In this issue:
• Eastern Royalty
• New Facility Devoted to Researching Alternative Fuel Technologies
• EKU Dedicates Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
• Landscaping Project to Give Fresh Look to Historic Keen Johnson Building
• Instructor Earns Regional Honor for Teaching Excellence
• OT Chair Receives National Award
• Friends of EKU Libraries Dinner to Feature Former University Photographer
• Upcoming Chautauqua Lectures Highlight Native American Life
• Tickets for EKU Theatre’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ Now on Sale
• Names Added to Wall of Honor
• BCHC to Hold Open House at Versailles Road Location
• EKU Partners with National Fire Academy
• EKU String Orchestra to Present Concert Nov. 15
• Dance Theatre Fall Concert to be Held Nov. 17-20
• Mock Trial Team Captures Tournament Title
• EKU OT/OS Students Present at International Conference
• Priority Deadline for Financial Aid to Attend EKU is Feb. 15
• Power of Maroon: Leadership Spotlight
• Grants Awarded
Eastern seniors Lindsay Hart of Whitesburg and Caleb Armbrust of Galena, Ohio, center, were crowned Homecoming Queen and King on Oct. 31. They are pictured with, from left, President Whitlock; first runner-up Mackenzie Whalen, Cynthiana; first runner-up Aaron Warren, Hardy; second runner-up Beth Ward, Morehead; second runner-up Jonathan Vorbeck, Richmond; and EKU International Alumni Association President Melissa Combs-Wright. The coronation came at halftime of the Colonels’ 28-21 win over Murray State University.
A new research facility on campus “will help Kentucky lead the way in the development of new, alternative forms of energy,” Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler said at dedication ceremonies for the Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT).
The event, on Oct. 28, celebrated a “state-of-the-art” research facility that boasts two large laboratories for biomass analysis and algae research, as well as a smaller lab for algae incubation and microbiology research. Located adjacent to the Carter Building, home of EKU’s Department of Agriculture, the building also houses administrative officers and office space for researchers.
Established in December 2008, CRAFT has grown from a concept into a viable research center dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary research to develop a regional biofuels industry. Two federal grants totaling $6 million from the Defense Logistics Agency are helping the Center research, developing and demonstrate technologies to break down biomass materials such as switchgrass into sugars useable by microorganisms that produce oil for biodiesel and JP8 jet fuel.
“Developing renewable energy resources is critical to our nation’s future, not only from an environmental standpoint, but also from an economic one,” Chandler said. “I am thrilled to have been able to assist in getting this state-of-the-art research facility off the ground. It will truly represent a new way forward in renewable and sustainable energy, and it holds so much promise for EKU and the people of Kentucky.”
CRAFT incorporates the research of 10 research faculty, three full-time research assistants, four graduate assistants and as many as 12 undergraduate students from fields such as agriculture, biology, chemistry and economics. Additional students have been engaged through the incorporation of bio-energy concepts in course content.
“The building and the lab equipment are only as good as the faculty and researchers,” Center Director Dr. Bruce Pratt said. “Let me reassure you we have created a research team with the capabilities, creativity and vision to move the program forward.”
Calling the dedication “a signature event in the history of Eastern Kentucky University,” State Rep. Harry Moberly, executive vice president for administration at EKU, said the building is “a tangible symbol of our devotion to the development of energy alternatives. We’re on the frontier of an effort to make ourselves energy independent.”
The EKU initiative includes numerous partnerships with private industries, government agencies, local governments and other universities. Those partners include General Atomics, City of Winchester, Clark County, Madison County, Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, Kentucky Cabinet for Energy and Environment, Appalachian Regional Commission, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University and Green Earth Biofuels of Irvine. Additional discussions have been held with LexTran (as an end user of the biodiesel), East Kentucky Power and Purdue University.
“This public-private partnership is an excellent thing for Kentucky,” said 99th District State Rep. Rocky Adkins, House majority floor leader. “This is a special day, not only for EKU but also the Commonwealth.”
