In this issue:
Kenneth Fomundam explains his research project, "Use of the Targetron System to Knock Out Antibotic Resistance in the Human Pathogen Streptococcus Pyogenes," at the Undergraduate Poster Showcase April 10 in the Keen Johnson Building. Students in all departments who collaborated with faculty/staff on scholarly and/or creative projects were invited to participate in the annual conference.
A Model Laboratory High School teacher has received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award, and will spend the 2009-10 academic year in Slovakia.
Carol Ruppel, who teaches English as well as film and publications classes, will be based at Slovenská Pol’nohospidárska Univerista in Nitra, where she and Dr. Katrina Veselá will co-write a textbook on academic writing.
An EKU professor has received a lifetime achievement award from the Mountain Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geography.
Dr. David Zurick, Foundation professor of geography, is the recipient of the 2009 Chomolungma/Everest/Sagarmatha Career Award, presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to mountain geography throughout their careers.
Cindy Shain, director of the Kentucky Regional Community Policing Institute at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named a finalist for Women Leading Kentucky’s Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security-funded laboratory in Somerset recently became the first in the nation to receive accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for testing emergency response information technology.
The laboratory is part of the National Incident Management System Support Center – a program established between the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Justice & Safety Center at EKU. Evaluations conducted at the laboratory aim to verify that systems conform to interoperability standards and can exchange critical messages during disasters.
An EKU mock trial team earned a bid for the National Championship Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, during opening round competition March 27-29 in Memphis. Only 48 teams nationwide – less than 10 percent of those in the country – qualified for the Des Moines event, scheduled April 17-19.
EKU Theatre’s production of “Annoyance” by Sam Bobrick will be presented at 8 p.m. nightly Wednesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 18, in the Gifford Theatre of the Campbell Building.
From left, Gladys Johnson, director of Cooperative Education, EKU; Alia Islam, human resources, Bechtel Parsons; Dr. Rodney Piercey, provost and vice president of academic affairs, EKU; Kevin Regan, environmental manager with Bechtel Parsons; Megan Groat, EKU alum and human resources assistant with Bechtel Parsons; and Laura Melius, director of career services at EKU.
EKU recently honored Bechtel Parsons as its Employer of the Year.
Paul Boisvert, left, with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and coordinator for Idea State U, presents the second-place prize to Everett King, Waco, for his business plan for King Fish Farms.
EKU student Everett King earned second place in Idea State U – the Kentucky Statewide Business Plan and Concept Competition held March 27-28 in Lexington.
Gladys Johnson, director of Cooperative Education, recently received certification to train in “Business Etiquette,” which includes “Business Dining Etiquette,” through The Etiquette Institute in St. Louis.
Kevin Norvell, Business and Technology, was awarded $100,285 from the University of Kentucky Research Foundation to continue the operation of the EKU Small Business Development Center, providing technical assistance to existing and potential small business owners.
Charlene Park, Model Laboratory, was awarded $49 from the Kentucky Council on Economic Education in support of innovative teaching in finance.
Dr. Robin Haarr, Director of the Institute for Global Justice & Security
Dr. Robin Haarr, director of the Institute for Global Justice & Security, 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. Haarr joined EKU in Fall 2006 as an associate professor of Criminal Justice & Police Studies after years on the faculty at Arizona State University. She holds a doctorate and master's degree from Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice and a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Brockport.