Category: News Briefs

Council on Postsecondary Education reports increase in degrees granted in Kentucky

By Sue Patrick, Council on Postsecondary Education Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities granted a record 70,146 degrees and credentials during the 2016-17 year, up 6.6 percent from the previous year and up 34.8 percent from 10 years ago. The report shows one-year increases for career-oriented certificates and degrees at the associate, bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The state’s attainment goal is 60 percent of the working-age population with a postsecondary credential or degree by 2030. The percentage in 2015 was 45 percent in Kentucky, compared to a national average of 53...

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Two regents offer “Strategies for Success” to Latino students at EKU

By Corey Wall Two members of the EKU Board of Regents, Lewis Diaz, an attorney in northern Kentucky, and Juan Castro, an accountant in Lexington, spent two hours with many of the university’s approximately 550 Latino students on Wednesday, Oct.  11. The two shared their “Strategies for Success” at the event, which was part of the Latino Heritage Month celebrations at Eastern. Both talked about the importance of finding mentors and building relationships. “There’s no substitute for hard work, but no one has made it on their own,” Diaz said. Diaz also commented on how notable it is that EKU has multiple Latino board members. “I think Eastern is the only university in the South and Midwest, outside the coastal states, with two Latino board members,” Diaz said. “I think that’s impressive.” Castro expanded on this, discussing the importance of their presence on the Board of Regents. “We do it (serve on the board) because of you,” Castro said. “We want to give back to you guys. I’m not afraid of who I am. Be proud of your...

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Anti-abortion group to display graphic abortion video and images at EKU

By Collin Overton The anti-abortion group Created Equal will visit EKU from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, in The Ravine to present graphic signs and abortion video via JumboTron. During their visit, the organization plans to depict “the gruesome reality of abortion” and engage students in conversation about what they call a “human injustice,” according to an email sent by Mark Harrington, national director of Created Equal. Harrington stated in the email that the demonstration is also an attempt for the group to make a case that abortion is age discrimination. “Abortion is an act of ageism that is killing our future,” Harrington stated. “College students deserve to see the victims of this injustice and to know the science and reasoning behind defending the preborn. This is critical, as their age group is having more abortions than any other age.” The visit is part of the organization’s tour of 18 college campuses in six states. The tour includes schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The group’s other Kentucky stops include the University of Kentucky and the University of...

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Novelist and philosopher to speak at next Chautauqua lecture

By Samantha Tamplin Chautauqua Lectures’ Transformation series continues with this week’s speaker Rebecca Goldstein 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in O’Donnell Hall located in Whitlock. Goldstein will be speaking about the transformation of Ancient Greeks and the Making of Philosophy. This particular lecture is sponsored by the EKU department of philosophy and religion alongside the honors program. Goldstein is a philosopher, novelist, a fellow of the MacArthur, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundations and was awarded the National Humanities Medalist in 2014 by the American Humanist Association. She is the author of several works of fiction including “The Mind and Body Problem”, “Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel”, and her most recent book, “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away.” Additionally, Goldstein is a professor of philosophy and English from New York University. “Rebecca Goldstein is a writer whose novels and short stories dramatize the concerns of philosophy without sacrificing the demands of imaginative storytelling,” according to the MacArthur Foundation website. “Goldstein’s writings emerge as brilliant arguments for the belief that fiction in our time may be the best vehicle for involving readers in questions of morality and existence”. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Erik Liddell at...

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Student Life to host ‘Coffee and Canvas’

By Noena Zerna Student Life and First-Year Experience is hosting the first Coffee and Canvas. The event will be at 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, in Powell underground. There will be coffee, tea and water provided for those who attend. Painting experience is not required to participate because there will be an instructor teaching. Those planning to attend will have to donate two cans of food in order to participate. Aside from that, there are no other fees. For questions or more information about the event contact Rebecca Blackwell at...

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Chautauqua lecture to feature filmmaker in honor of Appalachian Studies Week

By Samantha Tamplin The Chautauqua Lecture Series will feature Sally Rubin this Thursday, October 5, in O’Donnell Hall. Rubin will be speaking in honor of Appalachian Studies Week. Rubin is a filmmaker and will be speaking exclusively on her new documentary Hillbilly. Rubin, the co-director for Hillbillies along with her partner Ashley York, has been making and editing documentary films for the past 15 years. The film focuses on Appalachia’s local assets and regional complexities such as their mountainous terrain, reliance on the coal industry and their “boom and bust” economy. Most prominently, Appalachia has its stereotypes. In her film, Rubin delves into the stereotypical hillbilly and how poor, rural, white Americans are portrayed in media. The film itself focuses on the “double standard” of the belittlement of rural residents and the societal tendency towards hypocrisy when claiming to be socially just.   “The very same people who would never say the “N” word, or other slangs aimed at disadvantaged groups, took pride in putting down poor, rural folks,” Rubin stated in an article by www.under-main.com. Rubin said she sees this as an injustice and utilizes this documentary as a chance to show her audience how life is really like for the “hillbillies” in rural Appalachia. In addition to her new documentary, Rubin has also recently completed two other films, Deep Down and Life on the Line. Both films...

