Society for Lifelong Learning Kicks Off Fall Term

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its fall term on Tuesday, September 15, at 8:45 a.m. with an official proclamation from the Bowling Green mayor and Warren County Judge Executive.

That morning, officials will formally declare September 13-19 as “Lifelong Learning Week” for Bowling Green and Warren County, kicking off the SLL’s fall term which takes place September 15-November 5.

“We are thrilled to officially begin what promises to be a fascinating fall term. The support of Mayor Wilkerson and Judge Buchanon makes it that much more exciting,” said Frank Kersting, SLL board member and chair of the membership relations committee.

“It’s encouraging to know that our city and county leaders place great value on learning throughout one’s lifetime, and we are honored to have them help us kick off the fall term with an official proclamation.”

The SLL will offer 21 courses during the fall term and also host four Food for Thought events. These events provide an opportunity for the community to join SLL members and instructors for informative discussions from guest presenters.

The Food for Thought schedule includes the following:

  • International Year of South Africa, presented by the WKU Office of InInternational Year of South Africa graphicternational Programs – Wednesday, September 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Southern Reconstructing: Sport and the Future of Religion in the American South, presented by Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo – Wednesday, October 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • What’s “Brewing” at the WKU Center for Research and Development? Craft Beer!, presented by Dr. Andres McMichael – Tuesday, October 27 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • You NeThe_Hilltoppers_circa_1954ver Take All the Makeup Off, presented by original member of The Hilltoppers quartet, Don McGuire – Wednesday, November 4 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

SLL activities take place at the Knicely Conference Center located at 2355 Nashville Road. Food for Thought presentations are open to the public. Registration is $10 (in advance) and includes a light lunch.

For more information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit or call 270-745-1912.

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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GO Team at work

wku study awayA group of adventurous students will kick up Study Away’s outreach efforts this fall.  The GO Team includes students who’ve completed a study away, faculty-led study abroad course, or National Student Exchange.  But we also include students who support our efforts and plan to complete their program in the coming year.   The team will host small events, conduct fundraising, and speak to as many of their peers as possible to make sure everyone knows about the courses and programs we offer.

Erin Greunke and Diana Howard guide the GO Team.

The current GO Team includes:

  • study-away-GO-teamKaty Bush
  • Emily Embry
  • Hanna Guy
  • Kelsey Leppo
  • McKenzi Peace
  • Jessica Stallings
  • Eden Tharpe
  • Brady Thompson
  • Jeffrey Wren


Other students are welcome to join.  We meet Fridays at 2 pm in TPH 125.

The GO has several meanings, but Global Opportunities comes to mind.



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Climate Change Program Featured by ALIVE Center

flsa-delo-logo150Progression Through Partnerships Newsletter Summer Edition

The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships shared the summer 2015 Progression Through Partnerships newsletter.

This edition highlights the Climate Change Challenge with Toppers at Sea.  See pages 6-7


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Gatton Students in England

flsa-delo-logo150Forty-three Gatton Academy students have returned home following a 23-day study abroad program to London and Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

This Faculty-Led Study Abroad course was taught by Professor Walker Rutledge, WKU Department of English.

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CCSA Hits One-Year Mark at WKU


CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000CCSA and WKU hit the one-year mark on August 1, 2015.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

A special shout-out to the CCSA team … Robin, Robert and Dave … for their tremendous efforts this past year. More is coming so hold on tight.

I also wish to acknowledge all the program administrators who make it happen on-site (as well as before and after programs).  You represent CCSA with grace and confidence.  Your skill and diligence make CCSA possible.

CCSA London Group - Steven Guns - 600And.. of course.. the faculty who teach CCSA classes.  The highs and lows, joys and frustrations are all part of the job… both in your normal duties and in those you take on for the love of CCSA. It takes a special person to teach a study abroad course.

To the Board, campus reps, friends and supporters, I salute you!

Jerry Barnaby

Executive Director


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Photo by Steven Guns, London Summer 2015.

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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

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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.

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