Dual Credit and Study Away Partnership Takes High School Students to New York City

Fifteen Kentucky high school students recently gained college credit and studied in New York City through a partnership between Dual Credit, Study Away and WKU’s Theatre & Dance and Economics Departments. Students took one of two online courses, including Thea 151 – Theatre Appreciation or Econ 150 – Intro to Economics. They took three weeks of online coursework and then traveled with their instructors and Dual Credit staff to New York City, where they completed the fourth week of their classes.

“My experience in New York NYC trip 2015 NYSEwas an overall 10 out of 10,” said one student. “It was one of the best weeks of my life with some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I will never forget this once in a lifetime trip.”

Students gained course-related experience, attended Broadway shows and visited the Federal Reserve. They also toured Chinatown, Little Italy, Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island and Central Park and attended a New York Yankees game.Yankee Stadium

WKU Dual Credit collaborated with Study Away and faculty from the Theatre and Economics departments to develop the courses and provide students with this experience.

Dewayne Neeley, Dual Credit program manager, said that the program allowed students to fully immerse themselves in their studies. “The week in New York City was incredible, and the students were great. They were fun and flexible – they completely engaged in the whole experience,” said Neeley.

The course and accompanying trip were such a success, Neeley said, that they plan to offer it every year. “We’ve already set June 11-18, 2016 for next year’s trip,” he added.

For information about the WKU Dual Credit, visit the Dual Credit website. Study Away information is also available online.

Contact: Dewayne Neeley
WKU Dual Credit
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach

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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Promotes Iceland Links

faculty led study abroad0A group of students and faculty from WKU recently returned from a study abroad program in Iceland led by Dr. Bernie Strenecky, WKU Scholar in Residence, and Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North of the Department of Geography and Geology. The course, co-taught with faculty from the University of Akureyri (UNAK), included the opportunity to participate in a landmark event that took place in Akureyri, Iceland, which is located at the northern gateway to the Arctic.

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CCSA London Summer starts July 13.

waterloo stationThe Cooperative Center for Study Abroad kicked off the London Summer program with over 100 students and 13 faculty living in the Southwark area of London with classes taking place at King’s College Waterloo Campus, a stone’s throw from Waterloo Station.  London and its surrounding areas serve as the real classroom.

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PHIL 102 – “The Good and the Beautiful” debuts at WKU On Demand

audrey_antonPhilosophy in the original Greek means the ‘Love of Wisdom’. Dr. Audrey Anton, instructor for WKU On Demand’s new “Explorations” level course, PHIL 102 (The Good and the Beautiful), truly embraces this definition and through her course, attempts to share this ideology with her WKU On Demand students.

Dr. Anton’s enthusiasm for her subject is contagious and her skillfully-crafted web course reflects this. Through online lectures, humorous video clips, helpful ‘tips and tricks for success in Philosophy’, clear instructions on the fundamentals of reading and writing Philosophy papers, and even interactive ‘chats’ with classic and modern philosophers, PHIL 102 students get an opportunity to think in a way that they may not have experienced before.

Distance Learning’s Instructional Design team, Hannah Digges-Elliot and Andrew Swanson, assisted Dr. Anton in bringing her vision for PHIL 102 to WKU On Demand’s self-paced format. They developed the concept of formative assessments called “Conversations with… Philosophers” to engage students and allow them to verify their knowledge of course content in a uniquely fun and collaborative manner.

Dr. Anton, who studied in Ecuador as a Fulbright scholar and earned her Ph.D. at Ohio State University, was raised with a love of learning. She believes that the value of studying Philosophy especially in today’s world “is priceless. It makes us aware of how we think. It introduces critical reflection to students under the guidance of an instructor.” Dr. Anton hopes to reach both traditional and non-traditional students and give them the chance to step outside of their routine ways of thinking, and encourage them to take the time to contemplate and ask themselves, “Do I have beauty in my life? Am I happy?”

PHIL 102 (The Good and the Beautiful) satisfies an “Explorations” level requirement in the Colonnade program. Students can enroll in WKU On Demand’s classes any day and complete them at their own pace. Call WKU On Demand’s office at 270-745-4158 or register online at www.wku.edu/ondemand.

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WKU-UPIKE Expand Partnership to Offer Master of Healthcare Administration

WKU Cohort Programs has expanded a partnership with University of Pikeville (UPIKE) Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. This fall, students at UPIKE can take the Master of Health Administration (MHA). It’s designed for their students who are completing their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DOM) and want to complete an MHA during their rounds.

It’s the second program offered through the WKU-UPIKE partnership – there’s currently a Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) pathway program at UPIKE, which offers pre-requisite courses students need to qualify for the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program.

The program was developed to prepare osteopathic medicine students with health care business concepts they will need to be successful in their own practices.

Crissy Priddy from WKU Cohort Programs explains it this way: students completing their DOM are exceptionally busy doing their residency, and this program makes it more convenient for them to go ahead and complete the MHA, too. Students can complete the program through a 2-year or 3-year option and can transfer 12 hours into the program. The 42-credit hour program will be offered online, which will culminate in a face-to-face symposium on the University of Pikeville campus.

To learn more, go to https://www.wku.edu/cohort/upike/index.php.

