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WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled. Here is a link to the University’s attendance policy during adverse weather conditions. Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walks. 

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

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Lilli Tichinin

Lilli Tichinin

Lilli Tichinin


Personal Background

I came to Kentucky from the West Coast. I grew up in rural Northern California right on the coast and transplanted to Eugene, Oregon for college and stayed for several years.

Educational Background

I went to University of Oregon for my undergrad where I studied anthropology, dance, and folklore. After graduating, I did an archaeological field school in Belize and a study abroad in Mexico.

Professional Experience

I interned at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage on the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Mexico Program, which cemented my desire to pursue public folklore. After my internship, I returned to Oregon and worked as the Outreach Coordinator for First-Year Programs at University of Oregon for two years.

Why Folklore?

I have always had an interest in cultural expressions but the thing that draws me to public folklore specifically is that at its core it is about education. All of my professional experience has in some way related to education and outreach and public folklore is a way to facilitate contexts that foster presentation, exploration and engagement with those cultural expressions.

Fun Fact

I was a dancer for 20 years and have performed in The Nutcracker over 75 times.

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