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Dr. Christopher Shook named new dean of WKU’s Gordon Ford College of Business

Dr. Christopher Shook has been named the new dean of Western Kentucky University’s Gordon Ford College of Business, Provost Terry Ballman announced Monday. Shook, who has served as the Sprunk & Burnham Endowed Dean at the University of Montana College of Business since 2016, will assume his duties at WKU on July 1. Dr. Christopher Shook“I am thrilled to be joining the Hilltopper Nation,”...

Berea College announces winners of ‘Appalachian Narratives for Our Time’ awards

Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center has announced the winners of the “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” award for essays about how Appalachians thrive in the places they call home. The submitted essays focus on the authors’ compelling life stories and illustrate the challenges of coming of age, working and living in the realities of family and community. “Appalachia has a rich...

Fayette County Public Schools seeks presenters for Innovations for Learning Conference in June

Fayette County Public Schools is looking for innovative teachers, administrators, and education professionals who love learning to present at the 2019 Innovations for Learning Conference, set for June 7 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington. IFL is a free, one-day event that promotes the use of innovative instructional strategies that engage students to improve learning, with an emphasis on...

Partnership with Maker’s Mark, Keeneland makes impact for CATS, UK student-athletes’ success

The Center for Academic Tutorial Services (CATS) is the first center of its kind in America. Now in its fifth and final year, the partnership that has helped CATS ensure University of Kentucky student-athletes have the resources necessary for success in the classroom continues to make an impact. “Education is at the heart of everything we do as an athletics department,” UK athletics director Mitch...

Prichard Committee ‘Groundswell Initiative’ to engage families, communities in public schools

A statewide campaign to engage families and communities in effective and sustainable efforts to improve schools and student achievement is being launched by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The Groundswell Initiative for engagement in public education will give families and communities the knowledge and training they need to become academic advocates for the benefit of all students and...

WKU President Timothy C. Caboni, First Lady Kacy S. Caboni establish scholarship

Western Kentucky University President Timothy C. Caboni and First Lady Kacy S. Caboni have established a new endowed scholarship fund with a gift of $100,000 made through a combination of outright and deferred support. The Timothy Christian and Kacy Myree Caboni Scholarship Fund will provide support for full-time, first-generation students at WKU. First preference will be given to students pursuing...

Tates Creek senior credited with saving unresponsive Taco Bell customer’s life with CPR

When a medical emergency unfolded in the parking lot at Taco Bell where he works part-time, Tates Creek High School senior Barack Aziz didn’t hesitate to jump in and help. A customer was lying in the grass unresponsive when Barack handed his glasses to a coworker and knelt to begin CPR. “I did it for about 2½ minutes but it felt like a long time,” he said, recalling how his arms cramped from...

BCTC brings in expert ‘Ubercapper’ Ellis Starr to teach horse racing Handicapping 101 on April 19

Bluegrass Community & Technical College is helping Central Kentucky prepare for the spring horse racing season by bringing handicapping expert Ellis Starr to the Bluegrass. Starr will conduct Handicapping 101, the basics of picking the winners, at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington on April 19. Starr, racing analyst, handicapper, fan educator, and known as the “Ubercapper,” has...

Author, activist Jennifer Baumgardner to deliver Women’s History Month keynote address at EKU

The Women’s History Month keynote address at Eastern Kentucky University, part of the Chautauqua lecture series, will educate audiences about feminism, intersectionality and the recent #MeToo movement. Jennifer Baumgardner, feminist author and activist, will give the talk, titled “Beyonce and Beyond: A Brief History of Feminisms, Intersectionality, and #MeToo,” on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30...

Campbellsville plans art scholarship competition; performance grants to be awarded April 6

By Joan C. McKinney Campbellsville University Campbellsville University is searching for talented high school seniors to compete for two art scholarships worth a total of $6,000 each. The university’s annual art scholarship competition and workshop will be on April 6, beginning at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Art Building, 205A University Drive, Campbellsville, across from Gosser Fine Arts Center,...

