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2012 News Index

University of Kentucky basketball legend Sam Bowie will be the guest speaker at St. Catharine College's Circle of Friends for Washington County on Thursday, Nov. 8. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Trackside Barn at Silverton Hill Farm
Starr Roberts is just the kind of smart young woman you'd want as a friend, a neighbor, or a coworker. She's a senior at St. Catharine College, completing degrees in business and early childhood studies, and was elected student body president. But she almost didn't go to college at all.

As a student at Louisville's Valley High School, she didn't know how to apply for admission or get financial aid for college. Plus, she had never heard of the small college near Springfield. But in 2009, her senior year, the City of Louisville partnered with the local business community and Jefferson County Public Schools to create a program called Close the Deal, designed to guide soon-to-be-graduates through the process of pursuing higher education. Through Close the Deal, Starr found the support and resources she needed to begin an unexpected new journey to enroll in college.

"Time was getting closer and closer. Close the Deal helped me make the best decision, and I'm extremely blessed that St. Catharine College was able to be a part of this program," said Roberts. "I've accomplished a lot of my goals throughout the four years I've been at St. Catharine College."

Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson visited St. Catharine College last year and talked with Starr about the extraordinary impact that Close the Deal made in her life. That's when he knew it was time to take this program statewide.

"We launched Close the Deal when I was mayor of Louisville, because we had so many talented students who would earn high school diplomas but had no idea what to do next," Abramson said. "They didn't know how to pursue higher education, whether through community college for a certificate or a two-year associate degree, or a traditional four-year university. These students had real potential, but needed some guidance in how to get to the next step of their educational careers."

Since 2009, Close the Deal has helped approximately 5,400 students in Louisville find a path to higher education they didn't realize was in reach. The Kentucky Department of Education has also added Close the Deal to the department's Operation Preparation initiative. Operation Preparation combines the efforts of the Department of Education and the Department of Workforce Development to help students plan life after high school.

"Our goal is to create a strong college culture in schools with lower college-going rates; to support high school counselors to more effectively assist students in college application and enrollment; and to engage business and postsecondary communities to assist students in establishing and meeting postsecondary goals," Abramson added.

Close the Deal goes hand-in-hand with the aggressive educational goals of Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear, who have worked over the last five years to increase the level of education attainment for students across the Commonwealth. Those efforts are paying off. According to Abramson, Kentucky has improved faster than any state in the nation on key higher education performance measures, according to a report issued last fall by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

He added, "The report ranked Kentucky first among all states on three metrics, including the rate of improvement in the percent of working-age adults with college degrees, six-year graduation rates at four-year colleges and universities, and the number of undergraduate credentials awarded relative to the population with no college degree. Education is a high priority for Gov. Beshear and our administration. We are confident that Close the Deal will be a tool to prepare Kentucky's future workforce to fill high-playing, knowledge-based jobs. We are excited about the possibilities and success Close the Deal will bring to high school seniors across Kentucky, just as it did in Louisville for Starr Roberts."

For more information about Close the Deal in Kentucky, visit

The St. Catharine College volleyball team opened its third season under Coach Adam Stevenson with a four game tournament at IU-east in Richmond, Ind. last weekend. And after dropping the first three matches the Patriots were able to get in the winning column in the final match.

"It was pretty tough competition to start the season," said Stevenson. "IU-East is ranked 25th nationally."

For more on Patriot sports, including fall schedules, visit

The Patriots opened the season Friday with a tough 3-0 (29-27, 27-25, 27-25) loss to IU-Southeast.  Allie Southard and Rebecca Just led the Patriots' offense with 19 and 11 kills respectively. Casey Stone led St. Catharine in block with four for the match.

"We got to 24 points first in very set but just couldn't close it out," said Stevenson. "We led by at least four points in every set."

Friday's second match was against host IU-East which the Patriots lost 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-15). Just had eight kills and Southard seven.

Saturday's action began with a 3-0 loss to Bethel College (25-15, 25-15, 25-17). Just led the team with six kills and Stone had four. The Patriots had their worst match of the tournament at the net where they hit for just a .102 percentage.

But St. Catharine left the tournament on a positive note with a 3-2 win over Huntington College (24-26, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 15-12). Southard and Stone had 14 and 11 kills respectively for the Patriots who hit at a .145 clip. Just led the team in blocks with three.

"We just needed to be more consistent with our passing," added Stevenson. "But we have to play a lot of young players due to losing two starters in the pre-season."

The patriots returned to action last night at IU-Southeast. They travel to Asbury on Friday before their home opener next Tuesday against Midway College.

Renowned Kentucky author Wendell Berry spoke to the Freshman Read participants at St. Catharine College on Thursday, Aug. 23.  Mr. Berry is the author of over 40 books of poetry, essays, fiction and nonfiction.  He lives and farms in Henry County, Ky.

The Freshman Read is a common reading experience beginning its fifth year at St. Catharine.  This year, 184 freshmen and 44 Read Leaders have been reading and discussing Berry's novel, Hannah Coulter.  Through the eyes of an aging widow, Hannah Coulter recounts the journey of a young woman brought into the "membership" of a small farming community.  Hannah endures hard work, sacrifice and grief.  Simultaneously, she experiences real love.  Her responses to life offer us a realistic portrait of a life well-lived by a woman of integrity and grit.

"Wendell Berry spoke clearly and honestly to our freshmen about the responsibility they must bear to reclaim our polluted land to rebuild functioning communities. The audience listened intently as if they were hungry to hear his thoughts on Hannah Coulter, farming life and the future of their world," said Evelyn Silliman, director of St. Catharine's rtl3 Reading Program, which sponsors The Freshman Read and SCC's visiting authors.

rtl3 reaches across campus to raise awareness of the value of reading with programs such as Freshman Read and the upcoming "Celebration of Freedom to Read" during Banned Books Week.  During this event, the public is invited to participate as we read from books we love that have been challenged or banned in some area of the United States.  For more information on Banned Books Week at St. Catharine College, contact Evelyn Silliman at or 859-336-5082, ext. 1322.

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When St. Catharine College signed a proclamation on Feb. 27, 2012, with The Berry Center, located in New Castle, Ky., hopes were high about what that partnership would produce. The opening of the Fall 2012 school year confirmed this optimism as SCC launched the Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism Program, housed in a newly-minted Department of Earth Studies. Dr. Leah Bayens is heading the department and coordinating the Berry Farming Program. She is designing the curricula for an interdisciplinary baccalaureate degree and a minor in sustainable agriculture, with a target start date of Fall 2013.

