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Olivia Thompson, a junior education major (middle school math emphasis) at St. Catharine College, was recently named executive director of the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Thompson is also a recently inducted member of Alpha Chi, a national honor society, and a graduate of Washington County High School.

How did you find out about the position?

I actually started working here last summer through a program at Lincoln Trail and I fell in love with this job. Coincidentally, the executive director at that time was offered another job that fall and the board then offered me the position.  

What piqued your interest in the job?

I loved everything this job stood for. The Chamber's mission is to support our local businesses through events that allow newcomers to experience what Washington County has to offer. They have held many events such as a golf scramble, putt-putt on Main Street, the Harvest Festival, and the annual Awards ceremony, which will be coming up in January. All were great opportunities to advertise for each business and they were able to be involved with the community and the people who support these businesses. So really I feel like a part-time planner of events, which can be a lot of fun with the support of the community, which we have here in Washington County.  

What has the job been like so far?

It has involved a lot of planning, networking and of course the office work. It has been a great opportunity for me because of the people I continue to meet and the new resources they have to offer to Washington County. Even being in the office so often I make sure to greet each person with a smile and hope to make their stay here welcome by giving them brochures and places to enjoy. As soon as I started I began planning and organizing one event and when that was concluded began working on another event. My goal is to keep Washington County in a constant spotlight through activities that bring a small community of people together for one common goal...showcasing Washington County.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student. How do you think it will add to the education you're getting at St. Catharine College?

This opportunity I was given has taught me how important it is to be involved, which has helped me to become more active at St. Catharine through both my schoolwork and other organizations. It makes it slightly easier to speak your voice and work together with your peers when you have already done so in front of a board. With my major I have seen how central math is in everyone's life. I know that one day I won't only be teaching children to be smart in math but to grow up to become independent leaders and citizens in our community and because of this experience I now have resources to help my future students be involved in a small town community.

Anything that I missed that you want to add?

Because of the position I was given it has strengthened my ability to work with others from a small hometown group of individuals to rather larger offices and towns in an effort to link the two together to achieve one. Therefore, after my career as an executive director comes to an end, I will continue to be involved with our community and the Chamber whether it is through volunteer work or as a board member.

The following story first appeared in the Fall 2013 edition of News & Views as a column written by Vice President for Advancement Molly Smith.

Did you ever meet one of those people that you instantly knew you were going to like? Kaye Spalding Peterson was one of those people for me. Kaye is a 1977 graduate of St. Catharine, and worked here at the College in our Library for many years. Her generous spirit and positive outlook are well known here at SCC. 

Kaye is a first generation college student, and remembers her small class at St. Catharine in the 70's. 

"We were like a family," says Kaye. "Everyone helped each other get through the tough times, and the Sisters were so good to us."

Kaye 's husband, Paul, passed away last year. Before Paul died, he and Kaye decided to include St. Catharine College in their estate plan. According to Kaye, they felt that helping a small school like St. Catharine was the perfect way to share their blessings. 

"We wanted to give back to St. Catharine because it's the right thing to do and because we wanted to make a difference. Our gift makes a real impact at a small, private school like St. Catharine. We can help some students who need that extra little bit to get them through College."        

In addition, Kaye knows that their very large family will be proud to drive by St. Catharine knowing that Paul and Kaye played a part in the continued success of SCC.

I truly hope Paul and Kaye's story will be an inspiration to others to support St. Catharine, both now and as a beneficiary in their will. There are many ways to do this, including gifts of stock, life insurance, charitable trusts, etc. In addition, making a monthly or annual gift is the lifeblood that keeps St. Catharine College strong. Your gift may be large, small or somewhere in between, but no matter what the amount, I promise it WILL be put to good use here at SCC. Please contact me at any time if you have questions about how to help St. Catharine and our students. We are truly blessed to still be "like a family". 

Thanks Kaye and Paul!

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

St. Catharine College recently announced the list of students who have achieved extraordinary academic success for the Fall 2013 semester.

The dean's list includes all students who had a grade point average of 3.6 - 3.999.
The following students were recognized for their academic achievement: Narayan Abbi, Courtney Adams, Carrie Akin, Sarah Akrong, Ashley Apple, Carolyn Arnold, Matthew Avis, Casey Baryla, Cody Beasley, Ami Black, Sarah Blair, Sara Blanford, Matthew Bloom, Steven Bryant, Cassie Clark, Brianna Cornett, Charles Coslow, Danielle Coulter, Miriah Cox, Nicole Denman, Emily Fenwick, Natalie Ford, Cameron Fries, Robert Gant, Adrian Garcia, Ramie Goldey, Luzelenia Grant, Kimberly Greer, Savannah Gregorchik, Rachael Griffitts, Paige Hassman, Joseph Hayes, Kayla Hazelip, John Higdon, Sarah Hill, Julie Hirtzel, Brandon Huffman, Matthew Hutchins, Andre Jacomini, Katie Jerome, Courtney Jones, Rebecca Just, Amanda Keeling, Cory Klinger, Heather Knopp, Cassandra Lawton, Hannah Lee, Marc Mason, Stuart Mattingly, Emily McCombs, Karen Meddles, Shelley Medley, Grace Mills, Benjamin Nally, Samantha Osborn, Brooke Pearson, Brandyn Pemberton, Latisha Pendygraft, Amanda Perkins, Kelsie Pulliam, Martha Raley, Theresa Robeck, Isaac Robinson, Sarah Rodriguez, Charles Ryan, Stacey Ryan, Erin Sanders, Jessica Shelton, Jacob Sloan, Jennifer Smith, Taylor Smith, Kerrie Sneed, Valerie Snyder, Ashley Spalding, Chase Spalding, Jessica Spalding, Leslie Stivers, Casey Stone, Olivia Thompson, Laura Turner, Christina Vaughn, Kendal Violette, Rodney Vuick, Tiffany Webb, Shawn West, Daphne White, Josh Whitmer, Alexander Wick, Amanda Wright and Emily Zubricky.

The president's list includes all students who completed 12 college-level credit hours and maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

The following students were recognized for their academic achievement: Brenna Beams, Brittany Bird, Adrienne Bishop, Emily Bishop, Brian Boone, Brittany Bowling, Crystal Brady, Kelsey Brooks, Dylan Brown, Richard Buckler, Jason Buckman, Brandy Chesser, Porshia Clark, Paul Colvin, Sarah Colvin, Amanda Conrad, Erin Cottrell, Amanda Cox, Alisha Dierdoff, Eric Donnelly, Michelle Dunaway, Mary Ezaizat, Randi Fields, Jessica Frailey, Bryan Gammons, Kayla Garrett, Miranda Goff, Michaela Grundy, Lucia Guthrie, Michael Hardin, Kelsey Hayden, Sarah Haydon, Stephanie Helm, Kinsey Hill, Sadie Hill, Mariah House, Jodie Klein, Ryan Kute, Victoria Mackin, Amelia Mattingly, Ann Mattingly, Kimberly McCoy, Andrew Nelson, Jennarae Niece, Jessica O'Bryan, Charles Powell, Melinda Rice, Michael Rogers, Shelby Rush, Rebekah Sams, Samantha Seger, Jacob Settles, Katherine Simpson, Omar Skinner, Travis Smith, Abbey Sorrells, Joseph Spalding, Hannah Spaulding, Katherine Steff, Shauna Stone, Lance Taylor, Lindsey Vinson, Marvin Wesselburg, Chelsea Wichman, Meghan Wolford and Ashley Young.

Continuing their partnership for a fourth consecutive year, the City of Springfield and St. Catharine College collaborated to produce the hugely successful Walk With Santa and Christmas Crafters' Mart on Saturday, Dec.7. This year's team included Nell Haydon (Springfield Main Street/Renaissance), Kathy Elliott (Springfield Tourism) and Dr. David Donathan's management program senior capstone class consisting of Stacey Garrett, Samantha Osborn, Nick Patterson, Allee Raley and Ashley Young.

At the request of the Chamber of Commerce, Nic Patterson worked closely with Springfield's Chief of Police, Fire Department and EMS to organize the Walk With Santa event during which children joined with Mayor Cecconi, the St. Catharine College cheerleaders and golf team in escorting Santa to City Hall where Santa met with children and provided a photo opportunity for parents. Since no festive parade is complete without a band, Ashley Young liaised with Washington County High School to coordinate the marching band's assistance in providing musical accompaniment to the walk down Main Street. After arriving at City Hall to a large welcoming crowd, Santa hosted a photo session in the conference room, where each child had their picture taken with Santa. Following their meeting with Santa, the children were asked to select two free books from the large assortment of Christmas titles Allee Raley collected through SCC's rtl3 reading initiative and many generous donors.

During all the excitement surrounding Santa's visit to City Hall, Stacey Garrett and Samantha Osborn were busy assisting vendor set up at the Christmas Crafters' Mart in the OldLouisvilleStoreBuilding. At 10 a.m., they opened the doors to a large crowd of Christmas shoppers who were able to select from wooden toys, jewelry, seasonal decorations and much more.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

In a little under a decade, Dr. Rob Slocum has logged a minimum of 1,690 miles on his feet.

Most on campus know Slocum as the dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at St. Catharine College. He has a little secret: he's the half-marathon man.

Slocum has trained for and completed 129 half-marathons (13.1 miles) since his first one in 2004. He's seen several new places along the way, too.

Racing has taken Slocum and his wife, Victoria, across the United States. His favorite races, he said, were the Boston Half-Marathon, a race on Tybee Island in Georgia and a race under the full moon from Grafton to Sheboygan, Wis.

"It's just taken us all kinds of places," Slocum said. "In Atlanta we ran past Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King was and in Little Rock, a school which was part of the civil rights movement. We ran past where Elvis recorded in Memphis. We ran past the Mississippi River and past federal buildings in D.C. and just a lot of places that we wouldn't have seen and we're seeing it close up."

In Tuscon, Ariz., he ran a point-to-point race in the desert.

"We ran in and it was dark when we got there and the sun came up over the desert. It was just incredibly beautiful," Slocum said.

The dean said he began running as part of conditioning for tennis when he was in high school.

Slocum was the assistant tennis pro at a tennis shop and said he would run on the golf course after the golfers had left for the day.

"It was more like flying than flying," Slocum said. "Flying is more like sitting down and being in a cramped dentist's office."

The act helped draw his body and soul together, he said, while also serving as a healthy activity.

Slocum said he ran his first competitive race in his third year of law school.

Competitive races such as 5Ks (3.1 miles) and 10Ks (6.2 miles) were becoming popular at that time, Slocum said.

"It was fun. It was just great," he said. "It was an opportunity to run in a new space with an incentive to do your best and whether you got a ribbon or didn't get a ribbon, it was just an outstanding opportunity to be out there."

Eventually, Slocum would work his way up to half-marathon distance. He did his first half-marathon and then didn't do another for six or eight months.

Discovering the different locations a half-marathon could take him, he was hooked.

"A race on oceanfront in Georgia is totally different from a race through the mountains in North Carolina or Washington state," he said. "A race in Kansas in winter with wind is different from a race in summer time when it's hot and humid and muggy and hilly."

By running those races, Slocum said he comes away with an amazing sense of place.

"I feel like I've gone to cities where I've never been before but come away with a knowledge of the place that people who've lived there for years, they wouldn't have because of this direct kind of experience of place," he said.

After nearly 130 half-marathons, it seems Slocum has found his niche. He averages one race per month, except in the hottest part of the summer, he said.

While he doesn't expect to be a Sports Illustrated cover model, he and his wife have been featured in Runner's World in a special edition about half-marathons.

"We had a little postage stamp size picture of us after a race," Slocum said.

Running has helped him relate to student-athletes on campus, he said, as well as develop his spirituality.

"It helped me to discover a confidence and creativity and an ability to integrate," Slocum said. "When I say integrate, I mean integrate feeling sensations, thinking sensations. It's very personal. It's what you're doing with your body, not just observing it. You're in the middle of it. You physically experience space. If the space is bumpy, you feel bumpiness. If the weather is cold, you feel that it's cold. If it's a hill, you discover that there really is a hill in that location. It's not as flat as you thought it was driving over it in a car."

Slocum and his wife live in Danville, Ky. He's also an Episcopal priest and assists on Sundays in congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington. He has a Ph. D in systematic theology.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Dr. Rob Slocum recently discussed his new book, "Seeing & Believing". Check out the video above to hear more about his most recently published book.

A woman exonerated from death row stopped by St. Catharine College on Nov. 19 to discuss her experience and the shortcomings of the death penalty.

Sabrina Butler, from Columbus, Miss., traveled to Washington County with help from the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (KCADP) and Witness to Innocence.

Presenting with her was Fr. Pat Delahanty from Louisville, who is the chair of KCADP.

"The death penalty (people may) support is probably not the one we use," Delahanty said. "Because the death penalty that people support or the one they think about is the one where innocent people don't get executed."

The type of death penalty people support is one where prosecutors don't commit misconduct and police don't hide evidence, he said.

"That's the one they support but that's not the one that exists," Delahanty said. "Sixty percent of the cases in Kentucky of people who end up on death row have been overturned by the courts because their rights were violated, there were flaws in the conduct of the trial and they're not out (of prison). They committed a crime but not a crime that merited the death penalty."

Delahanty pointed out that Catholic teaching says the death penalty shouldn't be used except in rare circumstances.

Timothy McVeigh and Saddam Hussein, he said, may be considered rare circumstances by some. But, Catholic bishops opposed the death penalty in both cases, he said.

"So what might seem like rare circumstances, whatever those are have not yet been determined yet but we know what they aren't," Delahanty said.

He added that the national trend is going away from the death penalty and that polling in 2006 by the University of Kentucky research center showed that 67 percent of Kentuckians prefer a sentence other than death.

Butler told the crowd in Pettus Auditorium that she was accused of killing her son in 1989.

One day, she said, he stopped breathing. She found him when she returned home. Unsure of what to do, she ran to a neighbor's house for help.

Butler said she administered CPR to her son all the way to the hospital.

After waiting what seemed like forever at the hospital, she was told there was nothing that could be done for her son. They couldn't get him to breathe.

"So that began the whirlwind of me going through all of this," Butler said.

She went to the police station for questioning. She was scared she would be locked up for leaving her son home alone. After the initial round of questioning, she was sent home. When she visited the hospital to check on the autopsy report, however, she was taken back in by police.

Butler, who was 17 at the time, said she was not a smart teenager. She was married off by her mother at the age of 14. She quit school in the eighth grade. She was trying to raise two kids, she said, without actually knowing how to be a mother.

Police took advantage of her situation, she said.

"So when I got down to the police station they started questioning me, screaming at me, saying, 'You killed your baby. You stomped the baby. You beat the baby.' I was trying to tell them what happened. They were balling up the story I was writing and throwing it in the trash. The detective wrote out the statement that they used to convict me on the first trial," she said.

During that first trial, she said, she was appointed an attorney that appeared drunk during the trial. The other attorney, she said, didn't do the proper investigative work. Other forces, possibly politics, were at work, she said.

The prosecuting attorney took the jury to a picnic when they were supposed to be sequestered. The witnesses that were supposed to be used for her in her case were subpoenaed and locked away. Her attorneys never let her take the stand, which the prosecuting attorney used against her, she said.

"He was like, 'Aw, she's just a monster. She's not taking the stand. She's not telling you all what she did to the baby,'" Butler said.

The trial lasted five days and she was found guilty. She was sentenced to die by lethal injection. She was sentenced March 8, 1990. Her death date was to be July 2, 1990.

Her prison experience was the hardest to talk about, she said.

When she arrived, she was stripped of her clothes, sprayed with bug spray and fingerprinted.

"They just treat you like you're nothing," Butler said. "The security guard told me, 'Look out there. You see all those inmates right there? We tell them when to go to sleep, when to get up. But you, you'll die here.' I just, I lost it."

Butler said she lived in a cell that was six feet by nine feet. She spent 23 hours a day locked up, with one hour for time in the yard. Sometimes there were bugs on her lunch tray. Other times she would have rats in her cell.

After two years and nine months, her case was overturned. She thought she would go free, but she had to wait in jail for three more years for a new trial.

A new set of jurors and attorneys found out that her son had heart and kidney problems not previously discovered. After  a four-day trial, it took the jurors one hour to exonerate her, she said. She was acquitted on Dec. 18, 1995.

She's written a book called "Exonerated: The Sabrina Butler Story," and uses her speaking engagements to try and help death penalty abolition groups.

"I think a lot about how I almost lost my life and how God said no to the devil and he gave me back my life," Butler said. "I just feel like this is what he wants me to do. I will do it until I can't do it anymore."

Delahanty emphasized that those that feel the death penalty should be abolished need to take action.

"You have to pick a phone up. You've got to send an email. You've got to contact a legislator to say, 'This has to change. I don't want to be part of a society that kills people by mistake,'" he said.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

The entire St. Catharine campus and the City of Springfield recently teamed up to create a walking path that will serve spiritual and fitness purposes.

Plans began for the Dominican Mile last winter and those plans are now coming to fruition. 

The Dominican Mile began with St. Catharine College Associate Professor Peggy Tillman. Last winter she approached Dr. Harry Nickens, formerly a dean at St. Catharine College, about marking off a mile around the St. Catharine campus so that students in her lifetime fitness course would have a clearly marked walking path.

Nickens told Tillman he'd check with the Dominican Sisters of Peace to see if it was possible.

The sisters were fine with marking off a mile, Tillman said, but then the project took a spiritual turn.

"So it started out just as a walk and it ended up as something really, really special," Tillman said.

That something special is a mile-long, self-guided tour around the grounds of St. Catharine.

"The mile starts at Lourdes (Hall) and meanders by all of the buildings on the campus," Teresa Tedder, Dominican Mile committee member and professor at St. Catharine College, said.

That includes buildings at the college, the Motherhouse and Sansbury. A brochure, designed by Dominican Mile committee member and Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine DeRosiers, will provide historical information for the walker.

Tedder said the walk is important because of opportunities for fitness and contemplative moments.

"The actual physical ground, the earth here has been steeped since 1822 in the tradition of teaching and prayer and the four pillars of the Dominican Sisters' ministry," Tedder said. "It is the hope that as people walk this, they reflect and think about that and absorb that and go away with that now as part of themselves."

Bettye Brookfield, Dominican Mile committee member and art professor at St. Catharine College, echoed those sentiments.

"When I walk it, I pray. I meditate. I think about someone who's in my prayers," Brookfield said.

DesRosiers said a walk such as this is a great thing to have to combat the hectic pace of life.

"In these hectic times, the Sisters are pleased to make available to people a gentle walk through our very prayerful, historic grounds," she said.

The path that the Dominican Mile follows will be marked by a piece of limestone that includes a shell, which includes a Dominican torch.

Brookfield noticed that the limestone was put in a throw-away pile after being cut to use in the new Emily W. Hundley Library. She had the excess limestone set aside specifically for the Dominican Mile.

