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Ben Brandstetter: Higher education shows commitment to power through COVID-19 pandemic

It would be an understatement to say that the last few months have been difficult. For me personally, it has been mentally exhausting to keep spirits up for my family and employees at our firm. However, these efforts have strengthened many of my personal relationships while also showing our company new ways that we can continue to serve our clients. Ever since becoming chair of the Council on Postsecondary...

Campbellsville University to begin fall semester on Sept. 3; in-person classes to start on Sept. 8

By Joan C. McKinney Campbellsville University Campbellsville University’s administration has announced the academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester. Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced that the fall 2020 semester will begin on Sept. 3 and end on Dec. 11. Students will begin instruction on Sept. 3 using the online learning management system and will...

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...

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, UK undergrads being given pass/fail option for spring courses

In the wake of COVID-19 disrupting traditional classes and sending University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff into a flurry of transitioning in-person classes to mostly an online format, the university is now giving undergraduate students an option of making their Spring 2020 classes pass/fail. This follows two emergency meetings by the University Senate Council over the last two weeks. On...

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...

KCTCS colleges extend remote learning, postpone graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 outbreak

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are committed to maintaining the health and safety of their students, faculty and staff. That’s why all colleges will continue to offer online/remote classes through the last day of instruction, which is May 2, and will use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4–10. Additionally, employees...

Murray State Department of Music will host 13th Fall Fanfare concert Sept. 21 in Lovett Auditorium

The Murray State University Department of Music will host the 13th annual Fall Fanfare concert on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The annual event raises money to fund scholarships for music students and features the Murray State orchestra, choirs, percussion ensemble, flute quartet, concert band, jazz combos, marching band and more. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, while children...

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...

Horticulture students, faculty from Midwest explore Eastern Kentucky foodways during visit to UK

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky It’s a long drive from Minneapolis to Kentucky, and almost as long from Manhattan, Kansas. To the folks from the University of Minnesota and Kansas State University who recently converged at the University of Kentucky, it was almost a world away in terms of culture, agriculture and local food systems. Compared to Midwestern farms with their vast monocultures...