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Tamera Crutcher receives Bourbon County Boys & Girls Fund Scholarship

tamera crutcher wins scholarship

Congratulations to star SOC student Tamera Crutcher who just received the  Bourbon County Boys & Girls Fund Scholarship for the third year in a row! 

The Bourbon County Boys & Girls Fund Scholarship was established to help assist Bourbon County High School and Paris High School graduates in their pursuit of higher education. 

EKU Soc involved in establishing KY state saddle

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Faculty from several departments at Eastern Kentucky University were instrumental to the passage of a Kentucky Law naming the official horse saddle of the st

First Annual Social Science Undergrad Symposium

image of Natural Bridge

EKU Sociology will be hosting its first annual Social Science Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 18. The event is located in the EKU library and runs from 830 to noon. The event is free to the public. Proof of attendance will be provided. 

Project Spotlights History of Mountain Horses

student and horse

Story update: To watch Dr. McSpirit's documentary, visit here!


When most people think of Kentucky and horses, the images that typically come to mind are of regal thoroughbreds, the scenic farms that ring Lexington, and the annual Kentucky Derby.

Climbing Magazine Features Maples' Study

Red River Gorge

An economic impact study of the Red River Gorge by EKU faculty member Dr. James Maples was the subject of a lengthy article in Climbing Magazine.

As the article points out, Maples' study of spending in the Gorge, published this spring in Journal of Appalachian Studies, indicated that climbers contribute $3.8 million annually to the area economy.

Project Addresses Free-Roaming Horses

White free-roaming horse

What do the academic disciplines of sociology, animal studies, agriculture, wildlife management and aviation have in common?

Faculty and students from those respective departments at Eastern Kentucky University are pooling their diverse areas of expertise to address the growing presence of free-roaming herds of horses in rural southeastern Kentucky.

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Beaven, '14

Mark Beaven, Class of 2014

Mark Beaven earned his BA in Sociology at EKU in 2014, studying generational differences in the workplace as well as serving as an undergraduate research assistant participating in a community and economic development project in an Eastern Kentucky community.

Prof's Study Eyes Economic Potential of Gorge

James Maples lecturing

When he visits Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, Dr. James Maples commonly sees license plates from across the U.S. and Canada and meets rock climbers from around the world.

Besides enjoying the scenic views and world-class rock climbing opportunities, approximately 7,500 climbers spend approximately $3.6 million annually in the region, the gift that Maples said keeps giving.

Trail Town Designation for Elkhorn City Culminates EKU Team's Efforts

Trail Town Designation for Elkhorn City Culminates EKU Team's Efforts

The recent approval of Elkhorn City as the seventh Kentucky Trail Town marks the successful culmination of an effort assisted by a group of EKU faculty members and students.

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