The shell, Brookfield said, was an idea she found in Europe.

The Way of St. James, or Camino de Santiago, is a spiritual journey or pilgrimage in Spain.

The marker indicates that the traveler is on the trail or that a hotel or hostel is nearby, among other things.

"We're using that same idea for our pilgrimage," Brookfield said.

The Springfield Tourism Commisssion recently awarded

St. Catharine a grant to help defray some marketing and materials costs for the project.

"The City of Springfield and Springfield Tourism Commission are proud to be a part of the Dominican Mile project," Kathy Elliott, Springfield Tourism Commission Executive Director, said. "A new committee has come together recently that includes Springfield, Bardstown and Lebanon Tourism; Springfield Main Street Renaissance, the Sisters of Loretto, Nazareth and St Catharine. We are collaborating to create a new tourist attraction:  'Kentucky's Holy Land Tour- Have a religious experience.'" The Dominican Mile will be an extraordinary addition to this tour, not only for the history here, but for the beauty of this place. We look forward to the completion of this special venue."

The St. Catharine campus was incorporated into the city limits of Springfield in the last few years, creating this opportunity for a tourism grant.

The Dominican Mile committee members expressed deep appreciation to the City of Springfield, the Springfield Tourism Commission and members of the St. Catharine campus.

Work on the informational brochure has been underway since the conception of the Dominican Mile and details were being finalized at press time.

On the campus of St. Catharine College and all around the United States, Christmas has come early this year, as people are busy packing simple shoebox gifts in order to make Christmas a reality for more than 7 million hurting children in over 100 different countries.

In 1993, Samaritan's Purse, an international relief and evangelism organization, kicked off Operation Christmas Child ("OCC") in the United States by collecting 28,000 shoe box gifts.  Those gifts were then delivered to children living in impoverished and war-torn areas of Eastern Europe.  Now, 20 years later, Operation Christmas Child has set a goal of collecting that same number of 28,000 shoebox gifts right here in the nine small counties that make up what OCC calls the "Heart of Kentucky Area." 

Last year, 309 shoebox gifts were packed by the residents of Washington County.  This year, local OCC volunteers intend to double that amount in order to bless twice as many children with what is likely the first gift they will ever receive - at Christmas or anytime. A first-time partnership between local Operation Christmas Child volunteers and the students and staff of St. Catharine College will hopefully make that goal a reality. Washington County OCC Relay Center Coordinator Kylen Burns said she is thrilled about the opportunity to engage St. Catharine students in this simple but life-changing project. 

"The staff and students at St. Catharine have a global focus and a generous spirit - a combination that makes this project a perfect service opportunity for the College," Burns said.

So how does Operation Christmas Child work?

Children, families, schools, churches and community groups pack empty shoe boxes with simple items most people take for granted, including toothpaste, toys and school supplies. The shoe boxes are collected at local relay centers around the country, between Nov. 18-25, 2013. Then the gifts are delivered to needy and hurting children around the world using whatever means necessary--sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, elephants, even dog sleds.  While Samaritan's Purse works to meet critical spiritual and physical needs including providing clean water, health care and food, Operation Christmas Child addresses a need for which children are just as desperate--the need to have hope and feel loved.

If you care for children and have an empty shoebox in your closet, you can participate with Operation Christmas Child! Step-by-step shoebox packing instructions are available at You can get more information and packing ideas by following the "Heart of KY Area Operation Christmas Child" on Facebook.

St. Catharine College's Student Government Association (SGA), along with Burns, played a role in helping Operation Christmas Child this year.

"SGA wanted to help send 100 boxes to the children, and it was going to cost us $700 to send the boxes, so we got together and did a few fundraising events," SGA President Starr Roberts said.

SGA sold raffle tickets for a chance to win a Kindle Fire, held a car wash and sold t-shirts during Patriot Madness, the opening event for the men's and women's basketball season.

With money still left to raise, SGA held a road block at the main intersection in Springfield.

"It was an extremely cold morning, but we weren't stopping until the money was raised," Roberts said. "We raised close to $500 alone doing that!"

Contact Kylen Burns at (859) 336-1116 or Springfield Christian Church at (859) 336-7457 for more information about Operation Christmas Child.

What made you pursue the religious life and how long have you served?

While in college I was in search of a vocation, not just a career. The four pillars of the Dominican Order were clearly modeled by the Dominican Sisters who staffed St. Catharine College and Siena College. Prayer, study, community, and service appealed to me as values of a vocational call which became clear to me. As I reflect on that call 44 years later, I remain called to a life of service, prayer, study and community. I believe our church and world need the life that these pillars continue to provide.

How did you become involved with St. Catharine College?

In 1998 I began serving on the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees and am currently serving my fourth term. When invited to serve on the board, I found it an easy yes because I believe in Catholic education, and specifically in the vital role Catholic colleges play in developing future leaders. As a graduate of St. Catharine College and Siena College, I was well prepared to become a teacher and found an emphasis on service an important benefit from those years. While the primary role of a college is to educate students to be competent in their fields, it is vital for colleges to develop leadership skills, critical thinking and a strong sense of service. By saying yes to serving on the board of St. Catharine College, I wanted to support the college's efforts to develop leaders for the future who will take the mission of the college and the Dominican order to their fields.

What do you think is most important for students currently going through or about to enter college?

For students currently enrolled in college I believe it is important to focus on the pursuit of truth.  Whether a discussion focuses on science, religion, politics, or economics, it is important for him/her to explore a wide variety of opinion. Our culture presents many challenges to critical thinking, with sound bites, attack ads and hostile environments for thoughtful discussion. No politician, professor or economist has all the truth. In an ever-increasing uncivil environment in the United States, a student needs to bring a peaceful presence, open mind, critical thought and creative ideas to the classroom and outside the classroom.

St. Catharine College recently received word that an endowed scholarship fund in the amount of $100,000 has been established in memory of James I. and Rodman Hays Wimsatt. The proceeds from this fund, which will be administered through the Community Foundation in Louisville, will be awarded each year in the form of a scholarship to a student at St. Catharine College from Washington, Marion or Nelson County who has demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is renewable each year, provided that the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA. 

James I. and Rodman Hays Wimsatt were both born in Washington County. According to their grandson, Robert H. Wimsatt, over the years St. Catharine College became very important to them.

"My grandfather said that he wished SCC had been there when he was a youth," he said. "It would have presented a workable alternative for his higher education."  

James Irvin Wimsatt received the St. Catharine College Veritas Award in 1984. This is the highest honor bestowed by the College. Mr. and Mrs. Wimsatt's son and grandson visited the campus recently and discussed their pride in establishing this scholarship fund in memory of their parents and grandparents, respectively. The Wimsatt's son, Joseph H. Wimsatt, who now resides in Louisville, said that the family hopes that this scholarship will help students from this area further their education for many years to come.  In addition, the family would like to see it inspire others to establish scholarship funds as well.  Donations to the general scholarship fund may be made in any amount. Annual funds can be set up in amounts starting at $500.  For more information about how you can support SCC students with scholarship gifts, contact Molly Smith in the Advancement Office at (859) 336-7707.

What a wonderful and meaningful way to honor a family legacy. The students, faculty and staff of St. Catharine College wish to express our sincere thanks to the Wimsatt family for this generous gift that will mean so much to our students.

One of St. Catharine College's newest programs has exciting new technology that will give students a distinct advantage over students in similar programs at other colleges and universities.

The radiation therapy program at St. Catharine College, which enrolled its first cohort in January 2013, recently obtained a linear accelerator simulator through a grant from Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Ky. A linear accelerator is the primary tool used when administering radiation therapy to a cancer patient.

The simulator, created by a company called VERTUAL, arrived shortly before the fall semester began at

St. Catharine College. The technology is referred to as the VERT. The company that created it, VERTUAL, works in conjunction with a company called Virtalis. Both companies are based out of Great Britain.

Carol Scherbak, assistant professor / chair of the radiation therapy department, said an engineer at Virtalis set up a room plan so the VERT could be installed. After three days, the equipment was in place. Then, a few days before classes began, Dr. Andy Beavis, who is the co-founder and co-inventor of the VERT, came to campus from Great Britain to train Scherbak and Tom Rally, instructor / clinical coordinator of radiation therapy, on how to use the machine.

Scherbak used an analogy to describe training using the VERT and training without it.

She said training to use a linear accelerator without the VERT is akin to describing to someone the rules of basketball and explaining how to dribble, pass and shoot without using a ball. Then, after explaining how the games works,  the student is sent to start for one of the most highly-regarded college or pro basketball teams in the country a few days later.

"You don't even get a practice game. You don't even get to play with the ball," Scherbak said of training to use a linear accelerator. "You're just thrown in there. You don't know the people. You don't even know how the clinic is set up."

Rally said that's an accurate analogy and took it a step further.

Even training in a hospital with a real linear accelerator and no patient on the table is not as comprehensive as training with the VERT.

"Still, it's just a dry run of everything until you're thrown on the floor," Rally said. "You're out there trying to learn how to do it and there's a sick patient lying on the table. All of a sudden, there's not time for you to learn. That patient's hurting, they're getting sick to the stomach. The pressure is on you."

The VERT, though, adds a new layer of learning.

"This is a live game with no live people," Rally said.

Using the VERT provides more information than the student could see even with a patient lying on the table receiving treatment.\

"How much more information is (used in the VERT) than if you just saw a sick patient laying on the table? You can see the lungs, you can see the spinal cord, you can see what the radiation is hitting," Rally said.

Scherbak explained that even a stripped down linear accelerator costs around $2 million, so obtaining one for training purposes isn't practical. The linear accelerator that appears in the VERT is roughly a $3 million machine, Scherbak said.

"So now our students can take this and become proficient in using this," she said. "You can imagine how difficult it would be. You can imagine if now you're in a scenario and you're in a room with a couple of therapists you don't even know and an actual patient on the table. Now you have to perform."

Using the VERT allows radiation therapy students to learn in a safe environment, which includes safety from destroying expensive equipment.

"None of my students have ever done anything like this, but I have heard of students running the gantry into the stepstool. That's $13,000," she said. "This hand pendant, just the hand pendant itself is $1,500. If we drop this, it's $1,500."

The linear accelerator at St. Catharine College is 3-D, she said, so there's no worry about damaging it.

Another advantage training with the VERT has is the ability to correlate several pieces of information together to get a more complete picture of the patient.

"We can correlate the organs. We can correlate this CT scan we did to see what's actually going on to the point where we can then look at this nice CT scan and we can actually look at the dose," Scherbak said.

"The only thing the students cannot do is touch the patients with their hands. Other than that, they can do everything," Scherbak said.

For more information about the radiation therapy program, contact Scherbak via email at or via phone at (859) 336-5082 ext. 1399.

St. Catharine College will host a book discussion on Thursday, Nov. 7 at  4 p.m. with recently-published author Dr. Mansim Okafor.

Dr. Okafor is an associate professor of Anatomy and Physiology at St. Catharine College, as well as the chair of the Natural Science department.

His book, titled Elma: This Will Heal the World, is about" sexual abuse in a modern-day war, the courage of one woman with a sense of history and the travails of a family that lost all but peace of mind for proactively doing good," according to the book jacket.

The story follows Elma Revjadic, a Bosnian Muslim professor.

Okafor writes the book from a female perspective. After receiving feedback from several people at different writer's conferences about males writing from a female perspective, Okafor chose the pen name Edita Mesanovic, which is a female Bosnian name.

The fictional story is rooted in Okafor's personal experience of his life in Nigeria, where he was originally from.

"I think I grew up feeling that there is no line between people," Okafor said. "In that sense, a burden on one should be a burden on all irrespective of location or ethnicity. In a world that is becoming smaller by the minute, I believe people should care a little more about the welfare of others especially in situations when an injustice or harm is suspected."

He recalled a day that one of his sisters was nearly raped during civil war in his home country.

"My little sister nearly got raped. It was this close. And she was with me," Okafor said. "That was the day I would have killed someone or somebody would have killed me."

In his culture, he explained, if a woman is raped it is seen as the entire family being raped.

"It is the job of the men in the family to punish the culprit severely enough to purge him of that malady or  make him to look away from our compound whenever his demons act up again.  It is that clear," he said.

Some years later, around 1996, Okafor said he was reading a Newsweek  article, Born Under a Bad Sign by Stacy Sullivan and Joshua Hammer,  about a Bosnian woman who was repeatedly raped by a neighbor. The woman became pregnant and subsequently had a baby that no one wanted. In the news article, the woman said, "He has wounded me in a way that I will never heal."

"That sentence got my attention," Okafor said. "I couldn't imagine this type of fate befalling my mother, sister or daughter."

Okafor said he was so impacted by the article afterwards that he was nearly ran over by a car in the parking lot of the lab where he was working because he wasn't paying attention.

He told his colleagues he was going to write an article about how more people needed to be aware of atrocities such as the one he read about in Bosnia. He was dissuaded and shelved the idea.

Eventually, though, the urge to tell the story wouldn't be silenced.

He wanted to tell this story, he said, so that people could become more aware of the injustice done a beautiful people.

Okafor said it took four or five years to complete the book. Editing the book proved to be the biggest challenge, he said.

"This is not my area of specialization," he said. "I didn't believe I could write 10 pages let alone two hundred. But I believe there is a switch in the human spirit that, when triggered, drives one to attempt the impossible."

The book came out in July and has been well-received, Okafor said.

"They say it's good and many still do not believe I wrote it," Okafor said. "I'm a scientist, you know; I don't talk literature, I don't talk fiction and I don't watch movies. With that in mind, I don't blame those who can't believe that I made it this far."

Okafor will discuss the book and sign copies from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Emily W. Hundley Library. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. The book is also available online at For more information about the event, call the library at (859) 336-5082 ext. 1260.

He has a second book, The Parable of the Lost Shepherds, in progress.

One of St. Catharine College's professors recently earned an international audience.

Associate Professor of English Dr. Becky L. Meadows was recently published in Times Higher Education, a magazine located in London, England, that serves the United Kingdom. Times Higher Education is a weekly magazine that reports specifically on news and issues related to higher education and is the United Kingdom's leading publication in this field. 

The Oct. 31 edition of the publication featured Meadows' piece titled "That's Dr, If You Please."

The piece discusses Meadows' recent experiences with the title "Dr" being dropped from her name tag at academic conferences. Meadows notes that it's a trend she's noticed at several academic conferences, in which the title is dropped from the names of individuals who have earned an academic doctorate. The explanation she's been given by conference administrators: they don't allow the use of the title because other participants might find it intimidating.

Meadows' remedy is to grab a marker pen and make a correction on her name tag. She argues that "Dr" is possibly the most prestigious title in academia and it typically signifies someone as an expert in her field.

"Those who have sweated through the process of completing doctoral classes, foreign language examinations, comprehensive exams and a doctoral dissertation are certainly deserving of the title," she wrote in the piece.

Meadows also notes that as a cultural studies scholar, she has noticed a "widespread tendency in our culture to make everything 'user-friendly', including people."

"In their papers, my students refer to major authors and figures by their first names - Stephen King is 'Stephen', Edgar Allan Poe is 'Edgar', William Wordsworth is 'William'; even President Obama has become 'Barack'," Meadows wrote in the piece.

She wrote that she sees a danger in this practice in regards to power.

"As we all know, he who owns the language wins," she wrote.

To view the Times Higher Education piece online, go to

Twelve new members of the Kentucky Mu chapter of Alpha Chi were recently inducted at St. Catharine College. They are Matthew Bloom, Paul Colvin, Randi Fields, Jillian Leake, Jacob Settles, Olivia Thompson, Kelsey Brooks, Haley Farmer, Tanalisa Hatton, Samantha Seger, Kaitlyn Smith and Ashley Wathen.

According to the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society website, the organization is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution's juniors, seniors and graduate students. There are approximately 300 chapters, located in almost every state and in Puerto Rico, which induct more than 12,000 members annually.

Several leaders from Mercer County visited St. Catharine College recently to discuss networking and ways to better serve the Mercer County population.

Visitors included Adam Johnson (President of the Harrodsburg / Mercer County Chamber of Commerce), Jennifer Hatton (Secondary Instructional Supervisor for Mercer County Public Schools), Jill Cutler (Executive Director of the Harrodsburg / Mercer County Chamber of Commerce), Amy Matthews (Director of Adult Basic Education in Mercer County) and State Representative Kim King.

The delegation from Mercer County met with Dr. David Arnold (Dean of Professional Studies at St. Catharine College), St. Catharine College President William D. Huston and Dr. Don Giles (Vice President for Academic Affairs) in the Martha Layne Collins Conference Room at St. Catharine and later toured the new Emily W. Hundley Library, as well as other parts of campus. They ate lunch on campus, partaking in a meal prepared from Kentucky Proud products.

On Oct. 12, St. Catharine College students and faculty completed the latest partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society's (KHS) when they successfully completed the KHS Teacher Education Training Workshop at the Perryville Battlefield State Park. While this professional development workshop for Kentucky teachers was limited to only 40 participants statewide, SCC was allotted five training spaces which enabled three students Beth Lay, Brooklyn Masterson, and Brooke Pearson; Dr. David Donathan, the course instructor; and Joe Price, assisting faculty to participate.

The students enrolled in an Interdisciplinary Studies Stewardship class focusing on social, cultural, and economic values of historical preservation completed the field training conducted by Tim Talbot from the KHS (who, to add a realistic touch, wore the Civil War field uniform of a Union soldier) and Stuart Sanders, past director of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association, during the battlefield walk and classroom sessions.  Brooke Pearson noted that the field training enabled her to gain a personal perspective on the Battle of Perryville because she was " to put it all in perspective. Once you see the actual battlefield, you can appreciate what happened during the battle."

Donathan commented that, while the training concentrated on why historic sites - and the Perryville Battlefield in particular - need to be protected, it was inclusive of both economic benefits to local communities and the critical role these sites place in making history come alive through educational programs such as The School of the Soldier, an interactive workshop primarily designed for elementary schools.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

A collection of six pieces titled "These Thy Gifts," created by Louisville fiber artist Joanne Weis, is currently on display on the second floor of the Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College. The collection debuted on Oct. 24 with a reception and words from the artist.

Weis said the idea for the pieces came after reading an article about the beginning of the Berry Farming Program at St. Catharine College, which was formed through a partnership with the college and The Berry Center in New Castle, Ky. The work is inspired by the words of Kentucky author Wendell Berry. 

Weis is the former director of Louisville Metro Human Services. Since retiring from that position, she earned a Master's of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville fine arts program. She is also the past president of the Louisville-area Fiber and Textile Art Association.

During the exhibit debut, Weis said she while growing up in Providce, R.I., she had dreamed of going to the Rhode Island School of Design. However, life took her in a different direction.

