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Volume 13 • Number 5
Oct. 17, 2011
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News
• Center for the Arts Hosts Gubernatorial Debate
• Possibility of Presidential Debate at EKU Excites Students
• Alumni, Friends Invited to Celebrate Homecoming 2011
• Dean Ault Featured in Newsweek
• National Effort to Honor Fallen Soldiers Began at EKU
• EKU’s Garrison to Present Chautauqua Lecture Oct. 18
• The King of Blues Goes Maroon
• Center for Rural Development Recognizes EKU as Strategic Partner
• African/African-American Studies Program to Hold Benefit Concert
• EKU Corps Members Coordinate “Make a Difference Day” Food Drives at Area Schools
• Local Author Charles Bracelen Flood to Speak on Campus
• EKU Choirs to Present Fall Concert Oct. 25
• Labor Cabinet, EKU’S OSHA Training Institute Enter into Partnership
• EKU Uses Grant to Help Children with Autism, Their Families
• EKU Hosts Kentucky Honors Roundtable
• Dawkins Visits Campus
• Beta Theta Pi’s Delta Xi Chapter Helps Brother in Need
• EKU to Host Family Nature Day at Maywoods Oct. 22
• Power of Maroon: Leadership Spotlight

The EKU Center for the Arts hosted a Kentucky gubernatorial debate on Oct. 11. From left are moderator Bill Bryant of WKYT-TV, and candidates Gov. Steve Beshear, Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith and State Sen. David Williams. The event was sponsored by the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the League of Women Voters.
Besides creating a buzz in the community and around the Commonwealth, the possibility of a Presidential Debate at Eastern’s Richmond campus in 2012 has generated palpable excitement among those who might benefit most from such a significant national event – EKU students.

“The Presidential Debate would provide students with an opportunity to watch history in the making,” said Student Regent Rachel Mollozzi, a senior public relations major from Hebron. “How many students can say they attended a university where they were able to witness a Presidential Debate and meet the potential President of the United States?”

EKU is one of 12 colleges and universities nationwide competing to host four debates in 2012 – three Presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate. It is expected that the Commission on Presidential Debates, delegates from which visited the Richmond campus in May, will announce its selections by November 2011.

The University’s 2,012-seat Center for the Arts, which opened this fall, would serve as the debate hall. Many other adjacent facilities, such as the Business and Technology Center, Perkins Building and Alumni Coliseum, would serve auxiliary purposes.

Jeff Brock, a political science and history major from Sidney and president of the campus chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society, said a Presidential Debate at EKU would “help to shed light on both the promise and the problems that are facing the Commonwealth, like the problems in Appalachia that are mostly forgotten.

“Also, the promise and progress of Kentucky can be highlighted through the University itself,” added Brock, who previously served as an intern for Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler. “This debate could help highlight Eastern and … show that Eastern is a competitive institution and cares for its students and helps them to compete on the national level and beyond.”

Brock said he would take advantage of any opportunity to volunteer his time to the debate to “help make sure it’s a success.”

He would be among many EKU students likely to assist in staging a debate on the Richmond campus.

Erica Childress, a junior public relations major from Taylor Mill and a member of the University’s nationally renowned Honors Program, said she was “thrilled” when she first heard that EKU had entered a bid to host a Presidential Debate.

“This is perfect timing because of the new Center for the Arts and the recent recognition that EKU has been receiving,” Childress said. “Not all students are into sports or clubs on campus, but a presidential debate would be an event for all students to be excited about. This will give every student, faculty member, staff member and alum a sense of unity throughout the University.”

Childress suggested that a debate on the EKU campus would inspire students to take a more active interest in civic affairs and the political process.

“I think more students would vote in the election and become more involved in the campaigns if the debate was held here,” she said. “I doubt we will have trouble finding eager students to lend a helping hand.”

A debate on campus “would expand our knowledge of political science, help us become better public speakers, and help us to learn the effects of current events on society,” Childress added. “I don’t believe students realize how much their voice actually has an impact, and this event would let them realize how important their opinions really are.”

EKU’s bid to host a 2012 Presidential Debate also has drawn broad bi-partisan support from numerous federal, state and local officials, as well as many prominent business and community leaders.

The package that accompanied the University’s bid proposal includes strong letters of support from U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, as well as Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler; State Sen. David Williams, President of the Kentucky Senate; and State Rep. Greg Stumbo, Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives; Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie; Pearse Lyons, President of Alltech; Dave Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes; Berea Mayor Steve Connelly; Madison County Judge-Executive Kent Clark; Kim Griffo, Executive Director of the International Town and Gown Association; Ted Abernathy, Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board; and others.

Eastern graduates, their families and other friends of the University are invited to the Richmond campus Oct. 21-23 to celebrate Homecoming 2011, “EKU…Making a Difference.”

Thousands are expected for a weekend full of floats, football, music, family fun and fellowship.

A highlight of the weekend will be the Darren Zancan Band’s performance at the Colonel County Tailgate from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Coliseum parking lot. The group is fronted by Zancan, a former Eastern Progress editor who earned a bachelor’s degree from EKU in May 2011 and was selected as a student speaker for the May commencement ceremonies.

