In this issue:
• Earth Days Includes Tree Planting at Farm
• Earth Days in the Cumberlands Schedule
• Afghan Woman's Personal Account
• HONORING A LEGEND
• ECUADORIAN ARTISTS
• Skills Conference Features Ex-Olympian, Former Miss America
• Whitt Named Associate VP of Public Relations and Marketing
• Progress Editor Receives Honor
• MAKING THE PITCH
• EKU Selected OSHA Training Institute Education Center
• EKU's IFC Wins Regional Honor
• Hall Receives Co-Op Scholarship
• SPECIAL SPEAKER
• Wheeler Named Senior Director
It's also about leadership, service learning
and citizen involvement in the preservation of
Kentucky's natural resources.
That's why EKU's Center for Appalachian
Studies is kicking off its annual month-long
observance with a massive tree planting April 4-5
along Muddy Creek on University-owned
Meadowbrook Farm in eastern Madison County.
More than 200 local middle school and
high school students will join EKU faculty, staff
and students, and individuals and groups from
the community to plant 6,000 tree seedlings in a
half-mile-long corridor. Organizers believe the
trees will prevent erosion and reduce sediment
The University received a $7,000 Bluegrass
Pride Community Grant to help conduct the
stream restoration and reforestation project last
fall and began making plans for it then.
"By literally taking care of our own back
yard, we want to be a model for how to treat land
elsewhere in the community," said Dr. Alice
Jones, professor of geography at EKU.
Jones said the watershed will continue to
serve as an outdoor lab for EKU students, who
will monitor changes in water quality.
"This is an excellent example of how to link
research, teaching and service in a single
project," she said. "It'll be a lot of fun, too."
While the first day of the planting is set
aside mostly for the middle and high school
students, the second day, Saturday, April 5, is
more a community work day, said Jones. "All
ages and skill levels are welcome."
On-campus or community groups interested
in helping should call EKU's Center for Appalachian
The remainder of Earth Days in the
Cumberlands consists of an art exhibit and
reception, several public presentations, a panel discussion, an environmental fair, a book signing,
a free concert and a hike. All the events are
designed to heighten awareness about environmental
issues in the Commonwealth and beyond.
Several academic programs, offices, centers the Center for Appalachian Studies to help
sponsor Earth Days events. All the events are free
and open to the public; events and dates are
subject to change. For more information, call
622-3065 or visit www.appalachianstudies.
and organizations at EKU are cooperating with
Friday-Saturday, April 4-5Tree Planting at Meadowbrook Farm
Tuesday, April 8
Reception for "Shaped by Water" artists,
5:30-7:30 p.m., Gallery on Main,
Community Trust Bank, 128 W. Main St.
The exhibit promotes environmental
awareness through paintings, sculpture,
dance and other art forms.
Thursday, April 10
"Community Action in Government
Decisions: Experiences from FLOW and
the Fight for Lexington's Water Utility,"
Joe Graves and others, 7 p.m., Room 201,
Crabbe Library. FLOW represents those
who favor local ownership of Lexington's
Tuesday, April 15
"Consumerism, Corporations and
Conservatives: Rough C's ahead for Birds
and Other Living Things," Dr. Gary
Ritchison, EKU biology professor, 11
a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 128, Crabbe
Thursday, April 17
Discussion of David Orr's book, "Earth in
Mind," a collection of essays about the
environment, co-sponsored by EKU
Teaching and Learning Center, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Faculty Lounge, Keen Johnson
Tuesday, April 22
Environmental Fair: informational displays,
entertainment, food, poetry, open microphone
and more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., outside
Public reading and book signing by
Kentucky writer and EKU graduate Silas
House, 1 p.m., reading outside Powell
Building, book-signing in University
"Protecting Kentucky's Natural Resources,"
Tom Fitzgerald, director, Kentucky
Resource Council, 7:30 p.m., Kennamer
Room, Powell Building.
