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Stu Johnson

Representatives from several public safety agencies gathered for the first of a series of meetings in preparation for President Trump’s visit to Richmond this weekend. 

Stu Johnson

Ranked number eighth nationally, Jacksonville State scored first and then continued that trend in handing the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels a 56 to seven defeat at Roy Kidd Stadium Saturday. 

The Gamecocks led 28 to zero at the half and extended the lead by 21 more points before EKU scored in the fourth quarter to avoid a shutout.  Jacksonville State, the defending Ohio Valley Conference Champion, racked up 637 total yards of offense in the game compared to 147 for Eastern Kentucky.

EKU Recognized Nationally for Water Conservation

Sep 17, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University carries a top ten ranking nationally in its efforts to conserve water on the Richmond campus.  EKU is listed fourth among colleges and universities in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index.

Eastern Standard: September 13, 2018

Sep 13, 2018

On this week's Eastern Standard Host Tom Martin speaks with explorers Amy and Dave Freeman about their many experiences that will launch tonight's EKU Chautauqua lecture series.

When you take coal-mining and manufacturing out of Eastern Kentucky's economic picture, what remains?

Host Tom Martin poses this question to Eastern Kentucky University's Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. James Maples. Trained as a political economist, his focused expertise is in Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Research.

Continue the conversation with Tom Martin and Dr. James Maples on Eastern Standard this week. Listen to WEKU's local news magazine, Thursdays at 11:00am and a rebroadcast on Sundays at 6:00pm. 

courtesy Josh Hendricks

A team of researchers at Eastern Kentucky University is leading an ongoing study of copperhead snakes in Red River Gorge.

The goal is to learn more about the snakes and minimize their interaction with the tourists.

Eastern Kentucky University Increases Solar Power

Jul 30, 2018
Kishore Acharya

Work got underway Monday to significantly increase the use of solar power at Eastern Kentucky University.   The project involves the installation of 120 solar panels on top of the north wing of the science building.


Eastern Kentucky University and the City of Richmond are partnering to bring an assisted living community to the Madison County campus.   It’s expected to benefit seniors while also providing educational and employment opportunities for Eastern students.

Plans call for the assisted living facility to be developed, owned, and operated by a private enterprise. 

Model Lab School Welcomes New Principal

Jun 29, 2018
Stu Johnson

The new principal at Model Laboratory School on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus is excited about the opportunity to explore the school’s relationship with college students.   Naylor, who served as a Marine, is optimistic about seeing a new Model building near its current location.

David Naylor has been an educator for 13 years. In recent years he’s worked in Florida as an assistant principal at a fine arts academy and an elementary school.

He comes to Model as the school community is exploring a new building.

Stu Johnson

Model Laboratory School in Richmond will, for now, be staying as is. Eastern Kentucky University officials had considered becoming a charter school as a way to help fund construction of a new facility.

EKU President Outlines Potential Budget Reductions

Mar 22, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson is alerting the university community of far reaching cost saving measures now under consideration.  That could include job reductions totaling 200.

In a campus wide email, Benson said the Budget Advisory Committee was charged with coming up with a plan to deal with an anticipated $25 million budget impact over the 2019-2020 fiscal years.  He says the budget dilemma involves additional pension costs, along with projected state cuts in funding, plus decreased tuition revenues.

EKU Men's Head Basketball Coach Dan McHale Let Go

Feb 26, 2018

Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball coach Dan McHale has been let go.  Word of his termination as head coach came Monday from Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller. McHale just completed his third year at EKU, compiling a 38 and 55 record with an 11 and 20 mark this season. 

McHale spoke with Eastern play-by-play announcer Greg Stotelmyer following Saturday’s season ending loss at Morehead.

Stu Johnson

Preliminary work continues to convert Eastern Kentucky University’s Model Laboratory School into a charter school.  Come January a steering committee will tackle a number of key issues.


Eastern Kentucky University is considering freezing student tuition for a year.   Word of the proposal was announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday.

Cheri Lawson

Eastern Kentucky University officials estimate as many as a thousand children and adults participated in activities on the school’s Richmond campus during this Monday's solar eclipse.


