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Here is a selection of recent news stories about WKU:

Oct. 16-23, 2020

Daily News

KRWG- FM, Las Cruces, NM

  • Prominent public health expert joins NMSU: Jagdish Khubchandani joined NMSU’s Department of Public Health Sciences as a professor in August – in time for the start of the fall 2020 semester. Khubchandani earned a master’s degree in public health in 2007 from Western Kentucky University.

WRDE-TV, Milton, DE

Smithsonian.com

  • What Americans Can Learn From Winter-Loving Cultures: According to Tim Frandy, assistant professor of Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University, many of those participating in this type of hydrotherapy in Finland are middle-aged and elderly women. “They will methodically step out of the sauna and then go down a ladder into freezing cold water without making a peep, swim back and forth a few times, and then climb back out of the water,” he says. “It’s so meditative, and in such contrast to the polar bear plunges we have here, where people jump clothed into the water, scream, and then quickly rush out.”

Physics Today

  • Q&A series: Black voices in physics: Charles McGruder and Chima McGruder are astrophysicists. Charles is a professor at Western Kentucky University. His son Chima is a graduate student at Harvard University.

FBI

Waste360

  • The Recycling Education and Research Foundation Awards Scholarships to 75 Students: The Recycling Education and Research Foundation (RERF), a 501 (c)(3), not-for-profit organization closely associated with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has announced that 75 students were awarded scholarships, between $500 and $3,400, to be applied to their respective college educations. ISRI Southeast Chapter: Cole Scott - Western Kentucky University; Jackson Trumbly - Western Kentucky University
Sept. 25-Oct. 15, 2020

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

  • WKU tackles renaming issue in ongoing campus talks: After Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni announced this semester that WKU will reexamine “problematic” names on campus – particularly those tied to former slaveholders – a group of students and staff is taking up the topic through ongoing talks.
  • WKU launches scholarship programs aimed at teacher recruitment, diversity: One of the most frequent requests Corinne Murphy receives from school districts as dean of Western Kentucky University’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is for help with addressing the state’s teacher shortage. Now, Murphy has an answer.
  • WKU will launch provost search this week: Western Kentucky University is starting a national search this week for its next provost and vice president of academic affairs, WKU President Timothy Caboni said in a campuswide message Monday.
  • Amid at-home quarantines, renewed interest in language learning: Last spring, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted governors across the country to issue stay-at-home orders, leaving millions in quarantine and searching for productive ways to spend their time, language learning apps like Duolingo reported all-time highs in use. That’s no surprise to Alex Poole, the interim head of Western Kentucky University’s Modern Languages Department who studies and teaches language acquisition.
  • WKU's new LifeWorks hires staff members: The board of directors of LifeWorks at Western Kentucky University announced the hiring of three professional staff members to launch its inaugural year of operations. LifeWorks at WKU is a two-year residential transition-to-work and independent living program for young adults with autism spectrum disorder.

Spectrum News 1

  • WKU Offers New Scholarships to Get More Teachers in Classrooms: Western Kentucky University is now offering two new scholarship opportunities through its College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The university launched the "WKU Grow Your Own" and "WKU GameChangers Teacher Initiatives," in efforts to financially support students and community members to stay and teach in their home districts.
  • Nontraditional Teacher, Teaches in a Nontraditional Way: After decades of pursuing a degree in teaching, Karen Russell, finally got a classroom of her own, but in a virtual setting. Graduating this past May from Western Kentucky University, at 52 years old, Russell never gave up on her dream of becoming a teacher.

WBKO-TV

  • WKU student restarts “Empower Your Health” chapter on campus: A health-based group on campus is helping students make informed choices about their future. Western Kentucky University student Symone Whalin is one of the founders of “Empower Your Health” on campus. The group keeps students informed on resources for reproductive health.

WNKY-TV

WEHT-TV, Henderson

  • WKU President discusses challenges on college campus during pandemic: Western Kentucky University is one of many college around the United States to welcome students back on campus this Fall. President Dr. Timothy Caboni appeared on Eyewitness News Daybreak Wednesday morning. Sitting down with anchor Jake Boswell, Dr. Caboni discussed the challenges in running a major university during the COVID pandemic.
  • WKU to lure students from neighboring states with in-state tuition: Western Kentucky University is making higher education for prospective students in states neighboring the Commonwealth. Starting next fall, students from neighboring states may attend WKU at the same cost of Kentucky residents.

Lane Report

  • Revved Up to Grow: The Spartan Garage was first started in 2015 by Robert Bowden III in his parents’ Atlanta garage and specialized in aftermarket modifications of off-road vehicles. When Bowden enrolled at Western Kentucky University for college, he relocated his company—then called Spartan 4×4—and added two students as employees. While in WKU’s Student Business Accelerator program, Bowden and his team expanded their network in the southern Kentucky automotive community.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Ky Forward

VOA Learning English

  • In Language Learning, Mistakes Are Not Bad: English learners should not think that mistakes, or errors, are bad. One American language expert advises that language learners should instead see errors as signs of progress. Alex Poole is a professor of English and interim department head of modern languages at Western Kentucky University. Poole recently spoke with VOA Learning English about errors and language learning.

Naples Florida Weekly

  • Naples Classical Academy announces Brunner as founding principal: Naples Classical Academy, a new tuition-free classical curriculum K-12 charter school, has selected John Brunner as the school’s founding principal. He holds a master’s degree in education leadership from Florida Gulf Coast University and a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University.

Agri-View

  • Young professionals share tips for students: “International travel can be impactful to what you do in the future,” said Jodi Lynch Findley, who moderated the career-opportunities panel. “I’ve traveled to Ecuador and China.” She earned in 2000 a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and animal science from Western Kentucky University. She’s a national strategic-account manager with Zoetis.

The Daily Advocate, Greenville, OH

  • Wayne HealthCare’s Flood named ‘Rising Star’: Wayne HealthCare continues to look provide the best health care for Greenville and Darke County Residents. And another example of that is Terri Flood, Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing. Flood received both her Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science in family studies from Western Kentucky University. She also has a leadership studies certificate.

Think Advisor

  • Human Capital: Ron Rhoades Unpacks Reg BI Unknowns: In this episode of Human Capital, we talk with Ron Rhoades, director of the personal financial planning program and assistant professor of finance in the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University, who was recently awarded the Tamar Frankel Fiduciary prize by the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard.

Global Investing Today

  • City National Bank Opens in Buckhead: City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, announced today that it has opened its second Atlanta office, in the city’s affluent uptown district of Buckhead, to better serve the community. Antwan Floyd, vice president and branch manager, brings more than 25 years of banking experience to his role at City National, where he leads the team of seasoned financial experts to help clients meet their financial goals. Floyd earned his bachelor’s degree at Western Kentucky University, where he also played football.

Janesville (WI) Gazette

  • Janesville native promoted to brigadier general: Army Chaplain Thomas Behling, a 1980 Parker High School graduate and Distinguished Viking alumnus, has been promoted to brigadier general and named director of the Joint Chaplain Office for the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. He also earned master's degrees in public administration from Western Kentucky University, in strategic studies from the United States Army War College and a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary.

Money Geek

  • Expert Advice on How to Get the Best Car Insurance: How does car insurance differ from other types of coverage and why is it so important for drivers? Car insurance is not that much different than some home policies when you think about it -- Dr. Doris Sikora, Optional Retirement, Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
Sept. 19-24, 2020

NBC News

  • Kentucky doctor who urged mask-wearing early on dies of Covid-19: David and Rebecca Shadowen were college sweethearts at Western Kentucky University, and together they enrolled at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Shadowen went on to specialize in infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Lyme disease, and, this year, Covid-19.

Daily News

  • Forthcoming book commemorates career of late WKU sculptor, professor: To his friends and contemporaries, the late sculptor and longtime Western Kentucky University professor Charles H. Forrester was known for his abstract works, his world travels and even his instrumental role in designing WKU’s Fine Arts Center.
  • Event at BG Ballpark to connect youth with law enforcement: Boys to Men is teaming up with the Bowling Green Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Western Kentucky University Police Department and the Bowling Green Hot Rods to hold Boys to Law Enforcement Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bowling Green Ballpark.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

  • WKU Students protest on campus following Breonna Taylor announcement: The Breonna Taylor case has garnered the attention of Kentucky and the nation as months went by without any updates in the investigation until Wednesday. With the indictment against former LMPD officer Brett Hankinson, and no further criminal charges filed against him or other officers in the case, WKU students protested Wednesday afternoon.
  • Date set for Wendy’s Chili & Cheese Luncheon: Celebrate Western Kentucky University’s Maskerade Homecoming 2020 week by participating in the 70th annual Chili & Cheese event on Thursday, October 8, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Montana Grille.
  • WKU students talk about what Hispanic heritage means to them: Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15th and continues until October 15th. Western Kentucky University Students and Faculty, who identify as Hispanic, have reasons why this month is so special to them.
  • WKU professor talks about the impact of RBG’s passing: Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and served for 27 years. WKU political science professor Dr. Jeff Budziak says Ginsburg’s passing and replacement will have a large impact on the nation’s policies.

Ky Forward

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Beech Tree News

  • Johnson receives BC Water District scholarship: The Butler County Water District promotes education in the water supply field by offering an annual scholarship to a graduating high school senior. Dustin Johnson of Butler County High School was presented with a $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Feed & Grain

Gloucester (MA) Daily Times

Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, WA

  • Sequim graduate, former CEO of PepsiCo, dies at 99: Born March 16, 1921, in Sequim, Donald McIntosh Kendall became a star football player in high school and earned a scholarship from Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green, Ky., according to a memorial page posted on the PepsiCo website.

Westfair Online, White Plains, NY

  • Donald Kendall, often-controversial PepsiCo CEO, dies at 99: Donald Kendall, who served as CEO of PepsiCo from 1963 through 1986 in a tenure marked with extraordinary success and more than a few controversies, passed away on Sept. 19 at the age of 99. Born in Sequim, Washington, in 1921, the son of dairy farmers. He earned a sports scholarship to Western Kentucky State Teachers College in Bowling Green, but left school to become a U.S. Navy pilot in World War II, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Sarasota (FL) Magazine

  • Players Centre for the Performing Arts Names New CEO: The Players Centre for Performing Arts has named William Skaggs as chief executive officer. Prior to SKyPAC, Skaggs’ career has included work in financial services and 12 years in institutional advancement at Western Kentucky University.

Fox21-TV, Dover, DE

  • Reliant Bancorp, Inc. Announces Chief Accounting Officer Change: The Company also announced that Mark C. Seaton has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of the Company and Reliant Bank to succeed Mr. Kowalski. Mr. Seaton holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Western Kentucky University.
Sept. 16-18, 2020

Daily News

Spectrum News 1

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Lane Report

WCLU-FM, Glasgow

Columbia Magazine

  • WKU professor's Appalachian Reckoning among winners of American Book Awards: Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, co-edited by Western Kentucky University History Professor Anthony Harkins, is among the winners of the 41st annual American Book Awards presented by the Before Columbus Foundation.
  • WKU announces Hilltopper Guarantee: Beginning fall 2021, Western Kentucky University will be tuition free to any freshman from Kentucky who receives Pell Grant assistance and has at least a 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school grade-point average.

Business Observer, Sarasota, FL

  • Performing arts center hires new CEO: The Players Centre for Performing Arts named William Skaggs CEO. Skaggs’ most recent position was with Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green, Ky., according to a press release. Prior to Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, his career included work in financial services and 12 years in institutional advancement at Western Kentucky University.

Finger Lakes Times, Geneva, NY

  • Belhurst Wedding Contest winners announced: Taylor Milner and Christian Mullins are the winners in this year’s Belhurst Wedding Contest. Milner met her fiancé in 2015 at Western Kentucky University, where they both studied physical education.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Common Wealth duo ventures to new venues: McDougal, who lives in Elizabethtown, is originally from Bowling Green, said he began singing while in high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Western Kentucky University and has performed in a variety of theater and church settings. He currently performs with the Kentucky Opera in Louisville and has served as a worship leader for nearly two decades.

Investment News

Venture Nashville Connection

  • Venture Notes: Carson King, a 24-year-old Physics grad from Western Kentucky University, has made an initial filing for what may eventually be a series of hedge funds that he creates for himself or others, he confirmed in a brief VNC interview. His initial filing for Sistine Capital LP was for nearly $108K, with a total eight investors.

Ky Forward

Sept. 10-15, 2020

WKU Public Radio

  • WKU's 'Rock the Vote' Goes Virtual in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic: On the campus of Western Kentucky University, the annual Rock the Vote Festival usually nets hundreds of newly registered voters. But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to reimagine this year's event by turning to social media.
  • Kentucky Seeing Major Increase in Number of High School Students Earning College Credit: New research shows the number of Kentucky high school students enrolling in dual credit courses has increased more than 75 percent in recent years. Higher education leaders see dual credit as an effective gateway into college. The CPE's online dashboard shows Western Kentucky University was the leader among the state's four-year, public universities and community colleges for dual credit enrollment in 2018-19.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

  • Firefighter climbs same number of floors as 9/11 first responders: Chris McCoy, a firefighter with the Smiths Grove Volunteer Fire Department, climbed the stairs of the Creason lot parking structure at Western Kentucky University 20 times to symbolize what the firefighters climbed on 9/11. The parking structure is seven stories, and McCoy says it will come out to around 110 floors after the whole journey, the same amount as the firefighters on 9/11.

