Publication Date



1973 Talisman yearbook pp. 1-261

974 Talisman yearbook pp. 1-233

  • 1924 Talisman Records Beginnings
  • Western Thrives In Spite of Depression
  • 1943 Talisman Tells Impact of World War II
  • Remember Keynotes 1953 Talisman
  • Western Kentucky State College Realizes Rapid Growth in 1963

Former Students Are Representative of Success

  • William Natcher
  • Russell Dougherty
  • Clem Haskins
  • W.R. Franklin
  • Tom Emberton
  • William Sanders aka Whitey
  • Wendell Butler
  • William McCrocklin aka Red
  • Tim Lee Carter
  • William Meacham
  • Julian Goodman
  • Frances Richards

Student Life Pictorial:

  • Moving In Builds Muscles & Confusion
  • Unnerving Registration Yields 11,535
  • Dorm Life Becomes More Convenient
  • McCowans Enjoy Benefits of Marriage
  • Permit Fee Added: Freshmen Allowed Cars
  • Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Chi Capture Alpha Delta Pi 500
  • Free Time Activity Centers on Frisbees
  • Classroom Activity Includes Field Trips
  • Alpha Delta Pi’s 7th Year as Sigma Chi Derby Champs
  • Lectures Feature Astronauts, Comedians
  • Diverse Topics Presented in Lectures
  • Ballot Stuffing Mars 43rd Homecoming
  • Alice Gatewood Reigns Over Homecoming Festivities
  • 1972 Elections Draw Student Interest
  • Major Concerts Present Old, New
  • Chi Omega’s Take Annual Nonsense Down Mem’ry Lane
  • Black Greek Event Yields Funds for 2 Adopted Children
  • Western Players Present Wide Variety of Drama
  • Associated Student Government Seeks Better Student Representation
  • Student Affairs Presents Entertainment
  • Graduate Students Have New Options
  • United Black Students Stay Involved
  • Campus Mirrors Continuous Growth
  • Ayers, Elaine. Campus Drug Use Is a Growing Concern
  • Events Vary in Black Awareness Week
  • Western Presents First Grand Opera
  • Toni Wearren Chosen Miss Black Western
  • Greek Awareness Week – New Success
  • Lois Eigelbach Reigns Over Western – Miss Western
  • Pepsi Head Tells 1,785 It’s the Real Thing


  • Cross-country Ties for Third in Ohio Valley Conference
  • Rifle Team Begins First Varsity Season
  • Topper Defense Takes Football Spotlight
  • Toppers Split Two Conference Games – Football
  • Middle Tennessee Jinx Continues – Football
  • Toppers Fail to Win 3rd Straight Title – Football
  • Kentucky Belle Wins Flag Football Title – Intramurals
  • WKU Slapped with Two-Year Probation – Basketball
  • Tops Experience Slow Season Start – Basketball
  • Injuries, Away Games Plague Toppers – Basketball
  • Toppers Win 6 of Last 8 Ohio Valley Conference Games – Basketball
  • Phi Beta Sigma Wins Intramural Crown
  • Four Cheerleaders Added to Squad
  • Hilltoppers Host KISC Swim Meet
  • Girls’ Intramurals Stress Team Sports
  • Sports Clubs Enter Intramural Program
  • Fall Baseball Team Third in First Half of Split Season
  • Track Captures 9th Consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Crown
  • Records Set in 1972
  • 1972 Tennis Team Notches 16th Ohio Valley Conference Title
  • Last Place Finish in Ohio Valley Conference Mars Toppers’ Golf Season


