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GE Appliances head named winner of 2020 Kelly Award for Business and Education partnership

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Kevin Nolan, president and CEO of GE Appliances, is this year’s recipient of the Kelly Award for Business and Education Partnership from the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). The award was announced at the KBE’s Oct. 7 regular meeting. “We love to present this award because it gives us a chance to recognize how important it is for businesses and education to work...

Berea College nursing program ranked No. 8 in the Southeast U.S. by national organization

Berea College’s nursing program has been ranked No. 8 out of 731 schools offering nursing programs in the Southeast U.S. for 2020. Nursing Process, a national organization that provides nursing students with education and career information to help them make better choices, conducted the ranking of programs that offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. To determine the best BSN programs...

University of Louisville student group launches peer-reviewed undergrad research journal

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville A University of Louisville student group is launching a peer-reviewed journal to highlight undergraduate research and scholarship across all disciplines, from astrophysics to art history. The journal, The Cardinal Edge, will publish its first annual issue in the spring of 2021. Jahnavi Sunkara, a joint chief editor, said the goal is to help UofL undergraduates...

KDA Poster and Essay Contest accepting entries from Kentucky students until March 1

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to enter the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) annual Poster and Essay Contest. The theme of the 2021 contest is “Kentucky Agriculture Never Stops.” “The annual KDA Poster and Essay contest is a nod to how our farm families never stopped working during the coronavirus pandemic,” Quarles said. “With so many Kentucky...

EKU forms Historic Home Preservation Committee to evaluate best uses for several historic properties

Eastern Kentucky University has established a Historic Home Preservation Committee that is studying and evaluating the best uses for several historic properties owned by the university. The committee was created to examine the historical context of several properties owned by EKU for possible use by both the university and local community, and to identify immediate needs regarding stabilization of...

Toni Konz Tatman named chief communications officer for Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason E. Glass has announced Toni Konz Tatman as chief communications officer for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). Konz Tatman had been serving the department in an interim role since Jan. 16 and has overseen KDE’s Division of Communications throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She came to the agency through a memorandum of agreement with Jefferson County Public...

KDE seeking nominations for 2020 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees awards

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is accepting nominations of outstanding educational support staff members for the national 2020 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award. The new award, which recognizes classified school employees who have displayed excellence in serving students, was passed by Congress and is overseen by the U.S. Department...

French language teacher at Frederick Douglass High School receives KWLA’s Rising Star honor

The Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) has presented its 2020 Outstanding Rising Star Teacher Award to Sydney Meaux, a French teacher at Frederick Douglass High School. This honor recognizes a teacher with no more than five years of experience who has made an amazing impact on their students by exhibiting best practices to an uncommonly high degree. Meaux received the award Sept. 19 during...

Fayette County students prepare to watch science experiment launch to International Space Station

This week, two sophomores in Fayette County Public Schools will see the culmination of nearly a year’s efforts as their science experiment launches to the International Space Station (ISS). Kiera Fehr of Henry Clay High School and Rosalie Huff of Frederick Douglass High School, along with three Chicago-area students, are studying the effects of microgravity on methane-producing termites. Sophomores...

UofL College of Business, KDA partner to increase diversity in Kentucky bourbon industry

The University of Louisville College of Business and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) have established the Kentucky Distillers’ Association/University of Louisville Scholars Program to increase diversity in the commonwealth’s signature bourbon industry. The partnership will award five full-tuition scholarships for UofL’s Distilled Spirits Business Certificate, with preference...

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,...