In this issue:
• Math and Science Program Developed for High School Students
• Chautauqua Lecture Focuses on ‘Self-Compassion’
• Inside Iraq
• Archivists Publish Second Photo History Book on University
• J&S Professor Honored by American Society of Criminology
• New York University Professor to Speak at EKU
• Kleine Inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame
• EKU Coordinates Study Tour for Delegates from Tajikistan
• Open House Scheduled at Safety and Security Incubator
• Spring Performing and Fine Arts Events Announced
• Medicine Show Comes to Town
• Collier, Whitt Named to Leadership Roles with CASE District III
• Mock Trial Teams Finish Second and Seventh in Ohio Tournament
• EKU Project Re-Opens Human Rights Dialogue
• EKU Theatre Presents ‘Lysistrata’
• EKU Hosts Reading by Squire Babcock
• Voice Instructor Honored
• Moving Forward Together: Leadership Spotlight
The EKU Mathematics and Science Academy will run June 4-8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and is designed for students who have earned at least a B average in high school math and science courses, have a composite score of 25 or higher on their ACT, and who will be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2007.
The mission for the Academy is to increase Kentucky’s national status for math and science scholars and to ultimately raise the number of Kentuckians who contribute internationally and nationally to science and mathematics field of work.
The MSA will kick off Monday, June 4, with medical examiner Dr. Donna Hunsaker speaking at the opening session. Hunsaker has helped solve a number of unexplained deaths and criminal cases in the state through her knowledge and skills in forensic science. She also served as a flight surgeon for the Kentucky National Guard.
“The students will participate in daily science explorations, group projects, and creative connections that explore the links between science and math,” said Kathy Williams, program coordinator. Students will also have the opportunity to work closely with college science and mathematics faculty. The MSA will close with a Parents Day Projects Presentation Expo and Picnic on June 8.
The program is housed under EKU’s Office of Enrollment Management and was developed through a collaboration of faculty and staff members, including Dr. Jaleh Rezaie, chair of EKU’s Department of Computer Science; Dr. Martin Brock, an EKU chemistry professor; and Dr. Dirk Schlingmann, chair of EKU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
“I am especially interested in attracting more young women to the fields of science and mathematics,” Rezaie said.
Brock, who teaches biochemistry and advises many students who enroll in EKU’s pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-optometry program, is also a faculty co-sponsor of the Caduceus Club, an organization dedicated to helping students achieve their career goals in the health fields and obtain admission into professional schools.
Schlingmann, who will serve as Academy teaching faculty, will lead students in creative exploration sessions focusing on the connections between music and mathematics.
For more information or to apply for the program contact Program Coordinator Kathy Williams at 622-8860, or email@example.com, or go online to http://www.msa.eku.edu/.
The next lecture in the Chautauqua Lecture Series will focus on self-compassion and communication.
Kristin Neff, associate professor at University of Texas at Austin, will present “Self-Compassion: A Healthier Way of Relating to Oneself” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, in O’Donnell Hall, the Student Services Building auditorium.
Neff received master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California at Los Angeles.
She has had 14 articles published and been awarded five different grants by the University of Texas at Austin for her continued research studies on human development.
For more information about the Chautauqua series, call Program Director Bruce MacLaren at 622-1503.
On Feb. 7, Mike Shiley's film "Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories" was presented on campus. Shiley, who is not a professionally trained journalist, chronicled a two-month journey inside Iraq, interviewing American and Iraqi soldiers and talking to local citizens.
The book is a follow up to the photo history of the first 50 years of EKU, “Eastern Kentucky University: 1906-1956,” both part of Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series.
“This volume shows the great changes in technology that happened after 1960,” the authors said. “It is startling to see the rapid growth of the EKU campus from just a few buildings surrounding a picturesque central ravine to an expanded campus with high-rise dormitories, multiple story classroom buildings, a large sports complex and other facilities that cover several hundred acres. Between 1960 and 1976 the campus quadrupled in size.”
Both volumes are available at area bookstores, independent retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665.
Haarr received the award from the Division on Women and Crime during the ASC’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. This is only the second time the award has been presented since it began in 2004. It recognizes the scholar/activist who has participated in publicly promoting the ideals of gender equality and women’s rights throughout society, particularly as it relates to gender and crime issues.
