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Volume 10 • Number 16
April 13, 2009
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News
• New Web Site Keeps Campus Updated on Siemens Project
• UP Showcases Student, Faculty/Staff Collaboration
• Model Lab Teacher Receives Fulbright Scholar Award
• Alumni Weekend Scheduled April 24-26
• Zurick Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Association of American Geography National Meeting
• Professor Helps Louisville Central Students See Possibilities
• Eastern Official Finalist for Leadership Award
• EKU Officials to Attend International Biomass Conference
• DHS Testing Laboratory First Nationally to Receive Accreditation
• Mock Trial Team Qualifies for National Tournament
• Kentucky Secretary of State to Speak on Campus
• EKU Theatre’s ‘Annoyance’ Opens April 15
• Eastern Progress Captures Regional, State Journalism Awards
• EKU Honors Bechtel Parsons as Employer of the Year
• Construction Management Program Honors Students, Professionals
• Criminal Justice Students Attend Innocence Network Conference
• EKU Student Takes Second Place in Statewide Business Plan
• Program Aims to Improve Children’s Reading and Writing Skills
• Johnson Earns 'Etiquette' Certification
• Gifted Students Can “Soar To New Heights” in Enrichment Program
• Grants Awarded
• Moving Forward Together: Leadership Spotlight

A new Web site will keep the campus community and others updated on the progress of the ongoing energy savings project conducted by Siemens Building Technologies Inc.

The site, www.ekuenergyproject.com, contains an overview of the $27 million project, the largest Energy Savings Performance Contract in the history of the Commonwealth, as well as details about the environmental and financial benefits, a continually updated work schedule, and more.

“Our purpose is to convey what this project is about, why EKU entered into it, who Siemens is, and what the financial and environmental benefits are,” said Michael Azzara, business development manager for Siemens.

The Siemens project, begun in 2008 to promote long-term sustainability, reduce the University’s impact on the environment and dramatically reduce EKU’s utility costs, is funded entirely through guaranteed energy savings and does not require additional taxpayer dollars. The agreement between EKU and Siemens guarantees that savings ($2.9 million annually, or $7,900 per day) over a 13-year term meet or exceed annual payments to cover all project costs. It is expected that the project will reduce EKU’s $6.4 million annual utility budget by more than 40 percent.

“Eastern Kentucky University is proud to partner with such an outstanding company as Siemens,” President Whitlock said. “As this web site clearly shows, this project enhances our ongoing efforts to be effective stewards of public money and solidifies our position as a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Improvements include energy efficient lighting; heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; building controls; energy-efficient motors; water conservation; and training.

As a leading provider of energy and environmental solutions, building controls, fire safety and security systems solutions, Siemens Building Technologies Inc. makes buildings comfortable, safe, secure, and less costly to operate. With U.S. headquarters in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Siemens employs 7,400 people and provides a full range of services and solutions from more than 100 locations nationwide. Worldwide, the company has 28,000 employees and operates from more than 500 locations in 51 countries.

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.

The Fulbright is the second for the Ruppel family; five years ago, her husband, Dr. Fred Ruppel, interim chair of Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Economics, taught economics courses as a Fulbright Scholar at Slovak Agricultural University.

“There are no academic writing textbooks written specifically for students in the Slovak Republic,” explained Carol Ruppel, who will also be co-teaching several courses as well as leading seminars on academic writing and the teaching of writing to pre-service and current teachers. “Since we emphasize writing much more in grades K-12 in the United States, I hope to expand the teaching of writing by teachers there.”

While in Slovakia with her husband for the 2004-05 academic year, she “volunteered to co-teach one of the first academic writing courses the English language department offered, which began my on-going work with several faculty members and resulted in the creation of this project. It was encouraging to hear students comment on the beneficial effects that writing instruction had on their work in other classes. Moreover, the camaraderie of the department made for a comfortable but intellectually stimulating atmosphere. I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture, having time to write, and meeting new friends.”

Ruppel said such experiences “broaden our perspectives, shake up our individual status quo by breaking us out of our usual routines, and make us into more dynamic thinkers, more creative teachers, and more tolerant people.”

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, strives to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Eastern alumni and friends are invited to visit the campus April 24-26 when the University hosts its annual Alumni Weekend.

This year’s event features special reunions for the classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974 and 1979, although alumni of all years are welcome.

