A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

UK opens first Center for Student Philanthropy, to serve as basis for teaching the value of giving

A new center on the University of Kentucky campus aims to spread the joy of philanthropy throughout campus and the Lexington community through its innovative programming and events. The Center for Student Philanthropy is among the first of its kind in the United States and will serve as the basis for teaching students the value of philanthropy — whether it is giving charitably, volunteering or helping...

Georgetown College’s President M. Dwaine Greene to retire at the end of the academic year in 2019

Dr. Michael Dwaine Greene, president of Georgetown College, announced Thursday that he will be stepping away from his presidency at the close of the 2018-19 academic year. Greene declined the wish of the College’s Board of Trustees to extend his contract, citing a desire to relocate closer to his family. Greene wrote in his letter to the College’s staff: “With every good wish for Georgetown...

Madisonville Community College celebrates graduation of school’s first class of linemen

A new program at Madisonville Community College (MCC) is putting people to work in good jobs after only eight weeks of class. The first lineman class graduated with more than half already employed and the others expected to be employed within three months. The best part is the potential salary of $75,000 within three years and as much as six figures if they are willing to travel and work overtime....

Three-term U.S. Senator, Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley to Deliver Wendell Ford Lecture at UK Oct. 16

By Carl Nathe and Mike Ruehling From University of Kentucky Former Rhodes Scholar, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley is coming to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, Oct.16, as the featured speaker for the Fall 2018 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture. The event, named for the late former Kentucky governor and four-term U.S. senator, will take place at 3:30 p.m....

BCTC partners with UK Advanced Eye Care, Kentucky Career Centers to provide internships

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions, UK Advanced Eye Care and Kentucky Career Centers are teaming up to provide a free nine-week training and 160-hour-paid clinical experience for prospective ophthalmic assistants. This fall, students are invited to participate in a business-sponsored work-based learning project that entails 36 hours in the classroom/lab and 160 hours of paid...

Transylvania University announces 2018-19 feature event series — New Frontiers

The public is invited to go beyond the familiar and explore ideas, art and music this year with a new feature event series hosted on the campus of Transylvania University. The New Frontiers 2018-19 season focuses on the university’s year-long campus theme – civility — and the debate over its role in shaping citizens and communities. Through presentations from such innovators as author Sir Salman...

BCTC announces new leaders for Georgetown-Scott County Campus, Lawrenceburg Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College has announced that Lynn Godsey will lead the Georgetown-Scott County Campus, and Tiffany Drury will lead the Lawrenceburg Campus. Lynn GodseyGodsey has more than 15 years of progressive experience in manufacturing training and development, particularly in Lean Manufacturing, Quality Systems, Strategic Planning, and Leadership. Her extensive experience with...

BCTC, University of Phoenix announce partnership to provide new degree program for nursing students

Bluegrass Community and Technical College and the School of Nursing at University of Phoenix have announced an educational partnership that will establish a specialized Bachelor of Science Nursing program. “We are always looking for partners who offer our students flexibility and options for taking the next step in their education,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, president of Bluegrass Community &...

Few spots remain for Gatton Certificate of Business Administration program beginning Sept. 12

By Carl Nathe and Ann Mary Quarandillo University of Kentucky If you find yourself in a spot where you know you need more education to enhance your career, yet a huge time commitment scares you, take heart. There are still some spaces available in University of Kentucky’s Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) program beginning Sept. 12, offered through the Gatton College of Business and Economics...

EKU researchers studying copperheads in Red River Gorge, seek to minimize human-snake interaction

They come from all over the country for the rock climbing, the hiking and, of course, the rugged, breathtaking scenery. But visitors to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge sometimes encounter copperhead snakes when they interact with the environment. Funded primarily by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, a team of Eastern Kentucky...

Keeneland interactive tours offer 2,900 fifth-graders hands-on Thoroughbred industry experience

Keeneland will welcome nearly 2,900 fifth-graders from 31 area public and private schools each day this week to participate in interactive tours designed to broaden their understanding of the immense historical, economic and cultural importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. Now in its eighth year, the program has given more than 20,000 fifth-grade students the opportunity to see...

UK Students hit the streets of New York to develop app to assist with outreach to the homeless

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky A group of University of Kentucky students is proving their impact can reach well beyond the Commonwealth. Together, they are using their knowledge of computer science to help some of the most vulnerable members of the largest city in the United States. More than 8.5 million people call New York City home, but far too many of them are homeless. Breaking Ground,...

Harlan County High School captures sixth annual Kentucky State Fair Junior Chef Championship

The Harlan County High School cooking team captured the coveted skillet trophy in the sixth annual Junior Chef Championship cook-off Friday at the Kentucky State Fair. “Congratulations to Harlan County for winning this very competitive challenge,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Kudos to all the teams that competed this year. Thanks to Sullivan University for its continuing support...

WKU to present Award for Courageous International Reporting to Mexican journalist Marcela Turati

The School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University will welcome Mexican journalist Marcela Turati to campus in late September as the recipient of the third annual Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting. Turati is a reporter for the magazine Proceso, where she reports about human rights, social development and the impact of drug violence and its victims....

UK researchers using lignin to make next-generation batteries; new technology could power cell phones

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A new study by University of Kentucky researchers is examining whether peach pits and walnut shells can be used to create cheaper, longer-lasting lithium ion batteries. The three-year project led by Jian Shi, assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment, will study whether lignin, a component of cell walls in woody plants and stone...

More than 300 new students welcomed as Class of 2022 arrives at Transylvania University

Transylvania University welcomes students from across Kentucky, the nation and the world today as more than 300 new Pioneers arrive on campus. Kentucky students make up a majority of the incoming class, with nearly 80 percent coming from the Commonwealth. Students from Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan make up another 13 percent of the first-year class, with 10 other states also...

Fayette County Board of Education Chair Melissa Bacon resigns due to family illness

Fayette County Board of Education Chair Melissa Bacon, who has served on the school board for more than 12 years, said Wednesday she has notified the state commissioner of education that she is resigning effective immediately in order to care for her aging mother. “It is with mixed emotions after much prayer and discernment that I am resigning from my board position,” Bacon said. “My mother,...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College to offer both eight and 12 week sessions this semester

Prospective students who missed the first fall enrollment start date or who would like to complete a college class in a shorter time may now enroll in eight-week sessions or 12-week sessions at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The 12-week session begins Sept. 10, and the eight-week session begins Oct. 12. BCTC offers a wide variety of majors that prepare students for high-wage, high-demand...

Trump to nominate CPE President Robert King as assistant secretary for postsecondary education

The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump will nominate Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert L. King as assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Department of Education. The appointment requires U.S. Senate confirmation. Robert L. King King has served more than nine years as president of the Council. He has advanced statewide efforts to work collaboratively...