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Volume 6 • Number 4
Oct. 4, 2004
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News
• Finance Expert Visits Campus
• Madison County to Remember Victims of Domestic Violence
• American Democracy Project Leader to Speak on Campus
• 'Hedda Gabler' Opens Theatre Season
• Public Radio Series Profiles Musical Icon Leonard Bernstein
• EKU AmeriCorps Members Attend Statewide Training Session
• EKU Libraries to Feature a Four-Program Series on Japanese Culture
• Discrimination in the Gay and Lesbian Community Topic of Chautauqua Lecture
• Keith Honored at Retirement Reception
• EKU Volunteers Help Build Habitat House
• EOE Offers Training Sessions for Campus
• Moving Forward Together: Leadership Spotlight

Wall Street entrepreneur Bob Stovall, left, was welcomed to campus by College of Business and Technology Dean Bob Rogow. Stovall was on campus to speak to a finance class and give informal remarks at a luncheon with alumni and community business leaders of EKU and CB&T. A graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University, he studied political economy at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The Louisville native has been a regular panelist on "WALL $TREET WEEK With Louis Rukeyser," the PBS television program about investing, since 1976. He was elected to that program's "Hall of Fame" in 1995. He is also a commentator on CNN, CNBC-TV, Bloomberg and Reuters.
The annual “Take Back the Night” observance will be held at the Madison County Courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. to heighten awareness about the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The event will include guest speakers, live music, a vigil, a march and an open forum allowing guests to voice their opinions. Live music by Bradlee Burtner will precede the event at 6 p.m.

The speakers will be President Joanne Glasser; Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson; Carol Jordan, director of the Center of Research on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky; Dr. Wardell Johnson; Sue Reimondo from Berea College; and Pam Black Wayne, associate professor of social work at EKU. Vocalists Amber Jones and Brandon Jones will perform during the event.

“'Take Back the Night' is a wonderful collaboration between the Madison County community and EKU,” said Amanda Woods, health educator for EKU’s Student Health Services. “It shows how important these issues are to all of us.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, dedicated to remembering victims and raising awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For more information, call 859-622-6221, or contact amanda.woods@eku.edu.

George Mehaffy, national director of the American Democracy Project and vice president for leadership and change with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, will speak at EKU on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

His address, “Civic Engagement in Higher Education,” will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Pearl Buchanan Theatre in the Keen Johnson Building.

EKU is one of five institutions in Kentucky and 146 nationwide participating in the American Democracy Project for Civic Engagement.

The project, launched last year by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in cooperation with the New York Times, seeks to increase the number of undergraduate students who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful civic actions to reverse declining levels of participation in the civic life of America.

"Hedda Gabler," written by Henrik Ibsen, opened the 2004-05 Theatre season with performances Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Remaining productions for the year will be "Epic Proportions," "Guys and Dolls" and "Shivaree."
Listeners of EKU’s public radio stations can learn about acclaimed composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein in the new documentary series, "Leonard Bernstein: An American Life." The programs, hosted by actress Susan Sarandon, will air Sundays at 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 10 on WEKU 88.9FM in Richmond/Lexington, WEKH 90.9FM in Hazard, WEKF 88.5FM in Corbin and in streaming audio at www.weku.fm.

From his acclaimed musical “West Side Story” to his popular young people’s concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein is an icon of American music. Bernstein (1918-1990) was the last classical musician of our time to be a household name. His popularity stemmed not only because of his ability to conduct and compose, but also because of the power of his personality and his passion to communicate, through music, about life, love and the human condition. Many people in the 1960s and beyond were the beneficiaries of Bernstein’s intense music making and insightful commentary on his “Young People's Concerts.”

Virtually every aspect of Bernstein’s career and life will be explored in the 11 one-hour programs comprising the series, from how his Eastern European Jewish heritage influenced his development and how he was helped by musical greats like composer Aaron Copland and conductor Dmitri Mitropolous. The programs will explore his music for Broadway as well as the concert stage and examine why he felt a sense of failure at the end of his career.

The series presents Bernstein’s own correspondence (as read by his daughter Jamie) as well as interviews with more than 100 people who knew and worked with him. These luminaries include John Adams, Marin Alsop, Bobby McFerrin, Hal Prince, Mary Rodgers, Mstislav Rostropovich, Stephen Sondheim and many others.

"Leonard Bernstein: An American Life" is produced in cooperation with The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc., and a formal association with The Library of Congress. Executive Producer Steve Rowland is a long-time radio producer who has created numerous acclaimed musical documentaries including the Peabody Award-winning “Miles Davis Radio Project.”

President Glasser offered congratulations to the 2004-04 EKU AmeriCorps Members and officials during a statewide training session in Frankfort on Sept. 29. AmeriCorps Members assist with literacy/training programs for first- through third-graders in local schools through the AmeriCorps/Student Service Consortium Center for Community Service headquartered at EKU.
The EKU Libraries will present “Live at Your Library: A Celebration of Japanese Culture,” a four-program series on Japanese culture, Oct. 6-7, in the Grand Reading Room of Crabbe Library.

