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Vengeance, murder, and betrayal are some of the themes taking center stage in the upcoming production of Medea by the Western Kentucky University Department of Theatre & Dance.

A Greek tragedy written by Euripedes, the story is centered around a woman out for revenge against her unfaithful husband.

"I think one of the reasons Medea has always been an interesting character is because she is so complicated," said Carol Jordan, an instructor with the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance, and the director/translator of the upcoming production. "She's incredibly smart. She's incredibly dynamic.


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Kentucky Mesonet at WKU has moved to a new location in Bowling Green. The mesonet is an expanding statewide network for weather and climate data.

Kentucky Mesonet has moved from the main Western Kentucky University campus to the school’s Center for Research and Development. The new location in the WKU business incubator is near a busy intersection of stores and restaurants.

“We’re excited about relocating here because we feel like it will create some synergies and open up some opportunities to be more engaged in public-private partnerships. A little bit more of an entrepreneurial aspect," said Stuart Foster, state climatologist and director of Kentucky Mesonet. "Not that we’re a business, but the data that we provide has a lot of application beyond academics.” 


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Ground was broken Monday for a residential complex in Bowling Green that will provide living, working, and recreational space to adults on the autism spectrum.

The residential buildings for LifeWorks at WKU will be located on Adams Street, near the campus of Western Kentucky University. Existing apartment buildings are being renovated for the project, with six residents scheduled to move in next fall.

“At WKU, we work to transform the lives of our students and elevate our community,” President Timothy Caboni said. “Public-private partnerships, such as this, are incredibly important to our efforts in accomplishing our mission.”

Western Kentucky University is doing away with the ACT as a factor in most scholarships for incoming freshmen, and will instead focus on high school grades. 

“It means that we’re going to place the emphasis on performance over four years of high school, instead of one day of testing," WKU President Timothy Caboni said in announcing the changes Tuesday. 

"And we also are going to reduce the GPA requirement to be eligible for those scholarships from a 3.3 down to a 3.0, and we’re increasing that minimum scholarship by $1,000,” said Caboni.


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Some students with learning and attention issues have outstanding skills in certain academic areas.  These kids are often called “twice-exceptional.”

They're gifted, and they have learning issues.  For instance, a child on the autism spectrum may also a gifted musician. 

As provost of Bridges Graduate School for Cognitive Diversity in Education, Dr. Susan Baum specializes in working with twice-exceptional children.  She spoke this week at Western Kentucky University and stopped by the WKU Public Radio studios to share some of her expertise.


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Indiana Tech is expanding its presence in Kentucky by opening a campus in Bowling Green. 

The school has a traditional campus in Fort Wayne, along with 18 other locations that primarily serve working adults. 

“The difference between us and other schools, is that even if they’re online students, we like to have people face to face to offer various types of support from admissions to tutoring to helping them with registration," said VP for Enrollment Management Steve Herendeen.

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Western Kentucky University wants to expand the number—and demographic—of students who take part in its Study Abroad program.

The school is trying to convince more students who are from low-income families or minority groups to study overseas.

Natasha Breu, a journalism major from Clarksville, Tennessee, is an example of the kind of student WKU wants to be a part of Study Abroad.


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The tragic images coming out of the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian are hitting home for three Western Kentucky University students from the Caribbean nation. 

One of them is freshman Khajzan Taylor, who said it’s hard to watch his community suffer, while he’s safely in the U.S.

“It does something to me because I’m so far away, and I hate to see my people in agony like that.”


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Western Kentucky University is hosting a support group this semester for LGBTQIA+ students.

LGBTQIA stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Allies. The plus sign at the end of the phrase is meant to include anyone who doesn't feel covered by the other terms. 

Katie Knackmuhs, a WKU counselor who is helping lead the group, said the goal is to create a supportive environment for students to develop a deeper community and maximize their collegiate experience.

She said some LGBTQIA+ students who arrive on campus are struggling with a lack of acceptance back home.

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As a new academic year begins, Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni says the school will continue to build on improvements made toward retaining and graduating more students. 

In his opening convocation to faculty and staff on Monday, Dr. Caboni said the first-to-second-semester persistence rate for students who began last fall was up four percent compared to 2017.  Bigger gains were made among low-income, minority, and first-generation students. 

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Western Kentucky University and Somerset Community College formally signed an agreement Thursday that will lead to expanded degree offerings in Pulaski County.

The partnership will allow WKU to offer bachelor’s degrees through SCC, a two-year college. The aim is to increase access for Pulaski County-area students with work or family obligations who need to remain in the region.

SCC President Carey Castle said increasing local college degree holders will have a wide-ranging impact.

“I was in a meeting this morning with Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority, and those industry individuals are just looking forward to this opportunity to get university graduates in the area.”

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As Western Kentucky University focuses on retaining and graduating more students, a housing project is getting underway to help the school achieve those goals. 

Demolition begins this week on Bemis Lawrence Hall to make way for the new first-year village that's designed to enhance the college experience for freshmen by connecting students with similar interests. 

The first-year village will feature pod-style housing, social areas, study rooms, and faculty and student mentors.

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The landmark legislation granting women in the U.S. the right to vote turns 100 years old this summer. 

To kick off a year-long celebration of the 19th Amendment, Western Kentucky University is hosting writer Elaine Weiss to campus.  Weiss, the author of The Woman's Hour, the Great Fight to Win the Vote, says the effort to force the vote in 1920 remains more than just a voting rights issue.

"It was about changing and challenging the role of women in society," Weiss told WKU Public Radio. "So it was cultural, it was societal, it was for some a moral debate about how women should be treated, were they more than just mothers and wives?"

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More than 150 authors will be in Bowling Green Friday and Saturday for the 2019 Southern Kentucky Book Festival. 

Festival Coordinator Sara Volpi says the annual event is a great way to introduce the Bowling Green area to authors and visitors.

"The authors enjoy coming in and meeting new fans, and seeing old fans too. There's a lot of authors to discover and a lot of unique talent that comes into Bowling Green, and for some of these people it's their first trip to Bowling Green."


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Western Kentucky University is closing a program on campus that promotes Chinese language and culture. 

In an email to faculty and staff on Monday, WKU President Timothy Caboni announced the school is terminating its agreement with the Confucius Institute. 

The institute came to WKU in 2010 and helps place Chinese language teachers in local K-through-12 schools, while also serving as a hub for teacher training and curriculum development.

“Though activities will phase out over the next several weeks, we will continue our dialogue with key partners to work toward a solution that allows WKU to continue our programming,” Dr. Caboni said. “We hope to strengthen, deepen and broaden our relationships with partner institutions in China throughout this process.”

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