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How to use primary sources? Check out LOC’s self-paced teacher PD


A great tutorial for anyone interested in research or writing a research paper.

Originally posted on History Tech:

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.

Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills.

But maybe you’re not sure what to do with them or how to use them in your classroom.

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program provides primary source-based, independent study professional learning. Earn a certificate of completion by taking the Library’s self-paced interactive modules. Each multimedia-rich program delivers approximately one hour of staff development.

Head over to get the full details or click a link below to jump in with both feet:

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Author of ‘The Girls of Atomic City’ to visit WKU Sept. 22


Check out this lecture! It is worth attending.

Originally posted on WKU News:

Denise Kiernan, author of The Girls of Atomic City: Life in a Secret City of the Manhattan Project, will visit WKU on Sept. 22 for a lecture and gallery reception.

kiernan_lecture_poster.jpg Author Denise Kiernan will visit WKU on Sept. 22 for a reception and lecture.

The Girls of Atomic City is the true story of young women living in a secret government city during World War II while unknowingly working on the first atomic bomb. Kiernan’s lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Van Meter Hall; a book signing will follow. Admission is free.

In her lecture, Kiernan will take audiences into a top-secret world where young women and men lived and worked surrounded by spies and secrecy, forbidden to speak of their work, even to each other, as the United States worked to face the challenges of World War II and the Manhattan Project raced to harness nuclear power.

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Welcome Back Students!

As we begin another year here on the hill, we are so pleased that we can spend it with you. Every month we will email out a newsletter containing highlights from the past month, events occurring in the next month, and future events. Our calendar is full this semester of exciting things to do and take part in.


On the first days of school, our faculty and current communication students took part in first day selfies. The results have been awesome, and the pictures are posted on our social media accounts.

Dr. Mize Smith’s class, Small Group Communication, took the first day selfie to a new level by taking a selfie next to something that represents their small group.

Upcoming Events

Beginning September 1st, we will be holding our first photo contest, What Does WKU Mean to You? You can submit your entries on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by tagging us, sending us a direct message, or by using the hashtag #WKUandYou. Last day to submit an entry will be September 30. The winner will be announced Friday, October 2nd. The winner should stop by our office located in FAC 130 to receive a swag bag.

Also beginning September 1st, we are beginning our semester long photo project, #RedTowelTuesday. Every Tuesday, we would like for you to send us pictures of you and your Red Towel at games, on campus, on vacation, in class, etc… Who knows? You could be featured as our Red Towel Tuesday!

Future Events

Towards the end of October, we will start collecting nonperishable food items for our #FallFoodDrive. Help us give back to our community this fall.

In November, we will continue our Fall Food Drive. There will also be a photo survey asking ‘What is your favorite place to volunteer/serve?’

The week before finals in December we will be holding a trivia contest with more information to come in later newsletters.

If there’s anything you think we should be involved in, or a social media campaign you’d like to see, stop by our office in FAC 130, and let us know!

We hope you all have a great first few weeks of school, and follow us on social media for all things communication. Links to all of our platforms can be found on our website at http://www.wku.edu/communication

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Snyder named Interim Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters

Originally posted on WKU News:

Dr. Lawrence W. Snyder Jr. has been named Interim Dean of the Potter College of Arts & Letters at WKU.

Dr. Lawrence Snyder Dr. Lawrence W. Snyder Jr.

Dr. Snyder replaces Dr. David Lee, who began a two-year appointment Monday (Aug. 24) as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Larry Snyder is a talented academic leader who enjoys an excellent reputation in the campus community,” Dr. Lee said. “I’m delighted to have him in this important role.”

Dr. Snyder said he is “honored and humbled to follow Dr. Lee in this appointment. Potter College has been my professional home for 25 years, and I am excited by the opportunity to serve my colleagues, our students and the university community in this fashion.”

Dr. Snyder is the Interim Associate Provost for Research and Creative Activity, appointed in July, and is the Associate Dean of Potter College, appointed in 2006. Before that, he was…

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WKU ALIVE Center, Student Activities to host Project Affect Sept. 9


This is a great way for students to give back to their community!

Originally posted on WKU News:

The WKU ALIVE Center For Community Partnerships and the Student Activities’ Leadership & Volunteerism Office will host Project Affect — an event to help students get involved on campus and in the community – from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 9.

About 40 organizations are expected to participate in Project Affect on Sept. 9 at WKU's Centennial Mall. About 40 organizations are expected to participate in Project Affect on Sept. 9 at WKU’s Centennial Mall.

