Campus briefs

Student life introduces philanthropy project

The Office of Student Life is now hiring a student executive director for its “Up ’til Dawn” program, slated to begin this fall. The program is a “major philanthropic effort” to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to Stephanie McGoldrick, coordinator in the office of student life.

Teams of six students, led by a student executive board, will carry out fundraisers to benefit the hospital, which is funded solely with donations.

“We’re talking $30, $40, $50,000, is our goal to raise,” McGoldrick said. “It’s something new and exciting, and is going to be really cool for NKU.”

Students can apply for the executive director position from now until March 5, and interviews will be held after spring break. Students can apply for executive board positions at the end of March, and planning for the fall will occur over the summer break.

Physicians and researchers at St. Jude have increased survival rates for childhood cancers to more than 80 percent.

Local company donates software to NKU

Greater Cincinnati software company Cincom Systems Inc. has donated a $150,000 rules-based software development system to the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program at Northern Kentucky University this month.

The system will allow students to develop a prototype to analyze application requirements for international students at NKU. The goal of MSIS students is to make the application system for international students easier and more efficient.

Cincom “builds, sells and supports software for data access and integration, process automation, manufacturing business solutions and business communications,” according to its Web site,

Garage to alleviate parking problem

Construction is underway on a new three-level parking garage that will provide 680 additional spaces for student vehicles.

According to the Nov. 2003 Facilities Management Presidential Report, the project has a budget of $9.1 million.

Students can access the garage via Kenton Drive and, possibly, from the proposed I-275/AA Highway Connector Road in the future.

By August 2004, 250 spaces are projected to be available.

The remaining 430 will be open by spring 2005.