Across the University

Informatics continues search for new dean, hosts finalists
Northern Kentucky University will host campus visits for the two finalists in the running for the Dean of Informatics position. Kevin Kirby, the interim dean, and Dennis Adams from the University of Houston are scheduled to visit the university from Dec. 5 through Dec. 13.

Latino Student Affairs to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe
The Office of Latino Student Affairs is hosting a special program and mass to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe at noon Dec. 8 in the University Center chapel. The following programs will continue in the University Center cafeteria and will conclude with a social in University Center 207 at 2 p.m. For more information about the celebration, contact Diane Maldonado at

Steely Library extending nightly hours for finals week
To accommodate the extra study time most students need during the finals, Steely Library is offering extended hours from Dec. 4 through Dec. 8 and Dec. 11 through Dec. 14. During these days, the library will be open until 2 a.m. For more information about Steely Library’s extended hours, contact the public services desk at 859-572-5457.

State named seventh partner in national learning initiative
Kentucky was recently named the seventh official state partner in the national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise: Excellence for Everyone as a Nation Goes to College. The Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, as well as the colleges taking part in the initiative, “are working to clarify what common learning outcomes all Kentucky college students should be able to demonstrate,” according to a press release. “The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education sought to become a LEAP partner state because the goals of LEAP are so congruent with our new 2011-15 strategic agenda for Kentucky postsecondary and adult education,” said Robert King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

54-hour entrepreneurship project planned at NKU
Northern Kentucky University will host a Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs in Griffin Hall on Jan. 13-15, 2012. Startup Weekends last 54 hours, in which “hackers, hustlers and designers” spend the weekend pitching ideas and putting those ideas into action with business plans and demo prototypes. Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. Northern Kentucky CEO awards one scholarship to cover the cost of registration. For more information about the scholarship, email