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Volume 11 • Number 10
Jan. 11, 2010
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photo of QEP "Tree"A three-hour showcase on Monday, Jan. 25, will spotlight successful examples in the implementation of Eastern’s first-ever Quality Enhancement Plan.

The Quality Enhancement Plan, approved in February 2007 as part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process, calls for the University to develop “informed, critical and creative thinkers who communicate effectively.” It is part of a regional movement by the accrediting body to encourage campuses to embrace a student-learning focus that can be implemented campus-wide.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the first Critical and Creative Thinking and Communication Showcase, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Powell Building, to celebrate the University’s work to date.

Forty-eight percent of Eastern seniors said they would “definitely” make the same choice if they could start their college education anew, a figure well above the national average of 39 percent among large, public master’s degree-granting institutions participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement.

EKU's partnership with Horse Captital Productions to create an an interactive Marketing and Public Relations curriculum was officially announced in at a news briefing in December. On hand to answer questions were President Whitlock, center, and, from left, Dr. Renee Everett, chair of the Department of Communication; HCP Co-Founders Anne Buchanan and Kimberly Brown; and Dr. Kathy Keltner, assistant professor of Communication.
EKU's partnership with Horse Captital Productions to create an an interactive Marketing and Public Relations curriculum was officially announced in at a news briefing in December. On hand to answer questions were President Whitlock, center, and, from left, Dr. Renee Everett, chair of the Department of Communication; HCP Co-Founders Anne Buchanan and Kimberly Brown; and Dr. Kathy Keltner, assistant professor of Communication.
Eastern has formed a new partnership with Horse Capital Productions to launch a new, integrated education program through the company’s International Equestrian Festival.

EKU is helping build a Habitat for Humanity home -- one aluminum can at a time.

No, it’s not a newfangled manufacturing design. By tossing their empty cans into specially marked Habitat containers located in EKU classroom buildings, members of the campus community are helping to put a roof over the heads of a deserving local family.


Frank Warren, founder and curator of PostSecret, a collection of more than 400,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world that display the senders’ secrets, will share stories from the project on Jan. 21 as part of Eastern’s Chautauqua Lecture Series, “Creative Inquiries.”

The Eastern Region Innovation and Commercialization Center at EKU has announced that one of its clients, Quansor Corporation, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for $149,703.

Qualified high school juniors and seniors throughout Eastern’s service region can take at least one free EKU course each fall or spring semester in the University’s EKU Now! program.

Colonel running back C.J. Walker displays his OVC Championship rings while showing off his new diploma during fall commencement ceremonies.
Colonel running back C.J. Walker displays his OVC Championship rings while showing off his new diploma during fall commencement ceremonies.
EKU honored 1,116 degree candidates at its annual fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 19.

The College of Justice & Safety is helping to prepare law enforcement agencies for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held in Lexington later this year.


Graduate occupational therapy students traveled to Frankfort in October to learn about the importance of staying abreast of current issues and how to strategically collaborate with policy makers to promote the health and well being of all individuals.

Four psychology students from Assistant Professor Dr. Dustin Wygant's research lab will present their work at the 45th annual MMPI(Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) Symposium in St. Petersburg, Fla., in March.

Vic Kappeler, an EKU Foundation Professor of Criminal Justice and Police Studies, has earned three degrees from EKU. His nine textbooks are commonly used by leading universities worldwide, and he is recognized as a leading scholar in media and the social construction of crime, police deviance and police civil liability, among other related fields. Kappeler also serves on the editorial board for Criminal Justice Review, and reviews articles for sixteen other academic journals. Hear Kappeler speak about his scholarship and service to the field of criminal justice and police studies in the latest taping of Focus on Scholarship, a new interview series sponsored by EKU Libraries and The Office of Graduate Education and Research, here. The purpose of the series is to bring focus and awareness to the scholarly and creative achievements of the EKU faculty and staff.

QEP Stars, a 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 Dr. Marcel Robles, a professor in the College of Business and Technology.


Ron Smith, reporter/producer for EKU’s public radio station, WEKU, 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. Smith, who began his career at WEKU in July 1976, holds a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University, with a double major in broadcasting and sociology, and a master's degree in broadcasting arts, also from Morehead State. He also completed the requirements for an ESL Endorsement from Eastern and has been teaching international students in the EELI (Eastern’s English Language Instruction) program since January 2005.

Stephanie Adamovich, Special Education, was awarded $10,000 in hearing aids from the Widex Corporation to create a loaner network of Widex high-technology digital hearing aids for infants and young children for use as loaner hearing aids during the waiting period for their permanent hearing loss solution.