With approximately 600 participants and 39 student and community organizations in last year’s Project Affect, both the WKU ALIVE CCP and Leadership and Volunteerism Office look forward to another great turnout this year. Several organizations that participated in last year’s Project Affect will be returning, including the Parker-Bennett Community Center.

“As the Project Coordinator for Parker-Bennett,” Sabrina Johnson said, “I not only look forward to working with the different students, but allowing others the opportunity to get involved.”

Parker-Bennett is part of the City of Bowling Green’s Parks and Recreation Department…

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Department of Communication Faculty and Student Success at CSCA


The Department of Communication is known for accomplishments such as the successful students it produces, the passionate faculty members and the many honors those within the department receive. Students and faculty within the Department of Communication are involved in many extracurricular activities and organizations, as well as playing significant roles within these.

For example, there are several professors and students within the department who are members of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA). CSCA is a professional and academic association dedicated to promoting the discipline of Communication in education, scholarly and professional endeavors. Members of CSCA consist of students, primary and secondary teachers, professors and Communication professionals.

During this year’s CSCA conference, Dr. Blair Thompson officially became the Second Vice President, which will make him responsible for organizing the preconference for 2016. He will go on to organize the whole CSCA conference the following year, which will be in Minneapolis. He has been attending the CSCA conference for eight years, and considers it one of his favorite conventions.

Dr. Thompson also submitted a paper that he and Joseph Mazer, Clemson University, collaborated on and called ‘The changing nature of parent-teacher communication: Mode selection in the smartphone era.’ This paper won the honor of Top Paper in the Communication Education Interest Group. Although Dr. Thompson has won various Top Paper Panels, this was his first year winning Top Paper.

Dr. Jerome is also a member of CSCA and attended the conference this year as well. Her paper ‘Employing charges of absurdity and ridicule to compel change: The case of the NCAA’s losing hand’ won the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Top Paper Award for the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group. She also served as the Chair of Public Relations of the interest group.

Dr. Jerome and Dr. Thompson also participated in other panels throughout the weekend conference.

Dr. Kong with Ms. Minh Dao, (who is a recent graduate in the Department of Communication), were chosen for Top Paper Panel for Intercultural Communication Interest Group. Top Paper Panel means they placed in the top four for the interest group. Ms. Minh Dao and Dr. Kong’s paper ‘Assessing student convergence with internationalization: The case of Western Kentucky University’ researched and analyzed the university’s approach to integrating internationalization efforts and its success with international students.

Winning Top Paper and Top Paper Panel are achievements on their own, but they also included a monetary award as well as the opportunity to discuss their key findings and research at specific panels during the conference.

It is wonderful to see the successes that come from within the department. Congratulations to Dr. Thompson, Dr. Jerome, Dr. Kong & Minh Dao!

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Department Hammers Out the 2020 Action Plan

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In January, all full-time faculty members and office staff attended a two-day strategic planning session with Dr. Larry Long, Dean Emeritus of the School of Communication, Illinois State University. During this time, focused discussion occurred on four topics: academic excellence, diversity, community engagement, and infrastructure. Department of Communication professionals split into four groups discussing many different topics. These were generally things the department felt they should be working on and developing.

Department of Communication, Dr. Helen Sterk states that after the massive brainstorm, “the topics were winnowed down from many to just a few.” Under each of the four goals, there are now action steps as the strategic plan begin to take on life. Clearly defined directives accomplish the goal of each particular mean. Successfully accomplished means produce the success of the strategic action.

The strategic plan was prompted by our department’s Advisory council. As the newly developed plan was presented to
the council, they praised the plan as professional and focused. Dr. Sterk thinks the plan will make a solid difference in the

The following summarizes the strategic actions to be taken.
Strategic Action 1: Foster Academic Excellence
This includes the means of improving the balance of skill and theory, offering more collaborative learning opportunities, as well as improving Honors Curriculum.
Strategic Action 2: Promote a dynamic & diverse university community
The Department will reach out to Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion to aid in better understanding and crafting a definition of a dynamic and diverse university community. Once the definition is set, a plan will be laid in place.
Strategic Action 3: Improve quality of life for our communities
This particular action refers to the increased understanding of community needs, then meeting needs that can be set as
realistic goals through researching many different sources in our local area.
Strategic Action 4: Support the core mission with a robust campus infrastructure
This action focuses on generating sources of revenue from external, University, PCAL and Department sources.

WKU’s Department of Communication is a highly respected and accomplished powerhouse, with faculty earning prestigious awards for top papers and research efforts. Have no doubt, once our department implements and executes the structured action plan, the results will demand attention within academia. Specifics of the plan can be obtained through the Department of Communication Office located in the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, Room 130.



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