"I always tried to be the artist, as well as the mother, as well as being the volunteer, as well as being the full-time employee, as well as being the good wife, as well as being all of that kind of thing," she said. "So I would look for ways to kind of justify it during the years when we were spending time, like I said, t-ball, Little League and orthodontics."

She used her art to give back. She was originally introduced to textile art by making banners for her church, she said. She self-taught herself the techniques involved in making fiber arts.

While the collection will be on display at St. Catharine College until spring 2014, Weis will be hosting a gallery talk on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Emily W. Hundley Library.

The event is free and open to the public.

Students and faculty traveled to the 37th annual radiation therapy conference in Atlanta in late September. The conference was hosted by the American Society for Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) and held in conjunction with the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology (ASTRO).

At the conference, St. Catharine College Radiation Therapy Program Chair Carol Scherbak presented "Digital Imaging for Radiation Therapists" and spoke at the second VERT roundtable regarding the St. Catharine experience in regards to the new technology the college received and implemented in the fall semester.


Two legends of University of Kentucky athletics will be speaking at the Washington County Circle of Friends event on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Spalding Student and Community Center at St. Catharine College.

Tom Leach and Mike Pratt, teammates for the IMG Sports Radio Network, will be the guest speakers for the Circle of Friends, one of the college's biggest fundraisers of the year.  The two are synonymous with UK athletics.

Leach became the play-by-play announcer for the Cats in 1997 and has been named Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year four times since he added Kentucky basketball responsibilities to his resume in 2001.

Mike Pratt provides the color commentary for the UK men's basketball games.  Pratt played for legendary coach Adolph Rupp from 1967 through 1970. He later played in the American Basketball Association for the Kentucky Colonels. He's also coached at the college level and scouted at the NBA level.

The event begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 with a cocktail hour; followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Money raised from the event is used for student scholarships and program improvements at St. Catharine College. For more information, please contact Molly Keene Smith at 859-336-7707 or

The St. Catharine College Berry Farming Program and Fine Arts Program are hosting "These They Gifts: Textile Art Inspired by Wendell Berry," an exhibit of works by Louisville artist Joanne Weis, on Oct. 24 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine. The public is invited to attend.

Weis crafted a collection of six stunning fiber panels in honor of the Berry Farming Program's undergraduate degree launch. Each panel focuses on an element of sustainable agriculture, and each is paired with an excerpt from the poetry and prose of Kentucky farmer, writer, and activist Wendell Berry.

To celebrate this collection, SCC is hosting an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and a gallery talk on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Emily W. Hundley Library. Please join us for both of these events, open to the campus and community. The exhibit will be on display until early Spring 2014.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Dr. Becky Lee Meadows, associate professor of English at St. Catharine College, recently presented a paper regarding the film "It's A Wonderful Life" at the Popular Culture Association in the South / American Culture Association in the South conference in Savannah, Ga.

Meadows observed that people usually view "Old Man" Potter's face with disgust as he listens to George Bailey's confession of mishandling funds in Frank Capra's 1946 masterpiece film, It's A Wonderful Life. After all, Bailey is a good man who has spent his life aiding others, often to the detriment of his own self and dreams. Surely a Judeo-Christian God of justice would see Bailey rewarded appropriately for his actions, as well as punish Potter. And yet, even as viewers see Bailey's friends line up, hands full of cash, at the end of the movie, they also see an absence of Potter, the quintessential evil presence that actually gets away with Bailey's $8,000 mishandled by George's Uncle Billy. Viewers are left unsettled even as they realize Bailey will not go to jail for a crime he did not commit. Even Uncle Billy is safe. However, viewers are left to ask: why was justice not complete?

According to Meadows, Bailey falsely confesses to several "sins" in the film in his efforts to save others, and these actions serve as the barrier between him and complete Judeo-Christian justice. While Bailey is saved through God's intervention through Bailey's friends, Potter skips away with the missing $8,000 that Bailey's Uncle Billy misplaced.

Meadows presented these ideas in her paper, "Beyond Good and Evil: The Phenomenology of Confession in Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life," at the Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South conference. The conference was held in Savannah, Ga., Oct. 3-5.

"We think of self-sacrifice as a good thing in our culture," Meadows said. "When it's accompanied by an actual lie, though--even one that is meant to save others--according to philosopher Paul Ricoeur, the lie defiles us, which leads to our self-conception of sin. 'Sin' is the conscience recognizing that the bond between man and God has been broken."

While this work may seem at odds with Meadows's primary area of scholarship, Gothic and horror in culture through the lens of the Humanities, in essence it is not because it involves the application of hermeneutical phenomenology to the consciousness of a fictive character, an area she has explored in several other works of scholarship.

Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, visited St. Catharine College on Oct. 10. Their presentation coincided with a visit to Lebanon, Ky.

Zen Master Dae Gak visited St. Catharine College on Sept. 30 to talk about his spirtitual practices. See part of his presentation below.

Dr. David Donathan, professor of management at St. Catharine College, has been elected to a three-year leadership term with the Kentucky Association for Continuing Higher Education.

"Being asked to serve in a leadership capacity with KACHE is a chance to give back to the phenomenal group I have been privileged to be a part of for the past 7 years," Donathan said. "The opportunity to learn from and work with professionals from institutions such as NKU, WKU, Murray State, Morehead, EKU and KCTCS who also serve in national and regional leadership roles in continuing education has been invaluable and will continue to be an invaluable experience."

As the association's first elected officer from a private institution, he will serve as secretary for the 2014 meeting, move to vice chair (2015 meeting) and then chair (2016 meeting).

The KACHE represents the Commonwealth's interests in promoting the development and growth of continuing education in all forms within the state. As part of the national Association for Continuing Higher Education, KACHE is an invaluable networking resource promoting professional development for educators working in adult, continuing and dual-credit fields.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

St. Catharine College's newest program, the Berry Farming Program, is featured in the Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 edition of The Lexington Herald-Leader. Featured in the story are students Marshall Berry, Winifred Chevront, Pamela Mudd, Jacob Settles and professor Dr. Leah Bayens.

Also featured are friends of the college, Jonas and Julie Hurley, who operate River Run Farm & Pottery in Springfield.  

To read the story and view the pictures, follow the link:

Banned Books Week is always one of the biggest celebrations on campus every year. Check out the footage from Channel Six Television from our Banned Books Week celebration.
Our friends in Hamilton Hall have hosted a Bourbon Breakfast at the Bourbon Festival in Bardstown for years. Check out Huston Brown, interim dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences, talk about his pancake making skills with Channel Six Television.

If you were with us in the spring, you remember the international Resettling of America conference held on campus last April. The centerpiece of that conference was filmed in St. Catharine Hall: Bill Moyers' interview with Wendell Berry.

That interview is finally ready for broadcast to a national audience. The interview, part of a larger piece titled Wendell Berry: Poet & Prophet, will be shown for the first time in our television market on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. on KET 1 and at 6 p.m. on the same day on KET 2. The program will debut in other markets on Oct. 4.Here is a link to the promotional trailer:

The program will also be available online after the broadcast at

St. Catharine College will be receiving a DVD of the program so that we can host a screening and a Q&A panel. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on that event in the coming days.   

The St. Catharine College Department of Management and women's basketball team are hosting a free session explaining how potential students may already be well on the way to being a college graduate by leveraging their lifetime learning, military service, professional training. The presentation is from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Mordecai's in Springfield.

During the interactive presentation, Dr. David Donathan will discuss how a potential student's lifetime learning, professional training and workplace experience may become college credits. Since each college or university determines its own policies for granting credits, only St. Catharine College examples will be used to illustrate the possibilities. Potential students may be shocked to discover how close to being a college graduate they already are.

The sessions are free and reservations are not required. Mordecai's is donating 10 percent of the dinner proceeds to support the women's basketball team, so gather up your documents, come downtown for dinner and take the next step toward becoming a college graduate.

It was my pleasure to attend the talk given by Bo and Cheryl Tipton.  I was determined not to miss it.

I am one who definitely believes we can learn from different cultures.  As Bo and Cheryl described Native American culture in the U.S., it is quite different from the mainstream.

There were many facets of their presentation which were very interesting and useful but one, in particular, stood out in my mind:  Cheryl made the point that, the more disconnected we become from nature, the more sick we get, both in our hearts and minds.  I found a great deal of truth in that statement.  There is so much stress in modern life that man needs some sort of relief, and maybe that relief does come in the form of nature.  But how, in a practical sense, when we are all so busy, return to nature?

I may not have the perfect solution to this, but many people in Springfield notice that I, along with many other local residents, make a habit of walking.  I have searched for a form of exercise that I both enjoy and is easy to accomplish, and that is walking.  In the process of walking, I both see and appreciate nature, from the beautiful green to the animals that are present.  It is a true form of relaxation and it helps me in other facets of my life.

Another important point which was made in the talk was when Cheryl, again, made the point that the words we say have creative powers.  Now, to a certain degree, that is common sense.  Yet, again, I find that our culture values material objects more than ideas.  But, think about it: How would the changes which have occurred in our society  taken place, were it not for the words and ideas of Dr. Martin Luther King?  In my view, words and ideas are more powerful than material objects, because they are not constrained by space and time.  (In a way, Dr. King is a more powerful figure today than when he was alive.)

In citing Cheryl's contributions, in the first two examples, in no way am I trying to minimize the importance of what Bo stated.  Bo covered many points, such as his worries that the younger Native American population is becoming too assimilated, the fact that the loss of Native-American languages has accelerated, and his description of "Giveaways"(When some Native Americans have accumulated too much, they have given things away, as part of an official act.).

The "bottom line" is that we all need to be open to new ideas.  I went into Bo and Cheryl's talk expecting to learn some things that I didn't know, and they didn't disappoint in that respect.  It remains to be seen what one theme or idea that they brought forth will have the most impact upon me, personally, but I would like to hear how others might have been affected by Bo and Cheryl's talk.

Dr. David Wallace recently talked about co-teaching a class on women in the United States and his career at St. Catharine College.
Professor Matt Branstetter recently talked about his homelessness course and how the Dominican Sisters of Peace supported him when he proposed the class.
Dr. Tara Tuttle recently discussed women's history and her passion for the honors program, as well as her teaching career at St. Catharine College.
Bo and Cheryl Tipton, who operate Acorn Heaven in
Cecelia, Ky., spoke at St. Catharine College on Sept. 16 about Native American spirituality and Native American traditions. The Tiptons were the first speakers in the Department of Philosophy and Relgious Studies Spiritual Leaders Series. The next speaker will be Zen Master Dae Gak, who is the founder, abbot and guiding teacher of Furnace Mountain in Powell County, Ky. That event takes place on Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in Pettus Auditorium at St. Catharine College.

On August 28, Mr. Bob Tiell, Director of Career Services at the Jewish Family and Career Services, came to speak to Dr. Toder's Social Problems class.  Mrs. Castellanos' Introduction to Social Work class  joined Dr. Toder's class for this event.

First, Mr. Tiell noted that, although he represented a Jewish organization, in fact, the majority of the organization's clients are not even Jewish.  Therefore, St. Catharine students might wish to avail themselves of this agency's services, either now or in the future. (It is located in Louisville, Ky., and the following is its web address:

Mr. Tiell talked about some of the realities of today's job market to the students-information that every student needed to hear.  For example, he noted, as a "ballpark figure", that 200-300 applications for a given position was not at all uncommon, especially for higher paying positions.  What students need to do is position themselves, according to Mr. Tiell.  For example, students need to be aware of both their internal attributes(interests, abilities, etc., possibly through vocational testing), and also the external environment, such as the opportunities which are available. As an example of learning about the latter, Mr. Tiell noted that the Kentucky Cabinet for Workforce Development publshes information about where job opportunities lie within the state.

Mr. Tiell told the group that a person can make no better investment than higher education, but that it was also important for students to ascertain what might be the best programs for themselves.  He also noted that lifelong learning was also extremely important for the students' futures.

One theme which was emphasized by Mr. Tiell was that, since the U.S. population was aging, students might wish to gear their career choices accordingly.  He noted, for example, that nursing and health care in general was likely to be promising for some time to come.  He also talked about social work for the aging population. Other fields, such as criminal justice, were also noted as being promising for the future.

One thing which was apparent from Mr. Tiell's talk is that career planning is extremely complex, and something to be done over a lifetime, not just something a person attends to when he/she graduates from college.

Dr. Toder made detailed notes over Mr. Tiell's presentation, and any student is welcome to make an appointment with him, to learn about Mr. Tiell's agency in more detail.  They may also, of course, contact Mr. Tiell directly at 502-452-6341(ext. 230)

Dr. Becky Meadows recently discussed her love for teaching cultural studies, as well as her other career as a singer, otherwise known as FOXX.

Professor Bettye Brookfield recently discussed her passion for art and the new space that the fine arts department is using.

Brookfield YouTube video

Professor Bob Akin discusses poetry, William Blake specifically, and his teaching career at St. Catharine College.

The St. Catharine College Fall 2013 continuing and community education catalog has been distributed and now is the time to sign up for one of the many captivating course choices. Follow the link to check out the fall catalog:

St. Catharine College professor Dr. Becky Meadows recently served as a judge for the Norman Mailer Writing Award for Middle School and High School Teachers, a yearly creative writing contest for full- and part-time middle school and high school teachers.

Meadows served as a member of a national panel of teachers that judged how well the entries achieved several qualities, including the artful treatment of subject matter, originality, quality of insight, image, voice, style, overall aesthetic and emotional or intellectual effect.

The St. Catharine College professor got involved as a judge after a colleague at the Advanced Placement Language Exam scoring in Louisville found out that Meadows teaches creative writing and asked her to consider judging.

"I was honored to serve as a judge for such a prestigious contest, and it was a terribly difficult job to judge! My biggest concern about contests is that those who don't win will become discouraged, but honestly, all of the works I read were excellent. It took me hours to rank them," Meadows said.

Meadows is an associate professor of English and the degree coordinator for the Bachelor of Arts in English program.

St. Catharine College is currently accepting applicants for the Eleanor Bingham Miller International Scholarships program.

To read more about the program and to view application criteria, follow the link:

The annual Marion County Circle of Friends will be held at Myrtledene Bed and Breakfast on Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. This year's event is being held in memory of former St. Catharine College employee Terry Ward, whose birthday falls on that date.

Terry Ward was a native of Lebanon and spent his life giving back to the community he loved. He was a lifelong member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and many other community organizations, in addition to serving as a city administrator and as a faculty member at St. Catharine College. His passion for learning was legendary. He held several master's degrees and was considered an expert on many different subjects.  He had a knack for making each person he met feel as if they were a true friend.

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston said he vividly remembers a conversation with Ward outside of the Hilary J. Boone Administration Building on campus.

Huston said Ward was going back to school to get another master's degree and he asked Ward why he didn't just get a doctorate.

Ward told Huston that life was too short to specialize in one thing. Huston described Ward as a Renaissance man, as he had a great depth of knowledge in a lot of subjects.

"To know Terry was to love him, and everyone at St. Catharine certainly did," Huston said. "We were truly blessed by his wisdom, his good humor and his friendship." 

St. Catharine College Director of Library Services Ilona Burdette also fondly remembers Ward.

"Terry was loved and respected and enjoyed by so many in the college and community," Burdette said. "He had a deep love of learning and, in true Dominican fashion, took genuine pleasure in sharing the fruits of his contemplation with those around him. He was a reliable expert in theology and grammar, accounting and ethics, literature and local history and many other areas of human endeavor. Being remembered in this way is an honor that would truly warm Terry's heart."

All funds raised from the event will be used to secure a naming opportunity in Terry's honor in the new library at St. Catharine College. The information desk in the lobby of the library will be named the W. Terry Ward Information Desk.

"Naming the library's information desk for Terry is so fitting," Burdette said. "He loved spending time in the library, and was someone that so many people turned to for help, whether they needed a quick bit of information or an in-depth analysis of a controversial issue."

The rights to this space are $100,000. The college has made the lead gift of $25,000 in honor of Terry's years of service to SCC. College officials have set a goal of raising the remaining $75,000 at the event.

For more information, to RSVP or to make a pledge or donation, contact Molly Smith at (859) 336-7707 or James Spragens at (270) 692-2223.

St. Catharine College Executive-Vice President Roger L. Marcum was recently named chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education. He follows David Karem, who has served as the board's chair for the last three years.

Marcum has served on the board three years of his four-year term. He has served as board vice-chairman for the last three years.

He served as superintendent of Marion County public school system for 10 years and received the F.L. Dupree Outstanding Superintendent Award.

He is also the past president of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents and the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, the Kentucky Association of School Councils and the Council for Better Education. He also previously served on the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees.
Jonathan "Jay" Parrent of Madisonville, who served as chairman of the nominating committee that approved Marcum's appointment, told KSBA that Marcum would be a great chairman for the board.

"Roger has had such a distinguished career in education, has a great understanding of the issues and many positive professional relationships in the state will be a great asset to him in this leadership role," Parrent told KSBA.

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Classes for the newly formed Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism Program don't begin for a few weeks, but big things are already happening.

Eleanor Bingham Miller, owner of Harrod's Creek Farm in Oldham County, pledged a gift of $450,000 in scholarships for international students over the next three years. The amount is the fourth-largest ever pledged to St. Catharine College.

"For Wendell Berry, as he is now moving into that phase of his life where a legacy is becoming important, I cannot imagine a more important and successful legacy than what he's doing here with the college and the curriculum and with The Berry Center," Bingham Miller said.

Bingham Miller understands the Berry philosophy, as she operates a 680-acre farm that puts sustainable practices to use.

"The philosophy that's guided every decision on the farm for the past 30 years has been to increase the soil and purify the water," Bingham Miller said.

Over time, topsoil has increased and spring water has become more pure, she said.

Bingham Miller toured campus recently and had a discussion with St. Catharine College President William D. Huston, St. Catharine College trustee Lawrence H. Butterfield, Jr., Berry Farming Program Director Dr. Leah Bayens and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Rob Slocum.

The gift from Bingham Miller will fully fund three international students as they pursue a bachelor's degree in the Berry program. Students receiving this award will begin classes in January. They will study agroecology, plant and soil stewardship, community leadership, and environmental arts and humanities.

"I think this is the program that's going to really be drawing people in from all over the country and from all over the world," Bingham Miller said. "The international component is important because we're not alone in the United States. Everywhere in the whole world that does farming is being hit with these same issues of overuse of chemicals, overuse of toxic poisons, damage to the soil, damage to the water, damage to the air and damage to human health."

"This contribution speaks to the urgent need locally and globally for bolstering community-minded, local market-oriented food production," Bayens said. "This gift will help students from various geographic and cultural terrains learn how they can foster robust agricultural economies in their homeplaces. Likewise, their experiences will help American students understand the ecological, economic, and social challenges farmers face elsewhere."

Butterfield called Bingham Miller's gift the first three seeds planted by the Berry program.

"We have the curriculum in place; it's cutting edge in every aspect. It's the only program like this anywhere in the world," Butterfield said.