A highlight of the weekend is the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet, where six Eastern graduates are to be inducted into the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. The event will be held Saturday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. Tickets for the banquet are $27 each.

The six inductees are: Roy Allison, Lexington, retired insurance executive; William (Bill) Clements, Henderson, senior vice president, Hilliard Lyons Inc.; Kathy Eigelbach, Louisville, deputy chief, St. Matthews Police Department; Brad Loar, Lawrenceville, Ga., director, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region IV; Don McGeorge, Union, president and chief executive officer, Kroger Company; and Clifford Turner, Louisville, president, Land Development Services.

Also, Rebecca Houghtaling, urban planner with Crispell-Snyder Inc., Germantown, Wis., will receive the Young Alumni Award. Dr. Larry Collins, College of Justice & Safety, and Dr. Ed Fenton, College of Business & Technology, will each receive the Alumni Association’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

“Springtime is a wonderful time to visit The Campus Beautiful,” said Jackie Collier, director of alumni relations, “and Alumni Weekend provides an excellent opportunity for our alumni and friends to reconnect with each other and with Eastern.”

The schedule on Friday, April 24, includes the ninth annual James McChesney Memorial Golf Classic, beginning at noon at Arlington. For more information, contact Jon McChesney, 622-1835 or at jon.mcchesney@eku.edu.

That evening, a Welcome to Campus Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Stratton Building. The cost is $25.

The events continue Saturday, April 25, with registration and a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Keen Johnson Building. The day also includes class reunion photographs and class luncheons. The luncheons are $19 per person. The afternoon features campus tours, a panel discussion on memories of Eastern, and numerous optional events and activities. Also on Saturday afternoon, EKU Pioneers (those who graduated from the University at least 50 years ago) will be recognized. Any graduate from 1959 and earlier who would like to be recognized this year as an EKU Pioneer should contact the Alumni Relations office, 622-1260.

Sunday activities include the Spring Concert of the University Singers at 3 p.m. in Brock Auditorium.

For more information about Alumni Weekend, or to make reservations for any of the events, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 622-1260 or e-mail alumni.relations@eku.edu.

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.

In his letter of nomination, Dr. Richard Marston, of Kansas State University (and the 2007 recipient of the award), said that over the past 30 years Zurick has made “dozens of pioneering contributions to the field of Mountain Geography, particularly toward our understanding of the peoples and landscapes of the Himalayan-Hindu Kush region.”

Zurick, who has extensive field experience as a researcher in Nepal, Yunnan and Tibet (China), Zanzkar and Ladakh (India), is co-author of the Illustrated Atlas of the Himalaya, for which he won the National Outdoor Book Award. He has also authored the highly acclaimed Himalaya: Life on the Edge of the World and Errant Journeys: Adventure Travel in a Modern Age. Himalaya: Life on the Edge of the World weaves physical and human-cultural geography together from an extensive review of the literature and Zurick’s own field experiences to demonstrate the importance of place – the links between human activity and environmental degradation do not hold constant across the Himalaya.

His research and exploration in the Himalaya has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Geographical Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the United Nations Year of the Mountain Project. He is the recipient of the American Alpine Club Gilkey and Bedayn Award, the Banff Centre Mountain Award, and has been named a Visual Artist Fellow by the Kentucky Arts Council for his photography. He is also a Fellow of the New York-based Explorers Club.

Zurick has completed 17 major research expeditions into the Himalaya, and walked more than 3,000 miles through the mountains. His current writing and photography focuses on the topic of “sacred geography” and examines the mountain landscape from the perspectives of spiritual tradition and the geographical imagination.

Because of his extensive worldwide travels, he is often able to spice his lectures with his own multimedia creations. In 2007, he was named an EKU Foundation Professor, the University’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

For the past four years, EKU has been helping Louisville Central High School students see the promise of careers in justice and safety and the value of higher education.

In fact, with EKU’s help, students at the inner-city school are getting a jump start on their college degree.

Dr. Preston Elrod, a professor in the Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management, team-teaches a course at Central with Joe Gutman, head of the Law and Government Magnet at the school, where African-American enrollment is more than 80 percent and Muhammad Ali ranks among its notable graduates. Students taking the course receive dual academic credit from Central and EKU.

Elrod, who approached the school when he learned of its Law and Government Magnet Program, travels to Central two or three days a week.

