A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Volunteer NKY Connect event to be held at Thomas More College on September 12

The third Volunteer NKY Connect event for 2018 is a volunteer fair at Thomas More College on September 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It will be held on campus. Parking is free. Join the event to engage local organizations seeking volunteers. Volunteer NKY is a movement to encourage social service volunteerism to add capability to the hundreds of local organizations that support people who are struggling...

To commemorate 911, area students will gather at Freedom center to sing National Anthem

More than 1,000 students will gather at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on September 11 to sing the National Anthem, commemorating the 17th anniversary of 911. This annual event brings students together nationwide in unity at 1 p.m. EST. Mia Toschi, a TV reporter who covered the events and grew up in Lower Manhattan, founded the movement seven years ago. “For years, teachers struggled...

NKU’s ‘A Night with Norse Gala’ is Sept. 15 — and bidding for silent auction is now live online

Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ annual A Night with the Norse Gala, which is in its third year of supporting NKU’s student-athletes, has over 100 silent auction items up for bid. Bidding is now open through the auction site and closes the night of the event.   The silent auction features numerous sports memorabilia, including an autographed jersey...

Prichard Committee: Monitoring school performance needed across all groups; communities must mobilze

The Prichard Committee supports meaningful standards, high expectations and robust accountability that helps ensure quality learning for all students in Kentucky schools. The new cut scores set by the Kentucky Board of Education mean that schools will be identified for support and improvement if they fall below the established thresholds in three categories of student learning – not just for...

NKY retired teacher, Betty Hill, receives national award for volunteerism with youth

 Betty Hill, a retired Johnson Elementary teacher from the Fort Thomas Independent Schools, has won the With Our Youth! Award, a national recognition of the outstanding volunteer work of retired teachers to improve the lives of America’s youth. The award program is run by  NRTA, AARP’s Educator Community.  Betty Hill, a retired teacher from Johnson Elementary in the Fort Thomas Independent...

NKU to host panel discussion, community forum on ‘Democracy and the Informed Citizen’ on Sept. 13

Northern Kentucky University will host a panel discussion on journalism and media in politics as part of a Kentucky Humanities’ project titled Kentucky Reads: “All the King’s Men.” The panel, “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” will take place on September 13 in the Otto Budig Theatre.   The Humanities’ project is a statewide effort for Kentuckians to revisit native Robert Penn Warren’s...

Yealey Elementary gets help with Emergency Backpacks for classroom safety, thanks to donors

St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare delivered a donation of Emergency Backpacks to Yealey Elementary in Boone County Schools on Wednesday. Each backpack contains emergency supplies such as a flashlight, blankets, bandages, alcohol wipes, gauze and other materials needed before first responders arrive in the event of an emergency.  Yealey needed 42 of them, one for every classroom, but the backpacks and...

Campbell County Public Library offers activities for adults, children at all branches in September

The Campbell County Public Library operates four branches. The Cold Spring Branch is located at 3920 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring, phone 859-781-6166. The Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch is located at 1000 Highland Ave. in Fort Thomas, phone 859-572-5033. The Newport Branch is located at 901 E. Sixth St. in Newport, phone 859-572-5035. The Alexandria Branch is located at 8830 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria,...

NKU Alum Kim Fender reflects on her long career and retirement as head of Cinci, Hamilton County libraries

By Rodney Wilson NKU Alumni Magazine Kim Fender (‘81) didn’t let any grass grow beneath her feet when she studied at Northern Kentucky University — and not just because she was always digging through the norms and values of societies as an anthropology major. “I was in a hurry to get through because I was working three jobs to pay my way through college,” she says. “That’s always a...

Sullivan University’s Northern Kentucky Center for Learning has closed; majority studying online

Sullivan University’s Center for Learning- Northern Kentucky closed its doors over the weekend. Vicki Berling A spokesperson for the university said the majority of students were enrolling in online degrees or in the culinary programs in Louisville and Lexington. Vicki Berling, director of the center, confirmed the closing. Sullivan University is undergoing a significant reorganization, a merger...

New school year may mean tough choices for districts learning to operate with fewer dollars

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service The school day might look a little different for Kentucky kids this year, as districts figure out how to function with fewer dollars. Senior Policy Analyst with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy Ashley Spaulding explained that for more than a decade, in order to make room for tax cuts, state legislators and the governor slashed funding for pre-k through 12...

Service on Saturday, hosted by NKU Office of Student Engagement, helps kick off new school year

Northern Kentucky University celebrated the new school year with a “Service on Saturday” event on August 25, hosted by the Office of Student Engagement. More than 80 students, faculty and staff devoted their Saturday morning to volunteering in the community. Some students spent the morning cleaning with Matthew 25: Ministries, while others helped at local animal shelter, Cincinnati parks and the...

Forbes names Northern Kentucky University top college 10 years running; cites community service

For the 10th year in a row, Northern Kentucky University has been named as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes. The magazine ranked 650 public and private universities as measured by students’ return on their investment. “America’s Top Colleges has always focused on the direct benefits school provide their graduates. Especially at a time when Americans owe more than $1 trillion in student...

UK researchers using lignin to make next-generation batteries; new technology could power cell phones

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A new study by University of Kentucky researchers is examining whether peach pits and walnut shells can be used to create cheaper, longer-lasting lithium ion batteries. The three-year project led by Jian Shi, assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment, will study whether lignin, a component of cell walls in woody plants and stone...

BCPL September calendar for kids and teens includes stargazing, storytime in the park, more

The Boone County Public Library offers events at its branches and throughout the county during the month of September. A list of scheduled events for teens and children is included here. A separate list of events for adults is published separately. Tiny Tots (18 months to 2-1/2 years) Mondays, 10 a.m. Scheben Branch, 8899 US 42, Union 859-342-BOOK (2665) On-the-floor, interactive fun that encourages...