WKU quarterback Kawuan Jakes will start Thursday night’s game against Troy, but will wear a brace to protect his injured left knee. Jakes was hurt during WKU’s win over Arkansas State Sept. 29 and didn’t play in the second half.
As the Major League Baseball play-offs get underway, many teams are counting on strong pitching staffs to move them closer to the World Series. For many fans, it can be difficult to tell what's going on when a pitcher changes speeds or tries to fool a hitter with a slider or cut fastball. WKU head baseball coach Matt Myers says the art of pitching can be more difficult than some fans might realize.
Gatton Academy seniors Charvinia Neblett of Russellville and Henry Uradu of Russell have been recognized as semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, an honor that potentially opens the door to college scholarship opportunities.
We know the weekends can be a busy time for some, while others just like to kick back and tune out any and all news coverage. WKU Public Radio has put together the following list of links that highlights some of the most interesting news stories we came across this weekend:
Facing a 13-point halftime deficit and an apparent knee injury to starting quarterback Kawuan Jakes, the WKU Hilltoppers scored 26 unanswered second half points to win their Sun Belt conference opener against Arkansas State.
Alex Downing, the President and Treasurer of the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University, is accepting a new position with Franklin Bank and Trust Company. Mr. Downing will officially leave the University on December 31, 2012.
Some tailgaters won’t be imbibing before the University of Kentucky’s football game against South Carolina this weekend. UK President Eli Capilouto has imposed an alcohol ban for non-reserved tailgating spots near the stadium in Lexington.
The WKU football team will be without one of its star defenders during this Saturday’s Sun Belt conference opener. The league is upholding a one-game suspension of Hilltopper safety Jonathan Dowling, who was ejected from last Saturday’s win against Southern Mississippi.
The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science was named the Number one high school in the country earlier this year by Newsweek magazine. In recognition of that honor, a celebration took place on the WKU campus. The ceremony gave many of the leaders who helped to make the Academy possible a chance to reflect on what it means to the university, the students, and the region.
The Office of Scholar Development at WKU is helping students compete for some major, national scholarships. Its a highly competitive field, but University officials say WKU students were awarded more than 500 thousand dollars from such scholarships last year.