Publication Date



1972 Talisman yearbook pp. 1-223.

Student Life Pictorial:

  • Registration for Fall Semester Sets Students’ Heads Spinning
  • Students Flock to Bookstore; Cash Registers Begin to Ring
  • Western Class Successful in Preventing Sale of Estate to Russians
  • No Hours, Refrigerator Rental Added to Dormitory Program
  • Married Student Problems Encountered by Siewertsens
  • Students Transform Campus Into Disneyland at Homecoming
  • Small-scale Concerts Bring Top Entertainment to Campus
  • Disenchantment Abounds with Concert Cancellations
  • Associated Students Lectures Gain Momentum with Wide Range of Views
  • Student Actors Breathe Life Into Scripts for Super Season
  • Congestion Plagues Drivers
  • Professional Artists Visit WKU Western Students Campaign for Gubernatorial Candidates
  • Student Teachers Prepare Through Actual Experience
  • Kappa Delta Washboard Jamboree
  • Beverly Williams Captures Miss Black Western Crown
  • Five Departments Aid in Producing the Music Man
  • Civic, Campus Activities Keep Western’s Greeks Busy
  • Graduation Day Symbolizes Both a Beginning & an End


  • Participation in Intramurals Creates Student Involvement
  • Hector Ortiz Gains Recognition for Cross Country Performances
  • Toppers Win First Three Tilts – Football
  • Hilltoppers Lose to Hurons, Stop Tennessee Tech, Eastern Kentucky University – Football
  • Toppers Win Three, Drop One; Finish Season with 8-2 Record – Football
  • Toppers Win Ohio Valley Conference Football
  • Toppers Lose Home Opener, First Home Loss in Four Years – Basketball
  • Hilltoppers End First Half of Conference Season 4-3 – Basketball
  • Hilltoppers Tie for First Lose Playoff to Morehead – Basketball
  • Baby Toppers Finish Season with 8-9 Record – Basketball
  • Tops Win Southeast Missouri Relays; Place Third in KISC Meet – Swimming
  • Tops 2nd in Mid South Classic – Baseball
  • WKU Thinclads Claim Eighth Consecutive Championship – Track & Field
  • Tennis Team Has 17-1 Season
  • Golfers Remain Undefeated for Four Consecutive Seasons


  • President Dero Downing Says WKU Ripe for Controlled Growth
  • Dr. Kelly Thompson Notes Aims of College Heights Foundation
  • Paul Cook, William Bivin Assist President in Campus Legal Matters
  • Regents Plot Unique Course for 1971-72 Academic Year
  • Committees, Conferences Fill Calendar for Vice President – John Minton
  • Student Affairs Experiences a Year of Expanding Programs
  • Ten Programs Added; Four Departments Created
  • Richard Nixon’s Price Freeze Has Major Impact on Business Affairs
  • College of Education Televises Weekly Educational Series
  • Over 1,200 Declare Majors in Elementary Teaching Program
  • Secondary Education Provides Practical Application of Theory
  • Counselor Education Offers Programs in Industry, School & Government Counseling
  • Department of School Administration Hosts Workshops
  • Jones-Jaggers School Meets Needs of 4 Departments
  • Education Offices Provide Special Area Coordination
  • New Teacher Corps Program Offers Master’s Degree, Certification
  • Teacher Education Committee Approves Applications for Entrance to Teacher Training
  • Psychology Majors Carry On Independent Study Projects
  • Industrial Education Acquires Electronic Discharge Machine
  • Physical Education Department Makes Courses More Meaningful
  • Regents Redefine Potter College Programs with New Name
  • English Department Expands with New Courses in Folklore
  • Exchange Program with French University Begins This Year
  • Speech & Theatre Host Interstate Oratorical Contest
  • Mass Communication Grows 42 Percent Over Last Year
  • Philosophy, Religion Faculty Active in Publication of Articles
  • Western History Professor Spends Year Teaching in India – Carlton Jackson
  • Seniors Display Art Work; 60 Students Sell Work at Departmental Art Auction
  • College of Science & Technology Initiates Programs
  • Freshmen Use Lab Manuals Written By Chemistry Faculty
  • Biology Department Expands Programs in Microbiology, Biophysics & Biochemistry
  • Department of Mathematics Adds Computer Science Minor
  • Twenty Engineering Students Active in Scholarship Program
  • Physics, Astronomy Areas Test Keller Teaching Method
  • Student Field Trips Sponsored by Geography, Geology Areas
  • Agriculture Department Adds 240 Acres to Holdings at University Farm
  • Workshops Major Project of College of Commerce
  • Internship Includes Seminars, Office Work in Business Education & Office Administration
  • Banking Management Added to Business Administration Curriculum
  • Accounting Students Participate in Games Competition
  • Curriculum Reorganization Begun by Economics Department
  • Government Department Launches Administrative Program
  • Sociology & Anthropology Receives Funds for Research
  • Applied Arts & Health Adds Six Members to Health Center
  • KACTE Authorizes Study of Library Science Area
  • Nursing Students Train at Local Hospital, Clinics, Offices
  • Dental Students Treat WKU Students, Needy Children
  • Students Gain Lab Experience in Home Economics, Family Living
  • Health & Safety Prepares Students as Future Specialists
  • New Monthly ROTC Stipend Boosts Military Recruitment
  • Five Field Exercises Supplement Classroom Experiences – ROTC
  • New Dean, Facilities Promote Growth of Graduate College – J.T. Sandefur
  • Ninety-five Students Enrolled in Honors Program Classes
  • Intercultural Studies Gives Focus & Direction to Four Areas


  • Scholars Boast 4.0 Averages
  • Being a Female Poses No Problems for Associated Student President – Linda Jones
  • Associated Student Government Entertainment Has Been Geared to Please All – Reginald Glass
  • Editor Says His Position Is One of Potential Student Power – Travis Witt
  • Mary Jane Scarborough Sees Need for More Greek Unity
  • Terry Kokinda: You Have to Be Crazy to Play Football
  • 1971 Provides a Year of Recognition for Brynda Taylor
  • Ken LaPlante Regards ROTC Training as a Rewarding Experience
  • Ellen Smith Active on the Campus, But Misses Out on Little Things
  • Non-Participants Aren’t Apathetic, But Education-Conscious – Paul Cook
  • Dr. Lourine Cave Holds Double Role as Teacher & Student
  • Dr. Jack Thacker Believes Reading Can Make History Come to Life
  • Dr. Addie Hilliard Enjoys Painting, Gardening, Birdwatching
  • David Linvgston Exemplifies Total Devotion to Music World
  • Competition Allows Orators to Develop Speaking Skills – Forensics Team

Beauty Queens:

  • Marilyn Finck – Military Ball
  • Brynda Taylor – Homecoming Queen
  • Mary Sowers – Miss Western
  • Carolyn Brown – Miss Black Western 1971
  • Kathy Knight – Mountain Laurel Representative
  • Beverly Williams – Miss Black Western 1972


  • Alpha Delta Pi’s Win Fourth Derby


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