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2011 News Index

In these tough economic times, college students are fighting for every tuition dollar they can get. With Washington threatening to cut federal student aid, representatives from St. Catharine College have been taking the voice of the students to representatives in Congress.

Dr. Vicki Guthrie, SCC's Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Students, and Melinda Lynch, SCC's Director of Financial Aid, attended a luncheon on Jan. 4 sponsored by the Nelson County Economic Development Agency and Bardstown Rotary Club with the featured speaker, Senator Mitch McConnell. Senator McConnell's address to the group covered many current political issues, from the deficit to the presidential election.

Following the luncheon, Dr. Guthrie and Mrs. Lynch had an opportunity to speak briefly with Senator McConnell about St. Catharine College, particularly the issue of support for student financial aid in the ongoing budget discussions at the federal level.

"Over 90 percent of St. Catharine College students receive financial aid," said Guthrie. "Approximately 50 percent of our students receive federally-funded Pell Grants."

St. Catharine and McConnell already have a connection as the senator's wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, delivered the keynote address at the college's 79th Commencement Exercise this past May.

"In meeting with Senator McConnell, I was able to thank him for supporting student aid and emphasize the importance of the Pell Grant Program to our students," Lynch added. "He gave us some positive feedback, stating we should expect the current amount of the Pell Grant to remain at $5,550 per year. This does support what we have been hearing. Other changes can be expected, but this is a tremendous positive for our students."

Last semester, St. Catharine College participated in an initiative of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, along with the other independent colleges in Kentucky, in sending postcards to our U.S. senators and representatives thanking them for supporting federal student aid.

"This was felt to be an opportune time, as decisions about Pell funding were being debated behind the scenes by the Joint Senate and House Super Committee and by the Appropriations Committee. We sent out nearly 400 postcards from students, faculty and staff from St. Catharine," said Lynch.

On December 15, 2011, Lynch and SCC's Executive Vice President Roger Marcum attended an AIKCU meeting in Frankfort of Financial Aid Directors and Campus Liaisons.

Lynch said, "With the 2013-2014 Kentucky biennial budget cycle approaching, we spent the afternoon discussing ways in which we, as a group, could advocate for continued funding of state grants. It was decided we would initiate another postcard mailing to state legislatures in January. We also discussed designating specific Wednesdays for small groups to visit the capital. Mr. Marcum mentioned we could plan a press conference in the rotunda of the capital. It would be conducted in a positive manner with students telling their stories - the idea being to bring attention to private colleges. This would require much planning, buy-in from the campus presidents, and a large number of participates from all the independent college campuses to be effective. The meeting concluded with AIKCU president Gary Cox agreeing to send these ideas to the campus Presidents to see how we would move forward."

Guthrie added, "We encourage students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college to communicate to their legislators on the state and national level their appreciation for their support of student financial aid and the importance of continued support of these important programs."

Things are starting to look a little different around the St. Catharine College campus, not just with new construction happening, but also a restructuring of several offices and locations. The need for additional space on campus has some college offices on the move.

     "Several months ago the college's Executive Council developed a plan of reorganization of SCC in regard to facilities," said SCC Executive Vice President Roger Marcum. "The intent of the plan is to improve efficiency and effectiveness as we continue to grow and evolve. One of our priorities was to locate the Admissions, Registrar and Financial Aid departments in a more attractive and accessible location. We are convinced that a collaborative working relationship between admissions and financial aid is vital to the future progress of SCC. As a result, the offices of Financial Aid, Registrar and Admissions have moved to Lourdes Hall."

     To make room for this "one-stop shop" for new students, several departments have been relocated on campus. The Teacher Education Division has moved to lower Bertrand Hall. The Business/Marketing and Math faculty offices are now located on the 2nd or 3rd floors of Bertrand. Psychology and Sports Leadership faculty offices have moved to the lower floor of the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Sciences Building. Some additional office spaces have been created wherever needed.

     "Each and every year, we must re-evaluate how we are using our resources to best meet the needs of current and future students," Marcum added. "Two of our most valuable resources are the talented, dedicated faculty/staff and our facilities."

     Not all of the moves are permanent. Marcum said there will be some additional moves in store once construction is complete on the new Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies.

     "Some of the changes in this plan we hope will be long term while others are more short term," he said. The construction of the new Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies will certainly provide an opportunity for changes in how we utilize existing facilities."

     A majority of the moves are taking place over the Christmas break and the remodeling should be finished before the start of the Spring 2012 semester.

The St. Catharine College women's basketball team is off to a 6-0 start. That is the best beginning for a Patriot team in the nine years that Lena Bramblett has headed the program. But don't expect Bramblett to start clearing a place on the trophy case for pos-season hardware.

"Don't get me wrong, I am pleased with the start," said Bramblett. "We have not played a cupcake schedule but we haven't even played a conference game yet and that is when it gets tough."

Not that some games haven't already been tough for the Patriots. Four of their six victories have been by nine points or less. The biggest margin of victory came Nov. 15 when they downed #12 Olivet Nazarene 113-78.

"That was a quality win," said Bramblett. "But I am still concerned about our defense. I know we can score but we have to be more consistent on defense. The strength of this team, however, is that they just seem to find a way to win."

St. Catharine has definitely shown some offensive firepower through the early part of the season. The Patriots are third in the nation in scoring and they are second in assists. They rank fourth in total offensive rebounds.

But still Bramblett carries a cautious approach regarding the exciting 6-0 start.

"Not to negate anything we have done so far but everybody just needs to relax," she added. "We're only six games into the season. We have to stay humble and hungry because the toughest stretch is yet to come."

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St. Catharine College said thank you on Thursday with its annual President's Society Dinner held in the Spalding Student and Community Center on campus. Guests enjoyed a social hour before they were treated to a formal dinner while the Mike Tracy Jazz Trio provided  entertainment. Throughout the room, donors were abuzz about all of the great things happening at SCC.

"This annual dinner recognizes donors in the Siena Society, the St. Catharine Society and the President's Society for their generous gifts of support for St. Catharine College in the 2010-11 fiscal year," said Molly Smith, SCC's Director of Development.

Following dinner, SCC President William D. Huston introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Mary Berry Smith, Chairperson of The Berry Center.

"We want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for everything you have done to help us get where we are. Thank you very much," said SCC Vice-President for Advancement Jenna Copple.

"At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month," in 1918, the Armistice was signed to end The Great War. In declaring November 11, 1919 as the first American Armistice Day, President Woodrow Wilson said:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

On June 1, 1954, Congress enacted the final legislation establishing Veteran's Day.

Supported by C Battery (Charlie Battery), 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, Kentucky Army National Guard from Bardstown, Kentucky, St. Catharine College will observe Veteran's day beginning at 11:00 am, Friday, November 11, 2011 on the field in front of Hamilton Hall. with a non-denominational memorial service which will pay tribute to the sacrifices of all American Veteran's with a special reading of the names of Kentucky service men and women who died serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Following the memorial service, participants are invited to join in a "Meal in the Field" of a Meal-Ready-To-Eat (better known as an MRE) and hot chocolate.

     Last year, in his first season with the St. Catharine College volleyball program, Adam Stevenson compiled a 6-33 record and won only one conference match. This year Stevenson led the Patriots to a 26-10 overall mark including four wins in the Mid-South Conference. And for that turnaround the St. Catharine mentor was named Coach of the Year at the annual awards banquet in Frankfort last Friday.    

     The Patriots' ledger included a conference win over a Campbellsville team that has been nationally ranked this season.  The 26 victories were more than any team in the Mid-South Conference this season. The Patriots set school records for most wins, most home victories, most conference wins and best winning percentage (.743) for any female sport in St. Catharine College history.

     "This just goes to show how improved our team was," said Stevenson. "It is easier to win with better players."

     Two of those Patriot players were honored at Friday's banquet. Charlotte Jewell, from Mt Washington and Whitefield Academy High School, was named freshman of the year and also first team all-conference. Allie Southard, a freshman from Louisville Eastern High School was honorable mention all-conference.

     Southard ranked third in the conference in hitting percentage and fifth in total blocks. Jewell was first in the nation for total service aces, seventh in the nation for aces per game and first in the conference in that category. She was also fifth in the conference in total assists.

After years in the planning stage and much anticipation, St. Catharine College will break ground on the new Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies at 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. In addition to the new library and graduate school, the $8 million facility will also house classrooms, conference rooms, study areas and a café. St. Catharine College President, William D. Huston, said the new building will be the crown jewel of the campus and the center of student life at SCC.

