Browse Interviews (802 total)

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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.…

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…

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…

Richard Futrell was born in Louisiana and through years of working, attending college in a few universities, and time as a National Guardsman, he graduated in 1968 with a degree in psychology from the University of Houston. Then, he studied sociology…

Jay Chanley was born in East Orange, New Jersey but attended school in Miami, Florida. He came to EKU for the swim team. Mr. Chanley recounts why he chose EKU, his coaches and other swimmers, and the program being one of the best in the nation. He…

Dan Lichty came from Pasadena, California. He began swimming at a young age and took a scholarship to Ohio State, finishing his bachelor's and master's degrees at California State. Mr. Lichty discusses coaching the dive and swimming teams at EKU and…

Jacinda Bertie-Cockerham was born in West Virginia and attended school in Ohio. She came to EKU due to the distance from home, the way the campus looked, and the law enforcement program's reputation. Ms. Bertie-Cockerham describes the police…

Dr. Anne Brooks was born in Roxbury, North Carolina. Dr. Brooks discusses her first teaching job in Florida. After two years, she became a Methodist missionary to Japan, where she taught English. She discusses her experiences in Japan, being an…

Doug Oliver is from Clark County. Initially having been offered basketball scholarships to other universities, his father refused to let him play thinking it was more important to excel academically. He discusses how EKU helped him in his career,…

Ron Wolfe was born in Falmouth, KY in Pendleton County. Wolfe shares his first impressions of EKU and dorm life, "Loco Parentis" and past professors. He remembers his favorite and toughest professors, and other students, as well as the campus dog…

Orlando Madriz is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. He enrolled in the Venezuelan Military Academy, where he was commissioned as a lieutenant. He came to the United States in 1992 and to EKU for the English Language Institute. Mr. Madriz discusses why…

Mike Embry was born in Louisville, but lived throughout Kentucky during his high school years. He attended Morehead State University, the University of Louisville, and was in the Air Force before he came to EKU in 1973. In this interview Mr. Embry…

Mustapha Jourdini is a native of Marrakech, Morocco. He came to EKU to study English Literature after representing Morocco at Epcot/Disney World in 1999. He discusses life in Morocco and his original dislikes of the English language. He recounts 9/11…

Dr. Karl Kuhn is a native of Louisville. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Physics at Bellarmine College in 1961 and a Master's at the University of Kentucky in 1963, Dr. Kuhn interviewed at EKU for a teaching position. In this interview he…

Dale Patrick is a native of Terre Haute, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana State and then stayed to finish a Master's Degree in Vocational Education. In this interview he discusses his first impressions of campus and the electronics courses he…

Aloma Hoover was raised in Danville before she attended EKU. She attended EKU in 1960 and graduated in 1971. She discusses why she chose EKU and her early impressions. She recounts how different dorm life was when compared to her home life. She also…

Martha Foster grew up in Danville before attending EKU. She chose EKU because it was a teacher's college and affordable. In this interview she discusses her elementary education major and how it did not prepare her for the classroom. She recounts…

Denisa Omohundro grew up in Powell County before attending EKU. She recounts dorm life and her group of friends. She also discusses her education major and her overall impressions of the program.

Barry Omahundro grew up in Winchester before attending EKU. In this interview he recounts his first impressions of the campus beautiful. Omahundro also comments on dorm life, athletics, and First Street entertainment.

Shannon Johnson, a native of Madison County, attended EKU on a football scholarship. In this interview Johnson discusses campus life, sports, and his memories of teammates. He discusses President Martin and shares his account of Vice-president Lyndon…

Carol Teague is a native of Ohio. In this interview she discusses her education at Ohio University, meeting her husband, and coming to EKU for a teaching position where she worked as a research assistant in EKU Data Processing Department. She…
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