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Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications now being accepted for NKU’s summer 2020 program

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program in which 72 Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2020 program. The 2020 GSE session will take place June 7 through June 27 at Northern Kentucky University. The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs brings students from across the state into a three-week...

Report shows many Kentuckians default early on student loans, especially those with low balances

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Nearly 25% of federal student loan borrowers default within five years of starting the repayment process, according to a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Most of those borrowers showed signs of financial distress almost immediately when it came time to start repaying their student loan debt, the report says. Each year, more than 1 million people default...

Rudy family wins Murray State Hutson School of Agriculture’s Andy Buhler Spotlight Alumni Award

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture recognized the Rudy family of Rudy’s Farm Center in Ballard County as the recipients of the fourth annual Andy Buhler Spotlight Award during Homecoming 2019. The new award was launched three years ago as a way for the Hutson School of Agriculture to recognize graduates and supporters whose accomplishments deserve a personal and professional...

UK celebrates latest campus construction project, announces naming contest for new facility

Rendering of the outside of the Winslow facility. (Image from UK) By Ryan Girves and Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The planned transformation of property at South Limestone Street and Winslow Street — what is now referred to as the Winslow Project — is moving quickly. So much so, that University of Kentucky officials, along with the institution’s real estate partner, launched a community...

EKU ranked among nation’s best in ‘Military Times: Best for Vets’ for support of military veterans

Eastern Kentucky University has long been ranked as a great school for military veterans, and this year is no different. The “Military Times: Best for Vets” 2020 rankings once again placed EKU in the top 10 percent of public universities in the nation and number one in Kentucky as the university prepares to offer new services and grants for its military and veteran students. “One of the main...

Educators Wanda Clouse, Lynn Riedling selected for 12th class of Louis B. Nunn Ky. Teacher Hall of Fame

Two members of the 12th class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected. The statewide selection committee has chosen Wanda Carol Clouse of Barbourville and Lynn Riedling of Louisville for induction at the 2020 induction ceremony next spring on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green; details will be announced later. The Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky...

Owsley County High School student leaders working with officials and the community to rebrand county

Owsley County students (L-R) Abby Oliver, Keely Begley, Shelly Campbell, and Amelia Murray are among the students involved in the rebranding project. (Photo provided) By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Owsley County High School students are leading the effort in their community to highlight the positive assets of their local area and re-brand their county. Working with several groups in the county,...

EKU to host ‘Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy’ panel on Nov. 14 in Crabbe Library

Eastern Kentucky University Libraries will join the Department of Communications to host the panel “Appalachian Reckoning: A Response to Hillbilly Elegy,” on Nov. 14 in the Crabbe Library. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion to follow at 6 p.m. J.D. Vance’s memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” has been surrounded by controversy since its 2016 release. “Appalachian Reckoning:...

Oleka selected as president of Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has named OJ Oleka as its next president. Oleka, who currently serves as Chief of Staff for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, will assume his duties as AIKCU president on Dec. 1. Oleka succeeds Gary S. Cox, Ph.D., who is retiring after serving as AIKCU president since...

Three KCTCS colleges named to top 150 by Aspen Institute; now eligible for 2021 $1 million Aspen Prize

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to announce the Aspen Institute has ranked three KCTCS colleges among the top 150 in the country. Those selected are: • Big Sandy Community and Technical College • Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College • West Kentucky Community and Technical College “To achieve this recognition is no small feat,” KCTCS...

CPE creates new Faculty Fellows group to strengthen campus employabilty culture across Kentucky

The Council on Postsecondary Education has announced the creation of the Faculty Employability Fellows, a group of 14 faculty members who are developing “employability” best practices that faculty can deploy in college classrooms across Kentucky. In partnership with the Quality Assurance Commons, the fellowship program is one of several approaches that Kentucky is developing to help ensure college...

EKU’s Gen1 Conference begins Thursday; 150 educators from several states expected to attend

This Friday is national First Generation College Student Day, and approximately 150 educators at all levels from Kentucky and several other states will converge on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University to discuss ways to better serve those who are the first in their families to attend college. The day-long Gen1 Conference, to be held in the Perkins Building, is the first conference focused on first-generation...

Fayette County Public Schools to host fall session of Family University Saturday at Henry Clay High School

The fall 2019 session of Family University is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9 at Henry Clay High School. Fam U provides informational sessions for caregivers, enrichment activities for students of all ages, and district/community resources to help families stay engaged in their child’s education. Participation is free, and open to the public. “Family University provides amazing learning opportunities....

More than 200 middle and high school students attend Murray State Global Languages Showcase

The Murray State University Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts hosted its annual Global Languages Showcase last month in the Curris Center. This year’s event brought 201 middle and high schoolers from eight regional schools to campus for a morning of hands-on and interactive culture and language workshops taught by Murray State students, faculty and Spanish students from Calloway County...

Kentucky Teacher: New data paints grim picture, Kentucky is suffering a student outcomes crisis

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher When Kiley Whitaker wants to explain to schools why Kentucky’s graduation requirements have changed, he points to the numbers. Whitaker, the assistant director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Technical Schools and Continuous Improvement, has examined statistics that look into postsecondary outcomes for Kentucky students, and he didn’t like...

Kentucky college campuses pilot employability certification for academic programs

Kentucky is the first state in the nation to pilot a certification process that ensures college graduates are ready for the workforce with essential employability skills, or the so-called “soft skills,” that employers say are often lacking in graduates. Launched just one year ago, three programs are now certified, including two bachelor’s degree programs at Murray State University — construction...

CPE approves budget request to accelerate degree growth, maintain affordability, preserve buildings

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved the 2020-22 budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities at its meeting Thursday at Hopkinsville Community and Technical College. The two main components of the recommendation include an operating funds request for performance funding and a capital request for asset preservation of state-owned buildings. For performance funding, CPE...

WKU professor’s research illuminates detrimental effects of increasing light pollution on bird population

Most animal species utilize a biological clock to synchronize with the Earth’s daily cycle of light and dark to govern activities important for reproduction, growth and sleep. However, with increased urbanization and industrialization across the globe, there is growing scientific evidence that artificial light at night can have harmful effects upon humans as well as wildlife. Such effects include...

Frontier Nursing president Susan Stone inducted into 2018 class of National Academy of Medicine

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) president Dr. Susan Stone was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Class of 2018 at the organization’s annual meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Dr. Stone has served as President of Frontier Nursing University since 2001. NAM states the election recognizes Dr. Stone’s achievements that have opened the door to more than 6,000 nurses...

Brannon Family Scholarship established for Murray State students pursuing degrees in agriculture

Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Dr. Tony Brannon and his brother, Tim, have recently established and endowed the Brannon Family Scholarship for current and incoming students pursuing a degree in agriculture. Tim graduated from Murray State in 1976. He was an active FFA member at Henry County High School. After earning his degree and student teaching at Hopkinsville High School,...