Butterfield said the program was vetted by sustainable agriculture experts at the international Resettling of America conference in April.

Over time, he and Huston hoped that more pledges could be made towards students and this program.

"Ms. Bingham has agreed to assist the college in helping us cultivate others to support this initiative as well as the use of her farm in Oldham County as a lab and research site," Huston said.

Butterfield stressed that students in the Berry program could come from various backgrounds.

"The expectation may be that it doesn't have to be an 18-year-old student," he said. " It could be somebody with some college experience or it could be a graduate that is intent upon taking the farming courses and then returning to their country to make a difference not only in the farming community but to be a leader. That's one of the things our college is known for: we turn out students that tend to become leaders. This program is sure designed to do that."

Classes officially begin at St. Catharine College and in the Berry program on Aug. 12.

The Berry Farming Program was established in 2011 through St. Catharine College's partnership with The Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky, founded by Mary Berry.

While the summer at St. Catharine College has been anything but quiet, campus will soon be even more vibrant with the arrival of new and returning students.

Here is a list of upcoming move-in days for those students and their families:

Friday, Aug. 2 - The volleyball team moves in from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4 - The soccer team moves in from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 8 - New students move in from noon until 4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10 - Returning students move in from noon until 4 p.m.

We can't wait to our students back on campus.

St. Catharine College and the Ignite Your Torch conference recently made the news. The Record, a newspaper serving the Archdiocese of Louisville, wrote about the event that occurred over several days at St. Catharine College. Click the link to read the full story from The Record:

St. Catharine College's own Sr. Angie Shaughnessy, S.C.N., was recently appointed as the first Center for Catholic Education Distinguished Fellow.

To read a story about it from Loyola Marymount University, click the link: 

Lifelong learners have the option to continue their education through affordable online classes at St. Catharine College.

St. Catharine College in partnership with ED-2-GO offers more than 300 online classes, including computer literacy and applications, art, finance, photography, foreign languages, health care, business and many more.

All courses run for six weeks. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. Students will have access to all lessons until the course ends. New course start dates are scheduled every month.

Some example courses include "Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring", "Beginning Writer's Workshop", "Secrets of Better Photography" and many, many more.

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Approximately 75 friends of St. Catharine College in Nelson County were in attendance at Annis Noe's house for the 10th-annual St. Catharine College Circle of Friends on May 16. The annual Circle of Friend's has become one of the college's largest fundraisers.

Around $35,000 was pledged by those in attendance, with proposals in the works that could raise that amount to $50,000.

Fr. Joseph Batcheldor was on hand to give the invocation, while Bootleg-Bar-B-Q served up fare that included Jim Beam bourbon in the recipe.

Margaret Hockensmith, director of student success programs, introduced the keynote speaker of the evening, Frederick Booker Noe IV.

Noe talked to those in attendance about his journey to St. Catharine College and how faculty and staff worked with him to ensure his success at the college. Noe graduated from St. Catharine on May 11 with a bachelor's degree in management / supervision.

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston gave an update on the most recent happenings at the college, including the opening of the new Emily W. Hundley Library and the implementation of the graduate school and radiation therapy program.

Vice President for Advancement Molly Smith gave closing remarks, thanking everyone for their past support and encouraging the friends of the college to continue that support of the institution.

NEW YORK - Dr. Becky Meadows from St. Catharine College was selected to participate in the College Board's Annual AP Reading in AP English Language. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams.

AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between educators is both fostered and encouraged.

"The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer," said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and College Readiness at the College Board. "It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Dr. Meadows." 

"I've attended it for the past two years," Meadows said. "It's a fascinating experience because I met people from all around the country, and had the opportunity to share ideas regarding teaching and scholarship in the Humanities and English with them. It also brings together college instructors and high school teachers, which fits well with the Kentucky Senate Bill 1 initiative. It's enlightening to see the different approaches to teaching and evaluating student writing."

The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies - with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both - while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue - skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

In 2012, more than 11,000 AP Readers evaluated more than 3.7 million AP Exams

The St. Catharine College Board of Trustees and administration recently chose not to raise tuition for the 2013-14 academic year.

William D. Huston, president of St. Catharine College, said the board and the college administration are fully aware of the rising cost of tuition and housing in today's environment.

"The country has gone through a severe recession since 2008 and we felt that the students needed a break and decided not to raise tuition and housing for the 2013-14 academic year," Huston said. "We continue to research other tuition models that might be initiated in the future at SCC."

A large portion of the student population comes from working-class families, Huston said, and many of those families have been affected by the recession.

"With the cost of borrowing financing going up, as well as federal student loans, we felt this is one small effort on the local level to help our students," Huston said.

Huston said students have voiced their gratitude in the tuition freeze.

"All attempts are being made to keep all expenses the same or less than the previous year," Huston said.

For the second year, Dr. David Donathan's students have successfully completed their field research in Cuba. The Professor of Management at St. Catharine College supervised students from both American Military University and the University of Arizona during a week-long research trip to Havana and Vinalles Valley as part of their academic work. The interactive research included site visits to local and national historic sites, meeting faculty and students at both academic (escuela) and technical (taller) schools and interviews and meetings with national leaders in sports and the arts.

Jennifer Craig, a St. Catharine management alum, is completing her Masters in Sports Leadership and was able to observe school, public and national sports facilities. The culmination of her research into women in sports was a one-on-one interview with Ms. Adelaida Ramos. Ms. Ramos serves in several key positions including Director of Training for the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation (INDER); national Director for Physical Education; and as a member of the Cuban Olympic selection committee.

In completing her research on Cuban art, Tabetha Johnson's field work included visiting the National Art Museum, where she was able to see the spectrum of styles and techniques of Cuban artists from early colonial Cuba to current day. She also met renowned Afro-Cuban artist Salvador (Salvador Gonzáles Escalona) a renowned painter, muralist and sculptor during her visit to Calle de Hamel, his outdoor and indoor site showcasing his work which he describes as a blending  of surrealism, cubism and abstract art. One of the highlights of her research was traveling to Fusterlandia where she met artist Jose Fuster. Senor Fuster is an artist, painter and sculptor who decorates his own combination house-studio, as well as his neighbour's houses with his art work - all of which he funds from sales of his art.

In addition to their specialized research, both students were able to benefit from a wide range of experiences which presented a well-balanced study of Cuban history, arts, economic changes, social issues, education and politics.

It was a historic year for St. Catharine College, as 159 students received diplomas on May 11 during the 81st commencement ceremony at the college.

This year two pioneer groups crossed the stage. One was a group of 11 students from Washington County High School that received an Associate of Arts from the college before they received their high school diplomas the following weekend. The group was part of the inaugural Commander College class, which is a group of students who have been taking courses at St. Catharine.

The other pioneer group consisted of nine students who received a Master of Arts. They are the first group to be awarded a graduate degree at St. Catharine College.

The following students received a degree from St. Catharine College on May 11, 2013: Hanna Adkins, Elizabeth Alcorn, Joseph Andrada, Kalli Barnett, Kim Berry, Isaac Blanford, Christopher Brady, Nola Bright, Tiffany Bright, Geralyn Burton, Daniel Byrd, Lauren Caldwell, Caitlin Campbell, James Carroll, Sarah Castillo, Kenneth Catron III, Tiffany Centers, Carrie Chastain, Austyn Cheatham, Amanda Chesser, Mary Chesser, Francis Churchill, Derek Cissell, Julia Clark, Brandon Clemmons, Danielle Coulter, Teresa Coulter, Keana Crockett, Corey Cundiff, Jessica Darland, Terry Davis, Robert Dean, Adam Decker, Hans Desir, Kristy Devine, James Dodge, Janey Doty, Kayla Douglas, Kelsey Downs, Frances Ellis, Pilar Espinosa, Kasei Evans, Samantha Floyd, Courtney Foster, Austin Gibson, Julia Gibson, Hagan Goldey, Laci Goode, Shenandoah Grafflin, Amanda Gray, Andrea Gribbins, Alexiss Griffin, Anna Hamilton, Zack Hamilton, Ashley Hardin, David Haydon, Chelsey Heath, Carlos Hernandez, Morgan Hicks, Amelia Hilton, Leah Holloway, Diane Hopper, Sylvia Horlander, Janae Howard, Lauren Hutchins, Sarah Hutchins, Kelly Isaacs, Katie Jerome, Jackie Johnson, Mary Kasama, Jarred Keck, Misty Kehm, Amanda Knopp, Samuel Kpoh, Teresa Kunkel, Kerri Laferriere, Jillian Leake, Hannah Lee, Marquis Lee, Candace Littlejohn, Jennifer Logsdon, Dorothea Lyvers, Emily Mann, Paola Martinez, John Martinez, Jr., Haley Mattingly, Laura Mattingly, Stuart Mattingly, Whitney Mattingly, Crystal McDonald, Amber Medley, Shelley Medley, Kristin Michael, Sara Miles, DeShawn Mitchell, April Moore, Juan Moriel-Franco, Ariel Myers, Brittany Nalley, Ann-Rachelle Newton, Kristy Newton, Frederick Booker Noe IV, Alicia Hale O'Cull, Rebecca Otto, Lindsay Pace, Matthew Pavelich, Candace Price, Angela Puckett, Lee Ann Pugh, Timothy Reed, Meagan Rein, William Rice, Shay Riggs, Adrian Roberts, Brittany Roberts, Starrishia Roberts, Melinda Romero, Krista Russell, Brett Saltsman, Erin Sanders, Tiffany Sapp, Cassandra Schmidt, William Shelton, Kenneth Shelver, Adam Smith, Ethan Smith, Jennifer Smith, Jonathan Smith, Joseph Smith, Kaitlyn Smith, Stephanie Smith, Jaclyn Spaulding, Leslie Stine, Shauna Stone, Stephanie Testa, Effie Thompson, Melissa Turpen, Jeremy Turpin, Jacob Waardenburg, Matthew Wagner, Christopher Warner, Liza Whalen, Carolyn Wheatley, Ashley White, Emma Whitehouse, Brittany Wieber, Stephanie Wilcheck, Tina Williams, Keenan Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Whitney Wright, Joseph Xavier, Theresa Yaste, Lauren Yates and Luis Zeledon.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic, Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

St. Catharine College recently announced the list of students who have achieved extraordinary academic success for the spring 2013 semester.

The president's list includes all students who completed 12 college-level credit hours and maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

The following students were recognized for their academic achievement: Sarah Akrong, Casey Baryla, Brittany Bird, Caitlyn Blair, Sarah Blair, Lara Bland, Sara Blanford, Kristen Bradshaw, Crystal Brady, Jason Buckman, Machera Calhoun, Sarah Castillo, Maci Christie, Porshia Clark, Amanda Conrad, Kristy Devine, Nozomi Dickson, Zachary Doughty, Michelle Dunaway, Porsha Ellison, Haley Farmer, Emily Fenwick, Kayla Garrett, Alexiss Griffin, Michaela Grundy, Lucia Guthrie, Michael Hardin, Stephanie Helm, Sarah Hutchins, Jackie Johnson, Rebecca Just, Cassandra Lawton, Candace Littlejohn, Kimberly McCoy, Taylor McNutt, Shelley Medley, Ariel Meyers, Kristy Newton, Jennarae Niece, Michael Osbourne, Madisen Phillips, Ashley Ploetner, Angela Puckett, Kelsie Pulliam, Sarah Rodriguez, Michael Rogers, Shelby Rush, Rebekah Sams, Samantha Seger, John Shrewsbury, Kaitlyn Smith, Taylor Smith, Jaclyn Spaulding, Shelly Taylor, Danielle Thompson, Olivia Thompson, Laura Turner, Christina Vaughn, Lindsey Vinson, Jeffrey Warren, Mary Watson, Crystal Welcher, Marvin Wesselburg, Carolyn Wheatley, Chelsea Wichman and Tina Williams.

St. Catharine College recently announced the list of students who have achieved extraordinary academic success for the spring 2013 semester.

The dean's list includes all students who had a grade point average of 3.6 - 3.999.

The following students were recognized for their academic achievement: Courtney Adams, Alisha Ballard, Mariah Ballard, Cody Beasley, Adrienne Bishop, Emily Bishop, Leslie Blair, Kelsey Brooks, Dylan Brown, Steven Bryant, Krystal Cammuse, James Carroll, Kenneth Catron, Jennifer Chesser, Brandon Clemmons, Paul Colvin, Taylor Conway, Miriah Cox, Audrianna Culver, Jessica Darland, Danielle Davis, Charles Disponett, Kelsey Downs, Misty Ellis, Pilar Espinosa, Randi Fields, Lacy Gilley, Mary Graham, Kimberly Greer, Whitney Hamilton, Lillian Harned, Paige Hassman, Kelsey Hayden, Kayla Hazelip, Zackery Hilbert, Kinsey Hill, Drew Ison, Andre Jacomini, Katie Jerome, Angela Jordan, Misty Kehm, Teresa Kehm, Kristen Kelty, Michael Killion, Khamsing Kosanouvong, Teresa Kunkel, Ryan Kute, Jillian Leake, Amelia Mattingly, Stuart Mattingly, Caleb McFarland, Kristin Michael, Austin Middleton, Grace Mills, Andrew Nelson, Samantha Osborn, Kevin Owens, Thomas Paris, Kelsey Pendleton, Latisha Pendygraft, Charles Phillips, Rachel Proctor, Lee Pugh, William Rice, Adrian Roberts, Isaac Robinson, Melinda Romero, Krista Russell, Charles Ryan, Erin Sanders, Jacob Settles, Kenneth Shelver, Chelsey Sievert, Joseph Smith, Marvin Smith, Shelby Smith, Kerrie Sneed, Casey Stone, April Stratton, Jessica Sylvester, Brandy Thompson, Liza Whalen, Nicole Wheatley, Ashley White, Josh Whitmer, Ashley Young and Luis Zeledon.

This past semester was an interesting one, for students in the Criminal Justice program:

For example, in the Job Enrichment for the Criminal Justice Professional class(capstone class of program), 2 program graduates from the previous year came to speak to the students. One was Nick Houlehan, police officer in the Florence, Ky. police department. More recently, Shanice Rogers also came to speak to the same class. Miss Rogers is currently working in pre-trial services in Kentucky. She had a great deal of career advice for students in the class, including to "network, network, network". She also advised the students not to be too selective in the jobs they accept just coming out of school. She counseled them that, in order to get experience, they had to be willing to start at the bottom, so to speak. Miss Rogers also said that criminal justice program helped her "big time", as far as obtaining the necessary background for the work she is currently doing.

Painting and a mutual friendship with St. Catharine College art professor Bettye Brookfield has resulted in an annual reunion of artists at the college campus.

Ann Liggett from Lebanon and Theresa Wheatley, Betty Ann Mattingly and Susan Simpson from Springfield gathered recently for a week in Brookfield's studio space on the campus to work on their own pieces and to catch up.

The banter is lively and there is a common response from each of the artists: they all thought (or still think) they can't paint but Brookfield's encouragement and instruction has proven them otherwise.

The group has had several members over the last eight years, but the four friends and Brookfield were faithful in their painting during the week they set aside.

Each met Brookfield in a unique way.

Wheatley's son wanted to get her a nice gift, so he asked Brookfield if she would give painting lessons.

"When he told me, I about died," Wheatley said. "I said, 'I can't paint.'"

Everyone in the room quickly chimed in to say how often they've heard Wheatley say that.

Wheatley painted 'The Last Supper' during a previous session with Brookfield. It's framed and hangs in her home.

Liggett said she met Brookfield when the professor still owned The Starving Artist Café in downtown Springfield. Liggett helped with painting a mural on the side of the building. Brookfield later sold the building and it was painted over. Liggett said the mural was always the first thing she looked for when she drove through downtown.

Simpson met Brookfield through a seminar the professor held in the building that house The Starving Artist Café.

Brookfield asked Simpson, a former English teacher, to proofread a flyer advertising the seminar.

Simpson said she wished she could paint and Brookfield encouraged her to sign up for the seminar and try.

"Of course I had always loved art but I had never, ever tried making it," Simpson said.

Simpson stayed for the weekend-long seminar and said she was always the last to bed because it took her longer than the other seminar participants.

At the end of the seminar, Simpson said, she took home three large pieces that she had painted.

A year later, she and Brookfield went to France, which became a tradition.

"When we go to France, we paint almost every day," Simpson said.

In fact, Simpson said, she still has paintings that she started from the last trip to France that she needs to finish.

Every member of the group was hard at work on at least one piece during their week with Brookfield.

Liggett and Brookfield added that St. Catharine College President William D. Huston was very supportive of the program.

"He's very supportive of this and often asks about them and he comes in sometimes and say hello," Brookfield said. "It's a really sweet, heartfelt part of the college."

After a week of painting, the banter died down and the pieces were packed up to be admired home. Until next year for this group of artists.

Local Legends

St. Catharine College golf coach Joan Rizer was recently featured in Golfweek's 12 edition of saluting Local Legends, in which they highlight accomplishments by players who may not receive deserved recognition beyond the local and state levels.

The following is the story that appeared in Golfweek, written by Cassie Stein. It is shown here with permission to republish.

Joan Rizer

Residence: Bardstown, Ky.

Occupation: Men's and women's golf coach at St. Catharine College

Club affiliation: Old Kentucky Home State Park

Handicap: 4.6

Accomplishments: Five-time Kentucky Women's Amateur champion (1988-91, 1994), two-time winner of the Lexington Marion Miley Invitational (1991, '99), six-time winner of the Women's South Central Championship (1971, 1974-'77, '86); 2005 Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame inductee

Starting up

In 1998, St. Catharine College President William Huston asked Rizer to start men's and women's golf programs at the school.

"I thought, 'Well, what do I (have) to lose?'" Rizer said. "I love the game. It's all I think about, and that's why I did it."

St. Catharine College is a four-year NAIA school that has competed in the Mid-South Conference since 2004.

Because of a limited budget for the two golf teams, Rizer gives lessons to children during the summer months then puts the money she earns toward the teams' budget.

It's something she enjoys doing for the programs and her players.

"It comes from what I've done and can do for the game," Rizer said. "These kids just love the game and they want an education, too. That's most important."

Hall of Fame foursome

Rizer says being elected into the Kentucky Hall of Fame was "totally awesome and one of the highlights of my life."

Starting golf at age 12, she always knew she wanted to win the Kentucky Women's Amateur. Her idols were Kentucky Women's Amateur champions Louise Wilson, Anne Combs and Marion Miley.

"I always wanted to be like them someday," Rizer said. "They are the only other women who have won five or more state ams."

Amateur for life

Rizer now limits her competition to amateur events within driving distance and only if her game is ready.

"It's crazy...but I'm married to my golf clubs," Rizer said. "I get up thinking about it and I go to sleep thinking about it."

On April 29, 2013, the new Emily W. Hundley Library at St. Catharine College was officially dedicated. The date was also the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, the patron saint for St. Catharine College.

