April 18, 2014

Cynthia J. Reed named dean of College of Education and Human Services

Cynthia J Reed

Cynthia J. Reed has been named dean of the College of Education and Human Services. Reed currently serves as Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck endowed professor of educational leadership and Truman Pierce Institute director at Auburn University. She will begin July 15.

"Cynthia will be a welcome addition to our leadership team," said Sue Ott Rowlands, NKU provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. "The breadth and depth of her experience across a broad spectrum of important educational topics make her the ideal person to lead our College of Education and Human Services through the implementation of our new strategic plan."

As dean of education and human services, Reed will report to Rowlands and lead a college of three departments – teacher education; kinesiology and health; and counseling, social work, and leadership. The college enrolls approximately 1,380 undergraduate majors and 600 graduate students taught by 120 full-time and part-time faculty members. The college has an annual operating budget of $7.6 million and receives more externally funded grants and contracts than any other NKU college.

"I am thrilled to be the new dean of the College of Education and Human Services," Reed said. "This college will play an important role in the future of the university and the region it serves. NKU is a very special place, and I am excited to be joining the team at this important point in the university's transformation."

President Geoff Mearns said Reed's extensive expertise in improving the success of students both in college and before will help the university implement its new five-year strategic plan. "More than ever, our focus is on student success," he said. "Cynthia brings years of practical and theoretical experience that will guide our work."

Reed has served as director of the Auburn College of Education's Truman Pierce Institute since 2002. The institute provides regional and state leadership related to engaged scholarship, teaching, and service focused on the improvement of teaching and leadership and the conditions within which schools and communities support effective and equitable learning opportunities. As director, Reed is responsible for budgeting, hiring, and supervision of personnel, strategic planning, program development, evaluation and assessment, and partnership development.

During her tenure at Auburn, Reed has also held numerous other leadership roles including service on the promotion and tenure committee and promotion and tenure appeals committee. She served as a Presidential Administrative Fellow in 2011, working closely with the Auburn president and provost on a project to strengthen collaboration between the university and community. In addition to her teaching, Reed also supervises doctoral students.

She has also served as commissioner of the Alabama Select Commission on High School Completion and Drop Out Prevention; as cofounder and co-chair of the Future Trends in Education Think Tank; as a member of the board of trustees of the School Leadership Council of Greater New Orleans; and as president of the University Council for Educational Administration.

Reed's research interests include equal access to advanced coursework; building individual capacity for success; high school drop-out prevention; leadership development; bullying prevention; challenges facing principals today and tomorrow; instructional improvement; and engaging community to address educational and community issues.

Prior to her service at the Truman Pierce Institute, Reed was a Lilly Endowment Fellow at University of Pittsburgh School of Education and the founding coordinator of the Access to College Education Initiative housed at SUNY Cortland.

The Rochester, N.Y., native earned her B.S. in elementary education and her M.S. in elementary education with specialization in gifted education from SUNY Oswego; a certificate of advanced study in school administration and supervision from SUNY Cortland; and an Ed.D. in administrative and policy studies with specialization in policy, planning, and evaluation from University of Pittsburgh.

Rebecca I. Porterfield named dean of Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

Rebecca I Porterfield

Dr. Rebecca I. Porterfield has been named dean of the Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business. Porterfield currently serves as graduate associate dean of University of North Carolina Wilmington Cameron School of Business. She will begin July 1.

"We look forward to having Rebecca lead our college of business," said Sue Ott Rowlands, NKU provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. "She brings expertise and leadership that will help us to build upon the strengths of our excellent academic programs and to achieve our vision of transdisciplinary education at every level and across the university."

As dean of business, Porterfield will report to Rowlands and lead a college of four departments – accounting, finance and business law; construction management; management; and marketing, economics, and sports business. The college enrolls 1,900 undergraduate majors and 214 graduate students taught by 70 full-time and part-time faculty members. The college is AACSB accredited and offers 10 bachelor's degrees, including unique programs in entrepreneurship, sports business, and construction management. Master's degrees are offered in business administration, accountancy, and executive leadership and organizational change.

"This is an exciting time to be joining the Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business," Porterfield said. "Under the leadership of President Mearns and Provost Rowlands, NKU is poised to sustain the momentum it has gained over the past decade. The college of business is an integral part of the Greater Cincinnati business community, and I look forward to building on existing relationships and establishing new ones."

