May 2016

EKU Voices: Darell Robinson

LTC Darell Robinson

It would be quite the feat to find an individual at Eastern Kentucky University more travelled than Lt. Col. Darell Robinson. The Chicago native has been stationed at more than a dozen locations, including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Don McNay, 1959-2016

Don McNay

With great sadness, we share the sudden passing of Don McNay.  Funeral arrangements have been set:

CBT Dean's List & Dean's Award - Spring 2016

Dean's Award pin

The Dean’s List is one of several ways in which the University recognizes students who achieve academic excellence. The Dean's List is published after each regular (fall/spring) semester.  Eligibility requirements for the Dean's List are:

Kentucky Medal of Honor Presented to Ron House

Ron House (center front row) surrounded by previous Medal of Honor recipients.

On Wednesday, May 18th, Ron House, LUTCF, CSA, MA of Richmond, was awarded the Kentucky Medal of Honor by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors-Kentucky during their annual convention and state sales summit.

Hitachi Supply Chain Conference Draws International Crowd

2016 Hitachi Conference at EKU's Center for the Arts

More than 450 global supply chain professionals were in attendance at the recent Hitachi Automotive Supply Chain Conference. Supported by EKU's Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program, the event brought together industry experts and suppliers from multiple countries.

CBT Honors Grads at 2016 Spring Convocation

Spring 2016 program

At its spring convocation on Friday evening, May 13th, the College of Business and Technology honored 332 bachelor's degrees, 23 master's degrees, and 30 associate degrees for a total of 385 degree candidates. The ceremony was held in the Alumni Coliseum on EKU's campus at 7:00 pm.

EKU Marketing Students Host Professional Sales Mentoring Mixer

Students at Professional Sales Mentoring Mixer

The personal selling class (Marketing 310) ended the semester on a high note as students hosted a group of professional sales mentors in a networking mixer on May 12. Eleven mentors took time out of their day to join the class during their final exam period.

Scholar Athletes: CBT Celebrates Spring Graduates

CBT spring commencement in EKU's Alumni Coliseum

At EKU's spring commencement ceremonies for the College of Business and Technology, 14 scholar athletes earned their college degrees.

2016 S.J. Garner Student Excellence Award goes to Craig Hicks

Craig Hicks

EKU's PGA Golf Management program is pleased to announce that Craig Hicks has been selected as recipient of the S.J. Garner Student Excellence Award for 2015-16. Craig is a senior Marketing, PGA Professional Golf Management major from Aylett, Va. He received the award at the PGA Golf Management spring awards reception in April.

Giaccini Receives PGM 2016 Director's Award

Stefanie Giaccini

Senior Stefanie Giaccini from Richmond received the 2016 Director’s Award for service and dedication to Eastern Kentucky University's PGA Golf Management program for the academic year. She received the award at the PGA Golf Management spring awards ceremony in April.

PGM Seniors Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

PGM seniors

On Friday, May 13th, outstanding seniors from the PGA Professional Golf Management program were recognized for their achievements at the 2016 Senior Reception, held at the Mule Barn at the University Club at Arlington.

One hundred people were in attendance for the event, including friends and family of the students recognized for awards or graduation.

Seven EKU students selected for KPA internships

Eastern Progress photo

Seven Eastern Kentucky University students will gain journalism experience this summer at news media outlets across the Commonwealth through the Kentucky Press Association’s summer intern program.

Hosted annually by KPA, the program matches students with member newspapers and news outlets across the state to provide eight-week internships, each supported by a $3,000 stipend.

CBT Honors Retiring Faculty and Staff

(l-r): Dr. Richard Chen, Mrs. Darcy Salyers, Dr. Janna Vice

Congratulations and a fond farewell to retiring faculty and staff in the College of Business and Technology. At the annual summer send-off luncheon on May 11, these faculty and staff were recognized for their years of dedicated service to EKU:

Scholar Athlete: Ally Peters

Ally Peters

Graduating senior Ally Peters was voted Best Inspirational Leader of the EKU Women's Volleyball team. She received the honor at the annual Volleyball Colonels Awards Banquet.  Peters, a Communication Studies major from Medina, Oh., is set to graduate May 13th.

VITA Tax Program Receives National Award

VITA volunteers with their Silver Award

Members of the EKU campus community do much more than simply contribute to the local economy.

Students, faculty and staff contributed more than 7,500 hours of volunteer service in 2015-16, with 70 individuals earning honors from The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. They were recognized at a recent campus reception.

BTC Atrium to Bear Name of Vice

Dr. Vice is greeted by President Emeritus Doug Whitlock and his wife, Joanne.

As a student, faculty member and administrator, Dr. Janna Vice has spent more than 40 years on the EKU campus.

Now future generations of students will learn of her impact on the University every time they enter the Business and Technology Center.

20th Anniversary Dr. Glen Kleine Capstone Presentations - Spring 2016

Dean Erekson with first place winner Julia Barney

The 20th Anniversary Dr. Glen Kleine Capstone Presentations were held on May 5, 2016 in the EKU Business and Technology Center Auditorium. The very best College of Business and Technology student projects were presented and evaluated by a panel of judges and cash awards given to the winners.

Kincer Cup Goes to the North Team for the 2nd Consecutive Year

Kincer Cup golfers

May 6th marked the Kincer Cup competition hosted by EKU’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program. The Kincer Cup is named after EKU’s PGM Director, Ms. Kim Kincer.

This one-day event allows 24 of the top point earning students from both the fall and spring semester tour events to battle for bragging rights in a 36-hole, North vs. South team match-up.

Gao Receives 2016 Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award

l-r: Drs. Dyer, Gao, and Dean Erekson

EKU's School of Business is pleased to announce the recipient of the Twelfth Annual Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award. The recipient for 2015-16 is Dr. Siwei Gao, Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance.

Nominations for the award were made by School of Business department chairs and reviewed by a three-member Selection Committee.

EKU Team Competes in 2016 Flexography Challenge

2016 Flexographic Challenge team from EKU

Five Eastern Kentucky University Graphic Communications Management majors recently competed in the 2016 Phoenix Challenge Flexo College Competition in Fort Worth, Tex. Pictured left to right are: seniors Devin Beech (Sr, Lexington), Deborah Pullen (So, Monticello), Heather Smith (Jr, Mt. Sterling), Marlee Jennings (Sr, Berea), and Jena Potter (Sr, Langley).

Meet the New EKU Farm Director

Justin McKinney

Justin McKinney has recently accepted the position of Director of Farms at Eastern Kentucky University. McKinney has deep roots in southeastern U.S. agriculture and studied at the University of Florida (UF), a land-grant institution. He holds an undergraduate degree in agribusiness management and a graduate degree in agronomy.