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Volume 7 • Number 3
Sept. 19, 2005
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News
• Sweet Receives Acorn Award for Teaching Excellence
• Excellence in Entrepreneurship Recipients Honored
• Alumni, Friends Invited to Homecoming 2005
• Tushnet Lecture Celebrated Constitution Day
• Holocaust Historian Anna Rosmus Presents EKU Chautauqua Lecture
• Fans Show Support at EKU-WKU Game
• Faculty Jazz Ensemble Part of Benefit for Katrina Victims
• EKU Fall Career Day is Sept. 27
• Pultizer Prize-Winning Author Part of "Ireland Comes to EKU" Series
• EKU Offers Free Admission to Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
• EKU Library Hosts Presentation by Award-Winning Illustrator
• Appalachian Film Festival Features Free Films
• Moving Forward Together: Leadership Spotlight

2005 Acorn Award recipient Dr. Charlie Sweet, interim chair of EKU
2005 Acorn Award recipient Dr. Charlie Sweet, interim chair of EKU's Department of English and Theatre with graduate student Marlowe Moore, who represented him with the award.
For the third time in 11 years, an EKU faculty member has earned the Acorn Award, presented by the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education to the professor who best demonstrates excellence in service and commitment to students.

The 2005 Acorn Award winner is Dr. Charlie Sweet, Foundation professor and interim chair of EKU’s Department of English and Theatre.

Sweet joined the EKU English faculty in 1970, intending to stay only about five years.

“Nobody stays in the same job for 36 years if they don’t love their job,” Sweet said. “The one thing that always stands out is at the graduation ceremonies when the president asks all the first generation college kids to stand. I came out of that idealistic ’60s generation that felt it could really make a difference.”

And make an impact he has – not only on the lives of his students but also on his EKU colleagues and his profession.

“Simply put, Dr. Sweet is a students’ teacher,” said Marlowe Moore, a graduate student in English/creative writing. “What adds to Dr. Sweet’s uniqueness … is his constant challenge to himself and to his students to strive for personal and professional growth.

“He truly likes to see his students succeed, and he consistently works to that end – much to the benefit of the English Department and the entire university.”

At the same time he has drawn the best out of his students, he has helped countless colleagues improve their own teaching skills.

“He has personally observed the classes and mentored all of the new teachers in the department,” said Dr. Paula Kopacz, professor of English. “He researched and devised an assessment rubric for these observations so that teaching became a professional skill in our department rather than merely a subjective opinion.

“He has set a standard of high teaching expectations for all of us, and has not left the classroom in order to raise the bar,” added Kopacz, who team-taught an American Literature course with Sweet. “No one knows more than Dr. Sweet about gothic literary conventions and the history and analysis of the short story genre, but he doesn’t lecture students. He asks leading questions, phrased in such a way that students can answer them, and he draws out of them information they didn’t realize they had. It really is a marvelous gift.”

President Glasser said: “Dr. Sweet is richly deserving of the Acorn Award because he demonstrates the very best in teaching, service and scholarship, and cares so deeply about his students and his work. He is known as an innovator and a teacher of boundless energy (and) he always seems to find the time to work with students in his office or mentor younger colleagues toward more effective teaching.

“He represents what is best about EKU and his profession," Glasser added, "and all of us feel a sense of pride that he has received such a prestigious honor.”

Sweet said he finds it difficult, if not impossible, to define his teaching style.

“I have been outside and inside so many boxes that I can only be descriptive,” he said.

One of the keys to his rapport with students is his mastery of pop culture. He cites as examples the television show “24,” which uses “the unity of time that Aristotle proposed,” and rap music, which “has the basic rhyme scheme of Neoclassic poetry.

“While I am building from what they know to the great unknown, I am insinuating myself into their world in order to break down their preconceptions that college professors are the original Geek Squad.”

Sweet’s publications “run the gamut from the creative to the critical, from the theoretical to precise analysis of particular works,” said his EKU colleague and long-time mystery writing partner, Dr. Hal Blythe, an Acorn Award recipient in 1996.

Sweet has more than 600 items in print, including nine books, with his 10th and 11th books in production, and “stands at the cutting edge of so much teaching theory,” Blythe said. For example, Sweet created for New Forums Press a series of non-theoretical books offering practical teaching tips.