“In addition to Homecoming 2011, Eastern is also celebrating national Make a Difference Day,” said Jackie Collier, alumni relations director. “It is a great time for students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends to come together to celebrate the difference Eastern has made in so many lives.”

Activities on Friday, Oct. 21, include reunions for Beta Theta Pi, Department of Recreation and Park Administration, College of Justice and Safety, and the Association of Fire Science Technicians; open houses by the Alumni Office and Wellness Center; and a special dinner for members of the Circle of Opportunity Giving Society.

Saturday activities include the 34th annual Homecoming Run and the Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. along the traditional Lancaster Avenue-Main Street route. Early bird registration ($15) ends Friday, Oct. 14. Registration will be available on race day in the Weaver Building from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. for $20. For additional race entry information, email billy.martin@eku.edu or visit alumni.eku.edu/events/homecoming-2011.

The largest tailgate party on campus, the Colonel Country Tailgate, follows from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Coliseum Parking Lot. In addition to music by the Darren Zancan Band, the event will feature booths sponsored by campus clubs, organizations and departments; and a variety of foods from on- and off-campus vendors and restaurants.

In addition, numerous campus departments and organizations have scheduled reunion events Saturday, including the Departments of Agriculture, Technology and Family and Consumer Sciences, Beta Theta Pi and the Association of Fire Science Technicians.

Also on Saturday, tours will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. of the EKU Library and the Ron and Sherrie Lou Noel Studio for Academic Creativity and open houses will continue for the Alumni Office and the Wellness Center.

At 3 p.m., the Colonels will take on Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee State University at Roy Kidd Stadium. The coronation of a Homecoming king and queen will be held at halftime. Game tickets may be reserved by calling the EKU athletic ticket office at 622-2122 or, toll-free in Kentucky, 1-800-262-7493, ext. 2122, or by visiting ekusports.com.

The weekend will conclude Sunday, Oct. 23, with tours of the Wellness Center from 1 to 10 p.m.

For more information about any of the Homecoming activities, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 622-1260 or visit www.eku.edu/alumni.

“I can’t always remember their names, but in my nightmares I can see their faces.”

That’s how Dr. Allen Ault, now dean of the College of Justice & Safety at Eastern, describes in Newsweek magazine his oversight of five executions when he served as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Corrections from 1992 to 1995.
The recent execution of Georgia inmate Troy Davis thrust Ault into the national spotlight. He was interviewed live on MS-NBC from his home and has been quoted in numerous other national media outlets.

The Oct. 3 issue of Newsweek contains a column penned by Ault entitled “In My Nightmares I Can See Their Faces: Ordering Death in Georgia,” in which he argues that the United States “should be like every other civilized country in the Western world and abolish the death penalty,” even though he doesn’t believe any of those five executions were mistaken.

Ault brought his 30-plus years of experience to EKU in 2003 to head an academic college that offers a comprehensive array of internationally renowned undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice and police studies; correctional and juvenile justice studies; safety, security and emergency management; fire protection and safety engineering technology: homeland security; and others. In 1998, the College was approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as a Program of Distinction.

Ault has also served as commissioner of state Departments of Corrections in Georgia, Colorado and Mississippi, was a warden of a maximum-security prison, and for 11 years was president of a national criminal justice consulting firm.

In addition, Ault chaired the Department of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University after teaching at the University of Colorado. He has also served as chief of the National Academy of Corrections in Boulder, Colo.

To read Ault’s Newsweek column, visit www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/09/25/ordering-death-in-georgia-prisons.html.

Following the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, Eastern has initiated a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.

On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers at more than 140 college and universities in all 50 states across the nation, including EKU, will read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn.

Each campus participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will organize its own reading of names and will observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. at EKU). A ceremony will begin at EKU at 1:30 p.m. EST.

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed. As the National Roll Call sponsor, the goal of VKC is to have at least one institution in each of the 50 states participate in the event.

Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator and the associate director for veterans affairs at EKU, said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”

Morris, a retired Army officer and former chair of EKU’s Department of Military Science, said the impetus for the National Roll Call was a similar observance at EKU last year. “I found it so moving that I felt it would be a powerful message if we could get all 50 states involved. When the NASPA VKC wanted to do something to attract attention to the Veterans Knowledge Community, I mentioned the Roll Call idea. That’s how it got started.

“The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost,” added Morris. “Like the names inscribed at the new 9-11 Memorial in New York, each of the fallen deserve to be remembered for their sacrifice. There is no effort to raise money or promote individual programs. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.”

At EKU, the reading of the names, in chronological order, will begin at 6 a.m. between the Powell Building and the campus bookstore and continue into the early afternoon. At 10:30 a.m., an ROTC contracting ceremony will be held at adjacent Memorial Plaza, followed at 11 a.m. by a memorial service for ROTC alumni. The main ceremony at 1:30 p.m. will be on the north end of the Powell Building. Also, on the following day, Saturday, Nov. 12, the EKU-Tennessee Tech football game at Roy Kidd Stadium will feature a halftime on-field tribute to veterans.

