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Volume 8 • Number 1
Aug. 21, 2006
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EKU welcomed about 2,000 new students during this year's Move-in Day on Aug. 17. Faculty, staff and students volunteered to help ease the students' transition to campus.
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Dr. William L. Phillips will lead EKU’s College of Education as it enters its second century of serving the region and the Commonwealth.

The new dean of EKU’s College of Education previously served as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, a state-supported institution with an enrollment of 5,500.


EKU’s 2006-07 Chautauqua lecture series will focus on compassion.

Fourteen speakers, including authors, a comedian, a local pastor, EKU faculty and staff and others, will address the topic from their own unique perspectives.


Following a national search, EKU named Carrie Cooper Dean of Libraries in June.

Cooper, who joined EKU Libraries in 1998, served the past year as interim dean.


Laurie Lindberg, who teaches art at EKU’s Danville campus, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her work with students in studio classes.

A veteran biological sciences professor has received EKU’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

Dr. Ron Jones, who joined the EKU faculty in 1981, is the recipient of the 2006-08 EKU Foundation Professorship, awarded annually by the EKU Foundation to recognize those who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the three primary roles of a faculty member: teaching, service and research. The professorship provides a salary supplement for two years.


Dr. Gary Cordner, Foundation Professor of Loss Prevention and Safety at EKU, was accepted as a 2006-07 Academic Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

The new Robert B. Morgan Chair of Insurance at brings 30 years of experience as an attorney and executive officer in the insurance industry to EKU.

Burke A. Christensen most recently served as chief operating officer and general counsel of Concert Health Plan Insurance Company of Oak Brook, Ill.


Dozens of cultural events are scheduled during the fall semester at EKU. They include student and faculty concerts and recitals, plays, dance programs, special holiday events and art exhibits.

Mona Isaacs has been named director of Information Technology and Delivery Services at EKU.

Isaacs, who joined the University in 1996, has served as interim director of ITDS since 2004. With ITDS, she has also served as a software consultant, project manager for Banner ERP implementation and manager of the Information Services Division.


Sherry Scott has been named manager of the Lancaster Higher Education Center, a partnership between EKU and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

The rapidly growing golf industry in Kentucky has received a major boost with the establishment of the Commonwealth’s first PGA/Professional Golf Management™ Program at EKU.

Tricia Davis has been named director of EKU’s Center on Deafness and Hearing Loss in the Interpreter Training Program.

“Under her guidance as interim director, CODHL has grown and been involved in numerous innovative projects on local, state, regional and national levels,” said Dr. Laurence Hayes, director of the Interpreter Training Program at EKU. “We’re very excited to have her in the permanent position.”


Women who graduate with a baccalaureate degree in physics from EKU are more likely to earn a doctorate degree than physics graduates from most other Kentucky colleges, according to an article recently published in the Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences.


For the past 30 years, EKU Geography Professor David Zurick has traveled to the Himalayas – usually in alternating years – with trips ranging from a month to more than a year.

The Department of Occupational Therapy honored Becky Pelfrey, '84, in June as the 2006 Outstanding Alumna. Pelfrey died Aug. 9 after a long battle with cancer.

Dr. Jerry Pogatshnik, associate vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at EKU, has been appointed to serve as a faculty member for the National Council of University Research Administrators Fundamentals program.

The Scottish Rite Foundation in Kentucky has awarded $1,000 fellowships to 12 graduate students in the Communications Disorders program in Eastern Kentucky University’s Department of Special Education.

Dr. Glen Kleine, retired dean of the EKU College of Applied Arts and Technology and Professor Emeritus in Mass Communications, has been named president of the EKU Retirees Association.

Jessica Bryant, Academic Integrity Coordinator and Associate Professor, Department of English & Theatre
Jessica Bryant, Academic Integrity Coordinator and Associate Professor, Department of English & Theatre
Jessica Bryant, academic integrity coordinator and associate professor in the Department of English & Theatre, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Bryant, who joined the EKU faculty in 1991 as a visiting instructor, left in 1994 to earn a doctoral degree in education from the University of Kentucky and returned to EKU in 1997. She also holds a bachelor's degree in English from Kentucky State University and a master's degree in English from UK.