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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...

Bellarmine appoints new deans for education, business, arts and sciences for 2019-20

Bellarmine University’s vice president for academic affairs and provost, Dr. Paul Gore, has appointed new academic deans to oversee programs in education and the arts and sciences, as well as an interim dean for the business school. The appointments — made in consultation with Dr. Susan Donovan, Bellarmine’s president — are: • Dr. Elizabeth Dinkins, dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton...

Bellarmine moving athletics to NCAA Division I status, joins Atlantic Sun Conference in 2020-21

The Atlantic Sun Conference announced Tuesday the addition of Bellarmine University into the league after a unanimous vote by the ASUN Presidents Council. The Knights, who will become a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference starting with the 2020-21 season, increase the league’s membership to 10 institutions. “The addition of Bellarmine University to the ASUN continues the rising trend...

Dr. Michael Marshall appointed as Bellarmine’s VP for enrollment, marketing and communication

Dr. Michael Marshall has been named Bellarmine University’s new vice president for enrollment, marketing and communication. He will begin his new role at Bellarmine in June. Marshall began his career as an undergraduate admission counselor at Mercyhurst University, a Catholic liberal arts college in Erie, Pennsylvania, that Donovan noted is similar to Bellarmine in many ways, including its size...

Paul Gore named newest provost at Bellarmine University following retirement of Carole Pfeffer

Bellarmine University’s president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan, has selected Dr. Paul Gore as the university’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost. Gore, currently dean of Xavier University’s College of Professional Sciences and a professor of psychology, will begin his new duties at Bellarmine on July 1. Donovan noted that Gore’s experience aligns closely with Bellarmine’s...

Bellarmine University wins second national award for use of technology to enhance student success

A campus-wide initiative to help undergraduate students stay enrolled and complete their degrees earned Bellarmine University a national award for its innovative use of technology in college learning. Bellarmine’s “first year predictive model” uses dozens of variables to predict when a new college student might be at risk of failing or withdrawing, based on student outcome data from...

Bellarmine University approved to host local TEDx event in 2019; community invited to join event team

The organizers of the popular TED Talks series have approved a TEDx event at Bellarmine University next year. TEDx events are locally-organized programs modeled after the TED format, where speakers deliver concise presentations on topics around a common theme. TEDx events are produced under license from TED. TEDxBellarmineU, on March 1, 2019, will be focused on the topic “Who are we? Past, present,...

Business leader Susan M. Cameron to speak at Bellarmine’s May 12 commencement

Susan M. Cameron, a Bellarmine University graduate who was one of the nation’s first women to serve as CEO of a major corporation, will speak at the university’s commencement on May 12. The 65th annual commencement ceremony takes place on Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium’s Joseph P. and Janet A. Clayton Field beginning at 9 a.m. Cameron, who earned an MBA from Bellarmine in 1987, will...

Women’s professional organizations to discuss new revenue streams, resources for businesses May 9

The Louisville Professional Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) and The Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NEW) will host Sherry Mulkins, Vice President for Client Outreach and Development at the World Trade Center Kentucky, and Dr. Sharon Kerrick, entrepreneur and Dean of Bellarmine University’s Rubel School of Business, as guest speakers on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:00p.m. This...

Bellarmine University adds to commercial real estate holdings with purchase of Watterson Medical Center

Bellarmine University has announced that the university is under contract to purchase the Watterson Medical Center, an 80,000-square-foot health care facility at 3430 Newburg Road. Bellarmine’s endowment fund will pay approximately $11 million for the two-story building – which opened in 1992 – and the surrounding land. Bill Mudd, chairman of the Bellarmine Board of Trustees, said, “while the...

Kentucky Society of CPAs taking applications for summer business camp for high school students

The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA) is taking applications now through Feb. 28 for its summer business camp program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. BASE Camp will be held June 10-14 at Bellarmine University’s campus in Louisville. Selected students will stay on campus and learn the basics of business and accounting in a hands-on, interactive format. Tuition...

Susan Donovan: By allowing school shootings to become the norm, we fail our communities, children

We are failing our children, we are failing our communities, and we are failing our nation. Three of the deadliest shootings have occurred in the last five months. How can we stand by helplessly and watch the continuation of such senseless violence? What do we tell our children and our grandchildren about the steps we took to correct the devastating violence in our schools? School safety should...

Bellarmine expands internship guarantee, obtains support for new career readiness programs

Bellarmine University has enhanced its career development programs to guarantee students internship opportunities and connect graduates with rewarding jobs, thanks in part to two recent grants from local foundations. The grants – from the James Graham Brown Foundation and the Ogle Foundation – support a four-year undergraduate focus on career development through alumni mentoring, courses...