• Governor Speaks at Cornerstone Unveiling
• EKU Professor Returns from Lecture in Australia
• TargetVision Offers Students Current Information
• EKU Offers More Than 200 Community Education Courses This Fall
• EKU Names Helm Interim Dean of College Education
• EKU’s Environmental Health Science Program Earns National Reaccrediation
• Two EKU Students Receive Dan Mason Scholarships in Field of Radio Broadcasting
• EKU, UK to Merge Dairy Operations
• Quatman to Serve as Chandler Intern
• Environmental Health Chair Receives Fulbright Teaching Scholarship
• Workforce Education Offers Courses for Human Resource Professionals
• Renovation Continues on EKU’s One-Room Schoolhouse
• Eastern Kentucky Environmental Research Institute to be Based at EKU
• Spain Named Director of MBA Program
• Moving Forward Together: Leadership Spotlight
Attending the cornerstone dedication ceremony for EKU's new Business and Technology Center were, left to right, College Dean Bob Rogow, Gov. Ernie Fletcher, State Sen. Ed Worley, County Judge Executive Kent Clark, and President Glasser.
The cornerstone for EKU's future Business and Technology Center was unveiled on Friday, July 29, in a ceremony featuring remarks by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, EKU President Joanne Glasser, State Sen. Ed Worley, and Dr. Robert Rogow, dean of EKU's College of Business and Technology.
The $14 million, 78,000-square-foot center is set to open in spring 2006, will house EKU's College of Business and Technology.
“This center will allow us to provide even better outreach services, thereby enhancing the quality of life for countless Kentuckians,” President Glasser said during the ceremony. “By enhancing our ability to serve both our students, and the commonwealth, this center will raise the profile and visibility of the college.”
Dr. Allen D. Engle Sr., EKU professor of management, was one of three professors from across the globe recently invited to present a lecture for faculty and doctoral students at the Colloquium on International Human Resource Management, sponsored by the School of Business and Government at the University of Canberra in Australia.
In addition to Engle, the invited lecturers were Chris Brewster, professor of international human resource management at Henley Management College in the United Kingdom, and Marion Festing, professor of human resource management and intercultural leadership, ESCP-EAP European School of Management, Berlin, Germany.
“It was very humbling to be invited to share the lecture hall with these two distinguished academics,” Engle said. “I have known them for a number of years now, and the opportunity to be part of the colloquium was exciting.”
Engle’s colloquium lecture followed the presentation of his paper on global pay issues for international firms, co-authored with Festing and Peter Dowling, pro vice-chancellor at the University of Canberra, at the Eighth Conference on International Human Resource Management in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity for professional development and the chance to promote EKU and our business program on a wider stage,” said Engle, who joined the Eastern faculty in 1989. “Resources provided by the EKU Foundation were critical in this opportunity and these presentations are excellent examples of the difference that Foundation resources and donations to Eastern can make to our academic programs. Many of our business alumni continue to have very successful careers in global firms and the EKU Foundation provides us the opportunity to continue this record of career success on the increasingly critical global level for future alumni.”
Engle, who received the EKU National Alumni Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004, is the third generation in his family to teach at EKU.
TargetVision is a new service designed to distribute information to students through channel 70 of the campus cable system. This information will also be displayed on monitors in a variety of public locations, including the Powell Student Center, Fresh Food Company, Fountain Food Court, Blimpies, the Fitness and Wellness Center and residence hall lobbies.
“We know from research statistics that students who are involved on campus have a more fulfilling college experience,” said Mike Reagle, associate vice president for student affairs. “We also know that students who are more knowledgeable of what is going on on campus tend to be more involved. Therefore, we know that if we want students to be successful and to have a fulfilling college experience, they have to be informed. TargetVision will help us to keep students informed.”
The new system is a joint venture between the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Affairs.
“Student Affairs submitted the proposal for this project last year to the Technology Fee Committee of SGA,” Reagle said. “SGA agreed to fund it and we have partnered together on this ever since. We believe that this is a worthwhile project and we think that students will benefit greatly from SGA and Student Affairs working hand-in-hand on this project.”
Students, faculty and staff can submit information for TargetVision to the Office of Student Life and it will be formatted and placed into the rotation.