Daily News

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Kudos: Praising positives: HONORING ERIC YATES. The Army ROTC program at Western Kentucky University continues to protect the memory of 1st Lt. Eric D. Yates. Not even the COVID-19 pandemic could get in the way.

Ky Forward

Lane Report

Northern Kentucky Tribune

WICZ-TV, Vestal, NY

  • Dr. Scott Harris Named President of ASRC Industrial’s EQM: ASRC Industrial (AIS), a premier provider of industrial and environmental services throughout the United States, is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Scott Harris as president of its Environmental Quality Management operating company. Harris earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Western Kentucky University.
Sept. 2-9, 2020

NBC Nightly News

Daily News

  • Growth in dual credit a boon for WKU: After launching a statewide dual-credit policy and scholarship program in 2016, participation among Kentucky high school students soared by more than 75 percent in recent years, a study from the state’s Council on Postsecondary Education recently found. Western Kentucky University stands as one of the biggest victors.
  • GRREC moves ahead with new pathway for educator advancement: A new program under development by the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative aimed at helping educators obtain rank changes while working toward their professional goals has just one last hurdle to clear before it can launch. In partnership with Western Kentucky University, the co-op is offering GRREC Ed – a program that will include two tracks for educators looking to get ahead and who need a rank change to do so.
  • Former teacher still going strong at 100: After earning her teaching certificate from Western Kentucky State Teachers College (now Western Kentucky University) Bush first moved to Barren County with her husband Wilton, where they lived for 15 years while both were teaching.

WNKY-TV

Financial Planning

  • DoL knocked for rushing fiduciary rule replacement: Insurance providers and consumer advocates agreed on little during the recent five-and-a-half-hour Labor Department hearing on its new fiduciary rule replacement, except this: The whole process was rushed. “[This proposal] will lead to increased betrayals of trust,” said Ron Rhoades, director of the personal financial planning program at Western Kentucky University, in his testimony. “The department should return to the drawing board, start over again and fashion a proposal that reflects the plain language of ERISA.”

Columbia Magazine

  • KY Mesonet at WKU to play key role in $5M research project: Advances in weather forecast models have enabled forecasters to improve the accuracy of forecasts, including severe weather warnings, helping to save lives and property. The Kentucky Mesonet at WKU, a division of the Kentucky Climate Center, will play a key role in a $5 million National Science Foundation project aimed at making further advances in near-term forecasts that can be critical in active and severe weather situations.

Ky Forward

  • New Butler County Schools superintendent Robert Tuck seeks to develop new generation of leaders: Robert Tuck came well-prepared into the job of Butler County Schools superintendent. He knew he was hired in June, so he had time before his July 1 start date to confer with retiring Superintendent Scott Howard. Tuck earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences teaching, followed by a master’s in educational leadership and Rank 1 certifications in Level 2 leadership, director of pupil personnel (DPP), and assistant superintendent, all from Western Kentucky University.

Scientific Reports

  • Aging and haptic shape discrimination: the effects of variations in size: Seventy-two older and younger adults haptically discriminated the solid shape of natural objects (bell peppers, Capsicum annuum). Plastic copies of the original-sized fruits were used as experimental stimuli, as well as copies that were reduced in size to 1/8th and 1/27th of the original object volumes. If haptic object shape is represented in a part-based manner, then haptic shape discrimination performance should be at least partly size invariant, since changes only in scale do not affect an object’s constituent parts. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Western Kentucky University, and each participant signed an informed consent document prior to testing.

Lane Report

  • Women Worthy of Note: Shannon Vitale has worked for the same company, The Mahurin Group, for 33 years. She started in 1987 as a receptionist and then studied and trained to be a financial adviser. She attended Western Kentucky University, and has earned the Series 7, 9, 10, 63, 65, Insurance License.

Inter News Cast

  • To Many Travelers, 2020 Was the Summer of 1965: “When you fly, you just get where you want to go and you don’t think at all about what you’re flying over,” said Anthony Harkins, a Western Kentucky University history professor who studies the cultural implications of air travel and transportation. “Driving allows the possibility of better understanding the country — its geography, its culture — and historically it has helped us understand what it means to be an American.”

Augusta (GA) Chronicle

  • Ruth Snazelle celebrates 100th birthday: Ruth Snazelle celebrated her 100th birthday on May 29, 2020. While attending Western Kentucky State Teachers College (now Western Kentucky University) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a trip to a bowling alley led Ruth to meet the love of her life, Albert Snazelle.
Aug. 21-Sept. 1, 2020

Daily News

  • WKU will go test-optional for most admissions next spring: Starting next spring, Western Kentucky University will no longer require standardized test scores on exams, such as the ACT or SAT, for most admissions applicants, making WKU one of the first public universities in the state to go test-optional.
  • WKU extends Kentucky teacher discount: After the success it saw this summer in offering Kentucky teachers a discount for graduate coursework, Western Kentucky University is extending the discount for the entire 2020-21 academic year.
  • WKU has 86 new virus cases; will require testing of sorority, fraternity members: One week into its fall semester, Western Kentucky University reported Friday at least 86 new positive COVID-19 cases – all of which were among students – bringing the campus community’s running total to 299 cases.
  • Confederate marker at WKU removed for second time: A historical marker that notes Bowling Green was a former state capital of the Confederacy has been removed and placed into storage by the Kentucky Historical Society following a fresh wave of discussion at Western Kentucky University about history and how it should be remembered.
  • WKU will shine above this adversity: A pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you hope you never have. Yet adversity has a way of allowing people and organizations to demonstrate their best. At Western Kentucky University, that has happened several times since COVID-19 became such a major disruption to our lives.
  • 'Smile' buttons become new tool for teachers: When Beth Schaeffer is able to meet with preschool-age students at Western Kentucky University’s Renshaw Early Childhood Center, those students will be greeted with a smile.

WBKO-TV

  • Western Kentucky University COVID-19 cases on the rise: During the last reporting period, from August 21st-27th, Western Kentucky University had 86 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • Kentucky Museum receives $10,000 grant: One Kentucky Museum is receiving a substantial grant to preserve the state’s history. The Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
  • Bowling Green woman celebrates 105th birthday: A Bowling Green woman is celebrating over a century in the community. Sunday morning, Kathryn Gilbert blew out her candles and had a piece of cake to celebrate her 105th birthday. According to her daughter, Glenda White, she is the oldest living alumni of the training school, renamed College High, and the oldest living alumnus of Western Kentucky University.
  • Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex at WKU receives grants from WHAS Crusade for Children: The Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex (CEC) at WKU received two grant awards from the WHAS Crusade for Children: $21,000 for the Kelly Autism Program Prime Time and $26,000 for the Renshaw Early Childhood Center (RECC) Big Red School.
  • WKU student hosts mental health table talk on campus: Students at Western Kentucky University attended their second day of classes on the hill Tuesday and one student decided it would be important to bring attention to mental health.
  • Western Kentucky University students experience first day back: The tops are back on the hill, but things look a little different this year. “We want to make sure that every student is taking care of themselves and the community by wearing a mask, staying six feet apart and not gathering in large numbers,” said Western Kentucky University President Tim Caboni.
  • WKU “Maskerade” Homecoming set for Oct. 10: The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association, in partnership with WKU Athletics, has announced that the tradition of WKU Homecoming, originally scheduled for Oct. 31, will now be celebrated throughout the week concluding on Saturday, Oct. 10.

WNKY-TV

Spectrum News 1

WKU Public Radio

Ky Forward

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Cross to serve on WKU Alumni Board: The WKU Alumni Association recently elected nine new board members for 2020-21 and recognized three members who will serve in one-year appointments. Among new members who will serve for a three-year term is Joe Cross of Elizabethtown, a 2001, 2002 and 2019 alumnus and lifetime member of the WKU Alumni Association.
  • Osborne recognized by Gilman Scholarship for study abroad: Twenty-seven Western Kentucky University students were recognized by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad in the March 2020 application cycle.
  • Corbin makes award-winning difference in the classroom: Dawn Corbin has demonstrated an award-winning passion for the students she serves at Morningside Elementary. A resident of Green County, Corbin holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University and holds a master’s degree in special education from Campbellsville University.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Graves to lead Greater Owensboro Realtor Association: When Jaclyn Graves arrived at Western Kentucky University, she decided to major in public relations and marketing. Later, she switched to sociology and criminology.
  • WKU community working to rise above adversity: A pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you hope you never have. Yet adversity has a way of allowing people and organizations to demonstrate their best. At Western Kentucky University, that has happened several times since COVID-19 became such a major disruption to our lives.

Owensboro Times

  • WKU-O begins fall semester: Western Kentucky University-Owensboro resumed classes along with the other three WKU regional campuses on Monday.

Dairy Agenda Today

The Record, Leitchfield

  • WKU invests countless hours preparing for unprecedented fall: A pandemic is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you hope you never have. Yet adversity has a way of allowing people and organizations to demonstrate their best. At Western Kentucky University, that has happened several times since COVID-19 became such a major disruption to our lives.

Business Record

Market Screener

KPI Newspaper Group

Murfreesboro (TN) Post

  • Design firm promotes Miles: Jason Miles, P.E., CFM, of Murfreesboro has been promoted to Associate at Lose Design in Nashville. Miles earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2005.

Greenhouse Product News

  • SNA’s Sidney B. Meadows Fund Awards Scholarships: The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), has announced the names of 12 students from nine Southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. They include: William C. Tolley, Western Kentucky University.

LaRue County Herald-News

  • Working With Families in their Time of Need: This coming Monday will be a bittersweet moment for the Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home as Funeral Director Brad Turner will retire on August 31. Turner has been a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, and the Vice President and a Co-owner of Bennet-Bertram Funeral Home since 1994. His career in the funeral home business began in college as he graduated from Western Kentucky University with a major in biology and an interest in anatomy and physiology.

Beech Tree News

  • Dr. Hammad’s office welcomes new nurse practitioner: Tara Hewitt has joined the staff at Dr. Ghayth Hammad’s office as the fifth nurse practitioner. Tara earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Western Kentucky University in May and holds a national board certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Aug. 12-20, 2020

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Kentucky New Era

Lane Report

  • Louisville’s Marketing Maven: It may be an understatement to say that Tiandra Robinson has a passion for marketing. She set her mind on pursuing a career in marketing and advertising when she was in middle school, then put herself on track to achieve that goal by earning a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in marketing communications from Webster University in St. Louis. And when she couldn’t find a job in her field after graduating, she struck out on her own.
  • Student Support Services at WKU awarded five-year grants for two programs: The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Western Kentucky University about $3 million over five years for a federal TRiO program that serves low-income, first-generation college students.
  • Kentucky Museum receives IMLS Inspire! Grant: The Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University will receive a $49,970 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the “Inspire! Grants for Small Museums” program.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Local students receive John Dink Memorial Scholarship: Fifteen Hardin County students recently received a John Dink Memorial Scholarship from Central Kentucky Community Foundation. Recipients include several students planning to attend WKU.
  • Bridges draws on lessons learned on the farm: For Lindsey Bridges of Elizabethtown, her upbringing on the family farm proved to be a formative experience not just for her personal development and moral values, but her entire professional life. After high school, she earned a degree in business from Western Kentucky University through the university’s Elizabethtown campus.

Ky Forward

WDRB-TV, Louisville

Spectrum News 1

  • RISE Funding Supports Public-Private Partnerships and Small Businesses: Gov. Andy Beshear announced in July an additional $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships focusing on key regions throughout the state as part of KY Innovation. Jeff Hook, executive director of the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center (CRICC) in Bowling Green and director of Western Kentucky University’s Center for Research and Development and Small Business Accelerator, said he is excited to be added to the statewide RISE program.
  • How WKU Is Keeping Track of Coronavirus Cases on Campus: As part of their Healthy on the Hill initiative, Western Kentucky University now offers a COVID-19 dashboard which gives a weekly update on positive coronavirus cases. The university has worked with the Graves Gilbert Clinic at WKU along with Med Center Health to collect the data.

Beech Tree News

  • Dr. Brittany Evans Hampton Opens Maple Leaf Family Dentistry: Maple Leaf Family Dentistry is a dream come true for Dr. Brittany Evans Hampton. Brittany graduated from Butler County High School in 2010. While working on her major in biology and minor in chemistry at Western Kentucky University, she realized, "I'm going to be a Dentist," and that's what she did when she received her Doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 2017.

MPN Now, Canandaigua, NY

  • Belhurst Castle names wedding contest winners: Belhurst Castle in Geneva selected Taylor Milner and Christian Mullins as this year’s wedding contest winners. Milner, a Greece native, met Mullins in 2015 at Western Kentucky University, where they studied physical education.

National Interest

  • Yes, Americans Do Want More Domestically-Produced PPE: To evaluate support for increasing domestic manufacturing capacity, we conducted a web survey via Amazon Turk of 1,035 respondents on July 7, 2020, in conjunction with the International Public Opinion Lab (IPOL) at Western Kentucky University.

