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Parking Correction: The Perkins Lot will remain open for the spring 2021 semester, but may need to be reserved for special events throughout the spring semester. Lot impacts will be communicated on a case-by-case basis and the Big E Lot will remain available as a convenient parking option during these times. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Spring 2021 Semester
Location: Perkins Lot

Contact Information: EKU Parking & Transportation, 622-7275

Catch up on the very latest in campus news at EKU Stories. Click "More On This Announcement" below for news on students, colleagues, alumni and more.

Featured Stories
Undergraduate Students to Get Free Textbooks with EKU BookSmart
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"Frametown" Documentary Highlights Women Firefighters in Vital Roles
Ellis Named Foundation Board Chair
Eastern Hosts College Fair High Schoolers Via Drive Thru

Have a story? Email Lanny Brannock at or use the online form.

The Student Recreation Center will operate on modified hours on Monday, Jan. 18, for Martin Luther King Day. Hours are listed below:

Student Recreation Center: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Aquatic Center: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
Climbing Center: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
eSports Lounge: 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Spring semester hours will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Event Date: January 18; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Student Recreation Center

Contact Information: Ryan Fisher, 622-1183

Jonathan Sikora of EKU IT will demonstrate several new features in Blackboard, including the new Visual Editor, Bb Annotate grading tool, the Accessibility Report, new options in Collaborate and we will also discuss some upcoming new features.

Register to Attend Here (Zoom link emailed after registration.)

Event Date: January 20; 11 a.m.
Location: Online via Zoom

Contact Information: Nedim Slijepcevic

Find out more about how these free and easy-to-use programs can enhance student connections and engagement.

Register by clicking "More On This Announcement" below to receive the meeting link.

Event Date: January 29; 9:30-10 a.m.
Location: Online

Take a moment to review the list of spring 2021 faculty programming, offered through the Noel Studio and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

Over 20 TLI sessions, providing tips to facilitate effective teaching and learning, are now available for registration.

Topics include:
-Communicating on Blackboard
-Encouraging Student Discussion
-Critical Reading Faculty Panels
-Midterm Recovery Strategies

More topics and three Professional Learning Communities are available to join as well. Click "More On This Announcement" below for details.

E-Campus “PD1 – Introduction to Blackboard SaaS” 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 SaaS.

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, grading and more. The time commitment for completing this course is between 6-10 hours.

See full course description
Submit an application online

Event Date: January 14; Asynchronous
Location: Online

Contact Information: Nedim Slijepcevic

E-Campus eight-week Faculty Development Online Course Development and Teaching Certificate program is scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 8, and run through Friday, April 2.

This is an intensive 100% online professional development program for EKU faculty (adjunct faculty and staff are welcome). You will come away with a much better understanding of what it takes to create a well-designed online course and the pedagogy that goes behind it to provide EKU students with the best possible learning experience.

We have a few spots left. Don't hesitate to join us for an extremely beneficial learning experience in the world of online teaching and learning.

Event Date: February 08; 1 p.m.
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Nedim Slijepcevic

Ungrading, within the context of this Professional Learning Community (PLC), refers to any change in teaching that shifts the focus away from grades. In previous PLCs, these changes have ranged from entirely gradeless classrooms to a single ungraded assignment. Research has shown that grades limit creativity, discourage marginalized students and undermine evaluative feedback. Students internalize grades, comparing themselves to others, putting extrinsic rewards above their interests and needs. But how can ungraded approaches and gradeless classrooms be used practically? Participants will answer this question in a workshop setting.

Register by clicking "More On This Announcement" below.

Synchronous meetings, TBD by participants
Location: Online

Do you have publishable data that is becoming more and more irrelevant every semester that you do not write it up? Do you have trouble finding the time to sit and write those pesky results? If so, this professional learning community (PLC) is for you!

We will have biweekly meetings in which we will cover the full process from data to publication. Participating in this PLC you will find a good journal, clean your data, run the analyses, create relevant figures and/or tables, interpret the results, write a draft, and submit for publication. All while being supported by an interdisciplinary group of faculty who are struggling through this process just like you are!

Register by clicking "More on This Announcement" below.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Online

Learn to break down barriers to learning by building rapport with students and helping them establish interpersonal connections in traditional, hybrid and online environments. This session will feature lessons learned from First-Year Courses instructors and an exceptional peer-mentor who found ways to reach students whose first semester took place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics to be covered are: empathy, communication, trends among incoming students, transparent design, academic recovery and cultivating intrinsic motivation. Expect to walk away with practical approaches and adaptable lesson plans. Examples of instructional videos, group assignments and recovery workshops will be shared. You are encouraged to bring your own best practices to share during the follow-up discussion.

To register, click "More On This Announcement" below.

Event Date: January 14; 2-3 p.m.
Location: Online

The Facilitation Center at EKU will hold two "Meeting Management & Facilitation Skills" workshops this spring.

This introductory workshop will strengthen meeting facilitation skills to better prepare for and facilitate effective meetings and projects. Key topics include meeting design and planning, engaging in-person and virtual meeting environments, generating creative ideas, visuals and display-thinking and group dynamics. This interactive session includes participatory demonstrations and hands-on practice facilitating during the session. This workshop is designed for those new to facilitation or with limited experience.

Register for one of two sessions:
Feb. 24-25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day
March 23-25,9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day

Registration is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis.

Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: $499

Contact Information: Sarah Gilbert, 622-8653
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Join us for a soothing yoga practice that invites you to stretch, ground and center with restorative poses and gentle movement. All levels of experience are invited to participate.

Event Date: January 14; 10:30 a.m.
Location: Online
Cost: Free

Contact Information: Natalie Deering, 622-1303
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