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IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

Registration open for March 17 Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop in Loveland, OH

Registration for The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop is now open. This year’s workshop, an annual tri-state event that rotates between Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center, Loveland, Ohio March 17. Forestry and wildlife experts will provide an array of educational sessions designed to help woodland owners get the most out of their...

Longtime Kentucky legislators honored during Black History Month celebration at state capitol

Three longtime members of the Kentucky General Assembly were honored for their years of service and dedication to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens at the 15th annual Black History Month Celebration in the Capitol Rotunda. Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University, was the keynote speaker. Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, presented the 2018 Legacy Achievement...

Small Ruminant Grazing Conference set for Feb. 10 at Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville

Kentucky’s quality forage base provides ample opportunities for goat and sheep producers when it comes to grazing pastures. New and established producers can benefit from educational opportunities at the upcoming annual Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is teaming up with Kentucky State University, the Kentucky Sheep...

Judge backs attorney general, orders Kentucky State to provide documents on alleged sexual misconduct

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A judge has ordered Kentucky State University to allow the attorney general to examine some documents about alleged sexual misconduct of some of the school’s employees. The University of Kentucky’s student newspaper asked to see the records last October for information surrounding Title IX investigations into student allegations of sexual misconduct by employees...

Veterans Day Parade highlights Lexington’s Week of Valor honoring Central Kentucky veterans Nov. 4-11

Returning this year to downtown Lexington, the 2017 Lexington Veterans Day Parade is the culmination of a series of events highlighting the contributions of Central Kentucky’s veterans. During the 2017 Week of Valor, local organizations and community partners are hosting multiple events celebrating veterans. The Week of Valor kicks off Saturday, Nov. 4 with the Salute to Veterans at the University...

Council on Postsecondary Education welcomes new member Halbauer, approves KSU tuition increase

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) welcomed new member Kimberly Halbauer of Fort Thomas at its meeting Monday in Louisville. Halbauer is a senior vice president and investment advisors executive at Fifth Third Bank. Appointed to the Council by Gov. Matt Bevin in July, Halbauer was administered the oath of office by Jefferson District Court Judge Eric Haner. Kimberly Halbauer In action items,...

Kids Can Cook: UK extension serves up successful cooking program featuring fresh ingredients

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Nikita Hampton, 11, thinks she might want to be a chef when she grows up. It’s a big reason why she attended Kids Can Cook twice this summer. Kids Can Cook is a weeklong day camp cooking program offered by the Boyd County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. The program was the idea of Eugenia Wilson, the county’s family and consumer...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting second event on indoor aquaculture program

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward Due to the popularity of its spring indoor aquaculture program, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a second event for individuals interested in learning more about the production of indoor marine shrimp, tilapia and aquaponics. The program is Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Kentucky State University Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture...

State brewers, KSU collaborate on unique craft beers to be released during Kentucky Proud Beer Week

Kentucky brewers, Kentucky Proud producers, and Kentucky State University (KSU) will produce craft beers infused with locally grown ingredients that will be released this fall. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined representatives of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, and KSU to announce the project. The craft beers will be released Oct. 12-14 during Kentucky Proud...

Former KSU standout Smith, Wesleyan’s Tinsley added to Small College Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Kentucky State University men’s basketball standout Elmore Smith was officially announced as a part of the second annual Small College Basketball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Smith joins fellow teammate Travis Grant in the SCB Hall of Fame as Grant was a part of the inaugural class from a year ago. Joining Smith in the 2017 class are as follows: Zelmo Beaty, Player, Prairie View A&M Walt...

Attorney General files motion to intervene in KSU’s records’ lawsuit against Kentucky Kernel

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to intervene in Kentucky State University’s lawsuit against a student newspaper. At issue is KSU’s denial of requested documents by the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, and of a request by Beshear’s office to legally review the withheld documents. Beshear said the power of the...

Kentucky State names Brown new president; Banks appointed to Board of Regents

Dr. M. Christopher Brown has been elected to serve as Kentucky State University’s 15th President, announced Dr. Karen Bearden, Chair of the University’s Board of Regents. Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University. Dr. Brown is currently...

Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service hosting aquaculture program on indoor production

For those interested in learning more about indoor marine shrimp and tilapia production and aquaponics, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host an aquaculture program Saturday, March 25 at Kentucky State University’s Aquaculture Research Center in Frankfort. Indoor aquaculture programs are growing in popularity, particularly in urban areas, as people become more interested in local foods....

Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop comes to Boone County on March 25

The Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop returns to Kentucky on March 25. This year’s workshop, a tri-state event covering Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, will be held in the Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center in Burlington. Forestry experts will provide an array of forestry- and wildlife-related educational sessions to help woodland owners get the most from their properties. Sponsored...

Old Time Kentucky: WW I hero famed as a Hell Fighter, but had even larger impact as an educator

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Rufus Ballard Atwood came home a war hero in 1919, but not to a hero’s welcome in Hickman, his hometown. Pomp Atwood feared for his son’s safety. So he warned him to be in civilian clothes when he got to town. Some other World War I veterans like Rufus Atwood wore their uniforms home and were beaten up. The ex-soldiers were African American. Atwood made sergeant...

Kentucky State names Hall of Famer Graham as new director of athletics

Kentucky State University has announced former men’s basketball head coach, KSU Athletic Hall of Famer and current director of the William Exum Center, William Graham, as the new director of athletics. “This is a program I’m very familiar with, and it’s one I’m a product of,” said Graham. “I’m looking forward to making a difference in our student-athletes lives’, adding to the program,...

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education official Thompson to serve as KSU interim president

The Kentucky State University Board of Regents announced the appointment of Dr. Aaron Thompson as interim president. Thompson currently serves as Executive Vice President at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He will take a leave of absence to lead KSU until a permanent president is appointed by the Board of Regents. Thompson begins immediately. “I am honored to serve Kentucky State...

Kentucky State president Burse announces his resignation during board meeting

Raymond Burse to resign as Kentucky State University president. He tendered his resignation Monday during a KSU Board of Trustees meeting and it was accepted. The thorobred legend has served as president during two tenures. Here is the statement from President Burse, who declined further comment and said he had nothing to add to his statement. Raymond Burse (KSU Photo) “It has been a tremendous...

Lincoln and the 13th amendment subject of panel discussion at Kentucky State University Thursday

Kentucky State University will host “The Spring Colloquium: On the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at Hathaway Hall 123. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature excerpts from the Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln” followed by a panel discussion featuring KSU associate professors Dr. Cynthia Shelton, Dr. Elgie...