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What EKU Energy Club did last semester?

Last semester, EKU’s Energy Club kept very busy. Throughout the course of the semester, club members enjoyed energy industry site tours, dinners with industry experts, guest speakers from academia, government and the private sector, and even chartered bus trips to a coal mine and a nuclear power plant. These opportunities provided members the chance to get out into the energy world, learn about where our power comes from, and experience once in a lifetime opportunities.  Adam Kinion, President of EKU Energy Club said, “Meeting other people that want to have a positive impact on the world around them is very enlightening and socially comforting. The Energy Club is simply beneficial because the objective is to give back. Students will be able to learn, travel to sites, apply their knowledge, and have a direct effect on the lives of people just like them. ”

Established in the fall of 2011, the EKU Energy Club is a campus organization that focuses on bringing first-hand awareness of energy issues to its members, fellow students, and the community. “It is important to educate people on these issues in order to increase awareness and theoretically find a remedy for the problems we face concerning energy,” according to club Vice President, Miranda Small. The purpose of the Kentucky Energy Club is to serve as a conduit for all members of the community to engage, educate and excite one another concerning the issue of energy and the future of Kentuckians as active participants on the global energy stage. That’s exactly what has been going on, and EKU energy club is only getting started!

For many club members, the highlight of the semester was visiting the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority located near Chattanooga, TN.  “It was a great experience because it is really important to understand where our energy comes from. We learned how the nuclear plant worked. It was very interesting. It was also a great networking opportunity. Not only did we get to meet a potential employer, but we got to meet students from other schools who were interested in energy as well. Getting to know everyone and their background was great,” said Kinion.

In March 2012, guest speaker, Bill Bissett, President of the Kentucky Coal Association, came to EKU’s campus to speak to the club and other members of the community. Bissett spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of using coal as Kentucky’s primary energy source and other potential sources of electricity within the state. He suggested methods of improving the shortcomings, as well as offering innovative ideas as to how we can begin to handle emerging technologies in the energy field.

Along with the site tours and the guest speakers, the club also participated in a volunteer effort for Habitat for Humanity, and hosted a “Hunger Games” themed scavenger hunt on campus for Sullivan Hall. The free pizza and dodge ball competition was only icing on the cake! When the Hunger Games scavenger hunt was all over, the winning team won tickets to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games movie at Richmond Cinemark.

“I truly believe that the energy club has so much to offer everyone. No matter what your major or interests are, there is a place for you in the energy club. Plus, we do so many fun things! That can’t be beat,” said Small. Currently, there are a wide variety of different majors in the club, including Microbiology, Agriculture, Political Science, and more.

This semester, there are many exciting activities and events planned including new site tours scheduled for October and November, a Habitat for Humanity project planned to help build an energy efficient home, and fun social events for current and potential club members. See below for a list of scheduled events and who to contact if you or someone you know might be interested in participating and get in touch with one of the officers to find out other exciting things that are being planned!

If you would like to learn more about the energy club at EKU or would like to become involved, please see the list below for things you might be interested in and contact one of the following members:



Contact Person

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Habitat for Humanity build (Berea, KY)

Adam Kinion (

Friday, November 9, 2012

Riverview Coal Mine site tour

Sara Neumeister (

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