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Kentucky by Heart: Positive experiences at Camp Ernst leave lasting memories for thousands

I recently attended, as an alumnus, a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the YMCA Camp Ernst camp near Burlington in Boone County. I participated at the camp for only one summer, in 1972, as a cabin counselor, but my memories are vivid and positive. The rich experiences of working with children during that short time helped prepare me for teaching elementary students for several decades. Over the...

KY universities partner with State Treasurer to support empowerment for teachers, students

Economic educators across the state  have joined with State Treasurer Allison Ball to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). Ball Partners include Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, the University of Kentucky and Northern Kentucky University. The CFLC was formed to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship...

Warner has shaken up the world of 3D printing with Gorilla Maker; now has big plans for future growth

By Kevin Eigelbach Northern Kentucky Tribune With his Verona-based Gorilla Maker, Glenn Warner has already disrupted the world of 3D printing. As a partner in the Downtown Cincinnati startup Physna, Warner seems poised to help disrupt the world of quality control. Glenn Warner stands in “The Zoo,” that section of the house trailer in Verona where Gorilla Maker makes its 3D printers (photo by Kevin...

NKU expanding early-enrollment program for Chase College of Law, adds EKU to its accelerated program

Northern Kentucky University is expanding an early-enrollment program at Salmon P. Chase College of Law to reach more students in Kentucky. The Chase 3+3 Accelerated Law Program, which combines a final year of undergraduate study with a first year of law school, is now available to undergraduate students at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), as well as those at Northern Kentucky University and two...

Ky. Humanities Council’s new statewide literacy project features Pulitzer winner All the King’s Men

Kentucky Humanities’ new project, Kentucky Reads: All the King’s Men, will use Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to guide a statewide conversation on contemporary populism and political discourse, and their relationship to journalism. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as cooperation with valued partners, Kentucky...

Former Owen Co. star, Kentucky Mr. Basketball Carson Williams to finish college career at WKU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Carson Williams will finish out his collegiate career at Western Kentucky University. Carson Williams The former Owen County High School standout played the past two seasons at Northern Kentucky University and averaged 12 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season. Williams was named the Horizon League’s All-Freshman team during his...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckians share their thoughts on what makes their college that ‘special’ school

Note: Following is the second of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. When the topic of special colleges in Kentucky is brought up, Erika Mahlbacher offers her Danville alma mater, Centre College, as a shining example. Erika Mahlbacher She loved the enthusiasm of her teachers. “My dreaded history class requirement turned out to be one...

NKU parlays tough defense, blistering shooting into 91-63 victory over EKU on Sunday night

By Don Owen KyForward reporter Often overlooked by college basketball fans in this age of 3-pointers and high-flying dunks, stingy defensive efforts are greatly valued by head coaches. John Brannen appreciates tough defense that plays with energy, and he had much to applaud Sunday night while watching his Northern Kentucky University squad totally dismantle Eastern Kentucky University, 91-63, at BB&T...

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...

Kentucky legal community raises 175 tons of food for families, children during initial ‘Food Frenzy’

Kentucky’s legal community has raised more than 350,000 pounds or 175 tons of food through donations for families and children across the state, Attorney General Andy Beshear said. The effort is part of the inaugural Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy that takes donations of food, money and volunteer time during the competition announced in February by Beshear and partners. They announced the winners Friday...

NKU Chase College of Law, Thomas More sign agreement to form joint Accelerated Law Program

Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong and Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey S. Mearns have signed an agreement that will allow students to combine their final year of college with their first year of law school. NKU’s Chase College of Law will offer the 3+3 Accelerated Law Program , which was created in 2015, to students at Thomas More College, as well as to NKU undergraduate...

Council on Postsecondary Education awards $620,000 in federal funds to close achievement gaps

The Council on Postsecondary Education awarded $620,000 in federal grant funding to five education partnerships to deliver professional development for P-12 teachers. Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky will receive $130,000 each. Kentucky State University will receive $100,000. The Council’s focus this year for the...

Toyota’s Legacy: Erlanger laboratory to be The Ignite Institute, world-class STEAM education center

Creating an enduring gift to fuel the economic engine of the Tri-State, Toyota announced that it is donating its Quality and Production Engineering Laboratory on its campus in Erlanger to develop a STEAM-focused education center to serve the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region. The vision, a collaborative endeavor involving state and local leaders, is world-class STEAM education that inspires...

NCAA Tournament: Kentucky overcomes challenge from Northern Kentucky in opener

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Northern Kentucky wasn’t intimidated by Kentucky. The Norse were simply overmatched. De’Aaron Fox scored 19 points to lead the second-seeded Wildcats to a 79-70 victory Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky outscored Northern Kentucky 15-3 in the final six minutes of the second half to build a double-digit...

Indianapolis-bound basketball fans should be ready to pay tolls on new bridges in Jefferson County

Basketball fans from across Kentucky are making the drive to Indianapolis for opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament to see their teams in action. The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University play Friday. For many drivers, it will be their first trip across new and improved tolled bridges. All-electronic tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River...

UK College of Medicine partners with NKU, St. Elizabeth to develop regional medical school

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced plans Monday to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky for four-year medical education. The program is the third regional medical school campus announced by UK designed to increase the overall number of physicians in the Commonwealth. Four-year regional campuses have been proposed in Bowling Green and Morehead; the campus...

NKU President Mearns to stay through commencement, Desmarais heads search committee

Staff report Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents Chair Rich Boehne provided an update Tuesday on the process to replace President Goeffrey S. Mearns. Mearns accepted the position of President of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana on Jan. 24. Boehne said that Mearns will continue to serve as the president through Spring Commencement on May 7. Prior to that date, NKU will name an interim...

Northern Kentucky University chief Mearns named new president of Ball State University

Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana has announced that Northern Kentucky University’s Geoffrey Mearns will become its new president. Former Ball State University President Paul Ferguson resigned in January 2016 after 17 months leading the 21,000-student school. The trustees faced criticism for a lack of transparency following his departure. Mearns has been president of Northern Kentucky...

People in the News: Brown named president of LBAR; Mullett appointed to Commission on Cancer

Ty Brown is the 2017 president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR). Brown is the broker at Weichert, Realtors-Towne & Country in Lexington. The 2017 officers are president, Ty Brown; president elect, John Groft – RE/MAX Creative Realty and treasurer, Judy Craft –Milestone Realty Consultants. Ty Brown (Photo Provided) The 2017 Board of Directors include: Ben Allen...

Judge’s order in Doe vs. NKU: Court tells university to turn over all documents about sexual assaults

Judge William Bertlesman, who has already sanctioned NKU’s legal counsel, has now ordered the university to turn over all documents and education records relating to “any allegations of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, rape, and/or unwanted advances” that occurred “on campus and in offsite living quarters in the last seven years.” This latest ruling in the Jane Doe vs....