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President Mearns crashes the party at student comedy night

President Mearns writes 'Thank You Notes' in a Thursday Night Live skit. Mearns crashed the student comedy show Thursday night.

Kerry Skiff, Copy Editor

August 23, 2014

Instead of resting from the first week of classes, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns decided to make a guest appearance at a student-run comedy event. Thursday Night Live, the NKU take on the popular late-night show Saturday Night Live (SNL), is hosted by the leadership team of the Baptist Campus Ministry....

Strategic plan numbers paint a bright picture

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns speaks about the coming year during his Fall 2014 Convocation. The NKU Fall 2014 Convocation was held in Greaves Hall on NKU campus on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Richard Cracchiolo, News Editor

August 20, 2014

President Mearns and the other members of NKU’s Fuel the Flame campaign released tangible numbers stating target goals as well as how far the university has come towards reaching those goals and where it stands now. Topics included projected numbers for six-year graduation rates, an anticipated dro...

Convocation speech reminds university why it’s special

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns speaks about the coming year during his Fall 2014 Convocation. The NKU Fall 2014 Convocation was held in Greaves Hall on NKU campus on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Richard Cracchiolo, News Editor

August 15, 2014

Northern Kentucky University’s original dedication was held on a cold November morning in 1961, according to President Mearns. He said that many elected officials spoke with optimism that a $1 million dollar investment would pay dividends for the people of Northern Kentucky. One official, Mearns sa...

From maintenance to law, Mearns has done it all.

Mearns was hired to be Ball State University's 17th president.

Mac Payton, News editor

October 9, 2013

Geoffrey Mearns has never been one to shy away from opportunities. From working hard on a maintenance staff, to prosecuting the Italian mafia in New York City, to becoming NKU’s fifth president, opportunities are something Mearns feels are very important; something not to be wasted.   In the summer betwe...

President Mearns kicks off series to highlight humanities in academia

Erin Mullins, Staff Writer

September 19, 2013

The path to becoming the president of NKU began in a non-traditional way, President Geoffrey Mearns told a crowd of students, faculty, friends and family on Wednesday as the first speaker in a semester-long series that will highlight the valuable skills achieved by studying the humanities. Mearns graduate...

University releases draft of strategic plan

University releases draft of strategic plan

Kevin Schultz, Editor-in-Chief

August 30, 2013

The NKU Strategic Planning Committee released the first draft of the NKU 2013-18 Strategic Plan which included student success, talent development, academic innovation, community engagement and institutional excellence as its five main goals. Geoffrey Mearns, president of NKU and Strategic Planning Commi...

New athletic director celebrates ‘a new day in NKU athletics’ with Chamber of Commerce

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs 'N Issues breakfast on August 13 at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center in Erlanger, Kentucky was a chance for business owners from around the area to meet the new NKU Athletic Director Ken Bothof and talk about his bold new vision of NKU Athletics. NKU President Geoffrey Mearns answers questions from business owners about how he sees the future of Northern Kentucky University's athletic program.

Kevin Schultz, Editor-in-Chief

August 13, 2013

It may only have been his second official day, but Northern Kentucky University’s new Director of Athletics Ken Bothof wasted no time sitting around the office. Bothof spent this morning alongside NKU President Geoffrey Mearns, several university athletic coaches, a dozen or so student athlete...

Tobacco task force meets for early planning

Richard Cracchiolo, Contributing writer

March 5, 2013

NKU’s tobacco policy task force met for the first time last week to begin discussing NKU’s transition to a tobacco free campus. The task force will meet once every week or two and will feed the information they’ve gathered to an advisory council that will start writing and making their recommendations...

BREAKING: NKU to go tobacco free

Claire Higgins, Editor-in-chief

January 9, 2013

The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents voted today to transform the campus into a completely tobacco-free space. NKU will join the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University as one of Kentucky’s tobacco-free campuses and University of Louisville as a smoke-free campus. The board...

Search for VP of Student Affairs begins

Caitlin Centner, Staff Writer

October 25, 2012

The search for the vice president for student affairs is underway at Northern Kentucky University. A search committee, appointed by President Geoffrey Mearns, includes nine members. Gerard St. Amand, the search committee chair and vice president for university advancement said, “The president...

Mearns talks with students, faculty on listening tour

Mac Payton, Contributing writer

October 11, 2012

In the second stop of a 26-part listening tour, Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns met with a small group of campus constituents Wednesday afternoon to discuss what they think of the university. Students and faculty spoke about what they liked most about NKU, but also about what...

Ceremony planned to install new president

Ceremony planned to install new president

Kevin Schultz, Staff writer

October 11, 2012

Northern Kentucky University will install Geoffrey Mearns as its fifth president during a unique inaugural ceremony set to take place Oct. 26 at The Bank of Kentucky Center. Doors to the event will open to the public at 1:15 p.m. with festivities set to kick off at 1:30 p.m. A prelude concert to be...

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