In this issue:
• Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 7 Will Recognize 2,236 Candidates
• Regents Approve Increase in Tuition at Maximum Allowed by CPE
• EKU Names Dr. Rodney White as 2011-13 Foundation Professor
• EKU’s Fred Ruppel Headed Back to Slovakia with Second Fulbright
• Kappa Mu Epsilon Honors Costello
• New Book by EKU’s Harry Brown: “In Some Households the King Is Soul”
• Environmental Health Professor Selected to Lead National Organization
• IDC Offers Professional Development Programs for Faculty
• New Book By Student Veterans Chronicles Military Experiences
• EKU Senior Receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
• Co-Op Program First in Kentucky to Earn Accreditation from ACCE
• Sophomore From Corbin Receives Earth Day Award
• With Help of EKU SPJ Chapter, White Hall Named Historic Site in Journalism
• EKUBusiness Students Inducted into Honor Society
• Construction Management Major Earns National AGC Scholarship
• Gifted Elementary Students Can “Soar To New Heights” in Summer Program
• Noel Studio Helps Teen Task Force Develop Presentation
• GA Appointed to ACA Graduate Students Commitee
• Mock Trial Team Earns Honorable Mention in National Championship
• BFA Exhibit on Display in Giles Gallery
• EKUpella and Treblemakers Present Juvenile Diabetes Benefit Concert
• Summer Creative Writing Conference June 6-10
• Employees Recognized for Years of Service
• EKU to Host Family Day at Maywoods
• Summer Session Offers Scheduling Flexibility
• Power of Maroon: Leadership Spotlight
Because the University no longer holds summer commencement, this year’s Spring Commencement will feature three separate ceremonies. The first ceremony, at 9 a.m., will recognize degree candidates in the College of Arts and Sciences. The second ceremony, at 1:30 p.m., will recognize degree candidates in the Colleges of Business and Technology and Education. The day’s final ceremony, at 5:30 p.m., will honor candidates in the Colleges of Health Sciences and Justice and Safety. All ceremonies are in Alumni Coliseum.
The keynote speaker in the 9 a.m. ceremony will be Ralph Hacker, Richmond, retired broadcasting executive and former voice of University of Kentucky sports broadcasts. Hacker’s successful broadcasting career began when he announced EKU football and basketball games as a teenager. His highly successful business career culminated with his service as President and Chief Executive Officer of HMH Broadcasting, which he built into one of the state’s most successful broadcasting companies with properties such as WVLK Radio, the flagship station for University of Kentucky Athletics. He was a major part of the UK Radio Network for 29 years, serving as the lead voice of Wildcat basketball for nine seasons and for Kentucky football five seasons. His wife, Marilyn, is an EKU graduate and former member of the University’s Board of Regents.
The keynote speaker for the 1:30 ceremony will be Chunbo Li, Chairman and CEO of Zhejiang Medicine Corporation (ZMC). Li has been the key figure in the firm’s 20-year rise from a state-owned company into one of the 10 largest private pharmaceutical companies in China today. Li, who also serves as Vice President of the Zhejiang Business Federation and Vice President of the Entrepreneurs Association of Zhejiang, has received numerous awards and was chosen in 2008 to be a part of the Chinese delegation attending the G8 Summit in Italy. He was also instrumental in establishing his company’s long-term relationship with EKU via an exchange program. Through the program, six ZMC employees have earned bachelor’s or MBA degrees at EKU. In turn, ZMC has invited 14 EKU business professors the past decade to lecture in China at no cost to the University. In 2010, an amendment was signed to extend the program to 2015.
Dr. Bonnie Gray, an EKU Professor Emeritus of Philosophy who directed EKU’s nationally renowned Honors Program from its inception in 1988 until her retirement in 2008, will serve as keynote speaker for the 5:30 p.m. ceremony. Gray joined the EKU faculty in 1974 and nine years later became the first woman ever to serve as EKU Faculty Regent, holding that post for two terms. Gray was the guiding force behind the development of one of the nation’s finest Honors Programs; the EKU program commonly leads all colleges and universities in presentation opportunities afforded students at state, regional and national conferences. During her tenure, she co-wrote three NEH grants, one co-sponsored by the NSF, to construct and augment curricular aspects of the program, and is most fondly remembered for the personal touch and nurturing atmosphere she brought to the program.
Hacker and Gray will receive honorary doctor of humanities degrees, Li an honorary doctor of laws degree.
In all, 1,616 bachelor’s degree candidates will be recognized, plus 486 master’s degree candidates, 124 associate degree candidates, eight specialist degree candidates and two doctoral degree candidates.
Student speakers will be Mary Rachael Hamm, Oneida, Tenn., 9 a.m. ceremony; Darren Zancan, Lowell, Ind., 1:30 p.m. ceremony; and Ashlee Clegg, Columbus, Ohio, 5:30 p.m. ceremony.
College receptions for the respective graduates and their families will be held in the Fred Darling Gymnasium in Alumni Coliseum immediately after each ceremony.
The CPE will set that maximum percentage at its meeting on April 28.
The Board gave approval to its Executive and Academic Affairs Committee to affirm resident undergraduate tuition based on the maximum CPE percentage increase parameters. The affirmation will occur prior to the respective June meetings of the CPE and the EKU Board of Regents.
The Board also gave approval to its Executive and Academic Affairs Committee to affirm graduate tuition up a maximum increase of 5.03 percent, including any modifications to the non-resident graduate tuition multiplier and the graduate on-line tuition rates.
Also at its April 18 meeting, the EKU Board approved a 3.75 percent increase in meal plan rates.
The Board also endorsed a partnership between the University and Madison County Schools to provide a Middle College opportunity to high school students in the Madison County School District. The program targets high school students who are capable of success at the high school and college level, but don’t reach their potential because of barriers in their lives and are at risk of dropping out.
This would be the first such partnership in Kentucky, officials said.
White, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has received the 2011-13 EKU Foundation Professorship. The annual honor recognizes 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.
“Dr. White exemplifies the high standards for quality instruction and academic excellence that this award honors,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said.
White, who joined the EKU faculty in 1992, currently teaches middle grades curriculum and methods courses and human development and learning at the undergraduate level, and at least one graduate course each semester in the University’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.
In 2000, White was a key member of the faculty team that created the MAT program, which serves as the University’s graduate level teacher certification program. From 1997 until 2001, he served as coordinator of secondary education before a one-year stint as coordinator of the MAT program.
He has served on numerous departmental, College and University committees, including seven years as a departmental representative on the College of Education’s Promotion, Tenure and Evaluation Committee. He has also served on the Department’s Student Recruitment Committee since 1992, chairing the committee 1994-2001.
In addition, White has an impressive portfolio of scholarship, often in collaboration with professional colleagues and students.
“(White) is a model professor in his organization, planning and overall approach to teaching,” said Dr. Dorie Combs, chair of EKU’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “His teaching style not only impacts EKU teacher education majors, but ultimately middle and high school students in our region. He holds high expectations for all of his students, both undergraduate and graduate, and motivates them to high quality performance without undue stress.”
White earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in secondary education from Western Kentucky University and his doctoral degree in social studies education from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
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-two professors have been honored for teaching excellence by the EKU Foundation since the awards were first given in 1988.
