Campus briefs

Student honored with new scholarship The first Eric D. Meyer Memorial Scholarship Award was presented to Northern Kentucky University student Nicci Mechler on April 14 at the Department of Literature and Language Awards. The scholarship honors poet and English major Eric Meyer, who was killed in a May 19, 2003 house fire. The award is unique in that it was established and endowed through the grassroots fundraising efforts of Meyer’s friends and fans in small donations. Meyer’s father and mother presented the $500 award saying that it would grow as the scholarship gets older. A benefit show for the scholarship is scheduled for June 5 at Radio Down. Cameron Martin Cochran and The Great Depression are scheduled to perform.

NKU receives funding for Digital Science Center Northern Kentucky University will receive $1.2 million in federal dollars for its new Digital Science Center, after a committee of lawmakers gave approval April 13. NKU had already secured money for the project earlier this year, through private funds. This money will now be allocated toward operational costs. The digital science center, which will be located within the Natural Science Center, would be equipped with 30-foot diameter domed screen, with over 60 seats.

Partnership hopes to attract more health workers The Health Alliance and Northern Kentucky University have teamed up in effort to attract more students to nursing and health programs. This three-year partnership is in response to the shortage of nurses and other health professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area. NKU will receive $55,000 annually from the Health Alliance to support salary pay for nursing and health programs faculty members. Scholarship money will also be provided for students entering into the program.

NKU, Cincom host technology seminar Northern Kentucky University, in partnership with Cincom Systems, Inc., hosted a free half-day seminar April 16 to teach local business leaders to use knowledge management technologies. Attendees learned to solve distribution and logistics problems, configure bank ATM machines, pre-approve insurance claims, and streamline student admissions processes using the technology.