1960 - Margaret Mundey graduates from WKU; black enrollment at 96.
1963 - Vincent Shelby first African-American to play WKU football
1965 - Susan Crabtree hired to work as secretary in Extension & Field Services, first black non-custodial hire.
1966 - Mable Anderson and James Beck, black faculty members; Steve Ealey wins Ogden Oratorical Contest
1967 - Golf team denied use of Bowling Green Country Club for suspicion of black team member; Kappa Q service organization formed by black students.
1968 - Jan. 31 - Vietnam protests escalate
April 4 - Martin Luther King Jr. shot and killed Memphis, Tennessee
April 11 - College Heights Herald - Students Pay Honor
Negro students continued their songful marches through the campus in another demonstration last night. A group of students also is wearing black arm bands as a symbol of mourning. A march described as a demonstration in tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attracted some 75 students Tuesday night on campus. The group of students sang several songs and joined in a prayer in the Western Stadium after marching along Normal Boulevard to 17th Street, down 17th to Russellville Road and back to campus. President Kelly Thompson announced Tuesday morning that anyone desiring to watch the television coverage of Mr. King’s funeral would be dismissed from late morning and early afternoon classes.
Letter to editor – Honors Dr. King
Civil Rights Act
April 29 - College Heights Herald - Two Negro Speakers to Present Views on Race Relations Crisis.
June 6 - Senator Robert Kennedy shot and killed in Los Angeles
Richard Nixon v. Hubert Humphrey presidential election - Kentucky votes for Nixon
Black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha organized
1969 - 3.9% of WKU students are black
Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi fraternities formed
June 28 - Stonewall Rebellion - birth of gay rights movement
Sept. 26 - College Heights Herald - Meets Student Leaders, Downing Promises Open Communication
50 students occupied the Regents Room of the administration building Tuesday afternoon. However, the students, represented such diverse groups as student government, Greek organizations, publications and even the basketball team, were there by the invitation of President Dero Downing to lay the groundwork for better communication between students and the administration.
Sept. 30 - College Heights Herald - Doves Take Wing for Oct. 15 Peace Move Gains in Impetus
Democratic national chairman Sen. Fred Harris of Oklahoma and 23 other congressmen have joined the growing movement to tell President Nixon on Oct. 15 that it’s time to bring the boys home from Vietnam. . . . The call, sponsored by the new “Vietnam Moratorium Committee,” is for a one-day boycott of classes at all US colleges and universities on Oct. 15 to call attention to and move toward ending the Vietnam War.
Letter to editor – It’s Time to Face Up to Vietnam Realities
Oct. 7 - College Heights Herald - Congress Endorses Vietnam Moratorium
In other developments a letter was sent to faculty members asking them to call off classes on the 15th or to discuss American war policy on that day if they felt that they could not dismiss classes. The letter was signed “Western Vietnam Moratorium Committee.” Photo of students getting signatures on a petition included.
Letter to editor – Viet Resolution Was a Bold Step
Oct. 10 - College Heights Herald - Peace Rally Set Oct. 15, Moratorium Builds at State Schools
The local version of the Vietnam moratorium received a shot in the arm this week when the university administration gave its permission for the use of the old football stadium for a peace rally Oct. 15.
Oct. 14 - College Heights Herald - Rally in Old Stadium to Top Vietnam Moratorium Activities
Antiwar activities will be highlighted tomorrow by a day-long rally at the old football stadium where students, many of them boycotting classes, will sing and listen to poetry and speeches about Vietnam. Tomorrow night a prayer service open to everyone will be conducted by Father William Allard of the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel at the Newman Center at 7:30.
The Executioner’s Face is Always Well Hidden – article re: the draft, with cartoon.
Letter to the editor – Vietnam Vet Speaks
WKU Student Call
Editor’s note: The following is a full text of the student call distributed to Western students by the Western Vietnam Moratorium Committee.