The classes meet a wide variety of needs and interests among all ages and skill levels. Courses are scheduled in arts and crafts, computers, personal and professional development, music, and recreation and exercise. Many of the classes meet only once, while others meet over a period of several weeks. Most are held in the Perkins Building, located on Kit Carson Drive, where parking spaces are plentiful.
Costs generally range from $10 to 99, with some exceptions. Pre-registration is urged for all classes. To register, for more information or to obtain a brochure, call 622-1228, 622-2001, or, toll free, 877-358-6742 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays., or visit www.ceo.eku.edu.
Individuals age 65 or older are entitled to enroll in any Community Education class (other than those offered through Ed2Go) for only a $5 service fee, thanks to the O’Donnell Scholarship. The scholarship does not, however, cover class supplies, trips or tours.
Computer training courses cover many popular software programs, such as Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver for web designers and PhotoShop, as well as several courses targeted to computer novices and senior citizens.
Personal development courses include several writing and publication classes taught by Michael Garrett, Stephen King’s first editor and publisher, as well as courses in Feng Shui, Babysitting Basics, First Aid/Adult CPR, Japanese, Sign Language, ACT Test Prep, Investment Basics, Dog Grooming, Puppy Kindergarten and GRE Test Prep, among others.
Professional development courses offer certification in Computer Assisted Design, Human Resources and First-Line Supervision. EKU is also offering APICS CPIM courses and classes through the OSHA Training Institute Education Center.
Dozens of arts and crafts courses are scheduled. They include Cake Decorating and many more Bake Shop options, Basketweaving (many options available), sewing and fabrics, Oil Painting, Old World Santa Gourd, Pots for the Table, Prints without a Press, Wood Carving, Stained Glass, Silent Night Silk Wreath, and lessons on the piano, guitar and dulcimer.
Recreation and exercise classes run the gamut of activities, age requirements and skills. They include Karate for All Ages, Tai Chi for Seniors, Pilates, Yoga, Adult Tennis Clinic, Body Recall, Golf Academy, Beginning and Intermediate Social Dance, Basics of Belly Dance, Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced Fencing, Clogging, and Exercise for Adults with Multiple Sclerosis, plus the usual array of children’s and adult swimming lessons.
On-line courses offered through Ed2Go cover Starting Your Own Business, Career Development, Digital Photography, Personal Finance, Languages, Writing, Grant Writing, among many other topics. To learn more, visit ed2go.com/eku.
Helm joined the Eastern faculty in 2004 after a serving a year as interim superintendent of Fayette County Schools. From 1999 to 2003, she served the Commonwealth as Secretary of the Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet.
“Dr. Helm has a deep and abiding passion for helping young people succeed through education and knows that a well-prepared classroom teacher must be at the very heart of our efforts to continue moving the Commonwealth forward,” said President Glasser. “I look forward to working with her as we continue to pursue excellence in service to our students, school districts throughout our region, and Kentucky.”
Prior to assuming the Cabinet post, Helm served Fayette County Schools in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, personnel supervisor, director of state and federal programs, director of Early Start, assistant to the superintendent, Affirmative Action officer, and director of elementary schools. She also served as director of elementary curriculum for Scott County Schools.
She is a past chair of the Board of Regents at Kentucky State University and serves on the Boards of Midway College, Leadership Kentucky, Kentucky Humanities Council, Wilderness Road Girl Scout Council, Kentucky Conference for Community and Justice and United Way of the Bluegrass. She has also served on the Council on Postsecondary Education.
“We are very fortunate to bring to the position such a distinguished educator with proven capabilities, vision, dedication, integrity and statewide recognition,” said Dr. James Chapman, interim provost. “We look forward to a productive and rewarding year for the College under Dr. Helm’s direction.”
Helm has earned numerous awards for her service, including YMCA Black Achievers Community Achiever of the Year, the Torch of Excellence Award from the University of Kentucky College of Education and the University of Kentucky College of Education Hall of Fame Award. Also, the annual Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni Award is named The Marlene M. Helm Alumni Excellence Award.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kentucky State University in 1971, a master’s degree in reading from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and her doctoral degree from UK in administration and instruction in 1990.
