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Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre to offer four-part Masterclass Series for high school students

Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (CAST) wants to help prepare high school students (and their parents!) looking at becoming theatre majors in college. Beginning Sunday, September 30, a four-part Masterclass Series entitled Auditioning & Interviewing for Theatre Programs will be presented by Artistic Director Jason Burgess and other qualified facilitators. The series will begin with a look...

Ray Hebert to give Thomas More College 50th Anniversary Academic Convocation keynote address

Raymond G. Hebert, Ph.D., long-serving and beloved Thomas More College professor, chairperson, and staff member, will deliver the Thomas More College 50th Anniversary Academic Convocation keynote address. Ray Hebert The Convocation takes place on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the Connor Convocation Center on the Thomas More Crestview Hills campus.   Hebert’s tremendous legacy began when he...

Wayne Lewis says hopes to get permanent appointment, talks about graduation requirements

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Changes to high school graduation requirements may be approved when the Kentucky Board of Education meets early next month. While 22 credits will still be needed to earn a diploma, there will be more flexibility in those requirements. Interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis said in an interview with Kentucky Today the changes are needed for two main reasons: “We’re...

NKU’s CINSAM receives Kentucky Environmental Education Community Partner Award

Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) received the Community Partner Award from the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education (KAEE). CINSAM’s Ella Bowling, Madhura Kulkarni and Amber Carter with the KAEE Community Partner Award (provided photo). KAEE is a professional, membership-based nonprofit whose primary role is to connect...

NKU, Thomas More to host a Regional College Fair on Sept. 25 for local high school students, families

Northern Kentucky University and Thomas More College are partnering to host the Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair on September 25 for local high school students and their families. The event brings in more than 75 colleges and universities from around the nation. Representatives from these institutions will be available to share information and answer frequently asked questions. No reservation...

UK provost reports accelerated retention and graduation rates, meeting student financial needs

The University of Kentucky has dramatically accelerated retention and graduation rates to record levels in the last four years, UK officials reported.   Moreover, fueled by the nationally heralded UK Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success (UK LEADS) program, unmet financial need is declining for university students as the institution launched a capital campaign with a chief goal...

NKU’s Rebecca Volpe named Sutton Landry State Star by Small Business Development Center

Rebecca Volpe, Northern Kentucky University Small Business Development Center director, was named the Sutton Landry State Star by the American Small Business Development Center. Annually, the center awards the title to one member from each of the 63 national networks. Award recipients are selected for their significant contributions to their center’s program and dedication to assisting small businesses. Rebecca...

Erlanger-Elsmere school district looking for funding to ensure afterschool program at Howell Elementary

The Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District is asking for the community’s help to ensure the afterschool program at Howell Elementary continues to change the lives of children and families in our community.  For years, Howell Elementary and the RC Durr YMCA have partnered to provide a beneficial and structured after-school environment for hundreds of children of working parents in our region....

Walton-Verona Elementary 4th grader interviews school board candidates, posts videos on her blog

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Dacy Fallyn Freeman is a 4th grade student at Walton-Verona Elementary School. She is also a successful child actress and the daughter of a TV news mother. Nine-year-old Dacy recently took on another project that even high-school students, and most adults, would consider a daunting task Dacy is an out-of-district tuition student at WVES. The Freeman family...

GrandParentCamp Saturday at Sherman Elementary in Dry Ridge; it’s a new twist on popular ParentCamp

The national organization, ParentCamp is offering a spin to the traditional ParentCamp for grandparents.  A series of GrandParentCamps for Northern Kentucky will kick off in Grant County this Saturday at Sherman Elementary School (3985 Dixie Hwy, Dry Ridge, KY) from 9-11:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Boone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Poe (orange polo) facilitates a session on...

Newport, Southgate schools partner on finance, human resources for win-win expense savings

The Newport Independent Schools will provide finance and human resources services to the neighboring Southgate Independent Schools under a new partnership. Newport Superintendent Kelly Middleton said after he became aware that Southgate was going to hire a finance director, he approached Southgate Superintendent Greg Duty about the partnership. “We are already providing food service to Southgate,...

NKU anthropology student Larkyn Randolph spent her summer digging in dirt at Ireland archeology site

By J. Atley Smedley NKU Alumni Magazine When you think of archeologists, what do you think of? Indiana Jones rolling under a stone wall maybe, or Lara Croft double-fisting pistols to save the world from deadly artifacts? Junior anthropology major Larkyn Randolph thinks archeology is exciting, but she’s burying those stereotypes of swashbuckling diggers. Larkyn actually did want to chase bad guys...

Ryle High School Tournament of Bands bringing 12 competitors to Union on September 22

Thirteen marching bands from across the region will be coming to Union on September 22 to compete in the annual Ryle High School Tournament of Bands (RTOB). This Kentucky Music Educators Association sanctioned tournament has quickly become one of the most respected band competitions in the region. <The Ryle band According to Joe Craig, Ryle’s Director of Bands: “The Larry A. Ryle High School...

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...