In this issue:
• EKU Breaks Ground for New Science Building
• Mock Trial Team Finishes 5th in National Tournament
• Regents Approve Tuition Increase; Residence Hall Rates to Remain Same
• Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 9 Will Recognize 2,107 Degree Candidates
• EKU Names Molinaro as 2009-11 Foundation Professor
• Agriculture Chair Participates in Energy Conference
• Congressman Chandler Presents EKU with $951,500 for New Science Equipment
• New Arlington Membership Plan Available to Faculty and Staff
• EHS Professor Advocates Localized Recycling Complexes
• Senior Awarded National Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
• EKU Pottery Sale Will Be April 28-29
• Nominees Sought for 2009 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards
• Moving Forward Together: Leadership Spotlight
• Grants Awarded
Phase 1 of the University’s New Science Building, comprising 174,195 square feet at a cost of approximately $64 million, is expected to open for classes in the Fall 2011 semester. The first phase will house the Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy as well as science education (for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction) classrooms and laboratories. Phase 2, not yet funded but also estimated at $64 million, will add the Departments of Biological Sciences and Geography & Geology.
Speaking at the ceremony were Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson, Madison County Judge-Executive Kent Clark, State Sen. Ed Worley, State Rep. Harry Moberly, Project Manager Eric Zabilka with Omni Architects, Faculty Regent Dr. Malcolm Frisbie and President Whitlock. Dr. John Wade, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, served as emcee.
The new facility will be located off Kit Carson Drive, just north of EKU’s health sciences complex comprised of the Rowlett and Dizney buildings. Currently, science classes are split between several campus buildings.
President Whitlock said the facility “will revolutionize the way science is taught on this campus,” citing the “remarkable quality” of the University’s science faculty. “Imagine what they’re going to do for our students, the Commonwealth and even the country when they have this wonderful tool at their disposal.”
Every baccalaureate-seeking student is required to take at least two science courses during his or her studies at EKU.
“The new facility will allow EKU faculty to do what they do best … even better,” said Frisbie, a professor of biological sciences who has shepherded the Science Building project through its planning and design phases. “The teaching spaces will promote the dynamic, collaborative, experience-based teaching that is so characteristic of Eastern. Second, we are cramped for space right now. The new facility will give us more space, and space that is designed specifically for our needs. It will be so much easier for faculty to work with students on research projects that I think we will see an even greater number of faculty-student research collaborations than we already produce.”
Aiding that research will be approximately $1.2 million in new science equipment, made possible by two federal appropriations secured by Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler, who Whitlock lauded for his support of science education and the University.
“We need also to remember how many future teachers Eastern educates each year,” Frisbie said. “Now those future teachers will be able to study science in a state of the art facility. If we can turn the future teachers on to science – and we’ll have all the elements to do that – think what the ripple effect will be. Teachers will head to their new jobs excited to engage their students in science activities. The payoff to eastern Kentucky down the road can be enormous.”
The building and even the site itself are designed to raise environmental awareness and “function as teaching elements themselves,” Frisbie said.
For example, metering systems will help students and visitors track energy usage in the building. High-efficiency glass will allow light in without transmitting radiant heat, thereby reducing the cooling load in the summer. South-facing glass is covered with material that also provides a radiant heat block.
“In general, we have attempted to make the building inviting and the activities inside visible. We want people to come into the building and want to stay. We want them to be intrigued by science – to want to do science.”
Phase 1 of the New Science Building will also incorporate a two-story lobby/commons area with a café. The lobby area can be arranged to host receptions and lectures for an audience of 200 or more. “We want people to gather informally to forge collaborations. We want students to stay after classes to discuss issues, work together on coursework, plan research activities.”
In keeping with the “green” theme, recycled wood will be used in the lobby for stair treads and some of the floor surfaces. In addition, hallways and classrooms will feature polished concrete, which eliminates issues related to adhesives and tile.
The science education classrooms on the ground floor of Phase 1 will open to an outdoor classroom behind the building (part of Phase 2). The Physics and Astronomy section will include studio laboratory classrooms so classes can be taught in inquiry-driven mode. “That is, no more separate lecture and lab,” Frisbie said. “Hands-on, discussion and explanation will now be seamlessly interwoven in classrooms that facilitate collaborative learning.”
Chemistry classrooms and laboratories will be positioned so instruments can easily be shared, and biochemistry labs will be situated near molecular biology labs (phase 2) to permit close collaboration.