Many of them gathered in the courtyard outside the Perkins Building and the Hummel Planetarium.


Here are the reactions of some of them:

Ky Universities Proposing Separate Pension System

Aug 16, 2017
Stu Johnson

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says a proposal for state schools to move out of the state retirement system is under discussion.  

The university president spoke during the annual convocation before faculty and staff Tuesday in Richmond. 


Eastern Kentucky University’s nearly 2000 Richmond campus employees are returning this week to a more traditional work schedule.
That comes following a summer with a modified schedule, all in the name of saving energy.



The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a  new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

The board also heard details about a proposed statewide student fee to help meet campus facility needs.


Eastern Kentucky University has announced it will privatize custodial and grounds maintenance on its Richmond campus. 

The new contract goes into effect in August.


The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has adopted tuition, room and board, and meal plan rates for the fall semester.  The board Monday also got an update on campus construction projects.

The EKU board voted to increase undergraduate resident tuition by 5%, or $214 dollar per semester.  In addition, the meal plan costs will go up 3.5%.  The regents acted to up residence hall rates by about 10%, with some variation among dorms and living arrangements.  The  tuition rates must still go before the State Council on Postsecondary Education for its approval.

EKU Events Recognize American Chestnut

Apr 20, 2017
Stu Johnson

With this month’s Arbor Day recognition fast approaching, officials at Eastern Kentucky University staged various tree related activities at the historic Elmwood estate Thursday. The emphasis was on the American Chestnut.

'Living With Animals,' Focus of Conference at EKU

Mar 23, 2017

Eastern Kentucky University is hosting its biennial "Living with Animals" conference.  The international conference includes presenters and attendees from countries like Germany, France, Denmark, and Sweden.    


Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert.

EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd.

A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter.

A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments with a gun, then threatened to shoot through the door before leaving.

EKU Senior Serves on Higher Ed Policy Group

Oct 4, 2016

An Eastern Kentucky University senior from Hollywood, Florida is making his mark on Kentucky’s higher education policy organization.  The political science major is serving on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Madison Students Schooled in Financial Reality

Oct 4, 2016
Stu Johnson

A large group of Madison County 8th graders have been schooled in adulthood budgetary decision making.  Monday brought a dose of reality at the ‘Reality Store’ at Eastern Kentucky University.

The students are assigned a profession and then set about making decisions about everything from a car purchase to daycare to groceries, based on estimated earnings. 


Educators at Kentucky’s Community and Technical Colleges and universities are establishing a new strategy for incoming freshmen with below-benchmark academic achievement scores. Officials from Kentucky schools gathered last week at Eastern Kentucky University.

Participants at the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education conference focused on corequisite course work. A corequisite is a course of study required to be taken simultaneously with another.


Various positions regarding ‘concealed weapons’ have been discussed at Eastern Kentucky University Friday, during the first Campus Safety Summit.

Repairs Underway on EKU Pedway

Sep 15, 2016
Stu Johnson

Reconstruction work is progressing on a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. A contractor hopes to see the affected roadway reopen next week.

A commercial truck with a raised hydraulic lift plowed into the overhead walkway Friday.  Danny Price is Vice President of Contractor E.C. Matthews. He says removal work this week will hopefully pave the way for re-opening a portion of Lancaster Avenue next week.

EKU Regents Consider Suspending Academic Programs

Aug 19, 2016


This year's tight financial situation is causing Eastern Kentucky University officials to consider suspending a total of 21 academic programs.  Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost Janna Vice brought the matter before the Board of Regents during a special meeting Thursday.

The proposed cuts are only recommendations at this point.  The discussion is, in part, due to a $7 million budget reduction planned for the 2017/18 fiscal year.  Any decision to suspend the academic programs would not affect current students. 

John Hingsbergen

As faculty and staff prepare for the Fall Academic Term, Eastern Kentucky University’s President gave his annual convocation address yesterday. Dr. Michael Benson projected an upbeat attitude about the school’s present and future.