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2014 News Index

For the sixth year, St. Catharine College management students paired with Springfield Main Street to put on the annual Christmas festival. This year's class worked on both the Bourbon Chase, which was routed over Booker Road for the first time, the Walk with Santa, a free children's Christmas Ornament Painting Workshop, and the Christmas Crafters Mart. 

St. Catharine College Professor of Art recently appeared on Channel 6 Television to discuss her exhibit at FABs Gallery in Bardstown, her appointment to the Kentucky Commission on Women and art in education. 

St. Catharine College's Professor of Management Dr. David Donathan has been appointed to the Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The TAP is "a Federal Advisory Committee to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)." TAP "helps to identify tax issues of importance to taxpayers and to provide a taxpayer perspective to the IRS on key programs, products and services." The panel is comprised of 75 citizen volunteers who are demographically, geographically and economically diverse representing each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. As a member of the panel, Donathan will be involved in sessions with concerned tax payers to identify specific Federal Income Tax issues and attempt to develop solutions to provide better customer service to taxpayers. The IRS has tasked the TAP to:

  •  Identify taxpayer issues based on feedback submitted to TAP by the general public and raise these issues directly to the IRS.
  • Submit recommendations to the IRS to improve efficiency, adjust problematic systems or procedures, and improve taxpayer service.
  • Work closely with IRS employees to resolve problems, monitor IRS progress in implementing and maintaining solutions.
  • Listen to taxpayers through events that are open to the public and designed to gather information on IRS issues.

According to an email from Sheila Andrews, director of Taxpayer Advocacy, panel members are asked to volunteer 200 to 300 hours per year to panel activities over three years. To learn more about TAP, go to

Dr. Becky Meadows, associate professor of English at St. Catharine College, was recently notified that her work titled "Chicken Wings" was selected to appear in the upcoming issue of The Notebook: A Progressive Journal about Women and Girls with Rural and Small Town Roots.

The Fall 2014 issue, with Secrets, Betrayals, Lies and Regrets as its theme, is scheduled for release soon. To learn more about The Notebook, find it online at

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston recently announced that Kristen O. Bennett has been appointed as the new Vice President of Advancement at the college.

      Bennett began her tenure at St. Catharine College and will fill the position that Molly Smith previously occupied.

      She comes to St. Catharine College after having served as Director of Development at Eastern Kentucky University and as Director of Development at Habitat for Humanity / KYSSO. Prior to working as Director of Development, she was a grant writer at the Lexington Habitat for Humanity, where she authored over 35 federal, state and private grants per year. She also served as a planned / major gift officer for the Christian Appalachian Project.

      Bennett is pursuing a doctorate degree and has earned a Master of Business Administration at Midway College and a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Information Studies from the University of Kentucky. She is also certified in fundraising management and nonprofit leadership through the Indiana University (IUPUI) Center on Philanthropy.

      "I am pursuing my Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy studies because it is critical to my success in serving our constituents," Bennett said. "This degree will provide me with the essential leadership skills for positively impacting our college and community, lead to enhanced understanding and practical capacity with regard to human learning, educational institutions, and the interaction of the larger society within educational, financial, and governmental entities and processes."

      She has had over 16 years of professional fundraising experience and six years of experience in creating strategic fund development plans.

      Huston said Bennett was one of many applicants from across the country.

      "We're fortunate to attract someone of Kristen's caliber for this position," he said.

      Bennett said she chose St. Catharine College because of its rich history, dedicated staff and leadership, the beautiful campus, team atmosphere and unlimited potential for additional growth and success.

      Before arriving on campus, Bennett already had at least three priorities set for her first year on the job.

      "I will have three top priorities during my first year," she said. "First, I want to conduct a development audit of where we are and where we want to go over the next five years. Second, I want to cultivate relationships with all staff, board members, alumni and supporters of St. Catharine College. Finally, I want to collaboratively create a fund development plan for the next five years."

      When Bennett looks ahead to the future of St. Catharine College, she sees big things.

      "My dreams for St. Catharine College are monumental," she said. "I believe that with hard work, dedication, strategic focus, a transformational campus vision and team effort, we will surpass every dream and goal for the future of St. Catharine College and the students served by its dedicated faculty and staff."

Provost Dr. Cindy Gnadinger recently announced that Jeremy Pittman has been named as the new financial aid director at St. Catharine College.

      Pittman began his tenure at St. Catharine College in November and has already helped the college meet crucial financial aid deadlines.

      He comes to St. Catharine College after serving as Corporate Director of Financial Aid / Consultant at Valley College, Director of Financial Aid at Education Affiliates, Director of Financial Aid at MedTech, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Harrison College and Senior Financial Aid Analyst at Harrison College.

      Pittman has earned a Bachelor of Science General Studies degree from Indiana University East and is a graduate of Harrison College Career Development Institute for emerging leaders.

      He has over nine years of management experience, including six years in financial aid in the education sector.

     "We are so pleased to get someone with Jeremy's expertise and experience to oversee the financial aid office," Gnadinger said. "His organizational skills and attention to detail will allow us to provide the highest level of customer service at St. Catharine College."

      Pittman said he chose St. Catharine College because he saw an opportunity where he could use his experience in higher education to help a small college grow and evolve.

      "St. Catharine is rich in history, yet still very young in certain ways," Pittman said. "After speaking with Dr. Gnadinger and President Huston and understanding the vision St. Catharine has for the future, I knew I wanted to be part of it."

      Pittman has only been on campus a short time, but his intentions to make financial aid less intimidating to students and parents were a goal from the start.

      "I plan to use my experience to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to help maximize efficiency and collaboration between all departments," he said. "Most importantly, I want the financial aid office to be a place where students and parents will know we are here to help them every step of the way. Talking about financial aid can be scary and intimidating at times. I want to ensure we are being supportive, and making things as simple as possible for our students."

St. Catharine College is currently featured in an advertising campaign with Siemens Industry, Inc.

St. Catharine partnered with Siemens in the past to update infrastructure and make the campus more efficient.

According to information from Siemens, the company completed nearly $1 million in improvements to estimated to lower St. Catharine's energy bill by 25 percent annually. Included in the list of updates were new boiler systems for Lourdes Hall and the Spalding Student & Community Center. 

"The best thing about the performance solution is that even though we've added 75,000 square feet of new space, my energy bill has not gone up," Gary Robinson, Vice President for Finance and Administration, said.

After a call for proposals, Siemens rose to the top of St. Catharine College's list. 

"The other companies came in and asked what we wanted done and how much we had to spend," Dwight Cotton, Facilities Director at St. Catharine College, said. "Siemens came in and asked us how much we wanted to save and then showed us, right away, the projects they could do to make those savings happen. They were much easier to work with."

To view more of the campaign, including a video featuring beautiful footage of the college, visit

Sometimes the unsung heroes of a small town can be the best teachers for life and classroom lessons. For the St. Catharine College Athletic Training students, the Washington County EMS Department served just that purpose.

The Athletic Training students of St. Catharine College ditched their normal classroom routine this week to head to downtown Springfield to learn spine boarding techniques from the local professionals.

"Spine boarding and immobilization techniques are a competency required by our accrediting body," Athletic Training Program Director Justin Farr said. "Why not learn them with your local professionals in those skills?"

The students spent a morning session with the EMS crew rolling, stabilizing, learning, and, of course, making fun of their professor.

"I'm pretty sure that the students were having more fun with the fact that I got to be spine boarded several times than the idea that they were on a learning field trip," Farr said.

The EMS crew taught the students all the necessary techniques needed in order to save a victims life in the case of a spinal injury.

"These guys really know their stuff,"  Farr said. "They even went as far as showing the students pelvic evaluations, which tied in nicely to the current pelvic material that they are learning in class."

"The value that Mark Hale (Washington County EMS Director) and Washington County EMS hold in our community is priceless and it is always good to connect in our community," Farr said. 

Brother Paul Quenon and Shaikh Kabir Helminski were the first guests in the dialogue series titled "Dia-Logos." The series is presented by the St. Catharine College Philosophy and Religious Studies Department. The first discussion is an inter-religious inquiry into the pillar of community.

St. Catharine College has a long-time relationship with Channel Six Television. Check out these recent episodes of the St. Catharine College Spotlight.

St. Catharine College student Mike Lewis was featured on Al Jazeera America on Nov. 12. The story focused on his hemp production project and his work as the founder of Growing Warriors. 

Lewis is a student in the Berry Farming Program. To read the story at Al Jazeera, follow the link below.

Dr. David Donathan, St. Catharine College's Professor of Management and the Kentucky Chair of the Kentucky Association for Continuing Higher Education, conducted a workshop on "5 Steps to Becoming an Effective Leader" to attendees at the Association for Continuing Higher Education National Conference. During the interactive workshop, participants discussed leadership and completed activities designed to move them from being administrators to effective leaders.

Administrators often comment on what effective leaders they are, but true leaders do not reflect on the administrative acumen. This dichotomy is reflected in the difference between administrators and leaders. Administrators are process/policy focused whereas leaders are outcome focused. As long as an issue is being researched, studied, reviewed, revised, administrators are satisfied that progress is being made.  Leaders, on the other hand, understand that achievements, not intentions are of paramount import.

The key to effective leadership is being PEOPLE focused. By recognizing leadership development is possible, you can become a more effective leader and, more importantly, motivate others to positive action in 5 essential steps:

1. Leaders are role models.  You are the example you expect others to follow. As a role model, you must be what you envision an effective leader is, know what a leader needs to know, and do those things required.

2. Leaders do what's right. It is hard to act out of integrity and accept that this incurs negative consequences, but leaders know Spock was right and "the good of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

3. Leaders influence people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation. People perform best when they have clear goals, equitable performance standards and a sense that they belong to a supportive team.

4. Leadership is face-to-face. In today's electronic world, administration is effected via e-mail, Twitter, and text messaging keeping people at a distance and removing the stigma associated with less than perfect interpersonal relationships. Leadership is leaving your office, working directly with people and let personalities emerge and interact to forge personal relationships.

5. Mission focused, people foremost. An educational adage states "You can research a problem or solve it." Administrators are mired in bureaucratic machinations. Leaders zero in on outcomes and how to marshal their people into an dynamo of achievement.

Not sure where you fall? Ask yourself these three questions:

When people emulate your behavior, does it make you proud?

Are you in the game or on the sidelines texting and tweeting?

Do you live your words or just like the sound of your own voice as you say "because I said so"?

In today's world "retro" has become fashionable. Put aside the work habits you have developed which limit person-to-person contact and reopen interpersonal relationships in building close knit, highly effective teams. Reduce e-mails and segue to telephone calls as you transition to personal contact as a leadership style.

It takes effort, but the reward is a work place where effective leadership is everyone, everywhere, every day.

St. Catharine College Athletic Training students embodied the definition of community and stewardship recently with a day at Churchill Downs.

The St. Catharine College Athletic Training Program reached out to the community on Sunday, Nov. 3 when the students spent a day with horses and military youth services. Athletic Training students took time out of their busy lives to work with children of surviving families who had lost loved ones in recent combat.

