News From the Hill - August 2012

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August News From the Hill

Members of the 21st class of WKU's Hall of Distinguished Alumni are (from left) Russ Faxon, Margaret Munday and Victor Strahm. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 19 during Homecoming week.

Letter From the Executive Director
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Greetings from the Hill!

The fall semester is fast approaching, and we are eager to welcome everyone back to the Hill, especially our new freshmen – the class of 2016. We are looking forward to teaching these future alumni about the history and traditions of WKU. It is important for these students to stay the course toward Commencement in 2016, but we also want them to realize their connection with WKU is not just a four-year experience. The relationship they develop with their alma mater is truly a lifelong journey. 

Our role as alumni is to help set the example for these current students to follow in the years to come, so please continue to stay involved with WKU and help your institution by volunteering time, recruiting future students, mentoring current students, providing financial support, wearing WKU gear, and waving the red towel with pride. 

It's an exciting time to be a Hilltopper, and I hope you will continue to build your own connection with WKU in meaningful ways. Always remember, "The Spirit Makes the Master."

Donald Smith '94
Executive Director
WKU Alumni Association

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University News

• Kentucky Senate Recognizes Gatton Academy for No. 1 Newsweek Ranking

• ISSS Planning Activities to Welcome 140 New International Students to WKU

• Aug. 18 Tailgate Event at WKU-Glasgow to Benefit Junior Achievement

• WKU Fiji Chapter Receives Awards

• Kentucky Folklife Program Moves to New Home at WKU

•'Curiosity on Mars' Featured in Presentation at Hardin Planetarium

• WKU's Student Veterans Alliance to host 9/11 Heroes Run on Sept. 8

• Biotechnology Research Program Prepares Students for Graduate School

• WKU, Somerset Community College Sign Joint Admissions Agreement

• 3 WKYU-PBS Producers Honored with Emmy Awards for 'MainStreet'

• WKU Chemistry Department Receives $267,000 Research Grant from NSF

• Gheens Foundation Makes Gift to Support WKU's SKyTeach Program

Athletic News

• WKU Senior Beard, Recent Graduate Kleeschulte Competing in U.S. Amateur This Week

• WKU Fans Encouraged to Pledge Their Allegiance to WKU by Registering With College Colors Day

• Claire Donahue Makes WKU History, Claims Gold Medal in 4x100 Medley Relay at 2012 Olympics

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Chinese Autism Research

A 2010 WKU graduate from Franklin, KY is well on her way to blazing a trail in the field of autism research in China. In this week's View from the Hill, Rachel Reetzke talks about the path that's led her to this point.



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