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Murray State to host virtual Racer Roadshow events; geared toward prospective students and families

Murray State University will host virtual Racer Roadshow events featuring president Dr. Bob Jackson along with Office of Recruitment staff as well as current faculty, staff and students. The events are geared toward prospective students and families to provide helpful information on the Racer experience and the opportunities Murray State students receive. Attendees will learn more about the recruitment...

Superintendent Kevin Stull brings experiences from Ky. Department of Education to Garrard County

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Whenever Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) employees begin making their way back into KDE headquarters in Frankfort, one familiar face will have already hit the ground running in Garrard County. Kevin Stull played an integral role in the department during his tenure. He served as the lead for the Principals Professional Growth and Effectiveness System, was...

What UK is doing to support students in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 this fall

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Health Corps team is leading the charge to support a safe, reinvented normal on campus. Included in their work is supporting students who have tested positive for COVID-19. “No one wants their student to test positive, but if they do, UK is doing the best they can to wrap their students with resources, make them comfortable and keep the...

Five Kentucky public schools named 2020 Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Department of Education

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher The U.S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence. The five schools and their districts are: Carter City Elementary School (Carter County) duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County) Hazel Green Elementary School (Laurel County) Junction City Elementary School...

Murray State Town & Gown Community Band to present virtual holiday concert on Dec. 4

The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band, featuring university band students, faculty and staff members, will present a slice of holiday cheer this December with a virtual performance of Leroy Anderson’s holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.” The performance will feature conductors Dr. Trae Blanco, director of university bands; Mr. Brent Johnson, director of athletic bands; Dr. Todd...

Barnett leads Campbellsville Quality Enhancement Program, speaks of facing prejudice in childhood

By Scarlett Birge Campbellsville University Jasmine Barnett spoke of facing prejudice and discrimination early in her childhood when her schoolteachers questioned her abilities and intelligence. “Life is different when you’re a person of color,” said Barnett, the director of Church Outreach and FIRST CLASS and associate campus minister, at Campbellsville University’s first Quality Enhancement...

UK entomologist receives prestigious Early Career Innovation Award for work with honey bee biology

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A University of Kentucky entomologist recently was recognized by her colleagues around the world for her innovative research and teaching practices. Clare Rittschof, assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, received the Early Career Innovation Award from the Entomological Society of America. With more than 7,000 members, the society...

Transylvania vice president Steve Angelucci takes on new role developing campus initiatives

After serving for two years as Transylvania University’s vice president for advancement, Steve Angelucci will be stepping down from that position to take on a new assignment at the university. Brien Lewis announced that Angelucci has been named as an assistant to the president, where he will focus on developing new initiatives to benefit students at the historic Lexington college. In this new role,...

Schools, parents and students across Kentucky asked to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week

GEAR UP Kentucky is asking students, parents and educators across the state to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week on social media, highlighting the importance of college preparation and success along with the financial and social benefits of higher education. The national celebration began Monday and runs through Friday. “GEAR UP Kentucky is delivering services in new and innovative ways this year,”...

Bellarmine receives $1 million grant from NSF to recruit diverse students to STEM fields

With a grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Bellarmine University is creating a scholarship program to recruit low-income, high-achieving students into the STEM disciplines of computer engineering, computer science, mathematics and data science. The STEM Career Pathways Scholarship program will award annual scholarships of $7,200 each to two groups of 11 low-income,...

WKU increases access with ‘Hilltopper Guarantee’ in fall of 2021 to help financially challenged students

Beginning in the fall semester of 2021, Western Kentucky University will be tuition free to any freshman from Kentucky who receives Pell Grant assistance and has at least a 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school grade-point average. “Hilltopper Guarantee: WKU’s Commitment to the Commonwealth” is the latest major step to increase access to a WKU education through affordability. “The WKU experience...

UK celebrates land-grant heritage and mission; recognizes outstanding researchers in ceremony

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrated its land-grant heritage and mission and recognized some of its outstanding researchers during a recent ceremony. Dr. Scott Hutchins, deputy under secretary for research, education and economics with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the event’s keynote speaker. An entomologist,...

Forty-Four Kentucky schools among 517 nationwide recognized as America’s Healthiest Schools

Forty-four Kentucky schools are among those recognized nationwide as 2020 America’s Healthiest Schools. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has given the award for 15 years, recognizing schools that use best practices to support learning and development, including meeting or exceeding federal standards for nutritious school meals and providing regular opportunities for students and staff to be...

Freshman enrollment at Kentucky universities remains steady; students want campus experience

Preliminary estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education show that freshman enrollment at public universities has remained largely steady this semester despite COVID-19 and the struggling economy. The initial estimates, released on Tuesday, indicate that 18,373 freshmen enrolled at public, four-year institutions in fall 2020, down only 44 students – or 0.2 percent – from the previous...

Bellarmine University to hold racial-justice panel discussion Thursday; virtual event open to public

Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and David McAtee — three of the many Black people killed by police in the United States this year. Social and political mobilization related to these killings, and to racial injustice more broadly, has grown in many cities, including Louisville. But how do we come to a critical understanding of this moment, and what is the right response? On Thursday (Sept. 17) from 6...

UK earns ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ designation for third consecutive year; recognized in eight categories

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky is a great college to work for, according to a new survey conducted by Modern Think. For the third consecutive year, the university is being recognized by the research and consulting leader in workplace issues. The results, to be published this week in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 221...

Fayette County Public Schools teachers step up their game for virtual arts class during distance learning

What happens with hands-on electives like music, theatre, and art when students are learning remotely, distanced from each other and their teachers? Those instructors simply expand their creative approaches and find ways to make it work! Check out these three examples. Phil Kent, orchestra teacher at Lafayette High School Lafayette orchestra teacher Phil Kent connects with his students via Zoom. (Photo...

Hatch joins Georgetown as Associate Professor of Religion, Endowed Chair of Baptist Studies

Dr. Derek Hatch has joined Georgetown College as Associate Professor of Religion and Endowed Chair of Baptist Studies. In 2019, the college received an anonymous $1 million gift which established the Endowed Baptist Chair, with Hatch now serving in that role. Hatch comes to Georgetown from Howard Payne University in Texas, where he taught for nine years. He achieved degrees from East Texas Baptist...

Campbellsville University welcomes largest incoming freshman class (677) in history of institution

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University As of Sept. 7, Campbellsville University’s fall freshman class reached a total of 677. The total includes those students taking classes at main campus, regional centers and sites and online. “We are very pleased to welcome the single, largest incoming freshman class in Campbellsville University history,” said Dr. Shane Garrison, vice president for...

Bellarmine unveils national price match with public universities called ‘Public Price Promise’

Bellarmine University is unveiling Public Price Promise, a unique merit scholarship to attract students from across the United States. Starting fall 2021, Bellarmine will match the direct cost of qualifying students’ state flagship university – that’s often a state’s largest, oldest public university. For example, for students in Kentucky, Bellarmine will match University of Kentucky’s tuition,...