Honored guests in attendance included Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, the archbishop of Louisville, Emily W. Hundley, former Congressman Ron Mazzoli, Congressman Brett Guthrie, Springfield Mayor John Cecconi, Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw, Sister Maria Ciriello, Founded Ministry Board Director, the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees and other friends of the college.

Hundley spoke to those in attendance and said the completion of the library was a dream come true. She has been a long-time friend of the college, helping in many other areas, as well.

Archbishop Kurtz complimented the leadership of St. Catharine College President William D. Huston in his speech to those assembled. Kurtz also blessed the building.

All were thankful to Ciriello and the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who founded and have sponsored St. Catharine College since 1931.

After the dedication, the library was open for tours and the board of trustees met in the new board room.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic, Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

It was a historic year for St. Catharine College, as 159 students received diplomas on May 11 during the 81st commencement ceremony at the college.

This year two pioneer groups crossed the stage. One was a group of 11 students from Washington County High School that received an Associate of Arts from the college before they received their high school diplomas the following weekend. The group was part of the inaugural Commander College class, which is a group of students who have been taking courses at St. Catharine.

The other pioneer group consisted of nine students who received a Master of Arts. They are the first group to be awarded a graduate degree at St. Catharine College.  

Dr. Dustan E. McCoy, chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation, delivered the commencement address.

McCoy noted that the graduates were changing the upward trajectory of their lives by completing their degrees. However, having potential is one thing and achieving it is quite another, he said.

He listed several menial jobs that he had worked in his life, but added an important point.

"While I didn't like all of these jobs, I knew I was being productive and moving forward. Working creates confidence," he said.

He encouraged the graduates to determine what success means to them, make choices and live with them, act with civility, be around as many people as possible who are good at what they do, never burn a bridge and respect others. Those are all principles that have helped him in his life, he said.

While 149 undergraduate and nine graduate degrees were conferred, an honorary Bachelor of Arts was given to Rebecca L. Otto, who passed away during the spring semester.

Monnica Williams, instructor / degree coordinator for AS in diagnostic sonogrpahy, recently gave an overview of the vascular sonography program at St. Catharine College.

To learn more about the program, follow the link:

The Marion County Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming author's visit.  Bambi Nancy Shen, author of The Uncrushable Rose: A Memoir from Concentration Camp to Becoming a Free Woman, will be visiting the library on Tuesday, May 21 for a short speaking engagement and book signing.  The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the library.

Bambi's life journey began in communist China.  Through her hard work and studies, she won a catholic scholarship to attend St. Catherine College and arrived in America (and St. Catharine) in 1958.  Following is the book-jacket write up:

WRONG.....WRONG.....WRONG....her mother's words sounded like a gong, over and over, tolling the doom of her destiny - a Chinese born the undesired gender.  These words permeated the youth of author Bambi Shen, who, like all Chinese women, has had to contend with the legacy of millennia of cultural subordination and oppression of women.

This moving memoir paints life in World War II Japanese concentration camps from Bambi's three-year-old eyes.  Near-death experiences there, as interpreted by her Buddhist nanny, formed the foundation of Ms. Shen's philosophy of living in gratitude and being of service to others.  In the darkest days of the internment, her diplomat father taught her to learn to thrive, in spite of any outer circumstances.

Still, surviving concentration camps and wars seemed easier than breaking free from her mother's criticisms and negative prophecies.  Bambi's escape from these took the form of academic success, enabling her to receive a Catholic scholarship and make her way to college in the United States.

Arriving with only $500 in her purse, Bambi learned to look for the gate in every wall.  With the help of the nuns of St. Catharine College and the teachings of Unity, Bambi found her voice and her strength and went on to build a thriving life over the next five decades.  Having endured and overcome racial discrimination and domestic violence, Bambi has become a teacher of cross-cultural understanding and an advocate for the empowerment of women everywhere.


You may also find additional information on Bambi's website:


Bambi has also sent us limited quantities of her book available for sale for anyone that would like to read the book prior to her visit.  They are available at the library for $18.95.  Stickers the author has placed on the books indicate that proceeds benefit "Homes from the Heart."

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists will bestow the status of Fellow on Dawn M. McNeil, M.S.M., R.T.(R)(M), RDMS, RVT, CRA, during the ASRT Annual Governance and House of Delegates Meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., June 14-16.

The ASRT established the honorary Fellow category in 1956 to recognize members like McNeil who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and to ASRT. Fellows have volunteered in leadership positions at the national and local levels, written articles for publication, presented at professional meetings and helped advance the radiologic science profession.


McNeil has been an ASRT member since 1994. She has served in every nationally elected officer position on the ASRT Board of Directors, as well as on many committees and projects. She is a former president of the Mississippi Society of Radiologic Technologists and has served as a Sonography Chapter delegate and Management Chapter delegate. McNeil also is a member of the ASRT Grass-roots Network. She is an assistant professor and chair of the radiography program at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine, Ky.


"Becoming a Fellow of the ASRT is probably my greatest professional achievement, and I plan to continue volunteering my time and resources," McNeil said. "It's been a pleasure being an active part of the ASRT. I've enjoyed meeting new people, forming professional bonds and learning more every day about my career."


The ASRT membership will honor McNeil and six other recipients at the Honors Evening Reception June 15 at the annual governance meeting at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.


For more information about the awards, the ASRT or the radiologic science profession, visit  



About ASRT

The ASRT represents more than 150,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The Society is the largest radiologic science association in the world. Its mission is to advance the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care.

Washington County has a growing number of businesses based on local, sustainable resources. There are increasing numbers of small farms producing local foods for farmers' markets, a strong home-based honey industry and several producers of wool and alpaca fibers. To support and highlight these small agribusinesses, St. Catharine College's department of management has developed a "sustainable business series." These courses are built around partnerships with local agribusinesses with the college teaching the theories of successful niche business practices, while the community partner provides an in-depth hands-on experience in the specific agribusiness.

The pilot class paired the SCC students with Serano Alpaca and Yarns in Springfield to teach students the intricacies of the alpaca fiber business and how it is an environmentally-friendly, sustainable business on any scale. The students first completed a classroom session on small business startup and the nature of small-scale sustainable businesses. The class then moved to Serano Farm where Ron and Judi Allread discussed the operation of an alpaca farm, animal husbandry considerations and the variety of the alpaca industry (breeding, showing, commercial fiber production, artisan crafts, etc.).

The highlight of the class was shearing day. The students learned hands on every step of the process involved in moving the fleece from the alpaca to final product. They herded the alpacas into the holding area, assisted the shearing team, categorized and bundled the raw fiber and participated in preparing the fleeces for processing.

The students and the Allreads rated the class a resounding success and recommended more college-community partnerships be developed around local niche businesses. In response to the overwhelming positive evaluations, SCC's management department has scheduled a fiber production/processing class for the summer term.

President Barack Obama tweeted on April 22 in honor of Earth Day. The tweet containted a quote from friend of the college, Wendell Berry. The tweet also contained a picture of the Earth from space.

Berry is a Kentuckian and one of the members of The Berry Center, which has partnered with St. Catharine College to found the Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism program, which begins in fall 2013

Check out the winner's list of the 2013 Purple & Gold awards. Congratulations to all the winners.

Elizabeth Alcorn ~ Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Associate of Arts in Business Award

Dante Anderson ~ the Darrel W. Richardson Psychiatric Nursing Excellence Award

Matthew Bloom ~ Distinguished Management Student Award

Crystal Brady ~ Outstanding Achievement in the Associate of Arts in Business Award

Daniel Byrd ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Lauren "Brooke" Caldwell ~ Shirley Middleton Clinical Excellence in Associate of Science in Radiography Award

James Carroll ~ Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice Award

Sarah Castillo ~ Best Practice in Pharmacy Technology Award

Amanda Chesser ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Tim Churchill ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Porshia Clark ~ Outstanding Student in Philosophy & Religious Studies Award

Amanda Conrad ~ Outstanding Student in Honors Program

Terry Davis ~ Outstanding Student in the Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership Program Award

Hans Desir ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Dr. Tom Dodge ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Kelsey Downs ~ D.U.S.K. Professionalism Award in the Associate of Science in Sonography

Margaret Mary Duvall ~ Dr. Sarah Jane Montgomery Excellence in Nursing Award

Pilar Espinosa ~ Student Ambassador of the Year

Joan Gardner ~ Outstanding Student in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts/Social Sciences Award

Austin Gibson ~ Excellence in Creative Writing Award

Hagan Goldey ~ Outstanding Student in the Bachelor of Science in Biology

Paige Hassman ~ Student Envoy of the Year and Outstanding Student in the Community & Regional Studies Department

David S. Haydon ~ Outstanding Student in the Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

Megan Hazelip ~ Work Study Student of the Year

Carlos Hernandez ~ Male Athlete of the Year

Hopper ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Sylvia Horlander ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Janae Howard ~ Female Athlete of the Year

Sarah Hutchins ~ Clinical Excellence in Surgical Technology Award

Drew Ison ~ Resident Assistant of the Year

Marlene Kasama ~ Distinguished Management Graduate Award

Kristen Kelty ~ Outstanding Student in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts/Humanities Award

Amanda Knopp ~ Student of the Year

Jillian Leake ~ Prescription for Success in Pharmacy Technology Award

Candace Littlejohn ~ Most Promising Education in Field Work Award

Billy Lundy ~ Outstanding Contribution to r…l³ Program Award

Stuart Mattingly ~ Academic Achievement in Associate of Arts in Radiography Award

Donovan McCutheon ~ Resident Student of the Year

Ariel Meyers ~ Excellence in Surgical Technology

Alicia Hale O'Cull ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Lindsay Pace ~  D.U.S.K. Professionalism Award in the Associate of Science in Sonography

Reilly Poirier ~ Outstanding Student in the Department of Natural Sciences Award

Starrisha Roberts ~ Most Promising Education in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Award

Jessica Shelton ~ Excellence in English Award

Kaitlyn Smith ~ Saint Martin de Porres Award for Psychology & Social Justice

Adam Smith ~ Most Well-Rounded Student in Criminal Justice Award

Jaclyn ~ Most Promising Educator in Elementary School Education Award

Stephanie Testa ~ Graduate School Pioneer Class Award

Laura Turner ~ Outstanding Student in Studio Arts Award

Stephanie Wilcheck ~ Wilhelm Wundt Award for Scientific Contribution in Psychology

Dr. Harry Toder ~ Faculty Member of the Year

Mrs. Carlotta Brussell ~ Staff Member of the Year


The SCC Drama club proudly invites you to its production of Ron Bernas's "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody," a comedy murder mystery sure to have you laughing in the aisles. Here is a description from Samuel French:


"Winner! Community Theatre Association of Michigan New Plays Competition. This six-character comedy is a spoof of and love letter to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and to stage mysteries in general. It is a one-set, two-act piece featuring witty dialogue and slapstick comedy. The play opens with the rich, bored Matthew promising to kill his rich, bored wife Julia so he can become a jet setter like his friend who recently lost his wife. Julia, who's always about three steps ahead of him, plays along. And so the game begins - a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless.


During the year the play takes place, there are several mysterious deaths that occur on the grounds of the family estate, a butler who is not what he seems, a detective who can't buy a clue, and two innocents (sort of) caught in the hilarity as they plan their wedding. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew's devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia.


As the bodies fall, dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her wedding to unwitting Donald since all the intended gift-bearing guests are dying. Enter Detective Plotnik - a Sam Spade reincarnation who suspects everyone, but hasn't a clue. That is, not until Donald stumbles upon Julia and gentlemanly butler Buttram in what Donald mistakenly perceives as a compromising situation. Donald jumps to the conclusion that Julia is the murderer - trying to murder Matthew!  It ends in a nice bang and with a bit of a message about the importance of love." -- Samuel French


"A delightful evening of fun just on the proper side of slapstick." - Lansing State Journal


"Comedy packs laughs...a delightful play...a medley of laughs...the play has charm, and is really funny." - News-Herald, Southgate, MI This play won the Michigan Playwriting Competition and was first performed in 1991 by Grosse Pointe Theatre, Michigan's premiere community theater.



Shows will be Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m., with a matinee showing on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. All shows will be in Angelic Hall in Centre Square in Lebanon. Tickets are $10, and are available at the door.


The cast is as follows:


Matthew Perry: Will Phillips

Julia Perry: Jenna Niece

Bunny Perry: Tana Hatton

Donald: Deward Straub

Buttram: Bob Akin

Detective Plotnik: Dr. David Wallace

Stage Manager: Kaitlyn Smith

Director/Asst. Director: Dr. Becky Lee Meadows/Bob Akin

David Thompson was the first male and first overall finisher of the second-annual St. Catharine College military appreciation day 5K run / walk.

Thompson finished the race in 21 minutes and 42 seconds. Roberta Meyer was the second overall finisher and the first female to cross the finish line. She finished in 23:14.

In the female 12-and-under group, Laurel Brahm finished first in 26:27. Brianna Mattingly finished second in 39:06.6. Jasmine Benningfield finished third in 39:06.7.

In the female 18-to-24 category, Carly Terrell finished first in 54:34.

In the female 25-to-29 category, Jana Abell finished first in 28:33. Sheena Hager finished second in 32:00 and Sara Cannon finished third in 34:14.

In the female 30-to-34 category, Amanda Mattingly finished first in 28:40. Heather Marksbury finished second in 29:00 and Jessie Weis finished third in 29:44.

In the female 35-to-39 category, Jennifer Sievert finished first in 28:34, while Corie Followell finished second in 40:23 and Jamie Mattingly came in third in 47:50.

In the female 40-to-44 category, Sharon Bach finished first in 25:41. Catherine Marks finished second in 37:47 and Melissa Smith finished third in 41:08.

In the female 45-to-49 category, Karen Scout finished first in 40:50. Myra Knopp finished second in 43:58 and Ann Thompson finished third in 45:28.

In the female 50-to-60 category, Karen Wilson finished first in 33:34. Charlene Dodson finished second in 35:46 and Rita Rust finished third in 46:23.

In the female 61-and-over category, Brenda Mattingly finished first in 52:30.

In the male 12-and-under category, Dalyn Mattingly finished first in 33:14.

In the male 13-to-17 category, Ben Dekle finished first in 30:25.

In the male 25-to-29 category, Macon Smith finished first in 26:16. Clinton Pence finished second in 39:29 and Neil Payne finished third in 51:51.

In the male 30-to-34 category, Josh Riggs finished first in 23:23. Bobbie Mattingly finished second in 24:00 and Mike Medley finished third in 26:18.

In the male 35-to-39 category, Jeremy Mattingly finished first in 25:05. Charles Ramey finished second in 25:54 and Jake Ackers finished third in 28:05.

In the male 40-to-44 category, Brett Martin finished first in 24:30. John Kaufield finished second in 27:31 and Chad Hood finished third in 28:06.

In the male 45-to-49 category, Robert Hillerich finished first in 24:32. Phil Chatigny finished second in 34:56.

In the male 50-to-60 category, Harper Smith finished first in 23:42. Martin McDonald finished second in 25:20 and Timothy Mattingly finished third in 26:37.

In the male 61-and-over category, Otha Allen finished first in 27:11. Ambrose Wilson finished second in 30:12 and Gordon Webb finished third in 50:40.

In the team competition, Team Hatton finished first in 27:26. Team Golden Girls finished second in 46:06 and Team LEB Group finished third in 55:18.

Full race results can be found at

      WHAS Channel 11 broadcast meteorologist Kristin Walls will be coming to St. Catharine College on April 29 at 4 p.m. to give a one-hour presentation to students in Pettus Auditorium focusing on her lifelong interest in weather, her academic career, how she found her way to a career in broadcast meteorology, and some personal advice on pursuing one's  degree, dreams and career.

      All are invited to attend; however, students will be given preference for seats (students, you may want to arrive a little early!).

      The dedication of the new Emily W. Hundley Library at 5 p.m. will immediately follow Ms. Walls' presentation.

      The following is Kristin's bio on the WHAS 11 website:

      Kristin Walls joined the WHAS11 First Alert Storm Team in June 2011 as the weekend meteorologist. Before coming to WHAS11 News, Kristin was the weekend meteorologist and a weekday reporter at WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio.

      While at WTOV, she covered the fourth biggest snowstorm on record in the Ohio Valley. The storm accumulated up to 20 inches of snow over a span of two days.

      Kristin grew up in McDonald, Ohio. She received her bachelor's degree from Kent State University and her master's degree in atmospheric science from the Ohio State University. Kristin's thesis focused on how tornadoes and derechos formed in the Ohio Valley since 1950.

She enjoys running, hiking, shopping, traveling, theater and spending time with family and friends. Kristin loves the city of Louisville and is excited to meet a bunch of wonderful new faces.

Reporters from The Courier-Journal visited St. Catharine to learn about how the Dominican Sisters of Peace promote sustainability through farming. Check out this short video clip about the St. Catharine Farm and the Berry Farming Program's collaboration with the Dominicans:

At 8 a.m. on April 13, a Civil War-era cannon will be fired on campus to start the  5K Fun Walk/Run, the kick off event for the college's 8th- annual military appreciation day. This will be the first of about five times the cannon will be fired during the day.

The activities on campus include:

A. the 2nd-annual 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m.

B. the Kentucky HistoryMobile from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

C. Lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m. Calvary Elementary School will be selling lunch and baked goods as a fund raiser for their Girls on the Run program in Parking Lot 7 (next to Hamilton Health Science Bldg)

D. Bouncy houses for the kids from about 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the soccer field (weather permitting).

E. Senior day for the baseball team begins with the first pitch of a double-header against the University of the Cumberlands at noon. Senior players will be recognized between games (about 2:30).

We encourage you to take part in the activities and support Calvary Elementary School's fundraising lunch!

On Saturday, April 6, Dr. Harry Toder at St. Catharine College participated in a panel discussion pertaining to the teaching of criminal justice and sociology. This was part of the conference of the Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky professional organization.  On the panel were also representatives from Lindsey Wilson College, Thomas More College and Georgetown College. The conference was held at Bellarmine University. There were several other panel discussions also taking place on that day, dealing with such topics as race, ethnicity, gender and social class. Toder estimated that 100-150 people were in attendance at this conference.

Major figures came to St. Catharine College on Saturday, April 6 to discuss environmental issues, farming, finance and what it will take to resettle America.

The Berry Center, a non-profit organization established in 2011 to preserve and institutionalize the work of John M. Berry, Jr., John M. Berry, Sr., and Wendell Berry, organized the conference titled "From Unsettling to Resettling: What Will It Take to Resettle America?"

The conference served as a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Wendell Berry's work, "The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture."

Notable authors, community activists, farmers, sociologists and agricultural economists gathered in Louisville at The Brown Hotel and at St. Catharine College to "return to the book's principles and respond to the chapters in light of their knowledge and current understanding," according to The Berry Center program for the conference.

