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Volume 14 • Number 18
Jun 30, 2014
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Easternís new tartan design is now officially listed on the Scottish Register of Tartans, providing the University worldwide recognition and another means for branding.

Dr. Thomas Erekson has been selected as the new dean of its College of Business and Technology.

Jason Rainey of Winchester has been named director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at EKU.

Dr. Jonathan Gore, associate professor of psychology, has been named Undergraduate Research Coordinator.

Kimberly Merritt, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment, has been chosen to serve as a national delegate for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Kristel Smith, executive director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Center at Eastern, is one of 12 community leaders and business executives named by the Kentucky Arts Council to an advisory board for the Kentucky Creative Industry research study that it commissioned in January.

Nationally known beekeeping authority Dr. Tammy Horn, currently serving as senior researcher and apiculturist in the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology at EKU, has joined the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as Kentuckyís new state apiarist.

Greg Gorbett, associate professor in the Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences, traveled recently to South Korea to give a presentation on the use of computer fire modeling.

Research by Dr. Peter Kraska, professor in EKUís School of Justice Studies, where he also chairs Graduate Studies and Research, is cited in a recent article in the Washington Post regarding trends in police militarization.

Participants at the recent annual conference of the Igbo Studies Association elected Dr. Ogechi Anyanwu, associate professor of history, as the Associationís new secretary.

Two Eastern employees have earned honors for their efforts in course design.

Jennifer Perkins, instructional designer, and Scott Townsend, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities worldwide who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

<i>EKU alumnus Major Patrick Snyder, left, is presented with the Charles D. Whitlock Distinguished History Alumnus Award by history professor Thomas Appleton, who nominated him for the honor.</i>
EKU alumnus Major Patrick Snyder, left, is presented with the Charles D. Whitlock Distinguished History Alumnus Award by history professor Thomas Appleton, who nominated him for the honor.
Historic West Pointís Cullum Hall, whose walls honor former West Point Superintendents and academy graduates, served as an apt setting for the June 19 presentation of EKUís Charles D. Whitlock Distinguished History Alumnus Award to Major Patrick Snyder. Presenting the award were history professors Christiane Taylor, department chair, and Thomas Appleton, who nominated Snyder for the award.

In April, social studies teacher Sharon Farthing Graves, left, was surprised at Clark-Moores Middle School with the first Whitlock Distinguished History Alumnus Award.

Todayís marketplace is demanding that graduates not only master the requisite subject matter but also know how to navigate a business environment to get their ideas into action.

Thatís the reason why entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing majors/minors in higher education. And itís why Eastern students are finding the value in Innovation and Entrepreneurship classes and in the entrepreneurship major and minor offered through the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business.

(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
Fifteen members of the faculty were chosen as 2013-14 Critical Thinking Teachers of the Year based on studentsí comments regarding the instructorsí teaching techniques and interactions with students that promote critical thinking. A committee made the selection from student nominations. Pictured during the awards ceremony on May 1 are, from left, Heather Adams-Blair, Exercise & Sports Science; Jon Endonino and Jennifer Wies; Anthropology, Sociology & Social Work; Robert Houston, Economics; Matthew Winslow, Psychology; April Ballard Warren, University Programs; Chris Neumann, English & Theatre; Fred May, Safety, Security & Emergency Management; Martin Brock, Chemistry; Qian Xiao, Management, Marketing & International Business; and Sandy Hunter, Safety, Security & Emergency Management. Honorees not pictured: Teena Blackburn, Philosophy & Religion; Amy Braccia, Biological Sciences; Stephen Haggerty; NOVA Program; and Marsha Roberts, Associate Degree Nursing.

Eastern is ranked in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans. EKU is the highest-ranking Kentucky school among Best Online Bachelorís Degree Programs and Online Graduate Education Programs.

The EKU Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on Monday, June 9, approved the Universityís fourth doctoral degree program.

EKU is rated among the best in the BestOnlineColleges.org 2014 Best Online Psychology Degree Program Rankings. EKU is the only Kentucky school to be included on the list.

The EKU International Alumni Association welcomed six inductees into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni on April 26 and honored several others for their achievements and service to the University. From left, front row, are John Williamson, executive director of AP curriculum and content development with The College Board, Hall inductee; Dr. Jaleh Rezaie, interim director, EKU STEM-H Institute and long-time computer science professor/administrator, Distinguished Service Award; President Benson; Dr. Karen Rudick, associate professor of communication studies, Award for Teaching Excellence; and Carolyn Chandler Adams, CEO of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, S.C., Hall inductee. From left, back row, are Rob Carr, staff sports photographer for Getty Images, Hall inductee; Christian Witkovskie, consumer safety officer, U.S. Public Health Service, Young Alumni Award; Dr. Ryan Baggett, assistant professor of safety, security and emergency management, Award for Teaching Excellence; and Jack Adams, retired EKU professor/coach, Hall inductee. Not pictured were Hall inductees Silas House, author and NEH chair on Appalachian Studies at Berea College; and Sam Champion, weather anchor and managing editor, The Weather Channel.

