Murray State University agriculture students capture wins during 2017 NACTA judging conference

Students from the Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture won multiple contests at the 2017 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Student Judging Conference hosted by Kansas State University. At the conference held April 6–8 in Manhattan, Kansas, MSU Agribusiness Club students participated in five contests: ag communications, agribusiness, computer applications,...

EKU to offer risk management and insurance, social work degrees through online program this fall

Eastern Kentucky University will offer an online degree in risk management and insurance beginning in Fall 2017. The bachelor’s of business administration will be the only online undergraduate insurance degree offered in Kentucky and one of the few available in the United States. The EKU risk management and insurance degrees are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business...

Lexington student wins ‘Capture the Earth’ videography contest, sponsored by Energy Cabinet

Johnson County Middle School eighth-grader Meghan Grace Ratliff, 13, is the winner of the seventh-annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Diana Lila, a senior at Eastside Technical Center, Lexington, Ky., meanwhile, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high...

Campbellsville University hosting Alzheimer’s discussion, Legislative wrap-up session on Tuesday

Campbellsville University’s Department of Psychology will host Dr. Ben Mast, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, who will speak on Alzheimer’s dementia from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 at Campbellsville Baptist Church, 530 N. Central Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. Mast is a licensed clinical psychologist...

Career Exploration Day: Bryan Station students paired with local businesses for hands-on experience

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In a hands-on Career Exploration Day, businesses from across Central Kentucky introduced themselves to freshmen and eighth-graders checking into job opportunities and possibilities for life after Bryan Station High School. A subgroup from the Leadership Lexington class organized the expo, which will become an annual event starting this fall in partnership with...

UK Russian studies professor Blasing one of two from state to receive NEH summer stipend

Molly T. Blasing, assistant professor of Russian studies in the University of Kentucky Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures, has been awarded a 2017 NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Stipend, one of only two conferred this year in Kentucky. She will use the funding to complete research on a final chapter of her book, “Snapshots of the Soul: Photo-Poetic...

Education Notes: Child Nutrition’s Dawson named Southeast Employee of Year; merit award for Albrecht

The School Nutrition Association has tapped Fayette County Public Schools food service employee Trish Dawson as its Southeast Region’s Employee of the Year. Dawson, who was also Kentucky’s 2017 statewide honoree, is now in the running for the national award, which will be announced this July in Atlanta. Trish Dawson “We come to work every day in hopes that we fill up hungry bellies, help children...

Earth Stewardship Award presentations among highlights for Campbellsville University Earth Day

Campbellsville University will celebrate Earth Day in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21 at the Turner Log Cabin at 505 N. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, will be present, along with Tony Young, mayor of Campbellsville, and Eddie Rogers, Taylor County judge-executive, who will give a proclamation for Earth Day. Earth Stewardship...

NKU Chase College of Law, Thomas More sign agreement to form joint Accelerated Law Program

Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong and Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey S. Mearns have signed an agreement that will allow students to combine their final year of college with their first year of law school. NKU’s Chase College of Law will offer the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program , which was created in 2015, to students at Thomas More College, as well as to NKU undergraduate...

Nonprofit Battelle contributes $20,000 to support student research at EKU College of Science

As part of its charitable contribution plan, Battelle, a global nonprofit research and development organization, recently donated $20,000 to support student research in the College of Science at Eastern Kentucky University. “Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice with demonstrable effect on student learning and student engagement, said Dr. Tom Otieno, interim dean of the College of Science,...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College officially opens new campus in Scott County

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) officially opened its new Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Advanced Manufacturing Center, with a dedication ceremony Monday, though students have been working and learning there since January. The new facility is located at Lane’s Run Business Park, 200 Technology Court, Georgetown, Ky., and focuses on high-skill manufacturing job training and supports...

First All Campus Give campaign raises $15,060 for experiential learning at Murray State

The Racer community’s support for the first-ever All Campus Give campaign exceeded expectations, raising $15,060 to support experiential learning opportunities for students at Murray State University. Murray State President Bob Davies thanked all of the alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members for their support. “In the end, the real winners are the students of Murray State who...

Kentucky Board of Education discusses changes in new public school accountability system

At a work session last week, the Kentucky Board of Education took a deeper dive into the various components of a new accountability system. The system, still in its draft form, has been under development by teams of educators and others from across the state for the past 10 months. It is designed to meet the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act and to propel Kentucky students to higher...

Celebrating Our Differences: Annual Diversity Fair at Bryan Station creates environment of acceptance

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward At Bryan Station High School, the annual Diversity Fair offers a focused opportunity to celebrate differences. “We have a huge and very diverse population of teachers and students,” said Maria Ayub, who teaches Spanish. “The best way to create acceptance is to get to know the other cultures around us. We may look different, we may talk different. But in the...

Autism Awareness Month marked by Yates Elementary students learning that everyone is unique

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Youngsters at Yates Elementary are learning that everyone is unique and that differences need not divide them. And during Autism Awareness Month, students with special needs have taken the lead to show how classmates all fit together. Jenny Lee, who teaches third, fourth, and fifth-graders, had the idea to transform 1-inch jigsaw puzzle pieces into snazzy lapel...

Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation in percentage of board-certified teachers, ninth in total number

Kentucky recently celebrated the 18 newly certified and 101 newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) who continue to improve their teaching for the students of the Commonwealth. With 3,292 NBCTs, Kentucky ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are Board-certified (8 percent) and ninth in the nation for the total number of board-certified teachers. This small class...

Education Notes: Woodson junior Walker receives Distinguished Leader Award from LLYP

The Leadership Lexington Youth Program presented its 2017 Distinguished Leader Award to Zion Walker of Carter G. Woodson Academy. He accepted the plaque April 12 at the LLYP graduation luncheon, held at Fasig-Tipton. “This program opened my eyes to all that Lexington and the world have to offer and all that is possible,” Zion said as the eight-month series wrapped up. Class members nominate candidates...

Eight business owners graduate from Lexington Minority and Women Contractor training program

Eight business owners recently graduated from the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program. The 10-week program provided skills training to minority and women business owners who have at least 50 percent ownership in a contracting business. Eight business owners recently graduated from the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program. The 10-week program provided skills...

EKU’s online MSN degree in nursing administration ranked among nation’s most affordable

The Eastern Kentucky University Online MSN degree in nursing administration has been recognized for affordability by Best Master’s Degrees. EKU ranked 13th in the nation. “EKU strives to prepare students to make an impact on health care systems in their own communities,” said Melanie Adams-Johnson, DNP, RN, associate professor and coordinator of the online program. “Affordable and accessible...

UK professor Byrd named Teacher of the Year by Southern Conference on Language Teaching

The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) recently named Brenna Reinhart Byrd Teacher of the Year. Byrd is a University of Kentucky assistant professor of German studies. As the southern regional representative chosen by SCOLT, she will compete for Teacher of the Year at the national level at the annual conference of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages. Brenna Reinhart...