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UK College of Agriculture alumni association welcomes new grads in unique way

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Graduating college amid a global pandemic is far from how 2020 spring graduates envisioned ending their time at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Even though they won’t be taking that famous rite of passage across the Rupp Arena stage, the college’s alumni association is making sure the transition is memorable. “Along...

Fayette County Public Schools select new principals for three elementary schools

New principals have been selected for three elementary schools, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced Tuesday. Caulk welcomed two leaders from other districts and encouraged a third to continue his leadership development in FCPS. Named Tuesday were: • Donte Tichenor, new principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary School • Jennifer Spencer, new principal of Julius...

For graduating senior Kymberley Johnson, path to career with Google went through UK

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky senior Kymberley Johnson capitalized on every opportunity she received during her four years as a college student. Her initiative and drive served her well as she will soon graduate and head to her job at Google in Colorado. Originally from Memphis, Johnson’s family moved to Union in Boone County when she was in high school. Her interest...

Murray State art students create infographics on posters in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Students from the Murray State University Department of Art and Design have designed posters in response to a call for artwork addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 3, the United Nations and the World Health Organization teamed up to launch an international open call for artwork about beating COVID-19. The competition asked artists to submit designs that translate critical public health messages...

CPE’s statewide diversity plan driving Kentucky campuses to narrow achievement gap

In a testament to Kentucky’s statewide diversity plan for higher education, colleges and universities across the commonwealth made important strides in 2018-19 in closing the achievement gap for underrepresented minority students. According to the latest progress report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), bachelor’s degrees conferred to minority students at public and private...

Louisville graduate Bronwyn Garrett Hudson perseveres through 50-year journey to earn degree

By Caitlin Brooks University of Louisville The COVID-19 pandemic threw a major curveball to spring 2020 graduates everywhere, forcing schools to think up unique ways to celebrate graduates and their accomplishments. One University of Louisville graduate isn’t letting this unprecedented and nontraditional situation keep her from celebrating. Bronwyn Garrett Hudson is no stranger to approaching life...

Capilouto announces strategic goal for UK: ‘We plan to open in August’ for start of fall semester

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent an email message to the UK community on Friday addressing efforts to “reinvent normal” for the fall semester. The email message follows: It’s a question that confronts us every day: How do we return to the vibrant and safe campus we are committed to when so much around us still seems so uncertain and there is still so much we don’t...

FCPS outlines new initiatives to connect with students and families, plans for virtual graduation

In a press conference last week, Fayette County Public Schools unveiled two new initiatives designed to broaden opportunity and access for students and families, and outlined the district’s plans for graduation. “While COVID-19 has dramatically changed the world around us, our core values have remained constant,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “Team FCPS has...

Georgetown College moves spring commencement festivities to weekend of July 10-11

When Georgetown College was forced to close the campus to in-person classes in March, the cabinet also announced that the decision regarding canceling commencement would be put off until April 29. By waiting as long as possible to make that decision, the hope was that the situation would improve sufficiently to allow this important milestone and ceremony to occur as planned on May 9. Unfortunately,...

EKU geosciences professor named Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award recipient for research in Sicily

When he first began studying geology 25 years ago, Dr. John White thought he would spend his academic career focused on the Big Bend area of his native West Texas. Then, while a doctoral student, he discovered the geological wonders of Italy, especially Sicily. And now, after many visits there for academic pursuits and for pleasure, the Eastern Kentucky University geosciences professor will return...

Murray State wins fourth straight ITERA national information technology conference competition

The telecommunications systems management case study team from Murray State University has won its fourth straight 2020 Information and Telecommunications Education and Research Association (ITERA) National Case Study Competition. The annual competition is hosted by ITERA, with teams of students required to solve a hypothetical but realistic telecommunications problem. This year, the case study challenged...

UK associate professor receives funding to study risk communication on Twitter during pandemic

By Catherine Hayden University of Kentucky Jeannette Sutton, an associate professor of communication in the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information, has recently been awarded more than $93,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study risk communication on Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’ll explore how public health, emergency management...

Incoming Georgetown freshman receives prestigious scholarship in ‘magical, unforgettable moment’

The phone call Kristen Howard received informing her that she was a recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship — the most prestigious scholarship awarded to incoming freshmen at Georgetown College — was a magical, unforgettable moment. “After I received the call I remember crying in my bed. They were happy tears, though,” said Howard. “It was just incredible to know that all of my hard work...

Murray State summer orientation to be held online; sessions to include virtual campus tours

Murray State University has transitioned its 2020 Summer Orientation to an online, virtual-based format as a proactive and precautionary measure amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Online Summer Orientation sessions will offer the opportunity for new Racers to schedule classes, participate in virtual campus tours, meet current students, faculty and staff, learn key information and take part in other special...

Council on Postsecondary Education report shows college attainment remains on the rise in Kentucky

Kentucky moved ever closer to its educational attainment goals in the 2018-19 academic year as the combined number of undergraduate degrees and credentials conferred rose 3.5 percent, according to a report from the state Council on Postsecondary Education. Nearly 47 percent of Kentucky adults now have a postsecondary credential, up from 42.5 percent in 2014. That’s a 4.5 percentage point gain compared...

UK College of Social Work holds virtual ceremony for 24 graduating Army officers in MSW program

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Many students around the country are missing milestones. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, schools and universities are making the tough decision to cancel or postpone commencement ceremonies. Though it’s inevitable that academic celebrations will look and feel different, it’s important to note — the achievements of the Class of 2020 should not be diminished. “The...

Uncertainty and financial challenges looming, CPE holds back on statewide tuition limits for next year

Amid the uncertainty and financial challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education voted Friday to forgo a statewide cap on tuition next year for in-state, undergraduate students at public colleges and universities. The decision provides universities, along with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, maximum flexibility to respond to student needs and shore up...

Transylvania names Dr. Sarah ‘Becky’ Thomas new academic affairs vice president and dean

Transylvania University interim president John N. Williams has announced that Sarah Rebecca “Becky” Thomas, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as the next vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university. Thomas is currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Earlham College in Indiana and previously served as academic dean at Bard College in New York. “Dr....

EKU increasing number of business degree options available 100 percent online this fall

Eastern Kentucky University is increasing the number of business degree options available 100 percent online. Beginning in Fall 2020, students can earn their BBA online in one of three new areas – management, marketing and finance. An undergraduate certificate in global supply chain management is also coming online and can be added to any BBA to boost credentials. Enrollment for all options is open...

Georgetown College offers wide variety of summer courses; first term begins May 11

Georgetown College gives students a host of fascinating course options throughout the academic year to enrich their minds and prepare them for graduate school and a successful career. This is no different when it comes to summer courses offered by Georgetown this year. Georgetown will offer three terms during the summer: May Term (May 11–May 22), Summer 1 Term (May 25–June 29), and Summer 2 Term...