Wednesday, April 23
"Eating Ecologically," presentation by David
Kennedy, Leaf for Life Project, followed by
dining experience featuring locally grown
organic foods, 6:30-8 p.m., Center for
Appalachian Studies, 300 Summit St. (the
old Martin Home). Food will be prepared
for 30 guests, first-come, first-served. "This
talk is a way of getting us to think about
food, not from the perspective of a
commodity, but from an ecological
perspective," said EKU history professor
Thursday, April 24
"Duct Taping Our Communities:
Protecting the Environment from
Military Contamination," presentation by
Ericka Taylor, Military Toxic Project,
and Elizabeth Crowe, Kentucky
Environmental Foundation, 11 a.m.-
12:15 p.m., Grand Reading Room,
Crabbe Library. Discussion will focus on
toxic legacy of U.S. weapons manufacturing
and disposal and how communities
are protecting themselves from toxic
chemical exposure. Special attention will
be paid to "Avoiding Armageddon," a
documentary that airs on KET2 April 14-
19, 9 p.m. nightly. Panel discussion/
lunch follows in Faculty Dining Room,
Powell Building, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Event
free and open to public. Space for
luncheon may be limited; call Center for
Appalachian Studies, 859-622-3065, to
make luncheon reservations.
Free concert featuring Taildragger, 7:30-
10 p.m., Ravine, sponsored by EKU
Saturday, April 26
Earth Day hike at Anglin Falls, near
Madison-Rockcastle border, meet at
Alumni Coliseum Lot at 10 a.m.
The first Afghan woman to
publish an English memoir about her
native land will discuss her experiences
during a program at EKU on
Tuesday, April 1.
Forooka Gauhari will present "Women in
Islamic Society: An Afghan Woman's Personal
Account" at 6:30 p.m. in Posey Auditorium. This
is the first of a two-part series on "The Effect of
Oppression and Violence
on Women" sponsored by
the Law & Justice Forum.
account covers searching
for her missing husband,
watching her home
country topple, seeing the
Afghan woman's presence in politics shrink, witnessing the government
institutionalize repression and gradually deciding to take her family and leave the country.
"Today I am torn between two nations," she
told the (Waterbury, Conn.) Republican-
American last year. "A country that provided me
an education with the hope that I would someday
help and save the younger generation …(and a)
second nation that extended an arm and lifted me
from the ground and helped my children become
the people they wanted to be."
Now a U.S. citizen, Gauhari is coordinator
for the physiology-anatomy and freshman biology
department at the University of Omaha. She holds
degrees from Kabul University in Afghanistan,
where she taught biology, and Auburn University,
as well as English Language Certificates from the
American University of Beirut and Bucknell
University (Lewisburg, Pa.). Her book, "Searching
for Saleem: An Afghan Woman's Odyssey,"
was published in 1997 by the University of
This fall, the second part of the series will
focus on the effect of violence on women in
EKU's Student Government Association honored the memory of children’s author Dr. Seuss with a
special reading for Model Laboratory School elementary students. Courtney Reitz, left, an EKU
student from Prestonsburg, was among the guest readers. At right is Jadi Masry, a pre-kindergarten
student at Model.
A mother-and-daughter team of Ecuadorian potters demonstrated their craft during a visit to the EKU Department of Art. At center is Joe Molinaro, professor of art.
More than 500 students are expected to
attend the event, which also includes a panel of
distinguished alumni of the College and a
The Conference "is an opportunity for our
students to hear successful men and women
share their views about critical skills that
graduates need in order to succeed as professionals," said Dr. Janna Vice, associate dean of the College.
Davis, who captained the 1972 Olympic
men's basketball team in Munich, Germany, will
present "A Few Pieces of Silver" at 8:40 a.m. in
Brock Auditorium. The
'72 team lost to the
former Soviet Union in a controversy-marred
final, after which each player refused to accept a
At 9:40 a.m., distinguished alumni
representing every department in the College
will present a panel discussion on how they
Then, at 10:50 a.m., French-Henry, wife of
Lt. Gov. Stephen Henry, will talk about setting
and achieving goals. As Miss America 2000,
French-Henry toured the nation to support her platform, "The Forgotten Heroes: Honoring Our
Nation's Homeless Veterans." Her efforts have
resulted in the Heather French-Henry Homeless
Veterans Assistance Act of 2001.