The Hill

Warrick County (IN) Standard

Hyperallergic

  • Kentucky Will Raise Its First Statue Honoring a Woman, Nettie Depp: Next year, Kentucky will raise a statue of a woman for the first time in its history. The monument will honor Nettie Depp, a Kentucky educator who died in 1932. Depp was also the first Barren County student to earn a degree in education from what is now Western Kentucky University.
Aug. 4-11, 2020

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

  • WKU weighs admissions without tests, projects enrollment increase: One year after announcing it would ditch standardized test scores as a factor in the award of most academic merit-based and targeted scholarships for incoming freshmen, Western Kentucky University is weighing whether to do the same for admissions.
  • WKU reexamines building names amid national racial reckoning: Spurred on by nationwide protests in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans killed by police, and the racial reckoning in their wake, Western Kentucky University is reexamining its history and exploring whether campus buildings named after potential slaveholders should be renamed.
  • WKU hosts teachers hoping to inspire budding scientists: Ahead of the start of school this fall, teachers from across the country are gathering at Western Kentucky University for a week of training and mentorship during this year’s National STEM Scholars program.

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

WCLU-FM, Glasgow

Lane Report

  • CPE names 22 members to new student advisory group: The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has named 22 college students to a new advisory panel that will offer diverse perspectives on student concerns and policies in higher education. Members include Scott Nelson, Western Kentucky University.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Barr Bones offering online and mobile boutique: As Barr Bones, an online and mobile boutique based out of Owensboro, reaches its second anniversary, owner Carli Barr said she has had to go back to her roots with the shop in recent months and make adjustments due to COVID-19. Barr, a Western Kentucky University graduate with a major in fashion merchandising, started Barr Bones in September 2018.

Morning Ag Clips

  • Young Farmer award finalists named: Isaac and Kyla Schroeder, Perry County: The Schroeders divide their time and energy between their on-and-off the farm jobs. They own and operate a primarily registered Angus cattle farm, but when they’re not on the farm, Isaac and Kyla also work full-time jobs in the community. The Schroeders attended Western Kentucky University where they each earned bachelor’s degrees in agriculture.

Voice-Tribune, Louisville

  • Grow West Movement: It all started when the Kroger in the West End closed. Fueled by a passion to help and a bit of rage, Demi Gardner, a West End native, and Katie Lee Jones joined forces to begin collecting dry goods and donations to provide food to the neighborhoods in need of resources. Gardner is a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University.
July 23-Aug. 3, 2020

Daily News

  • WKU secures renewed federal funding for Chinese language education: Western Kentucky University’s Chinese Flagship – an education program that allows students to seamlessly pair foreign language acquisition with their undergraduate degree – has secured renewed federal funding through 2020 to 2024.
  • Amid pandemic, WKU faculty press campus leadership for reopening specifics: Ahead of campus forums meant to discuss Western Kentucky University’s reopening Aug. 24, faculty at the university contend key questions about testing, contact tracing and quarantine procedures remain unanswered.
  • GRREC works to develop new pathway for educator advancement: Whether it’s boosting student engagement or designing better classroom assessments, a new program under development by the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative is aiming to help educators obtain rank changes while working toward their professional goals. In partnership with Western Kentucky University, GRREC ED will offer two academies for educators who want to move ahead in their careers and need a rank change to do so.
  • Brothers plan to open Trinh Fish & Corals: For brothers Leon and Leonardo Trinh, their passion for all things aquatic may only be rivaled by their family’s penchant for entrepreneurship. Now they have combined the two, creating a business called Trinh Fish & Corals that they plan to open next month even as they continue to work on undergraduate degrees at Western Kentucky University and eventual careers in medicine.

Spectrum News 1

WKU Public Radio

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • WKU offers game design pathway: Western Kentucky University will launch a new certificate in game design this fall to creates a new career pathway for students.
  • West Hardin students learn financial literacy from the best: Joy Knight, family and consumer sciences teacher at West Hardin Middle School, has been named Kentucky financial literacy teacher of the year. Knight, who has taught for 15 years in Hardin County Schools, received her degree at Western Kentucky University after graduating from Central Hardin High School in 1998.

Owensboro Times

  • Local entrepreneur featured in New York Times for unique design business: At just 23 years old, Owensboro native Allison Lewis used some ingenuity to grow her creative studio Bright Eye Designs in the midst of a pandemic. Lewis graduated from Owensboro High School in 2015. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising from Western Kentucky University in 2019.

WLKY-TV, Louisville

Building Kentucky

  • WKU Commons at Helm Library marks construction milestone: A historic building at the top of the hill at Western Kentucky University is transforming again. Originally built in 1934 as a campus basketball arena and then retrofitted in the 1960s to become a library, the structure will soon become WKU Commons at Helm Library. The new hybrid space will be a lively hub for studying, socializing and collaboration.

Wallet Hub

  • American Express 0% APR Credit Cards: Ask the Experts: Jonathan Handy, Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University
  • 2020’s Most & Least Educated Cities in America: Gary W. Houchens, Professor of Educational Administration, School of Leadership and Professional Studies, Western Kentucky University: What steps can local governments take to ensure that learning remains uninterrupted during the current COVID-19 pandemic?
July 9-22, 2020

Lumina Foundation Focus

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

  • Support for small business gets boost from state: KY Innovation – the CED’s office for entrepreneurial and small business support – has authorized $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships throughout the state, including one in Bowling Green. The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, which is housed in Western Kentucky University’s Center for Research and Development on Nashville Road, is one of the six partnerships being funded through the Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs program.
  • WKU Commons at Helm Library marks construction milestone with raising of support beam: Western Kentucky University marks a construction milestone on the WKU Commons at Helm Library with the raising of a 24-foot-long structural beam on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
  • WKU adds BFA in Film Production: Western Kentucky University has added a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production program, which will begin in the fall.
  • WKU professor honored for work in STEM education: A Western Kentucky University professor who’s shaping the next generation of Kentucky’s math and science teachers has herself been recognized for her achievements in science, technology, engineering and math education.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Doing what’s best for public health: In recent months, Sara Jo Best found herself leading in public health during a worldwide pandemic. She currently serves as the public health director at the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. A 1993 Central Hardin High School graduate, she graduated from Western Kentucky University focusing on health care administration and went back to get her masters degree in public health.
  • First RISE town hall discusses education: The meeting was the first installment of a seven­week series called RISE, sponsored by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Western Kentucky University and Limestone Bank. Through the series, a new topic is discussed between panelists, moderators and community members.

Ky Forward

Legal News

  • A story worth repeating time and time again: Several months before the death of the eminently likeable Thomas there was another Alger-type story that rated far less media attention. It revolved around a woman who left a legacy that students at Western Kentucky University will enjoy for years to come. Her name was Mary Hutto and, according to published reports, she was “so frugal she slept in the hallway of her boarding house so each room had a tenant.”

Lane Report

Cherokee Phoenix

  • CN citizen wins NAJA scholarship: Cherokee Nation citizen Zane Gosaduisga Meyer-Thornton is one of five students to earn a Native American Journalists Association 2020-21 scholarship to help him pursue a media career. According to a NAJA press release, Meyer-Thornton is a visual journalist living in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He attends Western Kentucky University and is pursuing a degree in photojournalism with a minor in sociology, which he expects to complete by May 2022, the release states.

IndieWire

  • Sundance Institute Announces 2020 Class of Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows: Sundance Institute has announced its latest class of fellows, a group of 10 young filmmakers selected for the yearlong Sundance Ignite x Adobe fellowship. Jacob Anderson is a Kentucky-based writer, director, and cinematographer. He attended Western Kentucky University and graduated with a degree in filmmaking.
June 30-July 8, 2020

Daily News

  • Gatton student's research gets to the bottom of diabetic foot ulcers: It’s a mystery Gatton Academy student Gloria Huang hopes to unlock by blending science, math and computing and one that could hold treatment implications for a diabetes-related condition that about 15 percent of patients suffer from – foot ulcers.
  • With travel curtailed, WKU study abroad shifts gears: The Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning at Western Kentucky University is undergoing significant changes and challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is looking to capitalize on new opportunities when the fall semester begins Aug. 24.
  • Refugee students earn college scholarships: Four refugee students were beneficiaries Monday of the Martha Ann “Mom” Deputy Scholarship Fund, which gives $1,000 to refugees pursuing college degrees. “I am very grateful to have received this scholarship,” said Zin, a biology student at Western Kentucky University. “As a first-generation immigrant, and the first in my family to attend college, any support I can get to ease the financial stresses that come with higher education is greatly appreciated by me and my family.”

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Spectrum News 1

Louisville Courier Journal

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Town halls to discuss race, inequity, solidarity and empathy: For seven weeks, members of the community will have the opportunity to attend town halls that discuss subjects on race, inequity, solidarity and empathy. Sponsored by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Western Kentucky University and Lime­tone Bank, RISE will discuss a new topic each week.

US AgNet

  • INFB Welcomes New Public Policy Director: Indiana Farm Bureau welcomed Andy Tauer as INFB's new director of public policy. In addition to leading the public policy team, Tauer is responsible for the overall management of policy at the local, state and national levels on behalf of Farm Bureau members. He holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Western Kentucky University.

Hanscom Air Force Base

  • Stephens eager to propel Hanscom, community forward: Col. Katrina Stephens, who assumed command of the 66th Air Base Group last month, is eager to continue building and fostering relationships with mission partners across the community. Stephens graduated from Western Kentucky University and was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.
June 16-29, 2020

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

  • WKU regents approve budget with $27M in cuts: Bracing for financial fallout amid the coronavirus pandemic, Western Kentucky University will make more than $27 million in spending cuts in its looming fiscal year budget, including faculty and staff salary reductions.
  • Bell book release has a COVID twist: While releasing a new book is old hat for Bowling Green’s David Bell, the launch of his latest novel comes with a plot twist as it has not been spared from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Bell is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University and director of the Master of Fine Arts program. He’s also the author of 10 best-selling novels, including “The Request,” published by Berkley Hardcover, slated to be released Tuesday.
  • Robertson is a legend in BG, very thankful to him: Longtime Bowling Green resident Lee Robertson has lived an extraordinary life that many of us should embody ourselves to live.
  • Daniels joins board at BGMU: Terry Daniels has been appointed to the board of directors of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities. Daniels is a native of Bowling Green and a graduate of Warren Central High School and Western Kentucky University, where he studied psychology and business administration.

WBKO-TV

  • WKU graduate creates a scholarship in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement: Juan Dozier has decided that he wants to help the future leaders on the Hill. The 2020 graduate has established the Juan H. D. Dozier II Scholarship in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. The scholarship will support a diverse WKU freshman or sophomore who is enrolled full time, has been involved in leadership roles in high school or college and aspires to be a leader at WKU.
  • Happy Birthday to Mr. Western: The community came together on Tuesday to celebrate a very special birthday, Lee Robertson’s or Mr. Western, who is a staple in the WKU community. Loved ones and community members came out to celebrate his 98th birthday with a wave parade.

WNKY-TV

  • Alumnus establishes scholarship in honor of Black Lives Matter: Juan Dozier (’19, ’20) recently made a gift to WKU to establish the Juan H. D. Dozier II Scholarship in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. The scholarship will support a diverse WKU freshman or sophomore who is enrolled full time, has been involved in leadership roles in high school or college and aspires to be a leader at WKU.
  • Past and present students celebrate mascot: When traveling around Bowling Green, it’s hard not to come across the mascot of Western Kentucky University, Big Red.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU updates Big Red Restart plan for fall: Western Kentucky University has posted an update to the Big Red Restart plan for the fall semester. WKU President Timothy C. Caboni issued the communication to faculty, staff and students outlining the major changes and clarifications.

Owensboro Times

  • Kentucky roots drive Owensboro native to success: Born and raised in Owensboro, Jed Conklin’s works in photography has taken him to the far ends of the world. While his camera eventually landed him in Spokane, Wash., his “go-getter” attitude encouraged him to channel his inner entrepreneur. Degrees in print and photojournalism from Western Kentucky University propelled him to stints in Wyoming, New England, Colorado and eventually Washington.
  • DCPS, WKU to partner for social work program: The Daviess County Public Schools district and the Western Kentucky University social work program have developed a partnership that will allow WKU students to gain practical experience while also supporting the work of DCPS Family Resource and Youth Service Centers.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • DCPS hires McAdams for new district literacy intervention coach position: As the new Daviess County Public Schools literacy intervention coach, Shiryl McAdams said her goal is the impact students’ literacy journeys in a meaningful way. McAdams, who has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in literacy from Capella University, has been teaching for 17 years.

Kentucky Living

  • Navigating Roads Together: Kentucky communities have stories—like this one—to tell. For 44 years, the Mountain Workshops have been telling them. Each year since 1976, the photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University has brought storytellers together to highlight communities throughout the state.

Lane Report

  • WKU first in Ky. to offer degree in film production: Western Kentucky University will offer Kentucky’s first bachelor of fine arts in film production starting in the fall of 2020. The new major is an immersive pre-professional degree for students pursuing a career in the film and television industry.

Russellville News Democrat & Leader

  • Holder appointed to Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services: John Holder, of Auburn, was recently appointed to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) by Governor Andy Beshear. Holder is originally from Adairville. He graduated from Logan County High School in 2002 and from Western Kentucky University in 2007.

Spectrum 1 News

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Local student awarded Boren Scholarship: A local student was among five Western Kentucky University students who were awarded $20,000 David L. Boren Scholarships to fund intensive language study in the U.S. and abroad during the 2020-21 academic year. All five are students in the Chinese Flagship Program.