Under Sweet’s leadership, EKU has launched a low-residency Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing.

In addition to Sweet and Blythe, EKU health education professor Dr. Merita Thompson also earned an Acorn Award.

“The real strength of EKU is its dedicated faculty,” Sweet said. “If a student goes to EKU, he or she has the potential to have a tenure-track professor in every course.”

Sweet received his bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Florida State University.

More News
EKU’s College of Business & Technology, in conjunction with The Center for Rural Development and Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, honored the 2005 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award recipients at a recent luncheon at the Center. From left are Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of the Center; Dr. Bob Rogow, dean of EKU’s College of Business & Technology; Tom Fields, Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries Inc., Corbin, winner, Not-for-Profit Organization; Steve Keck, Somerset Recycling Services, winner, For-Profit Business (greater than 25 employees); 5th District Congressman Hal Rogers; Julian Moss, Moss Flowers Inc., Lancaster, winner, For-Profit Business (25 employees or less); Lora Jane Hyden, Pointe of Joy Performing Arts, Paintsville, winner, Start-Up Business; and Jerry Rickett, chief executive officer of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.
EKU graduates, their families and other friends of the University are invited to the Richmond campus Sept. 23-24 for “Homecoming 2005: A Century of Opportunity.”

Thousands are expected for a weekend full of floats, football, family fun and fellowship.

“Eastern is fortunate to have so many loyal alumni and friends,” said Jackie Collier, alumni relations director. “It’s always exciting to see them back on campus to reconnect with their friends and the University.”

One of the weekend’s highlights will be the President’s Gala on Friday, Sept. 23, a black-tie event celebrating the announcement of EKU’s first Capital Campaign and the University’s Centennial. The Gala will be held on campus at the Fitness and Wellness Center. A 6 p.m. reception will be followed at 6:45 p.m. by dinner. All alumni are invited to attend. Tickets are $25 per person for the formal dinner, which includes post-dinner entertainment by The Sensations. To receive more information on registration or for questions about the Gala, e-mail Kara Covert in the Development Office at kara.covert@eku.edu.

Other Friday activities include a Student Government Association/Alumni softball game and reunions for Student Alumni Ambassadors, Beta Omicron Gamma and Beta Theta Pi.

Activities on Saturday, Sept. 24, include the annual Homecoming “Run, Walk or Roll” and the Centennial Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. along the traditional Lancaster Avenue-Main Street route. For race entry information, call 859-622-8145.

The largest tailgate party on campus, the Colonel Country Tailgate, follows from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Coliseum Parking Lot. The event will feature booths sponsored by campus clubs, organizations and departments; entertainment; and a variety of foods from on- and off-campus vendors and restaurants. In addition, numerous campus departments and organizations have scheduled reunion events Saturday, including the Departments of Technology; Agriculture; and Family and Consumer Sciences; the College of Justice & Safety; Kappa Delta; Kappa Alpha Theta; Sigma Nu; and the Honors Program.

At 3 p.m., the Colonels will take on Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech at Roy Kidd Stadium. The coronation of a Homecoming king and queen will be held at halftime. Game tickets may be reserved by calling the EKU athletic ticket office at 859-622-2122, or toll-free in Kentucky, 1-800-262-7493, ext. 2122, or by visiting ekusports.com.

A Greek Step Show will be held at 7 p.m. in Brock Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, contact Lindsay Williams at 859-622-3855 or Multicultural Student Affairs at 859-622-4373.

For more information about any of the Homecoming activities, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 622-1260 or, toll-free in Kentucky, 1-800-262-7493, ext. 1260, or visit www.eku.edu/alumni.

Mark Tushnet, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University College of Law spoke at EKU on Sept. 12, in honor of Constitution Day. After receiving his law degree from Yale, Tushnet served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and is the co-author of one of the most widely used casebooks on constitutional law.
The next lecture in the "Questing and Questioning" Chautauqua Series will feature author and Holocaust historian Anna Rosmus, real-life heroine of the Academy Award-nominated film, “The Nasty Girl.”

Rosmus, a native of Passau, Germany, will present “Seeking Equilibrium with Open Eyes: Unveiling Passau’s Denial” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

For more than 20 years, Rosmus has investigated the role Passau played in the Holocaust, beginning with research for a national high school essay contest. The facts she uncovered contradicted the commonly held belief that the town resisted the Nazis.

