Murray State University alumnus Green donates $10,000 scholarships for multicultural students

The Murray State University office of multicultural affairs (OMA) will be awarding five $2,000 scholarships for the 2017–18 academic year. Recipients of the Johnnie Green Scholarship will be recognized at the 12th annual Diversity Achievement Awards Reception on April 7, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom of the Curris Center. Through the office of multicultural affairs, the Emerging Scholars Institute...

The Difference a Grade Makes: UK researcher Guskey helps educators better serve their students

How effective are traditional grading practices in the classroom? Tom Guskey tackles this and other current issues in education through his research at the University of Kentucky College of Education. “I think everybody has a sort of in-born sense of curiosity and becoming a researcher just allows us to formalize that,” he said. Guskey is a professor of education psychology at UK and is...

Princeton Review rates Eastern Kentucky University’s game design program 47th in international survey

At a time of “great growth” in the game industry in Kentucky and beyond, Eastern Kentucky University’s game design program ranks 47th internationally, according to The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review determined its rankings based on a survey it conducted in 2016 of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and other countries. The 40-question...

Beaumont Middle School program encourages girls to give sport of disc golf a shot

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When seventh-grader Cailin Kernan decided to sign up for disc golf at Beaumont Middle School, she was unfazed at being the first girl in the club. Cailin simply knew she liked disc golf better than soccer, swimming, or gymnastics. “I hadn’t found a sport yet, but I tried this and felt like I connected,” she explained. “The other sports are really intense,...

Pruitt says rewrite of federal, state laws won’t hinder recent work to create new accountability system

By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says the year-long work to redesign Kentucky’s school accountability system isn’t threatened by either Senate Bill 1 – still pending in the 2017 legislature – which will dictate some aspects of the system, or by the Trump administration drafting new regulations on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) after Congress...

EKU renews agreement to provide safety courses to military civilian personnel through 2020

Eastern Kentucky University has renewed an agreement with the United States Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center to provide credit courses in the CP-12 safety program at Fort Rucker in Alabama. Representatives of the University and the Army met on the Richmond campus on this week to sign a memorandum of understanding that will provide for up to six hours of academic credit in the University’s graduate...

Popular UK lawn mower tuneup clinic expands to two sessions to accomodate more clients

In past years, the University of Kentucky’s popular lawn mower clinic has filled up fast. This year, the group from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is adding a second clinic to handle demand. Students in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will host clinics March 23-26 and March 30-April 2 to sharpen mower blades and their skills. Blade sharpening isn’t...

Henry Clay essayist Ehrenborg repeats as winner in Secretary of State’s writing contest

A sophomore at Henry Clay High School, Theo Ehrenborg, was congratulated by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes as one of four high school students who won her office’s 28th annual essay contest. “Kentucky’s future will be bright with leaders like them,” she said. The brief ceremony was March 16 at Rupp Arena during the KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 basketball tournament. Theo also won last...

15th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair for middle, high school students set for EKU April 1

Eastern Kentucky University will host the 15th annual Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students on Saturday, April 1. The fair, sponsored by Lexmark and open to the public, is expected to feature the work of nearly 300 students who have advanced through local and regional events in 20 categories to compete for trophies, ribbons, university and private scholarships...

UK research shows effectiveness of summer gleaning program to reduce waste of food

Food waste and food insecurity are challenges in Kentucky and throughout the United States. A research project conducted by a University of Kentucky undergraduate student shows that a student-led UK program is succeeding in efforts to reduce the rate of both. Kendra Oo, a UK senior from Myanmar, studied the effectiveness of the summer gleaning program of the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky,...

Murray State University math department to host school’s first regional Math Day on March 28

Murray State University’s department of mathematics and statistics will host Math Day 2017 on March 28 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Curris Center. High school students and teachers from the 18-county service region will gather on campus for a day of math competitions and math-related activities. The event will include 11 high schools and 242 registered students and faculty. Students participating...

Long-time Lexington organist Jane Johnson presents recital at Campbellsville University March 21

Campbellsville University will be hosting Jane Johnson of Lexington, a church organist for nearly 40 years who has served as organist at Crestwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington since 2000, as the school’s Noon Organ Recital at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. The recital will be at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 213 University Drive, Campbellsville, next door...

Henry Clay advanced U.S. Government class brings ideas to citywide ‘On the Table’ discussions

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When a ninth-grader suggested her AP U.S. Government class participate in the citywide “On the Table” discussions, teacher Scott Brown was pleased to offer the venue at Henry Clay High School. “This is the genesis of the class – talking about how government shapes the things we do. And this year has generated a lot of talk about how we can make it better,”...

Veteran actor Brown among winners of 2017 Murray State University Distinguished Alumni Award

Four outstanding Murray State University alumni have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award and will be honored during the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on April 21 at 6 p.m. in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center. Murray State presents the Distinguished Alumni Award annually to alumni who have made meaningful contributions to their profession on a local, state...

Garrard Middle School student McIntosh wins Legends’ Hit the Books design contest

Aubree McIntosh, a seventh-grade student at Garrard Middle School, was the winner of a bookmark design contest that is part of the Lexington Legends Hit the Books reading incentive program sponsored by Waffle House. Aubree received a Legends prize pack, including Legends merchandise and a framed Hit the Books poster featuring her artwork. She also will be invited to throw a ceremonial first pitch...

Fayette County dominates regional science fair, three qualify for national competition in Los Angeles

Students from Fayette County Public Schools set a torrid pace in the 2017 Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Dunbar’s Rachel Seevers (first), Amy Wang and David Ma (second), and Thirushan Wignakumar (third) swept Best of Fair honors in the high school division. They also qualified for this spring’s Intel International Science &...

Kentucky State names Brown new president; Banks appointed to Board of Regents

Dr. M. Christopher Brown has been elected to serve as Kentucky State University’s 15th President, announced Dr. Karen Bearden, Chair of the University’s Board of Regents. Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University. Dr. Brown is currently...

University of Louisville symposium will examine rising discrimination against Muslims in the U.S.

A University of Louisville symposium —“Islamophobia and Race”—will examine rising discrimination against Muslims in the United States manifested in attacks on mosques, a travel ban and a growing number of anti-Muslim organizations on March 27. The free, public event will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium. Parking is available for a fee at the nearby Speed...

UofL, IU, Missouri S&T win grant to help women, minority scientists become entrepreneurs

The University of Louisville, Indiana University and Missouri University of Science and Technology will be helping women and minority faculty, staff and student innovators improve their success in securing money to commercialize their inventions. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant for a pilot program, called AWARE: ACCESS: Building Innovation Capacity through Diversity. UofL...

UK names longtime scholar, academic administrator to institutional diversity position

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has tabbed a longtime UK scholar and academic administrator as the next vice president for institutional diversity. Sonja Feist-Price will begin her duties as vice president for institutional diversity on March 20, Capilouto announced this week to campus. Feist-Price has been at UK for nearly 25 years as a leading teacher and scholar in the College of...