Activities then move to the Keen Johnson
Building for a luncheon at 11:50 a.m. Each of
the distinguished alumni will be recognized at
the luncheon as well as the outstanding senior
in the College.
Department of Accounting, Finance and
Information Systems, Barbara Bock Guerra,
'73, manager, Audit Services Department,
Edison International, Orange, Calif., and
president, American Woman's Society of
Department of Agriculture, John Thomas, '76,
associate vice president and branch manager,
Ag Credit, Richmond.
Department of Communication, Lisa Cooney,
'86, news anchor, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati.
Department of Military Science, Hardy Tribble,
'62, retired purchasing manager, Proctor and
Gamble Company, Cincinnati.
Department of Management, Marketing and
Administrative Communication, Dr. Allen D.
Engle, '78, professor, EKU Department of
Management, Marketing and Administrative
Department of Technology, David Carpenter,
'72, general manager, Dresser Instrument
The alumni honorees are:
Marc Whitt, who earned bachelor's and
master's degrees from Eastern in 1982 and
1985, respectively, will bring 18 years of
experience in the field
when he joins President
Glasser's leadership team
March 24. He comes to
EKU from Campbellsville
University, where he
served as vice president
for communications and
"I'm thrilled beyond words to return to
Eastern," Whitt said. "(EKU) is the place that
encouraged and developed me to become the
person I am today. I now have the opportunity to
give back to the institution that has freely given
me much over the years."
Glasser cited Whitt's extensive experience
and diverse strengths.
"Marc has done it all in higher education
advancement, and done it all well," she said. "Even more importantly, he has taken on
numerous leadership roles in his profession and
in his community. He is a solid, well-respected
professional who has the vision and the energy to
help us become a comprehensive regional
university of national distinction."
Whitt joined Campbellsville in 1992 as
director of public relations and marketing and
was named in 1995 as assistant to the president
for public relations and marketing. He was
named vice president for advancement in 1997
and vice president for communications and
marketing in 2001.
He is a two-time president of CASE Kentucky
and has served on the Board of Directors for
CASE District III (southeastern United States).
Prior to joining Campbellsville, Whitt was
director of public relations at Georgetown
College, 1988-92, and associate for church
relations and admissions counselor, Cumberland
Whitt will serve as EKU's chief spokesperson,
and plan, develop and coordinate the
implementation and evaluation of the University's
public relations and marketing programs.
"Through (President Glasser's) leadership,
combined with a faculty and staff who are truly
dedicated and committed to student success, EKU
has an incredible success story to tell. I want to
help tell that success story."
A student journalist
at EKU has received a
commission for her
efforts to raise awareness
of issues related
to on-campus credit
Jamie Vinson, a senior
journalism major from Mt.
Sterling and editor of the
Eastern Progress, was
nominated for the honor by
state Rep. Susan Westrom
because of two stories she
authored for the Feb. 6 issue
of the award-winning, student-produced
The University negotiated
a new contract this semester
with MBNA America Bank that
severely restricts credit card
solicitation, which must be
arranged with prior approval
of the University, is now limited to any athletic event and no more than
six days per calendar year in the Powell
basement or outside on the Powell concourse.
No student names, addresses or
telephone numbers are supplied through the
University, and cards issued to students are
limited to an initial $1,000 credit line.
The agreement also
stipulates that any
giveaways must have
prior approval of the
passed in the recent
Kentucky General Assembly special session.
Westrom has personally invited Vinson to be
present for any formal bill signing in
The restrictions are "a huge step in the
right direction," Vinson said. "I think it's
great that the University and the legislature are … working to protect our best interests."