“There are two sections to the course,” he explained. “Initially, I focus on the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors related to success in higher education. Then we focus on a variety of legal and criminal justice/juvenile justice issues. We also bring in guest speakers from the criminal justice and legal community through Joe’s contacts.” (Gutman is a former prosecuting attorney and also teaches law part time at the University of Louisville School of Law.)

Elrod said students’ perceptions of the legal and criminal justice systems “are often critical, and while we share a rather critical view of many legal and criminal justice practices, their understanding can be enhanced by looking at issues from different perspectives. Joe and I try to facilitate that. In addition, they should also be exposed to the many good things that are done by people who work in the field, and the rewards that can be gleaned from the various careers chosen by people in justice and safety.”

Twenty-one students are in this year’s class, which makes several visits to EKU as well, including a trip to the Richmond campus April 9 for the College of Justice & Safety’s annual Career Day.

The program is already paying dividends. According to Elrod, seven current EKU students have taken the course at Central. “While none are majoring in courses in our College, we will probably get several students out of this year’s class, and a couple of those are interested in majors in our College.

“I’m confident that if we continue this outreach effort, it will pay off handsomely for the Central students and EKU,” Elrod added. “That is what I call a win-win situation.”

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.

Before joining EKU, Shain was a deputy chief in the Louisville Police Department. “Cindy is a strong leader -- both professionally in a traditionally male-dominated field and through her volunteer activities,” said Janet Holloway, executive director of Women Leading Kentucky. “The three finalists for this award are great examples of how women can impact the workplace and the community.”

The Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award was created and presented to former Gov. Martha Layne Collins in 1999 for her contributions to the commonwealth and its people. The award recognizes a Kentucky woman of achievement who inspires and motivates other women through her personal, community and professional lives.

Shain has overseen approximately $4 million in federal grant projects from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services since 1999. She is a founding member of the Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force and also served on one in Lexington. She previously chaired fund-raising efforts for the Louisville Police Department’s Fund for the Arts Campaign, where she oversaw a 300 percent increase in donations, and helped with the Louisville Jaycee’s Haunted House. Shain also has been a board member for Seven County Services, participated in international law enforcement efforts and actively mentors students.

“In my many travels throughout the world, there is one quality that is not as well developed in other countries – the spirit and engagement in volunteerism,” Shain said. “Giving back to your community is not as important a concept outside the United States. And from traveling, I have gained an even greater appreciation for my own country, state and hometown. Part of that appreciation is what motivates a desire to give back to my own community.”

Her career began by circumstance. After going to college at Chaminade in Hawaii and studying for a year in France, Shain wanted to become a foreign services officer. The federal government had a hiring freeze in 1975, so she applied for a civil service job in Louisville. There were openings on the police department, so Shain applied for the training class, where there was only one other female recruit. She stayed for 24 years.

Her early mentors were men, and she also found role models in professional associations such as the International Association of Women Police and National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

“Women need to seek mentors – find other women they admire and ask for their counsel,” Shain said. “You’re never too old or established to have a mentor. I have several friends I still rely on for advice.”

The two other finalists are Lexington CPA Lindy Karns, who is a partner at Dulworth Breeding & Karns and has a long history of civic involvement, including serving as the board treasurer for the United Way of the Bluegrass and in various volunteer capacities for the Chrysalis House, the Salvation Army, Christ the King Church and many other organizations; and Mary Broussard, a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, who volunteers for Toys for Tots and the YMCA Project Safe Place.

This year’s winner will be announced at Women Leading Kentucky’s 10th annual Women’s Business & Leadership Conference May 5 in Lexington.

For more information or to register, visit www.womenleadingky.com.

EKU will be represented at the 2009 International Biomass Conference and Expo, the largest event in the world dedicated exclusively to biomass-derived power, fuels and chemicals.

Late last year, EKU and General Atomics announced a partnership that could provide the basis for a new and large scale sustainable fuel production industry in Kentucky. The Eastern Kentucky University Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT) will examine the potential for a cellulose-derived biodiesel industry in Kentucky.

Dr. Bruce Pratt, chair of EKU’s Department of Agriculture, and Don Llewellyn, EKU director of farms, will represent CRAFT and the University at the event, scheduled for April 28-30 in Portland, Ore. They will join more than 900 attendees representing approximately 700 companies.

