Browse Interviews (116 total)

EKU President

EKU President

In this interview, EKU faculty member Dr. Jon McChesney describes his educational experiences and the ways that has EKU influenced his life.

Richard Givan is a native of Louisville and an EKU alumni. In this interview Givan describes campus life and his major, English. He joined the US Navy his senior year and discusses the attitudes of students toward the Vietnam War. Upon his return from service he began teaching courses in the College of Law Enforcement.

Jack Adams is a native of Laurel County and an EKU alumni. In this interview Adams discusses going to EKU on a basketball scholarship and his corresponding basketball career. He recalls professors and coaches who influenced his education career. Upon graduation he was an alternate for the Olympic basketball team. He discusses becoming the assistant…

Jaleh Rezaie is a native of Iran. In this interview she discusses getting married and coming to the United States for higher education, where she attended the University of Kentucky and EKU. She was hired on EKU as a math teacher and would become the first chair of the Department of Computer Science after the Mathematics and Computer Sciences…

Robert Fraas is a native of Archbold, Ohio. He was hired on at EKU to teach chemistry and switched over to the College of Law Enforcement with the newly funded program in forensic science. He discusses the role Joe Schwendeman played in integrating the program into the Chemistry Department. He also comments on past students, faculty and the various…

Worley Johnson is a native of Floyd County and an EKU alumni. He discusses campus life and the friends he has made at EKU. He also discusses his return to EKU and the changes he has seen.

John Denton is a native of Cumberland County, TN. He attended University of Tennessee at 16 years old. In this interview Denton describes his college career and the ROTC experience. He joined the Army after obtaining his master's degree and served in the Vietnam war.

Ferrell Wellman is a native of Kentucky. He attended University of Kentucky, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Louisville. He received his draft notice in 1971 and went on active duty in January 1971. In this interview Wellman discusses his instructors and the courses he took while in college. He discusses deciding to…

Lisa Kay is a native of Pulaski County. She attended EKU, and University of Kentucky. In this interview she discusses campus life, instructors, and the courses she took as a student. She has taught at EKU, Somerset Community College, and University of Kentucky. She comments on her career choice of EKU, teaching statistics and the usefulness of the…

Julie Bucknam was born in Wisconsin but lived in Corbin before attending EKU. In this interview she describes campus life, the dorms, and influential professors. She discusses her decision for returning to EKU as a professor in the Art Department.

Isabelle White attended EKU and is a instructor in the English Department. In this interview she discusses campus life, courses taken, and various instructors. She was the founding member of Kappa Delta Tau, a service oriented campus organization. She discusses the beginnings of Women's Studies Program and how EKU has influenced her life.

Elaine Tackett is a Fayette County native and an EKU faculty member in the Department of Government. In this interview she discusses her reasons for attending EKU and campus life. She also attended Chase Law School in Northern Kentucky and practiced law in Eastern Kentucky before being employed with EKU.

David Allgier is an Ohio native who attended Indiana University, where he left with a Bachelor's in Accounting and Master's in Management. In this interview he reflects on early technology, "IBM cards", and wiring electronics. He discusses coming to EKU and the opportunity to see new ideas put into action and rapid growths in administrative…

Charles Gibson is a native of Kentucky and a US Navy veteran. In this interview he discusses attending EKU, his instructors, Ralph Whalen and Homer Davis. He also reflects on the changes to the campus, from new buildings to new programs. He also comments on his responsibilities as the Dean of the Graduate School and compares other graduate programs…

James Chenault is a native of Madison County, KY. He attended EKU and discusses campus life, instructors and his military experience with the US Navy. He also discusses law school at the University of Kentucky and his career of being an attorney and Circuit Court Judge. He also comments on his continued involvement with EKU.

