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Volume 15 • Number 5
Oct 15, 2014
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EKU is making no little plans for Oct. 21-26.

Several events are scheduled leading up to the inauguration on Friday, Oct. 24, of the University’s 12th president, Michael Benson. Then, the University will celebrate Homecoming with a parade and football game with visiting rival Southeast Missouri.

The theme for both the inauguration and Homecoming is “Make No Little Plans.”

Inauguration Week includes a day of community service, a faculty/staff luncheon, a presentation by celebrated poet Nikki Giovanni, a student talent show, a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 2 of the New Science Building, a Chautauqua lecture and African art exhibit featuring former U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Adelman, a community reception following the inauguration, a National Pan-Hellenic Council stepshow, and much more. The public is invited to participate in all activities.

Dr. Dustin Wygant, associate professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, has earned national recognition from the Society for Personality Assessment.

Foundation Professor Dr. Victor Kappeler was asked by the White House to participate in a “policy review listening session” and discuss federal programs and policies related to equipping state and local law enforcement agencies.

Jason C. Hurdich, American Sign Language specialist and assistant professor, has been appointed to the Board of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Gov. Steve Beshear. He represents certified deaf interpreters.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
President Benson spoke Oct. 8 at the inaugural meeting of the EKU Diversity Book Club, a new initiative aimed at addressing societal issues and concerns related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The club, co-sponsored by the University Diversity Committee and the University Diversity Office, will continue to meet the second Wednesday of every month, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of the Keen Johnson Building. The meetings are open to all members of the University community, and refreshments are provided. For more information, contact Paula Hansford at 859-622-6587 or paula.hansford@eku.edu.


Participants explore volcanic rocks during a four-day workshop on volcanism in Pantelleria, Italy, where Geology Professor Dr. John White was invited to present his research. The workshop, hosted by the Italian Association of Volcanology, attracted scientists from Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States who were eager to learn more about the origin and evolution of magmas and volcanic rocks in the Strait of Sicily Rift Zone. White has been actively involved research in the Strait of Sicily region for more than a decade, publishing his first peer-reviewed work on the island in 2005. White’s close association with Italian scientists has also provided learning opportunities for students in the Department of Geography & Geology – in Summer 2013, he taught a KIIS course on ancient flooding in Italy, and in Fall 2013, he traveled with geology alumnus Mitchell May (’13) to Linosa to do additional volcanic research. White will teach two courses as part of Study Abroad this Spring – Urban Geology and Regional Geography of the Mediterranean Basin – which will include a mandatory summer field experience in Italy.

Kathy Williams, director of the Office of Academic Readiness and Testing, has been appointed to the Digital Media Committee of the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education.

<i>Model Lab Elementary teacher Jasmine Spata teaches her class a lesson in the Model Library with the help of NBC Learn video resources.</i>
Model Lab Elementary teacher Jasmine Spata teaches her class a lesson in the Model Library with the help of NBC Learn video resources.
A new partnership between EKU and NBC Learn will provide students and faculty access to premium education videos, which will also be available to classrooms throughout the Madison County School District.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen will take the EKU Center for the Arts stage Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. as they debate for the Sixth Congressional District seat.

Eastern is competing for more than a football championship this fall.

Students, faculty, staff and others will participate in the GameDay Recycling Challenge, a friendly competition among colleges and universities to reduce waste and increase recycling.

During the week leading up to the Colonels’ Homecoming game Oct. 25 against Southeast Missouri, pledges to recycle more will be solicited at various campus locations. The student-led EKU Green Crew and the University’s Office of Sustainability will assist with obtaining pledges.

(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
Students experience playing basketball in a wheelchair during Disabilities Awareness Day activities on Oct. 2. Students, faculty and staff had a chance to see disability-related educational exhibits from organizations within the University and from companies all over Kentucky and complete in various events for the chance to win prizes.

When it comes to emergency preparedness, knowing what to do in the event of a hazardous materials release can be critical to anyone’s safety.

Since August of last year, signs with zone information have appeared around Madison County. Now, they are coming to Eastern. The sign project began as part of an effort from Madison County Emergency Management Agency/Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (EMA/CSEPP) to remind local residents of the significance of emergency response zones in the county. EKU Emergency Management is now reminding students, faculty and staff about protective actions they should take on campus if a community-wide hazardous material incident occurs.

(Natalie Radcliffe)
(Natalie Radcliffe)
Banners highlighting various athletic programs were installed on the front of the Begley Building last week. The banners, designed by Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and Branding Michael Clark, feature photos by former University Photographer Chris Radcliffe.

World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni is coming to Eastern.

A fantasy artist known for helping set the standard for gaming art and an acclaimed sculptor of super hero figures, both from Kentucky, will discuss their work during a Live @ Your Library event on the Richmond campus.

(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
Demolition work continues on Combs Residence Hall. The space will become a pedestrian entrance to campus.

The EKU Choirs will present their fall concert, “Songs from Home and Abroad” on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Richmond.


The EKU Athletics Hall of Fame enshrined its ninth induction class, featuring seven individuals and the 1940 football team, during an Oct. 11 afternoon ceremony at the EKU Center for the Arts.

In his highly acclaimed book, “Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War,” Kenneth Adelman offered insights into the leadership of President Ronald Reagan, especially his strategy for winning the Cold War.

He will do the same when he delivers a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Auditorium (a change from the previously announced venue). The lecture, entitled “Reagan at Reykjavik: A Case Study in Strategizing,” is part of the University’s week-long inaugural celebration for President Benson and serves as the 10th annual Distinguished Lecture in International Studies. It is free and open to the public.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)

Kenneth Adelman may be best known as a diplomat, policy analyst and political writer. But he is also an avid collector of African art.

Adelman recently donated a “significant collection of African masks and fetishes” from Zaire and the Congo area to Eastern Kentucky University. The collection, entitled “Congo Art,” will remain on display in EKU’s Giles Gallery through Oct. 23 and Adelman will discuss “The Joys and Risks of Collecting African Art” on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Award-winning commentator and best-selling author William Powers will address the direction of the digital revolution when he delivers a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Incoming students who have been granted admission into the advanced sequence of paramedic classes at Eastern this year will be issued an iPad Mini, the Department of Paramedicine Sciences announced recently.

<i>From left: Dr. Thomas Erekson, dean of EKU’s College of Business and Technology; Robert Kepperling, senior district sales manager, field operations, Erie Insurance; EKU President Michael Benson; Bill Aliff, senior district sales manager, Kentucky Branch Office, Erie Insurance; Jay Simon, vice president and branch manager I, Kentucky Branch Office, Erie Insurance; and Dr. Burke Christensen, director of EKU’s Risk Management and Insurance Program.</i>
From left: Dr. Thomas Erekson, dean of EKU’s College of Business and Technology; Robert Kepperling, senior district sales manager, field operations, Erie Insurance; EKU President Michael Benson; Bill Aliff, senior district sales manager, Kentucky Branch Office, Erie Insurance; Jay Simon, vice president and branch manager I, Kentucky Branch Office, Erie Insurance; and Dr. Burke Christensen, director of EKU’s Risk Management and Insurance Program.
Erie Insurance Company has established a $10,000 fund to provide scholarships for students in the Risk Management and Insurance program at Eastern.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)<br><i>Dr. Tyler Wall, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies</i>
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
Dr. Tyler Wall, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, School of Justice Studies
Dr. Tyler Wall, Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice and the School of Justice Studies, 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. Wall, who joined the EKU faculty in 2011, holds a doctoral degree in justice studies from Arizona State University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminology from Indiana State University. The subject of the transfer of military surveillance drones to domestic police departments is one of his research specialties.