Beginning next summer, Eastern Kentucky University will ban all tobacco products on its campuses. Given the health threat posed by second hand smoke, President Michael Benson today said cigarettes should be banned. Tobacco products are currently limited to designated, outside areas. Benson says a policy will be created and implemented next June. He also says EKU will also provide smoking-cessation programs to students and staff. Campus-wide smoking bans were implemented at the University of Kentucky in 2009 and at Morehead State University in 2011.
Four Kentucky elementary schools and one high school have been named 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The national program recognizes academic performance and improvement. Glendover Elementary is the fifth Lexington school to achieve this honor since 1989. Principal Cathy Fine says her school has seen an increasing number of low income students.
A $250-million donation, listed as one of the biggest gifts ever given to a US college, has collapsed. Given the deal’s complexity, the president of Centre College says they had trouble satisfying conditions set by the Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust. According to the Chronicle for Higher Education, the all-stock gift to the Danville, Kentucky school, was among the top 20 contributions ever made to a US college. In withdrawing the gift, President John Roush says the Trust offered no explanation.
This year, Kentucky public schools could post their best results ever in two major categories the state measures for overall student progress. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday calls the early results promising.
Berea College’s ‘Deep Green’ residence hall is open for business. Students are settling in to the 42 thousand square foot three story dormitory. It’s expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Certification. The newly opened residence hall is designed to use about a third of the energy found in a traditional dorm.
A new era of housing is officially underway at the University of Kentucky. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning for two new residence halls representing a 26 million dollar investment. UK President Eli Capilouto says it is a new day in housing.
After good news on salaries, Charles Compton reports, employees were told another reorganization lies ahead.
Employees of Eastern Kentucky University will receive their first salary increases in several years. During his first Fall Convocation, EKU President Michael Benson announced a 2.5% pay hike, effective October 1st.
WEKU's Stu Johnson reports on a new, elite high school in Lexington that focuses on math, technology and the sciences.
A new kind of school opens this week in Fayette County. Instead of a standard high school designed to serve the average student, the 150 Freshmen attending this school will focus on math, science and technology.
WEKU reporter Stu Johnson with Dr. Michael Benson on his first week as president of Eastern Kentucky University.
As he takes over the presidency at Eastern Kentucky University, Michael Benson says he’s prone to do ‘management by walk around.’ The new EKU president says it means interacting with faculty, students, and staff as he travels the campus. He also wants to create a digital ‘suggestion box.’
Students at Salyersville Elementary School are returning to classes in their building, repaired after heavy damage from a tornado outbreak. Fifth-grader Haley Barnett says it felt good to be back at her school. An EF3 tornado seriously damaged the building and many others in Magoffin County last year. The 500 students of Salyersville Elementary were packed into an older building for classes.
Nearby blasting has prompted education officials in Martin County to close the county's only high school building. The blasts from a construction site have caused cracks in the walls and floors of Sheldon Clark High School to widen.
Michael Benson takes over today as EKU's 12th President.
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Eastern Kentucky University's new president is starting his job on the Richmond campus. Michael T. Benson's tenure as the school's 12th president begins Thursday. Benson had been president of Southern Utah University. He succeeds Doug Whitlock, who retired. Benson brings nearly 20 years of administrative experience in higher education to his job at Eastern.
President Doug Whitlock, who's retirement begins this week.
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President Doug Whitlock concludes almost six years at the helm of the public university. Whitlock’s long history with E-K-U began as a student worker, helping with the university’s public relations. His first full-time position came in 1968, when he took over as director of publications. Whitlock remembers studying the management styles of other EKU presidents…educators like Bob Martin, J.C. Powell, and Hanly Funderburk.
New pedway links new, privately-developed student housing complex with EKU's Richmond campus.
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Student housing at Eastern Kentucky University is entering a new era. Instead of state-funded dormitories, some EKU students will move into a privately developed housing complex adjacent to campus. The multi-floored ‘Grand Campus at Yorick Place’ sleeps 256 students. Property Manager Taylor Armstead says the rooms are fully furnished.