As of Oct. 6, other Kentucky campuses, other Kentucky campuses participating in the National Roll Call are the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Sullivan University, Northern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

Morris said National Roll Call is grateful to iCasualties.org for its “steadfast recording of the fallen” over the past 10 years, from which the names of the fallen have been derived.

For information about the EKU Roll Call events or the National Roll Call effort, contact Lt. Col. Brett Morris at remembrancerollcall@gmail.com or at 622-7838. For a complete list of participating schools, visit va.eku.edu/rollcall.

“Is there a GPS for Lost in Translation?”

That’s the question that EKU professor Dr. Carole Garrison will pose in her Chautauqua lecture at EKU on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Her presentation, free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall in the Student Success Building. It is part of the University’s year-long Chautauqua series, “Living with Others: Challenges and Promises.”

“Building human community is a process, organic and fluid,” said Garrison, who teaches in the Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies. “It needs certain materials to grow and develop. Remove these and it will wither and die. It can happen in a moment, it can take years, but its oxygen is trust!

“Through the vehicle of personal stories over time and space, sometimes fast to save a life, sometimes over time to reach a common goal, and sometimes by accident as a stranger in a strange land, we will explore the dynamics of building community.

“It is not a unique experience,” she continued. “We all have been faced with building community: the first day at a new school, moving to a new neighborhood, new job, military unit, and summer camp. These stories are a bit less common: avoiding being hung in Malaysia, operating a makeshift refugee camp, navigating life in a highly charged religious arena.

“If community is any place ‘where you belong,’ than you belong at this lecture,” Garrison said.

Garrison joined the EKU faculty in 2000. From 1986 to 1992 she served as director of the University of Akron's Women's Studies Program and in 1990 was appointed to the Department of Defense committee on Women in the Military (DACOWTS). From 1992 to 1993 she served as a District Electoral Supervisor in Cambodia as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, UNTAC, returning in 1996 to serve as executive director of the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, a coordinating network of all humanitarian and development NGOs in Cambodia. While there she adopted a six-year-old orphan, now her daughter and a U.S. citizen, Tevi Seng. Before returning to the U.S. and the University, she spent six weeks as a consultant to Natural Farm Nepal (NAFAN).

From 1970 to 1974 she was a police officer with the Atlanta (Ga.) Bureau of Police, Services, where she received the Police Department's Award for Distinguished Service in 1975. In 1981 she joined the Criminal Justice faculty at the University of Akron and in 1986 served as Commander of a College-Police Academy that tested Ohio's new Basic Peace Officer Curriculum. In 1998 Garrison was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame for her work as a social activist.

Classes are welcome, and proof-of-attendance slips will be available to students in attendance.

For more information about EKU’s Chautauqua Lecture Series, visit www.chautauqua.eku.edu or contact Coordinator Dr. Minh Nguyen at minh.nguyen@eku.edu.

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King entertained a full house at the EKU Center for the Arts on Oct. 15. The 15-time Grammy winner, revered as the most important blues guitarist of the last half century, took center stage in his first appearance at EKU, noting he "would like to come back." Following the concert, he showed his true colors with an EKU hat and pin.
Fifteen years after The Center for Rural Development opened its doors, the nonprofit organization celebrated its anniversary by sharing some success stories and recognizing six individuals and one university – EKU – for their leadership.

Nearly 400 special guests joined Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, Center President and CEO Lonnie Lawson, Center staff and other dignitaries at a luncheon in Somerset.

“The vision for The Center for Rural Development 15 years ago was to transform the region. Today, it is a thriving regional hub for economic development, business leadership and training, education, the arts and cutting-edge technology,” said Rogers. “With all the great things that have culminated at the Center, we’ve only just begun.”

During the awards program, held in the Center’s theatre and filmed for a statewide broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television, EKU received the Strategic Partner Award. EKU is one of six academic institutions that develop U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA-certified national training programs for the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, of which the Center is a strategic partner. EKU supports the Center’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute summer youth leadership program by providing Presidential Scholarship offers to members of the first-place team in the program’s Business Concept Competition.

Additionally, EKU is also one of three host sites for the Center’s Rogers Explorers summer youth leadership program and, with the Center and Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, a sponsoring partner in the annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program, which recognizes the region’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The African/African-American Studies Program will host a benefit concert and silent auction on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the SSB’s O’Donnell Hall to support UNICEF’s worldwide relief efforts.

The concert is free and open to the public, but The African/African-American Studies Program will collect voluntary donations at the door to support UNICEF’s relief efforts around the world.

Part of the United Nations, UNICEF is the largest global organization working especially for children, making sure that children all over the world have access to education and health care and are protected from exploitation, neglect and abuse. UNICEF also works during emergencies, including war and natural disasters.

The benefit concert will feature internationally acclaimed Nigerian music artist Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa.

The band combines diverse musical styles, including jazz, reggae and soul, and features traditional African instruments such as gangan (talking drum), kalimba (thumb piano), assorted percussion, flutes, guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, and incorporates male and female lead and chorus vocals.

Also participating at the concert are the EKU Dance Theatre, the EKU Jazz Ensemble, the EKU Percussion Ensemble, and students from Model Lab School.