Dr. Fred Ruppel is returning to Slovakia.
Recently awarded a six-week grant under the Fulbright Specialists Program – his second Fulbright to work in that central European country – the Eastern Kentucky University economics professor will spend May 27-July 19 collaborating with one or two Slovakian co-authors on an economics textbook.
“We will begin this summer, laying out the content and hopefully writing more than half the chapters,” Ruppel said. “We will finish it this fall.”
Ruppel, who will stay in Nitra, home of the Slovak Agricultural University, worked on the first half of the textbook in Slovakia in 2004-05, when he received his first Fulbright. During that stay, he also taught a full load of classes.
In all, Ruppel has made six trips to Slovakia, once accompanying his wife Carol, a faculty member at Model Laboratory School who also received a Fulbright during the 2009-10 academic year. In 2009, Ruppel was the recipient of a “Memory Medal” from the Slovak Agricultural University.
“I love the country,” he said, “mostly the people. My family and I have been well received and well treated there. They are a very giving, loving people.”
Ruppel has also co-authored a textbook entitled “International Trade and Policy,” which was targeted to the Slovak Republic. His co-author was Professor Jan Pokrivcak, an international economist with the Slovak Agricultural University. Pokrivcak visited EKU during the Spring 2008 semester, presenting two seminars on economic conditions in Slovakia, with the focus on the nation’s growth coming out of Communism. Pokrivcak will be one of the co-authors on the new textbook.
Ruppel is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (2-6 weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at postsecondary academic institutions around the world.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. More than 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.
Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.
Dr. Patrick Costello, interim chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, recently received the George Mach Distinguished Service Award at the Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) national convention at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.
KME's most important award is given biennially to recognize an individual who has served the Society with distinction. The award was established in honor of Dr. George Mach, who served as National Vice President from 1966 to 1969, National President from 1969 to 1973, National Past President from 1973 to 1977, and National Secretary from 1977 to 1987. Nominations are solicited from the chapters. The National Council determines the recipient.
The award was presented at the convention banquet, and the citation for Costello was delivered by Ron Wasserstein, current President of KME.
Costello has served Kappa Mu Epsilon for many years. For almost 30 years, he has served as Corresponding Secretary for the Kentucky Alpha chapter of KME and served as host of the 1983 national convention. He also hosted a regional convention during his 12 years as Regional Director of the Southeast Region. His service then continued at the national level, where he served at President-Elect of KME from 1993 to 1997 and as President from 1997 to 2001. In 2005 he returned to a prominent service role as Editor of the Problem Corner of The Pentagon, the publication of KME.
In addition, the citation stated, Costello “has been an unwavering supporter of his chapter, encouraging students to excellence in the pursuit of their educational goals. Only a few individuals serve an organization in so many ways so very well for so long.”
The award came with an engraved plaque and a $100 gift to the Kentucky Alpha chapter of KME.
The new collection, from Wind Publications, “offers sharp, quick-witted epigrams and also sumptuously dressed, minutely observed poems about aspects of nature that other poets studiously avoid,” said North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell.
Brown, a Foundation Professor of English who has lived for some 30 years on a farm in the Paint Lick area, joined the EKU faculty in 1970 and still teaches part time at the University’s Corbin and Danville campuses. In addition to teaching creative writing and American literature, he has co-directed seminars funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, directed the Summer Creative Writing Conference, and served as poetry editor for Scripsit and The Chaffin Journal.
In 1994, Brown was the first recipient of the Mary Anderson Senior Fellowship at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, and has been a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In 2007, he received a Kentucky Arts Council Professional Assistance Award for “continued professional development” in poetry writing.
His poem “Felt Along the Blood – A Triptych” won Kentucky Poetry Review’s Blaine R. Hall Award; and, in 2002 Green’s Magazine awarded his poem “In Deed and Truth” the Warren Keith Wright Prize.
The book, Brown’s sixth collection of poetry, is available in major area bookstores, major online booksellers, and through Wind Publications (windpub.com).
Elected in March, the selection requires a five-year commitment to the NEHA, an organization with more than 4,500 members from across the United States.
In June 2011, she will assume the duties of second president of the organization, and each following year move into a new role: first president, president-elect, and president. Following her year of service as president, she will serve a one-year term as NEH’s past president.
Harvey, who joined the EKU faculty in 2001 after more than 30 years of experience in private industry and higher education, received the 2008 NEHA Past Presidents of the National Environmental Health Association Award in recognition of her distinguished service to the profession. Recipients of the prestigious honor are determined by the past presidents of the organization.
In EKU’s nationally prominent Department of Environmental Health Science, which includes the nation’s largest four-year program in the field, Harvey teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. She is a past president of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter at the University and teaches in EKU’s OSHA Training Institute. Harvey has served as chair of the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council and is a past president of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs.
Harvey earned her bachelor’s degree in microbiology in 1967 from East Tennessee State University, where she later taught; her master’s degree in environmental management in 1979 from the University of Houston-Clear Lake; and her doctoral degree in occupational/environmental health in 1994 from the University of Texas.
NEHA members include professionals from the public and private sectors, as well as academia and the uniformed services. A majority are employed by state and local county health departments. In addition, NEHA’s Journal of Environmental Health has subscribers in more than 40 countries around the world. Because it encompasses the entire environmental health profession, this single organization effectively serves as the forum for discussion of, and can address the broad spectrum of, environmental health issues.
The 2011 DLA Showcase was held Feb. 16 in the Keen Johnson Building, where multiple innovative case-based instructional products were on display. More than 70 faculty members attended this year’s DLA Showcase.
The DLA participants at this year’s showcase included the following faculty members:
- Ginni Fair, Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Instruction
- Ida Kumoji-Ankrah, Associate Professor in Art and Design
- Caroline Reid, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
- Shirley O’Brien, Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy
- Christine Myers, Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy
- Kishore Acharya, Assistant Professor in Computer Science
- Jeanette Lovern, Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction
- Laura Newhart, Chair and Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religion
- Angel King, Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
Other IDC staff members include Dr. Paula Jones, instructional designer; Erika Larson, instructional designer; Paul Ramsey, producer; David Smith, photographer; and Becca Palmer, project manager.
Former Marine John McNeal signs copies of "The Journal of Military Experience" at a recent reception at Hastings.
“When we arrived, the smell of rotting flesh filled the air. I was told to pull the first guard shift around the mass-grave site. During one of my patrols, I made the huge mistake of looking down. The body of a little girl was still there, holding onto a stuffed rabbit. The little girl was wearing a purple dress; she still had a blindfold on her eyes. And she was just thrown on top of all the other bodies. I can’t get that image out of my head.”
Michael Reichert’s harrowing recollection in a short story entitled “My Bosnian Deployment” is just one of many memories chronicled in “The Journal of Military Experience,” a compilation of 29 stories, poems and artwork from 19 Eastern students who have served in the military.
Copies of the book are available for $15 at the Hastings store in Richmond Centre or through the EKU Veterans Affairs Office. Those interested may also contact Lt. Col. Brett Morris, Ret., associate director of veterans affairs in the University’s Student Outreach and Transition Office, email@example.com or 859-622-7838. All proceeds from the book will go toward the next issue and toward funding the Operation Veteran Success scholarship and retention program at EKU.
