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Volume 10 • Number 15
March 30, 2009
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From left, Charlie Barnhart, Sherman Carter Barnhart, architects; Gary Abney, EKU Regent; EKU President Doug Whitlock; Harry Moberly, Executive Vice President for Administration at EKU and 81st District State Representative; 34th District State Sen. Ed Worley; Madison County Judge-Executive Kent Clark; EKU Regent April Pergrem; Dr. Bob Rogow, dean, EKU College of Business & Technology; Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson; EKU Student Regent Alex Combs; EKU Staff Regent Steven Fulkerson; James Street, EKU Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Management; and Carroll McGill, Project Manager/Registered Architect for the Kentucky Finance Cabinet, attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the second phase of the Business & Technology Center.
From left, Charlie Barnhart, Sherman Carter Barnhart, architects; Gary Abney, EKU Regent; EKU President Doug Whitlock; Harry Moberly, Executive Vice President for Administration at EKU and 81st District State Representative; 34th District State Sen. Ed Worley; Madison County Judge-Executive Kent Clark; EKU Regent April Pergrem; Dr. Bob Rogow, dean, EKU College of Business & Technology; Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson; EKU Student Regent Alex Combs; EKU Staff Regent Steven Fulkerson; James Street, EKU Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Management; and Carroll McGill, Project Manager/Registered Architect for the Kentucky Finance Cabinet, attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the second phase of the Business & Technology Center.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday, March 25, for the second phase of the University’s Business & Technology Center – a state-of-the-art Center for Performing Arts and an academic addition to the first phase.

A University-wide memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 14, to honor and celebrate the lives and contributions of members of the EKU family – current and retired faculty and staff and students – who have died since April 2008.


University, Aramark and Starbucks officials gathered Monday, March 30, for grand opening ceremonies at the restaurant’s new campus venue on the south side of the Weaver Building. The campus Starbucks blends the old with the new, incorporating elements of the former women’s locker room in that location and is the first Starbucks in Kentucky on a university campus with a dining services contractor. Hours are 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

President Whitlock has been named to the four-member Executive Committee for Bluegrass Tomorrow.

The next lecture in Eastern’s Chautauqua Lecture Series, “Freedom: A Force Against Ignorance and Tyranny,” will feature Lexington attorney and author Gatewood Galbraith.

The freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment – from assembling to hear a panel discussion to reading previously banned books and from wearing a T-shirt with a slogan to jumping up on a soapbox to speak your mind - will be the focus of EKU’s First Amendment Celebration April 6 through 8.

Dr. Charles Hickox, dean of Continuing Education and Outreach, has been named to the 2009 class of Leadership Kentucky.

EKU’s Dance Theatre will present its Spring Concert Wednesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 11, in O’Donnell Hall, the Student Services Building auditorium.

President Whitlock participated in a four-person panel discussion at the 2009 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Senior Communications and Marketing Officers Conference.

The current Miss Kentucky USA, EKU sophomore Maria Montgomery, will compete in the Miss USA Pageant April 19.
The current Miss Kentucky USA, EKU sophomore Maria Montgomery, will compete in the Miss USA Pageant April 19.
Doing sit-ups at midnight. Thinking and re-thinking answers to possible interview questions. Buying an entirely new wardrobe. And feeling the love and support of friends and family.

This has been sophomore Maria Montgomery’s life recently as she prepares to compete as Miss Kentucky USA in the 58th Miss USA Pageant April 19 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, to be telecast live on NBC.

Eastern’s Forensic Science Club and chemistry faculty helped some local Boy Scouts earn their Chemistry Merit Badges.

EKU’s College of Education will sponsor a Doctoral Symposium and Dissertation Workshop April 17-18.


Emmy Award-winning producer, director and writer George Taweel was on campus March 24-25, making presentations to classes and visiting with students. Taweel also offered a “Consumer’s Guide to Hollywood” at a community forum on March 24 in Hummel Planetarium.

EKU student Cindy Madden has been selected as the student winner in the sixth annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge, a component of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA) program honoring business and entrepreneurship in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

Students wishing to enroll in summer classes at Eastern can choose from a variety of course options during the summer session.


Abraham Lincoln impersonator Bob Coffey of Mt. Vernon, right, looks over the University Archives exhibit, “Paroles, Passes and Pardons: The Near Civility of the American Civil War,” during “An Evening with Lincoln: Celebrating the Bicentennial.” As well as historical displays, the March 25 event included a talk and book signing by Richmond historian and biographer Bracelen Flood, whose recently published book “1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History” has earned rave reviews from The New York Times. The “Paroles” display, which features a letter written by Abraham Lincoln in 1861 never previously displayed for the public, can be seen in the lobby of Crabbe Library until April 23.

Eastern will host the seventh annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students on Saturday, April 4.

EKU’s annual Mathematics and Science Academy will be held June 8-12.

QEP Stars, a new regular feature in EKUpdate, will take a look at those faculty members who are incorporating critical/creative thinking and communication strategies with their students. The feature hopes to show how those strategies have impacted the classroom experience, both from a learning and teaching standpoint. This issue's "QEP Star" is David May, associate professor in the Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management.

Sherry Robinson, Special Assistant to the Provost and Interim Director of the Studio for Academic Creativity
Sherry Robinson, Special Assistant to the Provost and Interim Director of the Studio for Academic Creativity
Sherry Robinson, Special Assistant to the Provost and interim Director of the Studio for Academic Creativity, 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. Robinson, who came to EKU in 1993 as a part-time faculty member and joined the faculty full time in 1995, holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Middle Tennessee State University, a master's degree in English from EKU, and a doctoral degree in English from the University of Kentucky.

William Ed Davis, College of Business and Technology, was awarded $39,561 from the Kentucky Department for Technical Education to provide technical upgrade training in various areas of need.

William Ed Davis, College of Business and Technology, was awarded $28,184 from the Kentucky Department for Technical Education in support of the Perkins program for areas of program need.

Hal Fink, Training Resource Center, was awarded $850,000 over two years from the Kentucky Department of Corrections to provide a correctional educational readiness program for offenders.

Susan Fister, Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing, was awarded $816,986 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the operation of the Bluegrass Community Health Center.

Doris Pierce, Occupational Therapy, was awarded $10,000 from the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice for research on the development of model transition practices within the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children.

Elizabeth Wachtel, Training Resource Center, was awarded $283,591 from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in supplemental funding to support the Mental Health Initiative.