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Volume 13 • Number 11
Jan. 23, 2012
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The New Science Building opened for classes on Jan. 9, the first day of the spring semester.

Eastern is one of 14 colleges and universities nationwide selected to participate in the Tillman Military Scholars Program for the 2012-13 academic year.

President Whitlock told EKU’s Board of Regents on Jan. 17 that he has “the will, energy and ability” to lead the institution in the “challenging days ahead.”

Matthew Pianalto, an assistant professor in Department of Philosophy & Religion, has written the winning entry in the Robert Papazian Annual Essay Prize on Themes from Ethics and Political Philosophy. The €1500-prize (more than $2,300) was established in memory of a young man executed for his ideas and political ideals.

Dr. Sherwood Thompson, assistant dean and associate professor in EKU’s College of Education, has been selected to participate in 2012 class of The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) at the University of California, Berkeley.

An academic course at EKU has earned national recognition from an unusual source.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Animals and Society Institute have honored the university’s Introduction to Animal Studies course, taught by Dr. Robert Mitchell, with its 2011 Distinguished Established Course Award.

“If you see something wrong, eventually you’re going to have to do something about it. You can’t study it forever.”

That advice from Rosa Parks, given while helping Bob Zellner and four other Huntingdon College students elude arrest for attending a civil rights meeting in a Montgomery, Ala., church in 1959, would propel Zellner down an unlikely path for a white southerner of his generation – to more than 50 years as a civil rights activist.

Zellner and the other members of the Huntingdon Five, as they became known, had gone to Montgomery to interview Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. for a college sociology paper, despite warnings from their college professor and King himself about the chances of being arrested.

When the police showed up as expected, the boys wanted to try to escape arrest so King went out one door as a distraction while Parks went with them to another exit – and delivered her life-changing words to Zellner.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, Zellner will present a lecture at Eastern Kentucky University based on his award-winning memoir, “The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement,” which documents the path Zellner took after that fateful meeting.


A juried art exhibition on EKU’s Chautauqua theme “Living with Others” will be on display Jan. 23 through Feb. 17 in the Giles Gallery, located in the Jane F. Campbell Building.

The third annual issue of Jelly Bucket, the international literary journal designed and produced by students of EKU’s Bluegrass Writers Studio, is now available in Barnes & Noble, Hastings, and Bookstar outlets from coast to coast.

Dozens of cultural events are scheduled during the spring semester by academic programs at EKU. They include concerts, plays, dance performances and art exhibits.

The Division of Continuing Education and Outreach will offer more than 120 community education courses from January through June, including many new offerings.

Richard Waters, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Richard Waters, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Richard Waters, associate professor of music and director of Choral Activities, 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. Waters, who joined the EKU faculty last summer, received a bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University, a master’s degree in choral conducting from the Hartt School of Music, and a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Previously director of choral activities at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., Waters received the DSU Foundation Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

Martin, Sally (English and Theatre). EKU Writing Project 2012 Summer Institute and Fall Follow-up. Kentucky Department of Education. $44,861.

Herlihy, Jack (College of Education). College and Career Mentors and Allies. Morehead State University. $25,000.

Porter, Diana (Curriculum and Instruction). Sustainability of the Adolescent Literacy Coaching Project. Collaborative Center for Literacy Development. $9,988.

Wachtel, Elizabeth (Training Resource Center). Mental Health and Substance Abuse Initiative: SPEAK. Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. $238,897.