Category: News Briefs

EKU represented at global business conference

By Collin Overton EKU business professor Marcel Robles and spring 2017 graduate Tyler Swafford teamed up from Oct. 18 to Oct. 21 as co-presenters and co-authors at the International Association for Business Communications Conference in Laoghaire, Ireland. The association gave Swafford a scholarship to attend the conference, as well as an additional $400. “As an EKU alum, Tyler has continued to make EKU proud,” Robles said in an EKU news release.  “Definitely on the road to success with the ‘world as his oyster,’ Tyler is the epitome of an EKU graduate.” Swafford graduated from EKU in May 2017 with a degree in globalization and international affairs and a minor in business. He is currently studying at University College Dublin as a Mitchell Scholar – the first from a public college in Kentucky in the program’s...

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Rec Center offers zombie infested challenge course

By Destinee Ott Zips and Zombies is perfect for students looking for more action. The event will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Campus Rec’s Challenge Course. The challenge course is set up as it usually is but with an added Halloween flair — zombies! Students can try their luck at making it through the course while also avoiding the...

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Hummel Planetrium to feature spooky star talk

Destinee Ott Spooky Stars & S’more will occur 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Hummel Planetarium. Students can show up decked out in Halloween gear and watch a planetarium show featuring spooky star talk. Afterwards, s’mores will be passed out on the plaza. Tickets for the event cost $5. If students visit the EKU Hummel Planetarium Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and like or follow the page, they will receive a dollar off their...

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Campus Rec to host Glow Zumba

By Destinee Ott Campus Rec is hosting a Halloween Zumba and Costume Contest on Tuesday, Oct. 31, starting at 7 p.m. The event will feature two full hours of Zumba in the Keen Johnson Ballroom. It will be Glow Zumba, and the Rec is planning to provide free body paint, glow sticks and t-shirts to those who attend. The student with the best Halloween costume will win a...

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Library hosts annual costume contest

By Noena Zerna EKU Libraries invites students, faculty and staff to wear costumes and attend its Halloween Costume Showdown from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Noel Reading Porch entrance. This is an annual costume contest where EKU Libraries will take a picture of the individual or group in costume then post it on their Facebook page. The winner of the costume showdown is determined by the amount of “likes” the picture...

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Bingo night themed after online streaming service

By Noena Zerna EKU Student Life and First-Year Experience will host a Netflix Bingo Night at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Middle Powell Room 128. If participants dress as their favorite Netflix character they will receive an extra bingo card. For more information on the event, contact the EKU Student Life and First-Year Experience office at 859-622-3855 or...

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Price and Gonzalez win Homecoming king and queen

By Taylor Weiter While EKU’s football team went on to win their second game of the year against University of Tennessee Martin this homecoming, they were not the only winners of the day. Tyler Price and Ivonne Gonzalez, representing Pi Kappa Alpha and the Panhellenic Council, respectively, were crowned Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the homecoming game. Price is a junior from Richmond who currently serves as president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, while Gonzalez is a senior from Shelby County who is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and serves as president of the Panhellenic...

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EKU Women’s Cross Country achieves highest regional ranking in program history

Steve Fohl, EKU Sports The Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team jumped one spot to No. 3 in the most recent NCAA Southeast Region rankings, released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. It is the highest regional ranking in program history. The jump comes after EKU finished eighth out of 43 teams in the loaded Red Race of the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday in Louisville. The Colonels defeated two nationally-ranked teams at the meet – No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 24 Missouri – as well as several regionally-ranked teams such as Northern Arizona, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Ohio State and Duke. All of the teams that beat Eastern on Saturday were nationally...

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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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