"Our goal is that the discussion and lessons resulting from this thinking will hasten a cultural shift toward sustainability as we envision and create our future," according to conference program.

While Friday's activities took place in Louisville, St. Catharine College President William D. Huston welcomed over 300 guests to the campus on Saturday morning to begin the second day of the conference.

Guests filled St. Catharine Hall to listen in on a filmed interview between acclaimed broadcast journalist Bill Moyers and Wendell Berry. Moyers talked at length with Berry about his beliefs and practices involving land use and agricultural tasks.

Following the interview, visitors packed the Spalding Student & Community Center for a lunch of local fare, including items from St. Catharine Farm.

Bill McKibben, who Time Magazine once called "the planet's best green journalist," spoke at lunch about climate change and large agricultural operations, as well and protests his organization,, has helped orchestrate.

McKibben also pointed out that there's hardly a place a person can go in the country without finding a farmer's market somewhere nearby, something aided by the words and work of Wendell Berry.

Following lunch, key figures assembled for a panel titled, "What will it take to resettle America?"

Alan Guebert, an award-winning agricultural journalist who writes the syndicated column "The Farm and Food File," presented a list of 12 things that would resettle America. The list amended Wendell Berry's list from "The Unsettling of America."

Among the items he listed, Guebert mentioned that all humans could stand to work more in a physical sense.

Guebert said his most-read columns are about the satisfaction that comes from hard labor on the farm.

"When I write about that, those are my best-read columns, everybody says it's romantic and it's poetic," Guebert said. "Well, of course it is. That's why you liked it. That's why I liked it. That's why I didn't forget it. It's not sentimental. I don't want to romanticize it because it's hard work. Everybody can do that."

Woody Tasch, founder and chairman of Slow Money, a non-profit formed "to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises," among other things, posed a challenge to the audience.

"What is stopping us from taking one percent of our money and committing it to investing locally?" Tasch asked. "What is stopping us? No politicians are stopping us."

Conference-goers also heard from Wendell Berry, John M. Berry, Jr., Mary Berry and Wes Jackson.

The day concluded with a guided tour of parts of St. Catharine Farm.

For more information about The Berry Center, go to

The following story originally appeared in the April 2013 edition of The Highlander Neighborhood Monthly ( It is published here with permission from the publication.

Written by Michael L. Jones

Photography by Brian Bohannon /

"The Many Lives of Nini" is the second in The Highlander Neighborhood Monthly's three-part series "The United Nations of Louisville."

Abdikadir Mohammed, known as "Nini," is a junior at St. Catharine College, a small Dominican Catholic school near Springfield, Ky. He is a psychology major with scholarships in soccer and track. After graduation, Nini plans to get a master's degree in social work from the University of Louisville. His ultimate goal is to work for the United Nations.

When he is not attending classes, playing sports or plotting his future, Nini is working on his memoirs. This may sound presumptuous for a 21-year-old, but Nini's goals are small compared to what he has already accomplished. He was born in war-torn Somalia. When he was 8 months old, his family moved to the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, home to thousands of refugees from Sudan, Uganda and other African hot spots. Life at Kakuma was tough. Malnutrition and communicable disease were rampant. Nini remembers many days when his family had only enough food for one meal.

In 2006, Kentucky Refugee Ministries brought Nini and his family to Louisville. His still-untitled memoir tells about his journey from 15-year-old non-English speaking freshman to ambitious college student. "I started from nowhere," he says. "My daddy never thought I was going to graduate. My mom don't know anything about school and all of that. She didn't really know what was going on. My dad knew about school, but when I was in Africa I never studied much because it was horrible there for me. When I came here is when I focused more. That's when I got all my strength."


During track practice, Nini runs next to Nicole Peterson, 28, a sports leadership major. The students from St. Catharine College train at Bardstown High School's Garnis Martin Field, about 15 miles away, because the college does not have an on-site track. (Photo:

In addition to the usual communication hurdles, Nini grew up speaking Maay Maay, an Afro-Asiatic language that has no writing system. "I would love for us to have a written language but we don't have one," Nini says. "I've never seen written Maay Maay. The only language they write is Somalian. They say Maay Maay can go along with Somalian language, but I did not know how to write it.

"Going to school was very difficult. I was dressing up crazy, my writing wasn't good, my English wasn't good. Nothing was good, except I could say, 'Hey.'"

Nini was a freshman at Shawnee High School when a teacher had trouble pronouncing his full given name. When the teacher asked if there was something shorter to call him, he suggested "Nini," which was the name of his soccer team in Kenya. It is a Swahili word that means "what." The nickname remains with him to this day. If you were to visit St. Catharine and ask for Abdikadir Mohammed, no one would know who you were talking about.

Nini's family was originally settled in the Americana Apartments in the Beechmont neighborhood, but the rent proved too expensive. Nini's father relocated them to a housing project in the crime-ridden Park Hill neighborhood. They are Muslim, and in Africa Nini's father had two wives. The United States does not recognize polygamous families, so the family entered the country as separate households. But Nini makes a point of explaining that he considers all of his father's children his brothers and sisters.

Nini is his father's oldest child. The urge to help his father deal with family business was the main motivator for Nini to succeed in school. "When I came to the United States, the one thing that made me mad, the thing that got me to really study, was when I see my dad," he remembers. "They would send him mail paper and he'd go to someone else to read it for him. It got me really angry about that. I say to myself, 'You the oldest at your house, you can't read paper. That's embarrassing to your family.' I start focusing. 'Till I can read paper for my dad I'm not going to give up."

Nini moved to Waggener High School for his sophomore year. By then, thanks to after-school tutoring and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes at the Americana Community Center, he had a rudimentary understanding of written and spoken English. For a short time, a tutor came to Nini's house, but the workbooks, with their giant pictures of puppies and other child-related imagery, embarrassed him. Eventually, he asked only to be tutored at school.

"Any Bantu kid or other ESL student would feel the same way if they had tutoring at their house," he relates. "They would feel embarrassed that their family or friend might come home and see this little thing you are studying. They don't feel comfortable. That's why it was hard for me to have tutoring at home."

In one of his classes at St. Catharine, Nini is working on ideas for better ways of teaching English to ESL students. One of his ideas is not letting students who speak the same language sit next to each other. Nini says he learned more when he was in classrooms where he was forced to work with refugee students from other parts of Africa or elsewhere in the world. In those situations, the children are forced to communicate with each other in English because it is the only common language.

During his sophomore and junior years in high school, Nini worked hard on his studies but had no idea where it was leading. But in the summer before his senior year, another Somali student told him about college. Nini asked: What is that? What do they do there? His friend told him that you study what you want and then get a job.

Nini did know about one college, the University of Kentucky, but up until then he thought it was just a basketball team. "My plan was UK, because UK was always showing up in my head," he confesses. "People were always talking about UK, so I say I'm going to go to school there. I never thought about (University of Louisville) at all. It was UK, UK."

But Nini had a big problem. His ACT (American College Testing) score was not high enough for admission to UK. Mostly, it was the English part that was hampering him. The first time he took the test, he scored a 12. In all, he took it four times and his highest score was a 16. Frustrated, he considered giving up on college because he had to pay every time he took the ACT. But then another refugee student told him about St. Catharine, which allows international students to submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) as a compliment to other tests. Nini scored well enough to be accepted to the school. In September 2012, he was the school's Student of the Month.

"It is just a small school," Nini says. "The people are different from Louisville. They don't interact with you the way people interact with you in Louisville. Everybody knows everybody. You can't hide."

When he is back in Louisville during the summer, Nini helps refugee students with their English. He has also formed a Bantu soccer team with other Somalian refugees. They play against another Bantu team as well as a local team made up of Mexican immigrants. Nini always tells the people he meets about St. Catharine.

"They see me wearing a St. Catharine shirt and they ask, 'What is that?'" Nini explains. "I tell them about the school. I think when they see you going to school, they get the impression 'If that guy can do that, I can do that.' I want them to think that way about college. That is also why I write my story. Hopefully, it will inspire other refugees to do what I do."

Contact the writer at

The Challenges I Had In High School Excerpts from the writings of Abdikadir Mohammed, also known as "Nini"

After coming to Louisville, I waited almost a month to go to school. I couldn't wait. I was really in a hurry to start school because I wanted to learn and speak English. While waiting, I was in ESL classes at Kentucky refugee ministries. They prepared me for school by teaching me a few things that I could use at school. For example: How to say my name. The first school I went to was Shawnee High School. The first day I attended school I was really scared because everybody was taller and bigger than me and I didn't know anybody there. I wondered why I was in school with these big people who look liked my dad and had the same body weight as my dad. I thought they sent me to the wrong school.
When I got back from school, I told my dad that everybody in school was bigger than me. He told me the only important thing was for me to go to school and learn and not to worry who is in school with you. However, my dad never believed me I would learn anything at school. He thought I was going to be dumb and start to hangout with some students who skip school. I couldn't read and write when I was a freshman in high school. Every time my dad tells me to read a paper for him I couldn't read it. He had to call somebody else to read it for him. I was so frustrated when that happened and didn't know what to do, but to step up for my family. After that I didn't do anything else, not even soccer, for my first year in high school. Every day I came home from school and did my homework and read books. However, I went to ACC (Americana Community Center) to get help with reading and writing skills. I didn't know anything about ACC. My friend Magan and his brother Noor were the people who introduced me to ACC. They went there before I came to America. And I started going there every day when I was freshman in high school. I was one of the best ESL (English as a Second Language) students they had at Americana Community Center. Some of the people there enjoyed helping me and I always behaved well. In two months I was better in my writing and reading skills. I was the number one student that had improved in two months that year. The ESL classes I had at school really helped me.
Shawnee High had students from many different countries but we didn't speak the same languages, therefore, it was difficult for us to talk to each other and work together. However, we had to speak English to work together. I had teachers who really helped me during my first year of school. That year of school was wonderful. I loved the subjects we had. The teachers were organized and taught us many things. I liked my teachers and I will never forget them. The teachers respected me for who I was and I respected them. I also respected my classmates. 
At the end of the school year, I thought I was going to stay in the same school but they told me I had to attend another school because that was just to prepare me for a higher level. A week later they told me I would go to Waggener High School. I didn't really know where Waggener was, but I was happy to go there.

The St. Catharine College capstone management class invites everyone to visit St. Catharine College on Saturday, April 13 to celebrate both SCC's eighth-annual military appreciation and senior baseball day. Join us in a day honoring our service members and stay to watch SCC's senior baseball players play their last home game.

This year's military appreciation day will start with a 5K run/walk. On the starting gun - a Civil War cannon - runners will begin their race from the starting/finishing line in front of the college's Hamilton Science Building, travel 2.5 kilometers toward Springfield on old Hwy 150 and then return to the finish line on the SCC campus. To commemorate the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of John Hunt Morgan's cavalry raid through the county in the summer of 1863, this year's run will include a John Hunt Morgan Trophy for the winning military and non-military running teams. State Senator Jimmy Higdon will present awards for the 5K.

Included in the campus activities will be a Civil War cannon displayed and crewed by the 12th US Colored Heavy Artillery from Camp Nelson, who preserve the history of Kentucky's African-American service and sacrifice during the Civil War. The 12th Regiment will participate in St. Catharine College's observance of the 150th anniversary of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry raid through Lebanon and Springfield during the summer of 1863.

The Kentucky Historical Society's History Mobile will also be on campus. The traveling display illustrates Kentucky's role in the Civil War and covers many aspects of what it was like to be in a border state during a time that divided families and determined the future of America.

Visitors to the college are encouraged to stay for a hamburger/hotdog lunch catered by Calvary Elementary School parents, staff and students. The management class and Cavalry Elementary School have partnered to raise funds for Calvary Elementary's Girls on the Run program to establish a nationally recognized program which helps foster positive self-confidence and an appreciation of health and fitness.

It promises to be a day full of activities, learning, bouncy-houses and baseball.

The Resettling of America Conference (April 4-6) celebrates the 35th anniversary of Wendell Berry's germinal text The Unsettling of America. Roundtable discussions will be held in Louisville and at St. Catharine College and will feature many of the leading figures in ecological agriculture and sustainable community development.


DIRECT FEED: The conference venues can only accommodate 300 people, and tickets are sold out.  However, The Berry Center and St. Catharine College invite students, staff, faculty, and community members to watch the proceedings via video direct feed in the third floor classrooms of SCC's new Emily W. Hundley Library. Check out the action on Friday, April 5th (9:00am - 5:00 pm) and Saturday, April 6th (10:00am - 2:45 pm). 


SIGN UP: Admission is free, but space is limited. Sign up here: Indicate which times you plan to attend.  Sign-up is open first to St. Catharine College affiliates and the Springfield community but will be announced to the broader public on Monday, March 25th.


VOLUNTEERS: We'll need quite a bit of help on campus for the conference--registration tabling, fielding questions, directing traffic, and the like. Willing to lend a hand? Sign up here ASAP (or by Wednesday, March 27th): I'll be in touch with volunteers about assignments and logistics.


LUNCH NOTE: On Friday, guests are welcome to take lunch at the St. Catharine College cafeteria in the Spalding Student Center. However, on Saturday, the cafeteria will be fully occupied by conference participants, so guests will need either to pack a lunch or to take lunch in Springfield.



HIGHLIGHTS:  Saturday, April 6th will feature a live interview of Wendell Berry by PBS commentator Bill Moyers, as well as a roundtable discussion including renowned sustainability advocates Vandana Shiva of the Navdanya Organization in India, Bill McKibben of, and Mary Berry of The Berry Center in New Castle, Kentucky.

St. Catharine College has made some opening moves in what could well become ongoing opportunities with partners in the Caribbean nation of Belize.   In 2012, Candice Littlejohn, a teacher candidate in the elementary school program, did field teaching and her senior capstone project at St. Joseph Primary School in Belize City ( . From the faculty, Sr. Angela Shaughnessy, dean of the Graduate School and director of the International School Law institute, provides professional training to principals from the nation's Catholic schools. It may well be the case that these contacts are growing; at least that is the hope of Sr. Angie and Dr. David Arnold, dean of the School for Professional Studies.

This March, Sr. Angie returned to Belize City to offer another professional development session and this time Dr. Arnold went along on the trip to explore possible academic partnerships. While there,  Arnold met with several key people.  In four crowded days he met with the manager of the national Catholic School system, the  dean and assistant academic dean of St. John's College, an associate-level college, and the director for secondary education from the Ministry of Education and then traveled to meet with the  director of the University of Belize Research Farm. Possibilities explored in wide-ranging discussions included future teacher education placements, a partnership with St. John's College for work on bachelor-level teacher education and partnerships between SCC's new farming and ecological agrarianism degree and the University of Belize research farm.

The possibility of developing and funding short-term student course and internship exchanges in education, agriculture, and community leadership is exciting. 

"It is a marvelous country for this.  There is so much to be done and also so much to be learned there," Arnold said. 

Littlejohn agrees.  

"My teaching residency in Belize was a life-changing experience. It will have a profound effect on my career in education," she said.

"And some of the barriers you worry about in foreign partnerships are low," Arnold pointed out.  "Belize isn't that far away. It's a beautiful place, it's relatively inexpensive, the major language is English and the people - the people--they are just so amazingly open and cheerful." 

Located on the Caribbean Coast of Central America, Belize, the former British Honduras, gained independence in 1981 and is a member of the British Commonwealth. The country is noted for not only the diversity of its landscape and beautiful sea coast, but also for its progressive concern with environmental quality and sustainability.  So, maybe a trip to the Caribbean to do some teaching, get hands-on with a sustainable organic farm, or maybe explore the ecology of tropical jungles or the second-largest coral barrier reef system in the world could be on the horizon for SCC students. Stand by.

Nick Houlehan, a recent graduate of St. Catharine College, has carried his success on campus to the workforce.

Houlehan, who graduated with a degree in criminal justice, landed a job with the police department in Florence, Ky., just two months after commencement.

Florence is a city of around 75,000 residents, Houlehan told Dr. Harry Toder's class recently. There are 62 officers in the Florence police department.

"You started out in a pretty important position," Toder said. "You might think that somebody that just graduates with a degree that they would start out in a very small police department. A lot of times that's the case. But you broke the mold, so to speak."

Toder asked Houlehan to what degree participating in extracurricular activities helped Houlehan land a job.

"Being a baseball player my whole life, being on a team, in criminal justice everything is a team," Houlehan said. "When you're on a police department, as your agency, you will all work together. You have to learn how to communicate with each other."

Being a part of team means working together even if you don't like everyone on your team, Houlehan said.

"You might not get along with them, but you have to learn to respect them, you have to learn how to get along with them and be able to work efficiently and effectively," he said.

Toder also asked Houlehan if grades were the first thing potential employers looked at.

"Grades will get you in the door," Houlehan said. "If you don't make good grades, you're pretty much not going to get looked at. If you don't graduate with some kind of accolades, you are in the middle of the line starting out."

As a police officer, Houlehan added that potential recruits have to prove themselves to be in top physical condition and have good interpersonal skills.

The graduate emphasized that the college experience was more than just going through the motions, making passing grades, shaking a few hands at graduation and then receiving a diploma.

"Come to class on time. Do your homework, make sure it gets turned in on time," he said. "Just be prepared every day. It doesn't just help you in school; it helps you prepare for life. Because when you go to work, you don't just go into work and not be prepared."

For police work and in the workforce in general, Houlehan emphasized maintaining personal integrity.

"You've got to look the part; you've got to be the part. You've got to be professional and you have to have your integrity with you to make sure you're doing things the right way," he said. "Integrity is something that you have to have, especially if you want to be in law enforcement."

Houlehan said having a criminal justice degree helped him out, but knowing how to conduct himself also helped.

"When you walk into an interview, you don't have your phone out, you don't chew gum," he said. "If you're a man, you clean shave. If you're a woman, you have your hair fixed in a professional manner. Stand straight up. When I shook everybody's hand, I looked them in the eye and I said, 'Hi, how are you doing? It's nice to meet you. Thank you for having me.'"

Another point that Houlehan added was that education doesn't stop with a college degree.

"If you stop learning in college, you're kind of hurting yourself," he said. "You're really hurting yourself if you don't educate yourself."

Houlehan spoke to many of Toder's classes, emphasizing the need to get good grades, participate in extracurricular activities and to maintain integrity.

The first STAR Orientation of 2013 is set for March 23.

For this one-day session, student check-in takes place from 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. There are many fun activities and information sessions throughout the day. Students will have lunch and then advising and official registration will begin around 1:30 p.m.

Here's a list of what you will need:

  • to be officially accepted to SCC
  • you must RSVP by the deadline for the date you would like to attend
  • submit Official transcripts from graduating high school or GED with scores to the Office of Admissions prior to RSVPing for a STAR date.
  • submit ACT or COMPASS scores must be submitted to the Admissions Office PRIOR to the selected STAR date
  • Driver's license
  • STAR Orientation fee: $50 in advance, $65 the day of the event

All students must meet the requirements and submit their RSVP by the deadline date. If all processes are not followed then those students will not able to register for classes.

