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Western Kentucky University recognizes top volunteers at annual alumni celebration dinner

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association recognized its top volunteers at an Alumni Volunteer Celebration dinner last week. According to Dr. Anthony McAdoo, Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association, the event honored retiring members of the WKU Alumni Association National Board of Directors, as well as paid tribute to individual volunteers and alumni chapters that have had a tremendous...

LaGrange resident William ‘B.J.’ Senior elected as president of Campbellsville Board of Alumni

William “B.J.” Senior, a resident of LaGrange, has been elected as the 2019 president of the Campbellsville University Board of Alumni. The Board of Alumni is a group of Campbellsville graduates appointed to create an environment that keeps alumni connected with Campbellsville and to raise money for student scholarships. As president of the Board of Alumni, Senior will preside over the...

Child care grants awarded to EKU will help low-income student parents in pursuit of degrees

Earning a degree while raising children can be challenging, but it could become a little easier at Eastern Kentucky University. A grant awarded to the Applied Human Sciences department will help low-income student parents gain access to affordable childcare. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant, which EKU received in late 2018, will fund the Student Child Care Assistance Program...

WKU’s ‘First Year Village’ project moving forward, expected to open for students in fall 2021

Construction fences are up as Western Kentucky University prepares for the next step in the creation of the “First Year Village.” Demolition of the exterior of Bemis Lawrence Hall will begin the first week of August to make room for the $48 million living learning complex. The cost of the project will be funded by the WKU Student Life Foundation, which gave its final approval in June. The project...

Rowan County high school teacher Bradley McKinney named Kentucky Agriculture Teacher of the Year

Bradley McKinney, agriculture teacher at Rowan County Senior High School, was recently named the Kentucky Agriculture Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at the 90th annual State FFA Convention in Lexington. The award is a joint project of the Kentucky FFA Foundation and the Kentucky Association of Agricultural Educators. It is sponsored by Ken and Brenda Reed. Bradley McKinney, left,...

EKU online graduate course for teaching program wins 2019 Catalyst Award from Blackboard

An Eastern Kentucky University online course created for the master of arts in teaching program has won a 2019 Catalyst Award from Blackboard, Inc. Esther Tattershall, an instructional designer with the Office of eCampus Learning, and Dr. April Blakely, director of online programs for the College of Education, received the honor in the category of Teaching and Learning for their work on EGC 820 –...

Campbellsville University’s new Heilman Student Wellness Center set to open for fall semester

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s Betty Dobbins Heilman Student Wellness Center is set to open following the start of the fall semester, according to Otto Tennant, senior vice president for operations and administration (COO). The multi-level facility is over 20,000 square feet and will feature a variety of additions for students, faculty, staff and coaches...

EKU graduate nursing program earns international award for exemplary online design, performance

A team of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University has earned a 2019 Blackboard Catalyst Award in Teaching and Learning for the exemplary design, quality and performance of the EKU Online Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The award-winning team includes Dr. Margaret Zoellers, Dr. Alison Connell, Dr. Angela Wood, Dr. Brenda Caudill, and Chris Daniel, an instructional designer with...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...

Johnson Co. Middle School JuulBreakers display courage as they challenge e-cigarette epidemic

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Johnson County Middle School students exemplify the grit needed to be the leaders Theodore Roosevelt called for in his “Man in the Arena” speech he delivered on April 23, 1910 at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. This past year the students challenged their peers, schools, parents and the Kentucky General Assembly to tackle the growing epidemic of use of the popular...

Kentucky makes great gains in providing summer meals to children, according to report

While participation in the Summer Food Service Program is on the decline nationally, Kentucky’s participation increased in 2018 for the third year in a row, according to a new report from the nonprofit Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). The number of meals served to Kentucky’s children increased by 15.1% in 2018, which is the second greatest increase nationally. The center’s annual...

WKU’s Maggie Lewis chosen for QatarDebate Elite Academy; only non-native Arabic speaker selected from USA

Western Kentucky University senior Maggie Lewis of Shepherdsville has been selected to join the QatarDebate Elite Academy. “I couldn’t feel more privileged, honored or excited to take on such a unique and challenging opportunity,” said Lewis, an Arabic major and 2018 graduate of The Gatton Academy. “Being selected to be part of QatarDebate’s Elite Academy is something that I never anticipated...

BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus to offer introduction to hemp agribusiness course this fall

Due to interest from the community and hemp industry, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Winchester-Clark County Campus will offer an introduction to hemp agribusiness course this fall. This is the first course of its kind in Central Kentucky. “Hemp is quickly becoming a large part of the Kentucky economy,” said Bruce Manley, campus director at BCTC Winchester-Clark County Campus....

35th annual Kentucky Archives Institute set for July 19; deadline for registration is July 12

The 35th annual Kentucky Archives Institute is scheduled for July 19 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) on 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. The deadline for registration is July 12. The Kentucky Archives Institute, sponsored by the Friends of Kentucky Public Archives Inc. and KDLA, provides information for scholars, archivists, librarians, general researchers and genealogists...

Fayette schools FCCLA members bring home honors from National Leadership Conference

FCCLA members from Fayette County Public Schools earned recognition at the organization’s 2019 National Leadership Conference, which ran June 30 through July 4 in Anaheim, California, where the theme was “Believe in Yourself.”   From Beaumont Middle: • Chapter Review — gold medal to Allison Clabes, Claire Lee, and Madison Scott; • Chapter Service Project Display — silver medal...

Oldham County Schools reports finding ‘edibles’ (a gummy candy with drugs) at school for first time ever

Oldham County Schools said for the first time in school history students were caught with edibles at school, The Oldham Era reported. Edibles are “designed to look like gummy candy, edibles frequently contain synthetic THC or other substances. These are also easily concealed and difficult to detect,” according to board documents. The director of student services at Oldham County Schools, Jonathan...

Rhodes Scholar, record-tying Fulbrights highlight University of Kentucky’s 2019 academic success

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky From University of Kentucky’s 10th overall and first female Rhodes Scholar, to the second Pickering Fellow in two years, to a school record-tying class of Fulbright recipients, the world’s most prestigious scholarship, fellowship and internship organizations took note this year of the Wildcats’ academic talent. Preparing these exceptional UK...

UK alum Brian Barr spreading smiles around the world, working for SmileDirect Club

By Olivia Ramirez University of Kentucky Those who know Brian Barr, know him as the guy who gets the job done, the guy people rely on and the guy you go to when you want to have a good time. He has a big personality and loves to make people laugh and smile. As a student at the University of Kentucky, Barr met countless people who can vouch for his positive, friendly demeanor. He earned two degrees...

Georgetown College Board of Trustees names William A. Jones as 25th president

After a nationwide search, Georgetown College has announced William A. Jones as its 25th President. Dave Adkisson, Chairman of the Georgetown College Board of Trustees, said, “Will’s unequivocal commitment to Christian higher education, along with his impressive history of fundraising and growing enrollment at institutions like Georgetown, makes him the perfect fit for the College. The Board of...

Council on Postsecondary Education report shows degrees, credentials up 11.4 percent over five years

A new degree and credential production report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities awarded a record 72,936 degrees and credentials in the 2017-18 academic year, representing a 4% annual gain and an 11.4% increase over five years. (Click for full report) The five-year report describes the state of postsecondary education...