She discovered that her picture-perfect Bavarian community had been intimately involved in the Third Reich. Almost all of the city’s prominent families were members of the Nazi party long before it came to power. Passau's Jews were forced out of town and their property confiscated. Eight concentration camps were established in the area.

Once she started investigating, Rosmus didn't stop. Her essay won the competition and in 1983 she published her first book, “Resistance and Persecution in Passau from 1933 to 1939,” for which she won the prestigious German Geschwister-Scholl Award. Since then she has written numerous books and articles, including “Against the Stream: Growing Up Where Hitler Used to Live,” “Wintergreen: Suppressed Murders” and “Out of Passau: Leaving a City Hitler Called Home." She has been featured on “60 Minutes” in two Morley Safer profiles and was the subject of a recent documentary film which was shown throughout Germany, “Passau-Washington: The Nasty Girl in America.”

Rosmus has won many awards for her heroism, including the Galinski Prize, the highest honor bestowed by the German Jewish community. She has also received the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Conscience in Media Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Sarnat Prize for those who fight anti-Semitism, the prestigious Tucholsky Death Mask, and the Holocaust Survivors and Friends’ Holocaust Memorial Award.

Her attempts to bring home Passau's expelled Jews and few Holocaust survivors and to commemorate the forgotten Jews of Passau inspired the 1990 film “The Nasty Girl,” by Michael Verhoeven. The film will be shown on campus Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Crabbe Library. The presentation, part of the Chautauqua Series and the International Cinema Series, is free and open to the public.

EKU fans demonstrated their support during the Sept. 10 “Battle of the Bluegrass” between EKU and WKU. A last-second 27-yard WKU field goal gave the Hilltoppers a 23-21 victory over the Colonels.
The EKU Faculty Jazz Ensemble is one of 11 musical groups to be featured in an all-day music concert on Saturday, Oct. 8, to benefit Gulf Coast flood victims

All donations and proceeds from the concert, from noon to 10 p.m. at Lake Reba’s Recreational Complex in Richmond, will go to Madison County’s Habitat for Humanity and its Operation Home Delivery, a program to help rebuild homes along the Gulf Coast.

Suggested donation is $10.

Each act will perform for an hour. The complete schedule follows:

  • Noon-EKU Faculty Jazz Ensemble
  • 1 p.m.-Mike Chappalear, acoustic guitarist from Berea
  • 2 p.m.-Clint Estep, acoustic guitarist from Lexington
  • 3 p.m.-David Hobbs, acoustic guitarist from Richmond
  • 4 p.m.-Jettison, funk rock band from Richmond
  • 5 p.m.-Uncle Jerry’s Band, country rock band from Richmond
  • 6 p.m.-Cosmic Dirt, rock band from Lexington
  • 7 p.m.-Endive, rock band from Lebanon, Ohio
  • 8 p.m.-South 75, Southern-rock band from Richmond
  • 9 p.m.-Fredi Handshoe, rock band from Richmond
  • 10 p.m.-Mountain Gossip, country-folk-rock band from Richmond

    Sponsors include the City of Richmond; Richmond Parks and Recreation Department; American Legion Post 79 of Irvine, Post 7 of Frankfort and Post 8 of Lexington; Jettlane Productions and Hype. Anyone interested in sponsoring equipment-rental costs for the concert can contact Wendy Barnett-Brock at 859-200-0492.

    Habitat for Humanity of Madison County will hold its ninth annual "Building on Faith" blitz build Sept. 17-25 Richmond for the Mackey family of 416 Elm St. Building begins at 8:30 a.m. and lunches are provided to volunteers. For more information, call Ashley Morgan at 859-625-9208.

EKU’s Fall Career Day on Tuesday, Sept. 27, kicks off a series of three events this semester designed to help EKU students and others learn more about possible careers and pursue their educational and employment aspirations.

Fall Career Day, sponsored by the divisions of Career Services and Cooperative Education and WEKU-FM, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. Students and alumni from surrounding colleges and universities are also welcome to attend.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students and alumni to explore career options available to them and enhance their career prospects by meeting and networking with potential employers from a wide range of career fields,” said Amanda Tudor, assistant director of EKU’s Division of Career Services. “It is a well-rounded event that assists first-year students with learning more about the job market. At the same time, it offers seniors and alumni great exposure to professional contacts and provides employers with an opportunity to promote their job openings to qualified candidates.”

