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Changes have been made to employee benefits that will allow family-plan premiums for the HMO and PPO High options to increase only 6.5 percent on average (vs. the national trend of 16 percent). The changes in the PPO Low option will allow family rates to decrease by approximately 14 percent below that currently charged. The prescription co-pay for all plan options hasbeen raised. The Generic is $15, the Brand Formulary is $25 and the Brand Non-Formulary is $35.

Deductibles, maximum out-of-pocket expenses and emergency co-pay has increased for the PPO Low plan only.

A single-rate employee contribution for employees electing the more costly PPO High and HMO plans are $10 per bi-weekly pay period ($260 a year) for single PPO High and $5 per bi-weekly pay period ($130 a year) for single HMO.

Employees will be able to make new benefit elections during the Benefits Fair (today and tomorrow) in the Keen Johnson Ballroom and open enrollment period scheduled for April. Benefits electionswill be accepted until the end of the day on April 30.

A new call-in public radio program, The State of Our Health, will examine lung diseases common to central Appalachia in its premiere episode. The program airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WEKU 88.9 FM in Richmond, WEKH 90.9FM in Hazard, WMMT 88.7FM in Whitesburg and WISE 90.5FM in Wise, Va.

The EKU Student Web team has a new Web site www.studentweb.eku.edu. The site has a forum used to advertise on-campus events and can be used to post opinions, get homework help and to sell and trade items. You can sign up for a free account and advertise your group’s events. Call 622-2735 or e-mail studentweb@eku.edu, if you have any questions.

Thirty-five Eastern Honors Program Students participated on 11 panels at the Kentucky Honors Roundtable Spring Conference held Feb. 28-March 1 at Morehead State University.

Eastern led in the number of students and panel presentations.

The Chamber in conjunction with Madison County Business & Educational Partnership is hosting a Career Day from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 7 in the Perkins Building.

More than 500 high school students from Central, Southern, Berea and Model will attend.

Richmond Live! is holding a Spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. April 15-17 at the Student Services Building and is being presented by Eastern’s department of Exercise and Sports Science.

If you do not have a Richmond Live! Passport, the tickets are $8 per person, $5 for Eastern students and free for children 12 and under.

Ambassador to speak today in Kennamer

Sung Chul Yang, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, is speaking from 9:45-10:45 a.m. today in the Kennamer Room of the Powell Building.

Yang taught in Eastern’s department of social science from 1970-1975.

Computer science dept. hosts camp

The department of computer science is offering 10 summer day camp sessions for middle school age children. For more information and a registration form, visit www.academicaffairs.eku.edu/an/02-03/04-03/robot-webcamp.pdf.

Students needed to share college stories

Educational Talent Search is looking for students willing to share their college experiences with current high school seniors on Tuesday and April 29.

Contact Donna Williams-Clark at 622-5425 for more info.

Keeneland sponsors College Day Friday

College Day at Keeneland will be held Friday. Ten students will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend an institution of higher learning as part of a collaborative project between Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.

Students who present a valid college ID and complete the necessary registration form will be eligible for a random drawing to win one of 10, $1,000 scholarships. Admission is free for students and those who wish to register must enter through the East Entrance.

A scholarship will be given away after each of Keeneland’s nine races with the 10th scholarship going to a student with a parent in the horse industry. You must be present to win.

Holiday service planned for Sunday

A non-denominational Easter sunrise service will be held 7-8 a.m. Sunday in the Ravine, weather permitting.

Annual plant sale scheduled next week

Delta Tau Alpha will hold its annual spring flower sale at the EKU greenhouses next to the Carter Building from noon-1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Begonias, petunias, marigolds and several other flowers will be on sale.

Professional ed unit receives accreditation

Eastern’s Professional Education Unit has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The unit includes elements of four of the five colleges on campus including Education, Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences and Business and Technology.

Carnival to feature animals, food and fun

The first Wolf Run Wildlife Carnival, sponsored by Eastern’s department of recreation and park administration and Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge, will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26. The carnival will include lions, wolves, monkeys, cougars and other animals.

In addition, the event will include food, games, contests, arts and crafts, a diamond dig and a paleontologist discussing dinosaurs. The Wolf Run Wildlife and Educational Facility, Inc., is located at 7375 Old U.S. South, Nicholasville, Ky.

Exhibit showcases young student artists

Artwork from Madison County students will be on display at the 2003 Art Expo, hosted by the Richmond Area Arts Council. The annual event features artwork from elementary, middle and high school students in the area.

An opening reception for the event will be from 5:30-8 p.m. April 28 at the Richmond Area Arts Center.

Visual artwork will be on display from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 29 and from 9 a.m.-noon April 30.

Local professional artists and art teachers also will display their work. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Memorial service scheduled next week

Eastern is holding a university-wide memorial service next Thursday for members of the Eastern family who died during the past year. The service will be at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel and will include music, prayers and meditation, and remarks from President Joanne Glasser and other university officials.

The students being remembered include Michael Abbas Cheaib, Stacie Janel Diamond, Stephanie M. Jody, Rutland Vaughn Melton, Bradley Coyt Owens, Matthew Braden Ross, Alycia Erin Smith, Kimberley Louise Wallace and Pedro Weiss-Salinas.

Staff members to be honored include Jan Mackinnon Tegt, Otha Wolfinbarger and Madonna Marsden. Faculty member Leon Rottersman also will be honored.

Kappa Alpha Psi to hold informational

The Distinguished Gentlemen of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will host an informational session at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the Jaggers Room of the Powell Building.

ABC annual formal scheduled next week

The Association of Black Collegians is holding its annual formal at 8 p.m. next Thursday in Stratton Cafeteria. Tickets are on sale and are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Dinner will be provided and free gifts will be given away. If interested, contact Jacquelyn Leach at Jacquelyn_leach@eku.edu or call 622-3971.

Alumni honored at awards banquet

Eastern will honor its distinguished alumni at the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet April 26.

Lexington’s first black police chief, Anthany Beatty, will be recognized as Eastern&
#8217;s Outstanding Alumnus for 2003.
Beatty earned a bachelor’s degree in 1978 in police administration at Eastern and a master’s degree in public administration from Kentucky State University. He was named Lexington’s police chief in August of 2001.

Four Eastern alumni will be inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni: Harold B. Deatherage, 1967, Villa Hills, general manager and business consultant for Northern Kentucky Professional Baseball Ltd.; Barbara Bock Guerra, 1973, Orange, Calif., recently retired manager for Audit Services Department, Edison International; Will McIntosh, 1977 and 1979, Whippany, N.J., managing director/global head of research and strategy for ING Real Estate, and Carroll Wade McGuffey, 1948, Bogart, Ga., emeritus professor of school administration at the University of Georgia.

The university also will present Michele Bolinger, 1989 and 1990, with Eastern’s first Young Alumni Award.

Glen Kleine, professor of communication, and Elaine Tackett, professor of government, will each receive the Alumni Association’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Candidates for alumni awards are selected on the basis of professional and personal achievement. The Executive Committee of the EKU National Alumni Association selects the winners and nominations are accepted from Eastern graduates.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 and may be reserved by calling the university’s Alumni Relations Office at 622-1260 or toll free in Kentucky at 1-800-262-7493, ext. 1260.