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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5th Annual Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium

flsa-delo-logo150We would like to acknowledge and congratulate those students and faculty selected to present at the 5th Annual Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium at Western Kentucky University this Friday, October 21st.

The event is open to the public and will be held in the Downing Student Union, Room 3020.  You can click HERE for a map of the campus.

Doors will open at 8:30 AM and Welcome Remarks will begin at 9:00 AM.

Here is the schedule of events.

If you are able to join us in support of your colleagues and students, you are in for a wonderful line up of presentations.


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

wku study awayThe Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded scholarships to six WKU students taking study away courses during Winter Term 2017.

Through continuing support of a Study Away Scholarship, SGA encourages 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 59 scholarships, totaling over $6,600.

The Winter 2017 Scholarship recipients are:

  • Courtney Brock – Theater and Broadway (New York)
  • Kennedy Harden – Hospitality in Las Vegas (Nevada)
  • Tyler Johnson – Total Immersion Floodplain Management (Nevada & Arizona)
  • John Martin – Total Immersion Floodplain Management (Nevada & Arizona)
  • Haley Pardue – Geographic Exploration of Hawaii (Hawaii)
  • Sadie Saylor-Reiss – Sundance Film Festival (Utah)

Courtney Brock, a family and consumer sciences junior from Portland, Tennessee, heads to New York City with Dr. Michele Dvooskin and Professor Jim Brown.  This will be her first study away experience, and her course will allow her to meet her Colonnade requirement.

Kennedy Harden is a senior from Richmond, Kentucky, studying hospitality management and dietetics.  Her study away course will take her to Las Vegas with Professor Ann Embry to explore many career opportunities. Harden says that “Las Vegas is full of anything and everything hospitality, so to be able to go and see everyday life in that light will be a very eye opening experience.”

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Hoover Dam

Tyler Johnson, a senior civil engineering major from Morgantown, Kentucky, will study floodplain management in Nevada and Arizona with Dr. Warren Campbell.  Johnson says that this study away opportunity gives him the chance to travel to see the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest civil engineering marvels in the world.  His study away course will also help him stay on track to graduate in four years.

John Martin, a senior from Waddy, Kentucky majoring in civil engineering and geology, says that study away is an amazing way to support the students at Western Kentucky University.  He will study floodplain management in Nevada and Arizona with Dr. Campbell.

Sadie Saylor-Reiss, a Louisville junior studying film, will travel to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival with Dr. Dawn Hall and Dr. Ted Hovet “I’m ecstatic that I was granted the opportunity to participate,” she said. “Going to Sundance is every film lover’s dream, and I am a film fanatic.”  She says this experience will broaden her perspective on the competitive atmosphere she will encounter in her career.


WKU student on previous Study Away course

Haley Pardue, a junior from Bowling Green majoring in exercise science, will study geography in Hawaii. Pardue’s parents encouraged her to get out of her comfort zone. “This course will allow me to better understand and appreciate the land and sea that make up the world I live in,” she stated.

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

“The SGA scholarship makes a positive impact on students by giving them additional resources to take study away courses,” said Barnaby. “We appreciate SGA support for students by encouraging them to expand their overall academic experience. I encourage other organizations to 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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CCSA Offers Unique Opportunity for Adult Learners


The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad extends a special invitation to adult learning to join this Ireland adventure excursion in JULY 2017.


Space is limited, so apply right away.

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The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Marks Two Years at WKU

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) celebrated two years of operations at Western Kentucky University. Belmont University in Nashville and Northern Kentucky University served as host institutions for over three decades before WKU became the host institution on August 1, 2014.

Dr. Beth Laves, Associate Vice President for Extended Learning and Outreach at Western Kentucky University, said that WKU has been extremely pleased with our partnership with CCSA and the wealth of opportunities CCSA brings to WKU students and faculty. “Serving as the host for this well-established consortium has been a rewarding experience, and I hope it has been equally rewarding for the students and faculty who participate in CCSA programs.”

CCSA concluded the summer 2016 programs on August 8, 2016, with courses in Belize, Ireland and London.  Nearly 100 students completed eight different courses taught by eleven faculty from seven CCSA member schools.