According to Bayens, The Berry Farming Program is founded on the urgent need to foster a sustainable future through vibrant rural communities and ecologically-oriented farms. In this way, the program fits into a widespread international sustainable farming movement, though Bayens said that St. Catharine's curriculum will be unlike any other in the state and even the country because it thoroughly merges the sciences and the arts. In fact, it uses the humanities as its critical starting point so that literature, composition, sociology, and cultural geography (for instance) will play central roles in students' understandings of their relationships to nature.

"We're in the vanguard of sustainable cultivation studies," Bayens said. "When (Berry Center Executive Director) Mary Berry Smith and I sat down to talk about the Berry family's vision for this program, she told me she was thinking of something totally unique, something that hasn't been done. I've looked at other sustainable agriculture programs, and I even taught at one at UK, and even the most innovative schools across the nation that have interdisciplinary components do not foreground the cultural side as a driving force as much as this program does."

The Berry Farming Program will, Bayens said, use cross-disciplinary learning to equip graduates for careers in sustainable farming and marketing, scientific research, community leadership, and environmental arts. It will provide four primary areas of study: sustainable crop production, environmental sciences, the humanities, and rural leadership. It will embed academic coursework with immersion experiences like internships and fieldwork.

"We will eventually have a campus facility where students can get their hands dirty--their space for cultivating, studying soil systems, and formulating designs, as well as reading, writing, and expressing themselves in a variety of genres. However, it won't just be for students in the program; we see this as a campus-wide movement. Until we have that facility available, we will be partnering with many farmers in the community who can provide internship opportunities for our students."

Bayens also stated these opportunities would provide close interaction between students and farmers.

"One of our primary goals with this program is to bridge as many gaps between the colleges and the community as we possibly can. The Berry family is very intent on making sure there is a mutual production of knowledge. They want to make sure things that happen in the classroom don't simply stay in the classroom or in the college; they want those lessons to have a life outside the college in the community. Our students and members of the local communities can reap mutual benefits with this program. Local farmers have practical experience, and they know the land. We want students from St. Catharine to have conversations and lived experiences with those folks."

Bayens indicated that one way the program will forge these connections is by working with SCC's Department of Community and Regional Studies. The rural leadership branch of the Berry Farming Program will "deal specifically with issues that make small towns and communities function well and maintain sustainability in terms of design, marketing, business and health care," said Bayens. "It will allow students to explore the possibilities for incorporating some of the Berry values into their vocations in innovative ways."

For the next year, Dr. Bayens will be using many of the same principles to develop the program's curriculum.

"I'm establishing partnerships across college departments and the community," she said, "through an advisory committee that will help integrate the good work that had already been established at St. Catharine and in the local community. I'll also be establishing a faculty base geared toward designing and delivering interdisciplinary courses that merge the arts and agriculture, stewardship and community engagement." The short-term plans also involve recruiting the first wave of students, and Bayens has been working closely with the SCC Admissions team to spread word to traditional and non-traditional students as well as future and current undergraduates.

In addition to her duties as the chair of the Earth Studies Department, Bayens will also be an assistant professor of English, having earned her doctorate in English from the University of Kentucky in December 2011. Her areas of specialization are 19th century American literature, as well as environmental literature.

"I took a very interdisciplinary approach to my research and into the development of my Ph.D., and that was based on studies of the environment, ecology, culture and the literary side of how people relate to the world around them," she said. "I've always wanted to do work that was interdisciplinary in nature and had experiential elements that allowed both me and my students an immersion-oriented education. I think this is exactly the program, as well as the department, that will foster this vision. St. Catharine is a perfect fit because of the emphasis on stewardship and community, which is one of the reasons the Berry family decided to partner with the college."

The work Dr. Bayens did on her dissertation traces the historical, cultural and literary foundations of sustainable agriculture literature, including writings by Wendell Berry in addition to works by other notable authors such as Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver and novelist Ruth Ozeki.

"Wendell Berry has been the beacon for sustainable agriculture for over 50 years," Bayens said. "I'm looking at this popular movement towards local farms, farmers markets, ecological agriculture and the momentum of those ideals fueled by those literary works. There are so many people now concerned about the quality of our food sources and the viability of local farms."

For Bayens, to study and research Wendell Berry's work is one thing, but she is honored to now be able to work directly with the Berry family.

"I keep pinching myself," she said. "I started studying Wendell Berry when I was in high school. I remember when my mom, rather unceremoniously, handed me her copy of The Unsettling of America she used in college. It had all of her notes inside, so I was able to add my own notes alongside hers. It's a really valuable book to me because it shows this was something my mom and my family has valued. This isn't about being in the presence of celebrity or about the acclaim of this family, but it's about sitting down and having a conversation with people who are on the same page as you and how you can do something progressive that has the potential to make a difference in the ways our communities function."

The Berry Farming Program appeals to more than just those who are working the soil day after day.

"Wendell Berry's work has been influential in so many different circles," Bayens added. "He reaches out, not only to traditional farming families, but also to those who are part of the urban agriculture movement, home gardeners, people interested in environmental peace and justice - all people who are interested in creating and cultivating circumstances that are good for people and for the world in which we live. It's a unique vision for a program that builds on what some astounding people have done in sustainable agriculture."

For further information about enrolling in or supporting the Berry Farming Program, contact Dr. Bayens at or 859-336-5082 ext. 1255.

After a summer-long drought, it appeared that Mother Nature would bring some rain - but unfortunately those showers would fall on the St. Catharine College Celebrity Golf Classic contested at Lincoln Homestead State Park on August 4th.

But as quickly as the rain and thunder descended it disappeared, much like it had over the last few months. And the clearing weather led to perfect conditions for what is labeled as the most successful tournament in the 22 year history of the event.

"The rain slowed us down for about 30 minutes but actually everyone found it quite refreshing," said Angela Hoffman, who heads the tournament as Director of Alumni and Events at St. Catharine.

Hoffman added, "The reception on Friday night was well attended and the celebrity auction really raised the bar. It was a fun night and everyone enjoyed the camaraderie Friday and on the course Saturday."

On the course it was RAME Construction who enjoyed a second consecutive first place finish. Last year RAME finished as the low net winner but this year they stepped up to win the low gross prize with an 18-under par. The team of Scott Reinle, John Reinle, Ronnie Reinle, Jordan Reinle and Billy Reinle held on to win over the second place Joe Jones team. Farmers National Bank of Lebanon came in third.