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KANSAS celebrates 40 years with final tour, performs at EKU

By Alex Wilburn To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their album, “Leftoverture,” KANSAS has launched its final tour. KANSAS will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 11, at the EKU Center for the Arts. KANSAS will be performing hit songs such as “Carry on Wayward Son,” “The Wall” and “What’s on My Mind,” as well as songs from their latest album “The Prelude Implicit.” Tickets for the show are $50, $60, $70 or $95, and there is an option to join the center for dinner before the show for an additional $30. For additional information, call the box office at...

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EKU HSAC host volunteer event for students to clean up highway

EKU Honors Student Advisory Council will be hosting a highway cleanup event on Friday, September 29. This is one of the group’s many highway cleanups. The Honors Student Advisory Council (HSAC) is a student-run branch of the EKU Honors Program that is focused on developing and executing several service and volunteer opportunities for Honors students on campus and in the community. Each semester, HSAC gathers together a group of honors students and cleans up a highway that they have officially “adopted.” The students work together to pick up trash on the side of the road in addition to beautifying the area in order to create a more pleasing environment for the community. HSAC said they do this in order to help the community which has given a lot to the university. While the highway cleanup is one effective way to give back to the community, HSAC and other service-oriented organizations offer many more volunteer opportunities for students around campus. Volunteer opportunities include serving at the Colonel’s Cupboard food pantry or working at the blood drive. There are many ways for students to become involved on campus. Students can visit the Orgsync website, which displays all upcoming opportunities and events. Samantha...

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‘Art Around the World’ event to celebrate cultural diversity through art

The Richmond Area Arts Council’s Arts Gala, “Art Around the World,” will occur Friday, September 29, in Keen Johnson. The Gala will open its doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are $65 per person. The price also includes two drink tickets. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres will be catered by Mother and Daughters Catering. Music will be provided by Paladin. Attire for the event is business casual. International students are encouraged to dress in attire from their home country. In addition to the gallery, the event will also host a silent and live auction. Volunteers are needed to assist with busing tables, cleaning up the area after the event, taking photographs and assisting artists. Volunteers can sign up through www.artsinrichmond.org/contact/us. Shuttle services will be provided to Keen Johnson for the event. Parking attendants will be on site to assist as needed. Emily...

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EKU Theatre performs ‘Ajax in Iraq’

EKU Theatre will begin the 2017-18 season with a performance of “Ajax in Iraq.” Opening night will be Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. “Ajax in Iraq” will be performed September 28 to 30 at 7:30 p.m.  each day with the final show on Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m. “Ajax in Iraq” is a play written by Ellen McLaughlin about the classic tragedy Ajax in the modern-day war in Iraq. The narrative compares Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, who were both betrayed by a commanding officer. EKU Theatre warns that “Ajax in Iraq” is not suitable for children and contains mature language, content and other subject material that may not be suitable for all ages. Tickets for the show are now available and can be purchased online through www.theatre.eku.edu or at the box office located in the Campbell Building. Box office hours are from 12 to 4 p.m. September 25 to 29, and one hour before each show. Noena...

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EKU continues Latino Heritage Month celebration with Latino Street Fair

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, the Department of Languages, Cultures and Humanities is hosting a Latino Street Fair on Wednesday, October 4, at Powell Corner. The event will begin at 11 a.m. The fair is one of the many events that have occured throughout campus to encourage students to celebrate the month. Latino Heritage Month began September 15 and will be until October 15. The Latino Street Fair will conclude at 2 p.m. For questions about the event, contact 859-622-2996 or email languagescultureshum@eku.edu. Noena...

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EKU to host annual ‘City Fest’ in new location

By Noena Zerna The annual event City Fest will be hosted on EKU’s campus Thursday, September 21, beginning at 5 p.m. at a new location on campus. City Fest will now be at the Ravine, which is located near University Drive and is often referred to as “EKU’s version of Central Park.” City Fest is hosted by EKU Conferencing and Events in partnership with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. It is also sponsored by Soft Shoe. The event allows local businesses to market their products to the EKU community and Richmond residents. City Fest is free and open to everyone until 7:30 p.m. For more information about City Fest, visit richmondchamber.com or contact EKU Conferencing and Events at...

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Renowned keynote speaker to visit EKU

By Noena Zerna Tish Norman, award-winning speaker, will be speaking to EKU first-year students on Tuesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at EKU Center for the Arts. The event is called “Stay on Track with Tish Norman.” Norman received her bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University and a masters in education from Pepperdine University. Additionally, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. and The Links, Inc. Norman is the founder of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc. Additionally, Norman is a former educator and a co-author of the empowerment book From Mediocre to Magnificent. Norman has also had articles published in Connections Magazine and The Future Business Leader Educational Journal. “Tish’s greatest passion is using humor, music, energy and stylish motivation to deliver keynotes that offer audiences practical information and positive strategies,” Norman’s Facebook page states. The event is required for all first-year students to attend. For more information visit firstyear.eku.edu/first-year-experience-events or contact...

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