WKU Professor Anton Recognized for Supporting Continuing Education Through Unique Intergenerational Classroom

A WKU professor was recently selected to receive the Continuing Education Faculty Award at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) South Region Conference in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Audrey Anton, assistant professor of philosophy, received the award on October 12 for her class, “Living Like a Stoic.” She developed the course to allow philosophy students to study alongside members of the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) – an organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for those 50 and over.

The course allowed both groups of students to learn together, resulting in lively discussions from varying perspectives, regardless of age.

“I believe an intergenerational learning community amplifies lessons learned from any subject, but this is especially so with philosophy,” Anton said.

“‘Philosophy’ means love of wisdom, and life lessons are certainly part of wisdom. Through intergenerational exchange, students from every stage in life can benefit from hearing from others — whether it be reflecting back or looking forward.”

Associate Vice President of Extended Learning Dr. Elizabeth Laves is a member of UPCEA and also attended the conference. She stated said that Anton’s enthusiastic, innovative approach to teaching encourages students to be engaged learners.

She was a natural choice for this award,” said Laves.

Dr. Audrey Anton received the UPCEA South Region Faculty Award

Dr. Audrey Anton (right) received the UPCEA South Region Faculty Award on October 12. Dr. Elizabeth Laves (left) also attended the conference.

“Through her Stoicism course, she developed a unique, intergenerational classroom environment that created conversation, learning and engagement between very diverse groups of individuals,” said Laves.

Nominations for the faculty award are submitted by UPCEA South member institutions. According to the organization’s award requirements, nominees must “have assisted in the field of continuing education in a worthy and exemplary manner.” Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Served as an excellent teacher to continuing education learners
  • Developed and/or coordinated model continuing education programs
  • Facilitated new programming areas through continuing education
  • Opened new avenues for the advancement of continuing education learners

WKU Lifelong Learning Program Manager Dr. Cindy Ehresman nominated Dr. Anton for the award, which included written recommendations from SLL Advisory Board members Valerie C. Brown and Kenneth W. Kuehn, as well as SLL Curriculum Chair Barbara Johnston.

“Dr. Anton is an outstanding teacher whose enthusiasm, creativity and highly-innovative teaching methods encourage her students to be engaged learners,” said Dr. Ehresman.

“We were honored to nominate her for this prestigious award.”

For more information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

Founded in 2014, the Society for Lifelong Learning is a member-driven organization dedicated to offering a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for ages 50 and over who have a love for learning.

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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

 

 

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WKU to Host Conversation about Opioid Epidemic with Psychiatrist and Medical School Administrator Todd R. Cheever

This summer, medical students will begin classes at the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus, the first regional campus medical school of its kind in Kentucky. The new school will also bring a WKU alumnus and long-time UK professor and administrator back to South-central Kentucky, along with his expertise in one of the greatest threats facing our state and our nation: the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Todd R. Cheever is the Associate Dean of the new medical school and will be the featured guest during “An Evening With” on Tuesday, November 14. Dr. Cheever is a faculty member of the U.K. Department of Psychiatry whose clinical work has focused on treating adults with chronic mental illnesses and substance use disorders. He has done extensive studies on the effects of opioid addiction and will share valuable insight into the increase in addiction and how to treat it.

“An Evening With” is an intimate discussion with thought-leaders and experts from various fields through a moderator-led interview led by WKU alumnus and local author Larry Gildersleeve. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the discussion.

 

The Cheever program will take place Tuesday, November 14 at the Augenstein Alumni Center located at 292 Alumni Ave. on the WKU Bowling Green Campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and desserts. The program begins at 7 p.m., and free parking is available in the parking garage next to the alumni center.

This “An Evening With” program is co-hosted by the WKU Alumni Association and the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL), a member-driven organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for ages 50 and over who have a love for learning. All programs are free to the public, but reservations are required. To RSVP, visit wku.edu/sll/rsvp2.php by Monday, November 13. For information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

The Society for Lifelong Learning is a member-driven organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for people 50 and over who have a love for learning.

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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

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WKU Professor Anton Recognized for Supporting Continuing Education Through Unique Intergenerational Classroom

A WKU professor was recently selected to receive the Continuing Education Faculty Award at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) South Region Conference in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Audrey Anton, assistant professor of philosophy, received the award on October 12 for her class, “Living Like a Stoic.” She developed the course to allow philosophy students to study alongside members of the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) – an organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for those 50 and over.

