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Local partnership to bring more than 200 student jobs to NKU

Beginning this October, nonprofit group Education at Work (EAW) will open an office at Northern Kentucky University, introducing an initial 70 jobs to NKU students through an agreement with area employer Paycor.
Paycor is a cloud-based human capital management platform headquartered in Cincinnati. As Paycor representatives, NKU students will provide client and technical back-office support, while building professional experience and networking for future career success.
Additionally, NKU students employed by Paycor will be eligible to earn up to $6,000 per year in tuition assistance, thanks to a program created by EAW.
While a second partnership has not yet been named, the center is expected to bring up to 200 part-time jobs to campus in the coming years.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

NKU named among safest American campuses

Highland Heights, home to Northern Kentucky University, has been named among the 30 safest college towns in America by online index SafeWise.com.
According to the article, “there were no incidents of assault, robbery, arson, motor vehicle theft or murder in 2014.”
NKU credits an experienced campus police force and effective communication for its success in keeping more than 15,000 enrolled students safe and informed.
Recent campus safety measures include a free smartphone app that contains emergency contact information, an alert system and general tips that students can use to maintain personal safety.
Additionally, NKU conducts regular fire drills and active-shooter education programs.
Read the full SafeWise.com story here.

UpTech mentor gives NKU student leg up on career success

For more than a decade, Frank Caccamo has been a leading force in shaping Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. Now, as a sponsor and mentor, he will connect promising grads to the valuable resources available through UpTech.
Through Caccamo’s sponsorship, a funded intern will be able to take advantage of UpTech’s six-month accelerator program for startups, learning how to gain traction via marketing, fundraising, engaging in market research and idea pitches.
Caccamo serves on UpTech’s Board of Directors and was a founding chairman of the College of Informatics’ Dean’s Advisory Board.
“Through thick and thin, good and bad, ups and downs, Frank’s commitment to both of these institutions is unwavering and just remarkable,” says UpTech Board Chair Tom Prewitt. “He has given of himself in terms of time and talent, and now he has followed with his treasure.”
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.

NKU excavation team collaborates with international scholar

Last May, NKU faculty and students began the first-ever excavation of a historic site in New Richmond, Ohio. The project, which has received support from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, as well as critical acclaim in scholarly circles, will continue this summer.
The excavation project will explore the former site of the Parker Academy, Ohio’s first co-ed, racially integrated school, which closed its doors in 1889.
NKU students will collaborate with Dr. Peggy Brunache, who has been awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship to advance the project.
“I am delighted to be able to return to Northern Kentucky University to help continue and advance this important work,” Brunache said. “Parker Academy was a beacon of light in a dark time in American history, and it is important to bring its lessons to light once again.”
Artifacts and documents recovered at the site will eventually become part of a permanent exhibit at Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

NKY smoking rates continue to be concern for health officials

Northern Kentucky streets and sidewalks are consistently littered with discarded cigarette butts. The volume of smokers in Kentucky ranks the state as third in the nation, and Northern Kentucky contributes heavily to that.

Twenty-seven percent of Kenton County residents use cigarettes, including high school and middle school students.

“We have a long rich history of growing tobacco in Kentucky. Even though that's not the number-one crop in Kentucky, the historical knowledge and influence that it has had is still very prevalent for us today,” said Stephanie Vogle, Director of Population Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department. “We hear about people being sent to college from their parents growing tobacco. They may still have plots of tobacco. You have that particular piece that plays quite a bit into why we in this region smoke more.”

Campaigns against smoking, citing the serious health risks associated with cigarettes, are ubiquitous. Here, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has teamed up with other like-minded organizations to form the Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky.

Read the full River City News story here.

NKU student-produced live sports broadcasts earn "A" grade from Horizon League

Northern Kentucky University was given a straight-A report card from the Horizon League for the school's student-produced television sports broadcasts on ESPN3.

The production crew is led professionally by faculty members Wes Akers and Bill Farro as head engineer and co-producer, and the other 11 or so positions on the crew are filled by students.

Akers graduated from NKU in 1996 and went on the career path of sports video production. When he returned in 2004 as a teacher, he created a class where students could learn about live television productions. The program went from producing about 10 men's basketball games to airing almost all of NKU sports home conference games. Over the years, the productions have transitioned from analog to digital to the current high-definition production.

The production value now meets the standards set forth by ESPN.

Read the full River City News story here.

NKU develops Street Reach app to connect homeless with outreach workers

As the weather turns cold in Greater Cincinnati, making sure that homeless people are connected with street outreach and emergency shelter services becomes increasingly important. A new app developed at Northern Kentucky University puts the technology to make these connections right in the palm of your hand for the first time.

“Street Reach” aims to break down barriers between the homeless and street outreach services by allowing the public to make electronic reports of individuals in need.

“As winter arrives, we need to help homeless people come in out of the cold. By using the Street Reach app, anyone who sees a person sleeping outside can make sure that person is offered assistance,” said Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness.

Read the full Northern Kentucky University announcement here.

