WKU Spirit Magazine Research Spotlight
Community Farmers Market
The Community Farmers Market (CFM) in Bowling Green was created to provide opportunities for farmers and potential farmers making locally grown and/or produced food available to underserved consumers. The CFM is only 3 years old and is very successful. Unfortunately because of that success they are turning away vendors who want to be part of the this market.”
Curiosity about the local food movement sparked an interest in faculty member Molly Kerby to teach about food and the desire to write a book about farmers markets and vendors. An interest in vendors with unique products and/or foods that are distinct to an area motivated Kerby to travel across the United States and learn about different farmers markets.
Art Sends a Message of Peace
Guernica was Picasso’s most controversial piece, created to show the devastation war caused in Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. It has remained one of Picasso’s most recognized pieces and inspired the Kid’s Guernica Peace Project. WKU junior, Megan McDonald wanted to make Kentucky a registered participating state in the Kid’s Guernica Peace Project. The project was for youth to create a peace mural modeled after Picasso’s Guernica. The mural is a moveable canvas representing the removal of separation between nations, races, religions, cultures and people. Read more about the project.
A Dance Installation
The Art of Performance
During REACH Week in the spring of 2012 Lisa Draskovich-Long, visiting assistant professor of dance and her students performed a Dance Installation during the banquet reception held at the Center for Research and Development (CRD). A Dance Installation is meant for the audience to be at the center of a work of art, an active component of the piece, namely through the use of performance to make the spectator aware of the artist’s actions. The objective is true research and the audience becomes an integrated part of the experience.Read more about dance installations and Lisa Long.
WKU Empowering Student Enterprise
Student Learning Expands Beyond the Classroom
Starting a business is not for everyone, but for those that want to start their own business the Student Business Accelerator is a place to explore that option. Space has been made available to students in the Small Business Accelerator but will eventually move to dedicated space once renovation is completed. Currently student entrepreneurs have access to 1,200 square feet of space within the Small Business Accelerator 24/7. The students also have access to the shared facilities and can use the conference room, kitchen and common space to meet their business needs. Read more about the Student Business Accelerator and the Retail Accelerator.
Kelly Autism Program
Optimism knows no boundaries
The Kelly Autism Program provides services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other disabilities. The challenge of the Kelly Autism Center is to find that special spark, that unique strength, skill or talent in each and every student and figure out how to make that gift shine. “This challenge propels us to be creative, innovative, and fully engaged with our students and families,” said Marty Boman, Program Director. “We look at the world through each student’s eyes and see possibilities rather than limitations.”
Making Cheese at WKU
Exploring economic options for small dairy farmers.
The cheese making facility located at the WKU Farm is a pilot project to determine the profitability for small dairy farmers in the process of making cheese as an end product to consumers. This pilot project is an outlet for the research and educational products produced in the Department of Agriculture.