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Northern Kentucky University students get League of United Latin American Citizens scholarships

Northern Kentucky University students were honored and presented with scholarships by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).   NKU once again hosted LULAC’s 14th Annual Scholarship Recipients Celebration. The event recognized 29 Latino students from area colleges for their scholastic achievements and success.   “I’m exceptionally proud of our student scholarship recipients who...

Newport schools get grant funding for fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school year

Students at Newport Primary and Newport Intermediate schools will be receiving fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school year. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a grant-funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. “The program offers numerous...

NKU student wins regional entrepreneurship competition, will receive $10K in business support

Northern Kentucky University student Isaiah Kelly has won the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneurship Award (GSEA) Cincinnati Regional Competition, the premier competition for students who have started their own business. Kelly is the first NKU student to win and now heads to the national competition in Silicon Valley. NKU student Isaiah Kelly is the winner of Entrepreneurs’...

Some Kentucky Schools taking ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ approach to make better use of funds

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky School Boards Association In the Franklin County Schools bus garage, a mechanic raises a school bus on a lift, takes off the wheels and prepares to replace the brakes. But the name on the side of the bus isn’t Franklin County Schools, it’s Frankfort Independent. For years, Franklin’s bus mechanics have serviced the independent district’s buses. Now the districts...

Author to discuss new book about Pearl Bryan murder; plenty of other spooky tales at the KCPL

By Cierra Earl Kenton County Public Library Looking to read about ghosts, spirits, phantoms, or unexplained phenomena? Want to read a spooky story about Kentucky or one that originates in your own back yard? Do you think your house may be haunted and want to research its history? Look no further than the Kenton County Public Library. The KCPL has numerous local history books and resources filled...

EKU student’s capstone research on pesticide contamination earns cover story in national journal

While pursuing a master’s in public health from Eastern Kentucky University, Mary Sheldon earned an accolade many researchers spend their whole careers hoping for. Her capstone research was recently the cover story of a prominent peer-reviewed journal. The report, titled “Pesticide Contamination in Central Kentucky Urban Honey: A Pilot Study,” was a collaboration between Sheldon; Dr. Clint Pinion,...

KBE accepting nominations for 2019 Priority Award, recognizes success in closing achievement gaps

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is accepting nominations for its 2019 Priority Award, which will honor a Kentuckian whose work in the Commonwealth’s public schools and has successfully closed achievement gaps between student groups. “One of the most notable education challenges Kentucky continues to face is achievement gap closure,” said KBE Chairman Hal Heiner. “Following the release...

Schools throughout Kentucky celebrating Farm to School Month, raising awareness of local foods

School districts throughout Kentucky will hold special events to celebrate Farm to School Month in October and raise awareness of the advantages of serving local foods to Kentucky school children. “Farm to school helps Kentucky students get access to fresh, nutritious local foods that will help them to grow up strong and healthy,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “At the same time,...

Gateway has BLINK installation in downtown Cov; clapping pig created by its Creative Coding group

Gateway Community & Technical College’s Urban Metro Campus is an official BLINK location in the Covington Zone. Part of the installation there includes work of four Gateway computer and information technology students, Joe Thompson, Momoka Kinder, Brandon Burnett and Nathaniel Kampsen.   The installation titled Pixels at an Exhibition was created by local artists Lisa Koepke and Patrick Down,...

NKU’s School of the Arts illuminates ‘LightStreams” at Blink Festival — tonight at 9 p.m. at Smale park

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts will be at the Cincinnati BLINK 2019 Art & Light Festival with a unique concert collaboration entitled “LightStreams” tonight at 9 p.m. at Smale Riverfront Park (east of Roebling Suspension Bridge on the Ohio side of the river).   Experience the dynamic effects of movement and color of illuminated suspended canoes while the NKU Philharmonic...

NKU’s annual Cybersecurity Symposium features IT professionals, attorneys to discuss emerging threats

Northern Kentucky University invites cybersecurity leaders from across the nation to the 12th annual Cybersecurity Symposium on October 10 and 11, 2019.   Presented by Chase College of Law and the College of Informatics, the symposium brings together IT and security professionals, as well as security and privacy attorneys, to focus on cybersecurity challenges, legal issues, risk management and...

Northern Kentucky Education Council fall meeting takes place Oct. 15, at Thomas More University

The Northern Kentucky Education Council will hold its annual fall meeting at Thomas More University’s Steigerwald Hall at 9-11 a.m. on October 15. The meeting will focus on regional efforts to increase the number of students that are ready for college, career, and life. Featured speakers at the NKYEC fall meeting include: top row (l to r) Joseph L. Chillo, Thomas More University, Dr. Randy Poe,...

Covington Education Hall of Honors celebration recognizes diverse group of alumni, supporters

A police officer, an inventor, a publisher, an advocate and educators will be honored Wednesday during the Covington Education Foundation’s Hall of Honors celebration. The Hall of Honors combines the Holmes High School Hall of Distinction and the Covington Education Foundation’s Person of the Year. The event is designed to honor alumni and celebrate supporters of the school – all while raising...

Attention Middle School students and educators: MATHCOUNTS wants you in its Competition Series

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) is sponsoring another exciting year of MATHCOUNTS. All interested middle school students, their parents, and their teachers are encouraged to take part in the 2019-2020 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that starts with students and educators, in their schools. It is a program that stimulates interest in mathematics...

If you finished college in May, it’s about time to start repaying federal student loans; here’s some insight

If you finished college in May and have federal student loans, it’s almost time to start repaying them. These tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help. One of the smartest things you can do is pay more than your scheduled amount. If you ask your lender to apply the extra to the principal, you’ll pay less interest over the life of your loan. Several plans are...