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2012 Press Room
The $100 Solution
(01/03/12) By Laurel Wilson, The Daily News
Many college students perform community service. But for 11 Western Kentucky University students, their grade last semester depended on implementing their own service project. (Read more)
WKU ALIVE Center to recognize outstanding volunteer service in region
(01/11/12) – WKU News Blog - Making phone calls, driving clients, mentoring children, teaching youth, planning fundraisers, speaking to groups... The list of how volunteers help nonprofits and the community can go on and on because people serve as a community's most valuable resource. (Read more)
Real Talk 2
(01/17/12) By Laurel Wilson, The Daily News
When Cynthia Johnson of Bowling Green became a therapist three years ago, she knew she wanted to help teens. (Read more)
WKU offices partner with Habitat to offer exterior home improvements
(01/24/12) – WKU News Blog - Susan Barbour, WKU Building Services Attendant, is one of many homeowners who sometimes find it difficult to complete repairs to their home. "Homes need maintenance," Barbour added. "If not, it will all fall apart." (Read more)
Adopted squadron thanks WKU offices for support during deployment
(01/24/12) – WKU News Blog - Army Command Sergeant Major John Brownell honored two WKU departments Monday, following his squadron's return from Afghanistan. Brownell presented a certificate of appreciation to the WKU Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS) and to the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships... (Read more)
Home repair tips for low income residents will be offered in 'Brush with Kindness'
The Daily News
Low-income families seeking assistance in making exterior home repairs can learn more about "A Brush with Kindness" at one of three application sessions.(Read more)
'Are You ALIVE?' week Feb. 13-17
(02/06/12) – WKU News Blog - Alive. It is a simple word. It means to be full of energy or to be vibrant and full of life. Everyone has something different that makes them come alive. Mahatma Gandhi said, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others (Read more)
$100 Solution program at WKU setting out to complete its 100th project
(02/06/12) – WKU News Blog - With less than three years on the campus of WKU, The $100 Solution™ program sets out to complete its 100th project involving the partnership of students with the local and international community. (Read more)
WKU volunteer organizations to unite for recruitment fair
(02/10/12) By Kayla Swanson – College Heights Herald
Student volunteers are encouraging their peers to roll up their sleeves and give back to the WKU community.
On Feb. 14, there will be a service fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DUC Courtyard, where several service organizations will have the opportunity to share information about their respective groups. (Read more)
WKU Service Fair Carries on Despite Weather
(02/14/12) By Kayla Swanson, College Heights Herald
Cold weather couldn't keep WKU's service organizations from sharing the love today.
Student volunteer groups joined together to recruit new members and encourage student involvement by participating in the Share the Love Service Fair at the Downing University Center Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Read more)
Volunteers to be recognized April 19 for service to campus and community
(03/28/12) – WKU News Blog Ray Grudzielanek spent years organizing events for the mentally disabled, volunteering with the Special Olympics, and distributing baskets to the poor. He has served more than 25,000 hours during his lifetime... (Read more)
2012 list of 'Summer Fun for Kids'
(04/02/12) – WKU News Blog - Every year, the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships shares information regarding summer activities for youth such as camps and events on campus and in the local community. (Read more)
(04/21/12) By LAUREL WILSON, The Daily News, firstname.lastname@example.org/783-3240 | 3 comments
About a dozen Western Kentucky University students began a 24-hour homeless simulation Friday night that continues today.
The goal is for students to understand the perspective of homeless people, said John Roberts, a graduate student from Scottsville who helped organize the event. (read more)
(04/23/12) By Mary Anne Andrews, College Heights Herald
Students, faculty and community volunteers began working to improve to five Bowling Green homes on Saturday.
This event called "A Brush With Kindness," is WKU's project with Habitat for Humanity and only one activity planned for WKU's ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships and Student Activities' Leadership and Volunteerism office's "Project Transform." (read more)
The $100 Solution™ program exceeds expectations of service-learning
(05/03/12) WKU News Blog - When registration opened for the spring semester, many WKU students never imagined how they would apply their coursework to make sustainable differences in the community through The $100 Solution™ program. "I had a friend who (the semester before) had done ... (read more)
WKU ALIVE Center's Summer Workshop Series begins on May 16
(05/07/12) WKU News Blog - The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships will begin its Summer Workshop Series on May 16 with a grant research workshop titled Finding Funds that Fit. Participants from across the region are invited to attend the workshop. Finding Funds that ... (read more)
Kentucky Engagement Conference at WKU Nov. 8-9; proposals due May 31
(05/14/12) WKU News Blog - On Nov. 8-9, WKU will host the Kentucky Engagement Conference for the first time since the conference began in 2006. The conference brings together academic administrators, faculty, staff and students to share best practices and learn trending ideas related to ... (read more)
Video on WKU $100 Solution™ project places 2nd at international conference
(06/05/12) WKU News Blog - A video featuring the $100 Solution™, a service-learning model imagined by WKU Scholar in Residence Bernard Strenecky, was selected as the second place winner for the 2012 NAFSA: Association of International Educators International Education Video Celebration. Dr. Strenecky and Dr. ... (read more)
Deadline approaches for ALIVE Center's Community Partnerships grant program
(06/26/12) WKU News Blog - Three times a year the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships distributes funding for projects that involve campus and community partnerships. The Center provided grants for four projects from the April deadline, and now encourages others to apply for the (read more)
Kentucky Engagement Conference will feature author Nicholas Longo
(07/11/12) WKU News Blog - The Kentucky Engagement Conference (KEC) committee has confirmed Nicholas V. Longo as a plenary speaker for the Nov. 8-9 event in Bowling Green. Longo is director of Global Studies and associate professor of Public and Community Service Studies at Providence ... (read more)
(07/26/12) By ALYSSA HARVEY The Daily News
Spotting Timothy in his newly constructed mulch bed was very difficult.