The first program, “Flower Arranging,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., “Tea Ceremony” will be 7 to 8:30 that evening. “Origami for Children” will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and “Traditional Japanese Music” from 7 to 8:30 that evening.

“One of the goals of EKU Libraries is to serve as a cultural center for the university,” said Dr. Greg Engstrom of the EKU Music Library. “For 2004, we decided to expand our live programming beyond just music, with the result being a celebration of Japanese culture.”

Each program will be a combination of lecture and demonstration and will include complimentary refreshments of Japanese cuisine.

Twelve individuals from Japan will be the primary lecturers and performers for the programs. Four of the visitors are musicians and the other eight will lead the tea ceremony, flower arranging and origami programs.

In conjunction with the EKU International Cinema Series, several Japanese films will be shown in the library. For titles, dates and times visit the cinema series website at www.library.eku.edu/staff/sica/filmweb.htm.

The four-program series is sponsored by: Aisin Automotive Products, American Library Association, Friends of EKU Libraries, EKU Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities, EKU Friends of Fine Art, EKU International Education Office, EKU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, EKU University Diversity Office, Hitachi Automotive Products Inc., Japan Foundation, University of Kentucky Japanese Programs, Tokiko USA, and Wintech.

For more information, call 859-622-6273, or contact greg.engstrom@eku.edu.

The next program in EKU’s 2004-05 Chautauqua Series on diversity will look at gay marriage.

“Gay Marriage and Beyond: Facing Discrimination in the Gay and Lesbian Community” will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building Auditorium. Twelve additional lectures and an art exhibit will explore the topic from a wide variety of angles. All the programs are free and open to the public.

This week's program will be presented by Scott Saltsman and Angela Aaron. Saltsman is co-chair of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance and has worked with local citizens to start the Gray Dove Chapter of the alliance, based in Richmond.

“We plan on focusing on the issue of the constitutional amendment that is on the ballot in Kentucky for November 2004,” said Saltsman.

“With this we will discuss the history of marriage and how it has changed over the years,” he said. “We will look at how this amendment goes beyond just defining marriage as that between one man and one woman.

“Specific stories will be shared about people who have been hurt by the current policies regarding marriage.”

Keith James, center, posed with Dr. James Chapman, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and President Glasser during his Sept. 29 retirement reception.
Mandy Silber, left, Mary Klopfer, Kelly Herbolt and Derek Phipps, were among the dozens of EKU students who worked at the Hope Estates in Berea, helping to build Madison County's 49th and 50th Habitat for Humanity Houses Sept. 24-25. EKU Alumni Association's student ambassadors also participated in the Madison County build as did several Eastern alumni through the Madison County Alumni Chapter.
The Equal Opportunity Office is offering a series of training sessions this fall open to all faculty, staff and students. (Supervisor sessions have limited slots available.) To register, request additional information, or schedule a customized training session for a department or group, call the Equal Opportunity Office at 859-622-8020 or email eooassistant@eku.edu.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13, 3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10, 9-10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23, 3-4 p.m.

    DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 9-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3, 3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, 9-10 a.m.

    SELECTION

  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 3-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 3-4 p.m.

    SUPERVISOR SESSIONS
    SEXUAL HARASSMENT

  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 9-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m.

    DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 9-10 a.m.

  • Sandra Moore, special assistant to the provost for University Diversity, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Moore, who came to EKU in 1988, has served as director of minority affairs, director of multicultural student services and acting dean of student development.

    What does it mean to have a diverse campus and how do you measure our progress?
    A diverse campus at EKU as it is defined by the University is: “a climate that respects and celebrates diversity within its community that includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and cultural or national backgrounds, in pursuit of common unity.”

    The measurement of our progress can be assessed in several ways -- a statistical analysis can be performed in the areas of measurable means, campus climate surveys are conducted to ascertain the “feel” of the campus, comparison reports are made on an annual basis to keep track of the University demographics. The non-statistical measurements are known through meeting and talking with individuals from the majority population and the under-represented population regarding issues and concerns they have regarding diversity and ascertaining individual and group “comfort zones” regarding diversity.

    Why is having a diverse campus so important?
    Our campus is a microcosm of the world that we live in and, therefore, diversity should be reflected on campus accordingly. It is important that we have diversity on our campus so that our students can be prepared to work in a diverse society after graduation. We are living in a world of globalization and are connected with individuals who are diverse in many ways. Institutions of higher education provide unique opportunities for cross cultural communication, and we should take advantage of this great opportunity and provide services and programs that enhance these opportunities.

    What do you see as your role as special assistant to the provost for university diversity?
    According to my position description, my primary role is the recruitment and retention of a diverse student, faculty and staff population in the University and administrative oversight for diversity initiatives. Bottom line, I am a “people person” and I have always been in the “people business.”

