EKU fire protection and safety engineering technical program earns national accreditation

The Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) Program at Eastern Kentucky University has earned national accreditation from the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) through September 2021. EKU offers one of only two ABET-accredited FPSET degrees in the world, and the only accredited program that is offered online....

Change in law sought to allow students to sample alcoholic beverages as part of educational program

Universities across Kentucky are offering classes in distilling, brewing and wine making, but students can’t necessarily taste the spirits they’re studying in class – even if they’re of drinking age. Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, said he wanted to address that in testimony Friday before the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations. He spoke...

Team of University of Kentucky students will have unique view of eclipse — from above

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward While millions are looking to the sky on Aug. 21 for one of nature’s rarest events, a team of University of Kentucky students will offer a perspective of a total solar eclipse never experienced before — the view from above. Using cutting-edge technology, the UK Solar Eclipse Ballooning Team will stream the eclipse live from space to the internet, where...

Former Kentucky Corinthian College students to receive $790,000 in loan debt relief after settlement

The state Attorney General’s Office announced that 120 former Kentucky Corinthian College students will receive more than $790,000 in loan debt relief from a proposed settlement with Aequitas Capital Management. Attorney General Andy Beshear joined with 12 states and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on the proposed settlement with a court-appointed Receiver representing the Oregon-based...

K Week 2017: New UK students get tips on making successful transition to university life

For nearly 6,000 students, this week marks the beginning of their collegiate career at the University of Kentucky. To ease the transition, hundreds of UK’s best student leaders — K Crew leaders — will guide new Wildcats through K Week and show them what it truly means to be a Wildcat. K Week 2017 begins Friday and ends Tuesday, Aug. 22. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hundreds...

UK assistant chemistry professor receives $750,000 CAREER Award from U.S. Energy Department

Kenneth Graham, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Kentucky, has been selected as a recipient of a CAREER Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. This award supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research programs in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. The chemistry at organic-inorganic...

Three ensembles from Fayette County invited to perform at Kentucky Music Association conference

Three ensembles to perform at KMEA’s state conference 

Three groups from Fayette County Public Schools are invited to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 professional development conference next winter in Louisville. The three include two band ensembles and one choir. They are: • Henry Clay High School’s wind ensemble, directed by William Kite, on Feb. 8 at...

Kentucky Education Commissioner asks public to offer feedback on Every Student Succeeds plan

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt is encouraging all Kentuckians to read and offer feedback on the draft Consolidated State Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act that lays out a blueprint for public education in Kentucky. Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), state education...

Private support for Murray State University exceeds $7.2 million in 2017 on 14,507 gifts

Private support for Murray State University during the 2017 fiscal year indicates strong support of the University with more than $7.2 million received in total gifts to the University. At the close of the fiscal year, a total of 14,507 gifts were made to benefit the University. “Private support is vitally important and allows for all of our academic programs to maintain high standards of rigor,...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting second event on indoor aquaculture program

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Due to the popularity of its spring indoor aquaculture program, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a second event for individuals interested in learning more about the production of indoor marine shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics. The program is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture...

University of Louisville request to double spending for outside legal fees rejected by state panel

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A legislative panel has declined a request from the University of Louisville to double university spending for outside attorneys to $2.5 million for 2016-18. The Government Contract Review committee rejected the request in a 5-3 vote. “Every committee meeting, the issue with the University, the Foundation, and their expenses have come up. It’s never ending,” said co-chairman...

Life Experience: At 60, new teacher at Tates Creek looking toward new challenge, not retirement

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a 60th birthday coming up in October, some people would be eagerly looking toward retirement. But Lowell Outland is simply turning a page to the next chapter – this time, as a teacher at Tates Creek High School. “It’s overnight success that took 40 years. It’s amazing how life will change on you,” he said good-naturedly as he prepared for the start...

UK Agricultural Economics Academic team earns second consecutive national championship

The University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team recently earned back-to-back national championships. The team won the double elimination tournament at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting from July 31-Aug.1 in Chicago. Team members are Erica Rogers, Jordan Champion and Zoe Gabrielson. UK post-doctoral scholar Jerrod Penn was the...

UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program provides meaningful research benefiting students, farms

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward An equestrian for the past 15 years, University of Kentucky junior Anna Intartaglio loves everything about horses. It’s no surprise she jumped at the chance to spend her summer conducting research that’s meaningful to the industry. As an intern in the UK Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, she has gained a deeper understanding of the industry she loves so much. “This...

Testing the Waters: Teachers take to the water to become more familiar with environmental education

By Bobby Ellis Kentucky Teacher A job can’t always be glamorous, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. A group of teachers from across the state slipped on their waterproof shoes, or slipped off their socks, and waded into a creek behind Pulaski County High School earlier this summer. Some slipped and almost fell, others were harassed by mosquitoes, and all of them dug through mud looking for...

Students selected to serve on KCTCS Board of Regents, as student body co-presidents

Two students were elected by their Student Government Association (SGA) peers to serve on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s (KCTCS) Board of Regents and to serve as student body co-presidents. Gavin Posey of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) and Ric Smith of Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC) will serve one-year terms on the board and as student...

FCPS issues Golden Apple Awards to five community partners for contributions to schools

Five high-performing community partners have received Golden Apple Awards from Fayette County Public Schools for their efforts alongside the district and specific schools in 2016-17. “We are so blessed to have so many committed individuals giving of their time, talents, and finances,” said school board member Daryl Love, who welcomed honorees and guests Thursday at host Frederick Douglass High...

UKAccel entrepreneur program graduates first class at Gatton College of Business

The University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE) and UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) held the first Demo Day at the Gatton College of Business and Economics with graduates from the UKAccel Program. The UKAccel program, which is managed by OTC and VACE, offers a professional development and experiential learning opportunity to UK researchers interested...

After four years and $450 million investment, UK campus housing revitalization project is complete

By Blair Hoover Conner Special to KyForward Four years, nearly $450 million, and more than 6,800 beds in 14 new state-of-the-art residence halls. Those are the numbers that encompass the University of Kentucky’s revitalization of campus housing — the largest taking place in all of higher education. The transformation concludes this year as two new residence halls — Lewis Hall and University...

Moving In: UK officials preparing campus, surrounding areas for arrival of new students

In an email Thursday, the University of Kentucky reminded the campus community of the upcoming arrival of new students during Move-In. The full text of the email is below: Safety is always a priority at UK and especially now when thousands of new students are transitioning to campus at a time when vehicle and pedestrian traffic are heavy and streets are re-routed. UK Police will be out in full force...