M & J Construction won the low net this year. That team included Mark Saimms, John Simms, April Emerson, Alex Simms and Joe Joe Simms. They were followed by the Nally and Hamilton team that finished as the runner-up for the second consecutive year. The team of Morel Construction, Flowers Bakery, Springfield Laundry, Jonathan Jones took third place low net.

But again the real winners of the tournament are students at St. Catharine College who will benefit from the proceeds that go toward funding scholarships. And for that success, Hoffman credits a real group effort.

"Thanks to all the faculty and staff at St. Catharine for volunteering both Friday and Saturday. And thanks to the tournament committee which again was chaired by Robbie Polin. As always, the staff of Lincoln Homestead State Park was great to work with. Of course, thanks to all the team and players and vendors who donated to the cause. And to Jane Livers who supplied a lot of things for Friday night and our Western theme."

The 22nd Annual St. Catharine College Celebrity Golf Classic will take place the weekend of Aug. 3-4. The event is not only a great chance to hit the golf course and have fun, but it is also a way to provide quality higher education to SCC students.

The festivities start on Friday, August 3, with a Golf Auction and Reception starting at 6 p.m. in the Spalding Student and Community Center on the SCC Campus. The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a vast array of items up for bid.

"The auction is always fun. We have a vast array of items each year and I expect this year to be even better," said Angela Hoffman, Director of Alumni & Events. "We have items to offer from friends and businesses in Springfield, Lebanon, Bardstown and beyond. They are very good to us every year."

Also up on the auction block are regional celebrities to round out your golf team. Several favorites are returning again this year as well as a few new faces.

The event continues on Saturday, Aug. 4, as the golfers take to the course at Lincoln Homestead State Park. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at the turn and an awards reception takes place at the end of the tournament.

There is still time to register a team, sponsor a hole or both. Click here to download the tournament brochure in PDF form.

Hoffman added, "The students appreciate everything the community does to help them and this tournament is a testament to the loyal and generous support of our donors."

The deadline to register a team is July 20. Space is limited to the first 32 teams to register. For more information about the SCC Celebrity Golf Classic, contact Angela Hoffman, Tournament Director, by calling (859) 336-7610 or emailing

A standing-room only crowd packed the gym in St. Catharine College's Lourdes Hall Saturday morning to witness the college's 80th Commencement Ceremony. It was another historic day for SCC as yet another record number of 160 candidates shattered the previous mark of 118 set just one year ago.

The ceremony started at 11 a.m. as the processional got under way with music provided by the Marion County High School Band. Father Ben Brown led everyone in the invocation, followed by the National Anthem, performed by senior English major Catherine Bohn.

After President William D. Huston welcomed those in attendance, he introduced the guest speaker, Margaret Ormond, OP, Prioress of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Peace.

"When she was first suggested as our guest speaker for our 80th Commencement, I was heartbroken to find out she would not be available," Huston told the crowd. "But then we received word that there was a change in her schedule and she would be able to attend this historic day for St. Catharine and we thank her for coming overseas to be with us today."

Ormond spoke to the candidates about the legacy of St. Catherine of Siena and their charge to seek their bliss and set the world on fire in the Dominican tradition.

Next, Dr. Don Giles, Vice President for Academic Affairs, introduced Dr. Robert Slocum, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. David Arnold, Dean of the School of Professional Studies, and Dr. Harry Nickens, Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences, to read the names of each candidate who were presented diplomas.

Following the awarding of degrees, President Huston announced Robbie Polin, President of Springfield State Bank and member of the SCC Board of Trustees, as the recipient of the Veritas Award, an award given on rare occasions to an individual who has made significant contributions to the progress of St. Catharine College. Polin, a 1971 graduate of St. Catharine College, has been a strong supporter of SCC over the years, chairing the College's annual golf tournament for several years and serving on the Board of Trustees.

"I feel honored to be in the company of those who have received this award in the past," Polin said. "I would like to thank President Huston for his leadership, the dedicated faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees and the Dominican Sisters of Peace. I feel honored to be a member of the St. Catharine family, being on the Board of Trustees and serving on committees. It's been a great pleasure for me to see the growth of the College. It's amazing, what's happening here. I thank everyone who made this possible."

After the presentation of the Veritas Award, President Huston addresses the graduates and said those long-awaited words to the Class of 2012.

"Upon the authority of the Board of Trustees of St. Catharine College, I hereby confer upon you the degree which you have earned with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities which thereunto pertain," said Huston. "You may now place your tassels to the left, congratulations to the St. Catharine College Class of 2012."

Photos from Commencement 2012 are available on the official St. Catharine College Facebook page at


The Fall 2011 visit to St. Catharine College by renowned Kentucky author Silas House will be the focus of a program on KETKY during the month of May. Mr. House gave a presentation on his novel Eli the Good on Sept. 19, 2011 in St. Catharine Hall as part of the Freshman Read, sponsored by SCC's rtl3 program. Below is a list of scheduled air dates:

KETKY: Sunday, May 6 at noon EDT

KETKY: Monday, May 7 at midnight EDT

KETKY: Monday, May 7 at 7:00 am EDT

KETKY: Monday, May 7 at 8:00 pm EDT

KETKY: Wednesday, May 9 at 2:00 pm EDT

KETKY: Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 am EDT

St. Catharine College recognized the best of the best during its annual Purple and Gold Awards Banquet held April 19 in the dining center in the Spalding Community and Student Center. The event spotlights outstanding students in various degree fields, as well as recognizing students who have made significant contributions to campus life during the academic year.

Jonathan Engstrom was named SCC's Student of the Year, while Dr. Tara Tuttle took home the award for Faculty of the Year and rtl3 director Evelyn Silliman was named Staff Member of the Year.