“We are hoping to learn from each other the challenges and opportunities that biomass has in being used to provide energy,” Pratt said. “Biomass to energy is a relatively new industry that covers many different avenues to extract solar energy stored in plant material to be made into convenient forms of energy, such as electricity, ethanol and bio-oil.”

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.

According to David Barrabee, section chief for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and member of the steering group for this initiative, standards are necessary to ensure safety among emergency responders. “The application of NIMS standards by public safety entities promotes interoperability and compatibility…and provides these employees with a safer work environment,” said Barrabee.

To achieve accreditation status, the laboratory was required to meet general requirements for the competencies of testing and calibration laboratories, as provided in ISO/IEC 17025:2005. A laboratory’s fulfillment of these requirements means the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results.

Most evaluations conducted at the laboratory today are part of the NIMS Supporting Technology Evaluation Program, which is designed is to assist responders when making purchases to ensure products conform to national standards and guidelines. Since 2005, EKU has worked in partnership with the Science Applications International Corporation, G&H International Services, FEMA and other test and evaluation divisions of DHS on the formation of this program.

Another member of the steering group, Marc Berryman of the Greater Harris County (Texas) 9-1-1 Emergency Network stressed the need for testing to ensure that diverse systems will work during an incident.

“As 9-1-1 and emergency communications continue to advance, enabling increased information sharing of all types, it is increasingly important that the equipment and communications networks relied on by emergency response organizations conform to national standards,” said Berryman.

State and local purchasing agencies may request that vendors apply for an evaluation as part of this program through the one of the following Web sites: www.nimsstep.org or www.fema.gov/emergency/nims. Evaluations are conducted at no cost to vendors. The results of evaluations are made availability through the Responder Knowledge Base at www.rkb.us.

NIMS STEP is one of many emergency preparedness initiatives operating under the FEMA-EKU cooperative agreement. The Justice & Safety Center at EKU is a federally funded research, technical assistance and training center. The mission of the center is to support the efforts of public safety and security agencies by providing information and access to training, technology and best practices for the emergency response community.

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.

The EKU team was the only one from Kentucky to remain in the national competition. Other programs with qualifying teams include Columbia University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Virginia, Northwestern University and New York University.

EKU’s Katrina Winkler, a biology/pre-med major from Richmond, was named the Memphis tournament’s Outstanding Attorney and Karen Owens, a psychology/political science major from Tyner, received an Outstanding Witness award. The team placed third in the standings, above teams from Vanderbilt, Bellarmine, the University of Texas, the University of Arizona, the United States Air Force Academy and Tufts.

Other members of the qualifying team included Zac Caldwell, political science, Elizabethtown; Will Foster, fire science, Gilbertsville, N.Y.; James Pennington, political science, Manchester; Kristeena Winkler, political science, Richmond; and Ashley Barber English, Ashland.

A second team from Eastern also qualified competed in the event. Team members included Miranda Wesbrook, psychology, Villa Hills; Ally Sipes, history, Mount Vernon; Kara Bowen, political science, Paducah; Benjamin Johnston, globalization, Nicholasville; Steve Kilburn, broadcasting, Cincinnati; Heather Swett, English, Nashville; and Ashley Hail, political science/theatre, Cincinnati.

The EKU mock trial teams are coached by faculty members Sara Zeigler, Tom Parker and Lynnette Noblitt.

Financial support for the program was provided by EKU’s Office of the President, College of Justice and Safety, College of Arts and Sciences, Student Government Association, Department of Government and Distinguished Alumnus Robert Sanders.

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson will speak at EKU on April 14 about “Leadership in a New Age.”

The program, sponsored by the Kentucky Institute of Public Governance & Civic Engagement and the EKU College Republicans, will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Herndon Lounge of the Powell Building.

Grayson will discuss how leaders adapt to the changing nation and world. Points will include technology, “post-partisanship,” and accountability.

Free pizza and drinks will be served.

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.

In the outrageous comedy, an annoying man sees a therapist in the hope that she will help him become less annoying, but he drives her over the edge. He then consults her husband, another therapist, and is no more successful. Finally he sees them both, and it's time for the therapists to take drastic measures.

This production is for mature audiences and contains strong language some may find offensive.

Tickets are available at the Gifford Theatre Box Office, open noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. Student and senior citizen tickets are $5 and adult tickets, $6. For reservations, call 622-1323.

