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2010 News Release Archive

St. Catharine commits to nearly $1 million toward campus energy efficiency
St. Catharine College President William D. Huston received an early Christmas present on Dec. 7 when it was announced that SCC was granted approval to move from Level II to Level III status and will offer its first ever master’s programs. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky.

Local Catholics participated in a forum on the campus of St. Catharine College Sunday to voice their concerns to area politicians. Among the topics of discussion were a womans right to know the risks of having an abortion, and seeking a cap of 36-percent interest on payday loans. Rev. Patrick Delahanty, the interim director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, said the event, the second of such to be held at SCC, is a way for Catholics to share their views on issues with the people who represent them on the state level.

St. Catharine College embraces the idea that it is The College for central Kentucky. And recently, nothing has brought that regional status more into focus than the Big Read. That is the project orchestrated by the St. Catharine’s Reading Program:  rtl³: read to learn. read to lead. read to live. that will envelope the tri-county area beginning in late February.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment within communities.  

“I wrote the grant without any idea if we would be selected,” said rtDirector Evelyn Silliman. “We received over $5,000 which has allowed us to buy 620 books that we will use in the three counties [Washington, Nelson and Marion].”

From a list of 27 books, St. Catharine chose The Maltese Falcon for the local Big Read. And, while adults will be reading that work, 70 copies of The Malted Falcon , the children’s version of the classic, will be distributed to local elementary school students.

A total of 16 Big Read events in the tri-county will be held over a one month period beginning February 28th. The events will include a contest to design a new cover for the old classic, many discussion groups, a “Meet the Mystery Writers Day” along with distribution of the free books. For a list of all events in the three counties visit

St. Catharine College will launch the Big Read on Sunday, February 28th with a visit from Lynn Hightower, noted mystery writer and long-time Kentucky resident. That will take place in Pettus Auditorium from 6:00 to 7:30. Hightower is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she studied creative writing with Wendell Berry. Her books have been included in the New York Times List of Notable Books, the London Times Bestseller List, and the W.H.. Smith Fresh Talent Awards. She has received the Shamus Award, and been nominated for the Kentucky Literary Award, the Kentucky Librarians First Choice Award, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

“We are really excited about all of the events we have planned,” added Silliman. “It will be a month of fun and conversation about this classic detective novel.  Everyone in the tri-county area is invited to join in The Big Read.”

Tim Wolz is not unfamiliar with soccer in the Mid-South Conference. For eight years he coached soccer at the University of the Cumberlands, where he was named Conference Coach of the Year in 2002. Now Wolz will reacquaint himself with the Mid-South Conference as he was recently named as the coach of the men’s team at St. Catharine College. Paul Patton has coached both the men and women at SCC for the last four years and will remain as the women’s coach.

“I have known Paul for a long time as well as Paul Brooks (Patton’s assistant coach)” said Wolz. “Coach Brooks told me about the coaching opening here and I’m excited to be back in the Mid-South Conference as part of the St. Catharine program.”

Wolz has extensive coaching experience at many levels. In addition to his eight years at The University of the Cumberlands he coached for two years each at Eckerd College and Coker College.  Wolz has also served as Academy Coordinator for the U-9 team at Mockingbird Valley Soccer in Louisville. He is currently the assistant coach with the Louisville Lightning a men’s professional indoor soccer team. His playing experience includes four years on the St. Xavier High School team in Louisville and two years at Western Kentucky University.

“I am glad that we are able to split the coaching duties of our two soccer programs,” said St. Catharine athletic director Mike Doig. “We feel fortunate to have someone with Tim’s experience and knowledge of soccer in this region on our staff.”

Wolz added, “The first step is to get players who will make a difference and gel as a team, players who will buy into my system and represent St. Catharine College well.”

Nationally acclaimed mystery writer Lynn Hightower will be the guest speaker Sunday, February 28, in Pettus Auditorium on the campus of St. Catharine.  Hightower, a nationally acclaimed author of mystery novels, will visit to take part in the launch of the Big Read project that will be a month long series of events at St. Catharine and the surrounding communities.

The local Big Read project, orchestrated by Evelyn Silliman who is the Director of the reading program (rtl³) at St. Catharine College, selected the Maltese Falcon as the book that will be read throughout the area. Hightower’s talk will be most appropriate then as she has penned many works in that mystery genre. Her talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. and those attending may pick up a free copy of The Maltese Falcon.

Hightower, now a Knoxville resident, grew up in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky where she earned a degree in Journalism and studied creative writing with Wendell Berry. She has recently taught novel writing in the Writer’s Program at UCLA.       Hightower’s books have been included in the New York Times List of Notable Books, the London Times Bestseller List, and the W.H. Smith Fresh Talent Awards. She has received the Shamus Award, and been nominated for the Kentucky Literary Award, the Kentucky Librarians First Choice Award, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Hightower's books have been published in numerous foreign countries, including Great Britain, Australia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Israel and The Netherlands.

