Glasgow to celebrate silver anniversary with reception

Seth Hutchins

WKU’s Glasgow campus has reached its 25th anniversary, which marks a big milestone for WKU’s first postsecondary regional campus.

To commemorate the occasion, Glasgow will be hosting a celebration on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event will begin with a reception and refreshments, followed by a program.

The reception will feature appearances by WKU-Glasgow Director Sally Ray and President Gary Ransdell.

Big Red will also make an appearance, and the program will end with a tour of the Glasgow campus.

John Roberts, Communications and Student Recruitment coordinator, said the campus staff is excited about the anniversary.

“It’s a good milestone for the Glasgow campus,” he said.

Among those asked to speak at the event is WKU-Glasgow Alumna, Callie Christian.

Christian says she attended the Glasgow campus because it was close to home. Looking back at her experience, she finds the campus smaller and less intimidating compared to WKU.

“It was more of a family atmosphere,” said Christian. “Everybody was close and everybody knew everybody.”

Like many others, Christian is excited about Glasgow’s 25th anniversary.

“It’s exciting to know that Glasgow has been around for so long and has helped so many people,” she said.

Glasgow was first conceived in 1988 as a way to bring educational opportunities to students who were unable to attend WKU due to family or job obligations.

At the time, the majority of the population consisted of non-traditional students. After Glasgow moved to the building on Hilltopper Way, the population shifted. Today, the majority of Glasgow’s population is now traditional students.

Unfortunately, some people view Glasgow as a community college. Office Coordinator Judy Parker says the staff has worked hard to show that the campus is more than that.

“We’ve worked very hard to let people know that Glasgow is a part of Western,” she said. “We’re all a part of Western.”