Ending the war in Vietnam is the most important task facing the American nation. Over the last few years, millions of Americans have campaigned, protested and demonstrated against the war. Few defend the war, yet it continues. Death and destruction are unabated; bombs and fire continue to devastate South Vietnam. Millions of dollars are spent on war while the urgent domestic problems of this country remain unattended. Moreover, the war has had a corrupting influence on every aspect of American life, and much of the national discontent can be traced to its influence.
It is necessary for all those who desire peace to become active and help bring pressure to bear on the present administration. We, the members of the Western Moratorium Committee, call for a periodic moratorium on “business as usual” in order that students, faculty members and concerned citizens can devote time and energy to the important work of taking the issue of peace in Vietnam to the larger community.
October 15 has been designated as the national day of moratorium at American universities. Students across the country will dramatize their demand for peace by boycotting classes and other routine functions. Backing this peaceful show of strength are a growing number of senators, congressmen, clergymen, faculty members, administrators, businessmen and concerned American from all segments of our society.
At Western broad support is evident. Petitions have already been signed by more than 2,000 concerned students and faculty members. Letters have been mailed to the faculty to request cooperation, in a precedent-shattering move the Associated Students Congress has voted 18 to one to support the Moratorium.
This is our first real chance to make our opinion count in a unified national effort. We urge all students to cease “business as usual” on Wednesday Oct. 15 and attend a rally from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The university administration has given us permission to use the old football stadium for this purpose. Student and faculty singers and speakers have been scheduled as part of the day’s program.
Oct. 15 - Letter to editor - Viet Stand is Mature, Leaning together, Oct. 15 Purposes Peaceful Conquest
Universities Brace for Student Moves
Oct. 21 - College Heights Herald - Peace Advocates Ask Nixon to 'Give Peace a Chance'
Hundreds of students, faculty members and other persons gathered in the old stadium Wednesday to deliver a message to President Nixon that was unmistakable: “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Over and over, they chorused it. Eleven speakers, including a Bowling Green minister, repeated it as the nationwide Vietnam moratorium reached Western’s campus.
November anti-war rally, only about 100 people attend.
Dec. 1 - Draft Lottery begins
1970 - May 4 - Kent State Shooting, see Julia Neal Manuscript Collection 4, Box 1, Folder 5
May 8 - College Heights Herald - WKU Students Join Nationwide Protest
The placidity of spring had tranquilized the campus as it does every year at this time, broken only by popping of tabs being popped from beer cans. It’s over now. . . . The calm was broken Wednesday and unrest is continuing today on campus as demonstrators and counter-demonstrators try to align their supporters. Photos of sit-ins.
Letter to editor - In Kent State disaster, Will Placing the Blame Lessen the Tragedy? and other documents related to the Kent State Shootings
Cartoon of Strike Western t-shirts being printed
Many Western Students Voice Opposition to Demonstrations
While a few students paraded around campus yesterday chanting “Peace Now,” most of the campus populous was carrying on “business as usual.”
Lowell Harrison in Western Kentucky University:
The Kent State incident in the spring of 1970 touched off protests on many campuses, including Western’s. The Volunteers, an ad hoc committee of student activists, called for a general strike on Friday, May 8, but most classes met, although often with diminished attendance. “Strike Western” T-shirts quickly appeared. Protests demonstrations were countered by an antiprotest rally. Bruce Cook, a science major, said he spoke for the “silent majority” when he called the proposed strike “radical and ridiculous.” President Downing met with a group of students on the steps of the administration building; a graduate student who was active in the peace movement was touched by “his sincerity and love of Western.” Downing also met with the Volunteers and asked for a list of their demands. In a meeting with the Academic Council, he praised the sense of responsibility displayed by student leaders in keeping the demonstrations peaceful. . . . A “sleep-in” Friday night on the lawn next to the administration building attracted about a hundred participants, including some small children and one dog.