For more information about CRAFT, visit www.craft.eku.edu or call 622-7316.
With the Oct. 29 formal dedication of its nationally innovative Ron and Sherrie Lou Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, Eastern Kentucky University ushered in “a new era” in the life of John Grant Crabbe Library.
The Noel Studio embodies EKU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which calls for the University to develop informed, critical and creative thinkers who communicate effectively. It is nationally unique in the way it integrates services, all in a technologically sophisticated environment, designed to enhance students’ writing, speaking and research skills and inspire individual and collaborative learning.
The space bears the name of Ron and Sherrie Lou Noel, of Union, Ky., long-time supporters of the University, whose $1 million-plus gift helped make the $2.8 million facility possible.
Addressing the Noels, seated in the front row of an overflow crowd, EKU Dean of Libraries Carrie Cooper said: “You have allowed us to realize a dream. This is a new era in the life of the library … a vivid example of how academic libraries are moving forward to serve students and the academic mission.”
So unique is the Noel Studio that Director Dr. Rusty Carpenter fields calls “daily” from colleges and universities nationwide wanting to know more. “Other universities have every reason to be envious of the space we’ve created here,” he said. “We’re on the cusp of something amazing here, and this ceremony marks only the beginning.”
The Noel Studio offers a variety of spaces that allow students to develop their communication skills through critical and creative thinking: invention spaces where ideas are born, presentation practice rooms, a presentation suite for delivering and refining oral communication, breakout spaces for spontaneous collaborative group work or creative work with manipulatives, conference space for networking with colleagues on campus and remotely along with practicing and capturing group dynamics, and a discovery classroom for orientations, guest speakers, conferences, and instruction sessions.
EKU President Doug Whitlock said the Noel Studio advances three goals of the University: student success, regional stewardship and implementation of the QEP.
“The undergraduate and graduate research that will be spawned in this space will touch our region and be an immeasurable asset to our students and to reaching the goals of this institution,” he added.
The Noel Studio also houses a permanent collection of artwork with a connection to EKU or the University’s primary service region by Kentucky artists.
Through a partnership with LexArts, the EKU Libraries sought out artists and has so far selected and placed 17 pieces of original art by artists from Richmond, Lexington, Berea, Columbia and Danville. The mediums of the artwork vary greatly and include acrylic, welded steel, glass, and dyed and felted wool fiber. One work, by EKU staff member Stacey Street, even features pieces of window pane glass from the 1935 John Grant Crabbe Library addition found during the renovation of the Grand Reading Room.
For more information about the Noel Studio, visit www.studio.eku.edu or contact Carpenter at email@example.com or 622-6229.
A primary goal of the project is to improve the front view. Overgrown plantings will be removed and smaller species planted in their place. Parterre gardens will be developed from site lines and access points along the façade of the building and form small formal sitting areas. Garden paths will be constructed from recycled crushed brick and accented with historic black metal benches.
The $64,000 project was made possible through funding from The Donovan Endowment. Herman Lee Donovan, the fourth president of Eastern, left the endowment to periodically enhance “The Campus Beautiful,” as the EKU campus is known.
The contractor for the project is United Construction and Design from Mt. Washington. Eric Watson, an EKU graduate, is serving as job superintendent. The architect was M2D Design Group of Lexington.
The work is expected to be complete by late November, according to Williams.
The Keen Johnson Building, named for a former Kentucky governor and Eastern Regent from Richmond, was built in 1939 as a WPA project, during Donovan’s tenure as president. It first served as the student union and now serves as home to the Teaching and Learning Center and numerous receptions, banquets and conferences. The clock tower atop the building is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Richmond campus.
The award recognizes the faculty member’s contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, and dedication to the construction profession. Region 3 includes 16 universities.
“Scott has done an excellent job serving the department, college, university and the construction profession,” said Dr. Tim Ross, chair of the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology. “I am thrilled that he has been recognized by ASC for his efforts.”