The course catalog included these courses:

  • Belize Anthropology        Douglas Hume – NKU
  • London Mid-Summer     Jessica Hume – Bellarmine
  • London Mid-Summer     Sarah Vogt – Thomas More College
  • Ireland Early                     Kristen Spicer – Murray State
  • Ireland Early                     Maire Blankenship – WKU
  • London Summer              Theodore Sherman & Ryan Reed – MTSU
  • London Summer              Carol Stewart – Bellarmine
  • London Summer              Steven Higginbotham – Eastern Arizona College
  • London Summer              Cheryl Ward – MTSU
  • London Summer              Paul Fischer – MTSU

CCSA student at Stonehenge

CCSA’s total student enrollment for academic year 2015-2016 was 329.

Prof. Carol Steward, an instructor at both Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville, enjoys teaching for CCSA because the “program is exciting, fun, and is significantly beneficial, and I experience those benefits in my academic, professional, and personal life.”  She stated that it is an amazing opportunity for her, as well as for her students, to have the chance to live and work abroad.  “The staff support from CCSA is outstanding and is another part of what I think sets CCSA apart from other study abroad programs,” added Steward.

Jerry Barnaby, Executive Director of CCSA, said, “The summer 2016 programs offered 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 2016-2107 programs in Dublin and London.  The summer 2017 catalog will feature a new program in Scotland, along with the existing Belize, Ireland, and London programs.  The winter application deadline for students is September 30, 2016.

More information is on the visit or by calling 1-800-319-6015 or 270-745-4512.

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CCSA Kicks off London Summer 2016

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad kicked of the London Summer 2016 programs on Friday, July 8, with the arrival of the London Mid-Summer group.   This two-week program includes two courses that will take students deep into England’s rich literary and theatrical legacies.  Learn more here…

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Big Ben, London, England

The London Summer 4-week group arrived on Saturday, July 9, for a month-long study abroad experience in several disciplines taught by faculty from many CCSA member schools.  Learn more here..

Follow the action on CCSA’s blog and social media feeds.

WKU serves as CCSA’s host institution through the Office of Study Away in the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Meet Damonte Lott, WKU On Demand Student

“Success is the journey, not the destination”

2016.06.10_ delo on demand _lewis-0039This quote by Arthur Ashe is one that Damonte Lott took inspiration from in his years as a WKU student. Lott, an On Demand student who graduated in May with an AB in Communications, grew up in a military family and lived all over the world before his family settled in Louisville. An avid traveler, Damonte could have chosen to go college anywhere, but he chose WKU because he loved the Bowling Green campus’ homey environment and felt a connection as soon as he visited WKU for the first time.

Damonte quickly threw himself into campus life, and became very active in many extra curricular activities here, from playing trumpet in the Marching Band, to singing in the gospel choir, and later as a mentor to incoming freshman.

As he progressed through his college career, Damonte realized that he enjoyed the challenge of learning online, and was really excited when he discovered WKU On Demand classes. “I compared them to the semester-based web classes, but I prefer the On Demand format because I liked being able to work at my own pace.”

Damonte acknowledges that self-paced classes present unique opportunities but come with significant challenges, too. “You have to treat it as if you are going to work, because you are. Non-completion was never an option for me.” 2016.06.10_ delo on demand _lewis-0030

In order to succeed, Damonte set up a schedule for himself, and made good use of a planner. When his schedule got busy in his other classes, he was able to work a little less in his On Demand classes. As soon as his other assignments were complete, his On Demand classes became the priority. He also recommends that students immediately contact their instructors, especially in On Demand classes. He took the extra step of meeting with his instructors, to get clarification on what was expected from him on specific projects, and stayed in touch with his teachers throughout the courses.

Damonte firmly believes that taking On Demand classes allowed him to achieve his goal of graduating within four years, and we are so proud that through On Demand, he was able to succeed.




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Fly Fishing Montana: A College Course for High School Students

// montana fishingGranite Pare (left) landed a nice trout on the first fishing day of the WKU Fly Fishing Montana High School program.

Funded in part by @Cabelas Outdoor Fund grant and @wku School of KRS.

Guiding services provided by@missouliananglerflyshop



montana fishing 2Granite with a nice fish on day two of WKU Fly Fishing Montana – High School


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