Across the University 4/11/2012

Student becomes president for a day

Sophomore psychology major Julie Shafer had the opportunity to be “President for a Day” and Northern Kentucky University President James Votruba was a student for the same day. NKU’s Presidential Ambassadors host a clothing and non-perishable food drive to support the Brighton Center that also includes a raffle to switch places with Votruba and be “President for a Day.” Shafer went to meetings with Votruba, and he went to class with her to take a quiz and remember what it’s like to be a student.

State gives grant to improve college readiness

Northern Kentucky University received a $40,000 grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to expand the university’s early assessment program in English. The grant is part of Senate Bill 1, which works to revise Kentucky’s common core content standards and related assessments. The main goal of NKU’s early assessment program is to increase writing instruction to meet state mandates for improving the college readiness and eventual college success.

Steely offering e-books for Nook, Kindle, iPad

Steely Library now offers downloadable e-books (EBSCOhost eBooks and ebrary only) that can be checked out and transferred to various computers, mobile devices, and readers. E-books are accessible through the library’s catalog. Students who want to download need to install the free reader software Adobe Digital Editions. Steely Library’s website offers a guide to download the app to iPads. Students can search for “How to download e-books to iPad” on the library website to find the guide.

Law and informatics breakfast series continues

The Northern Kentucky University Chase Law & Informatics Institute is presenting “Ethics in Informatics: Changing Ethics Rules and New SEC Guidance Redefine the Competency of the Lawyer” featuring Dean Dennis R. Honabach and professor Jon M. Garon, director of the Law & Informatics Institute. The program will be held in Cincinnati at 7:30 a.m. on May 4 at Wood, Herron & Evans LLP in Cincinnati. For more information and registration, visit or contact Lindsey Jaeger at

Norse baseball player makes it to the big leagues

Northern Kentucky University alum and Norse baseball player was recently drafted to the Chicago White Sox baseball team and will be included on the major league roster. Nathan Jones, a pitcher who also attended Pendleton County High School, was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He played for five years in the minors, but began this season April 6 as a member of the 25-man roster.