The Northerner

President announces furlough, salary reductions for new fiscal year

The second floor of the Student Union shortly after the pandemic was declared.

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

June 30, 2020

President Ashish Vaidya announced financial plans for Fiscal year 21 (FY21) which include furloughs, salary reductions and a hiring freeze in a letter sent to the NKU community on Monday. The President said the university is likely to face an $8 million deficit in the university’s budget. To prepare...

Vaidya announced NKU fall 2020 plans: hybrid classes, social distancing

The walk path between Nunn Hall  and Founders Hall.

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

June 15, 2020

NKU will resume some in-person class meetings in fall 2020, President Ashish Vaidya announced in a campus-wide email Monday afternoon. The fall semester will start on August 17, 2020, as scheduled. Fall convocations and new student convocation will be held virtually with dates to be announced. In-person ...

Provost Sue Ott Rowlands to step down December 31

Provost

Rachel Smith, News Editor

May 27, 2020

Sue Ott Rowlands will step down as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs on December 31, 2020. A national search for her successor will begin in early June, and the position will be filled by January 1, 2021. Rowlands has been NKU’s provost since early 2014. She has served under...

Board of regents discuss tuition freeze, new majors, research misconduct

Regents Chair Lee Scheben and President Dr. Ashish Vaidya at a Board of Regents meeting Nov. 14, 2018.

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

May 14, 2020

During its May meeting, the Board of Regents discussed a research misconduct proposal from the Faculty Senate along with announcements of tuition freezes, new majors and programs and a new residence hall to begin construction. Associate Professor of Chemistry John Farrar, Professor in Chase College of Law ...

How coronavirus affected Norse abroad

A rooftop view from their hotel in Antigua, Guatemala.

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

March 22, 2020

The University announced on March 18 that all Education Abroad trips are canceled through the end of summer. Michelle Melish, assistant director in the office of education abroad, said emails were sent to the 16 students abroad asking them to come home. For Christina Fultz, senior Spanish and elementary...

NKU creates team to prepare for Coronavirus

NKU creates team to prepare for Coronavirus

Rachel Smith, Assistant News Editor

February 28, 2020

NKU has assembled a team to ensure campus preparedness if the Coronavirus impacts the region, according to a campus-wide email sent by President Ashish Vaidya. The team is led by Provost Sue Ott Rowlands and consists of “representatives from student affairs, international programs, health and safety, ac...

Board of Regents discuss renovation plans across campus

Andra' R. Ward, vice chair and NKU President Ashish Vaidya.

Noelle Horn, Assistant News Editor

November 14, 2019

Renovations needed to multiple buildings on campus Mary Paula Schuh, director of planning, design and construction, and Mike Hales, interim vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer, spoke about recommendations for the capital budget—the allocated budget for main...

NKU offers displaced CCU students 50 percent tuition discount

A view of Loch Norse.

Josh Kelly, Managing Editor

October 30, 2019

NKU is offering a 50 percent tuition discount to Cincinnati Christian University students for the next spring semester after the university abruptly announced it is closing its doors at the end of this fall semester. The closing, announced earlier this week, will displace nearly 700 students at the...

Vaidya discusses strategic framework, retention issues at SGA

President Vaidya attended the Oct. 21 meeting. Vaidya said, “I do believe that great ideas can come from anywhere, as long as they keep the students front and center.

Noelle Horn, Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2019

President Ashish Vaidya addressed the concerns of students and shared updates in regards to NKU’s strategic framework, enrollment and how NKU can best serve the region.  Student success is priority Success by Design, a strategic framework that prioritizes students’ success, is a response to co...

Spring forum: Vaidya talks new plans, budget and enrollment

President Ashish Vaidya addresses students, faculty and staff at a spring forum event on April 18, 2019.

Josh Goad, Assistant News Editor

April 22, 2019

President Ashish Vaidya hosted a spring forum Thursday, April 18, to a crowd of staff, faculty and students alike. Vaidya talked briefly about enrollment, the 2020 fiscal year budget and upcoming university initiatives. “If there is anytime in higher education that is the worst time to do some...

Five questions with the sixth president

Dr. Ashish Vaidya is NKU's sixth president.

Natalie Hamren and Josh Goad

April 1, 2019

He's traveled the world, taught at universities around the country and now that he's arrived at NKU, do you truly know Dr. Ashish Vaidya? The Northerner: Throughout all your travels, what’s been your favorite food? Dr. Ashish Vaiyda: "We are foodies, my family; we are food snobs ... we have extremel...

Pensions: Bills could freeze NKU’s payment or help school leave system

The James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union.

Josh Goad, Assistant News Editor

March 25, 2019

Another spring, another pension crisis. Universities across the commonwealth could soon feel the strain of Kentucky’s underfunded state retirement system through sweeping budget cuts. But as the legislative session draws to a close, two new bills are aimed at solving the pension quandary. One...

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