"This is a building that we have been planning and designing for four years," Huston said. "We have visited many other colleges and university libraries and feel we have captured the best and most exciting features of all we have seen, incorporating them all into the Hundley Library. Not only will we have dedicated and secure spaces for our archives and special collections, but the third level will house our new Graduate Studies. This building will be an extremely unique building in that so many of our current and future needs will be housed under one roof."

Funding for the Emily W. Hundley Library comes from a combination of private donations and public bonding. Following the announcement of the lead gift from Ms. Hundley, the faculty and staff donated and pledged over $220,000. This was immediately followed by gifts of over $1,000,000 from current and former Board of Trustee members.

"To date, over 350 individuals have come together to contribute toward the project," added Huston. "The support of the entire St. Catharine Community has been outstanding. The Dominican Sisters of Peace and the Board of Trustees continue to believe in and support the growth of St. Catharine College. The sisters have always helped promote and enhance the mission of SCC through their four pillars of sponsorship - Prayer, Study, Community and Service. "

The Hundley Library will be constructed between the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building and the Cambron-Ice Clock Tower - geographically located in the center and highest point on campus. It will be three stories and will have 38,000 square feet of space. A lighted cupola will provide the beacon of learning on the roof top.

Eleven general contractors from three states submitted bids for construction. Morel Construction from Louisville was awarded the contract based on the lowest bid. In keeping with previous construction projects, many local subcontractors will benefit from the project.

"I expect construction to begin this month and the facility should be completed in early 2013. Weather permitting, we could have our dedication and grand opening around Christmas of 2012," stated Huston. "Today, St. Catharine College not only serves the tri-county area as it has for years but we have grown to have students from 35 states and 12 foreign countries. We have developed a textbook example of the cultural diversity we have on campus and the facilities required to provide a quality education for our students. The new Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies will be the latest step in reaching the growth and expansion as announced in the vision 2020 Master Plans for the campus."

St. Catharine College is proudly sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The Dominican connection can be traced to its founding in 1931.

Dr. David Donathan, Professor of Management and Chair of the Business, Management and CIS Department at St. Catharine College, recently returned from a week traveling in Cuba on an Educator Orientation tour full of adventures stories, many of which he shared at a presentation titled “Impresiones de Cuba.” His stories reiterated his belief that travel should be an adventure and many of his in-country experiences reinforced the concept.

“Cuba is like a time capsule from 40 years ago,” he stated. “It is a country marked by contrast, a people full of energy focused on day-to-day successes, and a spirit of national solidarity not common in modern societies.”

While the focus of the trip was to prepare for a class which he will offer at in the Summer of 2012, he found the exposure to the diverse island culture provided a unique perspective on social evolution.

“Even though the United States has essentially embargoed trade and travel with Cuba since 1960, the U.S. influence on Cubans is very evident in the enormous numbers of antique cars still being driven, the old locomotives around the island which were imported from the U.S. to support the sugar cane industry, and the close familial ties with Cuban-American relatives.”

SCC’s Summer 2012 class will provide an opportunity to experience first-hand a small island which is poised to make a large impact on the U.S. politically, economically and culturally as new legislation on the U.S. embargo is debated. The class will require students to work with their academic advisor to develop a discipline-specific project incorporating one week of researching in Cuba.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Holy Bible are all books that you would most likely find in any household or on any library shelf in America. But believe it or not, these same books have also been banned at some point in time. That’s why St. Catharine College will hold their Fourth Annual Banned Books Week Read-Out Sept. 27-29.

“Banned Books Week always takes place during the last week of September,” said Laura Satterly, SCC’s Instructor of Foundational English. “The purpose is to celebrate the freedom to read and to acknowledge the importance of the First Amendment while drawing attention to the harmful effects of censorship.”

During the event, students, faculty and staff will have a chance to read passages from their favorite banned books. There will also be a cookout on the first day by the Cambron-Ice Clock Tower.

According to the Web site of the American Library Association, “The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”

The way a book becomes “banned” is up to each reader. If a person decided they don’t like a particular book, they can complain to their library and fill out a form. A majority of the time, the protest is rejected. The ALA keeps a record of all complaints that are filed.

Some of the most popular and recent entries on the Banned Books list include all books in the Harry Potter series and books that have been declared national treasures and required reading in most cases. The most common reasons books are banned is due to content that contains sex, profanity, and racism. Even The Bible cannot escape the wrath of some critics who cite the book’s inclusion in school libraries as a violation of separation between church and state.

While SCC received a grant last year to fund Banned Books Week, no money was available this year, so several resources across campus came together for the funding.

“Last year, we were fortunate to have been awarded one of seven Freedom to Read Foundation grants via the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund in the amount of $1,000,” added Satterly. “The Freedom to Read Foundation selected six new recipients for this year's grants, so several entities around campus, including Campus Cultural Committee, rtl3, Student Services for Resident Life, and the administrative offices of President William Huston and Executive Vice-President Roger Marcum, have partnered to fund the BBW program at SCC this year.”

If you would like to participate in Banned Books Week, contact Laura Satterly at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1343 or

St. Catharine College was recently named to two impressive lists. First, it was chosen by G.I. Jobs Magazine, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, to the 2012 Guide to Military Friendly Schools. On the heels of that announcement came word that SCC was named to the list of best regional colleges in the south by U.S. News and World Report. Both of these announcements only add to the impressive credentials already attained by St. Catharine.

“The College Edition of U.S. News and World Report is one of the most sought-after publications where colleges strive to be listed,” said Paul Presta, SCC’s director of admissions. “It helps students and families know that your institution offers a quality education. There’s a lot of competition in higher education out there and this honor lets people know that St. Catharine College is for real. It puts us in the game.”

Presta was also excited to see SCC named as a Military Friendly School.

“After G.I. Jobs Magazine reviewed our data, they ranked St. Catharine College in the Top 20 percent of all schools nationwide,” he said. “We offer VA benefits and we make ourselves available for students who are in the military who are looking to pursue post-secondary education. If they want to attain the next level of education, they can come here and use their G.I. Bill or veteran benefits to help pay for college.”

Matt Dillman is a 24-year-old sophomore from Louisville, Ky. He initially enrolled at St. Catharine after graduating from South Oldham High School in 2005, but took a break to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“I went to St. Catharine for a year, but my grades weren’t that good, so I decided to go into the military,” said Dillman. “After serving for four years, I had the discipline to go back to college and I want to earn my degree in criminal justice. My plan right now is to become a U.S. Air Marshal.”

Dillman was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina but wasn’t confined to service domestically.

“I was in the infantry,” added Dillman. “I didn’t see any combat but I went with two Marine expeditionary units. We were on naval ships on stand-by just in case something happened. The upside was that I also got to see a lot of different countries. I was in Haiti right after the earthquake there and we helped out for a few days. Then I went to Spain, Italy, Turkey twice, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Croatia, Bahrain, Dubai and Kuwait.”

After seeing so many different places around the globe, Dillman, who is a catcher on the Patriot baseball team, said it was a big change coming back into a rural setting.

“It was a kind of culture shock,” he said. “I’m living in the dorms on campus, too, so that is different. I was used to doing what I wanted when I had the time. Now I know I need to buckle down and get my studies done.”

One of the many advantages offered by St. Catharine Dillman noted was the small, close-knit community SCC offers.

“I also attended the University of Louisville but the class sizes were so big, I never had the opportunity to voice my opinion,” he added. “I’ve been around the world twice and now that I have worldly views, I feel I can voice my opinions in the smaller classrooms at St. Catharine College, plus I relate more with the teachers here.”

Dillman said it was an eye-opening experience to see the different customs in other countries.

“Everyone goes on trips and sees the nice tourist destinations,” he said. “I’ve been to places where it’s not so nice and you start to appreciate what you have and have a deeper appreciation of the freedoms we have. I appreciate the opportunity to come back to St. Catharine and play baseball and earn my degree.”

Dillman is a prime example of how St. Catharine College is educating military veterans and preparing them for life after service to their country.

For more information on how St. Catharine College can assist veterans further their education, contact SCC’s Admissions Office at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1240.

St. Catharine College is excited to partner with the Washington County School System in the creation of an Early College Program that will assist high school students in becoming college and career ready. SCC believes that part of the intent of Kentucky’s Senate Bill 1 (2009) is to increase collaborative efforts to introduce high school students to post-secondary experiences and to offer wrap-around services to help assure their success.

