Five years ago, you could find Kenna Smith, an EKU custodian, attending class in uniform on her lunch break. Today, she is a full-time student, finishing her bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks administration.
The Colonels are marching again. Thanks to $50,000 in scholarships for participating students and $20,000 from institutional sources and donors, one of EKU’s greatest traditions – its marching band – has been resurrected.
Like many EKU students, Student Government Association President Laura Jackson “grew up in a town with more hills than people.” Living in that small town inspired her dream of impacting the lives of fellow Appalachian citizens through a career in law.
When senior aviation major Kristena Cook reflects on her daily life, a 100-mile commute each way from her Louisville home to class at EKU while juggling her children, education and career amid constant exhaustion, she can only be grateful.
Four years ago, South Hall became the first LEED Gold-certified residence hall on a state university campus in Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky University has been honored again for its commitment to environmental stewardship as Phase 2 of the Science Building, the largest such facility on any college campus in the Commonwealth, has been granted LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council.