    What are some of the major diversity-related issues facing EKU today?
    We need to increase the numbers of our diverse student, faculty and staff population. I am still hearing from students I am the only “one” in my class, in my residence hall, on my residence hall floor. In some academic colleges, we have only one ethnic minority faculty member and in many academic department we have no persons of color. So although we have made some improvements we still, as with many institutions in the state, have improvements that can be made.

    We also are in a position of educating our majority population so that they are not threatened by diversity initiatives and do not feel left out in the diversification of our University.

    What has EKU done well in its efforts to recruit and retain minority students, faculty and staff?
    The University has taken on the philosophy that it is everyone’s responsibility to recruit and maintain a diverse community. This “mindset” has only taken place within the last three years and it is truly an asset to the University as well as the individuals we are recruiting because the “recruits” need to know that there are more than a handful of people and a couple of designated offices to address their needs.

    The University’s commitment to diversity is noted by the inclusion of three Strategic Directions of the University Strategic Plan that recognize the importance of diversity within our University.
    Strategic Direction 1.1: Enhance a climate that supports diversity.
    Strategic Direction 1.2: Increase recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff and student body to reflect the global society.
    Strategic Direction 6.2: Develop a student-centered support system for a diverse student population.

    The President’s commitment to diversity also is a major driving force for the heightened awareness of diversity at EKU.

    What remains to be done for Eastern to achieve its goal of becoming a diverse university?
    We need to increase our numbers of diverse students, faculty and staff, not necessarily because we have a goal to meet, but because it is the right thing to do.

    Announcements
    EKU Dance Theatre and the Bluegrass USABDA will sponsor a ballroom dance in the Keen Johnson Building on Saturday, Oct. 16. There will be a cha cha lesson (beginning/intermediate level) from 8 to 9 p.m. and general dancing 9 p.m.-midnight. The cost is $3 for students and $7 for non-students. For more information, call Marianne McAdam at 622-1901.

    EKU’s Annual International Sweater Days are designed to help students who come from warmer climates and are unprepared for cold weather. Donations of new or used blankets, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, and sweatshirts will be accepted through Oct. 8 at the International Office, Case Annex 181. Items should be clean and in good condition and in styles that would appeal to college students. All donations will be given away free of charge to students on October 4-8. For additional information, call 859-622-1478.
    Enjoy the magic of Motown with The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and The Supremes starring Mary Wilson at the Homecoming Concert on Friday, Oct. 29. All seats for the concert, at 8 p.m. in the Coates Administration Building's Brock Auditorium, are reserved. Tickets are $45 each. Contact the Alumni Office at 859-622-1260 to reserve your seat now.
    The EKU Veterans Memorial project has created a new program to allow members of the Eastern community to donate to the Commemorative Brick Paver Campaign. Donors can now request payroll deductions to make their donation to the campaign. Each $100 donation will have offer a 4” x 8” paver with the donor’s preferred inscription placed at the base of the flagpoles at the memorial. Donors may choose the Eastern Seal or, if honoring a specific veteran, one of the service seals. Use this link to download your payroll deduction form: PAYROLL FORM

    The memorial is nearing completion. Dedication of the central slate of granite bearing the names of EKU Veterans who have died while in service to the nation will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the Powell Plaza.


    Events
    Monday, September 27, 2004 - Thursday, October 21, 2004
    Elizabeth Bollinger Huxel’s photographic exhibit, “Machu Picchu: The Spirit of Place”; “Art and Artifacts from Peru and South America, Selections from the Collection of Joseph and Mary Molinaro”; and Louisiana sculptor Gary Keown’s mixed-media exhibit, Giles Gallery, Campbell Building, call 622-8135 for gallery hours.

    Tuesday, October 05, 2004
    8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.

    Wednesday, October 06, 2004
    Kristen Kean, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.

    Thursday, October 07, 2004
    Presented as part of the Giltner Film Series, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Grise Auditorium, Combs Building, sponsored by the College of Education. For more information, contact Sharon Hampton at 859-622-1175.

    Thursday, October 07, 2004
    5K run/walk to raise awareness of EKU student Molly Dattilo, missing since July 6, 5:30-7 p.m., Track.

    Thursday, October 07, 2004
    "Unlearning Oppression: Creating Stronger Alliances Across Difference," Elizabeth Swadener and Margarite Vanden Wyngaard, 1-4:40 p.m., Faculty Dining Room, Powell Building, part of yearlong lecture series on diversity.

    Friday, October 08, 2004
    EKU vs. Jacksonville State, 7 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.

    Saturday, October 09, 2004
    EKU vs. Samford, 2 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.

    Saturday, October 09, 2004
    Football, 6:30 p.m., Roy Kidd Stadium.

    Sunday, October 10, 2004
    7:30 p.m., Gifford Theatre.

    Wednesday, October 13, 2004
    Guest artist Greg Abate, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.

    Thursday, October 14, 2004
    8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.

    Thursday, October 14, 2004
    "Police Deviance," Dr. Maurice Punch, 3:30 p.m., 434 Stratton, sponsored by the College of Justice & Safety.

    Friday, October 15, 2004
    Volleyball, 7 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.

    Saturday, October 16, 2004
    Volleyball, 2 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.