Phase 1 will also house a state-of-the-art chemical storage facility to support all the sciences.
The area behind Phase 1 of the facility, to be completed as part of Phase 2, will house a greenhouse and aquatic beds. Further away from the building, trees will be planted and the area will be managed as a “natural area” where students will be able to measure tree growth and make ecological observations. An artificial outcrop, created from rock removed during blasting, will be used to teach and practice field geology techniques.
Run-off from storms and the building itself will empty into a wetland on the side of the building closest to Kit Carson Drive. The wetland will house native wetland plants and develop, it is hoped, into a rich ecological community that can be observed and studied.
In addition to classrooms, teaching and research labs and office space, Phase 2 will also include special facilities to house the University’s natural history collections. EKU boasts the largest herbarium collection in Kentucky as well as an extensive collection of aquatic wildlife, especially mollusks, crayfish and fish.
Phase 2 will also contain a large GIS teaching lab and a GIS production suite. “GIS is … finding application in all sorts of arenas, including the field sciences and geography and planning,” Frisbie noted. “The facilities in the new building will provide a much better teaching environment … and the production suite will be able to serve the University and communities and businesses from the surrounding area, while providing a great on-the-job learning environment for students.”
Frisbie lauded the “true collaboration” that has made the New Science Building possible, citing the leadership and resolve from former President Joanne Glasser and current President Doug Whitlock. “Next, the two gentlemen who have overseen the project for the state (Carroll McGill) and the University (James Street) have said again and again, ‘Let’s find a way to do it.’ The architects (Joe Williams and Eric Zabilka with Omni Architects, and Janet Baum with Health Education Research Associates) have embraced the process we said we wanted to use and guided their team in working with us, as opposed to just working for us. Finally, faculty have been a huge factor in designing this building. Virtually all the faculty members of the various departments have contributed ideas, commented on plans, and helped draw up equipment lists … and have given willingly of their time and energy to work hard with the design professionals.
“And I think we all agree that we have a very special building because our collaboration has harnessed the best of what each individual brought to the process.”
The general contractor for Phase 1 is Denark Construction.
Concluding his remarks at the ceremony, Whitlock said, “In terms of physical facilities, there is no higher priority” than securing funding for Phase 2 of the facility.
Mock trial team members competing in the national championship tournament were, back row, from left, James Pennington, Kristeena Winkler, Will Foster and Katrina Winkler; front row, from left, Steve Kilburn, Ally Sipes, Ashley Barber, Karen Owens and Zac Caldwell.
EKU’s Mock Trial Team finished fifth in the National Championship Tournament, held April 17-19 in Des Moines, Iowa.
It was the best finish of an EKU team in the program’s history, as the Eastern squad beat teams from Yale University, Columbia University, Rhodes College, New York University, the University of Michigan, Syracuse University, the University of Richmond, and others.
Kristeena Winkler, Richmond, was named an All-American Attorney, and James Pennington, Manchester, was named an All-American Witness.
“The honor indicates that these two students are among the top twenty individual performers in their categories in the nation,” said the team’s adviser, Dr. Sara Zeigler, noting that Pennington tied with another competitor for top-ranked witness in the country.
Other team members were: Katrina Winkler, Richmond; Will Foster, Syracuse, N.Y.; Karen Owens, Tyner; Zac Caldwell, Elizabethtown; Ashley Barber, Ashland; Steve Kilburn, Cincinnati; and Ally Sipes, Mt. Sterling.
Other coaches for the team are Tom Parker and Lynnette Noblitt.
Financial contributions came from the President’s Office, College of Arts & Sciences, Vice President for Student Affairs, College of Justice & Safety, Student Government Association, Distinguished Alumnus Robert Sanders and EKU faculty member Richard Fern.
Tuition for full-time in-state undergraduates will be $3,156 per semester, up from $3,040. For non-Kentucky residents, tuition will rise from $8,306 to $8,640. For targeted non-resident students (those residing in specified counties near the Kentucky border), tuition will be $4,992, up from $4,798.
All graduate students will now be charged per credit hour: $383 for in-state residents and $766 for non-residents.
The Board also approved guidelines for the development of the 2009-10 budget, which will be formally considered at a June meeting. The guidelines include no salary increase for EKU faculty and staff.