Highland Heights accepts state funding for senior housing development

The City of Highland Heights accepted a block grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky for construction of the Highland Village Senior Housing Development at its Nov. 17 city council meeting.

Tom Guidugli, executive director of Neighborhood Foundations, was in attendance to give council an update on the project, which was reported by The River City News in July. Guidugli stated that the project was approved for a block grant for up to $500,000 of the construction costs. The development will be located in the northern part of Highland Heights.

In a resolution introduced by City Attorney Steve Franzen, council accepted the block grant funds.

Read the full River City News story here.

NKU breaks ground on $105 million Health Innovation Center

Ground was officially broken this week on NKU’s Health Innovation Center, funded by a $97 million allocation from the Kentucky General Assembly and an $8 million investment from St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns and state and local dignitaries Oct. 21 at a groundbreaking ceremony for the university’s Health Innovation Center.

Mearns said the facility will enable the university to educate the community’s next generation of health care professionals and health care leaders.

“In our region and throughout the Commonwealth there is a well-documented need to expand existing programs and to create new programs to educate health care providers of the 21st century,” Mearns said. “A study that was recently conducted by our Center for Economic Analysis and Development concluded that our region will need more than 50,000 new qualified health care workers just by the year 2020.”

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.

Forbes ranks NKU among "Top Colleges" for seventh year

Northern Kentucky University is once again ranked among the nation’s top higher education institutions by Forbes Magazine.

This is the seventh year NKU has been included in the magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” rankings, an elite list of 650 public and private universities across the nation.

The rankings focus on student outcomes in five categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success.

“We are honored to once again be ranked among the top colleges in the nation,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “Student success is at the center of all that we do, and we are especially pleased that the efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff have been recognized.”

Read the full NKU news release here.

We Are the World: Teaching perspective at NKU's College of Informatics via study abroad

Chris Strobel has been inspiring area students and filmmakers for years, but often not in the way college professors usually do.

Strobel creates programs at Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics that help students develop broader perspectives and bring them closer to understanding their role as world citizens. It’s the traditional teacher/pupil relationship flipped sideways about 8,600 miles.
Last summer 11 NKU students boarded a plane at CVG airport bound for Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The trip itself took nearly 24 hours, the beginning of a 16-day adventure that would teach them more about the world and themselves than they experience during a typical semester-long class.
The students, led by Strobel and Sara Drabik — associate professors in the Electronic Media and Broadcasting (EMB) department at NKU, part of the College of Informatics — were on assignment to capture mini-documentaries about topics of their choice: a study of how locals dealt with an invasive species of wide-mouth bass; pop culture fandom across countries and socio-economics; race, poverty and the roots of jazz in traditional South African music; and others.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

Ex-NKU star Shannon Minor hosts basketball camp to benefit Kicks for Kids

Former Northern Kentucky University basketball star Shannon Minor once again hosts the Pete Minor Father/Child Basketball Camp in honor of his late father, who was struck by a drunk driver in 2011 while changing a tire along I-75.
Kicks for Kids, a nonprofit whose mission is to level the playing field for at-risk children, receives proceeds from the half-day basketball camp June 20, when campers will learn basketball fundamentals, participate in a question and answer session with Shannon and receive a T-shirt, dinner, basketball and photo with their father figures. Most of all, though, they’ll spend quality time playing a game and being active with that older male figure who’s making a difference in their life.
Proceeds will enable Kicks for Kids to continue and improve upon its programming — things like sports camps, circus camps and an annual Christmas Celebration — that impacts the lives of children who may otherwise be without those experiences.

Read the full Soapbox story here.

New cross-county TANK route creates quick trip through town

Officials in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties have agreed to fund a bus route that runs across the region. Currently, all TANK bus routes run to and from downtown Covington and downtown Cincinnati, but the new route will connect cities across Northern Kentucky. 

Reports The Cincinnati Enquirer:
The extra dollars ... will pay for the first east-west connector that doesn't run through downtown Cincinnati or Covington. The cross-county route has been on TANK's wish list for seven years and will start operating Aug. 1.

TANK leaders believe the route – which will stretch from Florence to Cold Spring, stopping in Crestview Hills, Fort Wright and Northern Kentucky University – will connect people to employment, education and shopping opportunities.

With demand expected to rise for public transit from young adults and a growing senior citizen population, county leaders hope it will also increase ridership. 
Read the full story here.

NKU to build Health Innovations Center

Northern Kentucky University will soon build a $97 million Health Innovations Center. Although plans for the center are still in the early stages, it will likely include classrooms and research labs.
The Center’s goal is to help improve the region’s health care in the short-term and help transform how medical care is delivered in the long-term.
St. Elizabeth’s Healthcare helped lobby for the new center, but hasn’t committed to placing clinics or other operations inside the building to cater to patients. They also haven’t said if they will pay for the programming.
The new center will likely include input from NKU’s Health Informatics and Big Data programs; training for nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other growing professions; and recruiting by innovative health care companies to link with students.

Read the full Soapbox story here.
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