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The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad gets new web look

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The new CCSA web site is live.  Dave Nelson’s hard work and tremendous skill has led to a new look for CCSA.


This new front door links to the studio abroad application page.
WKU’s Office of Study Away serves as the liaison between the CCSA Board of Trustees and WKU.
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Study Away and Faculty-Led Study Abroad – Comings and Goings.

wku study awayThe first set of programs have returned from their study away and faculty-led study abroad experience.  The Sustainable Symposium  and the Sports Administration study away programs wrapped up on May 22.  Costa Rica Ecotourism and Service Learning, Dance in Italy, and the WKU Choral course in Spain returned earlier this week.

flsa-delo-logo150As of today, study abroad courses are taking place in Belgium, Trinidad, Sweden, Czech Republic, Greece, Argentina, and Iceland.  Study Away courses are in Chicago and Washington DC.

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WKU Lifelong Learning Gearing Up For Summer

The summer of 2015 promises to be exciting as WKU Lifelong Learning staff prepare for several youth camps and unique adult programming.

  • String Explosion! is celebrating its 10th year and offers a week of fun music making for new and continuing string students ages 4 and up.
  • The WKU Department of Theatre and Dance is offering three new camps this year.  Advanced Shakespeare Workshop is a two-week camp for middle and high school students ages 12 – 18 and combines hands-on training in both acting and technical theatre, culminating in an hour-long performance. The Musical Theatre Intensive gives participants 8 – 18 years old an opportunity to build a musical performance piece from the ground up.  Students 8 – 11 years old can participate in “The Play’s The Thing,” a camp to explore the art and craft of acting for beginners and seasoned veterans. The half-day camp culminates in a final showcase performance of the play for family and friends.
  • Lifelong Learning is proud to once again support the WKU Summer Forensics Institute, which brings students in from all over the country for a traditional one week intensive program and the new full session that runs an additional week.

Several WKU faculty and departments have partnered with WKU Lifelong Learning to offer enrichment programs this season, as well.

  • The one-day Fly Fishing Workshop will be offered again this year with a chance to learn the basics of fly fishing followed by a trip to a local lake for hands-on practice.
  • New this year, the Ceramics Workshop will give participants an opportunity to make, fire and clean their own creations over the course of three weekends.
  • Motorcycle Safety Training is offered throughout the summer for new riders and those wanting a refresher course. Students learn in the classroom and practice what they have learned on a motorcycle course. Motorcycles are provided.
  • Also new this year is a two-month program that trains participants in the basics of Taiji (Tai Chi). Classes will be held in a studio at Gordon Wilson Hall.

For more information about these and other programs offered by WKU Lifelong Learning, visit our website at:  www.wku.edu/ll

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16 WKU students to participate in Indianapolis Sport Facility Symposium

by Amy Fitzpatrick

WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport (KRS) has partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s (DELO) Study Away office to offer a summer seminar May 17-22 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Led by KRS faculty Dr. Brad Stinnett, Dr. Evie Oregon and Dr. Fred Gibson, 16 students will be afforded an unparalleled behind-the-scenes look at facility planning, design and constructions processes in professional, intercollegiate and interscholastic recreation and spo201520-indianapolis-sliderrt facilities.

“I am really excited about the Indianapolis Sport Facility Symposium. The facility access and interaction with high-level industry professionals will benefit our students tremendously,” Stinnett said.

Throughout the six days in Indianapolis, the students, faculty and staff will tour the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, Butler University, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Victory Field, IUPUI and much more.

Jerry Barnaby, Director of the Office of Study Away, said: “We support the faculty and staff Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport by providing the type of administrative support that enables them to achieve their goals, and this program represents a true partnership between DELO and an academic department.”

He added that the real winners are the students who benefit from this effective cooperation.

Stinnett said the learning experience afforded to the students through the course would not only enhance their resumes as they seek employment upon completion of their degrees but would also a crucial professional network for their future career paths.

“I’m ecstatic that the school of KRS continues to support this great opportunity for our students,” Oregon said. “Experiences like this enhance networks and leave a everlasting impact on our students lives and really put our program on the map.”

Students participating are William Amadio of Bowling Green; Yen-Ting Chen of Tainan City, Taiwan; Jarred Clarkson of Shelbyville; Sherrice Dubose of Antioch, Tennessee; Ruben Duffie of Cincinnati, Ohio; Demarius Gibson of Louisville; Amanda Jewell of Lexington; Jordan Mulligan of Bowling Green; Jarren Nixon of Bowling Green; Robert Perry of Franklin, Tennessee; Cody Porter of Lexington; Kiesha Ray of Bowling Green; Branden Whitley of Bardstown; Rahumus Wingard of Saginaw, Michigan; Jenna Woosley of Sweeden; Steven Zielen of Kingston, Pennsylvania.

Keep up with the Indianapolis Sport Facility Symposium blog at http://wkusportfacilitysymposium.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter at @WKU_KRS.

Contact: Amy Fitzpatrick, (270) 745-2710 or amy.fitzaptrick@wku.edu

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Cooperative Center for Study Abroad selects board chair

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) has selected Dr. Royal Berglee as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Berglee is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Morehead State University.

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