1. Gatton Academy 2009 Graduation Ceremony -- Part 1

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    The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky honored its first group of students to complete the advanced, two-year program. Fifty-five students representing 35 counties from across the Commonwealth were recognized during Saturday’s ceremony held at E. A. Diddle Arena. The ceremony not only celebrated the significant accomplishments for this first cohort of students but also looked toward the infinite possibilities ahead for the program’s graduates. Gatton Academy Executive Director Julia Roberts expressed the day’s events were not only a celebration of the Class of 2009’s personal accomplishments but also a milestone for Kentucky. “Celebrations come in many kinds,” Roberts said. “For you, today is the time to celebrate both academic and personal accomplishments. Today we celebrate that the Commonwealth of Kentucky provides this challenging educational opportunity for young Kentuckians who need to be with peers who are ready to learn at advanced levels. We celebrate that the Gatton Academy is dedicated to developing leaders in math, science, engineering, and technology to ensure a bright future for Kentucky.” David Laird, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare of Louisville, delivered the commencement address. Laird encouraged the graduates to establish their place in an ever-changing world while resolving themselves to mastery of their pursuits. “You’re getting ready to step in a new direction,” Laird said. “Find your footing. Be sure of your direction. Follow your passion. Ride the wave of change if there are opportunities.” Over the past two years, Gatton Academy students have taken advanced coursework in mathematics, science and other subjects at WKU in fulfillment of high school requirements and the Gatton Academy curriculum. In all, students have each earned over sixty hours of college credit. Gatton Academy Director Tim Gott shared his gratitude with attending faculty members for their role in making the program’s learning environment a challenging and rewarding experience for students. “Faculty members have been responsible for engaging the minds of these students through the provision of rigorous coursework and introducing them to advanced concepts not typically available to high school students,” Gott said. “They answer questions while providing a host of new ones to follow. More importantly, they also give freely of their time and share their personal explorations as mentors in research.” 53 percent of students participated in a facilitated research project with university faculty members. Research accomplishments include WKU’s first Department of Defense SMART scholarship recipient and WKU’s only 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner. Rachel Bowman, a graduating senior from Murray and recipient of the SMART scholarship, reflected upon her experience as an Academy student and the bonds shared by her community of fellow learners. “I quickly realized when I got here that there was one thing we had in common: passion,” Bowman said. “It was not abnormal intelligence or unprecedented talent, but that we cared about something, anything. Being here has simply given us the tools we need to pursue these passions even further.” In pursuit of those academic goals, three out of four graduates plan to attend Kentucky higher education institutions with 23 continuing their studies at WKU. In the fall of 2009, representatives from the graduating class will attend sixteen schools across the United States: Agnes Scott College, Case Western Reserve University, Faulkner University, Hendrix College, Kettering University, Marymount Manhattan College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Murray State University, Point Park University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Smith College, Thomas More College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Miami, and Western Kentucky University. Three out of four graduates will continue their studies at Kentucky institutions of higher learning. Four-year scholarships totaling over $7.5 million were offered to the graduating class while over $3 million in four-year scholarships were accepted. Ten members of the senior class were named Kentucky Governor’s Scholars. Three members of the class were selected as National Merit finalists. In all, seniors completed a total of 2240 hours of community service during their time at the Gatton Academy. “These students have taken the most rigorous curriculum offered to any high school student in the nation,” Gott said. “They left the comfort of home and established a level of independence that will impact their lives forever. They have forged new friendships which will grow exponentially in the years to come. They have given themselves in community service throughout the state inspiring younger students, building new homes, and expanding awareness of the opportunities in math and science. They will become the leaders of this great Commonwealth.” In the end, Bowman and her classmates are ready for the new challenges ahead thanks to the preparation they have obtained at the Gatton Academy and WKU. “The best kind of education allows someone to not just know their field but to be the one who redefines it,” Bowman said. “That’s exactly what we’ve received here.”

