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Volume 9 • Number 14
March 17, 2008
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Siemens Vice President of Operations Berndt Baumgartl, left, spoke with County Judge Executive Kent Clark, Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson and President Whitlock following the news conference announcing the EKU-Siemens alliance.
Siemens Vice President of Operations Berndt Baumgartl, left, spoke with County Judge Executive Kent Clark, Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson and President Whitlock following the news conference announcing the EKU-Siemens alliance.
On March 4, Siemens Building Technologies Inc. and Eastern announced an alliance that is expected to result in a 30-percent reduction in annual utilities costs for the University.

Did you stop just short of completing your college baccalaureate degree? Have you thought about returning, but were apprehensive about how to begin the process or worried about fitting school in with all of your other responsibilities?

A highlight of EKU’s annual Alumni Weekend, April 25-27, will be the inauguration of Eastern’s 11th president, Doug Whitlock, who earned two degrees from EKU. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25, in Alumni Coliseum and is open to the public. A reception honoring President Whitlock will be held in the Fred Darling Gymnasium immediately following the ceremony. That evening, at 7 p.m. a Black Tie Scholarship Dinner to establish a scholarship in honor of President Whitlock and his wife, Joanne, will be held in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. The cost for the dinner is $50 per person.

Eastern’s first doctoral degree program will focus on the improvement of P-12 public education, particularly in rural Kentucky schools.

Dr. Elizabeth Hansen and Dr. Robert Mitchell have earned Eastern’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

Hansen, a professor in the Department of Communication, and Mitchell, a professor in the Department of Psychology, received 2008-10 EKU Foundation Professorships. The honor is awarded annually by the Foundation to recognize those who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the three primary roles of a faculty member: teaching, service and research. The professorship provides a salary supplement for two years.

Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Stephanie Jane McSpirit, associate professor of sociology at Eastern, as a member of the Environmental Quality Commission.

Two members of the EKU Communications faculty have been named officers for the Public Relations Society of America, Thoroughbred Chapter, for 2008. Jim Gleason, visiting instructor, is a director at large and Professor Mike Hesse was selected as an "awards, bylaws and nominating" officer.


The Service-Learning project has funded four projects for the 2008-09 academic year. Grant recipients and course instructors are pictured with Service-Learning Committee member Sherri Rogers, right. Award recipients are, from left, 
Dr. Dana Bush, “Family Involvement with Young Children Using Therapeutic Recreation in a Service-Learning Environment”; Dr. Betsy Matthews, “Empowering Women Through Social Support”; and Dr. Richard Osbaldiston, “Research as a Community Service.” Not pictured is Dr. Delinda Lybrand of the “Interdisciplinary Academic Service-Learning at Mayfield Elementary School” project.
The Service-Learning project has funded four projects for the 2008-09 academic year. Grant recipients and course instructors are pictured with Service-Learning Committee member Sherri Rogers, right. Award recipients are, from left, Dr. Dana Bush, “Family Involvement with Young Children Using Therapeutic Recreation in a Service-Learning Environment”; Dr. Betsy Matthews, “Empowering Women Through Social Support”; and Dr. Richard Osbaldiston, “Research as a Community Service.” Not pictured is Dr. Delinda Lybrand of the “Interdisciplinary Academic Service-Learning at Mayfield Elementary School” project.
Four projects that will integrate service-learning into courses during the 2008-09 academic year have been funded by The Service-Learning Project, an EKU QEP program initiative, to promote critical and creative thinking and communication skills.

Dr. Marianne Mooney, who has held positions with the Center on Education and Work and the Wisconsin Center for the Educational Research, will address “Community Resource Mapping: A Tool to Enhance Partner Collaboration and Improve Post-School Outcomes” on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Terri Reynolds, Somerset Center area coordinator, and Sherwood Thompson, director of Teacher Admission and Certification, to the Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission. Reynolds will for a term expiring Dec. 12, 2010, and Thompson's term will expire Dec. 12, 2011.

Award-winning children’s author Susan Campbell Bartoletti will speak at Eastern on Wednesday, March 19.

The author of “Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow” and several other notable fiction and non-fiction books will discuss her work at 6:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Crabbe Library. At a reception afterward, Bartoletti will sign copies of her books, which will be offered for sale at the event. Sponsored by EKU Libraries and the College of Education, Bartoletti’s talk is free and open to the public.

EKU is hosting a lecture/film/performance series, “Citizen Activism in Appalachia,” sponsored by EKU’s Center for Appalachian Studies. All events are free and open to the public.

The Student Alumni Ambassadors chapter at EKU has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s best.

Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler, center, spoke with Dr. Diane Vance, director of EKU's Forensic Science Program, and Dr. Alan Schick, chair of the Department of Chemistry, at the March 3 news conference where he announced $295,200 of funding to purchase lab equipment for the Forensic Science Program.
Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler, center, spoke with Dr. Diane Vance, director of EKU's Forensic Science Program, and Dr. Alan Schick, chair of the Department of Chemistry, at the March 3 news conference where he announced $295,200 of funding to purchase lab equipment for the Forensic Science Program.
Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler joined President Whitlock on Monday, March 3, to announce $295,200 for the University. The funds will be used to purchase lab equipment to enhance the Department of Chemistry’s Forensic Science Program.

Honors student Jeremiah Alexander of Berea has been selected to present his research at the annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington D.C.

The 23rd Annual Bluegrass Regional High School Art Exhibition will be held March 16-28 in Eastern’s Giles Gallery.

The Eastern Progress recently captured numerous regional and state awards.


Jason Michael Vaughn, left, played Baptista and Peyton Conley was Petruchio in the EKU Theatre production of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." The production, directed by Jeffrey Boord-Dill, ran on campus Feb. 29-March 1.

EKU will host the sixth annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students on Saturday, March 29.

The annual Empty Bowls event will be March 28 at the First Baptist Church, 425 Eastern ByPass, Richmond.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner will once again be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This multi-denominational project started 11 years ago as a community-wide event to raise money and awareness about hunger in Madison County.

The next lecture in EKU’s Chautauqua Lecture Series, “Space, Place & Life,” will feature EKU Professor Dr. Jessica Lair.


EKU Bookstore Manager Lisa Crowe is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Crowe holds a BBA in marketing from the University of Kentucky with a minor in history and psychology.

Guenter Schuster, Biological Sciences, was awarded $47,981 from the University of Illinois through a project funded by the Alabama Geological Survey to assist in sampling crayfish populations in areas of the state lacking recent data.

Tricia Davis, American Sign Language and Interpreter Education, was awarded $77,000 from the University of Tennessee for a postsecondary education program for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Aaron Thompson, Educational Leadership, was awarded $5,940 from the Kentucky State Police to review and update the written test that is currently used as part of the application process to become a state trooper.

Melinda Wilder and Billy Bennett, Natural Areas, were awarded $103,728 from the Kentucky Department of Education for a “Green and Healthy Schools” project.