UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources, community organizations set to host series of workshops in July

By Blair Hoover Conner Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources is partnering with multiple community organizations — TransparentLex, JustFundKY, Lexington Fairness and the Pride Community Services Organization — to host a series of workshops aimed at transgender and gender non-conforming youth and young adults. These workshops will take place Saturday, July 29,...

Campbellsville University teams with NAFSA to host International Education Conference June 26-28

Campbellsville University is partnering with NAFSA: Association of International Educators to hold an International Education Conference June 26-28 in The Gheens Recital Hall located on Campbellsville University’s campus at 210 University Drive, Campbellsville. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to the international education and exchange....

Fayette STEM students discover joy of gardening as part of summer academic enrichment club

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Rising fifth-grader Ester Maksimenko enjoys tending vegetable plants, making sure they’re healthy and getting enough sunlight and water. That’s why she signed up for the garden/stream group during June’s free summer school at The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary. “I knew a lot about gardening, and I could teach other people,” said Ester,...

Education Notes: FCPS offers Youth Mental Health First Aid training; co-teaching efforts recognized

Because mental health issues affect students across gender, socio-economic, and racial demographics, Fayette County Public Schools is committed to training key adults and volunteers to be first responders to adolescents in crisis through Youth Mental Health First Aid. Families of students in grades 6-12, community members, and district staff are invited to sign up for a free session on June 22. The...

Eastern Kentucky University’s Swafford among 57 nationwide selected to be 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Fellow

While visiting the Dachau concentration camp memorial site in Germany in May 2016, Tyler Swafford experienced what he called “a rare epiphany. “The site today is a quiet, eerie place afflicted by the inescapable weight of history,” the recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate wrote in his application for a prestigious Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Fellowship. “The memorial by the roll call area impacted...

EKU board of regents approves $358 million budget for 2017-18; enrollment hits a record 17,000

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, meeting in regular session on Monday, heard a Strategic Enrollment Growth Plan presented by various campus officials. The University, currently experiencing record enrollment of approximately 17,000, hopes to surpass 18,500 by 2021, according to the plan. In addition to strategies to reach new students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the...

Forty Years and Counting: Nature lovers gather in Oldham County to conduct national butterfly census

Four decades later a dedicated group of nature lovers still gathers annually to contribute to the national butterfly census – and the public is invited to join in its Saturday trip to the country July 1. University of Louisville biology professor emeritus Charles Covell and other butterfly specialists will lead the local count and teach volunteers how to identify the winged insects they spy in the...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves evaluation of King, university tuition proposals

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) approved a positive performance evaluation for President Bob King, a 39-point work plan for the agency, and tuition proposals from the universities and the Kentucky Community Technical College System at its meeting Friday at Spalding University. The Executive Committee conducted King’s performance evaluation and sought input from representatives of six...

Leadership Kentucky class names its 2017 class; 15 from Central Kentucky included

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, is proud to announce the members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2017.   Leadership Kentucky, created in 1984 as a non-profit educational organization, brings together a selected group of people that possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments,...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves increases in tuition, fees at state’s universities

The average cost of tuition and fees for four years at a public Kentucky university will be more than $39,000 this fall after state regulators approved increases Friday for most institutions. All but two schools asked for the maximum increase allowed by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The University of Louisville did not raise tuition, and Kentucky State University’s board of trustees...

UK trustees approve new $3.7 billion budget; includes salary merit pool, 4 percent tuition increase

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Friday adopted a $3.7 billion budget for 2017-2018 that invests heavily and strategically in UK’s most important asset – people.   “We will fulfill our mission as the University for Kentucky by investing in the students, faculty, and staff who honor our commitment to the state and the world each day through their work in education, research, care...

Spindletop Research Farm the site for UK Turfgrass Research Group’s annual field day activities

The University of Kentucky turfgrass research group will host its annual field day July 13 at the UK Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington. Turf professionals homeowners who want to improve their lawns are invited to attend. The field day begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a trade show. Wagon tours of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment research plots begin at 9 a.m. The four...

UofL’s Brandeis School of Law launches online certificate program for health care professionals

The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law is introducing an online certificate program in September to help health care workers hone their legal finesse and professional credentials. The Certificate in Health Law is a series of nine courses offered by Brandeis in collaboration with iLaw. Applicants do not need an undergraduate degree to qualify. Certificate offerings include a suite...

UK equine science and management junior Witt first recipient of $15,000 Jockey Club Scholarship

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward University of Kentucky equine science and management and animal sciences junior Julianna Witt is the first recipient of The Jockey Club Scholarship. The Jockey Club Scholarship, which will cover Witt’s 2017-18 academic year of studies, provides $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher at any university...

Barr set to deliver commencement address to 179 graduating from American National University

One hundred seventy-nine graduates will receive degrees and diplomas during American National University’s 2017 Commencement Exercises on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, will deliver the commencement address. In addition to graduates from the Lexington, Ky. Campus, graduates from American National University Campuses in Danville,...

KyCIR: Public reaction swift, sharp to scathing audit of U of L Foundation’s financial practices

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Fallout from the scathing audit of the University of Louisville Foundation started to take hold late last week, while attorneys for two top former school executives pushed back against the allegations. The foundation’s chief financial officer is currently on paid leave. Meanwhile, a major donor expressed disappointment in the revelations...

Fayette County Summer Food Service Program kicks off at Village Library event

Fayette County Public Schools and other Lexington-area sponsoring organizations and partners will join on Thursday, June 15 to kick off the Summer Food Service Program in Kentucky. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Village branch of the Lexington Public Library, and the program starts at noon. In case of rain, the event will move indoors. This is one of many events across the state next week to...

KCTCS board of regents approves tuition increase; cost per credit hour still lowest in state

The Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents approved a $6 per credit hour tuition increase at Friday’s meeting at Somerset Community College. The tuition increase equates to a $108 annual increase for those in-state students taking 18 credit hours per year, which is the average for KCTCS students. Approved out-of-state tuition rates include a $12 per credit hour rate for...

UK among top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2016

By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky is listed in the new report Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2016. The report, which is published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), utilizes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in...

National Merit Scholarships awarded to 14 recent graduates of Fayette County high schools

Fourteen recent graduates of Fayette County Public Schools are among 85 Kentucky recipients of 2017 National Merit college-sponsored scholarships. The scholarship recipients are:  — Thomas Cheal of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, who plans to study computer science at the University of Louisville; — Jessica Daniel of Lafayette High School, undecided career field, Centre College; —...