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People in News: Mocker to tourism; Andrews at Rotary; Rittinger joins NKU; Salzman award

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John Anthony Mocker, Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to the Tourism Development Finance Authority.

Mocker, of Union, is vice president and partner of LB Industries, a major processor and distributor of steel pipe serving national and international markets. Mocker shall serve for a term expiring April 21, 2020.

The Tourism Development Finance Authority consists of nine gubernatorial appointees. The Authority makes and conditions loans from the Tourism Development Loan Program.

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Kit Andrews speaks to Kenton Rotary

The Director of Individual Giving of ArtWorks, Kit Andrews, will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kenton County’s luncheon meeting on Thursday, March 30.

Kit Andrew

ArtWorks was founded in 1996 and is an award-winning, non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact through three strategic programming areas: Public Art, including an extensive mural program; an art therapy division, ArtRx; and an entrepreneurial arm, Creative Enterprise. ArtWorks is the largest visual arts employer in the region. To date, ArtWorks has hired over 3,000 area youth, 2,000 professional local artists and trained nearly 300 entrepreneurs.

The luncheon will begin at noon at the Colonial Cottage Inn, 3140 Dixie Highway, Erlanger, Kentucky. There will be limited seating by reservation only. To make a reservation, please contact Steve Gillespie at (859) 371-2900. The cost to cover the lunch is $12 per person.

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Rittinger joins NKU marketing, communications

Gina Rittinger has joined her alma mater as assistant vice president for marketing and communications.

Gina Rittinger

As Northern Kentucky University’s assistant vice president, Rittinger will oversee the University’s marketing strategy; branding; licensing and merchandising; internal and external communication; web, digital, and social media; publications, graphic design, and specialty printing; and photography.

She previously served as director of corporate communications and marketing at General Cable, where she led the development, implementation, execution, and ongoing refinement of branding, marketing, and corporate communication strategies and materials in partnership with the company’s executive leadership.

Rittinger received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from NKU.

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Salzman receives Civic Education Leadership Award

Dr. Ryan Salzman, an assistant professor in the Northern Kentucky University Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership, has received the regional Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award from the Office of Kentucky Secretary of State, Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Kentucky Department of Education.

Ryan Salzman

The Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award recognizes a P-16 teacher, school administrator, educational leader, legislator, or community leader who has “made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be engaged and responsible citizens.”

Dr. Salzman has been an assistant professor at NKU since 2012, and has developed a number of innovative programs to engage students in the study of political science.

As a political science professor, Dr. Salzman teaches ideas that can be a bit grandiose for his students. But he embraces the challenge of making 20-year-olds interested in our founding fathers. His goal, he says, is to make everyone care, because if they care, they will be engaged for the rest of their lives.

In addition to a plaque, he will receive $250 to go towards resources or equipment.

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