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Volume 8 • Number 9
Jan. 16, 2007
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Dr. Rodney B. Piercey has been appointed as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at EKU.

For the past four years, Piercey has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Physics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Laura Melius, director of career services at EKU, has received the Ajax/Griffin Award from the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers (SACE), an organization of more than 400 human resources, college relations and career services professionals.

A read-in on Monday, Feb. 5, will celebrate the works of African-American writers.

The African-American Read-in, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Crabbe Library Café, is part of Black History Month activities at the University as well as a nationwide celebration of African-American literary works. The event is sponsored by EKU Libraries and the University’s African/African-American Studies Program.

The next lecture in EKU’s Chautauqua Lecture Series, “Compassion,” will feature author and essayist Richard Rodriguez.

Four EKU occupational therapy graduate students have been awarded scholarships for the current year.

Dan Mason, a 1973 EKU graduate who retired in 2002 as president of CBS Radio, addressed the graduates at both ceremonies and received an honorary doctor of humanities degree at the morning event.
Dan Mason, a 1973 EKU graduate who retired in 2002 as president of CBS Radio, addressed the graduates at both ceremonies and received an honorary doctor of humanities degree at the morning event.
EKU honored 1,023 degree candidates at its annual fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16.

A morning ceremony recognized degree candidates from the Colleges of Education, Health Sciences and Justice & Safety. The afternoon ceremony honored degree candidates from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Business & Technology.

The women’s basketball game against Tennessee Tech, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, Feb. 3, has been moved due to scheduling conflicts.

The game will now be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, at McBrayer Arena with tip-off set at 7 p.m.

Additionally, the men’s game against Tennessee Tech on Feb. 3 is now set to begin at 8 p.m. instead of the originally scheduled 8:30 p.m. tip.

Ten EKUBusiness students were inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society at a formal ceremony Dec. 5 on the EKU campus.

EKU, the Southeast/Southcentral Educational Cooperative, the Center for Renewal of Schools and the Education Professions, the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children, the EKU Office of Enrollment and Management, AmeriCorps and the Kentucky Department of Education will host the sixth annual Diversity Conference Feb. 7-8 in the Perkins Building.

EKU’s Honors Program led all colleges and universities in participation at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 16-19.


Lt. Governor Pence joined President Glasser on Dec. 13 to address the need for cervical cancer awareness across the Commonwealth. The press conference was one of several scheduled to be held on Kentucky’s public university campuses.

In an extraordinary gathering in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, EKU’s USAID-funded Open Dialogue Project brought together Uzbek government officials, civil society representatives and foreign diplomats to celebrate Uzbekistan’s Constitution Day and International Human Rights Day.

EKU will once again be visited next spring by some four-legged friends.

For the third consecutive year, USRider and EKU are collaborating to present large-animal emergency rescue training. They’re bringing in specially trained demonstration animals, horses and a llama to help provide realistic hands-on training during the seminars.

Zenetta Coleman, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Zenetta Coleman, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs
Zenetta Coleman, director of Multicultural Student Affairs, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Coleman, who began working at EKU in 2003, holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication and an M.S.Ed. in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University in her hometown of Carbondale.