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    • Gatton Academy 2009 Graduation Ceremony -- Part 2

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      The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky honored its first group of students to complete the advanced, two-year program. Fifty-five students representing 35 counties from across the Commonwealth were recognized during Saturday’s ceremony held at E. A. Diddle Arena. The ceremony not only celebrated the significant accomplishments for this first cohort of students but also looked toward the infinite possibilities ahead for the program’s graduates. Gatton Academy Executive Director Julia Roberts expressed the day’s events were not only a celebration of the Class of 2009’s personal accomplishments but also a milestone for Kentucky. “Celebrations come in many kinds,” Roberts said. “For you, today is the time to celebrate both academic and personal accomplishments. Today we celebrate that the Commonwealth of Kentucky provides this challenging educational opportunity for young Kentuckians who need to be with peers who are ready to learn at advanced levels. We celebrate that the Gatton Academy is dedicated to developing leaders in math, science, engineering, and technology to ensure a bright future for Kentucky.” David Laird, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare of Louisville, delivered the commencement address. Laird encouraged the graduates to establish their place in an ever-changing world while resolving themselves to mastery of their pursuits. “You’re getting ready to step in a new direction,” Laird said. “Find your footing. Be sure of your direction. Follow your passion. Ride the wave of change if there are opportunities.” Over the past two years, Gatton Academy students have taken advanced coursework in mathematics, science and other subjects at WKU in fulfillment of high school requirements and the Gatton Academy curriculum. In all, students have each earned over sixty hours of college credit. Gatton Academy Director Tim Gott shared his gratitude with attending faculty members for their role in making the program’s learning environment a challenging and rewarding experience for students. “Faculty members have been responsible for engaging the minds of these students through the provision of rigorous coursework and introducing them to advanced concepts not typically available to high school students,” Gott said. “They answer questions while providing a host of new ones to follow. More importantly, they also give freely of their time and share their personal explorations as mentors in research.” 53 percent of students participated in a facilitated research project with university faculty members. Research accomplishments include WKU’s first Department of Defense SMART scholarship recipient and WKU’s only 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winner. Rachel Bowman, a graduating senior from Murray and recipient of the SMART scholarship, reflected upon her experience as an Academy student and the bonds shared by her community of fellow learners. “I quickly realized when I got here that there was one thing we had in common: passion,” Bowman said. “It was not abnormal intelligence or unprecedented talent, but that we cared about something, anything. Being here has simply given us the tools we need to pursue these passions even further.” In pursuit of those academic goals, three out of four graduates plan to attend Kentucky higher education institutions with 23 continuing their studies at WKU. In the fall of 2009, representatives from the graduating class will attend sixteen schools across the United States: Agnes Scott College, Case Western Reserve University, Faulkner University, Hendrix College, Kettering University, Marymount Manhattan College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Murray State University, Point Park University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Smith College, Thomas More College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of Miami, and Western Kentucky University. Three out of four graduates will continue their studies at Kentucky institutions of higher learning. Four-year scholarships totaling over $7.5 million were offered to the graduating class while over $3 million in four-year scholarships were accepted. Ten members of the senior class were named Kentucky Governor’s Scholars. Three members of the class were selected as National Merit finalists. In all, seniors completed a total of 2240 hours of community service during their time at the Gatton Academy. “These students have taken the most rigorous curriculum offered to any high school student in the nation,” Gott said. “They left the comfort of home and established a level of independence that will impact their lives forever. They have forged new friendships which will grow exponentially in the years to come. They have given themselves in community service throughout the state inspiring younger students, building new homes, and expanding awareness of the opportunities in math and science. They will become the leaders of this great Commonwealth.” In the end, Bowman and her classmates are ready for the new challenges ahead thanks to the preparation they have obtained at the Gatton Academy and WKU. “The best kind of education allows someone to not just know their field but to be the one who redefines it,” Bowman said. “That’s exactly what we’ve received here.”

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      • Gatton Academy Senior Night 2009 -- Part 1

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        The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky honored its first group of students to complete the advanced, two-year program during Friday, May 15, 2009, Senior Night festivities. Fifty-five students representing 35 counties from across the Commonwealth were recognized in the special ceremony. The ceremony not only celebrated the significant accomplishments for this first cohort of students but also looked toward the infinite possibilities ahead for the program’s graduates.

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        • Gatton Academy Senior Night 2009 -- Part 2

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          The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky honored its first group of students to complete the advanced, two-year program during Friday, May 15, 2009, Senior Night festivities. Fifty-five students representing 35 counties from across the Commonwealth were recognized in the special ceremony. The ceremony not only celebrated the significant accomplishments for this first cohort of students but also looked toward the infinite possibilities ahead for the program’s graduates.

