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Bellarmine University announces Daniel Frockt to become school’s new vice president of Finance

Daniel Frockt, who has served as chief financial officer for Louisville Metro Government since 2015, will become Bellarmine University’s Vice President for Finance on July 1. Frockt was selected following a national search and will replace Bob Zimlich announced plans to retire after 39 years at Bellarmine. “Daniel Frockt distinguished himself in a highly competitive national pool of candidates,”...

‘I wanted to go in there and help’: Nursing schools see enrollment bump amid pandemic

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Last December, Mirande Gross graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in communications. But Gross has changed her mind and is heading back to school in May for a one-year accelerated nursing degree program. The pandemic that has sickened more than 27 million people in the United States and killed nearly 500,000 helped convince...

Bellarmine receives federal grant to establish Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

The Department of Education has awarded Bellarmine University a 3-year, $390,000 grant to develop a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. The only one of its kind at a private school in the region, the CEVSS will be a model of service and support for veteran students. It will bolster their entire academic journey, from acclimating to university life to progressing successfully through coursework...

Bellarmine unveils new data analysis internship and community program called ‘Butterfly Project’

Bellarmine University is launching a data science internship and community engagement program that will pair students from Central High Magnet Career Academy and Bellarmine in teams that will use data to find solutions to social challenges. Coined the “Butterfly Project,” the program is a partnership with Central High, Louisville Urban League, Humana and Microsoft Future of Work. The project will...

Billy Reed: Going home to old friend, as Bellarmine University will play basketball in big Freedom Hall

While almost every college and university that plays basketball in NCAA Division I is anticipating severe attendance and revenue drops due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Bellarmine University of Louisville, is looking forward to expanded attendance and revenue in its first season as a member of the sport’s highest division. Impossible? Ridiculous? Not if you’re ready to welcome an old friend, Freedom...

Freedom Hall becomes home for Bellarmine basketball for inaugural season in NCAA Division I

As they prepare for their inaugural season in NCAA Division I, Bellarmine University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams have announced that they will play their home games in iconic Freedom Hall under a multiyear partnership with Kentucky Venues. Bellarmine’s entire athletics program was elevated to NCAA Division I this summer, with most teams, including the basketball...

Bellarmine receives $1 million grant from NSF to recruit diverse students to STEM fields

With a grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Bellarmine University is creating a scholarship program to recruit low-income, high-achieving students into the STEM disciplines of computer engineering, computer science, mathematics and data science. The STEM Career Pathways Scholarship program will award annual scholarships of $7,200 each to two groups of 11 low-income,...

Bellarmine University to hold racial-justice panel discussion Thursday; virtual event open to public

Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and David McAtee — three of the many Black people killed by police in the United States this year. Social and political mobilization related to these killings, and to racial injustice more broadly, has grown in many cities, including Louisville. But how do we come to a critical understanding of this moment, and what is the right response? On Thursday (Sept. 17) from 6...

Bellarmine unveils national price match with public universities called ‘Public Price Promise’

Bellarmine University is unveiling Public Price Promise, a unique merit scholarship to attract students from across the United States. Starting fall 2021, Bellarmine will match the direct cost of qualifying students’ state flagship university – that’s often a state’s largest, oldest public university. For example, for students in Kentucky, Bellarmine will match University of Kentucky’s tuition,...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars celebrate unique, successful 2020 summer program despite COVID-19

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) recognized 1,020 outstanding Kentucky high school seniors, representing all 120 counties, for completing the 38th summer program. The modified GSP summer program had a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences to keep students and staffers safe from COVID-19. Calling them his fellow scholars, Gov. Andy Beshear, a GSP alum from 1995, congratulated...

Bellarmine, Jefferson Community & Technical College partner to open new transfer pathway for students

A new partnership between Bellarmine University and Jefferson Community & Technical College will create new opportunities and an easier path for Jefferson students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine. The Jefferson 2 Bellarmine collaboration, announced on Tuesday morning at a virtual news conference, is an affordable college transfer option that allows Jefferson students to...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program adapts classes to promote health, well-being in COVID-19 era

The 38th annual Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) is underway at two college campuses this summer, but with a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences and other modifications to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. “I personally know how amazing and life-changing this program is for participants,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Not only am I an alum from 1995, I am the first Governor’s...

KCTCS Board of Regents adopts new budget, reappoints Gail Henson as chair for one-year term

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents adopted the 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget of $922,900,000 during their quarterly board meeting. The budget is designed to address the increases in fixed costs and to provide safeguards against possible decreases in revenue and increases in expenses due to any future impact of COVID-19. As a part of the FY 2020-21 KCTCS Annual Budget,...

Robert Kingsolver: Glories of capitalism on ‘Common Ground’ difficult to find for most Kentuckians

Rob and Lauren Hudson have been regular contributors to these pages with their “Letters of Common Ground” proclaiming the glories of capitalism. You have to wonder where, exactly, are they finding this “common ground?” Apparently it lies within the gated communities of the affluent, because most Kentuckians have never set foot on the lush green landscape that unrestricted capitalism...

Pandemic prompts multidisciplinary COVID-19 summer course at Bellarmine; begins May 26

The novel coronavirus pandemic will have lasting, far-reaching effects across all facets of society. Taking advantage of Bellarmine University’s strong liberal-arts foundation, a new online summer course that is open to the public brings 23 professors from multiple disciplines together to explore the causes, effects and impacts of the pandemic — from the natural and social sciences, to economics...

Bellarmine University faculty lead fight against COVID-19, offer expert analysis for teachers to use

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, many Bellarmine University faculty, students and alumni are serving on the frontlines in the fight against the virus. They are teaching others in the community, too. Recently, three Bellarmine faculty members participated in a virtual panel discussion with Kristin Wingfeld, Coordinator for School Business Partnerships in Jefferson County Public Schools, to offer expert...

Dr. Natasha Munshi named dean of W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University

Dr. Natasha Vijay Munshi has been named the dean of the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University. Munshi, the associate dean of Graduate Business in the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary’s College of California, will begin her new duties on Aug. 1. Munshi was chosen following a national search. Dr. Frank Raymond has served as interim dean since August...

Bellarmine University to adopt ‘test-optional’ policy for undergraduate admissions beginning in 2021

Beginning with students enrolling for the 2021-22 academic year, Bellarmine University will allow candidates for undergraduate admission to complete their application without submitting their standardized test scores. “Both nationally and at Bellarmine, we’ve learned that standardized tests are not the full measure of the talent and potential of every student,” said Dr. Michael J. Marshall,...

Oleka selected as president of Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has named OJ Oleka as its next president. Oleka, who currently serves as Chief of Staff for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, will assume his duties as AIKCU president on Dec. 1. Oleka succeeds Gary S. Cox, Ph.D., who is retiring after serving as AIKCU president since...

Governor’s Scholars Program recognizes 1,024 high school students, representing 118 counties

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program has recognized 1,024 outstanding Kentucky high school students, representing 118 counties, for completing the 37th Governor’s Scholars Summer Program. The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students focused on enhancing Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders through educational and...