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....

Judge rejects NKU gag order, motion to seal documents in Jane Doe rape case

Staff report Judge William O. Bertlesman of the U.S. District Court in Covington ruled against Northern Kentucky University Tuesday in denying both its motion for a gag order and its motion to seal depositions in the Jane Doe case before the court. Jane Doe vs. Northern Kentucky University, et. al., involves a student who says she was raped in a campus dorm in 2013 and that the university’s own...

NKU’s Chase College of Law leads the state in graduates passing the 2016 Kentucky bar exam

Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law is the top law school in Kentucky for graduates passing the 2016 Kentucky bar exam. Among the Commonwealth’s three law schools, Chase had the highest percentage of graduates who passed the February and July bar exams, with a combined passage rate of 79.6 percent. That rate was more than three points above the statewide average of 76.2 percent. “The...

NKyTribune files objection to NKU’s motion to gag individuals, seal records on Jane Doe lawsuit

The Northern Kentucky Tribune has filed a “motion to intervene” in the Jane Doe vs. Northern Kentucky University lawsuit, objecting to the university’s motion to “gag” and “seal” records in the case. The Tribune’s attorney, Kathie E. Grisham, filed the motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District on Monday. NKyTribune is a sister website to KyForward. Jane Doe,...

Livingston Taylor to perform at NKU; proceeds benefit SOTA, Holly Hill Children’s Services

Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts and Holly Hill Children’s Services are proud to present An Evening with Livingston Taylor. From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites. His vast musical knowledge has...

Michael Breeding’s KET documentary on Governor’s Scholars captures richness of program

Igniting the Flame of Curiosity from Michael Breeding MEDIA on Vimeo. The idea of a summer program for high-achieving Kentucky high school students was born in the early 1980s. Its founders believed the creation of the Governor’s Scholars Program would help Kentucky nurture its best and brightest young people, the Commonwealth’s future leaders. Over the years the program expanded to three college...

Commentary: Kentucky students have a major stake in seeing state funding for education restored

By Elizabeth Ruwe Special to KyForward Kentucky students can no longer stand by as our schools are underfunded. We cannot stand by as our tuition rates climb while the number of full-time faculty on our campuses gets smaller every year. We cannot stand by as our facilities become outdated or as other states become more academically competitive in STEM fields. Based on the latest data, our campuses...

Our Rich History: A look back at New Year’s 1916 — and threads that connect us (Let there be Peace)

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to KyForward New Year’s Eve, 1916. Europe was engulfed in the Great War, which since the time of World War II, we have called “World War I.” The United States was still a neutral power. Opposite ends of the political spectrum in the US argued for peace versus war. The national headlines focused on Germany’s “unrestricted submarine warfare.” A British passenger...

Replica gjallarhorn calls Norse to battle, starts new tradition at Northern Kentucky University

Fans at the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball game against Morehead State University Saturday night got a special treat — and experienced tradition in the making. NKU President Geoff Mearns sounds the giant gjallarhorn to call the Norse to battle Saturday. (NKU photo) Over a six-month process, the Northern Kentucky University department of athletics has been working on a replication...