Corbin Times-Tribune

June 5-15, 2020

Associated Press

  • Amid virus, US students look to colleges closer to home: As students make college plans for the fall, some U.S. universities are seeing surging interest from in-state residents who are looking to stay closer to home amid the coronavirus pandemic. At the University of Texas at Arlington, commitments from state residents are up 26% over last year. Ohio State and Western Kentucky universities are both up about 20%.

Daily News

WNKY-TV

  • Throwback Thursday – Bowling Green Business University: Bowling Green Business University was once a rival collegiate experience of Western Kentucky University. Established in 1874, the business university spent nearly 100 years being absorbed into WKU and evolving into the College of Commerce and modern College of Business.
  • Sunrise Spotlight – Diversity at WKU: We spoke with Molly Beth Kerby, Co-Chief Diversity Officer for Academic Affairs at WKU, to discuss diversity on campus.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • E’town superintendent named: Kelli Bush, 49, assistant superintendent for student learning at Elizabethtown Independent Schools, was named the new superintendent of the district. Bush thanked the board, Ballard and her family after the vote. She is married to Matt Bush, and has two children, Austin, 24, and Meredith, 21, who both study at Western Kentucky University.
  • Career, life challenges are not new for Kelli Bush: Bush transferred to Western Kentucky University and studied there for two and a half years. She did student teaching Morningside Elementary School during her senior year.

Spectrum News 1

  • Talking to Teens About the Protests: A professor at Western Kentucky University and mother, Lacretia Dye and her husband have tried to create an open and free space for their children to express themselves, but in a way that is both productive and efficient.

Lane Report

  • Automotive customization shop expands in Bowling Green: Bowden relocated Spartan 4×4 to Bowling Green when he enrolled as a student at Western Kentucky University and later added two students as employees. While in the university’s Student Business Accelerator program, Bowden and his team expanded their network in the Southern Kentucky automotive community.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Ohio County's Storm named new Newton Parrish principal: Alicia Storm has been named the new principal of Newton Parrish Elementary School, as she was unanimously approved to fill the position Tuesday by the school’s site-based decision-making council in a virtual meeting. Storm holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching from the University of Southern Indiana and her master’s in education administration and Rank I from Western Kentucky University.

Pensacola (FL) News Journal

  • How a future Blue Angel survived the Battle of Midway: A native of the Bluegrass State and graduate of Western Kentucky State Teachers College (now Western Kentucky University), Magda received his wings in Pensacola in 1941. He received assignment to fly F4F Wildcats with Fighting Squadron (VF) 8 on board USS Hornet (CV 8).

Atlanta Journal Constitution

  • Opinion: Bringing you the news in troubled times: Let me introduce you to Alyssa Pointer. She’s a visual journalist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and you’ve likely seen her stunning photography during the past few weeks. She grew up in Clayton County – Jonesboro, to be exact. A graduate of Sandy Creek High School in Fayette County, she went on to study photojournalism at Western Kentucky University.

Johnson City (TN) Press

  • Educator was inspired by his teachers from childhood: Jamie Freeman, who graduated from David Crockett High School in 1994, is completing his 18th year as a teacher. The Army veteran earned his bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education at Western Kentucky University, where he met his future wife, Mollie.

Kiplinger

  • How to Find a Financial Planner You Trust: Planners who fail to comply with the fiduciary rule risk losing their CFP designation, which is overseen by the CFP Board of Standards. The requirement is “a very strong fiduciary standard,” says Ron Rhoades, director of the personal finance program at Western Kentucky University. “Basically, you have to make decisions without considering your own personal interests or those of your firm, and that truly means putting the best interest of the client first.”
May 12-June 4, 2020

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Washington retires after decades in education: Washington earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Masters of Arts and a Rank I from WKU.
  • Wyatt named to permanent role in Hardin County Schools Central Office: Debbie Wyatt, who has served as Hardin County Schools’ interim director of federal programs and leadership development, has been named to permanently fill the role. She obtained her master’s degree and Rank I from WKU.
  • Two local Gatton students earn federal scholarships: Two local students out of a total nine at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU have received nationally competitive National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholar­ships for immersive, critical language study this summer and next academic year, according to a news release. The winners include Cat Appelman of Elizabethtown High School and Jada Hunter-Hays of LaRue County High School.
  • Workforce board pilots expungement program: Timi-Michelle Tolhurst had a background check ran last week and it came back clean for the first time in 10 years. Tolhurst, an employee at Hardin Memorial Health’s CareFirst Urgent Care Center in Radcliff, is the first participant to complete the expungement process from start to finish in Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board Workforce Crisis Task Force’s Expungement Benefit Program. “Anything we can do to make the journey to gainful employment easier benefits both employers and job seekers,” said Dr. Donielle Lovell, Removing Obstacles Subcommittee co-chairwoman and director of regional programming and associate professor of sociology at WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • One Step Closer: Lynch lands job with NASA: While still a Glasgow High School student, Lynch went on to study at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU. By the time she graduated from the Gatton Academy, she had more than 70 college credit hours.

WDRB-TV, Louisville

WAVE-TV, Louisville

  • Expungement Benefit Program helps former felons move on with their lives: Changing lives- one criminal record at a time. The first person to complete the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board’s Expungement Benefit Program spoke to WAVE 3 News. Timi-Michlle Tolhurst is a mother of two, a WKU graduate and an employee at Hardin Memorial Health’s Urgent Care Center in Radcliff.

Northern Kentucky Tribune

WKDZ-FM, Cadiz

Corbin Times Tribune

  • WKU student from Williamsburg awarded $20,000 scholarship: Five WKU students, including a student from Williamsburg, have been awarded $20,000 David L. Boren Scholarships to fund intensive language study in the US and abroad during the 2020-2021 academic year. All five are students in the Chinese Flagship Program.

Ky Forward

Sidney (OH) Daily News

Portland (TN) Sun

  • Creek retiring from PHS after more than four decades: Portland High School (PHS) librarian Susan Hinton Creek retired at the end of the school year after 41 years teaching. She began her college career at WKU, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education in 1979.

SmileyPete.com

  • A Moment In Time: The Kentucky Folklife Program began in 1989 as an interagency partnership between the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council. The program was relocated to its current home at WKU in 2012, where it’s overseen by the Department of Folk Life and Anthropology.

Syracuse.com

April 24-May 11, 2020

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

  • Local students selected for 2020 Governor's School for Entrepreneurs: Running a business is nothing new for Morgan Burk, one of two local high school students recently selected to participate in this year’s Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs. Burk, a junior at WKU’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, oversees business operations at Morgan’s Fresh Cut Tree Lot on Nashville Road, a popular Christmas-time destination for families in search of the perfect fir, spruce, pine or cedar tree for hanging ornaments at home.
  • Friends recall how Cora Jane Spiller touched many lives: For a few years, Cindy Hines had tangible evidence of how generous Cora Jane Spiller could be.
  • Perspective: WKU's President Cherry and the 1918 flu pandemic: Complying with the Board of Health directive, Western Kentucky State Normal School closed Oct. 7 and remained closed until Nov. 10. “This is the first time in the history of the Normal School that this has ever been necessary,” Henry Hardin Cherry wrote, but Bowling Green was in the midst of “the worst siege of sickness this community has ever had.”
  • Amid pandemic, WKU eyes $27 million in cuts: Amid ongoing economic uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, WKU will aim to cut $27 million from its fiscal year 2021 budget, which is projected to total $370 million.
  • WKU names inaugural Distinguished Educator winners: WKU kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week on Tuesday by revealing the inaugural winners of its College of Education and Behavioral Sciences’ Distinguished Educator Awards.
  • What ever happened to Chris Marcus?: When the world stopped trying to squeeze Chris Marcus into the box he would never fit in, the gentle giant finally wrote his own story.

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

DuBois County (IN) Herald

  • Jasper native patrols Big Apple as NYPD rookie: The 2 1/2-year process of joining the NYPD actually began during Caleb’s senior year at WKU (he graduated in 2017) when he took the department’s written exam. The NYPD had contacted him about the hiring process while he was doing the Ripken traveling clinics.

Hickory (NC) Daily Record

  • Frye Regional Medical Center announces CEO: Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint Hospital, announced that Rod Harkleroad, RN has been named its new chief executive officer, effective June 8. Harkleroad earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from WKU.

WDRB-TV, Louisville

Columbia Magazine

Maysville Ledger-Independent

  • Mason, St. Pat students headed to Gatton: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 102 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2022. Two Mason County residents are among them.

Morehead News

April 9-23, 2020

Daily News

  • WKU will plan September commencement for spring 2020 grads: WKU’s graduating seniors won’t have commencement ceremonies next month because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the school said it is aiming for a makeup date this fall.
  • Caboni, administrators take pay cut amid virus fallout: WKU President Timothy Caboni announced Friday that he will take a pay cut and forego his performance bonuses amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the money going to benefit WKU’s need-based Opportunity Fund for students.
  • Health workers with local ties on front lines of virus fight: For more than a week, third-year medical school student Meredith Doughty has been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Doughty, a Bowling Green native who attended Greenwood High School and WKU’s Gatton Academy, is among a group of four medical student volunteers defending a Lyon County retirement community under siege by the coronavirus.
  • Dishman-McGinnis Elementary names Perkins new principal: Perkins is a graduate of WKU and the University of the Cumberlands, with certifications in elementary education, teacher leader endorsement and educational administration, according to the district’s news release.
  • Facebook group uses 3D printers to make face shields: Harmon, a WKU employee who has been working from home since the statewide social distancing mandates were put in place, was happy to join the group.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Edmonson Voice

Murray Ledger & Times

WPSD-TV, Paducah

Kentucky New Era

  • Local students picked for Gatton Academy: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 102 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2022, including two students from Christian and Todd counties.

WDRB-TV, Louisville

  • Kentucky universities developing plans for refunds, graduation in response to COVID-19: WKU spokesperson Bob Skipper said WKU is refunding students for housing, dining and parking that was already paid for. In terms of graduation, WKU has announced plans to have a commencement celebration during its annual Parent and Family Weekend on Sept. 19. However, Skipper said the university is allowing students to participate in December 2020 or May 2021 commencement if they so choose.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Frankfort State-Journal

  • Negron racking up honors at Gatton: Lukas Negron has had plenty of academic accomplishments, and he’s added two more in recent weeks. Negron, a senior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU, was recently named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Howard named new OHS dean of instruction: Tara Howard, the current principal at McLean County High School, has been named the new Owensboro High School dean of instruction, a position she will assume July 1. Howard earned a bachelor of science in middle grades education with an emphasis in math and social studies from WKU.

Seymour (IN) Tribune

  • Seymour radio station changing hands: Life has come full circle for Becky Schepman. The Seymour native did a summer internship at 92.7 WQKC in her hometown and worked for the campus radio station while attending WKU.

WCLU-FM, Glasgow

Time

March 21-April 8, 2020

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

  • Program pairs high-risk residents with low-risk volunteers to help them: Modeled after similar volunteer match programs in Louisville and in Elizabethtown, an online COVID-19 Community Action Center for Bowling Green and Warren County launched Thursday. Using geographic information systems (GIS) to help find and arrange matches between elder or high-risk residents requesting assistance and low-risk volunteers who can help, this project is a collaboration between WKU geography staff and students, the City of Bowling Green, Warren County government and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Annual Dance Big Red generates $34,000 for Norton Children’s Hospital: The annual Dance Big Red event generated $34,000 for Norton Children’s Hospital.

WKDZ-FM, Cadiz

  • J.B. Morse Named a Presidential Scholar Candidate: A Hopkinsville High School student that attends the Gatton Academy is a candidate for the 2020 United States Presidential Scholar program. Jerry “J.B.” Morse is one of seven Gatton Academy students who are candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program, which was created in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star

  • New Dean of ISU's Scott College of Business: Terry Daugherty has been selected as the new dean of Indiana State University’s Scott College of Business. Daugherty earned his bachelor's degree at WKU, his master's degree at the University of Alabama and his doctorate at Michigan State University.

Washington Post

WBGO-FM, Newark, NJ

February 29-March 20, 2020

Hartselle (AL) Enquirer

Ashland Daily Independent

  • Longtime Kentucky journalist, Glasgow native Ronnie Ellis dies: Ronnie Ellis, a longtime state reporter for CNHI, LLC, died early Monday morning at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow from complications with COPD and heart failure. Ellis began his journalism career in 1974 when he worked at The Edmonson County News while still a student at WKU.

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Clarksville Now

  • Trump presents Medal of Freedom to retired four-star general: Retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane received the nation’s highest civilian honor Tuesday at a White House ceremony hosted by President Donald Trump, who called the Army veteran a “visionary,” a “brilliant strategist” and a “fearless patriot.”

Franklin Favorite

Fox News

  • Gen. Jack Keane on receiving Presidential Medal of Freedom: 'This was really off the charts': Fox News senior strategic analyst Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general, told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Wednesday that receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump was "overwhelming" and "emotionally gripping." Born in New York City, Keane graduated from Fordham University and receive a master's degree from WKU.

Spectrum News

Lane Report

Northern Kentucky Tribune

Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel

  • Friends and co-workers remember Thom Gregory, a longtime Gannett employee: Thomas "Thom" Gregory, 56, unexpectedly died of a heart attack early Sunday morning in Knoxville, where he lived with his wife, Lisa. Gregory was a USA TODAY Network regional director and general manager of the Knoxville News Sentinel's printing operation. He went to college at WKU and earned a degree in mathematics with a minor in physics.