Vinson is particularly pleased that the
Progress was able to play a role.
"What we're doing does have an
impact," she said.
Vinson, a 1999 graduate of Montgomery County High School,
plans to graduate in
May. After she gains
experience as a
reporter or copy
"my dream is to one
day land an investigative
reporting job at a
Kentucky Colonel commissions are
presented for contributions to the community,
state or nation, and for special
achievements of all kinds. Other well-known
Colonels include Ann-Margaret, Tiger Woods,
Dwight Yoakam, Muhammad Ali and Whoopi
Jim Moreton, theater professor in EKU's College of English & Theatre, discusses educational
opportunities at the University with a family at a recent Spotlight Day event.
OSHA's education centers offer training
courses on OSHA standards and occupational
and safety health issues. The centers are
primarily responsible for training private sector
personnel and state and federal personnel from
agencies outside OSHA.
"Training is key to safety and health," said
OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The more
employers and employees know about hazards
and protection, the more injuries, illnesses and fatalities can be prevented. These new centers
will allow us to reach more people with
information that can protect their safety and
EKU is among 20 education centers at 35
locations nationwide and one of three centers
that will serve Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Georgia and Florida.
Programming will be coordinated by EKU's
Division of Continuing Education & Outreach.
"This partnership with OSHA enhances our
ability to provide high quality, comprehensive
loss prevention, safety and health training
programs," said Ethan Flatten, CE&O projects
Flatten said the EKU center will draw on the expertise of the College of Justice and Safety
faculty, and other resources, both on- and offcampus,
to deliver the training program
curriculum to meet the needs of business and
industry in the eight-state region, and beyond.
OSHA's previous training program
included 12 centers, and the OSHA Training
Institute in Illinois. The new centers were
selected through a national competition.
Evaluation included occupational safety and
health experience, non-academic training
background, classroom and laboratory
availability, and the ability to provide training
throughout the region.
For more information about the OSHA
Training Institute Education Center at EKU, call
EKU's Interfraternity Council
recently captured the first-place
Community Service and Philanthropy
Award in the eight-state
Conference Leadership Academy.
Eastern's IFC also took second place
in the Outstanding Service Project and
Alumni Development categories, was one of
11 IFCs to receive the Fraternal Excellence
Awards and earned nine Awards of
Excellence certificates. More than 100
schools in Kentucky, West Virginia, South
Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida,
Mississippi and Tennessee were represented.
Also, Brandon Bisig, president of
EKU's IFC, was elected Area IV vice
president representing 19 schools.
The Community Service and Philanthropy
Award goes to the IFC that "best
provides initiates and new members with
the opportunity to enrich their own lives by
giving back to the campus or local
community in a meaningful way."
This past year, Eastern' IFC hosted its
second annual Cheer for the Cure
cheerleading competition/fund-raiser for
the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which
benefits breast cancer research, and
conducted a book drive for local schools.
The Cheer event raised $8,000 for the
Komen Foundation, and the book drive
netted almost 4,000 children' books. The
book drive was the basis for the secondplace
award for Outstanding Service
Project. Eastern won the second-place
Alumni Development Award for its biannual
Leaders Lantern electronic newsletter.
The Awards of Excellence certificates
were given for chapter services, judicial
processes, leadership development, legal
concerns, philanthropy and community
service, publications, public relations,
scholarship and academic achievement,
and social programming.
Summer B. Hall, a senior psychology
major from Oil Springs, has
received a $1,000 scholarship from the
Midwest Cooperative Education and
Internship Association as the top
Cooperative Education student at EKU.
Hall, a 1998 graduate of Johnson Central
High School, has completed co-op assignments
with the Administrative Office of the Courts in
Frankfort, where she
served with Pre-Trial
Services, and with the
Program, where she was a
mentor/tutor for first generation
Lorden and Rose Perrine, professors of
psychology, nominated Hall, citing her willingness
to accept special assignments "which take
her beyond expectations. She fosters good
relationships, is competent with little supervision,
productive, dependable and embraces learning."