Helm succeeds Dr. Mark Wasicsko, who resigned to become the Bank of Kentucky Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership at Northern Kentucky University. Wasicsko had served as dean since 1999.
The nation’s largest accredited baccalaureate degree program in the field has been nationally accredited since 1975. The latest accreditation is for a six-year period.
Dr. Darryl Barnett, chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science, called the re-accreditation “a testimony to the continuity of the program, to our continuous improvement, and to the longevity of faculty who have carried the program from accreditation to accreditation.”
The re-accreditation follows a self-study process and a site visit by members of the EHAC Accreditation Committee.
Barnett said the Committee was impressed with the “support our students get from faculty,” the “family atmosphere” of the program and the level of administrative support for the program.
Approximately 30 baccalaureate degree programs nationwide have been accredited by the EHAC.
“It’s always valuable to get an unbiased outside perspective on your program,” Barnett said. “Plus, the process requires us to look inward and define our program.”
Also, national accreditation means students in EKU’s program are directly eligible for commissioning by the United States Public Health Service.
The Department is currently pursuing national accreditation for a master’s of public health program added in 2000.
Eastern’s Environmental Health Science Program enjoys a nationally unique partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and is spearheading a nationwide effort to attract more minorities into the rapidly growing profession.
Recipients are decided based on academic excellence and a short essay about their career aspirations and how the funds will enhance their opportunities in the field.
Mason, who earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from EKU in 1973, has served as an adviser and consultant to companies in the radio broadcasting industry since his retirement from Infinity Radio in 2002.
He was named president of CBS Radio (renamed Infinity Radio) in 1995 and successfully integrated the original CBS, Group W and American Radio Systems stations.
“It is an honor to be associated with EKU through these scholarships,” Mason said. “I look forward to watching these outstanding young people advance their careers in the future.”
Mason, a Louisville native who now resides in Poolesville, Md., currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Broadcasting System and has served on several other boards, including the National Association of Broadcasters and CBS Marketwatch.com.
He was named EKU’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1995. Upon his retirement, he was named Radio Executive of the Year by Radio and Records Magazine. He also has been ranked fourth among the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” by Radio Ink.
“Eastern built a basic foundation for me to grow,” Mason said. “The program centered around trust. The faculty and staff placed so much trust in the students. We enjoyed total access to the facilities just about anytime day or night. The fact that we had so much access provided us opportunities to get better with hands-on experience.”
Most recently, Mason teamed with Walter Sabo to form Sabo-Mason International Initiatives, a broadcast management consultancy serving international broadcasters.
“The Department deeply appreciates Mr. Mason’s outstanding generosity and his willingness to help our students who certainly need the financial assistance,” said Dr. Renee Everett, chair of EKU’s Department of Communication. “Many of our students work part time or full time while attending EKU, and gifts like these help to ease the burden of work and school.
“I personally want to thank Mr. Mason for remembering his time at EKU and we hope the education he received here has helped to make him the success he has become. We are so proud of him.”
Interim Provost Dr. Jim Chapman spoke Aug. 17 during the announcement of the planned merger of EKU and UK dairy operations.
The merger of the dairy operations of EKU and the University of Kentucky moved a step closer to reality with the Commonwealth’s approval of $270,000 in funds for the project design phase.
A Memorandum of Understanding calls for the institutions to issue a joint request for additional funding to complete the EKU/UK Dairy Research and Education Center, which will be part of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. The new facility will be located at EKU’s Meadowbrook Farm in eastern Madison County and owned by Eastern, although ownership of cattle and equipment will be retained by each institution.
“It’s a win-win-win situation,” said Dr. Bruce Pratt, chair of EKU’s Department of Agriculture. “UK wins because they’ll be able to continue their dairy research. EKU wins because it will triple the number of cattle available to our students and we will be able to expose them to some basic research. The third winner is the dairy industry, which will have a state-of-the-art facility for field days and demonstrations. By combining resources, we can more effectively serve the dairy industry.”
Dr. Bob Harmon, chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the UK College of Agriculture, called the planned merger “a positive example of combining our existing resources to provide quality educational and research programs that will benefit the dairy industry and our students in the Commonwealth. I am excited about the partnership.”