The course allowed both groups of students to learn together, resulting in lively discussions from varying perspectives, regardless of age.

“I believe an intergenerational learning community amplifies lessons learned from any subject, but this is especially so with philosophy,” Anton said.

“‘Philosophy’ means love of wisdom, and life lessons are certainly part of wisdom. Through intergenerational exchange, students from every stage in life can benefit from hearing from others — whether it be reflecting back or looking forward.”

Dr. Beth Laves (left) presents the UPCEA Faculty Award to Dr. Audrey Anton, WKU assistant professor of philosophy. Anton (right) received the award at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) South Region Conference in Richmond, Va. in October.

Associate Vice President of Extended Learning Dr. Elizabeth Laves is a member of UPCEA and also attended the conference. She stated said that Anton’s enthusiastic, innovative approach to teaching encourages students to be engaged learners.

 She was a natural choice for this award,” said Laves.

“Through her Stoicism course, she developed a unique, intergenerational classroom environment that created conversation, learning and engagement between very diverse groups of individuals,” said Laves.

Nominations for the faculty award are submitted by UPCEA South member institutions. According to the organization’s award requirements, nominees must “have assisted in the field of continuing education in a worthy and exemplary manner.” Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Served as an excellent teacher to continuing education learners
  • Developed and/or coordinated model continuing education programs
  • Facilitated new programming areas through continuing education
  • Opened new avenues for the advancement of continuing education learners

WKU Lifelong Learning Program Manager Dr. Cindy Ehresman nominated Dr. Anton for the award, which included written recommendations from SLL Advisory Board members Valerie C. Brown and Kenneth W. Kuehn, as well as SLL Curriculum Chair Barbara Johnston.

“Dr. Anton is an outstanding teacher whose enthusiasm, creativity and highly-innovative teaching methods encourage her students to be engaged learners,” said Dr. Ehresman.

“We were honored to nominate her for this prestigious award.”

For more information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

Founded in 2014, the Society for Lifelong Learning is a member-driven organization dedicated to offering a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for ages 50 and over who have a love for learning.

Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

 

 

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WKU to Host Moderated Discussions Through a New Evening Program

WKU will offer a unique evening program featuring interviews with prominent thought leaders and experts. An Evening With is a new program offered through a partnership with the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) and the WKU Alumni Association.

“SLL is known for offering interesting, intellectually-stimulating learning programs. An Evening With is an excellent addition, offering a unique and exciting opportunity for people of all ages who have a passion for learning,” said lifelong learning program manager Cindy Ehresman.

The program format will include brief remarks from the featured guest, followed by a moderator-led interview. Audience members will then have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session. Participants will also enjoy dessert and coffee prior to the event.

Larry Gildersleeve, a WKU alumnus, global entrepreneur, local author and chair of the SLL Special Events and Travel Planning Committee, will moderate the programs.

“I am honored to moderate these discussions with such high-caliber thought leaders,” said Gildersleeve. “These interesting, intellectually-stimulating discussions will provide a unique opportunity for our community to engage with prominent leaders in a casual, intimate setting, and I believe the entire community will benefit.”

Gildersleeve said the goal of these discussions is to bring intellectually-stimulating programming to South Central Kentucky and to spotlight the type of high-quality educational opportunities available through the SLL.

The first discussion will feature Chief Justice John D. Minton who will engage in a candid discussion about the most pressing issues facing our state and our nation. Chief Justice Minton is a Bowling Green resident and WKU alumnus who was a member of the Kentucky Supreme Court from 2006-2014 and was elected Chief Justice for three consecutive terms by his fellow justices. The Minton program will take place Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Augenstein Alumni Center, 292 Alumni Ave. on the WKU Bowling Green Campus.

A second program is schedule for Thursday, November 14, featuring Dr. Todd R. Cheever, WKU alumnus, UK faculty member & administrator and first associate dean of the new UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus. Dr. Cheever will share information about the new medical school and discuss one of the greatest threats to our nation: the opioid epidemic.

These programs are free, but space is limited. Reservations are required. To RSVP for the Minton program on October 11, visit wku.edu/sll/aew.php. For additional information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

The Society for Lifelong Learning was founded in 2014. It is a member driven organization dedicated to offering a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for ages 50 and over who have a love for learning.

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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact

Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

 

 

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Society for Lifelong Learning to Host Fall Open House and Annual Meeting   

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) Annual Meeting and Open House will be held Sunday, August 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Knicely Conference Center.

