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Roy Kidd, above, and Eric Shinseki spoke at EKU's fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 18.
U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Hall of Fame football coach Roy Kidd addressed 1,202 degree candidates at Easternís annual fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 18.
Minh Nguyen, associate professor of philosophy and Honors Program faculty member, has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Humanities Councilís board of directors.
Easternís chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducted two faculty/staff members and 24 seniors and graduate students into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi during a special ceremony in November.
Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass Project Director Mark Seely, left, presented a donation of $6,102 to Lt. Col. Brett Morris, Ret., associate director of veterans affairs, for the University's Student Veteran Relief Fund endowment project. The presentation was made Dec. 8, following remarks from Seely and President Whitlock, right. After a $1,000 gift from Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass kicked off the fundraising effort for creating the endowment, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass employees came up with their own fundraising challenge and received matching funds from the company for the most recent gift.
Eastern has received more than $7,000 in employee donations and matching funds from Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass for the Universityís Student Veteran Relief Fund endowment project.
Pictured above, from left: Kate Harnett, BCA President-elect; Dr. Allen D. Engle, BCA board member emeritus; Candice Coffey, scholarship recipient; Eric Kenoyer, past BCA President and chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee.
EKU senior Candice Coffey of Lexington recently received the Allen D. Engle Scholarship from the Bluegrass Compensation Association.
Members of EKUís second-place mock trial team were, from left, Will Foster, Gilbertsville; Ally Sipes, Mt. Sterling; Regina Lewis, Richmond; Sara Martin, Dawson Springs; Zac Caldwell, Elizabethtown; Benica Triplet, Fulton; and James Pennington, Manchester.
EKUís nationally ranked mock trial team finished second in a tournament at Washington University in St. Louis Dec. 4-5.
Model Laboratory School will take part in its first Hong Kong Student Exchange Program this month as part of the schoolís Vision of Excellence for the 21st Century. The program, which will allow participating ninth-graders to spend 12 to 14 days in Hong Kong, is part of an endeavor to prepare students to be innovative critical thinkers with international awareness of diverse cultures and languages.
Last fall, members of the NSC 486 RN-BSN clinical group participated in the annual Fall Pumpkin Run/Walk in cooperation with the Madison County School Board. This was the first time EKU students had participated in the event; they provided education on obesity's effect on the body and choosing healthy beverage/snack options. A $50 gift certificate was donated by Soft Shoe for a door prize for participants in the educational activity. Students involved were, from left, Carolyn Cornett, Heather Agee, Laura Fannin, Joy Puckett, Christian Ellis and Deanna Burdette. Not pictured is Melanie Combs.
Linda Frost, Director of EKU Honors Program
Professor Linda Frost, director of EKU Honors Program, 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. Frost, who joined the EKU faculty in the summer of 2008, has a bachelor's degree in English from Bowling Green State University in Ohio (where she was an honors student) and a doctoral degree in literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University).
Belluscio, Teresa (Policy, Compliance, and Governance). Appalachian Tutoring Project. Kentucky Department of Education. $77,200.
Fuller, Jason (Chemistry). Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy of Transition Metal-Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Complexes. University of Kentucky Research Foundation. $15,000.
Martin, Sally (English & Theatre). Eastern Kentucky University Writing Project. Kentucky Department of Education. $48,571.
Townsend, Scott (Curriculum and Instruction); Wilder, Melinda (Natural Areas); and Bennett, Billy (Natural Areas). University Energy Education Curriculum Project. Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence. $87,489.