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Northern Kentucky University

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Motto Quality-Made, Community-Driven
Established 1968
Type Public
Endowment $29.7 million
President Dr. James C. Votruba
Undergraduates 12,188
Postgraduates 1,722
Location Highland Heights, KY, USA
Campus Suburban
Athletics Norse
Colors Gold , Black , and White [1]
Affiliations Great Lakes Valley Conference
Website www.nku.edu

Northern Kentucky University is a public, co-educational university located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, seven miles (11 km) southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio. Enrollment is currently about 14,200 students. NKU is the second largest university in Greater Cincinnati and the youngest of Kentucky's eight state universities. A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Highland Heights is a city located in Campbell County, Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division II. Member teams are located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... For alternate meanings see state university (disambiguation). ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... Representation of a university class, 1350s. ... Highland Heights is a city located in Campbell County, Kentucky. ... “Cincinnati” redirects here. ... The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area is a metropolitan area that includes 15 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. ...



Northern Kentucky University was founded in 1968 as Northern Kentucky State College and awarded its first bachelor's degrees in May 1973. Originally formed as a University of Kentucky extension campus, in 1976, it became Northern Kentucky University. The Salmon P. Chase College of Law, formerly an independent law school in Cincinnati, merged with Northern Kentucky State College in 1971. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights Campus.

NKU's main campus in Highland Heights, Kentucky is situated on more than 330 acres of rolling countryside along US 27, just off I-275, seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio. Image File history File linksMetadata Northern_Kentucky_University. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Northern_Kentucky_University. ... Highland Heights is a city located in Campbell County, Kentucky. ... United States Highway 27 (US 27), is a north-south United States highway. ... Interstate 275 (abbreviated I-275) is an 83. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...

NKU's Covington campus, located in Covington, Kentucky, mainly serves nontraditional and adult students and also hosts the Program for Adult-Centered Education and Emergency Medical Technology programs. Downtown Covington has many wooded streets and historic buildings Covington is a city in Kenton County, Kentucky, United States. ...

The NKU Grant County Center, located in Williamstown, Kentucky is a partnership between the Grant County Foundation for Higher Education and NKU. It houses NKU educational programs and the Williamstown Innovation Center. Williamstown is a city located in Kentucky. ...

Campus life

NKU is in the process of building a $37 million, 144,000-square foot student union building, the $60 million Bank of Kentucky Center, a 9,000-to-10,000-seat arena for basketball games and other events, and a $30 million four-story complex featuring a 100-room hotel, a 40,000-square-foot, upscale restaurant and retail area and 30,000-square feet of office space.

NKU's Alumni Association Lecture Series has featured such guests as politicians Mario Cuomo, Alan Keyes, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, George McGovern, Bob Dole and John Edwards; political strategists James Carville, Mary Matalin and Paul Begala; journalist Bob Woodward; and commentators George Stephanopoulos, George Will, Tucker Carlson, and Al Franken. The 2007 Alumni Association Lecture Series will feature former Republican political candidate and conservative polemicist Pat Buchanan and former Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Tom Daschle.


Schools and colleges

Northern's Founder's Hall and the New Science Building.

NKU's Alpha Beta Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honor Society, has won 15 consecutive best chapter awards. Image File history File linksMetadata NKU_Buildings. ... Image File history File linksMetadata NKU_Buildings. ...

The Landrum Academic Center houses an Anthropology Museum.

Construction and New Developments

Northern Kentucky University is currently in the process of expanding its campus and facilities. There are currently multiple construction projects across the campus, including the development of a new 8,000 – 10,000 capacity arena and a ‘New Student Union Center.’ Other projects include the construction of a new parking garage to accommodate the arena when completed and a European-style roundabout for traffic control and flow-management.

The Bank of Kentucky Center

The Bank of Kentucky Center is an 8,000 – 10,000 seating-capacity arena currently under construction. It will serve as the primary venue for athletics on campus and also as entertainment (live bands, concerts, etc.). The Bank of Kentucky Center is named after the Bank of Kentucky, which made an endowment of 5 million dollars toward construction.

The New Student Union Building

The New Student Union building is designed to accommodate student needs on campus: the location will include stores, cafeterias and other amenities for students.

NKU Planetarium

Northern Kentucky University is the first educational institute in the world to have a laser-projection planetarium.


NKU's main library is the W. Frank Steely Library, named after the first president of NKU and completed in 1975. A $9.1 million renovation and expansion project was completed in 1995. The library's five floors contain 300,258 volumes, 18,797 bound periodicals and 1.4 million microforms. The library also houses the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium Media Collection. In a Southern Association of Schools and Colleges reaccreditation study, library space was one of the main concerns.

The other library on campus is the two-floor Chase Law Library, which contains more than 313,792 volumes and approximately 57,859 monographic and serial titles.


Northern Kentucky University is an NCAA Division II school that is part of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Its sports nickname is 'Norse.' The Norse field teams in men's baseball, women's softball, men's and women's basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, golf, and women's volleyball. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a college athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division II. Member teams are located in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin. ...

The Norse has claimed the GLVC All-Sports Trophy in five of the last seven years (1999-2000, 2000-01, 01-02, 04-05 and 05-06).