Attendees are also encouraged to participate in the silent auction.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Salome Nnoromele, director, EKU African/African-American Studies, at salome.nnoromele@eku.edu or 622-8676.

Members of EKU Corps Program are coordinating Make A Difference Day food drives at schools throughout the region.

The schools will donate all the food collected to their local food banks and to Family Resource Center backpack programs that provide critical weekend food for students who might otherwise go hungry.

In 2009, EKU Corps, the AmeriCorps program at the university, won the statewide Make A Difference Day food drive, collecting more than 42 tons of food, almost doubling the per-member contribution of the runner-up program and was honored by the Governor’s Office the following year.

In this year’s drive, Eastern’s Corps members are using various methods to help the less fortunate.

The Model Laboratory School EKU Corps member is coordinating the collection of non-perishable food items with students, counting ounces collected each day, with plans to donate the food to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Richmond.

In Garrard County, EKU Corps members and schools are working together to solicit food donations for the schools’ backpack programs and the food bank in Garrard County. Members first researched statistics about local poverty and hunger and then promoted the Make A Difference Day food drive via fliers, newspaper articles, radio announcements and the Extension Office. Members and schools have also partnered with local businesses and set up food drop-off centers throughout the county.

Rockcastle County EKU Corps members are collecting beef stew for the week of Oct. 17-22. Members conducted a poster and flier contest, with students making fliers to promote the drive throughout the county. The food collected will be donated the schools’ backpack programs.

The EKU Corps member with Burgin Independent Schools addressed a school assembly, sent home fliers with students and is promoting the drive by putting food drive boxes in local businesses and speaking to local civic organizations. The collected food will go to the schools’ backpack programs.

EKU Corps is one of the nation’s original AmeriCorps programs, dating back to 1994. SERV Corps partners with Model Laboratory School, Rockcastle County Schools, Pulaski County Schools, Garrard County Schools, Casey County Schools, and Burgin Independent Schools, as well as Bluegrass PRIDE.

The Corps members tutor at-risk reading students, teach the “Too Good for Drugs” curriculum, establish and coordinate drug education clubs, and coordinate volunteer programs.

Nancy Thames has served as the program’s director since its inception 17 years ago.

AmeriCorps is directed in Kentucky by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and nationally by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

For their service, EKU Corps members receive a living stipend and an education award that can be applied toward past or future college expenses, free health care, child care benefits if eligible, and forbearance on educational loans during their service period. The biggest benefit, though, may be the extensive service and professional experience and contacts with schools, agencies and communities that prove helpful in starting a career.

“Almost invariably,” Thames said, “our AmeriCorps members go on to good jobs after their AmeriCorps service. It definitely opens doors.”

For more information about becoming an EKU Corps member, call 859-200-2771 or visit http://www.education.eku.edu/ameri-corps.

EKU Libraries will host an Oct. 25 presentation by renowned local author Charles Bracelen Flood, who will discuss his latest book, “Grant’s Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant’s Heroic Last Year.”

The presentation, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Main Library’s Research and Commons Discovery Classroom, will be followed by a special reception and book signing.

All events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

Pulitzer Prize-nominated author William C. Davis has said of the book, “Flood has shown once more his mastery of narrating the most poignant and inspiring moments of our past.”

A New York City native, Flood graduated from Harvard. In 2001, he was honored with the Harvard Lampoon’s Clem Wood Award, past recipients of which have included George Plimpton, John Updike and Conan O’Brien.

Flood’s first novel, “Love Is a Bridge,” received national acclaim, was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 26 weeks, and won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award.

His first venture into the Civil War era, “Lee – The Last Years,” was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and won the Colonial Dames of America Annual Book Award.

In 1982, EKU conferred an honorary doctor of letters degree upon Flood.

The Department of Music will present its fall choir concert, “Made in the USA,” featuring the Madrigal Singers, Concert Choir and University Singers, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in Brock Auditorium.

The program will include music by American composers such as Eric Barnum, Aaron Copland, David Dickau, Craig Hella Johnson, Morten Lauridsen, Frank Ticheli and Eric Whitacre.

Dr. Richard Waters, director of choral activities and associate professor of music at EKU, and Lynne Thomas Parks, a graduate student in choral conducting, will lead the choirs. The groups will be accompanied by Gabriel Evans, Chase Moore, Matthew Pettigrew and Alvie Snyder.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 622-1336 or contact Waters at richard.waters@eku.edu.