Travis Martin, an EKU graduate student and military veteran who served as editor, said in his introduction to the book that its contributors are “trying to translate entirely foreign experiences into a language that others – and the writers themselves – can understand. Most of the authors are student veterans making the transition from military to civilian life … re-shaping their skills and knowledge into something palpable for existence in a strange new reality.”
Not all the stories and poems in the 135-page book are about combat or even service overseas. “Some focus solely on that work of translation, making sense of a warrior culture and the mentality of an individual who has been bred, trained, and conditioned by a society in desperate need of a few willing to sacrifice for the many. In this way, all of the works are interrelated – bound by a common bond of service – and speak with a unified voice to a fragmented audience of believers and skeptics alike.”
Martin credits many EKU faculty, staff and students for their assistance in bringing the book to fruition, including Dr. Deborah Core, Dr. Lisa Day-Lindsey and Dr. Susan Kroeg of the English and Theatre faculty; Dr. Russell Helms from EKU’s MFA Creative Writing Program; and Linda Sizemore from EKU Libraries. He also noted the contributions of artists Matthew Foley, Luke Manuel and Micah Owen; fellow veteran student Ryan Donahue; the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society; and financial support from the EKU Student Government Association and the College of Justice & Safety.
The book stemmed from a newly-developed veterans orientation course at the University, which has earned national recognition (including a number-one “Best for Vets” ranking from Military Times EDGE magazine) for its initiatives to help military veterans further their education.
“During that course, we offered students a chance to discuss their experiences in the military through poetry, prose and artwork,” Lt. Col. Morris recalled. The ultimate result “was this raw, emotionally-packed book.”
Besides serving as a “cathartic process” for the student veterans, Morris added, the book will give readers “an appreciation of the raw depth of emotions that our young men and women are being exposed to very early in their lives.”
As editor, Martin said he has “read these works so many times that I have internalized their lessons. Pride, sadness, honor, and pure, unadulterated terror have been regular parts of my daily routine for some time now. Facilitating a means for these authors to narrate their experiences in a healing way that educates non-veteran readers about the nature of military service is what this is all about.”
In 2010, EKU unveiled Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make Eastern an even more veteran-helpful campus.
Eastern has extended reduced tuition rates to all out-of-state veterans who have completed 36 months of active federal service. Also, the University has: waived the $30 admission application fee for all veterans, added recreational programming that appeals to their adventurous nature, developed a veterans-only orientation course, established a mentoring program pairing freshman veterans with returning student veterans, instituted special cohort classes where veterans can learn together with fellow veterans, and granted veterans priority during class registration to help them arrange schedules around VA appointments.
Veterans are taking notice. Among its 16,000-plus students, EKU now counts more than 700 student veterans and veteran dependents.
Eastern was also recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2009 and 2010.
Another entry in the Journal, “True Life Experiences of an Airman Over the Skies of the Middle East,” came from Steve Johnson: “We were present when the air war was first started on Jan. 16, 1991. Our mission was to take four F-117A stealth fighters into the heart of downtown Baghdad and hit the Iraqi military communications center. I woke up four hours before our scheduled takeoff time and took a shower. As I got dressed for the mission, I thought about a lot of things in my life: ‘Is this going to be my last night on earth?’ and ‘Will I come back?’”
The move allowed the teenage Simpson, now a senior at EKU, to learn more about his family roots and come to realize “that my father’s years of schooling had not deprived him of the valuable stories or skills passed down to him in childhood.
“Through talking to the older members of the community, I learned more than I ever could have imagined – from illegal marriages to Cherokee refugees to battles between union miners and strikebreakers. I developed a stronger sense of my own identity and learned more than a few skills that may have been lost to time.”
Now Simpson, the recent recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, wants to provide the same eye-opening experiences to young people in the Republic of Georgia, an ancient country that sits at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The senior secondary English teaching major and Honors Scholar from Burlington, Ky., will arrive in Georgia this August and spend nine months teaching the English language and American culture. In addition to opening a dialogue between students in Georgia and their counterparts in the U.S., Simpson hopes to draw on his own experiences in Tennessee to build bridges of trust and respect that span generations of Georgians.
“In Georgia, there is a growing tension and misunderstanding between those who lived before the Rose Revolution (which resulted in a change of power in the nation in 2003) and those who have spent the majority of their lives in its wake,” he said.
While in Georgia, Simpson will ask his students to interview older adults in their lives about skills such as skinning and tanning, growing food in the mountains, herbal remedies, folklore, instrument building and carpentry techniques.
“I hope my project will allow for communication between generations and prevent young Georgians from losing touch with their cultural identity.”
Simpson has been student-teaching this semester at Model Laboratory School, ironically under the tutelage of Carol Ruppel, who taught in Slovakia as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10. (Five years earlier, Ruppel’s husband, EKU economics professor Dr. Fred Ruppel, was also a Fulbright Scholar in Slovakia.) Simpson sees his upcoming Fulbright experience as another important stepping stone in his professional development.
“For me, teaching internationally before I teach in the United States is not just a goal,” Simpson said. “It is a necessity. To give my students a true picture of the international community that will be their world, I know I will have to bring something more to the teaching profession than standardized test scores and observation hours. I now know that I must experience many different cultures before I can become an educator capable of showing students how their own stories are interwoven with the saga of their community, and that they hold the eternal choice of enriching the story of this earth or allowing it to stagnate.”
Simpson added that the assistantship will also further his knowledge of teaching “by providing an opportunity to learn from the teaching methods I find in Georgia, from the ‘Palace of Pupils’ activity centers to the institutional loyalty that develops by placing students in the same school from grades 1-11. I hope to see firsthand what Georgian ingenuity has brought to education.”
Simpson, a 2007 graduate of Conner High School in Boone County, Ky., has applied his own ingenuity as a tutor and mentor for EKU student-athletes in the Bratzke Student-Athlete Success Center and for some of the University’s international students.
As a member of EKU’s Honors Program, he has presented at regional and national honors conferences on topics as diverse as modern slavery, ideological globalization and the Haymarket Massacre.
“Trips with the Honors Program … have allowed me to get used to being in unfamiliar cities and have shown me a larger world,” Simpson noted.
For Simpson, it’s a world that will soon grow even larger.
The first-time accreditation, which followed a site visit, is for six years.
The EKU Program successfully met five standards related to mission and goals, institutional relationships, employers and external partners, learning environment, and learning outcomes and program effectiveness.
“Meeting these accreditation standards demonstrates that EKU’s co-op program meets the high standard outlined by the Accreditation Council, along with such institutions as the University of Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and the University of Central Florida, to name a few,” said Gladys Johnson, director of the program.
This academic year, 579 EKU students have participated in the program: 443 in the internship program and the remainder in co-op positions. “The same high standards are followed for our internship, or applied learning, program,” Johnson said.
“Currently 5,664 employers are in our database,” Johnson noted, “with 3,761 being co-op employers. These employers have supported our program and provide continued opportunities in addition to compensation for our students. Office staff and co-op faculty coordinators have developed a relationship with many of our co-op employers, and records indicate that several of our current employers date back with us to the 1980s.”