The complete list of student recipients, in alphabetical order, is:

James Abbi (Outstanding Student in Religious Studies)

Erica Baker (Promising Educator in the Field of Middle School Education)

Catherine Bohn (Outstanding Achievement in Music)

Jordan Boyle (Academic Excellence in Advanced Medical Imaging)

Nola Bright (Dr. Sarah Jane Montgomery Excellence in Nursing)

Michael Carey (Promising Educator in Field Work)

Jennifer Craig (Outstanding Student in History/Distinguished Management Graduate)

Ben Crouch (Outstanding Student in Studio Arts/Painting)

Michelle Dunaway (Outstanding Achievement in English)

Taylor Eastridge (Student Ambassador of the Year)

Jonathan Engstrom (Student of the Year)

Courtney Foster (Academic Achievement in Radiography)

Vanda Greenwell (Sonography General Concentration D.U.S.K. Professionalism)

Rachael Griffitts (Outstanding Student in Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts/Natural Sciences)

Nick Houlehan (Best All-Around Student in Criminal Justice)

Brandon Huffman (Resident Assistant of the Year)

Brandon Johnson (Male Athlete of the Year)

Marlene Kasama (Distinguished Management Student)

Kristen Kelty (Excellence in Liberal Arts Humanities)

Samantha Layer (Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice)

Taylor Malott (Work Study of the Year)

Nikki Maupin (Surgical Technology Excellence Award)

Megan Metcalf (Outstanding Student in Sports Leadership)

Courtney Milam (Excellence in Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts/Social Sciences)

Sara Miles (Sonography Vascular Concentration D.U.S.K. Professionalism)

Tiffany Miles (Sonography Cardiac Concentration D.U.S.K. Professionalism)

Brandon Mouser (Best practice Award)

Brittany Nalley (Clinical Excellence in Radiography)

Corey O'Daniel (Clinical Achievement in Surgical Technology)

Will Phillips (Outstanding Achievement in Creative Writing)

Kasie Prather (Female Athlete of the Year)

Chelsea Shanahan (St. Martin de Porres Award for Psychology and Social Justice)

Jessica Shelton (Outstanding Contribution to rtl3)

Jennifer Smith (Darrell W. Richardson Psychiatric Nursing Excellence)

Latricia Smith (Pharmacy Technology Prescription for Success Award)

Steven Michael Smith (Outstanding Marketing Major Award)

Courtney True (St. Martin de Porres Award for Psychology and Social Justice)

Lindsey Vinson (Outstanding Student in Biology)

Lindsey White (Promising Educator in the Field of Elementary School Education)

Terrance Withers (Resident Student of the Year)

To see more photos of award recipients, visit the official St. Catharine College Facebook page at

Starting this August, St. Catharine College will begin the Bachelor of Science Degree in Radiation Therapy Program. This bachelor degree program is the latest in the institution's ever expanding health and humans sciences fields and is the only radiation therapy educational offering within the Commonwealth. Admission to the program is very selective and has a foundational relationship  with college level science-based  physics and mathematics. Students may complete all course work at St. Catharine College or submit credits from other colleges for transfer consideration.

The purpose of the Radiation Therapy Program at St. Catharine College is to educate competent, entry level radiation therapists prepared to provide quality patient care. The program also encourages professional growth and development within the discipline in order to advance the practice of radiation therapy.

Radiation therapists use advanced computer systems to operate sophisticated equipment, such as Linear Accelerators, primarily in  treatment of cancer patients. Working with the radiation oncologist, medical physicists and others of the oncology team, the therapist delivers the treatment regimen.

The Dean of Health and Human Services at St. Catharine College, Dr. Harry Nickens, suggested  "the absence of any Kentucky based radiation therapy program increases costs to students seeking this academic credential at an out-of-state institution, to employers who will be competing within a national labor pool, and ultimately to the patient/ insurance carrier because of a diminished 'local' applicant pool. We are delighted to add this program, our most recent health sciences bachelors degree."

The US Department of Labor projects employment of radiation therapists needed to treat cancer patients will grow by 27% between 2008 and 2018. This translates into a need for increasing qualified therapist across the nation.  Recent graduates entering the work force as radiation therapists begin at between $25.00 and $32.00 per hour, depending on geographic region. Graduates can look forward to long-term career earnings and job security.

"I am very pleased to be back in Kentucky and at St. Catharine College, said Carol Scherbak, Program Director. "Having initiated two radiation therapy programs, one in Kentucky and most recently a second in Texas, I am confident our program at St. Catharine College  has the organization and  infrastructure in place to offer  our  students an education second to none in the nation."

The admissions process to the program is as follows: Application to the college, including submission of transcripts of previous college work, letters of recommendation and a letter of intent. Selected applicants are then asked to visit the campus for a personal interview. Applicants must also document observational experience within a radiation therapy setting. All core studies and prerequisite courses must be completed by the time a student enters the professional course work. General core courses are available at the college as an essential component of the four-year degree. Students are encouraged to plan well ahead in completing those requirements as a 40 hour per week commitment is required once the five semesters sequence of professional courses and clinicals are undertaken. Program clinical experiences will be gained through partnerships with oncology centers in central Kentucky.

For more information about the program, contact Carol Scherbak at (859)336-5082 or by email at

St Catharine College, established in 1823 and recognized for degree granting in 1931, is  Kentucky's only Dominican college and offers associate, bachelor and masters degree programs to more  than 1,100 enrolled students.  The Website for complete information is

Veterans are the focus for the 7th Annual Military Appreciation Day at St. Catharine College on April 21. The day begins at 0700 hours with a 5-K (5 kilometer) Run/Walk at Idle Hour Park sponsored by the City of Springfield and Dr. Dave Donathan's Spring Semester Senior Seminar class. The run winds through Idle Hour Park and historic downtown Springfield, returning to the finish line in the park. Additional information and online registration for the 5-K Run/Walk is at

The activities continue on the St. Catharine College campus with a free lunch at 1100 hours, followed by workshops starting at 1300 hours in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. Here, veterans will be able to attend sessions on their G.I. Bill and veterans' benefits, hear a presentation on getting an initial teaching credential through the Kentucky Troops to Teachers Program, and find out how many college credits their military training can earn them.

In addition, the day includes events for the entire family, including a Patriot baseball Senior Day doubleheader against the University of Virginia-Wise at 1300 hours at Edelen-Haydon Field and the Central Kentucky Community Theatre's production of Man of La Mancha at the Springfield Opera House at 1900 hours. There will also be informational booths, plus games for kids.

The schedule for Saturday, April 21 is:

0700-1130     5K Run/Walk at Springfield Idle Hour Park

1100-1300     Lunch at  St. Catharine College

1300-1345     Troops to Teachers in Hamilton Hall - Pettus Auditorium

1400-1445     My G.I. Bill in Hamilton Hall - Pettus Auditorium

1500-1600     Getting Credit for Serving:     Hamilton Hall - Room 117

                     Army/ACE Registry

                     Transcript System (AARTS)

1610-1700     Your VA Benefits        Hamilton Hall - Pettus Auditorium

Concurrent Events/Activities at St. Catharine College

1130-1600      Vendor Displays/Activities for Families

1300-1700     Patriot Baseball             Edelen-Haydon Field

1500-1730     SCC - A Military Friendly School     Hamilton Lobby

1900       Man of La Mancha    Springfield Opera House

For more information, contact Dr. Dave Donathan at or (859) 336-5082, ext. 1313.

