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CHHS Naming Announcement and Renovation Open House

  • Author: Stacey Forsythe
  • Author: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

CHHS Naming Announcement:

On November 6, the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Western Kentucky University (WKU) announced the dedication of the Micatrotto Family Dining Room, located in Academic Complex.  The Micatrotto Family, Connie and Joe Sr., Sunshine and Joe Jr., and Renata and Justin, donated $150,000 to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Hospitality Management Program.


According to Dr. Neale Chumbler, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, the Fund for Excellence in Hospitality Management will have a meaningful impact on the program. “This is a very significant contribution to the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services,” Dean Chumbler said. “Through the establishment of the Micatrotto Fund for Excellence in Hospitality Management, we have the opportunity to provide incredible pedagogical and service learning opportunities to our students for many years to come. We are grateful for the support from the Micatrotto family and are thankful for the opportunity to provide our Hospitality Management students the opportunities created by this generous gift.”


Joe Micatrotto Jr., speaking on behalf of his family, said they are pleased to partner with the University in this way. “WKU created the base for my personal and professional development as I entered the ‘real world,’” he said. “Whether it was the lessons learned in the classroom or on the playing field, I was able to take on the challenges put in front of me and handle them because I am a Hilltopper. I always knew that when the time came, and the ability to give back was present, it was my duty to help the University that helped me. Even though I am the only WKU graduate in my family, my parents, my brother, my wife and my children are all Hilltoppers. As a family we want to see the development of our school and our students for decades to come.”

The recently remodeled Micatrotto Family Dining Room is utilized as a commercial foods and catering laboratory for Hospitality Management and Dietetics majors. It is used each fall as part of the highly popular Faculty and Staff Luncheons, with food prepared and served by the Catering and Beverage Management class. Students write the menus, select the recipes and direct the entire event operations for the Thursday luncheons that are served, restaurant-style, for faculty, staff and guests.


The dedication was featured on WBKO's "View from the Hill". That segment can be viewed by visiting WBKO View from the Hill- Micatrotto/Adult Learners.


CHHS Open House:

On November 20, CHHS celebrated another impactful renovation by inviting the WKU community to an open house to view extensive changes to the Allied Health Wing of the Academic Complex (Lancaster Wing).  A $1.4 million, much needed renovation was completed and significantly impacts the quality of instruction and services of the Dental Hygiene Program.  Clinic space was reorganized, redesigned, and a new operatory was added.  New computers, software and digital, panoramic x-rays were installed, and the laboratory was redesigned to accommodate room for 28 students.  All of the funding for the project was made possible by a joint effort from each unit within CHHS.

DH Open House

In addition to enhancing the learning and experiences of Dental Hygiene students, the renovation also impacts the 500+ students and community members who are treated in the clinic annually.  Those services include oral exams, cleanings, x-rays, sealants, fluoride, non-surgical periodontal therapy, oral cancer screenings, nutritional counseling, local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide analgesia.  For more information on services provided, or to schedule an appointment, visit: http://www.wku.edu/dentalhygiene/aboutdhclinic.php.

DH Open House

WKU President, Gary Ransdell, spoke about the importance of the Dental Hygiene program and the impact of the renovation on the continued excellence of instruction and production of quality students.  Dr. Terry Dean, Dental Hygiene Program Director, presented a historical progression of the program and facilities, reiterating the need for the renovation.  Dental Hygiene students, faculty, and staff provided tours of the new space to visitors during the open house.


To learn more about the Dental Hygiene program, visit their website: http://www.wku.edu/dentalhygiene/

For more information, contact Stacey Forsythe: 270-745-7003 / stacey.forsythe@wku.edu

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