UK Opera Theatre season takes comedic turn with performances of Rossini’s Barber of Seville

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre continues the 2016-17 season with Gioachino Rossini’s critically acclaimed “The Barber of Seville.” The production will take the stage Feb. 24-26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Considered the world’s most popular comic opera, “The Barber of Seville,” is brimming with recognizable melodies, most notably the...

Best-selling author Dyson set to address 44th annual UofL Conference on the Black Family

The Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America is celebrating its 44th year as it convenes Feb. 24-25 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2735 Crittenden Drive. The keynote speaker Feb. 24 is award-winning author, Georgetown University professor and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. Dyson is the author of the new best-seller “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America” and...

UK Martin School of Public Policy holding open house Wednesday for prospective graduate students

The University of Kentucky’s highly regarded Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is holding an Open House from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The event will be held on the 18th floor of the Patterson Office Tower and is open to all. It is intended to give potential master’s degree and doctoral degree students a close-up look at the school and its program offerings. “This will...

EKU senior from Berea among 15 students nationally to receive NAPSLO internship

Brianna Saylor, a senior risk management and insurance major at Eastern Kentucky University, is one of only 15 college students nationwide selected for highly competitive National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) internship program. During the nine-week program, the Berea resident will work in both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the surplus lines marketplace. Industry...

Ferguson named vice president for advancement, grants, alumni affairs for KCTCS

Dr. Larry Ferguson has been named vice president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). He will oversee advancement, grants and contracts and alumni affairs. He also will serve as the executive director of the KCTCS Foundation. Dr. Larry Ferguson A former KCTCS vice chancellor for Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, Ferguson has been serving as president of Bevill...

Study shows Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges contribute $700 million to economy annually

Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities add $700 million to the Kentucky economy each year and are responsible for creating nearly 10,600 Kentucky jobs, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). The report underscores the public benefits that a healthy private college sector provides to the commonwealth,...

Paul Laurence Dunbar senior Amy Wang named Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky

Amy Wang of Lexington, Kentucky was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky and awarded $6,300 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held in January at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington. Wang is a senior at Dunbar High School and has been accepted at Harvard University. She is a Kentucky Governor’s Scholar and was also selected for...

Daily Yonder: Advocates say new education secretary DeVos lacks knowledge about rural schools

By Tim Marema Special to KyForward A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary’s suburban, billionaire background doesn’t prepare her to deal with the nation’s small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job? The question rural school advocates have for Betsy DeVos isn’t whether she knows much about rural education but whether she’s willing to learn. “She’s...

NKU President Mearns to stay through commencement, Desmarais heads search committee

Staff report Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents Chair Rich Boehne provided an update Tuesday on the process to replace President Goeffrey S. Mearns. Mearns accepted the position of President of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana on Jan. 24. Boehne said that Mearns will continue to serve as the president through Spring Commencement on May 7. Prior to that date, NKU will name an interim...

EKU’s McBrayer Arena becomes largest classroom on campus for video production class

When it comes to college athletics many people have a notion that there is a separation from the rest of the university, that both operate in their own worlds and never intersect. However, Eastern Kentucky University athletics has turned its basketball arena into the largest classroom on campus. At EKU, academics and athletics intersect at McBrayer Arena. Through a partnership between Colonel athletics...

Winchester native Naselroad selected by WKU as 2017 Homer Ledford Award winner

The Kentucky Folklife Program announces Doug Naselroad as the 2017 recipient of the Homer Ledford Award. Since 2007, the Kentucky Folklife Program, based in the Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology of Western Kentucky University, has awarded the Homer Ledford Award to Kentucky luthiers who have demonstrated outstanding craftsmanship, mastery of making and setting up instruments for excellent...

‘Stache Tank’ yields bright ideas from Bryan Station, Crawford Middle, Brown Elementary students

An Opening Night event plan and hype video, a new specialty food item, and a promotional giveaway for fans will be part of the Lexington Legends’ 2017 season, thanks to the second annual “Stache Tank.” Students from Bryan Station High School, Crawford Middle School, and William Wells Brown Elementary competed this year. Stache Tank is based on the television show “Shark Tank,” in which...

UK adds fourth graduation ceremony to accommodate rising number of graduates, family

The University of Kentucky has seen dramatic increases in the number of graduates and families and friends attending Commencement ceremonies. For example, in 2011, more than 2,400 graduates participated in May Commencement. In May 2016, that number increased to more than 3,100. To accommodate these rising numbers and to provide a better experience for UK graduates and their families and friends, in...

Empathy? Now there’s an app for that — EKU professor helping kids learn to be kind

Teens and younger children may learn to be kinder and more empathetic by playing a game on their phones, thanks to a new, interactive app, “Random App of Kindness” (RAKi), created by a group of social science researchers, including Eastern Kentucky University psychology professor Dr. Matthew Winslow. Prior research by Sara Konrath at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, who...

Scholarship applications for children of UAW Local 862 members, retirees now being accepted

Morris Industries is pleased to announce the second year of the Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund. The fund is named in honor of Lewis Sexton, former president of UAW Local 862 and the grandfather of Nate Morris, founder and chairman of Morris Industries. In partnership with the Blue Grass Community Foundation, the fund provides three $5,000 college scholarships to children of UAW Local 862 members or...

Murray State’s Melanie McCallon Seib accepts Fulbright award to attend seminar in India

If education had a boundary, Murray State University’s Education Abroad Director Melanie McCallon Seib, would find a way to break it. McCallon Seib was one of 11 United States citizens chosen to receive a Fulbright award that enables her to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars in India. The Fulbright award is primarily for presidents, directors and deans who...

Kentucky American Water accepting applications for 2017 Ripple Effect Scholarships

Kentucky American Water has announced that applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2017 Ripple Effect Scholarship Program. The program, now in its 15th year, offers one-time, $500 scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic performance and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Students in the company’s 12-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin,...

‘When I teach, I touch the future:’ Murray State faculty member Minor continues to inspire at 81

According to Gallup, the average retirement age has slowly increased since the company began polling Americans in 1991. As of 2015, the median expected retirement age in the U.S. had risen to 65. Generally, most Americans stop working well before the age of 81. Sandy Minor is not like most Americans. Minor was a nurse who “fell into teaching.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Vanderbilt...

Kentucky Education Department recognizes 16 school districts with Unbridled Learning distinction

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and the Kentucky Department of Education recognized 16 school districts as Districts of Distinction at the board’s Feb. 8 meeting. The districts earned the recognition under the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All accountability system. To qualify, a district must have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher (based...

CME Church Bishop Thomas to address chapel session at Campbellsville University Feb. 22

Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas Sr., who is the 62nd bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Cincinnati, Ohio, will be speaking at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at chapel in Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. The chapel service is open to the public. Thomas serves as the presiding bishop of the Second Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which...