The Eastern Progress recently received several regional and state awards.

In the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest for Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky), the Progress place third in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper category.

In addition, five members of the Progress staff received awards from the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association. Courtney Tennill received first place in the General Interest Column Writing category; Courtney Daniel and Maria Fitzgerald, third place, Best Feature Page Layout; Ben Kleppinger, third place, Best Infographic; and Cameron Blair, honorable mention, Best Sports Feature Story.

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.
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.

The award, presented at the Spring Job Fair, is given jointly by the Division of Cooperative Education and Career Services. The honor goes to an employer who has: demonstrated a solid history of recruiting and hiring EKU students and alumni for part-time, internship and full-time positions; shown a dedication to the professional growth of EKU students and alumni; and actively participated in and supported career-related activities, including career fairs, campus presentations and other student events.

“Bechtel has been tremendously supportive to the EKU Cooperative Education/Applied Learning Program,” said Connie Dirks, associate director of cooperative education. “They have hired and continue to hire students from a variety of majors including for co-op opportunities and, remarkably, Bechtel has offered 83 percent of these students full-time positions upon graduation. A Bechtel employee and former co-op student, Brooke Ratliff-Coccari, has served with distinction on our EKU Co-op Advisory Board for several years.

“In addition, Bechtel has been very generous with their time and support, being available for classroom presentations, and contributing to media marketing efforts on behalf of our program.”

Laura Melius, director of career services, said Bechtel “has recruited candidates and posted opportunities in a wide range of fields, including construction, medical, administration, safety/security, engineering and other technical areas. They have been very generous with their time and support, being available for classroom presentations, panel discussions and various workshops on campus.”

The company’s name is included on the Employer of the Year plaque in the Student Services Building, and the firm was presented with a plaque to display in its own offices.

Students in the College of Business and Technology’s Construction Management program were honored alongside with professionals in the field at the program’s recent awards banquet.

The Richard A. Brooker/Associated General Contractors of Kentucky Scholarship was awarded to Justin Houston of Morrow, Ohio, and Chris Deering of Lebanon, and Zachary Bloomfield of Lexington received the Outstanding Senior Award.

Thomas Craft of Hubbard Construction Company in Orlando, who graduated from EKU in 1985, was named Distinguished Alumnus; Emily Edgington, Messer Construction, Lexington, was honored as Outstanding Woman in Construction; and the Alliance Corporation in Glasgow was added to the University’s Hall of Fame Constructor.

More than 50 construction managers and contractors and 35 students attended the awards banquet, as well as Dr. Robert Rogow, dean of the College of Business and Technology; Associate Dean Dr. Ed Davis; Dr. Tim Ross, chair of the Department of Technology; and former Technology Chair Dr. Clyde Craft.

Four students from Eastern’s Criminal Justice Graduate Program attended the recent National Innocence Network Conference in Houston.

Sam Reid, Carlisle; Kyle Dickerson, Madisonville; Emily Swintosky, Lexington; and Allison Willingham, Robards, accompanied by Professor William Nixon, participated in several learning and planning sessions. Of particular significance were several discussions concerning the recently released report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which brought into question the validity of nearly all forensic testing.

Students attended several workshops covering a wide range of topics, including eyewitness identification reform, advanced DNA testing techniques, international relations, new medical research on Sudden Infant Death syndrome cases, and developments in innocence jurisprudence.

Students also informally met several exonerees and Innocence Project members from across the country. Ronald Cotton, who was convicted of rape in 1985 and was fully exonerated in 1995, was a featured guest speaker along with Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, the victim and key eyewitness in his case. Recently, they were featured on 60 Minutes and National Public Radio. In an informal discussion with Cotton, students Reid and Dickerson discussed prison life and innocence.

The Innocence Project co-founders, Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, were also in attendance at the conference. After their lecture in regard to the NAS report, Swintosky and Nixon had the opportunity to briefly speak with Scheck and Neufeld about issues relating to innocence and justice.

The Kentucky Innocence Project is a joint effort between the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy and EKU’s College of Justice and Safety, Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies. This is the only project in the nation where a criminal justice program is affiliated with a state defender agency in efforts to correct individual miscarriages of justice and bring about positive changes in the criminal justice system.

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.
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.

