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Teacher Appreciation Week: A teacher remembers those who mattered most — and you should too

By Chris Wright Ludlow High School In recently reflecting on my time as a student in a public K-12 school, I have been reminded of so many caring and compassionate teachers that laid the foundation for my life beyond the walls of Ludlow Independent Schools. I have had a long and successful educational career, one that will culminate when I complete the coursework phase of my doctoral degree and begin...

Business leader Susan M. Cameron to speak at Bellarmine’s May 12 commencement

Susan M. Cameron, a Bellarmine University graduate who was one of the nation’s first women to serve as CEO of a major corporation, will speak at the university’s commencement on May 12. The 65th annual commencement ceremony takes place on Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium’s Joseph P. and Janet A. Clayton Field beginning at 9 a.m. Cameron, who earned an MBA from Bellarmine in 1987, will...

WKU to award 3283 degrees at 183rd commencement May 11; additional recognition events scheduled

Western Kentucky University will reimagine an old tradition with some new additions for its 183rd Commencement on May 11. For the first time since May 2006, WKU’s spring ceremony will be conducted outdoors at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Two new events will bookend the ceremony – the Topper Walk as WKU faculty and the Class of 2018 make their way from the Kentucky Museum into the stadium...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College to graduate nearly 1900 in spring commencement

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will confer 3,695 credentials upon 1,898 candidates for graduation at the college’s commencement ceremony May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Alumni Coliseum on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, 641 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY. “We celebrate our graduates who have imagined more for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president....

Lafayette High School teacher receives Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award from Lexington Rotary

Connie Waespe The Rotary Club of Lexington recently saluted Connie Waespe of Lafayette High School as the 2018 recipient of its Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award, based on essays submitted by scholarship applicants. Waespe has taught most of her career in Fayette County Public Schools, including seven years at Leestown Middle and the past 20 in AP Math at Lafayette. Students describe her as a challenging...

EKU to become first AACSB program in Kentucky to offer a fully online degree in accounting this fall

Beginning this fall, Eastern Kentucky University will be the first Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International-accredited program in Kentucky to offer a fully online degree in accounting. Applications are now being accepted for the bachelor’s of business administration degree with a concentration in public accounting. In addition, an online certificate in accounting will...

EKU redesigns Master’s of Business Administration degree program, launch set for this fall

Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Business, in the spirit of continuous improvement, has redesigned its Master’s of Business Administration degree program. The redesigned program, two years in the making, launches this fall and features a number of changes that grew out of “extensive research” conducted with business executives, faculty, current MBA students, and undergraduate business...

CPE report: 60 percent of state’s working-age adults will have postsecondary credential by 2030

Kentucky’s colleges and universities are on track to increase the educational attainment of the state’s working-age population from 45 percent of the population with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by the year 2030. The Council on Postsecondary Education approved an annual progress report that shows undergraduate degrees and credentials at Kentucky’s public and independent colleges...

Western Kentucky University names former California State University dean Terry Ballman as next provost

Terry Ballman, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, San Bernardino, will be the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Ballman will begin Aug. 1, succeeding David Lee, who is retiring. Terry Ballman “I was drawn to the mission of WKU as a student-centered applied research university that prepares students of all...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System to graduate nearly 15,000 in Spring ceremonies

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will honor nearly 15,000 candidates, potentially receiving more than 31,000* credentials, at graduation this spring. In addition to the spring graduates, many commencement exercises also will recognize students who have graduated since the May 2017 commencement. Many will earn more than one degree, diploma or certificate;...

CPE limits undergraduate tuition increases at state universities to a total of 6% over the next two years

Council on Postsecondary Education last week approved two-year tuition and mandatory fee ceilings that limit the amount public colleges and universities can charge in-state undergraduate students. For the comprehensive and research universities, the Council capped tuition at 6 percent over two years, with a four percent maximum increase allowed in any one year. The Council limited tuition increases...

University of Kentucky names Rudolph Buchheit as new dean of College of Engineering

Rudolph G. Buchheit has been selected as the next dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees. Professor Buchheit is associate dean for academic affairs and administration of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University, an academic unit comprising more than 350 faculty members, 400 staff members, 8,500 undergraduate students and...

EKU aviation program faculty/student duo earns national award for project to enhance airport safety

A faculty member and student from Eastern Kentucky University’s nationally prominent aviation program recently earned a national award for a project aimed at enhancing airport safety. Cameron Sidor, a junior aerospace management major from Richmond, and Kyle Knezevich, assistant professor of aviation, were awarded first place by the Academic Relations Committee of the American Association of Airport...

Talented and big dreamers, BCTC students accepted to Columbia, Carnegie Mellon

Bluegrass Community and Technical College students have lots of talent and big dreams that will take them far, as illustrated by James Nguyen and Caleb Kinmon. James NguyenWhile a student at Scott County High School, Nguyen participated in the BCTC Informatics Academy, a program funded by a generous donation of JP Morgan Chase. Nguyen graduates from high school in May and will attend the highly competitive...

Distinguished academic leader Heilman to speak at Campbellsville’s undergraduate commencement

Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, the chancellor of the University of Richmond, will speak at Campbellsville University’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 12 in Powell Athletic Center. Heilman will present his grandson, Nick van der Meer of Richmond, Virginia, his diploma at the noon ceremony. Heilman will also speak at the 9 a.m. undergraduate ceremony. Dr. E. Bruce HeilmanDr. Michael V. Carter,...

UK hosts All-East Regional Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest at Woodford County Fairgrounds

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently hosted the All-East Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the Woodford County Fairgrounds, welcoming teams from Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 10 universities. The four-day competition is an annual event...

WKU Public Broadcasting establishes innovative training program to serve individuals with ASD

Western Kentucky University Public Broadcasting is establishing an innovative training program to serve the growing number of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. In partnership with the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex, WKU Public Broadcasting is creating a student employment fellowship program to support the training and advancement of WKU students with ASD. As the rate of diagnosed...

BCTC faculty named Teachers Who Made a Difference by University of Kentucky College of Education

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) faculty members Tammie Disco-Boggs and Tracy Knowles were recognized as Teachers Who Made a Difference at the University of Kentucky College of Education annual recognition ceremony on Apr. 21. Tammie Disco-Boggs This program is an expression of gratitude to mentors and teachers who create a transformational learning experience for students and motivate...

Aspiring golfers from Deep Springs Elementary learn strategy, sportsmanship in after-school golf club

For two dozen aspiring golfers at Deep Springs Elementary, the thriving after-school golf club is a fantastic avenue to learn strategy and sportsmanship while practicing their drives, chip shots, and putts. “I know the low score wins, so that’s why I want to get a par on every hole,” said fourth-grader Braydn Wade, who was eager to try out a new sport. High school players from Henry Clay and...

Campbellsville University’s ARTrageous event to benefit construction of new arts building complex

ARTrageous is an after-hours fundraising event at Campbellsville University’s Pence-Chowning Art Gallery on Friday, April 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring artwork from the annual student juried show. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser support the new building complex, which will house the ceramics studio, sculpture studio, new auditorium with seating for 100, computer lab, and an...