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Volume 15 • Number 3
Sept 15, 2014
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(Stephanie Cole/Public Relations)
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The campus community paused for a few moments Thursday morning, Sept. 11, to remember the tragic events on the same date 13 years ago and to honor the heroic sacrifices made on that fateful day and the days that followed, both at the sites of terrorism and on foreign battlefields.

EKU again ranks in the top tier of Regional Universities in the South in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Peter Kraska was invited to share with the U.S. Senate his extensive and long-running research conducted at Eastern on the militarization of civilian police in the United States. Kraska testified at a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 9.

Model Laboratory High School ranks among the top 1 percent of the nation’s public high schools, according to Newsweek.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
Economics Professor Fred Ruppel donated during the blood drive hosted by the Kentucky Blood Center and EKU Student Life as part of a national initiative for colleges and universities to host annual blood drives on Sept. 11 across the country to raise 2,000-plus pints of blood in a single day for each university community. EKU hosted the only One Day Blood Drive in the Commonwealth.

EKU’s Department of Psychology is hosting its first Fulbright Scholar in Residence.

Dr. Michael Pregowski, an assistant professor at the Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, will spend the 2014-15 academic year on the Richmond campus.

Eastern has achieved more national honors for the services it provides U.S. military veterans and their dependents.


A group of EKU students, faculty and staff participated in a recent Alzheimer’s Association Walk in Berea to raise awareness of the disease and funds to combat it. Katherine Nicholas, a faculty member in EKU’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and director of the program’s “The Place to Be” and “Memory Café” programs, has spearheaded the department’s effort.

“Prince of Peace: Zulma’s Story,” Marie Mitchell’s latest novel for middle and high school readers, marks several firsts for the Richmond author.

Mitchell, who teaches public speaking at Eastern, has written six Kentucky-based books with either her husband, Mason Smith, a senior lecturer in EKU’s Department of English, or her sister, Rebecca Mitchell Turney, a freelance writer in northern Kentucky.

Shirley Baechtold, retired Eastern English professor, author and musician, will discuss her life and work in a Live @ Your Library event at EKU on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
Participants in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stairclimb at Keene Hall on Sept. 11 climbed 110 flights of stairs to represent the number of stairs the fallen firefighters climbed to save those who were in the World Trade Towers on September 11, 2001.

Many students begin their college years with lofty aspirations of making a difference in the world and improving the lives of others.

“But,” said Dr. Luis H. Zayas, “there are so many important social issues that we may be overwhelmed. We may ask ourselves, ‘Which one should I take up? Which one can I do something about with what I have?’”

In a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, Sept. 18, Zayas, an award-winning author, educator and activist, will describe the passionate pursuits that emerged from his encounters with vulnerable children, and how he moved from cases to causes, chasing the dreams that became his responsibility to fulfill.

EKU and the University of Kentucky are partnering to advance occupational health and safety in central Appalachia.

(Stephanie Cole/ Public Relations)<br><i>President Benson, right, signs an agreement between the EKU OSHA Training Institute Education Center and the University’s Occupational Safety and Health academic program that will give working professionals across the country as well as students the opportunity to enhance their skills and earn undergraduate credit at EKU. Others, from left, are Tammy Cole, system director of CEO Non-Credit Programs at EKU; University Provost Janna Vice; and Occupational Safety Program Coordinator Ron Dotson.</i>
(Stephanie Cole/ Public Relations)
President Benson, right, signs an agreement between the EKU OSHA Training Institute Education Center and the University’s Occupational Safety and Health academic program that will give working professionals across the country as well as students the opportunity to enhance their skills and earn undergraduate credit at EKU. Others, from left, are Tammy Cole, system director of CEO Non-Credit Programs at EKU; University Provost Janna Vice; and Occupational Safety Program Coordinator Ron Dotson.
A newly signed agreement between the EKU OSHA Training Institute Education Center and the University’s Occupational Safety and Health academic program will give working professionals across the country as well as students the opportunity to enhance their skills and earn undergraduate credit at EKU.

In recent years, public opinion has shifted dramatically in favor of same-sex marriage, especially among college students. But the shift has led to new conflicts, as well as questions about how to coexist in a society where diverse sides have strong convictions.

Dr. John Corvino, also known as “The Gay Moralist,” will draw on his two decades of experience in the culture wars when he delivers a Chautauqua lecture on Thursday, Sept. 25.

(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
(Terrence Humphrey/Public Relations)
EKU recognized its Family of the Year at halftime of Saturday night’s football game with Morehead State. From left are parents Lige and Kim Kelly; Eastern students Heather, a graduate student in nursing, and Josh, an undeclared freshman; Laurie Carter, executive vice president for student success and University counsel; and President Benson.

The EKU Athletics Hall of Fame 2014 induction class features seven distinguished individuals as well as the 1940 undefeated football team. The class will be enshrined in the Keen Johnson Building on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Tickets for the EKU Theatre production of “The Love of the Nightingale” are now on sale.

<i>From left are: Dr. Tom Erekson, dean of EKU’s College of Business and Technology; Ray Moncrief, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation; Colin Elrod, winner of the 2014 Collegiate Business Concept Challenge; Brett Traver, executive director, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation; Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO, The Center for Rural Development; and President Benson.</i>
From left are: Dr. Tom Erekson, dean of EKU’s College of Business and Technology; Ray Moncrief, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation; Colin Elrod, winner of the 2014 Collegiate Business Concept Challenge; Brett Traver, executive director, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation; Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO, The Center for Rural Development; and President Benson.
College students and cheap, easy-to-prepare food. They just go together.

So it’s only fitting that an Eastern student won the 2014 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge competition for his business venture idea centered on – you might have guessed it – ramen noodles.

Colin Elrod, a junior international business major from Richmond, earned a $1,000 cash prize after pitching an idea for a new business venture, “Mochi,” a casual-style restaurant that serves fresh, locally-sourced food as an alternative to traditional fast food.

<i>Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students Scholarship recipient Kara Wade, center, is flanked by EKU Chapter faculty adviser Dr. Minh Nguyen, left, and staff adviser John Hearn.</i>
Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students Scholarship recipient Kara Wade, center, is flanked by EKU Chapter faculty adviser Dr. Minh Nguyen, left, and staff adviser John Hearn.
Kara Wade, a junior occupational science major from Lancaster, has received the $1,000 Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship, awarded by the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students. Wade is only the third EKU student to ever receive the scholarship.

Twenty-one middle school students from Madison County and surrounding districts participated in the annual Call Me MISTER Academic Leadership Academy this past Spring.

(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)<br><i>Dr. Melinda Moore, Assistant Professor/Licensed Psychologist, Department of Psychology</i>
(Sarah Bucknam/Public Relations)
Dr. Melinda Moore, Assistant Professor/Licensed Psychologist, Department of Psychology
Dr. Melinda Moore, Assistant Professor/Licensed Psychologist, Department of Psychology, 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. Moore is new to EKU, having just joined the faculty in August. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group. Moore holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she also received a master’s degree in psychology. She earned these degrees after having worked for a number of years and receiving a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.