Williamson County (TN) Herald

  • FiftyForward adds staff members in Williamson County: Lorie Owen joined FiftyForward in late February where she will serve as program coordinator supporting FiftyForward Martin Center and FiftyForward College Grove. A volunteer with FiftyForward Martin Center since August 2019, Owen has a degree in Business and Recreation Management from WKU.
February 14-28, 2020

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

  • Beamer Laser Marking Systems opens: The new office is managed by Brian Upchurch, who holds a bachelor's degree in management from WKU.
  • Gorman shares story of life with The Black Crowes: A crowd gathered Tuesday for a book signing at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library to hear Gorman – who has Bowling Green connections as a WKU alumnus and through playing with bands in the area – share stories of his career with the band, including brothers Chris and Rich Robinson.
  • 10 questions with ... Kelley Coppinger: Current job title: Professional in residence (full-time faculty) in advertising program, Department of Communication, WKU.
  • WKU faculty clear way for new paid leave policy: WKU’s Faculty Senate approved a paid parental leave policy for the second time Thursday, clearing the way for WKU to become the first public university in Kentucky to offer its faculty members one semester off work when they welcome newborns or adopted children into their families.
  • WKU begins drafting new campus facilities plan: WKU is gearing up this month for development of a new campus master plan that will help shape the next decade of construction, land use, transportation, sustainability efforts and a whole lot more on the Hill.

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Davis speaks her truth: Previously a student at North Har­din High School, Davis was accepted into Gatton Academy during her sopho­more year.

Spectrum News1

  • An Unlikely Student Getting Her Degree at 51: 51-year-old  Karen Russell is currently on both sides of the classroom. Russell is currently obtaining her Teacher Education degree from WKU, while student teaching at David T. Wilson Elementary School.

Tennessean

WKDZ-FM, Cadiz

February 7-13, 2020

WKU Public Radio

Owensboro Times

  • WKU-O launches engineering tech management program: With the start of the spring semester, WKU-Owensboro launched an Engineering Tech Management Program. The four-year degree opportunity falls under the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or SEAS, making it one of the first engineering degrees to be offered in Owensboro.

Daily News

  • WKU students gain insight into Warren County Drug Task Force: After serving in the military and earning a graduate degree from WKU, Tod Young decided that statistics were not his calling. Instead, working to change those statistics was.
  • 10 questions with Ryan Dearbone: Current job title: Assistant director of college advancement at WKU.
  • WKU shows how girls can run the world: The Kentucky Museum hosted an event Saturday that allowed girls a glimpse into a bright future. Aimed at girls in grades 1-8, Herstory@WKU was meant to empower young girls and show them a path to achieving their career goals and following their interests.
  • City eyes scooter regulations, adding mobility options: The city of Bowling Green is looking at ways it can – and can’t – regulate shared scooter services in the city. At the same time, the city is open to considering an expansion of efforts such as shared bicycle services in the city, even as it was announced Friday that WKU’s two-year-old bike sharing service is ending.
  • WKU Career Studio helps guide students’ futures: To aid students in their career planning, the Career Studio initiative that started in September at WKU has gained traction.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

  • Ellis to be inducted into Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame: Glasgow native Ronnie Ellis will be among those to be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in March. Ellis began his journalism career in 1974 when he worked at The Edmonson County News while still a student at WKU.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Williams earns scholarship: Langley Williams, a 2019 graduate of Central Hardin High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Jeff and Mary Key Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Home, passion, career unite students: Eden Tharpe started volunteering at the Elizabethtown Animal Hospital when she was 16 and then began a co-op there her senior year of high school. Tharpe would continue to work there even when she was working on her pre-veterinary med­icine degree at WKU, but finished when she started at Auburn.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

January 31-February 6, 2020

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Daily News

Spectrum News1

  • WKU Awarded Grant to Help with Special Education: WKU recently received a 1.1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education. The grant was given in response to the national and statewide shortage of educators certified to help K-12 students with high-intensity disabilities.
  • WKU Upgrades University Restaurant to Be More Green: WKU was recently awarded Green Restaurant Certification from the Green Restaurant Association for its dining facility Fresh Food Company.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU professor appointed for Dugas Community Park: Sean Ward, WKU Instructor of Communication, has been appointed as the Dugas Family Visiting Professor for 2020-21 as part of the educational partnership associated with Dugas Community Park located in Allen County.
January 25-30, 2020

WNKY-TV

  • New WKU art exhibit showcases work from alumni: From all the way back to the late 70s to today, a new exhibit called the Alumni Exhibition at the Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts features works of art and sculptures from previous Hilltoppers.
  • Throwback Thursday – Spaceship Earth at Hardin Planetarium: The start of a new year, especially a new decade, can sometimes prompt questions of reflection and purpose. A Bowling Green educational venue with more than 50 years of history is helping put things into perspective. The Hardin Planetarium’s current show tells more about our Earth’s place in this universe.

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

  • Beshear Calls For Ending Cuts, More Revenue In Budget Address: Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has unveiled his proposal for how the state should spend its money over the next two years, laying out a plan to provide raises to state workers and put more funding towards education by raising about $1.5 billion in new revenue.

USAgNet

January 18-24, 2020

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU receives grant: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded a $246,863 grant to WKU Public Broadcasting to develop and expand its workforce development training program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
January 8-17, 2020

Daily News

WDRB-TV Louisville

WKU Public Radio

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • MLK Day events planned around county: Davis attends Gatton Academy in Bowl­ing Green, a residential school for gifted and talented students in STEM studies at WKU. She is president of the Youth Council of the NAACP with “an ambition to serve those who are voiceless in a world sometimes deprived of justice and liberty for all,” according to the release.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Daily Nurse

City Beat

Portland (TN) Sun

MSN

  • WKU awarded $1.1 million federal grant for special education: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education has awarded Western Kentucky University a $1.1 million grant to address the ongoing national, state, and regional shortage of personnel certified to serve K-12 students with high-intensity needs.
December 14, 2019-January 7, 2020

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

SOKY Happenings

WFIE-TV Evansville

Lane Report

Courier Journal

Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville

Spectrum News One

KyForward

December 7-13, 2019

WKU Public Radio

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Daily News

  • New workforce grant aims to keep college grads in town: Students of WKU and Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College already provide a boost to the Bowling Green economy and serve as a good source of seasonal employees. Now, local workforce development professionals aim to ensure more of those students remain part of the region’s workforce long after their final exam.
  • WKU professor’s show nominated for regional award: WKU theater professor Julie Lyn Barber’s show “Christmas Through the Ages” has been nominated for Best Original Work in the Broadway World 2019 Indianapolis Awards.

Glasgow Daily Times

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

  • Throwback Thursday – College High: Just over 100 years ago, a new type of education came to the campus of Western Kentucky Normal School. Operating for nearly 50 years, the Training School, or College High, was established for students age kindergarten thru high school who aspired to be teachers.
  • Emerging Leader – Morgan Burk: This week’s Emerging Leader is 15-year-old Morgan Burk, a student at the Gatton Academy and the face of her family’s Christmas tree business: Morgan’s Fresh Cut Trees.
  • “Career 270 initiative” gives Bowling Green college grads an edge: College grads in Bowling Green are receiving career help in the form of a grant.
  • The Kentucky Museum celebrates Christmas in Kentucky: With just a few more weeks to go before Christmas, children and their parents spent part of Saturday taking advantage of the opportunity to learn about Christmas traditions such as decorations and the all-important toys at The Kentucky Museum.

WCLU-FM Glasgow

November 27-December 6, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

KY Forward

November 16-26, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Edmonson Voice

  • McReynolds Physical Therapy Celebrates Brownsville Ribbon Cutting: Dr. Lauren McReynolds, who received both her undergraduate degree in chemistry and doctorate of physical therapy at WKU, owns and runs the facility. She is a graduate of ECHS, where she was a softball standout and was inducted into the KY Softball Hall of Fame.

KyForward

Kentucky Today

November 8-15, 2019

Lane Report

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

KyForward

Campus Technology

  • Large-Scale Esports Series Launches in Partnership with College Bookstores: The pilot tournament will take place on Nov. 23, with a large-scale tournament series to follow in spring 2020. The participating schools for the pilot are Kennesaw State University, North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Maine, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh and WKU.

Maysville Ledger-Independent

  • Twins reflect on military service: Earl and Eddie Bush were born in Cynthiana, but were raised in Gertrude. They graduated from Bracken County High School in 1967 before attending WKU, where they both majored in engineering technology.
October 25-November 7, 2019

Daily News

  • Puppetmaster: Kemp creates career out of whole cloth: The mastermind behind this down-the-rabbit-hole world is Kemp, a 27-year-old WKU graduate who has taken his lifelong love of puppets, cartoon characters and television programs and turned it into a successful career as a puppeteer and puppet maker.
  • Experts: Karst watersheds unprotected under WOTUS rule: For people living in karst terrains, this replacement will not sufficiently protect their drinking water source, according to Jason Polk, an associate professor of geoscience at WKU and director of the HydroAnalytical Lab.
  • Kentucky Mesonet moves into WKU's Center for Research and Development: The Kentucky Mesonet, an expanding network of weather stations that spans Kentucky, has moved into a new space at WKU’s Center for Research and Development.
  • WKU touts progress with 10-year strategic plan: One year into implementation of a sweeping 10-year plan to boost diversity on campus, transform students’ experiences and raise millions for student aid, among many other goals, WKU is celebrating some early success.
  • WKU student, dean swap places for a day: Coming from out of state this summer to take a job as the new dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU, Chris Shook wanted to get to know students and walk in their shoes.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

WCLU Radio

Courier Journal

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Even in retirement, Cox shows dedication to education: She later went on to earn a Master of Arts in Secondary Math Education in 1993 from WKU and completed her Rank I and certificate for Principalship in 2005 from WKU.
  • WKU to observe Veterans Day: WKU will observe Veterans Day at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Guthrie Bell Tower followed by the ROTC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Cynthiana Democrat

  • Welcome Mountain Workshops: Cynthiana and Harrison County welcomes a veritable horde of students and other young professionals this week, as select residents and businesses of the city and county will be documented through the eyes of outsiders.

DuBois County (Ind.) Herald

  • Blessing box a lasting resource for community: Heritage Hills High School 2018 graduate Savannah McCutchan and her grandfather, Gene Silcox, built the box in the spring of 2018 as McCutchan’s final Girl Scout project before she left for college at WKU. Nearly two years later, McCutchan said she’s happy to know it’s still up and being used.

KyForward

WalletHub

  • Ask the Experts: Doris Sikora, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Family Studies, WKU
October 19-24, 2019

Daily News

  • WKU breaks ground on new residential program for adults with autism: Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a new, two-year residential program designed to help young adults with autism join the workforce, WKU President Timothy Caboni described the need it is expected to meet.
  • Slaughter joins Acme Advisors: Miller Slaughter, former director of the WKU Small Business Development Center, has joined Acme Advisors and Brokers, a team of exit planning strategists and business brokers with headquarters in Bowling Green.
  • Fast-growing Rustic Nail to get exposure on HGTV program: A 2002 Greenwood High School graduate, Cochran studied architecture and engineering at WKU and then went to work for Scotty’s Contracting in Bowling Green.
  • WKU scientist honored by Chinese Geological Survey: While attending an international gathering of geologists in China three weeks ago, Chris Groves didn’t know he would need a tie.
  • WKU grad opens Legin's seafood restaurant: Deadrick Dunlap ate more than a few meals in Bowling Green while working on a business administration degree at WKU. Now, as majority owner and manager of the new Legin’s House of Seafood in Fairview Plaza Shopping Center, he’s serving them.
  • Visiting author to WKU finds empathy through fiction: Ask award-winning author Katy Yocom what writing is for, and she’ll tell you it’s time travel, telepathy, immortality and “the world’s greatest magic trick.”
  • Victim advocate begins work at KSP: After 27 years shaping young minds as an educator, Shannon Pickett has moved into a new line of work, and she hopes the skills acquired as a teacher and administrator can transfer to her new job.

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

WBKO-TV

KyForward

Lane Report

  • WKU Summit of Excellence honors volunteerism and philanthropy: Belle Lady Hunt (’73, ’77) of Bowling Green was recognized as the 2019 Philanthropist of the Year at the inaugural Summit of Excellence held Thursday, Oct. 17 at the WKU Augenstein Alumni Center to honor and recognize outstanding contributions of WKU alumni, faculty, staff, friends and students.

Bristol (VA) Herald Courier

October 12-18, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WHNT-TV Huntsville

October 3-11, 2019

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Daily News

  • WKU scholarship program change is bold, aggressive: In September, I announced aggressive changes to WKU’s scholarship program, which will nearly double the percentage of our incoming freshman class receiving some type of institutional award.
  • Hammer-In story is Un-FORGE-ttable: Charles Hurst, president of the Kentucky Forge Council, will tell you that the craft of blacksmithing has a rich history that connects people with the distant past.

