This from the Richmond Register:
Eastern Kentucky University is taking “significant steps in the right direction, board chair Craig Turner said, as the EKU regents conducted their fall meeting Monday at Hazard Community and Technical College.
“Enrollment is up. Undergraduate, graduate, freshman and transfer enrollment is up,” Turner said without going into details.
Credit hours being taken this semester at the extended campuses in Corbin, Danville and Manchester are down, Turner said, but efforts will be made to improve in those areas.
“As far as the budget goes, operating revenues are up and expenses are down,” Turner continued, so things are looking really good.”
Kyle Nicholas, student government association president, was sworn in as the board’s student representative.
“We had a great start to the year and have finally finished reconstructing and rewriting the Constitution for EKU’s Student Government Association,” Nicholas said. “We have started programs such as ‘Colonel Up’ to benefit the students and give an athletic incentive to those interested in attending games. It is a great program, and we are really looking forward to the future of that. Also, SGA has reached a total of 127 members, and we have a $19,235 in the budget.”
The regents approved a revised SGA constitution, the first revision in four years.
President Michael Benson presented a summary of events this week leading up to his inauguration Friday night and homecoming Saturday.
Nikki Giovanni, a nationally known poet and professor, will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the EKU Center for the Arts.
Kenneth Adelman, formerly a diplomat and director of the U.S. Arms Control Agency in the Reagan administration, will speak on campus Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Giles Gallery of the Campbell Building, he will talk about his experience collection African masks, including those he has donated to EKU. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Brock Auditorium, Adelman will talk about his experience as an arms control negotiator, focusing on the preliminary breakthrough achieved by presidents Reagan and Gorbachev at the Reykjavik summit.
At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, a ceremonial ground breaking is scheduled for the second phase of the New Science Building.
Benson’s inauguration is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday at the EKU Center for the Arts followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30.
In an effort to be more tech savvy, Benson said he recently acquired a Twitter account (@EKUPrez) to communicate better students.
“I now get tweets all of the time from students about issues of interest to them,” Benson said. “That’s how students communicate with me now. We have started a platform for a lot of different sites, one being EKU Build. We will update daily, posting what is happening on campus and about plans and improvements being made on campus.”
After the morning meeting in Hazard, that was live streamed on the EKU website, the regents drove to Lilley Cornett Woods, a 554-acre old-growth forest in Letcher County the university uses as a an ecological study area.
There, they broke ground for a 2,200 sq ft research facility for which Eastern has received a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant.