Regents Castro, Diaz offer ‘Strategies for Success’ during presentation to EKU Latino students

The fast-growing Latino population at Eastern Kentucky University can now look to the institution’s Board of Regents for role models. Lewis Diaz, an attorney in Northern Kentucky, and Juan Castro, an accountant in Lexington, took time out to spend two hours with many of the University’s approximately 550 Latino students on Oct. 11, sharing their “Strategies for Success.” The event was part...

Kindergarteners proudly wearing their ABCs at James Lane Allen Elementary

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Kindergarteners tackling their ABCs put on quite the fashion show for friends and family at James Lane Allen Elementary, where everyone celebrated their progress. “It’s been exciting to see the ownership they’ve taken in making their vests,” said teacher Sarah Scott. “They’re also making connections. This helps them put names and sounds to the letters...

Four Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions ranked among nation’s best

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) said the Aspen Institute has ranked four KCTCS colleges among the top 150 in the country. Those selected, and their previous years of being ranked, are: • Big Sandy Community and Technical College – Top 150 in 2011 • Hazard Community and Technical College − Fifth time in the top 150 • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College...

Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt proclaims Oct. 15-21 Safe Schools Week across Kentucky

Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has signed a proclamation declaring that Oct. 15-21 is Safe Schools Week in Kentucky. “Excellence in education is dependent on safe, secure and peaceful school settings,” Pruitt said. “Yet, too often we hear about students whose education is jeopardized by crime or violence, such as substance abuse, gangs, bullying, poor discipline, vandalism and absenteeism....

Simmons College president Cosby to speak at Campbellsville University’s FIRST CLASS

Dr. Kevin Cosby, pastor of St. Stephen Church and president of Simmons College of Kentucky in Louisville, will be speaking at Campbellsville University’s FIRST CLASS on Monday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. Everyone is invited to attend. In 2005, Cosby became the 13th president of Simmons College of Kentucky and has served as senior pastor of...

The Impact of One: Jack-of-all trades volunteer Keith having an impact at Millcreek Elementary

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward As a newlywed, Mark Keith started hanging around after school to spend more time with his dedicated bride, who works long hours at The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary. Fast-forward about 10 years, and Keith is still a fixture there – volunteering several hours a week in numerous programs that he has launched and fostered because he cares about...

FCPS among five nationally to get School District Scholarship from Center for Green Schools

Fayette County Public Schools is one of five districts nationally to receive a School District Scholarship for the coming year from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. FCPS will benefit from ongoing support, connections, and resource sharing with a broad network of school sustainability leaders. “Fayette County Public Schools is already a leader in the movement to make...

Susan M. Donovan set to become Bellarmine’s fourth president during ceremonies on Oct. 27

Bellarmine University will inaugurate its fourth president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan, during a 2 p.m. ceremony in Knights Hall on Friday, Oct. 27. The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously selected Donovan as Bellarmine’s next president in February after an extensive global search process. She began her new role as Bellarmine’s president in June, after a 32-year career at Loyola University Maryland...

DNA testing for dogs? Scientist will discuss advances in canine genetics at U of L forum

People aren’t only interested in testing for their own ancestry these days; they are curious about their pets’ origins as well. Cornell University biomedical scientist Adam Boyko, who co-founded a dog DNA testing company, will talk Oct. 20 about “Canine Genomics: Deciphering the Past, Present and Future of Dogs” at the University of Louisville. Adam Boyko The free, public talk at noon in Room...

Meadowthorpe fifth-grader Katie Bowden to serve as Lexington’s honorary junior fire chief

Meadowthorpe Elementary’s Katie Bowden will represent Lexington schoolchildren as the city’s 2017-18 junior fire chief, an honorary year-long position. Wearing an official badge and a kid-sized fire department uniform, Katie showed her winning poster to Chief Kristin Chilton and read her essay aloud for fellow fifth-graders gathered in the gym for the Oct. 9 ceremony. “It’s really important...

UK degree, business card helped nationally known garden designer John Carloftis to his dream career

A University of Kentucky alumnus says he owes his successful garden design career to his college degree and a single business card. Those were the only resources University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumnus Jon Carloftis had at his disposal when he left his Kentucky home for New York City in the late 1980s. “I had the chance to move to New York for the summer,”...

Henry Clay High School gets windfall of sound equipment via unexpected arts donation

High School Nation, the country’s largest secondary school touring music festival, added Henry Clay to its fall lineup along with the promise of a complete recording studio – donated and installed on the Lexington campus. The two-hour celebration of the arts, which enveloped Henry Clay’s soccer field, featured sponsor booths; demos of guitars, drums, and sound equipment; and live entertainment...

Planetary scientist Hansen to discuss JunoCam observations of Jupiter in free event at UofL

The NASA space probe Juno contains many scientific instruments but there’s one camera-telescope that’s on board, primarily for public science and outreach. Planetary scientist Candice Hansen will speak Oct. 26 at the University of Louisville about the clouds, storms and other results that JunoCam has revealed since arriving at Jupiter’s orbit last year. Candice Hansen Hansen will discuss “JunoCam:...

Family members find their working niche serving students in Fayette County school cafeterias

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Altogether, Kelly Herriford and her parents have 25 years of experience in six cafeterias across Fayette County Public Schools. But in a turnabout, it was the older couple who followed in their daughter’s footsteps. After her own children got up a size, Kelly applied for a Child Nutrition position and started as a sub at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where...

Teachers have unique fishing experience, courtesy of a trip to Thomas More’s Biology Field Station

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward If you’ve ever wanted to give your students the chance to catch wild fish out of the Ohio River using currents of electricity, the Thomas More Biology Field Station in California, Ky., has just the thing for you. As part of a workshop organized by Tabitha Owens, who was the Kentucky Department of Education’s environmental education specialist at the time of...

Tying the Knot: Tates Creek freshmen prepare for one of life’s major events with mock wedding ceremony

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Freshmen taking a Life Skills class checked off one of life’s major events with a mock wedding at Tates Creek High School. “It’s not that simple,” said Angelic Henderson, a former flower girl-turned usher. “It makes you realize all the planning that goes into it,” added classmate Lexi Jones, who recalled standing up as a junior bridesmaid in her brother’s...

Maxwell Spanish Immersion School’s parade of nations binds students in a global community

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward The latest big event at Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet School – a parade of nations – colorfully illustrated how these elementary students look beyond themselves and recognize their place in the global community. Third-grader Evan King, whose grandparents came from Japan, knows it’s important to appreciate classmates’ diversity and respect everyone’s...

Pair of advisers to television series ‘Transparent’ set for speaking events at University of Louisville

Two advisers to the critically acclaimed television series “Transparent” will come to the University of Louisville for events in October and November. Zachary Drucker (Photo by Jaesung Lee) Zackary Drucker, a producer of the program, will speak Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Speed Cinema, Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St. Her talk, “’Transparent’: Trans Visibility,” will address the challenges...

Kentucky’s Retired Teachers Association launches grassroots campaign to protect financial security

The Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) has launched a statewide grassroots campaign to protect the earned retirement security of thousands of retirees who served a career educating children. The campaign will advocate for fairness and fight political leaders in Frankfort who support forcing retired teachers to bail out elected officials’ mismanagement of Kentucky’s teacher retirement...

Lafayette educator among state finalists for Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Susan McLaughlin-Jones of Lafayette High School is among Kentucky’s finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of three science teachers and five math instructors that the Kentucky Department of Education has submitted for national consideration. Susan McLaughlin-Jones (Photo Provided) McLaughlin-Jones will also be recognized during the...