Browse Interviews (841 total)

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…

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 for graduate and doctoral work before coming to teach at EKU. He shares his initial impressions of…

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 talks about his reaction to the dropping of the swim team and how he opposes reinstating it. He speaks…

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 the courses he was required to teach, including the first women's physical education programs. He…

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 administration major and the honors program. She also summarizes how EKU influenced her life and the…

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 American in Japan, and women's role in society. Dr. Brooks discusses EKU at length EKU, including…

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, from teaching chemistry at Clark County High School to HR at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. He is…

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 Mozart. He discusses coming from a poor family and being the only one of eleven children to go to…

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 he wanted to come to the United States to help his career. He talks of being an international…

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 discusses his time as a journalism student at EKU. He recalls professors and fellow students and his…

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 and the difficulties international students faced in the aftermath. Jourdini talks about the…

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 recounts his first impressions of EKU and the courses he taught, and discusses students and colleagues 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 taught. Patrick talks about the changes in technology and the necessity to keep up with them, as well as…

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 talks about graduating as a nontraditional student, the impacts of extended campuses, and changes at…

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 friends and both on and off campus entertainment. She also comments on her 28 years of teaching at the…

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 Johnson speaking at his graduation.

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 eventually advanced to Director of Academic Computing as, possibly, the first female director in a…

John Rose is a native of Clark County, KY. In this interview Rose discusses growing up on a farm and his education at EKU. He recounts his time at EKU and how it helped him prepare for his endeavors. He also discusses the building boom under President Martin and his varied career as a math teacher, farmer, real estate broker and State Senator.

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