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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Twenty WKU Employees Accepted into the 2017 Staff Leadership Institute

The WKU Staff Council’s Staff Leadership Institute (SLI) Committee has selected the SLI Class of 2017. Through a competitive process, the Committee selected 20 WKU staff members to participate in the 8-month program, which develops leadership skills for a cohort of WKU staff who has demonstrated advancement potential.

The SLI Class of 2017 participants are Andrew Gilliam, Joshua Montgomery, April McCauley, Tim McWhorter, Cyndia Tarrence, Chonda White, Marsha Hopper, Belinda Wisdom, Monica Hines, Sarah Reece, Ara Sprouse, Nathan Digges-Elliott, Melissa Hamlin, Chris Ware, Stephen Wood, Donna Kasznel, Christy Murphy, Kristi Smith, Shannon Bridges and Vicki Armstrong.

Our goal is to provide a challenging program that provides staff with leadership skills that will help them excel personally and professionally at WKU.

Since the SLI’s inception in 2003, over 250 WKU staff have participated, and we are proud to partner with the WKU HR and Staff Council to provide a program for emerging leaders within our WKU community.

The selection process is competitive, and only 20 staff members are selected. Participants spend one day each month improving leadership competencies, including communication skills, team building and personal development strategies, as well as knowledge about the WKU community and valuable resources throughout campus.

Our website is

Cindy Ehresman,
Program Manager WKU Lifelong Learning

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The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Announces Winter 2016-2107 Storyteller Scholarship

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000CCSA 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.

The 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 $1000 per student.

CCSA awarded six scholarship for the Winter 2016-2017 programs.

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Lydia Brooks, NKU

Lydia Brooks is in Dr. John Alberti’s “Harry Potter on the Page and on the Screen” on the London Arts & Theatre program.  Brooks is a sophomore Middle Grades Education major at Northern Kentucky University.  She is a Presidential Ambassador and a peer mentor in the English department. Brooks said, “Reading is my favorite thing to do and Harry Potter is the absolute best, so this study abroad opportunity means the world to me.”



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Andrew Henderson, WKU

Andrew Henderson is in Dr. Patti Minter’s “London in the Age of Revolutions” class on the London Winter program.  He is a junior at Western Kentucky University from Olive Hill, Kentucky majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Citizenship & Social Justice. Henderson began working for The College Heights Herald his freshmen year and currently serves as the Opinion editor.  He’s also an ambassador for the Department of Communication.


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Williams Hodges, UK

William Hodges is in Dr. Jill Frank’s “London and Dublin in Film” class on the London-Dublin program. A senior at the University of Kentucky, Hodges will graduate with a degree in Landscape Architecture.  He told CCSA, “Exploration has always been a motivating factor for my personal growth, and I enjoy learning as much as I can, and even more so, sharing the knowledge I have with others.”  He continues to push his creative ability through as many different avenues as possible, and videography is one he plans to apply to his CCSA experience.



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Meleia Michels, NKU

Meleia Michels is in Prof. Mike Phillips’ “Exploring European Business Models: Invention, Innovation, and Imagination” class on the London Global Business program.  Michels is a sophomore Marketing & Spanish double major at Northern Kentucky University.  She is part of Greek Life, a Presidential Ambassador and a member of the Norse Leadership Society.  She told CCSA, “When I first started my college search process, I knew study abroad was something important to me, and I’m blessed that NKU has partnered with CCSA, which has allowed me to go on the London Global Business trip this Winter.”  She added that she can’t wait for the experiences she is about to have and looks forward to the things she will learn.

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Hannah Sells, WKU

Hannah Sells is in Dr. Marcie Hinton’s “Beyond the Selfie: Exploring London to Communicate Inward and Outward Journeys via Multimedia Storytelling” class on the London Sports & Media program.  Sells came to Western Kentucky University from Lakeland, Florida and majors in Broadcast News with a minor in Cultural Anthropology.  Sells has never traveled out of the U.S. before and is excited to take others on her CCSA Study Abroad adventure as a “Storyteller”.




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Michael Tucker, Morehead State

Michael Tucker is in Barry Greshem’s “Sports Broadcasting in London: The Americans are Coming!” course on the London Sports & Media program.  From Louisville, Kentucky, he is a senior at Morehead State University in the convergent media program.  He works for The Trailblazer, Morehead State’s online newspaper. He is also a huge Arsenal FC fan.

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 and 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.

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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Meet WKU Staff Member and On Demand Student, Annette Stratton

2016-06-10_-delo-on-demand-_lewis-0014The hardest step in any journey is usually the first one. Annette Stratton (Administrative Assistant for Glasgow Chancellor Dr. Sally Ray) felt this way when she made the big decision to go back to school as an adult. As the wife of a pastor, Annette had sometimes felt a little awkward about joining in discussions with her husband and his colleagues because she lacked a college degree. “I decided, I’m just as good as the next person. I can do more, but I’ve got to make it happen!”

When Annette first joined the staff as a Campus Operator here at WKU, she immediately decided to take advantage of the Staff Tuition Waiver benefit and enrolled in her first class. Although she was nervous and thought she might be conspicuous because she was older than many of her classmates, she put on a brave face when she entered the classroom for the first time. Her CIS instructor put her at ease right away, and her confidence improved with every class that she successfully completed.

Annette later discovered that WKU On Demand’s self-paced classes fit very well into her busy schedule. “I can take my classroom with me when I go to visit my daughter, and the flexible deadlines are a big advantage.” Annette is pleased to see that more 300 level On Demand courses have become available in different subject areas. She doesn’t let new technology intimidate her; she coaches herself to take things one day at a time. Developing relationships and staying in regular communication with her online instructors through email is an important strategy for her success. She also feels that pursuing her education has allowed her to sharpen her skills in many areas of her life.

“Staying on-track in (On Demand’s) self-paced classes requires a level of discipline; developing that self-discipline is part of improving an individual’s ability to learn. I’ve learned a LOT more than just the subject that I am studying.”

As her confidence grew, Annette felt she had more to offer and soon more doors were opening in her life. She has some advice for others who are considering returning to school to earn their degrees as a post-traditional students. “Getting an education can ignite the spark of learning in you for so many other areas of your life. Don’t get overwhelmed; keep the whole picture in mind and take it a little bit at a time. It’s going to come out OK.”

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