Brescia University Making a difference Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:13:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 26130504 Brescia Recognized for Online Programs Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:56:10 +0000 Brescia University has been named one of the “100 Best Online Colleges in 2017” according to, a leading resource for campus and online education aimed at serving the over 6 million online students nationally. The list is focused on providing students with a resource of the institutions in the country that are currently at the top in delivering online students an unrivaled, flexible, and high-quality education in their degree program.

Brescia University was one of only two independent colleges in Kentucky recognized on the list, and one of only six colleges in the Commonwealth included. Others schools listed include Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University.

The rankings provided were based on extensive research and looked at such factors as academic excellence, scholarly strength of faculty, online teaching methods, tuition costs, reputation, awards, regional accreditation, financial aid, and range of degree programs offered.

BUonline is a flexible, and affordable online learning option that looks to empower students who want to learn, to do so in a format that fits their individual needs. Over 15 degree options at the Certificate, Associate, Bachelor and Graduate level are available.

Brescia University’s BUonline has consistently ranked among the top online programs in the state of Kentucky, most recently being recognized by the U.S. News and World Report on their 2017 Best Online Programs rankings. Other rankings for BUonline for the 2016-2017 school year include:

Top 10 Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling (Best Counseling Degrees)

Top Colleges 2016 in Kentucky (Online Colleges)

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work (College Choice)

10 Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Social Work (College Choice)

Top 10 Most Affordable Online Catholic Colleges (Value Colleges)

Best Online Psychology Degree for 2015-2016 (Affordable Colleges Online)

Best Online Social Work Degree Program for 2016-2017 (Affordable Colleges Online)

Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting (Affordable Colleges Online)


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Fall 2016 Dean’s List Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:45:12 +0000 The following students from Brescia University were named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List for completing 12 credit hours with a 3.5 GPA.


Bardstown: Lawrence Johnson, Junior, Special Edu Elem;

Beaver Dam: Kami Simpson, Freshman, Spanish Edu; Rylan Smith, Junior, Political Science; Katrina Vincent, Senior, Psychology;

Beverly: Meredith Asher, Sophomore, Human Services;

Bowling Green: Leah Armstrong, Senior, English; Tyler Cunningham, Freshman, Biology; Courtney Reels, Junior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Katelyn Reynolds, Junior, Social Work; Brandon Stacker, Freshman, Special Edu Mid;

Campbellsville: Amber Flinchum, Junior, Psychology; Rene Perkins, Senior, Social Work;

Caneyville: Amy Dolen, Freshman, Art; Alanna Mudd, Junior, Elementary Education;

Central City: April Gilbert, Sophomore, Psychology; Haley Hopper, Senior, Social Work; Kelsey Whitaker, Junior, Special Edu Mid;

Cloverport: Hallie Popham, Senior, Medical Technology;

Corydon: Sarah Adams, Senior, Social Work;

Covington: LaTesha Snow, Senior, Social Work;

Crestwood: Robert Caudill, Senior, Social Work; Benjamin Sammet, Sophomore, Psychology;

Eddyville: Courtney Klueppel, Sophomore, Biology;

Elizabethtown: Kassie Spink, Senior, Social Work;

Elkton: Jayde Robinson, Freshman, Health Sciences;

Flemingsburg: Tiffany Teegarden, Junior, Social Work;

Fort Campbell: Renea Williams, Senior, Social Work;

Franklin: Shelby Franklin, Senior, Special Edu Elem;

Gravel Switch: Alexis Kirkland, Senior, Social Work;

Greenville: Andrew Hall, Sophomore, Psychology;

Hardinsburg: Kelsie Hendrick, Sophomore; Madalyn Jolly, Senior, Psychology; Christopher Simmons, Sophomore, Accounting;

Hartford: Taylor Love, Sophomore, Elementary Education;

Hawesville: Jessica Burk, Senior, Social Work;

Hazel: Ryan Oates, Junior, Biochemistry, Mathematics;

Henderson: Amy Bassett, Senior, Social Work; Kaylee Buckman-Nelson, Junior, English; Charlotte Hoge, Junior, Social Work; Alex Lander, Sophomore, Business; Mason Roland, Sophomore, Biology;

Hopkinsville: Lesley Cansler, Junior, Accounting; Debra Pitts, Junior, Social Work;

Jefferson: Derrick Kromenacker, Freshman, Biology;

