Lifelong Learners in New York City

wku study awayCheck out the two groups who crossed paths in NYC.

The Society for Lifelong Learners and the Southern KY Choral Society.

Learn more here.

American Traveler programs are offered by WKU’s Office of Study Away.

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Adventurous Learners and Teachers

wku study awayWKU students and faculty make the world their classroom through study away and study abroad courses.

Today we have nearly 100 learners and teachers in Argentina, Morocco, Czech Republic, Iceland, Kenya, and South Africa.

flsa-delo-logo150Next week… add more in South Africa and New York City.

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Spring Outreach for WKU On Demand

Morgan at TOPWKU On Demand has been very busy reaching out to students this Spring – both students who are new to WKU and students who been at Western for a while.

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TOP Information Fairs at the Downing Student Union are a great way to introduce incoming Freshman to WKU On Demand courses and to Distance Learning, and we love getting the opportunity to meet new students, and connecting with their parents, many of whom are WKU Alumni.

Spring kick off posterWe also held our very popular baseball-themed Summer Registration Kick-off event on April 27th & 28th here on the Bowling Green campus at the Hardin Planetarium and the Centennial Mall. Students got great information about On Demand classes while enjoying some peanuts and Cracker Jack!




We made it a point to visit our Regional campuses as part of our Summer registration kick-off. Many of our On Demand students take classes at the Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, Owensboro, and Glasgow campuses, and we set up tables at these campuses a few times during the Fall and Spring semesters to bring information directly to regional campus students.DMK at Etown

Bowling Green Veterans learned about what WKU On Demand and Distance Learning can do for them at the Bowling Green Veteran’s Job Fair at the National Guard Armory on May 19th.

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We’re so glad we’ve been able to connect with so many existing and potential students and we look forward to helping them with their On Demand classes this summer.

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WKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Seven WKU Study Away Students

wku study awayWKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Seven WKU Study Away Students

The Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded scholarships to seven WKU students taking courses this summer through WKU Study Away.

Through continued support of a Study Away scholarship, SGA encourages WKU students to expand their learning opportunities off campus. SGA first began offering this scholarship to students taking a Study Away course during Winter Term 2011 and has since sponsored over 52 scholarships, totaling over $6,000.

The Summer 2016 Scholarship recipients are:

  • Revell Attig a Sport Management major from Bowling Green, KY
  • Erin Belcher a Nursing major from White House, TN
  • Jared Carpenter a Recreation and Sport Administration graduated student from Bowling Green, KY
  • Prince Holmes a Sport Management major from Indianapolis, IN
  • Madeline Hughes a Music major from Georgetown, KY
  • Trevor Morrison a Sociology major from Edmonton, KY
  • Kyla Scanlon an Economics major from Louisville, KY

Belcher and Scanlon are heading to San Francisco with Dr. Alex Olsen to study “Citizen and Self.” Scanlon wrote in her application that she believes this course will be integral in her development not only as an academic, but as a citizen of the world added. She added, “It will allow me to plan for my goals, to discover talents that have yet to be tapped.”

Attig, Capernater and Holmes will head to North Carolina for the “Sports Administration Facilities.” Attig said that this study away course is going to help her achieve my goals of working for a professional sport team.  She added, “In this field, you must have hands on experience and you must know people in order to get in to the industry.”

Morrison’s course, “History of Kentucky,” with Dr. Jennifer Hanley-Walton, will take him around the Commonwealth. He plans to become a Kentucky State Trooper so traveling across the state and seeing firsthand the different living conditions will give him a better understanding of the needs of our citizens.

Hughes will perform in Carnegie Hall with the WKU Choirs in Performance in New York City. She hopes to set an example for all students at WKU who wish to pursue a passion of their own. She stated that “this experience will improve my education, my music, and myself while experiencing music in just one of its many and beautiful forms.”

Study Away Director Jerry Barnaby said that study away courses are excellent complements to traditional classroom courses students take on campus, and that these scholarships help students access these opportunities.