"This is a great opportunity for our students" said Athletic Training Program Director Justin Farr. "Our college challenges us to embody the four pillars of Dominican life and today we showed our sense of community by helping others."

The students spent their day laughing along with the smiling faces of children who had been dealt the devastating blow of losing a loved one in combat.

"It was amazing to see the smiling faces as they poured into Millionaire's Row" said Farr. "This activity gave them an opportunity to escape reality and just be kids."

And be kids they were. The children poured into the Downs for the chance to make craft squirrels, turkeys, or have their faces painted.

"I don't know who had more fun; our students or the children involved" said Farr. "At their first opportunity our kids were getting their faces painted along with the children."

"Overall, this was a great opportunity to show fun to those who have been dealt challenges" said Farr. "It's always good to be reminded how great we have it in our lives and share our Dominican values with others."

All faculty and most second-year sonography students attended the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography national conference in Louisville recently.

"This is a rare opportunity in our region," Saretta Craft, chair of the sonography department at St. Catharine College, said. "Faculty attended an entire day of educator lectures and discussions and all attended a variety of presentations in their various technology areas provided by national speakers. The SDMS Foundation supported our attendance with grants for faculty and students."  

The St. Catharine College Philosophy and Religious Studies Department is presenting a conversation about Christianity and Islam on Monday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. in Pettus Auditorium. The title of the program is "Dia-Logos: An Inter-religious Inquiry into the Pillar of Community." Featured speakers are Brother Paul Quenon, who will discuss Christianity, and Shaikh Kabir Helminski, who will discuss Islam. The event is free and open to the public.

St. Catharine College Associate Professor Dr. Becky Meadows recently announced the publication of her first academic book, a prestigious accolade to an already distinguished career.

The book, "Damnation in Matthew Lewis's The Monk: A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Approach," was given an Oct. 28 publication date by the publisher, Cambria Press.

"Iworked with Cambria Press for two years on the book, but there are probably two additional years of research and writing involved in it. It's actually a revision of my doctoral dissertation," Meadows said.

The English professor said she fell in love with hermeneutic phenomenology in relation to Gothic literature, art and film when she was a Ph.D. student at the University of Louisville.

"I have loved Gothic and horror since I was a child and my older brother and I watched the Universal Monsters films such as Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Dracula, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc.," Meadows said. "Hermeneutic phenomenology is really a type of philosophy, and I was bitten by the philosophy bug when I began taking Philosophy courses at the University of Louisville. My Studies in Culture concentration for my Ph.D. includes 18 graduate hours in Philosophy."

While it is Meadows' first academic book, she has written academic journal articles and some fiction pieces, including her novels "Progeny" and "Phantasy."

 "The book is definitely my most prestigious academic accolade to date, and I plan to continue researching, writing, and publishing," Meadows said. "I like writing academically and creatively; in fact, my academic writing definitely includes elements of creative writing because it's nearly impossible to separate the two."

Meadows also recently presented at the Popular Culture Association in the South / American Culture Association conference in New Orleans on Oct. 2-4.

She presented two papers: "Sentience, Creativity, and the Language of Human Consciousness in K.I.T.T." and "Have Your Crops Withered? A Phenomenology of the Farmville Experience."

"I submitted the academic papers I had written, and the conference administrators accepted them for presentation," she said. "After a bit of revision, I will probably submit them to the conference's journal, Studies in Popular Culture, for possible publication."

Meadows said the first paper addresses why K.I.T.T., the Knight Industries Two Thousand Pontiac Trans Ams featured in NBC's 1982-1986 hit series "Knight Rider," is still so popular today. The second paper, she said, applies Edmund Husserl's ideas of phenomenology to the Farmville experience, establishing the "As-if-Creator" and "As-if-Capitalist" experience as subcategories of Husserl's "as-if" experience.

In October of 1994, after kissing his four-month-old and two-year-old sons goodbye, William C. Moyers went on a dayslong crack binge. He spent those days in a crack house in one of the most dangerous parts of Atlanta. His family, as they had done in the past, found him and took him to treatment.

Moyers, son of former White House press secretary and renowned journalist Bill Moyers, got sober after that binge. He'll celebrate 20 years of sobriety on Oct. 12. He came to St. Catharine College recently to discuss his road to recovery and his New York Times bestselling book, "Broken," which is a memoir about his addiction. He spoke to the campus community during Freshman Read and to the surrounding community on the evening before Freshman Read.  

His role as vice president of public affairs and community relations at Hazelden in St. Paul, Minnesota has resulted in appearances on Larry King and Oprah, as well as an audience with then-president George W. Bush. Moyers said he's spoken to audiences of all sizes in a variety of venues.

"But in all of those talks over all of those years, never have I had the opportunity to come and speak in such a beautiful place and stay at the Motherhouse," he said. "I know I'm not going to get into any trouble tonight. And when I wake up in the morning, I'm going to be grateful for the fact that I got to stay in the Motherhouse with all the Sisters who had dinner with us tonight."

Moyers read a passage from his book that detailed his last experience with using drugs, just before he got in the car with his family. His dad, Moyers said, told him he hated him.

Moyers responded, "I do, too."

He had been clean for three years prior to relapse, from 1991 until 1994.

"I stopped taking my medicine," Moyers said. "I stopped doing the things I usually do to keep diseases like mine at bay. And what happens when we stop doing those things like taking our insulin or having a follow-up mammogram or taking our heart disease medication? What happens when we don't do what the experts tell us to do? We tend to relapse."

There are two things, he said, that are more powerful than human beings.

"One is a disease that's trying to kill us and two is some power greater than ourselves," he said. "I'm not here to tell you what that power should be in your life but that power in my life starts with a capital G."

Moyers said there's an inaccurate stigma about addiction.

"The stigma around addiction is that it affects other people that don't look like us," he said. "The stigma is that it hits people who live on the other side of the tracks or live under bridges or don't go to college or that aren't Catholics or are Baptists or whatever. The stigma of this illness is that it's somebody else's problem."

Moyers said he didn't look the part of the stereotypical addict and alcoholic. He was brought up by two stable parents who supported him. He had a successful career in journalism.

"Addiction doesn't discriminate and neither should recovery," he said. "It should not matter what is the color of your skin, or your religion or your lack of faith. It should not matter if you come from Kentucky or Minnesota or from somewhere overseas. It should not matter if you're in college or if you're a dropout from high school."

He said he believes there are two factors to addiction: a brain, wired differently than 90 percent of the population, which lights up when alcohol or drugs are ingested. The second factor is a void or a longing in the soul. For him, he said, growing up with a successful dad made him strive to be perfect. When he tried drugs, they filled that void and he didn't have to try as hard.

Moyers had two requests for those in attendance. The first request was that addicts or alcoholics or those affected by addiction tell their story.

"The power is, you stand up and you speak out and you take a chance, a chance, by sharing your own experience," he said. "People with breast cancer did it. They stood up and they spoke out and they wore pink ribbons and they marched for the cure. And now you know what? Nobody wants to have breast cancer but when somebody has it they know where to turn."

His second request was to not wait for a loved one who is suffering from addiction to hit bottom.

"Because there's only one bottom with this illness and what is it? Death," he said. "If we're lucky, we go to prison. Or maybe we have a head-on collision that critically injures us and we get to spend six months hobbling around trying to pay restitution to the other person we killed in the car. Generally speaking the only bottom of this illness is death."

While at St. Catharine College, Moyers visited with St. Catharine College President William D. Huston, Provost Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, rtl3 Reading Program Director Evelyn Silliman, Associate Professor Jim Silliman, Director of Mission Education and Dominican Studies Sr. Mary Louise Edwards, Dean of Students Ticha Chikuni and Director of Student Success Programs Erica Osborne. He also had breakfast with several students, signed books and took pictures with faculty, staff and students and awarded certificates to the Freshman Read essay winners.

To learn more about Hazelden, go online to or call 1-800-257-7810.

To read about Moyers' experience in his own words, go to




St. Catharine College will host Dr. Carl L. Hurley, dubbed America's funniest professor, in the Spalding Student & Community Center on Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

According to his website, Hurley was a professor for several years before he left the profession due to an increasing number of invitations to speak and entertain at events. He has been featured on what was formerly the Nashville Network and has made numerous appearances on the Bill Gaither Homecoming Series and Public Television.

Hurley also holds the designation of Certified Speaking Professional and was inducted by his peers to the National Speakers Association CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame. He's also regularly featured on XM Satellite Radio Channel 150.

Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public but RSVP is required.

For more information, contact Angela Hoffman at (859) 336-7610.

St. Catharine College Professor of Art Bettye Brookfield was recently appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Women.

Brookfield will serve on the commission with Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, Madeline Abramson (chair of the commission) and 20 other commissioners from across the state.

The mission of the commission, according to its website, is "elevating the status of women and girls in the Commonwealth, empowering them to overcome barriers to equity, and expanding opportunities to achieve their fullest potential."

Some functions of the commission include making policy recommendations, partnering with women's organizations and groups and to bring awareness to the well-being of Kentucky women and girls.

Madeline Abramson recently visited St. Catharine College to provide orientation for Brookfield. Abramson visited with several guests on campus as part of her stay.

St. Catharine College has a long-time relationship with Channel Six Television. Check out these recent episodes of the St. Catharine College Spotlight.


Five winners were awarded for their efforts during William C. Moyers' visit to campus for Freshman Read. Moyers presented each recipient with an award prior to his presentation about his New York Times bestselling book, Broken. 

The winners were Alyssa Coomes (first place), Sally Rios (second place), Kathleen Lance (third place), Sarah Cromwell (honorable mention) and Trevor Sagrecy (honorable mention). 

St. Catharine College will host a professional school and study abroad fair on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Lourdes Hall.

The fair is designed to give students the opportunity to find out what study-abroad opportunities are available and begin research into their next academic degree.

In order to showcasing the master's programs at St. Catharine College, other organizations have been invited to attend. So far, representatives from the KIIS Study Abroad program, the University of Louisville (Master of Arts in Civic Leadership, Master of Science in Social Work, Master of Business Administration), University of Kentucky (College of Law), Bellarmine University (Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Applied Information Technology), Eastern Kentucky University (all 30 of the institution's master's degree programs) and Northern Kentucky University (College of Law).

Program registration is open until Oct. 31. Any school interested in participating may sign up online at

This event is free and open to the public. 

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston and Provost Dr. Cindy Gnadinger recently accepted the ALS Challenge. To see the video, click the link below.

William C. Moyers, author of the New York Times bestselling book "Broken," spoke to the community and to students on campus at St. Catharine College about addiction and recovery in St. Catharine Hall on Sept. 8, 2014. Moyers is Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations at Hazelden in Minnesota.

Moyers was featured as the Freshman Read author this year. This is the seventh year the Freshman Read has taken place. 

To watch a video of the presentation, see the links above. 

Eight students recently completed the State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) pilot vocational program in Mercer County.

Work started by the community and regional studies program aided in bringing together the college with 11 other organizations and agencies who partnered to offer the vocational course, which leads to a state licensure for adults interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences.