LaGrange: Whitney Anderson, Freshman, Social Work;

Lebanon: Theresa Cecil, Sophomore, Biology;

Lebanon Jct: Kassi Gilbert, Sophomore, Secondary Biology, Chemistry;

Leitchfield: Logan Hart, Sophomore, Business;

Lewisport: John Bolin, Sophomore, Art Education; Sara Lewis, Junior, Theology; Taylor Noble, Freshman, Biology; Yasmani Ochoa, Senior, Biology;

Lexington: Raven Dixon, Junior, Social Work;

Louisville: Kaylee Crawley, Sophomore, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Abigail Leanhart, Sophomore, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Chase McCauley, Junior, Business: Emphasis in Management; Abigail Munger, Senior, Art; Julie Ringham, Senior, Integrated Studies; Shayla Weppler, Freshman;

Maceo: Adam Hayden, Sophomore, Biology; Jessica Mann, Freshman, Social Work;

Madisonville: Katherine Porter, Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

Maple Mount: Sister Anh Tran, Senior, Theology;

Marion: Brenden Phillips, Junior, History;

Mayfield: Justin Roberts, Senior, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics, Business: Emphasis in Management;

Millwood: Jessica Robinson, Sophomore, Accounting;

Milton: Heather Garcia, Senior, Social Work;

Owensboro: Preye Agbana, Senior, Chemistry; Peace Anene, Senior, Social Work; Katelynn Arnold, Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management; Debra Barrett, Junior, Psychology; Heather Boaz, Senior, Middle School Education; Brooklyn Bowman, Sophomore, Middle School Education; Londa Boyd, Junior, Accounting; Leigh Chapman, Junior, Psychology; Allison Chappell, Freshman; Shaun Conklin, Sophomore, Graphic Design; Nicole Cooke-Frost, Junior, Social Work; Haley Coons, Junior, Accounting, Pre-Law Studies; Helen Coyle, Junior, Middle School Education; Karyssa Creager, Sophomore, Social Work; Mary Eichholz, Sophomore, Biology, Biochemistry; Jessica Embry, Junior, Special Edu Elem; Jacob Fischer, Senior, Integrated Studies; Hunter Gaddis, Sophomore, Computer Science; Whitney Galloway, Junior, Business; Danielle Hancock, Junior, Biology; Chad Harl, Sophomore, Accounting; Kirstin Horsley, Senior, Psychology; Jeanna James, Sophomore; Kathleen Jurkiewicz, Senior, Accounting; Nicholas Krampe, Senior, Accounting; Ashley Kruta, Junior, Psychology; Angela Kurz, Junior, Accounting; Savannah Maxberry, Junior, Business: Emphasis in Management; Katelyn McCarthy, Sophomore, Psychology; Emily Miller, Freshman, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Deborah Ogulu, Senior, Chemistry; Kelsey Postiglione, Sophomore, Elementary Education, Spanish; Christy Probus, Senior, Social Work; Jennie Satterfield, Junior, Psychology, Pre-Law Studies; William Scalf, Junior, Accounting; Jonathan Speed, Sophomore, Health Sciences; Morgan Thomas, Sophomore, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Stephanie Wall, Senior, English; Icces Wilcox, Junior, Social Studies Secondary; Alexandria Wink, Sophomore, Secondary Mathematics;

Philpot: Olivia Conder, Junior, Art; Emily Ditto, Junior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing; Devin Ford, Junior, Biology; Nathan Huff, Senior, Graphic Design;

Pikeville: Natasha Tackett, Senior, Social Work;

Radcliff: Victoria King, Senior, Graphic Design;

Robards: Jonathan Harris, Senior, Integrated Studies;

Shelbyville: Melissa Wise, Sophomore, Human Services;

Shepherdsville: Megan Myers, Freshman, Political Science;

Spottsville: Robert Mitchell, Freshman, Accounting;

Strunk: Amanda McKnight, Senior, Theology;

Sturgis: Katlyn Mendoza, Sophomore, Social Work;

Tomahawk: Angela Spence, Junior, Social Work;

Tompkinsville: Dillon Geralds, Junior, Elementary Education;

Union: Mason Sturdivant, Sophomore, Engineering Studies;

Utica: Amber Boarman, Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Andrea Boarman, Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Kayleigh Bowlds, Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Tristan Haight, Sophomore, Biochemistry; Mallorie Polston, Sophomore, Elementary Education; Andrew Roberts, Senior, Accounting; Morgan Wiggins, Sophomore, Accounting;

White Plains: Cameron Robinson, Junior, Political Science;

Whitesville: Hannah Bland, Sophomore, Theology; Reagan Calloway, Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management; Liza Howard, Junior, Special Edu Elem.


