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Fall 2011 e-Newsletter

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2011 Homecoming event

Gary A. Ransdell Hall Open House
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
October 22, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
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WKU dedicates Gary A. Ransdell Hall; president humbled by 'high honor'

Dr. Gary A. Ransdell has participated in numerous dedication ceremonies as the campus has been transformed in his nearly 14 years as WKU’s president, but none may have been more special than the dedication of Gary A. Ransdell Hall.

"I want to thank the Board of Regents and specifically Board Chair Jim Meyer for this high honor," Dr. Ransdell said. "The confidence and trust in me, and the leadership team we have assembled, is important, appreciated and humbling. Going forward, our shared commitment to achieving a full and lasting transformation is deeper and stronger than ever." (more)

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Bowling Green couple helps WKU reach $1 million match for SKyTeach

A Bowling Green couple has put WKU’s fundraising quest for SKyTeach over the top of its initial $1 million goal, qualifying the University for an additional $1 million from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). (more)

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Seven faculty recognized for their contributions to the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

As the spring 2011 semester concluded, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences retired seven individuals. They were honored for the years of services to both WKU and to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Those retiring included Dr. Retta Poe, Associate Dean for Academic Programs; Dr. Leroy Metze, Director of Educational Technology; Dr. Roger Pankratz, Assistant to the Dean; Dr. Vicki Stayton, Professor in the School of Teacher Education; Dr. Elizabeth Cooksey, Professional-in-Residence within the School of Teacher Education; Dr. William (Bill) Pfohl, Professor in the Department of Psychology; and Dr. Luella Teuton, Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education. (more)

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Doctoral degree recipients make history

Five students made history May 13 by completing WKU’s first independent doctoral degree. The students are members of the first cohort of WKU’s Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. (more)

 

Meet the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences Student Ambassadors

During the spring 2011, six outstanding students were selected to serve as ambassadors for the WKU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Students were recommended by faculty and staff based on scholarship and campus involvement. They recently represented the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the Gary A. Ransdell Hall building dedication on April 29, 2011. (more)

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Educational symposium a success

The first Kentucky Educational Leadership Doctoral Symposium was held on March 31-April 1 at WKU’s Knicely Conference Center. The Symposium was designed to provide a forum for doctoral students from across the state to learn from and network with educational leaders, legislators and policy makers in exploring key issues and challenges that can make a difference in the state in advancing student success. (more)

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Educational leadership doctoral program selects 7th cohort

WKU’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership has selected its seventh cohort of students. (more)

 

WKU ROTC receives MacArthur Award

WKU’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program received a prestigious 2011 MacArthur Award this past Spring semester. (more)

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Big Red tours Europe with WKU Student Teaching Abroad student Ms. Ashley Whobrey

Ms. Whobrey spent the last four weeks of her spring 2011 student teaching experience teaching in Barcelona, Spain, during which she took advantage of weekend trips to various European sites. Here are a few snapshots along the way. (more)

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Students who use Facebook more for self-promotion show less concern for others

When W. Pitt Derryberry, an associate professor of psychology at Western Kentucky University, began to survey college students about their technology use, he expected to find technology responsible for declines in moral judgment among students. What he found was that it was how students used technology, rather than just the amount of time spent with high-tech tools, that led to moral lapses. (more)

 

Education faculty members make presentation at international conference

Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh and Dr. S. Kay Gandy, faculty members in WKU’s School of Teacher Education, presented at the International Technology, Education and Development (INTED) conference March 8 in Valencia, Spain. (more)

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Kentucky Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame selects WKU’s Fred Carter

Western Kentucky University's Director of Teacher Services and School Relations, Dr. Fred P. Carter, was recently inducted into the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. The ceremony occurred between games of the Girls' Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 11, 2011, in EA Diddle Arena. Carter was also selected to coach the West team in the Kentucky East/West All Star basketball game held on Saturday, March 12, 2011. (more)

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Gary A. Ransdell Hall Obtains Working Toward LEED Certification (video)

See this video on Youtube.