The organizations and agencies involved include Mercer County Adult Education, Kentucky Educational Development Corporation, Hughes Jones Area Technology Training Center, St. Catharine College, Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Mercer County Industrial Authority, Kentucky Works, Kentucky Vocational Rehabilitation, Mercer County Endowment, Mercer County Transformation, Heart of Kentucky United Way and the Dollar General literacy foundation. 

"This was a great example of a private/public partnership," Huston Brown, dean of the School of Health Sciences at St. Catharine College, said. "Their support gave financial assistance for tuition, childcare, and a location in Harrodsburg for the class."

Due to the high support and interests from the community, St. Catharine College has scheduled two more SRNA courses for Mercer County. Applications for the next session are being accepted. The next session begins Oct. 18.

Dr. Harry Toder recently wrote a book review for the Washington County Public Library. To check out his review of "The One-Day Contract" by Rick Pitino, click the link below.

Central Kentucky Community Theatre is now holding auditions for two upcoming performances. Read below for information about this opportunity. 

AUDITIONS:  Sunday, August 24, 3-6pm, for "It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show" in the Opera House Auditorium, Main Street, Springfield, Ky. Cast consists of four males, three females with talent in voice characterizations. Also, this show will feature 1930s in-house sound effects. Come play with us! Show runs December 12-14 & 19-22.

Mark your calendar for 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' AUDITIONS, Sept 20, 1-4pm, Opera House Auditorium.  Show runs 1/30-2/1 & 2/6-8, 2015. Cast includes men and women of all ages, comedy musical so show calls for character singing. Mad cap comedy about a wily slave maneuvering his owners and the neighboring female slave house to win his freedom.

NOW SHOWING: August 22-24, Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters presents: Johnny Cash: The Ultimate Tribute. Fri/Sat performances at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $12 Adults, Students $7.

A photography exhibit by Dr. Keith Auerbach, a Louisville artist and photographer, will open on the mezzanine level of the Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College on Sept. 18.

The color abstract exhibition titled Anthology of Hope.

A second exhibition will hang in the art conference room next to Bettye Brookfield's classroom.

That exhibit is titled Pain Denied And Other Stories of Addictions: Photo Stories On Using and Recovering.

"In this exhibition, I have matched photographs in life with insights and observations I have learned along the way. I have had considerable help from the insight of writers, poets, playwrights, artists and the recovering community," Auerbach said.

Auerbach will meet with students on Monday, Sept. 8 to discuss his exhibition prior to New York Times bestselling-author William Cope Moyers' visit on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.

He is also a physician, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and addictionologist. He spent six years on the Substance Abuse Treatment Committee of  Jefferson Alcohol and Drug Addiction Center, eight years as the only non-clergy of the Spiritual Life Committee of the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and 20 years as a psychological consultant on scripts and performances to Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to round out my summer by teaching a summer English program at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NAFU) in Yangling, China. Although I have been a college professor for many years, I did not anticipate the challenge or sense of professional accomplishment a four-week training session would bring.

The students already had a moderate ability in English and the intent of the class was to improve spoken and written English while providing some coaching to help them improve their scores when they took their English competency exam. While I was a bit uncertain about how effective American teaching methods would be at NAFU, my concerns were groundless when the first class session began. The students were focused, excited and eager. After a brief review to determine the English skill level of the class, I stepped right into my curriculum.

I have never been so amazed at the speed with which students can complete lessons. The entire class, working individually and in small groups, was able to complete the week's lesson plans in two days. Needless to say, while pleased at the class' progress, I was dismayed to realize that the materials I had prepared would not last out the week, much less the month.

I quickly realized that, unlike dogmatic, pre-planned courses, this was going to be a flexible, ever-changing curriculum. After developing rough lesson plans for the upcoming week, I spent many evenings revising and expanding planned lessons and activities; eliminating activities and classroom exercises that did not work; and developing supplemental back-up activities and lessons. While time intensive, this constant revision of the curriculum forced me to the additional advantage of reviewing everything I know about effective teaching methodologies and dusting off forgotten teaching skills.

Although the common philosophy addresses how much students owe to their teachers, this experience reminded me that teachers take away so much more from their students. The excitement and joy my class demonstrated and the focus they brought to every class reminded me of why I became a teacher. This opportunity to aid them in furthering their avid interest in international studies and cultures and their desire to master a foreign language so they could do their graduate work abroad was a significant professionally and personally rewarding experience.

Dr. David Donathan is a professor of management and the degree coordinator for the BA in management program at St. Catharine College.

St. Catharine College will host author William Cope Moyers on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in St. Catharine Hall.

Moyers is the author of "Broken," which is a memoir of Moyers' redemption and recovery from drug addiction.

His visit will include a community dialogue regarding addiction and rehabilitation. The event is free and open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend.

Moyers is the son of journalist Bill Moyers, who filmed a television interview with Wendell Berry in St. Catharine Hall during the Resettling of America conference in 2013. 

"The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature" recently accepted a short story by St. Catharine College Associate Professor Dr. Becky Lee Meadows entitled "Three Seconds" for publication in its June 2014 online magazine. The piece takes place in the span of three seconds and involves the final moments of life of a woman who left her southern, country home life for the hot pavement of the city.

"You've nailed it!" wrote Valerie MacEwan, editor and publisher of "The Dead Mule," in regard to Meadows's "Three Seconds." "This succinct quick zap of the energy and significance of place when confounded by the strangeness, the desolation, and power in one's geographic reality.... That is what the South does to us. It affects us always. Our sense of place can either elevate us or destroy us."

Meadows got the idea for the piece one day as she was walking back from class, and she went to her office and immediately wrote the first draft. "It didn't take long to write," she said, "but writing shorter pieces for me is much more difficult than writing a novel. I had to craft every sentence as perfectly as possible."

"The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature" can be found online at It began as a print publication in 1995 with a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and became a purely online publication after fulfilling grant specifications and publishing its inaugural print edition.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Ron Crouch, the director of research and statistics of Kentucky Career Centers and former director of the Kentucky State Data Center, will speak to the St. Catharine College community on Monday, July 14 at 5 p.m. in Pettus Auditorium. 

Crouch has spoken to the college community several times in the past and is back to discuss demographic, social, educational, workforce and economic trends impacting economic development in the region, the state and the United States. 

The presentation will be hosted by Dr. Tom Lambert, a graduate studies adjunct professor at St. Catharine College. 

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens. 

St. Catharine College will host a free workshop for any first-semester college student from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on July 17 in Pettus Auditorium (located inside the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Sciences Building).

The workshop will cover information that will help new college students transition into higher education. Topics include time management, collegiate study skills, making college life fit your life, choosing a degree program and thriving at college.

The workshop will conclude will a question and answer session with current college students who will share their tips for college success and their experiences as new college students.

Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Sciences Building lobby. For more information, contact Dr. David Donathan at

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston recently announced that Dr. Cindy Gnadinger has been appointed as the new vice president for academic affairs at the college.

Gnadinger begins her tenure at St. Catharine College on June 16 and will work closely with outgoing-VPAA Dr. Don Giles during a transition phase, according to Huston.

She comes to St. Catharine College after having served as vice president for academic affairs at William Peace University in Raleigh, N.C. and as assistant vice president for academic affairs at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Gnadinger earned a doctor of education degree in supervision of instruction at the University of Louisville in 2001, a master of education in early education at the University of Louisville in 1995 and a bachelor of science in elementary education at Western Kentucky University in 1989.

Huston said Gnadinger was one of nearly 40 applicants for the position and one of three applicants brought to campus for an interview.

"We're fortunate to attract someone primarily from our area and from an AIKCU (Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities) institution," Huston said.

Huston also said he was pleased with Gnadinger's experience with institutions that have witnessed growth in the last several years. In the last two years William Peace University experienced 60 percent growth in enrollment and Bellarmine has experienced significant growth over the past decade, he said. Gnadinger's experience in new program development will be a benefit to the anticipated growth at St. Catharine College.

While at Bellarmine, she led the development of four new graduate degree programs, coordinated formal outreach initiatives to community agencies and established the Bellarmine Center for Teaching, Excellence, and Leadership.

Gnadinger is also a Fulbright Scholar with research interests that include the teaching and learning process in P-12 and higher education settings. She also brings experience in seeking external funds, with her efforts resulting in the procurement of approximately $3 million.

Besides holding former faculty and administration roles, Gnadinger was also appointed to the leadership faculty with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in 2010 and served until January 2014. She has also served as a Board of Examiner for state accreditation / NCATE site visits and as an accreditation team member for the Commission on Colleges with SACS.

Finally, Huston said that Gnadinger be a strong advocate for the faculty and an overall good addition to the college.

More importantly, congratulations to graduates' parents. Your child's diploma belongs just as much to you as it does to them. You spent 18 years packing lunches, helping them with homework, and serving as your child's personal chauffer as you carted them to school, sports practices, and back home again.  

As you relish the thought of finally being "done" as a parent and dream of converting your daughter or son's room into the media and recreation room you've always longed for the instant they are off to college (true story - that happened to me), I have news for you: your job is just beginning. Sure, you got your kid through preschool through senior year, but the trials and tribulations you've encountered thus far will pale in comparison to what lies ahead.

I have spent the past eight years working in higher education, and as I tell students that I encounter, if being a college student was easy, I wouldn't have a job. I've made an entire career out of helping students take the step up from high school to college. For the average 18-year-old, that step can feel more like leaping over a mountain.

Freshman year is filled with issues that are a normal part of learning to be an adult. (And that's what your child is now, though it seems unbelievable - an adult.) Don't feel powerless to the changes that lie ahead. Instead, focus on what you can do this summer to help your child prepare for college.

  1. Have your son/daughter do something academic this summer. I know that sounds like a stretch when your daughter's goal is to work on her tan, or your son's ambitions are set on logging in some serious hours playing video games, but it is possible. Have them read a book. Watch a documentary together on Netflix. Make them go online to research possible majors and career options. Keeping them in somewhat of an academic mindset will ease their transition back into the academic arena come August.
  2. Have your son/daughter set their own alarm and get themselves out of bed. If you are the only reason your child has made it to school on time, it will be impossible for them to wake up and get going without you there to do it for them. I have witnessed more students fail classes because they couldn't get out of bed (even for a class that didn't start until noon) than I have seen students fail a course because they didn't master the course material.
  3. Have your son/daughter handle their own affairs. If there is a "to-do list" of items they need to take care of for college, they need to handle it themselves. It's time that you stop serving as their personal secretary. Do they want to make a change to their class schedule? They need to call their advisor. Do they have questions for residence life about their living arrangements on campus? Have them make the call. It's time for your child to be in the driver's seat. You don't want to be that parent who shows up with their college graduate to a job interview.
  4. Have a conversation with your son/daughter about your expectations of them for their first year in college. Do you expect them to attend class? Tell them that. How do you expect them to behave outside of the classroom? Tell them. Even if they are going away to school, you would be surprised to know that the voice they hear in their head warning them about the choices they make sound a lot like the voice of mom and dad. Not that they will always listen, but you have more influence over them than you may realize.
The first year of college is not going to be easy. Hopefully, by the end, your child will look back on the journey knowing that they made some mistakes, but also realize just how much they've matured. And you can sit back, relax, and really enjoy your new media and recreation room (sorry, Mom and Dad - still not over that one).