President Geoff Mearns said Porterfield brings experience at virtually every level of a college of business. "She started as an assistant professor at UNC Wilmington and methodically moved up in its Cameron School of Business, learning to manage a large academic organization at every level," Mearns said. "We are pleased to welcome her – the future of the Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business has never been brighter."

Porterfield has served as graduate associate dean of the UNC Wilmington Cameron School of Business since January. In her current role, she oversees the school's graduate programs, international programs, outreach centers, and marketing and communications. She previously served in a number of roles within the school, including undergraduate associate dean, director of international programs and director of assessment, associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, associate dean, department chair, M.B.A. director, associate professor, and assistant professor.

During her tenure at UNC Wilmington, she cofounded the first dual undergraduate degree program in the nation; initiated and founded a mentoring program with former Fortune 100 executives; created a concierge service for the school's top 25 employers; developed and expanded online programs for departments across the university; and restructured the M.B.A. program, resulting in a dramatic increase in completion rates. She was an honorary fellow at University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany, in 2006, and was named UNCW Global Citizen of the Year in 2008.

Her teaching areas include both graduate and undergraduate classes in international management, global strategy, and strategic management. She has directed more than 150 professional M.B.A. graduate team practica. In 2004, she was the inaugural recipient of the UNCW Alumni Outstanding Faculty Member award. Porterfield previously served as assistant professor at Hofstra University and Mississippi State University.

Porterfield earned a B.S. in management and an M.B.A. in management from Mississippi State University, a Ph.D. in industrial management from Clemson University, and a management and leadership in education certificate from Harvard University.

NKU professor's work with Cherokee community ongoing

Book cover
Lou Ellen Jackson, Shirley Jackson Oswalt, and Dr. Sharlotte Neely

Lou Ellen Jackson, Shirley Jackson Oswalt, and Dr. Sharlotte Neely

On March 31, Dr. Sharlotte Neely presented the paper "Appeasement as an Adaptive Survival Strategy: A Comparison of Cherokees and Native Hawaiians" at the annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society in Cherokee, North Carolina.

While on the Cherokee Reservation, Neely was able to meet with people from the Snowbird Cherokee community with whom she has done research on and off for the last 40 years. Two members of the Snowbird community, Lou Ellen Jackson and Shirley Jackson Oswalt, both attended Neely's session and did presentations themselves on efforts to preserve the Cherokee language through total Cherokee language immersion schools. Neely began her Snowbird research with their parents and grandparents in 1973. Like Neely, the Jackson sisters are now grandmothers themselves.

Neely's book Snowbird Cherokees was published by University of Georgia Press and is available in hardback, paperback, CD, and audiobook. It was the inspiration for the film of the same name.

NKU students to pitch water-quality app in national EPA competition Apr. 26-27

Alexus Rice (biology), Julie Moses (biology), Josue Guerrero (computer science), professor Richard Durtsche, and Nate Shields (geology)

Alexus Rice (biology), Julie Moses (biology), Josue Guerrero (computer science),
professor Richard Durtsche, and Nate Shields (geology)

A new water-quality app developed by six NKU students is getting national attention at a prestigious Environmental Protection Agency student design competition this spring. NKU's Water Quality Pro app could potentially boost the EPA's efforts to monitor our nation's rivers and streams with the help of local citizen scientists.

Five of the six students who worked on the app will showcase the Water Quality Pro app at the EPA's People, Prosperity, and Plant competition (http://www.epa.gov/p3) April 26-27 in Washington, D.C. The conference promotes next-generation solutions to environmental challenges.

The Water Quality Pro app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waterquality/id569193509?mt=8) for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and eventually Android will allow citizen scientists – as well as amateur and professional scientists – to efficiently record and collect data from local rivers and streams.

In addition, students are developing a website where data can be stored and accessed to better report and monitor stream conditions. Water Quality Pro has the ability to make the information from citizen scientists more credible and consistent. That makes the data attractive to the EPA, said NKU biology professor and lead investigator Richard Durtsche.

"One of the big problems is there are not enough people to get out and sample from the agency and to sample correctly," Durtsche said. "It is labor intensive. If you could have citizen groups monitoring their backyard and neighborhood streams for their own information and providing it to the agencies, as long as the data is credible, that will alert them to areas that may have more acute problems."