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Three inducted into Teacher Hall of Fame

Three outstanding educators were inducted on March 1st at the State Capitol as the fourth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. (more)

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WKU Elementary Education major makes presentation to Council on Postsecondary Education

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) held its April meetings at the Regional Postsecondary Education Center in Elizabethtown. During a joint CPE / Community leader session, WKU elementary education major Courtney Gibson made a presentation to the board and to mayors, Ft. Knox officials, the local legislative delegation, county judge and others about her experience as an ECTC student who transferred to WKU E-Town and is completing her degree this semester. She discussed how this cooperative ECTC / WKU partnership had enabled her to receive outstanding teacher training and allowed her to complete her degree while living at home. She says this is the same situation for many local students who, for a variety of reasons, cannot travel away from home to complete bachelor degree programs.

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Psychology faculty member Norman adds Distinguished Professor to honors

In 2001, Dr. Farley Norman was recognized as the “Friendliest Professor” by the Psychology Graduate Students at WKU. He believes most of his successes at WKU stem from the relationships forged with his students. Now he can add University Distinguished Professor to his list of honors. In July, the WKU Board of Regents appointed Dr. Norman and Dr. Robyn K. Swanson as University Distinguished Professors. The appointments are for five years and each will receive a $5,000 award package for each year of the term. (more)

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Painting by Joe Dudley Downing donated to WKU

“And After All” was donated to WKU by the Estate of Geneva Willen in care of her daughter, Barbara Gibbons, in March 2011. It was purchased by Kenneth and Geneva Carver Willen of Crystal Lake, Illinois. Mrs. Willen taught high school in Horse Cave, Kentucky; and Joe Downing was one of her students. He is the brother of the late Dero G. Downing. The artist holds the distinction of being one of only three Americans to exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. His work has been exhibited in several countries around the world, as well as in many locations in the United States. Permanent collections of his art can be found in such museums as the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in addition to WKU’s Kentucky Museum and Library. (more)

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WKU to honor 2011 Family of the Year

Tim and Ellen Gott and their children have been named WKU’s 2011 Family of the Year. The Gotts of Bowling Green were recognized during Parent & Family Weekend activities and honored at halftime during the WKU vs. Indiana State football game. “We are deeply honored to be selected as the WKU Family of the Year,” Tim Gott said. “WKU is truly an integrated thread in our lives. Our relationship started here, our degrees are from here, we work here, and all of our children are attending here now.” (more)

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Doctoral student to train for role as college president

Annette Parker, a student in the doctoral program, has been accepted by the Lakin Institute, an organization that prepares minority women to become community college presidents. She will participate in training activities and be assigned a mentor who is a community college president to assist in preparing her for that role. Annette hopes to finish her dissertation this year and graduate next spring.

 

Faculty member receives GREEN Educator Award

Terry Wilson has been selected to receive the Inaugural Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award by the Earth Force and the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN). He was chosen because he exemplifies the very best of what educators are doing to teach young people to lead efforts to protect our environment. He is one of 10 educators selected nationwide and was honored at a ceremony on September 27 held in the new LEED certified building on WKU’s campus, Gary A. Ransdell Hall. (more)

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Faculty member receives Leadership Award

Roger Pankratz was a recipient of the Annual Leadership Award for 2011 from The Renaissance Group. The award recognizes the work, commitment, and exceptional leadership dedicated to higher education and to The Renaissance Group, focused on improving and support teacher educator preparation programs. The award was presented at a luncheon during the group’s annual meeting in October.

 

WKU’s ‘Dr. Julia’ Roberts honored with state’s annual Acorn Award

Dr. Julia Link Roberts, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies at WKU, is one of two recipients of the Acorn Awards for teaching excellence, given annually to outstanding professors at Kentucky’s colleges and universities—one for a professor at a four-year college or university and one at a two-year institution.

David L. Cooper, professor of English and African-American history at Jefferson Community and Technical College, was also honored. Both recipients received a $5,000 honorarium and inscribed plaque. (more)

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