Current Highlights & Opportunities: Students present research at international conference, Construction of new Honors College & International Center in real time

  • Gatton & Honors students present their research at international conference
  • Follow the construction of new Honors College & International Center in real time
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Follow the construction of the new Honors College & International Center in real time

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An artist’s rendering shows what the new honors college/international center will look like at Western Kentucky University

The new building is slated to open July 1, 2015.

Regularly updated webcam

Time lapse video from June 2014

Int’l/Honors Building to rise soon

Chuck Mason, Bowling Green Daily News, Mar 24, 2014

A $22 million three-story building housing the international programs and the Honors College at Western Kentucky University will soon be under construction along College Street.

A building permit for $14,671,450 for A&K Construction of Paducah to do the work was approved this week. All costs for the project, including land purchases, engineering, demolition and financing, will amount to $22 million.

A&K also constructed Gary Ransdell Hall and put up the temporary dining facility, Topper Cafe, during the Dero Downing Student Union renovation.

“We’ve put up the temporary fence, and the rebar will be on site Monday,” said Bill Boyd, vice president for A&K Construction. There has also been some additional geological testing in light of the sinkhole awareness raised by the incident at the National Corvette Museum, in which a sinkhole opened under the museum’s Skydome, swallowing eight Corvettes.

“Everything checked out,” Boyd said.

“We’re excited to start to get it in the ground,” said John Osborne, WKU vice president for campus services and facilities. “This has been a lengthy process.”

WKU’s Board of Regents in July authorized $22 million in bonds for the International Center/Honors College building. The total $37 million bond issue also provided $15 million for the final phase of the DSU renovation. Properties had to be purchased along College Street, including the relocation of several existing buildings.

The new building allows an opportunity to consolidate offices for the 1,300-student Honors College, said Clay Motley, Honors College associate director. “The biggest impact this is going to have is we will have a student-centered space. We’re kind of removed (physically) from the students,” with the current offices in an old house on the Hill down from Cherry Hall.

“This will foster a stronger connection,” Motley said. Many Honors College staff have offices in the Garrett Conference Center, also on the Hill.

Students admitted to the Honors College are in the top 6 percent of students in America taking the ACT, Motley said. The Honors College was founded in 2008.

The new building is closer to the three residence halls where the Honors College students live – Minton, Bates-Runner and McLean.

Seventy percent of the space in the new building will be devoted to the university’s support programs for international students. There are nearly 1,000 international students representing about 70 countries at WKU. Motley said as students enter the new facility they will be drawn immediately to the study abroad department. Motley said about 60 percent of Honors College students study overseas before graduating.

The just under 70,000-square-foot facility is slated to open July 1, 2015, said Kerra Ogden, project manager for capital construction at WKU.

The building will sport some special touches, such as three British telephone booths in the lobby, Ogden said. Outside, 20 flagpoles will display flags of the countries from which WKU international students hail. There will also be an outdoor classroom area behind the building.

Ogden and Motley said the plan is to provide as many opportunities as possible for international and Honor College students to gather. “We’ve brought in a branding consultant to help with the project,” Ogden said.

Motley said Honors College students are not walled off from the rest of the campus.

“Our purpose is to help WKU in all of its academic units,” Motley said.

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Gatton & Honors students present their research at international conference

Paige Volpenheim

Stephanie Gaiko

Paige Volpenhein (above) of Gatton Academy and Stephanie Gaiko (below) of the Honors College presenting their research findings at an international conference with attendees from 28 countries. Paige and Stephanie worked with Dr. Scott Arnett in EXS and Dr. Don Hoover in DPT. Bottom line: Get involved in research with EXS faculty, as it enriches student understanding of exercise science and it usually leads to opportunities to travel with the costs covered by the University.

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Community Band Concerts: Each Thursday, 7-8.30pm, in June 2014, FAC Outdoors

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – WKU Cultural Enhancement Series, Van Meter Hall, WKU, Bowling Green, KY, Sep 30, 2014, 7.30pm CT

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Mission Statement

In the Spirit of Swing

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy. We believe Jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today.

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Spring 2014 Graduation & Commencement: Medallions & Ceremony

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Congratulations to your graduation! We are very proud of you!

Here are some important reminders

  • Please pick up your medallion by 4.30pm this Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Honors College
  • Please submit the Honors College Graduation Survey that was emailed to you
  • Please call the Honors College at 270-745-2081 if you have any questions

Commencement Ceremonies

  • Please be in the gym at least 45 minutes before the start of the ceremony (see below)
  • Ceremony starts at 9.30am: College of Education & Behavioral Sciences, Ogden College of Science & Engineering
  • Ceremony starts at 2pm: Potter College of Arts & Letters
  • Ceremony starts at 6pm: College of Health & Human Services, Gordon Ford College of Business


  • Please go to the front of your commencement line behind your College Banner
  • Order of lineup: 1. Graduate students; 2. Undergraduate Scholars; 3. Honors College graduates; 4. Honors Program graduates; 5. Honors in the Major graduates; 6. the rest of you College’s undergraduate graduates
  • If you have someone you would like to sit with who is not in the Honors College, line up at the back of the Honors College line and have them stand right behind you so you are all together
  • If you have any questions, Ami or Wolfgang and the Marshalls will all be there to help you
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Western Kentucky Film Festival 2014: May 4 – 9, Mass Media & Technology Hall (MMTH) Auditorium


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