UK will relocate its dairy employees and all usable equipment and vehicles to the Meadowbrook site. Details of the implementation process will be jointly managed by representatives from the UK College of Agriculture and the EKU College of Business & Technology. The Management Committee will develop procedures for day-to-day operations of the dairy as well as research, teaching and outreach activities.
State Reps. Harry Moberly Jr. and Don Pasley have been instrumental in gaining support for the project, officials said.
Kevin Quatman, a junior political science major at EKU, will spend the Fall 2005 semester working with Sixth District Congressman Ben Chandler in Washington, D.C., as an EKU/Chandler intern.
“I am thrilled to share this opportunity with students from central Kentucky who care about the issues facing our nation,” Chandler said. “EKU is a top academic institution with 100 years of success in preparing students for the future. This internship program furthers that tradition by teaching students the value of public service.”
Quatman will work in Chandler’s office on a number of constituent service projects. These responsibilities will include handling constituent requests, conducting Capitol tours, research assistance and attending relevant committee hearings. Students receive 12 credit hours for their work.
“ We are most grateful to Congressman Chandler for providing these outstanding learning opportunities for our students,” said EKU President Joanne Glasser. “Our students are getting to see first hand how important decisions are made in our nation’s capital and developing a greater appreciation of the political process. Even more importantly, these experiences foster in them a love for public service that will spur them to be active, lifelong participants in our democracy.”
Quatman, from Edgewood, Ky., is a graduate of Scott High School, where he was a recipient of the "FamilyWatch Helping Hand Award" his senior year. Committees selected the winners based on basketball performance in a non-starting role, academic achievement and community service. Scholarship money is provided by FamilyWatch, a provider of home-based health care in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.
At EKU, Quatman has been elected to the Student Senate for the 2005-06 academic year and has been active in leadership positions in his EKU fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
He will arrive in Ukraine in September for a nine-month stay at Luhansk State Medical University, where he will work toward developing a curriculum in environmental and public health and help teach various courses.
Recipients of the Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their respective fields. Barnett is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to more than 100 countries in 2005-06 as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program.
“The country had expressed a need for a Fulbright Scholar in the area of public health,” Barnett noted, “so this seemed like a good match. They have a number of public health and environmental health issues. You can’t really experience a culture until you live among the people. It will be an exciting adventure and a tremendous learning opportunity for me.”
In 2003, when EKU’s College of Education welcomed a group of Ukrainian educators to the Richmond campus, Barnett and his wife, Wendy, hosted a schoolteacher from the East European country. “In fact, she and my wife became close friends,” Barnett said.
He sees the Fulbright as an opportunity to do more than share his academic expertise. “I’m also an ambassador for the United States,” Barnett said. “I hope to establish some personal relationships and create some linkages between our universities that might lead to some of their faculty visiting EKU.”
EKU boasts the nation’s largest baccalaureate degree program in Environmental Health Science and offers a master’s degree in the subject as well. The Department has a unique partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (Capt. Dan Harper, deputy chief and senior environmental health officer with the CDC, is in the final year of a four-year appointment to the EKU faculty) and is spearheading a national effort to attract more minorities into the field.
Barnett joined the EKU faculty in 1991, left in 1998 to take a position at East Central University in Oklahoma, but returned to Eastern in 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma University.
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, strives to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
America’s flagship international educational exchange activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Through its 59-year history, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the U.S.
“SHRM Learning System,” an intensive 12-week program designed primarily for individuals seeking certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), will meet on Mondays, Sept. 12-Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Intergenerational Center in Berea. Tuition is $895, including materials. For more information or to register, contact Holly McCall by phone at 622-2961, by fax at 622-6205 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management” is a certificate program that provides an overview of the human resource function and covers real-life HR issues and today’s most vital and timely topics, including employment law, selecting qualified employees, compensation and the employee performance process.
Two sessions of the Essentials course will be offered this fall, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Corbin Technology Center. The first two-week session will be held Sept. 13-27 and the second, Nov. 1-15. The $450 tuition includes the cost of materials. For more information or to register, contact Donna Helton at 606-528-0551 or email@example.com.
SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management with more than 195,000 members. SHRM educational programs are developed according to the highest quality standards and are continually updated to reflect changes in legislation and HR polices.
The Granny Richardson Springs School, a fixture on the EKU campus since it was moved from Estill County in 1976, is undergoing a facelift that officials hope will preserve and better showcase what in years past has been a popular attraction for school groups and others.
The building has been straightened and braced from the inside, and the weatherboard is in the process of being replaced. Meade’s Do It Center in Irvine supplied new poplar weatherboarding at a reduced cost, according to Tom Bonny, retired superintendent of Estill County Schools and now associate director of the Southeast/South Central Educational Cooperative based at EKU.
“We hope to install climate conditioning, inconspicuous lighting, additional authentic furnishing, and make the facility more accessible to our students and faculty, as well as to area schoolchildren and the public,” Bonny said.
Those involved with and interested in the renovation project have toured other one-room schoolhouses, only to find that some were less than accurate representations. “We want to keep it as authentic as possible,” Bonny said.
In 2003, EKU’s College of Education launched an effort to raise funds to renovate the school and move it to a more visible location on campus. More than $11,000 has been raised, but much more is needed.
Other major contributors to the project have included Hicks Lumber Co., Cumberland Valley Bank, The Beattyville Bank, Citizens Guaranty Bank of Irvine, Carl Hurley, Homer Ledford, Dr. Robert and Martha Grise, and Charles Beach. Donations have come from many area counties, including Madison, Estill, Lee, Laurel, Fayette, Rockcastle and Jackson.
“Many older Kentuckians attended one-room schools and have fond memories of their school days,” Bonny said. “We want this to become a museum, a living replica of education in the early 20th century. Students planning to teach will come to understand the sacrifices made by their predecessors and will appreciate all they have today.”
A committee comprised of University officials, particularly from the College of Education, as well as retired teachers and professors, historical society representatives, and residents of several area counties have met regularly to discuss plans for the schoolhouse.
The Granny Richardson Springs School opened in 1900, six years before Eastern Kentucky State Normal School was established, and closed in 1964. It was donated to EKU by the heirs of the late Eli Sparks. The Lee County Board of Education donated furnishings.
Thirty-one students were enrolled in the school’s first year. That number grew steadily, especially after oil was discovered in the area, but declined again during and after World War II. By 1963, only six pupils attended.
For more information about the renovation project or to inquire about making a donation, contact Tom Bonny, 622-6505.
An $800,000 National Science Foundation-Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant will allow for the creation of the Eastern Kentucky Environmental Research Institute, based at EKU, which will increase the capacity of the University to seek and receive federal funding for environmental research; enhance science and math preparedness of students in undergraduate and graduate programs; increase interest and expertise in the mathematical and natural sciences among K-16 students; and increase community capacity for solving environmental problems by training a young professional workforce, educating teachers and K-12 students, and educating members of the community.
“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” said Dr. Alice Jones, associate professor of geography at EKU, who will serve as director of the new program. “This is an infrastructure grant – a first for EKU – meaning that it will provide funds for equipment and personnel to build something designed to last more than the three years allocated in the grant award.
“The Environmental Research Institute will look at the relationship between land use and water quality – a fundamental concern that affects everyone and allows for interdisciplinary interest,” she said. “In addition to strengthening the education offered to EKU students and supporting faculty research in the region, math and science education for K-16 students will be emphasized by offering field trip and project opportunities.”
The program will encourage both undergraduate and graduate participation in the design and execution of research activities at all levels and encourage faculty from a wide range of scientific and applied disciplines to conduct research on environmental phenomena in eastern Kentucky. The center will employ one graduate and two undergraduate student researchers and work with faculty to incorporate real-world research experiences into existing classes across the university.
“We feel very strongly that offering research opportunities to students at the undergraduate level will allow more students to explore science and mathematics opportunities and realize what they are capable of accomplishing,” said Dr. Danita LaSage, senior researcher for the Institute.
In addition to offering more educational opportunities for faculty and students, a major goal of the center is to improve conditions in eastern Kentucky, and help build the region’s capacity to address its own challenges and problems.
“We have a commitment to the community of eastern Kentucky,” said Jones, “We want to hear from community members about their environmental concerns and find ways to address those concerns together.”