As the Spring 2012 semester starts to come to a close, it is time once again to prepare for the biggest day of any college student - Commencement. This will be the 80th Commencement Exercise for SCC, which will be held Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. in Lourdes Gym.

Margaret Ormond, OP, the Prioress of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Peace, who sponsor St. Catharine College, will be the guest speaker this year. Her impressive list of credentials includes serving in many capacities with Dominican Sisters International.

All candidates should already be preparing for Commencement. For more information, visit to see what you need to do to be ready for this big day.

A young boy discovers that he has a talent for magic and casting spells. So great is his power, that his abilities soon become legend. A dead spirit makes its way into world, attacking the boy and placing a scar on his face. The boy hones his skills by attending a renowned school for wizards, where he quickly learns to master his craft. While this may sound like something straight out of a Harry Potter novel, it isn't. This premise is the setting for Ursula K. Le Guin's 1968 novel "A Wizard of Earthsea", written 29 years before the first Harry Potter book. Le Guin's novel will be the subject of the 2012 Big Read at St. Catharine College, the only location in Kentucky to receive this year's grant.

"We are the only location in Kentucky to receive this grant for 2012," said Evelyn Silliman, Director of the rtl3 Reading program at SCC. "This is the second year the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded The Big Read grant to St. Catharine and the tri-county region."

This year, it was even tougher to get the grant because of cuts to federal spending.

"In the past, there were over 200 grants available across the country," added Silliman. "This year, there were only 75 grants available, but our application was approved and we were awarded another grant."

There are several Big Read events scheduled in Washington, Marion and Nelson counties throughout the month of March.

"The Big Read is important because it unites the tri-county region with SCC as we engage in common reading, activities, and conversation," Silliman said. "In short, The Big Read successfully draws us together as a community with common interests and goals. This year, our tri-county librarians and St. Catharine have chosen A Wizard of Earthsea to read together during the month of March from NEA's list of 27 accepted books.  This young adult novel attracts all ages of readers as we venture into a world of wizards and demons in a landscape symbolic of the earth we know, bespeaking our unrelenting responsibility to this earth, our fellow creatures, and ourselves.  In addition to our local public library partners, we are excited to welcome over 300 local public and private school children in the three counties who are participating in the 2012 Big Read in Central Kentucky."

Washington County resident Dr. Devin Brown, Professor of English at Asbury University, will offer his expertise on the subject of fantasy writing during The Big Read Kick-Off at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Pettus Auditorium, located in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. Brown, who lives in East Texas, will offer insights about Ursula K. Le Guin. Following his presentation, Dr. Brown will sign copies of his novel Not Exactly Normal, along with his non-fiction works Inside Narnia, Inside Prince Caspian and Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

If anyone is interested in participating in The Big Read, they can contact their local library to pick up a free copy of the book and a schedule. They can also contact Evelyn Silliman at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1322.


St. Catharine College Kicks Off The Big Read for 2012

Join St. Catharine College as we launch The Big Read for 2012. Share an evening with noted expert on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Dr. Devin Brown of Asbury University. Dr. Brown's talk is titled "Why Read Fantasy?" and will include insights about Ursula

Le Guin and this year's book choice, A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Afterward, you are invited to a reception in Hamilton Health & Science Building, where Dr. Brown will sign his novel, NOT EXACTLY NORMAL, and his nonfiction books, INSIDE NARNIA, INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN, INSIDE THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER.

Event Location: St. Catharine College, Pettus Auditorium, St. Catharine, KY 40061

Date: Sun, Feb 26, 2012                   Time: 6:00pm  - 7:30pm


Marion County Launches The Big Read

Join friends and neighbors for The Big Read kick-off at Marion County Public Library. Pick up your free copy of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA and visit with our librarians as we prepare for a month of celebrating fantasy writing. There will be wizards and magic for all! (Stop in from 4:30 - 5:30 for a magical reception.)

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Thurs, Mar 1, 2012                   Time: 10:00am  - 6:00pm


Magic Meets Science in Nelson County

Magic meets science at Nelson County Public Library as we create bubbling brews, move things without touching them, and learn to grow crystals! (Program intended for ages 13 - 19.)

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Thurs, Mar 1, 2012                   Time: 4:00pm  - 6:00pm


Washington County The Big Read Kick-Off

Washington County Public Library kicks off The Big Read with the first of their "Fantasy Film Series." Come for the film and pick up your free copy of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Stay to discuss the film and sign up for a discussion group for the novel.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 1, 2012                   Time: 5:00pm  - 7:00pm


Magical Storytime -- Wizards and More in Washington County

Don't miss the story hour at Washington County Public Library. You'll have wands and wizards and MORE! We'll be reading and discussing A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Be ready to name your favorite storybook wizard.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Tue, Mar 6, 2012                      Time: 5:00pm  - 6:00pm


Fantasy Film Series 2 for Washington County

Mark your calendar for the 2nd movie in our "Fantasy Film Series" celebrating fantasy writing. Adult Book Club meets at 5pm to enjoy the movie and discuss A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Join us for more wizardry and magic!

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 8, 2012                   Time: 5:00pm  - 6:00pm


Barnes and Noble Fantasy Writers Book Fair           

Join us at Barnes and Noble in Elizabethtown to meet local fantasy writers, who will sign their books. While you're there, donate a book to St. Catharine College's reading program with B&N's Wish List Program for Educators. At the check out, use code # 10668937 or say, "I want to support the St. Catharine book fair" and a percent of your purchase price will help SCC buy books for student book clubs.  Barnes and Noble takes this opportunity to support St. Catharine College's r… Reading Program and The Big Read!

Event Location: Barnes and Noble, Elizabethtown, KY 42701

Date: Sat, Mar 10, 2012                     Time: 3:00pm  - 5:00pm


More Magic Mingled with Science in Nelson County!

More magic mingled with science in Bardstown!  This event is planned for children 5 - 12 years old. Create bubbling brews, move things without touching them, and learn to grow crystals! Don't miss the magic in Bardstown!! Adult supervision is required.

