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Volume 16 • Number 14
Mar 23, 2015
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Ben Mohler has been named as Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts in the EKU Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

(Terrence Humphrey/C&M)<br><i>From left, Dr. Thomas Erekson, dean, EKU College of Business and Technology; EKU President Dr. Michael Benson; Dr. Siwei Gao; Tom Coffey; Dr. Oliver Feltus, chair, EKU Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems; and Dr. Burke Christensen, director of EKU's Risk Management and Insurance Program.</i>
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From left, Dr. Thomas Erekson, dean, EKU College of Business and Technology; EKU President Dr. Michael Benson; Dr. Siwei Gao; Tom Coffey; Dr. Oliver Feltus, chair, EKU Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems; and Dr. Burke Christensen, director of EKU's Risk Management and Insurance Program.
Dr. Siwei Gao has been appointed to the Thomas and Rebecca Coffey Endowed Professorship in Insurance Studies at EKU.

From frontier days to the Information Age, Kentucky women "have defied the odds and achieved success in all fields and endeavors."

But, as scholars have bemoaned for years, their exploits have often gone unchronicled and unnoticed.

That's no longer the case, thanks to a "groundbreaking" work headed by Eastern Kentucky University History Professor Dr. Tom Appleton and Transylvania University History Professor Dr. Melissa McEuen.

The Department of Philosophy and Religion will award the first Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award this semester to a senior philosophy major, thanks to the generosity of family and friends of the late professor.

EKU Regional Outreach Agent Michelle Allen and former EKU Hometown Ambassador Sarah Hansford will be featured during a segment of an upcoming KET program on the environmental efforts of Kentucky PRIDE.

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Provost Janna Vice and faculty members Tom Thurman and Kishonna Gray were among those honored during the March 11 College of Justice & Safety 2015 “Night of Distinguished Professionals,” which recognized alumni, students and friends of the college.


Dr. Wanju Huang of the College of Justice & Safety’s Social Intelligence and Leadership Institute, was presented with the McGraw-Hill 2015 Distinguished Paper Award during the March 11-14 Federation of Business Disciplines/Association of Business Information Systems’ conference in Houston. She presented the research paper, “Be Visible in the Invisible Learning Context: How Can Instructors Humanize Online Learning” at the conference, and it was published in the conference proceedings. Her research focuses on using technology to humanize online learning.

The EKU Board of Regents, meeting in special session on Friday, March 20, unanimously approved a student fee that will fund two cornerstone features of a proposed Center for Student Life.

Military veterans in pursuit of a college degree now have another reason to consider EKU.

EKU ranks third nationally in the Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015 survey conducted by Military Times magazine, the same publication that has ranked the University either first or second nationally four of the five past years for doing the most to help veterans and their dependents pursue a college education.

A crime was committed in an EKU-owned house on University Drive. But local police didn’t seem the least bit concerned.

Maybe it’s because it was all to their ultimate benefit.

EKU’s Forensic Science Program recently obtained the old house on the northern periphery of campus in order to stage crime scenes and better prepare its students for real-life scenarios.

Thanks to a $450,000 gift from the estate of Charles Clay Thomas, of Lexington, future generations of Eastern students will be able to achieve their educational dreams.

(Terrence Humphrey/C&M)<br><i>On March 20, faculty, staff and students took part in a Service Day at Elmwood, helping remove invasive plant species and plant native shrubs and trees.</i>
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On March 20, faculty, staff and students took part in a Service Day at Elmwood, helping remove invasive plant species and plant native shrubs and trees.
Amidst all the ongoing positive changes at Eastern, among the constants is the careful attention paid to the trees of every shape, size and species that dot the campus landscape.

That historic commitment explains why EKU has again been named a Tree Campus USA. The national program, launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Motor North America Inc., honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

For the 18th consecutive year, bowls made by EKU art students are helping to put food on the table for hungry people in Madison County through the Empty Bowls Project.

Dr. Peter Kraska has spent the last 25 years studying militarism and its consequences for how America deals with social problems, testifying last fall before the U.S. Senate on the militarization of police.

Eastern will host the 13th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students on Saturday, March 28.

With approximately half of its workforce nearing retirement age in the next decade, the insurance industry is anticipating at least 500,000 job openings by 2022.

Now, the challenge is to attract millennials into a career field that has been portrayed, unfairly perhaps, as a little dull.

But Jonny Blount, Louisville, a senior risk management and insurance major, is among those who would dispute that stereotype. In fact, Blount, who last fall was EKU's Homecoming King, is featured prominently in an article in the March 13 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek headed, "Insurers Are Using Rap Videos to Make Being an Actuary Look Hip."


The Center for International Education has consistently offered scholarships for international student leaders to attend Association of International Students’ Organization leadership conferences, including the third annual AiSO National Conference of International Students Organizations at Iowa State University in Ames March 13-15. The conference welcomed approximately 200 international student leaders and their advisers from all over the United States, pictured above, including four EKU students who received CIE scholarships to aid in learning leadership, communication, networking and organizational skills. AiSO is an umbrella organization for all international students in the U.S. The organization’s aim is to connect international students across the country and provide them with leadership opportunities, promote diversity and cultural awareness, professional development, and to foster better understanding and relationships among students from around the world.

The EKU Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society captured a record seven awards at the Society’s recent annual conference in Orlando, Fla. The awards include first-place national awards for “Best Alpha Phi Sigma Chapter Website,” “Outstanding Chapter Goal” and “Star Chapter”; a first-place national service award for “Human Trafficking Service Theme”; a second-place national service award for “Best Crime Scene Investigation”; a prestigious national “Student Achievement Award” for Parliamentarian and Criminal Justice graduate student Morgan Bow; and a scholarship for undergraduate Criminal Justice student Mitchell Hamm.

It’s easier than ever to transfer to Eastern, whether from one of the Commonwealth’s community and technical colleges or from another institution.

That point will be made repeatedly during Transfer Madness, Kentucky’s statewide online transfer fair. The third annual event is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 2 to 8 p.m. EDT at transfermadness.org (students should register in advance at the site). Students from the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) as well as those planning to attend a KCTCS institution en route to a four-year degree and those already at four-year schools planning to transfer will be able to chat with advisers from more than 20 four-year public and private institutions, download e-brochures, learn about scholarships and register for prizes.