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Volume 5 • Number 13
Feb. 23, 2004
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The Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on Saturday, Feb. 21, accepted $933,000 in endowment gifts that qualify for matching through the Council on Postsecondary Education?s Bucks for Brains Program.

The Board also approved a bioinformatics option within the master?s degree program in biology. Students will take 26 hours of biology and computer science courses at EKU and then become visiting students at the University of Louisville for the final 12 hours of the program. The option will allow them to work on research projects at U of L during their semester there.

Bioinformatics is an emerging area of study and research that crosses the disciplines of both biology and computer science.

James Street, director of the Division of Facilities Services, updated the Board on several projects. He said:

  • The first $1.8 million electrical renovation project is ?substantially complete,? and the design documents for the final portion of the project, estimated at $7 million, are under review by Facilities Services staff. ?Because of recent problems with our electrical system, design work on this project has accelerated, and a late April or early May bid date is anticipated,? Street said. Additionally, work has begun on the bond sale that will provide financing for the project.
  • The new Southeast Regional Postsecondary Education Center in Corbin is ?very near substantial completion,? with the official completion date set for March 31.
  • Work continued indoors on the fitness and wellness center, which is expected to open by late April.
  • The Business and Technology Center will bid March 4. Construction is expected to take 17 months.

Also at the meeting, the Board re-elected Fred Rice as chair.

More News
Students, faculty and staff at EKU will soon have a new way to identify themselves.

In response to identity theft incidents nationwide and rising concerns about the widespread use of Social Security numbers as the primary identifier in web-based programs and records, the University has decided to assign a computer-generated, randomly chosen number to each member of the campus community. The new system will be implemented beginning Monday, March 8, the first day of Spring Break for students.

For three EKU students, their classroom this semester is the nation?s capital. Bryan Bushnell, Christopher Crowe and Kishonna Gray were selected for internships through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

As part of the Office for the New Economy?s Safety and Security Initiative, the Justice and Safety Center at EKU is evaluating a hands-free two-way radio communication system for possible use by public safety agencies.

EKU?s Spring Job Fair, on Wednesday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Keen Johnson Ballroom, is an excellent opportunity for students and alumni (from EKU and surrounding universities and colleges) to meet employers looking for internships or co-op students, or full-time professional candidates.

C.J. Harding as Patsy Cline
C.J. Harding as Patsy Cline
"Denim ?n Diamonds Concert: A Tribute to Patsy Cline" will be held Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Auditorium. Tickets are $15.

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

Elizabeth Chenault-Huguley, Senior Office Associate, Human Resources
Elizabeth Chenault-Huguley, Senior Office Associate, Human Resources
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