May 12 - College Heights Herald - Prexy Replies to 'Volunteers' Protests, which began last week on campus, yesterday appeared to be waning. But leaders said they expect the tempo of activity to increase again. Photo of Downing and Braxton Crenshaw. Letter to editors – Will the Dissent Serve a Purpose? Volunteers’ Submit Requests; Downing Answers
May 15 - College Heights Herald – Group Plans to Test Restraining Order
Nearly 200 students interested in breaking Tuesday’s restraining order issued to curb activities that ____ disrupt campus, lined the psychedelically-painted walls of the Nickle Bag for a 4:30 meeting yesterday afternoon. Photos of Charles Keown of Carl Braden, Louisville civil rights advocate and Dan Taylor III attorney.
Congress Unanimously Endorses Downing’s Reply to Protesters. Restraining Order Slaps Threat on All Students
Political cartoon of protesters
Lowell Harrison in Western Kentucky University:
The climax of the unrest centered on the issue of speakers coming to the campus. Western had no formal policy until the early autumn of 1970, and the unrest attracted the attention of a number of off-campus civil rights activists, some of whom apparently received invitations from protesting students. One of the visitors was Carl Braden, editor of the Southern Patriot and a Louisville civil rights leader. Western made the old stadium available for protest speakers and meetings, but Braden and a crowd of demonstrators refused to move from the lawn beside the administration building. When it appeared that an element was determined to be disruptive, the university obtained on Tuesday, May 12, 1970, a temporary restraining order from Judge Robert Coleman of the Warren Circuit Court. Braden reportedly left while the sheriff was on his way to the campus, but the order was served on five students, Braxton Crenshaw, Daniel O. Sellers, Bill L. Nelson, Gerald Lee Donaldson and Fred Joseph Santorelli. Copies of the order were then sent to all students, faculty, and staff of the university. A student “Crisis Committee” was established, and a flier appealed to the faculty for funds to support the struggle. Documents related to protests.
May 19 - College Heights Herald – Cartoon – soldier outside Academic Council office.
Letters in support of Dero Downing's action in relation to student protests.
Equal Pay Act (Women’s Movement)
WKU – Black Student Union formed
Perhaps this year more than any other Westerners became involved. Important questions calling for soul-searching decisions were asked for the first time. And if the answers were not completely answered, at least they were raised . . . and we began to think. Relationships were formed, some to last for a while, some to last forever . . . but all never to be forgotten.
March 14 - Delta Sigma Theta sorority established
July 1 - 26th Amendment - 18 years old as voting age
WKU - speakers Dick Gregory, Rosie Grier and Julian Bond
WKU continues to integrate athletics - Harry Jones baseball and Veronica Cross cheerleader.
Howard Bailey, Black Student leader profile
Carolyn Brown first Miss Black Western
Afro-American Studies program established
Alpha Phi Alpha & Phi Beta Sigma organized
Linda Jones - a junior first woman elected president of Associated Student Government
Reginald Glass - a sophomore first black elected Vice President of ASG
1972 - Feb. 21-28 - Richard Nixon makes trip to China
Nixon vs. George McGovern presidential election - Kentucky votes for Nixon
Congress passed Equal Rights Amendment'
WKU - mock elections, gubernatorial candidates visit campus, speaker - Dr. Benjamin Mays
Sept. 10 - Lowell Harrison in Western Kentucky University
On the morning of September 10, 1972, some 250 blacks staged a peaceful sit-in in the lobby of the administration building to demand that a second black be added to the cheerleading squad. The regents had added three cheerleaders, one of them black, to the six-woman squad the previous week.
Nov. 14 - Coretta Scott King lectured at Western on the topic "Men's Freedoms and Responsibilities"
1973 - Jan. 22 - Roe v. Wade - editorial cartoon in the College Heights Herald, "Supreme Court Overrules God?"