Participants are asked to RSVP a week prior to the event. If you didn't register in time for this STAR Orientation, there are upcoming dates.

To view upcoming dates and for more information about STAR Orientation, follow the link below.

Students at St. Catharine College know her as Dr. Becky Meadows, but they'll soon get a glimpse of her alter-ego: FOXX.

As FOXX, Meadows and her band perform a mix of country, southern rock and classic rock.

The group will perform from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on March 22 at the American Legion in Bardstown. Proceeds will benefit the Dominican Young Adults recent trip to New York for the United Nations commission on the status of women.

Tickets can be purchased on campus through Dr. Tara Tuttle, Dr. Meadows or any of the participating students (Jessica Shelton, Starr Roberts, Chelsea Shanahan, Randi Jo Fields, Kaitlyn Smith or Jonathan Engstrom.

FOXX's concert is one of many women's history month events at St. Catharine College this month.

March 21 - 2:30 pm, Pettus, DYA Presentation on Trip to the United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women

March 22, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. American Legion in Bardstown:  Women Rock!  Foxx in concert! Fundraiser for the Dominican Young Adults

March 26, Noon - 1 p.m., Pettus, "Feminized Cultivations:  A Conversation about              Women in Sustainable Agriculture," Dr. Leah Bayens, Coordinator of the Berry Farming Program, Julie Hurley of River Run Farm, and Eileen O'Donohue of Kentucky Lamb

March 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Pettus, "Secret City, Secret Curse," presentation and discussion on the women in the Manhattan Project, Dr. Nancye McCrary

March 28, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Pettus, Film: Dolores Claiborne, Dr. Meadows

April 11,  7-9 p.m., Pettus, Buena Vista, a short play and discussion by award-winning playwright Toni Wiley

March 12, 2:30 pm, Pettus, Unmasking Domestic Violence, FCCLA        members Nicholas Sneed and Beth Purdom with Kerrie Sneed

March 14, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Pettus, Film: Half the Sky, Dr.  Tuttle

March 18, Noon, Pettus, Haiti Trip Discussion, Prof. Nora Hatton

March 19, 11 a.m., Pettus, "Women in Educational Leadership Roles," Dr. Jan Lantz

March 21, 2:30 p.m., Pettus, DYA Presentation on trip to the United        Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women

March 22, 8 - 10 p.m. American Legion in Bardstown: Women Rock!  Foxx in concert! Fundraiser for the Dominican Young Adults

March 26, Noon - 1 p.m., Pettus, "Feminized Cultivations:  A       Conversation about Women in Sustainable Agriculture," Dr. Leah            Bayens, Coordinator of the Berry Farming Program, Julie Hurley of River Run Farm and Eileen O'Donohue of Kentucky Lamb

March 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Pettus, "Secret City, Secret Curse," presentation and discussion on the women in the Manhattan Project, Dr. Nancye McCrary

March 28, 6 -8 p.m., Pettus, Film: Dolores Claiborne, Dr. Meadows

April 11,  7-9 p.m., Pettus, Buena Vista, a short play and discussion by award-winning playwright Toni Wiley

Dr. Rob Slocum, _, recently described the mission of St. Catharine College.

He talked about igniting the fire of creativity and curiousity in St. Catharine College students.

Click the link to watch a video of Dr. Slocum describe the St. Catharine College mission.

The St. Catharine College Residence Hall Council recently announced the St. Patrick's Day tailgate event.

Come enjoy music, corn hole, an egg toss, snacks and drinks outside the Residence Life office in the grass on March 19 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

The event will take place in the student center if it is raining.

The Residence Hall Council recently announced that campus clean-up will take place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on March 25.

Anyone interested in helping can meet in the Siena Hall lobby at 5 p.m.

Students are encouraged to join in an effort to make the campus look nicer through this service project.

If you plan to participate, please wear appropriate footwear. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Our special guests will be the classes of 1963 from both St. Catharine College and the St. Catharine Academy. Please make plans to attend and reconnect with your classmates. Members of classes both before and after 1963 are also invited to come and share your memories and tour the campus. Things certainly do look different! 


Welcome reception


Friday, July 12, 2013 from


Emily W. Hundley Library & Center for Graduate Studies café and court yard

      Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, spirits and good cheer with your classmates before taking a tour of the recently opened Library. Tours of the Richard S. Hamilton Health & Science Building will also be available.


Mass, motor coach trip and the 32nd-annual Berea Crafts Festival


Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

We will begin the day with Mass, (campus location TBD), followed by a continental breakfast and motor coach trip to Berea, Kentucky. Lunch will be on your own as you take in the sights and sounds of the various artists featured at this year's festival.


Yes, I want to do it all!           $50 per person X ______ = $__________

I can only attend on Friday.    $20 per person X ______ = $__________

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Join St. Catharine College friends and alumni when they depart for an 11-day trip to Italy and Greece on Sept. 26.

Click the link to find out more and book your excursion today.

Here's a schedule of CAAP testing, beginning on March 15.

March 15th: Early College Students only.

Health Science Students: Saturday, March 16th from 8:30-3:00 in the Health Science Building. Students will need to meet in Pettus Auditorium upon arrival.

Arts & Sciences & Professional Studies: Participants will be divided and tested in two separate groups. The first will be March 18th and March 19th from 8-12. The second will be March 20th and March 21st, also from 8-12. These groups will be testing in the new Hundley Library, room 301.

There will be make up sessions on Friday, March 22nd from 8:00-2:00 (roughly), also in HL-301, and also on Monday, March 25th & Tuesday, March 26th (two day session) from 8-12 each day.

For any questions or more information, contact Carissa Coslow at or (859) 336-5082 ext. 1384.

I'm pleased to announce that the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees approved the Berry Farming Program's undergraduate degree proposals!  Beginning Fall 2013, SCC will offer Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Science degrees and a minor in Farming and Ecological Agrarianism.

Students can focus on one of four areas of study: (1) agroecology, (2) plant and soil stewardship, (3) environmental arts and humanities, or (4) community leadership. Drawing on the work of noted farmer and writer Wendell Berry, this sustainable agriculture-oriented curriculum merges the arts and sciences of cultivation and provides numerous opportunities for experience-based learning. To learn more:

SCC faculty and staff as well as our community partners helped expedite the process of developing the curriculum and guiding it through the proper channels. For this, I am boundlessly grateful.

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston recently announced that Dustan E. McCoy will be the commencement speaker for 2013. McCoy is currently the chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation in Chicago. He has held these positions since 2005.

Previously he was president of Brunswick Boat Group since 2000.

Prior to his arrival at Brunswick in 1999, he was executive vice president for Witco Corporation, with operating responsibility for a variety of global businesses and functions. He also served as general counsel and corporate secretary.

Prior to that, he spent 15 years with Ashland, Inc., where he worked as general counsel, with responsibility for the corporate law department and major litigation.

"We are very happy to have Mr. McCoy join us for our 2013 commencement ceremonies," Huston said. 

Commencement is set for May 11 at 11 a.m.


A recent update from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and Kentucky Partnership Academies indicate that the partnership between St. Catharine College and Washington County Schools is successful.

In 2011, St. Catharine College partnered with Washington County Schools (WCS) and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) to establish an early college program for Washington County High School students.

Initially 25 juniors from student populations that are typically under-represented at Kentucky's postsecondary institutions participated at the start of the program known as the Washington County Commander College.

The program

The first cohort of this two-year initiative slowly moved juniors from dual credit classes scheduled and taught at WCHS to full exposure and scheduling at the St. Catharine College campus by the completion of their senior year.

Initially, the juniors moved as a cohort, but the seniors are slowly branching out with their electives as they work to attain an associate degree in liberal arts.

The first cohort participated in a summer bridge program in math at St. Catharine College to prepare them for college math (their weakest area as a group). In addition, two one-credit classes have been offered in college readiness during their senior year.

The results

Participants in Commander College are scoring significant ACT gains in English, math, science and reading. However, it's not the only area that Commander College students are excelling.

Commander College participants are achieving higher grade point averages than non-participants.

In school year 2010-11, Commander College students held an average 3.33 GPA versus an average of 2.5 GPA of their fellow students. In 2011-12, the difference was 2.96 to 2.34.

Additionally, Commander College students miss fewer days of school.

In 2010-11, Commander College students were in school an average of 164.3 days while non-participants were in school 163.6 days. In 2011-12, the gap increased to 164 versus 162.

The future

Twelve students are on track to receive their degrees in May 2013. The remaining students in the cohort have greatly increased the number of college credits they have earned and all are planning on a college career.

A second cohort of juniors has started and includes students enrolled in an associate degree in early childhood education in addition to the liberal arts offering.

Data provided by Washington County Schools. For more information about Washington County Commander College, contact Dr. Jan Lantz at St. Catharine College (

On April 4th, 5th and 6th, The Berry Center of New Castle, Kentucky will host a conference celebrating the ideas and vision of Wendell Berry and the 35th anniversary of the publication of his 1977 book, The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture. The Berry Center, a non-profit organization, was established in May 2011 to institutionalize the work of farmer and lawyer John M. Berry, Sr., former state senator, John M. Berry, Jr., and farmer and author Wendell Berry, remarkable Kentuckians who have worked tirelessly toward a prosperous, healthy countryside and sustainable local food and farm economies for Kentucky and the nation.

For three days notable authors, community activists, farmers, sociologists and agricultural economists will revisit and respond to the book's principles in light of their knowledge and current understanding. The goal is that the insights resulting from these conversations will hasten a cultural shift toward land stewardship, the protection of valuable ecosystems, and the local production and distribution of goods and services - a shift toward a future that will endure and a vibrant and healthy rural - urban connectedness all over the state.

The Berry Center conference, "From Unsettling to Resettling: What Will It Take to Resettle America?" will take place at The Brown Hotel in Louisville and at St. Catharine College near Springfield, Kentucky.

A concert of choral music based on Wendell Berry's poetry will begin the conference. This will be a premier of music by composer Andrew Maxfield and will include as well music by composer Harry Pickens, performed by the Louisville choral group, Voces Novae directed by Frank Heller. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday evening at The Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville.

The conference on Friday, April 5th at the Brown Hotel in Louisville will commence with an address by Mary Berry, executive director of The Berry Center and will feature a presentation by Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Dr. Vandana Shiva of the Navdanya Research Foundation is the luncheon keynote speaker. Wendell Berry will introduce her.  In addition there will be three panel discussions that will take up the issues of cultural change, real accounting, and land use. These panel discussions will be moderated by Dr. Norman Wirzba of Duke University, Woody Tasch, of Slow Money, and Fred Kirschenmann of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, respectively.

The beautiful St. Catharine Hall at St. Catharine College in Springfield, Kentucky will be the site of Saturday's events, beginning with an interview of Wendell Berry by journalist and commentator Bill Moyers. In the afternoon a panel discussion will bring the conversation back to the initial question: What will it take to resettle America? Jack Shoemaker, Counterpoint Press, will moderate the panel. Panel members will include Fred Kirschenmann, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Mark Bittman (invited), Bill McKibben, Michael Pollan (invited), Woody Tasch, and Mary Berry.  

The conference will conclude with presentations by Mary Berry about the work of The Berry Center and Dr. Leah Bayens, St. Catharine College, "Coming Home - A Place on Earth".          St. Catharine College, a liberal arts college near Springfield, Kentucky is the home of the Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism Program, a program offering a bachelor's degree as well as a minor in farming and ecological agrarianism, with concentrations in agricultural ecology, plant and soil stewardship, community leadership and environmental arts and humanities.

For additional information about the conference and tickets please visit The Berry Center's website,

Catie Breeze, a 2009 graduate of St. Catharine College, was recently spotlighted in a campaign sponsored by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU).

"We began planning this campaign as a way to reinforce to legislators and the general public the tremendous value that a private college education provides, both for graduates and for Kentucky communities," Mason Dyer, __ with AIKCU, said.

The campaign included posters with a graduate from each of the 20 AIKCU schools. The posters were hanging in the tunnel between the Annex and Capitol in Frankfort.

The theme of the campaign was 'Prepared.'

"We can talk forever about the ways private colleges prepare students for life and for careers -- by providing a broad liberal arts and sciences education that helps students develop the critical thinking and communications skills that employers repeatedly say they need; by offering more than 150 majors that build upon that liberal arts base; by providing opportunities for students to gain valuable experience through research, internships, and experiential learning opportunities; by providing career counseling and assistance in making the transition from college to the workforce; by fostering a sense of social responsibility -- but all that's hard to fit on a poster," Dyer said. "So we settled on the word 'Prepared' as the theme of the campaign to encapsulate all these ideas."

The campaign focused on recent alumni from each school.

"We deliberately focused on recent alumni to underscore the fact that, even in the tough recent economy, our graduates have not only been getting jobs, but they've been excelling in fields ranging from sonography to art, from education to banking." Dyer said. "These are people from all over Kentucky who will be making a difference in their communities and in the Commonwealth at large for many years to come."

One of those people is Catie Breeze, who came to St. Catharine College for the ultrasound program, found a job before she graduated and is now working towards medical school.

Breeze is originally from Covington. She became a Patriot because St. Catharine College is the only school in Kentucky that is accredited in all three modalities of ultrasound.

"When I went for my college visit, I felt right at home," she said.

St. Catharine College prepared her for the workplace through clinical rotations at several different sites. She did her first rotation at Baptist Health Louisville (formerly known as Baptist Hospital East).

"I fell in love with the atmosphere, the intensity, the heavy work load, and the responsibility," Breeze said. "Luckily for me, they fell in love with me, as well."

Breeze said she kept in touch with some of the sonographers at Baptist Health Louisville.

"In December of 2008, one of the sonographers emailed me to inform me of a job position that had opened but had not yet been posted," Breeze said. "I immediately called the supervisor to talk with her about possibly interviewing as a student and she hired me on the spot as a student sonographer until I graduated in May."

Four years later, she's still at Baptist Health Louisville.

Her goal, she said, is to attend medical school and become a specialized practitioner.

"My goal is to become more specialized and go into maybe oncology, pathology, or infectious disease," she said. "I'm leaving my mind open though."

Her time at St. Catharine, she said, definitely prepared her for her career.

"I definitely feel like SCC prepared me for my career because it gave me not only the job specific skills I required, but also personal interactive skills that are necessary to function in the work environment and with patients," she said. "I felt comfortable networking upon leaving because of a multitude of experiences from St. Catharine. "

Some of those activities included involvement with Residence Life, winning Miss St. Catharine, Phi Theta Kappa and more.

"(Those activities) helped to mold me who I am and I'm so grateful for all of the opportunities that SCC has given me," Breeze said.

The St. Catharine College Board of Trustees met for the first time ever in the board room of the Emily W. Hundley Library on Feb. 25.

Board members gave a round of applause when asked how they liked the new location.

The grand opening for the library is April 29 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

St. Catharine College in Springfield has been approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology to award the post-baccalaureate certificate in radiation therapy, beginning in the fall semester of 2013.

St. Catharine College's radiation therapy program is the only such program in Kentucky and one of approximately 80 in the nation.

Individuals accepted into this program will already possess a bachelor degree and have completed prerequisites in the areas of human anatomy and physiology, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Those pre-requisites that were not a part of an applicant's bachelor degree must be completed prior to beginning the two year professional component of the program. Prerequisites may be completed at St. Catharine College or, with college approval, at another regionally-accredited institution. The more traditional approach for completing a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is already a part of the college's growing number of programs in the health sciences. 

Radiation therapists use advanced computer systems to operate sophisticated equipment, such as linear accelerators, in the treatment of cancer patients. Working with radiation oncologists, medical physicists and others, they effectively interpret the prescription and develop the plan of treatment for the patient. Once the final plan is approved by the specialized radiation dosimetrists, the therapist delivers the treatment regimen.

The presence of this Kentucky-based radiation therapy program decreases costs to students seeking this academic credential, employers who are competing within a national labor pool and ultimately to the patient/ insurance carrier because of  it increases 'local' applicant pool.

The primary employment opportunity for graduates of the program is in hospital or specialty health care facilities focusing on the treatment of cancers.      

Additional information about the radiation therapy program is available by contacting Carol Scherbak, director:  or (859) 336-5082, ext. 1399.

St. Catharine College is Kentucky's only Dominican college and offers certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degree programs through the Schools of Liberal Arts, Health and Human Sciences, Professional Studies and the Graduate School. The college is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. While a Catholic tradition institution, individuals of all religious traditions are embraced. For additional information go to

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic, Dominican College inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.



St. Catharine College in Springfield has been approved by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology to award the post-baccalaureate certificate in radiation therapy, beginning in the fall semester of 2013.


St. Catharine College's radiation therapy program is the only such program in Kentucky and one of approximately 80 in the nation.


Individuals accepted into this program will already possess a bachelor degree and have completed prerequisites in the areas of human anatomy and physiology, mathematics, physics and chemistry. Those pre-requisites that were not a part of an applicant's bachelor degree must be completed prior to beginning the two year professional component of the program. Prerequisites may be completed at St. Catharine College or, with college approval, at another regionally-accredited institution. The more traditional approach for completing a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy is already a part of the college's growing number of programs in the health sciences. 


Radiation therapists use advanced computer systems to operate sophisticated equipment, such as linear accelerators, in the treatment of cancer patients. Working with radiation oncologists, medical physicists and others, they effectively interpret the prescription and develop the plan of treatment for the patient. Once the final plan is approved by the specialized radiation dosimetrists, the therapist delivers the treatment regimen.


The presence of this Kentucky-based radiation therapy program decreases costs to students seeking this academic credential, employers who are competing within a national labor pool and ultimately to the patient/ insurance carrier because of  it increases 'local' applicant pool.  The primary employment opportunity for graduates of the program is in hospital or specialty health care facilities focusing on the treatment of cancers.      


Additional information about the radiation therapy program is available by contacting Carol Scherbak, director:  or (859) 336-5082, ext. 1399.


St. Catharine College is Kentucky's only Dominican college and offers certificate, associate, baccalaureate and master degree programs through the Schools of Liberal Arts, Health and Human Sciences, Professional Studies and the Graduate School. The college is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. While a Catholic tradition institution, individuals of all religious traditions are embraced. For additional information go to


Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic, Dominican College inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

On Feb. 16, a group of eight St. Catharine College students attended the Kentucky Collegiate Leadership Conference at Northern Kentucky University. 

State and private colleges and universities from across the state sent delegations to the conference to engage in sessions on leadership development. 

This is the fourth consecutive year that SCC students have attended (since the inauguration of the conference in 2008). 

This year's group traveled together with Stephanie Pollittt, assistant director of residence life. 

You can read more about the conference from the attendees' perspective in the upcoming issue of the Patriot Pages student newspaper, to be out at the end of the month.