Regents also approved the establishment of the EKU Now! program, which will combine features of the University’s previous Dual Credit and Jump Start programs. The EKU Now! program will provide the opportunity for qualifying high school juniors and seniors to enroll in one EKU course at any University campus each fall or spring semester with course tuition waived.
In other business, the Board:
- approved naming the athletic training room in the Moberly Building for long-time EKU athletic trainer Dr. Bobby Barton.
- approved naming the Manchester Postsecondary Education Center for State Sen. Robert Stivers, a strong supporter of the facility and of EKU’s educational efforts in the area.
- approved a new certificate program in Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Department of Psychology. Participation is limited to students enrolled in graduate degree programs in psychology, occupational therapy, communication disorders and special education.
- passed a resolution affirming the importance of the tenure system at EKU.
- authorized the University to negotiate a long-term site lease with the Madison County Ambulance Service as the Ambulance Service plans a larger facility near its existing one across the Eastern By-Pass from Roy Kidd Stadium. EKU’s College of Justice & Safety would, in turn, use the old ambulance facility once the new structure is completed.
- authorized the University to negotiate a construction easement to Kinney Properties of North Carolina for a road from Kit Carson Drive near the Ashland Building to a planned apartment complex, marketed to EKU students, off of Recycle Drive near the local recycling facility.
James Street, associate vice president for Capital Planning and Facilities Management, updated the Board on several construction and renovation projects. Street said:
- Construction on the New Science Building remains on schedule, with blasting to cease within the next two weeks.
- Construction on Phase 2 of the Business & Technology Center is also on schedule.
- Moving will begin shortly into the new Manchester Postsecondary Education Center. Grand opening festivities are scheduled for June 8.
- A mid-May bid opening is expected for the Ron and Sherrie Lou Noel Studio for Academic Creativity in the Crabbe Library. The Studio is expected to open in Fall 2010.
- A late summer bid date is anticipated for the Stratton Building addition.
The morning ceremony, at 9:30 a.m., will recognize degree candidates in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business & Technology. The afternoon ceremony, at 2 p.m., will recognize degree candidates in the Colleges of Education, Health Sciences and Justice & Safety. All ceremonies are in Alumni Coliseum.
The keynote speaker in the morning ceremony will be Jon Draud, former Commissioner of Education for Kentucky who stepped down from the post in 2008 because of health concerns. Draud, a longtime superintendent of the Ludlow School District who went on to serve as 63rd District state representative, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from EKU. He is a member of the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
The afternoon keynote speaker will be Timothy James, also a member of the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Until he retired in 2004, James served as a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) counterintelligence adviser. As the senior NCIS representative to Navy leadership, he provided information on criminal, counter-terrorism and sensitive counterintelligence investigations. Since retirement, he has worked with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to train officers on interviewing techniques and cultural awareness.
Both speakers will receive honorary doctoral degrees.
In all, 1,526 bachelor’s degree candidates will be recognized, plus 424 master’s degree candidates, 148 associate degree candidates and 9 specialist degree candidates.
Student speakers on behalf of the morning and afternoon degree candidates, respectively, will be Vanessa Abbott, Frankfort, who’s receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and Emily Vaught, Lancaster, who’s receiving a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy.
College receptions for the respective graduates and their families will be held in the Fred Darling Gymnasium in Alumni Coliseum immediately after each ceremony.
Molinaro, a professor in the Department of Art and Design, has received the 2009-11 EKU Foundation Professorship. 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.
“Mr. Molinaro exemplifies the high standards for quality instruction and academic excellence that this award honors,” said President Whitlock.
Molinaro, who joined the EKU faculty in 1989, is a past recipient of the Fulbright Research Award (1994) and Fulbright Teaching Award (2001). Both of his Fulbright experiences centered on Ecuador, where he documented the pottery of native jungle tribes and taught at Universidad Central in Quito.
“For studio artists, one Fulbright in a lifetime is remarkable,” said Dr. Herb Goodman, chair of EKU’s Department of Art and Design. “Two are astounding.”
Molinaro later served as a consultant for a National Geographic Channel production about a bat rabies outbreak in Ecuador.
Back home, Molinaro is the author of “A Pottery Tour of Kentucky” and was the 2000 recipient of the Rude Osolnik Award, presented by the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation and the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program for his contributions to the Kentucky craft community.
Molinaro, who has lectured and demonstrated his craft worldwide, earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
All full-time tenured faculty members are eligible for the award. The selection is made by a committee composed of faculty, and the process provides for a high degree of peer review.