Jan. 23 - College Heights Herald - Students Receive Nixon's Peace Message with Mixed Emotions
Little emotion -- only a shout or two and scattered honking of car horns -- was evidenced at Western following President Richard Nixon's Tuesday night announcement of plans to sign a Vietnam cease-fire tomorrow.
Some were glad:
"I thought his speech was very touching, something always to be remembered." -- Rebecca Brown, a junior from Providence.
"It's good that it's come to an end. The biggest part of it (the war) is over, though I guess there will have to be a gradual phase-down time." -- Mike Swift, a graduate student from Louisville. . . .
Some were skeptical:
"I don't know whether to believe it or not. If it is true, then it's the best thing in about 15 years." -- Casey Kullman, a freshman from Meade County.
"I don't believe it's for real. I'll just believe it when I see it. Since I was there, I feel like I understand it a lot better, and I think a lot of troops were killed for nothing." -- Sammy Doles, a freshman from Eddyville. . . .
And some were bitter:
"The end of the war should have come considerably earlier. Political influence kept American soldiers in Vietnam longer to help satisfy the needs fo the war-making industry." -- Joe Barnes, a senior from Paducah. . . .
"I'm happy that the war is over, but I feel like it could have been done a lot sooner. Tuesday night, when Nixon spoke to the nation, he sounded like he was defending himself in his actions, and that expected our country to praise him. But he hasn't told us anything that's been going on over there since he's been in office, and I just don't trust him." -- Terry Slack, a senior from Franklin.
Jan. 25 - Betty Friedan lectures at WKU - College Heights Herald excerpts:
Ms. Friedan said the human revolution of which women's lib is a part is indivisible. With blacks, students and oppressed colonial peoples rising up to declare "freedom now," Ms. Friedan explained, it is only natural for women to say "me too."
According to Ms. Friedan, the women's liberation movement began officially in 1966 with the establishment of the National Organization of Women (NOW). Ms. Friedan served as the group's first president.
"The women's movement happened at this time because it had to," she contended. The evolution of society made it impossible for women to continue to exist in the imprisoning chains of the "feminine mystique" -- the defining of women in sexual rather than human terms -- women as mothers and wives rather than people.
Watergate investigation begins
Oct. 24 - Alice Gatewood becomes first WKU Black Homecoming Queen
1974 - March - Gregory McKinney first WKU black student regent
Aug. 9 - Nixon first president to resign - Gerald R. Ford becomes President
Barry Goldwater visits WKU
1975 - Apr. 30 - Saigon falls, last Americans leave Vietnam
Voting Rights Act extended, part of Civil Rights Act
1976 - Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford presidential election - Carter carries Kentucky
WKU 7.3% of students were black, nearly equal to percent of blacks in Kentucky
1978 - March 9 - NAACP opens WKU branch
1979 - Sep. 17 - College Heights Herald - Filling the Gap: Professors Writing Black History
While Daniel Boone was blazing a trail through the Cumberland Gap, his black contemporaries were surely doing something. But the average American history book doesn't say what.1979
That's why Dr. Marion Lucas, a Western history professor and Dr. Henry Chesney, a Kentucky State history professor, are rebuilding Kentucky's black history. . . .
Iran Hostage Crisis - Iranian students at WKU protest Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's visit to United States
Oct. 15 - John Y. Brown v. Louie B. Nunn for Kentucky governor - College Heights Herald - Brown Has Student Support, both men visit WKU
1980 - Jimmy Carter v Ronald Reagan presidential election – Kentucky voted for Reagan
US boycotts Moscow summer Olympics
1981 - AIDS becomes epidemic
Aug. 25 - Julius Price, first black WKU regent
Sep. 24 - College Heights Herald - Birth Control May Be an Abortion Solution, editorial
1982 - Vietnam Memorial dedicated in D.C.
Jan. 26 - College Heights Herald - Civil Rights Plan Adopted
The Board of Regents executive committee gave its approval -- with reservations -- to Kentucky's higher education desegregation plan in a special meeting Thursday. . . . [reservations regarding funding issues in the plan]
"But the purpose of the plan addresses itself to eliminating the vestiges of a dual system of higher education . . .