In 2000, the NKU women’s basketball team became NKU's first national championship team by winning the NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championship ending its season with a 32-2 record. The 2002-03 team was the NCAA Women's Division II national runner-up. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Divsion II women basketball champions for the NCAA 1982 Cal Poly Pomona 93-74 Tuskegee 1983 Virginia Union 73-60 Cal Poly Pomona 1984 Central Missouri State 80-73 Virginia Union 1985 Cal Poly Pomona 80-69 Central Missouri State 1986 Cal Poly Pomona 70-63 North Dakota State 1987...

The men's basketball team was the NCAA Division II national runner-up during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.

The women's soccer team was the NCAA Division II runner-up in 2000 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1999 and 2001.

The fastpitch softball team holds the NCAA record (including Division I) for most consecutive wins in a season with 55.

In 2006, the Norse cheerleading squad won the Universal Cheerleading Association's national title in the small unit coed category of NCAA Division II competition, and also won the national title again in 2007. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Students have organized club teams in ice hockey, taekwondo, fencing, boxing, lacrosse, rugby, skeet & trap, and brazilian jiujitsu. These clubs are primarily organized through the Sport Club program.

Campus media

The Northerner is NKU's award-winning[2], independent, student-run newspaper. It has an online presence at The Northerner.

WNTV News and a late night comedy show are some of the television programming to be offered on the student-run TV station. WRFN is the online student-run radio station.

NKU is host to the award-winning[3] public radio station WNKU-FM, founded in 1986. You can listen live at WNKU.

Northern Cable Television is the educational access station run by Northern Kentucky University. It is shown on channel 18 on Insight Cable of Northern Kentucky. NCTV produces many original programs such as "Northern Lights" hosted by Dr. James C. Claypool. "Northern Lights" won the 2006 Blue Chip Cable Access Award for best News/Talk Show in the professional division. [1] NCTV also produces live telecasts of NKU volleyball and softball. The NCTV website is online at http://www.nku.edu/~nctv/.

Notable alumni

  • Ken Lucas, former U.S. Representative from Kentucky's fourth congressional district from 1999 to 2005, received an honorary doctorate from NKU. Lucas was a founding regent at NKU, where he served for 23 years on the Board of Regents, 13 of those as chairman. After his term in Congress, Lucas donated his congressional papers to the Schlachter Family Archives in NKU's Steely Library. In 1994, Lucas had a building on campus named after him, the Lucas Administrative Center.
  • David Mack, acclaimed creator of the comic book Kabuki and former writer/artist of Daredevil, graduated from NKU in 1995 with a BFA in graphic design.
  • Shawn Nordheim, Mrs. Kentucky 2006, has an associate's degree in nursing from NKU.
  • Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, attended NKU and was on staff of the student newspaper, The Northerner, before dropping out and joining The Kentucky Post. He later worked at the San Jose Mercury News, where his series, "Dark Alliance," CRACK AND THE CONTRAS alleged that the U.S.-supported Contra rebels in Nicaragua sold drugs in America and were largely responsible for introducing crack-cocaine into the U.S. There was debate about the accuracy of the series, although the series was soon found to be accurate. Webb committed suicide in December 2004.
  • Warren Bettis, an Ohio jurist who serves as a judge on the Ohio Court of Claims, earned his law degree from the Chase College of Law in 1952.
  • Brigham A. McCown, the Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation, earned a law degree from the Chase College of Law in 1997.
  • Tom Luken, former mayor of Cincinnati, U.S. Representative from Ohio, and father of former Cincinnati mayor Charlie Luken, earned his Juris Doctor from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1950.

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Notable faculty

  • Ken Jones, playwright and screenwriter, Best known for the plays Darkside, The Middle of Yesterday, A Red Eagle Falling, Victims of the Ice Age, and The Great Easter Egg Hunt. Wrote the book for the musical Burgertown. Previously head writer for Lightpoint Entertainment at Disney/MGM Studios.
  • Gary McGurk, an actor from Home Improvement and Babylon 5, is a current acting professor at NKU.
  • Dr. James Ramage, a faculty member in the history department, is a well-known Civil War expert who has a Civil War museum in Fort Wright, Kentucky named in his honor.
  • Ukrainian pianist Sergei Polusmiak, an internationally-renowned concert artist and master teacher, is artist in residence and professor in the music department.
  • Joan Ferrante is a sociology professor who is best known as the author of several popular sociology textbooks, among them Sociology: A Global Perspective.
  • Richard Cowan, an internationally recognized opera singer and founder of Lyrique en Mer/Festival de Belle Ile, an opera festival in Western France, is currently on the faculty in the music department.

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Presidents of Northern Kentucky University

Dr. W. Frank Steely 1968-1972

Dr. Tesseneer 1972-1973*

Dr. A.D. Albright 1973-1983

Dr. Leon Boothe 1983-1996

Jack M. Moreland 1996-1997*

Dr. James Votruba 1997-Present

  • -Denotes Interim President


NKU is a national model of civic engagement and economic development initiatives. Corporate and university partnerships include The Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, the Fifth/Third Entrepreneurial Center, the Metropolitan Education and Training Services Center, the Infrastructure Management Institute, and Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a group of privately held companies in the financial services industry. ...

Other centers on campus include the Institute for Freedom Studies, the Center for Applied Ecology, the Small Business Development Center, the Institute for New Economy Technologies, the Center for Environmental Education, the Center for Integrative National Science and Mathematics and the Chase Local Government Law Center.


  1. ^ Welcome to NKU. Retrieved on 2007-02-26. “the logo will use the school colors of gold, white and black”
  2. ^ NKU Newspaper Honored, The Kentucky Post, 2008-02-28
  3. ^ WNKU Professional Awards

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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