Many students in the program eventually go on to work full time where they held co-op or internship positions.
Randal Napier, center, who heads the Student Government Association at the Corbin Campus, was presented a 2011 Earth Day Award by the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) at a recent ceremony in Frankfort. Napier, who was among eight recipients of the award statewide, has initiated several projects that have enhanced the environment at the EKU Corbin campus and in the community. Others pictured, from left, are EQC Commissioner Dr. Kimberly Holmes, EQC Commissioner Tom Herman, EQC Commissioner Kim McCann, EPA Region 4 Regional Administrator Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters, and EQC Chair Scott Smith.
Randal Napier wakes up every day with a simple goal:
“To make the world a little better. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.”
More often than not, the sophomore business major from Corbin has succeeded, and that’s why he has earned an Earth Day Award from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission. Napier received the honor in a ceremony in Frankfort on April 15.
As chair of the Student Government Association on EKU’s Corbin Campus, Napier is widely known among his fellow students and throughout the community for his passion for environmental awareness.
“The Corbin campus students probably think I am crazy, but they know I want to do what’s best for the community,” Napier said. “This is important to me in a lot of different ways. I want people today to understand their effects on nature and balance we must keep, and also to look at the world in a bigger way. We are approaching 7 billion people and we must keep the natural resources protected for the future and learn to live differently. It’s not about what you have or what you take. I think it’s about what you give and what you pass on and leave for others.”
Napier’s contributions to the Corbin campus and community are numerous:
- Received a grant of $3,500 to construct a rain garden just off the Corbin Campus parking lot.
- Developed a proposal for strategic recycling distribution and collection system for the Corbin/North Whitley County area. His strategy of placing portable recycling containers in highly visible, high-traffic areas addresses a critical issue that many smaller communities face – the difficulty of establishing a cost-effective curbside recycling program where rural population is scattered over a large geographic area. Recycling was up 70 percent in the first three months of the container placements.
- Started an EKU-Corbin Environmental PRIDE Club in January of this year. Membership has surpassed 30. Two drives have netted over 25,000 pounds of waste.
- Received a $350 grant in 2009 for plastic bottle and can containers from the Business Industry Recycle Program in Frankfort.
- Worked to give Corbin Campus students more opportunities to recycle waste in classrooms.
- Arranged for lectures on renewable energy.
Napier graduated from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga., in 1996 and returned to school after some time in the hotel industry. He found an encouraging atmosphere at EKU’s Corbin Campus.
“EKU is my home,” Napier said. “EKU has supported everything I have done, and I could not have done anything if it was not for the staff, faculty and students who have helped me and given the tools of critical thinking that I can use in real life to change the world for the better.”
Rev. Charles Herrick, left, and Sally Clay Lanham, center, direct descendants of Cassius Marcellus Clay, admire the plaque designating Clay’s former home, White Hall, as a Historic Site in Journalism. At right is Hagit Limor, president of the National Society of Professional Journalists, which awards the distinction.
White Hall, the former Madison County home of abolitionist newspaper publisher Cassius Marcellus Clay, was dedicated today as a Historic Site in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists.
As she unveiled a plaque marking the distinction, SPJ National President Hagit Limor said, “The SPJ is proud to install this, and we hope many people learn not only of his viewpoint of slavery, but how he was able to use freedom of the press and his newspaper to help change the course of our history.”
The Department of Communication and the campus SPJ chapter nominated the site and were instrumental in securing the designation for White Hall, only the 99th site in the nation to be so named and the second in Kentucky. The audience for the late morning ceremony also included Al Cross, a former national SPJ president and now director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky; legendary Kentucky journalist and TV personality Al Smith, a SPJ Fellow; David Thompson, executive director of the Kentucky Press Association; two descendants of Clay; state officials; and advisers and students from the EKU SPJ chapter, among dozens of others.
Rev. Charles Herrick, a great-great-grandson of Cassius Clay and current chair of the Clay Family Society, called the occasion “an auspicious day in the life of White Hall, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Clay family. Cassius was a man of principle, willing to lay on the line his convictions.” Herrick was joined at the event by another Clay descendant, Sally Clay Lanham.
A slave owner’s son, Cassius Marcellus Clay founded an anti-slavery newspaper he called The True American. The first issue was published on June 3, 1845, in Lexington despite dominant pro-slavery sentiment in the Bluegrass region. The newspaper included articles and editorials in favor of legal emancipation and even some pro-slavery letters. After only 13 issues, a court injunction allowed a committee of Lexington citizens to shutter the newspaper. A mob seized Clay’s printing office, packed up press, type and equipment, and delivered them to the railroad depot.
But the action didn’t quiet Clay, who continued to publish his newspaper from Cincinnati, using a Lexington dateline, until 1847, and continued to be a vocal advocate for the abolition of slavery.
“So long as there is one thing in a nation which cannot be discussed, there is no freedom of speech or the press in that nation,” Clay once wrote.
President Whitlock said he was “extremely proud of the role our students and our faculty in the Department of Communication played in bringing this event to fruition. Cassius Marcellus Clay and the entire Clay family have been central figures in the history of Madison County. This is a great day for Kentucky, White Hall and Madison County.”
Limor, an award-winning investigative reporter for WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, called Clay a “hero” who used freedom of the press to “empower people, change laws and change lives. He inspires everyone to stand up for what they believe.”
Other speakers at the ceremony included Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow; Dr. Liz Hansen, interim chair of EKU’s Department of Communication and SPJ Region 5 Director; and Laura Butler and Lindsay Huffman, EKU students and SPJ members who are chairing the University’s First Amendment Celebration this week.
Hansen credited retired EKU colleague Dr. Libby Fraas for starting the efforts to secure the Historic Site in Journalism designation in the 1980s, noting that Deborah Givens, a current faculty member in the department and co-adviser with Hansen of the SPJ chapter, “revived the paperwork.”
White Hall State Historic Site, just off I-75 at Exit 95, is a restored Italianate mansion built in 1798 and remodeled in the 1860s. It is open to the public April 1-Oct 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit parks.ky.gov/findparks/histparks/wh.
Business seniors representing the top 10 percent of their graduating class, master’s students representing the top 20 percent of their graduating class and juniors representing the top 7 percent of their class were invited into membership.
Undergraduate students inducted were: Henry Darnell, junior, finance, Morning View; Lauren Kersting, senior, marketing, Covington; Kaci Knack, junior, accounting, Campton; Mary McIntosh, junior, insurance, Berea; Lindsey Meccariello, junior, general business, Lexington; Sean O’Daniel, junior, marketing/professional golf management, Burlington; and Patrick Runge, junior, accounting, Findlay, Ohio.
As the junior Beta Sigma Gamma member with the highest GPA, McIntosh was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Graduate students inducted were: Marlies Janssen, MBA, The Netherlands; Robert Jessop, MBA, Richmond; and Nicole Kingery, MBA, Richmond.
Founded as a national organization in 1913, the first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California.
Today, Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International. With the global expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, membership is no longer limited to those who have studied in the U.S. or Canada.
