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Grant Seeks to Spark South Irvine Students’ Interest in Science (March 20, 2014)

A grant from the Center for Appalachian Regional Engagement and Stewardship (CARES) is sending kindergarten students from one Estill County school to outer space.

Well, not exactly, but the grant is helping to heighten the youngsters’ interest in the skies and science.

Approximately 200 students from South Irvine Elementary School visited EKU’s Hummel Planetarium on Thursday, March 20, to view “Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky.”

The grant, which covered the purchase of the program and the cost of student admissions, stems from a response to a request for regional stewardship and community engagement proposals from EKU faculty and staff. James Hughes, interim manager at the planetarium, and South Irvine Principal Lisa Reece collaborated to plan the event. The $8,000 grant will cover more such trips in future years.

“The number of students who will see this show in the years to come … could reach into the thousands,” said Karrie Adkins, project director with CARES. “This project is a wonderful example of EKU’s regional stewardship and community engagement efforts as it combines university and community resources to meet the identified need for programing for younger students as expressed by elementary teachers in the region. The Planetarium provides teachers with materials related to the show that can be used in the classroom as an instructional tool that is aligned with state standards. The students can then come to the Planetarium to experience and connect to what they are learning at school. This engaging field trip also allows young students in our service region to be exposed to a university setting, often for the first time.

“Our hope is that with the renovations at the Planetarium and the purchase of updated shows, that students and teachers from across the state will be able to experience similar engaging and educational field trips in the years to come,” Adkins said.

Viewers of the Sesame Street-themed program will follow along as Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend, Hu Hu Zhu, take a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and Moon. The content is especially suitable for children through second grade.

Adkins anticipates that more such faculty- and staff-led programs and projects will be funded. In addition, EKU CARES is currently reviewing community grant proposals that will link community agencies with EKU partners.

The University established CARES to provide a unified, comprehensive approach to stewardship and engagement that focuses on the five areas identified by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education: economic and workforce development, education, environment, collaborative government, and health, wellness and safety.

Students Honored by Kentucky Academy of Science (December 9, 2013)

Eight EKU students received research awards at the 99th annual Kentucky Academy of Science meeting, held Nov. 8-9, 2013 at Morehead State University.

In the Undergraduate Oral Presentations category, Kandice Smith, of Louisville, took second place in Geology, and Brooke Johnson, of Danville, took first place in Microbiology.

In the Undergraduate Poster Presentations category, Kimberly Ellison, of Montvale, N.J., took second place in Psychology; Armanda Pennington, Marengo, Ohio, took third place in Analytical/Physical Chemistry; and Benjamin Shaw, Owensboro, claimed third in Organic/Inorganic Chemistry.

In Graduate Oral Presentations, Yunxin Liao of China took first in Analytical/Physical Chemistry; Tao Jiang, also of China, took first in Psychology; and Ben Cheruiyot, of Benton, Ill, captured second in Health Sciences.

Also, retired EKU professor Dr. William Martin received the 2013 Outstanding Academy Service Award.

The Kentucky Academy of Science is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science in the Commonwealth. The Academy encourages scientific research, promotes the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and unifies the scientific interests of the Commonwealth. For more information, visit  .

 EKU Business and Technology Accelerator Joins Estill Development Alliance, Chamber of Commerce in Irvine Facility (June 19, 2012)
The business incubator is a partnership between Eastern Kentucky University’s Business and Technology Accelerator; the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) at EKU, Estill Development Alliance, Estill County Chamber of Commerce and Estill County.

Student Selected as "Inventors and Innovators" Ambassador (May 7, 2012)
Junior Andrew Pennington, of Corbin, has been selected as the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance student ambassador for Eastern Kentucky University.

EKU Group Assists in Tornado Relief Efforts; University-Wide Initiative Now (Apr. 23, 2012)
Watching a resident mow the lawn of his home that may never be salvaged and hauling pieces of flattened buildings from surrounding fields are just some of the images and experiences a group from Eastern Kentucky University will long remember after helping Morgan County residents recover from a devastating tornado.

Porter Named Team Leader for National Project (Apr. 23, 2012)
Dr. Diana Porter, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been selected as a Team Leader for the Children’s Choices book project for 2012-2014 based on her commitment to children’s literature and her widespread professional involvement with schools across Kentucky. 

Power of Maroon: Leadership Spotlight (Apr. 9, 2012)
Alice Jones, professor in the Department of Geography and Geology, director of the Environmental Research Institute and coordinator of EKU’s Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship Program, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders and others in prominent positions to discuss their roles as well as campus issues.

Alumni Mentoring Program Stretches to Afghanistan (Feb. 20, 2012)
Two of the "dots" in Eastern's "Connecting the Dots" student/alumni mentoring program are approximately 7,000 miles apart.

EKU Works with KMHF on "Stars Over Appalachia" School Adoption Program (Feb. 20, 2012)
EKU is working with the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame to enlist entertainment celebrities in an effort to reduce the high school dropout rate in the university's service region.

EKU Comm Students at Posters at the Capitol Event (Jan. 26, 2012)
Research conducted by Department of Communication Community Journalism students was presented to state legislators as part of Posters at the Capitol Jan. 26 in Frankfort.

Kentucky River Water Trail Earns National Recognition (Nov. 28, 2011)
Across a scenic stretch of the winding Kentucky River, the Kentucky River Water Trail is being saved and improved ... by an artist.  Pat Banks, professional artist, Kentucky Riverkeeper and board member of the Kentucky River Authority, has been busily working to maintain and improve local recreational waterways, alongside husband Dr. Alan Banks, professor and director of EKU’s Center for Appalachian Studies, which sponsors the Riverkeeper as a means to promote place-based research and regional stewardship.

Exercise & Sport Science Department Facutly teams with EKU's Educational Extension Agents to Participate in a Regional Stewardship Initiative on KHSAA Bylaw 25 (Nov. 3, 2011)
The EKU Department of Exercise and Sports Science, in collaboration with the KHSAA and the EKU Educational Extension Agent program, recently conducted two forums that explained the new interpretation of the KHSAA Bylaw 25.

EKU Athletic Mentors at the Manchester Regional Campus (Oct. 19, 2011)
Four hundred and twenty-five middle school students from Clay County Middle School, Leslie County Middle School and the Redbird Mission School attended the second annual Colonels for Education program hosted by the Educational Extension Agents and the EKU Manchester Regional Campus on October 19.

STEM-H Institute Established to Focus on Critical Fields of Study (Oct. 14, 2011)
Eastern Kentucky University has established a STEM-H Institute to enhance teaching and learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health at all educational levels by focusing on outreach, teaching, professional development, and research.

EKU, Madison County Schools Join Forces to Establish Middle College (May 19, 2011)
Eastern Kentucky University and Madison County Schools have joined forces to become the first local school district and four-year university in the Commonwealth to offer a Middle College to help high-school juniors and seniors who are academically capable but at risk of dropping out of school.

EKU to Produce Academic Journal Devoted to Regional Engagement (Feb. 7, 2011)
Eastern Kentucky University, home of a nationally innovative Educational Extension Agent program and many other regional stewardship initiatives, will soon produce the first issue of PRISM, an academic journal devoted to regional engagement.