A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

University of Kentucky trustees move toward demolition of Kirwan-Blanding residential complex

Focusing on the long-term needs of students and the campus, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved a proposal Tuesday to begin moving toward demolition of the Kirwan-Blanding Resident Housing Complex and Dining Commons. The demolition process  would be paid for with university resources and private funding and would occur over the course of the next few years, beginning in 2018 with...

Shauna Reilly named first director of NKU’s Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity

Northern Kentucky University has selected Dr. Shauna Reilly as the first director of the Institute for Student Research and Creative Activity (ISRCA).   ISRCA will engage, support, enhance and acknowledge the involvement of students and their faculty mentors in research, scholarship and creative activities throughout campus. Dr. Shauna Reilly ISRCA will also assist in growing the number and the scope...

Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust offers savings plan with tax advantages, gift opportunities

The Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) is encouraging families to include college savings on their gift lists this holiday season. KESPT’s simple and secure eGift feature enables account owners to send gift invitations to family and friends. There are also tax advantages to starting or adding to a KESPT 529 college savings plan account.   “Kids outgrow toys and clothes, but contributing...

NKU graduate Josh Heuser went from throwing parties — to throwing bigger parties for a living

By Ryan Clark 
NKU Magazine Back in the day, when Josh Heuser (’01) was throwing parties in area bars, it never really crossed his mind that within a few years he’d have a private audience with the president of his alma mater, or that the two would share plans to prepare events for Northern Kentucky University. But such is the beauty of life. Josh Heuser is a graduate of NKU, as well as an entrepreneur,...

NKU’s Professor of Entrepreneurship, Rodney D’Souza receives prestigious national teaching award

Northern Kentucky University’s Fifth Third Bank Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dr. Rodney D’Souza, was one of seven educators from schools throughout the United States presented with the 40th Annual Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education from Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge during a reception as part of the 97th Annual National Council for the Social Studies Conference...

NKU’s Outstanding Alumni Awards: Bruce Lunsford, Andra Ward, Wil Schroder, Jacqueline Emerine

Northern Kentucky University’s 2018 Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients are W. Bruce Lunsford, Andrá Ward, Sen. Wil Schroder II and Dr. Jacqueline Emerine. They will be honored at the Alumni Awards dinner on February 9, kicking off Homecoming weekend and NKU’s 50th anniversary celebration.   Tickets to the Annual Alumni Awards Celebration include a cocktail reception, plated dinner, after-party,...

Kentucky Science Center Science in Play2Go interactive exhibit comes to BCPL Scheben Branch

Boone County Public Library will exhibitPlay2Gocreated by Kentucky Science Center, at the Scheben Branch, 8899 US 42 in Union from Saturday, December 9 to Sunday, March 4. Designed specifically for ages 8 and under, this interactive exhibit makes science accessible to learners of all ages. Science in Play2GO makes science personal, fun, participatory, and relevant — empowering kids and adults to...

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students, families make holiday crafts with Covington Police officers

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students and their families made holiday crafts with Covington police officers at the school’s annual “Crafts with Cops” event. Students and officers decorated cookies, made Christmas ornaments, and visited with Santa. Third graders started the event three years ago as part of a service learning project as a way for students to give back to their community. The event...

Voices from the Classroom: A new teacher is empowered by idea (and practice) of ‘growth mindset’

By Rachel Goodnight Lincoln Elementary School “At the end of the day, the students should be the ones who are tired, not you.” This fantastic piece of advice, given to me by my superintendent, is meant to say teachers should be facilitators of learning, but students should be the ones engaged and putting in the hard work during the lesson. Truth be told, I go home exhausted every day. As a new...

Holmes senior Jada Cummings gets QuestBridge Scholarship worth over $280,000 for four years

Holmes High School senior Jada Cummings is the recipient of the QuestBridge Scholarship which is valued at more than $280,000 over four years. The QuestBridge College Match is a national program that pairs high achieving, low income high school seniors with full scholarships to the top colleges in the nation. In October, Jada, was notified she was a one of 5,759 finalists chosen from 15,606 applicants....

Northern Kentucky University winter session lets students earn credits in abbreviated online term

Northern Kentucky University’s winter session can help students make the most out of their holiday break by taking advantage of NKU’s online abbreviated term. Winter session runs from December 18 through January 5 and is open to all learners. Winter session offers current students and visiting students a chance to get ahead in their academic careers, and it also provides as an opportunity for alumni...

Conner Middle School 6th grade students stage dinner, fundraiser for teacher with rare cancer

By Steve Oldfield Children, Inc. Students at Conner Middle School are rallying around a beloved teacher who is fighting a rare form of cancer. Erica Proffitt, 29, was diagnosed with Large B-Cell Mediastinal Lymphoma earlier this year. She decided to share the news with her students and the Conner Community. “Cancer affects everyone,” Proffitt said. “I think it’s important...

KCTCS regents get good news about the audit, ratify six certificate programs, approve degrees

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents received positive results from the organization’s annual independent financial audit for the fiscal year 2016-17.  The opinion issued by Crowe Horwarth LLP was an “unmodified opinion,” the highest opinion offered by public accounting firms. KCTCS has received an unmodified opinion every year since its inception in...

Pendleton County Schools superintendent Strong among Superintendent of the Year finalists

Four Kentucky school superintendents are in the running for the 2018 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year Award. The finalists include: Mr. Jon Ballard, of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Dr. Nick Brake, of Owensboro Independent Schools, Dr. James Evans, Jr. of Lee County Schools and Dr. Anthony Strong of Pendleton County Schools. Finalists were selected based on the following criteria: 1. Leadership...

Boone County Public Library December calendar for kids and teens includes lots of holiday activities

The Boone County Public Library offers events at its branches and throughout the county during the month of December. A list of scheduled events for teens and children is included here. A separate list of events for adults will be posted separately. Teen Cafe (middle and high school) Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, Florence, 859-342-BOOK (2665) Drop in for gaming, snacks &...