By Katie Brandenburg & The Bowling Green Daily News
Ron Rizzo (left), an engineer at Western Kentucky University, and WKU professor Matt Dettman prepare a horse-racing rein to be tested Monday at WKU's Complex for Engineering and Biological Sciences.
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A loud snap echoed through a building at Western Kentucky University on Monday as another pair of leather reins finally split in two. Civil engineering professor Matt Dettman helped destroy numerous horse-racing reins as part of a project aimed at finding the weak points of those products. The testing could help set an industry standard for reins to better protect horses and their riders. Representatives of the Jockeys’ Guild, The Jockey Club and the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association gathered at WKU to watch a variety of reins being tested in an effort to help refine a standard. ”If they’re going to be instigating a new rein, they want to be comfortable with it,” Dettman said. To his knowledge, WKU is the only university doing this kind of testing, he said. Read more...
The chairman of Youngstown State University’s board of trustees says the board wants Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn to start his new job on the Youngstown, Ohio campus as soon as possible. On Friday, the YSU trustees voted 8-0 to authorize the board's chair and vice chair to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Dunn to start as YSU’s next president. In an emailed statement Monday, Dunn said he and his wife, Dr. Ronda Dunn, hoped to get started at YSU in about two months. Read more...
Beginning his career in education at Harlan Independent Schools 22 years ago, Harlan High School Principal C.D. Morton was chosen as the district’s new superintendent by the Harlan Independent Board of Education at a special called meeting on Monday. After going into executive session per KRS 61.810 (1.f), the board returned with an unanimous decision to appoint Morton to a four-year term as superintendent. Read more...
First Lady Michelle Obama, as she honors veterans programs at EKU.
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Among the hundreds of men and women who graduated over the weekend from Eastern Kentucky University, there were 90 veterans. That’s an all-time best for EKU’s department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Director Al Back says many of those vets still want to serve their country. “And our degree programs are service oriented. And I think when they come out of the service, that’s what they are looking for. I think that’s why Eastern has the large student population whether it be in police studies, criminal justice, homeland security or the fire science program, emergency medical science, nursing, and teaching. They’re still wanting to serve their communities after they leave the service,” said Back.
The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to offer the position of president to Murray State University President Dr. Randy J. Dunn. The appointment is not final until contract terms can be reached. Dunn would replace Cynthia E. Anderson, who is retiring June 30 after three years as president and 34 years with the university.
A complex Clark County Public Schools facilities plan that calls for closing several outmoded schools and moving students to new locations continues to generate controversy six years after the school board approved it. Things came to a head last month, when a new majority on the Clark County Board of Education voted not to spend money to reconfigure two schools, a step intended to prepare for implementation of the facilities plan in the fall. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has called Clark school board representatives to meet with state education officials in Frankfort on Wednesday to talk about the impasse.
Hardin County Schools transportation director John Skaggs points out the side door and push out windows for emergency exits now required on all school buses.
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Twenty-five years ago, 15-year-old Quinton Higgins spent about a month in Kosair Children’s Hospital after suffering lung damage and second- and third-degree burns in the fiery Carrolton bus crash. Today, Higgins drives a Hardin County Schools bus. The differences between the bus he drives every school day and the repurposed 1977 Ford B-700 school bus he was in that night in 1988 are like “night and day,” Higgins said.
First Lady Michelle Obama on the big screen during EKU Commencement exercises.
Many college graduates across Kentucky may be set on finding just the right job. But, they were reminded over the weekend of other priorities. During commencement exercises Saturday evening at Eastern Kentucky University, First Lady Michelle Obama reminded graduates that providing ‘service’ to the community should be a priority after college.
First Lady Michelle Obama offers advice for Eastern Grads.
First Lady Michelle Obama applauds graduates at Eastern Kentucky University.
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RICHMOND — First lady Michelle Obama chose to speak at Eastern Kentucky University's graduation Saturday because of its often-celebrated work with veterans, and in her speech she urged graduates to take the values they learned here out into the world.