"We're obligated (to sign the plan) insofar as that it's designed to achieve the elimination of the vestiges of segregation," [University Attorney Bill] Bivin said. . . .
Among the provisions of the plan affecting Western -- most of it is concerned with upgrading Kentucky State -- one calls for increased employment of black faculty and staff. . . .
Western's other main role in the plan will be in retaining the percentage of black students enrolled at Western. Western's black enrollment -- at 8.1 percent -- is in keeping with the plan and will not have to be increased.
"But we have a clear obligation to retain that percentage," [WKU President Donald] Zacharias said.
Feb. 2 - College Heights Herald - Kentucky Intercollegiate Student Legislature organized by Melody Murphy
1983 - August Hughlyne Wilson appointed WKU Regent
1984 - Ronald Reagan v. Walter Mondale presidential election
1985 - Bowling Green city council elections look for student support - Voters of Tomorrow's Educated Society (VOTES) start voter registration campaign
1986 - Jan. 20 - First Martin Luther King Jr. Day - College Heights Herald
Martin Luther King Jr. Forum - "Racial Injustice in America Today," will be the topic discussed at Western's first forum honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The program sponsored by Western and the University Center Board will feature issues such as poverty, world hunger, racial injustices and violence and war.
Nov. 14 - College Heights Herald - Get Involved With Political Activism, editorial
Activisim - it's a word being revived on Western's campus. And it's about time. It's alos time more students became informed and took part in politics.
Three groups, United Campuses to Prevent Nuclear War, College Republicans and the newly revived Young Democrats, are working to make students politically aware.
Through the efforts of these groups, Western has had several important political events in the past year. From the visit by Vice President George Bush to films and symposiums on nuclear war, the campus has been exposed to a variety of beliefs.
But there should be more.
A political fervor spread across campus last year when national figures such as President Reagan, Bush, Jerry Falwell and Joan Mondale visited the are.
Some have attributed that enthusiasm to a trendy interest in the presidential election. But special attention to issues and the political structure shouldn't be a fad.
Bowling Green and Western students were given the opportunity to get involved in something worthwhile. That opportunity is still being offered through these organizations and others.
It's time students stop making other people do all the work.
Minority Student Support Services department created
1987 - Iran Contra affair hearings
Sep. 30 - Minority Support memorandum issued by WKU President Kern Alexander
1988 - George Bush v. Michael Dukakis presidential election
Sep. 20 - Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts governor and Democratic candidate for president, outlined for the first time his national health insurance plan in Van Meter Auditorium.
Oct. 21 - President Ronald Reagan spoke to 12,000 persons in Diddle Arena to support the Bush for President campaign.
Tony Shobe named first black Spirit Master
1989 - Feb. 23 - WKU President Thomas Meredith issues memorandum creating the Minority Vita Bank
Aug. 22 - Jessica Mack is first black pledge to all white WKU sorority
Aug. 31 - UCAM becomes USA - College Heights Herald
One was concerned about "women's issues," another said he would "like to have a family someday," and others were simply curious as to what United Student Activists was all about.
More than 50 students and two faculty members formed a broad circle for the first meeting of United Student Activists, formerly known as United Campuses to Prevent Nuclear War, in the university center Monday night.
"We're unlimiting ourselves and our horizons," coordinator Ron Barnes said.
As UCAM's focus on nuclear concerns limited the club, United Student Activists extend into other environmental issues such as the ozone and recycling, said Barnes, a sophomore from Washington, DC.
The new group is not completely off the ground yet. To become an official campus organization, they must submit a proposal for a name change to Associated Student Government next week.
Emile Gourieux spoke on the negative effects of the meat and dairy industries on the environment. In October, the Paducah freshman plans to attend the Governor's Conference on the Environment in Paducah.