Fifty professors have been honored for teaching excellence by the EKU Foundation since the awards were first given in 1988.
Pratt, whose panel discussed institutional sustainability efforts, is spearheading EKU’s newly-established Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies, which, thanks to a partnership with General Atomics, is examining the potential for a cellulose-derived biodiesel industry in Kentucky.
Chandler made the announcement at a brief news conference prior to the University’s Scholars Assembly on Friday, April 17, in the Crabbe Library’s Grand Reading Room.
“I see regularly the statistics on how we’re doing as a nation in science,” Chandler said, “and we’ve got a lot of work to do. I think EKU is well on the road to moving us forward in the direction we want to go.
“I could not be more proud of what this institution, the administration, the faculty and particularly the students are accomplishing,” added Chandler, the only member of the Kentucky delegation on the Science and Technology Committee. “It’s easy to help people doing the job as well as you’re doing it.”
President Whitlock said the University’s new Science Building, the first phase of which is scheduled to open for the Fall 2011 semester at a cost of approximately $64 million, “guarantees the academic relevancy of Eastern Kentucky University” and that the $951,500 appropriation would “make a true difference” for EKU.
Kentucky and the nation “must educate more students in the sciences, and we’ve got to do a better job educating students in the sciences,” Whitlock said.
In thanking Chandler for his support of the University, Whitlock said, “We can’t do everything we do without help, and no experience has been more positive than the relationship EKU has been able to develop with Congressman Chandler.”
Faculty Regent Dr. Malcolm Frisbie, a biology professor who has shepherded the Science Building project through its planning and design phases, said the federal appropriation will be applied to a variety of “big-ticket” and “small-ticket” items, in some cases “adding capabilities that we have never had before.” Some of the equipment will be put into use before the move to the new building.
Every baccalaureate degree-seeking student at EKU takes at least two science courses during his or her time at the University.
“One of the great things this building is going to do for us is to allow us to make every EKU student’s experience in the sciences even more hands-on than we are able to do right now,” Frisbie continued. “To do more than we are currently doing, we need equipment … lots and lots of equipment. This appropriation will be an enormous help in getting our students to learn about the natural world by looking at it microscopically, by analyzing what makes it up, and by measuring different facets of it.”
Frisbie added the new equipment will “help make our classes more dynamic and make research projects more readily doable. It will be so much easier for faculty to work with students on research projects that I think we will see an even greater number of faculty-student research collaborations than we already produce.”
He also noted that future teachers will be able to study science in a “well-equipped, state-of-the-art facility. If we can turn the future teachers on to science – and we’ll have the elements to do that – think what the ripple effect will be. Teachers will head to their new jobs excited to engage their students in science activities. The payoff to eastern Kentucky down the road can be enormous.”
Those who join between now and Sept. 30, 2009, will not be charged an initiation fee (at least $1,000 in savings). The monthly charge for a resident of Madison or any adjacent county is $120, with a $25 monthly food and beverage minimum. The monthly charge for a non-resident is $80, also with a $25 monthly food and beverage minimum. (Food and beverage minimums are billed quarterly.) Payroll deduction is available for membership fees.
Arlington members have complete access to dining facilities, a premier 18-hole golf course (cart fees not included in monthly charge), an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis courts and a soon-to-open club house that will include a Colonel’s Paddock grill, fitness center and pro shop.
Arlington, which has been serving EKU and the community for almost 40 years, is frequently used for faculty department meetings and events, business receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons and baby showers, and wedding ceremonies and receptions.
For more information, call 622-2200 or visit www.arlington.eku.edu.
While recycling efforts in the United States have come a long way in the last decade, an Eastern professor still sees room for improvement.
Dr. Joe Beck, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science who has more than 30 years of experience with environmental health issues involving risk communications and assessment issues, advocates that the system could be dramatically improved if solid waste materials collected were re-purposed in local facilities rather than shipped to other regions to be made into the new products.
The concept of a waste research park, where a broad range of materials could be separated, refined or converted, and made into new products at the same location, was first presented by Beck several years ago in a study he did with EKU colleague Dr. Steve Konkel for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Pacific Northwest Laboratory.
The study came after Beck served as co-chairman with then-Vice President George Bush on his Task Force on Environment and Health from 1984 to 1988 and advised him on environmental health policy issues related to high-level nuclear waste disposal.
