WKU President Gary Ransdell spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon after if was announced that Ross Bjork had become the new Athletics Director at the University of Mississippi. Ransdell says Bjork frist told him he was a finalist for the job at Ole Miss last Thursday, following WKU's loss to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament.
Dr. Ransdell admitted the timing was a bit awkward, but he complimented Bjork on his two-year tenure at WKU, and wished him nothing but the best moving forward. The WKU President said Ole Miss was getting a "great AD."
Professional archaeologists in Kentucky are sharing research and project updates this weekend at Mammoth Cave National Park. The conference, which runs through noon Sunday, is co-sponsored by the WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, the Kentucky Organization of Professional Archeologists, and the WKU Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The body of a man described by officials as "middle-aged" was found this afternoon inside an electrical substation at the WKU Parking Structure at the corner of University and College Heights Blvd. Warren County Coroner Kevin Kirby told WKU Public Radio that foul play is not suspected in the man's death.
The Administrative Council at Western Kentucky University has approved a scholarship program that is expected to help more than seven hundred students reduce their costs for summer school this year. The program applies to undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or higher, who take at least six hours during Summer Sessions 2012.
Officials at Western Kentucky University are facing a budget cut of about five million dollars in Governor Beshear's new budget. However, WKU President Gary Ransdell says a hiring freeze won't be used to help meet the cost reduction.
Paul Markham of the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility and WKU Senior Bianca Brown were honored at the White House last week. Their leadership is in the "Public Achievement" program which seeks to increase civic engagement among students in grades K thru 16. Dr. Markham says it's extremely important to reach students at an early age about the issue.
Bowling Green, Ky – WKU Athletics Director Ross Bjork Friday afternoon officially introduced Ray Harper as the Hilltopper's interim head coach. This comes after Ken McDonald was fired following a 5-11 start to the season. Bjork said a national search will get underway to identify the next full-time head coach. Bjork added Harper would be considered for the full-time job. Kevin Willis covered today's announcement and has this report.
Bowling Green, Ky – A Kentucky Civil War historian wants people to know about the contributions made by African-American soldiers. Robert Bell is with the US Colored Troops Living History Association, a group dedicated to the preservation of the history of African-Americans who served during the Civil War. A day of activities will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Kentucky Museum at WKU. Kevin Willis has this story.
Bowling Green, KY – WKU President Gary Ransdell says student retention is becoming an important measure of academic quality. Speaking to faculty and staff during his annual convocation address, Dr. Ransdell said WKU has a responsibility to help increase the number of college graduates in the state of Kentucky. During the speech, the University President also listed some key achievements and challenges facing the institution. Dan Modlin has more on the story.......