Fly Fishing Montana – Summer and Fall 2017

fly fishing montanaREC 480 – Fly Fishing Montana – Travel-based Learning in Recreation & Tourism (3 hrs)

Summer 2017 – High School course

Fall 2017 course plus Sept 18-23 Study Away component.

Join us for a fantastic course designed to teach you the fundamentals of fly fishing. Fly fishing is a lifetime leisure pursuit; treat yourself to some quality instruction to jump start the learning curve.

Please contact Dr. Raymond Poff via e-mail for specific details about these courses.

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Robin Ayers brings Western Spirit to On Demand Algebra & Trig

Math Professor Robin Ayers’ office is a visual testament to her passion for her students. Her walls are festooned with mementos and artifacts, newspaper clippings and autographed red towels, collected over her 26 years of teaching college math, each one celebrating a relationship with a cherished student. After speaking with Professor Ayers, it quickly becomes clear that she cherishes ALL of her students.

At WKU’s 2015 Convocation, President Gary Ransdell honored Professor Ayers with the 14th Annual “Spirit of Western Award”. President Ransdell recognized Ms. Ayers’ enthusiasm and passion and that she “never fails to go over-the-top for all things WKU. The pride and commitment she has for WKU shows in her face, in her voice, in her classroom, and in her office.”

When designing her self-paced, online sections of Math 116 (College Algebra) and Math 117 (Trigonometry) for WKU On Demand, Professor Ayers’ goal was to make her web classes as close to the face-to-face classroom experience as possible. To do this, she took on the Herculean task of recording instructional videos for every single section of the class. There are more than 30 videos in both the On Demand  College Algebra course and in On Demand Trigonometry; Professor Ayers works out every problem with the student in each video. She also asked her son, a current WKU student, for advice on how to make her online classes more accessible.

Professor Ayers was guided by the Instructional Design team in Distance Learning to help her structure her classes for On Demand. Instructional Designer Alicia Pennington said, “Robin knew what she wanted to cover. We just helped her reorganize her content so that it is not overwhelming; consistency is the key.” Alicia has also observed Professor Ayers interacting with her students, “She is so caring and collegial; she has worked very hard to make her Blackboard class friendly to online students.”

Professor Ayers understands that students struggle with many different obstacles, from learning disabilities related to autism, to the challenges facing student athletes, or even institutional biases that might affect expectations for some students. Back when student Robin Ayers arrived at Western as a freshman, she met with some resistance when she attempted to register for Calculus. After she received the message that she might be better off taking something ‘easier’, she resolved to major in Mathematics and went on to become the first woman of color to earn a BS in Mathematics from WKU. Her determination and her passion for helping students to succeed is evident in the two Math classes that she has designed for WKU On Demand.

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Summer Early Entry Helps Students Be Ready for First Year of College

College courses like English and math have minimum ACT requirement before students can enroll in them. When students’ ACT scores fall below the minimum, students can complete developmental courses to qualify them for enrollment in their required English and math courses. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows students to complete developmental courses during the summer so they are fully prepared to take courses in the fall.

SEE is a 5-week program where students live on campus, meet with tutors and take developmental math and/or English courses, including Math 096 or Eng 055. They can also complete a university experience course (UCC 175) and Math 109 for credit. SEE students get to know WKU faculty and staff, as well as other students through social activities and events.

Developmental Courses are required for any student with ACT scores below 16 in English or below 20 in Math.

Developmental courses are important to preparing students for their English and math coursework. By taking them through Summer Early Entry, students have everything they need to successfully start coursework in the fall.

In addition to completing their developmental courses, students are introduced to resources they need to be successful college students, including hands-on support like tutoring, access to computer labs, programming and weekly meetings with peer mentors to help them meet Cornerstone requirements.

SEE students experience all aspects of college life and learn skills to help them effectively transition into college.

The program fee includes 6-7 hours of tuition, campus housing, meal plans, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and social activities/events.

Program dates are July 10-August 10, and applications are available online at Financial aid, housing and meal plans are also available. For more information, visit

Carlous Yates
Director of Student Support Programs

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Study Abroad in Costa Rica – Gatton Academy – Winter 2017

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU conducted two simultaneous faculty-led study abroad courses in Costa Rica during the2017 Winter Term.

They conducted biology research at the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve and shared this blog.

Study Abroad in Costa Rica – Gatton Academy 2017

Learn more about the Cloudbridge Reserve at this link.

And learn more about WKU Faculty-Led Study Abroad course here.


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Meet Arthur Clemons – Focusing on a successful WKU On Demand post-traditional student

Arthur Clemons’ father kept Arthur’s 1970 high school graduation photo in his wallet until he died. Arthur was the only one of his children to graduate from high school – the first member of his family to do so, and he was so proud. Arthur enrolled in college after high school but left the University before he earned his degree when he got married and started a family.