Arias will now compete against seven other regional winners for the national award.
Dr. Doris Pierce, endowed chair in Occupational Therapy at EKU, was recently chosen by the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA to present the 10th annual Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science.
The honorary lectureship is “dedicated to the spirit of questing intellectual curiosity expressed by Dr. Ruth Zemke in her work within occupational science.” Criteria for selection include significant contributions to occupational science and a demonstrated commitment to building a community of scholars in the discipline.
The Zemke Lecturer receives an honorarium and is presented with a one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope, one of Zemke’s favorite objects, to “symbolize the simplicity, complexity, multiplicity of views, and ever-changing nature of the discipline of occupational science.”
Pierce received the honor at the first joint conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation and the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists held Oct. 14-16 in London, Ontario. She will present the lecture at the 2011 SSO: USA conference, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the organization’s founding.
“EKU has really built its OT Department's reputation within the field through the involvement of its faculty and students in the Society – which is the only research society in occupational therapy – as well as its innovative B.S. in Occupational Science,” said Pierce, who was very active in the founding of the SSO.
An EKU faculty member since 2000, Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California, where she also earned a doctoral degree in occupational science.
Ever wondered what it would be like to capture the excitement of a premier sporting event through the lens of a camera?
As the featured speaker at the annual Friends of Eastern Kentucky University Libraries dinner on Friday, Nov. 19, Richmond photographer Tim Webb will share his work and observations from the Kentucky Derby and World Equestrian Games. The event will also feature live music performed on unique and exquisite instruments crafted by the late Homer Ledford.
Activities get underway with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the newly opened Noel Studio for Academic Creativity in John Grant Crabbe Library and continue with dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room of the Library. This is the 75th anniversary of the Library’s Grand Reading Room, but this is believed to be the first formal dinner ever to be held in the room.
The cost is $30 per person, and reservations may be made through Nov. 17 by contacting Kari Martin at 622-1072 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a check, payable to Friends of EKU Libraries, to Crabbe Library Advancement Office, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Ky., 40475-3102. For the convenience of guests, a free shuttle service will be provided from the Alumni House Parking Lot on Lancaster Avenue to the Library.
“Tim has such powerful stories from the perspective of a photographer,” said Martin, director of library advancement for EKU Libraries. “It’s a wonderful way for our guests to see and experience these events, whether or not they were able to attend.”
Many of Webb’s prints will be matted, signed and available for sale at the dinner.
“I hope that my photos will create a better understanding of just how special and important horses are to Kentucky,” said Webb, an EKU graduate and former University photographer at Eastern. “I’m very lucky to be a photographer in the state of Kentucky. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph everything from owners, trainers, jockeys, race horses, pleasure horses, and many other aspects of the equine industry, including our treasured horse farms, Keeneland, the Kentucky Derby and the World Equestrian Games. I now would like to share what I’ve seen.”
Area musicians will perform on Ledford’s instruments during the reception and during dessert at the dinner. The musicians will include Lewis Lamb, on Ledford’s hog lot fiddle; his daughter, Donna Lamb, on guitar; and J.R. Parrett on Ledford’s fretless banjo.
With the assistance of Dr. Hunter Hensley, professor of music at Eastern, EKU Libraries recently received a collection of various instruments made by Ledford, an EKU graduate who passed away in 2006 after a distinguished career as both luthier and musician. The collection, on loan to Eastern through August 2015, consists of some historic and unusual instruments, including the hog lot fiddle, so named because a teenage Ledford used some wood from a maple tree in his family’s hog lot, basing the instrument’s design on a depiction from a Montgomery Ward catalog.
According to Margaret Foote, coordinator of collection services for EKU Libraries, the collection consists of 14 instruments Ledford made from scratch and several other instruments that he restored and/or played. The Ledford creations include a dulcibro (combination of dulcimer and dobro), dulcitar (dulcimer/guitar combination) and a “duck in flight” dulcimer, which features a carving of such on the peghead of the instrument. Also included are a musical saw, zither, harp mandolin and bowl back mandolin.