“These scholarship opportunities make a positive impact on students by giving them additional resources to take study away courses,” said Barnaby. “We appreciate SGA support for students and encouraging them to expand their overall academic experience, and I hope other organizations will follow SGA’s lead and develop their own scholarship programs to help students expand their study away opportunities.”

Study Away offers off-campus course that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. No passport is required for Study Away courses since they take place within the United States.

Additional information about WKU Study Away is available at For information about the SGA Study Away Scholarship, please contact Jerry Barnaby, Director of the Office of Study Away.

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

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Photograph Havana, Cuba with two veteran photographers, teachers and travelers!

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CUBA – Photographic Workshop

January 11-16, 2017*

Venture behind the scenes and explore the “hidden Havana” in this short photographic workshop.  There is concern that American influence will change the historical nature of the city as more trade and commerce is allowed.

This workshop is intended to photograph and document Havana, Cuba, as a city with a sense of place; steeped in history, traditions and culture.

Workshop Leader Spotlight

Dan Dry

Dan Dry, Managing Director of PriceWeber Content Studio in Louisville.  Dan is a national and international award-winning photographer, who has traveled for National Geographic, lectured and mentored thousands of students colleges and universities around the country and judged countless professional creative competitions for the past 30 years.

Learn more about Dan Dry.  



jeanieS12Jeanie Adams-Smith, former photo editor at the Chicago Tribune, Photojournalist, and current Professor at WKU. Jeanie’s work has been described as “individual works of art, which give the viewer a true glimpse into the lives of the subjects.” She has received state, regional, and national acclaim for a number of her photo projects. Her most recent project, Doorways of Old Havana, stemmed from two recent trips to Old Havana, Cuba, which takes a visual look at the cultural significance of doorways in Old Havana, the area of Cuba’s national capital that lies within the original Havana city walls.

Learn more about Jeanie Adams-Smith and her experience in Cuba.  


Spots are limited.  Register right away at this link. 

* Final dates are tentative due to flight and hotel options

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Study Away and Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses Head Out

flsa-delo-logo150Five study away and faculty-led study abroad courses begin next week.  The first leave Sunday, May 15, just  day after the 2016 Commencement.

wku study awayWe look forward to seeing message and images of these challenge courses and adventurous students in the coming weeks.

London-Paris-Brussels – Europe International Speech Pathology
Kimberly Green
Leisa Hutchison

North Carolina – Sports Admin. Facilities
Brad Stinnett
Evelyn Oregon

Morocco – Islam and Politics
Soleiman Kiasatpour

Czech Republic – Owensboro Sister Cities Summer
Roger Murphy
Erin Greunke

Kentucky – Kentucky Experience
Jennifer Walton-Hanley
Lindsey Reynolds
Linda Fitzpatrick

Twelve more courses head out over the Summer

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The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Announces Summer 2016 Storyteller Scholars

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The CCSA Storyteller Scholarship is designed to encourage student participation in CCSA programs by offering a means for students to tell their own CCSA stories.  The awardee is expected to provide CCSA quality writing and/or imagery.  The deliverable product must be appropriate for the CCSA web site, although the student may propose multiple formats.  CCSA limits the award to $1,000 per student.  The awardee grants CCSA free use of the final project in whole or in part.

CCSA awarded eight scholarship for the Summer 2016 programs.

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Emily Fox

Emily Fox is an undergraduate Anthropology major at Northern Kentucky University, with a focus in cultural and applied anthropology. Emily has participated in several research projects during her time at NKU, and is excited to expand upon her knowledge of ethnographic methods.  She is on CCSA’s Belize Anthropology program in June with Doug Hume.



Kelli Goings

Kelli Goings is a senior studying communication and design arts technology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.   Goings said, “I hope to gain new perspectives, both toward one of my favorite series and of the world.”  She is in the London Summer 2016 taking “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course with Ted Sherman.



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Kelsey Moorefield

Kesley Moorefield is a senior communication major and psychology minor at Bellarmine University. She is in the London Summer 2016 taking “The London Arts Experience: London through Music, Art, Theatre, and Design” with Carol Stewart.