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, St. Catharine College announced that Carolyn Nicole Arnold (RN-BSN), Stacy Bartley (nursing), Lauren Elizabeth Bowling (nursing), Crystal Brady (business, summa cum laude), Adam Ray Elder (nursing), Kristen Fulkerson (nursing), Stacey Smothers Garrett (management, cum laude), Stacie Taylor (nursing), Mary Jordan Graham (psychology), Mary Jo Greenwell (nursing), Morgan Dianne Hardin (nursing), Sarah Ashley Hill (psychology), LaTiesha Nicole Jenkins (radiography, cum laude), Sheldon Treston Lucas (biology), Madonna Ann Mack (nursing), Cortney Mattingly (nursing), Erin Nichole Mattingly (nursing), Melissa Mattingly (nursing), Tara Nicole Mattingly (nursing), Charles Matthew Nadorff (leadership), Ariel Nicholson (nursing), Thomas Joseph Paris (sports leadership), Megan Nicole Parrott (nursing), Robert N. Patterson (management), Latisha Megan Pendygraft (criminal justice), Joseph Dale Reed (education / middle school math), William M. Rice (health sciences), Emily L. Simms (management, magna cum laude), Shelly Taylor (RN-BSN), Jennifer Williams (nursing), Ashley Danielle Young (management), Sawyer Abshire (criminal justice), Courtney Adams (criminal justice), Niki Akin (health sciences and sonography, cum laude), Sarah Akrong (sonography, magna cum laude), Dante Anthony Anderson (nursing), Matthew D. Avis (psychology, cum laude), Adrienne Lee Bishop (management, cum laude), Ami Lee Black (business), Leslie Ann Blair (sonography, cum laude), Jessica L. Bradley (surgical technology), Kristen Elizabeth Bradshaw (RN-BSN, cum laude), Carlotta Brussell (management/ supervision, magna cum laude), Lamont Edmond Calloway (criminal justice), Brenda H. Campbell (sonography, cum laude), Lauren W. Carrico (RN-BSN), Kirsten Michelle Cecil (nursing), Taylor M. Conway (sonography), Joy B. Coppage (sonography), Amanda Brett Cox (liberal arts, summa cum laude), Miriah Elizabeth Cox (elementary education, cum laude), Mikayla Rose Craig (liberal arts), Julia Irene Cull (sonography, magna cum laude), Audrianna Rose Culver (radiologic technology), Lisa DeAnne Day-DeRousse (nursing), Laura Dean (management / supervision, cum laude), Charles Lyman Dial (liberal arts / natural sciences), Nikki Lynn Dones (nursing), Eric James Donnelly (marketing), Michelle Elizabeth Dunaway (English / creative writing, magna cum laude), Jessica Lynette Edelen (psychology), Courtney Leann Edwards (liberal arts),Carey Layne Elliott (liberal arts), Owen Ethington (sonography), Haley Farmer Gorley (radiologic technology, magna cum laude), Kristen Renee Flowers (liberal arts / humanities, cum laude), Kimberly Michelle Fulkerson (nursing), Robert Gant (sports leadership), Kayla Marie Garrett (elementary education, cum laude), Robert Jacob Giles (nursing), Sarah Katelyn Goode (nursing), Jaime Michelle Gorham (nursing), Andrea M. Greenwell (management), Kimberly Ann Greer (management, cum laude), Rachael Elizabeth Griffitts (biology, cum laude), Michaela Ballard Grundy (sonography, summa cum laude), Elizabeth Brooke Hagan (liberal arts), Emily Nicole Hagan (liberal arts), Stephen D. Hale I (leadership), Christopher A. Hamilton, Jr. (fine arts / studio arts), Kayla B. Harrell (surgical technology), Paige Marie Hassman (marketing), Megan N. Hazelip (criminal justice), Stephanie Leigh Helm (RN-BSN, cum laude), Danielle Rae Hill (medical imaging), Matthew J. Hochstatter (leadership), Rianne Hofstraat (biology), Anita F. Hubbard (nursing), Brandon P. Huffman (surgical technology), Dalton Michael Hutchins (liberal arts), Matthew Scott Hutchins (liberal arts), Drew Alexandria Emmons Ison (radiologic technology), Brandon R. Johnson (leadership), Courtney Renee Jones (liberal arts), Mary Danielle Kelty (nursing),Michael Christopher Killion (radiologic technology), Cory Klinger (criminal justice), Khamsing Tony Kosanouvong (surgical technology, cum laude), Danielle Louise Sutton-Kuprion (nursing), Arthur Douglas Latham, Jr. (leadership), Samantha Lockridge (sonography), Clara Sue Logsdon (leadership), Stuart David Mattingly (advanced medical imaging, cum laude), Kimberly S. McCoy (liberal arts / social science, cum laude), Stephen A. McCray (psychology), Jared Emerson Meadows (pharmacy technology), Shelley L. Medley (advanced medical imaging, cum laude), Tyler Mischel (sports leadership), Katherine Ann Moses (RN-BSN), Randa N. Murphy (psychology), Benjamin Chapeze Nally (biology), Crystal Anne Elsie Newcomb (nursing), Samantha Osborn (management), David Jiseong Patton (liberal arts), Charles William Burr Phillips (English / creative writing, cum laude), Tanalisa Hatton Phillips (leadership), Laura A. Pomerleau (sonography), Charles Joseph Lewis Powell (criminal justice), Courtney Prather (health sciences, cum laude), Nicole Maria Preston (nursing), Tiffany Reed (sonography), Melinda Rice (sonography, magna cum laude), Starrishia Lynn Roberts (management), Isaac Robinson (liberal arts / social science), Sarah Anna Rodriguez (sonography, magna cum laude), Michael Dalton Rogers (English / literature, magna cum laude), Melinda Marie Romero (RN-BSN), Dominique Jemear Roy (liberal arts / social sciences), Carol Gisela Ruiz-Lopez (biology), Tiffany Nicole Sapp (management), Jessica Lee Shelton (English / literature and culture, cum laude), Jessica Kimberly-Anne Simmons (English / literature), Omar Mykel Skinner (liberal arts / social science), Jennifer Lynn Smith (RN-BSN, cum laude), Kaitlyn Michelle Smith (leadership), Kerrie Sneed (elementary education, cum laude), Valerie J. Snyder (health sciences / sonography, magna cum laude), Ashley Renea Spalding (liberal arts, magna cum laude), Kelly LeAnne Spalding (nursing), Eric Wesley Standafer (sports leadership), Katherine Taylor Steff (psychology), Jessica Sylvester Warner (sonography, magna cum laude), Brittany Ayn Taylor (biology, cum laude), William Tolefree (liberal arts / social science), Christina F. Vaughn (pharmacy technology, magna cum laude), Lindsey Nicole Vinson (biology, cum laude), Joshua Wayne Whitmer (criminal justice, cum laude), Joseph Mark Williams III (nursing), Tina Marie Williams (RN-BSN), Natalie Paige Wimsett (nursing), Amanda Gale Wright (sonography, cum laude), Heath B. Wright (leadership), Brittany Nicole Bird (radiation therapy), Sarah Beth Blair (radiologic technology, cum laude), Hayley Boone (radiation therapy), Jason C. Buckman (sports leadership, magna cum laude), Machera S. Calhoun (radiologic technology, cum laude), Jennifer Rose Chesser (fine arts / painting), Mary Diane Chesser (RN-BSN), Paul Jordan Colvin (management, magna cum laude), Amber Rose Curtsinger (psychology), Porsha Patrice Ellison (radiologic technology), Taron Rashad Franklin (management), Lacy Nicole Gilley (radiologic technology), Whitney Rae Hamilton (radiation therapy), Kinsey Nicole Hill (IECE, cum laude), Kayla Marie Hazelip (radiologic technology, magna cum laude), Cassandra Marie Lawton (radiologic technology, magna cum laude), Mary Elizabeth Lay (management), Abdikadir Y. Mohamed (psychology), Tiffany Reed (health sciences), Michelle D. Smith (management) and Jessica Sylvester Warner (health sciences) graduated during its annual commencement ceremony.

St. Catharine College conferred 177 total degrees during the commencement ceremony in Lourdes Hall gymnasium.

It was a historic year for St. Catharine College, as 175 degrees were conferred - the most in school history - on May 10 during the 82nd commencement ceremony at the college.

Guy Adams, the president and CEO of Christian Appalachian Project, Inc., delivered the commencement address.

Adams shared three pieces of advice with the graduating class: embrace your strengths, embrace change and embrace persistence.

He then shared three important elements in his life: God, giving and growing.

"As a Christian, I want to encourage you to put first things first and make God first in your life," Adams said.

When discussing the importance of giving, Adams asked the capacity crowd to give the philanthropists that have shaped St. Catharine College a round of applause. He mentioned names like Hamilton, Boone, Spalding and Hundley.

"Become known in your community as a giver," Adams said. "Give of your time. Give of your talents. Give of your treasure. The amount of your gift is not as important as the action of giving. Give to your ability."

Adams weaved the St. Catharine College mission statement into his remarks about growing.

"Never stop developing the talents God has given you," he said. "The education you've received at St. Catharine prepared you to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens. Keep using those tools. Commit today to become a lifelong learner."

Sixty eight associate degrees, 98 bachelor's degrees and nine master's degrees were conferred. An honorary degree was presented to the family of Taylor Conway, a St. Catharine College student who passed away during the spring semester.

St. Catharine College recently announced the list of students who have achieved extraordinary academic success for the Spring 2014 semester.

The dean's list includes all students who had a grade point average of 3.6 - 3.999.
The following students were recognized for their academic achievement: Courtney Adams, Carrie Akin, Michael Alvey, Courtney Anderson, Victoria Arnold, Alisha Ballard, Leslie Blair, Brian Boone, Jessica Bradley, Crystal Brady, Kelsey Brooks, Brent Cain, Machera Calhoun, Krystal Cammuse, Cassie Clark, Amanda Conrad, Brianna Cornett, Julia Cull, Audrianna Culver, Alisha Dierdorff, Thaddeus Dodge, Emily Fenwick, Jenna Foster, Haley Gorley, Courtney Hagedorn, Whitney Hamilton, Morgan Hardin, Russell Hardin, Paige Hassman, Kelsey Hayden, Sarah Haydon, Jordan Hayes, Kelly Hays, John Higdon, Kabria Hill, Julie Hirtzel, Brandi Hood, Brandon Huffman, Katie Jerome, Rebecca Just, Cassandra Lawton, Victoria Mackin, Ellie Marzola, Karen Meddles, Shelley Medley, Austin Middleton, Grace Mills, Benjamin Nally, Andrew Nelson, Kevin Owens, Laura Pomerleau, Charles Powell, Courtney Prather, Candace Price, Martha Raley, Tiffany Reed, Starrishia Roberts, Allyson Rowland, Sasha Ruiz-Lopez, Shelby Rush, Stacey Ryan, Heather Sandlin, Samantha Seger, Jessica Shelton, Lauren Shunnarah, Travis Smith, Valerie Snyder, Joseph Spalding, Sheryl Spurlock, Christina Summers, Jessica Sylvester, Brittany Taylor, Olivia Thompson, Kelli Volenski, Shawn West, Josh Whitmer and Megan Wyatt.