APO: Michael Egolf, Freshman, Human Services;


Huntsville: Christina Kirkland, Senior, Social Work;

Kennedy: Erica Nurse, Junior, Social Work;

Wetumpka: Cynthia Ann Foote, Senior, Social Work;


Coolidge: Eric Cole, Sophomore, Human Services;


Benton: Te’Marco Boykins, Junior, Social Work;

Charleston: Richard Nelson, Junior, Social Work;

Mountain Home: Autumn Goss, Senior, Social Work;


Chula Vista: Perlita Ortiz, Junior, Social Work;

Colma: Taylor Ignaczak, Senior, Social Work;

Fair Oaks: Katherine Lobertini, Senior, Social Work;

Hemet: Sarah Perez, Senior, Social Work;

Hesperia: Regina Romo, Junior, Social Work;

Olivehurst: Erin Ticarat, Senior, Social Work;

Rancho Cucamonga: Sal Arredondo, Junior, Social Work;

Susanville: Natasha Gilstrap-Cote, Sophomore, Social Work;


Denver:  Lauren Pleva, Sophomore, Social Work;


Coconut Creek: Michelle Edwards, Junior, Social Work;

Gainesville: Marnie Shaeffer, Sophomore, Human Services;

Inverness: Jennifer Monier, Junior, Social Work;

Kissimmee: Yolanda Mitchell, Freshman, Human Services;

Largo: Matthew Howard, Senior, Social Work;

Longwood: Danielle Moran, Senior, Social Work;

Tampa: Renee LaSala, Sophomore, Psychology;


Fort Benning: Stasha Fowler, Sophomore, Human Services;

Hampton: Tyneisha Taylor, Junior, Social Work;

Hartwell: Sophia Walker, Senior, Social Work;

Jonesboro: Sophnielle Santana, Freshman, Human Services;

Lithonia: Sophia Slater, Senior, Social Work; Lakeshia Walker, Junior, Social Work;

Monroe: Keeley Kooken, Senior, Social Work;

Stone Mountain: Kelly Hooper, Senior, Social Work;


Wahiawa: Megan Miller, Freshman, Human Services;


Idaho Falls: Joan Radford, Senior, Social Work;


Marquette Heights: Molly Steinseifer, Senior, Social Work;

Mascoutah: Nickole Durbin, Senior, Political Science;

Metropolis: Caleb Tisher, Sophomore, History; Joshua Wetzel, Senior, Accounting;


Evansville: Corey Mason, Junior, Business; Christina Patterson, Sophomore, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Andrea Townsend, Senior, Social Work;

Ferdinand: Kara Dilger, Sophomore, Business;

Georgetown: Alexander Flock, Sophomore, Social Studies, Pre-Law Studies;

Haubstadt: Mariah Kramer, Sophomore, Speech Pathology/Audiology;

Huntingburg: Audrey Mehling, Junior, Elementary Education;

Leopold: Samantha Steckler, Senior, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;

Marysville: Savannah Stivers, Senior, Business: Emphasis in HRM;

Oakland City: Jordan Blemker, Freshman;

Portland: Catherine Dunn, Sophomore;

Washington: Zachary Scheid, Freshman, Accounting;


Burlington: Tiffany Siefken, Junior, Social Work;


Manhattan: Dakota Barron, Senior, Computer Science with Emphasis in Quantative Theory;


Joyce: DeAnna Moller, Freshman, Human Services;


Silver Spring: Clare Nolan, Senior, Social Work;

Upper Marlboro: Laniece Goines, Senior, Social Work;


Forestdale: Courtney Onwuzuruigbo, Senior, Social Work;

Southbridge: Alexa Manso, Junior, Social Work;


Battle Creek: Rachel Gorlitz, Senior, Social Work;

Charlotte: Leticia Stone, Senior, Social Work;

Midland: Betsy Morey, Senior, Social Work; Hope Walker, Senior, Social Work;


Alpha: Krystal Preuss, Senior, Social Work;

Eden Prairie: Laura Jo Rodriguez, Senior, Social Work;

Kasson: Sara Tear, Sophomore, Human Services;

