A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Campbellsville’s Green River Academy environmental program engages local high school students

Most people complain about storms, but for a group of local high school students, the rain arrived at the perfect time. This summer Dr. Richie Kessler, an associate professor of biology/environmental studies program coordinator, at Campbellsville University, was able to conduct the first Green River Academy thanks to a watershed mini-grant provided by the Kentucky Division of Water. From left are:...

WKU shakes up M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan transition program in August for ‘a new generation of Hilltoppers’

Western Kentucky University’s transition program for new students, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, is shaking things up for about 2,300 members of the Class of 2022 who will arrive on campus in August. “Last year M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan celebrated its 25th year and we thought this would be a perfect time for us to pull up, reconsider M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and determine whether or not we thought the program was meeting...

Retired EKU professor examines ‘The Rhetoric of Lincoln’s Letters’ in new book

A retired Eastern Kentucky University professor examines “The Rhetoric of Lincoln’s Letters” in a book with that title. Dr. Marshall Myers, professor emeritus of English and former coordinator of composition at EKU, records the evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s writing style through his letters and explores the various persuasive techniques the Kentucky-born president used to communicate with...

KHEAA offering Kentucky residents a chance to win a new iPad through Facebook contest during August

Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in sweepstakes being held through Facebook in August. The contest runs from 12 a.m. on Aug. 1 through 12 a.m. on Sept. 1. To enter, a Kentuckian must visit the KHEAA Facebook page, click on the “Giveaway” tab on the left side of the page and answer one question about college....

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students selected as Wallace-Carver Fellows

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Two University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment students were selected as Wallace-Carver Fellows by The World Food Prize Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two students — Morgan Hasler and Stone Warfield — completed their fellowships this summer. The fellowship is a prestigious honor that allows the students to work...

Sullivan University decreases tuition as result of cost savings generated by recently completed merger

Cost-savings and efficiencies generated by its recently approved merger have allowed Sullivan University to reduce tuition for incoming students this fall. At a time when many schools are raising tuition, Sullivan University will offer the following reduced rates to students enrolling in fall classes: • Undergraduate tuition has been reduced from $395 to $320 per credit hour with the exception...

More than 300 students awarded scholarships to West Kentucky Community and Technical College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has awarded $550,000 in competitive, donor-funded scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year, college officials announced today. “We are grateful to the generous donors who make scholarships possible,” said Lee Emmons, vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of Paducah Junior College (PJC), the foundation that...

Fayette Public Schools holds Superintendent’s Leadership Institute with theme ‘Game On!’

Steve Constantino closed out the 2018 Superintendent’s Leadership Institute with a simple but powerful message: “Family engagement is not an event – it’s a process,” he said. “Family engagement is not about doing more. It’s about doing something differently.” The Fayette County Public Schools leadership institute’s keynote speaker, a veteran educator and author from Virginia,...

Fayette County teacher named KEA Teaching Excellence award winner, in running for NEA prize

At the Kentucky Education Association’s delegate assembly this spring in Louisville, Susan McLaughlin received the KEA Award for Teaching Excellence, which came with a $1,000 prize and a commemorative apple. Susan McLaughlin The honor was presented jointly by the National Education Association and the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education. McLaughlin will also be congratulated at the July...

WKU Hall of Distiguished Alumni to welcome three new inductees during 2018 Homecoming activities

An award-winning actress of the stage and screen, a pioneer in Kentucky education reform and a nationally and internationally recognized pediatric surgeon will join Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall. Becky Ann Gelke Baker, Nettie Bayless Courts Depp and Dr. Richard C. Rink will be inducted during WKU’s 2018 Homecoming Celebration. The 27th class of noted alumni...

The Colonels are marching again! EKU marching band resurrected from earlier budget axe

The Colonels are marching again. Thanks to $50,000 in scholarships for participating students and $20,000 from institutional sources and donors, one of Eastern Kentucky University’s greatest traditions – its marching band – has been resurrected. It had been announced earlier this year that, because of budget constraints, the Marching Colonels would be discontinued. “The faculty...

New principals selected for Ashland and Rosa Parks elementary schools in Fayette County

Fayette County Public School Superintendent Manny Caulk announced the appointments of two new elementary school principals this week. Claudine BarrowCaulk welcomed Claudine Barrow as the new principal of Rosa Park Elementary School, and Shannon Blackburn as the new principal of Ashland Elementary School. “Both of our newest principals are familiar faces in our district,” said Caulk, noting that...

Dr. Lisa Allen named interim dean of Campbellsville University’s School of Education

By Josh Christian Campbellsville University Dr. Lisa Allen, associate dean of the School of Education, chair of graduate programs and associate professor of education at Campbellsville University, has been named interim dean of the university’s School of Education. Dr. Lisa Allen “After much thoughtful consideration, Campbellsville University administration feel that Dr. Allen is the best choice...

KCTCS announces $50,000 scholarship endowment from The King’s Daughters and Sons Foundation

The King’s Daughters and Sons Foundation of Kentucky, Inc., has donated $50,000 to endow a scholarship program for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Scholarships will be awarded to full-time, second-year students enrolled in a program that results in a credential that contributes to workforce development in high-demand fields and/or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in...

Kate Fryar: Helping students learn to be part of team, learning and working together to make progress

By Kate Fryar Boyle County Schools Earlier this year, a student in one of my 9th-grade English classes was passing back graded work. Halfway through the stack, she flipped her ponytail, held a paper up to my face and asked, “WHO IS THIS?” in a voice louder than I would have liked her to use. I tried to discreetly point across the room to a quiet boy in the corner, but it was too late – he had...

CPE urges college freshmen to take 15 credits a semester, 30 per year for on-time graduation

The Council on Postsecondary Education has a message for freshmen heading to college this fall: Take 15 credit hours your first semester and be nearly twice as likely to graduate on time. That’s one of the key findings of a new CPE policy brief, “Momentum and Student Success in Kentucky: The Power of 15 Credits.” The report examines the impact of first-semester and first-year enrollment intensity...

Bellarmine University approved to host local TEDx event in 2019; community invited to join event team

The organizers of the popular TED Talks series have approved a TEDx event at Bellarmine University next year. TEDx events are locally-organized programs modeled after the TED format, where speakers deliver concise presentations on topics around a common theme. TEDx events are produced under license from TED. TEDxBellarmineU, on March 1, 2019, will be focused on the topic “Who are we? Past, present,...

Henderson Community College President Kristen Williams named new chancellor of KCTCS

Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System effective August 16. Dr. Kristin Williams She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community and Technical College and was chief academic officer at Hopkinsville Community College. Prior to joining KCTCS,...

Frontier Nursing University receives $1.3 million HRSA grant, including $600,000 in scholarships

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has been awarded the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant totals $1,376,800 in funding from 2018-2020, including $600,000 in student scholarships. The goal of the ANEW program is to support innovative academic-practice partnerships to prepare primary care advanced practice registered...