Through Nov. 23, Crabbe Library is also hosting the “Made to be Played” exhibit that showcases the work of Ledford and other noted Kentucky luthiers, including Donna Lamb. Dinner guests will be able to view that exhibit as well.
EKU Libraries has also acquired a permanent collection of Ledford’s papers, as a gift from his wife, Colista. The collection consists of a listing of every instrument Ledford made and sold, as well as performance programs, news articles, and more. The public can view the papers collection as well as the Ledford instrument collection at Crabbe Library beginning next Spring.
Friends of the Eastern Kentucky University Libraries has grown to include more than 250 members. Members receive special invitations to exclusive events, a subscription to the EKU Libraries newsletter, invitations to the Annual Friends’ Program, library borrowing privileges and recognition in EKU Libraries’ Annual Honor Roll.
EKU’s Chautauqua Lecture Series, “Nature’s Humans,” will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with two upcoming programs – the showing of a documentary that looks at the Native American perspective on sacred places and a lecture by one of the film’s directors, an author who has spent more than 20 years living and learning among the Dakota.
“Mato Paha: Rally to Protect Bear Butte,” directed by Mitchell Zephier Sr. and Mark St. Pierre, will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. in Room 108 of the John Grant Crabbe Library. The hour-long documentary examines the struggle for religious rights for Bear Butte, near Sturgis, S.D.
Known to the Lakota as “Mato Paha,” this sacred mountain is held in reverence not only by the Lakota and Dakota, but numerous other Plains Indian tribes as well.
“Mato Paha” illuminates the struggle between native traditionalists, who regard Bear Butte as a place of quiet sanctity, fasting, and prayer, and non-Indian businesses that seek to use the land around the mountain for personal profit with campgrounds, biker bars, and convenience stores.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, director St. Pierre will present “Are We Frogs Drinking Up the Pond in Which We Live?” at 7:30 p.m. in the Combs Building’s Ferrell Auditorium. St. Pierre also co-produced and co-edited the documentary, as well as served as co-cinematographer.
A Pulitzer Prize nominee and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Non-Fiction, St. Pierre is the author of “Madonna Swan: A Lakota Woman’s Story” and “Of Uncommon Birth: Dakota Sons in Vietnam,” and co-author of “Walking in the Sacred Manner: Healers, Dreamers, and Pipe Carriers: Medicine Women of the Plains Indians.”
He began his work in film making documentaries on 16 MM in the 1970s. He served as lead technical advisor for HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which won six 2007 Emmys.
For more information about EKU’s Chautauqua Series, visit chautauqua.eku.edu or contact coordinator Dr. Minh Nguyen at email@example.com.
The play will be presented at 8 p.m. nightly Wednesday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 20, and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Gifford Theatre of the Campbell Building.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, “Rabbit Hole” is the story of Becca and Howie, a young couple who have everything a family could want until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down.
The drama blends tragedy and wit into an insightful examination of the very normal lives of a couple who lose their young child and work to survive. Note that “Rabbit Hole” contains language some may find objectionable.
Tickets will be 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 College of Education recognized the latest individuals named to its Wall of Honor at a recent banquet. The Wall, located on the fourth floor of the Combs Building, recognizes men and women who have made significant contributions to the College or to education or the helping professions in Kentucky. From left are EKU Provost Janna Vice; EKU College of Education Dean Bill Phillips; honoree David Rush, director of student teaching for EKU, 1970-2000; honoree Joe David Martin, who established an endowed scholarship for the College of Education in honor of the late Alice Martin, also an honoree; honoree Robert Tarvin, graduate and executive director, Kentucky School Facilities Commission; honoree Johanna Strange, science teacher, Model Laboratory School, 1976-94; honoree Nancy Peel, professor of mathematics education at EKU, 1967-2000; and Billy Thames, EKU College of Education. Not pictured: honoree Esther Leung, special education professor at EKU.
