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Centre College ranked tenth in nation for student-staff interactions by Times Higher Education

Centre College has been recognized for their student-staff interactions recently by The World University Rankings. The College is tied for 10th in the nation among other top institutions, including Denison, Rollins, and Washington and Lee. In a survey, more than 200,000 students across the U.S. were asked to give a rating of zero to 10 in response to the following question: “To what extent do you...

Presidential search committee formed at Centre College to find successor for retiring John Roush

A 17-member committee composed of faculty, staff and trustees has been formed by the Centre College Board of Trustees to conduct a national search for a successor for President John Roush, who recently announced he will retire on June 30, 2020. In selecting members, the Board sought a group “that was diverse and representative of the breadth of viewpoints that are an inherent part of a place like...

Centre College President John Roush announces plans to retire in June 2020 after 22 years

At the conclusion of what will be 22 years of service as president of Centre College, John A. Roush plans to retire on June 30, 2020. In making the announcement to the campus community, Roush said that he and his wife, Susie, “have talked, often, that retiring a year following the College’s bicentennial would be the best timing.” Founded in 1819, Centre marks 200 years of service this year....

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Kentucky by Heart: Some interesting facts you may not know about our first (and fifth) governor

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward September, 6, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist “Who was the first Kentucky governor?” is the question I’ve asked fourth graders for years as part of my impromptu state history trivia moments as both a regular and a sub teacher. Most will respond that the answer is Isaac Shelby. You can bet the kids were and are ready...

Centre College’s Grissom Scholars Program for first-generation college students featured in U.S. News

By Michael Strysick Centre College Now in its fourth year, the Grissom Scholars Program at Centre College has earned national attention as an exemplary opportunity for talented first-generation college students and was recently included in a U.S. News & World Report story on the topic. Created in 2014, the program provides a four-year full-tuition-plus scholarship, along with $5,000 in educational...

Jamie Vaught: At 91, Bell County native Homer Rice looks back at career as football coach, administrator

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK. If you follow sports, you probably have read or heard about former UK assistant football coach Dr. Homer Rice even though the...

Centre College to use Pepsico Recyling’s Zero Impact Fund for phtovoltaic panels on campus building

By Cindy Long Centre College Centre has received a $10,000 Pepsico grant from its Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund (ZIF). The funds will be used for the second phase of an installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Chowan Multipurpose Building. Centre is one of 15 schools selected nationally to receive funding through ZIF, a program now in its second year that’s designed to help bring...

Kentucky Artisan Center presents new exhibit by internationally-renowned artists Powell, Sandoval

A new exhibit recognizing internationally known Kentucky artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval was announced this week by the Kentucky Artisan Center. As innovators in their respective fields, both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held on Sept. 9...

Erwin named commissioner for Ky. Department of Corrections; Dailey selected as deputy commissioner

James Erwin, an accomplished leader in prison operations with more than three decades of experience, has been appointed as the new commissioner for the Department of Corrections, Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Tuesday. Erwin was appointed as interim head of DOC last year after serving seven years as deputy commissioner of the Office of Adult Institutions. His career has spanned more...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckians share their thoughts on what makes their college that ‘special’ school

Note: Following is the second of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. When the topic of special colleges in Kentucky is brought up, Erika Mahlbacher offers her Danville alma mater, Centre College, as a shining example. Erika Mahlbacher She loved the enthusiasm of her teachers. “My dreaded history class requirement turned out to be one...

IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

Best-selling author Bruckheimer Named to National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that Linda Bruckheimer, an American novelist, photographer, entrepreneur and preservationist, has been elected to the National Trust’s Board of Trustees. New trustees were elected during the opening plenary of this year’s PastForward National Preservation Conference in Chicago. Bruckheimer, a two-time bestselling author,...

No. 5 Kentucky closes out exhibition slate with 106-63 rout of Centre College

Nick Richards grabs a rebound in Kentucky’s 106-63 win over Centre College Friday night. Richards finished with 17 points and made all six field goals and five of his free-throw attempts. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The next one counts. Kentucky wrapped up its three-game exhibition schedule with a 106-63 victory over Centre College Friday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats...

Bob Martin: Kentucky’s pension problem stems from addiction to defined retirement benefits system

There are two types of pension systems: the defined benefits program and the defined contributions program. It is telling that private employers totally abandoned defined benefits pensions in the 70’s and 80’s, while almost all public-sector employers still rely on defined benefits pensions. Private sector employers pay for pensions with their own money, while public-sector employers pay for pensions...

Centre College Literary Luncheon during 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair to feature author Jamie Ford

Centre College will serve as the sponsor of a Literary Luncheon as part of the Kentucky Humanities 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 18. Since the first event in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair has been connecting readers with local, regional and national authors in a shared celebration of reading, writing and books. This year, more than 180 authors will be participating in the event. The Literary...

Centre College faculty collaborate to create 3-D exhibition “2,000 Degrees, A Fire Odyssey”

Professors Stephen Powell and Kensuke Yamada are collaborating this summer on a series of work to be displayed in the Norton center this fall (Photo from Centre College) A new exhibit coming to Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts this fall will display the collaborative work created by two Centre faculty members. “2,000 Degrees: A Fire Odyssey,” is a three-dimensional exhibition that...

Trace Adkins, Mr. Popper’s Penguins among offerings this season at Centre College’s Norton Center

The Norton Center for the Arts unveiled its new season of performing arts at Centre College. Again this year, the Center will offer one subscription series, with audiences able to choose from performances at both Newlin Hall and the Weisiger Theatre that fit their schedule and interests, as well as receive higher discounts for the more shows they select. “We are proud to continue to offer the community...

Commentary: Islam in America — the stories we don’t get to hear about Muslims in mainstream life

By Madison Stuart Special to KyForward At the start of January, as several inches of snow dusted the campus and friends began posting pictures of warm adventures in Thailand and Israel and Ghana, I found myself seriously regretting not spending my senior CentreTerm abroad. However, after returning from what seemed like a month-long trip, I believe I could not have had a more enriching—or timely—CentreTerm...

Stage, screen star Ben Vereen celebrates Black History month with public events at Norton Center

Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts welcomes legendary stage and screen actor Ben Vereen to Newlin Hall for two days of free activities in celebration of Black History month that will culminate with a public performance of Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Filled with song and dance, stories of his life and a great deal of humor, the production brings together...