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Tue, Mar 13, 2012                    Time: 6:00pm  - 7:30pm


The Big Read Goes to School

A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA and The Big Read go to school today. Eight schools in the tri-county area have students who will be discussing the book and completing activities throughout the month of March. If you want to attend a discussion session in your local school, contact Evelyn Silliman at St. Catharine College at or 859-336-5082. She will connect you with the teacher/school to facilitate your participation in the class's discussion.

Event Location: Washington County, Marion County, Nelson County, and St. Catharine, KY

Date: Wed, Mar 14, 2012                  Time: 9:00am -  2:00pm


Magic and Mystery for Teens in Washington County!

More March Magic at Washington County Public Library! Teens stop by and check out the surprise crafts activities while you delve into A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA discussion with your friends.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Wed, Mar 14, 2010                  Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Fantasy Film Series 3 in Washington County

The wizards are back! Come join us for film #3 in our "Fantasy Film Series." The movie follows our Teen Book Club's discussion of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Book Club meets at 4pm and movie begins at 5pm.

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 15, 2012                      Time: 3:30pm  - 6:30pm


Anime Magic in Marion County!

Teens and Tweens join other anime enthusiasts for the viewing of the anime version of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Refreshments served and door prizes awarded.

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Thurs, Mar 15, 2012                        Time: 3:30pm  - 5:30pm


SCC Book Club Discussion

Join SCC's Book Club for a discussion of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. What is your favorite fantasy novel? Why? Who is your favorite wizard? Why is Le Guin's story so memorable? Bring all your questions--and answers--for a rousing conversation---Cookies, Conversation and Magic! An online book discussion will be available to all who cannot be present on March 15th.

Event Location: SCC's  r… Reading Program  Office (Lourdes Hall), St. Catharine, KY 40061

Date: Thurs, Mar 15, 2010                          Time: 5:00pm  - 6:00pm


Teen/Tween Book Discussion in Marion County

Teens and Tweens in Marion County are invited to the Public Library for an evening of conversation and fun as we discuss A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Bring your questions and ideas to share with us as we conclude our exploration of Le Guin's famous fantasy novel.

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012                    Time: 4:00pm  - 5:00pm


Community Book Discussion for Adults

Ages 18 and over join us for a lively discussion of the fantasy novel A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Refreshments served.

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012                    Time: 5:00pm  - 6:00pm


Daytime Book Discussion Group in Nelson County

Come join our lunchtime community discussion of Ursula k. Le Guin's A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Nelson County Public Library offers you a chance for interesting conversation and fellowship with your friends and neighbors around Bardstown. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion!

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2012                  Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Magical Movie Finale

Join us as we wrap up our month long magical journey. All ages are invited to join us for a viewing of the film version of A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA. Popcorn and movie concessions will be served and door prizes awarded! (Please note that children under the age of eleven will need a parent present to attend.)

Event Location: Marion County Public Library, Lebanon, KY 40033

Date: Thurs, Mar 22, 2012                       Time: 4:00pm  - 7:00pm


Fantasy Film Series 4 in Washington County

Fantasy film #4 in our series will be shown at Washington County Public Library on Thursday evening. Wave your wand and "Shazam," you'll be enjoying another fun-filled fantasy evening with your friends and neighbors in Springfield. Don't miss it!

Event Location: Washington County Public Library, Springfield, KY 40069

Date: Thurs, Mar 22, 2012                       Time: 5:00pm  - 7:00pm


Evening Book Discussion Group in Nelson County

Nelson County teens gather at the Public Library to delve into a world of wizardry and magic!  Bring your questions and ideas as we discuss A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA.

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Thurs, Mar 22, 2012                       Time: 6:00pm  - 7:30pm


Fantasy Film Event and The Big Read Finale for Nelson County

Join us at Nelson County Public Library as we watch Goro Miyazaki's "Tales from Earthsea." Following the film, we will discuss how Miyazaki's world of Earthsea varies from that presented by Le Guin in our featured fantasy A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA.

Event Location: Nelson County Public Library, Bardstown, KY 40004

Date: Thurs, Mar 29, 2012                       Time: 4:00pm  - 6:00pm


Fantasy Film Finale at St. Catharine College

St. Catharine College and the Washington County Public Library join to conclude the "Fantasy Film Series" by showing Goro Miyazaki's vision of Le Guin's novel in his "Tales from Earthsea." Put on your best wizard wear (wands included, of course) to watch the movie and discuss our book as The Big Read 2012 in Central Kentucky draws to a close.

Event Location: St. Catharine College, Pettus Auditorium, St. Catharine, KY 40061

Date: Thurs, Mar 29, 2012                  Time: 6:00pm  - 8:00pm


The Berry Center of New Castle, Kentucky and St. Catharine College have announced an agreement and partnership to provide a vital, interdisciplinary degree program in farming and ecological agrarianism. The program will embed academic coursework with fieldwork and immersion experiences, using nature as the standard, in an effort to bring awareness, knowledge and cohesiveness to students interested in farming, rural communities, local economies, agriculture, geographical sustainability, and stewardship for the land.

The campus of St. Catharine College is located just outside of Springfield, Kentucky and is situated amidst well-tended farms in the geographical center of the state. The College continues to grow and it will soon see the completion of its new Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies. The Library will not only provide students with the most current advances in information technology, but starting with writings that have inspired the work of Wendell Berry, it will seek to provide the most complete agricultural collection in the state.

William D. Huston, President of St. Catharine College, was extremely enthusiastic about what this partnership will mean for the students of St. Catharine, as well as for the future of Kentucky, the nation, and potentially the world. According to President Huston, "The work that The Berry Center is doing in collecting and archiving the papers of the Berry family, coupled with our collaboration with them as we develop this program and other offerings, will enable students to learn from the past in order to shape the future. St. Catharine College continually strives to stand among the foremost private colleges in the country known for innovative academic and student development programs, the spirited loyalty of our alumni, and the contribution of our graduates to society. This partnership with The Berry Center, Wendell Berry and his family takes us a long way in achieving these goals."

The Berry Center continues the passion of Kentucky author Wendell Berry, his father, John M. Berry, Sr., a lawyer, farmer and co-author of the Burley Tobacco Program, his brother, John M. Berry, Jr., lawyer, state senator and farmer and the life-long focus they have placed on conservation, farming, and the economic and human health of local communities. Thus, the partnership between The Berry Center and St. Catharine College is a natural fit.