Johnson City (TN) Press

Spectrum News 1

Courier Journal

Lexington Herald-Leader

Glasgow Daily Times

Franklin Favorite

  • WKU continues to offer scholarship opportunities: In September I announced aggressive changes to WKU's scholarship program, which will nearly double the percentage of our incoming freshman class receiving some type of institutional award.
September 25-October 2, 2019

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

Glasgow Daily Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Ky Forward

Owensboro Times

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Courier Journal

Northern Kentucky Tribune

Lane Report

UTSA Today

MassLive

September 19-24, 2019

Daily News

  • FAFSA application season kicks off Oct. 1: From securing a work-study job on campus to qualifying for college-level scholarships, many students don’t realize all the ways the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can affect their lives.
  • WKU ROTC cadets depart for training in Black Hawk helicopter: As a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter hovered overhead and then landed Friday morning on WKU’s Intramural Fields, a group of 11 Army ROTC cadets loaded up for a flight to Fort Knox for training this weekend.
  • WKU students organizing climate strike Thursday: Climate activism is sweeping the world next week. Millions of people in more than 150 countries are predicted to step outdoors and demand the end of fossil fuels during the Global Climate Strike.
  • WKU hosts national drought forum during local drought: Droughts impact everything from wildfires and agricultural yields to energy bills and air pollution. Hotter, drier conditions are increasing throughout much of the planet along with the need for improved drought monitoring and mitigation efforts.

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

Owensboro Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Kentucky Today

Columbia Magazine

  • Music Folklife Program at WKU Receives NEA Grant: The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of south central Kentucky.

The Kennesaw Sentinel

WKDZ-FM Cadiz

September 13-18, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Enrollment increases at area colleges, universities: More than 6,000 students have opted to pursue higher education at the institutions in or around Owensboro and Daviess County for the 2019-20 school year, with most of the schools reporting increases in enrollment.
September 5-12, 2019

Daily News

  • After stakeholder input, state's 5-star rating system takes shape: “Some people will want to look at these star ratings as some sort of summative or definitive evaluation of the quality of a school,” but that would be a mistake, said Gary Houchens, a WKU professor and state board of education member who served on the panel.
  • City celebrates 192 newly naturalized citizens: Michael Trivizadakis, a leadership consultant, instructor at WKU and a new citizen, grew up without electricity in a small village in Greece.
  • Bowling Green pilot to be inducted into state Aviation Hall of Fame: “He was one of the very few flying aces from Kentucky,” said Dr. Jonathan Jeffrey, department head for the Department of Library Special Collections and the Manuscripts and Folklife Archives coordinator at WKU, as well as a contributing author to “That Perfect Feeling in the Air,” a book about Strahm’s life and career.
  • Demolition begins on aging Bemis Lawrence Hall: Staring up at a towering excavator outfitted with a claw, Anthony Maldonado watched as it took bites out of Bemis Lawrence Hall, sending debris falling to the ground below.

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Spectrum News 1

  • WKU Hosts Autumn Star Exhibit: The constellations above have been around for generations and have names that vary though different cultures. However, at WKU's Hardin Planetarium you get the chance to give the constellations your own unique name.

Lane Report

Owensboro Times

  • Hayden Home opens in Owensboro: While working on his Recreation Administration degree at WKU, the Apollo High School graduate began working with the local Boys and Girls Club. When he returned to Owensboro, he continued working with children and youth.

Robertson County (TN) Connection

  • Cross Plains native receives prestigious scholarship: That leap of faith led to China studies, and a mastery of the Chinese language, while at WKU. There she also met a liaison with the U.S. State Department. He encouraged her to apply for State Department scholarships. It took several tries, a process that involved interviews, applications, and a lot of preparation. Finally, this summer, she received notice that she had been accepted.
August 30-September 4, 2019

WNKY-TV

  • Bingocize, developed here, expands to Tennessee: A program at WKU is helping to improve the health and quality of life for the elderly, and it involves Bingo. The program is called Bingocize and it was developed by a team at WKU’s Center for Applied Science in Health and Aging.
  • WKU introduces Fill it Forward to cut down on disposable plastic: We can’t live without water, and we also can’t live without our Earth. The over abundance of disposable plastic bottles and other plastics wreak havoc on the environment. That’s where Fill It Forward comes in.

WKU Public Radio

WBKO-TV

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Lexington Herald-Leader

KY Forward

Maysville Ledger Independent

  • Fort Ancient historical marker unveiled: Dr. Gwynn Henderson, the education director for Kentucky Archaeological Survey at WKU, and Dr. David Pollack, director of Kentucky Archaeological Survey, also spoke during the dedication.

Seymour (IN) Tribune

  • JCB announces new promotions: Julie Kloote has been promoted to AVP, senior commercial analyst. She began her JCB career in July 2012 as a commercial analyst and in 2016 was promoted to officer. She is a graduate of WKU and Leadership Jackson County.

North Texas e-News

August 22-29, 2019

Daily News

  • 10 Questions with ... Martha Sales: Current job title: Executive director or the George and Cynthia Nichols Intercultural Student Engagement Center & WKU TRIO programs.
  • Spartan 4x4 expands to bigger quarters: Spartan 4x4, the automotive customization shop created last year by a trio of WKU students and housed originally in WKU's Small Business Accelerator on Nashville Road, has expanded its business and its footprint in Bowling Green.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Teachers wanted: Wedding knew she wanted to work more with kids, so she decided to take an alternative route and go back to school. She received her master's degree in special education for kindergarten through 12th grade from WKU.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • Biz expo speaker provides fan-building tips: The WKU graduate said that in the past three weeks he's been in Texas, Indiana and North Dakota and when his year ends after a trip to New Mexico, he will have spoken in 26 cities the past year.

WLKY-TV Louisville

WKDZ-FM Cadiz

  • Cumberland Hall Names New CEO: Melear holds two degrees from WKU. Hospital officials say Melear and his wife are happy to return to the area after leaving Kentucky in 2005.

University Business

  • Colleges pushing freshman orientation in new directions: Meanwhile, many incoming students of color and first-generation college students at WKU participated in the Cynthia & George Nichols III ISEC Academy, which works to guide students in personal development, academia and campus involvement, reports NBC television station WNKY.

The Kentucky 100

August 14-21, 2019

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

The Record

  • Pioneer cathedral celebrates bicentennial: The congregation joined in singing “Built to Serve,” a new hymn composed for the occasion by Catherine Wilson, an assistant professor of music education at WKU.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Nashville Business Journal

Columbia Magazine

Owensboro Times

Houston Chronicle

International Business Times

WVXU-FM Cincinnati

KY Forward

Kentucky Today

August 7-13, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

August 1-6, 2019

WKU Public Radio

Kentucky Monthly

Daily News

WBKO-TV

Spectrum News 1

  • WKU to Host National Drought Forum: The National Weather Service is teaming up with WKU and the Kentucky Division of Water to host the biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) forum in the Bluegrass State next month.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Leading in industry, happy to help in his hometown: Waters, 35, works as a partner at financial advice and strategy business ARGI Financial Group in Elizabethtown, serving as vice president of the Personal Planning Division. A 2002 graduate of Central Hardin High School, Waters went on to earn a degree in finance from WKU in 2006.
  • Newer teachers share motivations, experiences: Hindle, who graduated from WKU and is a 2015 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, said she originally wanted to be a high school special education teacher but decided to teach younger children while she was student teaching.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

The Horse

  • Reduced Pasture Size Can Help Your Horse Lose Weight: While pasture is vital to a horse’s gastrointestinal health, calorie intake, and ability to exercise and socialize, too much can lead to obesity. Ways to limit horses’ pasture intake include grazing muzzles and reduced time spent on grass. But for horses that live outside 24 hours a day, can reducing the amount of pasture space alone affect weight? Beverly Gartland, graduate student at WKU, aimed to find out. She presented her findings at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Courier Journal

WCLU-FM Glasgow

July 25-31, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

  • Throwback Thursday – Downing Student Union at WKU: The heart of WKU’s main campus is the student center. Built almost 50 years ago, Downing Student Union is the home of all things student life. First open in 1970, this week we’re telling its 49-year history.
  • Day of Caring brings out hundreds of volunteers: Over 1,000 volunteers in seven counties participated in the United Way Eleventh annual Day of Caring. At WKU, U.S. Bank came to create a fun environment for the kids at summer camps, where the kids learned more about airplanes and hot air balloons.

WBKO-TV

Hays (KS) Post

  • High Plains expands psychiatric services in northwest Kansas: Cheryl Gore is a nationally certified APRN specializing in psychiatry. She completed her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then earned her Master of Science in nursing at WKU.

Chillicothe (OH) Gazette

Morning Ag Clips

July 18-24, 2019

Daily News

  • Planetarium celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing: The Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon at 20:17 Coordinated Universal Time on July 20, 1969. At that exact time 50 years later – 3:17 p.m. CDT – a Moon Landing Celebration at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium honored the moment when Neil Armstrong said, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
  • WKU basketry conference, exhibition weaves traditions together: Working with bandaged fingers, Jane Sloop spread river cane stalks across a table at WKU on Thursday, enduring a few cuts in hopes of learning about the most traditional form of Cherokee basket making.
  • WKU to begin replacement of two residence halls next month: Next month, WKU will take its first major step to transform housing on the south end of campus by developing a “first-year village,” complete with two new residence halls with recording studios and other draws.
  • City continuously monitoring rivers, karst watersheds: Just off U.S. 31-W By-Pass, two young scientists climb across jagged rocks into what has been dubbed “Bypass Cave.” Nick Lawhon, an environmental scientist for the city of Bowling Green, more or less crawls just far enough to reach a small pool of cool water. He’s followed by J.T. Troxell, a WKU graduate student and city intern, who’s lugging a bag of clear vials labeled with hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and other chemical compounds.

ESPN

  • Ex-Rays prospect pivots to Supreme Court clerk: Having experienced the culture of kangaroo court, Matt Rice is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The former Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect was among the clerks hired by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the 2019-20 term. Now 30, Rice was selected by the New York Yankees with the 1,525th and final pick on the 50th round of the 2010 amateur draft but did not sign. He stayed at WKU, where he became a summa cum laude graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering.

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

London Sentinel-Echo

  • Elijah Butler prepares to release his debut album: Ahead of the release of his debut album, Elijah Butler, 20, is set on making his dreams a reality, as his eight-track long LP is proof of his proactive and dedicated work-ethic. Butler, a London-native who will be starting his senior year at WKU in the fall, has already accumulated nearly 250,000 streams from just a handful of songs on Spotify.

KY Forward

Radio INK

  • Radio Talent Institute Underway in Kentucky: The KBA WKU Radio Talent Institute is underway on the WKU campus. Taking on the opening session was Chris Lytle of Instant Sales Training and the best-selling author of The Accidental Salesperson and The Accidental Sales Manager.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU Libraries unveils exhibit on photography: The Department of Library Special Collections (DLSC) opened a new exhibit on July 1 in the Kentucky Building’s Jackson Gallery titled “Picture Perfect: The Wedding Photography of Thomas W. Hughes.” The exhibit is built around 13 enlarged photographs that were taken by Bowling Green professional photographer Tommy W. Hughes.
July 9-17, 2019

Daily News

  • New high-tech microscope will enhance Gatton Academy, WKU students' research: For years, biology professor Ajay Srivastava has toiled to secure grant funding for a new, high-tech microscope that would give his students at WKU a new window into studying cancer at the molecular level.
  • Warren Elementary School names new principal: Teachers and parents rose to their feet and broke into cheers and applause Monday as they welcomed Warren Elementary School’s new principal. Jennifer Jenkins, who has served as the school’s assistant principal for three years, was selected by Warren Elementary’s site-based decision-making council with a unanimous vote. Jenkins is a graduate of WKU. She holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary and music education and a master’s degree in education, she said. She is a national board certified teacher.
  • Bosnians remember genocide with fifth annual walk: In addition to Bosnian participants, the event also featured opening remarks from Brent Björkman, director of the Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Folklife Program.
  • Minton honored by Legal Aid program: The leader of the state’s judicial branch began his legal journey at the University of Kentucky College of Law after graduating from WKU with an undergraduate degree in history.
  • WKU’s Alumni Association board welcomes 11 new members: WKU's Alumni Association announced Monday it elected nine new board members for 2019-20 and recognized two others who will serve one-year appointments.

Glasgow Daily Times

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

WDBJ-TV Roanoke, VA

WSLS-TV Blacksburg, VA

Spectrum News 1

Somerset Commonwealth-Journal

Henderson Gleaner

Murfreesboro Post

  • Scott joins SmartBank as VP: Scott is a WKU graduate and he currently serves on several non-profit and community boards of directors, including the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, American Heart Association, Discovery Center and Murfreesboro City School Foundation.

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Hotel Executive

July 2-8, 2019

Daily News

WHAS-TV Louisville

WYMT-TV Hazard

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Rest from their journeys: Members of WKU’s Phi Gamma Delta, or Fiji, fraternity on a fundraising trip stopped Friday for a meal at Impellizzeri’s in Elizabethtown. 
  • Love of dance brings Bennett home: An Elizabethtown native, Bennett graduated from Eliza­bethtown High School in 2003 and earned a degree in dance from WKU in 2007.

Georgetown News-Graphic

WNKY-TV

Spectrum News 1

Courier Journal

Glasgow Daily Times

Owensboro Times

Lane Report

Northern Kentucky Tribune

June 18-July 1, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

  • Bowling Green fire department training heads to the hill: To make sure the fire department is always prepared to save lives, the training is a constant. Tuesday, the focus was high rise training, which involved maneuvering through a multi-story building. While the fire department has experienced this before, a generous offer to use Bemis Lawrence Hall on the campus of WKU as training grounds provided a realistic experience.