Ortonville: Kirstin Scoblic, Senior, Social Work;


Brandon: Amber Taylor, Senior, Social Work;


Belton: Jennifer Cochran, Junior, Social Work;

Branson: Christina Hull, Junior, Social Work;

Troy: Alexa Nicholas, Sophomore, Health Sciences;

Waynesville: Debra Walker, Junior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;


Big Timber: Kay McDonnell, Junior, Social Work;


Panaca: Janie Rippetoe, Junior, Social Work;

New Hampshire

Nashua: Barbara Bevins, Junior, Social Work;

New Jersey

Berkeley Heights: Jenna Wodash, Freshman, Human Services;

East Brunswick: Jessica Seaboldt, Junior, Social Work;

Monroe Township: Michele Herrington, Junior, Social Work;

Somerset: Nancy Mount, Sophomore, Social Work;

New York

Brewster: Marcella Occhicone, Sophomore, Human Services;

Bronx: Giselle Buie, Sophomore, Human Services;

Clayton: Dymphna Roman-Loring, Senior, Social Work;

Fort Drum: Niesha Porter, Senior, Social Work;

Poughkeepsie: Peyton Hutson, Senior, Social Work;

Yonkers: Kevin Larrea, Junior, Business;

North Carolina

Arden: Joanna Earls, Senior, Social Work;

Charlotte: Chloe Dabrowski, Senior, Social Work;

Lake Lure: Leonard Ferguson, Junior, Psychology;

Mooresville: Kristin Mobley, Senior, Social Work;

Moravain Falls: Kendra Farris, Freshman, Human Services;

Sanford: Joey Mosley, Senior, Social Work;


Bidwell: Bethany Corbin, Junior, Social Work, Psychology;

Canton: Lisa Cranston, Senior, Social Work;

Coshocton: Andrea Garrett, Junior, Social Work;

Kettering: April Rillo, Freshman, Human Services;

Luckey:  Melisa Konesni, Sophomore, Human Services;

Norwood: Kathryn Long, Senior, Social Work;

South Lebanon: Rachel Fedor, Senior, Business;

Windham: Kaytlin O’Bryan, Sophomore, Human Services;


Hillsboro: Colette Klein, Junior, Social Work;


Duboistown: Heather Millard, Junior, Social Work;

Harrisburg: Wendy Dalpiaz, Junior, Social Work;

Marietta: Raquel Austin, Senior, Social Work;

South Carolina

Beaufort: Alyssa Plontz, Senior, Social Work;

Mrytle Beach: Lindsay Woodward, Junior, Social Work;


Antioch: David Amadi, Senior, Computer Science with Emphasis in Quantative Theory;

Atwood: Annie Emert, Sophomore, Psychology;

Clarksville: Julie Miller, Senior, Social Work; Brenden Williams, Junior, Computer Science with Emphasis in Business & Management Sys;

Nashville: Michael Stoxstill, Senior, Social Work;

Nolensville: Shelby Nelson, Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology;

Portland: Shawn Callis, Junior, Business;

Waverly: Sigrid Igartua, Senior, Social Work;


Alvin: William Mortley, Junior, Social Work;

Austin: Terina Buentello, Senior, Social Work;

Cleburne: Stacy Waldrip, Junior, Social Work;

El Paso: Alana Heitzer, Junior, Social Work;

Friendswood: Marissa Meader, Senior, Social Work;

Houston: Alysha Meacham, Senior, Social Work; Danielle Smith, Senior, Social Work;

Killeen: Cheyenne Tonkin, Sophomore, Human Services;

Lindale: Deborah Sanchez, Senior, Social Work;

Mineola: Erin Boyd, Junior, Social Work;

Mission: Berenice Mendoza, Junior, Social Work;

San Antonio: Ashley Sanchez, Junior, Social Work;


West Rutland: Amanda Wood, Senior, Social Work;


Mechanicsville: Kelin Santos, Senior, Social Work;

Springfield: Yo’Lauder Holt, Junior, Social Work;

Suffolk: Tiffany Faulkner, Senior, Social Work;

Vinton:  Ana Zuniga Arana, Senior, Social Work;

Woodbridge: Madison Miller, Junior, Social Work;


Seatac: Tammera Ferguson, Senior, Social Work;


Chippewa Falls: Tiffany Berg, Senior, Social Work;