According to Mary Berry Smith, daughter of Wendell Berry and executive director of The Berry Center, "It is our intention to bring awareness and solutions to the issues confronting farming families in Kentucky and around the country. This degree program will ultimately bring cohesiveness and focus to issues of land use, farm policy, and local food infrastructure. We want to offer a solid farming education for our rural students who hope to continue farming or establish new family farms. And the interdisciplinary nature of this program will provide a meaningful education to anyone concerned with stewardship for the land. We are establishing this partnership with St. Catharine College in order to empower students to create a healthy and sustainable agricultural enterprise in our state and the nation."

St. Catharine College serves as Kentucky's only Dominican College. Embedded within the mission, vision and ethos of the College are the Four Pillars of Dominican Life, which promote Prayer, Study, Ministry, and Community as the means to engender mutual respect, care and concern for each other, all life and the Earth. Such stewardship is actually the most sincere form of love. And according to Wendell Berry, "We must love. And we must love what we do. So we should always ask, 'What works does this love propose?' St. Catharine College and The Berry Center want to begin to answer that question with this partnership."

It should be noted that Wendell Berry has just been named the 41st Jefferson Lecturer in Humanities. The annual lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Berry will present the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In the lecture, "It All Turns on Affection," Berry will discuss man's interaction with nature, as depicted in history, philosophy, and literature. (NEH Press Release; February 6, 2012)

For more information on the partnership between The Berry Center and St. Catharine College, or the degree program itself, please contact Mary Berry Smith, Executive Director of The Berry Center at 502 845 9200 or Dr. Don Giles, St. Catharine College's Vice President for Academic Affairs at 859-336-5082.

For the past three years, Dr. Dave Donathan, Professor of Management at St. Catharine College, has partnered his Senior Interdisciplinary Studies with Springfield Main Street Renaissance to help with the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival, a joint seasonal celebration between Springfield and Lebanon. On Jan. 25, this special three-year relationship between Springfield and SCC was recognized when the Kentucky Heritage Council presented the David L. Morgan Award for Outstanding Main Street Partners to the City of Springfield and St. Catharine College.

"This partnership has been very successful in bringing together the college and the community in a celebration which was ranked as one of Kentucky's best festivals," said Dr. Dave Donathan, Professor of Management at SCC.

"Kentucky has the oldest Main Street program in the nation," said Nell Haydon, Director of Springfield Main Street Renaissance. "There are about 70 cities that participate. Every three years, the Kentucky Heritage Council has an awards ceremony that recognizes some of the most significant work in particular cities. When the nomination forms were available, (Springfield) Mayor (Dr. John W.) Cecconi and our Main Street committee decided our association with St. Catharine College was an outstanding candidate for this award."

"Nell Haydon and Kathy Elliot were amazing partners and the classes came away with a new respect for small town America and the importance of preserving historic and cultural heritage," Donathan added. "This level of recognition would not have been possible without the hard work of students from all the College's academic discipline and the willingness of Ms. Haydon and Ms. Elliot to work closely with them."

As part of their class, SCC students were assigned various tasks during the Holiday Festival.

"The students were tasked with real world, real time committee and individual assignments which enabled an interdisciplinary class of students majoring in fields such as management, criminal justice, marketing and health sciences to synthesize and apply their theoretical classroom learning with the harsh truths of reality," Donathan said. "They gained valuable experience in working with local community and business entities, developing self-managed teams which required polishing their planning and communications skills, and how much hard work it takes to be successful outside the classroom."

"The partnership has been exceptional," added Haydon. "The students do a tremendous job in helping us coordinate the event and then working at the event."

"I just greatly enjoyed helping each and every customer," said Brian Beavin, a Business Management and Supervision major. "I loved seeing the smile on each one of their faces. One thing I took from that event was that teamwork is always the best way. Many hands make light work."

The Kentucky General Assembly also recognized SCC's project as part of a senate resolution read on Jan. 26 honoring all recipients of the KHC awards.

The SCC student partners were:

2009 - Valerie Coleman, Philip Dean, Brittany Edelen, Shelly Pruitt Hahn, Kaleb Henry, Joshua Landers, Arthur Latham, Melissa Pile and Stephanie Powers.

2010 - Lora Hagan-Jones, Patrick Jones, Aimee Luckett, Brittany Luster, Nicholas C. McBride, Kevin Owens, Katti Ramsey, David Barrett, Jonathan Foster and LeeAnn Pugh.

2011- Brian Beavin, Jeffrey Bruington, Aaron Darby, Sylvia Horlander, Nicholas Houlehan, Travis Lyons, Amber Matteoli, Philip Mattingly, Frances Nahale, Justine Paddock, Shanice Rogers, Brittany Smith, Kaitlyn Smith, Laura Terrell and Niklas Walsh.

Haydon said the partnership has been beneficial for both Springfield and St. Catharine and she hopes to see it continue in the future.

"If the college decides to continue this program for SCC seniors, I would hope this partnership would continue and grow. I believe city officials would like to see it grow and I think SWEDA (Springfield Washington County Economic Development Authority) is working on a partnership with SCC students. I think we are all looking into developing more partnerships with both the college's students and faculty. Just having the youthful excitement and energy that the students provide has been wonderful. We have been very impressed with the caliber of professionalism and talent offered by these students."

February is recognized as Black History Month and St. Catharine College will host several events on campus to honor the contributions African-Americans have made to America.

"The celebration commemorates the significant events and achievements of the African-American population of the United States," said Yvonne McNary, a member of SCC's Campus Culture Committee. "This tradition marked its beginning officially in 1976. It celebrates all of the historic events from 1915, wherein the 13th amendment of the American constitution abolished slavery in the United States of America.  Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Negro History Week to focus people's attention and bring to their notice the role and contribution of African Americans in the American history. Dr.  Woodson, an African American who completed his Ph.D. from Harvard University, became the voice of African-Americans who were wrongly represented and mistreated. He founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, which is now known as the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History."

The kick-off event takes place Monday February 6, at 12:30 p.m. in Pettus  Auditorium.  The public is invited to enjoy historical speeches and music presented by students, faculty and staff. A different event will take place each Monday in February.