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU Hardin Planetarium to celebrate first moon landing: A free outdoor festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing will be hosted at WKU’s Hardin Planetarium from 1-10 p.m. July 20. The event features dozens of interactive exhibits, challenges and activities for all ages.
  • Colonel alum: Crain named new principal of Caverna High School: Crain graduated from Caverna and earned a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from WKU, later adding a master’s degree in secondary school counseling and a Rank I principal certification for grades K-12.
  • Local student to study in Morocco: Abrar Rahman, of Cave City, and a rising senior at Glasgow High School, as well as the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU, will study Arabic in Morocco for the summer through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. NSLI-Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • Glasgow artist's work featured at Downing Museum: A life-sized replica of a locomotive, pieced together with paper mache and appearing to be surrounded by weeds and field flowers, catches the eye upon entering the latest exhibit at the Downing Museum.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Owensboro Times

  • Local pharmacy technician recognized with state award: Luke Shockley graduated from WKU in biological anthropology four years ago with the idea that he would be like a character on “Bones,” the popular television series that was based on forensic anthropology and archaeology.

WCLU-FM Glasgow

Kentucky Standard, Bardstown

Williamsburg News Journal

Kansas Ag Connection

June 12-17, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

Columbia Magazine

  • Stephens wins Dept. of Defense scholarship: Graham Stephens, a 2019 graduate of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky and Monroe County High School, has been awarded the US Department of Defense's (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

The Epoch Times

  • A Green Beret Shares His Story of Service and Healing: At age 17, Smith joined the National Guard in 2000. Between his junior and senior year of high school he completed his basic training. While he was in college at WKU, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 happened.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • WKU rescues effort to preserve history: When staff members for Kentucky Archaeological Survey found out the University of Kentucky was cutting the program in March, they thought their jobs were lost. However, WKU announced Thursday that it will provide KAS with a new home where the agency can serve the state, according to a WKU press release.

Lexington Herald-Leader

KY Forward

Owensboro Times

Somerset Commonwealth-Journal

Spectrum News 1

June 5-11, 2019

Daily News

  • Kentucky Mesonet weather station moves to Ephram White Park: Visitors to Ephram White Park might notice a new feature – a Kentucky Mesonet weather station has been relocated to the park from its previous location near the General Motors Corvette plant.
  • BGJHS students, Leadership Bowling Green working to revamp counseling center: Each year, the program seeks out local projects to support. This year’s participants include local business and nonprofit leaders, manufacturers and WKU representatives. So far, the group has visited schools and local farms in an effort to learn more about Bowling Green and Warren County.
  • WKU receives $283K grant for composting: The Kentucky Division of Waste Management awarded the WKU Research Foundation a $283,825 grant – the second-highest grant amount this year – to improve composting efforts.
  • WKU kicks off commemoration of 19th Amendment: As she stood with fellow elected officials Tuesday commemorating the 100th anniversary of Congress’ passage of the 19th Amendment, Bowling Green City Commissioner Dana Beasley-Brown shared an experience she said she will never forget.

Madisonville Messenger

  • WKU's Caboni visits Madisonville: The man wearing the bow tie from WKU made his way through Madisonville on Wednesday as part of a tour of counties in the far-western part of the commonwealth.

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Spectrum News

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Local student awarded NSLI-Y Scholarship: JaMaur Lyons, North Hardin High School, was among 12 students at The Gatton Academy of Mathe­matics and Science in Kentucky at WKU to receive a nationally-competitive National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarships for immersive, critical language study this summer.
  • Bowman looks toward future in federal service: Bowman, an upcoming senior at WKU, is on the right track to reach her career goal. She now is taking part in a summer internship with the Missile Defense Agency in Huntsville, Alabama, which began May 28 and continues through Aug. 3.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • Note-worthy graduates: GHS musicians to play, sing at the next level: Fudge, who plays the trumpet and will be attending WKU, said he is very excited to grow as a musician and learn how to play other instruments.
  • Gatton Academy students engage in summer learning: Students from The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky are beginning summer learning at WKU, around the Commonwealth, and around the globe.

Beech Tree News

The Horse

  • ESS Symposium: Horse Management Take-Homes: Hoof boots effectively help reduce concussion and prevent hoof damage in barefoot trail riding horses. Gabriella Lynn, of WKU, measured pressure distribution as horses walked over Fujifilm Low Prescale Film barefoot and when wearing Cavallo Trek boots, on asphalt and over crushed stone. The boots reduced average pressure on the feet when horses walked over both surfaces.
May 22-June 4, 2019

Daily News

Beech Tree Network

Owensboro Times

Surf KY News

Middlesboro Daily News

  • Lockhart named new principal at JFWA: Lockhart earned his Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from WKU in 1999 and his EdS in Educational Leadership from LMU in 2017.

Williamson Source

  • WCS Names New Executive Directors: Oakley earned his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from WKU and his Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

Tennessean

Brookings (SD) Register

  • Doerner named dean at Alaska Fairbanks: Before arriving at South Dakota State, Doerner spent 16 years at WKU, initially as an assistant professor of biology before working his way to the rank of full professor in 2010. He was also the associate dean of graduate studies and research from 2010-12.
May 11-21, 2019

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

Spectrum News

  • Riding the Storm Out: It started ten years ago and Dr. Josh Durkee never thought it would blow up. We're talking about WKU's Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course, also called the Storm Chase class.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Glasgow Daily Times

Courier Journal

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Nelson County Gazette

Bluegrass Today

  • Sam Bush accepts honorary doctorate at WKU: Sam Bush received another of many career achievements on Saturday in Bowling Green, Kentucky, when he accepted an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from WKU during their spring commencement ceremony.

Murray Ledger and Times

May 3-10, 2019

Spectrum News

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

  • WKU Film Festival: Students in the film program at WKU get the opportunity to have their projects shown on the big screen at Jody Richards Hall in front of family, friends and peers.
  • OnlineDegrees.com: Bowling Green a top small city for new graduates: The city of Bowling Green was just ranked as one of the best small cities in America for new college graduates in 2019.
  • WKU eSports: E-sports – also known as electronic-sports – gives video gamers an opportunity to competitively show off their skills.

WBKO-TV

  • Middle School students send "marshmallow astronaut" into space: Through the National STEM Scholars Program offered in conjunction with The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU, SKyTeach, and The National Stem Cell Foundation, the Mallownaut and the suit were launched into space on a suborbital flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft.

KyForward

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Purcell has heart for local youth: Though Purcell initially planned on being a stay-at-home mother, she said she felt called upon to pursue children’s ministry. She said she earned a degree in elementary education from WKU in 2007.
  • WKU marks milestone with graduand ceremony: Wearing black graduation gowns and caps, several WKU students who attend the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox branch filed into the seats Wednesday night to celebrate their years of scholarly work as part of a spring graduand ceremony.

Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville

  • Southern Exposure celebrates 30 years: The college is actually what brought the Kirves to town in 1985. Carol, a native of Hopkinsville, landed a part-time job at HCC shortly after the couple graduated with photojournalism degrees from WKU.

Bluegrass Today

Outside

  • The Indiana Jones of Climate Science: One spring morning in 2014, before breakfast or even coffee, John All, 49, a Mount Everest climber and then a professor at WKU, was walking near his tent on a remote Himalayan peak in Nepal called Himlung when he broke through a thin layer of snow and clattered 70 feet down a crevasse.

WAVE-TV Louisville

  • Scholarship to keep John Asher’s legacy going: He was the face and the voice of the Kentucky Derby. The beloved John Asher who passed away from a heart attack in August at age 62. Countless tributes have been made for John, but one in particular will honor his legacy for decades to come.
April 26-May 2, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

  • GHS student awarded scholarship: Twelve students at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU have received nationally-competitive National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarships for immersive, critical language study this summer.
  • WKU selects student ambassadors: WKU students have been selected as Spirit Masters, the official student ambassadors of WKU, for the 2019-20 year.

WHAS-TV Louisville

WDRB-TV Louisville

WFIE-TV Evansville

Lane Report

  • Mercer names new Kentucky office leader: Mercer recently appointed Kelley Bright as the Kentucky office leader, based in Mercer’s Louisville office. She is a magna cum laude graduate of WKU with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

SCNow

  • Flannagan named distinguished professor for 2018-2019 at Francis Marion University: Rebecca Flannagan, chair of the Francis Marion University Department of English, was named FMU’s J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 2018-19 academic year at the school’s faculty awards dinner on April 18. Flannagan holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and English education and a master of arts degree in English from WKU, along with a Ph.D. in American literature from Southern Illinois University.
April 19-25, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Glasgow Daily Times

Clinton County News

Kentucky Standard, Bardstown

  • Three accepted to The Gatton Academy: Two Bardstown High School students and one Bethlehem High School student will be heading off to “college” a little early as the three teens were recently accepted to The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.

Lane Report

Whitley County News Journal

April 12-18, 2019

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

WNKY-TV

  • CAPE recommendations approved by WKU Academic Affairs Committee: At a committee meeting among members of the WKU Board of Regents, the recommendations for WKU’s Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) were voted on and approved, pushing them forward to a final vote of approval that will be held by the full board in May.

Glasgow Daily Times

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

WDRB-TV Louisville

Columbia Magazine

  • Adair native Dwain Harris named CEO of National AHEC: Adair County native Dwain Harris began a new leadership position as chief executive officer of the National AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Organization as the year began, bringing more than 20 years of experience in healthcare leadership and communications to the role. He has a bachelor's in print journalism and master's in health administration from WKU.
  • Robert Penn Warren Circle screening April 25 at WKU: The annual meeting of the Robert Penn Warren Circle will begin April 25 at WKU with a screening of the documentary film Robert Penn Warren: A Vision.

West Kentucky Star

Murray Ledger & Times

  • Local student inducted into WKU Honor Society: Katherine Adams of Murray was inducted into WKU’s chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society as part of the Spring 2019 Induction Ceremony.
  • Local student selected for The Gatton Academy: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 96 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2021 and Isaac Anderson of Calloway County High School is one of the students selected. He is the son of Marty and Charity Anderson of Dexter.
March 30-April 11, 2019

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

  • VIP – Melissa Whitley, ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’: Melissa Whitley discusses the success of the 9th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at WKU.
  • WKU looking to suspend 101 academic programs: In an email sent by acting WKU Provost Cheryl Stevens to university faculty and staff, the former Ogden College dean announced the recommendations for various programs to be suspended on the Hill.
  • WKU holds 9th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event: For the ninth straight year, students from WKU’s Interfraternity Council joined together with other members of the Greek community to organize and host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”
  • Dance Big Red prepares to change lives: The night many have been waiting for is finally here. Different WKU campus organizations came out to the Preston Center to make sure all was ready for Dance Big Red, a dance-a-thon from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital and its sister organizations in Louisville.

WKU Public Radio

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • WKU fraternity brothers ride for Alzheimer’s research: Members of WKU’s Phi Gamma Delta, or Fiji, fraternity departed Saturday morning from Round Top Baptist Church in Eliza­beth­town by bicycle, traveling roughly 70 miles back to Bowling Green in the name of Alzhei­mer’s research.
  • Local students selected for Gatton Academy: The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science has selected 96 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2021, including four area students, according to a news release from the school.

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU regional campuses prepare for fall registration: WKU 2019 fall registration began on April 1 and academic advisors are meeting with students across the region to prepare. Fall semester begins on Aug. 26 and courses will be offered at the regional campus locations, as well as on main campus in Bowling Green.

Kentucky Teacher

  • Digging deeper to unearth gifted students: KDE partnered with the University of Louisville, WKU and Jefferson County schools in the project, which utilized the Young Scholars Model developed by the Fairfax County, Va., schools at five elementary schools.

Lane Report

KyForward

Frankfort State Journal

Edmonson Voice

Columbia Magazine

SOKY Happenings

March 20-29, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Broadway World

  • Collegiate Theatrics: WKU's Hilarie Spangler: Never one to let any moss grow under her feet, WKU's Hilarie Spangler is crazy-busy leading up to her college graduation in a couple of months, with the near-future mapped out for the young woman who started her theater career as a youngster in community productions in Middleboro, Kentucky.

Glasgow Daily Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Crossing the generations: The moderate-severe disabilities class at T.K. Stone Middle School partnered with students from the elementary education program at WKU on a leadership project. It’s goal: Make Elizabethtown more inclusive and accessible.

LaPorte County (IN) Life

Dubois County (IN) Herald

Owensboro Times

  • Diocese announces new superintendent of Catholic Schools: Kessler received his Bachelor of Science in business education and marketing from WKU; his Masters of Education, with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University; and his Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership-Principal from the University of the Cumberlands.

