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Campbellsville plans art scholarship competition; performance grants to be awarded April 6

By Joan C. McKinney Campbellsville University Campbellsville University is searching for talented high school seniors to compete for two art scholarships worth a total of $6,000 each. The university’s annual art scholarship competition and workshop will be on April 6, beginning at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Art Building, 205A University Drive, Campbellsville, across from Gosser Fine Arts Center,...

Boyle Co. Schools bridging the gap for students who struggle in reading and math with SHARED learning

Crystin Moore, center, a teacher at Junction City Elementary School (Boyle County), talks with instructional assistant Christy Zettler, left, in their 4th-grade classroom. General education teachers such as Moore work with special education teachers and instructional assistants in a SHARED (Systematically Helping Achieve Rigorous Engagement Daily) learning model designed to increase student achievement...

BCTC offers NARA racehorse riding program; first time classes offered in summer sessions

The North American Racing Academy (NARA) at Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer two racehorse riding classes this summer designed to introduce riders of different experience levels to racehorse riding techniques. This is the first time these courses have been offered in summer sessions. Racehorse Riding Skills I (EQS 112) introduces students to basic racehorse riding. Participants...

University of Kentucky, City of Louisville partnering for $2.1 billion ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign

UK President Eli Capilouto speaks to more than 250 supporters who attended the Kentucky Can campaign kickoff in Louisville March 19. (Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The state’s largest city has large aspirations for the future: at least 40,000 more residents with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville to fuel sustainable, long-term economic growth. Such goals, says...

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty named vice president for student affairs and campus life at EKU

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty Jr. — better known as “Skip” to generations of Eastern Kentucky University students, faculty and staff — has been named vice president for student affairs and campus life by EKU President Michael T. Benson in a recent restructure of administrative roles. “I even sign my name as Skip,” Daugherty said in his trademark affable manner, matter-of-fact but followed by...

Embassy of Spain names Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary 2018-19 School of the Year

Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary has been named the 2018-19 School of the Year by the Embassy of Spain’s Education Office in Washington, D.C. This award goes to schools in the United States that demonstrate excellence in content and language integrated learning programs in English and Spanish. Maxwell, which was Kentucky’s first whole-school immersion program, has a nearly 30-year record...

Macy Norton to give lecture: ‘Pet Histories: The Native American Origins of a Modern Practice’ at EKU

The keynote address for the Eastern Kentucky University Living with Animals Conference is from Macy Norton, titled: “Pet Histories: The Native American Origins of a Modern Practice.” The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. Marcy Norton (Ph.D. Berkeley) is a historian of the early modern Atlantic World, with a focus on Latin America and Spain. Much...

Kentucky School for the Deaf’s ‘Def Chefs’ finish third in national culinary competition in Las Vegas

Kentucky Teacher Six students from the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) placed third in the 2019 Deaf Culinary Bowl in Las Vegas over the weekend. The Def Chefs, as they call themselves, consist of seniors Sarah Joiner and Aeiral Collins, juniors Layne Adkins, Plah Meh and Benny Shirley, and sophomore Mi’Keyla Crumble. Seven schools from around the country competed at the event. Kentucky Education...

WKU’s student-run magazine Talisman awarded Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press

Talisman, WKU’s student-run life, culture and news magazine and website, has been awarded a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. One of the top awards for student media, the hybrid Gold Crown recognizes both the Talisman magazine and website. The honor was the 10th time Talisman has been awarded the Gold Crown by CSPA, based at Columbia University in New York City. First published...

Ed Commissioner Lewis says teachers have right to protest but not to disrupt school districts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis says teachers have a right to protest, but not to call in sick and disrupt school districts when they are not ill. 
He held a press conference on Friday to explain his request issued Thursday evening to 10 districts, who had to cancel because so many teachers used their sick days that not enough substitutes could be found to...

Nancy Hall Duncan inducted into Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame

As family, friends and colleagues looked on in the Capitol Rotunda, Nancy Hall Duncan of Versailles was inducted last week into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Duncan, who began her teaching career in 1965 and retired in 1998, fell in love with teaching as a youngster. “My sixth-grade teacher picked me along with a few others to go and tutor the first grade students,”...

Paul Gore named newest provost at Bellarmine University following retirement of Carole Pfeffer

Bellarmine University’s president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan, has selected Dr. Paul Gore as the university’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost. Gore, currently dean of Xavier University’s College of Professional Sciences and a professor of psychology, will begin his new duties at Bellarmine on July 1. Donovan noted that Gore’s experience aligns closely with Bellarmine’s...

Dunbar senior Rachel Seevers places eighth in prestigious national science competition

Rachel Seevers of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School finished in the Top 10 of the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Rachel Seevers She placed eighth and received a $60,000 award for her project developing a virtual winglet, which works by ejecting high-speed air at the leading edge of the underside of...

Lafayette High School student wins honorable mention prize in C-SPAN’s national competition

C-SPAN has announced that Michael Lozovoy, a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, has won an honorable mention prize in C-SPAN’s national 2019 StudentCam competition. Lozovoy will receive $250 for the documentary, “Americans at Birth,” about birthright citizenship. Each year since 2006, C-SPAN partners with its local cable television providers in communities nationwide to invite...

Students win life-changing prizes at 14th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition

Twenty-one undergraduate and graduate students took the stage at the 14th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition to sing for their chance to win scholarships and prizes that will jumpstart their operatic careers. L to R: Professor Everett McCorvey, University of Kentucky School of Music, Dawna Warren, and Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. (Photo provided) The Lyons family has long...

Lexington Catholic High School names Pennsylvania native Sandra Young as newest president

The Lexington Catholic Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of Sandra R. Young as the 6th president of Lexington Catholic High School by the Most Reverend Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. Mrs. Young will assume office on July 1. After a national search led by the Lexington Catholic President Search Committee, in collaboration with Catholic Recruiter Search Services, Mrs. Young was...

Berea College recognized as one of top-producing U.S. institutions for Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State has recognized Berea College as one of the U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most students overseas through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in academic year 2017-18. Berea was noted for its success in making international study and internships more accessible and inclusive for American students of all backgrounds through the Gilman...

KCTCS president attends first American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting at White House

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Jay K. Box attended the first meeting of the American Workforce Advisory Policy Board Wednesday at the White House. Box is one of 25 members appointed to the board by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The board is developing the best ways to advance a national workforce strategy and is co-chaired by Secretary Ross and Advisor to...

University of Evansville partners with EdjAnalytics to launch Data Science Academy in July

The University of Evansville’s Department of Mathematics is partnering with EdjAnalytics, a Louisville-based data science firm, to launch the UE Data Science Academy Powered by EdjAnalytics, a week-long program for high school students. The program will run from July 7-13 and will take place on UE’s campus. “We are proud to support this important initiative with the University of...