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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...

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,...