The road to the Final Four will begin in Dayton this year with the NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball Championship First Four games on March 13th and 14th at the University of Dayton Arena. Legendary U of D coach Don Donoher says the region is no stranger to championship basketball. Donoher spoke to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about what it means to host such a prestigious event.
Businesses and non-profits looking for help finding solutions for PR and communication technology issues will be getting some assistance from NKU students. The College of Informatics and Communication Department will be hosting MashComm-36. Professor Zach Hart says student teams will work with area partners to design strategies and integrate technology to solve existing problems. WNKU’s Matt Kelley visited with Dr. Hart to find out how the program will work.
The OKI Regional Council of governments is working to improve transportation for people with special needs. Spokesman Travis Miller says they’re sifting through survey results and public meeting suggestions to provide strategies to help overcome transportation gaps and guide funding decisions on improvements. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked Miller what they’ve learned. (get more information at www.oki.org)
Within the last week, cases of animal hoarding have been investigated in Franklin County Kentucky and Montgomery County in Ohio. The actions resulted in the relocation of dozens of dogs and puppies to area shelters. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to Mark Kumpf of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center about what animal hoarding is, and how you may be able to help. ( get more information about the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center wish-list at www.mcohio.org/animalshelter)
Northern Kentucky University will be hosting the 4-C for Children’s “Step up for Kids” day this Friday at 2:30 in the Student Union. The event will bring together legislators, children’s advocates and concerned citizens to discuss and introduce the “Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children”. WNKU’s Matt Kelley talked to 4-C spokesperson Julie Witten about what people can expect to hear at the event. (Get details at www.blueprintky.org or www.4cforchildren.org)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness will be conducting a series of classes for family members and care-givers to help them cope with loved ones suffering with mental disorders at the Boone County Public Library starting Wednesday. Spokesperson Kathy Keller says the twelve sessions are free but registration is required. She talked to WNKU’s Matt Kelley about how the classes will help. ( call 859-261-4080 to register, or visit www.bcpl.org for details)
Women in Northern Kentucky who made a New Year’s resolution to make an appointment with the doctor will have an easier way to do it. Health Department spokesperson Lisa Heck says they’re combining “Prevention Pays” cancer screenings and annual check-ups together in several locations across the region. Heck described how it works to WNKU’s Matt Kelley. ( get more information at www.nkyhealth.org/cancerscreen)
Author Rhonda Roorda will be the featured speaker at next month’s workshop sponsored by Celebrate Adoption. The presentation entitled “The Best of Transracial Adoption” highlights her personal experiences and oral histories of adoptees, as well as parents and siblings. WNKU’s Matt Kelley caught up with Roorda to find out what her message will be.
NKU professor emeritus Doctor James Ramage, and Dr. Andrea Watkins are releasing their latest work. “Kentucky Rising” chronicles the culture, politics and everyday life in the commonwealth between 1800 and 1865. The father- daughter team visited the WNKU studios to talk to our own Matt Kelley about their collaboration on the book. (get more information at www.kypress.com)
Is Ohio the next frontier in “fracking”? Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is becoming a more and more common way for companies to extract minerals in Ohio. That has the Sierra Club asking some important questions about the practice. WNKU’s Matt Kelley asked spokesman Matt Trokan to explain the how it works, and the effects on our environment. (get more information at www.ohiosierraclub.org)