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Volume 9 • Number 10
Jan. 14, 2008
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Eastern will kick off its observance of Black History Month with a read-in celebrating the works of African-American writers and lectures examining diversity and African-American art.

The next lecture in Eastern Kentucky University?s Chautauqua Lecture Series, ?Space, Place & Life,? will feature marine biologist Sylvia Earle.

Earle, also an author, lecturer, and scientific consultant, will present ?Sustainable Seas: The Vision and the Reality? at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, in O?Donnell Hall, the Student Services Building auditorium.

EKU, along with the Southeast/SouthCentral Educational Cooperative, the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children, AmeriCorps, the Kentucky Center for School Safety and the Kentucky Department of Education, will host the seventh annual Diversity Conference Feb. 6-7 in the Perkins Building.

Eastern recently became the 76th college campus to offer Einstein Bros. menu items. Visitors to the Crabbe Library are now able to choose from a selection of Einstein Bros.? sandwiches, salads and coffee. A complete Einstein Bros. license restaurant is under construction and is scheduled to officially open this month inside the Moore Building.

Eastern honored 1,024 degree candidates at its annual fall commencement on Saturday, Dec. 15.

A morning ceremony recognized graduates 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.

Dr. Gorazd Me?ko, dean of Police and Security Studies at the University of Maribor in Slovenia, will speak at Eastern on Tuesday, Feb. 5, as part of the College of Justice & Safety's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Me?ko, the author of ?Family Ties Before the Court,? ?Introduction to Criminology? and ?Basis of Crime Prevention," will present ?Criminology and the Globalization of Knowledge: Eastern and Central European Perspectives? from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Stratton Building?s Posey Auditorium.

What a writer needs most of all, ?Tobacco Road? author Erskine Caldwell once opined, is publication of his or her early work.

If Caldwell was right, then ?New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings,? a collection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, may serve as a springboard for some of the Commonwealth?s up-and-coming wordsmiths, young and not-so-young.

The new director of EKU?s Small Business Development Center at Eastern Kentucky University brings to the position eight years experience as a small business owner and additional experience in entrepreneurial development.

Kevin Norvell of Corbin now directs the Center, which serves 15 counties in eastern and south central Kentucky: Adair, Casey, Clinton, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Laurel, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne and Whitley. SBDC offices are located in Somerset and on the EKU campus in Richmond.

A pilot electronic mentoring project is matching EKU students with approximately 150 at-risk students at five Kentucky middle schools.

EKU?s accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The Division of Public Relations and Marketing has earned the Award of Excellence from the Kentucky association of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in the World Wide Web & Electronic Communications category.

The third class in Eastern?s School of Strategic Leadership graduated Jan. 12.

The School of Strategic Leadership (SSL) is a year-long advanced academic leadership training program for supervisory personnel that includes five master?s-level courses in Criminal Justice, Police in Society, Strategic Planning, and Organizational Psychology. Graduates earn 15 graduate hours and receive a Certificate of Criminal Justice Studies from EKU. Applicants must meet strict DOCJT and entry qualifications for the EKU Graduate School.

Dr. Don Calitri, Professor Emeritus of Health Promotion and Administration and former Associate Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Eastern, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Calitri, appointed by former Gov. Ernie Fletcher to a six-year term, spent 41 years in higher education, the last 30 at EKU. The Richmond resident earned his bachelor?s and master?s degrees from Union College in Barbourville and his doctorate from the University of Alabama.

The Department of Art & Design and the Chautauqua Lecture Series will host a juried art exhibition on the theme of ?Space, Place and Life? Jan. 23 through Feb. 29 in Giles Gallery, located in the Jane F. Campbell Building. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. For EKU Gallery hours, call 622-8135.

Thirty EKU students who will have a chance to learn from professional writers and editors while attending a prestigious national conference in this month.

After two successful years, EKU?s ?Try Teaching? program is again accepting applications from mid- and second-career professionals who are intrigued about their potential in front of a classroom.

Gary Kuhnhenn, Interim Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management
Gary Kuhnhenn, Interim Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management
Gary Kuhnhenn, interim associate vice president of Enrollment Management, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Kuhnhenn holds a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University, a master's degree from EKU and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, all in geology. He was one of the first six students to major in geology at Morehead and was one of the first three students to earn a master?s in geology at Eastern.

He came to EKU in August 1979, as an assistant professor of geology and coordinator of the graduate program. He was promoted to associate professor in 1981, received tenure in 1984, and was then promoted to professor of geology in 1986. Along the way he has served as chair of the Department of Geology (which became Earth Sciences) for 19 years, and then associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for seven years, with an additional year as acting dean. Kuhnhenn has now spent six months serving as interim associate vice president of Enrollment Management. He says friends and colleagues are often taken back when he tells them that he really enjoys working in enrollment management. "I appreciate the challenge and I firmly believe that enrollment management is where I can best contribute to the success of EKU," he said.

Roger Duvall, Continuing Education and Outreach, was awarded $125,000 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a Radio Community Service Grant.

David May, Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, was awarded $48,000 from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet for statistical research and analysis.

Glenn Rainey, Government, was awarded $9,595 from the Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association for an Emergency Management System Leadership Training Development Project.

Stephen Richter, Biological Sciences, was awarded $14,000 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to continue a genetic assessment of the effects of military activity on federally-threatened gopher tortoises.

Guenter Schuster, Biological Sciences, was awarded $14,148 from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for a graduate student research support project on the investigation of the life history, biological characteristics, habitat requirements, community composition, and/or threats to the Louisville Crayfish (Orconectes jeffersoni).