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Dr. Raglena Turpin Salmans

Dr. Raglena Salmans
  • Assistant Professor
  • Doctorate: University of Kentucky - Career, Technical, and Leadership Education
  • Master’s: Murray State University - P-20 Education and Community Leadership
  • Undergrad: Eastern Kentucky University - Family and Consumer Sciences Education


Contact Information

  • Department: Parks, Recreation, Exercise and Sport Science
  • Office: Combs 206
  • Mailing Address: Combs 206
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-2091


Dr. R (as my REC 325 Summer 2022 class dubbed me)




Justin (son), Jake (beagle mix), Harley, (beagle)

Culinary Specialties:

Although my undergraduate degree is from EKU in Family and Consumer Sciences, my husband is the chef at our house, but I can clean up a mean kitchen!


RVing with my family, reading, and naps (I love a good nap)!

I bet you didn’t know:

I met my husband during my Junior year at EKU while on spring break, in Hawaii. I wentto Hawaii to visit my very good friend Curtis, from middle/high school. Bob and I decided to get married within 3 days of meeting.  Bob was Curtis’s roommate in the U.S. Navy! We have been married over 20 years!

Why am I at EKU?

EKU is truly a part of my heritage.  My family goes back 5 generations in Madison County.  They moved here from Virginia to farm the land, which my family still does.  My father and brother are beef cattle farmers on over 400 acres of land here in Madison County.  Likewise, my father, mother, and brother all graduated from EKU.  My husband and I returned to Richmond after he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy to complete my undergraduate degree.  I completed my final senior semester, of student teaching, and applied for a position on campus in hopes of utilizing the tuition waiver system to complete my master’s degree.  I did just that, I graduated from EKU on May 10, 2003, and started as an employee on May 12, 2003.  I began my career with the SE/SC Educational Cooperative, then located in the College of Education.  From there I moved to a recruitment role for the Health Careers Opportunity Program in the College of Health Sciences.  Upon completion of my master’s degree, I applied for a college advisor position with the College of Health Sciences, and now I am the Director of the Health Sciences Learning Resource Center where I have been since January 2010. Along the way I also taught numerous courses to include Student Success Seminar (which I suggested as a name change to Dr. Janna Vice from “Freshman Orientation”, thus the change occurred), Introduction to the Family, Human Sexuality, Introduction to Housing and Design, and Camp Supervision. 

My life has led me to roles which allowed me to organize and event plan on many levels.  I was selected as prom coordinator for my junior year in high school, I have truly been coordinating events since then.  I enjoy the art of events and programming from a small dinner party to giant undertakings such as graduation ceremonies. 

Best Advice:

Take care of yourself, no one else can do it for you – Mimi Turpin, mother EKU’69

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