Frederic: Jeanne Daniels, Sophomore, Psychology;

Kenosha: Alisha Pournaras, Senior, Social Work;

Luck: Sarah Funk, Senior, Social Work;

Madison: Erica Johnson, Senior, Social Work;

Miwaukee: Kimberly Anderson, Freshman, Human Services;

New Franken: Jenny Davis, Senior, Social Work;

Peshtigo: Brianna Banister, Senior, Social Work;

Sharon: Tiffany Carroll, Sophomore, Social Work;

Stanley: Desiree Ciokiewicz, Senior, Social Work;


Mogi das Cruzes: Mateo Jurado Ruales, Junior, Business;

Costa Rica

San Jose: Diego Saborio, Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management;


Port Harcourt: Millicent Akere, Senior, Mathematics, Chemistry;


Malaga: Jose Alcazar Camargo, Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management;

Madrid: Hector Horcajada Romay, Freshman, Computer Science;

Empty Bowls Now Accepting Applications Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:42:25 +0000 The Empty Bowls Committee is currently accepting applications from area soup kitchens and food pantries to be considered as a recipient of this year’s event funds. The deadline to submit an application is March 15th.

Empty Bowls is a local organization that is dedicated to the national effort of feeding the hungry. Funds are raised through an annual event and is provided to local shelters, churches and other organizations that aid in the effort.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, April 20 at 5 pm in the Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church Community Center, located at 609 East 4th Street.

Applications may be found online at

Last year over $5,000 was presented to New Life Church, who used the money to service and maintain their kitchen appliances they rely on to provide numerous service programs that feed those in need in the community, including a food cooperative and community meals twice a week.

A representative from New Life Church will give a brief presentation at this year’s event sharing their story of how Empty Bowls was able to help them feed the hungry.

Tickets for the event will go on sale March 13th and can be purchased in advance by cash or check for $15 at the following locations:

Allstate Insurance Company Dave Lindow

1210 Burlew Blvd., Ste. A

Owensboro, KY

Monday-Thursday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM

Contact: Tina Taylor

Rushing Winds Church of God

2613 Cravens Avenue

Owensboro, KY

Contact Amanda Graham at for hours

Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church

609 East 4th Street

Owensboro, KY

Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Only 300 tickets will be available for this event and tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. If all tickets are not presold, they will be available to purchase at the door.

Your ticket allows you to select a ceramic bowl from hundreds of handcrafted bowls made especially for this event by local artisans and students of Brescia University.  Brescia’s Art Department supplies the clay, glaze, and location for the bowls to be created. Each participant at the event will then use their selected bowl to receive one of four soups made available by local chefs and churches.

Brescia University Recognized for Online Degree Program Excellence Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:21:00 +0000 Brescia University has been recognized for excellence in psychology education. The school earned the 3rd position on the list of Best Online Psychology Degrees for 2016. Affordable Colleges Online, a leader in higher education data and information, generated the ranking by analyzing cost and quality metrics across thousands of U.S. colleges with online nursing degree options.

“We wanted to highlight the schools that are setting a high standard for online programs,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of Affordable Colleges Online, “It is important to honor these universities who are going above and beyond the standard for online learning.”

Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the Best Online Psychology Degrees of 2016 include the following:

  • In-state tuition and fees
  • Percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid
  • Number of online programs offered
  • Student-to-teacher ratio

Brescia University was also included on Affordable Colleges Online list of Best Online Social Work Degree for 2016-2017.

For this ranking, schools were evaluated on the count and breadth of their online social work program available in addition to the data points mentioned above. has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric that compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or a similar) qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same (or a similar cost).

“We are grateful for the recognition that has been provided to us for our online degree programs,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “It is our mission to provide a quality, affordable education to any person who so chooses to pursue a degree, in the traditional format and in the non-traditional format. I am thankful for the dedicated and talented faculty and staff that work every day to ensure that students are receiving an education that is formatted to meet their needs and helps them achieve their dreams. We are proud of our alumni who have come from programs such as Psychology and Social Work that take their degree from Brescia University and use it to make a difference in the world.”

An in-depth look at the Best Online Psychology Degrees for 2016 can be seen here:

An in-depth look at the Best Online Social Work Degrees for 2016 can be seen here:

Brescia University Partners with Arc of Owensboro Opportunity Center for Art with Arc Collaboration Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:56:33 +0000 The Brescia University Art faculty, as well as art and special education students at Brescia University, have partnered with Arc of Owensboro Opportunity Center to provide art education for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a college campus.

dcs_4632The collaboration has allowed Brescia University students studying in the special education program a hands on experience to develop the skills and knowledge taught in the classroom.

