WKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Study Away Students

wku study awayThe Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded two $300 scholarships to WKU students taking study away courses during Summer Session 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 64 scholarships, totaling over $7,200.

The Summer 2017 Scholarship recipients are:


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Kennedy Mayo

Kennedy Mayo, a freshman from Lebanon, KY, studying history and social studies.  She said this scholarship enables her to enroll in the new study away course in Hawaii called, “Hawaii Land & Resources.”

 

 

 

 


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Noah Rudloff

Noah Tyler Rudloff is a Bowling Green sophomore studying Corporate and Organizational Communication. He hopes to someday attend law school and says the course, “Citizen and Self,” centered in Washington D.C., will be right in the heart of what he wants to do with his life.

 

 

 


Study Away Director Jerry Barnaby said that study away courses are an excellent complement to traditional classroom courses, 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 the way SGA encourages students to expand their overall academic experience by providing Study Away scholarship opportunities. 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 courses 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 wku.edu/studyaway. For information about the SGA Study Away Scholarship, please contact Jerry Barnaby, Director of 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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Philosophy Students Join Society for Lifelong Learning Members for “Living Like a Stoic” Class

Society for Lifelong Learning (SLL) members recently got to share their classroom with a younger generation and enjoy lively discussions and perspectives on Stoicism, an ancient Hellenistic philosophy that’s widely misunderstood.

For seven weeks during the spring semester, WKU students from Dr. Audrey Anton’s Philosophy 342: Skeptics, Stoics, Epicureans class joined SLL members in the SLL class “Living Like a Stoic.”

“This collaboration provided the opportunity for two generations to learn together and participate in lively discussions about this philosophy and their perspectives on it,” said Dr. Cindy Ehresman, lifelong learning program manager. “SLL members enjoyed learning alongside WKU students who also have a love of learning and are interested in the world around them.”

The unique opportunity provided students and SLL members to discuss their insights on the philosophical views of Stoics.

“This has been a great opportunity for these two generations to work and learn together and Dr. Anton has made it happen. It allows the WKU students to learn about SLL and visa versa. There are more than a dozen in each group making for a lively discussion each week of this seven week course for SLL,” she added. “We hope to work with other WKU faculty in the future to provide opportunities for SLL members learning alongside current WKU students.”

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its spring/summer 2016 term next week with 23 classes and four Food For Thought events. The term begins March 15 and runs through May 5, with additional travel programs in the summer.

Over 120 SLL members have registered for courses, which include several new classes, such as a study of The Civil War from a Kentucky perspective, the world of cyber security and a look at galaxies, black holes, the Big Bang & the fate of our universe. Other new classes include geocaching, a study of presidential elections of the past and a class on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which includes a trip to Louisville to see the nationally recognized production of “Shakespeare Behind Bars.”

The SLL is a membership organization for people 50 and over who value learning for a lifetime. Membership provides access to all SLL classes and events throughout each term. Many classes and events are included in the membership fee – others require a nominal fee to cover materials or other necessary costs.

Visitors are welcome to attend a single class to sample what SLL membership offers. Food For Thought events are also open to the public, allowing everyone to enjoy a light meal together and learn something new from interesting guest speakers.

The Food for Thought schedule includes the following:

  • The Beatles vs. The Stones, presented by Scott Harris, Director of the WKU Department of Music – Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Immigration in Kentucky, presented by Leyda Becker, International Communities Liaison with the City of Bowling Green – Wednesday, April 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Tips for Staying Healthy as We Age, presented by Jae Kim, Certified Health Education Specialist – Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Taking Care of Elvis, presented by Letitia Henley Kirk, Elvis Presley’s private nurse for over 10 years – Wednesday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Most 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 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

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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WKU On Demand & WKU Online Spring into Summer!

Spring is a busy time for all of us, and WKU On Demand & WKU Online have been on-the-go, reaching out to traditional, post-traditional, and potential WKU students.

Nikki Roof and Donna Kasznel represented WKU Online & On Demand at the Jefferson Community & Technical College Online Transfer Fair in March.

 

President Ransdell addresses the class of 2021.

TOP Information Fairs at the Downing Student Union are a great way to introduce incoming Freshman to WKU On Demand and Online courses, and we love getting the opportunity to meet future Hilltoppers, and connecting with their parents.

