Hoge, Ballard and the Eli Young Band to play at Homecoming Concert

The Eli Young Band will headline WKU’s 2014 Homecoming Concert, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Diddle Arena.

The concert will feature special guests Frankie Ballard and WKU alum Will Hoge. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (Sept. 2) at the WKU Ticket Office at Diddle Arena, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-5BIGRED.

Student tickets start at $24 and non-student tickets start at $34.

About Eli Young Band: The Eli Young Band has had three chart toppers (Crazy Girl, Even if it Breaks Your Heart and Drunk Last Night) and recently released its fifth studio album, 10,000 Towns. Dust, the second single from 10,000 Towns, was the No. 1 most added song on the chart the first week with 62 stations on board.

About Frankie Ballard: Frankie Ballard was the winner of Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition in 2008, leading to him opening shows for Kenny Chesney. In 2013, Ballard released his second album, Sunshine & Whiskey, which produced his first chart-topping single Helluva Life.

About Will Hoge: WKU alum Will Hoge is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and musician from Nashville, Tenn. His 2013 single Strong was featured on Chevrolet commercials.

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Contact: Campus Activities Board, (270) 745-2459.

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Jake Owen to perform at Diddle Arena on April 24

Chart-topping vocalist Jake Owen’s “Days of Gold Tour” is coming to WKU’s Diddle Arena on Thursday, April 24.

The concert will feature the groups Parmalee and The Cadillac Three.

Tickets are $39.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the WKU Ticket Office at Diddle Arena, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-5BIGRED.

About Jake Owen: Owen’s latest single “Beachin’” will be released in February. That song and the single “Days of Gold” are featured on his current album “Days of Gold.” Since releasing his chart-topping album “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Owen has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The album delivered four consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the title track, “Alone With You,” “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You.” He has toured with Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.

About Parmalee: Parmalee, named for the band’s hometown in North Carolina, is a family band comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and life-long best friend Josh McSwain. The group’s hit singles “Carolina” and “Musta Had A Good Time” appears on the debut album “Feels Like Carolina.”

About The Cadillac Three: Nashville natives Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray and Neil Mason are a high-energy trio who describe their sound as “country fuzz.” They have opened for acts like ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Eli Young Band. The group’s first single, “The South,” had 10,000 downloads in its first week. The band also appeared on the second season of ABC’s “Nashville.”

Contact: Campus Activities Board, (270) 745-2459.

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Justin Moore and Corey Smith to perform at WKU

Country acts Justin Moore and Corey Smith will visit the Hill on Oct. 25 to perform at the WKU Homecoming Concert. The show begins at 8 p.m. CT.

The event is sponsored by the WKU Campus Activities Board and will be held at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Country artist Chris Stapleton will also perform at the event. His single, What Are You Listening To?, was released in July by Mercury Records.

Moore’s hits include Til My Last Day, Point At You, Small Town USA, Bait a Hook and Backwoods. His new album “Off The Beaten Path” will be released on September 17.

Smith performed at Bowling Green’s Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in April 2012. His hits include Twenty-One, If I Could Do It Again, Maybe Next Year and Drinkin’ Again.

Tickets will be made available to the public on September 13 at the WKU Ticket Office. Student tickets start at $25 and non-student tickets start at $35.

The WKU Ticket Office is located in Diddle Arena.

Contact: WKU Campus Activities Board, (270) 745-5809.

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Fall election set for Sept. 17 & 18

The WKU Student Government Association announced that the Fall Election is set for September 17-18 on TopNet.

Students will be competing for seats in the Student Senate, which serves as the legislative branch of the organization. The Student Senate is the official voice of the student body of Western Kentucky University.

Applications are available on the SGA website. The forms are due to the SGA Office (Cravens 013) by 5 p.m. on September 10.

Campaigning will officially begin after the mandatory candidate information session. The meeting will take place after the Student Senate meets at 5 p.m. on September 10 in Cravens 111.

The results of the election will be announced at 12:01 a.m. on September 19.

Contact: WKU Student Government Association, (270) 745-4354.

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SGA executives to meet with legislators in Washington D.C.