The mission and objectives of Beta Gamma Sigma are to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business; to foster an enduring commitment to the founding principles and values of honor and integrity; to encourage the pursuit of wisdom and earnestness; to support the advancement of business through and to encourage lifelong learning; and to enhance the value of Beta Gamma Sigma for student and alumni members in their professional lives.
More than 500,000 individuals have accepted membership in Beta Gamma Sigma; many now occupy key management and leadership positions in a variety of industries around the world.
Harbeson, of Lexington, was also the recent recipient of the $1,000 Murray S. Riffee Scholarship sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Kentucky.
A transfer from Bluegrass Community and Technical College, where she spoke at the school’s commencement in 2010, Harbeson has achieved a 3.64 GPA while also performing an internship with KDV Inc., a local contractor, and holding a part-time job with the AAA travel office in Lexington.
“I feel as though I have found my true career path,” Harbeson said. “My passion has always been in the construction and architecture field. Through my internship with KDV, I have gained experience in working with submittals, construction details, and just how a construction job works.”
Harbeson has already joined the Bluegrass chapter of National Association of Women in Construction.
“Most of the women in NAWIC are already in the construction industry,” she noted. “(They) have encouraged and helped me toward my construction management degree.”
The Riffee Scholarship honors the memory of Georgetown builder Murray Riffee, who served as president of the Home Builders Association of Kentucky in 1997. During his tenure, Riffee established the Association’s Workforce Development Task Force, which eventually became the Kentucky Construction Career Choice Council, made up of seven different construction associations. He was named to the Kentucky Housing Hall of Fame in 2000.
Twelve age-appropriate classes will be held at Glenn Marshall Elementary School on the Robert R. Martin By-Pass on weekdays June 13-24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The classes are:
- “Land before Time,” dig up fossils, build model dinosaurs and investigate what Earth was like millions of years ago, grades 1-2.
- “Wild Weather,” explore thunder, lightning, precipitation and natural disasters, grades 1-2.
- “So You Think You Can Dance?” travel through times and countries to learn multiple styles of dance, grades 2-3.
- “Tastes, Smells and Sounds of Mountains,” embark on imaginary journey to Appalachians; cooking, painting, playing music and fashioning tools from the past, grades 2-3.
- “Journey of the Black Pearl,” navigate the seas in search of buried treasure, uncover hidden clues and explore Shipwreck Cove, grade 3.
- “This Land Is Your Land,” create your own country, make maps, design a flag, even write own national anthem, grade 3.
- “CSI: Crime Scene Investigators,” use science-based inquiry to investigate crimes and find physical evidence, grades 4-5.
- “Lego MindStorm Extreme,” create a robot that shakes, rattles and rolls, grades 4-5.
- “NASA x 2,” create new protective designs for rovers on Mars, build and launch your own rocket, grades 4-5.
- “Performance Playhouse,” explore world of theatre, create characters, choose costumes, apply makeup, design sets, grades 4-5.
- “Prepare for Takeoff,” experience excitement of flight, assemble your own glider and use physics and aerodynamics to achieve flight, grades 3-5.
- “The Sky’s The Limit,” build hot air balloons, gliders and aircraft and build working rocket, grades 4-5.
“The program strongly encourages parental involvement and participation,” said Dr. Jeanie Goertz, program director.
In fact, a special parent session at 8:45 a.m. on June 22 will feature Dr. Julia Link Roberts, director and founder of the Center for Gifted Students at Western Kentucky University and the first recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children David W. Belin Advocacy Award. Also, family members and friends are invited to a Share Fair/reception on the final day of the program.
Class placement will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, so early registration is urged. The cost is $65 per class per student, and all registration by mail must be postmarked by June 3. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified individuals. For more information or to initiate registration, contact Debra Sparks with the Gifted and Talented Program in EKU’s College of Education, 859-622-2154, or Madison County Schools at 859-624-4500. Registration with payment may also be sent to: Curriculum and Instruction, Gifted and Talented, Combs Building 215, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Ky., 40475-3102, attention Debra Sparks. Checks should be made payable to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Gifted and Talented. Parents should select first, second and third choices of classes, and placement will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.
The teachers of the classes are all master teachers earning a specialization in teaching gifted students. EKU’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education offers a master’s degree in Gifted Education as well as a specialization endorsement in the field. For more information about the program, call 622-2154.
Leslie Valley, writing coordinator for EKU's Noel Studio with, from left, Madison Southern student Brooke Meachum and Madison Central students Jon Floyd, Molly Dalton and Laura Switzer.
When she first learned of Eastern’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, Vickie Moberly began to envision the collaborative possibilities between EKU and local schools.
Once Moberly, EKU’s Educational Extension Agent for Madison County, saw the state-of-the-art campus facility and began to discuss possibilities with Noel Studio Director Dr. Rusty Carpenter, “I think we both knew we had the opportunity for a unique, creative collaboration between secondary and higher education.”
On Friday, April 15, that dream was realized when 30 high school juniors and seniors who comprise the Madison County Superintendent Task Force spent a day at the Studio, polishing an upcoming presentation and, more importantly, getting an early glimpse today into what their workplace and career might one day resemble.
Before they arrived on the EKU campus, the Task Force students had completed a significant amount of research toward their presentations on technology and mentoring, which are scheduled for delivery to the Madison County Board of Education in May, Moberly noted. “Some of the work was already in writing and had been discussed orally, but was not finalized in presentation form. The goal for this collaboration was to take the work the students had already completed and move it through a developmental process that integrates research, written and oral communication, and technology to create effective presentations for each work group.”
Carpenter said the Noel Studio experience gave the high school students the opportunity to:
- receive feedback on their communication pieces before they are presented in front of a live audience;
- explore emerging technologies that will be useful in their communication design process while looking at the ways in which the technologies complement and extend their array of options; and
- hone important teamwork skills in order to effectively communicate as a group.
Moberly said the experience for the Task Force students is “value-added in terms of new learning beyond that required to successfully complete the charge of the original task. Even though students communicate in a variety of ways on a daily basis, the Studio takes an integrated approach to research, writing, speaking, and multi-modal technology that is unique not only for high school students, but for university faculty and students as well.”
The Noel Studio, located in the John Grant Crabbe Library, embodies EKU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which calls for the University to develop informed, critical and creative thinkers who communicate effectively. The facility features 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.
“The Studio itself is a non-traditional learning environment designed to inspire invention, innovation, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and information, communication and technology literacy, all of which are 21st Century skills,” Moberly said. “In a very real sense, it gives the students an opportunity to experience what their typical work day might look like in the near future.”
Carpenter said examples of such community engagement are “important for any university. This provides opportunities for staff members on the university side to learn from members of the community and for us to provide services that support the development of effective communicators in our surrounding areas. Through this partnership, high school students learn about what it means to be college students and, in particular, students on a creative campus like EKU.
“EKU students in general, and Noel Studio consultants specifically, will be leaders within the community upon graduation,” Carpenter added. “Community-university partnerships, like ours with the Teen Task Force, promote the importance of effective communication in the development of leadership skills. The communication design process, facilitated by critical and creative thinking, becomes empowering for participants on both sides.”