For the past seven years, Haarr has devoted expertise, time and energies to researching and reducing violence against women and children, promoting gender equality and women’s and child human rights throughout Asia – Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and China – with funding from U.S. Fulbright, International Research & Exchange Board (IREX), the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassies, and consultancies with international organizations, such as UNICEF, Swiss Cooperation Office, Organization for the Security & Cooperation of Europe, Mercy Corps, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Dr. David Garland, professor of sociology and law at New York University, will speak at Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, March 1, as part of the College of Justice & Safety's Distinguished Lecture Series.
Garland, who holds a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Sheffield and a doctorate in socio-legal studies from the University of Edinburgh, will present “American Capital Punishment: Law in the Shadow of Lynching” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Stratton Building’s Posey Auditorium.
The author of numerous articles on the history of punishment in America, Garland’s main areas of research are the legal institutions of punishment and control, the history and sociology of criminological knowledge, social solidarity, and the welfare state.
The event is free and open to the campus community.
Dr. Glen Kleine, retired dean of the EKU College of Applied Arts and Technology and Professor Emeritus in Mass Communications, is among five individuals chosen as 2007 inductees into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
The five new honorees will join 146 other journalists inducted into the Hall of Fame since its 1981 inception on Tuesday, April 10, at the Radisson Plaza in Lexington. The awards luncheon is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Journalism and Telecommunications Alumni Association.
Kleine taught elective journalism courses in EKU’s Department of English in the 1960s; that program developed into a journalism major and into EKU’s Department of Mass Communications, chaired by Kleine. He later served as dean of EKU’s College of Applied Arts & Technology. Kleine was instrumental in helping develop the skills of many of today’s Kentucky journalists.
Selection of honorees is made by a committee representing the state’s media, the University of Kentucky, and the UK Journalism Alumni Association. Nominees must be either Kentucky natives or outstanding journalists who have spent a majority of their careers in the commonwealth.
Those wishing to attend the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon can print a reservation form here.
Nine Tajik delegates from the Swiss-funded Project to Reduce Violence Against Women (PROVAW) will learn how the Kentucky criminal justice system and victim advocacy agencies are working together to address the problem of domestic violence.
The group will focus much of its time building knowledge and skills with visits to community agencies in Richmond and Lexington, including the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Shelter and the Victims Advocate Divisions of both Madison and Fayette counties.
“This is their first trip to EKU,” said Dr. Robin Haarr, associate professor of Criminal Justice & Police Studies at EKU, who organized their 12-day visit. “The study tour really is unique because it’s not just a classroom experience, but is embedded in the local community.”
Other agencies who will be visited by the group are EKU’s renown Department of Criminal Justice Training, the Lexington Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit, the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, the Madison County Attorney’s Office, and the Domestic Violence Prevention Board in Lexington.
Judge Jean Logue, Madison County Family Court Circuit Judge, will spend several hours with the delegates talking about the role of a family court judge in responding to domestic violence.
Haarr, who spent three years working in Tajikistan as an international consultant on women and children’s issues, initiated the study tour – the first of its kind – with co-funding from the Swiss Cooperation Office, Tajikistan and the EKU College of Justice & Safety.
“I have solid working relationships with the delegates who are coming,” Haarr said. “I hope that this study tour will prove to be the first of more joint activities between EKU and the Tajik delegates. EKU Criminal Justice & Police Studies graduate students have volunteered their time to assist with the study tour, which will provide them an invaluable international and cultural exchange.”
Individuals interested in starting, growing or expanding safety- and security-related or technology businesses should plan to attend the open house for EKU’s Business & Technology Incubator for Safety and Security on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
From 7:30 to 9 a.m., the EKU program will host the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours event, a monthly networking opportunity, in the Incubator facility in the Business & Technology Center. Breakfast will be provided.
A brief overview of the Safety and Security Incubator will be presented at 8:15 a.m.
“We are anxious to be able to foster business development related to safety and security technologies through the Safety and Security Incubator,” said Gary Marshall, executive director of the Innovation and Commercialization Center (ICC), an entrepreneurial assistance and business development resource that oversees the Incubator program and facilitates knowledge-based job creation, growth and wealth in the 46-county Eastern Kentucky region. “The Incubator facility will initially accommodate up to five start-up business entities with plans currently in place for expansion.”
Participants in the program are eligible to receive affordable office space in excellent facilities from the ICC, access to faculty and first responder markets, and commercialization assistance and access to capital. Funding assistance and grants may be available to qualified applicants.
