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Volume 16 • Number 16
Apr 20, 2015
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Dr. Tom Appleton, left, and David Afsah-Mohallatee are the latest faculty members to earn Eastern’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

Lt. Gov. “Crit” Luallen will address 2,764 degree candidates and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Eastern’s Spring Commencement on Friday, May 15.

The EKU Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on April 20, approved a 2.9 percent increase in tuition for in-state undergraduate students for 2015-16.

Dr. Pam Parry, associate professor of communication, spoke at the Visitor Center of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library on March 31 about her book, “Eisenhower: The Public Relations President.”

Eastern was well represented among the leadership elections and awards at the recent 2015 Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education Conference.

A class of international management students at Eastern are gaining insights into the many difficulties and challenges inherent in doing business across geographic, cultural, institutional and temporal boundaries – by working long distance in four teams with counterparts at a German university.

A day-long conference, cultural extravaganza and film screening April 24-May 7 will celebrate the recent launch of an Asian Studies Program at Eastern.

Tickets for the EKU Theatre production of “Third” by Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein are currently on sale.

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(Terrence Humphrey/C&M)
Native Kentuckian Col. Arnold “Arnie” Franklin (Ret.) addressed aviation seniors on Friday, April 17. Remarks by the former squadron commander of the 493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Air Force, who helped lead an historic air strike, kicked off College-to-Career Day, the capstone event for EKU’s soon-to-be graduates in Professional Flight and Aerospace Management.

The invasive plant species that have taken over much of the lawn at the historic Elmwood Estate, now owned by EKU, will soon meet their match.

And it won’t involve a drop of herbicide or human sweat.

EKU Facilities Services and the University’s Department of Agriculture are collaborating to use purebred Katahdin sheep to rid the property of unsightly Japanese honeysuckle, euonymus and winter creeper.

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(Terrence Humphrey/C&M)
Students walked the runway April 9 during the third annual Trash Fash, a recycled runway show of wearable art and fashion.

Why does liberal education matter?

Dr. Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University and author of "Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters," will address the subject in a Chautauqua lecture at Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, April 23.

Eastern will host a benefit concert on Monday, April 20, with proceeds going toward student scholarships for the Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp.

The final lecture in the 2014-15 Chautauqua Lecture Series will focus “On Positivity.”

That’s the title of Dr. Barbara Fredrickson’s presentation, on Thursday, April 30 (a change from the originally scheduled date).

Forty-one EKU students will soon become musical “ambassadors” to Ireland.