The president's list includes all students who completed 12 college-level credit hours and maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. The following students were recognized for their academic achievement: Matthew Avis, Rebecca Barnett, Casey Baryla, Brenna Beams, Cody Beasley, Emily Bishop, Sara Blanford, Matthew Bloom, Brittany Bowling, Lauren Bowling, Dylan Brown, Jason Buckman, Jennifer Chesser, Winifred Cheuvront, Porshia Clark, Paul Colvin, Sarah Colvin, Erin Cottrell, Miriah Cox, Michelle Dunaway, Mary Ezaizat, Randi Fields, Jessica Frailey, Kalyn Gamble, Ramie Goldey, Kimberly Greer, Savannah Gregorchik, Lucia Guthrie, Michael Hardin, Zackery Hilbert, Kinsey Hill, Sadie Hill, Mariah House, Jodie Klein, Heather Knopp, Jillian Leake, Amber Logsdon, Amelia Mattingly, Ann Mattingly, Stuart Mattingly, Kimberly McCoy, Jennarae Niece, Brooke Pearson, Brandyn Pemberton, Amanda Perkins, Isaac Robinson, Sarah Rodriguez, Michael Rogers, Rebekah Sams, Jacob Settles, Katherine Simpson, Taylor Smith, Ashley Spalding, Hannah Spaulding, Sie Tioye, Christina Vaughn, Lindsey Vinson, Rodney Vuick, Lacy Walker, Tiffany Webb, Marvin Wesselburg, Chelsea Wichman, Meghan Wolford and Emily Zubricky.

Members of the Kentucky Mu chapter of Alpha Chi constructed over 100 rosaries to donate to Mary Ann Hale, who will donate the rosaries and prayer blankets to the St. Vincent DePaul Society. 

The corded rosaries are purple and gold and feature crosses made from olive wood from Israel. The Alpha Chi symbol was burned into the wood by St. Catharine College professor Jim Silliman.

This is the second year Alpha Chi members have donated rosaries. Last year the organization donated rosaries to Sansbury. 

Thanks to help from generous friends of the college, the W. Terry Ward Information Desk was unveiled on April 29, 2014 in the Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College. 

Ward was a long-time employee of the college and of the library. Several memories of Ward were shared during the dedication ceremony. Ward was widely known for being a wealth of knowledge and for cultivating deep friendships. Now the W. Terry Ward Information Desk is the first sight visitors to the Hundley Library will see when they enter. 

St. Catharine College students, faculty and staff were honored last week during the 2013-2014 Purple and Gold banquet.

Amelia Mattingly of Lebanon was named the student of the year, while Dr. Leah Bayens of Boyle County earned faculty of the year honors. St. Catharine College golf coach Joan Rizer of Bardstown was named staff member of the year.

Courtney Adams - Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice

Sarah Akrong - DUSK Professionalism Award: Cardiac Sonography

Matt Bloom- Resident Assistant of the Year

Dylan Brown - Outstanding Student in AA in Business and Work Study of the Year

Jennifer Chesser - Outstanding Student in BA in Fine Arts/Studio Arts

Winifred Cheuvront - Excellence in BA in Farming & Ecological Agrarianism/ Community Leadership Concentration

Amanda Cox - Outstanding Student in the AA of Liberal Arts

Miriah Cox - Outstanding Student in Teacher Education Field Placement

Chase Dial- Natural Science Student Achievement Award

Michelle Dunaway - Outstanding Student in Creative Writing

Kristen Kelty Flowers - Outstanding Student in BA in Liberal Arts/Humanities

Kayla Garrett - Outstanding Student in Elementary Education

Haley Farmer Gorley - Shirley Middleton Clinical Excellence in BS in Radiologic Technology

Andrea Greenwell - Distinguished Management Student

Steve Hale - Sr. Marina Gibbons Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies/Community & Regional Leadership

Chris Hamilton - Outstanding Student in BA in Fine Arts/Studio Arts

Paige Hassman - Outstanding Student in Marketing

Kayla Hazelip - Academic Achievement Award in BS in Radiologic Technology

Kinsey Hill - Outstanding Student in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Mariah House - Student Ambassador of the Year

Natalie Hurst - Outstanding Student in Middle School Education

Andrew Martin - Resident Student of the Year

Bonnie Matthews - Dr. Sarah Jane Montgomery Excellence in Nursing Award

Amelia Mattingly - Student Envoy of the Year and Student of the Year

Troy Mattingly - Male Athlete of the Year

Kim McCoy - Student Excellence in BA in Liberal Arts/Social Sciences

Stephen McCray - Sainte Martin de Porres Award for Psychology & Social Justice

Ben Nally - Biology Student Achievement Award

Jenna Niece - rtl³ Student of the Year and Outstanding Student in Honors Program

Thomas Paris - Outstanding Student in Sports Leadership

Brooke Ashely Pearson - Outstanding Student in the BS in Health Sciences

Starrishia Roberts - Distinguished Management Graduate

Sarah Rodriguez - DUSK Professionalism Award: Vascular Sonography

Dalton Rogers - Outstanding Student in English

Omar Skinner - Outstanding Student in BA in Liberal Arts/Social Sciences

Kaitlyn Smith - Sr. Marina Gibbons Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies/Health Promotion Leadership

Britton Spears - Darrell W. Richardson Psychiatric Nursing Excellence Award

Brittany Taylor - Exceptional Student in Biology

Christina Vaughn - Prescription for Excellence Award in Pharmacy Technology

Lindsey Vinson - Female Athlete of the Year and Exceptional Student in Natural Science

Josh Whitmer - Overall Student Achievement Award in Criminal Justice

Amanda Wright - DUSK Professionalism Award: General Sonography

Dr. Leah Bayens - Faculty Member of the Year

Joan Rizer - Staff Member of the Year

The Mid-Kentucky Chorus at St. Catharine will be performing a spring concert on April 27 and again on May 4.

The concert, titled "Celebrate the Sacred Song," will take place at St. Catharine Hall on the campus of St. Catharine College and Motherhouse on April 27 at 3 p.m. and at St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown on May 4 at 3 p.m.

The performance will include spirituals, early American hymn tunes and some contemporary Christian works.

A multi-movement work written by Teresa Tedder will debut at the spring concerts. The piece, titled "In Memoriam," is a multi-movement piece based loosely on the Catholic liturgy.

"I wrote one movement four years ago and when I wrote that I knew that eventually I would write the rest of it," Tedder, Director of Mid-Kentucky Arts at St. Catharine and Musician-in-Residence at St. Catharine College, said. "It is to honor three men that were extraordinarily influential in my musical life. They are Terry Ward, who was a professor here; Gene Spragens, a businessman in Lebanon, and my dad, Eugene Carter."

Also joining Mid-Kentucky Chorus will be the Bethlehem High School Liturgical Choir in Bardstown, which will be under the direction of Higo Rodrigues, also an accompanist pianist for Mid-Kentucky Chorus.

Rodrigues said the choir has been rehearsing songs since January in preparation for the concert.

The Bethlehem choir will sing two pieces, "He Never Failed Me," "Chariot," with the Mid-Kentucky Chorus and will also present on piece on their own, "Cantate Hodie."

Other favorites that guests can expect to hear at the spring concert includes "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace," a men's quartet singing "Swing Down Chariot," a women's trio performing "What Wondrous Love is This" and a medley of gospel favorites titled "Old Time Religion."

Two pianists, Higo Rodrigues and Priscilla Dickson, will join Mid-Kentucky Chorus on accompaniment.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Susan Spalding at (859) 336-9232 or Teresa Tedder at (270) 789-9286. Tickets are also available at St. Joseph through the rectory.

The St. Catharine College Drama Club will perform their annual spring play on April 25, April 26 and April 27 at Centre Square in Lebanon. This year's production is "Game Show." The play is a comedy about game show contestants.

According to The New York Times, "This comedy goes behind the scenes and then in front of the cameras as it follows five fascinating contestants: a fidgety Vietnam veteran; a know-it-all senator's assistant; a cocky young filmmaker; a dizzy housewife/author; and a bubbly senior citizen--from the time they meet backstage at a popular game show until one of them wins the grand prize."

The play will open at 7 p.m. on April 25-26 and at 2 p.m. on April 27. For more information, contact Dr. Becky Meadows at (859) 336-5082 or

Join St. Catharine College friends and alumni on a trip to explore Vienna, Budapest and Prague in October 2014. Sign up today to join the fun and see the world.

For more information or to register, go to

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, First Lady Jane Beshear, were on the campus of St. Catharine College on Monday, April 21 for the premiere of Springfield native Michael Breeding's documentary about the Kentucky Governor's Mansion.

The Beshears, Breeding and other dignitaries were on hand for a pre-premiere wine and cheese reception on the mezzanine of the Emily W. Hundley Library. Following the reception, the Jack and Jill Pettus Auditorium was filled to capacity for the debut of Breeding's documentary, "Kentucky Governor's Mansion: A Century of Reflection." The film is narrated by Kentucky native Diane Sawyer and will make its public premier on KET.

Breeding was also presented with the first-ever Hometown Hero Award from the Springfield Tourism Commission. Breeding has produced a long line of documentaries and other works through his company, Michael Breeding Media.

Mary Berry and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer discussed The Berry Center at Waterfront Park Place in Louisville in 2013.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, delivered a video message to those in attendence at the Resettling of America conference honoring Wendell Berry's work in Louisville, Kentucky on February 21, 2013.

St. Catharine College recently sent it's first-ever contingent to St. Louis, Mo., for the national Alpha Chi Honor Society convention.

Three students (Stephen Hale, Marlene Kasama and Jenna Niece) from the Kentucky Mu Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society submitted proposals and were accepted to present at the convention. Niece was awarded $100 as the recipient of the convention presentation prize in American Literature. She was one of 28 students nationally to receive such an honor.

Niece's presentation was titled, "An Ecocritical Literary Criticism of Dillard's Holy the Firm." According to the proposal, "Dillard's 'Holy the Firm' offers a thought-provoking examination of 'hard things,' as she calls them, putting them in the perspective of a pastoral retreat, along the lines of Garrard's expressions of Romantic Pastoral. This criticism of Dillard deliberately connects concepts of feminism, ecocriticism and spiritual reflection."

Hale's presentation was titled, "Could've Been the Whiskey. Might've Been the Wine: The Tie That Binds Washington County Together." According to the proposal, Hale's presentation is "a historic account of Springfield and Washington County's history with taverns and whiskey versus the Catholic church (wine) to determine which force was the binding element."

Kasama's presentation was titled, "Leading with Kindess." According to the proposal, the presentation "discusses kindness as a leadership skill - what kindness is and is not. What successful leaders know about leading with kindness and the success of organizations."

St. Catharine College will be hosting the Patriot Career Fair on Thursday, April 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Lourdes Hall gymnasium. Nearly 30 agencies will be attending offering a variety of summer jobs, fall jobs, internships, volunteer positions and jobs for soon-to-be graduates. The fair is free and open to the public. Please join us on April 10 to make contacts, learn more about the skills these agencies are looking for and potentially come away with a new employment or volunteer opportunity.

