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Volume 14 • Number 16
Apr 14, 2014
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“Not everyone," said Cassondra Kirby-Mullins, "is fortunate to have an educator that goes above and beyond the call of duty."

For the 2005 graduate, that extra-mile mentor was Dr. Liz Hansen, Foundation professor of journalism and chair of the University’s Department of Communication.

Eastern did, in fact, advance a few rounds in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

The basketball Colonels might have bowed out after giving highly seeded Kansas quite a scare in the first round, but the University’s @NewsEKU Twitter account cracked the “Social Currency Elite Eight” with a sixth-place finish, according to Insightpool, a leader in social engagement optimization.

(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
Cindy Judd from the Libraries' Learning Resources Center read to Burrier Child Development Center students during their visit April 9 to celebrate the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child began in 1971 to recognize the importance of the early childhood years and to plan how communities will better meet the needs of young children and their families.

Dr. Matthew Pianalto, associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, has been elected vice president of the Kentucky Philosophical Association (KPA).


Each spring, the Office of First Year Courses recognizes student-nominated instructors for their hard work and dedication to EKU’s first-year students. Annual awards are given to one instructor in each of the following categories: College Specific Student Success Seminars (ASO, BTO, EDO, HSO, and JSO), Learning Community Student Success Seminars, Foundations of Learning/ New GSD 101 Instructor, and Foundations of Learning/ Returning GSD 101 Instructor.

Award recipients this semester are, front row, from left, Jerome May, College Specific; Starr Smith, Learning Community; Jaime Roberts, Foundations of Learning/GSD 101 New Instructor; and April Warren, Foundations of Learning/GSD 101 Returning Instructor. Also pictured are, back row, from left, John Hearn (Director, First Year Courses), Barry Poynter (Vice President Finance and Administration), Dr. Libby Wachtel (Interim Vice President Student Success), Dr. Janna Vice (University Provost), Dr. Rose Perrine (Associate Dean, University Programs), and Dr. Sara Zeigler (Dean, University Programs).

(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
University Programs presented Service-Learning Teaching Awards to several faculty members during an April 3 awards ceremony. From left, Abbey Poffenberger, Delinda Dent, Trisha Isaacs, Richard Osbaldiston, Erin Presley and Kathy Splinter-Watkins were recognized for creating an outstanding service-learning course experience and balancing community needs with fostering civic leadership skills in their students. These instructors were nominated by students in their classes over the last year. Not pictured is award recipient Kathy Keltner-Previs.

(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
University Programs recently recognized faculty and staff for their service in and out of the classroom. From left, Molly McKinney, who received the Outside Service to University Programs Award (which recognizes a non-University Programs faculty/staff member who demonstrates outstanding cooperation and support to assist in the program's success); April Ballard Warren, First Year Courses' GSD101 Instructor of the Year Award (student-nominated); Ashley Sweat, Outside Service to University Programs Award; Evelyn Jones, Support Staff Award (recognizes excellence in customer service to students, faculty, and co-workers); and Jaime Roberts, First Year Courses' New GSD101 Instructor of the Year Award (student-nominated).

The transition to the battlefield and back home again is a long and, at times, bumpy road for war veterans. A documentary drama that chronicles those long journeys home and their transition to college campuses, is coming to the EKU Center for the Arts for two showings Monday, April 21.


Eugene Palka, interim executive director for Retention and Graduation, and Cynthia Palka, senior academic recorder, enjoyed lunch during the Madison County Empty Bowls Project on April 11. All proceeds from the annual event help feed local residents through four organizations: Richmond Food Bank at New Liberty Family Shelter, God’s Outreach Community Food Bank, Home Meals Delivery, and the Salvation Army of Madison County. Bowls were made and donated by local potters and EKU art students.


Noted landscape architect Kate Orff will speak about “Toxic Beauty” when she delivers a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, April 24.

Tickets for the EKU Theatre production of “The Firebugs” by Max Frisch are now on sale.

A selection of Homer Ledford’s instruments will be on display at the EKU Center for the Arts when bluegrass entertainer Ricky Skaggs performs there on Friday, April 25.

<i>Reagan Coburn, left, with EKU faculty member Dr. Abraham Velez.</i>
Reagan Coburn, left, with EKU faculty member Dr. Abraham Velez.
Reagan Coburn from Paintsville is among only approximately 50 worldwide selected to participate in the 2014 Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat in Taiwan this summer.


She grew up one of nine children in a blue-collar family.

Higher education was hardly discussed in her Bullitt County home, though certainly the values of hard work and making one’s own breaks in life were instilled. The father retired as a machinist from Reynolds Metal Company, while Mom stayed home to raise eight girls and one boy, born only 15 years apart.

They lived on a 13-acre farm, where a garden sustained all their needs, ate every meal together at the family table, played “house” in the barn and made too many mud pies to count. Every Sunday found the entire family in church, the eight girls marching down the aisle in nice dresses.

After graduating with honors from Bullitt East High School, Diane French (now Nguyen) headed to EKU, where, like many freshmen away from home for the first time, she put her social life ahead of her studies.


Andrew Sehmann, Richmond, a junior music performance major, received second place in the 2014 Southeast Regional Horn Workshop Solo Competition, held recently at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sehmann was one of only two soloists who advanced into the final round of the competition, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students from the 10-state region. A member of the EKU Honors program, the EKU Symphonic Winds and EKU Symphony Orchestra, Sehmann will be a concerto soloist for the final Symphony Orchestra concert of the year on May 2.

The Call Me MISTER program housed in Eastern’s College of Education continues its Academic Leadership Academy this spring.

(Salem Peters/Public Relations)<br><i>Jennifer White, Study Abroad Coordinator, Office of International Education</i>
(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
Jennifer White, Study Abroad Coordinator, Office of International Education
Jennifer White, Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International Education, 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. White, who joined the Registrar’s Office in 2006 as the Graduation Compliance Specialist before becoming Associate Registrar for Academic Records, assumed her new role in July 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Sul Ross State University and a master’s degree in English from EKU.