<i>Front row, from left: Gary Abney, chair, EKU Board of Regents; State Rep. Rita Smart; Mark Brown, Secretary, Kentucky Labor Cabinet; Dr. Charles Hickox, dean, EKU Continuing Education and Outreach; Tammy Cole, system director for non-credit programs, EKU Continuing Education and Outreach; Kimberlee Perry, director of education and training, Ky. Department of Workplace Standards. Back row, from left: Kathy Murphy, training specialist, OSHA Training Institute Education Center; Josh Dahl, training, OSHA Training Institute Education Center; Will Drake, administrator, OSHA Training Institute Education Center; Danny Vernon, branch manager, education and training, Department of Workplace Standards; Bill Carey, construction partnership administrator, Department of Workplace Standards, education and training; and State Sen. Jared Carpenter.</i>
Front row, from left: Gary Abney, chair, EKU Board of Regents; State Rep. Rita Smart; Mark Brown, Secretary, Kentucky Labor Cabinet; Dr. Charles Hickox, dean, EKU Continuing Education and Outreach; Tammy Cole, system director for non-credit programs, EKU Continuing Education and Outreach; Kimberlee Perry, director of education and training, Ky. Department of Workplace Standards. Back row, from left: Kathy Murphy, training specialist, OSHA Training Institute Education Center; Josh Dahl, training, OSHA Training Institute Education Center; Will Drake, administrator, OSHA Training Institute Education Center; Danny Vernon, branch manager, education and training, Department of Workplace Standards; Bill Carey, construction partnership administrator, Department of Workplace Standards, education and training; and State Sen. Jared Carpenter.
The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards and Eastern’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center have entered into a partnership that will advance their common goal of workplace safety.

At the conclusion of an Oct. 3 news conference on the Richmond campus, Cabinet and University officials joined to sign the agreement, which calls for the partners to:

  • sustain an open communications policy in a manner that encourages respect and understanding.
  • share knowledge of the best work practices that improve job site safety and health performance.
  • cooperate in the development and continuous improvement of safety training programs for the workplace and Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health personnel.
  • promote the recognition for excellence in workplace safety throughout the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Mark Brown said Kentucky “is well-known for having a very productive workforce. What we’re working for is having one of the safest workplaces in the nation.”

Brown said the partnership with EKU OTIEC will improve efficiency.

“We are going through some tough economic times,” he said, “and we are constantly looking for ways to improve and provide services in a more economical way. Working with the University, it’s going to be a great partnership. The Kentucky Labor Cabinet is thrilled.”

The registration fee for courses offered by OIEC at EKU will be waived for Kentucky Labor Cabinet-Department of Workplace Standards employees. The class must have an available student slot open, and participants must meet course pre-requisites as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Students may be required to supply their own training materials or purchase them from EKU OTIEC.)

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet-Department of Workplace Standards and EKU OTIEC will each have web links to the other party as an available resource, and OTIEC and Cabinet representatives will meet at least quarterly to discuss changes in regulations and policies and other updates in the safety field.

One purpose of the partnership is to provide EKU OTIEC with training and guidance applicable to its needs. All training provided by the Cabinet will be available to EKU OTIEC at no direct or indirect cost.

EKU hosts one of 25 OSHA Training Institute Education Centers across the U.S. Noting that EKU’s Center ranks among the leaders nationwide in the numbers of students served, Dr. Charles Hickox, dean of Continuing Education and Outreach at EKU, said, “Our goal is to be number one in the nation every year.”

Other speakers at the event were Will Drake, administrator for the EKU OTIEC; Rich Boyle, associate dean of Continuing Education and Outreach at EKU; State Sen. Jared Carpenter; and State Rep. Rita Smart.

OTIEC was launched at EKU in 2003, according to Rich Boyle, and has grown to feature 10 full-time staff members and many instructors.

The Center serves Region IV, an eight-state region, and offers a variety of safety and health training courses, drawing upon the expertise of internationally recognized EKU faculty (both current and retired), as well as area safety and health professionals. EKO OTIEC also offers on-site customized training to meet specific organizational needs. For more information about EKU’s OSHA Training Institute Education Center, visit www.ceo.eku.edu/osha or call 622-2961.

EKU is the primary training provider for safety courses for the U.S. Army at the Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker in, Alabama. Eastern also has an ongoing partnership with the U.S. Army for safety courses. In the past year, the University has conducted training at Fort Rucker, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Polk in Louisiana, Camp Coiner in Seoul, Korea, and at the annual U.S. Army Safety Symposium.

A series of grants from the WHAS Crusade for Children has enabled EKU to enhance a program designed to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families.

The University recently received $4,068.75 from the Crusade, the third consecutive year the Louisville station has assisted the ASD program, which was begun many years prior to the grants.

One evening a week throughout much of each spring semester, faculty and students from the EKU departments of Psychology and Occupational Therapy lead social skills groups for 10-15 children with ASD in the University’s Psychology Clinic while simultaneously the children’s parents (and, in some cases, siblings) are meeting with Psychology faculty and graduate students. In addition, each fall faculty and student leaders work with school groups in the community.

Because the most common developmental difference for people with autism lies within the area of social function, children with ASD “often exhibit difficulties in successfully interacting with others, leading to challenges in the home, school and community,” said Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, professor of psychology and co-faculty supervisor of the project along with Dr. Peggy Wittman, professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Using a Lifestyle Performance Model as the framework for group development, faculty and students organize activities for the children around four core themes: “Taking Care of Myself,” “Doing Something for Others,” “Things I Like to Do,” and “Playing with Others.” In addition, because children with autism often have “intense special interests, we try to incorporate their favorite things,” Bundy noted.

“We want to help the children function in life,” she said, “and provide them with a social opportunity.

Most of the children served by the EKU program are of elementary school age, and some of the families drive as much as two hours to visit the Richmond campus. Services are provided at a modest cost on an ability-to-pay basis.