The EPA currently has the capability to test Ohio streams every 15-20 years. Water and land conditions can greatly change in this amount of time. Citizen scientists, who live near these bodies of water and have a vested interest in the water quality, can check conditions on a more consistent basis.

Taking this information into consideration, NKU students are developing this app so these two science-minded groups can work together to collect accurate and timely data. The NKU team applied for and was awarded a $15,000 EPA grant to participate in the invite-only competition. The P3 grant will fund the students' housing, transportation, and living expenses when they attend the National Sustainable Design Expo (http://www.epa.gov/p3/nsde) later this month. They will compete with nearly 40 other student groups from across the country that also received a P3 grant.

This project is unique in its transdisciplinary approach – students from different NKU degree programs and colleges have worked together on the app and website. Students creating Water Quality Pro come from geology, biology, graduate and undergraduate computer science, and media informatics.

Madeline Walker, a New Media student involved in creating Water Quality Pro, emphasized the importance of each team member and what they bring to the table. She said she believes each one is necessary to make the project come together, as they each bring their specific area of expertise to the project.

Julie A. Moses, a senior biological sciences major, is one of five students who will present the app at the national expo. "I became interested in water quality very early in my childhood when I discovered the creek in my backyard that connects to the Ohio River watershed," Moses said. "Working on a mobile app that will allow citizen scientists and professionals alike to record credible data that can be used by environmental agencies has inspired me and fulfilled my sense of environmental duty."

While at the expo, the students will set up a booth and visual aids to provide judges and other competitors information on Water Quality Pro. They'll also have an artificial stream on display to demonstrate the app. Expo participants will be competing for a $90,000 grant, which would help bring a higher-quality version of the app to the market.

"I look forward to sharing my excitement for the app with the public and teaching them the importance of watershed monitoring as it relates to our most valuable natural resource," Moses said. "My goal at the National Sustainable Design Expo is to inform the judges and the public of the potential Water Quality Pro holds in changing the way we look at collecting credible water-quality data."

NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute and UN's WIPO to present comprehensive patent cooperation treaty seminar June 5-6

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NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization will present a comprehensive patent cooperation treaty seminar June 5-6.

The seminar will provide patent attorneys, patent agents, patent portfolio managers, paralegals, and law students with a comprehensive understanding of the PCT, an international patent law treaty established to unify patent filing procedures that protect inventions in the PCT's 148 contracting states.

The 1.5-day seminar will include patent portfolio management strategies for maximizing patent protection and minimizing legal expenses. The seminar will also include best practices, procedures for filing original patent applications in PCT member states, and news about changes related to the PCT.

"This seminar provides a unique and valuable opportunity to learn the intricacies of the PCT process and how to maximize the benefits achievable through the PCT. I'd highly recommend it to anyone involved in coordinating foreign patent protection," stated Eric Robbins, a partner at Ulmer and Berne LLP and the chair of its Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. Robbins attended NKU Chase's 2012 Comprehensive PCT Seminar, which was attended by IP professionals from around the globe.

Carol Bidwell and David Reed, U.S. consultants to WIPO on PCT matters, will present the program.

Registration is $350 with a discounted rate of $250 for NKU Chase College of Law alumni and CincyIP members and $50 for non-NKU students, non-NKU academics, and NKU Chase College of Law alumni who graduated in 2010 or after. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, electronic materials, and a bonus workshop on advanced patent searching. Printed materials are available for $25.

Registration includes a complimentary advanced patent searching workshop. "PubEAST/PubWEST: USPTO Examiners' Databases for Quick Power Searching" will be taught by Linda Kocis, the intellectual property librarian at the main library of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and John Schlipp, intellectual property librarian and associate professor of library services at Steely Library. The workshop will take place in Steely Library, a USPTO-designated patent and trademark resource center, 1:30-3 p.m. June 6 and is anticipated to receive 1.5 Kentucky and Ohio General CLE and KPA CPE credits.

A total of 12.25 Kentucky and Ohio General CLE and KPA CPE credits are anticipated for the seminar and workshop. CLE credits for other states can be arranged upon request.

Special thanks to WIPO, Frost Brown Todd LLC, IPAC, and CincyIP for their sponsorship. For more information and to register, visit http://www.lawandinformatics.org/pct or contact Lindsey L. Jaeger at X-7853 or JaegerL1@nku.edu.