Art and ecology combine in the student video artworks entitled "Nature's Gifts."

Six works are a collaboration between St. Catharine College students and adjunct instructor Cynthia Norton. Six other works are created by St. Catharine students.

The works, a 30-minute program, will be shown at 6 p.m. at Dreamland Cinema in Louisville. Dreamland is located at 812 East Market, behind Decca Restaurant (formally Wayside Christian Mission).

Admission is $2. A film noir special will follow at 7.

The works will also be shown at 3 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Pettus Auditorium on the St. Catharine College campus.

The film "Wonder" will follow after "Nature's Gifts." The film is about Harlan Hubbard and features narration by Wendell Barry.

St. Catharine College and the Dominican Sisters of Peace were represented at the I Love Mountains day rally and march on Feb. 14 in Frankfort. Starrisha Roberts (student), Gary Tacey (student), Sr. Judy Morris (Dominican Sisters of Peace), Christie Tucker (executive assistant to the vice president for academic affairs), Dr. David Wallace (history department faculty) and Dr. Leah Bayens (Earth studies / English department faculty) made the trip to the state capital.

This week is sign-up week for intramural cornhole and billards.

To participate, you have to compete in pairs: two people per team.

Participants can sign up for one or both sports.

The intramural referees will be signing up students this week in the dining center from noon until 12:45 p.m.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 22. 

Game play will begin next week and there will be a "lunch league" for commuters who cannot play in the evenings. Games will be held in the student center.

Please contact Donnie McCutcheon at or Nikki Peterson at for more information.  

Also, congratulations to Team Soul Squad for winning the first-ever intramural dodgeball championships. Team members include Ronnie Twigg, Michael Vuick, Corey Elliot, Dylan Moore, Nick Brawner and Devin Riffe.

Back by popular demand, Security Director Craig Mattingly presents a self-defense class for women.

When you are on spring break, do you ever shop alone or at night? Attend events after dark? Come home to a dark and empty house? Just get creeped out sometimes? Would you like to have some help with how to defend yourself? If so, this class is for you.


For women only! No men or boys will be allowed to participate or watch, so that the participants may relax and not be self-conscious. This class is open to female students, faculty, staff and their teenage daughters (female spouses of male students/faculty/staff may also attend.) 

 *Teens must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. We will bediscussing rape, so if you do not want your child to hear this please do not bring the child.  

Residential and commuter students welcome.

Sign up now for this free class ($250 value) offered exclusively for SCC female students, faculty, staff, their teenage daughters and the wives and daughters of male students/faculty/staff.


From 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.


Family Karate Center Ky, 103 Guthrie Dr,Bardstown

Guthrie drive is located across from My Old Kentucky Home entrance, turn right onto Guthrie and look for the big red "Karate" sign on your right.


Register with Dr. Tara Tuttle for the class at

The student of the month is for November 2012 is a senior psychology major who lives in Springfield. She has already earned one degree from St. Catharine College--an associate's degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education. She put this degree to work, but stayed close to campus continuing her education on a part-time basis while she pursued coursework toward her bachelor's degree.

She has been on the dean's list multiple semesters and has also earned several semester gpas of 4.0. One of her faculty members remarked on her role as mother/mentor/role model to other psychology students and her peers like, admire, and respect her greatly.

In the words of her nominator, "As a single mother, she is determined to get her degree both for herself and as an example to her children. She also works many hours at the Washington County Library. She is a member of the psychology club. I am so impressed with her maturity, her commitment to her studies and her chosen field, and her ability to handle job, school, and most importantly family with grace and enthusiasm. She is a model for the non-traditional student."

Student of the month for November 2012 is Janey Doty.

The Residence Hall Council will be hosting a Valentine's Day Dance on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10 p.m. until midnight in the student center.

This event is open to all students and free of charge.

Door prizes will be given and refreshments will be provided. Come out for this free and fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day after the Patriot basketball games.

A donation will be taken at the door for Relay for Life. Please see Stephanie Pollitt or Brent Cain to make a donation.

On Feb. 1, St. Catharine College's department of management hosted professional development training titled "Getting from 'Me' to 'We' - Leadership and Teambuilding."

Dr. Kristina Ricketts, a University of Kentucky Leadership Development Specialist, co-facilitated the training and presented a workshop and participant self-assessment on how personality traits and characteristics influence all facets of individual leadership and decision-making and led a group discussion on how organizational culture and leadership traits interact to promote positive teamwork.

Assisting with the training were management students Marlene Kasama and Amber Medley and graduate student Sylvia Horlander.

Following the in-class workshop, 18 trainees representing the entire campus' student government, staff and faculty moved to Lourdes Hall where they completed several hands-on training exercises designed to allow them to practice the "lessons learned" by completing a series of challenging tasks.

Graduates of the training included Marlene Kasama, Sylvia Horlander, Carlotta Brussell, Amy Riley, President William D. Huston, Peggy Tillman, Gary Whittle, Dr. Harry Toder, Laura Dean, Andrea Greenwell, Tyler Campbell, Sara Sexton, Ellis Blanton, Dr. Jianning Su, Dr. Vicki Guthrie, Tom Dodge, Huston Brown and Carissa Coslow.

Forty students recently took the rtl3 reading skills test and qualified for entry into a drawing for an iPad. 

These students had taken a parallel test during their first freshman semester at SCC.  The students are tested at critical points during their four-year degree program in order to collect data and assess the value of our rtl3 reading program cultural and academic activities that SCC has implemented to improve reading skills and habits across campus. The drawing was held at the halftime of the UVA-Wise/SCC basketball game.  

Nora Hatton of SCC's institutional research office conducted the drawing. 

The winner is Mariah Ballard, a SCC junior from Bardstown, Ky.  

Congratulations to Mariah! Watch your email inbox for more opportunities in the near future to win another iPad from the rtl3 testing program.

In January of 2012 St. Catharine College welcomes its first graduate students who would pursue a master's degree in leadership.  Nine members of the first group of students will receive their master's degrees at St. Catharine College's

May commencement and thus establish themselves as SCC pioneers.  As these students are doing, it is possible to complete the program in 18 months (three semesters). Students may also take fewer classes each semester--it is their choice.


Those who will be receiving degrees are:  Daniel Byrd (Bardstown),

Amanda Chesser (Springfield), Francis Tim Churchill (Springfield),

Hans Desir (Springfield), Tom Dodge (Bardstown), Diane Hopper (Bardstown), Sylvia Horlander (Bardtstown), Alicia O'Cull (Springfield) and Stephanie Testa



"Getting the master's degree is hard work, but it is definitely worth it," Chesser said.


St. Catharine College is now accepting applications for members of a new cohort of students.  Classes begin Wednesday evening, March 14 and will run for eight weeks.  Interested persons should call the Dean of the Graduate School, Sister

Angie Shaughnessy at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1321.

Troy Mattingly and Reilly Poirier were named Mr. and Miss St. Catharine on Feb. 9 at halftime of the men's basketball game against UPike.

Mattingly was unable to attend due to an away track meet.

Other members of the St. Catharine court were Craig Cox, Jimmy Carroll, Nick Brawner, AJ Middleton, Hope Couch, Drew Ison, Dallas Smith, Stephanie Wilcheck and Kelbie Spencer.

February is Black History Month

At noon on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in Pettus Auditorium,  Yvonne McNary will present the annual Black History Month program.

Scheduled to present are Romeo Lewis, Starrisha Roberts, Tyler Smothers, Kiara Thompson, Stephan McCray and Taron Franklin.

These students will represent great African Americans from all walks of life that have made contributions that may surprise you.

Come cheer these students on at noon on Feb. 12.

February is free application month at St. Catharine College.

All students who apply for admissions to St. Catharine during February will not be required to pay the $15 application fee.

So, if you're thinking of applying, don't let February pass you by. Apply today!

Patriot Craze week begins on Monday and there are many exciting events taking place.

Dodge ball, sponsored by SGA, will take place in the gym from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Dominican Young Adults will host a chili cook-off from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in lower HHS. The cost is $4 and all proceeds go to the organization's Shepherd's Corner service project.

Also on Tuesday, gift wrapping for underprivileged kids, sponsored by KEA-SP, will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

RHC Movie Night, featuring "Hunger Games," will take place from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the student center. Pizza will be available.

There will be a request art drawing from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. by W.Y.R.D. in Lourdes commons (lower level) on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, Zombie Apocalypse 101 will take place from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. by W.Y.R.D. in HHS 102.

On Thursday, the Patriots men's and women's basketball teams will compete against UVA Wise in the gym starting at 6 p.m.

The Drama Club will host "Who's Line is it Anyway?" from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the dining center on Friday. PAC will host the Crazy Extreme Patriot Carnival from 8 p.m. until midnight in the gym, with a kid's hour from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be inflatables and food.

Craze week comes to an end on Saturday at the men's and women's basketball games against UPike, which take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Mr. and Miss St. Catharine and their court will be announced at the game.

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed music, dancing and casino-style games on Jan. 30 during the sixth-annual gala.

Mardi Gras was the theme and students arrived in semi-formal attire to socialize and try their luck in the casino. At the end of the night, students cashed in their chips for prizes.

The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Patriot Activities Council.

For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook page (

St. Catharine College junior Paige Hassman is spending three days a week in Frankfort this semester interning at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

The Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky that encourages job creation, retention and new investment in the state.

The marketing major is no stranger to economic development, as she interned at the Springfield-Washington County Economic Development Authority (SWEDA) in the past while at St. Catharine.

"A few things that I did while at SWEDA was help organize the tour of Springfield, where we would feed local manufacturing companies a meal in appreciation for them being in Springfield-Washington County," Hassman said. "I was also working on the Facebook page to build the audience. We would send out weekly notes to the community to let them know what was going on and we would send out a quarterly newsletter." 

Though only on the job a few weeks now, she's already made an impression at the cabinet.

"Paige is proving to be a great asset to the Cabinet, already diving into several projects that are helping to promote the Commonwealth as an ideal place to do business," Mandy Lambert, the executive director of the office of research and public affairs for the Cabinet, said.

One such project was a luncheon at the Governor's Mansion to welcome groups from parts of the United States and India.

Hassman's academic major and past experience will be put to good use in her internship.

"As her internship progresses, Paige will have a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in marketing, communications, research and special events, all of which  are important components of our overall business development strategy," Lambert said.

Hassman said some of the things she will be working on are the social media aspects of the Cabinet, namely its Facebook, Twitter and Flickr pages.

"I will have the opportunity to work on various marketing material such as magazines, promotional handouts, brochures, press release, newsletters and editorials," she said.

The Louisville native said she chose marketing as a major because she likes the challenge of finding new ways to promote something. Hassman said she could see a future in economic development if a job was available, but she's keeping her options open for now.

She said she became interested in economic development after discussions with Jim Silliman, associate professor / chair of community and regional studies department at St. Catharine, about the nature of the industry.

Hassman added that she wanted to get hands-on experience to see if it was a field she would like to work in when she completed her degree.

She said she found out about this internship through Silliman and Margaret Hockensmith, director of student success programs at St. Catharine College.

"One of the qualities that make Paige an ideal intern for the Cabinet is her energy," Lambert said. "She is a highly motivated and driven individual who has brought creativity and talent to an already dynamic and fast-paced work environment."

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear red to work or school on Monday, Feb. 4.

February is heart month and the Go Red for Women heart initiative by the American Heart Association. The program is in its 10th year of educating and obtaining funding for heart disease research.

Jerri Passo will be presenting a forum about heart health at noon in Pettus Auditorium on Feb. 4. There will be red dress pins available, as well as door prizes and gift bags.

Don't forget to wear red!

St. Catharine College President William D. Huston, faculty and staff toured the Emily Hundley library on Jan. 23.

Those in attendance received a final look before the building opens later this year.

Check out photos of the tour below.

The first year radiography students are hosting a food drive as part of their stewardship requirement in RAD 330.  All donations are going to the St. Vincent de Paul food bank in Springfield.

They will be collecting canned and dry goods between Jan. 22 and Jan. 31 and appreciate any donations . 

Boxes will be set up in Hamilton that are clearly marked for the event. 

Student Government Association (SGA) and Patriot
Activities Council (PAC) are hosting the sixth-annual Gala.

The theme this year is Mardi Gras, with a semi-formal attire dress code.

It will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Student Center from 8 p.m. to midnight.

It is a ticketed event, at just $3 for one ticket. Tickets can be purchased from the Dean of Student's office (located in Lourdes Hall), the Student Government Association office (located in the Health Science Building Room #103), the Spirit Shoppe and the Residence Life office.

There will be music, a dance floor, food, and a casino. Music will be provided by SGA, food is provided by Ms. Raikes from Washington County High School and the
casino is provided by The Casino Guy and will be available from 8-11.

There will be several fantastic prizes to give away. Door prizes are available for those that just buy a ticket and come, and we will also have prizes for those who participate in the casino.

The financial aid staff, consisting of Melinda Lynch, Laura Dean and Andrea Greenwell, recently assisted students with the 2013-2014 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in time to qualify for the maximum amount of state aid available next year for Kentucky students and for the Patriot tuition scholarship for all students.

The staff offered seven FAFSA workshops in the evenings from Jan. 7 through Jan. 15 that attracted 70 students.

"Since classes began, each day at 5 p.m., when many of their colleagues were leaving campus, they were heading down to Hamilton Health Sciences computer lab with plates of cookies and helpful attitudes to meet with awaiting students," Dr. Vicki Guthrie, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Students, said. "Several of the coaches sent entire teams, and many non-athletes took advantage, as well."

In addition to the students who attended the workshops and got direct assistance, talk about the workshops prompted other students to come by the office during office hours for assistance.

The following is a press release from Congressman Brett Guthrie's office. St. Catharine College is in Congressman Guthrie's Congressional district.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Brett Guthrie was recently named to two subcommittees for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.

"I am really looking forward to working with all of Kentucky's institutions for higher education to promote learning and working to better equip today's workforce," said Congressman Guthrie. "My manufacturing background will provide a solid foundation for my work on the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. In addition, my work on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee will be beneficial to the Help, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee's focus on health and labor issues. I am excited to get to work."

"We are so fortunate that with this appointment we have a businessman who truly understands education and workforce issues, particularly during this time of complex decision making as we work to turn the economy around," said William D. Huston, President, St. Catharine College in Springfield.

The Subcommittee on Education and Workforce Training has jurisdiction over all forms of education and training above the high school level. The Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions has jurisdiction over all employee-employer relations.

"As our economy continues to recover, the work of both these subcommittees will be very important and I am honored to represent Kentucky's education and workforce interests," added Congressman Guthrie.

Students at St. Catharine College now have several opportunities to apply for scholarships.

Bluegrass Alliance for Women

The Bluegrass Alliance for Women (BAW) is receiving applications for its Legacy of Leadership scholarship and its Lifelong Learning scholarship, both funded by AARP.

Scholarships are open to women carrying at least nine credit hours. Female residents living in the following counties are eligible to apply: Anderson, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford.

Two Legacy of Leadership scholarships of $500 each will be awarded, one for a traditional and one for a non-traditional student. The Lifelong Learning scholarship is also for $500 and is for a female who will be 50 years old or older in 2013.

Application information and forms are available on the BAW website,

Winners will be recognized at the Legacy awards luncheon in Lexington on March 19.

Ephraim McDowell Health

For all nursing, sonography and radiography students, Ephraim McDowell Health (EMH) in Danville announced it is accepting applications for health care scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Scholarships in selected 'hard-to-fill' health care positions are available to graduates of high schools in Washington, Mercer, Lincoln, Garrard, Casey and Boyle counties.

The deadline to apply is March 15.

Career fields on the EMH list as 'hard-to-fill' and that are available at St. Catharine College are nursing (both AD and BS), sonography and radiography.

Previous recipients of these scholarships have been enrolled in the identified majors at SC.

If you are a graduate of a high school in one of the above counties and have been accepted into or are currently pursuing any one of the above programs, you are eligible for a $2,000 EMH health care scholarship.

If you have not yet been accepted into one of the programs but are working on the general education courses with a declared intent of being accepted into one of the identified majors, you are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship.

Academics, volunteerism and a 500-word essay are used in deciding on the scholarship awardees. Selected scholarships may be available for more than the initial year, contingent upon the recipient meeting the stated criteria.

All scholarships will require the minimum criteria:

-         High school graduation rank of the top 25 percent of their graduating class

-         ACT composite of 21 or an SAT score of 1000

-         Acceptance at a regionally-accredited college or university into one of the health care career programs announced by EMH

-         Completed healthcare scholarship application

-         Transcript of high school & college work completed

-         Letters of recommendation from at least two instructors and a school guidance counselor, or two faculty members and the student's academic advisor

-         Documentation of acceptance into college and/or professional health career program must be submitted prior to awarding the scholarship

The following are requirements for specific scholarships:

Sherry Colleen Durbin Memorial Scholarship

-         High school senior in Boyle County

-         Major:  any of the healthcare career programs as stated by EMH

-         Must attend a college or university in-state

-         Award:  minimum of $500 for one semester

Gayle Barnett Memorial Scholarship

-         High school senior in Boyle County

-         Major:  any of the healthcare career programs as stated by EMH

-         Must attend a college or university in-state

-         Award:  minimum of $500 for one semester

EMRMC Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship

-         High school senior in Boyle County

-         Major:  any of the healthcare career programs as stated by EMH

-         Must attend a college or university in-state

-         Award:  $1000 1st semester, renewable for second semester if a GPA of 2.5 or higher is achieved.  Awards may be given to one Danville High School senior and one Boyle County High School senior.

EMH Health Care Scholarship

-         High school senior or college student from one of the following counties:  Boyle, Lincoln, Casey, Mercer, Garrard and Washington.

-         Major:  any of the healthcare career programs as stated by EMH

-         Award:  $1000 first semester, renewable for second semester if a GPA of 2.5 or higher is achieved.

-         For college students who have completed undergraduate educational requirements and who are accepted into a professional health career program the award is $2,000 for the first semester, renewable for the second semester if a GPA of 3.0 or higher is achieved.

FLH Auxiliary Healthcare Scholarship

-         Lincoln County High School senior

-         Major: any of the healthcare career programs as stated by EMH.

-         Must attend a college or university in-state.

-         Award: $1,000 for the first semester, renewable for second semester if a GPA of 2.5 or higher is achieved.

EMRMC Auxiliary Teen Scholarship

-         High school senior

-         Major: any of the healthcare career programs as stated by EMH

-         Must attend a college or university in-state

-         Must be an EMRMC teen volunteer program participant or must have participated in the program during high school.

-         Award: $500 for one semester

FLH Auxiliary Teen Scholarship

-         High school senior

-         Major: any of the healthcare career programs as stated by EMH

-         Must attend a college or university in-state

-         Must be a FLH teen volunteer program participant or must have participated in the program during high school

-         Award: $500 for one semester