EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: EKU’s Givens elected as president for ISWNE

Deborah Givens

Eastern Kentucky University's Deborah Givens was elected to serve as president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) during the June conference in Atlanta.

Givens, who is the chair of the Department of Communication at EKU, has worked for more than 20 years as a community journalist, with 16 years as a publisher and owner of the Butler County Banner and the Green River Republican under her belt.

She was also a co-host for the 2010 ISWNE conference when it took place at EKU, and additionally, has served on the ISWNE board of directors and as vice president.

ISWNE, founded in 1955 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, has been headquartered at Missouri Southern State University since 1999, according to a news release. With an emphasis on community journalism and editorial writing, ISWNE hosts the annual Golden Quill writing contest that recognizes editorial excellence. The organization also publishes Grassroots Editor, a quarterly academic journal focusing on community journalism.

Food Service

Madison County Food Service announced recently that there would be no amendments to its policy for serving meals to students for the 2019-2020 school year.

Under the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast programs for the 2019-2020 school year, all students will be offered lunch and breakfast at no charge at all Madison County Schools. Adults meal charges at $2.75 for breakfast and $4 for lunch.

EKU student receives travel-abroad scholarship

An Eastern Kentucky University student has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a highly competitive study-abroad grant that receives thousands of applicants per year.

Savannah Sublette, a senior from Fulton, Kentucky, majoring in criminal justice, said studying abroad has been a dream of hers, and without the grant, she wondered how she would ever fulfill that dream.

"Now that I am a Gilman recipient, not only do I have money for the program, but the Gilman network connects you to thousands of opportunities and people through their alumni programs and events," Sublette said.

Named for former U.S. Rep. Benjamin Gilman, the congressionally funded program is administered by the U.S. Department of State. Winners of the scholarship can receive up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad. Sublette won $2,000 for the Fall 2019 semester, which she will spend at London South Bank University.

Surviving College

A recently revised version of "Surviving College" and "Surviving College for Adults" are now available from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

The booklets include information for students on majors and class schedules, staying healthy and staying safe on campus, study tips and financial basics.

A free copy can be achieved by sending an email or an online version of both can be found and downloaded from When emailing, be sure to include a mailing address.

KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.

In addition, KHEAA disburses private Advantage Education Loans for its sister agency, the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (KHESLC). For more information about Advantage Education Loans, visit

For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call 800-928-8926, ext. 6-7214.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks. 

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