Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University is now tobacco free.

The university approved the policy a year ago and it took effect January 1.

Spokesman Chris Cole says the policy is more than just a smoking ban.

"It includes e-cigs, smokeless tobacco, chew, dip, any tobacco or tobacco-simulating product," says Cole. "It's a pretty comprehensive tobacco free campus policy."

Cole says the university has been preparing for the change for a year. Signs have been posted around campus. Previously designated smoking areas have been removed.

Insight OTR is a project that started out as an honors course at Northern Kentucky University and has developed into an ongoing search for stories about the people, businesses, culture and history of one of Cincinnati’s most iconic neighborhoods.

I met with Cailtin Neely, creator of Insight OTR on the campus of NKU to learn more.

Northern Kentucky University Associate Professor Carol Medlicott is a scholar of the Shakers and has written Issachar Bates: A Shaker's Journey, a biography of an early Shaker leader who led the group’s expansion west of the Appalachians. She joins Mark Heyne to discuss Bates’ life and how he established the seven Shaker centers in this region.

Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College recently announced a partnership called Gateway2NKU that will provide students an efficient and more affordable path to earning a bachelor’s degree. Northern Kentucky University Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, J. Patrick Moynahan, and Mike Rosenberg Director of Transfer Services at Gateway Community & Technical College, explain the new program. 

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Gateway Community College and Northern Kentucky University are partnering to make it easier for Gateway students to pursue four-year degrees at NKU.

Students can choose from 25 career paths and take up to four NKU classes at Gateway prices. All of their credits will transfer as well.

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns says the partnership will offer  better service to all students, more efficient and effective use of resources and enhance opportunities for students to pursue their goals.

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Investigators now have a better idea of how much money a former NKU Athletic Director allegedly stole.

Scott Eaton was fired in March for having inappropriate relationships with four university employees and a student. The university suspected he diverted school funds for personal reasons and had an accounting firm investigate.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver a lecture on the life and career of his former Senate colleague, Jim Bunning, on Friday at Northern Kentucky University. .

The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Friday in the University Center Otto Budig Theater on the NKU campus.

Bunning, a former congressman and major league pitcher, will be there. It will be the fourth lecture in a series by McConnell on "Prominent Kentuckians in the U.S. Senate."

Bunning retired from the Senate in 2010; and was replaced by Sen. Rand Paul.

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Northern Kentucky University says that Ken Bothof has been named the school’s Director of Athletics.  He'll start the job on Aug. 19.  Bothof comes to NKU from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he has served as athletic director since 2002.

Northern Kentucky University says it will announce its new athletic director during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 

There are three finalists:

Undergraduate students at Northern Kentucky University who are Kentucky residents will see their tuition increase by 2.7 percent in the 2013-2014 academic year.


Graduate students from Kentucky will see a 9.3 percent tuition hike, while graduate students from Ohio and Indiana will see their tuition go up by 9.4 percent.


NKU’s board of regents approved the increase Wednesday by a unanimous vote. It will mean a $9 per credit hour tuition hike for resident undergraduates. Their tuition will jump from $328 to $337.

Despite initially saying otherwise, Northern Kentucky University now says former Athletic Director Scott Eaton did improperly divert university funds for personal reasons.

Eaton was fired in March for having inappropriate relationships with four university employees and a student. 

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One sure way to get a job these days is to be a "Big Data" specialist. These are the people who can interpret massive amounts of information and tell businesses how to use it to make money. It's a very specialized set of skills involving computer science, business and statistics. The Harvard Business Review says the dominant trait among data scientists is an intense curiosity.   

Northern Kentucky University says fired athletic director Scott Eaton had inappropriate, intimate relationships with four university employees, including two women he supervised, and one student in a class he taught.

Click here to read a letter from University President Geoffrey Mearns to Board of Regents Chair Terry Mann.

NKU picks interim AD

Apr 1, 2013
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Northern Kentucky University has named an interim athletic director as it continues its search for a replacement for Scott Eaton, who was fired last month.  Former Wright State University athletic director Michael Cusack will serve as the interim AD, starting April 15. 

Cusack retired in 2008, but since then has been teaching in the WSU Student Affairs in Higher Education Program and building the university's Sports Management Graduate Certificate Program. 

NKU let Eaton go, saying he had failed to comply with the university's ethical principles and code of conduct.

Northern Kentucky University has fired athletic director Scott Eaton.  University President Geoffrey Mearns said in a letter to the Board of Regents Monday that Eaton was terminated for failure to comply with NKU's ethical principles and code of conduct.  Mearns said the information he received required a swift and decisive response.  

Mearns laid out this timeline in his letter:

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