Several decades later, Arthur made the decision to go back college and finally earn his degree in Criminology. He is currently enrolled in WKU’s JUMP program, which allows students to complete their Bachelor’s degree while concurrently working on their Master’s. As a post-traditional student, Arthur has found WKU On Demand’s self-paced classes invaluable and they have allowed him to push forward to reach his goals.

Arthur has succeeded because he has a very specific and disciplined approach to tackling his coursework. “FOCUS! I get on it and stay on it! This is not like going to face-to-face classes; I study 3 to 4 hours a day per course, I use flashcards as a study aid, and I work 5 days a week. I take one class at a time, and I put in the time. I test when the material is fresh in my mind because my memory isn’t as great as it was when I was 20! I enjoy learning, and as you get older, taking classes helps to keep you mentally sharp. I don’t want to know all about one thing; I want to know a little about everything.”

The result of this dedication is that Arthur is able to complete an On Demand class in a compressed time frame of 7 or 8 weeks, and then move on to the next one. “I tell myself, ‘I HAVE to get this done’ and I treat it like my job, because it is my job. My daughter-in-law used to ask me why I worked so hard, and I joked that having my degree would look good in my obituary. But, mostly, I do think that my parents would have been proud of me.”

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Study Away Scholarships Open for Summer

wku study awayThe Student Government Association supports Study Away students by offering scholarships.  Open to students taking a Summer 2017 study away course in one the many location offered this summer around the United States.

Deadline is March 31, 2017.

Learn more…

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Study Away Winter Term 2017 Courses Recap


wku study awayThe Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) formed the WKU Study Away program in 2010, offering off-campus programs that help students apply lessons from the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. Now WKU Study Away has expanded to also administer Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) courses in collaboration with the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning and their academic departments and American Traveler, a non-credit experiential learning program.

During Winter Term 2017, Study Away offered courses in Arizona, Hawaii, Tennessee, Utah, Nevada, New York City, and Washington DC.  Courses were offered in geography, floodplain management, film, hospitality management, sports management, and theater to over 105 students and non-credit participants.

The Office of Study Away also partners with faculty and academic department to administer Faculty-Led Study Abroad.  During Winter Term 2017 faculty taught in Australia, Costa Rica, and France with over sixty students studying economics, biology, and leadership, respectively.

The goal is to provide students the opportunity to enhance their academic achievement by providing unique experiences that complements their coursework.  Along with this faculty get to teach in a new way making their location their classroom.

Spring and Summer courses are open with over 34 different locations available for students to earn WKU credit.  New programs include courses in Spain, Italy, South Korea, Florida, and New Mexico.

For more information, visit or the Office of Study Away at 270-745-4512.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Storyteller – Hannah Sells

Check out Hannah’s Story from her CCSA Winter course in London.

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Knicely Conference Center Voted Best Place to Have a Business Meeting

Knicely Conference Center Voted Best Place to Have a Business Meeting

The Knicely Conference Center was recently voted the Best Place to Have a Business Meeting in Bowling Green. The honor was presented to the Knicely Center in the 2016 “Best of” publication in November 2016.

“Best of” is an annual publication produced by the Bowling Green Daily News and the Amplifier. Readers nominate their favorite local businesses and services throughout Warren County and then vote on the top five from each category, ranging from favorite restaurants and grocery stores to doctors and dry cleaners.

We are honored to receive this award from the citizens of our community. This reward reflects the Knicely Center staff’s dedication, hard work and commitment to customer service.

We provide a state-of-the-art venue for meetings, conferences and workshops, offering video teleconferencing, spacious rooms, versatile seating arrangements, wireless computer lab and portable audiovisual equipment.

We also host social events like parties, weddings and receptions, as well as equipment rental and on-site catering.

More information is available at

Stuart Cole

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Ireland adventure for Adult learners this Summer

CCSA Offers Unique Opportunity for Adult Learners!

The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad extends a special invitation to adult learners join an Ireland adventure this summer.

Join veteran faculty for an adventure tour of the Emerald Isles and explore the beauty and majesty of southern and western Ireland. A guided coach tour of Dublin will include visits to Trinity College/Book of Kells and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Optional visits to sites such as Guinness Storehouse, Temple Bar, Kilmainham Goal, the National Library, Farmleigh House and the National Museum will also be available during your 3-day stay in Dublin. A special treat will be a night of traditional Irish music and dance at the Irish House Party!

Program details, pricing and application can be found here:  Irish Eyes – July 2017

Please spread the word to alumni groups, community organizations, friends and colleagues. Space is limited, so encourage interested parties to apply early.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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