Moberly said the goals of this year's task force are to:
- formalize the process of transitioning student voice into student action;
- increase student leadership skills through interactive training and conversation
- with community leaders; and
- develop action plans for issues implementation including presentation to an authentic audience.
“This partnership is a great example of how universities and local schools can work together to create a project that is beneficial and satisfying to all,” Moberly said.
Panagiotis Markopoulos, Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, has been appointed to serve as a member of the American Counseling Association Graduate Students Committee.
He was selected among numerous graduate students in counseling programs throughout the nation. In addition, Markopoulos received a certificate of recognition from the ACA International Committee for serving as an invited panelist on the International Student Panel. This recognition speaks to the caliber of students representing Counseling amd Educational Psychology at EKU, noted Deneia Thomas, assistant professor in the department.
The EKU Mock Trial Team: front row, from left, Benica Triplet, Alexandra Sipes, Sara Martin, Alyssa McNabb, Chloe Richardson; back, from left, Zac Caldwell, William Foster, James Pennington and Cody Ison.
The EKU Mock Trial Team earned Honorable Mention (top 15) recognition in the National Championship Mock Trial Tournament, held April 15-17 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The EKU team finished with a 4-4 record. Eastern lost to the second-place University of Chicago team, split ballots with Penn and Boston University, and beat The Ohio State University on both ballots. It finished ahead of teams from Washington University, Drake University, Swarthmore College, Rhodes College, the University of Southern California and Case Western Reserve University.
EKU’s Benica Triplet, a senior psychology major from Fulton, was honored as an All-American Witness. She was the only witness in the tournament to receive a perfect score of 20 on one side of the case and to also qualify for an award on the other side of the case. Triplet is the top-ranked witness in the nation.
Other members of the team were James Pennington, Manchester; Sara Martin, Dawson Springs; Alexandra Sipes, Mt. Sterling; William Foster, Gilbertsville; Zac Caldwell, Elizabethtown; Benica Triplet, Fulton; Chloe Richardson, Orient, Ohio; Alyssa McNabb, Jonesborough, Tenn.; and Cody Ison, Catlettsburg. Martin and Sipes are members of EKU’s nationally recognized Honors Program.
Coaches are Sara Zeigler, Lynnette Noblitt and Tom Parker. Financial support is provided by the College of Justice & Safety, the College of Arts & Sciences, University Programs, the Department of Government, and Distinguished Alumnus Robert Sanders.
Gallery events are free and open to the public and group tours are welcome. For Gallery hours, call 622-8135 or contact Esther Randall at 622-1639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program, in the Student Success Building’s O’Donnell Hall, is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted for juvenile diabetes organizations.
Vocal arrangements ranging from “Glee” to Broadway and all styles in between will be performed.
“Participants can immerse themselves in creative writing for a week and participate in workshops discussing their and other students’ original manuscripts,” said Dr. Bob Johnson, director of the Conference. “Further feedback on students’ fiction, poetry or nonfiction is provided by faculty/writers of the conference in individual conferences. The conference is open to both emerging and experienced writers.”
Days are rounded out with group lunches and dinners. Each evening also features a reading by conference faculty. The readings, free and open to the public, will be held 7 to 9 nightly in the Noel Studio. Light snacks will be provided and authors will sign copies of books, which will be available for purchase.
Scheduled readings are:
June 6, Julie Hensley and Linda Frost
June 7, Pamela Schoenwaldt and Young Smith
June 8, Chris Holbrook and Nancy Jensen
June 9, Julie Marie Wade and Derek Nikitas
Non-credit tuition is $185 for the week. For those 65 and older, the conference tuition is free, with a non-refundable $35 application fee.
For-credit tuition is: undergraduate in-state, $263; undergraduate out-of-state, $720; graduate in-state, $383; and graduate out-of-state, $766.
The application deadline is May 28. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.english.eku.edu/mfa.
Students and non-students are encouraged to apply, and on-campus housing is available.
The conference is sponsored by the Master’s in Fine Arts Creative Writing Program and the Department of English and Theatre.
Employees celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of employment were recognized during a March 17 luncheon.
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30-, 35-, and 40-YEAR EKU EMPLOYEES – Front row, from left, Beverly Burrus, 35; John Harley, 40; Jen Walker, 35; back row, Limuel Oliver, 30; Susan Noblitt, 30; Libby Wachtel, 35; and Judy Cahill, 30.
20- AND 25-YEAR EKU EMPLOYEES – Front row, from left, Connie Howe, 25; Jeanette Lainhart, 20; Karen Young, 20; Rebecca Isaacs, 20; Nettie Buttry, 25; Samuel Hinton, 20; Muriel Stockburger, 20; second row, Vicky Saunders, 20; Mark Smith, 25; Ben Pennington, 20; Ted Lloyd, 25; Philip Campbell, 25; third row, Treka Adams, 20; Dudley Cornman, 25; Ka-Wing Wong, 20; Denise Conner, 25; Sharon Smith, 25; back row, Charles Elliott, 25; Charlotte Tanara, 25; Lee Risk, 20; Derrell Rowe, 25; and Joe Denny, 25.
15-YEAR EKU EMPLOYEES – Front row, from left, Paula Gray, Sarah Williams, Retha Sandlin, Bankole Thompson; second row, Jessie Grant, Jill Price, Jean Marlow, Marcia Pierce, Gay Woloschek; back row, Rich Middleton, Leslie Powell, Kerrie Moberly and Tom Otieno.
10-YEAR EKU EMPLOYEES – Front row, from left, Linda Bozeman, Vicki Brashear, Louisa DeBolt, Marina Prewitt, Doris Pierce, Michelle Rose, Amanda King; second row, Stephen Crump, Ian Long, Jackie Burdette, Shirley Gadd, Ashlee Oliver, Karen Lynn; third row, Paula Jones, Robert Thornsberry, Robert Wine, Michelle Estelle, Tina Nix; back row, Ed Fenton, Rich Boyle, Gus Benson and Don DeLuca.
5-YEAR EKU EMPLOYEES – Front row, from left, Brenda Whitaker, Tina Adams, Nickole Hale, James Davis, Cathy Martin, Paula Hunsucker, Emerson St. John, Stephen Haggerty, Kishore Acharya, Karrie Adkins, Tasha Vanzant; second row, Bethany Lewis, Sheila Napier, Emily Campbell, Amy Hughes, Emily Fogg, Kristin Kirkpatrick, Wanda Sears, Holly Long, Darin Poynter; third row, Julie Dunaway, April Dixon, Amy Tabb, Betty Anglin, Barry Poynter, Angela Burrows, Gary Marshall, Cynthia Downey, Jamie Bratcher; fourth row, Lisa Coltrain, Karen Neubauer, Tiffany Hamblin, Amanda McCracken, Annie Cordell, Brenda Meyring, Thomas Stephens, Eric Fuchs, Alice Humphreys; back row, James Cope, Wame Bolakoro, Jerry Pogatshnik, Ryan Wilson, Richard Prewitt, John Stratman, Parker Owens, Theresa Collins, Cecilee Tangel, James Hughes, E.J. Keeley and Simon Gray.