Strategic partnerships with St. Catharine College, Elizabethtown Community & Technical College – Springfield Campus, Marion County Area Technology Center, Advance Kentucky, and the Kentucky Department of Education have enabled the Washington County School system to implement one of the most innovative high school college and career readiness systems in the state.

"Students who complete the Early College Program will be able to graduate from St. Catharine College with either an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts or an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) in Early Childhood Education at the same time they earn their high school diploma," said Dr. Don Giles, SCC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The AA/AAS degree will allow them to either continue at a four-year higher education institution with their first two years completed or enter into the job market with stronger credentials than their fellow high school graduates. This competitive edge is critical in today’s challenging economy."

St. Catharine College welcomes this opportunity to partner with the Washington County Schools and recognizes the potential for both institutions to grow in their understanding and appreciation of the skills required for student success in the 21st century global economy.

In order to prepare for this innovation, Washington County teachers have worked throughout the spring and summer to develop and implement a new curriculum aligned to Kentucky’s new Core Academic Standards as well as to the College Board’s Advanced Placement standards, the ACT’s Quality Core standards, and the course syllabi and expectations of ECTC and St. Catharine. Students in their junior or senior year of high school will have the opportunity to participate in classes led by adjunct college faculty as well as by college professors while the students work to achieve college credits that will place them semesters as well as dollars ahead of their teenaged peers.

With the goal that every graduate from WCHS will earn credits toward a postsecondary degree or industry certification, Washington County has taken on a rigorous and demanding goal. With the support of educators throughout the district on all four campuses, high school students will reap the benefits.

With the opening of the newest section of Washington County Springfield Bypass (US 150), some changes in traffic flow in front of St. Catharine College are prompting the Department of Highways District Office in Elizabethtown to provide public awareness with regard to traffic use of a roundabout. This design was chosen to connect both new and old sections of US 150 and St. Catharine College. As the name implies, traffic enters a roundabout in an unsignalized, one-way, circular intersection engineered to maximize safety and minimize traffic delay. The main principle to navigating a roundabout is yielding to traffic inside the circle. Slow down as you approach the yield line Look for a gap in traffic: vehicles already in the roundabout do NOT stop. This is similar to a "Right turn on Red." Proceed slowly, counterclockwise around the central island of the roundabout. (Maximum speed ~ 20 mph) Do NOT stop in the roundabout. USE YOUR Turn Signal to indicate exit. Do pass a bicycle in the roundabout.Continue through the roundabout if you see an emergency vehicle approaching from behind. Exit the roundabout and then pull over to the right side of the road. While roundabouts are not used in the majority of highway intersections, they have been successfully implemented in a few recent Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects. Locally, a project in Hardin County opened with the use of a roundabout to connect the countys Thompson Road, KY 220 and KY 1600 near Rineyville.

How often does it turn out that you are a winner when you place fourth in a three-way competition? Probably not very often, but that’s exactly what has happened to St. Catharine College and the Harrodsburg Mercer County Community Action Partnership. Both recently learned that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded funding for 2011 for Your Town: Harrodsburg, Kentucky, a project designed to help support the city’s energetic grass-roots planning efforts.

     “The NEA only intended to fund three programs,” said Dr. David Arnold, Director of the St. Catharine College Center for Community and Regional Studies and grant coordinator. “I think they added a fourth, this project, because of the strength of the work already done in Harrodsburg and because of the city’s unique history.”

     The project was developed by the St. Catharine Center in cooperation with Harrodsburg First and the Harrodsburg Mercer County Community Action Partnership. The effort will bring together city officials, leaders, and citizens along with support from the University of Kentucky Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation programs, the Kentucky League of Cities, and St. Catharine College in a series of public workshops and information sessions beginning this fall.

     The workshops will carry forward the five themes identified by the Community Action Partnership in previous workshops: historic resources and green space, downtown revitalization, planning and zoning issues for ideas like for historic and scenic districts, design of gateway approaches to the city, and pedestrian access.

     The grant provides up to $22,000 dollars in funding. Partial matching funding and support will be provided by St. Catharine College, the Kentucky League of Cities, and local sources.

     Harrodsburg First Executive Director, Elaine Hammonds, and Mercer County Chamber of Commerce director, Jill Cutler, were instrumental in gathering required information for the grant. Harrodsburg Mercer County Tourist Commission director, Karen Hackett, Wilderness Trace YMCA director Mark Fryer, and the owners of historic Beaumont Inn, Chuck and Helen Dedman, are committee leaders in the Harrodsburg Mercer County Community Advancement Partnership. Pete Chiericozzi, retired Senior Vice President of Wausua Paper, is the chairman of CAP.

     “There is so much excitement within the CAP organization about this grant award,” said Hammonds. We feel honored to have been given a second look. This workshop fits directly into the goals and objectives CAP has already put into place.”

     Another aspect of the project that Dr. Arnold is particularly excited about is the support from the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky League of Cities.

     “This project is going to bring some very talented people in to listen to the city and its citizens and help them really put workable plans, not daydreams, in place,” he added.

     The Your Town design program was created in 1991 by the National Endowment of the Arts together with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is intended to foster the environmental and cultural heritage and values found in America’s natural landscapes and small towns through citizen leadership initiatives. Through more than 45 workshops since 1991, the Institute has helped empower community leaders to revitalize their downtowns, build greenways, and conserve important land resources.

     The St. Catharine College Center for Community and Regional Studies was established in 2010 to foster study, scholarship, and service designed to enhance leadership and quality of life in small towns and their surrounding regions. The Center will be a participant in the College’s new Master of Arts in Leadership program which will begin in January, 2012.

     For more information on the Your Town: Harrodsburg project, contact Elaine W. Hammonds with Harrodsburg First at (859) 734-6811, or Dr. David Arnold with St. Catharine College at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1210.

The second annual Spring Health Careers Camp, held May 19-21, was once again a big success.  The camp, a joint effort between Jefferson County Public Schools, Norton Healthcare, and St. Catharine College, has proved to be a great way to let high schools juniors get a taste of the college life.  For the second year in a row, St. Catharine College has played host to a mix of students from Moore, Valley, and Waggener High Schools in Jefferson County.

All of the students were accepted to the camp through a competitive evaluation process that included GPA, recommendations from their teachers, and their mentioned area of interests.  Interests ranged from medicine to allied health, and nursing.  Huston Brown, Assistant Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences worked with Shirley Powers, former executive of Norton Healthcare and member of the St. Catharine Board of Trustees, and Peggy Williford, a Specialist in Career and Technical Education for JCPS, to put the camp together.

During their stay, the students had a chance to attend an actual nursing lecture on insertion of nasogastric tubes by Assistant Professor Peggy Newton.  The students were then tested on readings prior to the class and their performance in the lab.  In addition, the students had a chance to visit the sonography and radiography labs at the College for some one-on-one work.

Prior to their lab experience, Flaget Hospital in Bardstown, Ky., graciously opened up their facility to allow the students to pair off with members of the staff according to the area of interests the students indicated when they applied for the camp.  Flaget Hospital has been an outstanding partner in the endeavor, giving the students behind-the-scenes access of a working health care facility.

The last night of the camp was highlighted with a bit of research project.  Pairing off in groups, the students were given health career disciplines to research and present to the group.  Evaluations from the students were very complimentary of the event, commenting they wished the experience was longer.  Several students expressed interests in coming to SCC at the end of the event.

The 21st Annual St. Catharine College Celebrity Golf Classic will take place the weekend of Aug. 5-6. The event is not only a great chance to hit the golf course and have fun, but it is also a way to provide quality higher education to SCC students.

The festivities start the evening of Friday, August 5, with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Spalding Student and Community Center on the SCC Campus. The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a vast array of items up for bid.

“The auction is always fun. We have a vast array of items each year and I expect this year to be even better,” said Angela Hoffman, Director of Alumni & Events. “We have items to offer from friends and businesses in Springfield, Lebanon, Bardstown and beyond. They are very good to us every year. One of the favorite items at auction is autographed sports memorabilia. We already have a set of signed baseballs from the 1970’s era Cincinnati Reds.”

Also up on the auction block are regional celebrities to round out your golf team. Several favorites are returning again this year as well as a few new faces.

The event continues on Saturday, Aug. 6, as the golfers take to the course at Lincoln Homestead State Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at the turn and an awards reception takes place at the end of the tournament.

There is still time to register a team, sponsor a hole or both. Click here to download the tournament brochure in PDF form.

The Students appreciate everything the community does to help them and this tournament is a testament to the loyal and generous support of our donors.