In addition to the obvious benefits for the children and families, 10-15 EKU graduate and undergraduate students in psychology and occupational therapy gain supervised field work and observation opportunities.

“Students, especially at the graduate level, are the backbone of this program,” Bundy said. “They are having an impact on children in multiple ways. I hope that they’ll be interested in working with this population in the future and that they’ll have some ideas for intervention.”

EKU offers an interdisciplinary autism certificate program for graduate students. The program is a joint effort of the psychology, occupational therapy, special education and communication disorders programs.

Wittman said the occupational therapy students, in particular, provide “a specialized knowledge in task analysis that allows leaders to select fun activities that also meet individual and group therapeutic goals. The (OT) students in turn have gained invaluable knowledge about how families and children on the autism spectrum cope with everyday life, respond to others, and engage in occupations including play.”

As for the parents, the “support” element is vital, Bundy said. “Parents report that it’s helpful for them to meet others with similar experiences.”

To learn more about services EKU provides for children with autism and their families, contact Bundy at myrabeth.bundy@eku.edu or at 622-1103.

EKU’s Honors Program hosted the fall Kentucky Honors Roundtable Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

One hundred and thirty-five honors directors, faculty, staff, and students from seven of the eight member programs — EKU, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University — came together on Friday, Sept. 30 in the Keen Johnson Ballroom for dinner and country dancing with Deborah Thompson and the Berea Country Dancers and Al White’s string band.

Events on Saturday, Oct. 1 included posters and artwork presentations in the morning and more than a dozen sessions of paper presentations ranging on topics from antibacterial gold nanoparticles to the World War I poetry of Wilfred Owens. A number of sessions focused on honors issues exclusively, including presentations on honors admissions, peer mentoring in honors, honors cultural and educational adventures, and the “alphabetizing” of honors programs.

The Kentucky Honors Roundtable meets twice annually; each member program or college hosts the conference approximately every four years. EKU last hosted the KHR conference in the spring of 2008.

University of Louisville students Rachel Rice and Sean Warren were among many who waited in line to meet Dr. Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists, following his Chautauqua lecture on campus Oct. 6. His lecture drew audience members from across the Commonwealth, as well as other states. (Public Relations Photo by Stephanie Cole.)
The Delta Xi Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at EKU recently donated all of the proceeds from its annual Beta Rose Pageant to a fraternity brother in need.

An active brother of the chapter, Ryan Dunn, suffered debilitating injuries from a car accident in the summer of 2010. Since then, his health has improved but he is still confined to a wheelchair. To help cover the medical bills associated with the injuries, the brothers of the Richmond chapter donated more than $1,600, raised through the event to Dunn.

The chapter holds the Beta Rose Pageant annually, and each sorority on campus participates to compete for a sweetheart title in the fraternity. While the money collected from the event is usually donated to the American Cancer Society, Beta Theta Pi’s national philanthropy, this year the brothers felt a donation to assist Dunn was more appropriate.

“The chapter is proud of its loyalty and brotherhood, and the ability to make a difference for Ryan and his family,” said Chapter President Kip Mountjoy.

Among the top 20 percent of college fraternities in size, Beta Theta Pi was the first to be founded west of the Allegheny Mountains and the first to locate a chapter west of Mississippi River. Established in 1839, Beta Theta Pi has 125 chapters and colonies in the U.S. and Canada.

The Division of Natural Areas will host “Family Nature Day” at the Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The outdoor activities for children and adults, led by EKU faculty, staff and students, will be available at no charge at the University’s 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, a bird tracking adventure and a woodland creature hunt.

Several all-day activities will also be offered (pre-registration for these events not required):

  • Slithering Friends. Learn how to distinguish venomous snakes from the non-venomous variety.
  • Outdoor Adventure (mountain biking and slackline fun).
  • Fishing Basics (equipment provided).
  • Nature Games and Crafts. Enjoy a variety of games and crafts (suitable for all ages) to learn more about the natural environment.

Several additional 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 early registration is urged.

Morning, 10 a.m.-Noon

  • Forest Ecology Hike, discover the fascinating oak-hickory forest ecosystem on a 1.4-mile hike.
  • Creek Crawl, explore the stream ecosystem and learn about its diverse inhabitants.
  • Bird Tracking Adventure, learn and practice how biologists capture, band, and track birds using mist-nets and radio telemetry.

Afternoon, 1-3 p.m.

  • Woodland Creature Hunt, hunt for the hidden and camouflaged creatures living in the Maywoods forest.
  • Gifts from the Trees, discover what trees are in the forest and the foods and gifts they provide.
  • GPS Scavenger Hunt, learn the basics of navigating and researching with a GPS unit during a scavenger hunt.

Located approximately 22 miles southwest of Richmond and the EKU campus; Maywoods straddles the hilly terrain of Garrard and Rockcastle counties 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.)

Lunch concessions will be provided by the EKU Wildlife Society.

For more information, visit www.naturalareas.eku.edu/currentevents and click on Family Nature Day. To register, e-mail maywoods@eku.edu or call 622-1476.