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About WIPO

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information, and cooperation. With 187 member states, WIPO is a self-funding agency of the United Nations. The patent cooperation treaty now has 148 contracting states.

About NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute

The NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute provides critical interdisciplinary research regarding law, regulation, and industry practice as it is applied across complex information systems, emerging technology, and all areas of law. While not limited to any legal field, the institute emphasizes intellectual property law, privacy law, business and securities law, international law, and evidentiary rules, because the creation, acquisition, aggregation, security, manipulation, and exploitation of data have the largest legal and societal consequences in these fields. Professor Jon M. Garon is the director of the NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute.

About NKU Chase College of Law

Since 1893, NKU Chase College of Law has educated individuals who make immediate contributions to the legal profession and to their communities. With a collegial, student-centered environment in full-time and part-time programs, Chase provides an intellectually rigorous education in legal theory and professional skills; offers practical training through its curricular offerings, co-curricular programs, and specialized centers; and instills the ideals of ethics, leadership, and public engagement.

NKU cyber defense team tops regional competition, heads to nationals

NKU's Midwest-champion cyber defense team. (L to R): Brandon Hinkel, Michael Parton, Joshua Howard, Brandon Warner, Nick Wade, Paul Sparks, Lee Epling, Ashley Huffman, Jack Lannon, Jeffery Cundiff

NKU's Midwest-champion cyber defense team. (L to R): Brandon Hinkel, Michael
Parton, Joshua Howard, Brandon Warner, Nick Wade, Paul Sparks, Lee Epling,
Ashley Huffman, Jack Lannon, Jeffery Cundiff

NKU students won the 2014 Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held in Chicago recently. The NKU team, composed of students from the College of Informatics, beat state champions from the nine Midwestern state competitions to earn a spot in the national contest to be held in San Antonio later this month.

The competition is a grueling multiday experience that tests each team's skills in defending a corporate-style computer network under sustained attack. The competition uses real network hardware, not simulations. Among the teams NKU defeated was the team from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, the Midwest champions from a year ago who had gone on to earn third place in the 2013 national competition.

The NKU team entered the Midwest competition as the one wildcard team after being narrowly defeated by University of Louisville in the Kentucky competition. The Midwest region had more teams than any other region in the country, with teams from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Scoring for the competition has three parts: how well a team defends the network and fixes system vulnerabilities; how well a team keeps critical business services running while under attack; and how many assigned business tasks are completed. Although technical skills are important, skills in project team management are also crucial for success.

Captain Lee Epling and co-captain Ashley Huffman led a strong team with members Brandon Hinkel, Joshua Howard, Jack Lannon, Paul Sparks, Nick Wade, Brandon Warner, Jeffery Cundiff, and Michael Parton. The team had been preparing since September 2013, spending long Friday nights in Griffin Hall, the high-tech home of the College of Informatics doing everything from communication sessions to hands-on training and full-blown simulations.

"This competition was by far the most difficult one we've ever faced," Epling said. "The environment we were given was riddled with exploits. The Red Team (the hackers) gave us special attention, and business tasks came fast and hard. In spite of these challenges, we worked together better than we ever have before, laughing and dealing with any downtime like professionals."

Huffman, the lone female member of this year's team, was excited about the results. "When we won we were overjoyed," she said. "This is the first time our team has ever placed first in the Midwest region. All in all it was really everyone coming together to make a cohesive unit and working really hard. Now we are on to the nationals and are training hard to hopefully bring home a national win for NKU."

Team alumni Kevin Childers and Ty Braunwart worked with team advisor Dr. Yi Hu of the NKU computer science department to set up virtual machine servers and networks for training sessions. The training culminated in intensive full-day simulation sessions before the competition.

The team's trip to the Chicago competition was sponsored from Cisco Systems Inc., Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, and the NKU Center for Applied Informatics. The team will fly to the national competition in Texas with expenses covered by the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, which is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Computer security is one of the teaching and research strengths of the NKU College of Informatics. In 2012 the computer security curriculum at NKU was certified as meeting all the standards to become a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, as determined by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. This spring NKU is completing its application to earn full designation as a CAE in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense under the 2014 guidelines.

