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Thank you

Our debt to Student Publications alumni is monumental. You've been returning to the campus as often as possible and have helped maintain a long-standing tradition, the annual Homecoming breakfast, for more than six decades. The 65th annual Student Publications Homecoming Breakfast was at 8 a.m. Nov. 7, 2015, at Downing Student Union.

Adams-Whitaker Student Publications CenterWhen the possibility for Student Publications to have its own building surfaced, more than 200 alums pledged and donated more than $1 million. The result was the Adams-Whitaker Student Publications Center, a $1.6 million, state-of-the-art multimedia facility that opened in January 2008 as a joint venture between the Student Publications Alumni Association and WKU.

Adams-Whitaker, named for Bob "Mr. A" Adams and the late David B. "Boss" Whitaker, gives students a place where they can hone their skills and produce award-winning publications that serve WKU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Throughout the year, but especially around Homecoming, alumni are frequent visitors to Adams-Whitaker. The staff of Student Publications as well as the students on the Herald and the Talisman enjoy showing people around the building and take great pride in the professional environment that alumni generosity made possible.

Publications alumni are scattered across the country and around the world. Many are still working in publications-related fields; many are not. But everyone has the common bond of having worked on the Herald or the Talisman.



for outstanding contributions to journalism


The winner of the 2015 Herald Award for Outstanding Contributions in Journalism is one of the most influential voices directing coverage for the public good in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

John Stamper is deputy editor for Accountability and Engagement at the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he previously served as a reporter covering matters ranging from technology and utilities to growth and development and the state government beat. He was the lead reporter on the Herald-Leader’s yearlong project, “Win, Lose or Draw: Gambling for Jobs in Kentucky,” which won national awards.

John has been an editor for the past seven years, directing coverage of government and watchdog reporting. During that time, he oversaw the Herald-Leader’s ambitious series about the woes in Eastern Kentucky, called “Fifty Years of Night,” which won national acclaim.

John also is a great friend of WKU Student Publications, volunteering his most valuable commodity – time – to lead training sessions for our students.

John was editor of the College Heights Herald in 1999, and lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.


for outstanding contributions to communications


The winner of the 2015 Talisman Award for Outstanding Contributions in Communications first made an impact at the news organizations where she worked, and now helps lead one of the most important and influential nonprofits in Southwest Indiana.

For the past year, Cheryl Edwards Martin has been the director of operations at the YWCA of Evansville, an organization she first became involved with several years ago as a mentor to a young girl from one of the city’s troubled schools who now is a college freshman.

Before joining the YWCA, Cheryl worked at the Evansville Courier & Press, where she had responsibilities in a variety of departments over the years, from reporting and editing in the newsroom to working in advertising to, finally, as magazine editor. She grew and developed the quarterly Evansville Woman magazine, the monthly Evansville Business Journal and launched the EBJ’s 20 under 40 feature.

She previously worked for the Winchester Sun, where she and her husband John were reporters, and also worked at the Butler County Banner and the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. She started out, though, at the small weekly in Clay, Ind., that her father owned, where she spent many afternoons pounding away on a typewriter in her dad’s office.

At WKU, Cheryl served as editor of the 1992 Talisman, and was a copy editor for the College Heights Herald.  Cheryl lives in Evansville with her husband, John, a reporter at the Evansville Courier & Press, and their daughter.

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