Funding for the Institute is provided as part of an NSF-EPSCoR infrastructure grant that includes $13 million in federal and state funds over a three-year period for projects at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Kentucky State, as well as EKU. In addition to environmental research, the award addresses three of the five research areas at the top of the state's New Economy priority list: (a) nanotechnology (with an emphasis on sensors), (b) biotechnology (specializing in metabolomics), and (c) information technology (specifically in the virtual environments area).
EPSCoR was established by the NSF in the late 1970s. The program was designed to benefit states like Kentucky that have traditionally received small amounts of federal research and development funding. By enhancing the basic science and technology infrastructure in these states, the objective is to increase their abilities to compete for future funding and ultimately balance the distribution of valuable federal research dollars.
As the new director of the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) Program at EKU, Dr. Judy Spain cites the program’s “quality resident faculty,” convenient scheduling for working professionals and small class sizes as its distinctive attractions
“All business faculty who teach in the MBA Program meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International,” said Spain, an associate professor in EKU’s Department of Management, Marketing and Administrative Communication who joined the Eastern faculty in 1991. “All our faculty members are tenured with either associate or full professor rank, have terminal degrees in their specific area of teaching, are seasoned in the business world and academe, shine in research publications, and get high ratings for teaching excellence.”
Because all classes are offered in evenings and on Saturdays, the 30-credit-hour program attracts largely working professionals, although other students are equally welcome.
As director, Spain plans to further integrate business case studies into the curriculum so that students better understand all aspects of business management. “We also want to stress communication skills to enhance the graduates’ productivity and adaptability in the business world.”
Spain, who has headed the University’s Ethics Awareness Week Committee and co-chairs the Academic Integrity Committee, said, “We’ll also look to integrate more discussions about ethics.”
She also plans to provide more social and professional interaction opportunities for the program’s students and aggressively promote the program, especially to working professionals in central and eastern Kentucky.
“We want the best and brightest students to understand the benefits of a MBA degree,” Spain said.
Spain earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communication arts from Grove City College and a juris doctorate degree from Capital University Law School. She has ample experience in the business world, having worked in labor relations for the U.S. Steel Corp. and in the law department for the City of Pittsburgh (Pa.). She also was a partner in a private law practice in Pittsburgh and worked for a Kentucky law firm before she and her husband, Dr. Norm Spain, a professor in EKU’ Department of Loss Prevention and Safety, launched Spain and Spain Inc. in 1983. The family business specializes in security and management consulting.
“I learned the value of a business degree because I did it the hard way,” Spain said.
Spain has been active in the Richmond community, particularly with St. Mark School, Boy Scouts of America and the Richmond Area Arts Council, and serves as faculty adviser for the Sigma Chi fraternity on campus.
For more information about EKU’s MBA Program, call 622-3174 or visit .
Marta Miranda, Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology and Social Work and Director of Women's Studies
Marta Miranda, assistant professor of anthropology/sociology and social work and director of women's studies, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Miranda, who has been at EKU for 13 years, 10 as full-time faculty member, and three as part-time, holds two associate degrees from Miami Dade Community College; a bachelor's degree with a double major in anthropology and sociology from Florida International University; and a master's degree in social work from Barry University, Miami Shores, Fla. She has a licensed clinical degree from Florida and Kentucky and has 58 post-masters credit hours in clinical and organizational social Work from Barry University. Prior to joining the EKU faculty, Miranda had been a clinical and organizational social work practitioner for 29 years with a full-time 15-year private mental health practice. A psychotherapist and a trainer and consultant to the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center, she has worked on issues of trauma and violence for over 15 years. She is the co-author of a chapter about Lexington immigrants in a new book, "New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States."
Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology and Social Work and Director of Women Studies
As a social work professor, what do you want most to instill in your students?
The value of critical thinking and personal and professional ethics is an overarching theme in my classes since practice classes and most of the time our profession faces many ethical dilemmas and our personal world view gets constantly challenged, which I believe is a good thing. In addition, as social workers we are committed to social justice and must look at the systems both culturally and institutionally that create, maintain or support oppression. My passion and life’s work is and has been doing advocacy, community organizing and organizational development promoting social and economic justice. I instill in my students that they must respect and work with people that they do not agree with and do not think or believe as they do. This is difficult but crucial. "If you are only talking to people who agree with you, that is a potluck not a revolution." Working for social change demands personal and professional revolutionary acts.