<i>Tom Appleton, Professor of History</i> (Visit www.eku.edu/photo/darkroom to learn more about the making of this photo.)
Tom Appleton, Professor of History (Visit www.eku.edu/photo/darkroom to learn more about the making of this photo.)
History Professor Tom Appleton, who is overseeing EKU’s upcoming sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War, 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. Appleton joined the EKU faculty full-time in August 2000, after serving for 21 years as head of the publications program at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. But he actually began teaching for EKU in 1991 as an adjunct on the Richmond and Danville campuses. Appleton holds a bachelor's degree in history and modern foreign languages from the University of Memphis and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in U.S. history from the University of Kentucky.

During what time frame will activities related to the observance take place?
Our original thought was to have a semester-long observance in Fall 2012, which will mark the 150th anniversary of the decisive Battle of Perryville in October 1862. That battle ended any possibility that Kentucky might join the Confederacy. The fall semester seemed like the logical time. But then when we were notified that EKU is a finalist to host a presidential or vice presidential debate, we changed our plans a bit. We knew that the entire campus would have its attention focused on a debate if it were held here, so we have decided to spread our Civil War events throughout the 2012-13 academic year. We now are planning a year-long observance.

You have begun the process to plan some events and encourage the planning of others. What are some of the diverse ways in which might Eastern observe this anniversary?
The President and Provost asked me to canvass the EKU community to see if there was interest in having the University launch this initiative. Over the summer I met with, e-mailed, or spoke by telephone with some 60 administrators, faculty and staff. I found that there was a high level of interest in the Civil War, generally, and in having EKU do something special to commemorate the 150th anniversary. Some departments are planning to offer special courses for the first time. The History Department, among others, will be bringing in guest speakers. The Art Department is sponsoring a juried exhibition. We have a gifted faculty who have special expertise on the Civil War specifically or conflict in general. One of our colleagues in Psychology, for example, will share her research on battle trauma and PTSD. Thus far, more than two dozen departments or programs have signaled their intention to offer some type of special programming. We see the entire Sesquicentennial as a golden opportunity to reach out to our friends in Richmond, Madison County and our entire service region.

Kentucky played a pivotal role in the Civil War. How might this be spotlighted?
It is no overstatement to say that Kentucky and Kentuckians were on the minds of most Americans, North and South, throughout the war. President Lincoln perhaps put it best when he commented, "I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky." Both sides waited anxiously to see how Kentuckians would cast their lot. Would they remain loyal to the Union, as Henry Clay had always urged, or would they choose secession? People today often forget that at the most crucial time in our history, both countries – the United States and the Confederate States – turned to native Kentuckians for leadership, that is, to Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Some of the speakers we expect to bring to campus will be leading authorities both on the national struggle as well as on how the conflict transformed the commonwealth. They will be looking at such areas as Lincoln and civil liberties, Civil War medicine and pharmacy, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the changes wrought by the war for African Americans as well as women of both races.

Why have this sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War, and what do you hope the University community gains from the experience?
President Whitlock has emphasized that our observance will be just that, an observance, a commemoration. We have no desire to glorify war or to re-fight long-ago battles. The Civil War is often called the defining moment in America’s history. The Sesquicentennial affords us an opportunity to pause and consider how the very fabric of our nation unraveled and how we found ourselves in the most tragic sort of a war, a civil war. Kentuckians felt the tragedy of war perhaps more keenly than others because in the commonwealth the war literally was “The Brothers’ War.” Many families saw one son ride north to fight for the Union while another son headed south to join the Confederacy.


Publications & Presentations

Anyanwu, Ogechi E. The Politics of Access: University Education and Nation-Building in Nigeria, 1948-2000, Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011.

Blythe, Hal, and Sweet, Charlie. It Works for Me, Creatively: Shared Tips for the Classroom, Stillwater, Okla.: New Forums, 2011.
ARTICLES:
Apostel, Shawn. “Introduction: Process,” pgs. 18-19.
Apostel, Shawn. “Unlearning Rules and Embracing Creativity: Using Prezi to Rethink PowerPoint,” pgs. 67-69.
Carpenter, Russell. “A Space for the Rising Creative Class: Media, Literacy, and Innovation in the Noel Studio,” pgs. 13-16.
May, Fred. “Creating Theory Stories: Methodology from the Eastern Kentucky University, Professional Learning Community on Family History and Critical Thinking,” pgs. 126-129.
Napier, Trenia. “Introduction: Product,” pgs. 120-124.
Valley, Leslie. “Introduction: Environment,” pgs. 84-85.

Morgan, T., and Carnes, L.W. “Parents of Millennial Students: Friend or Foe of College Students?” KBEA Journal [Kentucky Business Education Association]. (Spring 2011), pgs. 9-10, 27.

Carpenter, Russell, and Napier, Trenia. “Collaborative Learning in an Integrated Space: Research and Multimodal Communication for the 21st Century,” Kentucky Library Association Conference, Louisville, Ky., Sept. 29, 2011.

Carpenter, Russell. “Industry-University Partnerships: Exploring Concepts and Practices through Emerging Technologies,” Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference, Harrisonburg, Va., Oct. 7, 2011.

Cumiskey, K. “Teaching Through Application: Project-Based Learning.” KBEA Journal [Kentucky Business Education Association], (2011), pgs. 26, 28.