Like the moonbow that occasionally graces nearby Cumberland Falls, officials believe a state-of-the-art railroad museum in downtown Corbin will illuminate the regionís ties to the railroad industry, draw additional tourists and boost the local economy.

Now, thanks to a recently announced partnership between the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission and EKU, the railroad museum, in the Corbin Depot, is back on the fast track. A $10,000 grant from Easternís Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement Stewardship (one of five distributed in the Universityís service region) will enable an EKU intern, senior sociology major Jeff Cawood, to work closely with the CTCC toward a goal of opening the museum on a daily basis by the summer of 2015.

Get Educated, a leading consumer resource for students interested in online education, has identified Eastern Kentucky Universityís online masterís degree in Adult, Juvenile & Community Corrections Leadership as a ďBest BuyĒ for those seeking a high-quality, affordable online graduate degree. The EKU Online degree program ranked No. 13 nationwide.

In what was a first in the 79-year history of the Foster Music Camp at EKU, President Benson, left, accompanies high school musicians on piano for a performance of ďGirl from IpanemaĒ during the finale concert at the EKU Center for the Arts. The performance also featured EKU Department of Music Chair Rob James, drums; EKU Information Technology Enterprise Architect Dustin Tennill, bass; Foster Camp sax instructor Joe Carucci; EKU Director of Bands David Clemmer; and the Foster Camp Van Peursem Band.

Because Eastern CARES:
  • The history behind a largely forgotten African American cemetery near Junction City is being uncovered.
  • Plans for a railroad museum for Corbin are taking shape.
  • Entrepreneurial projects involving young professionals in Hazard will advance downtown revitalization efforts in the Perry County seat.
  • Non-violent drug offenders in Estill County will receive ongoing job and career training from EKU, and a teleworking hub will be expanded.
  • Child care providers throughout the region will receive tax planning information and support.

The 300,000-plus visitors who come to Richmond annually because of EKU generate approximately $41 million for the local economy.

Kevin Morgan, third from left, executive event director for the recent Color of Maroon 5K at EKU, presents $2,500 in proceeds from the event to the Ronald McDonald House Charities as part of a partnership with Alpha Delta Pi. Others, from left, are Morgan Crutchfield and Audrey Midkiff with Alpha Delta Pi, and Kaitlyn Todd, assistant event director. The next Color of Maroon 5K will be held April 18, 2015, and will benefit Kentucky Childrenís Hospital. ďIt is expected to be bigger and better than the first two,Ē Morgan said.

The Department of English and Theatre will offer its first Theatre Summer Intensive program July 13-18.

Deserving Eastern students soon will have another financial resource to fuel their dreams.

The EKU Board of Regents Fund for Excellence has been established by the Universityís governing body to ďsupport exceptional EKU students who are pursuing exceptional academic endeavors,Ē according to Board Chair Craig Turner, of Lexington.

President Michael Benson was given a warm welcome during a May trip to China where he shared the Eastern story with everyone he met. Among his stops, he met with Chunbo Li, chairman of Zhejiang Medicine Company (ZMC), one of the largest pharmaceutical firms in China and a 2011 recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from EKU, to discuss the establishment of an endowed scholarship to assist American and Chinese students. While in China, Benson also met with several EKU graduates who call the country home. Dr. Chang-Yang Lin, a faculty member in the College of Business and Technology, assisted in the planning and execution of the trip.

Beginning this fall, the College of Education will offer a new doctoral degree track in Counselor Education and Supervision.

EKU will offer Kentuckyís first fully online masterís degree in Gifted Education in Fall 2014.

(Salem Peters/Public Relations)<br><i>Students from several middle schools across the state were on campus last week to participate in the GMSCPP's statewide conference.</i>
(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
Students from several middle schools across the state were on campus last week to participate in the GMSCPP's statewide conference.
EKU hosted the 14th annual statewide conference of the Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) June 25-26.

As more and more employers require registered nurses to continue their education, Eastern is preparing to meet the needs of working nurses by offering its widely known, fully accredited RN-BSN program 100 percent online in Fall 2014.

The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity recently served as host for one day of the week-long International Writing Center Association Summer Institute.

<i>Members of EKUís 2014 PEAK Team: From left, Sam Shearer, Winchester; Jacob Carberry, Franklin, Ohio; Brian Overall, Waco; Shelby Howell, Berea; and Andrew Hicks, Junction City.</i>
Members of EKUís 2014 PEAK Team: From left, Sam Shearer, Winchester; Jacob Carberry, Franklin, Ohio; Brian Overall, Waco; Shelby Howell, Berea; and Andrew Hicks, Junction City.
Five Eastern accounting students brought home the first-place trophy from this year's statewide PEAK competition in April.

Eastern honored 2,621 degree candidates at its annual spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10.

Wes Burton, a junior criminal justice major from Richmond, captured the title at the recent 2014 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship.

An Eastern nursing graduate put her education to use on a recent cross-country flight.