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Northern Kentucky University’s cybersecurity program acknowledged for academic excellence

Northern Kentucky University’s nationally ranked cybersecurity program is once again acknowledged for academic excellence in preparing the next generation of leaders. NKU’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology, Cybersecurity Track has been renewed. The joint designation from the...

Gateway, Children Inc. team up to offer childcare for students during the fall semester in Edgewood

Gateway Community & Technical College, the Gateway Foundation, and Children, Inc., are offering childcare for Gateway students. Childcare will be available to students during the fall semester, Monday – Thursday, from 8:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., at Gateway’s Edgewood campus.   Childcare has been identified as a significant need for Gateway students. This partnership with Children, Inc., is in...

Atlas Obscura: This Tweeting Tree (a northern red oak) is a vocal (and nice) witness to climate change

By Jessica Leigh Hester Atlas Obscura If you’ve been sweaty miserable, resenting summer and aching for a cool breeze, you’re not alone. A northern red oak in the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts, has been hot, too. The tree hasn’t been complaining about it the way humans do; Quercus rubra doesn’t whine or get wrung out and cranky. But oaks — and the beech, birch, hemlock,...

Recent Knox Central High School graduate making a career out of Youtube, surpasses 153 million views

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Kendall Gray is your typical eastern Kentucky teenager. He likes to fish, hunt and do practically anything outdoors. There is one difference, however. He broadcasts his outdoor adventures to more than 1 million YouTube subscribers and his videos have been viewed more than 153 million times. Kendall Gray, a 2019 graduate of Knox Central High School (Knox County), has...

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton selects Northern Kentucky University home of her Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton has announced that Northern Kentucky University (NKU) will be the new permanent home for the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC), a statewide contest she created in 2016 to encourage Kentucky high school students to explore innovative business ideas.  Managed by Lt Governor Hampton and her staff, with assistance from the Kentucky Science...

Three nursing programs at Beckfield College in Florence receive national accreditation

Three of the Beckfield College nursing programs – the three-year accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and the Diploma in Practical Nursing programs – have received programmatic accreditations. The accreditations enhance the quality of Beckfield’s nursing programs, create more scholarship opportunities for students, and increases...

BCPL August calendar of events for children and teens includes story time in the park, Shakespeare

The Boone County Public Library offers events at its branches and throughout the county during the month of August. A list of scheduled events for teens and children is included here. A list of events for adults will be published separately. Teen Gaming (middle and high School) Mondays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, 859-342-BOOK (2665) Stop by the Teen Scene to play...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs held at NKU announce winners of ‘innovative startup ideas’

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), hosted its annual Demo Day at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) earlier this month. Teams of Kentucky high school students developed business models, designed prototypes and pitched 18 startup ideas to an audience of more than 400 people. More than 300 high school students...

Thomas More University names Kevin Reynolds to new role, vice president for advancement

Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D. has named Kevin Reynolds, assistant vice president for advancement, to a new role as vice president for institutional advancement for the University, effective August 16. In this capacity, Reynolds will oversee and lead all operations of the University’s Office of Institutional Advancement, including supervision of all staff in the divisions...

Cincinnati Museum Center’s free ‘STEM Girls’ program inspires tomorrow’s innovators

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is working to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and chemists with STEM Girls. The free program connects girls (and boys) ages 7 to 14 with local women STEM professionals through hands-on programming that showcases just how cool STEM fields can be. STEM Girls programs are available for registration now. As more...

Newport Independent Schools hires Patrick Belding as new band director; goal is to inspire students

The Newport High School Marching Band will follow the lead of a new director this fall. Belding Newport Independent Schools announced Patrick Belding has been named band director at Newport High School after a highly competitive interview process. “Patrick was one of 12 candidates selected to interview for the position,” said Newport High School Principal Heather Orman. “The administration is...

With 2019-2020 school year set to begin, teacher shortages will affect students across Kentucky

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Teacher shortages are taking a toll on students throughout Kentucky, as critical shortage areas have been identified in a number of subjects and disciplines in all areas of the state. Thousands of teaching positions in Kentucky schools remain unfilled as the start of a new school year approaches, and Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said that denies many students...

NKU’s Haile/US Bank College of Business students win national awards from leadership conference

Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business is now home to national champion business students.   NKU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) captured three first-place finishes along with 11 national awards at the 2019 National Leadership Conference, nearly quadrupling their previous year total. Approximately 2,000 PBL members from across the United States competed in San Antonio,...

Holmes High School gets new band director, Conrad Krieger — and he’s getting band camp underway

Conrad Krieger Conrad Krieger’s love of music started when he learned to play classical guitar at the age of 10. He moved on to playing the trombone in the band at Cincinnati Christian Schools. In college, he was a student band director for two basketball seasons at Northern Kentucky University. He also was a member of the Jazz Band and the Wind Ensemble.

 Today, Kreiger is the new band director...

NKU offering Fast Track application session July 31 if you are interested in attending this fall

Northern Kentucky University is hosting a Fast Track application session on July 31 for those interested in attending NKU this fall and haven’t had the time to complete the necessary steps to enroll. The event offers one-on-one assistance to help prospective students navigate the enrollment process. Advisors will help them start or complete their NKU application, confirm acceptance to the university,...