A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

University SLAM competition involves six teams to compete on a business problem for Brighton Center

Northern Kentucky University is hosting the 2018 UNIVERSITY SLAM, a collaborative effort between six Cincinnati-area colleges to help the Brighton Center of Greater Cincinnati.   Partners include the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph University, Thomas More University and Cincinnati Christian University who, along with NKU, each provide six students to participate in the...

MSJ selects CVG as off-site graduate degree program campus to accommodate Northern Kentuckians

Mount St. Joseph University has selected the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport as the next off-campus site for the Mount’s Graduate Degree Programs in business–the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Tri-Health is currently running an exclusive MSOL cohort for its employees. The CVG Airport location...

Appearances by ‘Evicted’ author Matthew Desmond highlight NKU’s Health Innovation Week celebration

“Without a home, everything else falls apart.” That quote sets the stage for Pulitzer Prize winning author Matthew Desmond’s book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” Northern Kentucky University will host Desmond as the featured speaker for its Health Innovation Week events on April 19 and 20. Desmond won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for his unflinching look into...

Voices from Classroom: Productive Spring Break creates ‘hopeful’ space for Gallatin County girls

By Sarah Webster Gallatin County High School As I shut down my computer for Spring Break, I breathed a sigh of relief. A week off. The team ready for work! Some teachers relax at home or go on vacations with their family. Most teachers use this time to catch up on grading, lesson planning, or getting ready for the push to the end of the year. Spring Break is a time to reflect on the year so far and...

Highlands High School’s Theatre Department presents The Drowsy Chaperone; shows this week

Students from Highlands High School’s Theatre Department will perform The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score. The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast...

NKY Camps and Activities Fest Returns to Camp Ernst Middle School, still time to sign up

Do you want to prevent hearing “I’m bored” or seeing your kids on devices all summer or even year round? Visit with many organizations who offer camps or activities for kids from ages PreK through high school at the NKY Camps and Activities Fest.  There will be something for everyone. Organizations such as Cincinnati Museum Center, Florence Freedom, YMCA Camp Ernst, Full Throttle Indoor Carting...

Kenton County Fiscal Court recognizes 2018 ‘Young Pioneer’ award honoree Parker Willman

At its Fiscal Court meeting this week, Kenton County recognized the first 2018 Pioneer Award Honoree. Parker Willman was named a “Young Pioneer” for his example of youth leadership. Kenton County Young Pioneer Parker Willman is presented a proclamation from Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann (provided photos). Willman started “Parker’s Pet Project” when he was only six years old in an effort...

Highlands Middle School student will represent KY in National Geographic Bee in Washington D.C

Highlands Middle School eighth-grader Case Grillot competed in a field of approximately 100 Kentucky students April 6 and triumphantly emerged as Kentucky’s 2018 National Geographic State Bee champion. Grillot Case is the son of Randy and Kym Grillot. As a state champion, Grillot received a $200 cash prize, a National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, and a trip to Washington, D.C., where he...

“Call Us Ishmael” examines fascination with Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick,” special screening at NKU

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter Film director David Shaerf hated the novel Moby-Dick. “Growing up, I never had a favorite book, but I would always revel in telling people how my least favorite book is Moby-Dick. It’s so dull,” Shaerf states in a press release promoting the premier of his film, Call Us Ishmael. Schaerf “When I picked it up again as a 30-year-old I realized how wrong I...

Prichard Committee: NAEP results signal serious concern about declining progress in education

The latest results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), released Tueday, show a decline in fourth grade reading results and no meaningful improvement in eighth grade reading and fourth and eighth grade mathematics. That pattern, seen for students of all backgrounds, will require both careful analysis to understand weaknesses in current efforts and robust new efforts to strengthen...

NKU students, faculty, staff to speak out against budget issues at campus rally Thursday

The Northern Kentucky University community will speak out Thursday about its position that more of the burden of education costs shift to students to an extent that renders the cost benefits of attending state-supported institutions inconsequential. Attendees will gather at the plaza-side entrance to the Student Union between the Student Union and University Center at noon. Faculty and other speakers...

Protesting teachers may return to Frankfort on Friday. Is cure for ‘sewer flu’ in State Capitol?

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin referred to the Kentucky Education Association, not the teachers who belong to the union, as the problem during his Monday press conference announcing he was vetoing the budget and tax reform bills. Nevertheless, when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Friday to consider overrides to the governor’s veto actions, they could be facing more protesting teachers,...

Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky schedules “Big Dig’ to introduce youth to industry

The Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky has announced its latest public event; The Big Dig, presented by Riegler Blacktop and Dudley Construction. “The Big Dig is designed to introduce youth of any age to our industry,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the trade association.  “We have the strongest workforce development program of any builders association in the...

City of Union recognizes Gray Middle Schoolers for winning design entry of proposed city flag

The City Commission of the City of Union recognized Gray Middle School students Ben Putnam and Joseph Zabik, for their winning design of a proposed City flag at a ceremony at GMS on April 6. Pictured from left: Commissioner John Mefford, Jayden Wren, Joseph Zabik, Mayor Larry Solomon. Not pictured: Ben Putnam and Daniel Kessler (provided photo). The duo designed a three-color flag featuring a series...

Teachers are finally saying enough to the pay penalty; concerned too about funding for schools

By Sylvia Allegretto Economic Policy Institute    Following West Virginia’s lead, teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma are walking out and demanding change, while teachers in Arizona are considering doing the same. Some teachers say students who participated in the March for Our Lives actions across the country inspired them to speak up. But the tipping point goes deeper than that. Teachers have finally...