Jan. 23 Eastern Standard Preview

Jan 20, 2020

On this week's program, the care and feeding of the Kentucky mind. Eastern Kentucky University Interim President David McFaddin and University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto.  And, Prichard Committee executive director, Brigitte Blom Ramsey makes a 'big bold ask' from a budget-strapped state legislature.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358


Well over a hundred educators gathered at Eastern Kentucky University last week for what was believed to be the first conference in Kentucky focusing on helping first generation college students succeed. 

The Gen1 conference on EKU’s campus covered various topics including a discussion of ways to make first time college students feel more comfortable around professors. John Stradda is a senior lecturer in Eastern’s Department of Communication.  He is also a faculty in residence, living in a residence hall.

Melanie Givan / EKU College of Geosciences

Dr. Melissa Dieckmann visited the WEKU studios to tell us about her project that highlights people of diversity in the STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Dieckmann says that each month the display case in the EKU Science Building will feature notable people of diversity.


Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Director Steve Lochmueller  has resigned.  In a news release, the university says the former University of Kentucky athlete stepped down to pursue other opportunities. 

Lochmueller came to the Richmond campus to serve as AD in 2015.  He hired a number of coaches including football coach Mark Elder, men’s basketball coach A.W. Hamilton, and first year women’s basketball coach Samantha Williams. 

Gwendolyn Graham

In Today's Interview, Curator Gwendolyn Graham visited the WEKU studios to share the latest exhibit at EKU's Giles Gallery. The exhibition displays Contemporary African American Artists in Kentucky and African art. Listen to the interview about My Kentucky State of Mind.


WEKU Director and General Manager Mike Savage has been elected to the Board of Directors for National Public Radio (NPR). This is Savage’s second term as a member director. His three-year term begins in November.

NPR's 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of 12 member directors who are managers of NPR member stations and are elected to the board by their fellow member stations.

Eastern Standard for September 12, 2019

Sep 12, 2019

EKU President Michael Benson on his new book about the origins of the modern research university. Council for Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson on the findings of his statewide listening tours. Prichard Committee Executive Director Brigitte Blom Ramsey on the results of a statewide survey on education in Kentucky.


Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358


With pension questions still unresolved, Eastern Kentucky University regents Thursday stressed the need for quick, unified action. The state recently approved House Bill 1 that requires universities and other state agencies to make a decision to stay or leave the Kentucky Employees Retirement System. The regents received a list of possible actions that include installment or lump sum payouts and the option for some employees hired before 2013 to remain in the system.

Eastern Standard Preview

Aug 26, 2019

The hemp industry moves to self-regulation. Medical Marijuana is up for discussion in Kentucky. Suicide prevention is focus of events at EKU. Tree Week returns to Lexington. Details of the Origins Jazz Series season opener.

Contact: Tom Martin at es@eku.edu or leave voicemail at 859-622-9358

Eastern Standard Preview

Jul 1, 2019

ReThink Rural helps "those who are searching for a simpler, rural lifestyle get a firsthand view of what that life could be like." An interview with Rethink founder Madeline Moore from her home in Chinook, Washington. Bringing about understanding between military veterans and civilians is the goal of EKU's first-in-nation Veterans Studies Program. A conversation with the program's co-founder, Dr .Travis Martin. Craft cider is joining bourbon, beer and wine production in and around Lexington.

Gov. Matt Bevin has vetoed a bill that would have provided some financial relief to regional universities and agencies like local health departments that are facing massive increases in the amount they have to pay in to the state pension system.

Bevin also said he intends to call a special legislative session to address the issue before July 1 of this year.

Courtesy Merritt Family

I’m not usually one to name-drop but my brother Pat Meehan is Santa Claus. A real, professional Santa.

Sitting in his home office fresh from work, he’s wearing black suspenders and a red T-shirt. There at least six other Santa outfits in his closet including beach Santa. His thick, white beard (yes, a real one) shimmers faintly with glitter.

It goes without saying that Pat is really into being Santa. He’s been doing it for 40 years.

But even Pat understands how the 


Protestors chanted on one side of the Eastern Bypass and supporters cheered on the other as President Donald J. Trump's motorcade pulled into Alumni Coliseum at Eastern Kentucky University.

