Archive for the ‘News’ Category

WKU Vineyard

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.



President’s Circle Gala 2011

photos by: Bryan Lemon

2010 Fall Commencement

The winter break caught up and passed me before I could get the Fall Commencement photos up. Time flies!!


Gary A. Ransdell Education Building Sneak Peek

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.


Preston Solar

Installing the solar collectors on top of the Preston Center

The Preston Center added a solar water heater system a couple of weeks ago, and I was fortunate enough to be on hand during installation. The system is comprised of 77 rubber panels that collect sunlight to warm the water within. Pretty neat!


1LT Eric Yates Memorial

WKU honored a fallen soldier yesterday with a memorial for US Army 1LT Eric Yates who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. Yates was a 2008 graduate of the WKU ROTC program. Full Story


2010 Opening Convocation

Dr. Ransdell met with all the WKU faculty & staff yesterday morning for his annual Opening Convocation, where he had the opportunity to update the campus community on construction projects, budget concerns and the direction of WKU. We also heard from the new Provost, Gordon Emslie & new VP of Research, Gordon Baylis. For the last two weeks, I have been producing the large slideshow that ran in the background. You can download a copy of it here. Good luck this year Hilltoppers!


Construction Update: College of Ed

The new College of Education Building is nearing its Jan. 2011 opening date, and the progress is impressive! The entry atrium is the centerpiece of the LEED certified building. Take a look!


Spring Commencement #2

The Commencement celebrations continued into the afternoon with Potter College of Arts & Letters, Gordon Ford College of Business, University College and Bowling Green Community College taking the stage at Diddle Arena.

Congrats again!!

-Clinton & Bryan

Spring Commencement #1

WKU graduated a record number of students this weekend during the 167th Commencement ceremonies at Diddle Arena. The morning ceremony consisted of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Ogden College of Science and Engineering and the College of Health and Human Services.

WKU graduate Vicki Phillips, a native of Falls of Rough who works as director of Education, College Ready in the United States Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree during Saturday morning’s ceremony. In her career as a teacher, superintendent and state education administrator, Phillips has remained committed to increasing educational opportunities for young people.

Also at the morning ceremony, Maj. Gen. Arthur Bartell, commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command, administered the oath of office to eight WKU cadets. As commanding officer, Bartell is responsible for Cadet Command at 253 universities and more than 20,000 cadets. Lt. Col. Jason Caldwell, professor of Military Science and Leadership, said Bartell wanted to participate in WKU’s commissioning after hearing about the enthusiastic support cadets receive during commencement.

Congrats to all the graduates!!

-Clinton & Bryan