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Eastern Kentucky University suspends search, recommends McFaddin be appointed president

Eastern Kentucky University’s presidential search committee today voted unanimously to recommend to the University’s Board of Regents that the presidential search for EKU’s 14th president be permanently suspended, and interim president Dr. David McFaddin have his interim title removed and be appointed president. “The Eastern Kentucky University Presidential Search Committee met this afternoon...

New Christian County superintendent Bentzel hopes to help students take advantage of opportunities

By Sky Carroll Kentucky Teacher As a student, Chris Bentzel wishes he would’ve had a little more guidance on taking advantage of opportunities and making wise decisions for his future. As the new superintendent for Christian County Schools, he wants to fully support students to help prepare them for their future. “I’m looking forward to being able to positively influence our children – the...

Georgetown named best college in Kentucky for students finding jobs, graduate school acceptance

For the third consecutive year, Georgetown College has been named the best college in Kentucky for students getting a job or into graduate school. With students increasingly focused on college kickstarting their careers, Georgetown stands out as the best in the Commonwealth. “Georgetown College stands out in Kentucky and the Southeast for the transformational education that we offer to our students,”...

Fulbright enables University of Louisville alumna’s next stop in exploring international relations

By Judy Hughes University of Louisville As Kasey Golding sees it, you have to be open to unexpected opportunities like the ones she encountered as a student at the University of Louisville and those since graduating. And you need to seize them to achieve your dreams. The 2018 political science graduate plans to go to Hungary in January to begin a prestigious Fulbright research award though the U.S....

Berea College No. 1 nationally for most 2018-2019 Gilman International Scholarship undergraduates

Continuing a long tradition of students winning Gilman scholarships, Berea College was named the top U.S. college for having the most 2018-19 Gilman International Scholarship undergraduates (21) among colleges with enrollments under 5,000. Berea also was recognized in other categories, including top producers for first-generation students and top producer for most diverse destinations for studying...

As Fayette County prepares for 2020-2021 school year, Rise STEM Academy for girls off to strong start

As Fayette County Public Schools prepares for the 2020-21 school year, youngsters enrolled in the Rise STEM Academy for Girls are already settling in. The new program, which has welcomed 150 students in grades K-2, offered a virtual Exploratory Week for instructors and their classes Aug. 3-7. One day, for instance, a kindergarten teacher guided her kids through a water experiment mixing primary colors. With...

Murray State to host online Family Weekend event Sept. 11-12; parents may also visit campus

Murray State University will host an online Family Weekend event from Sept. 11-12, offering Racers and their families plenty of virtual activities in the name of Racer spirit. Family Weekend 2020, planned with social distancing and Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines in mind, encourages students to share their college experience with their loved ones. Planned virtual activities include the following: •...

Kentucky Community and Technical College System employees elect new Board of Regents staff member

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) employees from across the state have selected Joseph Heerdink from Madisonville Community College to represent them on the KCTCS Board of Regents. He is the regional director of information technology at MCC. Joseph Heerdink “We are a system of sixteen colleges each with their own complexities and a system office built to support those colleges...

North Carolina native Barry Richburg selected as next principal of Yates Elementary School

A seasoned educator with experience in two of the nation’s top-rated school districts will be the next principal of Yates Elementary School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced. With the selection of Barry Richburg, a North Carolina native who coincidentally served as principal of Yates Mill Elementary School in Raleigh, all of the leadership openings in the district...

University of the Cumberlands listed as safest college campus in Kentucky for second straight year

University of the Cumberlands was listed as the safest college campus in Kentucky in a recent 2020 ranking by YourLocalSecurity.com. Cumberlands was lucky number 13 countrywide. This is the second consecutive year the Cumberlands has ranked first in the state for campus safety. “We do all we can to make sure our students are safe on campus,” said Emily Coleman, provost of the university. “At...

Georgetown College selects Laura Callihan and McKala Bozman as 2020 President’s Award recipients

Georgetown College has announced that the 2020 President’s Award winners are Laura Callihan and McKala Bozman. One of the most prestigious honors at Georgetown, the President’s Award is given to two students each year and chosen by the president of the college. It awards students who exemplify the values of Georgetown, those who excel academically and show themselves to be student-leaders ready...

Murray State faculty regent chosen for 2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning

A faculty member at Murray State University is among a group of online educators across the United States chosen for the 2020 Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), a unique blended-learning leadership development program sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and in partnership with the University of Central Florida. Dr. Melony Shemberger, ’04, ’06, faculty regent...

Campbellsville University releases new schedule and guidelines for upcoming fall semester

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s administration has announced the academic calendar and accompanying guidelines for the fall 2020 semester. Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced that the fall 2020 semester will have a unique schedule for the term. A staggered move-in with meal service begins Aug. 21. Remote instruction...

KDE commissioner’s Student Advisory Council discusses mental health, non-traditional instruction

The Kentucky Education Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council – comprised of 29 high school students throughout Kentucky – met virtually on July 29 to discuss concerns and hopes for the 2020-2021 school year. It was the first meeting for the 2020-2021 council. Presenters from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) led discussions about non-traditional instruction (NTI) during the coming...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs summer program culminates Aug. 1 with virtual Demo Day

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs’ (GSE) three-week summer program will culminate Aug. 1 with a first-ever virtual Demo Day. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., high school teams will pitch business ideas to a panel of judges to win cash prizes to continue their ventures. The GSE2020 professional business-pitch competition is open to the public with free registration at https://hopin.to/events/the-2020-governor-s-school-for-entrepreneurs-demo-day. Gov....

EKU journalism faculty member Michael Randolph receives IRE Educator of Color Fellowship

Michael Randolph, a senior lecturer in the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, is one of nine university journalism faculty members nationwide to receive an Educator of Color Fellowship from the Investigative Reporters and Editors. “I am amazed, honored and flattered that I was one of the first recipients of this award,” said Randolph. “I know that there are many journalism...

Outdoor classrooms present exciting opportunity for engagement at Georgetown College this fall

One of the new developments coming to Georgetown College’s campus this fall will be outdoor classroom spaces. While several professors routinely hold class outside during the semester, the college has committed to building spaces outdoors so even more students can partake in outdoor learning. This practice will not only keep campus safe and healthy, it will also present an opportunity for students...

Three UK theater students are helping theater go virtual worldwide — and see plenty of opportunity for the future

By Whitney Hale and Mark Mozingo University of Kentucky Like most businesses, arts organizations have been scrambling most of 2020 to find new footing during the COVID-19 global pandemic. For many, dropping the curtain on the year, just is not an option. That said, there is a lot to problem-solve for those in the performing arts. While coronavirus has taken away of lot of opportunities, it has also...

UK graduate Cameo Kendrick elected NEA-Aspiring Educators chair to lead 40,000-member group

The National Education Association’s Aspiring Educators elected a new leader, Cameo Kendrick of Lexington, at its annual conference, which took place just prior to NEA’s Annual Meeting & Representative Assembly. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kendrick completed her degree in middle school English and social studies. During her two-year term as chair, Kendrick will work full-time...

CPE report predicts strong 10-year growth in health care sector; degree production on pace to meet demand

A new report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) shows that jobs in health care are expected to jump 12 percent during the next decade, expanding at nearly twice the average rate for all other jobs across the state. Meanwhile, Kentucky colleges and universities are on track to meet the demand for health care degrees and other credentials by 2024 following years of steady gains. The...