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Kentucky Board of Education takes next steps in search for new education commissioner

At a special meeting Jan. 17, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) appointed board members Cody Pauley Johnson, Sharon Porter Robinson and Lee Todd to a team that will evaluate proposals from executive search firms vying to help the board find Kentucky’s next education commissioner. The board voted to create an RFP Evaluation Team. The team will view the proposals, which are being accepted until...

Breaking down the Big Picture of Education: Calling the next generation of teachers; how you can help

Education is vital to the success of our region, our residents and our workforce. The following is the third in a series of articles on the importance of education in Northern Kentucky. The series is produced by the Advancing the Big Picture Coalition of the Northern Kentucky Education Council. Each article will focus on a particular aspect of education, will provide data and information from the community...

NKU, Kroger cut ribbon on Technology & Digital Innovation Lab; focus on health, wellness, analytics

As a continuation of their partnership, Kroger (NYSC: KR) and Northern Kentucky University officially unveiled the Kroger Technology & Digital Innovation Lab. A ribbon-cutting event was hosted on Friday in NKU’s Griffin Hall. NKU students will gain hands-on learning experience alongside associates from Kroger’s Research & Development group and 84.51⁰. Teams will focus on initiatives...

NKU to honor 2020 Outstanding Alumni Award winners on Feb. 7: Neal, Heil, Meyer, Hoffer, Taylor

Northern Kentucky University 2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards recipients as Greg Neal, Bob Heil, Jill P. Meyer, Alyse Bender Hoffer and Dr. Jessica Averitt Taylor will be honored at the Alumni Awards dinner on February 7, kicking off Homecoming weekend. “Our Alumni Award winners have a deep passion for supporting our students and making a difference in the community. It is through individuals,...

Covington FOP Lodge #1 giving $500 Fallen Officer Scholarship to a high school senior

Covington’s police union wants to give $500 to a high school senior who is headed to college. To earn the Covington FOP Lodge #1 Fallen Officer Scholarship, seniors have to fill out the attached application and write an essay answering “What does living in Covington mean to me?” The essay should be 400 to 700 words long and must be original and previously unpublished. Applicants...

Northern Kentucky University welcomes students back with campus-wide Winterfest activities

Northern Kentucky University is helping students gear up for spring semester with Winterfest, a week full of campus-wide activities. Winterfest began on Monday and continues through the first week of classes. Students can attend activities such as the Winter Carnival, men’s basketball games and open houses for student organizations. Winterfest concludes with the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther...

Northern Kentucky University names Student Union Ballroom in honor of H. Gordon and Thelma Martin

Northern Kentucky University will honor longtime supporters of the university — H. Gordon and Thelma Martin — by designating the Student Union Ballroom in their honor. During the Wednesday Board of Regents’ meeting, the H. Gordon and Thelma Martin Ballroom will be unveiled. Gordon and Thelma Martin (Kentucky Post photo from Kenton County Public Library archives)Gordon Martin is one of the pioneers...

NKU’s School of the Arts announces ’20-’21 performance schedule; mark your calendars

Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts announced its 2020-21 Theatre + Dance academic season. Exact schedules of performances will be released in August. NOISES OFF By Michael Frayn Directed by Ken Jones Sept. 24 – Oct. 4 NKU Corbett Theatre Called “the funniest farce ever written,” NOISES OFF takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control...

NKU names Darryl Peal as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; he comes from NCAA

Northern Kentucky University has named Darryl A. Peal its Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDO) and Title IX Coordinator. He assumes the position today and joins NKU from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). While at the NCAA, Peal served as the managing director for External Engagement and Strategic Partnerships. He was responsible for driving the Inclusion and Human...

SQUARE1 to honor Garren Colvin, Barbara Smith as part of High School Startup Pitch on April 3

SQUARE1 will honor two community leaders and entrepreneurs at its 3rd Annual Startup Scholars event on April 3. Garren Colvin of St. Elizabeth Healthcare will receive the Community Impact award and Journey Steel owner Barb Smith will be given the Entrepreneur Leadership Award. Garren ColvinGarren Colvin graduated from Ludlow High School (a participating school) and proceeded to Thomas More to earn...

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; program includes tuition assistance, summer work

For more than 70 years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has paved the way for Kentucky’s youth to pursue a rewarding engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment. KYTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology...

Kentucky Department of Education seeking nominations for Valvoline’s Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education has opened nominations for the Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by Valvoline, Inc. Nominations may be submitted electronically by visiting the Kentucky Teacher of the Year website. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state, with at least three years of experience, is eligible for the awards. Picture provided of...

Thomas More University’s Chris Lorentz becomes president of Organization of Biological Field Stations

Thomas More University’s Chris Lorentz, Ph.D., director of the Biology Field Station, has been elected as the new president of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS). Lorentz will assume his new role as president on April 1. He will serve a two-year term, followed by a two-year term as past president. Chris Lorentz “As a longtime member station of OBFS, our Biology Field Station at...

From Where I Am Standing: Ludlow is transforming high school, helping students find way to success

By Rick Hulefeld Special to NKyTribune School districts across Northern Kentucky are developing innovative programs to enable their graduating seniors to be college or career ready. For the first time, Kentucky is mandating that all school districts follow their graduating class of seniors for one year to determine how effective schools are in helping their graduates be successful. Ludlow Independent...

KCTCS preparing students for the high-tech world of manufacturing (not your grandfather’s factory work)

In today’s world of work, manufacturing requires workers to be tech-savvy. This is no longer your grandfather’s dirty, dark and dangerous factory work. Today’s manufacturing facilities are bright, clean and high tech. You’re more likely to see employees using consoles to direct the work of robots, instead of doing back-breaking manual labor. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and...