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Internationally recognized physicist Sylvester James Gates Jr. will present a Chautauqua keynote address for Celebration of Science and Mathematics Week titled "Einstein v. Roberts: Does Diversity Matter in Science?", tonight, Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in O'Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendance slips will be provided for students.

Currently the Ford Foundation Professor of Physics at Brown University, Dr. Gates is one of the most distinguished scientists in America. A pioneer in the fields of supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory, Gates is the author of "Superspace," the first major book on the subject, as well as "Superstring Theory: the DNA of Reality." He has served on the President's Council on Science & Technology, was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2013, and was named "Scientist of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation in 2014.

Event Date: September 14; 7:30 p.m.
Location: O'Donnell Hall, Whitlock Building
Cost: Free

At the Parent Café, we share information and ideas that help us take care of ourselves, raise strong children and build strong relationships within our family. We welcome all parents with children of any age.

Sept. 26 Parent Cafe Topic: Building Strong Relationships with Your Children: As with any relationship, building a positive relationship between a caregiver and a child requires hard work, patience and understanding to make it strong and successful. Parenting is a tough job, and maintaining a strong relationship helps to ensure that families stay connected.

Upcoming Parent Cafe dates and topics:

Oct. 26 Parent Cafe Topic -- Dealing Positively with Strong Emotions: Your Own and Your Children's Emotions

Dec. 5 Parent Cafe Topic -- Vitality:Taking Good Care of Yourself

Space is limited. Click "More on This Announcement" to register.

Event Date: September 26; 2-3:15 p.m.
Location: Burrier 401
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Mary Sciaraffa, 622-2391
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The Dizney Lot will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, and remain closed on Friday, Sept. 15, to accommodate visitors and guests who will attend the dedication ceremony for Phase II of the Science Building. Guests will include several local and state elected officials and representatives. Employees who regularly park in the Dizney Lot will need to park elsewhere. Suggestions for alternative parking locations include Upper Commonwealth and Alumni Coliseum lots. Employee parking permits will be honored in commuter spaces in the AC lot that day.

Event Date: September 15; 

The Instructional Design Center’s updated “PD1 - Essentials of Online Courses” online course is open and accepting enrollments. This is a self-paced course appropriate for anyone who is preparing to teach online and who wants to learn the tools and functionality of EKU’s Blackboard learning management system. Some previews of the new Blackboard SaaS will also be demonstrated.

PD1 is a comprehensive, fully online course that consists of a series of interactive tutorials on how to create and use various Blackboard tools and functions. Topics include early course logistics, course content and assessment creation, course communication and grading. The time commitment for completing this course is 6-10 hours. The course will conclude on Dec. 10.

Note: this is a foundational, Blackboard technology class that is a precursor to the IDC’s eight-week Online Course Development and Teaching Certificate Program (PD2).

See full course description
Submit an application online

Event Date: September 15; Online
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Nedim Slijepcevic, 622-4839

The Madison County Farmers Market is at Irvine McDowell Park today. Enjoy the walk over for fresh fall veggies. We will sample Colliver Farm fresh burgers and brats with onions, peppers and mushrooms from the farmers. The first 10 employees to visit the EKU Employee Wellness table and say "GO BIG E, Let's Eat Healthy!" will receive $5 Farmers Market "bucks" to spend at the market.

Event Date: September 14; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Irvine McDowell Park
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Tammy Cornett, 622-8874
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The EKU Jazz Ensemble will be featured as part of the Annual Jazz Festival held at Old Fort Harrod State Park put on by Blue Groove Jazz, the Fort and the Mercer Chamber of Commerce.

1:30 p.m. Sept. 15-17
Location: Fort Harrod

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Looking for a great, family friendly, outdoor event to attend on Saturday? Family Nature Day at Maywoods is it. Spend the day participating in activities such as nature games, insect madness or outdoor Yoga. Enjoy music played by Matthew Pianalto and friends and have lunch from the concession stand. Click "More On This Announcement" below for a complete list of activities and registration form. Families are encouraged to pre-register, since some activities have limited space.

Event Date: September 16; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Maywoods, Crab Orchard
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Karen Pratt, 622-1476
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Geni Osborn, financial adviser with Waddell & Reed, and Shawn Rutherford of Ameritech Security will present a Lunch and Learn session on identity theft, an invisible crime that uses your name and financial good health to commit fraud and theft. A crime that can leave you unaware until the bill comes due and your credit is in shambles. The best way to stop identity theft is to prevent it from ever happening.

Class size is limited. Lunch is provided. Guests are welcome. RSVP is required.

For full invitation details, including start time, RSVP to Sarah Goad,, or call 859-514-6045 to receive an invitation with complete information.

Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with EKU, Shawn Rutherford or Ameritech Security.

Event Date: September 19; Noon
Location: Teaching and Learning Center, Keen Johnson Building
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Sarah Goad, 859-514-6045

Mark Spinosa with VALIC will be on campus Thursday, Sept. 28, to meet with employees in their office areas to discuss retirement features and investment options.

Click "More on This Announcement" below and use reservation code 0456RIC11AB to make an appointment.

Event Date: September 28; 
Location: Employee Offices

Break a board. Break barriers. Feel empowered! Free t-shirts and pizza.

Event Date: September 18; 5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Powell Corner
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Natalie Deering, 622-1303
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Featured Dishes:
Hearty Lasagna
Sautéed Zucchini & Yellow Squash
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Roast Beef & Provolone Panini
Texas BBQ Grilled Cheese
Apple Betty
Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Event Date: September 14; 10:45 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Upstairs Powell
Cost: $9.40

Contact Information: Jeremy Hacker, 622-5005
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