For more information on the program, attend the open house or visit www.biztechincubator.eku.edu.
Dates and times are subject to change. Patrons are urged to watch or listen for further announcements or call ahead to be certain that events have not been rescheduled. The respective telephone numbers are: Music, 622-3266; Art, 622-1639; Theatre, 622-1315; Dance, 622-1901.
All events are open to the public at no charge unless otherwise indicated.
- Feb. 13, Delta Omicron Musicale, 8 p.m. Brock Auditorium.
- Feb. 15, Faculty Chamber Music Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- Feb. 22-24 Honors Bands, 6:30 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- Feb. 22-24 EKU Symphonic and Concert Bands Concert, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- Feb. 26, Evan Mack, guest piano Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- March 3, Pops Concert, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium, admission cost to be announced, tickets may be purchased at the door.
- March 7, Phi Mu Alpha Musicale, 8 p.m. Gifford Theatre.
- March 8, EKU Jazz Ensemble Recital, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
- March 19, Lexington Guitar Trio Recital, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
- March 25, EKU Guitar Day, Carlos Perez, guest guitar Recital, 3 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
- March 26, EKU Symphony Orchestra Concert, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 3, EKU Percussion Ensemble Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 4, EKU Guitar Ensemble Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 5, EKU Faculty Brass Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 11, Jeremy Mulholland Faculty Violin Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 12, EKU Brass Ensemble Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 17, EKU Symphonic and Concert Bands Concert, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 19, EKU String Orchestra Concert, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- April 21, EKU Clarinet Festival, Brock Auditorium and Foster Building.
- April 24-25, EKU Opera Performance, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium. $10 general admission ($5 student)
- April 26, EKU Saxophone Ensemble Recital, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
- April 27, EKU Percussion Chamber Recital, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
- April 28, EKU Jazz Festival, Brock Auditorium, Gifford Theatre, and Foster Building.
- April 29, Choral Concert, 3 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- May 1, EKU Clarinet Choir, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
- May 3, EKU Faculty Woodwind Quintet Recital, 8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
- May 4, Concerto Concert, 8 p.m., Gifford Theatre.
- Wednesday, Feb. 28- Saturday, March 3, “Lysistrata,” 8 p.m. nightly, Gifford Theatre, $5 for students, $6 for other adults, call 622-1323 (noon to 4 p.m. weekdays) for ticket information.
- Wednesday, April 18-Saturday, April 21, “All the Great Books (abridged),” 8 p.m. nightly, Gifford Theatre, $5 for students, $6 for other adults, call 859-622-1323 (noon to 4 p.m. weekdays) for ticket information.
- Now through Feb. 21, “Compassion: A Juried Exhibition” and “Close Binary,” featuring paintings by Michiko Itatani, Giles Gallery, Campbell Building, call 859-622-8135 for Gallery hours.
- Feb. 26-March 17, “NCECA Exhibition Out of Fire,” ceramics, Giles Gallery, Campbell Building, opening reception TBA, call 859-622-8135 for Gallery hours.
- March 24-April 12, “Bluegrass Regional High School Exhibition,” mixed media, Giles Gallery, Campbell Building, opening reception 2-4 p.m. March 24, call 859-622-8135 for Gallery hours.
- April 15-26, “Art Student Association Juried Exhibition,” mixed media, Giles Gallery, Campbell Building, opening reception 2-4 p.m. April 16, call 859-622-8135 for Gallery hours.
April 29-May 12 “Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition,” mixed media, Giles Gallery, Campbell Building, opening reception 2-4 p.m. April 29, call 859-622-8135 for Gallery hours.
- April 11-14, EKU Dance Theatre Spring Concert, 8 p.m. nightly; 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday, April 14., O’Donnell Hall (Student Services Building Auditorium), $5 for students, $8 non-students. Tickets will be sold through the Alumni Association, 859-622-1260, beginning two weeks prior to the concert. Tickets also available at the door.
Old Crow Medicine Show brought its Americana style of music to a sold-out crowd at Brock Auditorium on Feb. 8.
Marc Whitt, associate vice president for Public Relations and Marketing, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Board of Directors, beginning this month.
Jackie Collier, director of Alumni Relations, has been named co-chair of the 2008 CASE District III Annual Conference, to be held next February in Atlanta.
CASE District III serves public and private colleges and universities and independent schools in a nine-state region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia).