A frequently updated list of employers planning to attend the event is available at the EKU Career Services website, www.career.eku.edu.

Ample parking for Career Day is available in the Ashland Lot on Kit Carson Drive across the Eastern By-pass from Roy Kidd Stadium. A shuttle service will transport guests to and from the Keen Johnson Building.

Other related events this fall are:

  • Health Sciences Career Day, Friday, Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Keen Johnson Ballroom. Some employers offer scholarships for students who have not yet completed a degree if they agree to work a specified amount of time for the employer. Contact Diana Tribble at 859-622-2143 or diana.tribble@eku.edu for more information.
  • Teacher Job Fair, Friday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Services Building lobby, targeted particularly at education majors completing their student teaching this fall. All education majors are welcome.

For more information about any of the events or services offered by EKU Career Services, call 622-1568 or visit www.career.eku.edu.

"Angela's Ashes" author Frank McCourt spoke on campus Sept. 13. His poignant memoir of a troubled childhood in Ireland, which was chosen as the book for all incoming freshmen to read, earned McCourt a Pulitzer Prize.
Those students displaced by the temporary closure of their colleges and universities due to Hurricane Katrina will not be charged tuition at Eastern.

Students who have already paid tuition at another affected institution can enroll at EKU free of charge this semester. The University will work with interested students to address housing, textbook and meal plan arrangements.

Those storm-affected students not yet enrolled at another institution will be assessed EKU’s in-state tuition rate, as well as for books, meals, housing and other personal items. These individuals will be eligible for consideration for financial aid and scholarships.

EKU also will coordinate on a case-by-case basis any short- or long-term transitions for faculty members at any Gulf Coast schools temporarily closed by Katrina.

A hotline has been established for those students interested in learning more about EKU: 859-622-6454, or toll-free at 1-800-465-9191. Information can also be accessed via the University’s web site at www.eku.edu.

“This is just one of many ways the University, as well as many of our faculty, staff and students, are reaching out to assist those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy,” said President Glasser. “We responded as quickly as possible after the disaster, but after further evaluation of the situation based on new information, we decided to alter our original plan.

“This is a very caring campus community,” Glasser continued, “and we will work closely with these students to meet their individual needs, help them continue their educational pursuits and return some sense of normalcy to their lives.”

Already, at least three undergraduate students and one graduate student displaced by the hurricane have enrolled at EKU.

Approximately 200 bed spaces are available in EKU campus housing.

The campus community is responding to the tragedy in many ways:

  • A group from Model Laboratory School, which has enjoyed an exchange agreement with the Raceland, La., school district for the past 21 years, gathered and distributed supplies to assist that community.
  • The EKU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee coordinated with the local Red Cross chapter to sponsor a donation collection at the Colonels’ season opener Saturday, Sept. 3, and raised $1,500 toward relief efforts.
  • The EKU Middle School Association will collect funds through the “Beads for the Bayou” program with the Red Cross. Donations will be used primarily to support teachers and the rebuilding of schools in affected areas, as well as to support Red Cross efforts to help storm victims.
  • ARAMARK Corp., which operates EKU’s dining services, will set up a program that will allow meal plan students to donate a meal in the name of disaster relief.
  • Contributions obtained through the University’s annual “Sleepout for the Homeless” will go toward hurricane relief efforts.
  • The First-Year Experience Community Service Floor, the Floor of Promise, University Housing and the College of Education are partnering to conduct a children’s book drive and will work with the Office of Volunteerism to conduct after-school activities for any persons displaced to the London-Corbin area.
  • EKU’s Division of Media Resources is working with the local Red Cross chapter to produce a television program on local hurricane relief efforts.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina,” Glasser said.

Award-winning illustrator E.B. Lewis will discuss the process of creating quality books for children during a special presentation at EKU.

The program, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Library Room 108, is free and open to the public.

A professional artist whose medium of choice is watercolor, Lewis has illustrated many notable books, including “Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman,” for which he won the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and “Coming on Home Soon,” which was named a Caldecott Honor Book this year.

The presentation will be followed by a book-signing.

EKU’s Center for Appalachian Studies is hosting the Appalachian Film Festival film/lecture series on this campus this fall.