Two other EKU students were nominated for
the award: Sarah Darnall, a senior political
science major, and Jatana Anderson, a senior
Dr. Emily Craig, state forensic anthropologist with the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office and an internationally known expert in the field, spoke at the Student Services
Building Auditorium on Wednesday, March 12. Craig's lecture was sponsored by the Women's
Studies Program, College of Justice and Safety, and the Forensic Science Program.
Rhonda Wheeler of
Lawrenceburg has been named
senior director of extended campus
programs and student support
services in the Division of Continuing
Education & Outreach at EKU.
She will be responsible for providing administrative oversight
to EKU's extended
campus centers in
Corbin, Danville and
Manchester, and the
university's other offcampus
"As a former
extended campus center director, Rhonda Wheeler understands the
special needs of non-traditional learners," said
Rich Boyle, assistant to the CE&O dean. "Her
steadfast commitment to students of all ages
will help ensure that our extended campus programs are of the highest quality and
continue to meet the educational needs of those
who live in our service region, and beyond."
Previously, Wheeler has served as
program outreach coordinator at EKU's
Danville Center, representing the university's
extended campuses on a variety of university
committees. From 1997 to 2002, she served as
area director of EKU's Tri-County Center at
Corbin, EKU's largest, with over 1,000 students
enrolled each semester.
"I am pleased to have this new opportunity
to serve EKU," Wheeler said, "and I look
forward to helping identify additional needs for
our academic programs and services, and then
working with the university's academic
leadership to meet these needs."
Prior to joining EKU, she was assistant
director of continuing education at Macon
(Ga.) College, a grant writer in North Carolina
and Kentucky, and a research associate for the
Council of State Governments in Lexington.
Wheeler holds a master's degree in public
administration and a bachelor's degree in
management, both from Georgia College.
Applications are now being accepted for the
2004 Kentucky Legislative Internship Program.
Students from all academic majors are invited to
apply. To qualify, students must be a junior or
senior by January 2004, and have a minimum
overall grade point average of 2.8. Students
selected will work in Frankfort from late
December, 2003 to early May, 2004, will receive
a monthly stipend of $1,000, and will be eligible
to receive 12-15 hours of academic credit. The
application deadline is April 1, 2003. For
application material and additional information,
contact Dr. Paul Blanchard, Director of the EKU
Center for Kentucky History and Politics in
McCreary 117 (phone 622-4380 or e-mail
Effective Monday, March 24, EKU's
Correspondence Course office will be located in
Perkins 208. The e-mail contact,
firstname.lastname@example.org, and the telephone
number, 622-2003, will remain the same. The
KET/Online office will be located in Perkins 209.
The e-mail contact, email@example.com, and
the telephone number, 622-2329, will remain
the same. Both offices are units within EKU's
Division of Continuing Education & Outreach.
The EKU Retirement Class of 2003 will set
sail on Wednesday, April 23, during the annual retirement dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Perkins
Building (preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception).
Tickets are available at a cost of $16 for those
who want to say "bon voyage" to the retiring
faculty and staff members. Tickets may be
purchased at the cashier's window, SSB 210, now
through April 16.
Eleven Central Kentucky business owners
have completed a special training program
designed to help minorities and women obtain the
knowledge and skills necessary to develop and
manage a small construction business.
The 16-week Lexington Bluegrass Area
Minority and Women Contractor Training
Program teaches business basics and tradespecific
skills in estimating, bidding and project
management. Participants work with small business
development professionals, industry
practitioners and faculty members from EKU.
The training program partnership includes
the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development/
Small and Minority Business Division, Kentucky
Finance Cabinet, Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet/Office of Minority Affairs, Lexington-
Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington
Small Business Development Center, Associated
Builders and Contractors of Kentuckiana,
Associated General Contractors of Kentucky,
Community Ventures Corporation, and the EKU
Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship
Monday, March 24, 2003 - Friday, April 04, 2003
Giles Gallery, Campbell Building, for Gallery
hours, call 622-8135.
