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Scholars Week Alumni Spotlight

2019 Alumni Spotlight

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning (Library 318)
Crabbe (Main) Library

The Scholars Week Alumni Spotlight offers the campus community the opportunity to hear about academic experiences, success stories, and lessons learned from EKU alumni. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the Alumni Spotlight into course syllabi and can find more information here. The 2019 Alumni Spotlight speakers are:


Nathaniel Bullock | Senior Industrial Designer
B.F.A. in Sculpture; Honors Scholar: Eastern Kentucky University, 2004
M.A. in Design: University of Cincinnati, 2012

Nate Bullock is a Senior Industrial Designer at REI in Seattle, Washington where he designs products for the outdoors. From 2012-2014, Nate was a consultant with Microsoft’s XBOX Division where he worked on the design of the XBOX ONE console. His other design experience includes work with General Electric and Proctor & Gamble, as well as consultancies in San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Antwerp, Belgium. Nate received his Master’s in Design from the University of Cincinnati in 2013. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. His study of sculpture focused on the storytelling potential of the human form, creating predominantly figurative sculpture in a variety of mediums. Nate currently lives in Seattle with his wife, three sons, a Golden Retriever, and a kitten named Tom Cruise. He enjoys road cycling, rock climbing, and playing Ultimate Frisbee with his REI coworkers.

Panel Focus:

Design is all about problem solving. Creating useful products is an exercise in identifying obstacles for the user and crafting something that resolves those issues within the constraints of manufacturing requirements and cost. The EKU Honors Program strengthened and provided a foundation of critical thinking skills that I leverage to solve these problems. Furthermore, my undergraduate degree in sculpture and my time spent in studio at EKU imbued me with a strong sense of craftsmanship and an aesthetic foundation that serves me to this day. Looking back, I think the most influential aspect of EKU Honors was the incredible travel opportunities it afforded me. Traveling to various Honors conferences and field trips broadened my horizons and provided creative inspiration.


Lee Stokes | Program Assistant, Governor's Scholars Program
B.A. in English: Eastern Kentucky University, 2009
M.A. in English: Eastern Kentucky University, 2011

Lee Stokes is originally from Madisonville, KY and received an MA in English in 2011 from Eastern Kentucky University. As a graduate assistant with the Department of English at EKU, Lee was a Consultant for the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Postgrad, Lee worked as an adjunct professor for EKU’s Department of English, Department of Women and Gender Studies, and Eastern's English Language Instruction Program.  Lee also taught for the Center for English Language Instruction at the University of Kentucky. Currently, Lee is a Program Assistant for the Governor’s Scholars Program.

Panel Focus:

Graduates often pigeon-hole themselves into jobs based on their degrees instead of their skills and interests, losing out on opportunities and advancement. Working for the Noel Studio not only strengthened skills related to my major but also challenged me to diversify my expertise. By broadening my career scope and focusing on my abilities, I have experienced much more fulfillment in my career choices.

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