A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

NKU names ’19 Outstanding Alumni Awards winners: Munninghoff, Jordan, Kienzle, Jolly, Slaughter

Northern Kentucky University announces the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients as Thomas J. Munninghoff, Diane H. Sticklen-Jordan, Barry G. Kienzle, Brady Jolly, and Arnie D. Slaughter. They will be honored at the Alumni Awards dinner on Feb. 8, 2019­, kicking off Homecoming weekend.   “I am proud to announce Tom, Diane, Barry, Brady, and Arnie as our Outstanding Alumni Award winners of...

KCTCS widens cost gap with state’s public universities, making education more affordable

The gap between the cost to attend one of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the state’s public universities has widened.  During its regularly scheduled meeting, the KCTCS Board of Regents received a report that showed the net price (tuition and fees, books and supplies and average living expenses minus federal, state and institutional aid) of attending...

NKU Center for Economic Education partners with Cleveland FED to expand Danny Dollar Academy

Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Economic Education (CEE) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland partner to bring the spirit of entrepreneurship, leadership and responsibility to local students through the fictional adventures of young financier, Danny Dollar. This partnership will expand the program to serve 300 fourth and fifth graders in Cincinnati and Cleveland. The Danny Dollar Academy...

Centre College’s Grissom Scholars Program for first-generation college students featured in U.S. News

By Michael Strysick Centre College Now in its fourth year, the Grissom Scholars Program at Centre College has earned national attention as an exemplary opportunity for talented first-generation college students and was recently included in a U.S. News & World Report story on the topic. Created in 2014, the program provides a four-year full-tuition-plus scholarship, along with $5,000 in educational...

Get a GED diploma (high school equivalency) through Kentucky Skills U at KCTCS institutions

For the first time, Kentucky adults without a high school or GED diploma have the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma without passing a test. A new Kentucky Administrative Regulation, 13 KAR 3:060, allows Kentucky Skills U to award the Commonwealth of Kentucky High School Equivalency Diploma “for credit hour completion at Kentucky Community and Technical College System institutions.”...

Covington Parks & Rec’s work with Holmes High students leads national webinar discussion

When parks and recreation officials around the nation tune in for an online seminar today, their eyes (and ears) will be focused on Covington. Covington’s Parks & Recreation Manager Rosie Santos, is one of three panelists who will lead the discussion on how to engage communities in advancing park access and quality. Covington Parks & Recreation Manager Rosie Santos. Photo by Jesse Byerly. Santos...

NKU names UCI’s Judith Daar dean of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law effective July 1

Northern Kentucky University selects Judith Daar as dean of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Daar will assume the role on July 1, 2019. Daar comes to NKU from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she serves as a visiting professor at the School of Law and a clinical professor at the School of Medicine. She is also the former interim dean and professor of Law at Whittier Law School in...

Education Commissioner Lewis announces proposed changes to high school graduation requirements

In a news conference at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington Monday, Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis announced proposed revisions to 704 KAR 3:305, minimum high school graduation requirements, in response to input received from educators and other education stakeholders. Commissioner Lewis will present the revised proposal to the Kentucky Board of Education at its meeting Dec. 5...

Voices from the Classroom: The ‘what ifs’ are important — and some gifts are more than just a gift

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Elementary School A few weeks ago, John Lewis and Partners released one of the most beautiful commercials I’ve ever seen. As the commercial starts, the now 71-year-old Elton John sits at his childhood piano and starts playing his first iconic hit, “Your Song.” We’re able to go backwards on his musical journey with him to see where it all began with his mother and grandmother...

Students will need to meet financial literacy standards; Walton-Verona teacher helps pave a path

• A new law calls for the Kentucky Board of Education to establish academic standards and a graduation requirement for financial literacy. • The new law does not require a specific course, only that “courses or programs that meet the financial literacy standards” will be required for graduation. By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher David Sandlin has seen what a strong foundation in personal finance...

Applications open today for Early Assurance Program for UK College of Medicine-NKU campus

Northern Kentucky University students interested in medical school can now apply for the Early Assurance Program (EAP) at the UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus. The applications will open on December 1 for sophomores who are entering their spring semester.    The EAP program is designed to create a clear pathway for students to medical school. Once accepted, these students are assured...

NKU Foundation selected to lead Northern Kentucky innovation efforts with Tri-ED, community partners

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the KY Innovation office selected the Northern Kentucky University Foundation, Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (NKY Tri-ED) and other partners to establish a regional hub to serve and promote more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses in northern Kentucky. Bevin The NKU Foundation will partner with NKY Tri-ED and entrepreneurship service...

Bellevue High School students plan week of service, win grant from city’s Education Foundation

By Beth Griffith-Niemann Children, Inc. Bellevue high school students are organizing a week of service that will help local non-profits, community projects and the city’s elderly residents. The students are calling the week “Bellevue Service in Action.” They set the date for April 15-19, 2019. Juniors and seniors will join faculty and staff in cleaning up The Bellevue Beach Park and they’ll...

Boone County Public Library December calendar for teens and children includes wintertime 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 is published separately. Teen Gaming (middle and high School) Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, 859-342-BOOK (2665) Stop by the Teen Scene...