WKU has started a new viniculture program out at the WKU Agricultural Farm. This grape season was to be the first year in which their vines would produce a useable crop. However due to hail damage from recent storms that harvest may be significantly smaller than anticipated. Vist the WKU News Blog for more and stay tuned for a View From the Hill.
photos by: Bryan Lemon
There were tons of activities on campus this week for Earth Day today… here is a sampling!
I spent Wednesday afternoon & night with my friends at WKYU-PBS shooting a segment for their weekly TV show Main Street on the Wild Cave Tour at Mammoth Cave. We spent nearly 9 hours underground highlighting some of the best features of the tour and getting really, really dirty. I split my time crawling around as a “tour member” and shooting some production photos. And after 2 days, I’m still cleaning dirt out of my 5D. Be on the lookout for many more collaborations between me & WKYU. We have a great working relationship and the creative possibilites are endless!
A few weeks ago WKU President Gary Ransdell and Psychology faculty member Betsy Schoenfelt visited the Hilltopper ROTC group as they were training with other cadets from Murray State & Austin Peay universities at Ft. Campbell. We got to see first-hand the training regiment that the students contend with. Needless to say, it was impressive.
The Lady Toppers played an unusual 11:30am weekday game yesterday against South Alabama. The catch? The bulk of the 7900 fans that filled Diddle Arena were under 5-foot tall and 9-years-old. In a unique arrangement with both the BG City Schools and Warren County Schools, all of the 1-5th grade students attended to cheer on the Toppers and Spread the Red for Education and learn about all the aspects of putting on and keeping up with basketball games.
And if you haven’t seen the updated website, be sure to check out wku.edu to see the redesign! It looks great!
The winter break caught up and passed me before I could get the Fall Commencement photos up. Time flies!!
Dr. Steve Spencer’s Recreation Resource Management class showed off their semester of work at WKU’s new McChesney Field Campus yesterday. The farm was donated to the university last year and several classes have researched, improved and documented the homestead. Spencer’s class focused on cutting trails, signage and making the field campus accessible and ready for future use.
We walked several miles on the new trails and observed several historical markers and ongoing projects. The field campus is a great benefit for WKU!
Last Friday, the WKU Board of Regents were treated to a sneak peek of the new Education Building. Guided by principal architect Jeff Stivers, the Board got a first-hand look at the $35-million facility. At the afternoon quarterly meeting, the BOR unanimously voted to name the building in honor of President Gary Ransdell. Full Story.