Wed June 24, 2015
Health and Welfare

Lexington Safety Fair Offers Chance to Build Positive Relationships

Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News


Children and adults alike will be schooled this weekend in Lexington on a variety of safety issues.  Officials with the inaugural Summer Safety Fair aim to provide positive interaction between police and children.

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Wed May 13, 2015

Gamers Demonstrate Their Talents at EKU Exhibition

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The time required to develop a video game can vary widely from days to months to even years.  Eastern Kentucky University Wednesday played host to a regional video game exhibition.

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Fri February 6, 2015

Q&A with EKU Public Safety Official on Gun Threat

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On Monday evening, officials at Eastern Kentucky University were made aware of a threatening graffiti message found on the bathroom wall in a campus dorm. 

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Sat November 29, 2014
-Eastern Standard

EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

Send your questions or comments before the show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, send a tweet @889weku or call 859-622-1657

On our next Eastern Standard, Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson. We’ll discuss Dr. Benson’s goals and achievements since coming to Eastern in 2013 and look forward to your questions and comments.

Send your questions or comments in advance to wekueasternstandard@gmail dot com or leave a voice message at 859-622-1657.

Or call in when you tune in for the “live” show Thursday morning at 11:00 on 88-9 WEKU.

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Sun November 23, 2014

EKU Locked Down Following Report of Gunman on Campus

Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert Sunday night following a report of a person with a gun on the Richmond campus. After sending an initial notice to students, faculty and staff at 9:24 pm, university officials issued a "Secure In Place - Hide Out" alert at 9:35 pm.  This alert was issued following a report of an attempted robbery outside the university's Clay Hall.

WEKU is following the story and will have more information when it is available. Follow this link to information posted on the EKU website. 

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Mon November 17, 2014

EKU Officially Launches On Campus Emergency Food Pantry

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Eastern Kentucky University is establishing an on campus emergency food pantry.  Items for the Colonel's Cupboard will come from student and staff donations.  EKU Assistant Director of Student Life-Services, Will Keaton says 21 percent of students surveyed said they've faced food insecurity issues over the past year.  "The purpose of the cupboard is to provide short term food assistance boxes, while connecting our students to resources that help deal with the long term causes of why they may be facing food insecurity," said Keaton.

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Sun October 19, 2014

Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Inauguration This Week

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Eastern Kentucky University formally recognizes its 12th president this week. The Richmond school will hold an inaugural ceremony Friday afternoon for Dr. Michael Benson. 

The Utah native, who began his tenure at the Richmond school in 2013, says the event recognizes more than any individual.  "I've tried my best to tell folks planning it, that this is not about me.  This institution is bigger than me or any of us.  I mean it's been around for a long time.  It's gonna be around far beyond our tenure," said Benson.

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Mon September 22, 2014

EKU to Launch New Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

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Eastern Kentucky University is gearing up to offer a new doctoral degree in clinical psychology.  The Richmond school received Council on Postsecondary approval last week.  EKU Director of Clinical Training Dustin Wygant says a main emphasis will be on preparing psychology practitioners to work in rural areas.  "And that's gonna be quite clear in our materials and the kind of students we're trying to attract for this program are gonna be interested, not just paying lip service, but really interested in training and remaining in these underserved areas," said Wygant.

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Tue September 2, 2014

EKU Fall Enrollment Up Almost Two Percent

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Preliminary figures from Eastern Kentucky University show a two percent increase in overall student enrollment.  As of August 26th, 16 thousand, 454 students were signed up for the 20-14 fall semester. 

E-K-U is seeing an eleven percent increase in registered African-American students. The number of Hispanic/Latino students attending E-K-U is up 19 percent, compared to the same time last fall. 

On-line credit hours are up 15-point-6 percent with almost 15 hundred students taking on-line classes. 

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Sun August 24, 2014

EKU and KCTCS Partner on New Transfer Program

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are joining forces on a new statewide college credit transfer program. 