KyForward

Lane Report

March 15-19, 2019

Daily News

  • WKU student honored as Fulbright Scholar: Growing up in public housing in Bowling Green, the eldest of three sons to a single mother, Deven Richardson had to learn many lessons early in life.
  • Bowling Green residents tackle trash: About 75 volunteers in neon green vests marched along Bowling Green roads and greenways Saturday to pick up trash – piece by painstaking piece – during Operation P.R.I.D.E.’s inaugural “Clean the Green.”
  • Pulitzer-winning journalists to speak at WKU: Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists will be at WKU this week to discuss their reporting on the impact heroin has had on their community.
  • Soccer, friendship connects Bowling Green to Nairobi: Odero regularly travels between Bowling Green and Nairobi, Kenya. After one of his three children – his only daughter – began studying mathematics at WKU, Odero visited about 3 1/2 ago and enjoyed Kentucky enough to stick around for a while.
  • City purchases recycling trailer to boost public participation: About two years ago, two WKU student interns evaluated the city’s waste stream and identified two things: the city needed more internal recycling – as employees were tossing out cardboard, paper and other recyclables – and the city needed to apply for grants to increase recycling.

Frankfort State Journal

WNKY-TV

Beech Tree News

Glasgow Daily Times

  • WKU schedules annual conference: More than 340 students will present at WKI’s 49th Annual Student Research Conference on March 23 at Downing Student Union.

KyForward

Spectrum News

March 9-14, 2019

National Geographic

  • 6 surprisingly lucky animals around the world: In Cambodia, where fish are associated with “health, well-being, and good fortune,” a species called the try kantrop is particularly lucky, says Barry Kaufkins, a folklorist at WKU.

Daily News

  • WKU helping districts with teacher recruitment needs: With openings for math, science, special education and other teaching positions across the state, WKU is doing what it can to get young people interested in becoming educators.
  • Plan for regional public transit depends on grants: FTA grants provide the bulk of the funding now for CASK’s GO bg Transit bus service that operates in the city of Bowling Green. That service has seen slumping ridership in the past and is currently part of a study being done by consultant Michael Baker International that could recommend merging GO bg Transit with WKU’s Topper Transit service.
  • Earnhart's latest brand: Homegrown Werkshop merges with NYC agency: After nearly two decades of helping local clients like Minit Mart, Stewart Richey Construction and WKU athletics achieve their goals, Tim Earnhart has achieved one of his own.
  • Concert kicks off campaign for the Salvation Army: The Gaither Vocal Band boasts five singers, including Bill Gaither. Larnelle Harris, who started with the band and studied at WKU, will also perform during the concert.
  • Workforce board looking for investors in KY hirED: KY hirED is the successor to WKU’s Learn and Earn program that placed WKU students in part-time jobs with local employers and offered the opportunity for those students to earn scholarship money.

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

Courier-Journal

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • Morningside selects Mudd as principal: Tim Mudd has an extensive background with Elizabeth­town Independent Schools. He is an Elizabethtown High School graduate and has a physical education degree from WKU.

Owensboro Times

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

  • UA folklorist aims to keep Arkansas' folk art from fading: Virginia Siegel, a folklorist previously working in Kentucky, will lead a statewide effort based at the University of Arkansas to support folk art traditions. An Ohio native, Siegel earned a master's degree in folk studies from WKU.
March 2-8, 2019

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

  • Percussion in Cuban Music: A Crash Course from the WKU Department of Music: A centerpiece of Cuban music is the percussion section. In conjunction with WKU's International Year of Cuba, Professor Mark Berry's percussion studio in the Department of Music spent part of its fall semester studying percussion in Cuban music and prepared some short audio features to give listeners a crash course in Cuban music.

WNKY-TV

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Master Gardener Association to host guest lecturer: The Green River Area Extension Master Gardener Association will welcome Dr. Martin Stone, Ph.D., associate professor of horticulture at WKU, for the “Glass Houses: The History of Greenhouses in the World the Past Two Thousand Years” program at 1 p.m. Monday at the Daviess County Cooperative Extension Service Office, 4800A New Hartford Road.

Wayne County Outlook

February 22-March 1, 2019

WKU Public Radio

New York Times

Daily News

  • Trailblazers Program honors six: A bank officer, WKU’s top law enforcement official and the head of maintenance and engineering at The Medical Center were among those honored Sunday by the Bowling Green Trailblazers Organizing Committee for their professional excellence and pioneering work.

KyForward

February 15-21, 2019

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Bike4Alz: David Weafer has never ridden his bicycle more than five miles in one day. But that will change soon. Weafer, a 20-year-old psychology major at WKU, plans to ride his bicycle 3,600 miles from San Francisco, California, to Virginia Beach, Virginia, this summer in an effort to create awareness and raise money for Alzheimer's research.

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

The Owensboro Times

February 2-14, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Owensboro Times

  • Mother, son find ‘The Tassel is Worth the Hassle’: On the surface, Triston and Kerrie Druen appear to be typical college students. They are both doing their best to balance life with their course load and are concerned about the questions on an assignment that is due in their next class.
January 26-February 1, 2019

WKU Public Radio

Daily News

WBKO-TV

  • Climbing to Greater Heights at WKU: WKU President Timothy C. Caboni spoke at the Bowling Green Rotary Club meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the university's 10-year strategic plan called "Climbing to Greater Heights."

WNKY-TV

Madisonville Messenger

  • Black History Month celebration Saturday:For the second year, Zion Temple A.M.E. Zion Church will kick off Black History Month with a program Saturday featuring a guest speaker, music and more. The guest speaker will be Martha J. Sales, executive director of the WKU Intercultural Student Engagement Center.

The Owensboro Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

KyForward

January 15-25, 2019

Daily News

WNKY-TV

  • Local businesses impacted by students returning: WKU students are returning for another semester on the hill, and local businesses are already ringing up more sales as the students make their way back.
  • Campus Beat – Mental health resources on campus: Mental health awareness has become much more prevalent in recent years, especially at colleges and universities across the country. Betsy Pierce, who works in the Counseling Center at WKU, discusses the resources available to WKU students, and what you can do to help someone you may know who is dealing with a mental health issue.
  • Kentucky Museum receives grant that will fund new exhibit: The Kentucky Museum has received yet another grant, this one known as the Kentucky Local Trust Fund, which will be used to create a new exhibit that will be introduced next year.

Fox 56, Lexington

  • Couple transforms rundown motel into luxury inn and café: There's new life in an old motel just outside Beattyville. The former eyesore in now eye-catching. You can get fresh-roasted coffee here, delicious danishes and chocolates made from the bean. In late 2017, WKU graduate Dustin Cornett opened The Chocolat Inn and Cafe, providing luxury accommodations in an area known for campgrounds and cabins.

Henderson Gleaner

WBKO-TV

January 3-14, 2019

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • E’town woman vies for Miss Kentucky title: Tara Curry, 22, a full-time student at WKU who hasn’t competed in a pageant since she was 6 years old, will represent Elizabethtown on Jan. 26 in Miss Kentucky USA in Lexington.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Badges of Honor: OHS principal overcame many obstacles to become a role model: While some people try to hide the past, John DeLacey looks for opportunities to share his with students and staff at Owensboro High School, where he works as principal. As a kid, his road to success was paved with obstacles -- just like the ones many OHS students face. While in college, he worked up to 50 hours a week during summers to pay for tuition and books. During the academic year, he worked two jobs and drove from Owensboro to WKU three days a week because he couldn't afford to live on campus.
  • Embry retires, Gaynor gets promoted at Independence Bank in Hancock County: Rick Embry retired as president of Independence Bank's Hancock County operations at the end of December. And Wade Gaynor has been named to the post, the bank said in a news release. He received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from WKU.

Daily News

  • 'Innovative' approach helps upstart Eezy make its mark: Eezy, winner last year of a Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Business Innovation Award, has been making Google happy since its launch by Shawn Rubel three years ago in a tiny office in the WKU Small Business Accelerator.

USA Today

  • Older workers are driving job growth as boomers remain in workforce longer: Baby boomers should be hanging it up and kicking back. Instead, they’re still driving U.S. job growth. “Many seniors are having a hard time making ends meet and find they have to work when they had not planned to,” says Dean Baker, cofounder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. That wasn’t the issue for Gregory Siegelman, 61, who was laid off from his job as a marketing vice president in 2014. Although he couldn’t land another marketing position, he realized he had lost his passion for the field and could afford to retire. But he was bored. “I knew I had more juice left in me,” he says, and so he sought a job teaching marketing at area colleges. He was repeatedly turned down until he finally snared a full-time job teaching marketing at WKU that began in fall 2017.
December 13, 2018-January 2, 2019

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

The Owensboro Times

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Glasgow Daily Times

Lane Report

December 7-12, 2018

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Daily News

Glasgow Daily Times

Ky Forward

December 1-6, 2018

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

KY Forward

November 16-30, 2018

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Lane Report

Ky Forward

Insider Louisville

  • Vinyl revival boosts Crosley Brands revenue: When Bo LeMastus joined Crosley in 1983, he did not plan to stick around. He wanted to merely fulfill an internship requirement for his business degree from WKU, where he had enrolled two years earlier.
November 10-15, 2018

Daily News

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Calhoun couple create WKU scholarship for area students: Hugh Wilhite has always wanted to do something for WKU because of how much the school gave to him, so the retired Calhoun doctor and his wife, Debby, have established a scholarship for students earning health care-related degrees.

Glasgow Daily Times

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

November 2-9, 2018

WNKY-TV

WKU Public Radio

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

  • FAKH finds ideal candidate: Jamie Sizemore has been selected as the new executive director of Feeding America, Ken­tucky’s Heartland. An Eliza­beth­town resident, Edmon­son County native and graduate of WKU, she begins her latest leadership role Dec. 3 in preparation for the Jan. 2 retirement of Gary Miles as the hunger relief and support organization’s current leader.
October 27-November 1, 2018

Daily News

WKU Public Radio

WNKY-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

October 20-26, 2018

Science Friday

  • Welcome To The Bone Room: Even before its death, this yellow stingray was like a ghost. The ocean dweller haunting the waters of North Carolina down to Florida and the Bahamas and Caribbean, would glide across the seafloor or vanish into the sand with its mottled tan skin—sneaking up on nearby prey. But its disappearing act also works on humans. When a swimmer wading in shallow waters accidentally steps on a hidden yellow stingray, the creature defensively swings a venomous barb, or spine, on the top of its tail and stings the leg. It’s an intricate movement—one that WKU biology faculty member Steve Huskey goes all the way to the bone to understand.

Lane Report

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

  • Whitesville Solar company starting to grow: When the Kentucky House of Representatives began debating House Bill 227 last winter, it spurred demand for solar energy. And that let Clint Merritt quit his job at a Beaver Dam automotive plant and devote full time to his Driven Solar company. A Whitesville native, Merritt graduated from WKU with a degree in electrical engineering.
October 12-19, 2018

Lane Report

WNKY-TV

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

Entertainment Cheat Sheet

Omaha.com

Glasgow Daily Times

  • Ellis to be part of panel discussing role of journalism in democracy: Kentucky Humanities will present Democracy & the Informed Citizen, the fifth and final in a series of statewide community discussions on the importance of journalism in maintaining democracy, on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Jody Richards Hall on the campus of WKU.
October 6-11, 2018

Daily News

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

WKU Public Radio

WDRB-TV Louisville

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise

Esquire

New York Times

September 28-October 5, 2018

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer

Glasgow Daily Times

  • GWC, WKU participate in federal partnership program: A partnership between Glasgow Water Co. and WKU is the first in Kentucky to be part of a program implemented by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 to help communities connect with certain kinds of resources.

WBKO-TV

Daily News

  • Hardin Planetarium fundraising amid cuts: In October 1967, the Hardin Planetarium was state of the art. Today, it is not, according to Richard Gelderman, director of the planetarium and professor of astronomy and physics at WKU. That’s why he’s initiating a journey toward a fundraising goal of $150,000 this weekend with a benefit event for the planetarium.
  • BRIGHT Coalition seeks input for 2-year community health plan: Once the feedback has been gathered, BRIGHT will work together with WKU to determine the largest issues based on the the surveys so the coalition knows what to address in its 2019-20 health plan.
  • WKU to host blacksmiths with Hammer-In: Some of Kentucky’s best knife makers, gunsmiths and metalworkers will come together at WKU this weekend for its third annual Hammer-In.
  • WKU gears up for bike share program: WKU is gearing up to launch a bike share program next month that will allow students to glide down the Hill on bikes branded with WKU logos and colors.

WNKY-TV

September 19-27, 2018

Daily News

WDRB-TV Louisville

Tennessean

WHAS-TV Louisville

WNKY-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

September 14-18, 2018

Daily News

WBKO-TV

WNKY-TV

September 8-13, 2018

WKU Public Radio

Courier-Journal

Daily News

US News & World Report

WNKY-TV

WBKO-TV

Glasgow Daily Times

KY Forward

The Morehead News

  • Commentary: The story of Rowan told in pictures: Last October, 48 photojournalism students from around the world converged on our county with the prestigious WKU Mountain Workshops to visually document what we are and what we do. Those 48 were just the tip of the iceberg. When we add faculty and coaches of award-winning photography departments, experienced writers and designers the number topped 120.

DuBois (PA) Courier Express

September 5-7, 2018

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  • Miss Kentucky to serve as spokesperson for Kentucky Proud: Daviess County native and Miss Kentucky 2018, Katie Bouchard, is heading to the Miss America competition with a new job. Bouchard will serve as the official spokesperson for Kentucky Proud, as part of a decades-long partnership between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Miss Kentucky Organization. She’s the daughter of Michael and Amy Bouchard and a graduate of WKU.
August 24-September 4, 2018

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