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          • Estriatus

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            This film is the winner of the 2011 Western Kentucky University Film Festival. A young comic book writer wakes up one morning to discover that he has lost everything. His friends, lover and even the color green itself has disappeared and his comic won't even sell. As he spirals into a world of obsession and depression, with even his only remaining "friends" abusing him he can only wonder, do his recurring dreams of a woman with green eyes mean anything? This film was produced as my thesis film for the TV/Film Production major at Western Kentucky University, as well as my Honors program Capstone Experience. Everything was shot on the Canon 7d, with audio recorded separately into a zoom H2 audio recorder. Editing was done in Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe After Effects. Sound mixed in Adobe Soundbooth and Adobe Audition. Directed/Produced/DPed/Edited by Nate Spicer Written and Produced by Jacob Short Starring: Jay Thomas Aaron Mundell Max Newland Maggie Harris Kaitlyn Fouts Lara Larson Chris Baker Art Direction by Delancey Sheldon Audio by: Zach Brumback Seth Short Jake Short Aaron Taylor Clint Scott Color By: Derrick Hunt Very Special thanks to: Clint Scott Ron Demarse Stacie Hewitt

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            • Professor Hobo: The King and Us

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              http://www.ProfessorHobo.com - Something fishy is going on one night that lands the university president and a frat in jail. One Racer Patrol officer will get to the bottom of it before everything is done.

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              • Dave LaBelle | The Lesson

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                "Life will teach you to be a good teacher. If you care, life will show you many, many examples. It will lay all the lessons right before you and all you have to do is bend over and collect these lessons and put them in some order and fashion and you can teach anybody." - Dave LaBelle This video is an excerpt from my Ohio University masters project on Dave LaBelle, one of my teachers from Western Kentucky University. It features interviews with LaBelle and several of his students. The project also includes another 8 sections which go into further detail about Dave and his life as a photographer and a teacher.

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                • Bob Adams Tribute

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                  The nationally renowned journalism program and award winning student newspaper at Western Kentucky University have not always been prestigious. From humble beginnings and through controversy, they were formed by the work of thousands of friends, colleagues and students. This is the story of a small town student newspaper in Kentucky that would stop at nothing to be considered the best in the country and one man who for over 40 years guided the paper, touching the lives of every student involved. www.timberandframe.com

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                  • Discovering the Pointe of Joy

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                    Discovering the Pointe of Joy shares the story of a dance studio in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky that has brought joy to an entire community for a decade. The idea for this documentary came from my personal experiences as a young dancer in Eastern Kentucky. The studio where I took lessons, Pointe of Joy Performing Arts, had a significant impact on my life as I grew up. I have many treasured memories of my time spent there and was able to grow not only as a dancer and an artist, but also as a person. As I've gotten older, I've come realize the enormous sacrifice and hard work that was put into bringing and sustaining that studio in the area. I decided to share the story of how a young woman, fresh out of college with exciting job opportunities, instead developed a plan to bring the arts back home to Eastern Kentucky. That vision had a great impact on each student that walked through the doors of that studio and became a point of joy for the entire community. Discovering the Pointe of Joy shares the story of the studio's beginning, chronicles and looks back on progress that has been made, and explores the ways this organization has impacted its students and community. The story is told through archival footage from past studio productions and interviews from students and parents as well as founder Lora Jane Hyden as we follow the performance of students at a local nursing home. In keeping with the theme of expanding the arts in Eastern Kentucky, the crew is made up of local student filmmakers in an effort to continue providing interest and opportunities in the arts. Upon completion, the documentary was attached as a part of the DVD of the tenth anniversary recital performance.

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                    • MixMasterMandy: A Rockumentary

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                      What do rock, pop, and hippity-hop have in common? The answer is MixMasterMandy! This short form Rockumentary was made as a senior capstone project at Western Kentucky University by Director Joel McAfee. Diving into only the shallow end of a pool that flows into the veins of anyone who has ever chosen the full length version of "Freebird" over the radio edit, "MixMasterMandy: A Rockumentary" sheds light on the truest desires of an honest warrior of the amplifier trying to spread the curtains wide into the heart of the city of Country-Fried music.

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