The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Clinic, at 1306 Versailles Road, Suite 120. The public is welcome; tours will be offered and refreshments will be provided.
The BCHC is a licensed primary health care center providing preventive and primary health care for residents of eight counties: Fayette, Madison, Clark, Scott, Bourbon, Woodford, Jessamine and Garrard. The Center has two Lexington locations, the other at 151 N. Eagle Creek Drive, Suite 220.
“This open house will provide EKU and the community an opportunity to see the results of the renovation and expansion project that will provide increased access to health care services for patients, additional providers, improved patient flow and better collaboration among members of the health care team,” said Sarah Hesler, outreach coordinator.
Both Lexington locations of BCHC provide comprehensive patient-centered primary care services, including well-child and well-adult exams, sick visits for adults and children, chronic illness management, school and sports physicals, immunizations, women’s health and family planning, counseling and case management and referral services. The Center accepts Medicaid, KCHIP and private insurance.
The renovation and expansion, as well as an updated electronic medical records and practice management system, were made possible by a $473,000 grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
From less than 1,000 patients in its first year of service in 2001, BCHC has grown to serve more than 7,000 patients annually, with further growth projected. Dr. Alan Stevens Wrightson serves as medical director.
The Center lists more than 70 community partners, including government agencies, health care organizations, specialty providers, hospitals, schools, and organizations serving special populations.
For more information about Center services, call 859-259-2635 or, toll-free, 1-877-527-2583, or visit bchc.eku.edu.
Representatives of EKU and the National Fire Academy meet to formalize an agreement by which graduates of the U.S. Fire Service’s Executive Fire Officer Program can enter EKU’s graduate program in Safety, Security and Emergency Management. Under the agreement, EFO graduates are now eligible for six hours of academic credit from the SSEM master’s degree program. The EFO program and certification are designed to be a benchmark educational program for individuals at the executive level of the fire service. Representing the National Fire Academy is Superintendent Denis Onieal, fourth from left. The others, from left, are all representatives of EKU: Jim Pharr, SSEM faculty; Larry Collins, chair, Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Management; Tom Schneid, Director, SSEM graduate program; Janna Vice, Provost; Allen Ault, Dean, College of Justice & Safety; Jerry Pogatshnik, Dean of Graduate Studies; and Norm Spain, Associate Dean, College of Justice & Safety.
The orchestra, composed of EKU music majors, minors and non-majors, is conducted by Jeremy Mulholland. The program will include Mozart’s “Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K.546”, the “Holberg Suite, op. 40” by Grieg and Handel’s “Concerto Grosso in D minor, op. 6 No. 10.”
The concert is free and open to the public.
Tickets for the concert, scheduled nightly at 8 with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, are $5 for students, $10 for non-students and free for children under the age of 12 (a reserved seat is still required). Reservations may be made by calling 859-622-1264 or 859-622-6618 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Although the group focuses on modern dance, the concert will include everything from clogging to salsa to hip hop.
Jason Koontz, assistant professor at Eastern, and the EKU Percussion Ensemble, will be featured in a bright and colorful performance with music and dance styles from Northeastern Brazil.
“This is a piece that will make everyone want to stand up and dance!” said Marianne McAdam, director of the Dance Theatre. “We have actually already performed this piece three times in concert with rave reviews.”
Guest Artist Nashwa Cahill, a renowned Middle Eastern dancer, will perform in her first modern dance piece about phenomenal women. Choreographed by graduate student Katrina Martir, this piece incorporates Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Women.”
A “sizzling” salsa piece has been choreographed by Prageeth Hettiarachchi, a Dance Theatre alumna and owner of Dance Sport studio in Lexington.
Several of the modern dance pieces will deal with a variety of life’s issues, according to McAdam.
Kristen Moser will present a “creepy” piece about keeping secrets while Naomi Day’s dance will celebrate the athleticism of the dancer’s body. Kris Chelle Legette will incorporate several forms of dance, including hip hop.