The study proposed providing strategically located parks consisting of separation and conversion facilities, research and product standards laboratories, and industries that convert the materials into products and fuels. A broad range of secondary material resources would be derived from solid waste, demolition debris, coal waste, landscape trimmings, used tires, scrap metal, agricultural residue, food processing residue and other non-hazardous forms.
Energy conversion systems, using some waste streams as fuel, were also recommended for use in such parks to supplement energy demands of the industrial operations. The close proximity of the resource providers and user industries would also minimize transportation costs and provide a test case for an “industrial ecology” approach to sustainable economic development, according to the study findings.
Beck and Konkel, with engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a representative from Pacific Northwest, presented the concept for recycling and research complexes at the International Solid Waste Association in 1992, but “due to the change of administrations, the priorities shifted,” Beck noted.
With the nation’s heightened awareness and interest in protecting the environment, he hopes there will now be more interest in making the concept a reality.
“While the interest in recycling has grown, so have the opportunities for making the cycle more energy efficient,” Beck explained. “As fuel prices rise, so does the problem with recycling. It must be done regionally to be cost effective.”
Beck cites the recycling of carpet as an example.
“Carpet used in Kentucky can be taken to a local recycling plant, but that is only the first stage,” he said. “The nearest facility where it can actually be re-used is in Georgia – and that shipping makes it much less cost-effective.”
The move in recent years toward being more ecologically responsible also makes the idea of a “one-stop” shop even more relevant.
“The products made with the ‘secondary resource’ must be of higher quality to address the issues of sustainability,” he added. “Constant research into most appropriate resource use is also essential to reduce the carbon footprint of the refinement of the secondary resource at each stage of the recycling process.”
Beck notes that currently more than 1,800 businesses in North America are involved in recycling post-consumer plastics, triple the number of a few years ago.
“Even with this considerable numbers increase, most plastic waste products end up in our local landfills, which equals unacceptable economic and environmental cost,” he said.
Beck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 622-6359.
A senior biology major has been awarded a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for graduate study.
Fotina Lefta of Albania, a member of the EKU Honors Program who will enter the University of Kentucky’s School of Dentistry in the fall, was one of 60 students in the nation to receive the 2009 award from the national honor society.
Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 60 fellowships of $5,000 each and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. Lefta also received a $500 scholarship from the EKU chapter.
“I, the Phi Kappa Phi Board of Directors, and the EKU chapter congratulate Tina on her exceptional academic record and outstanding service to others,” said Dr. Robert B. Rogow, national Society President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and dean of EKU’s College of Business and Technology. “I am very proud that she has received this prestigious fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi and wish her much success next year as she begins her graduate studies.”
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
EKU’s semi-annual pottery sale will be held Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily outside the Powell Building.
The Art Student Association’s ceramics members host the sale each fall and spring semester the week before finals begin. Shelves and tables will be full of pottery fresh from on-campus kilns. Whether it is vases, teapots, mugs, bowls, plates, platters or other items, each piece on sale is handmade by EKU ceramics students, past EKU students, visiting artists or instructors.
The pieces are fired in traditional electric and gas kilns, as well as wood, salt and anagama kilns. EKU’s Ceramics program, directed by Joe Molinaro, produces quality graduates, many of whom go on to pursue nationally renowned master’s programs and successful professional careers. This is a great opportunity to find unique items and early collectible work made by talented Eastern artists.
In today’s trying financial times, analysts predict that small businesses and entrepreneurs can play a more important role than ever before in growing the economy of Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
With that in mind, nominations are being sought for the 2009 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards (EIEA). These awards seek to celebrate success in entrepreneurship by recognizing businesspeople and entrepreneurs in 55 Kentucky counties who have created and are managing a successful enterprise.
The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program is sponsored by the University’s College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, and The Center for Rural Development. It honors Southern and Eastern Kentucky entrepreneurs for their economic success, community contributions, and operational achievements in a business or non-profit organization.
Nominations will be received in four categories:
- Business (in existence five or more years with greater than 25 employees)
- Small Business (in existence five or more years with 25 or less employees)
- Start-Up (in existence less than five years)
- Not-for-Profit Entity (in existence at least six months)
Nominees are judged on the economic success of the enterprise, contributions to the community, job creation, and operational achievement as measured by innovative business practices, superior safety achievement, and superior technology.
