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Sports
8:14 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Chooses UK over WKU

Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball will play his college ball at UK. Madison Central point guard Dominique Hawkins announced Wednesday morning that he was committing to the Wildcats.

WKU had hoped to land Hawkins, but the star guard will play his college hoops at Rupp Arena—the same venue where he led Madison Central to this year’s Sweet 16 state championship.

Sports
8:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Set to Announce College Choice, with UK and WKU Possibilities

Kentucky's 2013 Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins
Credit www.nationofblue.com

WKU is hoping to land the winner of this year’s Mr. Basketball award in Kentucky. Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins will announce his college choice Wednesday morning during a school-wide assembly at the school’s gym.

Hawkins led Madison Central to this year’s Sweet 16 state championship, and has college offers from WKU, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, and several other schools. Hawkins has said he wants to play at UK, and was waiting to hear if the school would offer him a basketball scholarship.

After Wednesday's  announcement, Hawkins will help lead a team of Bluegrass State stars this weekend in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game in northern Kentucky.

Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

One of the World's Great Vocal Ensembles Coming to WKU

The San Francisco-based vocal group Chanticleer is performing at WKU April 11.
Credit www.chanticleer.org

Lee Stott's interview with Jace Wittig, Chanticleer's music director

The world-renowned choral ensemble Chanticleer is coming to Western Kentucky University Thursday evening as part of the school's Cultural Enhancement Series. The performance is at 7:30pm C.T. at Van Meter Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

The group will perform a program called The Siren's Call. This program celebrates the sea with music from New Zealand, Hawaii and China complemented by Chanticleer's signature treatments of Gregorian Chant and Renaissance music.

WKU Public Radio's Lee Stott spoke with Jace Wittig, Chanticleer's Music Director, about the group and its April 11 performance in Bowling Green.

Sports
8:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

WKU Athlete Arrested on Marijuana Possession Charges in Bowling Green

Western Kentucky senior basketball forward and football defensive end Kene Anyigbo has been arrested on marijuana possession charges.

The Warren County Regional Jail lists the 21-year-old Anyigbo as an inmate at the facility. Anyigbo also faces charges of tampering with physical evidence and failure to illuminate head lamps. His initial bond is set at $2,000. He was arrested Saturday and remained in jail Monday morning.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Anyigbo.

Western Kentucky Athletic Director Todd Stewart told The Daily News that school officials were aware of the charges.

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Business
2:11 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Statewide Partnership Formed to Help Kentucky Manufacturers

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President Ron Bunch speaks in a news conference announcing statewide manufacturing partnership.
Credit Lisa Autry

Kentucky manufacturers will benefit from a new partnership between universities, professionals, and state and federal partners. 

The Advantage Kentucky Alliance was announced Friday at WKU's Center for Research and Development. 

The aim is to move Kentucky from traditional manufacturing to advanced manufacturing.  WKU President Gary Ransdell said it's important for universities to be involved in the economies they help create and sustain.

"Universities first and foremost have to be about economic development.  The time has long since passed when our primary mission was to just educate students,"said Dr. Ransdell. "As I've said for many years, educating students is a means to a much more important end and that more important end is driving Kentucky's economy and improving the quality of like for people within the reach of our universities."

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and local chambers of commerce will help connect manufacturers to alliance members who can address their needs, such as finding new revenue streams, developing new products and services, and learning new processes to become more efficient.

Education
12:25 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Report: WKU Provost Candidate for Same Job at University of Alabama

WKU Provost Gordon Emslie
Credit www.wku.edu

The WKU Herald reports that WKU Provost Gordon Emslie is a candidate for the same position at the University of Alabama.

Emslie previously worked at the University of Alabama-Hunstville. Emslie took the WKU Provost position July 1, 2010.

The Herald report says Emslie refused to comment about his candidacy, but WKU President Gary Ransdell told the paper Emslie informed him of his interest in the Alabama job last week.

Sports
2:25 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Morton Resigns from Job as WKU Director of Basketball Operations

Jake Morton, during his time with the University of Miami
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU’s director of basketball operations has resigned to pursue coaching opportunities. Jake Morton came to WKU in 2011 as an assistant coach, but was moved to the director of basketball operations job this past season.

Morton was an assistant coach at the University of Miami before he came to WKU. In February, WKU received word from the NCAA that Morton could be sanctioned for alleged violations that took place during his time at Miami.

The NCAA investigation of the Miami Hurricanes' athletic department from 2007 to 2009 involves a former booster who was later convicted of running a Ponzi scheme. The NCAA has accused Morton of accepting $6,000 from the booster, and providing transportation for the AAU coach of a top high school prospect Miami was recruiting at the time.

Sports
12:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

WKU to Join Conference USA in All Sports in 2014

(left to right) WKU President Gary Ransdell, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, and WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart at Monday's announcement
Credit Kevin Willis

Citing increased exposure and football bowl game opportunities, WKU President Gary Ransdell and Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced Monday that the school will join Conference USA on July 1, 2014.

Following a unanimous vote by the WKU Board of Regents late Monday morning, WKU officials and the Conference USA commissioner held a news conference a short time later announcing the pact.

C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said WKU brings a lot to the conference.

“We want to provide an opportunity to the next generation of great universities, and (WKU) certainly fits that profile. I think they’re a growing university connected to some large markets like Nashville and Louisville, and frankly I think they have a tradition of excellence,” said Banowsky.

WKU will play one more season in the Sun Belt, a conference WKU joined in 1982.

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Education
6:49 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Glasgow City Council Passes Resolution Pledging Support for WKU Expansion

The WKU-Glasgow campus
Credit glasgow-ky.com

The Glasgow City Council has unanimously passed a resolution pledging the city's support for an expansion of the WKU-Glasgow campus.

Glasgow mayor Rhonda Riherd Trautman says the resolution passed at Monday night's meeting offers the city's bonding authority to help fund a building expansion at the school's regional campus in Barren County.

WKU President Gary Ransdell has talked repeatedly in recent weeks about the need for the school to find alternative revenue streams in order to pay for major projects, in light of declining state aid for higher education.

WKU-Glasgow administrators say they need more classrooms, office space, and food services.

Sports
10:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

What Could Have Been: WKU Goes Ice Cold, Loses Close Contest to #1 Kansas

The WKU Hilltoppers gave the #1 seed Kansas Jayhawks all they could handle Friday night, leading at the half and remaining within four points with 25 seconds left in the game.

But WKU went ice cold offensively in the second half, and Kansas held on to win 64-57.

WKU shot only 31% from the field for the game, and the Hilltoppers went 3-20 from three-point range.

Senior point guard Jamal Crook ended his WKU career with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and four assists.

WKU fans now have the 2013-14 season to think about, with forward George Fant and guard T.J. Price returning to form a nice nucleus for the two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions.

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