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College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Spring 2012 e-Newsletter


2012 student awards: College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

WKU's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences presented its annual awards on May 6 at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center. Jessica M. Holmin of Bowling Green was named the 2012 CEBS Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Graduate Student in Experimental Psychology. (other recipients)

ROTC graduates establish scholarship as part of plans for upcoming wedding

When Brittany Rexing and Timathy Kloth began making plans for their May 26 wedding, they decided to use their special day to establish a scholarship that would benefit other WKU ROTC cadets. The two seniors in the Hilltopper Battalion, who graduated this spring, have benefited from scholarships during their four years at WKU. (more)


Congratulations to our retirees!

Dean Sam Evans poses with the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences 2012 retirees that include Richard Greer (Psychology), Terry Wilson (School of Teacher Education), Donald Nims (Counseling & Student Affairs), William "Bud" Schlinker (Educational Administration, Leadership & Research) and Sharon Spall (Educational Administration, Leadership & Research). Additional retirees not pictured include Neresa Minatrea (Counseling & Student Affairs), Dan Roenker (Psychology), Joyce Wilder (Psychology), and Bob Smith (School of Teacher Education). (more)


WKU's Future Educators Association Collects Books for Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School

The WKU Future Educators Association (FEA) [BROKEN LINK] student organization collected 319 children's books as a service project and donated them to Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School. WKU education students and FEA officers Gretchen Gothard, Alicia DiTommaso, and Jessica Mayfield presented the books to Ms. Hannah Ogden. Ms. Hannah Ogden ('05 and '07), Library Media Specialist at Parker-Bennett-Curry, was very excited and appreciated the donation. (more)


As part of WKU exchange program, Swedish teachers visit Mammoth Cave

Two student teachers from Sweden recently visited Mammoth Cave National Park as part of an international student teaching exchange program through WKU. Natalie Sezgin and Kristina Tengelin, both students at Linköping University, participated in an overnight environmental education workshop at Mammoth Cave. (more)


Administrative Announcement: Change in State Requirements for Admission to Initial Teacher Preparation Programs

If you advise students who are seeking admission to professional education, you will find the following information to be helpful: At the September 2011 meeting of the Education Professional Standards Board, proposed changes in the admission requirements to initial teacher education programs were approved by the Board. (more)

3 inducted as fifth class of Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame

The members of the fifth class of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame were inducted Tuesday (Feb. 14) at the State Capitol in Frankfort. The three, chosen by a statewide selection committee, are Estelle Park Bayer, Sharon Graves and the late Helen P. Raby. “This is an important day for you and the Commonwealth,” Gov. Steve Beshear told inductees and their families during a luncheon at Berry Hill Mansion. “To honor our teachers is one of the most important things we can do.” (more)


CEBS Receives NCATE Continuing Accreditation

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at WKU is proud to announce it has received continuing accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and state approval of all its educator preparation programs from the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). The next NCATE/EPSB accreditation visit is scheduled for Spring 2018.


College of Education and Behavioral Sciences receives external funding award

A number of individuals associated with the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences were recognized for their accomplishments in securing external funding. (more)


WKU Psychology student leads effort to build school in village in Ghana

When Sarah Hagan participated in Semester at Sea last year, she didn’t realize how the adventure would change her life, and the lives of children half a world away. Hagan, a native of Gray, GA, who graduated from WKU this spring, spent a week in Ghana. She and five other students took a nine-hour journey into the heart of the African nation, to the village of Senase. (more, video)


U.S. Green Building Council awards gold LEED certification to Ransdell Hall

The first building at WKU to be built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards has received the second-highest level of certification. The U.S. Green Building Council announced that Gary A. Ransdell Hall has earned gold LEED certification. Nate Allen of the USGBC made the announcement at a reception in Ransdell Hall. (more)


Kelly Autism Program honors supporters

The Kelly Autism Program at WKU recently honored businesses, organizations and individuals within the WKU and Bowling Green communities who have contributed to KAP’s success. The 8th Annual Alliance Awards were presented at the Downing University Center. Support from such organizations and individuals ensure the success of KAP and the participants served, KAP Director Marty Boman said. (more)


WKU remembers veterans; ROTC program honors two American heroes

WKU’s ROTC program recognized the service of all veterans and their families and honored two of its own American heroes – 1LT Eric D. Yates and Lt. Col. Ken Hightower. Yates and Hightower were inducted into the WKU ROTC Hall of Fame as part of Veterans Day events on the WKU campus. (more)


View from the Hill – Mother of 1LT Eric Yates talks about her son's death

Kathy Yates, mother of 1LT Eric Yates who was killed in Afghanistan last year, says the events of 9/11 inspired her son to go into the military.  She spoke at the WKU Scholarship Celebration on Sept. 27, along with Fort Campbell junior Alan Johnson, who is the first recipient of the Eric Yates Scholarship. (video)


WKU Sisterhood grant will assist international student teaching program

A $40,000 grant from the WKU Sisterhood will provide life-changing international experiences for 80 students in WKU’s teacher education program. “We have kids going all across the world as a result of the Sisterhood grant,” said Dr. Fred Carter, director of Teacher Services and School Relations in WKU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The WKU Sisterhood is a group of women who make a gift of $1,000 each and collaborate to advance university priorities through philanthropic engagement and a collective voice. (more)


Author of 'Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire' visits WKU

Rafe Esquith, author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, visited WKU on Nov. 8 as part of the Mary E. Hensley Lecture Series. Esquith is a recipient of the National Teacher of the Year Award and is the only teacher to be awarded the president’s National Medal of the Arts. A once-in-a-lifetime educator, Esquith has been called “a modern day Thoreau” by Newsday, “a genius and a saint” by The New York Times, and “the most interesting and influential classroom teacher in the country” by The Washington Post. (more)


Kimberly Shearer named 2012 KY Teacher of the Year

Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, has been named Kentucky Teacher of the Year. She is a graduate of WKU's Library Media Education Program. (more)


WKU's Julia Roberts receives state group's William T. Nallia Award

Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies and the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU, is the recipient of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators‘ 2011 William T. Nallia Award. She was presented with the award Oct. 14 at WKU by KASA’s Vice President Paul Mullins, principal at LaRue County High School, and President-Elect Rita Muratalla, principal at Zoneton Middle School (Bullitt County Schools). (more)


Education faculty members present teaching workshops in South Dakota

Dr. S. Kay Gandy and Dr. Lisa D. Murley, faculty members in the School of Teacher Education at WKU, presented workshops titled “50 Successful Teaching Strategies” on Oct. 6 at Black Hills State University (BHSU) campuses in Spearfish and Rapid City, SD. (more)


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