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
Connie Rhoades, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
EKU vs. WKU, 2 p.m., Turkey Hughes Field.
Thursday, March 26, 2003
On March 26, in celebration of Women's History Month, the EKU History Department and
Women's Studies Program will host two events featuring Wendy Gamber, Associate Professor of History
and American Studies at Indiana University.
From 4 to 5 p.m., Professor Gamber will lead an informal discussion regarding women, work
and feminist theory in the Faculty Lounge of Keen Johnson. At 7:30 that evening Professor Gamber will
present a formal address titled "Mrs. Codhooker's Revenge: Food, Work, and the Politics of Boardinghouse-
keeping in Nineteenth Century America." The lecture will be held in the Kennamer Room of the
Powell Building. Both events are open to the public.
Professor Gamber received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1991 and is the author of the
critically acclaimed work, The Female Economy: The Millinery and Dressmaking Trades, 1860-
1930. Her work has appeared in four major essay collections dealing with gender, work and
technology as well as such leading publications as the Journal of the Early Republic, Business
History Review, Technology and Culture, and the Journal of Women’s History. Her current project,
An American Institution: Boarding Houses in Nineteenth-Century America, is under contract with
Johns Hopkins University Press.
For additional information regarding these events, contact Chris Taylor (622-2423,
Thursday, March 27, 2003
"Buddhist Enlightenment and Unrequited
Love," Chautauqua lecture by Un Chol Shin, SSB Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., part of year-long series on
Sunday, March 30, 2003
Sasha Pinson, Brock Auditorium, 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 30, 2003
Brandon Owens and Rae Jean Nealis, Gifford
Theatre, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
EKU vs. IPFW, 2 p.m., Turkey Hughes Field
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
"John Hunt Morgan: A Folk Hero of the
Confederacy," Dr. James Ramage, Regents
professor of history, Northern Kentucky University,
7:30 p.m., Kennamer Room, Powell Building,
sponsored by EKU Center for Kentucky History
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Brock Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Perkins Building, "Violence
Against Women," panel discussions, presentations
with keynote speaker Carol Jordan, sponsored by
the Student Soical Work Association with the EKU
social work faculty, free admission.
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
EKU vs. Shawnee State, 3 p.m., Turkey
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
Student recital, Brock Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, April 3-6, 2003
For more information, visit
Thursday, April 03, 2003
EKU Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert, Brock
Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Friday, April 04, 2003
Seventeenth Annual Symposium in the
Mathematical, Statistical and Computer Sciences,
8:30 a.m., Kennamer Room, Powell Building.
Saturday, April 05, 2003
EKU vs. Tennessee Tech, 1 p.m., Hood Field.
Sunday, April 06, 2003
EKU vs. Tennessee Tech, softball, 1 p.m.,
Sunday, April 06, 2003
Brock Auditorium, 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 06, 2003
Russ Kahmann and Stan Henson, Brock
Auditorium, 8 p.m.
In addition to April showers, the
month also brings EKU's annual open
enrollment period for benefits.
Each full-time employee will be asked to
review his/her current benefits elections.
During this open period employees may elect to
add additional benefits such as dental, increase
life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment
and long-term disability. An increase in life
and long-term disability may require medical
Other optional benefits include long-term
care and critical care insurance.
"With some changes in employee health
contributions it is anticipated that employees may
be interested in changing their health plan,"
stated Tarena Tyree, benefits coordinator.
Even though the entire month of April is
considered open enrollment a specific period for a “benefits fair” will be conducted April 15-17.
The fair will be held primarily in the Keen
Johnson Ballroom, although other sites will be
available as needed.
Representatives from each of the major
benefit providers will be available to answer
questions and to assist with benefit enrollment.
Benefits booklets with enrollment information
will be mailed to each eligible employee
through campus mail in the near future.
Questions regarding the open enrollment
process should be addressed to Human