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Laura Murrell

Laura Murrell is a junior at Northern Kentucky University, where she is majoring in anthropology. She has served as an AmeriCorps Vista and worked as camp counselor.  She is on CCSA’s Belize Anthropology program in June with Doug Hume.



Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer was born in Louisiana, and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee. She attends Lincoln Memorial University, where she is dual majoring in English and history.  After earning her degrees, she plans to get a master’s degree in secondary education to teach high school English or history.  She is taking Sherman’s “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course in London Summer 2016.


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Brittney Shike

Brittany Shike grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and Hogwarts, Narnia, and Middle Earth.   She is an Advertising major with minors in English and Psychology.  Her passion for writing arose from her childhood love of reading that decided to stick through to adulthood. Visiting the United Kingdom has long been one of her heart’s desires, and she is excited to be able to share her experiences with others. This is her first program with CCSA and her first time studying abroad. She is in the London Summer 2016 taking “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course with Ted Sherman.

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Bethany Taylor

Bethany Taylor is a junior currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University.  She is studying Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, and Design.  She hopes to become a buyer for a children’s retailer .  She will be in the Cheryl Ward’s “Consumer Behavior Across Cultures” in London during July.




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Nicole Waugaman

Nicole Waugaman is from Northern Kentucky, and a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in Communication Disorders and minoring in Special Education. Nicole says that she’s dreamed of visiting London for years now, and is so excited that it’s finally happening this summer.  She is in the London Summer 2016 taking Sherman’s “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course.




Jerry Barnaby, CCSA executive director, said that the storyteller scholarship is a way to reward students willing to take on more responsibility and share their own perspective of the study abroad experience.  “Study abroad is more than the class in which the student is enrolled since the time enables students to learn about themselves, their peers, the world in a way unlike any other learning opportunity,”  He added that the storyteller scholarship encourages students to look at their experience with a critical eye and tell us what they see and learn.

CCSA is a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries.  WKU became the host institution on August 1, 2014, and provides support and infrastructure for administrative activities essential for the day-do-day operations of CCSA.

To learn more about CCSA, visit or contact Jerry Barnaby at 270-745-4512.


CCSA is housed in WKU’s Office of Study Away, a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Students & Faculty Heading to Iceland

flsa-delo-logo150Eighteen students, three faculty, and two program assistants head to Iceland for the second year of this Faculty-Led Study Abroad program.

Iceland: Perspectives and Realities of Climate Change gives students the chance to explore the science of climate change, including the geographical, physical, and environmental drivers causing major changes, as well as applications and perceptions of sustainable living, particularly those related to energy and water resource use.

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Summer 2015 course participants.

Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North from WKU Department of Geography & Geology, along with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Bernie Strenecky will lead the group and partner with local Icelandic researchers.

WKU’s Housing & Residence Life contributes by offering the chance for an HRL staff member to join the program as the student life assistant.  This year Kelly Matlack serves in this capacity as a way to support students before, during and after the course.

This is WKU’s second Faculty-Led Study Abroad course in Iceland in which the team will work with faculty and students from the University of Akureyri.  The study abroad component begins in Iceland on May 23 and ends on June 6.  The partnership enables WKU students to stay in Iceland after the summer course to continue research in one of the most unique locations in the world where the impacts of climate change are studies first-hand.

Polk says, “Students will have a unique opportunity to work with Icelandic students, communities, and both the U.S. And Canadian Embassies to study the challenges and applied solutions related to a changing climate in the Arctic from an applied perspective.”

Through this course, WKU provides students the chance to make a direct impact on climate change research.

Learn more about WKU’s Iceland projects at this link:


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Study Away Team at TOPs

wku study awayWKU welcomes the newest Toppers to the Hill for the TOP program.

The Study Away team was there to greet them all and tell them about the options with CCSA, Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, and National Student Exchange.

tops teamBuddy Wren, student worker, spins the tale along with Shawna Blagojevic and Dave Nelson.



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Cooperative Center for Study Abroad welcomes 5 members

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries, welcomes five new members to its ranks.

The five new affiliate members bring CCSA membership to 26 schools from across the United States.

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