Boyle Co. Schools bridging the gap for students who struggle in reading and math with SHARED learning

Crystin Moore, center, a teacher at Junction City Elementary School (Boyle County), talks with instructional assistant Christy Zettler, left, in their 4th-grade classroom. General education teachers such as Moore work with special education teachers and instructional assistants in a SHARED (Systematically Helping Achieve Rigorous Engagement Daily) learning model designed to increase student achievement...

BCTC offers NARA racehorse riding program; first time classes offered in summer sessions

The North American Racing Academy (NARA) at Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer two racehorse riding classes this summer designed to introduce riders of different experience levels to racehorse riding techniques. This is the first time these courses have been offered in summer sessions. Racehorse Riding Skills I (EQS 112) introduces students to basic racehorse riding. Participants...

University of Kentucky, City of Louisville partnering for $2.1 billion ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign

UK President Eli Capilouto speaks to more than 250 supporters who attended the Kentucky Can campaign kickoff in Louisville March 19. (Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The state’s largest city has large aspirations for the future: at least 40,000 more residents with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville to fuel sustainable, long-term economic growth. Such goals, says...

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty named vice president for student affairs and campus life at EKU

Dr. Hayward M. Daugherty Jr. — better known as “Skip” to generations of Eastern Kentucky University students, faculty and staff — has been named vice president for student affairs and campus life by EKU President Michael T. Benson in a recent restructure of administrative roles. “I even sign my name as Skip,” Daugherty said in his trademark affable manner, matter-of-fact but followed by...

Embassy of Spain names Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary 2018-19 School of the Year

Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary has been named the 2018-19 School of the Year by the Embassy of Spain’s Education Office in Washington, D.C. This award goes to schools in the United States that demonstrate excellence in content and language integrated learning programs in English and Spanish. Maxwell, which was Kentucky’s first whole-school immersion program, has a nearly 30-year record...

Macy Norton to give lecture: ‘Pet Histories: The Native American Origins of a Modern Practice’ at EKU

The keynote address for the Eastern Kentucky University Living with Animals Conference is from Macy Norton, titled: “Pet Histories: The Native American Origins of a Modern Practice.” The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 21 in O’Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. Marcy Norton (Ph.D. Berkeley) is a historian of the early modern Atlantic World, with a focus on Latin America and Spain. Much...

Kentucky School for the Deaf’s ‘Def Chefs’ finish third in national culinary competition in Las Vegas

Kentucky Teacher Six students from the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) placed third in the 2019 Deaf Culinary Bowl in Las Vegas over the weekend. The Def Chefs, as they call themselves, consist of seniors Sarah Joiner and Aeiral Collins, juniors Layne Adkins, Plah Meh and Benny Shirley, and sophomore Mi’Keyla Crumble. Seven schools from around the country competed at the event. Kentucky Education...

WKU’s student-run magazine Talisman awarded Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press

Talisman, WKU’s student-run life, culture and news magazine and website, has been awarded a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. One of the top awards for student media, the hybrid Gold Crown recognizes both the Talisman magazine and website. The honor was the 10th time Talisman has been awarded the Gold Crown by CSPA, based at Columbia University in New York City. First published...

Ed Commissioner Lewis says teachers have right to protest but not to disrupt school districts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis says teachers have a right to protest, but not to call in sick and disrupt school districts when they are not ill. 
He held a press conference on Friday to explain his request issued Thursday evening to 10 districts, who had to cancel because so many teachers used their sick days that not enough substitutes could be found to...

Nancy Hall Duncan inducted into Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame

As family, friends and colleagues looked on in the Capitol Rotunda, Nancy Hall Duncan of Versailles was inducted last week into the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Duncan, who began her teaching career in 1965 and retired in 1998, fell in love with teaching as a youngster. “My sixth-grade teacher picked me along with a few others to go and tutor the first grade students,”...