The deadline to sponsor a team is July 22. For more information about the SCC Celebrity Golf Classic, contact Angela Hoffman, Tournament Director, by calling (859) 336-7610 or emailing

Historic Woodburn Hall in Midway, Kentucky was the setting for a St. Catharine College “friendraiser” held on Thursday, April 14.  Nearly 100 friends and supporters of the College gathered at the event, hosted by Brereton and Elizabeth Jones, in order to learn more about St. Catharine College and the exciting developments happening on Campus.  Entertainment was provided by the Harry Pickens Trio, renowned Jazz artists. 


“This event served as a wonderful opportunity for us to share information about St. Catharine College with others in Central Kentucky,” said Jenna Copple, Vice President for Advancement at SCC.   “Having a four-year Catholic College in this area is a great asset for the citizens of this region.  The fact that we will begin our Master’s Degree Programs in the Spring of 2012 opens up even more opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional students.”


William D. Huston, President of St. Catharine College, spoke briefly about the College’s growth and shared the Campus Master Plan, which includes renovation of the athletic fields, new dormitories, and the Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies, slated for groundbreaking this fall.

Everybody experiences growing pains at some point in their life, and St. Catharine College is no exception to the rule. One of the side effects of the College’s current expansion and beautification projects is the inconvenience to students, visitors, faculty and staff dealing with major construction. But SCC President William D. Huston assures the entire college community that the end result will be well-worth the temporary headaches.

“This is going to be great for the College in many ways as far as appearance and safety,” said Huston. “We’re excited at the fact that the state is going to transfer what is now old US-150 from Locust Lane by the roundabout down to our current main entrance to Washington County. The county will then transfer that property to the College and that will become our entryway. Within the next two weeks, we’ll have the median cut out, nice green grass put in and curbs along the route. It’s going to be a beautiful entrance into the Campus.”

The construction of the new US-150 Springfield Bypass is what opened the door for the College’s project. The new bypass took 210 working days to complete at a cost of over $17 million. The 3.48-mile stretch of highway connects US-150 just west of St. Catharine College and KY-555 near Springfield.

“The stretch of road in front of St. Catharine will go to the county and it’s up to them to work with the College as to who will take ownership of it,” said Patty Dunaway, Chief Engineer for District 4 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “Once we call the project complete, then the deed would be transferred. It will take several months before it goes through the legal process, but the paperwork has already started.”

Dunaway added the College will be accessible from the bypass via an access road that leads into a roundabout, allowing for local traffic to enter the College to the west or travel east along old US-150.

“We have a roundabout design for the interchange In front of the College rather than the typical T intersection,” she said. “We saw that as a good entry point into downtown Springfield as well as St. Catharine, so we think it’s going to be aesthetically pleasing as well as functioning well to get traffic from downtown to the bypass and vice versa.”

Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles said he hopes the new bypass will cut down on accidents along the route.

“I think this is going to mean a great improvement in safety,” said Settles. “Over the years, we’ve had several accidents and a few fatalities from students and visitors turning into the Campus. I also think it will greatly improve the visual image of the College because it’s going to be an official entrance to the College. Before, people always drove by and maybe looked at it going by, but now there is going to be signage on the road that will direct people to the College.”

Settles said the transfer of the old road has to go through the proper channels and the fact remains that several county residents still live on that section of old US-150.

“The way things have to transpire, that road becomes public property and it has to go to the next government agency in the county,” Settles added. “That section will become county-maintained road. With an agreement with St. Catharine, the Kentucky Transportation Department and the people who live on that road, because there are still four or five residents who live on that section of road, with their blessing, that road would be turned over to St. Catharine and become their property. The access road from the bypass and US-150 east into Springfield will still be owned and maintained by the state.”

During this time of construction, the College is asking everyone to use extreme caution entering and exiting the Campus.

It was St. Catharine College history in the making Saturday morning as an overflow crowd of 1,400 packed Lourdes Gym to witness a record 122 graduates receive their diplomas. As if that wasn’t enough on this historic day, the college also presented a very special honor for the first time.

The ceremony started at 11 a.m. as the processional got under way with music provided by the Nelson County High School Band under the direction of Marc Monroe. Father Ben Brown led everyone in the invocation, followed by the National Anthem, performed by junior English major Catherine Bohn.

Dr. Maria Ciriello, O.P., with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, greeted the crowd and introduced SCC President William D. Huston.

“The class of 2011 is our biggest ever,” said Huston. “We’ve seen a 22-percent increase in our graduating class over last year. We’ve made tremendous strides over the past decade – from being a junior college, to starting our Bachelor programs six years ago, to being able to offer graduate degrees starting in our next academic year.”

President Huston then introduced the keynote speaker, the Honorable Elaine L. Chao.

“It is a privilege to be here with you, the St. Catharine College graduates of 2011, on this day which formally recognizes and commemorates your academic achievement,” Chao said. “You worked hard for it, it is yours forever and you should be very proud…Life, and careers, will not always go according to plan…Never forget this time in America and learn its lessons. And as important - be ever mindful that America has always, always come back from adversity and advanced to become stronger and more prosperous than ever. That’s because there is an indomitable spirit in this country. And there is an indomitable spirit here today, in St. Catharine’s Class of 2011…In this first year of the second decade of the twenty-first century, St. Catharine is sending you forth into a world marked by historic challenges, opportunity and potential.  Embrace it with gusto, grace, purpose and an abundance of faith and good humor. Those last two, especially, will serve you well. Good luck and God bless.”


Next, Dr. Robert Slocum, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. David Arnold, Dean of the School of professional Studies, and Dr. Harry Nickens, Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences, presented the graduate candidates, who each made their way across the stage to receive their diplomas from President Huston. After making their way back to their respective spots, President Huston addressed the Class of 2011.

“Upon the authority of the Board of Trustees of St. Catharine College, I hereby confer upon you the degree which you have earned with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities which thereunto pertain," said Huston. “You may now move your tassels to the left, congratulations”

But the final degree to be presented on the day was history unto itself. President Huston called Secretary Chao back to the podium and bestowed upon her the first-ever honorary doctorate degree from St. Catharine College, through special arrangement by Dr. Don Giles, SCC’s Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

After closing remarks from President Huston, the new college graduates filed out of the gym ready to see the world from a whole new perspective.

After the ceremony, President Huston took Secretary Chao on a personal tour of the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building.

“She said she wanted to see when the students studied,” added Huston. “We went to the third floor and toured the labs.”

After exiting the Hamilton Building, Chao noticed the Spalding Student and Community Center down the hill. President Huston told her that was where the reception was taking place. Despite having a 1 p.m. deadline to make another appointment later in the day, Chao made time to go to the reception and greeted guests and posed for pictures, extending her stay until 2 p.m.

“That was very thoughtful of her, that she was so caught up in the moment to extend her stay on campus,” Huston said.

When all was said and done after the nearly 70-minute ceremony, it was evident that an important chapter in St. Catharine College history had been closed, as the Class of 2011 made the transition from being students to alumni.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, will deliver the keynote address at the 79th Commencement Exercise at St. Catharine College on May 14, 2011. A total of 122 graduates will be conferred degrees during the ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m.


“It is a tremendous honor to have as our Commencement Speaker someone who is so respected and honored worldwide for her service to country and humanity,” said SCC President William D. Huston.


Secretary Chao is the 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor (2001-2009), the longest serving Secretary of Labor since World War II, and the first Asian Pacific American woman to be appointed to a president's cabinet in American history. She is also the first Kentuckian to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in over 45 years. 

An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of eight speaking no English, Secretary Chao’s experience transitioning to a new country has motivated her to dedicate most of her professional life to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to build better lives. During her tenure as Labor Secretary, the Department set new records in worker health and safety and focused on increasing the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a worldwide economy. Prior to the Department of Labor, Secretary Chao was President and CEO of United Way of America, Director of the Peace Corps, Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission. She had also worked as Vice President of Syndications at BankAmerica Capital Markets Group and at Citicorp. 

Secretary Chao received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and A. B. in economics from Mount Holyoke College. Honored with innumerable awards for her public and community service, she is the recipient of 32 honorary doctorate degrees.

A popular speaker, she is a Distinguished Fellow at a Washington-based educational and research institute and a Fox News Contributor appearing frequently to discuss jobs, employment, workforce competitiveness and th­­­­e economy. Secretary Chao is married to the Republican Leader of the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Pizza can be a strong motivator. Still have your doubts? Just ask the 152 members of the St. Catharine College faculty and staff. On March 14, SCC President William D. Huston issued a challenge to SCC faculty and staff to raise money toward the construction of the Emily W. Hundley Library and Center for Graduate Studies. The challenge consisted of eight teams - each racing to be the first to have 100-percent participation among their members. With a goal of $200,000 over the next four years and the promise of a pizza party for the first team to have all of their members sign-up, team captains wasted no time recruiting.