Films will be shown in Room 128 of the Crabbe Library at 3 p.m. Scheduled films are are:

  • Sept. 28, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
  • Oct. 12, “Matewan”
  • Oct. 26, “High Lonesome”
  • Nov. 9, “The Ralph Stanley Story,” film and discussion with filmmaker Herb E. Smith.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center at 859-622-3065 or 859-622-1622.

Mark Welker, Chief of EKU Police
Mark Welker, Chief of EKU Police
Mark Welker, chief of the EKU Police Department, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Welker, who was named chief in June 2004, began his university law enforcement career in 1986 at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis. Since then he has served several law enforcement agencies, including DePauw University, University of Tennessee and, most recently, Robert Morris University. He holds a bachelor's degree in police science and administration from Northern Arizona University and has completed 15 hours of graduate coursework toward safety science.

Mark Welker
Chief of EKU Police

What would you most want the campus to know about EKU Police?
The EKU Police Department employs 24 sworn police personnel, three dispatchers, a senior office associate, and seven student cadets. In addition, the Parking and Transportation Department reports to the police chief’s office and it consists of an assistant director, four parking enforcement officers, one office supervisor, two office associates, and five motor vehicle operators.

We would also like the campus to know that since June of 2004 the department has undergone significant changes. In addition to a new police chief, there is a new assistant police chief, three new lieutenants, two new sergeants, a newly added detective, and several new officers and dispatchers.

What are some of your major challenges and initiatives this year?
In addition to the many personnel and organizational changes that have been made during the last year, the department has adopted a Community Police Philosophy that is reflected in our new mission statement: "The mission of the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department is to enhance the quality of life by providing a safe and secure environment through professional service to the community." The success of our mission depends on this partnership utilizing a community policing philosophy. The department places high priority on honesty and integrity and values the need for effective and open communications with the community we serve. We value our employees and are committed to their professional development.

We place a great deal of emphasis on training for our personnel and routinely explore opportunities to enhance their performance by introducing new training techniques, as well as updated technology.

What can individuals do to enhance their personal safety on campus?
The department operates on a 24-7, 365 days-a-year basis and is committed to providing proactive law enforcement services, such as high visibility mobile, bicycle, and foot patrols; incident response; investigations; crime prevention and detection programs; special event security; and traffic and crowd control.

Although the EKU Police Department is ready and willing to accept the challenges of providing a safe and secure learning, working and playing environment, we encourage everyone to participate in that effort by using good judgment when it comes to protecting themselves and their property. In fact, we like to think that every student, faculty, and staff member at EKU is our partner in increasing the quality of life and decreasing criminal activity.

Are there any services provided by EKU Police that you think are under-utilized?
The department offers a wide variety of programs that can assist the campus community by increasing their awareness about safety and security issues. One of our primary new initiatives for this year is to not only offer programs, but also promote them so that the community can take advantage of those learning opportunities.


Events
Monday, August 29, 2005 - Saturday, September 24, 2005
Centennial EKU Biennial Faculty Show continues. For gallery hours, call 622-8135.

Monday, September 19, 2005
CityFest is an annual family-friendly event that allows the EKU community to get acquainted with local businesses, EKU departments and student organizations. It features free food, children's activities, live entertainment and a pep rally.

Friday, September 23, 2005
Soccer, 5 p.m., Thomas McDonough Intramural Fields.

Sunday, September 25, 2005
EKU vs. Jacksonville State, 1 p.m., Thomas McDonough Intramural Fields.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - Friday, October 21, 2005
Deborah Orloff, photography, and Jennifer Costa, furniture. For gallery hours, call 622-8135.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Part of the Appalachian Film Festival, 3 p.m., Library 128, free and open to the public. Call the Center for Appalachian Studies at 622-3065 or 622-1622 for more information.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - Saturday, October 01, 2005
Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama; tickets, $6 for adults, $5 for students, are on sale now. The box office is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m. in the Campbell Building lobby or call 622-1315 to make reservations.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.

Thursday, September 29, 2005
Mick Sehmann, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.

Friday, September 30, 2005
EKU vs. Midway, Battle Against Breast Cancer Tournament, 3 p.m., Gertrude Hood Field.

Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, 2005
Softball, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Gertrude Hood Field, Model Softball Field, Irvine MdDowell Norris Field.

Sunday, October 02, 2005
Patrick Newell, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.