King, a senior general studies in business and technology major from Waco in Madison County, presented a business plan for King Fish Farms, an aquaculture-based enterprise involving raising bait fish using solar power. For taking runner-up honors among six entries in the undergraduate business plan category, he received $5,361.

“The judges were thoroughly impressed with the business plan and particularly the structure of the business model, which infused innovative, energy efficient and environmentally friendly methods,” said Kristel Smith, Assistant Director, Eastern Region Innovation and Commercialization Center at EKU and director of the Berea Entrepreneur Assistance Center.

“Everett gave a thorough and professional presentation, and was able to answer in-depth questions to substantiate the legitimacy of his business,” Smith added.

King credited the assistance of Smith, along with Kathy Moats, former director of the Small Business Development Center at EKU, and faculty member Dr. Bill Davig. “Their guidance was vital from start to finish,” he said.

King, who is now actively seeking funding for the business, said the experience “was helpful in learning what is expected by capital ventures to obtain funding for business opportunities, the details required in a business plan, and the amount of research and commitment required to put all the information together. Every class I have taken from Business and Technology was put to use in putting together the business plan.”

Also, Smith and Davig were awarded second place in the faculty adviser competition, winning $750.

Cindy Madden, like King a non-traditional student at EKU, competed in the undergraduate business concept category with her concept for Healing Hands, a therapeutic glove that has a provisional patent.

Although Madden did not win a prize, “she received important advice from one of the judges, an attorney, about making the transition from provisional patent to full patent approval,” Smith said. “Cindy also provided a very professional presentation.”

Recently, Madden was selected as the student winner in the sixth annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge, a component of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program honoring business and entrepreneurship in eastern and southern Kentucky.

Idea State U is funded through the Kentucky Department for Commercialization and Innovation and Excellence in Entrepreneurship, a partnership of the EKU College of Business & Technology, the Center for Rural Development, and the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.

The EKU Summer Reading/Writing Program, sponsored by the Appalachian Partnership for Literacy Development, will be offered at Model Laboratory School June 8-25.

Elementary, middle and high school students will be involved in group and individual exercises to improve reading, writing and comprehension skills. Two sessions will be offered; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m. All students must complete an informal assessment to participate in the program.

Registration is $35, but financial assistance may be available for those who apply. For more information, contact Michael Martin at 622-2156 or michael.martin@eku.edu, or visit www.coe.eku.edu/literacypartnership.

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.

While the Co-op Office has offered this service for several years, Johnson will use the new training in presentations, dining tutorials and to customize programs in order to meet the needs University groups as well as individual consultations. For more information, contact her at 622-1296.

The Etiquette Institute is an international organization whose mission is to instill confidence, self esteem and respect for others, by blending the standards of traditional etiquette with contemporary manners. The Etiquette Institute has been promoting good manners for 25 years.

Accelerated learners and gifted students in grades 1-5 can “Soar to New Heights” in the second annual summer program sponsored by Eastern’s College of Education.

Six age-appropriate classes will be held on EKU’s Richmond campus June 8-11 and 15-18 (each class is held during the morning hours all eight days).

The classes are:

  • “Build-A-Bot,” design, build and program a robot, grades 4-5.
  • “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” use same tools police officers use, grades 4-5.
  • “The Amazing Race,” visit different countries via technology, grades 2-3.
  • “Kitchen Chemistry,” learn science basics while cooking, grades 2-3.
  • “Calling All Reporters,” see world through eyes of journalist, grades 4-5.
  • “Dr. Seuss on the Loose,” discover world of Seuss through art and science projects, grades 1-2.

“The program strongly encourages parental involvement and participation,” said Dr. Jeanie Goertz, director. In fact, a special parent session on June 11 will focus on “Top Ten Essential Elements for Parenting Your Gifted Child.” Also, family members and friends are invited to a Share Fair on the final day of the program.

Class placement will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is urged. The cost is $50 per class per student, and the registration deadline is May 16. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified individuals. For more information or to initiate registration, contact Debra Sparks at 622-2154 or debra.sparks@eku.edu, or visit www.coe.eku.edu/documents/C&ISoarBrochure2009.pdf.

The teachers of the classes are all master teachers earning a specialization in teaching gifted students. EKU’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education offers a master’s degree in Gifted Education as well as a specialization endorsement in the field. For more information about the program, call 622-2154.

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
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.