One Eastern squad finished second, narrowly losing a tiebreaker to Miami University. The second team tied for seventh place. Other universities sending teams to the tournament included Ohio State, Case Western Reserve, Wilmington, Wittenberg, Lake Erie, Ball State and the University of Dayton.
The second-place team was one of two selected to qualify to compete in the National Championship Tournament at Stetson University College of Law in April. Only 64 teams nationwide compete in the tournament.
EKU’s Andrew Trice, a senior political science major from Highland Heights, received the tournament’s All-Region Attorney Award. Other members of the second-place team are Dale Perry, Frankfort; Kristeena Winkler, Katrina Winkler, Xochi Weiss-Salinas and Ruben Salinas, of ¬Richmond; Casey Gevedon, Berea; and Rachell Hall, Allen.
Members of the seventh-place team are Kara Bowen, Paducah; Tabith Danielle Buis, Liberty; Justin Hunt; Irvine; Tony Listermann, Cincinnati; Lauren Poland, Cincinnati; Jessica Roberts, La Grange; Miranda Westbrook, Villa Hills; and Maranda Ash, Richmond.
Dr. Gary Cordner, co-director of EKU’s International Justice & Safety Institute, seated at left, participated in formal discussions with a fellow U.S. expert from the Institute for New Democracies and Uzbek law enforcement agencies in an effort to improve human rights policies in Uzbekistan.
Dialogue to improve human rights policies in Uzbekistan was restarted in late January during talks between U.S. experts from EKU and the Washington-based Institute for New Democracies (IND) and Uzbek law enforcement agencies.
Formal discussions and cooperation in the human rights area between the Uzbek government and foreign NGOs was interrupted in 2005 in the aftermath of the tragic events in Andijan when scores of civilians died in clashes between Uzbek security forces and armed militants.
Dr. Gary Cordner, co-director of EKU’s International Justice & Safety Institute, and Dr. Ronald Suarez, a New Jersey forensic pathologist and IND Board Member, held working meetings in Tashkent within the framework of the USAID-funded Open Dialogue Project. The project, implemented by EKU and IND, assists Uzbek government officials and civil society activists to address issues of human rights reform and democratization.
The visit of Cordner and Suarez followed the December 2006 working trip of Cindy Shain of EKU and Margarita Assenova, executive director of IND. The Open Dialogue Project marked International Human Rights Day and Uzbekistan’s Constitution Day on Dec. 11 in Tashkent, a celebration attended by high-ranking Uzbek government officials, civil society groups and foreign diplomats.
Building on the success of this visit, Cordner and Suarez conducted intensive open-dialogue sessions with senior officials from the Uzbek General Prosecutor’s Office, Ministry of the Interior, Ombudsman’s Office, and the National Forensic Bureau under the Ministry of Health. They also held discussions with the Institute for Civil Society, Uzbek policy experts and a member of Parliament.
Uzbek government officials explained the ongoing work in the area of legislative reforms related to 2005 Presidential decrees on Habeas Corpus and abolishment of the death penalty. Both decrees will become effective on Jan. 1, 2008. The ongoing reforms include comprehensive changes and harmonization of the criminal code. Extensive efforts are also devoted to structural changes and adjustments in internal regulations to bring them in accordance with the United Nations Human Rights conventions ratified by the Republic of Uzbekistan. Reforms are focused on changes in criminal procedure and issues related to scientific evidence.
EKU and IND experts shared experiences with their Uzbek counterparts and agreed to continue providing them with models of best practices from other countries, including the United States and Europe. Discussions also included potential areas of cooperation between the Open Dialogue Project and Uzbek experts to implement various assistance projects. Some of the proposals encompass sharing of best practices for public outreach of the law enforcement agencies as used in other transitional and established democracies.
Cordner and Suarez conducted several meetings with U.S. and German NGOs that continue operating in Tashkent. They also met with officials from the U.S. Embassy, including Ambassador Jon Purnell, as well as representatives of other diplomatic missions and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
“Uzbek interlocutors have assured us that they are ready and open for further cooperation with the experts of Eastern Kentucky University and the Institute for New Democracies,” said Cordner. “Our discussions were concrete, sincere and factual, and held in a friendly climate of mutual respect that enabled productive brainstorming and sharing of experiences.”
Suarez added that U.S. assistance related to “technical fields” such as forensic pathology and law enforcement not only helps in the development of high professional standards, but also has a profound effect on addressing human rights problems and establishing the rule of law in transitional countries.