Students in the NKU computer science department have participated in seven national and international defensive and offensive computer security competitions over the past year. These included the Cyber Wars competitions in May and November 2013, the 2013 Cyber Challenge, and various Internet "Capture the Flag" cyber offense competitions. In four of the past five years, they have finished in third place or better in the regional Cyber Defense competitions.

The explosion of national and international student competitions in the field of cybersecurity reflects the intense need in government and business to develop talent in this area. According to a review of recent industry reports in Network World magazine, the demand for cybersecurity professionals has grown 3.5 times faster than the demand for other IT jobs over the past five years. Enrollment in the NKU College of Informatics has doubled in the past eight years to more than 2,200 students, in part reflecting the demand for professionals in fields like these.

NEH grant award will bring medieval literature to life at NKU

The Canterbury Tales, woodcut 1484. This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

The Canterbury Tales, woodcut 1484. This image is in the public
domain because its copyright has expired.

NKU has been selected to receive a $59,924 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant effort, led by principal investigator Dr. Tamara O'Callaghan of the Department of English, is titled "The Augmented Palimpsest: Engaging Students through AR Encounters with the Past."

Digital humanities is an established academic discipline of study that explores advanced computer applications in the humanities and their implications for the field. In collaboration with Dr. Andrea Harbin (SUNY Cortland) and under the guidance of Dr. Alan Craig (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), O'Callaghan will explore how the medium of augmented reality can be used in the teaching of medieval literature.

The goal is to create a digital humanities tool based on The Canterbury Tales, a 14th-century poem written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer. The tool will deliver digital enhancements that emerge from the printed page via a smart device, such as an iPad, iPhone, or Android. The printed text of Chaucer's poem will be surrounded by a medieval manuscript border coded so that, when scanned by one of these devices, various enhancements will appear on the screen to provide the reader with linguistic, historical, and cultural context. Because the enhancements emerge from the printed page, the tool will maintain a pedagogical emphasis on close reading while encouraging students to develop their skills in textual analysis, critical thinking, transdisciplinary study, and new media literacy.

"This technology is just now coming to the public's attention with such AR-enhanced publications as the 2014 IKEA catalog," said O'Callaghan. "We want to create a highly immersive learning experience for students with 3-D enhancements large enough to be walked around and viewed from multiple angles." One planned example is a 3-D model of Canterbury Cathedral with a roof that can be removed so that the viewer may explore the building's interior. Further, there will be space in the medieval manuscript borders for students to develop their own enhancements related to medieval material culture and history.

As noted by Provost Sue Ott Rowlands, "Tamara's research is a wonderful example of the university's new strategic plan coming to life. This innovative work is an inspiration to us all as we begin to build a culture that is supportive of transdisciplinary initiatives."

This Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant is the largest NEH grant awarded to NKU to date.

NKU to screen new documentary on history of the governor's mansion

Governor's mansion

A hundred years have passed since the Kentucky governor's mansion opened its doors as the official home of the commonwealth's first family and the unofficial home of all Kentuckians, thus giving it the nickname "The People's House."

A new documentary, Kentucky Governor's Mansion: A Century of Reflection, retraces the home's history from construction and into modern times with vintage photographs, historical records, and interviews with many of the first families.

The first and only northern Kentucky screening of the film will be at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Rieveschl Digitorium. It is sponsored by NKU's Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement.

"If you love history, if you love Kentucky, you'll love this film," said Mark Neikirk, the Scripps center's executive director. "The mansion has been a point of pride for Kentuckians since the day its doors first opened. Most of us have visited its grounds, and many have toured or dined inside. But the documentary gives you an insider's view as well as some context about the residence's architectural, social, and political history."

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments before the film.

ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer is the film's narrator. The documentary features historical reenactments along with interviews from former governors and their families, including former Miss America and Kentucky First Lady Phyllis George Brown, Gov. Martha Layne Collins, and current Gov. Steve Beshear. The film offers an unprecedented look at family and political life at the mansion – including milestones throughout both Kentucky's and the nation's history.

Jennie Lou Penn, the daughter of the late Louie Nunn, governor 1967-71, will be attending the screening. NKU's Chase College of Law is housed in Nunn Hall, named for the governor, during whose term NKU was founded.