Glasgow Veterans learned about what WKU On Demand and Online Learning can do for them at the Glasgow Veteran’s Job Fair at the National Guard Armory on April 12th.

Online’s Wildflower seed cards were a big hit with students, faculty, and staff at WKU’s 2017 Earth Day celebration.

To celebrate Earth Day 2017, WKU-style, Holly Young of WKU Online came up with a geocaching activity that was very popular with the Pokémon Go-loving students on campus. Students followed clues to collect cards from geocaches at three sites on campus during WKU’s Earth Day celebration on April 20th on Centennial Mall.

Nikki, Morgan, & Catie served cotton candy and popcorn to happy WKU students on Centennial Mall

We also held our very popular carnival-themed Summer Registration Kick-off event on April 26th & 27th here on the Bowling Green campus at the Hardin Planetarium and the Centennial Mall. Students got great information about On Demand and Online classes while enjoying some cotton candy and popcorn, made fresh by Catie Yates, Morgan Skaggs, Holly Young and Nikki Roof!

Holly & Morgan (and Donna) *perfected* the art of cotton candy & popcorn making at the Hardin Planetarium

 

 

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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Fly Fishing Montana – Summer and Fall 2017

fly fishing montanaREC 480 – Fly Fishing Montana – Travel-based Learning in Recreation & Tourism (3 hrs)

Summer 2017 – High School course

Fall 2017 course plus Sept 18-23 Study Away component.

Join us for a fantastic course designed to teach you the fundamentals of fly fishing. Fly fishing is a lifetime leisure pursuit; treat yourself to some quality instruction to jump start the learning curve.

Please contact Dr. Raymond Poff via e-mail raymond.poff@wku.edu for specific details about these courses.

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Robin Ayers brings Western Spirit to On Demand Algebra & Trig

Math Professor Robin Ayers’ office is a visual testament to her passion for her students. Her walls are festooned with mementos and artifacts, newspaper clippings and autographed red towels, collected over her 26 years of teaching college math, each one celebrating a relationship with a cherished student. After speaking with Professor Ayers, it quickly becomes clear that she cherishes ALL of her students.

At WKU’s 2015 Convocation, President Gary Ransdell honored Professor Ayers with the 14th Annual “Spirit of Western Award”. President Ransdell recognized Ms. Ayers’ enthusiasm and passion and that she “never fails to go over-the-top for all things WKU. The pride and commitment she has for WKU shows in her face, in her voice, in her classroom, and in her office.”

When designing her self-paced, online sections of Math 116 (College Algebra) and Math 117 (Trigonometry) for WKU On Demand, Professor Ayers’ goal was to make her web classes as close to the face-to-face classroom experience as possible. To do this, she took on the Herculean task of recording instructional videos for every single section of the class. There are more than 30 videos in both the On Demand  College Algebra course and in On Demand Trigonometry; Professor Ayers works out every problem with the student in each video. She also asked her son, a current WKU student, for advice on how to make her online classes more accessible.

Professor Ayers was guided by the Instructional Design team in Distance Learning to help her structure her classes for On Demand. Instructional Designer Alicia Pennington said, “Robin knew what she wanted to cover. We just helped her reorganize her content so that it is not overwhelming; consistency is the key.” Alicia has also observed Professor Ayers interacting with her students, “She is so caring and collegial; she has worked very hard to make her Blackboard class friendly to online students.”

Professor Ayers understands that students struggle with many different obstacles, from learning disabilities related to autism, to the challenges facing student athletes, or even institutional biases that might affect expectations for some students. Back when student Robin Ayers arrived at Western as a freshman, she met with some resistance when she attempted to register for Calculus. After she received the message that she might be better off taking something ‘easier’, she resolved to major in Mathematics and went on to become the first woman of color to earn a BS in Mathematics from WKU. Her determination and her passion for helping students to succeed is evident in the two Math classes that she has designed for WKU On Demand.

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Summer Early Entry Helps Students Be Ready for First Year of College

College courses like English and math have minimum ACT requirement before students can enroll in them. When students’ ACT scores fall below the minimum, students can complete developmental courses to qualify them for enrollment in their required English and math courses. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows students to complete developmental courses during the summer so they are fully prepared to take courses in the fall.

SEE is a 5-week program where students live on campus, meet with tutors and take developmental math and/or English courses, including Math 096 or Eng 055. They can also complete a university experience course (UCC 175) and Math 109 for credit. SEE students get to know WKU faculty and staff, as well as other students through social activities and events.