Andi Moore will explore love in its many forms, while Emily White will deal with the seven deadly sins in a unique and intriguing manner.
“You will not be disappointed in any of the dancer’s pieces,” McAdam said. “And, of course, everyone will love the clogging piece that closes the concert with a Pirate theme.”
The EKU mock trial team, ranked 23rd nationally out of 600-plus teams, captured first place in its own Robert E. Sanders Mock Trial Invitational Tournament, held Oct. 30-31 at courthouses in Lexington.
The EKU squad finished with a record of 7-1, splitting the two judges’ ballots with the second-place team from Rhodes College during the final round. EKU students won ballots in rounds against the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and Duke University in the first three rounds. Other teams participating in the competition included Furman University, Middle Tennessee State University, Washington University, Bellarmine University, Murray State University, Loyola University of Chicago, Ohio Northern University and Sullivan University.
Two EKU students received individual awards. Zac Caldwell, a political science/philosophy major from Elizabethtown, and Alyssa McNabb, forensic science major from Greenville, Tenn., tied as the top-ranked student witnesses in the tournament.
In addition to Caldwell, other members of the first-place team included Sara Martin Dawson Springs; Alexandra Sipes, Mt. Sterling; Will Foster, Syracuse, N.Y.; Regina Lewis, Harveysburg, Ohio; Dee Davey, Parma, Ohio; and James Pennington, Manchester. McNabb was on the second EKU team.
Martin and Sipes are also members of EKU’s nationally recognized Honors Program.
The program is managed by Dr. Sara Zeigler, and the coaches are Tom Parker and Lynnette Noblitt, both attorneys who are faculty members in the Department of Government.
Financial support for the EKU team is provided by Distinguished Alumnus Robert E. Sanders, the College of Justice and Safety, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Government and University Programs.
EKU students attending the recent SSO: USA conference were, from left, Deana Ward, Clearfield; Elizabeth Miller, Richmond; Shannon McCarthy, Louisville; Emily Lemaster, Paintsville; Morgan “Bri” Wyatt, Lexington; Amanda Evans, Fairfield, Ohio; Kayla Flannery, Paris; Amanda Holbrook, Richmond; Trisha Thacker, Shelbiana; and Amanda Schneider, Elizabeth.
Ten Eastern Kentucky University occupational science and occupational therapy students and three faculty members recently attended the first joint conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA and the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists in London, Ontario.
Students attending were Deana Ward, Clearfield; Elizabeth Miller, Richmond; Shannon McCarthy, Louisville; Emily Lemaster, Paintsville; Morgan “Bri” Wyatt, Lexington; Amanda Evans, Fairfield, Ohio; Kayla Flannery, Paris; Amanda Holbrook, Richmond; Trisha Thacker, Shelbiana; and Amanda Schneider, Elizabeth.
During the Oct. 14-16 conference Lemaster and Miller made poster presentations.
The students raised a portion of the funds to attend the conference with the assistance of the Student Occupational Science Association and departmental support.
Faculty attending and making presentations were Dr. Doris Pierce, endowed chair in Occupational Therapy; Dr. Mary Ellen Thompson, associate professor and graduate coordinator; and associate professor Kathy Splinter-Watkins.
Shelley Park, director of student financial assistance at EKU, emphasized that students and families should file the 2011-12 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible to maximize their chances of receiving need-based aid or federal work-study and to quickly get a complete picture of their college costs.
The FAFSA application can be submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Information from 2010 income tax forms will be needed, but filers may estimate their taxes if necessary. Students and families can watch a five-minute how-to video at finaid.eku.edu/FAFSASimplification and can even get an early estimate via the “4caster” link on the FAFSA website.
Approximately 85 percent of EKU students receive financial aid, Park noted. Aid is available in several forms, including grants, loans, work study, and merit- and need-based scholarships. (The merit scholarship application deadline is Feb. 1.)
The competition for financial aid is increasing, Park explained, due in part to the struggling economy.