The public is invited to attend, along with SLL members, faculty and staff. Anyone can attend the Annual Meeting at 2 p.m. Coffee and dessert will be served from 2:30-4 p.m., and attendees can meet class instructors, inquire about membership options and pick up information about courses offered during the fall term which begins in mid-October. Course registration and membership enrollment will also be available.

The SLL is a member-driven organization for people 50 & over interested in high-quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit programs and experiences. Members enjoy access to a vast number of courses each term, ranging from art, music and culture to economics, history and science.

“At Annual Meeting and Open House, people can engage with others 50 & over who have a passion for learning,” said Dr. Cindy Ehresman, lifelong learning program manager.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to experience what the SLL offers: intellectual development, personal growth, cultural exploration and social interaction.”

The SLL fall term begins October 16 and will offer over 25 classes and four Food For Thought events.

Ehresman stated that SLL volunteer have been hard at work developing two new initiatives this year, as well.

“We will encourage members to establish Interest Groups which will gather members with similar interests in a specific subject or hobby together,” said Ehresman. “We will also offer an exciting series of programs called An Evening With . . .

According to Ehresman, the series will feature prominent thought leaders who, through a moderator-led interview, will provide insight into their thoughts on modern events and issues. The first will be held Wednesday, October 11 and will feature Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr.

Additional speakers are currently being booked.

For more information about the SLL Open House and Annual Meeting, visit wku.edu/sll or call 270-745-1912.

Program Contact

Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

Founded in 2014, the Society for Lifelong Learning is a member driven organization dedicated to offering high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for adults 50 and over who share a love of learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Society for Lifelong Learning to Host Fall Open House and Annual Meeting

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) Annual Meeting and Open House will be held Sunday, August 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Knicely Conference Center.

The public is invited to attend, along with SLL members, faculty and staff. Anyone can attend the Annual Meeting at 2 p.m. Coffee and dessert will be served from 2:30-4 p.m., and attendees can meet class instructors, inquire about membership options and pick up information about courses offered during the fall term which begins in mid-October. Course registration and membership enrollment will also be available.

The SLL is a member-driven organization for people 50 & over interested in high-quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit programs and experiences. Members enjoy access to a vast number of courses each term, ranging from art, music and culture to economics, history and science.

“At Annual Meeting and Open House, people can engage with others 50 & over who have a passion for learning,” said Dr. Cindy Ehresman, lifelong learning program manager.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to experience what the SLL offers: intellectual development, personal growth, cultural exploration and social interaction.”

The SLL fall term begins October 16 and will offer over 25 classes and four Food For Thought events.
Ehresman stated that SLL volunteer have been hard at work developing two new initiatives this year, as well.

“We will encourage members to establish Interest Groups which will gather members with similar interests in a specific subject or hobby together,” said Ehresman. “We will also offer an exciting series of programs called An Evening With . . .”

According to Ehresman, the series will feature prominent thought leaders who, through a moderator-led interview, will provide insight into their thoughts on modern events and issues. The first will be held Wednesday, October 11 and will feature Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr.
Additional speakers are currently being booked.

For more information about the SLL Open House and Annual Meeting, visit wku.edu/sll or call 270-745-1912.

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What’s new with WKU Online & On Demand this summer?

 

As summer on campus comes to a close, we’d like to share with you the Summer 2017 newsletter from WKU Online & WKU On Demand.

Here’s what you’ll find in this issue:

  • Faculty Spotlight on engaging students in the online classroom with Dr. Jane Olmsted
  • New resources that will make it easier than ever to work with online learners
  • A guaranteed online pathway for completion of Colonnade
  • A new website/reference guide with downloadable resources. The site, made possible by your contributions, is designed to provide easy access to information that faculty and staff need most when working with online students. Topics range from using financial aid with online and on demand courses to the ins and outs of earning a degree online, and how students can complete Colonnade entirely at a distance.
  • Student spotlight
  • Departmental changes

Access the pdf online by clicking here. Prefer a flip book over pdf? No problem! Access the flip book here.

We’d love to hear from you! Please share your ideas for how we can expand the reference guide, downloadable resources, and/or support for online learners by emailing me at cindy.hawks@wku.edu.