"If you're sitting back there thinking about steak or hamburger, don't dissociate" from the group said Dr. Michael Seidler, an associate professor of philosophy and religion and faculty adviser to the group.
He added that not everyone had to agree with others' opinions, but stressed that the meeting was a good forum for being heard.
To organize the group's message, students signed up for committees, including a newsletter, information booths and Give Peace a Dance.
As Barnes closed the first meeting, he asked anyone who was not planning to attend again to recycle.
"Our energy problem is our energy addiction," Barnes said. He suggested using low-watt light bulbs, using paper bags over plastic and riding a bike or walking rather than driving.
He also encouraged students to join the National Wildlife Federation and/or Greenpeace, a "hands-on" environmental group.
There's no limit to making the world a better place, Seidler said.
At the group's next meeting on Sept. 11, a letter-writing workshop on air pollution will be held. Letters will be sent to President George Bush and members of Kentucky's House of Representatives.
U.S. forces invade Panama, overthrow Manuel Noriega
1990 - Operation Desert Shield U.S. forces reach Persian Gulf to defend area against Iraq - Iraq invades Kuwait
1991 - Collapse of Soviet Union
Jan. 17 - Operation Desert Shield becomes Desert Storm
College Heights Herald - political cartoon "Peace, Victory"
Editorial - Now is the Time for Everyone to Take a Stand
The march and rally sponsored Tuesday by United Student Activists was a refreshing display of democracy in action.
About 300 people took a stand on war in the Persian Gulf. Some carried signs bearing anti-war slogans. Others made impassioned speeches. Still others let their body language do the talking, clasping hands in prayer or giving the peace sign.
On a campus that has been criticized for its student apathy, the turnout was impressive, but it was a display that is seen far too infrequently.
"By and large, we are far too passive," said Michael Seidler, associate professor of philosophy and the activists' adviser.
When college students in other countries are protesting against oppressive governments, most American students are at the library with their heads stuck in a Victorian literature book, he said.
But it's not just students, Seidler stressed. Everyone in "this part of the country is pretty dead."
If a democracy is to function as it should, everyone must actively take a stand on issues they believe in. Citizens can encourage open discussion, parcticipate in demonstrationsor practice non-coopperation.
People need to do this all the time, not just during "heavy times" or at the point "when it's almost futile," Seidler said.
There are plenty of issues on campus that deserve attention -- from the need for better equipped classrooms and more minority faculty to the need to stop overspending in athletics and Food Services.
"Students have a big role to play" on the regional and world scene today, Seidler said.
Don't let the first act pass you by.
1992 - Carol Moseley-Braun first African-American woman elected to Senate
George Bush v. Bill Clinton presidential election
1993 - First attack on NYC World Trade Center
1994 - Republicans sweep Congress
1995 - Oklahoma City Bombing
Oct. 16 - "Million Man March" African-American march in D.C.
Paul Patton v. Larry Forgy for governor
Nov. 2 - Western Young Democrats hold rally for Paul Patton, while Dan Quayle was keynote speaker at a Republican rally
Nov. 14 - College Heights Herald - Shantytown: Homelessness on Campus, Students spend night at DUC South Lawn to show awareness of the cause by Brian Mains.
Tree limbs bent and leaves blew as homes crumpled under large gusts of wind Thursday night.
People held their meager gatherings as they watched the cold carry off about a hundred embers from a fire.
Homes were constructed of cardboard boxes and a fire was made from pieces of scrap wood in a barrel.
Welcome to Shantytown.
The program, which Residence Life has sponsored for the past four years, was created to help students understand the problems of the homeless, Thoroughbred Area Coordinator Rex Kendel said.
"Our purpose here is to raise the awareness that it is a growing problem in the state," Kendel said. "A lot of people thinkthat homelessness is just in large cities . . . but there is a growing number in the rural areas as well."
About 100 students went down to Downing University Center South Lawn to show their awareness of the cause.