Developmental Courses are required for any student with ACT scores below 16 in English or below 20 in Math.

Developmental courses are important to preparing students for their English and math coursework. By taking them through Summer Early Entry, students have everything they need to successfully start coursework in the fall.

In addition to completing their developmental courses, students are introduced to resources they need to be successful college students, including hands-on support like tutoring, access to computer labs, programming and weekly meetings with peer mentors to help them meet Cornerstone requirements.

SEE students experience all aspects of college life and learn skills to help them effectively transition into college.

The program fee includes 6-7 hours of tuition, campus housing, meal plans, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and social activities/events.

Program dates are July 10-August 10, and applications are available online at wku.edu/see/app.php. Financial aid, housing and meal plans are also available. For more information, visit wku.edu/see.

Contact:
Carlous Yates
Director of Student Support Programs
270-745-8703
carlous.yates@wku.edu

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Summer Early Entry Prepares Students for First Year of College

College courses like English and math have minimum ACT requirement before students can enroll in them. When students’ ACT scores fall below the minimum, students can complete developmental courses to qualify them for enrollment in their required English and math courses. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows students to complete developmental courses during the summer so they are fully prepared to take courses in the fall.

SEE is a 5-week program where students live on campus, meet with tutors and take developmental math and/or English courses, including Math 096 or Eng 055. They can also complete a university experience course (UCC 175) and Math 109 for credit. SEE students get to know WKU faculty and staff, as well as other students through social activities and events.

Developmental Courses are required for any student with ACT scores below 16 in English or below 20 in Math.

“These developmental courses are important to preparing students for their English and math coursework,” said Alicia Bingham, program coordinator of WKU Summer Sessions. “By taking them through Summer Early Entry, students have everything they need to successfully start coursework in the fall.”

Carlous Yates, director of student support programs, said the program also provides resources that students can use throughout their college career.

“In addition to completing their developmental courses, students are introduced to resources they need to be successful college students.”

Yates said these resources include hands-on support like tutoring, access to computer labs, programming and weekly meetings with peer mentors to help them meet Cornerstone requirements.

“Through Summer Early Entry students are also able to experience all aspects of college life and learn skills to help them effectively transition into college,” he added.

The program fee includes 6-7 hours of tuition, campus housing, meal plans, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and social activities/events. Program dates are July 10-August 10, and applications are available online at wku.edu/see/app.php. Financial aid, housing and meal plans are also available. For more information, visit wku.edu/see.

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Contact:
Carlous Yates
Director of Student Support Programs
270-745-8703
carlous.yates@wku.edu

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WKU Summer Start Program Offers Students Early Credit/Tuition Savings

A new program at Western Kentucky University will make students’ first college experience more affordable and less intimidating. It will also prepare students for success.

WKU Summer Start is a unique summer introduction to college for first-year students, connecting them to campus life while living in residence halls. Students complete six credit hours and take advantage of tuition savings, as well as get to know other new students and staff through social events and activities.

WKU Summer Sessions Coordinator Alicia Bingham said, “The goal with Summer Start is to help students ease into college life by taking a small number of classes, experiencing residence hall life and getting to know other incoming students through a living learning community.”

Bingham stated that the program encourages faculty/student mentorship and insight into WKU resources that will help them throughout their college career.

“Starting college can be overwhelming for first-year students,” said Director, Continuing & Professional Development Derek Olive.

“WKU Summer Start offers a small, supportive environment that allows students to acclimate to the overall college experience – living on campus, small class sizes, interacting with faculty, studying, taking exams, meeting other students – and be fully prepared to start classes in the fall,” said Olive .

The program includes housing, meal plan, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, organized social outings and a discounted tuition rate (20-60% discount, depending on the student’s in-state or out-of-state status) of $3,100. Students are required to have a current FAFSA on file, which, along with financial aid, may cover the program cost.

WKU Provost Dr. David Lee said that this new program will help students succeed, which is a top priority for the University.

“At WKU, we measure ourselves by the success of our students. WKU Summer Start is a great way for students to make the transition to college and prepare for future success,” said Lee.

The program runs July 15-August 10. Applications are due March 31 and are available online at www.wku.edu/summerstart. Space is limited.

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Program Contact:
Derek Olive
Director, Continuing and Professional Development

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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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