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Georgetown College faculty and staff help needy families in Scott County during Thanksgiving

As a proud member of the Georgetown/Scott County community, Georgetown College strives to be a good steward and to help those in need. This Thanksgiving, Georgetown College helped provide Thanksgiving baskets to needy families in the Scott County School District. Faculty and staff at the college donated food and dry goods and the president’s office donated turkeys, storage tubs, and Georgetown College...

UofL President Neeli Bendapudi named a ‘Most Admired CEO’ in Louisville by local publication

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville University of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi is among the 25 local leaders named to Louisville Business First’s annual list of “Most Admired CEOs.” The publication recognized the particular magnitude of their leadership in a year filled with unprecedented challenges – from the COVID-19 global pandemic to widespread protests against racial injustices. As...

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...

Fish and Wildlife Resources cancels conservation camps; decision protects families from COVID-19

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will not offer its summer conservation camps this year due to the novel coronavirus. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm said. ”However, this is a necessary step we had to take to protect the health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff.” This decision was...

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...

Baptist Health La Grange begins $5.8 million expansion, renovation of Emergency Department

Baptist Health La Grange is embarking on an expansion and renovation project with patient, staff and physician satisfaction at the heart of the plan. The $5.8 million investment will focus on renovating and expanding the Emergency Department (ED) to meet the following goals: • Increase capacity and maximize patient throughput • Enhance the overall patient experience • Improve the workflow,...

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...

Commentary: Fayette Co. Schools failing to improve student performance despite spending, tax increases

By Dan Rose and Ron Vissing Special to KyForward The Fayette County public school system (FCPS) is failing to improve student performance despite years of higher spending and taxes. Yet the system continues to increase taxes and spending every year with no accountability to taxpayers or the public at large. Again, for 2019-20, FCPS has indicated it intends to take advantage of the automatic 4 percent...

West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area to host 78th National Retriever Championship

Each year since 1941, the best retrieving dogs in the country compete for the title of national champion. The National Retriever Championship is the Super Bowl of the competitive retrieving world, and it is being held in Kentucky for the first time this year. The event starts Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area outside Paducah....