Participants signed in at 7 p.m., put together their homes and then lined up for warm cups of chicken noodle soup and hot chocolate, served by Residence Life staff. . . .
As the wind picked up and a chill set in the air, many students found themselves packing up to head back to the dorms. . . . The number of students dwindled down to about 30 by midnight.
Some students who did stay found fault with the construction of their cardboard homes. Strong winds blew many over.
Owentown freshman Guy David was one of the lucky students whose box held up.
"I'm out here to see what it's like to be homeless and have more respect for them," David said.
Some boxes left standing housed up to nine people, while others, like McNeeley, slept in small boxes in which they barely fit. . . .
"This is the best turnout we've had," Kendel said. "The weather dictates how many come out here and stay . . . but the homeless can't dictate the weather."
1996 - Bill Clinton v. Robert Dole presidential election
1997 - Clinton bars federal funding for human cloning research
1999 - Clinton impeachment
2000 - George W. Bush v. Al Gore presidential election
Howard Bailey elected staff regent
Black enrollment is 7.2%
2001 - April - Diversity Rocks event created by student Michael Brookman to increase awareness about diversity on campus. Becomes an annual event.
Operation “Enduring Freedom”- Afghanistan
Gary Ransdell established Diversity Award
2002 - The Outlet created - Western's resource center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals
Dept. of Homeland Security Created
Black Student Alliance established
US withdrawal from Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
2003 - Dec. 1 - World AIDS Day
Operation "Iraqi Freedom"
Massachusetts Supreme Court allows gay marriage
2004 - Fall - dorms adopt themes: Health & Fitness, Mosaic, Leadership Development, Women of Western and Academic Enhancement
George W. Bush v. John Kerry presidential election
2005 - Live 8 concerts - bring awareness to global poverty
Oct. 24 - Rosa Parks died
2006 - April 26 - Day of Silence - WKU Gay Pride Week
Sept. 28 - College Heights Herald - New Course on HIV Prevention Offered
Cases of HIV infection in Bowling Green rose from 916 in 2000 to 1,000 in 2001, according to the Red Cross.
Students in Western's public health department are trying to combat those growing numbers through education.
About 20 students are participating in an HIV education and training course to become certified in providing continuing education about HIV and AIDS prevention to the public.
Steve Nagy, associate professor of public health, worked with Deneen Cooper, director of the Bowling Green Red Cross, to start the new class. Western is the only university in this area of the state to provide such classes.
"We are really thrilled that we have been able to work with the public health section at Western to help educate the people about HIV and AIDS awareness," Cooper said.
2007 - WKU students become more active, forming new groups:
Americans for Informed Democracy
Students Against Monotony
Virginia Tech shootings
Al Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize
2008 - March 27 - SGA election debates - formation of Red Towel PartyApril 29 - WKU wins ONE Campus Challenge - College Heights Herald, letter to the editor
Mayor proud of ONE success
I would like to officially commend Western Kentucky University Students on being recognized as the winner of the ONE Campus Challenge. This national honor recognizes the extensive April 8, 2008 campaign volunteers put on to raise awareness about and seek to eradicate global poverty and AIDS.
It is interesting to note that WKU edged out such erstwhile competitors as Princeton University and University of Nevada Las Vegas to receive the award.
The City of Bowling Green was proud to enact a Resolution in support of this campaign and it was my pleasure to join with WKU President Gary Ransdell to address the crowd that braved the cold that evening to make their voices heard.
Our community is blessed with an abundance of many things and it is important for us to step out of our comfort zone to make a difference in our community and in the world.
Thank you, Western Kentucky University, for bringing the eyes of the nation to focus on our community in such a positive way. We are extremely proud of your work.
Elaine N. Walker
Bowling Green mayor
John McCain v. Barack Obama presidential election
Nov. 4 - Barack Obama elected first black president.
Timeline created by Kaylee Carnahan and Suellyn Lathrop