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Sun August 24, 2014

Expansion and Improvements Planned for EKU Athletic Facilities

Colonel Football Fan Day Event on Saturday
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News

Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is seeing a great deal of change around the Richmond campus.  Dan McBride is the newly named Senior Associate Athletics Director.  McBride says one of his primary duties is to oversee facility improvements.  "A big portion of my responsibilities now is gonna be dealing with the expansion at the baseball stadium, the expansion at the softball field, expansion at the football stadium.  I oversaw the installation of the new lights and the new floor in the coliseum.  The new lights at baseball and softball fields this year," said McBride.

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Sun August 17, 2014

Enrollment Up and Down at Eastern Kentucky University

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    Monday is the first day of the fall semester at Eastern Kentucky University.  Sharon Lott is beginning her tenure in EKU's American Sign Language and Interpreter Education program.  She comes to the Richmond school after teaching 20 years in North Carolina. 

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Fri August 8, 2014
Health and Welfare

State's Top Social Worker Addresses Undergrads

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Social work students from eleven Kentucky universities got a pep talk Friday from the head of the state's child welfare system.

The future social workers were in attendance at the Public Child Welfare Program Conference at Eastern Kentucky University. 

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Tue July 29, 2014

EKU Prepares to Launch Video Gaming Institute

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Eastern Kentucky University is joining a number of other post-secondary schools to further video game development education. 

EKU is a member of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance. 

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Mon July 28, 2014
Business and the Economy

Bees Buzzing on EKU Campus

Credit Stu Johnson / Weku News


There's a buzz of activity this week at Eastern Kentucky University.

Hundreds of beekeepers from several states and outside the U.S. are in Richmond participating in the Eastern Apicultural Society meeting. 

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Wed February 5, 2014

EKU Students Offer Advice to Better Link Campus with Downtown Richmond

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes Meets With Eastern Students
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A group of Eastern Kentucky University students is offering several ideas to spur activity in downtown Richmond.  A forum was staged Tuesday night in Eastern’s student center.

  It was promoted as an EKU student conversation with Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes.  Organizers say it was the first time a sitting mayor participated in a program to solicit thoughts from Eastern students. 

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Sun January 19, 2014
-Eastern Standard

EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

"Selfie" taken by @ekuprez Michael Benson during his visit to the WEKU studios
Credit Michael Benson, PhD

EKU President Dr. Michael Benson will be with us to give us an update on some of the projects and initiatives he has launched since his arrival last summer and to answer your questions.

Send a question in advance to wekueasternstandard at gmail dot com or call 859-622-1655 or call in “live” during the show.

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Fri June 28, 2013
Station News & Events

Michael Carter, Carol Siler retiring from WEKU

WEKU's Carol Siler & Michael Carter are among the EKU employees beginning "early retirement" from the University

Friday June 28 is the day when numerous employees of Eastern Kentucky University are beginning retirement as part of a cost-saving plan.  Among them are two familiar voices of WEKU: Development Coordinator Carol Siler, whom you have heard many times during station fund drives and other events; and Michael Carter, Music Director and classical music host.

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Thu March 28, 2013
Arts Weekly

Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble Perform Twice in Central Kentucky

Yo-Yo Ma and Colin Jacobsen during the 2011 North American tour
Credit Max Whittaker - silkroadproject.org

Yo-Yo Ma performed for two American presidents before the age of ten and is perhaps one of the best-known living classical musicians. 

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Fri March 15, 2013
Arts Weekly

EKU Center for the Arts Hosts Popular Blue Man Group

EKU center for the arts hosts the sensational Blue Man Group Novemer 9-10, 2012
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November 9th and 10th, the EKU Center for the Arts hosts Blue Man Group. The act started in the late 80s and has been going strong worldwide ever since. While the 3-man acrobatic drumming troupe doesn't utter a word on stage, one of the performers, Chris Smith, talks here with Roger Duvall.

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Fri June 17, 2011
Statehouse News

Capital Projects Lists Are Long

Kentucky public colleges and universities are already compiling their capital project wish lists.   They're getting ready for next year's legislative session.  A $33 million Engineering-Physics building tops the projects list at Murray State University, but President Randy Dunn says the school also badly needs a new $62 million library.

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