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(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
A recent award underscores Eastern’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The first LEED Gold-certified residence hall on a state university campus in the Commonwealth is located on EKU’s Richmond campus. To earn the honor, the University’s newest residence hall, an 84,000-square-foot, suite-style facility on Kit Carson Drive, met stringent standards related to sustainability, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials and resources used in construction, and design innovations.
Two EKU faculty members – Dr. Michael Ballard and Dr. Laurie Larkin – were honored at the joint American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Southern District/ Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (KAHPERD) conference in Lexington on Feb. 21.
Several members of the EKU faculty and staff were recently presented the AFA Founders Award for their contributions to EKU’s African/African-American Studies Program and are joined by President Michael Benson, far left. Honorees are, from left, Dr. Patrick Nnoromele, Dr. Paula Kopacz, Dr. Salome Nnromele, Dr. Norman Powell, Dr. Neil Wright, Dr. Bruce Davis, Dr. Sara Zeigler and Dr. Sandra Moore. Other Founders Award recipients were: the late Dr. Timothy Kiogora, Dr. Peter Alegi, Dr. Aaron Thompson, and Dr. Chris Neumann. According to Dr. Salome Nnoromele, long-time director of the program, AFA “would have still been a concept” without the honorees’ contributions. “It took a lot of hard work behind the scenes to pull together a program of this nature. These are the individuals who were responsible for the development, organization and design of the AFA program.” The group was recognized at the program’s 10th anniversary banquet, which was highlighted by remarks from former New York Governor David Paterson.
Imagine a faux fur coat made with endless loops of cassette tape, a glamorous floor-length evening gown glittering with thousands of pieces of crushed glass, or a flamenco-inspired dress made of origami junk mail fans sewed together like fish scales.
Nancy Judd, whose elegant eco-fashions have inspired many to view trash with new eyes, will discuss her work in a Chautauqua lecture and conduct a “Trash-to-Fash” workshop when she visits Eastern on Tuesday, March 4. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 320A of the Campbell Building. Then, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building, Judd will present “Recycle Runway: Environmental Education through Beauty,” discussing how she uses her couture sculptures fashioned from trash to raise awareness about environmental issues and the path she took to such an unusual and exciting career.
Nothing quite chronicles the day-to-day history of a college campus like a student-produced newspaper.
Eastern alumni and others can more easily re-visit the past now, thanks to a recently-completed digitization project encompassing all issues of The Eastern Progress from 1922-2005 and most issues since. The issues can be browsed online by year and date and are searchable by keywords.
From left: New Foundation Board members Maribeth McBride Berman, Donald T. Bornhorst, Matthew A. Evans, Don McNay and James Moore.
EKU has named five new members to its Foundation Board of Directors: Maribeth McBride Berman of Louisville; Donald T. Bornhorst, CPA and Senior Vice President of Delta Air Lines, Minneapolis; Matthew A. Evans, president and CEO of Bankers Service Corporation, Lexington; Don McNay, chairman of McNay Settlement Group and CEO of RRP International Publishing; and James Moore, an investment professional at The Glenview Trust Company.
Sarah Warner, who came to Eastern from Chicago recently to pursue a graduate degree, had long heard her father’s fascinating stories about their descendants who supposedly helped settle the wild American frontier.
She dismissed them all as tall tales, though, until she discovered her family’s true Fort Boonesborough roots while doing research in the Special Collections and Archives section of EKU’s Libraries.
Many others have experienced similar revelations on the first floor of Crabbe Library. Now users are invited to compete for prizes simply by sharing their stories about how they have benefited from materials housed in EKU Special Collections and Archives.
(Salem Peters/Public Relations)
The water tower near Alumni Coliseum recently became the first in a series to be repainted with new designs; some of the other towers will document the close relationship between the University and City of Richmond.
Earlier this year, the Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. (RIMS) began a national search for the 2014 Anita Benedetti Scholars: 30 students whose academic performance, involvement in risk management and insurance activities and overall skill stands out from the rest.
It turns out that Lindsey Warren, West Paducah, a Heath High School graduate and senior double majoring in Finance and Risk Management and Insurance at Eastern, is one of that select group.
Beijing, the capital of China, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with nearly 12 million inhabitants. Louisville, conversely, is the largest city in Kentucky with nearly 606,000 inhabitants, and, though the two cities greatly differ on population, they do have one thing in common: Tyler Dahmen.
Dahmen, who hails from the Louisville suburb of Goshen and is a management major in the general management option at EKU, recently accepted a month-long summer internship in Beijing.
The EKU Business Accelerator and the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) are seeking innovative ideas from Eastern students for a product, service, or charitable activity to enter in the 2014 IDEA STATE U competition.
From left: Gail Creekmore, transfer admission and articulation coordinator at EKU; scholarship recipient Keri Brown; and Lisa Cox, director of EKU’s Student Outreach and Transition Office.
Keri Brown, Ludlow, a senior biology major, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the national chapter of Tau Sigma, an academic honor society designed specifically to “recognize and promote the academic excellence and involvement of transfer students.”
Todd Hartch, Associate Professor of History
(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
Dr. Todd Hartch, associate professor of history, 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. Hartch, who came to EKU in 2003, didn’t always see himself teaching Latin American history. As an undergraduate at Yale in the 1980s, the English major devoted most of his time to leading a Christian fellowship group and went into campus ministry for four years after graduation. He earned a master’s degree from Yale Divinity School in 1993. Having long wondered about the anomaly of Latin American Protestantism – about how it had prospered in an overwhelmingly hostile Catholic environment – he studied the history of Latin America at Yale’s graduate school, wrote his dissertation on Protestant Bible translators in Mexico, and received a doctorate in 2000. While he became a Catholic in 2010, his scholarship still focuses on that same fundamental issue of trying to understand religious diversity and religious conflict in Latin America. His second book, “The Rebirth of Latin American Christianity,” was released in early February.
Richter, Stephen (Biological Sciences). Effects of interactions between Notophthalmus viridescens and lithobates sylvaticus in a ridge-top wetland ecosystem. Kentucky Academy of Science. $1,000.