To download a copy of the 2009 EIEA nomination form, visit www.eiea.eku.edu. A nomination form may also be downloaded from The Center for Rural Development’s Web site, www.centertech.com, by clicking on the Excellence in Entrepreneurship link.
Nominations may be submitted by any individual or business and must be received by the EIEA Nomination Committee on or before June 1. Interested parties can also e-mail the committee at email@example.com, or call the the College of Business and Technology at 622-1409.
This year’s finalists and award recipients will be recognized at a luncheon on Monday, Sept. 14, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.
“We've seen that small companies comprise the engine that drives most of our economy," Dr. Robert Rogow, dean of EKU’s College of Business and Technology, said. "We want to do whatever we can through our partnership to foster small-business development and recognize those who've been successful in developing companies in Eastern and Southern Kentucky."
To be eligible for the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards competition, nominees must reside in or have their business or organization located within the following counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Boyle, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalf, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley, or Wolfe.
Teresa Belluscio, Director of EKU Disabilities Office and Project SUCCESS Director
Teresa Belluscio, director of EKU Disabilities Office and Project SUCCESS director, 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. Belluscio, who joined the EKU staff in 1995, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Louisville and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Kentucky. She has also done additional post-graduate level work toward a doctoral degree in educational policy studies and evaluation at UK that she plans to continue in the near future.
On average, how many EKU students does your office serve in a given academic year?
Approximately 700+ students – we also have the responsibility in accommodating both faculty and staff with disabilities with job accommodations.
What are the more common disabilities among EKU students?
The most common disabilities are described best as “hidden disabilities” because they are not readily seen. These include Specific Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Aspergers, Traumatic Brain injuries and numerous other unseen health impairments.
What are some or the more commonly provided services?
Commonly provided services include academic accommodations such as test accommodations and note taking services, use of auxiliary aids such as specialized software and enlarged print. Our students have specialized needs which also may include requests for housing accommodations, electronic textbooks with speech-to-text software and handicapped parking; for both temporary and permanent physical restrictions.
What stereotypes or myths about those with disabilities most concern you?
Stereotypes or myths that are of concern to me and the disabilities staff include such ideas that students with learning disabilities do not have an intellect that is suited for college success, misguided philosophies whereby instructors believe that all learners receive and understand information in the same ways therefore they are all asked to demonstrate their knowledge in the same manner, not taking into account differences in learning styles, best teaching practices and the diversity that enriches our classrooms. Best teaching practices should consider the paradigm of Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) that takes into account creative and innovative teaching that is designed to meet the diverse needs of the classroom to the greatest extent possible.
What is Project Success and how does it work?
Project SUCCESS is a comprehensive support program for college students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other cognitive disorders who receive unique support through regular contact with our academic coach, individualized trained tutors and by attending a focus group that adds peer-to-peer support. Definitely a unique program!
David Brown, Biological Sciences, was awarded $2,350 from Kentucky Campus Compact to develop a service learning component in a Biological Sciences course that will involve a partnership with Richmond Parks and Recreation to design an inventory of Camp Catalpa Park.
Susan Fister, Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Nursing, was awarded $248,812 from the Health Resources and Services Administration in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to respond to an increased demand for services at the Bluegrass Community Health Center.
Shirley O’Brien, Occupational Therapy, was awarded $3,000 from Kentucky Campus Compact for a service learning project that will provide occupational therapy students with opportunities to apply clinical skills in serving an underserved population.
Neil Pederson, Biological Sciences, was awarded $945 from the Kentucky Academy of Sciences to support a student research project on locating and quantifying old-growth forest in Eastern Kentucky.
Bob Shadur, Office of Regional Stewardship, was awarded $300,000 in regional grant funds from the Council on Postsecondary Education for regional stewardship activities in the EKU service region.
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Myers, Marshall. “Battletown to Berea to Black Gnat: Where Kentuckians Are From,” Back Home in Kentucky, (Spring 2009), pgs. 11-13.
Perrine, Rose M. , and Spain, Judith W. “Impact of a Pre-Semester College Orientation Program: Hidden Benefits?” Journal of College Student Retention, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2008-2009), pgs. 155-169.
Rutherford, W.J. ; Sims, S.; and Newnam, H. “Best Practices of States’ Advocacy Efforts in Promoting Policy Change,” American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Convention, Tampa, Fla., April 2, 2009.
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