A full day of outdoor activities for children and adults, led by EKU faculty, staff and students, will be available at no charge at the University’s wildlife refuge and natural area. Planned events include a “Creek Crawl” to explore the stream ecosystem and learn about its diverse inhabitants, a 1.4-mile hike to discover more about the oak-hickory forest ecosystem, and a GPS scavenger hunt that will teach the basics of navigating and researching with a GPS unit.
Several all-day activities will also be offered; pre-registration for these events is not required:
- Outdoor Adventure, enjoy recreational tree climbing, mountain biking and other activities!
- Rhythms of Nature, move and groove to natural rhythms with EKU’s Percussion Ensemble and Dance Theatre.
- Weaving Naturally, participate in a collaborative project by weaving natural fibers into a work of art.
- Nature Games, enjoy a variety of games (for all ages) to learn more about the natural environment.
Several activities are scheduled in morning and afternoon sessions and require pre-registration. Participants may attend any of the planned outings; however, space is limited for many, so register early. To register, visit www.naturalareas.eku.edu/natureday.
Morning, 10 a.m.-Noon
- Woodland Creature Hunt, hunt for the hidden and camouflaged creatures living in the Maywoods forest.
- Forest Ecology Hike, discover the fascinating oak-hickory forest ecosystem on a 1.4-mile hike.
- Radio Telemetry Tracking, learn (and practice) how biologists track and study animals using radio telemetry.
Afternoon, 1-3 p.m.
- Creek Crawl, explore the stream ecosystem and learn about its diverse inhabitants. Wear old shoes or boots.
- Digital Nature Photography, investigate the beauty and complexity of nature through a camera lens. Bring or borrow a camera.
- GPS Scavenger Hunt, learn the basics of navigating and researching with a GPS unit while enjoying a scavenger hunt.
Located approximately 22 miles southwest of Richmond and the EKU campus; Maywoods straddles Garrard and Rockcastle Counties’ hilly terrain and is covered by second-growth oak and pine forests. For detailed directions, visit www.naturalareas.eku.edu/maywoodsdirections.php. (Note: GPS unit directions are incorrect for Maywoods and should not be used.)
The EKU Wildlife Society will offer a barbeque lunch concession ($5 lunch includes hamburger, chips, drink and a cookie; items also available at individual prices). Participants are also welcome to bring their own picnic lunch.
For more information, visit www.naturalareas.eku.edu/currentevents or call 622-1476.
Summer I will be May 16-June 24 and Summer II, June 27-Aug. 5. Additional blocks have been scheduled to accommodate planned curricula, graduate and cohort students. For a complete listing, visit www.eku.edu/schedulebook.
Registration is ongoing. For registration/advising schedules, visit www.eku.edu/compass.
Students may register online (through EKUDirect on the University’s homepage, www.eku.edu). The registration deadline for each course will be the first day of class, but students are encouraged to register early for maximum course availability.
Students who wish to participate in summer classes but have not yet been admitted to EKU should call 622-2106.
New students wishing to take graduate-level summer courses must apply for admission to EKU’s graduate school (859-622-1742 or www.gradschool.eku.edu) at least two weeks prior to registering, and must be admitted before registration can be completed.
Those planning to take courses at EKU’s regional campuses may call the respective campuses: Corbin, 606-528-0551 or 859-622-6640; Danville; 859-236-6866 or 859-622-6636; or Manchester, 606-598-8122 or 859-622-6644. For other campus locations, call 859-622-8367, 800-465-9191 toll free, or visit www.eku.edu/campuses.
“Summer courses serve a variety of students,” said Chris Bogie, Special Projects Manager for the Provost. “Students interested in accelerating graduation can take advantage of the compressed schedule to advance progress toward their degrees. Beginning freshmen can get a head start on their college careers. Students can also repeat courses if needed or make up classes missed when changing majors, without delaying their graduation dates. All of this is made possible during a time when classes are small and the atmosphere is relaxed.”
EKU offers many classes online. For a full list of summer online classes, visit www.eku.edu/onlinelearning/courses.
For a detailed listing of EKU fees, visit www.billings.eku.edu. For information about financial assistance, call 859-622-2361 or visit www.finaid.eku.edu. For complete information on EKU Summer Session, visit www.eku.edu/summer.
Visiting Professor Wasim Qazi
Visiting Professor Wasim Qazi 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. A professor and director for the faculty of education and learning sciences at Iqra University in Pakistan, Qazi is has come to EKU to further his studies on blended learning and school improvement models. His numerous publications, seminars and assignments speak to his singular devotion: systematically improving key aspects of the education delivery system in Pakistan and abroad. One of his current projects involves creating and energizing school curricula through the meaningful integration of new technology. He holds a doctoral degree in educational administration from Hamdard University and a master’s degree in philosophy from University of Karachi. He also received professional training on the teaching, learning, and management of the American education system from the Department of International Affairs at Western Michigan University.
What excites you most about this opportunity at EKU?
It is refreshing to note the stimulating academic milieu, work ethic and the culture of acceptance and hospitality in the EKU faculty, staff and students. Its history of continuous progression from a school, college and through to a university, as well as its commitment with community engagement is heart warming. The wonderful relationship I have developed and recognition received from my colleagues and the whole EKU fraternity has released a host of opportunities for future research, policy and reform orientated campaign. In addition, the hospitality of the EKU staff and faculty, visits to the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, Instructional Development Center, and the excitement of my five-year-old daughter, Abia, while going to Model School, thrills me the most.
What do you hope to gain professionally and personally from the experience?
This has been an extraordinary experience for me, both, on personal and professional fronts and, most importantly, the visit has proved invaluable for both EKU and Iqra University (IU). Amidst forging new relationships and imbibing the unique attributes of the EKU hamlet, we have drafted an agenda for the execution/implementation of agreement of institutional engagement between EKU and IU. The accord between the two institutions will support joint research publications, international development projects finance by International Donors agencies like USAID, World Bank among others, course(s) addressing the educational policy and management practices and PhD student exchange programs. Apart from the research and teaching opportunities, through partnership with the EKU, I anticipate establishing and implementing commonly applicable standards in higher education further complemented by cross-border exposure and internationalization. The opportunities for exchange, dialogue, and joint activities will prove especially rewarding in the capacity building and the development, strengthening, and diversification of academic linkages between the two partners.
I have learned a great deal from the interaction with the EKU scholars and I have made many friends. I must acknowledge the efforts of EKU team, and I must thank Dr. William Phillips the inspiring, encouraging and forward looking Dean, Dr. Sherwood Thompson , Dr. Kim Naugle , Dr. Norman Powell, Dr. Samuel Hinton, Dr. Neil Wright, Dr. Richard Day, Dr. Fred Ruppel, Dr. Paula Jones, Dr. Qaiser Sultana, Ms. Cindy Judd, Mr. Mustafa Jourdini, and Ms. Theresa for their unreserved support and goodwill.
We now live in a connected and interdependent world and with this agreement, EKU has established its commitment to engage not only the local but global community as well. This experience has also enriched my two young daughters and my wife visiting with me. My family and I immensely enjoyed the warm welcome and tremendous hospitality showed to us.