Western Kentucky University’s top two student body leaders, Keyana Boka and Mark Reeves, will visit Washington D.C. with student leaders from across the state.
The trip will take place from July 31 to August 3. Boka serves as SGA President and Reeves is the organization’s Executive Vice President.
They will be joined by students from the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Eastern Kentucky University. The trip is part of the KY in DC program, which aims to bring the Kentucky public schools of higher education to the United States Congress in a face-to-face interaction between student and national leaders.
The student leaders are set to meet with members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation including Rep. Andy Barr, Rep. Brett Guthrie, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. Hal Rogers, Rep. John Yarmuth and Senator Mitch McConnell.
The students plan to discuss several issues with the legislators including renewing Pell grants, student loan interest rates, student financial aid and the impact of sequestration cuts to the National Institutes of Health and medical research.
President Boka said, “KY in D.C. is a great program we’re starting, and I’m looking forward the much-needed discussions with lawmakers about the poor state  of higher education funding.”
Contact: WKU Student Government Association, (270) 745-4354.

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Andy Grammer to perform at WKU on Aug. 18

Singer/songwriter Andy Grammer will perform at Western Kentucky University on August 18. The event is sponsored by the WKU Campus Activities Board and WKU Housing & Residence Life.

The free concert is part of the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Concert Series. Past performers in the annual series include Edwin McCain and 3OH!3.

The event will begin at 10 p.m. CT at E.A. Diddle Arena. The concert is only open to WKU students, faculty and staff members. A WKU ID is required for entry.

Grammer is originally from Los Angeles. His hits include “Crazy Beautiful” and “Keep Your Head Up.”  He released his self-titled debut album in 2011.

Contact: Kenneth Johnson, (270) 745-5809.

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2013-2014 elected Executive Officers.

Congratulations to all new SGA members! Keyana Boka has been elected the SGA student body president and student regent, Mark Reeves has been elected for executive vice-president, and Nicki Seay is the new administrative vice-president. The WKU Student Government Association looks forward to an upcoming year full of opportunity.

Join us Tuesdays at 5pm for our weekly Senate meeting in Cravens Room 111, where student interest is our priority.

Click below to read more about the election results:



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SGA Executive Officer Debate – Win an iPad Mini!

The Executive Cabinet of the 2012-2013 Student Government Association at WKU invites you to attend the upcoming Executive Officers Debate on Wednesday, March 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Gary A. Ransdell Hall.

This opportunity will inform you about the candidates for President, Executive Vice President and Administrative Vice President, the three officers of the administration who are elected by the WKU student community. Each candidate will present their platform and be asked relevant policy questions by Dr. David Lee, dean of Potter College of Arts and Letters, and Monica Spees, editor-in-chief of the College Heights Herald.  An iPad Mini will be awarded to one lucky attendee, so make every effort to attend.

Students who are elected to these positions hold varying levels of influence on campus and throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, therefore it is very important to be informed about what each candidate will do for the university and its students.

If you cannot join us in person, please find us online at www.wku.edu/sga/debate to watch the debate and chat about the proceedings.

Tweet your questions to us at @WKUSGA. We will be reading them during the debate.

With any questions, please email them to sga@wku.edu.

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WKU to host Selection Show viewing party

Western Kentucky University will host a Selection Show viewing party at E.A. Diddle Arena on March 17. At the event, fans will learn of the pairings for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The Hilltopper basketball team captured its second-straight Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship on Monday in Hot Springs, Ark. This year’s contest will mark the 23rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament for WKU, including the fourth in the last six years. WKU has four wins in the tournament in its last three appearances with at least one win in each of the last three appearances.

Doors open at 4 p.m. CT for the event. The NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show begins at 5 p.m. CT and ends at 6 p.m. CT. The CBS broadcast will be televised on the video boards inside the arena.

Game coverage for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will begin March 19-20 with the First Four on truTV, and the tournament concludes with the national championship game on April 8, on CBS.

The WKU Ticket Office is now accepting reservations for NCAA Tournament tickets. To place a reservation, click here. Leading up to the announcement of the pairings on Sunday, fans can place a $10.00 reservation and list the number of tickets they anticipate using.

Upon the announcement, fans who placed a deposit will be contacted by a member of the WKU Athletic Department to determine if they are still interested in tickets. If so, the $10.00 deposit will be credited to the price of the tickets. If not, the $10.00 deposit will be refunded completely.

Contact: WKU Athletic Department, (270) 745-6562

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SGA Sets Election Dates

The WKU Student Government Association is set to host the organization’s general election in April.

On April 2-3, students will be able to vote on TopNet to select their next Student Senators and elected executives. The student body will be able to vote for the next Administrative Vice President, Executive Vice President and SGA President.

Applications will be released on Feb. 25. The forms are due March 19 to the SGA office in room 013 of Cravens Library.

SGA President Cory Dodds will serve as the Student Regent until June. The next SGA President will succeed Dodds as the student representative on the Board of Regents.

Contact: WKU Student Government Association, (270) 745-4354.

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