It was a divide in evidence throughout the president's visit Saturday.

President Trump To Hold Rally At EKU

Oct 6, 2018
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President Donald J. Trump will hold a rally at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 13.

EKU President Michael Benson sent a campus-wide email on Friday night to announce the event. Benson said this is the first time a sitting president has visited the Richmond campus.

Courtesy Eastern Kentucky University

Officials at Eastern Kentucky University are working to raise awareness of an alcohol and drug medical amnesty policy.The medical amnesty policy is designed for the safety of students."

EKU OSHA Course Focuses on Confined Space Safety

Jul 9, 2018
Stu Johnson

A large tube structure with confined space was positioned Monday in Eastern Kentucky University’s Perkins parking lot.  EKU safety interns and those already in the profession participated in the U.S. Military Safety Certification Course.  

George Bonney works at the Chief Joseph Dam in Bridgeport Washington. “Cause in a hydro power dam you’re talking, it was built 50 years ago, so confined space is everywhere.  Confined space is everywhere throughout the dam,” said Bonney.

Senate GOP Majority Caucus Stages Retreat in Berea

Nov 30, 2017
Stu Johnson

The president of the Kentucky senate says a special legislative session on pension reforms could still happen between now and the end of December.  Robert Stivers admits the window of opportunity for a likely five day session is closing a bit day by day.

Stivers along with other GOP senate leaders are in Berea for a majority caucus retreat. 

Parents Speak Out on Future of EKU's Model School

Oct 4, 2017

The future of Kentucky’s last-remaining laboratory school is under discussion in Richmond. 

More than a hundred parents packed an Eastern Kentucky University meeting room Tuesday night to hear information and offer comments on the school’s future, including the possibility of it becoming a charter school.

Mary Meehan

A new program designed to support students who are single parents has begun on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

WEKU’s Mary Meehan reports that Scholar House is about much more than housing.


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.

EKU/Berea College Assist in Oneida School Library Updates

Apr 6, 2017
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Children attending a southeastern Kentucky elementary school are participating in a whole new library experience. The changes have been made possible through a joint project by Eastern Kentucky University and Berea


'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.    

EKU Aviation Program Highlighted At Capitol

Feb 24, 2017

Eastern Kentucky University officials participated Thursday in the first Aerospace and Aviation Day event at the state Capitol, highlighting the role the college plays in meeting the command for commercial pilots for years to come .

Assistant Aviation Professor Joe Marthaler said hundreds of thousands of pilots will be needed to fly aircraft over the next 15 years.  EKU’s aviation program, initiated in the early 1980’s, can help out with that. “They can’t fill those spots fast enough right now and that’s what EKU is hoping to tap.”


EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

Feb 14, 2017
Marisa Hempel

Kentucky’s universities are facing performance-based funding, likely to be mandated by the General Assembly and the governor. Meanwhile Eastern Kentucky University continues planning for tighter budgets while continuing to revitalize the campus in Richmond.

Stu Johnson/WEKU

Dozens of Kentucky college students rallied for nearly two hours in Frankfort Monday to show their concerns about tuition and student debt  

Student leaders and a number of state office-holders drew repeated cheers in the capitol rotunda.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We apologize for the misspelling and mispronunciation of Bruce Horseman's name. Copy below has been corrected - JH


Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider legislation to formalize a performance-based funding structure for the state university system.  But, there remains some “angst”, as one school president said, about future funding consequences. 


Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved  borrowing  up to $75 million for new construction and 

renovation work at the Richmond campus.

 EKU Vice President for Finance and Administration Barry Poynter said the projects will include a new student recreation/wellness center, a pedestrian walkway over the Eastern By-Pass, and renovation of the current student center building. 


University officials across Kentucky are beginning to develop tuition rates for the fall semester.  Officials with the state’s higher education governing body are also gathering figures.


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  As classes get underway for the spring the campus pedway is back in business.

Much of the pedway flooring fell to the pavement after the truck wedged under the structure crossing Lancaster Avenue in September.



The future of performance-based funding for Kentucky's universities is now back in the hands of the governor and state lawmakers. Members of Eastern Kentucky University's Board of Regents received an update Monday.