EKU Theatre will present Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” Feb. 28-March 3 at 8 p.m. nightly in Gifford Theatre in the James F. Campbell Building.
In this comedy a young Athenian woman, Lysistrata, is tired of the war and develops a solution to end it; all the women withhold sex from their men until the fighting stops.
The play is “complete with all the appropriate raunchiness and naughtiness,” said James Moreton, EKU Theatre coordinator.
“Lysistrata” is not appropriate for children or those offended by adult humor and strong sexual content. Tickets, $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, are available at the Gifford Theatre Box Office. The box office is open noon- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 19-March 2. To reserve seats by phone call 622-1323.
Author Squire Babcock, director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Murray State University, will read from his works of fiction on Feb. 13.
The program, free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Jaggers Room of the Powell Building.
Babcock, who joined the MSU faculty in 1991, holds bachelor’s and master of fine arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Dr. Vertrelle Cameron-Mickens, Music, has been inducted into the 2007 Marquis Who's Who in America. Recognized globally since 1899 as the premier biographical data, Marquis Who’s Who In America has chronicled the lives and careers of America's leaders and achievers from around the world and from every significant field of endeavor.
Cameron-Mickens, wife of EKU pianist Hayward Mickens, has performed with orchestras and in recital performances in Germany, England, Spain, the Caribbean and throughout the United States. An IBM Fellow in the Performing Arts, she has performed with Michigan Opera, Tulsa Opera, and in concerts at the White House, the Governor’s Mansion and at Rupp Arena. She is noted as both a singer and conductor of sacred oratorio works and is the director of music at Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington. The soprano joined the EKU faculty in 1999.
Ezra Engling, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities and Professor of Spanish
Ezra Engling, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities and professor of Spanish, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Engling, who joined EKU's faculty in July, holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish and English, and master's and doctoral degrees in Spanish from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities
Professor of Spanish
Since arriving on campus, what have you done to promote interest in EKU’s foreign language programs?
On my very first day on the job, I issued an invitation to all EKU chairs to work with the DFLH to create language content courses of interest to their majors. The response was very encouraging. This was followed by an aggressive campaign directed to the students themselves, indicating the numerous career opportunities available in language studies. I upgraded the media lab, purchased Rosetta Stone, the #1 language software and established a closer relationship with the offices of International Studies and Study Abroad.
What foreign languages do we currently offer? Are there any other languages you are looking to add, and why?
We offer Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Latin. I plan to add Arabic and Mandarin Chinese in the near future. Later, I would like to see Hindi and Korean added. All of these languages are, or will be, of national significance because of their vital inportance in geopolitics and international trade. One has only to look at the revised list of "critical languages" compiled by the federal departments of State, Education and Defense.
Why should students consider a foreign language in their studies?
The fact that Americans can no longer afford the luxury of regarding the world from an English-only, and "ethnocentric" perspective. The command of a foreign language, and by extension, culture, promotes confidence, and gives the student a very marketable skill in these times of global interdependence. In some cases it is a formula for survival: A cat and her kittens were attacked by a barking dog. Suddenly the mother cat confronted the dog and started to bark. The dog gave a whimper and ran in the opposite direction. The cat explained to her kittens: it pays to be bilingual.
What foreign languages in generations to come will prove especially helpful for college students?
All of the languages mentioned above. Spanish is so obvious that it in some quarters it it no longer considered a foreign language.
What can be done to promote foreign language studies in Kentucky’s high schools?
High schools are a feeder source for colleges, and and is the one of the destinations of our foreign language majors. But we can no longer take this for granted, given the serious shortage of language teachers. As language professors we must develop a mutually beneficial relationship with high school teachers via Advance Placement courses and/or mentoring programs, and visit schools to promote foreign languages and the teaching profession.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
EKU vs. Samford, 7 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Women's basketball, 5:30 p.m.; men's basketball, 7:30 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
EKU vs. Samford, 2 p.m., Paul McBrayer Arena.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
EKU vs. East Tennessee, 2 p.m., Gertrude Hood Field.
Friday-Saturday, February 23-24, 2007
EKU vs. Long Island, 2 p.m. Friday; EKU vs. Oakland, 2 p.m. Saturday; Turkey Hughes Field.
Friday, February 23, 2007
8 p.m., Brock Auditorium.