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UK’s Capilouto, NKU’s Vaidya to discuss attracting international talent at NKy Chamber event March 5

University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto will join Northern Kentucky University President Dr. Ashish Vaidya for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce series Pints and Perspectives series Thursday, March 5, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. During the event, entitled “Attracting International Talent,” Capilouto and Vaidya will discuss how local universities are attracting international talent to...

SisterKeeper mentoring program changing the conversation among girls at Bryan Station HS

“We’re trying to really empower them to be strong young women,” said Whitney Young, the Youth Services Center coordinator at BSHS. (Photo from FCPS) When several dozen Bryan Station students spent an hour dissecting the phrase “like a girl,” the mood shifted noticeably as the conversation turned from hurtful stereotypes toward life-giving affirmations. The reclaim-the-language exercise...

Get set for spring at the track in Handicapping 101 with ‘Ubercapper’ Ellis Star at BCTC April 24

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is helping Central Kentucky prepare for the spring horse racing season by bringing handicapping expert Ellis Starr to the Bluegrass. Starr will conduct Handicapping 101, the basics of picking the winners, at the Keeneland Race Course on April 24. Starr, racing analyst, handicapper, fan educator, and known as the “Ubercapper,”...

KCTCS selects Gold Hill Associates to lead search for replacement for retiring President Jay K. Box

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents Chair Gail Henson has announced the selection of Gold Hill Associates to lead the search for a new KCTCS president. Current KCTCS President Jay K. Box will retire June 30. Gold Hill Associates is dedicated solely to community college executive searches. The company has assisted more than 100 community colleges in searches for...

Vaping and mental health are key concerns for Kentucky students in latest risk behavior survey

From Kentucky Teacher Based on the 2019 Kentucky Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results, middle and high school students in the state are using electronic vaping products much more than they were in 2017. The percentage of middle school students who ever used an electronic vapor product increased from 15.1% in 2017 to 31.4% in 2019. A significant increase also occurred among high school students...

University of Kentucky alum Bing Zhang makes $6.35 million pledge to Department of Statistics

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky University of Kentucky faculty member Connie Wood accepted a collect call in 1989 from a student a world away who was in need of a connection and a path forward. For Bing Zhang, the willingness of a director of Graduate Studies to accept that phone call and offer help in a time of need has made all the difference in a life’s work and, now, what has been a lifetime...

Adm. William H. McRaven reflects on family ties to Murray State, decades of military service at lecture

Murray State University welcomed Adm. William H. McRaven as the featured speaker for the 2020 Presidential Lecture last week at historic Lovett Auditorium. McRaven is a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and the former chancellor of the University of Texas system. During his time in the military, he commanded special operations forces at every level, eventually taking charge of the U.S. Special Operations...

2020 Ky. Teacher of the Year Erin Ball to spend semester promoting minority teacher recruitment

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Life has been different for Erin Ball since being named the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year in May of 2019. But probably not how you may expect. “In August, my husband and I began fostering two young siblings – a toddler and a baby,” said Ball. “Going from zero kids to two kids has been an incredible whirlwind and learning how to balance being a mother...

National Board recognizes 219 Kentucky educators for achieving highest possible teacher certification

A total of 219 Kentucky educators were recognized last week for recently obtaining the highest possible certification in the teaching profession, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Kentucky had the fifth-largest class of newly certified National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) nationally in 2019 and ranks sixth in the nation for the percentage of teachers who are...

WKU Distinguished Educator Awards to recognize exemplary teachers within service region

Nominations are open for the Western Kentucky University College of Education and Behavioral Sciences’ inaugural Distinguished Educator Awards. The awards will celebrate the individual and significant contributions educators make to the teaching profession. From literacy to innovation, WKU will recognize 10 P-12 educators within the university’s service region based on their inspiring solutions...

Murray State alumnus Jeff Jones named 2019 New Trade and Industrial Teacher of the Year

Murray State University alumnus Jeff Jones, ’19, has received the New Trade and Industrial Teacher of the Year Award from the Association for Career & Technical Education, presented at its 2019 Vision conference in Anaheim, California. Jones, a graduate of the university’s career and technical education program, has taught computer-aided drafting (CAD) at the Webster County Area Technology...

Fayette County Public Schools, Commerce Lexington promote ‘Building Intentional Partnerships’

Nearly 75 professionals recently gathered for an informational and networking session called “Building Intentional Partnerships,” sponsored by Fayette County Public Schools and Commerce Lexington. “We want resource partners to meet businesses and for all of us to start working together and forming relationships,” said Marilyn Clark, manager of the district’s office of Economic Development...

New study show WKCTC’s impact on graduates’ earning potential and regional economy

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has a crucial impact on graduates’ earning potential and the regional economy, according to a new research study. The study by Emsi, a national provider of research to education institutions, shows that the average associate degree graduate from WKCTC will earn an additional $8,200 each year compared to someone with only a high school diploma....

Spalding launches Doctor of Social Work program; pending SACSCOC approval, could start in August

The Spalding University School of Social Work is taking the next step in its social justice mission by launching the first Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program in Louisville and one of the first in Kentucky. The move, which is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, addresses a societal need to prepare a greater number of social workers –...

Frontier Nursing University joins celebration of ‘International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’

In 2019, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed that the year 2020 be designated the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The proposal was approved by the World Health Assembly. In addition to the significance of Florence Nightingale’s birthday anniversary, the designation was made...

Bellarmine University to adopt ‘test-optional’ policy for undergraduate admissions beginning in 2021

Beginning with students enrolling for the 2021-22 academic year, Bellarmine University will allow candidates for undergraduate admission to complete their application without submitting their standardized test scores. “Both nationally and at Bellarmine, we’ve learned that standardized tests are not the full measure of the talent and potential of every student,” said Dr. Michael J. Marshall,...

Poet Frank X Walker receives Transylvania University’s 2020 Judy Gaines Young Book Award

Frank X Walker, a former Kentucky poet laureate and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, is this year’s winner of Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award for his “Last Will, Last Testament.” The award has recognized outstanding works by writers in the Appalachian region since 2015. The public is invited to join the campus community March 17 at 5 p.m. in Carrick Theater as Walker...

Leadership Lexington Youth Program helps teens find avenues as ambassadors for change

In their quest to become ambassadors for change, teens in the Leadership Lexington Youth Program spent time at God’s Pantry Food Bank. (Photo provided) In their quest to become ambassadors for change, teens in the Leadership Lexington Youth Program spent time at God’s Pantry Food Bank, which tweaked their comfort zone. “I’m used to going home to a home-cooked meal. I’m not used to seeing...

UK’s Rosalind Harris inducted into George Washington Carver Hall of Fame

Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s Rosalind Harris recently was presented with the George Washington Carver Public Service Award and inducted into the Hall of Fame during the 77th annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference at Tuskegee University. The award recognizes an individual whose work mirrors the philosophy of George Washington Carver, as reflected...

Fair trial advocate Prya Murad to give Transylvania’s 2020 commencement address on May 23

Prya Murad, a 30-year-old immigrant who built her law career defending clients who couldn’t afford a lawyer, has been selected to deliver Transylvania University’s commencement address on May 23. The 2011 Transylvania graduate will offer her wisdom to members of the Class of 2020 during the ceremony on the lawn of historic Old Morrison as they prepare to make their own mark on the world. Murad...