The March Madness campaign was designed to kick-start the fund drive for the new $8 million project. President Huston was hoping to have 100-percent participation from all SCC faculty and staff. On April 1, at the end of the two-week campaign which President Huston dubbed "March Madness", faculty and staff were told the results of their effort.

"I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve had out in the communities and across the state about the ambitious goals we have at St. Catharine College," Huston told the crowd. "It’s a huge price for progress and that huge price is taken in many, many small steps. I don’t want anybody to think that we take change lightly at St. Catharine. It doesn’t just happen. It’s something that each and every one of you has embraced, you believe in and support each day you come to work. I thought hard about whether to challenge the faculty and staff. I wondered. ‘Well, what if it’s only partly successful or not successful at all?’ But you have provided the momentum to take this project forward."

"We wanted to raise $200,000. That was a pretty ambitious goal," said Jenna Copple, Vice President for Advancement. "I have run many employee campaigns and I have never had 100-percent participation before, but we achieved 100-percent participation for a grand total of $205,464. This is the first time in my career that we reached 100-percent. You are very special people. Thank you very much."

"I don’t know what to say after that," added President Huston. "I want to express my deepest appreciation to everyone for their consideration and thoughtfulness that you gave in considering a gift to this campaign. There is not another college in the state of Kentucky, or probably nationally, that has the commitment like we have at St. Catharine. This reiterates to me one more time how you feel about this institution, your job and what we do every day. This is going to send an extremely clear message to the Board of Trustees and I plan to take Jenna’s report to them and ask them to add a zero to the end of that number. I think all of you should give yourselves a big round of applause."

So which team finished as the first to have all of their members contribute? It was The Dynamites led by Evelyn and Jim Silliman. Their team members will receive special incentives; however, since 100-percent participation was achieved, Copple told the assembled crowd that everyone would enjoy a pizza party.

Most of the College’s employees opted to contribute through payroll deduction stretched out over four years.

For their effort, not only will SCC employees receive a few slices of pizza, but now they have a piece of St. Catharine College they can call their own.

The next time you visit the Campus of St. Catharine College, you may not recognize it - and SCC President William D. Huston wouldn’t have it any other way. Since Huston first revealed the construction plan nearly a year ago, some significant changes have occurred on the drawing board - some of them planned and some implemented out of necessity. Huston addressed the changes to SCC faculty and staff at a meeting held March 14.

"The first project I would like to update you about is Aquinas Hall," Huston told the crowd. "That 100-bed, private room residence hall is still on schedule to be completed the first week in June. We have a lot of events happening on-campus this summer and a lot of these rooms are going to be occupied week after week. That dorm is an integral part of our summer vision for the College. No longer are we an institution where, following graduation, there isn’t much activity until August. We have something booked each week from the time of graduation until the students come back in August and it’s going to grow each year in capacity that we are growing each year."

The President then talked about some changes to the new Athletic Complex along US-150.

"The main difference between the athletic complex we are building today and what you saw earlier on our Master Plan is the road shown on the plan that is between the soccer field and the tennis courts will be moved to the north of the tennis courts and those courts will be moved down closer to the track," added Huston. "That will allow for the construction of a T-shaped building between the track and the tennis courts that will serve as restrooms, storage and a press box for soccer, tennis and track."

Construction of the new track and tennis courts hasn’t been without a few unanticipated hiccups. While leveling the field, a large rock deposit was found under the surface. Crews were forced to blast much of the rock out of the earth over the course of a few weeks.

"Our biggest concern was the rock wall but it is not going to be as big a concern as we thought it would be initially", added Huston. "We’re not behind schedule on that, but we can’t afford to lose too many days because of the weather. The new athletic complex will be a beautiful facility. The soccer field, the NCAA-regulation eight-lane track, the new tennis courts and the softball field will all be under lights at the conclusion of this project. All of this will enhance the view of St. Catharine College as it borders the new US-150 bypass."

On the subject of the new US-150 bypass, Huston said, "We were within about seven days of opening the bypass after Thanksgiving and the Department of Transportation decided to order a change to have a roundabout at the end of Locust Lane. Instead of having a traffic light or a four-way stop, they thought the traffic would always be moving with the roundabout option. That took a little bit longer to design, so that project will be taking shape throughout the next few weeks. They say everything there should be open by the first of May."

Once the roundabout is in place across from the St. Catharine Motherhouse and the bypass is open, the old section of US-150 in front of the College will be closed to through traffic.

"Once that road is transferred over to Washington County, we will partner with them to modify that road to include a landscaped median where the center lane used to be," Huston said. "That way, when you first come into the Campus, it will be a much softer appeal than having a highway like we have right now. Once that is completed, that road will be deeded to the College."

Huston also told the crowd that the College is looking into acquiring additional property directly across the road from the Campus.

"We have the opportunity to purchase some additional acreage," he said. "This was presented to the Board of Trustees several weeks ago. This would be two tracts of land - the first one is about six acres adjoining the connecting road for the new bypass. On our Master Plan, we show two facilities in that section - one would be a student-friendly facility housing Admissions, Financial Aid and the Registrar Office. The second is a Convocation Center, but we don’t think there is enough room for a Convocation Center with the current houses sitting on that property."

On the opposite side of the by-pass connector is a tract of 32 acres.

"We have also made a proposal to the landowner to purchase that land as well," Huston added. "All of those tracts together would be between 36-38 acres and would give us complete control of the connector road as far as facilities are concerned and would give us a two-mile stretch of the bypass where we would have a presence. This figures very realistically into our long range plan."

Huston said he hopes to see dirt moving on the St. Catharine Campus for a long time.

"These new tracts, if acquired, would fit in very positively with the land we already own," he said. "That would give us close to 100 acres of land and I think that would be sufficient for our growth during the next 20 years."

Scorecard, get your scorecard - you can’t tell the players without a scorecard!

That’s the traditional cry from vendors at baseball parks across the country. The scorecard contains the current lineup for the teams and helps spectators keep track of who is in the game and the position they play.

The same can be said for the St. Catharine College Campus as several new "players" have joined the team, and some familiar faces have changed position.

It’s no secret that SCC has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. As the Campus and curriculum has expanded, so has the size of the faculty and staff to accommodate that growth.

"When I first began, we had approximately 45 employees," said SCC President William Huston. "Today, we have 155 full-time employees and many part-time. The College is in an expansion mode and programs and staff responsibilities are expanding. With this, we are teaching more classes and have presences in Nelson and Marion counties. Our outreach to provide secondary options has continually grown. The recent approval for Masters Degrees will continue the recent trends."

Huston believes the additions to faculty and staff will work well with those who have been at SCC for a while.

"We are attracting bright individuals, not only from other universities and colleges, but from industry and the private sector as well," he added. "Anytime you are in a growth mode and bring new ideas to the team, it only stimulates those already here, as well as the new arrivals. Change is good. We hope we can continue to benefit from those who wish to share great experiences from previous employment. SCC is a great place to work and grow as we continue to transition into a post graduate institution. It is a place for ‘builders and not maintainers’."

o say that the inaugural session of Continuing and Community Education classes offered by St. Catharine College has been a success is somewhat of an understatement. Enrollment has been strong for many of the classes and students have enjoyed the variety of courses to choose from.

"We’ve had a very good response from all three counties – Washington, Marion and Nelson," said Sr. Barbara Rapp, Director of Continuing and Community Education at St. Catharine College. "We’re very pleased with the number of people who participated - the number of instructors as well as the number of students."

As with any new program, there were a few minor snags, but overall Rapp is pleased with the results.

"Most of the courses had very good feedback from the students," added Rapp. "People are appreciative of St. Catharine College being in Springfield, Lebanon and Bardstown to offer these courses to the community."

One of the most popular courses offered were the digital photography classes taught by Clara Logsdon in Bardstown and Jesse Osbourne in Lebanon.

"I think the students really enjoyed the class," said Logsdon. "We covered exposure, lighting, how to frame out a photo and we took a field trip to Nazareth and the students really enjoyed that."

Osbourne said, "I feel like the classes went well. I’ve never taught a class before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The students that have given feedback expressed that they have learned a lot and enjoyed the class. I think the C&CE program is a great asset to Lebanon, and the other communities where it is present. If I weren’t teaching a course, I would definitely be signed up for a course."