“Traditional students are competing with folks out of work going back to college for re-training,” Park said.
Every year, many prospective and current students lose out on opportunities to receive certain types of financial aid because they apply late.
“The sooner you file your FAFSA, the sooner the University can get you your award letter and the better your chance of getting more than one type of financial assistance,” Park said.
Students and families can also learn more about the financial aid process, and even complete the FAFSA, at College Goal Sunday, to be held in SSB on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.
EKU’s Office of Student Financial Assistance, located in Room 251 of the Student Services Building, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 859-622-2361, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit finaid.eku.edu.
Rose Perrine, Professor of Psychology
Rose Perrine, professor of psychology, 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. Perrine, who joined the EKU faculty in 1991, holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and master's and doctoral degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has served as EKU's Assessment Coordinator of General Education since 2006, and was Coordinator of General Education from 2007 to 2010.
How does EKU’s General Education Program support the QEP?
EKU’s General Education Program and the QEP both focus on critical thinking. One characteristic of a critical thinker is the ability, and willingness, to consider issues from multiple perspectives. Exposing students to multiple perspectives is the hallmark of a liberal education, and is the guiding philosophy behind EKU’s General Education Program.
In the General Education Program students are required to take courses from a variety of disciplines, outside of their home discipline, and sometimes outside of their comfort zones. Students have the opportunity to expand their problem-solving skills by learning from faculty who ask different types of questions and use different methods to find answers.
Any single discipline has a limited perspective, and uses a limited number of tools to solve problems. Thus, if students’ educational experiences are narrowly focused on a single discipline, they may become excellent “hammers,” and may learn to think critically about problems that resemble “nails.” However, as problems become less nail-like, hammers become less useful. A broad “general” education provides students with multiple tools that can be used to think critically about many types of problems from many different perspectives. This multiple-perspective approach helps students become critical thinkers who are better able to navigate a complex world with complex problems that seldom stay within the boundaries of a single discipline.
Do students understand the purpose of taking general education courses?
I suspect that most students are like me. As an undergraduate I neither understood nor appreciated the benefits of taking general education courses. This is not surprising. Students are focused on their major, their future career, and completing college in a timely manner.
How can EKU help students understand the purpose of general education?
Over time I began to appreciate my general education courses as extremely enriching to my continuing education, my career, and my personal life. Thus, it is up to us “older and wiser” faculty and advisors to explain the benefits of general education to students. Instead of telling students to “get their GE requirements out of the way,” faculty and advisors should explain how learning to think critically from multiple perspectives will benefit students in their future career and life. Approaching problems from a single perspective is rarely sufficient in this complex world, and people who have the tools to think critically about problems from multiple perspectives will be the most in demand, will get the most rewarding jobs, and will be the most prepared to change jobs as the world changes in ways that we cannot even anticipate today.
It is up to faculty and advisors to help students understand that the “hammer” of their major is a limited tool. You cannot cut paper, remove a screw, or open a can (or a bottle of wine, although I’ve tried), with a hammer. On the other hand, the student who is a broadly-educated “Swiss Army Knife” may not do any of those things well, but can figure out how to do them, and can figure out how to “retool” to solve problems that may not have existed 10 years ago. This emphasis on skills for life-long learning is shared by General Education and the QEP.
There seems to be a trend to reduce the number of general education requirements. Do you think that this is a good idea?
I think my answers to the previous questions suggest that I think this is a bad idea. It is ironic to me that at the same time EKU supports the QEP, which increases the focus on critical thinking, there is also handwringing about the number of general education courses, which support the QEP by encouraging critical thinking from multiple perspectives. In my opinion, administrators and faculty at EKU should be proud that we expect students to have a broad education, perhaps broader than some of our sister institutions. Instead of focusing on the perceived marketing aspect, e.g., “students won’t want to come to EKU because we have 48 hours of general education instead of 40,” we should be proud that we offer students a better educational experience by helping them develop the ability to think about issues from more perspectives. EKU should market its focus on a broad liberal education and critical thinking. In the process we just might attract students who are more interested in learning than “getting GE out of the way.”
