UK researchers develop new programs to help children with ADHD thrive in the classroom

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForwad School is tough for a lot of children, but the classroom can be especially stressful for kids struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a matter of fact, nearly 15 percent of Kentucky children are currently diagnosed with ADHD, the highest rate in the nation. Many struggle to pay attention, sit still or finish school work, overwhelmed...

Eastern Kentucky University ‘Dreamer’ named Student of the Year by Collegiate Honors Council

Seventeen years ago, almost to the day, Omar Salinas Chacón entered the United States through Atlanta, Georgia. His working-class parents, escaping a bloody civil war, gang violence and extreme poverty in El Salvador, fled to America with little more than a dream: that Omar and his brother would one day enjoy “a better life than they did … not only live, but thrive.” They call them “Dreamers,”...

Lexington named Ford Next Generation Learning Community; FCPS launches Academies of Lexington

In a special program with high-profile guests, Lexington was officially designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community, and Fayette County Public Schools celebrated the launch of The Academies of Lexington in three of its six high schools. “I could feel the enthusiasm and knew this community was ready,” said Cheryl Carrier, executive director of Ford NGL, who first met with city, industry,...

KCTCS, UK sign reverse transfer agreement in effort to help more students earn associate degrees

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward the KCTCS degree, if the credits for each institution align. “Thousands...

EKU junior wins national award for academic achievement while studying abroad in Madagascar

There it was, sitting on a tree branch at eye level barely two feet away, “just as curious about what I was doing there, as I was with what she was doing.” That was Nathanael (Knate) Bartosch’s memorable up-close introduction to a wild crowned lemur in the forests of Madagascar. The junior anthropology major and Honors Program member at Eastern Kentucky University spent 10 weeks this past summer...

UK Healthcare using education incentives to address critical shortage of registered nurses in Kentucky

It has been said that nurses are the most trusted professionals in healthcare. In addition to providing treatment, they are nurturers, educators, and champions for the sick and injured. And Kentucky doesn’t have enough of them. A shortage of registered nurses, whether they are in hospital or clinical setting, is a multifaceted dilemma. The aging “baby boomer” population places a strain...

Lafayette High School students spread pointed message about gun violence in wake of friend’s death

Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When Lafayette sophomore Trinity Gay died last fall, many of her friends could not find the words to express their grief and their outrage at senseless gun violence. However, three of them have since found their voice in spreading a pointed message across Lexington and beyond. “‘Reach for your dreams – not for a gun. Shoot for the stars – not people.’ It’s...

UK College of Agriculture students beautify African Cemetery No. 2 through tree planting project

Members of a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment student organization recently helped beautify the land at Lexington’s African American Cemetery No. 2. UK soil scientist Mark Coyne reached out to the UK Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences members for their help in adding some much needed trees to the cemetery grounds. The African Cemetery...

CAC Youth One Eighty high school mentoring program proves especially beneficial to FCPS

While the Community Action Council has a longstanding partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, one of its recent initiatives has proven especially beneficial for high school students. The Youth One Eighty program, which launched in 2013, gives teenagers regular opportunities to share freely about whatever is on their minds in small-group mentoring sessions. It also includes after-school and...

University of Kentucky entomologists to travel to Antarctica to study only insect endemic to continent

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward University of Kentucky researchers will soon travel to Antarctica to study an insect that can tolerate a wide range of extreme environments. The Antarctic midge is the only insect endemic to the continent, and it is the largest terrestrial animal that spends its entire life there. UK entomologist Nick Teets collects midges on a previous trip to Antarctica (Photo...

Northern Kentucky University names Dr. Ashish Vaidya of St. Cloud State University as sixth president

Northern Kentucky University announces Dr. Ashish Vaidya (ahh-SHEESH vi-DEE-ah) as the university’s sixth president. NKU’s Board of Regents unanimously elected Vaidya as president. He is expected to assume the role on July 1, 2018. Dr. Vaidya is currently serving as interim president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. The presidential search committee, compiled of NKU Board of Regents...

EKU environmental health science students honored by National Environmental Health Association

Three Eastern Kentucky University students from the Department of Environmental Health Science were recognized at the 81st National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Education Conference and Exposition. Only five students receive student research award honors at the national conference. Amos Kosgey (master’s of public health student) and Ambrose Maritim (undergraduate), both of whom...

Powell County businessman, EKU Alum establishes endowed scholarship to help students finish school

When he was a student at Eastern Kentucky University, Ritchie Rednour served as president of the Student Government Association and student regent. Fifteen years later, he is still a leader, serving on the University’s Foundation Board. And now the Powell County businessman has pledged $100,000 to establish the Ritchie Rednour Endowed Scholarship. Ritchie Rednour (Photo from EKU) The scholarship...

Western Kentucky University unveils bronze statue honoring longtime supporter Rep. Jody Richards

A bronze statue of longtime Western Kentucky University supporter and Kentucky State Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green was unveiled on WKU’s main campus this week in Jody Richards Hall. Jody Richards Hall, previously known as Mass Media and Technology Hall, was dedicated during a May 4 ceremony. Richards, whose 14-year tenure as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives was the longest in...

New CPE leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty celebrates inaugural graduation

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s new leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty graduated its inaugural cohort last week during a Council meeting at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The purpose of the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) is to develop more campus leaders among early career, underrepresented minority faculty who aspire to leadership...

University of Ky media adviser Chris Poore honored by alma mater for contributions to Journalism

By Mike Farrell Special to KyForward Chris Poore, media adviser for the Kentucky Kernel, has chalked up another award for his efforts. Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) College Heights Herald honored Poore, a WKU alum, with its 2017 award for outstanding contributions to journalism. The award was given Saturday, Oct. 14, during the 67th annual Student Publications Homecoming Breakfast at Bowling...

Henry Clay, Dunbar seniors named National Youth Leaders of the Year as part of Youth Salute Program

For the first time in the 37-year history of the local Youth Salute program, two Lexington students have received the top two national awards. Henry Clay High School’s Anne Boggess was selected as the 2017 National Female Youth Leader of the Year and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Zsombor Gal as the National Male Youth Leader of the Year. They accepted congratulations and $1,000 scholarships during an...

CPE’s budget seeks funding increases to accelerate degree production, provide for pension costs

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved its 2018-20 biennial budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities. The request includes increases in performance funding and for special initiatives, and a fifth round of Bucks for Brains funding. For institutional operating funds, key priorities are to jump-start the new performance funding system to accelerate degree production,...

WKCTC invites girls fifth through high school to 2017 Kentucky Girls STEM Conference

Girls in fifth grade through high school are invited to the 2017 Kentucky Girls STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Conference at West Kentucky Community and Technical College November 18. The fun learning experience, which is free and open to the public, will focus on inspiring the students to pursue STEM careers. The event will be held in WKCTC’s Emerging Technology Center...

Family and consumer sciences a perfect fit for Washington County teacher Sarah Raikes

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Sarah Raikes found her niche long ago, and it’s just as comfortable today as it ever was. Raikes is in her fourth decade as a family and consumer sciences teacher, a career she chose because of her involvement in a student organization that she says brought out the best in her. Sarah Raikes, the family and consumer science teacher at Washington County High School,...