studies.

Dr. Leslie Vincent is the new director of the Master?s of Business Administration (MBA) program at EKU.

Dr. Pam Parry, associate professor of communication, was unanimously elected chair of the Education Committee of the American Journalism Historians Association. The nine-person committee oversees the AJHA National Award for Excellence in Teaching and is responsible for fund-raising designed to underwrite graduate student participation in the organization. Parry will serve two years in this role.

Baltimore Orioles Athletic Trainer Richie Bancells, left, was honored April 24 as the Department of Exercise and Sport Science?s Outstanding Alumnus for 2015, and several Exercise and Sport Science faculty faculty were also recognized during the ceremony.

Faculty are invited to participate in the development of a new EKU brand identity.

EKU?s Division of Communications & Marketing and Bullhorn Creative, a Lexington-based branding and creative services firm, will host a series of faculty forums.

Faculty input is a vital part of this process. To participate, sign up today at brandprocess.eku.edu/rsvp.

Scheduled forums are:

May 7, 4-5:30 p.m., Library 201
May 11, 4-5:30 p.m., Teaching & Learning Center, Keen Johnson Building
May 12, 3:30-5 p.m., BTC 206
May 13, 4-5:30 p.m., Rowlett 242
May 14, 4-5:30 p.m., Stratton 332A (Dean's Conference Room)

Visit brandprocess.eku.edu to learn more about the brand process currently taking place at EKU.

(Sarah Bucknam/C&M)<br><i>From left, EKU Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Nick Perlick, President Benson, retired EKU Football Coach Roy Kidd, and Jim Guice.</i>
(Sarah Bucknam/C&M)
From left, EKU Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Nick Perlick, President Benson, retired EKU Football Coach Roy Kidd, and Jim Guice.
As a three-time all-Ohio Valley Conference quarterback on some outstanding teams at Eastern, Jim Guice set individual passing records that stood for many years. His numbers were eventually eclipsed, but stories of his swagger and toughness resonate to this day.

Eastern captured first place in the Game Day Basketball Waste Generation category within the national RecycleMania Tournament by diverting nearly 53 percent of all waste when the Colonels hosted Tennessee Tech in McBrayer Arena on Feb. 28.

Emma Watts wore the dress pictured to several local cotillion dances in 1915.

When EKU Libraries staff members began to preserve books from the historic Elmwood estate in late 2013, something else captured their attention.

?We had the privilege of seeing some of the historical fashions in the mansion,? Krista Rhodus, director of library advancement, recalled. ?As preservers of information and keepers of history, our librarians and Special Collections and Archives team members developed a dream of putting the fashions on display for the public.?

A new academic program at Eastern will tap into rapidly growing interest in craft breweries and distilleries across the Commonwealth and the products they produce.

Out of more than 600 collegiate mock trial teams nationwide that began the season, a squad from Eastern finished 11th.

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The cast of "From Shiloh to Afghanistan"
An EKU Honors Program class has spent this semester traveling in space and time ? from the American Civil War to the modern-day battlefields of the Middle East.

"An Asian Occasion," held April 30, featured an Asian Read-In and a cultural fair with games and free samples of ethnic Asian food and attracted more than 200 people. The event was conceived and executed by students in a service learning class, PUB 385S: Public Relations Event Planning and Management, taught by Professor Jenny Evans. In this class, the students gained real-world experience working with a client -- in this case the EKU Asian Studies Program.

A second Eastern student has received the prestigious Gilman International Scholarship. Somerset native Eric King, a senior anthropology major, will travel to Bolivia to study regional archaeology and culture for two independent study courses. He joins junior public health major Tori Caldwell, who will use her Gilman Scholarship in Tanzania. Caldwell?s scholarship was announced in February.

A duo from Eastern finished third in the recent FLW College Fishing National Championship. Competing on Lake Murray in South Carolina, Kyle Raymer, right, and Ethan Snyder lost only to teams from the University of South Carolina and Liberty University. The two Colonels targeted ?herring points,? and had their best success with topwater hard baits. One of their secondary patterns involved fishing the backs of pockets and up creeks where water willow grass and wood cover such as docks or laydowns was present.

EKU, home to the Commonwealth?s first bachelor?s degree program in game design, will host a Regional Video Game Exhibition Wednesday, May 13.

<i>Library Research Award recipients Catherine Gerteisen, left, and Brooke King, right, are pictured with Dean of Libraries Betina Gardner.</i>
Library Research Award recipients Catherine Gerteisen, left, and Brooke King, right, are pictured with Dean of Libraries Betina Gardner.
EKU Libraries recently presented two students with the Library Research Award for Undergraduates.