The agencies that have confirmed attendance are:



American Red Cross

BB&T Bank



Enterprise Holdings

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union

James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital

Kentucky Career Center

Kentucky National Guard

Kentucky One Health / Flaget Hospital

Kentucky State University

Lowe's Home Improvement

Marine Corps

My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train

Newcomb Oil

Shaker Village

Snappy Tomato

Spartan Staffing

Springfield Nursing and Rehab

Spring View Hospital

St. Catharine College summer classes / housing


The Village of Lebanon Senior Living Community


Windsor Gardens

Kayla Hazelip, a radiologic technology student at St. Catharine College, has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2014 Student Leadership Development Program.


The ASRT represents more than 152,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments. The Society also provides radiologic technology students with the tools, services and support they need to prepare for careers in medical imaging and radiation therapy.


Hazelip will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting, June 26-29, in Orlando, Fla. In addition, Hazelip will attend two educational courses specifically designed for students and be assigned a professional mentor during the House of Delegates meeting.


Hazelip was one of 75 radiologic science students from around the country chosen to participate in the program.


"The Student Leadership Development Program provides medical imaging and radiation therapy students with insight into the ASRT governance process," said ASRT President Julie Gill, Ph.D., R.T.(R)(QM). "While in Orlando, students will network with radiology leaders, participate in educational activities and learn from seasoned radiologic technologists. It's a great way for students to get involved early."


For more information about the ASRT and opportunities for radiologic science students, visit



About ASRT

The ASRT represents more than 152,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The Society is the largest radiologic science association in the world. Its mission is to advance and elevate the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality and safety of patient care.

St. Catharine College history professor Dr. David Wallace has watched the school change over the last 30 years. He's had a front-row seat.

Students past and present probably know him as a pillar of the institution. His sense of humor and wit make him a favorite professor.

After 30 years of teaching at St. Catharine College, he's decided it's time to retire.

"I wish there was some kind of dramatic thing I could say, that I made some outrageous statement and the president decided it was time for me to go, you know, or something like that," Wallace said. "I've always wanted to be part of a protest."

Wallace said he'll be 70 years old in August.

He said he sat down with his wife to see if they could afford for him to retire.

"(She) handles the finances or we would be somewhere in debtors prison if that wasn't the case," Wallace said. "So we talked about, can we afford this? Have we got enough set aside? What can we do? It seemed like a best time."

Wallace said most of his memories over the last 30 years are tied to students, faculty or staff.

"I wouldn't want to start naming students because I would leave people out and I've got 30 years' worth of students," Wallace said. "I've always got somebody coming back and saying, 'Do you remember me?' Most of the time I have to say, 'Look, I'm old. I don't remember what I had for breakfast this morning.'"

Many of his students have come back to work at St. Catharine College.

"As I look around campus, there are just an incredible number of people that work here that were my students at one time or another," he said. "Some had good experiences and some probably still curse my name in the dark of night somewhere. A lot of them stayed here and they're comfortable and they kind of make up the backbone of what I think is significant about this place."

Wallace said enrollment was probably around 300 students when he started. The library was on the opposite side of campus in a deep, dark cavern, he said. The library used the honor system for check-outs, he said.

"You didn't have to check (books) out, you just went to get them and I don't know how well that worked," he said. "I had this vision of people hoarding books and still have them somewhere and in the deep of night they go read them again."

There was no new cafeteria, no new residence halls.

"We ate with the nuns over in their cafeteria and the food was really good and it was kind of nice because we got to know some of them," he said. "I basically gained a lot of weight. Their desserts were really good, particularly."

Even though enrollment was smaller, Wallace said class sizes were much larger.

It was normal to have 30 to 35 students in a class then, Wallace said. Now, class sizes are closer to 10 or 15 students.

Wallace said he's had an office in six or seven different locations over his career, but he prefers to set up informally in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science building or in the Emily W. Hundley Library.

"I have to be around students or why be a teacher," Wallace said. "People know that so that's where my office hours are. I talk to a lot of students and get to know them that way."

Wallace, who said he's not normally socially outgoing, takes a different approach when it comes to students.

"I just can't function without talking and probably driving them a little bit crazy," he said. "If they could avoid me they would but there I am so they have to be polite. They're afraid I might flunk them or something."

Students, he said, are incredibly witty.

"They have this sense of humor," he said. "If they trust you, it will come out and you see it."

In essence, he said, students are what is special about St. Catharine College.

"That does not mean that I want to feed them all Kool-Aid and have those sleeping mats and take naps and take breaks and all that," he said. "But it does mean that communicating with them and trying to learn how to teach them is important. They're not going to remember the basic facts. They're probably going to remember some weird thing that I've told them about some president that has nothing to do with anything."

When the tassels are turned on May 10 and the class of 2014 departs the Lourdes Hall gymnasium, Dr. David Wallace will finish his distinguished career at St. Catharine College.

"Having been able to do that at St. Catharine for 30 years is a privilege," he said. "But I just think it's probably time to go do something else and teach occasionally maybe and see what happens."

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston recently announced the 2014 commencement speaker.

"I am pleased to announce that the 2014 Commencement Speaker for St. Catharine College is Mr. Guy Adams, who is President and CEO of the Christian Appalachian Project, Inc.," Huston said. "He has spent most of his professional career in non-profits that were mission-driven organizations. He understands SCC and certainly the students we serve in south central Kentucky. He will be inspirational and send a message to our graduates that they will build upon as they begin their professional careers."

A native Kentuckian who grew up in Louisville, but with roots in Appalachia, while a student at Berea College, Guy Adams thought he was being called into ministry. As his call clarified, he realized he was being called into the ministry of philanthropy.      

His first fundraising position was with Christian Appalachian Project (CAP), where he served as assistant director of development for three-and-a-half years. From there he moved to Texas and joined the national office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as assistant director of resource development.

For the next 15 years, he served three church-related, independent colleges -- all in Appalachia -- Mary Holmes College, a historically Black two-year college in West Point, Mississippi, as vice president for development, Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, as director of development, and Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, as vice president for development.    In 2005, he fulfilled a long-time goal of joining Gonser Gerber in Naperville, Illinois, where he served for five years as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and institutions. It was during this time that he consulted with St. Catharine College.

After joining Gonser Gerber, he believed the rest of his career would be spent consulting with nonprofits. In 2010, the unexpected happened when he was contacted about returning to Christian Appalachian Project, after an absence of 24 years, this time as its president & CEO.

For the past four years, he has led CAP, the 17th largest human services charity in the United States and the largest charity focused solely on serving people in need in Appalachia.   Of more than one million 501(c)(3) public charities in the U. S., CAP is the 171st largest, making a philanthropic impact of more than $100 million a year.

With a work force of 160 employees, 50 long-term volunteers, more than 1,000 short-term volunteers, and more than 1,000 partner agencies and churches, CAP annually impacts directly the lives of more than 50,000 individuals in eastern Kentucky through its human service programs and indirectly impacts more than 1.5 million individuals in all 13 states with federally designated Appalachian counties through Operation Sharing, a corporate gift-in-kind program. Appalachia covers from southwest New York state to northeast Mississippi.

With more than 30 years of experience working and volunteering in philanthropy, his personal mission is to encourage philanthropy and personal development.

St. Catharine College's senior management class will be hosting this year's Military Appreciation 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26. This annual event, a joint effort involving the college, Springfield City Police and the County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), will be raising funds to support the St. Vincent de Paul community food bank.

The chip-timed race starts on the college campus at 8 a.m. The course is relatively easy as it goes toward downtown Springfield on old Highway 150 to the turnaround point. An awards ceremony will be held immediately after the race concludes.

Runners, walkers, and amblers alike can register online at or can receive an emailed application by contacting Michelle Smith or Laura Dean at St. Catharine College (859-336-5082). Race day registrations begin at the college at 7 a.m. on April 26.

Judith Valente, an award-winning PBS religion journalist and celebrated poet, will be part of the Spiritual Teacher series hosted by St. Catharine College professor Matt Branstetter on March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Pettus Auditorium.

Valente and Bro. Paul Quenon visited the college in November to discuss their book, "The Art of Pausing."

"It grew out of a series of poetic and meditative exchanges Brother Paul and I began in 2008," Valente said. "It's an interesting story. I went to the Abbey as a PBS -TV correspondent to report a story on the 40th death anniversary of Thomas Merton. Brother Paul was interviewed for that TV segment. He has published five collections of poems and he told me he writes a three line poem each day as part of his meditative practice. He and I began exchanging a short poem each day for the next three years."

Valente said her March 31 discussion will be about "Contemplation in the Age of Twitter." She said she will be focusing on her latest book, "Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith." 

"Atchison Blue" focuses on Valente's time spent at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Kansas. During that time, she wrote, she took lessons from the Benedictine sisters "in the healing nature of silence, the habits of mindful living, and the freeing realization that failure is just as much a part of the spiritual journey as success."

The event is free and open to the public.

Valente is a Midwest correspondent for "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly," a national religion news show on PBS-TV. She's also a senior correspondent and producer at WGLT Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in Central Illinois.

Two upcoming dates are important for nursing students to mark on their calendars.

Nursing pre-admission conferences is coming up on Thursday, April 3 at 9 a.m. in the Matherly Conference Room in the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. Registration in the nursing office is due by noon the day before the session.

The HESI exam schedule for Fall 2014 entry registration is coming up on Friday, April 25 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The registration deadline is April 15. A $40 exam fee is due at registration in the nursing office.


Dr. Harry Toder, professor of criminal justice and sociology at St. Catharine College, recently had a guest column published in The Lebanon Enterprise, The Springfield Sun and The Kentucky Standard.

Toder's column discussed recognizing intermediate accomplishments in sports culture. He cited the Olympic medal of awarding gold, silver and bronze medals as a primary example. Toder has contributed to each of the newspapers through opinion pieces in the past, as well as publications such as USA Today.

To read Toder's column online, follow the links below. Each newspaper's content is protected by a paywall, but readers may see content for free for a short amount of time if they haven't previously done so.

The Lebanon Enterprise

The Springfield Sun

The Kentucky Standard

St. Catharine College Board of Trustee member Sr. Judy Morris and SCC faculty Dr. Harry Toder will be hosting a book signing for author Gloria Nixon-John on March 18 at 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. in Pettus Auditorium. She will be discussing her book, "The Killing Jar," which is based on the true story of one on the youngest Americans to be charged with a capital crime and sentenced to death.

The book tells a true story set in 1978 in "the insular hollows of Eastern Kentucky" about a young man that is "being starved, living in squalor and being verbally abused by his fanatically religious mother," according to information from Neverland Publishing.

While the young man suffers, neighbors and teachers turn a blind eye. One day, though, the young man murders his seven-year-old neighbor. He's later found guilty and sentenced to death row at the age of 16.

"The book is a good read, but it also has value for students of psychology and criminal justice," according to Neverland Publishing. "It begs that we pay attention to the plight of our children so that we may save them and in so doing save ourselves."