The baby turtle might have burrowed deep into the mulch near a tiny tree in an area created especially for him and other newly hatched turtles. (read more)
(08/05/12) By Laurel Wilson, The Daily News
A decade ago, about one of every 150 children was diagnosed with autism, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (read more)
For the last nine years countless students at WKU have chosen to start their college life by volunteering through a day of service titled Big Red's Blitz. In the last two years, 630 students participated and coordinators look forward to more than 300 students volunteering this year on Aug. 23. (read more)
(08/23/12) By Quiche Matchen, College Heights Herald
The cheers of WKU students could be heard all across campus as they got ready for Big Red's Blitz.
Aurelia Spaulding, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for WKU, said in an email "Big Red's Blitz is a day of service for MASTER Plan where students can go out and volunteer at different organizations throughout the community for up to four hours." (read more)
(08/24/12) By LAUREL WILSON, The Daily News
Several hundred Western Kentucky University freshmen spent time volunteering Thursday as part of Big Red's Blitz, an annual day of service during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, WKU's freshman orientation. (read more)
(08/28/12) By Quiche Matchen, College Heights Herald
In its ninth year, students are still lining up for Big Red's Blitz.
The MASTER Plan event rounds up students to go out and volunteer at different organizations around Bowling Green. (read more)
2nd keynote speaker confirmed for Kentucky Engagement Conference
(08/13/12) The second keynote speaker for the Kentucky Engagement Conference confirmed participation recently. Erica Williams, senior strategist at the Citizen Engagement Laboratory, will speak on Nov. 9 at the Knicely Conference Center at WKU's South Campus.
Registration for Teen Angel begins
(09/17/12) By Laurel Wilson, Daily News
Christmas is months away, but organizers of a program that provides gifts for local teens are preparing for the holiday.
Immigration issues focus of workshop
(09/19/12) Daily News
A workshop on immigration issues will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, 1818 U.S. 31-W By-Pass, a release said.
De Leon named PAGE fellow
(10/02/12) Daily News
Nadia De Leon, community engagement coordinator at the Western Kentucky University ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, has been named a member of the 2012-13 Publicly Alive Graduate Education Fellows, a release said.
U.S. Department of Education official to open Kentucky Engagement Conference
(10/10/12) The third plenary speaker for the Kentucky Engagement Conference confirmed participation recently, and registration opened for individual participants. The United States Department of Education's Under Secretary Martha Kanter will open the Kentucky Engagement Conference by speaking at the plenary
ALIVE Center's annual Campus and Community Network meeting Oct. 18
(10/15/12) A few years ago, the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships started the Campus and Community Network (CCN) to create partnerships to address community needs. The result has been more than 50 campus and community members working together.
Professional Marketing Association sponsors food drive
(10/18/12) By Melissa Hardin, Werkshop Marketing, Daily News
The Professional Marketing Association (PMA) of Bowling Green is sponsoring a drive to collect food to benefit the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. The food drive began on Tuesday, October 16. Local businesses will act as drop-off locations for non-perishable donations, which will then be distributed to those less fortunate in the community.
National education leader to speak at BG conference
(10/22/12) By Chuck Mason, Daily News
The U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter will highlight the two-day Kentucky Engagement Conference Nov. 8-9 as Western Kentucky University hosts the state meeting for the first time.
Sign-ups for Teen Angel drive near end
(10/27/12) Daily News
Heath Crawford was driving past his alma mater, Warren Central High School, on his way to work one day when he saw something on the marquee that caught his eye.
Preparations complete for Kentucky Engagement Conference Nov. 8-9
(11/05/12) The Kentucky Engagement Conference (KEC), hosted by WKU and organized by the WKU ALIVE Center and WKU Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility will take place Thursday and Friday (Nov. 8-9) at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center.
City hopes to help refugees, immigrants find local employment
(11/06/12) By Katie Brandenburg, The Daily News
The city of Bowling Green is trying to connect members of the refugee and immigrant populations to employers with a Refugee and Immigrant Job Development Forum on Thursday.
Kanter: America can do better job of educating kids
(11/09/12) By Chuck Mason, The Daily News
U.S. Department of Education Undersecretary Martha Kanter said Thursday that America can do a better job of educating children in the 21st century.
Department of Education official opens Kentucky Engagement Conference
(11/09/12) Martha Kanter, Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, was the opening speaker Thursday (Nov. 8) for the Kentucky Engagement Conference at WKU's Knicely Conference Center. The statewide conference, hosted by WKU and organized by the WKU ALIVE Center
Forum focuses on issue of homelessness
(11/12/12) By Taylor Harrison, Daily News
The South Central Kentucky Coalition on Homelessness is hosting a second annual forum tomorrow morning that will focus on homelessness prevention and other issues regarding homelessness in the Bowling Green community.
Forum aims to help homeless
(11/16/12) By Taylor Harrison, Daily News
The South Central Kentucky Coalition on Homelessness hosted a forum Tuesday on ways to prevent homelessness. The coalition doesn't just talk about ways to help the community. They actively do it.