Bowling Green’s new mobile farmer’s market is offering fresh food on wheels to areas of the city where fresh produce may be hard to find.
The market was introduced to the public at an Earth Day event at WKU.
When Jackson Rolett started up the old, retro-fitted school bus Tuesday, it was a proud moment. He’s been working since last spring on a traveling farmer’s market that will deliver fresh, locally grown produce to under-served areas of the city.
"We're seeking to address accessibility," said Rolett. "Transportation is a big issue with food access, especially in certain areas of Bowling Green, so we thought 'Why not bring the food to those people?'"
Funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the market also accepts forms of government assistance.
Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has praised the effort and hopes similar markets can launch statewide.
Bowling Green’s mobile market will travel Wednesday to the Barren River District Health Department and the Boys and Girls Club.
WKU President Gary Ransdell is confident the school will be able to grow its international student body over the next several decades.
But he admits it will become more difficult to do so as countries such as China and India become wealthier and begin to build more of their own universities.
“There are not enough colleges and universities to meet the needs in an awful lot of the countries that have growing economies and growing populations. Therefore, we’re a solution," the WKU President said. "Now, in another generation—in another 25 or 30 years—they may have built enough universities to meet their needs.”
Dr. Ransdell says WKU is actively recruiting in several countries where the school has previously not had a presence.
“South America is really an emerging market for higher education," Ransdell said during a break in Friday's Board of Regents meeting. "We’re looking at as many as 90 students from Brazil next year. We’re always looking for new markets. Turkey is an emerging market for us. Their economy is doing great, and their families are looking for a place to send their sons and daughters.”
WKU is working to recruit students from a school in far western Kentucky that is closing at the end of June.
Mid-Continent University in Mayfield announced this week that it will shutter due to financial struggles. All employees have been laid off, though many faculty members have volunteered to continue helping students who are set to graduate this semester.
WKU Provost Gordon Emslie says the school has been working since the announcement to reach out to Mid-Continent students.
“We’re offering students the ability to transfer here, we’ll waive the application fee, we’ll match their courses in their catalogue to our courses in our catalogue, to try to facilitate that transfer as much as possible," Emslie told WKU Public Radio Friday. "We’ll work with them on tuition and scholarships, and financial aid. And we’re going to go out to Mayfield someday next week.”
Emslie said a website has also been set up to help Mid-Continent students learn more about transferring to WKU.
Mid-Continent is a non-profit university with about two-thousand students. Most are non-traditional and take online courses.
The Office of the Kentucky Attorney General has also set up a website dedicated to helping Mid-Continent students. In addition, the AG’s office sent letters to Mid-Continent administrators reminding them of their obligation to maintain all records as the school prepares to close.
Cort Basham of Bowling Green reflects on last year's Boston Marathon and looks ahead to this year's race
A year ago Tuesday, Cort Basham had just finished his third Boston Marathon and was looking for a place to eat with his mother, who was also on the trip, when he heard an explosion.
“My mind immediately went to the worst, but even someone standing next to us said ‘that sounds like dynamite on a job site’. But it was within seconds that the second one happened,” Basham told WKU Public Radio’s Kevin Willis just days after last year’s race.
“Just seconds later, people start pouring around the corner from Boylston – again we were one block from Boylston. Then you knew, even though we didn’t have line-of-sight, that something terrible was happening and we just tried to move away as quickly as we could,” said Basham.
Three spectators died as a result of the bombings; hundreds were injured.
Basham and his mother were uninjured. As he prepares to return to Boston, we caught up with Basham, a WKU instructor, to ask him about his training for this year’s race and inquire about what he expects the atmosphere to be like for the marathon.
The WKU Counseling and Testing Center hosted several events in March for Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Although some events were canceled or cut short due to inclement weather, supporters still came out for events like Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, The Vagina Monologues, and Take Back the Night. On March 18, dozens of collegiate and faculty men donned high heels as they took a mile-long stroll around the WKU campus to bring awareness to sexual assault. On March 27, hundreds of supporters from WKU and the Bowling Green community gathered at the Warren County Justice Center to sing and chant and march around downtown to promote safety on the streets of Bowling Green for women, and everyone, especially at night.
Photojournalist Abbey Oldham documented some of the events, and you see those images in the photo slideshow above.
WKU alum Jonathan Woods on his Time magazine cover photo from atop the Freedom Tower
A recent assignment for WKU alumnus Jonathan Woods took him to the very top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Woods is a Senior Editor for Photo and Interactive for Time Magazine. He graduated from Western Kentucky’s award-winning photojournalism department in 2007.
Woods says his interest in photographing the new One World Trade Center building began when he was working for NBC News’ website during the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks in 2011. Then, he ventured on an eight-month process of negotiating with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow access to the 405-foot spire on top of the 1,776 foot tall building known as the Freedom Tower.
He and a staff member from the GigaPan company climbed the ladder to take a series of photos that eventually make up a sweeping panoramic look at the Manhattan skyline.
“We were putting a camera in a place that we couldn’t go scout. It was on top of a 405-foot tall spire, which had a 405-foot tall ladder that we were not allowed to climb until the day we went up there,” said Woods. “So we had to work off of blueprints to create something to put a camera in a place that didn’t exist.”