After Nixon-John discusses "The Killing Jar," the book will be available for purchase and for signing.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Toder at    

St. Catharine College welcomed three new faces to campus in January. These new students will bring diversity and new perspectives to the rural campus in Washington County.

Sié Tioyé from Bombara, Burkina Faso; Lusekelo Nkuwi from Singida, Tanzania; and Sathya Govidasamy from Coimbatore, India were selected as the Eleanor Bingham Miller International Scholarship recipients.

Eleanor Bingham Miller, from Louisville, inaugurated the International Scholarship Program for the Berry Farming Program with a three year grant which covers the tuitions and some living expenses for these three remarkable students. They are expected to graduate with the Berry Farming Program's first cohort in December 2016. The program is founded on the lifework of activist, farmer, and writer Wendell Berry.

During school breaks the international students will continue curriculum studies on and off campus. St. Catharine College is seeking partnerships with land owners, public parks systems and agricultural advocacy groups so that all Berry Farming Program students participate in immersion experiences, internships and apprenticeships.The "hands in the dirt" component is part of the unique approach offered by this program.

"My leadership grant gives St Catharine College and its partner, The Berry Center, the opportunity to manifest Wendell and his daughter Mary Berry's vision in real time with real people," Bingham Miller said. "Fundraising at the national and international level is greatly enhanced when prospective donors can see a new vision for ag education in action not just being discussed. We are grateful for all who have stepped up already to join me in helping to underwrite this critical effort. Climate change is a global reality and direct action is essential now."

Dr. Leah Bayens, program coordinator for the Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism (FEA) program, said applications from nearly 70 students representing 22 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Indian subcontinent were reviewed.

"The deliberation process was difficult because all applicants presented compelling accounts of their convictions. They all want to develop sustainable agricultural practices, economies, and cultures in their homeplaces," Bayens said. "Even so, the selection committee unanimously agreed that Sathya, Sié, and Lusekelo stood out as exemplary candidates because of their proven commitment to ecology-minded farming and their potential to transform the face of agriculture in their communities."

One of the conditions of the scholarship is that the recipients will return home to implement what they learned. That's an obligation that Tioyé takes seriously.

"Since I am the only one in my village to have gone this far in school, I made it a moral obligation to do everything that I can to help my people," he said. "I see that the problems I see in my village are due to the lack of knowledge: expanded families,  large  farms,  and  the  use  of  rudimentary  tools  and  techniques. I need to get the necessary training to address these issues accordingly."

All the students have experience with farming and agriculture. In fact, Govindasamy has taken part in a Guinness record-breaking event.

"We have been a part of (Project Green Hands) for about 10 years and took part in PGH's Guinness record for planting more than 8 million trees on a single day," she said. "For the next project, we are going to do another Guinness Record for maximum yield in organic cropping."

Nkuwi said he's looking forward to the diversity of the program and practical learning, but most importantly, he said, he wants to "collaboratively learn with passionate people about improving the life of people through farming."

Bayens said the three students from across the globe have already made their presence felt.
"Even in the short time they've been at St. Catharine, these three have already shown that we made the right choice," she said. "They are tenacious, humble, funny, and hard-working. Sié is so good with details and logistics. Sathya infuses conversations with her own joy and excitement. Lusekelo is witty and sharp as a tack."

The students and fellow FEA major Winifred Cheuvront also attended the Sustainability Summit in Louisville recently.

"These four SCC students took leading roles in the work group conversations. This no doubt impressed the city's most important green leaders--including Mayor Greg Fischer, to whom Sathya was introduced by Christy Lee Brown," Bayens said.

The students were recently welcomed at a reception at Waterfront Park Place in Louisville, hosted by Lawrence H. Butterfield, Jr., Bingham Miller and Kohi Rangaswamy. Wendell and Tanya Berry were also in attendance, as were board of trustee members and friends of the college.

Bayens said the campus and surrounding communities have been very welcoming to the new students.

"The students in the residence halls have been lending a hand and befriending them since they first arrived," Bayens said. "Dean of Students Ticha Chikuni and all of the Residence Life staff (but especially ResLife Director Chris Owens) have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the students settle in and manage a flurry of logistics. Eleanor Bingham Miller and SCC Board of Trustee member Lawrence H. Butterfield, Jr. arranged a day in Louisville to visit with a family affiliated with Sathya's family's ashram and to visit a farm in the area."

Butterfield said he hopes that everyone in the program, especially the international students, "will change farming from being an agri-business back to agriculture."

"After meeting each of the three international students, I am confident that they will return to their countries and do exactly that," Butterfield said. "The Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine will never completely change agri-business, but our emphasis to implement this change is 'one farmer at a time.'"

Bayens said, "All in all, this bodes to be an incredible experience for SCC, our local community, and ultimately for the students' home communities."

The Berry Farming Program represents a partnership between SCC and The Berry Center in New Castle, Ky. It is designed to meet the urgent need for bolstering rural communities, small farm production, and local markets.

To learn more about the Farming and Ecological Agrarianism degree, contact Dr. Leah Bayens at

Beginning in August 2014, students will have a new opportunity at St. Catharine College.

Athletic training, a close relative to physical therapy, will be the newest addition to St. Catharine College's academic offerings.

"We already have a solid athletic foundation here at the college so it was a natural fit to add a health science field that is heavily involved in athletics," Justin Farr, St. Catharine College sports information director and founder of the athletic training program, said.

"This program is a great compliment to a growing sports and wellness department," Huston Brown, St. Catharine College dean of the school of health and human sciences, said.

Farr said that St. Catharine College will offer a distinct advantage to student-athletes who want to enter the program. At most schools, student-athletes aren't allowed to study athletic training because of the difficulty in scheduling. That won't be the case at St. Catharine College. Students don't have to be athletes to be in the program, either.

"The students that we are targeting do not have to necessarily be athletes," Farr said. "Students don't have to be an athlete to come through this program."

Students don't have to be freshman just entering their collegiate career to join the program, either.

"You could have had an associate's degree already and still get into this program," Farr said. "We'll take transfer students; we'll take anybody that wants to come. If you meet the requirements and you feel like this is something you want to do, then you can apply and contact one of us for application information."

Like all of St. Catharine College's health science programs, the program will require time spent in practical, clinical environments. Farr said that opportunities for internships at Division I athletic programs is a possibility.

Farr added that the degree is a great foundation for any kind of pre-medical or pre-physical therapy program. It's also a great foundation for emergency medicine and physician assisting.

The program will prepare graduates for one of the fastest growing fields, Farr said. The field is also expanding beyond athletics.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "employment of athletic trainers and exercise physiologists is projected to grow from 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations."

The military and the manufacturing are two areas that have started using athletic trainers.

"It saves costs for the company and saves costs for the patient," Farr said.
Students considering a bachelor's of science in athletic training should possess good science, math, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.

To find out more about the program, contact Justin Farr at or at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1320.

The 2014 Mr. and Miss St. Catharine College were announced on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Lourdes Hall during the St. Catharine College men's basketball game against Campbellsville University.

Craig Cox and Drew Ison were named the 2014 Mr. and Miss St. Catharine.

Cox is a junior from Louisville who is majoring in business management. He is a member of the bowling team, the vice chair of the judiciary council, a resident assistant and a work-study in the residence life office.

Ison is a junior from Winchester majoring in radiologic imaging. She is a member of the National Honor Society Lambda Nu and the Health Occupations Students of America. She is a member of the golf team and a cheerleader. She's also a resident assistant, a volunteer at the Catholic Action Center and at St. Joseph St. Vincent de Paul Society, among many other activities.

The runners up for Mr. and Miss St. Catharine College were Jake McCoy and Casey Stone.

Crowned for the first time were a Junior Mr. and Miss St. Catharine. This award goes to students who have only been at St. Catharine for less than one year.

Mark Browning and Kelli Volenski were named Junior Mr. and Miss St. Catharine College.

Browing is a freshman from Louisville majoring in pre-nursing. He is a member of the bowling team and is a youth bowling coach at Ken Bowl and Dixie Bowl in Louisville. He previously worked as a counter intelligence agent at Geek Squad and as an IT technician at Winston Industries. He's currently a ball-drilling technician at Bowler's Solutions of Louisville.

Volenski is a freshman from Michigan majoring in radiologic technology. She is a senator in the Student Government Association, a member of the Patriot Activity Council and a member of the women's varsity bowling team.

The runners up for Junior Mr. and Miss St. Catharine College were Aaron Abarbo and Keely Taylor.


Pictured from left to right are: St. Catharine College Student Government Association President Starr Roberts, Mr. SCC Craig Cox, Miss SCC Drew Ison and St. Catharine College President William D. Huston.  Runners up for Mr. and Miss St. Catharine were Jake McCoy and Casey Stone. Also, for the first time this year, a Junior Mr. and Miss St. Catharine College were crowned. Kelli Volenski and Mark Browning received those honors. Runners up for Junior Mr. and Miss St. Catharine College were Aaron Abarbo and Keely Taylor.


The Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College recently received a special gift from the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky.

Presented to the library was a quilt, which was originally created by Penny Sisto of Floyd Knobs, Ind., formerly of Nelson County, Kentucky.

The following description was sent with the quilt, which now hangs in the first floor Mattingly Reading Room of the library: "This quilt came from a vision by the artist. She was out delivering twin lambs. One of them died so she skinned it so it wouldn't go to waste. Since it was close to Christmas, she imagined how Mary would have wrapped her baby. Then she went in and started embroidering Mary with the baby wrapped in a lamb skin. She chose the Indian because she's always lived off the land and native women are close to her heart. Mary was probably dark-skinned because of where she came from."

In Sisto's biography on her website, she said, "My quilts spring full-born into my mind. My task, if you will, is to allow my clumsy hands to make them manifest."

FRANKFORT, Ky. --  St. Catharine College junior Ailee Raley has been awarded a Frankfort semester internship and is spending her spring semester working and studying in Kentucky's state capital.

Raley, of Lebanon, is majoring in business management with a focus in human resources and is doing her internship in the state Department of Revenue.  She is among several St. Catharine College students who have had similar internships in recent years.

The internship program, sponsored by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), provides on-the-job experiences for students interested in public affairs and also gives them an opportunity to consider public service as a career option. In addition to working 30 hours per week, the interns also complete academic seminars in public administration and Kentucky government and politics.  Completion of the program qualifies them for up to a full semester of credit from their home institutions.  Interns also receive $2,500 stipends to partially cover their living expenses for the semester.

"The experience has been great so far," Raley said. "I am getting to meet a lot of people and also learning many new things. Not only am I learning about things in the revenue department but also about current things going on in our government." 

Since its beginning in the year 2000, 129 students from Kentucky's 20 independent colleges and universities have participated in the internship program. More information about the AIKCU internship program is available at

The St. Catharine College Circle of Friends campaign that featured an evening with University of Kentucky broadcast legends Tom Leach and Mike Pratt recently closed and the final tally was approximately $250,000.

Leach and Pratt were on campus on Dec. 12 and spoke to a packed house at the Spalding Student & Community Center. They gave insight on University of Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Calipari and his career at UK. Leach and Pratt also mingled with guests of the college prior to taking the podium.