What is the mission of the Institute for Global Justice & Security, and why is the Institute’s work important?
In March 2008, I became Director of the newly established Institute for Global Justice & Security (IGJS) which is housed in the College of Justice & Safety’s Department of Criminal Justice & Police Studies. I created the IGJS to promote bilateral and multilateral research, intellectual exchange, faculty and student exchange, and capacity building that advance academic studies, policy making capabilities, and program/project development and implementation related to issues of global justice, victim support, crime control, and security. IGJS collaborates with other universities, governments, criminal justice agencies and academies, international and nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

I developed the IGJS to focus on international and global issues in the following areas: violence against women and children; human exploitation and trafficking; victim advocacy and support services; community development and design for safety; criminal justice systems; terrorism and counter-terrorism; emergency management; and occupational safety. It is the goal of IGJS to benefit society by undertaking projects that seek to make a difference in communities throughout the world by advancing improved knowledge that informs and facilitates improvements in government policies and practices, and promotes capacity building, best practices, and initiatives that improve the well-being of communities and their citizens. The full version of the Institute’s 2008-2009 Progress Report can be obtained from the IGJS Web site: www.igjs.eku.edu/.

What are some of the areas the Institute’s work is focused?
Since the Institute’s inception, I have committed significant time and energy to building the IGJS, and have accomplished numerous activities – presentations, international workshops, funded research activities, external grant submissions, and capacity building activities. Many of these activities have focused on issues of human trafficking and migration, and violence against women and women’s human rights.

For instance, I have developed three different cutting edge action-oriented field research projects, including: human trafficking and migration within and from the Greater Mekong Sub-Region of Southeast Asia; sexual assault of female border crossers (smuggled persons and trafficked victims) from the Sonora-Arizona corridor to Kentucky; and labor trafficking in Michigan and Kentucky. These research projects involve collaboration with faculty at other universities, including Arizona State University and Michigan State University. They also involve intensive field work in each of the various research sites, and collaboration with international, national, and local government and criminal justice agencies, and nongovernmental organizations for purposes of data collection. My research activities on human trafficking also inform my service as a member of the Lexington Human Trafficking Task Force.

I also gave several presentations as the director of IGJS. I presented a paper entitled “Translating Transnational Knowledge into Local Justice for Battered Women in Tajikistan” at the 1st Regional Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. In October 2008, I was invited to be a guest speaker as part of Arizona State University’s 2008 Fall Human Rights Seminar Series and gave two talks entitled “Human Trafficking: Global Challenges in Research and Action” and “Bridging the Gap between Academia and International Development Work.”

What role do faculty, practitioner and student exchanges play in the Institute’s work?
In the future, I intend the Institute will be able to help coordinate and support faculty and practitioner exchanges to promote intellectual exchange, research, and program/project development. I also foresee IGJS would be able to help support student exchanges.

Where and for whom has the Institute offered training and “capacity building” exercises?
In May 2008, as a U.S. Speaker on human trafficking for the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, I conducted a two-day workshop entitled, “Gender Empowerment: A Mechanism for Addressing Human Trafficking,” for representatives from international and local nongovernmental organizations at the Center for Education and Empowerment of Women in Hanoi. I also conducted a similar workshop at the Bac Giang District Women’s Association for local government officials and Women’s Union representatives. This summer when I am back in Southeast Asia conducting field research on human trafficking and migration, I plan to work with the U.S. Embassies in Southeast Asia and conduct more training on human trafficking.

In the near future, the IGJS hopes to offer an online capacity building workshop focused on human trafficking for international, national, and local practitioners and advocates.


Publications & Presentations

Jones, Paula. “Get Real with Wikis,” E-Learning 2.0 and Beyond: Practical Real-World Solutions Using New Technology Approaches, eLearning Guild Online Forums, April 23, 2009, www.elearningguild.com/content.cfm?selection=doc.1132.

Kolloff, Mary Ann; Kolloff, Fred; and Jones, Paula. “Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Online Courses: Best Practices Identified and Applied,” SITE International Conference Proceedings and Presentation [Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education], Charleston, S.C., March 2009.


Procedure for Submissions
Two copies of publications and presentations by faculty and staff, including appropriate creative activities, should be sent to University Archives, Library 126. A citation for each item will be prepared by Archives staff for inclusion in EKUpdate. Papers also can be sent by e-mail to debbie.whalen@eku.edu. For more information, call 622-1792.