Richard Thomas is a native of Kentucky and a US Air Force veteran. He attended EKU and shares his impressions of campus life. He also discusses working at EKU after graduation and later working at the University of Kentucky Hospital. After working in South Carolina he returned to work at Pattie A. Clay Hospital, Richmond KY. He describes the impact…

Robert McKinney was born in Hart County, Kentucky. He joined the Army after high school and upon being discharged he was hired by the Louisville Police Department. He would later join the State Police force before coming to EKU to help start the Law Enforcement Training Program. In this interview, McKinney describes working as a police officer and…

Cindy Peck was born in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Stanford High School in Stanford, Kentucky, in 1973; upon which she immediately enrolled at EKU. She changed her major six times before settling on English. In this interview, Peck describes her path from a student to EKU Employee, and notes the differences between her time as a student and…

Guy Strong was born in Irvine, Kentucky, where he played multiple sports growing up. He attended the University of Kentucky from 1948-1951, on a basketball scholarship, where he found himself on a national championship team. He transferred to EKU for one year before entering the military and serving in the Korean War. He then returned to EKU on the…

Ron Marionneaux was born in Monroe, Louisiana. After attending Louisiana Tech, Dr. Marionneaux joined the Army. He returned to college at Northeast Louisiana State College and completed his PhD at Indiana University in 1970. In this interview, he talks about the accidental meeting by the incoming chair of the Geography Department at EKU and being…

Roland Wierwille was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to German parents. He attended the University of Cincinnati for one semester to play basketball, but came to EKU on a basketball scholarship in 1958, majoring in physical education and economic education. In this interview, Wierwille describes attending EKU and coaching at Transylvania University and…

Jill Allgier was born in Riverside, California, and came to Richmond when her husband was hired at EKU. Allgier was hired as Assistant Registrar in 1981 and later became Registrar in 1989, a position she held until she retired in 2005. Allgier discusses coming to EKU and the challenges she faced as Registrar. She remembers "The EKU Women" and the…

William Sexton was born in Carlisle, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky for one semester before transferring to EKU. During his time at Eastern, Sexton moved from student to faculty, to department chair to dean, and then up to two vice-presidencies. In his interview, he describes what he has done at EKU, including leaving to join the…

Bill Clouse was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but attending school in Richmond, Kentucky, graduating from Madison High School. He came to EKU to study pre-med but he later applied to law school. In his interview, Clouse describes life during his time at EKU, including memorable instructors, campus events (including Vietnam protests), and ROTC. He…

Montgomery County native Jeanette Crockett majored in Home Economics at EKU. In her interview, Crockett describes the program, her resident hall employment, and the available entertainment options. She graduated in 1963 with many accolades and took a job at Olive Hill High School. Crockett describes coming back to EKU to finish her master's degree…

Robert McCool was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, and graduated from Cumberland County High School. In this interview, Mr. McCool discusses coming to EKU, including living in Palmer Hall and majoring in computer science with minors in mathematics and sociology. In his last semester he took a course that led him to work as a paramedic, then law…

Madison County native Jim Moberly enrolled at EKU after graduating high school and played football under Coach Roy Kidd while he pursued a degree in business. In this interview, Mr. Moberly discusses his instructors, campus organizations, and Coach Kidd. He talks about EKU's current sports programs and the changes he has seen in the university…

Homer Ledford was born in Ivyton, Tennessee, where he attended a one room school before graduating from Livingston Academy. He attended Berea College and transferred to EKU after two years. Mr. Ledford comments on Industrial Arts instructors, living in Veterans Village, teaching after graduation, and the changes at EKU since he attended. He has…

Manchester native Elbert Hudson graduated joined the Navy as a machinist during World War II. In this interview, Mr. Hudson describes his experience in the Navy, including the sinking of his ship off Okinawa. After the service he began attending EKU as a World War II veteran. He recounts campus life and Richmond as they were when he enrolled in the…

David Davenport was born in Kirksville, Missouri but attended school in Commerce, Texas. He attended the University of Texas, Austin for a total of five years before he left Texas to enroll in EKU's Forensic Science Program. In his interview, Mr. Davenport discusses the Forensic Science Program and the ways that EKU prepared him for his career.