Joan Gardner-Mattingly was one of the students in Osbourne’s class.

"Jesse was a great instructor," she said. "I didn’t know that much about my camera when I bought it, the book was so confusing. My pictures have improved 110-percent since I took his class. The college is now talking about doing an advanced photography class, and I will be signing up for that one as well. I would take another class in a heartbeat, I loved it."

Rapp said a lot of positive responses have come back to her from the courses. With a solid foundation in place, she is looking to expand the curriculum, thanks to feedback from the community.

"We did an evaluation at the end of each class and one of the things we requested was suggestions for classes people would be interested in taking, so we have some new ideas," she said.

Among those new classes to be offered are Basic Car Maintenance, Home Efficiency – Going Green/Saving Green, Fitness Orientation and a Kids College, which may include drama, pottery, painting and jewelry making for kids grades 3-8.

"Fitness orientation is for people who walk into a gym, look around at the equipment and have no idea what to do with it," Rapp said. "That will be a two-week course taught through Fuel Fitness in Springfield. The Kid’s College is an alternative for kids who may not be athletically-inclined but want to do something creative."

Registration for Summer classes is underway now. For more information about Continuing and Community Education classes at St. Catharine College, please call (270) 699-2157 or email

Attention St. Catharine alumni! Mark your calendar for May 12-14 because that is Golden Alumni Weekend at St. Catharine College. Reunite with your classmates and reminisce about your St. Catharine glory days.


Lots of special events will be scheduled during the weekend, such as a bus trip to Churchill Downs in Louisville, breakfast with President William D. Huston and your opportunity to be our special guests for the 2011 commencement ceremony.

Download an Adobe PDF file of the brochure and registration form by clicking here.


Relive your college memories with your fellow alumni by contacting Angela Hoffman, Director of Alumni & Events, at (859) 336-7610 or for more details.

For assistance with your travel plans, local hotels are listed below.

Best Western - Bardstown



Comfort Inn - Bardstown



Days Inn of Bardstown



Hampton Inn - 2 Locations

Lebanon, KY -- 270-699-4000

Bardstown, KY -- 502-349-0100


Quality Inn Hotel - Bardstown



Springfield Inn




   Frances Rodriguez, a second-year cardiac sonography student at St. Catharine College, has been selected to receive a highly sought-after scholarship award from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the only professional society dedicated to the field of echocardiography. The Alan D. Waggoner Student Sonographer Scholarship was established in 2001 in recognition of the many achievements, as well as dedicated service, of Mr. Waggoner to the ASE and to thousands of cardiac sonographers throughout the world.


   Applicants are ranked on scores awarded in these areas: recommendation letters, personal accomplishments and academic records.


   The scholarship award includes $1,000 toward tuition expenses, a complimentary one-year ASE membership including subscription to the Journal of ASE (JASE), complimentary registration to the Scientific Sessions in Montreal this June, as well as up to $500 travel support. Recipients are invited to attend the Cardiac Sonography Council Annual Meeting during the conference, where they will be recognized for their achievement.


   “I am certainly proud of Frances’s accomplishments and her desire to pursue this opportunity,” said Saretta Craft, Director of the Diagnostic Sonography Program at St. Catharine College. “I congratulate Frances on receiving this prized scholarship.”

   Rodriguez is one of only 10 recipients to receive this scholarship nation-wide.

If a student worked as a Work Study Student or received any type payroll compensation thru ADP and the Payroll Department, they can stop by the Human Resource Department, bring their Student ID, sign the Receipt Log, and pick up their 2010 W-2.  Any W-2’s that are not picked up by next Friday, January 21st, 2011, will put in the mail to the home address.

The decision to start college life comes with a lot of challenges – deciding which college to attend, choosing a field of study, picking out courses for the first semester, living quarters, etc. So it’s no wonder many students seem to wait until the last minute to file their FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

But those who procrastinate may be left out in the cold even if they just make the filing deadline.

“Students should complete the application as early as possible,” said Susan Roby, the assistant director of financial aid at St. Catharine College. “They should also follow-up with the school after submitting the application to see if any additional documentation is required.”

Students can file their FAFSA online by visiting, using tax forms from previous years, current W-2 forms or 2010 tax information.

“Even though many people haven’t filed their taxes yet, it’s time to file the FAFSA,” added Roby. “The applications are processed by the date they are received. All of the information doesn’t have to be complete for it to be filed, but it has to have all of the required signatures and estimated tax information to lock in the applications date to qualify for the maximum federal and state grants.”

Roby said funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so even if the deadline is, for example, March 15, the funds may run out as early as March 1.

“The priority dates for the state grants is March 15,” Roby said. “But last year, state grants ran out by March 5. Usually, you think you are guaranteed that money, but some students filed on March 14 thinking they would get the money. It’s a significant amount, almost $5,000. We’re telling people to file by March 1, but really, if they can’t apply no later than Feb. 1, then that would be great.”

When a student goes through the FAFSA filing process, they will be asked to provide information about family income and assets. This determines the yearly amount of money the federal government expects the student and parents to be able to pay toward a college education. The application is reviewed to see if the student can qualify for need-based aid.

If the student still hasn’t decided on which college they want to attend, they may choose up to 10 schools on their FAFSA application. That way, they can still file early even if they haven’t decided on a school yet.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at St. Catharine College at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1211.

St. Catharine College will host Patriot Preview, an open house for high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The event includes a campus tour, lunch with an academic division representative and an admissions information session. Bring your high school or college transcripts with you to be evaluated for on-the-spot admission.

Attendees will also be our guest as the Patriot mens and womens basketball teams take on NAIA rival Lindsey Wilson College.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 by calling (859) 336-5082, ext. 1259, or RSVP here

For more information, visit us online at

 SCC Spirit Shoppe

 After moving to a larger space in Lourdes Hall, the St. Catharine College Spirit Shoppe is once again open for business.

We've got spirit, yes we do - we've got spirit, how 'bout you?

There are a lot of exciting changes taking place around the campus at St. Catharine College. One of the most noticeable has been the addition of a new and improved Spirit Shoppe at Lourdes Hall.

In addition to a new selection of SCC gear and memorabilia such as t-shirts, jackets, hoodies, hats, mugs and school supplies, customers can also grab a quick bag of snacks, cold soda or a piping-hot cup of coffee or cappuccino to start their day.

The Spirit Shoppe is located on the Northwest side of Lourdes Hall facing the Cambron-Ice Clock Tower.

Hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Come in and visit the new Spirit Shoppe at St. Catharine College!

With just a handful of games left in the regular season, every game means something to the St. Catharine College Patriots.

For the men, it means a shot at a Mid-South Conference title and the challenge of maintaining a Top 20 standing in the NAIA rankings.

On the womens' side, though they have struggled at times during the heart of the season, head coach Lena Bramblett is preparing her team to peak as they enter the final weeks of the season.

For the latest on the SCC mens' and womens' basketball teams, visit our Athletic website at



Brandon Johnson and Erica Hector were crowned Mr. and Miss St. Catharine College during halftime of the Patriot mens’ basketball game against Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday.

Hector is a junior from Louisville, Ky. She is a Liberal Arts major who serves as point guard for the women's JV basketball team and plays right field for the softball team. Erica is a huge UK Wildcat fan and she likes to dance and entertain. She loves SCC with all of her heart.

Johnson, a senior from Elizabethtown, Ky., is a double major in Management and Marketing. He is the captain of the mens' varsity basketball team where he serves as a forward. He is also involved in the "Patriot Pal" program which involves reading to kids. After college, he plans to play basketball overseas.



The Court

Ashley Cardenas is a junior Criminal Justice major from orange County, Calif. She serves as a pitcher for the softball team. Ashley enjoys hanging out with her friends and family when she is back home. She also enjoys shopping and getting her nails done.

Amanda Chesser is a senior Marketing and Management major from Springfield, Ky. She is Vice President of the Student Government Association and President of the Marketing and Business Club. She is involved with Campus ministry and is on the stage crew for the Drama Club. She is also a part-time library assistant for the campus library. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her boyfriend Chris. She also likes to take pictures and scrapbook.

Ciara Gibbs is a sophomore Criminal Justice major from Louisville, Ky. and is a member of the womens' basketball team. She has volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club, the Angle Tree Program and the Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure. She is a member of the "Ride Wit Me" motorcycle club and enjoys singing, dancing and making people laugh. She also hosts a show on YouTube called "Real Women Know".

