A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

NKU Magazine: Urban Legends, rumors, myths and misunderstandings — just in time for Halloween

NKU Magazine staff Are the Lucas Administrative Center elevators haunted? Is a lost secretary wandering the tunnels beneath campus? Was NKU’s original mascot too scary for children? Find out more below… Creeped Out Kids THE LEGEND: NKU’s former mascot — a dragon named “Hey U!” — was replaced because it was deemed to be too scary for children.  THE VERDICT: Not true  THE...

Council on Postsecondary Education presidential search committee narrows field to three finalists

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s Presidential Search Committee has recommended three finalists for the position of Council president. In alphabetical order, the finalists are Dr. Robert Donley, Dr. Emily House and Dr. Aaron Thompson. “Following a thorough and exhaustive national search process, we are confident that all three candidates possess exceptional qualities of leadership and the...

Fort Thomas Independent Schools compares itself internationally; group of 15 students take OECD test

By Zak Ober Living Media/Fort Thomas Schools As the recent Kentucky Department of Education findings show, students in the Fort Thomas Independent Schools top state rankings in many areas, but how do they compare with their peers across the United States and internationally? To find out, a group of 15-year-old students from Highlands High School took an international assessment test provided by the...

ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks rise slightly for students in Kentucky’s public schools

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The percentage of Kentucky public high school graduates meeting the state’s college readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in English, mathematics, and reading saw a slight increase, according to data released by ACT. 
The state benchmarks represent the minimum scores that guarantee students entry into corresponding credit-bearing courses at Kentucky...

Innovative Approaches to Literacy awards $5.2 million in grants to seven NKY school districts

Seven school districts in Northern Kentucky are celebrating a $5.2 million boost to literacy for the more than 8,000 children they collectively serve. provided photo Working collaboratively through the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES), the Bellevue, Bracken County, Dayton, Erlanger-Elsmere, Silver Grove, Southgate, and Williamstown school districts secured the significant...

NKU Admissions is taking NKU to You on the road; will hold fast track sessions for spring enrollment

Northern Kentucky University’s Office of Admissions is taking NKU’s campus to the Cincinnati suburbs as part of the NKU to You tour.    NKU to You provides an opportunity for high school students and their parents to learn more about the NKU experience. The admissions team will deliver an interactive presentation and provide information about financial aid, scholarship, housing, and student engagement...

Thomas More University hosting Ohio River symposium and summit on Oct. 18 — sign up here

The 34th Annual Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education (ORBCRE) Symposium and Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) Summit will be held at Thomas More University, Oct. 17 – 19.   “Partnership and Collaborations Toward a Single Voice for the Ohio River Basin,” the theme of the 2018 conference, will be co-hosted by the Foundation for Ohio River Education (F.O.R.E.), the Ohio River Valley...

NKU receives National Science Foundation grant to support underrepresented STEM students

Northern Kentucky University has received a National Science Foundation grant to support underrepresented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students. The grant totals just over $1 million and will continue the College of Arts and Science’s Project SOAR, a program to recruit, retain and graduate talented students with a financial need. SOAR Student Lauren McMillen taking lake...

New NaviGo Scholars met business sponsors, coaches for first time — are ready for the experience

NaviGo Prep, a division of Children, Inc., recently held its annual NaviGo Scholars Kickoff at Thomas More College where newly selected NaviGo Scholars met their NaviGo coaches and business sponsors for the first time. The business sponsors include Children, Inc., St. Elizabeth Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Physicians, Duke Energy, L’Oréal, Milacron, Northern Kentucky Attorneys, Pomeroy, Toyota, and...

Northern Kentucky Education Council to launch ‘Find Your Place’ coalitions for kids at fall meeting Oct. 31

The Northern Kentucky Education Council invites education, business and community leaders to it Fall Meeting and Coalition Launch on October 31st from 9-11 a.m. to rally around successful outcomes for all students across the region.  The event will feature details on newly established regional coalitions and highlight how each attendee can “Find Their Place” in building successful...

School was out so Balluff opened its doors for students to wonders of manufacuturing on MFG Day

Special to NKyTribune Though most Northern Kentucky schools weren’t in session last Friday, the learning didn’t stop. Many students learned career opportunities in manufacturing during the Balluff open house. Balluff, a global leader in sensor technology, opened its doors to the community to educate the next generation on 21st-century, modern manufacturing opportunities and inspire and recruit...

Meet Ignite Institute: Northern Kentucky’s revolutionary new high-tech high school

Special to NKyTribune First of a series Picture this: The year is 2027. A group of local college grads recently won $40 million in second-round venture funding for their AI web search company. St. Elizabeth is in the process of building its latest hospital and research center in Elsmere. Regional natives Steven Spielberg and George Clooney have jointly announced a Museum & Education Center for...

Teachers, public employees rally at State Capitol with U Hauls; dominent theme: ‘Remember in November’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today “Remember in November” was the dominant theme during a rally by teachers and other public employees, along with labor officials, at the State Capitol Saturday. 
The purpose of the rally, according to the Kentucky Public Pension Coalition, which was one of the sponsors, “was to show legislators that we haven’t forgotten about their votes against public pensions.” One...

Holmes High School names Person of Year, three Hall of Distinction honorees, Young Alumnus winners

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. Five of those former students will be honored for their contributions during the second annual Hall of Honors event from 6-9 p.m., October 10, at the Drees Pavilion. The Covington Education Foundation and Covington Independent Public Schools last year launched the Hall of Honors –...

Erlanger-Elsmere schools offering job fair for early childhood care/education at Lloyd library Oct. 16

The Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District will host a job fair featuring opportunities in the field of early childhood care and on October 16 from 6:30–8 p.m. at Lloyd Memorial High School. The fair will include openings for all levels of experience – from entry-level to expert – in such roles as classroom aides, substitutes, teaching assistants, lead teachers, transportation, food service,...