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Recent UK graduate Maria Sanchez seeks to turn current ‘new normal’ into future ‘brighter successes’

By Jenny Wells-Hosley University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for almost everyone, and University of Kentucky students had to quickly adapt to finish out a semester that was unlike any other in UK history. Maria Sanchez, who graduated from UK this May, was no stranger to these challenges. Sanchez chose to share her personal story of family, hard work and resiliency,...

Tuition at Western Kentucky University to remain unchanged for 2020-21 academic year

Tuition at Western Kentucky University will remain unchanged for the 2020-21 academic year. The WKU Board of Regents has approved the tuition schedule, which must now be approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The last time tuition was held flat was 1979-80. The Board also waived the distance learning surcharge fee — $150 per credit hour for full-time students engaged in an online...

Kentucky American Water awards 2020 Ripple Effect Scholarships to three high school seniors

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the 18th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2020 recipients are Fiona Farrer from Lafayette High School, Reka Gal from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Sydney Glenn from Scott County High...

Transylvania names Deidra Dennie vice president for diversity and inclusion; begins duties on July 13

Deidra Dennie has been named Transylvania University’s vice president for diversity and inclusion. Dennie currently serves as the chief diversity officer at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland and has worked in the diversity, equity and inclusion field in higher education and private industry since 2003. “At Transylvania, we are committed to fostering a campus characterized by compassion,...

Lee County health teacher named SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Jessica Napier, alongside friends and family, waited to hear if she would be named the 2020 SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year during the May 5 virtual ceremony. The awards ceremony originally was scheduled to take place in Salt Lake City, but due to the COVID-19 emergency, plans had to be altered. While this is an unprecedented and uncertain...

Lindsey Wilson College to resume in-person instruction, reopen residence halls for fall semester

Lindsey Wilson College will resume in-person instruction and reopen residence halls for the academic year 2020-21, according to a statement from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. The announcement comes three months before the scheduled date for students to move back to the dorms in August. “I have assembled a team of faculty, staff, students and trustees to gain as much input as possible in arriving...

KHEAA Outreach turns to social media during pandemic to provide timely information

With schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach counselors for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority have turned to social media to get information to students, parents and counselors. KHEAA Outreach has scheduled free Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sessions through the end of June to replace the in-person presentations the counselors normally conduct. “These sessions...

A pioneer in remote learning, Sullivan University launching online summer quarter on June 29

As the COVID-19 virus forces campuses to close, many colleges and universities are scrambling to offer online classes. At Sullivan University, it is business as usual. For more than 20 years, Sullivan has been pioneer, innovator and leader in online education, driven by a keen understanding that not everyone’s life fits into an average college schedule. “Our programs feed into the careers that...

Campbellsville University Creative Spirit Academy offering virtual audition workshop June 1-5

By Joan C. McKinney Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s Creative Spirit Academy is offering its summer program online. The Academy will be hosting a virtual audition workshop June 1-5 for ages 6-14. The Creative Spirit Theater Academy, through the collaborative team of Campbellsville University Theater and Town Hall Productions, strives to provide quality theater arts training in...

University of Kentucky board plans to extend president’s contract; Capilouto requests pay cut

University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Vance apprised UK employees and students this week of plans to extend President Eli Capilouto’s contract and of Capilouto’s request that his annual pay be reduced by 10 percent in the coming year. Capilouto became UK’s 12th president July 1, 2011. Vance’s email message to campus is below: Dear Campus Community, On behalf of our Board...

First-generation students can find support to overcome obstacles during college journey

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky For students returning to school or just starting their college careers, the fall semester may look different than they were expecting. Yet, for many of those students, the first in their families to enroll in college, the opportunities for success are still out there, and professors, administrators, staff and even nonprofits are available to help them succeed. Though...

UK dietetic students, professors use innovative methods to make internships work during pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Kentucky students and professors in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition are developing innovative ways for students to get the internship hours they need to graduate and become registered dietitians. During a normal year in UK’s Supervised Practice Program, interns gain experience through on-site rotations...

Kentucky Department of Education to stream ‘Kentucky’s Tribute to Class of 2020’ this Saturday

The Kentucky Department of Education will honor its high school seniors with a one-hour program that will be streamed on the department’s special YouTube channel at 7 p.m. ET this Saturday (May 23). “Kentucky’s Tribute to the Class of 2020,” is presented by KDE and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and will be hosted by Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. With...

Jeff Whitaker named Chief Information Officer at EKU; alum has worked at university since 1997

Jeff Whitaker has been named Eastern Kentucky University’s Chief Information Officer. Whitaker had been Deputy Chief Information Officer at EKU since 2014. In that role, he managed vendor contracts and negotiations with vendors such as Oracle, Cisco, Ellucian, and Microsoft. Whitaker also oversaw an $8 million budget and was responsible for strategic planning/forecasting in leading EKU technology...

KDE’s Education Continuation Task Force looks at reopening guidance document for school year

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Education Continuation Task Force met virtually Monday to discuss a guidance document about reopening schools for the 2020-21 school year. The document leads school leaders through a variety of questions to consider about: • How to provide for the health and safety of everybody in their buildings; • How they...

University of the Cumberlands, EKCEP offer cybersecurity classes for high schools students

High school juniors and seniors in 23 Appalachian Coalfield counties in Kentucky will have the option to develop cybersecurity skills and earn key industry certifications in two online computer science classes through University of the Cumberlands at no cost to the student this summer and fall. The Hazard-based Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), staff to the Eastern Kentucky...

Before ‘Zoom’ became a noun, UK grad Wilma Klein was Kentucky’s distance learning pioneer

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky While video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Meet are the talk of 2020, Kentucky students have been using technology to learn at home for 63 years. Wilma Howard Klein is the “grandmother” of distance education. The University of Kentucky College of Education alumna conducted the first instructional television program in the Commonwealth in 1957. Her...

After enduring semester of tragedy, Georgetown College grad accepted into medical school at UK

For so many people, this spring has been turbulent, difficult and trying. For recent Georgetown College graduate Stefan Zak, his last semester included more highs and lows than he ever could have imagined. From a frightening diagnosis and family tragedy to the ultimate high of getting accepted into medical school, this semester threw everything at Zak. In March, Zak traveled to Paris, France, during...

KDE releases initial guidance on how to restart schools for 2020-21 year amid pandemic

The Kentucky Department of Education has released a new guidance document about questions schools and districts should consider when they are making plans for how to restart school for the 2020-21 academic year. The document – “COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools, Initial Guidance for Schools and Districts” – guides school leaders through a variety of questions to consider about: •How...

Fayette County Public Schools works with community partners to send seniors out in style

Given that the class of 2020 has had a final semester of high school like none other, Fayette County Public Schools and several community partners are working together to ensure their graduation celebration is one-of-a-kind. Already this spring, seniors at all FCPS high schools and special programs have been feted with social media spots, website tributes and individual deliveries of yard signs. Staff...