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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EKU center for the arts hosts the sensational Blue Man Group Novemer 9-10, 2012
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.
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.