Mandy Gray is a junior Elementary Education major from Princeton, Ky. She is a Student Ambassador, member of the volleyball team and a member of the cheerleading squad. She also serves on the SGA and as a Student Orientation staff leader. Outside of SCC, she is a vacation bible school teacher, a Youth incorporated volleyball coach and a member of the St. Catharine Relay for Life team. Mandy enjoys painting, drawing, playing sports and being active. She also loves playing the guitar and spending time with her friends and family.

Megan Metcalf is a junior Early Childhood Education and Sports Leadership major from Bardstown, Ky. She is a Student Ambassador, captain of the womens' varsity soccer team and a member of the cheerleading squad. Her other community involvements include serving as a coach of the Under 17 girls' soccer team. She loves to travel abroad. She loves archery and has shot a Matthew's bow. Megan feels being involved at St. Catharine College has made a huge difference in her life.

Corey Elliott is a sophomore from Somerset, Ky. He is a charter member of the SCC bowling team. He also likes to play basketball and ping pong, as well as spending time with his friends.

Sheldon Lucas is a sophomore Biology major from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the mens' soccer team. Away from SCC, he is a camp counselor and group leader at WHBC. He is also a huge sports fan and video gamer.

Chris Mattingly is a senior Liberal Arts and Psychology major from Loretto, Ky. He serves as the President of the SGA, member of the Drama Club and serves on the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees. He also volunteers at the Sansbury Care Center with the Current Events Group. He also serves as a work study assistant at SCC. His interests include the board game Risk, playing Playstation 3, hiking and hanging out with his friends and his girlfriend, Amanda Chesser.

Steven Osborne is a senior Liberal Arts and Humanities major from Springfield, Ky. He has been a Student Ambassador and is a charter member of the Student Orientation staff. He enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and rock climbing. He says he needs a campfire in order to breathe. He also loves playing guitar.

Doug Perry is a senior Psychology major from Lebanon, Ky. He serves as the Chair of the Student Government Judiciary Council, is a member of the Drama Club and the Shakespeare Club. He is also an avid reader, video gamer and writer. After college, Doug plans to join the United States Coast Guard.

Mr. & Miss St. Catharine College is an honor bestowed upon two SCC students who are nominated by students, faculty and staff at St. Catharine College, and selected by vote of the student body.

The St. Catharine College School of Health and Human Sciences will host their 10th Annual Open House and Career Fair on March 24, from 5-8 p.m. on the second floor of the Richard S. Hamilton Health and Science Building. If you are a high school student, returning college student, displaced worker or someone looking for a career change toward the healthcare industry, this is the perfect event for you to attend.

This gathering will include representatives from several area healthcare facilities. People with an interest in health and human science education or employment will be in attendance to talk to various health care providers and St. Catharine College health science programs.

For more information or to reserve your spot, please RSVP by March 21, 2011 to Michelle Riordan at (859) 336-5082 or email

Education is all about growth, and no institution stands as a better example of that philosophy than St. Catharine College. Not only is St. Catharine College the ideal place for students to grow as scholars, but they can also blossom as responsible adults ready to take on the world with a quality education.

And while the students are growing in knowledge, St. Catharine is also undertaking the task of not only expanding its curriculum to include its first ever graduate programs in the spring of 2012, but it is also investing in students’ futures by building new facilities, such as the soon-to-be-completed Aquinas Apartments which will serve as student housing. St. Catharine also looks to break ground soon on the new Emily W. Hundley Library and renovation should be complete later this year on an expanded athletic complex.

With all of this growth taking place, the college’s founders would hardly recognize the campus from its humble beginnings 80 years ago.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931, St. Catharine College is an independent, co-educational liberal arts college with a unique residential collegiate experience totally dedicated to helping each student realize his or her full potential.  St. Catharine enrolls approximately 850 students from 52 counties in Kentucky, 15 states, and five countries.

For much of its history, St. Catharine College was a two-year college awarding associate degrees. In 2004, St. Catharine became a four-year college and today it offers 20 BA/BS programs, as well as Associate degree and certificate programs, and there are still more degree programs to come.

A major milestone for St. Catharine College came in December 2010, when President William D. Huston received word that St. Catharine had been granted Level III status from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award graduate degrees. St. Catharine is pleased to announce that two master’s degree programs will start January 2012; the first in Health Leadership and Promotion, and the other in Community and Regional Leadership. These are cutting-edge programs that few other colleges offer, if at all.

St. Catharine College is also expanding into surrounding counties with its Continuing and Community Education Program. This is the first year for non-credit courses that are taught at Centre Square in Lebanon, Spalding Hall in Bardstown and the college’s main campus near Springfield.

The Patriot athletic program continues to grow as well. Not too long ago, the college added track, cross country and bowling to its list of sports. This year is no different as the college will add swimming to the growing list of varsity sports. New tennis courts will be completed later this year as part of a redesigned athletic complex, which also includes a new soccer field and new lighting.

The Patriot mens’ basketball received national attention this past January by climbing as high as #8 in the NAIA rankings and battling for the number one position in the Mid-South Conference. Not too bad for a program just three years removed from playing as a junior college.

With an expanding list of courses, programs and degrees; a campus-wide facilities expansion in full swing; and athletics making noise on the national stage, the possibilities for growth at St. Catharine College and for its students continues to add to their rich heritage.

As you can see, growth at St. Catharine College is everywhere.

Jordan Boyle, a St. Catharine College junior from Florence, Ky., has been selected to participate in the American Society of Radiologic Technologists 2011 Student Initiative Program.

 Students participating in the “Welcome to Your Future” essay competition were required to write a 500-700 word essay on one of the following topics:

  • Why I chose the radiologic science profession.
  • What being a professional means to me.
  • What I hope to gain from attending the annual governance meeting.


The essays were evaluated on several factors including the author’s commitment to pursuing a career in the radiologic sciences.


“I’m pretty excited,” said Boyle. “I’m very honored to receive this opportunity. It will be nice to meet and network with other people in my chosen profession.”


As a participant, Boyle will receive an all expenses paid trip to the ASRT Educational Symposium and Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting, June 16-19, in Albuquerque, N.M. Additionally, Boyle will attend an educational program at the Symposium specifically designed for students and be assigned a professional mentor during the House of Delegates meeting.


Boyle was one of 62 students chosen from more than 180 entries submitted by radiologic science students from around the country.


After graduation, Boyle plans to work as a radiologist.


“I have always wanted to do something in the health care field, but I didn’t think I wanted to go into nursing, so I chose radiography,” Boyle added. “Once I picked it, I really got into it and now I love it.”


“The Student Initiative Program is a great way to get radiologic science students involved in the ASRT early in their careers,” said ASRT President James Temme. “While in Albuquerque, students will have the opportunity to meet with veteran radiologic science professionals, participate in education activities and get an in-depth look at how the governance process works for the world’s largest radiologic science organization.”


The ASRT represents more than 139,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy treatments. The Society also provides radiologic science students with the tools, services and support they need to prepare for careers in medical imaging and radiation therapy.

Campbellsville University rapped out 30 hits in an afternoon double header against St. Catharine and left the Lady Patriots with two losses on the day, 7-16 and 5-7.

In the first game, St. Catharine crept to within 6-5 after four innings before a Lady Tiger hit a grand slam in the fifth to lengthened their lead to five.

In the second game, SCC loaded the bases in the first only to have the Campbellsville pitcher strike out three straight to end the threat.

Campbellsville did all its damage in the first three innings, scoring one, two and four runs, respectively. The Lady Patriots closed the gap to 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh but three fly balls ended the SCC threat.

England had a solo homer in the first and then Brooke Boils sacrificed Cornett home in the second. In the third, CU came up with seven hits in its four-run frame - all singles.

The Patriots recovered with a pair of wins over Midway College on March 31 (8-5, 9-1).

The ladies currently stand at 11-16 overall and 4-10 in conference play.


On the mens’ side, on March 30 at Edelen-Haydon Field, the St. Catharine College Patriots got timely hitting, good pitching and adequate defense. But in the end it was a pitch just barely out of the strike zone that gave them a 7-6 victory over the visiting 14th ranked Bulldogs from Union College.

The Bat Pats are currently tied for 3rd place with Georgetown in the MSC West Division at 10-10 in conference play and are 25-18-1 overall.

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People on the St. Catharine College campus will be able to breathe a little easier after July 1. That’s when a new tobacco-free policy goes into effect for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. The policy targets all forms of tobacco including smokeless tobacco products.

