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Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 18-24; healthy habits, involvement by all encouraged

Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 18–24. This year’s theme is “HEALTHY HABITS, Shield Our Schools!” (name of district) and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week. During this...

What UK is doing to support students in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 this fall

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Health Corps team is leading the charge to support a safe, reinvented normal on campus. Included in their work is supporting students who have tested positive for COVID-19. “No one wants their student to test positive, but if they do, UK is doing the best they can to wrap their students with resources, make them comfortable and keep the...

Nourish Lexington sets fundraising drive for Hunger Awareness Month; filling gaps for students, seniors

Nourish Lexington, powered by FoodChain, has announced a fundraising drive starting this month, which is Hunger Awareness Month. It urges the community to provide financial support for this continuing need, which will focus mainly on filling gaps for students and seniors. The goal is to raise $450,000, which should provide approximately 65,000 meals through the remainder of 2020. “This communitywide...

Schools, parents and students across Kentucky asked to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week

GEAR UP Kentucky is asking students, parents and educators across the state to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week on social media, highlighting the importance of college preparation and success along with the financial and social benefits of higher education. The national celebration began Monday and runs through Friday. “GEAR UP Kentucky is delivering services in new and innovative ways this year,”...

Freshman enrollment at Kentucky universities remains steady; students want campus experience

Preliminary estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education show that freshman enrollment at public universities has remained largely steady this semester despite COVID-19 and the struggling economy. The initial estimates, released on Tuesday, indicate that 18,373 freshmen enrolled at public, four-year institutions in fall 2020, down only 44 students – or 0.2 percent – from the previous...

Fayette County Public Schools encourages teachers, families to monitor students’ state of mind

Given the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, Fayette County Public Schools encourages staff and families to be especially aware of their students’ state of mind. “There’s an added concern. One, the stress of having to manage school in a different way,” said Shericka Smith, district coordinator of Extended School Services, Social Work, and Mental Health Services. “But...

UK to host virtual Equine Career and Opportunity Fair; event is open, free to all college students

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host a virtual Equine Career and Opportunity Fair Oct. 1 from 4-7 p.m. on Handshake. The annual event is open and free to all college students. Registration is available to organizations wishing to match job, internship or volunteer opportunities with interested equine students. UK student Nick D’Amore makes the...

Aaron Thompson: As fall semester begins statewide, student responsibility crucial to campus health

As the fall semester kicks off at colleges and universities across Kentucky, there is still much uncertainty. The spread of the virus is accelerating at exactly the wrong moment, threatening to undo months of planning. The decision to resume in-person operations is truly a Sophie’s choice. There is no perfect solution, and for every person happy with the decision, someone else is not. As president...

Free on-campus COVID-19 testing expanded to include UK employees; tests begin on Monday

The University of Kentucky announced Friday that it will begin offering free on-campus COVID-19 testing, beginning on Monday (Aug. 10) to any UK campus employee who will be working on site this fall. This expansion follows the successful kickoff of student COVID-19 testing with UK’s partner Wild Health, which began Aug. 3. This testing is available for on-site faculty and staff, regardless of how...

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...

Georgetown College surpasses fundraising goal with $1.8 million for 2020 Annual Fund fiscal year

Thanks to the alumni and friends who support Georgetown College, the fundraising goal for the Annual Fund of $1,750,000 for FY20 has been met and surpassed. Georgetown finished the fiscal year on June 30 having raised a total of $1,827,122.61 towards the Annual Fund for the fiscal year. “Each year Georgetown College finds itself indebted to our generous alumni and friends who make our championship-level...

Georgetown College science faculty tests classroom ventilation in preparation for upcoming fall semester

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the campus community at Georgetown College has pulled together in extraordinary ways, with faculty, staff, coaches and students all using their unique talents to improve the college and finish the semester strong. Now, as the college prepares for the fall, the work continues to ensure a great fall semester on campus. Professor of Biology Dr. Tracy Livingston, Professor...

Five Lindsey Wilson College students named recipients of Alumni Walkway Scholarship

Five Lindsey Wilson College students have been selected as recipients of the Alumni Walkway Scholarship. The top finalist, Lindsey Wilson media studies junior Malachi Rogan of Henderson, Tenn., received a $2,500 scholarship. Malachi is a first-generation college student and a member of the LWC football team and the Football Team Leadership Council. He credits LWC for his growth both academically and...

Education officials urge students to apply for federal financial aid amid decline caused by COVID-19

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence are urging all high school seniors, college students and returning adults to apply for federal aid this year amid a decline in applications due to COVID-19. The number of Kentucky students filing the Free Application for Federal Student...

KHEAA Outreach turns to social media during pandemic to provide timely information

With schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, outreach counselors for the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority have turned to social media to get information to students, parents and counselors. KHEAA Outreach has scheduled free Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sessions through the end of June to replace the in-person presentations the counselors normally conduct. “These sessions...

University of the Cumberlands distributing CARES Act emergency funding to students

Undergraduate students at University of the Cumberlands will soon receive emergency assistance funding from the university as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In total, Cumberlands is disbursing $1,398,399 in federal emergency aid to eligible undergraduate students who switched from in-seat classes to online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cumberlands...

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...

Fayette County Board of Education votes to participate in opioid litigation to recoup damages

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to join other school districts across the nation in a multi-district litigation to recoup damages inflicted by the opioid epidemic, citing “significant damages… including expenditures of public funds to address the impact of this epidemic on students, teachers, other staff, and the taxpayers of this district.” Since...

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 students stay up late for Up ‘til Dawn event, raise more than $50,000 for St. Jude

Murray State University students participated in the Up ‘til Dawn event on Feb. 22, raising more than $50,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 100 students came to Racer Arena in John W. Carr Hall to stay up from midnight to 6 a.m. to honor and acknowledge St. Jude Research Hospital patients who have had sleepless nights. Each student was asked to raise $100 to qualify...