What do you hope to share from your experiences in Pakistan that could benefit EKU faculty and students?
It will be a fantastic opportunity to provide and share an “outsider” perspective to the contemporary issues in education in a developing country like Pakistan. It will also be possible to embark upon joint publications, secure grants for projects, establish faculty and student exchange programmes, develop reform based understanding and obtain recommendations for curriculum development.
My experience with the execution of educational development projects in Pakistan with the interventions of donors to distribute textbooks and stipend, to form school management committees, to build capacity of teacher training institutions and teacher education programs, and to rehabilitate closed schools will lead to the joint research investigation with EKU’s faculty and publication of impact studies of various development projects.
I will collaborate with Dr. Richard Day on a comparative analysis of school reform interventions, mechanism and practices adopted in Province of Sindh and Kentucky. I will work with Dr. Fred Ruppel and Paula Jones to devise a rubric for introducing and evaluating blended learning methods in developing countries or measuring the efficacy of the blended learning model in a teacher centred education context of developing countries.
Dr. Sherwood Thompson and I will develop an innovative scenario for higher education in the year 2050. This will be a comparative study addressing the challenges faced by developing and developed countries. Dr. Norman Powell and I will compare the roles, implementation approaches of NCATEs both in the U.S. and in Pakistan.
For the graduate and doctoral students of EKU, I will design courses on Educational Policy and Management Practices. My understanding of hybrid model of education will come in handy in delivering these courses using a hybrid model. The course content will allow the EKU students to have a global perspective and understand the dynamics associated with international Education development. This will help them evaluate the existing education system in the developing countries, initiate dialogue and suggest policy interventions.
Of course, as I share my experiences with EKU’s faculty and students to the best of my ability; however, I am sure to benefit much more from their experiences.
What do the educational systems in our two countries have in common, and what are some of the major differences?
Hmm. Pakistan Educational System is in the state of becoming and transition. Educationists/Stakeholders in Pakistan are too much inspired from International Educational Systems like USA, Europe and UK. Their inspiration and adapted reform intervention approach and strategy sometimes alienate them from inherent educational issues and indigenous strengths of Pakistan.
Interestingly, during my discussion on the issues and reform interventions of Pakistan Educational System, Faculty members like Dr. Richard Day and Professor Thompson find resemblances in the current Pakistani educational system and conditions with that of the educational system of Kentucky in 1930s. I hope to learn from the reforms that were implemented in Kentucky to improve its education.
Now, the existing Pakistani educational system is elitist and provides high quality of education to privileged through its expensive private English schools. The economically priced English medium schools for middle class, public schools for the lower class and madarassah for the poor children offer below par education to the students. There are primary schools that run from grade 1 to 5, secondary schools run from grade 6 to 10, and high schools called College offer grades 11 and 12. The Public Schools serve around 21 million students whereas private sector provides education to 12 million students.
The 2015 Millennium Development Goals in education -- full primary completion and gender parity in enrollments are in jeopardy in Pakistan. The school net primary enrolment rose from 42 to 52 percent and gender parity literacy rose from 45 to 54 percent between 2002 and 2006. Only 30 percent of Pakistani children graduate from secondary schools because the dropout rate from school is dangerously high, especially at the secondary level.
The country’s tertiary education policy is also inconsistent and it has failed to build sustainable institutions to equip graduates with the high-level skills needed to build a knowledge based economy. University Grants Commission federally governed higher education, but later it was dissolved and another institution, Higher Education Commission, was formed to replace it, and now once again this institution is also disbanded and a new constitutional amendment has given rights of governing higher education to provincial governments.
In addition, the lack of physical infrastructure, lack of teachers and teacher training programs, traditional teacher-centered approach, centralized curriculum, foreign textbooks and massive corruption are the barriers in the provision of universal access to students. Most of the funds are squandered due to administrative costs, governmental corruption, and the dishonesty of the NGOs. Thus, ultimately, an insignificant amount reaches the deserving beneficiaries.
However, transparency, efficient management and accountability can minimize the corruption and mismanagement of funds. USAID should fund through US universities like EKU with the track record of community engagement to enhance impact. Therefore, a greater commitment to education from all stakeholders including government, NGOs, private sector and international community is vital to enhance tertiary enrolment above a mere 5 percent by providing better access, modern infrastructure, building capacity in institutions delivering education services, and boosting quality of education and research.
At a time of such political uncertainty and, at times, heated rhetoric on all sides, what would you most want Americans to know about Pakistan and the Pakistani people?
Pakistan was split into two nations in 1971 within twenty-four years of its creation in 1947. At this juncture, it is going through an existential crisis once again and it requires substantial support from American community. The Pakistan army is fighting a war against religious militants in Pakhtunkhwa province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA); it is trying to arrest a movement of independence in Baluchistan province, while religious terrorists are murdering innocent civilians in Sindh and Punjab provinces.
The gender inequality, poverty, and illiteracy can lead any nation to militancy, intolerance, terrorism, elitism, and corruption, and the current situation of Pakistan is a live testament to this fact. In 2010, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) reported “2,542 Pakistanis were killed and 5,062 injured in terrorist attacks during last year, which includes 67 suicide attacks that killed 1,159 people. US drones killed 957 people in Pakistan’s tribal areas during the year.”
Pakistan has been on the verge of economic collapse for years that has so far been evaded by the international loans and donations. Pakistan’s foreign debt stand at US$ 55 billion and interestingly Pakistani army’s assets of its commercial enterprises are also estimated to be around the same amount. According to the latest rankings by Transparency International Pakistan is ranked at 143 among the most corrupt nations of the world. Only 2.75 million Pakistanis or 1.6 percent of the country’s estimated 160 million people, are registered taxpayers.
The recent floods in Pakistan have caused inflation to soar while a large segment of the population remains malnourished. However, the common Pakistanis are resilient, improvisers and hard workers who live without institutional support and safety net. The Pakistani establishment is barely spending 2 to 3 percent of national GDP on education and health together because of allocating huge amounts in defence and debt servicing.
Despite such a desolate portrait, Martin Luther King inspires us to hope against all hopes. Pakistanis also dream of a peaceful, prosperous and happy future and I hope to see their dream come true just as Martin Luther King’s dream came true.
I am glad and grateful to EKU for taking lead in agreeing to help Pakistanis through its engagement in education development projects, institution development, capacity building, and enhancing people to people contact. I thank the Dean, Dr. Phillips for ensuring his support and I hope that continued people to people contact between EKU and Iqra universities will lead us to grow together. I think we (people of will and skills) need the assistance of Global Community, particularly Americans, in empowering Pakistani people through education.
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Myers, Marshall. “Why Didn’t Kentucky Support the Thirteenth Amendment?” Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 25, No. 10 (April 2011), pgs. 29-32.
Valley, Leslie, and Carpenter, Russell. “No Intermission Necessary: EKU’s Transition from Writing Center to Noel Studio,” Southern Discourse. Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring 2011), pgs. 5, 7.
Procedure for Submissions
Two copies of publications and presentations by faculty and staff, including appropriate creative activities, should be sent to University Archives, Library 126. A citation for each item will be prepared by Archives staff for inclusion in EKUpdate. Papers also can be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 622-1792.