Feb. 6   at 12:30 p.m. Pettus Auditorium  - Black History Month Kick-Off

Feb.13  at 12:30 p.m. Pettus Auditorium  - Freedom Movement of the 60's

Feb.20  at 12:30 p.m. Pettus Auditorium  - Presidents' Day Celebration

Feb.27  at   7:30 p.m. Hamilton Building, Room  113 - Movie: Black Power Mixtape

Students are not the only people learning something new on the campus of St. Catharine College. A team of four, consisting of Dr. Rob Slocum, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Nora Hatton, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Evelyn Silliman, Director of the RTL3 Reading Program, and Dr. Don Giles, Vice President for Academic Affairs, represented St. Catharine College at this year's annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) conference held in Orlando, Florida from Friday, December 2 through Tuesday, December 6.

The team attended a multitude of workshops and sessions, including keynote addresses from Mr. Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of the Lumina Foundation, and Sir Ken Robinson, Internationally Recognized Leader in the Development of Creativity and Innovation.

According to Dr. Giles, "The sessions and workshops are like golden nuggets, allowing us to bring back valuable insights and possibilities that will help strengthen the SCC experience for students by allowing us to offer many new and exciting programs. Probably the biggest highlight for me was attending Sir Ken Robinson's keynote address. Sir Ken is a world renowned speaker on creativity and innovation and he is extremely enthusiastic about helping others discover their passion in life. The role of a college, he believes, is to facilitate that process by creatively engaging students in a transformative learning experience that incorporates meaningful, personal encounters along a holistic path of self-discovery. And I don't care who you are, that's exciting!"

SACS COC is the Regional Accreditation body for accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission's mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral degrees.

At last year's SACS COC conference, St. Catharine College was approved to begin offering Master Degrees, the first of which was launched last month in Leadership, with tracks in Community and Regional Studies, and in Health Promotions. And while the SCC team continues to pan out the various chunks of golden nuggets from this year's conference, they are already laying out the plans to launch several new, exciting programs, for both undergraduates and graduate students, over the next few years.

"So stay tuned," said a smiling Giles, "St. Catharine College may be well on the way of revolutionizing the world of higher education. And all of us at SCC are extremely excited about that!"

The St. Catharine Patriot basketball teams will hold their annual "Play 4Kay", formerly known as Pink Zone, basketball games Saturday, Feb. 11 as they host the University of Pikeville at Lourdes Gym. All proceeds from the games will go toward the Kay Yow Foundation for breast cancer awareness and prevention. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink to show their support for the fight against breast cancer. The women tip-off at 2 p.m., while the men will follow at 4 p.m. No passes will be allowed for the games. SCC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate at the door. There will also be a silent auction table. Come out to enjoy some exciting hoops action and support a worthy cause at the same time. For more information on the Kay Yow Foundation, visit

In a statement released by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, St. Catharine College was named as part of a three-year grant totaling $720,000 from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to improve college readiness. A featured activity within this award is a $120,000 grant to SCC to continue their collaboration with the Washington County Commander College program. Kentucky was one of 10 states selected to participate in the overall grant. St. Catharine College is one of three Kentucky higher education institutions who will benefit from the overall award.

SCC partnered with the Washington County School District and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College to establish Washington County Commander College. This program provides junior and senior high students the opportunity to gain postsecondary coursework prior to their graduation from high school with the option of earning an associate's degree or various industry certifications. There are currently25 juniors participating in the program at Washington County High School.

"We are so thankful to be a part of this grant because it means continued growth and success for our students," said Robin Cochran, Superintendent of the Washington County School District. "Commander College is a huge success and to know that our early college students can have that momentum into college is crucial. It helps them transition into a college setting and the goal is to allow them to finish high school with an associate's degree, thus letting them graduate from college sooner and enter the workforce with marketable skills. It's hard to find a job these days, so we're all for doing anything we can to give our students an advantage."

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston also praised the program, which allows SCC instructors to teach at WCHS and allow WCHS students to attend class on SCC's campus.

"This is just another shining example of how St. Catharine is reaching into the community to provide a quality education to our young people," he said. "It's an idea whose time has come and we are proud to be one of the few institutions to offer such a program. I can't thank Robin Cochran and (WC Director of Instruction) Cherry Boyles enough for their hard work in putting everything together. We had high hopes for this program and to know that it is going to continue shows that we are on the right track."

The grant program, called Core to College: Preparing Students for College Readiness and Success, aims to foster long-term collaborations between state higher education and P-12 entities that will improve student achievement and college readiness. The focus is on using the Common Core State Standards and assessments to establish a statewide definition of college readiness and a set of college readiness indicators to signal a student's preparedness for credit-bearing college courses. Having such a baseline will also inform processes to transition students successfully between high school and higher education environments.

"Kentucky's grant activities will build on the tremendous momentum already under way with P-12 and postsecondary education," said Council President Bob King. "Thanks to Senate Bill 1 in 2009 and the one-time funding we received for implementation, Kentucky is leading the nation with our collaborative work to improve college readiness and ultimately, increased rates of enrollment and graduation necessary to build a more highly skilled workforce. This grant will bolster our efforts as we continue this important work."

Kentucky was chosen based on geographic diversity, assessment consortia membership and demonstrated capacity to undertake this work, including existing collaborations and project plans aligned with the goals of Core to College.

Former St. Catharine College soccer player Jacob Heil, along with his wife Laura, dad Chuc and brother Jody, travelled to Haiti over the Christmas holiday on a service mission to the Good Shepherd Orphanage in the town of Carrefour.

They spent time with children of all ages who were orphaned by the 2010 earthquake. In addition to the gift of time, the Heil family took along several other gifts to support the orphanage, including several St. Catharine logo soccer balls and a pump kit to keep them inflated.

Jacob spoke about the impact that something we take for granted, like a soccer ball, had on the kids in the orphanage when he presented them on Dec. 23.

"The day I brought out a shiny, colorful new ball, the young guys gasped with excitement," he said. "We proceeded to play keep-away and juggle in the orphanage compound for several hours until daylight was gone. The young children that we went to serve and hang out with, really warm up to American visitors and appreciate having someone to play and spend time with. Love and individual attention is often a gaping hole for orphans such as those we met, and something simple but so valuable that we could offer, through shared sport, games or otherwise. They had a blessed Christmas, and will have countless hours of play ahead with their new soccer balls."

Jacob is a 2010 St. Catharine College Nursing School graduate and played two seasons on the Patriot mens' soccer team under current womens' soccer coach Paul Patton.

The recent mild weather has allowed work crews on the St. Catharine College campus to begin the first stages of building the new Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies.

Workers from M&J Construction have begun work on the footers, while truckloads of concrete were being delivered to pour the bottom section of the elevator shaft.

The project is on a 12-month schedule and, weather permitting, should be ready by late December 2012.