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NKU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with LULAC, awards scholarships to 16 Latino students

Northern Kentucky University has celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), awarding 16 students scholarships. LULAC is the oldest civil rights organization for Latinos in the United States. LULAC honored the Class of 2020 Scholarship Fund recipients at its 15th annual celebration event on Oct. 1. The virtual event gathered friends and families to...

Prichard Committee’s Big Bold Future reports on national rankings for Kentucky — progress needed

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence concluded its 2020 Annual Meeting last week with the release of a new report that compares Kentucky’s progress relative to other states in 13 key areas, shows trends over multiple years, and identifies areas where urgent attention is needed. Big Bold Future: Kentucky’s National Rankings Report builds on the baseline of the Prichard Committee’s...

Ken Harper honors wife, NKU with endowment to help meet demand for health care professionals

Northern Kentucky University has announced an endowed scholarship to honor and recognize the legacy of Eileen Harper that will help meet the region’s demand for health care professionals. The endowed scholarship will support NKU students who are pursuing a degree in health-related careers and are also employed by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Former Kentucky state legislator Ken Harper established...

KDE seeking nominations for 2020 Recognizing Inspirations School Employees (RISE) Award

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is accepting nominations of outstanding educational support staff members for the national 2020 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award. The new award, which recognizes classified school employees who have displayed excellence in serving students, was passed by Congress and is overseen by the U.S. Department...

NKU launches student-led Esports Club in joint partnership between Honors College, Student Affairs

Northern Kentucky University is launching a new varsity sports program. Starting this fall, five students will compete on NKU’s first varsity esports team. NKU Esports is a joint partnership between the university’s Honors College and the Division of Student Affairs. While varsity competition might be new to NKU, electronic gaming at the university is not. The student-led NKU Esports Club has been...

What UK is doing to support students in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 this fall

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Health Corps team is leading the charge to support a safe, reinvented normal on campus. Included in their work is supporting students who have tested positive for COVID-19. “No one wants their student to test positive, but if they do, UK is doing the best they can to wrap their students with resources, make them comfortable and keep the...

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...