Category: News

Construction for new rec center underway

By Collin Overton Eastern officials official broke ground for the new Student Wellness and Recreation Center Monday morning, according to a press release sent by Jerry Wallace, director of strategic communications. The ceremony took place on the former site of the Todd and Dupree residence halls. “Today is a banner day, continuing the transformation of our university,” said Craig Turner, chair of the EKU Board of Regents. “It’s a tremendous honor for me and for the board to see these types of things happen.” The new facility will more than double the size of EKU’s existing recreation center, encompassing...

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Search for new provost put on hold

By Collin Overton The search for a new EKU Provost is being paused, President Michael Benson said in a Nov. 30 email to faculty and staff. The Provost Search Committee was still searching for its initial pool of candidates at the time. “To this end, and after consulting with Committee Chairs Dr. Matt Winslow and Dr. Shirley O’Brien, we have decided to pause the Provost Search Committee process for the time being,” Benson wrote. “My hope is the search committee as currently constituted will remain in place but suspend its efforts, with the intent to reconvene and restart the process again next summer.” Benson noted other issues affecting higher education as reasons for the pause. “We are facing some challenging, and unprecedented, times within our state,” Benson said. “The collateral impact of the issues before us is certainly being felt by all state universities.” Benson said Deborah Whitehouse will remain interim provost for the time...

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EKU to put students’ work on display

By Peyton Hutchens EKU’s Video Production I and II classes will host the annual Projected Visions from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in Crabbe Library Room 108. Projected Visions will show off students’ best work and show how videos can develop over the course of a semester. Commercials, music videos and more will play. You can also learn more about the video production courses at EKU during this event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Taylor at john.taylor@eku....

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SGA to host Midnight Breakfast

By Collin Overton SGA will host Midnight Breakfast on Dec. 7. In Middle Powell. Free food from Bob Evans will be provided, as well as karaoke, a mechanical bull, and a music guest. Cost of attendance is free and the event is open to all students. Contact Alexis Shoenlab at 859-622-1724 for more...

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Library spaces open 24 hours for finals week

By Jeremy Turner, Library Operations Manager Need a comfortable, safe place to prep for Finals Week? The Java City Library Cafe, atrium and computer lab spaces are open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday nights, and the entire Main Library is offering extended hours through Dec. 13. A security guard is stationed to ensure overnight safety. Visit library.eku. edu/hours for extended hours...

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Women’s Basketball takes on Kent State

By Wardell Johnson’s Sport Marketing, Department of Exercise & Sport Science Graduate program Come out Tuesday December 5, 2017 to the Alumni Coliseum at 7 p.m. to watch your Eastern Kentucky University Women’s Basketball team take on Kent State University. Free for all students and chances to win promotional prizes sponsored by the Sport Administration Master’s Program! Tickets for prizes will be given out before the game. Prizes will be announced during...

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EKU ranked 14th best college for veterans

By Jerry Wallace, director of Strategic Communications EKU finished 14th (and tops in Kentucky) in the recently announced 2018 rankings, up from 17th a year ago. The rankings (formerly known as “Best for Vets”) measure schools on their commitment to helping military veterans further their education. EKU is the only school from Kentucky or any adjacent state to crack the top 20. The rankings are determined by a survey of 150 questions as well as data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Department of Education databases for information ranging from veteran-related policies to average salaries after graduation. To see the full list of four-year schools, visit

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DACA student receives national honors award

By Collin Overton Omar Salinas Chacón, senior political science and Spanish major and DACA student, was named Student of the Year by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) at its national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference lasted from Nov. 8 to 12 and was Salinas Chacón’s fourth in a row in which he gave a presentation as part of a panel within the diversity thread. David Coleman, director of EKU’s Honors Program, said Salinas Chacón could be the only student nationally to participate in each of the past four NCHC annual conferences. This year, Salinas Chacón and a panel of three other students, including Ivan Olivas, Jeniffer Paxtle-Granjeno and Andrea Patino, led a presentation titled “Leading from the Margins: Justice through Activism” and discussed how the Honors Program has honed their leadership skills. “Omar stands as a paragon example of exactly what is at stake in this policy debate,” said Dr. David Coleman, director of EKU’s Honors Program in a press release. “Although always a stellar student, he has because of his immigration status been ineligible to apply for many of the nationally competitive fellowships for which he otherwise would have been extremely competitive. The Honors Program currently includes 19 Latino students, nearly 4 percent of the total of 498. Salinas Chacón was previously honored in 2015, receiving an invitation to attend a White House reception in honor...

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