The St. Catharine Roundtable, consisting of representatives from the St. Catharine Motherhouse, St. Catharine Farm, Sansbury Care Center and St. Catharine College, issued a statement on March 31 which said, “(We’ve) been working for more than a year to develop a policy and implementation plan to move the St. Catharine Campus to a tobacco-free environment."

The full policy reads as follows: “In keeping with St. Catharine Roundtable’s intent to provide a safe and healthful working and learning environment, tobacco use is not permitted on the grounds of Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine Motherhouse, St. Catharine Farm and St. Catharine College, or in any of the vehicles owned by any of the before mentioned entities. Tobacco may only be used in an individual’s own personal vehicle. Tobacco products means all forms of tobacco including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookahs), electronic cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products. This policy applies to all individuals including but not limited to staff, students, faculty, volunteers, customers, contractors, and visitors to the campus. Effective:  July 1, 2011.”


In order to make the transition to a tobacco-free campus smoother, St. Catharine College has partnered with the Washington County Health Department to offer free Cooper/Clayton Method smoking cessation classes to all faculty, staff and students on campus starting April 20. The cost of the course is free but participants must furnish their own smoking cessation products such as nicotine patches, gum or lozenges.


If interested, please complete the form below and return it to Sr. Barbara Rapp by April 13, 2011 either by email to, faxing it to (270) 692-4275, or dropping it off at her campus mailbox in the Boone Administration Building.

STAR orientation for all incoming freshmen will take place April 30.  All freshmen MUST attend a STAR session, as well as stay ALL day of the orientation to register for their classes.   Each STAR session  will be conducted from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (check-in will begin at 8:30).

For more information, visit our STAR Orientation page by clicking here.

The St. Catharine College Patriots were well aware that if the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament became a free throw contest that it could not result in a favorable outcome. And Wednesday’s game was, indeed, decided at the charity stripe – and the outcome was most disappointing for J.T. Burton’s team.

        The Lindenwood Lions, 29-5, came into the game in Kansas City as the nation’s top ranked free throw shooters at 74 percent. And they did nothing to hurt that ranking as they made 33 of 40 free throws (82.5 percent) to outlast the Patriots 78-72.

        St. Catharine shot 56 percent from the foul line (9-16) while the teams were nearly even on field goal shooting, the Lions at 43.5 percent and the Patriots at 43 percent.

        The first round loss ends the St. Catharine season at 22-9. But after the game Burton was able to remain upbeat about the Patriots’ season that saw them end up as runner-up in both the regular season and the tournament in the Mid-South Conference. “Just two years ago (the Patriots’ first NAIA season) we were 1-11 in the conference and look how we finished this year,” said Burton who is in his third season as Patriot mentor. “It is disappointing but we will be back here.”

       St. Catharine may have been back for the second round in this tournament if it wasn’t for the sharpshooting of Lions’ point guard Kramer Soderberg. The 6-1 junior, son of Lindenwood’s head coach, made all 11 of his free throw attempts-including six in the final minute- as part of his game high 27 points. The Patriots led 64-62 with 5:52 to play but the Lions scored the next five points to take the lead for good. The Patriots cut the lead to 69-68 but Soderberg repeatedly sank free throws to keep the Lions in control.

       Lindenwood, who will move on to the second round against Mountain State, led most of the first half including a 37-33 halftime lead. They made just nine field goals in the second half, and just 20 for the game compared to the Patriots’ 29 field goals. Junior guard Marquis Lee came off the bench to lead the Patriots in scoring with 18 points. Xavier Keeling added 16 points and Kashiff Carr had 15. Antoine Watson had a double-double with 12 points and a game high 10 rebounds. The Patriots held a 43-28 advantage in rebounding.

The St. Catharine Players invite you to enjoy “Southern Hospitality”, a comedy from the writing team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

In this sequel to last year’s “Dearly Beloved”, the four Futrelle sisters are in trouble again.  Their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and they are trying to save it from extinction.  Ever since businesses started closing, folks have been leaving, but Honey Raye, with a major assist from her former nemesis, Geneva, has come up with a possible solution:  lure the head of a salsa manufacturing factory to relocate in Fayro.

Honey Raye has promised that on the weekend of the head’s visit, the town will be having a big celebration of Fayro Days, complete with a craft show, a petting zoo, a beauty pageant and a huge Civil War reenactment—with the town folks now have four days to make a reality.  But with only fifteen possible reenactors and sister Twink’s desperation to marry the deputy sheriff, who is unwilling at best, things look a bit bleak.

This is the third annual production from the St. Catharine Players. Faculty and staff members from St. Catharine College, as well as community members from Washington, Marion and Nelson counties, comprise the cast and crew.


Ms. Geneva Musgrave – played by Clara Logsdon

Honey Ray Futrelle - played by Nora Hatton

Gina Jo (GJ) Dubberly Waverly - played by Jenna Niece

Rhonda Lynn Lampley - played by Mary Jones

Twink Futrelle - played by Tanalisa Hatton

Justin Waverly - played by Shane Wiley

John Curtis Buntner - played by Doug Perry

Dub Dubberly - played by Dr. David Wallace

Frankie Futrelle Dubberly - played by Toni Wiley

Raynerd Chism – played by Dr. Lee Edgington

Inez Dubberly - played by Sister Elaine DesRosiers, OP

D. Dayva Davidson - played by Dr. Vicki Guthrie

Buck Strickland - played by Bob Akin


Stage Manager - Christopher Mattingly

Assistant Stage Manager - Amanda Chesser

Costume Manager - Evelyn Silliman

Asst Costume Manager - Megan Hazelip

Prop Manager - Kaitlyn Riley

Asst. Prop Manager/Crew member - Chelsea Shanahan

Crew member - Doug Perry

Light Manager - Terry Colon

Assistant Director - Carlotta Brussell

Director - Sister Angie Shaughnessy


Performances will be held at Angelic Hall in Centre Square in Lebanon, with show times at 7 p.m. March 25, 7 p.m. March 26 and at 2 p.m. on March 27. Tickets are $10 for adults 18+, $8 for seniors and kids 12+, and kids under 12 admitted free. For more information, contact Clara Logsdon at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1260.

     In the long regular season of 16 Mid-South Conference games, the Patriot basketball teams are heading down the home stretch with just three contests remaining. And much work is still left be done for both the men and the women.

     Lena Bramblett’s Patriot women find themselves in seventh place but still with a chance to move into the top six which means they would avoid a play-in game in order to reach Frankfort where the Mid-South Conference tournament will be held among eight of the conference’s 10 teams.

     The Patriots are 6-9 which puts them one game behind sixth place Pikeville and one-half a game ahead of eighth place Georgetown. The road ahead is rough, however as the three remaining MSC games are at Campbellsville and at home against Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson. Those three teams are among the top four in the conference and are ranked nationally. Campbellsville is fourth in the nation, Lindsey Wilson is 15th and Cumberlands is in the receiving votes category.

     J.T. Burton’s men will face the same schedule as the women in their three remaining games but they enter those with a third place standing in the conference at 11-4. That puts them one-half game behind Cumberlands who beat the Patriots in Williamsburg earlier in the season .    

     By winning the final three games the Patriots, who were ranked 22nd in this week’s NAIA poll, will secure second place in the conference tournament. That tournament will be held March 4-5-6 for both the men and women at the Frankfort Convention center.

The Spalding Student and Community Center at St. Catharine College was the scene of the second annual President’s Dinner on January 25 as SCC President William D. Huston welcomed supporters of the College.

 “The President’s Dinner is our way of saying thank you to our major donors,” said Molly Smith, Director of Development at SCC.

Donors who gave $1,000 or more during the 2009-10 fiscal year were invited to the event.

The evening began with a social hour with music provided by harpist and vocalist Deanna Loveland. After dinner, guest speaker Bob Goodlett spoke briefly, followed by remarks from President Huston.

Jenna Copple, SCC Vice-President for Advancement, presented certificates of appreciation to several of the College’s donors who were in attendance.

Emily Wallace Hundley also received a special award for reaching the $500,000 Lifetime Giving level.

“Without our supporters, our vision and dreams would be only that,” said President Huston. “Our successes at SCC have been the result of individuals coming together to form a unified team and produce results; an end product that everyone is very proud to have in their community and region. We have had individuals and families throughout the years who have sacrificed to help SCC. Now is no different; we have all levels of donors who have made a difference and have sacrificed some of their own needs and desires. To them, the College has always been a priority. The rewarding aspect of the dinner is that all who are present are there because they are supporters of our mission and vision, and they were able to contribute to help this become a reality. It is a humbling experience.”