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Wednesday was National Philanthropy Day and Western Kentucky University celebrated in a big way.  The school announced a $1.3 million gift from George and Cynthia Nichols to support the school’s diversity initiatives. 

Cynthia Nichols said she and her husband were both first-generation college students.

"I had no clue what I wanted to get involved with, and really didn't know how I could afford it.  I credit Western Kentucky University and this entire community that wrapped their arms around us and took us forward, stated Nichols.  "What's also important about going to college is sustainability. Once you get them here, how to you engage them to keep them here?"

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The Intercultural Student Engagement Center Academy is accepting a $20,000 grant which will help aid the 2018 cohort of students.

ISEC Academy is a Western Kentucky University initiative that supports students who are first generation, underrepresented and Pell grant recipients.

The program provides participants with upperclassmen mentors, a living learning community and weekly study hours to help guide students to a four-year graduation.

Overall enrollment at Western Kentucky University is stagnant from this time last year, which has helped create a nearly $15 million budget deficit.  Members of the Board of Regents expressed concern at their quarterly meeting Friday.

The current student population is 20,267, only ten fewer students from fall 2016.

Overall, the numbers are flat, but excluding dual credit and Gatton Academy students, there’s a three percent decline in the number of students on campus.

Sobering and serious were how some regents described the enrollment picture.

Here's What Life is Like for a WKU Student in the U.S. on DACA

Oct 18, 2017
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Western Kentucky University student Angel Enriquez is one of an estimated 700,000 people who are uncertain of their future after the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

DACA temporarily defers deportation and allows work permits for those brought to the U.S illegally as children.

It was created as an executive order by President Obama in 2012. President Trump has cancelled DACA, putting pressure on Congress for a permanent resolution.


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The “Radium Girls” were a group of young women who, nearly a century ago, unknowingly put their lives at risk working in factories where they painted watch faces with radium.

Now, a production by the Department of Theater and Dance at WKU, explores their story and how they sought justice in a play called “These Shining Lives”.

“This actually took place in a few different places; there were a few different companies, this is the story of the women in Ottawa, Illinois who were able to successfully sue the company and help change laws in terms of worker protection,” said Dr. Michelle Dvoskin, assistant professor for WKU's department of theater and dance. 

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Mourners will gather at Western Kentucky University Monday to pay respects to Hilltopper basketball great Jim McDaniels.

The Scottsville native passed away last Wednesday at the age of 69.

The public is invited to Monday’s visitation at E.A. Diddle Arena on WKU’s campus from 1-8 p.m.

Free parking is being provided in the parking structure next to the arena.

McDaniels’ funeral is Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

WKU Football Falls at Illinois for First Loss of Season

Sep 10, 2017
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Illinois' young defense held Western Kentucky's high-powered attack in check Saturday and freshman running back Mike Epstein rushed for 111 yards on the way to a 20-7 win.

The Illini (2-0) scored their first touchdown of the night on an interception return, and held the Hilltoppers (1-1) to 244 yards of offense. Western Kentucky didn't score until the fourth quarter.

Hilltopper quarterback Mike White averaged 311.6 yards a game last season, but Saturday heavy Illini pressure limited him to 28 of 43 pasing for 238 yards and an interception. He also ran for a score.

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Western Kentucky University is mourning the loss of own of its most famous athletes.

Basketball legend Jim McDaniels passed away Wednesday night in Bowling Green at the age of 69.

McDaniels was a 7-foot center from Scottsville who led the Hilltoppers to the 1971 Final Four, and finished his career tied with the most points ever scored by a men’s player at WKU.

He’s one of eight former WKU players to have their jersey retired and hung in the rafters at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU Opens Season With 31-17 Win over EKU

Sep 3, 2017
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Mike Sanford's head coaching debut was anything but the razzle dazzle style that has become the norm at Western Kentucky.

Save for a 66-yard touchdown strike from Mike White to Lucky Jackson, the Hilltoppers' offense was rather conservative. Sanford, who was Notre Dame's offensive coordinator last season, actually wanted it that way.

There's still a lot more to show in Western Kentucky's playbook.

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The Kentucky Mesonet dramatically increased data collection at its 68 weather and climate monitoring stations during the solar eclipse. 

Melissa Griffin is responsible for data quality for Kentucky Mesonet, which is based at Western Kentucky University. She says the data that came in during the eclipse provides almost a real-time collection of atmospheric conditions.

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Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury says freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been granted a release to transfer from the program, a day after the 7-footer was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Stansbury repeated his earlier opinion that Robinson was "a great kid" and wished him well in a statement Tuesday night. The second-year WKU coach said that after talking with the consensus high school All-American from Chalmette, Louisiana, "we agreed that it would be best for both sides to allow him to move in a different direction."

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The 10th president of Western Kentucky University, Dr. Timothy Caboni, is officially at the helm.  Caboni was sworn in Friday by Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton, Jr. during the quarterly meeting of the Board of Regents.

“Very few occasions are this special,” President Caboni said afterwards.  “I look forward to continuing the remarkable trajectory WKU is on as we go forward and working with all of our stakeholders.”

The oath of office was also administered to new Regent George Nichols III of Potomac, Maryland.  He was appointed to the Board by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin earlier this month.

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Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni says the school can help fill local employment needs while also broadening the perspectives of its students.

Caboni’s first week as WKU President comes at a time when the state is putting increased pressure on colleges and universities to help address workforce development concerns.

Caboni says he wants WKU to prepare students to make a good living, while also preparing them to have a good life.

“I think that having that balance is important. That preparing people to go into the workforce and into a profession is key, but also ensuring they have the critical thinking and broader communication skills to be successful over a lifetime,” WKU’s 10th president said.

Caboni says one of his chief goals is for WKU to recruit “more and better” students who can graduate in four years. Degree productivity is a key point of Kentucky’s new performance-based funding model for higher education.

You can hear our full interview with Timothy Caboni here:


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Bowling Green philanthropist, businessman and founder of the Baker Arboretum, Jerry E. Baker died June 22 at the age of 86.

His passing was confirmed by director of the Downing Museum at the Baker Arboretum, Jack LeSieur, who said Baker passed away peacefully at his home.

Baker was inducted into the Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2011. He was a 1951 graduate of WKU.

He established professorships and scholarships in music and horticulture, as well as scholarships in art, dance and athletics.

In April 2006, Baker made a $15 million gift to WKU that included his home, art and arboretum, making it at that time the single largest gift by an individual to a public university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

A Warren County grand jury has indicted seven men in relation to a fight at a fraternity house at Western Kentucky University, according to a news release from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

Six of the seven defendants are WKU football players and the other is a former player.  They include Quinton Baker, Xavier Lane, Tyler Obee, Cecil Stallings, Andrew O’Bryan, Jachour Pearson, and Christopher Johnson. 

The men are accused of unlawfully entering the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on March 5 where four of them allegedly assaulted an individual.  In a report by the Bowling Green Police Department, the victim was identified as Jerald Armfield, a Pike alumnus. 

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