A reception and book signing will follow Hightower’s talk on Sunday. Questions on the event may be directed to Evelyn Silliman at 859 336-5082 ext. 1322 or

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Partners in Education: Lebanon and St. Catharine College Sign Agreement for Use of Centre Square


As neighbors, Washington County and Marion County have frequently teamed up on projects over the years. But probably no cooperative effort is as important as the agreement signed Thursday between the city of Lebanon and St. Catharine College.

That agreement, signed by Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and St. Catharine College President William D. Huston, is for St. Catharine College to lease the Centre Square facility for three years for the purpose of educational offerings of all kinds.

“What endeavor can be better than bringing educational opportunities into your community,” said Crenshaw. “The economies of our two counties have always been linked and now with the expansion of St. Catharine we will be even closer.”

Many links existed in the last few years that led to this landmark agreement between St. Catharine and Lebanon. One of the strongest of those is Roger Marcum. Now the Executive Vice-President at St. Catharine, Marcum was Superintendent of Marion County Schools for 10 years. During that time (from 2002 to 2008) he also served as chair of the committee to renovate the old Lebanon High School into what became Centre Square.

“John Thomas (Lebanon City Administrator) and Gary Crenshaw asked if I would serve as the chair,” recalled Marcum. “A lot of good things happened while I was at Marion County but I am the most proud of what has happened at Centre Square.”

So when he arrived at St. Catharine last year, Marcum said his first thought was how the college could “utilize the facility to enhance its sphere of influence in Lebanon and Marion County”. “It is just a perfect facility,” Marcum added. “There are large classrooms, good parking and a beautiful auditorium. But the best thing for both St. Catharine and the city is the visibility on the main entrance to Lebanon.”

Dr. David Arnold, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at St. Catharine, sees untold opportunities for St. Catharine at Centre Square. “Because of the facility there will be a lot of emphasis on the cultural and fine arts programs,” said Arnold. “But there will be a mix of academic, professional and cultural programs there. A mix of credit and non-credit programs will be offered to support the growth of the community.”

Crenshaw was equally excited about the possibilities created by the new partnership. “I have no doubt that the community will be receptive to the idea. The way the economy is now many people would like to have these opportunities for classes closer to home. And what better purpose for Centre Square than to use it for education which is what the buildings were built for so many years ago. I do want to add thanks to all who have served on the city council throughout these many years. They had the vision and foresight to fund this and see it completed.”

Mayor Crenshaw, who said he would be the first to enroll for art classes offered there, added that President Huston’s enthusiasm over the Centre Square project is contagious.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to serve our constituents in Lebanon and Marion County,” said Huston who came to St. Catharine in 1997. “We will have someone there to serve the public when they come in the front door. I see it as a perfect partnership.”

Just another in the history of successful partnerships between the neighboring counties.

The Reading Program at St. Catharine College is known as rtl³, which stands for read to learn. read to lead. read to live. Each year rtl³ conducts a Freshman Read in which one book is chosen for all freshmen to read and discuss in hopes of creating a sense of community within the freshman class.

This year’s selection was John Grisham’s Bleachers, a book about sports in America and the lessons learned from participating. The culminating event for this year’s Freshman Read was a visit by Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball star, who owns two World Series rings as a member of the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976.

And there is no one better to instill the positive values of learning, leading and living than Flynn. For one hour last Tuesday, he captured the attention of a large audience of students, faculty and staff in St. Catharine Hall as he discussed Bleachers and general life lessons.

“The biggest impact on my life, in addition to my parents, were the coaches I had,” said Flynn who played 11 seasons in the big leagues. “I counted the other day and I had a total of 37 baseball coaches and I took away something positive from each one.”

Flynn encouraged the young students to “let the coaches know what they meant to you”. “Nobody knows how long any of us will be around so don’t hesitate in calling that coach. I can really identify with the coach in Bleachers because I had some coaches just like that,” he commented.

Flynn did a little “coaching” of his own following the presentation when he met with the St. Catharine baseball team at Edelen-Haydon Field. “What a great day to be out here playing baseball,” said Flynn to the sun drenched Patriots gathered in center field. “You guys have every opportunity to do what I did. You have the best coaching, a great facility; you just have to work as hard as you can every day to get better.”

Evelyn Silliman, Director of rtl³, was ecstatic about the success of the Freshman Read and what Flynn added to the experience this year. According to Silliman, “He effectively and enthusiastically tied his own experiences to our reading of Bleachers, thus enriching the event for all of us.”

As a young Jewish child in Belgium, Fred Gross lived through the nightmare of the Holocaust. But he is unable to personally recollect much of what happened to his family during that horrible time because he was so young.

When St. Catharine College moved from a junior college to a four-year institution in 2004, President William D. Huston said the school would soon be recognized as a destination college rather than a transitional one. That designation became very evident Saturday at the 78th Commencement Ceremony held in Lourdes Hall.

Donnie Tyndall has been at the highest level of college basketball when he was on the staff of a LSU team that reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He has reveled in a NCAA victory as head coach at his alma mater, Morehead State University, two years ago.

St. Catharine College has been awarded one of only seven $1000 Judith Krug Fund grants by the Freedom to Read Foundation in support of the events that will be celebrated during our third annual "Banned Books Week Read-Out: Defend Our Freedom to Read” being held this week (Sept. 28-30).