The film was produced and directed by Michael Breeding, a noted documentary filmmaker based in Lexington. He will attend the NKU screening and take questions from the audience afterward. The film lasts an hour, and the Q&A with Breeding and others involved in the film will last 30 minutes.

"I have had the esteemed privilege of coming to know the architects, designers, builders, first families, staff, and caretakers whose incomparable dedication and contributions have brought this mansion to life," Breeding said. "It is my sincere hope that this documentary can provide a fitting introduction to the people of Kentucky and that they might see in this great landmark all that I've been privileged to see through the making of this film."

Tickets to the screening are free, but seating is limited. Reserve a seat at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-governors-mansion-a-century-of-reflection-tickets-11011384347.

View a preview clip of the film at http://vimeo.com/89497394.

NKU to celebrate Earth Week Apr. 21-24

NKU will celebrate Earth Week next week. A group of sustainably minded students, faculty, and staff called NKU Green has planned a variety of "green" activities on campus.

The centerpiece of the week will be NKU's annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration on the central plaza 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22. This is the university's annual rite of spring where sustainably minded groups from across campus and the region come together to share information and celebrate the season. This year, off-campus groups will include Green Umbrella, Citizens Climate Lobby, It's Only Fair, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Ohio River Foundation, Recyclabowls, River Works Discovery, Sanitation District 1, Sierra Club – Northern Kentucky, Sierra Club – Ohio Chapter Miami Group, Sunrock Farm, and Flutemaker Ministries. Campus groups will include NKU Green, Environmentally Concerned Organization of Students, the Center for Environmental Education, the Center for Environmental Restoration, the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, NKU Recycling, NKU Horticulture, NKU Wellness, Alpha Phi Omega (co-ed philanthropic fraternity), and Take It or Leave It.

Some of the other Earth Week activities include:

  • April 21 at noon, SC 302: Traveling with the Sierra Club locally and in Jordan.
  • April 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., central plaza: Making seed bombs – Green art and construction.
  • April 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., central plaza: Arbor Day – Planting ginkgo trees.

For more information, contact Jane Goode at X-1990 or goodej1@nku.edu.

NKU school counseling director returns to Verona, Italy

Dr. Brett Zyromski, director of NKU's Master of Arts in school counseling program, will return to Verona, Italy, along with five area professional school counselors to expand on evidence-based school counseling work in Verona schools. The team of northern Kentucky school counselors will be working in Italian schools next week.

Zyromski and the school counselors will be sharing best practices surrounding the use of evidence-based interventions within a comprehensive school counseling program and how to evaluate those interventions. Throughout the week the team will be visiting schools in towns near Verona such as Parona and Vicenza, Italy.

Beyond sharing and modeling best practices in evidence-based school counseling, the goals of the trip include formalizing a partnership between University of Verona and NKU as well as exploring partnerships between schools around Verona and schools in the partnering districts from northern Kentucky. The event is organized by University of Massachusetts College of Education Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation and the psychology program at University of Verona, represented by Dr. Jessica Bertolani.

The five area professional school counselors on the team include Jennifer Glass and Jennifer Montgomery from Dayton High School (Dayton Independent Schools), Kendilynn Madden from Tichenor Middle School (Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Schools), and Karen Delaney and Carrie Wade from Pendleton County High School (Pendleton County Schools).

"The support of local school district superintendents Jay Brewer (Dayton), Dr. Kathy Burkhardt (Erlanger-Elsmere), and Anthony Strong (Pendleton County) is invaluable to expanding our collaborative partnerships with schools around Verona, Italy," said Zyromski.

Zyromski is the director of the school counseling program at NKU and a fellow at the Ronald H. Fredrikson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation. He was instrumental in launching the Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. The annual national conference, organized by the Northern Kentucky Center for Educator Excellence in conjunction with the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, was last held in January at the NKU METS Center and drew about 300 attendees from 21 states. Next year's conference is scheduled for March 26-27 and will again be hosted at the METS Center.

Todd Young to demonstrate prehistoric fire making, spear throwing

Todd Young

Todd Young, naturalist at Big Bone Lick State Park and NKU anthropology and philosophy alumnus, will have demonstrations on prehistoric Native American fire making and spear throwing outside in the grassy area between the science building and faculty parking Lot C April 17, 9:25 a.m.-3:05 p.m., which will be followed by a private demonstration for ANT 307.

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