"Growth Happens Here"

President Benson speaking photo

“Growth Happens Here.”

It was the theme for the faculty and staff fall convocation at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, Aug. 16, but no one had to attend the annual event to know that.

The signs are evident any direction you look on the Richmond campus:

  • continued construction of the second phase of the University’s New Science Building. When joined to the first phase, the facility will be the largest of its type in the Commonwealth when it opens in January 2018.
  • two new residence halls slated to open in Fall 2017.
  • a new dining hall scheduled for completion in late 2017.
  • a Scholar House, a residential facility for single parents, set to open in the summer of 2017. The facility is funded primarily by the Kentucky Housing Corporation and will be managed by Kentucky River Foothills.
  • a new pedestrian gateway, Turner Gate, and adjacent Carloftis Gardens near the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Barnes Mill Road.
  • improvements to baseball and softball facilities.

Add to that plans to build a parking garage, renovate the Powell Student Union, build a new recreation center, construct a pedestrian bridge (architect's rendering below) across the Eastern By-Pass near Keene Hall and Alumni Coliseum, and more. Little wonder that the most common word heard from President Michael Benson at the convocation was “excited.”