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New Courses Offered through WKU On Demand

WKU On Demand’s unique, self-paced course structure allows us to add new courses to our catalog throughout the semester. We have recently added several exciting new, and newly redesigned classes:

CIT 458, Systems Analysis II, taught by Dr. Mark Revels, covers analysis and design of object-oriented systems. Dr. Revels teaches five other Computer Information Technology classes for WKU On Demand.

 

 

AGRI 108, Rural Sociology, is taught by Thomas Kingery.  In this course, students will learn about rural social groups and interaction in rural and suburban America as well as in rural areas of the world. Students will also learn the basic concepts of society and culture and the relationship of rural population, class, social institutions, and groups on rural social change.

PHIL 341, Plato and Aristotle, taught by Dr. Audrey Anton, is the study of primary texts to assess and compare the contributions of Plato and Aristotle and related figures to issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy. This is the second philosophy course that Dr. Anton is teaching for WKU On Demand; her PHIL 102 course (the Good and the Beautiful) satisfies an Explorations requirement.

 

MGT 210, Organization and Management, is taught by Dr. Dana Cosby. This course includes both the theory and practical application of management. “Managing into today’s dynamic organizations presents opportunities for success. However, managers will also face the challenge of handling unique problems.” Dr. Cosby’s goal for the class is to help individuals prepare for this environment by focusing on and enhancing communication skills, ethical awareness, and global awareness.

PS 301, Methods of Political Inquiry, taught by Dr. Joel Turner, focuses on the research process, and the understanding and application of scientific research methods for the analysis of political behavior; it also utilizes theoretical and applied skills in research development and analysis using contemporary computer techniques.

 

Please check out these engaging new classes offered by WKU On Demand. We have more than 125 self-paced classes in more than 25 different subject areas, and as always, you can register for On Demand courses any day, any time, anywhere!

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The Little Big Red story begins

#littlebigredThe Office of Study Away invites you to follow Little Big Red’s adventures throughout America and around the world.

Watch for and share #littlebigred on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

On Facebook, like the page @wkulittlebigred.

Little Big Red connects students and faculty on our Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, and the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad programs.

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Little Big Red in Morocco

Little Bid Red debuted in Morocco with Alesis Thomas on her first study abroad course.

 

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With the students, Little Big Red will experience new cultures and new places.

 

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Learn more about all these opportunities at Study Away and CCSA.

Share and Like today to keep up with Little Big Red.

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The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Kicks off the Summer of 2017

The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) kicked off the 2017 Summer with “Ireland: One Island, Two Countries.”

Students and faculty started the on-site course on May 17 and return to USA on May 31. During the program, students will study across an island divided by a border, but joined in history. The course includes both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

From Dublin, the capital of the Republic, faculty and students will uncover the cultural significance behind Glendalough, Trinity College and places made famous by such writers as James Joyce and Jonathan Swift. Then they will head to Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), tracking the history of Ireland, ancient and modern, stopping at the magnificent coastal World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway, and visiting locations associated more recently with the Troubles in Belfast and Derry. Then it’s off to the beauty of the mountains, valleys and islands of the West of Ireland where Gaelic and traditional music can still be heard. Together, they will discover the beauty and the tragedy, the history and the hope that define this land still struggling to be united.

Students in Dr. Bruce Pratt’s Agriculture course visit Alltech near Dublin, Ireland

The program includes four faculty, with each teaching their own course: Dr. Maire Blankenship is a WKU Nursing faculty on her second CCSA program; Dr. Barbara Burch from Georgetown College will teach her first English course with CCSA; Dr. Robert Mullaney from EKU will teach= his first occupational therapy course with CCSA; and Dr. Bruce Pratt from EKU will teach agriculture with CCSA for the first time.

Dr. Maire Blankenship’s nursing students at Jeannie Johnston Famine Ship in Dublin, Ireland

Thirty-five student and two non-credit participants will join program director Scott Boyd from MTSU.

Jerry Barnaby, Executive Director of CCSA, said, “The summer 2017 programs offer a unique set of courses taught by intrepid faculty from CCSA member institutions.” He added that CCSA is made up of small and large schools, private and public, but everyone believes in CCSA and the model it offers for so many first-time study abroad students.

CCSA’s twenty-six member institutions are gearing up for the winter 2017-2108 programs in Dublin and London. The summer 2018 catalog will feature a new programs in Ghana and South Africa Scotland, along with the existing programs in Belize, Ireland, Scotland and London.

More information is found at ccsa.cc/programs/summer/2017/Ireland or by calling 1-800-319-6015 or 270-745-4512.

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