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FNU virtual event to focus on healthcare team communication, perinatal mental health

National Midwifery Week is the first week of October, and Frontier Nursing University is celebrating by hosting a virtual event dedicated to nurse-midwifery. Featured topics include healthcare team communication and perinatal mental health. Nurse-midwives, prospective midwives and others can participate online at Frontier.edu/MidwiferyWeek. From Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, the Empower 2019 FNU Virtual Event:...

Fayette County Schools students at The Stables follow ‘code of the west’ for life principles

Paraeducator Ametrius Holland encouraged two competitors as they made the turn at the halfway mark. (Photo from FCPS) While The Stables in Fayette County Public Schools is a long way from Wyoming, the alternative program has embraced “Cowboy Ethics” and the Code of the West with its 10 Principles to Live By. For sophomore McKayla Goltz, the favorite is “Always Finish What You Start.” “That...

Five Kentucky public schools designated national Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Dept. of Education

The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence. The five Kentucky schools and their districts are: Barret Traditional Middle School – Jefferson County East Valley Elementary School – Morgan County Murray Elementary School – Murray Independent Perryville Elementary School – Boyle County Shopville...

An ‘institution of access and opportunity,’ WKU removes ACT requirement from most scholarships

Western Kentucky University is increasing the affordability of a higher education by making a number of major changes to its scholarship programs. Beginning in the fall of 2020, WKU will no longer utilize ACT scores to award most academic merit-based and targeted scholarships for incoming freshmen. WKU will also make an additional $5.2 million in scholarship funding available to a larger group of students...

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro to receive WKU’s Fleischaker/Greene Award for International Reporting

The School of Media at Western Kentucky University will welcome Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro to campus Oct. 15 as the recipient of the fourth annual Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting. Aro, an award-winning investigative reporter with the Finnish Broadcasting Company, specializes in Russia, extremism and information warfare. In 2014 she began investigating the pro-Kremlin...

CPE seeking applicants for new Kentucky Faculty Advisory Network; deadline for applications is Oct. 4

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is seeking applications from faculty of the state’s public universities and community and technical colleges for the newly created Kentucky Faculty Advisory Network. The network is designed to engage members in state-level policy discussions and advise CPE President Aaron Thompson on matters of interest to faculty. The group will serve as a conduit of...

Getting recruited by Coach K was just start of story for David Couch, who focused on Internet for schools

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward   Johnson County’s Paintsville has an amazing athletic tradition with the likes of major lead baseball player Johnny LeMaster, UK basketball player John Pelphrey, and UK football greats Joey Couch and Kash Daniels. It is also home of country-western music star Chris Stapleton with Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle just down the road from Butcher Hollow. There’s...

CPE celebrates statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky at EKU’s Brock Auditorium on Sept. 25

On Sept. 25, approximately 400 seventh- and 12th-graders from Bourbon County and Paris Independent schools will converge in Brock Auditorium at Eastern Kentucky University to celebrate the official statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky. GEAR UP Kentucky is a seven-year, $24.5 million grant program designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school and transitioning into postsecondary...

EKU’s 13th annual field camp at Lilley Cornett Woods provides formal lectures, campfire discussions

Every June, the Eastern Kentucky University Division of Natural Areas hosts a three-day field camp at its Appalachian research station, Lilley Cornett Woods. In its 13th year, this camp brings together students and faculty, agency personnel, and school teachers from across the country to interact through camping and hiking, formal lectures, informal campfire discussions and field trips to local mine...

Murray State’s Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant a ‘game-changer for alumni families all over the country’

Murray State University is offering its Alumni Legacy Tuition Grant, providing in-state tuition rates to children, grandchildren and other descendants of alumni seeking an undergraduate degree at Murray State. Available beginning for summer 2020, the tuition grant will assist students for up to eight semesters towards the student’s first baccalaureate degree and is available for the fall and spring...

Society of Professional Journalists selects EKU’s student chapter as Campus Program of the Year

The Society of Professional Journalists has named Eastern Kentucky University’s student chapter as the winner of the Campus Program of the Year award. The national award recognizes EKU SPJ’s most recent First Amendment Week program, titled “Guardians and the War on Truth,” which took place in April. The four-day program included a panel discussion of Kentucky journalists about the challenges,...

WEKU’s Mike Savage elected to NPR Board of Directors; three-year term begins in November

WEKU director and general manager Mike Savage has been elected to the Board of Directors for National Public Radio (NPR). This is Savage’s second term as a member director. His three-year term begins in November. NPR’s 23-member Board of Directors is comprised of 12 member directors who are managers of NPR member stations and are elected to the board by their fellow member stations. Mike Savage The...

Murray State Department of Music will host 13th Fall Fanfare concert Sept. 21 in Lovett Auditorium

The Murray State University Department of Music will host the 13th annual Fall Fanfare concert on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The annual event raises money to fund scholarships for music students and features the Murray State orchestra, choirs, percussion ensemble, flute quartet, concert band, jazz combos, marching band and more. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, while children...

Campbellsville ranked in top 100 best regional universities in ‘U.S. News & World Report’s’ ratings

For the seventh year in a row, Campbellsville University has been named to the best regional universities in the South, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, which were released recently. U.S. News and World Report states, “To make valid comparisons, schools are grouped by academic mission into 10 distinct rankings. Regional Universities offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees...

Governors Bevin, Haslam to be featured presenters at CPE’s Sept. 17 symposium in Louisville

Gov. Matt Bevin and former Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee will be featured presenters at the 2019 Postsecondary Education Symposium Sept. 17 in Louisville. Other highlights include a panel of Kentucky’s recently appointed college presidents moderated by Brigitte Blom Ramsey of the Prichard Committee, and a panel of legislative leaders moderated by KET’s Renee Shaw. The symposium will be held at...

Centre College welcomes 370 students, the most diverse freshman class in the history of the campus

By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College Centre College has welcomed its most diverse class in history to campus. The Class of 2023 is comprised of 370 first-year students from across the globe. Besides 30 states, including Hawaii, 10 countries are represented, including Armenia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam. While international students make up seven...

UK has record number of first-year students; greater diversity, higher quality, more preparedness

The University of Kentucky has a record number of first-year students, greater diversity and more quality and preparedness of students, the Board of Trustees was told on Friday. UK says the record first-year class of 5,396, represents 319 more students than last year and underscores their commitment to educate more Kentuckians and other young people. President Eli Capilouto told the board they are...

Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship to assist Muhlenberg County students attend Murray State

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts has endowed the Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship for students from Muhlenberg County to attend Murray State University beginning this fall. The Yonts family includes five Murray State graduates in various disciplines spanning more than 40 years. Mayor Yonts graduated from Murray State in 1971. Brent graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1971 and...

Bluegrass Community & Technical College Workforce Solutions offers retirement planning class this fall

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is once again partnering with Financial Educators Network to offer retirement planning workshops this fall. This popular course is designed to teach adults ages 50-70, who are recently retired or starting to think about retirement, how to build wealth and develop a personalized and integrated plan to achieve retirement goals. The comprehensive...

BCTC breaks ground on new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center at Danville Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Danville broke ground Thursday on the Advanced Manufacturing Center, located in the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park on the Danville Campus. “Today we celebrate state and local officials coming together with the community to serve students,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, president of BCTC. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide real-world training...