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Quarles proclaims October Farm to School Month to promote local foods for Kentucky students

Serving local foods in Kentucky schools benefits the entire community, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming October as Farm to School Month in Kentucky. Quarles “Eating healthy local foods helps Kentucky kids do their best,” Commissioner Quarles said. “At the same time, when schools buy local, farmers and food businesses increase their sales, and that boosts the local economy....

WEKU celebrates 50th anniversary in October, launches new 50 Club to raise funds

On Oct. 7, 1968, radio listeners in Central Kentucky woke up to a new and exciting alternative – WEKU-FM. The public radio station at Eastern Kentucky University will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a “major” announcement about its future and the launch of a new 50 Club. The station’s fall membership drive runs Oct. 5-12, but the station is focused on a “Power Hour” from 7 to 8 a.m....

James Mustich, author of ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die,’ to speak at Transylvania on Oct. 18

James Mustich, a veteran bookseller and author of “1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List,” will visit Transylvania University on Oct. 18 for a free, public conversation. His compendium of noteworthy books was more than 14 years in the making and includes a diverse selection — from classic novels to memoirs to children’s books. Mustich’s talk, which is part of Transylvania’s...

Putting the MORE into NKY’s Thomas More College — which is now Thomas More University

The announcement awaited for months is finally a reality — Thomas More College is a college no more. It’s more. Thomas More University. The Board of Trustees announced today that the College will officially become Thomas More University effective Oct. 1. Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education formally granted university status to the College in July. While full implementation...

Two University of Kentucky Dining locally-sourced food initiatives to promote stable market for farmers

The University of Kentucky, through its UK Dining operation, launched two new Kentucky farm impact-purchasing initiatives this semester, which are having a significant positive impact on the farm economy in Central Kentucky. Locally-owned and operated businesses are helping to facilitate the logistics and delivery associated with two new UK Dining programs, expanding on the local economic impact...

EKU President Michael Benson rated highly in evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 24, accepted an evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders of President Michael Benson. In separate surveys, the majority of each group, including 100 percent of external stakeholders, rated Benson as effective or very effective. Michael Benson After an open discussion of the evaluation, the Board...

UK to offer certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies to undergraduate students

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky students can now receive a certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies. The undergraduate certificate is offered by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and is open to any undergraduate UK student, regardless of major. “Students completing the certificate will have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide thoughtful...

‘What’s in the Bible’ Illustrator Bryan Ballinger to speak at Campbellsville University Oct. 5

By Ian McAninch Campbellsville University Bryan Ballinger, professor of digital media arts at Huntington University in Indiana, who has done illustration work for Phil Vischer’s “What’s in the Bible” video series, will give a presentation to students and the public on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. in room 102 of the Art and Design Department white building at 205A University Drive, Campbellsville. Bryan...

Transylvania offers special scholarships to graduates of Bryan Station Academy of Information Technology

Beginning in 2019, graduates of the Academy of Information Technology at Bryan Station High School will be eligible to receive a minimum $18,000 scholarship to attend Transylvania University. The newly announced partnership not only recognizes the achievements of academy graduates, but also provides them with a path to further their education at one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.   “The...

Kentucky high school students post dual credit gains — KCTCS is up 47% over three years

High school students taking dual credit courses and the number of credits they are earning is on a sharp rise in Kentucky, according to a report presented today at the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) meeting. Statewide, nearly 35,000 high school students participated in dual credit courses through a college or university during the 2017-18 academic year, up 45 percent since the 2015-16 year. Dual...

BCTC celebrates opening of renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on Leestown Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on the Leestown Campus. This project was funded by a Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative investment of $3,040,000 and the support of community partners. “We’re so pleased to welcome everyone to our new facility today,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. “We want...

UK Equine Research HOF inductees announced, ceremony October 31 at Hilary J. Boone Center

By Jenny Evans University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame on Oct. 31 at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the UK campus. Thomas Divers, Steeve Giguère, a posthumous inductee, and Dickson Varner were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues,...

Campbellsville University adjunct instructor Judith Chen Davis named ‘2018 Teacher of the Year’

Judith Chen Davis, an adjunct instructor in piano and class piano at Campbellsville University, was chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at the 67th annual Kentucky Music Teachers Association at the Galt House in Louisville Sept. 14-16. “It is an honor well desired and another star not only for her but also in the Campbellsville University crown of accomplishments,” said Dr. Wesley Roberts, professor...

EKU expanding Merit Scholarship Program next fall in effort to offset rising student debt

With a new school year underway, many high school seniors are already looking ahead to what comes next – college and career choices. “From August to November is what we call application season,” said Dr. Brett Morris, executive director for enrollment management at Eastern Kentucky University. “It’s almost like the Derby, as students have been anxiously researching colleges and begin applying...

UK provost reports accelerated retention and graduation rates, meeting student financial needs

The University of Kentucky has dramatically accelerated retention and graduation rates to record levels in the last four years, UK officials have reported. Moreover, fueled by the nationally heralded UK Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success (UK LEADS) program, unmet financial need is declining for university students as the institution launched a capital campaign with a chief goal...

EKU receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for third consecutive year

Eastern Kentucky University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for the third consecutive year. The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. EKU will be featured along with 95 other recipients in the November 2018 issue of Insight into Diversity Magazine,...

Walton-Verona Elementary 4th grader interviews school board candidates, posts videos on her blog

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Dacy Fallyn Freeman is a 4th-grade student at Walton-Verona Elementary School. She is also a successful child actress and the daughter of a TV news mother. Nine-year-old Dacy recently took on another project that even high-school students, and most adults, would consider a daunting task Dacy is an out-of-district tuition student at WVES. The Freeman family does...

EKU College of Science honors graduates Horseman, Bohannon for impactful contributions

Eastern Kentucky University graduates Dr. Nelson D. Horseman and Dr. Julia K. Bohannon were each presented the EKU College of Science Award during ceremonies this week. The college’s highest honor is presented to individuals who have made impactful contributions to the college. Horseman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from EKU in 1973 and 1975, respectively, before earning a...

EKU’s online enrollment jumps 13 percent; growth partially attributed to new program offerings

Eastern Kentucky University has 13 percent more students enrolled in EKU Online programs compared to a year ago. The growth, from 3,002 to 3,399, is attributed to new program offerings, increased interest in degree completion and sustained enrollment in foundational programs. “Students should be and are researching schools that offer exceptional value for the tuition they are paying,” said Dr....

Assistant U.S. secretary visits BCTC campus as part of ‘Rethink’ tour to learn about workforce programs

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) welcomed Scott Stump, U.S. assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education, to its campus as part of Department of Education’s Back to School Tour themed, “Rethink.” He and the other assistant secretaries are traveling the United States looking at institutions that are innovatively approaching workforce education,...