Foote, Margaret. “Slavery, War, Family, and Work: Oral History Interviews of African Americans in Kentucky.” Kentucky Library Association Conference, Louisville, Ky., Sept. 30, 2011.

Hart, Beverly G. “Reflections From the Hill: Emergency Nurses Advocating for Behavioral Health Care,” ENA Connection [Emergency Nurses Association], Vol. 35, No. 9 (October 2011), pg. 26.

Hunter, Sandy. “EMS Evaluation: How Do We Know What Works?” Kentucky EMS Conference, Lexington, Ky., Sept. 29, 2011, [Invited speaker].

Glass, William R. and Keller, James R. “Movies and Foreign Policy: From Third Man to Zentropa,” Transatlantic Encounters: Philosophy, Media, Politics, Eds. Elzbieta H. Oleksy and Wieslaw Oleksy, Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang, 2011, pgs. 109-117.

Larsgaard, J.C. “Clickers in the Classroom: Do They Enhance Good Pedagogy or Just Patch a Problem?” Journal of Research in Business Information Systems, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Spring 2011), pgs. 69-79.

Marcum, Brad; Napier, Trenia; and Trainor, Cindi. “Current Issues in Distributed Learning and Virtual Librarianship: ACRL Standards.” Distributed Learning and Virtual Librarianship, Ed. Sharon G. Almquist, Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2011, pgs. 89-120.

May, Fred; Hardin, Christy; Buchanan, Melody; and Buchanan, William. “Eastern Kentucky University: Developing Informed, Critical and Creative Thinkers in Emergency Management,” Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, Md., June 2011.

May, Fred; Keck, James; Rupp, Rene; Hardin, Christy; Buchanan, William; and Buchanan, Melody. “Teaching Seismic Hazards in the Emergency Management Classroom,” Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, Md., June 2011.

Myers, Marshall. “Dueling: Kentucky Style,” Back Home in Kentucky, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Fall 2011), pgs. 54-56.

Myers, Marshall. “John Hunt Morgan and His Men Escape the Ohio State Penitentiary,” Kentucky Explorer, Vol. 26, No. 5 (October 2011), pgs. 21-23.

Myers, Marshall. Neither Blue Nor Gray: Stories of the Civil War in Kentucky, Ashland, Ky.: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2011.

Palmer, Becca. “ADA Compliance in Online Learning,” Converging Trends in Teaching and Learning Conference, Erlanger, Ky., May 2011.

Ramsey, Marianne P. “Collecting Kentucky Antiques: Looking at the Noe Collection,” Speed Art Museum Event, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 22, 2011.

Robles, M.M. “Accounting Computer Software: A Boost or a Bust for Beginning Students,” International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference, Orlando, Fla., January 2011.

Robles, M.M. “Add It Up: Is Technology in Education a Numbers Game?” Federation of Business Disciplines Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2011.

Robles, M.M., and Spain, J.W. “The Case of ‘Wikidness,’” Case Studies in Computer Ethics, Ed. Peter F. Meggison. Little Rock, Ark.: Delta Pi Epsilon, 2011, pgs. 138-147.

Robles, M.M. “Communication TEN: People Watching: Technology, Etiquette, and Nonverbals,” Association for Business Communication Convention, Chicago, Ill., October 2010.

Robles, M.M. “Develop Quality Business Presentations for the International Audience,” Xinchang Pharmaceutical Company, Xinchang, Zhejiang, China, July 2010.

Robles, M.M. “Financial Literacy of First- and Second-Year College Students,” International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference, Orlando, Fla., January 2011.

Robles, M.M. “History of Online Education and its Impact on Business Education,” Online Business Education, Ed. L. Gueldenzoph Snyder, National Business Education Association Yearbook, No. 49, Reston, Va.: National Business Education Association, 2011, pgs. 1-15.

Robles, M.M. “The Impact of Information and Media Literacy on Teaching Today’s Generation of College Student,” Delta Pi Epsilon Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2010, [Presented by J.C. Larsgaard] .

Robles, M.M. “An International Business Communication Experience in China,” Association for Business Communication Convention, Chicago, Ill., October 2010.

Robles, M.M. “Just When You Thought You Knew the APA Writing Style: Yet Another Edition,” Federation of Business Disciplines Conference, Houston, Texas, March 2011.

Robles, M.M. “Prompting Students to Think Critically in the Business Information Systems Classroom,” Journal of Research in Business Information Systems. Vol. 4, No. 4 (Spring 2011), pgs. 36-54.

Spain, J.W., and Robles, M.M. “Academic Integrity Policy: The Journey.” Business Communication Quarterly. Vol. 74, No. 2 (June 2011), pgs.151-159.

Smolira, J.C., and Travis, D.H. “Applying Options in the Classroom: Selling Calls and Puts on Grades,” Journal of Financial Education, Vol. 37, No. 1/2 (Spring/Summer 2011), pgs. 43-53.

Zhang, Z.; Lu, X.; and Li, Y. “Corporate Governance and Customer Satisfaction,” International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 2, No. 9 (May 2011), pgs. 289-292.


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 debbie.whalen@eku.edu. For more information, call 622-1792.