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Transylvania University alumnus, trustee John Norton Williams Jr. named interim president

The Transylvania University Board of Trustees has named John Norton Williams Jr. interim president beginning Aug. 15. Williams, a 1974 graduate of Transylvania and member of the university’s Board of Trustees, is completing a nine-year term as the dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry in June. “I am extremely delighted that Dr. Williams has agreed to serve our Transylvania community...

Campbellsville University to host annual Kids College, Jr. Kids College camps during June and July

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University will host the annual Kids College and Jr. Kids College camps during June and July. Kids College and Jr. Kids College, on behalf of the Campbellsville University’s Virginia Ponser Flanagan Technology Training Center (CUTTC), provides students, preschool through eighth grade, with opportunities to broaden the scope of their...

Georgetown Middle School teacher Erin Elizabeth Ball named Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Erin Elizabeth Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, is the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Ball has four years of teaching experience in Scott County Schools. Valvoline Inc™ and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) made the announcement May 20 at a ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Derrick...

Council Postsecondary Education awards campuses $300,000 in strategic initiative funding

The Council on Postsecondary Education has announced six Kentucky campuses are the recipients of two strategic grant award programs to help more students succeed in college. The awards for both programs total $300,000. Following a competitive review process, the Council awarded $50,000 Stronger by Degrees Student Success grants to five campuses to improve student progression and completion, with a...

Dunbar senior Rachel Seevers gets Grand Award in 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering fair

Rachel Seevers, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is one of four Grand Award Winners in the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public. She is Kentucky’s first-ever top winner in this prestigious competition. Rachel received one of the two Intel Foundation $50,000 scholarships and Young Scientist Awards for designing,...

Kyians encouraged to make saving for for college a priority as May 29 college saving day approaches

With 529 College Savings Day approaching, Kentucky’s official education savings plan, KY Saves 529, in encouraging Kentucky families to talk about saving for education at all levels. “Saving for education is a high priority for many Kentucky families. With lowered fees and more features than ever, we’re thrilled to offer KY Saves 529 as an education savings option,” said Executive Director...

Kentucky Community and Technical College announces Shannon Gilkey as vice chancellor

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has named Shannon Gilkey vice chancellor of Academics and Workforce Development. Gilkey will be supporting the 16 KCTCS colleges in economic development initiatives and workforce development in credit, non-credit and customized training offerings. Shannon Gilkey KCTCS Chancellor Kris Williams said, “Shannon Gilkey brings a national perspective...

Fayette County Public Schools offer Countown to Kindergarten — free, fun activities all summer

This summer, children who have registered for kindergarten in 2019-20 have a chance to attend a variety of fun, free, and educational activities through the Fayette County school district’s Countdown to Kindergarten program. Many community organizations partner to offer these countywide opportunities. To participate, simply register your child for kindergarten at your assigned elementary school....

EKU computer science major chosen for prestigious Summer Cybersecurity Research program

A junior computer science major at Eastern Kentucky University was one of only two students chosen nationally for the prestigious Summer Cybersecurity Research program at Wright State University. Alex Dixon will spend 10 weeks this summer at Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, researching cybersecurity topics such as malware detection and software vulnerability assessment, among mentors at the top of the...

WKU Storm Chase class begins 10th annual journey across the Great Plains this Saturday

Western Kentucky University student Olivia Cahill will accomplish one goal later this week when the WKU Storm Chase class begins its 10th journey across the Great Plains. “The storm chase has been the No. 1 thing on my bucket list for as long as I can remember,” said Cahill, who first heard about the trip as an eighth-grader in Dry Ridge and came to WKU because of its meteorology program and the...

WKU Regents accept recommendations of academic review committee, will suspend 101 progams

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents last week approved the recommendations of a comprehensive academic program review committee. The Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) committee reviewed all of the University’s academic program offerings. In March, the committee recommended 55 programs be transformed, 15 programs be grown, 290 programs be maintained and 101 programs be...

Kentucky American Water awards Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky 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 17th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2019 recipients are Joseph Craven from Henry Clay High School, Kaitlyn Parker from Owen County High School and Samuel Newman from Tates Creek High...

Seamus Carey taking undisclosed position in New York, stepping down at Transylvania University

Seamus Carey will step down as president of Transylvania University this summer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees William T. Young Jr. announced Monday afternoon. Young said an interim president will be identified for the 2019-2020 academic year. Seamus Carey “We are sorry to see Seamus leave Transylvania after five successful years as president. We wish him the best as he returns to New York for...

Three Kentucky students recognized as winners of Public Service Recognition Week poster contest

Three Kentucky Students, of three age groups, won the 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Poster Contest. Personnel Cabinet Secretary Thomas B. Stephens and Education Commissioner Wayne D. Lewis awarded first, second and third place winners in a ceremony held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington last week. The first-place winning poster in age group 6-9 by Maya Muñoz (Image from Kentucky Personnel...

Campbellsville University’s Excellence in Teaching Ceremony honors 197 Ky. teachers from 68 districts

By Joan C. McKinney Cambellsville University “Children still need teachers who care about them and believe in them … create environments where they feel safe and happy. They still need teachers who are patient and work hard to help them learn and grow. It’s as simple as that, not always easy, but always worth the effort. Always.” – the late Suzanne Dennis, who was 64 at her death. Laura Beth...

Murray Middle School art teacher Gena Maley Awarded national Art Education Leadership Award

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Gena Maley (Photo from KT) Gena Maley, an art teacher at Murray Middle School, has been named a recipient of Artsonia’s 2019 Art Education Leadership Award. The award honors pioneers in the art education community who continuously inspire their peers and engage students. Maley is one of 15 national winners of the inaugural award from Artsonia, which compiles an online...

Kentucky’s Harlan County High School is runner-up in Regional Junior Chef Competition

North Carolina edged out Kentucky on Friday – not on the basketball court, but in the kitchen. Apex High School of North Carolina prevailed in the second annual Southeast Region Junior Chef Competition at Sullivan University in Louisville. Kentucky champion Harlan County High School was the runner-up among the state champion high school culinary teams from six states. “These teams are what Junior...

Kentucky launches K-TECH initiative for Hazard Independent, Perry County students

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH), the state’s first college-high apprenticeship program, in partnership with Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Appalachian Regional Hospitals, Juniper Health, and Hazard Independent Schools. Science, technology,...

Kentucky receives $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health services in schools

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) announced May 9 the award of a $9 million federal grant to increase awareness of mental health issues among Kentucky students across the state and in three pilot school districts. KDE and the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, which is in CHFS, will receive the Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education...

Transylvania University English professor Maurice Manning featured in new documentary

Maurice Manning, a Transylvania University English professor and Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, is featured in a new film that is part of the “Matter is a Relative Matter” series about significant but off-beat artists and thinkers. The documentary debuted on the Lush Player on May 6. The film profiles Manning as a modern-day Thoreau — taking its inspiration directly from his meditative and transcendent...