A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Notre Dame Academy’s mock trial team wins regional title in Louisville; moves on to state

Notre Dame Academy’s Gold Mock Trial Team placed first at the 2018 Mock Trial regional tournament this past weekend in Louisville.  The team will move on to compete against fifteen Kentucky teams in the Mock Trial State Tournament at the Kenton County Justice Center in Covington, Kentucky on March 2-4.  Under the direction of moderator, Hillary Johnson and coaches Katelyn Mollett and Amy...

Thomas More College creative writing program hosts free 26th Annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival

The Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program invites people of all ages to the 26th Annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 2-4 p.m in the Science Lecture Hall, located on the main Crestview Hills campus. This event is free and open to the public and features talented regional writers sharing their literature in a festive, interactive setting. Featured regional authors...

NKU students respond to ‘Service on Saturday’ by volunteering over 1,000 hours of community service

Northern Kentucky University’s Office of Student Engagement hosted its February “Service on Saturday” event to celebrate NKU’s homecoming. The community service day allows students, faculty and staff the opportunity to give back by taking part in a coordinated effort. More than 250 people participated on Feb. 3 completing over 1,000 hours of community service. The volunteers worked on campus...

Ockerman Elementary students get video conference from space station with astronaut Mark Vande Hei

Students from Ockerman Elementary were treated to a video conference with an astronaut currently in space. Colonel Mark Vande Hei, who is a Flight Engineer is from Minnesota, spent 45 minutes talking with 60 students. Colonel Vande Hei traveled to the International Space Station in September on Expedition 54 joining a crew of six, astronauts from Russia, Italy and the U.S. The students asked their...

UK College of Agriculture to host two day-long fencing schools in March

Livestock producers know good fencing is vital to their operation. To help producers learn about the newest fencing methods and sound fence construction, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting two fencing schools. The first school is March 20 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. The second is March 22 at the beef unit of UK’s C. Oran Little...

New Haven Elementary celebrating student authors in all grades who exhibit 6 Traits of Writing

Throughout the school year all 900+ students from New Haven Elementary School led by the NHES Writing Task Force of teachers (Mrs. Sherry Rollins, Mrs. Suzanne Strawn, Mrs. Angela England, Mrs. Lindsey Watts, Mrs. Shannon Maciejewski, Mrs. Amanda Danner, Ms. Dawn Padgett and Mrs. Cathy Cyboron) are being introduced to the 6 Traits of Writing and all teachers (K-5) are nominating students in their class...

University of Kentucky almuna ‘sleighs’ expectations, becomes first black female skeleton Olympian

By Whitney Harder University of Kentucky It was September when she first touched a skeleton sled out of curiosity. September 2017, that is. As in … five months ago. Before then, she had never heard of the sliding sport where an athlete hurtles head-first down a frozen track. This month, University of Kentucky alumna Simidele “Simi” Adeagbo makes history as Nigeria’s first female...

Banker Steve Brunson is new chair of the board of Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation

Banker Steve Brunson has been named chair of the board of Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation Board of Directors. Steve Brunson Brunson is a senior vice president of Forcht Bank in Northern Kentucky. Brunson has over 26 years of banking experience in a variety of roles and is an active member of the Northern Kentucky community with such groups as the Covington Business Council, Northern...

Voices from Classroom: Preschool teacher, tired at end of active day, wonders ‘Did we do enough?’

By Natalie Kordenbrock Montessori Early Learning Academy Are we doing enough? Early mornings small, tired faces shuffle in through the door. By mid-morning those same small faces are full of energy, running at full speed around a classroom. They are completely unaware that they’ve knocked over baskets of blocks and crayons, and if they did, they wouldn’t think it was wrong. Preschool teachers...

NKU’s Steely Library to host free workshop for teachers on energy, environment, space on March 6

Northern Kentucky University’s W. Frank Steely Library will host a free workshop for teachers. “Exploring Energy, Environment, and Space: Resources for the P-12 Educator” will take place on March 6 at 4 p.m.   The workshop will explore free resources available from government and non-profit organizations like NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It also can provide...

Arnold Simpson among legislators honored at Black History Month Celebration; KSU Pres. Brown speaks

Three longtime members of the Kentucky General Assembly, including NKY’s Arnold Simpson, were honored for their years of service and dedication to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens at the 15th annual Black History Month Celebration in the Capitol Rotunda. Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University, was the keynote speaker. Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville,...

KCTCS offers workforce education; pay your way with apprenticeship or Work Ready scholarships

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is the largest provider of workforce education in the Commonwealth preparing 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers. February is Career and Technical Education Month and KCTCS is highlighting its role in providing important programs that align with business needs across the state. For example, LG&E offers an apprenticeship...

Governor to cut ribbon on innovative new partnership between Thomas More College, Gravity Diagnostics

Gov. Matt Bevin will be in Covington on Thursday to help launch an innovative new partnership between Thomas More College and Gravity Diagnostics. The Thomas More College Work Ready Incubator is a ground-breaking program that will benefit students in their quest for real-world experiences, as well as businesses in their search for high-quality talent by connecting to the Thomas More College student...

Summer Meals Summit to be held in Louisville Tuesday — learn more about improving accessibility

Organizations from around the state will meet on Tuesday to discuss ways to alleviate child hunger during the summer months. The Summer Meals Summit will be held from 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville. During the Summer Meals Summit, participants will explore creative partnerships and best practices to assist organizations and sponsors in improving accessibility to...

Oakley and Eva Farris partner with Gateway to endow $400,000 scholarship fund for Holmes High students

A pair of Northern Kentucky’s most generous philanthropists are joining forces with Gateway Community and Technical College to endow a $400,000 scholarship fund for Covington high school students looking to continue their education. Oakley and Eva Farris have joined with Gateway Community and Technical College to endow a $400,000 scholarship fund to provide postsecondary education opportunities for...