A tiny liberal arts school in Kentucky that hosted vice presidential debates in recent years has landed one of the largest donations ever to a U.S. college or university. Centre College announced the gift of stocks worth $250 million Tuesday from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust. The total value puts it among the 20 biggest such gifts of all time, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
An eastern Kentucky district will consider closing a high school over concerns about the building's structural integrity. The Martin County School Board will meet Thursday to discuss the future of Sheldon Clark High school. The action comes just before classes are set to resume on Aug. 7.
Kentucky's high school seniors can soon send electronic transcripts to the state's colleges through a free process called Kentucky eTranscript. The electronic transcript system is meant to ease the stress and expense of the college admissions process. Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said Monday electronic transcripts will streamline the process. In some cases, he said, students can complete the admissions process totally online.
Three institutions of higher education in Kentucky have been cited as top places to work by an industry publication based in Washington, DC. The rankings listed on The Chronicle of Higher Education's website place Frontier Nursing University and Somerset Community College on the "honor roll," meaning they were cited most often across all 12 recognition categories.
Just over a million dollars in state money will be spent preparing children in 91 counties for their first day of school. Terry Tolan, who directs the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, says the money will go to 58 Community Early Childhood Councils. Tolan says volunteers, public health officials, childcare providers, librarians and parents serve on these councils.
The new president of Kentucky’s teacher union indicates educators are ready for a tougher minimum dropout age. Many school districts have already acted to increase the minimum from 16 to 18-years-old. Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler says teachers see the higher minimum drop-out age as an opportunity.
There’s a rush of sorts among Kentucky school districts to raise their drop out age from 16 to 18. Just days after the state’s new “Drop-out Law” took effect, about a third of the state’s 174 districts have acted. Still, Kentucky Department of Education Spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez says 16 will remain the legal drop-out age this fall.
Despite a reduction in its work force, administrators at Eastern Kentucky University predict there will be little, if any, impact on students. EKU is rearranging its finances, restructuring it organization and cutting its workforce.
Transylvania University President Owen Williams on the campus in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 18, 2011.
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Embattled Transylvania University President R. Owen Williams will resign at the end of the 2013-14 academic year, the university announced Monday afternoon. William T. Young Jr., the chairman of Transylvania's board of trustees, announced the decision in a meeting with faculty and staff, the Lexington school said in a news release. "The Board of Trustees fully supports Dr. Williams’ decision to continue to lead Transylvania University through the upcoming school year," Young said in the news release. "It is with regret that we accept his resignation." Read more...
Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee’s apology campaign reached the commonwealth of Kentucky over the weekend. According to an Ohio State spokeswoman, Gee called University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Louisville President James Ramsey to apologize for derogatory remarks the OSU leader made about both schools last December that first became public last week. During a meeting of the Ohio State Athletic Council, Gee — in apparent attempts at humor — took verbal shots at Notre Dame, Roman Catholic priests, the academic quality of schools in the Southeastern Conference, and the academic integrity of U of L and UK. Read More...
A pioneering study at the University of Kentucky suggests humans have a lot to learn from horses. Horses can help people develop empathy and enhance social and leadership skills, according to a recently completed study of equine-assisted learning among 21 nurses at UK Chandler Hospital. anine Lindgreen, a clinical nursing specialist and co-investigator in the study, said spending time with horses at Lexington's Pine Knoll Farm was an eye-opener for those who took part. Read more...
An online education provider is expanding its partnerships with more universities and schools around the U.S., including the University of Kentucky. Coursera is known for offering what's being called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. It has previously only partnered with a handful of established universities and schools. The courses are often accessible to anyone around the world for free, but only until recently were some courses allowed to be offered for college credit. Read more...
Joseph Delamerced is cheered on by his fellow students.
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The 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be the second trip for 13-year-old Joseph Delamerced, and this time he’s not as nervous. The Summit Country Day seventh-grader is really just looking forward to enjoying the experience and seeing his family – blood relatives like his sister and aunt, as well as his “bee family.” He didn’t always feel that way. When Joseph went to his first National Spelling Bee in 2011, there was a slight feeling of sibling rivalry. Read more...
Two Kentucky high schools are implementing a new program to address dating violence. Recently, Woodford County High School held a pep rally for Green Dot. Run by the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, it helps students promote healthy relationships and safety among their peers.