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Volume 12 • Number 16
March 14, 2011
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Dr. Delinda Dent of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction reads "The Cat in the Hat" to elementary students from Model Laboratory School in the Grand Reading Room in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. The event was one of several planned at EKU as part of the Kentucky Literacy Celebration.

All employees are invited to attend a free luncheon on Thursday, March 17, to help honor employees who are celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of employment. The luncheon, in the Keen Johnson Ballroom, begins at 11:30 a.m. Those individuals being recognized are asked to remain after the program for group photos.

EKU?s new campus sustainability coordinator says his first priority this year is to establish a composting program and raise awareness about the many environmental efforts underway at Eastern.

EKU?s Quality Enhancement Plan, approved in February 2007 as part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirmation process, calls for the University to develop students who are ?informed, critical and creative thinkers who communicate effectively.?

Following are Dean?s Reports from three areas about what is being done in those areas to help meet that goal.

The man whose tireless efforts led to the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was on the EKU campus recently to discuss his plans to further honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Southeast Asia.

Jackie Collier, director of Alumni Relations, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Board of Directors as membership chair.

A grand opening will be held on Wednesday, March 16, for Eastern?s new campus in Somerset.

EKU professor Dr. Bankole Thompson will soon receive the highest possible honor from the Sierra Leone Institute of International Law.

Lee Van Orsdel, former dean of EKU Libraries, will return to the Richmond campus on Friday, March 18, for a presentation on ?The New World of Scholarly Publishing.?

For the 14th consecutive year, the Empty Bowls Project is helping to put food on the table for hungry people in Madison County.

The next lecture in the Chautauqua Lecture Series, ?Nature?s Humans,? will feature author Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the New York University School of Law.

By qualifying to compete in the opening round of the national championship mock trial tournament, the EKU mock trial team has achieved a distinction that only the top third of the nation?s teams can claim.

The EKU chapter of the Student Alumni Ambassadors was recognized recently as the best in the southeastern United States.

The annual Bluegrass Regional High School Art Exhibition will be on display in Giles Gallery through March 24.

Thirty-four students and six faculty members spent several days late last month on a cultural and service-learning excursion to Memphis. The trip, sponsored by the African/African American Studies Program, was the culmination of the EKU celebration of Black History Month.

After five successful years, Eastern?s ?Try Teaching? program is again accepting applications from mid- and second-career professionals who are intrigued about their potential in front of a classroom.

Dr. Stephen Richter, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, joined Eastern?s faculty in 2005 after earning a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are ecology, conservation, and evolution of amphibians and reptiles; conservation biology; and wetland ecology. He had a 2010 publication in Herpetological Review about the midland mud salamander, and was awarded $383,000 with Biology colleague Dr. David Brown for their work with Kentucky wetlands. Hear what Dr. Richter has to say about his scholarship in his interview for the Focus on Scholarship webcast series here.

Laurence Hayes, ASL and Interpreter Education Department Chair
Laurence Hayes, ASL and Interpreter Education Department Chair
Laurence Hayes, ASL and Interpreter Education Department chair, 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. Hayes, who came to EKU in 1989, has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling for the deaf from Oregon College of Education and a doctoral degree in communication from the University of Arizona.