Inside Look

Student Speaker Learns New Meaning of "No"

Kelsi Peters

Three years ago, Eastern Kentucky University student Kelsi Peters was questioning if the major she had chosen was right for her. Her studies were not coming as easily as she had anticipated. She was worried she had failed, that she had seen the end of one of her lifelong dreams. She felt the universe telling her “No” to everything she wanted to do.

$20,000 Gift from Battelle to Support Student Research in the College of Science

Students receiving Battelle Research Scholarships and their faculty mentors.

As part of its charitable contribution plan, Battelle, a global nonprofit research and development organization, recently donated $20,000 to support student research in the College of Science at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Claire Crouch

Claire Crouch

What is the best thing about being a math major? According to Claire Crouch, “For me, it’s a puzzle…it’s getting to look at a puzzle every single day. It’s a different mystery to figure out and then I get to teach others how to figure it out too.”

Claire is from Danville, KY and attended Danville Christian Academy. She is an EKU Regents scholarship recipient and earned the Central Kentucky youth leadership and Boyle County youth leadership awards. She started at EKU in fall 2015 and is a double major in Math and French.

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Melanie Helvie

Melanie Helvie

May 2017


Melanie Helvie is pursuing a Geography Major with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She previously earned an Associate’s Degree from Lexington Community College and had a career as a certified Dental Technician, but always wanted to return to school for a bachelor’s degree. 

STUDENT OF THE MONTH: Tristan Elmore

Tristan Elmore

April 2017


Tristan Elmore was raised in Butler County, KY, a rural county that is not quite half-way-between the cities of Bowling Green and Owensboro. He is pursuing a degree in Wildlife Management.

Tristan chose to attend EKU because EKU has the most elite wildlife management program in the state. He said “If a person looks at Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff's educational background, they will realize that many of the staff are EKU wildlife management alumnus.”

EKU Game Design Program Ranks 47th Internationally

EKU Game Design

RICHMOND, Ky. –A survey in the Princeton Review ranked Eastern Kentucky University’s game design program 47th of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some other countries.

The company’s 40-question survey asked schools to report on everything from their academic offerings and lab facilities to their graduates’ starting salaries and career achievements. Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections: each school’s academics, facilities, career services, and technology.

Campus to Host Annual Kentucky Science Fair

Annual KY Science Fair

Eastern Kentucky University will host the 15th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students on Saturday, April 1.

The fair, sponsored by Lexmark and open to the public, is expected to feature the work of nearly 300 students who have advanced through local and regional events in 20 categories to compete for trophies, ribbons, university and private scholarships and special awards from the U.S. military, corporations and organizations.

Gift Funds Scholarships for Science, Math Majors

An anonymous gift of $1.25 million will fund scholarships in math and science at Eastern Kentucky University.

The donor provided an immediate donation of $250,000, with the balance of $1 million part of an estate gift.

Long Time EKU Custodian Says Goodbye!

Edna Renfro with President Benson, Tom Otieno and Jessica Hawksley

Edna Renfro has been a mainstay in the Roark, Moore, and Memorial Science Buildings for the past five years but today she says "Good-bye EKU, hello retirement".

Nine EKU Students Earn Awards at Kentucky Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Nine Eastern Kentucky University students earned awards at the Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Annual Meeting, held Nov. 4-5 at the University of Louisville.

Reika Haskell, Glen Burnie, Maryland, placed second in the Graduate Research Competition category.

Winners in the Undergraduate Research Oral Presentation category were: Lee Minzenberger, first place, Winchester, Kentucky; Ethan Sweet, second place, Corbin, Kentucky; Faithe Goff, second place, Beaver Dam, Kentucky; Laura Kelley, third place, Bagdad, Kentucky; and Earl Hollon, third place, Campton.