Madison Caplinger

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2020 Senior Shoutout: Kiersten Harris

Kiersten Renae Harris is a 2020 graduate of West Carter High School. She is the daughter of proud parents Tim and Jennifer Harris, and the granddaughter of Edward and Hope Porter, and Larry and Judy Harris. During her time at West Carter, Kiersten has participated in several extracurricular activities and community service. She is a four-year member of the academic team, testing in Language Arts and Arts and Humanities and winning numerous awards. A talented musician, Kiersten is also a pianist

New Alum Lands TV Job | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

College graduates dream of finding success while pursuing their passion. For Madison Pergrem, a recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, that meant working at a job where she would face new and exciting challenges each day. Pergrem, who graduated in May 2019 with degrees in general business and broadcast electronic media, is now living that dream as the newest reporter and anchor for eastern Kentucky’s WYMT News. Though she began her college experience as a business major, she soon disco

Student Parent Beats The Odds | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Jasmine Lofton’s path to success was not always a straight line. After becoming a mother at age 17, she worked long hours waiting tables just to keep the bills paid. It would be two years before she enrolled in college, but she never stopped dreaming of a better life for her and her son, Jasen. This summer, six years after graduating high school, she finished her last class at Eastern Kentucky University, graduating with a 3.9 GPA and attaining her dream job teaching Spanish at Model Laboratory

EKU Alum Named An Inventor Of The GPS | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

A global system that powers modern life was produced by decades of experimentation and hundreds of brilliant minds. One of those minds is an Eastern Kentucky University Colonel. Tom Logsdon, a 1959 graduate of EKU, was recently named one of 28 official inventors of the GPS by the U.S. Air Force. Logsdon’s fingerprints are all over the project that became GPS. As an engineer for Rockwell International, he determined the number of satellites required and the best altitude, inclination and spacing

EKU Alum Heads Greek Life At Dartmouth | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Brian Joyce, ’03, came to Eastern Kentucky University with a plan to attend law school and enter the political scene. He had no interest in joining a fraternity, but, as it so often happens at EKU, he would soon be introduced to his true passion — in his case, through a game of pickup basketball. “During the fall of my freshman year, I passed by a table of Lambda Chi Alpha brothers recruiting guys to play pickup basketball later that night. One of the brothers, Scott Jackson, asked me if I

Leaving The Sidelines | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

“Athletic trainer” is a deceptively simple job title. Immediately, it conjures the image of a khaki- and polo-clad medical professional kneeling next to an injured player on a softball field or basketball court. These stalwart specialists have long been the first line of defense against career-ending injuries, monitoring early morning practices and late-night games to keep athletes performing their best. However, despite the name, the athletic training field now encompasses a wide range of indu

Sultana Receives Fifth Fulbright | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Qaisar Sultana, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Special Education in the College of Education, has enjoyed an incredible career. She became an authority and pioneer in the field of special education in her native Pakistan. She was instrumental in building EKU’s Department of Special Education into an exceptional program. Now, she has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist — the fifth Fulbright award of her career. The Fulbright Program, which aims to increase mutua

EKU Alum Inducted Into Kentucky Journalism Hall Of Fame | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Over the past 40 years, Steve Crump has built an enduring, profound and one-of-a-kind journalism career. He has spent the last 35 years as a reporter with WBTV-3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and produced more than 20 documentary films on civil rights issues. His dedication and diverse body of work has earned Crump a spot in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. “I like to think of myself as the guy who just goes to work every day and does what he loves,” said Crump. “And I happen to see the ma

Junior Overcomes Violence, Injuries To Succeed | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When he was in the fourth grade and then again as a middle schooler, an older brother was tried for murder. In seventh grade, the drive-by shooting o

EKU Alumnus Wows Judges On The Voice | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Zach Day, a Dec. 2019 EKU graduate, has had a lifelong love affair with music. That love has survived many long nights, stayed true through both triumphs and rejections, and allowed Day to remain dedicated to honing his craft. His time and effort paid off when he blind auditioned for The Voice, amazing judges John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Nick Jonas. Currently in its 18th season, The Voice is a reality singing competition that airs on NBC. Day’s audition was featured in the sea

Alum Combines Music And Policework To Impact Community | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

When Adam Argullin, ’00, tells people what he does for a living, they’re often surprised. Those who meet him out of uniform — at a concert where he’s playing drums, for example — would never guess that he's a police officer in Florence, Kentucky. In his early days at EKU, Argullin himself would have never guessed he’d end up in law enforcement; he had planned to earn a degree in music merchandising. Surprisingly, his musical talent and unorthodox methods are exactly what has made Argullin succe

EKU Alumni Critical To COVID-19 Pandemic Response | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Mar. 4, 2020 seemed to be just another day in Kentucky. Then, life in the Commonwealth was turned on its head when the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Harrison County. Since then, businesses like restaurants, gyms and entertainment facilities have been shuttered. Social distancing has become the norm and only the essentials remain. But teachers, school administrators, healthcare workers and first responders still have vitally important jobs to do while a global pandemic rages on. Thanks t

Junior Aids In Creation Of Student Assistance Fund For Eastern | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

Dylan Hanshaw has always had a heart for service. The Ashland, Kentucky native logged more than 300 hours of community service before graduating from Boyd County High School in 2016. It is that drive to help others that led him to aid Dr. Lara Vance, director of the Student Success Center (SSC), in the creation of the Student Assistance Fund for Eastern (SAFE). A combined initiative from the Student Success Center (SSC) and the Office of Retention and Graduation, SAFE provides short-term financ

EKU Communication Disorders Program Helps Community Through Telepractice | EKU Stories | Eastern Kentucky University

While offices, schools and universities nationwide remain closed to the public, critical services like speech-language therapy must go on. Graduate students in the EKU Communication Disorders program are putting their skills into practice to fill the gap. Using the remote conferencing app Zoom, student clinicians continue to provide speech-language therapy to clients of EKU’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. “Not only has the use of telepractice allowed our clinic to continue providing service t