Long lines are likely at Eastern Kentucky University tomorrow evening during a visit by America’s First Lady. Michelle Obama addresses some 600 Eastern Kentucky University graduates, families and friends. "You’ll not be able to bring bottled water, an umbrella, items like pocket knives as those items will have to be disposed of as you’re coming into the building,” said EKU spokesman Marc Whitt.
Cost cutting plans at Eastern Kentucky University were endorsed today by the school’s next president. Doctor Michael Benson, who takes over as president this August, agreed to disassemble Continuing Education and Outreach at EKU, eliminating its top two officials. The school will also review its regional campus program, close its center at Fort Knox and re-purpose its campus in Lancaster.
Keeping his word to avoid across-the-board cuts to meet a projected $2,139,000 revenue shortfall, Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell on Wednesday announced a three-pronged strategy developed by the WKU Administrative Cabinet to a balanced budget. No job cuts are mentioned, but financial help on employees’ cellphone expenses was chopped as the cabinet reached into pockets and pocketbooks. The biggest slice is a 5 percent cut of university financial subsidy for the WKU Athletic Department over the next five years.
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto appointed a task force Tuesday to examine longtime rules that strictly limit alcohol on campus. The 15-member group, which includes a mix of university officials and community representatives, is called the Work Group on Student Health and Safety. It will look at factors leading to alcohol misuse by students, current alcohol policies, and best practices to prevent alcohol abuse, as well as other health and safety issues.
States like Indiana and Kentucky are moving standardized testing online.
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Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing. Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.
Debra Hoskins was executive director of EKU Center for the Arts when it opened in September 2011. By January 2012, university employees took over business operations because of irregularities.
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The administration of Eastern Kentucky University attempted to fire EKU Center for the Arts director Debra Hoskins on June 12 because of allegations including fiscal misconduct and falsification of university records and documents. Violation of human-resources policies, improper handling of customers' credit card information, and the misleading of university officials were also alleged. The university's issues with Hoskins while she led the $33 million publicly financed arts center are described in 740 pages of documents obtained late Wednesday afternoon under the Kentucky Open Records law.
A small tuition increase and no raises were approved yesterday by regents at Eastern Kentucky University. Tuition at the Richmond-based school will go up almost three-percent. That’s a fraction on the tuition increases seen in previous years, but within limits recently set by the state Council on Postsecondary Education.
A Louisville high school ranks as the best in Kentucky, according to the 2013 best high school rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News joined with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. to evaluate schools on student performance on state-mandated assessment tests, according to the publication's website. In all, data from more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia was evaluated.
Hundreds of Kentucky young people could get a feel for jobs well established in their communities. It’s the first ‘Career Craze’ event offered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. 32 hands on camps will be held at 16 K-C-T-C-S colleges across the state. Chancellor Jay Box says participants will be introduced to ‘potential careers.’ “It’s an opportunity to expose young students to careers in business and industry and entirely focusing on the five major sectors of employment here in Kentucky,” said Box.
Kentucky ranks 39th in the U.S. for the state of its child care centers—earning high marks for posting complaint records online but poor marks for not requiring center directors to have bachelor's degrees, says a new report. The report, from Child Care Aware of America, said Kentucky could improve its child care center's regulations by requiring state and federal fingerprints for checking criminal backgrounds and changing its educational requirements for lead teachers.
Kentucky business leaders and education advocates are teaming up to start a new funding source for innovation in education. The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky—also known as the The Fund—is being launched to help with grants and extra fundraising for the Kentucky Department of Education.
First Lady Michelle Obama comes to Eastern Kentucky University in May to participate in the spring commencement ceremony. EKU President Doug Whitlock says his office got a call from a member of the First Lady’s staff almost a week ago. Eastern is receiving national attention for the help it gives Veterans working to further their education. Whitlock says it caught the eye of Mrs. Obama. A White House staff member asked if she could attend the University’s graduation ceremony. Saying it was more than okay, Whitlock says the school was seeking a speaker for the third exercise. In fact, he says it was the only one her schedule would permit.