Jack Bailey was born in Lancaster, Kentucky and took of campus courses in at the EKU Danville campus before taking a job at a chemical company. He returned to EKU fulltime in 1985. In this interview, Mr. Bailey comments on the Sociology Department, nontraditional student dynamics, and the opportunities that EKU offers.

Adrianna Francis is from Floyd County, KY, and graduated from Pikeville College in 1959. In this interview, Dr. Francis comments on teaching in the College of Education at EKU for 32 years, past EKU Presidents, supervising student teachers, and teaching graduate students.

Lee Van Orsdel was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from Stanford University she earned a Master's in History, and then, a decade later, library science. Ms. Van Orsdel discusses her occupational history before coming to EKU as well as her role as a Dean. She shares her opinion of President Kustra and the changes he made. Ms.…

George Robinson grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Dr. Robinson joined the Navy, then finished college with a degree in history. Around the time he completed his doctorate he met Paul Nagle from EKU, who got him hired at EKU. In this interview, Dr. Robinson discusses coming to campus and the courses he taught before becoming chair of the History…

Norma Robinson was born in Estill County, Kentucky, and attended Model Laboratory School in Richmond, Kentucky, before coming to EKU. Ms. Robinson majored in education with English and history, before going to teach in Lancaster and Bardstown. She discusses coming back to EKU and her employment at Madison High, Model, the EKU Library, and the…

Alan Banks lived throughout the northern United States before attending graduate school and beginning his doctoral research in Canada. Before coming to EKU, Banks worked at Union College where he taught sociology and Appalachian studies. In this interview, Dr. Banks discusses his role in creating the Appalachian Center and a minor in Appalachian…

Dr. Dionne Smith is from Lexington, Kentucky, and originally attended the EKU Physical Education Program. In her interview Ms. Smith talks about being a student at EKU, her first impressions, dorm life in Sullivan Hall, playing basketball and running track, and becoming a Parks and Recreation Administration major. She also comments on campus…

Tom Kiffmeyer was born and grew up in a German Catholic neighborhood in Cincinnati. Dr. Kiffmeyer describes education in Catholic schools through elementary and high school. Dr. Kiffmeyer speaks in detail about the courses and professors he had at Miami (Ohio) University, and the differences between the history department at EKU and the University…

Otis Bundy is a native of Kentucky and graduated from Clay County High School. Mr. Bundy went into the Army after high school and fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He attended EKU on the GI Bill and majoring in agriculture. In his interview he talks about how he came to work on a farm and the changes in agriculture that he…

Erin Gray was born in San Jose, California, but moved often because of her Father's military career. She attended college for two years before meeting her husband. Ms. Gray discusses going back to community college, which made her want to get into occupational therapy. She then talks about the EKU Occupational Therapy Program, its rigorous…

Hameed Koury was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but attended school in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He came to EKU because of its affordability. In this interview he discusses his major in chemistry, professors he remembers, and his most memorable courses. He also discusses his membership in campus organizations, football game atmosphere, and the EKU party…

Donnie Riddell, Richmond native, attended Eastern Kentucky State College in 1962, but quit after his second semester to join the Air Force. Mr. Riddell discusses his military service and his presidential appointment under Lyndon Johnson's presidency. He returned to EKU in 1979, and again in the 1990's. He remembers his professors, and the changes…

Rita Mackin Fox was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Jefferson Community College before entering the workforce. She came to EKU to work and began attending classes in 1996 at the age of 38. Ms. Fox talks about choosing to major in journalism and minoring in women's studies. She recalls the professors, staff and courses that benefited her…

Kati Lippman was born in Lexington and after receiving an education in Kentucky, Germany and a home schooling environment, she came to EKU as a music major after Asbury College for her freshman year. In this interview Ms. Lippman shares her experiences as a music major, with topics including the music program, the in-depth audition process, and her…
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