Len Spalding and Bob Goodlett served as the campaign chairs and both considered it a huge success.

"Our St. Catharine College Circle of Friends was a real triumph of broad community support as well as teamwork and preparation by the staff at SCC," Spalding said. "At the end of evening we received many nice compliments from people who reported that they had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves."

"I feel the St. Catharine College Circle of Friends was a real success not only in money received but along with a large and enthusiastic crowd," Goodlett said. "I personally made contact with approximately 50 different people in our community and every visit resulted in a positive response toward the college. The community remains very supportive of St. Catharine College and is willing to respond to the economic needs of the college. We must continue our efforts to convey the success stories of the college in and around our community. The future of the college remains strong and we can and will continue to ask for their support."

Funds raised from the campaign go towards student financial assistance and scholarships.

Dr. Nancye McCrary and Dr. Leah Bayens were recently published in the first edition of a new peer-reviewed journal about rural women and girls.

The journal, titled "The Notebook: A progressive journal about women & girls with rural & small town roots", was founded by Kate Larken.

Bayens described Larken as a "publisher, musician, writer, artist, and all-around incredible Kentuckian."

Bayens and McCrary were also added to the journal's editorial team by Larken.

According to Bayens, the journal is sponsored by the Grassroots Women Project and is funded, in part, by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Bayens's piece is titled "Never Hurts to Know: Nine Musings"

Bayens shares her thoughts on change, ways to contribute, growing, vision, roots, a woman's place, lessons learned, leaving a legacy and culture.

McCrary's piece is titled "Unshattered Courage: Rural Women, Single Mothers & Higher Education". Her piece discusses the courage of a single mother to seek something better for her life and her children through education.

McCrary declares, "The inexplicable courage required for a single mother to pursue postsecondary education is no less heroic than the deeds of decorated war veterans."

To learn more about "The Notebook", a description is available online here:

The first issue is available on Amazon here: 

World-class violinist Emma Sutton, who recently graduated from The Julliard with a master's degree, will be performing March 2 at 3 p.m. at St. Catharine Hall on the campus of St. Catharine College and St. Catharine Motherhouse. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sutton is the appointed assistant concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra for the 2013-2014 season. She'll spend a year in Kentucky before returning to New York City.

Teresa Tedder, Director of Mid-Kentucky Arts and Musician-in-Residence at St. Catharine College, said the Dominican Sisters were extraordinarily kind to Sutton when she was in New York and she wanted to repay the favor by doing a concert for the Dominican Sisters here.

Sutton's appearance is a collaboration between the Dominican Sisters, an organization called Music That Heals and the Mid-Kentucky Chorus at St. Catharine.

Music That Heals was founded in 1997. Since its inception, the program has brought live professional musical performances to sick children and adults in healthcare facilities throughout New York City, Tedder said.

"To date they have reached over 150,000 people through their performances," Tedder said. "They average 30 performances a month and they have a roster of over 25 professional musicians."

Music selections for this concert include:  Violin  Sonata in B Flat Major, by Mozart; Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod, an arrangement of Beau Soir, by Claude Debussy and Ernest Bloch's Nigun (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life), which will be played on the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin. Sutton will be accompanied by Tedder, director of Mid-Kentucky Arts and Musician-in-Residence at St. Catharine College.

"It is extraordinary that we have a world-class violinist here in Central Kentucky," Tedder said.

Sutton has worked with prestigious orchestras across the United States-- the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony and the American Symphony Orchestra.  She is the honorary recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin bestowed to her by Mark O'Conner.

Emma received her training at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School of Music in New York.   She has toured in London, Beijing, Sao Paulo and Sydney.  She has also performed on Sesame Street as a member of the Juilliard Chamber Octet. 

Emma currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky but will return to New York in June.

What degree did you earn from St. Catharine College and when did you graduate?

 I graduated in 1978 with an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in liberal arts.


  1. 2.     What have you been doing since then?


After I graduated, I went on to Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and received my BS degree in psychology. From there, I went to The University of Toledo in Ohio and earned my MA in experimental psychology. After receiving my master's, I worked in the human services field (with adults with developmental disabilities, with individuals who are homeless, with persons who have severe psychiatric diagnoses, with those with substance addictions, and with at-risk families), and in clinical trials research focusing mainly on psychiatric diagnoses such as panic disorder, geriatric depression, major depressive disorder, and adult ADHD.


I also took courses in divinity, theology and pastoral counseling at Trinity Lutheran Seminary after graduating from St. Catharine, which allowed me to do prison ministry and work as a hospital chaplain for a while. I settled in New Jersey for about 15 years before moving back to KY to live in Louisville, where I've been since November of 2005. I really enjoyed living a block and a half from the Atlantic Ocean, and I miss that about the Jersey Shore!


Currently, I live in the Highlands Neighborhood of Louisville with my cat named Ellery! He is a wonderful friend to me! I am a field services representative at The American Printing House for the Blind here in town. My main responsibility is to travel around the contiguous United States educating folks about, and exhibiting APH products. My secondary responsibility is producing videos, which started out as a hobby and morphed into a work skill!


When I'm not working, I enjoy playing with Ellery, dining out, acrylic painting, making things out of duct tape, producing music and short videos, playing laser tag, and going to concerts. I have an art show coming up in March 2014 at Highland Coffee Company in Louisville, and I'm in the process of preparing for that!


  1. 3.     How did St. Catharine College prepare you for life after college?


One of the main things I learned at St. Catharine was how to forge authentic friendships that last. There was a real sense of community there that I'd never experienced before. I had moved around so much as a child, and finding out I could make solid friendships was a huge thing for me. I keep in touch with a number of friends from that time in my life, and I am so thankful for that gift of love which has continued through the years.


  1. 4.     Any favorite memories from your time at St. Catharine?


The dances! I loved getting dressed up and meeting my date, and the dorm being abuzz with excitement, then walking over to Lourdes Hall for the event. I also loved the basketball games. Never got into school sports till then! The spring musical in 1977 was "Little Mary Sunshine," and it was great fun performing in it. I was also very involved with the Encounter Club and seasonal retreats - good memories there, too. The winters at St. Catharine were those two very snowy years, and all of us dorm students had fun being snowed in together!


  1. 5.     Anything you'd like to add?


Here's the link of a training video I produced, now for sale in the APH catalog!


Here is a link for weekly APH Quick Tips, which is also my responsibility.

Three of the newest St. Catharine College students - Lusekelo Nkuwi, Sathya Govindasamy and Sié Tioyé - were welcomed by friends of St. Catharine College on Feb. 9, 2014 at Waterfront Park Place in Louisville. The students are enrolled in the Berry Farming Program and are the recipients of full scholarships from Eleanor Bingham Miller. Join us in welcoming our new students.

St. Catharine College's commitment to sustainability, community engagement, and building college-community working partnerships was highlighted in front of an international audience when Dr. David Donathan, St. Catharine College's Professor of Management, discussed his efforts at SCC to make sustainability a practice and not just a topic. He showcased one of his Interdisciplinary Studies Courses during which he has partnered with Serano Alapacas and Yarns in Springfield to illustrate how academic classroom studies can be supplemented by practical hands-on experience in a local sustainable business to enable students to better understand the impacts and possibilities of Eco-Business. 

The conference brought together delegates from over 30 countries representing every aspect of sustainability: faculty, researchers, policy makers, professional practitioners, and program administrators. Presentations and plenary sessions ranged from how tourism impacts natural resources and historic sites (eco-tourism) to government policies and their impact on preservation and resource sustainability to best practices in teaching/researching sustainability issues. Donathan noted that "the vast array of projects and practices worldwide show how sustainability has no borders. Many of the presentations showed clear links and applications across many countries and cultural concerns." He said the best take away from the conference was the ability to discuss common issues and network with global practitioners.

"The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature" recently accepted a short story by St. Catharine College Associate Professor Dr. Becky Lee Meadows entitled "Three Seconds" for publication in its June 2014 online magazine. The piece takes place in the span of three seconds and involves the final moments of life of a woman who left her southern, country home life for the hot pavement of the city.

"You've nailed it!" wrote Valerie MacEwan, editor and publisher of "The Dead Mule," in regard to Meadows's "Three Seconds." "This succinct quick zap of the energy and significance of place when confounded by the strangeness, the desolation, and power in one's geographic reality.... That is what the South does to us. It affects us always. Our sense of place can either elevate us or destroy us."

Meadows got the idea for the piece one day as she was walking back from class, and she went to her office and immediately wrote the first draft. "It didn't take long to write," she said, "but writing shorter pieces for me is much more difficult than writing a novel. I had to craft every sentence as perfectly as possible."

"The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature" can be found online at It began as a print publication in 1995 with a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and became a purely online publication after fulfilling grant specifications and publishing its inaugural print edition.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named St. Catharine College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.


"Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows St. Catharine College's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools."  Complete survey methodology is available at


The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

ABOUT Victory Media Inc

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Dr. Harry Toder, professor of criminal justice and sociology at St. Catharine College, recently had an opinion letter published in the Jan. 2 edition of USA Today.

Toder's letter was in response to a column by Laura Baverman about Detroit challenging young people to improve the rebuilding city.

For Toder, this is the latest in a long line of letters published in the national publication. To see the piece about Detroit, follow the link (

Since 2008, Toder has been published in USA Today six times. Topics have included science possibly reinforcing spirituality in the future, senior workers having rights in the workforce, potential flaws in an inmate fee system, the potential of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, a postsecondary education course devoted to give students a big picture of what higher education can provide and how to revive Detroit.

Dr. Toder is also the chair of the social services department and the coordinator of BA in criminal justice program at St. Catharine College. He can be reached via email at

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.   

Dr. David Donathan's senior practicum class at St. Catharine College recently donated stuffed animals to Springfield City Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department in support of the Bears on Patrol program. Law enforcement officers can keep the toys in their cruisers and distribute them to children in cases they deem necessary.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

St. Catharine College second-year student Mindy Rice was recently featured in the SDMS News Wave in the New Member Scan section. SDMS is also known as the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. 

According to the newsletter, SDMS News Wave "is published to inform SDMS members of meetings, events and policies as well as trends and issues in the sonography profession."

The SDMS website is located online at  


Employees in the office of financial aid want to remind students that the time to file FAFSA forms for 2014-15 is now. File early for the greatest chance at the maximum amount of federal and state aid available for the upcoming academic year.

The financial aid office is planning campus workshops in January to help students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online filing process. Mark your calendars with these important dates to fill out your forms.

Join us on Jan. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, or 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Emily W. Hundley Library computer lab on the first floor.

The list below details documents students can use for early filing to make the process go smoothly:


  • Student 2012 tax returns and W-2 forms
  • Parent 2012 tax returns and W-2 forms
  • Total earnings from Social Security Benefits for parents and/or students
  • Amount received from child support
  • Amount received from unemployment compensation
  • Amount received from retirement
  • Copy of payment stuffs from 2012 showing earnings through Dec. 2013 for student and parent

For questions regarding documentation needed to complete FAFSA forms, please contact the financial aid office via email at