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Carlson, B.D.; Donavan, D.T.; and Cumiskey, K. “Consumer-Brand Relationships in Sport: Brand Personality and Identification.” International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. Vol. 37, No. 4 (2009), pgs. 370-384.
Dunlap, Scotty. “Business Leader Perceptions of Workplace Safety.” National Safety Congress, National Safety Council, San Diego, California, 5 October 2010.
Fenton, E.D., Jr. “Acquiring Valuable International Experience Before Graduation.” New Accountant. (May 2010), pgs. 26, 28.
Horn, Tammy. “Ellen Smith Tupper.” Bee Culture. (November 2010), pgs. 33-36.
Larsgaard, J.C. “The Case of the Student Who Wanted the Grade Without the Work.” Case Studies in Computer Ethics. Ed. Peter F. Meggison. Little Rock, Ark.: Delta Pi Epsilon, 2010, pgs. 122-130.
Myers, Marshall. “After Perryville Battle, Should General Buell Have Been Fired?” Kentucky Explorer. Vol. 25, No. 6 (November 2010), pgs. 41-43.
Bhuyan, R.; Cheshier, P.A.; and Travis, D. “LEAPS of Faith: A Trading Indicator Based on CBOE S&P 500 LEAPS Option Open Interest Information.” Journal of Investing. Vol. 19, No. 2 (Summer 2010), pgs. 85-94.
Vicdan, H. “Social Production of Medicine in a Virtual Health Community Organization.” Advances in Consumer Research. Vol. 38. Eds. D.W. Dahl, G.V. Johar, and S.M.J. van Osselaer. Duluth, Minn.: Association for Consumer Research, 2010.
Zhuang, W. “An Exploratory Study of the Feeling of Regret in eBay Auctions: The Role of Snipers.” Proceedings of 2009 Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, Baltimore, Md., May 2009, pg. 29.
Zhuang, W., and Xiao, Q. “The Impacts of Price Messages on Consumers' Value Perception and Buying Intention: Testing the Mediating Effect of Perceived Sticker Shock.” Proceedings of 2008 Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada, May 2008, pgs. 220-224.
Zhuang, W.; Xiao, Q.; and Cao, Z. “A Situated Model of Entrepreneurial Learning and Entrepreneurs' Innovation Propensity and its Application in China's Transitional Economy.” Proceedings of 2007 International Conference on Strategy Management.
Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists and the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA Joint Conference, London, Ontario, Oct. 14-16, 2010:
Pierce, D. “Journal Editors’ Perspectives on Publishing Occupational Science.”
Pierce, D.; Wright-St. Clair, V.; Shordike, A.; Hocking, C.; Vittayakorn, S.; Rattakorn, P.; and Bunrayong, W. “Respecting Regional Culture in an International Multi-site Study: Methods of the Elder Women’s Food Preparation Study.”
Price, P. and Pierce, D. “What is the Relationship of Occupational Science to Occupational Therapy?”
Thompson, M.E., and Miller, E. “Development of Card Sort for Diabetes Research: Use of Inquiry Team for Research Collaboration.” [poster presentation]
Thompson, M.E. “Teamwork Skills Assessment for Inclusion Classrooms in Middle School.”
Splinter-Watkins, K. “Service Learning: Bridging the Science of Occupation to the Practice of Occupational Therapy.” [poster presentation].
International Symposium on Fire Investigation, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Md., September 2010:
Gorbett, Gregory E. “Development and Assessment of a Decision Support Framework for Enhancing the Forensic Analysis and Interpretation of Fire Patterns.”
Gorbett, Gregory E., and Hicks, William. “Fire Patterns Analysis with Low Heat Release Rate Initial Fuels.”
Pharr, James L. “Electrostatic Discharge Fires at Refueling Sites-revisited.”
Tinsley, Andrew. “Hay Clinker Formation: Incendiary or Not?”
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