Browse Interviews (27 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 the Vietnam war.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Paul Paolucci, a Covington native, came to EKU after two years at Northern Kentucky University. He discusses the sociology program at EKU and compares it with Northern's program. He also talks about the split between Richmond and EKU, and being preyed on by the Richmond police as a student. Dr. Paolucci concludes that EKU is one of the best kept…

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…

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.

Billie Moberly grew up in Greenup County before attending EKU. She recounts her first impressions of the campus and dorm life. She also discusses the impact EKU had on her life and her sustained involvement with Eastern.

In this interview, Vernon Miniard, Superintendent of the Monticello School System, discusses his family and background, his time working for Blue Diamond Coal Co., as well as his time in the military and education. He also discusses school boards, problem

Ellen Bleecher discusses growing up in a household and family that held education in high regard. Bleecher comments extensively on her family life and education, Berea churches, her father's career in education, and Berea College's influence on the community, both in the past and present. Bleecher provides good insight into Berea's power structure…

Fredric Ogden is a native of New York. In this interview Ogden discusses growing up on a farm and his education. He was in the military during World War II and married. He discussed racial tensions while at University of Alabama and the Arthree Lucy incident in 1956. Ogden first heard of EKU from a former student, James King, who recommended him as…

This is part three of a five part series with George W. Robinson. In this interview Robinson continues his discussion on college teaching. He is hired at Washburn University. Robinson left Washburn and returned to Wisconsin for classes. He discusses a position he accepted the summer of 1953 with the University of Maryland Overseas Program. He…

In this interview, Dr. Smith Park recollects growing up in Madison County Kentucky. Park earned his PhD from University of Kentucky and began teaching at EKU in the Math and Physics Departments. He became an EKU dean, a role he comments on during the interview.

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