  • President Dero Downing Stresses Refinement
  • College Heights Foundation Awards 900 Short-term Loans
  • Paul Cook, William Bivin Have Many Campus Duties
  • Student & Teacher Given Regent Vote
  • Administrative Affairs Head Advises, Supervises – John Minton
  • Academic Affairs Develops Programs
  • Students Faced with 20% Fee Raise
  • College of Education Begins First Recognized Scientific Graduate Evaluation
  • Lab School Ads Two New Programs – Jones-Jaggers
  • Elementary & Secondary Education Expand Programs to Improve Lab Experience
  • Summer Guidance Conference Held
  • School Administration Offers New Degree
  • Open Labs Added to Psychology Classes
  • Fort Campbell Site of Foundation Classes
  • Career Center Launches 7 Projects
  • Industrial Education Offers Summer Workshops
  • Physical Education Adds New Lab & Coaching Minor
  • Ivan Wilson Hall Opens; Programs Increase
  • Art Exhibition Shown in University Center
  • Year-Long Study Now Offered Abroad
  • Speech & Theatre Host First Annual Festival – 7 Schools Participate
  • History Adds Two New Grad Programs; Department Head Initiates Class Reviews
  • English to Offer Specialist Degree
  • Mass Communication Installs New Curriculum
  • Music Department Hosts National Orchestra Meeting
  • Philosophy Holds Monthly Colloquium
  • Ogden Expands to Increase Involvement
  • Chemistry Faculty Create Audio-Visual Aids
  • Biology Projects Granted $48,000
  • Math Honor Group Install New Chapter – Phi Mu Epsilon
  • Engineering Technology has New Facilities
  • Students & Faculty Present Research
  • Agriculture Mechanics Shop Provides Training
  • May Term Tour Studies Midwest – Geography & Geology
  • College of Commerce Adds Computer; Changes Name to Meet Curriculum Needs
  • Students help Needy with Tax Returns
  • Business Administration Aims for Accreditation
  • Economics Adds Introductory Course to Curriculum
  • Sociology to Offer Ten Traineeships
  • Government Helps Sponsor Issues ’73 Lecture Series
  • Business Education & Office Administration Adds IBM Computer
  • Applied Arts & Health Aids Community Through Faculty & Student Participation
  • Library Science Offers New Degree
  • Students Provide Dental Experience
  • Student Nurses Gain Lab Experience
  • Community Affairs Relevant in Home Economics & Family Living
  • Department Members Help in Local Drug Abuse & Mental Health Programs – Health & Safety
  • Cadet Number Smaller; Quality Greater – ROTC
  • Military Science Features Issues ‘73
  • Specialist Degrees in Education Added to Graduate College
  • Honors Enrollment Increases 300%
  • Intercultural Center Sponsors Lectures


  • Eugene Whittle Chosen as WKU’s Top Scholar
  • Oratorical Winners Topics Vary Greatly – Ronnah Childress, John Bird, Gerald Beckman
  • Who’s Who
  • Harris, Skila. Dr. Faye Carroll Takes Advantage of Best of Both Worlds
  • Moore, Chris. Well-rounded Describes Tony Cochran
  • Hoover, Diane. Associated Student Government Vice President Looks Beneath the Surface – Mike Fiorella
  • Elmore, Valentine. Don’t Tell Diana Johns You Can’t Do It
  • Cramer, Jackie & Chris Moore. Western – Big Thing for Samoan Student – Katerina Leatisua
  • Fletcher, Barry. A.W. Laird’s Involvement Covers Nation
  • Hayes, Judy. Gary Lindenberger Active in Spiritual Affairs Since His First Day on the Hill – Baptist Student Union
  • Davis, Nancy. Markeeta Singleton Promotes Blacks Through Action
  • Hayes, Judy. Jesse Stuart Called World’s Best Young Shot Putter
  • Stretz, Diane. Miss Kentucky & 3 Runners-up Are Western Women – Tamara Branstetter, Mary Threlkeld, Artie nunnally, Ellen Smith
  • Alice Gatewood is First Black Homecoming Queen
  • Military Salutes Queen Julee Herdt
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Lois Eiglebach Wins Miss Western Title
  • Toni Wearren Is a Black & Beautiful Queen – Miss Black Western
  • First Lady is Devoted to Family Life – Harriet Downing


  • Interfraternity Council Sponsors Spring Greek Week
  • Panhellenic Council Sets Office in Downing University Center


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