Eastern Kentucky University will have its annual Alumni Weekend Friday through Sunday. Featured for this year's special reunions will be the classes of 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973 and 1978.
A highlight will be the inauguration of Doug Whitlock as EKU's 11th president at 2 p.m. Friday, in Alumni Coliseum. A black tie dinner to establish a scholarship in honor of President Whitlock and his wife, Joanne, will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. On Friday, at noon, the James McChesney Memorial Classic will tee-off at the Arlington Country Club. Call (859) 622-1835.
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Community art show
The annual Community Art Show, presented by the Berea Arts Council will open with a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BAC Gallery, 116 Main Street, Berea. Participation is open to anyone older than 16 in the Berea area. The deadline for entries is April 21 and the exhibit will run April 25 to May 24 at the BAC Gallery. Guidelines and applications are available at the BAC or can be downloaded from http://bereaartscouncil.org. Call (859) 985-9317.
A university-wide memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Meditation Chapel to honor Eastern Kentucky University family who have died since April 2007.
The service will honor students Gwen Sparks, Justin Hardin, Joseph Flohre, Amanda Casada, Lorna Vives, Zach Higgins and Benjamin Crouch; faculty members Robert Hartwell, Richard Benson, Charles Lash, James Fox and Tim Kubiak; staff members Katie Blades, Shane Davis, Sylvia Genest, Bao-Ching Lin, Danny McNabb, Patricia Ann ”Patty“ Rawlins, Bobby Joe Sams, Keenan Cain, Misty Hamilton Cain, Eugene Ellis, James Hamilton, Rocell Watts, Preston Gabbard and JoEllen Jones Grigsby. Call (859) 622-1723. A videotape of the ceremony may be obtained from EKU TV Production Services. Call (859) 622-1681.
WEKU staff honored
The Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters have honored several news staff members of WEKU, which airs in the Richmond/Lexington area at 88.9 FM. News Director Charles Compton was awarded first place for Best Newscast, Class 2, and first and second place for Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting, Class 2. Ron Smith earned first place in Best Hard News Feature, Class 2, and Best Light News Feature, Class 1. Smith also received honorable mention in the Best Hard News Feature, Class 1. Stu Johnson was awarded first place in the Best Sports Reporting, Class 1, and second place in the Best Hard News Feature, Class 1. Class 1 includes the major market radio and TV stations in Lexington and Louisville and Class 2 includes the more rural stations in Richmond, Bowling Green, Murray and Morehead. Class 2 stations are allowed to compete in the Class 1 category.
The second annual Jazz Crawl takes place Friday in Richmond.
The event will kick off at 8 p.m. with the Westbrook Trio playing at Creative Arts by Sherri, on South Third Street. The second performer will be the evening's featured musician, cellist Ben Sollee, at the Richmond Area Arts Center, at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Water Street. The last stop, at Woody's downtown, will feature Clay Gilliam and the No Pressure Blues Band.
Tickets may be purchased in advance for $8 at www.kytickets.net or at the Richmond Area Arts Council office. Tickets are $10 at the door. Each ticket buyer will be entered in a drawing for some jazz-related prizes. Call (859) 622-1428 or visit www.ekumio.com.