EKU Update HomeA Newsletter for Eastern Kentucky University Faculty & Staff
Volume 7 • Number 5
Oct. 17, 2005
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On Thursday, Oct. 20, the QEP Committee will host an ice cream social for faculty, staff and students. The University community can learn more about the QEP theme and focus statements during the social.

A cornerstone of the SACS reaffirmation process, QEP is a carefully designed and focused University-wide initiative aimed at further enhancing student learning in a chosen topic area.

The ice cream social will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Plaza at the Powell Building. In the event of rain, it will be moved under the overhang outside Powell.

?We decided on an ice cream social because it?s fun and will reach a variety of people, especially students,? said Onda Bennett, chair of the committee. ?This important decision about how to enhance student learning at EKU will have an impact on the whole campus far into the future.

?The QEP is not only a requirement of SACS,? she said. ?It is a way for us to coordinate and focus our energies toward a significant issue in student learning for EKU. Teaching and learning is what we are all about. This process will ensure that time, talent and resources will be focused on the theme and supported by the University for a minimum of five years, beginning in 2007.?

The theme and focus statements were created by the QEP Committee, based on the results of a student and faculty survey earlier that was completed earlier this semester.

The theme is ?Eastern Kentucky University will develop informed, critical, and creative thinkers who communicate effectively.?

The focus statements are:

  • Students will be able to identify, discover, and use relevant information in order to gain knowledge and solve problems.
  • Students will be able to analyze information and ideas using appropriate methods.
  • Students will generate their own ideas and express them effectively.
  • Students will be able to clearly articulate a point of view and develop it with awareness of alternate perspectives.

?Now that the theme and focus statements for QEP are complete, the committee will be asking the University community to develop individual or interdisciplinary proposals related to the theme and focus statements detailing learning outcomes, action initiatives, key performance indicators and needed resources,? Bennett said. ?This is the next step toward writing the compete Quality Enhancement Plan in the spring.?

More News
Hunter Bates is the new chair of EKU?s Board of Regents.

Bates, an EKU graduate and former Student Regent at the University, was elected by his fellow members at the regular quarterly meeting of the Board on Wednesday, Oct. 5. He replaces Fred Rice, whose term on the Board expired earlier this year.

EKU alumnus Rodger "Kentucky Joe" Bingham, right, was among those attending the antique tractor show at the Oct. 13 Farm Field Day hosted by EKU's Meadowbrook Farms. The field day, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, also included tours of the Farm, a meal and several speakers.

The Kentucky Workgroup on Civic Literacy and Engagement and Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson will visit the EKU campus on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as part of an ongoing initiative to educate citizens about government and their communities and to encourage citizen participation.

Dr. Bill Ellis receive the Thomas D. Clark Award for Excellence in Kentucky History from EKU and discuss ?Town, County and Gown: Eastern Through the Years? on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Nine EKU students are getting a ?jump start? on their doctoral degree aspirations as McNair Scholars.

The McNair Scholars are: LaShana Avery and Lawrence Lee Sr., Louisville; Janice Clayton, Orlando, Fla.; Jeffrey Combs, Hazard; Felicia Hall, London; and Tina Brown, DaJuane Harris, Jeffrey Herron and Kelly McKinney, Lexington.

EKU senior Buddi Lubrina Burton completed an intensive six-week NASA summer program at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Mark Sandy, Athletics Director
Mark Sandy, Athletics Director
Mark Sandy, athletics director, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Sandy joined the EKU staff in June. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Concord College and a master's degree in administration from Lynchburg College.