Another major part of my teaching is personal and organizational wellness. It is impossible to do our jobs without taking care of ourselves in a holistic manner.
How did you come to write about Mexican Immigration in the U.S.?
I worked with the University of Miami Cuban and Haitian refugee resettlement program and have been an advocate for immigration rights and reforms for the last 25 years. I knew nothing about Mexican culture until I moved to Kentucky. The recent settlement of undocumented workers in the south challenged me to learn about this population. I became an organizer and then the director of the Hispanic Initiative Network, a three-year grant that assisted new arrivals. I worked with Dr. Brian Rich from Transylvania University and we engaged in a five-year community research project which resulted in the book chapter.
What are some of the major challenges faced by Hispanics in Central Kentucky?
Hispanic/Latinos in Kentucky are the economic backbone of this state. They are doing the jobs that no one can or wants to do. On the other hand, they have no institutional support, are denied driver's licenses, work visas, and access to education. The challenge is for the dominant community, particularly employers, to offer support for this labor force. The children of this generation will be the ones taking care of the rest of us in 20 years so we must invest in their futures. It is not just the just thing to do. It is crucial to our future.
Like all immigrants, this population needs assistance in finding their place in the fabric of our state and adding their colors and textures to our very rich rural heritage. The typical Mexican immigrant in the south comes from a rural area and shares values with our Appalachian heritage.
What can be done to better assimilate Hispanics into Central Kentucky communities?
I do not propose assimilation – that is the old paradigm, the melting pot. Most Americans today do not know their history, culture or language. We want acculturation; the new paradigm is the salad bowl – everyone gets to keep their culture and adds it to an equally rich mix of other cultures. The assistance needed is immigration reform, access to education and cultural sensitivity and celebration of the diversity and richness that immigrants bring to our state.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at EKU?
I love the students. I love the social work program. I am very hands-on; I believe in interactive and challenging classroom environments. Although difficult and time consuming, it builds very real relationships with students. Watching our students grow from student to professionals and their light bulbs turn on when they begin to get excited about critical thinking and applying theory to practice – now that is great and it makes all the hard work, struggles with the bureaucracies and long nights of grading worth it.
In addition, I am an immigrant. I arrived as a political refugee in 1966 at age 12. Our family was placed with a sponsored family in New Jersey. I am from a rural area of Cuba, Pinar del Rio. I never felt at home in this country until I found Kentucky 15 years ago. I bought a log cabin in Mt. Vernon and knew I was home. So, what I love the most about EKU is that my students are from Appalachia – that I get to remind them of how rich and proud their heritage is and that I learn so much about them and myself as I build relationships with them. I identify myself as Cubalachian, Cuban by birth and Appalachian by the Grace of God.
Sarah Turley, left, and Amanda Pendergest are the recepients of this year's Ethel Stewart Scholarships, which recognize leadership in the NOVA Program, campus and community organizations.
Both recipients were active participants in NOVA and served as peer leaders in Fall 2004. Pendergest, an occupational therapy major, is from Hamilton, Ohio. Sarah Turley is a social work major and an EKU Ronald E. McNair Scholar from Richmond.
The Ethel Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in memory of the mother of Nancy Stewart Hindman, previous director of the NOVA program. These scholarships are the 18th and 19th awarded in the last seven years.
Friday, August 26, 2005
EKU vs. Duquesne, Comfort Suites Challenge, 7:30 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Volleyball, Comfort Suites Challenge, 3 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Soccer, 2 p.m., Thomas McDonough Intramural Fields.
Monday, August 29, 2005 - Saturday, September 24, 2005
Centennial EKU Biennial Faculty Show, opening reception, 7-9 p.m., Aug. 29. For gallery hours, call 622-8135.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Joyce Wolf, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
EKU vs. Appalachian State, 6:30 p.m., Roy Kidd Stadium.
Monday, September 05, 2005
No classes; University offices closed.