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Covington Rotary provides nursing scholarship to Gateway CTC to meet healthcare needs in region

The Covington Rotary Club recently announced a $2,250 scholarship to Gateway Community & Technical College for eligible students enrolled in the nursing program. Covington Rotary awarded $750 with an additional $1,500 coming from Rotary International. “Covington Rotary and the District are committed to providing educational opportunities across a broad spectrum of needs, both locally and...

UofL College of Business, KDA partner to increase diversity in Kentucky bourbon industry

The University of Louisville College of Business and the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) have established the Kentucky Distillers’ Association/University of Louisville Scholars Program to increase diversity in the commonwealth’s signature bourbon industry. The partnership will award five full-tuition scholarships for UofL’s Distilled Spirits Business Certificate, with preference...

Three Boone County students earn top honors in KYTC’s 2019-20 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest

Students from Boone and Madison counties earned first-place honors in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2019-20 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest. The contest seeks to promote a clean environment and discourage littering. Winners represent Assumption Academy and Walton-Verona Middle School in Boone County and Model Laboratory School and Waco Elementary School in Madison County. Alice Dong of...

NKU Board of Regents unanimously elects Andrá Ward as chairman for one-year term

Northern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents elected three new officers during its Sept. 9 meeting. The 11-member board unanimously elected Andrá R. Ward as chairman, Normand G. Desmarais as vice chairman and Gregory Shumate as secretary. Ward will serve a one-year term as chairman and assumes the position from Lee Scheben, who will return to serving as a regent on the university’s governing...

Newport Food Service workers formally honored by Kentucky House of Representatives

Newport’s Food Service workers – who are viewed by many as valuable but often unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic – were formally honored Wednesday by the Kentucky House of Representatives. During Wednesday night’s Newport Board of Education meeting, each worker was presented an official Kentucky House of Representatives Certificate of Appreciation from State Rep. Rachel Roberts of Newport....

Covington public schools to start ‘hybrid’ system Monday; in-person two days a week; masks donated

Covington Independent Public Schools will return to in-person learning on Sept. 28, operating on the “A/B” Hybrid Model, Superintendent Alvin Garrison announced this week. The model means that students who are assigned to the “A” group will attend school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students assigned to the “B” group will attend school in person on Thursdays and Fridays. Students...

NKU, First Financial Bank form partnership to address needs for financial literacy education

Northern Kentucky University and First Financial Bank have announced collaborative answers for increasing access to teachers’ and students’ financial literacy education. The partnership expands NKU’s Center for Economic Education’s (CEE) training for educators to learn about teaching economics and personal finance to K-12 students. Through First Financial’s support, CEE will...

NKU empowers high school girls this week during 10th annual Young Women Lead Conference

Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies is inviting high school girls to be bold, fearless and lead with confidence at the 10th annual Young Women Lead (YWL) Live! from Sept. 24-25. The popular conference will be delivered virtually this year, allowing high school girls to join whether they reside in the urban core, in the suburbs or on farms. YWL aims to...

International students find support through NKU Baptist Campus Ministry during ongoing pandemic

By Marina Shelton Kentucky Today When COVID-19 hit, many college students headed home. But international students didn’t have that option. The Baptist Campus Ministry at Northern Kentucky University saw the need and partnered with local churches and associations to provide meals and gift cards. Students said these acts of kindness helped them feel welcomed and loved. As a result, the door opened...

Ignite Institute to host student-led political forum on Oct. 14 for Boone, Kenton legislative races

The Ignite Institute Political Forum at the Roebling Center of Innovation will take place Oct. 14. Candidates running for State House Representative and State Senate in Boone and Kenton counties will square off in debates monitored by the student organizers. “We don’t just want our students studying their subjects at Ignite, we want them to be immersed in them,” said Darin Smith, a social studies...

Gateway CTC Foundation gets one of four Impact 100 grants to support the Food for Thought Pantry

The Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation was one of four 2020 Impact 100 Grant Recipients valued at $100,000 each. The funds will support Gateway’s Food for Thought Pantry. “The Impact 100 process is incredibly competitive, over 300 Letters of Intent are typically submitted,” said Adrijana Kowatsch, Gateway Vice President of Development and External Relations. “To receive...

NKU School of the Arts announces updates to 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts (SOTA) has announced its 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season. With challenges to produce live, in-person theatrical productions during this unprecedented time, NKU SOTA pivoted its programming to theatre and dance projects on film. Select productions from the previously announced season lineup have been postponed to the 2021-22 season, including...

No events? No problem! Thomas More Alumni Association launches virtual MORETalks

As individuals began to transition their work and lives to their homes last spring in response to COVID-19, the reality of Thomas More Alumni Association events taking place for the remainder of the spring, summer, and fall seemed dim. The team’s wheels began turning as Thomas More University Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement Bailey Bundy and Events Manager Taylor Anne Walz ‘19 started thinking...

Freshman enrollment at state universities steady; CPE approves new academic program at NKU

Preliminary estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education show that freshman enrollment at public universities has remained largely steady this semester despite COVID-19 and the struggling economy. The initial estimates, released on Tuesday, indicate that 18,373 freshmen enrolled at public, four-year institutions in fall 2020, down only 44 students – or 0.2 percent – from the previous...

Covington schools seek donations for First Lady’s ‘Coverings for Kids’, so all students, staff have masks

Covington Independent Public Schools will participate in Kentucky First Lady Britainy Beshear’s “Coverings for Kids” initiative to bring in mask donations for each school district statewide. Covington is now collecting mask donations at Central Office.

 Mrs. Beshear’s “Coverings for Kids” initiative is an effort to ensure all students and staff in Kentucky schools have access to facial...