Oregon native Bryan Lietzke has been in the U.S. Air Force for eleven years. He’s been deployed to Afghanistan five times.
On Saturday afternoon he’ll have a new experience: he’ll receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Management from WKU.
What will he feel as he walks across the stage?
“I don’t know…probably satisfaction,” said Lietzke.
Some 1,300 WKU students will receive their diplomas on Saturday at Diddle Arena. But not all of them had quite the same college experience as Lietzke.
Lietzke posted a 4.0 grade point average and he did so while taking his classes online. Some of the classes he took while at Fort Knox, other times at Fort Drum in New York and still other times while in Afghanistan.
WKU is preparing to add “all gender” restrooms to campus facilities in the coming months. Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Richard Miller says the decision was made in response to the university’s changing demographics.
"You're going to have a very diverse group of students on any college or university campus, whether it's members of the LGBTQ community or members of our international community," Miller told WKU Public Radio. "I think it's one of the responsibilities of an institution to try to address the needs of the various constituencies that they serve."
Dr. Miller stresses that the gender neutral restrooms will not be community restrooms. They’ll be private, and as for signage, the university is planning to designate them as simply “restroom.”
Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 1:01 pm
Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education on Wednesday. The president wants every 4-year-old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill.
Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there's still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years.
The Kentucky Community & Technical College System expects to sign a contract next month with president-elect Jay Box. But Chairman P.G. Peeples won't say whether the new president will get the same generous pay package as predecessor Michael McCall.
With about $669,000 in annual pay, McCall is the highest paid administrator of his kind in the country. Jim Waters, president of the Bluegrass Institute, wants KCTCS to be more open about its negotiations.
"The lack of transparency in the hiring process here also should make taxpayers extremely wary about such a generous compensation package including Cadillac benefits for a person who is overseeing a system with dwindling enrollment and funding," said Waters.
Enrollment has dropped 15 percent in the last year and could decrease another 6 percent if preliminary numbers hold up. Tuition revenue is also down significantly.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is close to having a new leader.
The Board of Regents met in special session Tuesday and recommended Dr. Jay Box as the next president.
Dr. Box is the current KCTCS chancellor, a position he’s held since 2009. The Texas native came to Kentucky in 2002 to serve as president of Hazard Community and Technical College. During his time as chancellor, Dr. Box is credited with helping eliminate barriers for community college students transferring to the state’s public universities.
“After an extensive national search we are pleased to have identified a candidate who matches the presidential profile developed in collaboration with our search consultant, search committee, board, faculty, staff and student representatives,” Board of Regents Chairman P.G. Peeples said in a news release. “Dr. Box has played a key role in shaping the learning opportunities KCTCS provides and he has demonstrated strong leadership and dedication to our students, faculty and staff.”
The KCTCS system is referring to Box as the preferred candidate. A forum will be held in Versailles on November 18 for college presidents, faculty, staff, and students to meet Box. The next day, the Board of Regents will review feedback and is expected to approve a final contract for Box.
Dr. Box replaces Dr. Michael McCall as KCTCS president.