“This opportunity allows the Brescia students to develop the qualities and character of servant leadership, as well as provides joy and validation of their career path,” stated Tina Wolken, Assistant Professor of Special Education. “They also build authentic experience related to their major of art and special education.  Assisting in the delivery of instruction from the art faculty mirrors their role as a special education teacher in an inclusive setting.”

The participants visited campus each Friday from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm during the fall semester to practice skills in each of the curriculum areas, including ceramics, mosaics, drawing and painting. They spent three consecutive Fridays in each area with one-on-one assistance from Brescia University art and special education students for each session.

“The Brescia University Art faculty generously agreed to offer specialty classes in their respective areas of ceramics, mosaics, and drawing. Individuals from the Arc are able to have hands on experiences under the tutelage of Brescia University faculty members and for many, it is their first opportunity in all or some of these media,” said Wolken.

To commemorate the partnership and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Arc of Owensboro Opportunity Center, a 60th Anniversary Celebration will be held on November 17th at the RiverPark Center beginning at 6:15 pm. The celebration will feature a buffet-style dinner, a live and silent auction, as well as, art pieces by local artists.

Dinnerware, mosaic walking stones, and paintings created by participants of the program at the Friday sessions will be used to adorn the tables and will be available as silent auction items. All proceeds will go to help fund Arc programming at the Opportunity Center and Activity Hall.

Tickets are $40, or a table of eight can be purchased for $320.00. To purchase tickets, or to sponsor an Arc of Owensboro/Opportunity Center Inc. participant, please contact Opportunity Workshop at 270.685.2976 or

For more information on the Arc of Owensboro/Opportunity Center Inc. and their mission, visit

Brescia Honors Students Invited to Tour White House Days Before Election Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:05:51 +0000 Brescia University students have been invited to tour the White House on November 5th, just three days before the upcoming presidential election. The students are enrolled in a Social and Political Philosophy course taught by Dr. Allen Gehring and are a part of the Brescia University Honors College.

Brescia University’s Honors College is a program designed for incoming freshmen that have achieved exceptional academic standards in high school.

“This is a real honor for my class, and everyone is really excited.  A trip inside the White House is something that none of us will ever forget, but I think that going inside the White House just days before one of the most anticipated presidential elections ever will make our tour even more memorable,” stated Dr. Gehring.

Each year, students in the Honors College take special courses, and each course has a field trip associated with the theme of that class.  Students in Dr. Gehring’s course are studying a number of the topics that are being discussed in this year’s presidential election and debates.

“One of the reasons I decided to offer a course in Social and Political Philosophy involved the upcoming presidential election,” Dr. Gehring said. “I thought it would be good for our students to have a chance to think deeply about many of the political issues they hear about in a rigorous academic setting.”

The students in Dr. Gehring’s course will be in Washington from November 3rd to November 6th.  In addition to touring the White House, they will also be touring Congress where they will have the chance to enter the House Gallery and observe the House of Representatives.

They will also be visiting other iconic sites in Washington such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial.

“I am really looking forward to experiencing this trip with my classmates,” stated Allison Chappell,  a freshman from Owensboro, KY. “I am excited to be going to the White House during the excitement of the election and I am looking forward to the Lincoln Memorial, since his birthplace is located in Kentucky.”

Brescia Welcomes Home ‘Shark Tank’ Contestant for “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:50:05 +0000 Brescia University welcomes alumni Pat Yates ’90 as the featured speaker for the “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 pm at Taylor Lecture Hall. Yates is the President and Owner of Happy Feet, a company that makes slippers that often feature sports teams’ logos, television and movie characters and other recognizable designs.

patPat has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and Happy Feet have made appearances several television shows including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Wendy Williams Show, Good Morning America and The Today Show.

The company was founded in 1996 as a mall cart program, which quickly expanded throughout the US, England, Canada and Spain.  Yates purchased the company in 2002, expanding to hundreds of malls in the US. The product line began with only a handful of styles in standard colors and has since added animal slippers, NCAA slippers, NBA slippers, NFL slippers and now a DreamWorks slippers and plush toy line.

Over the years, Happy Feet slippers has gained celebrity endorsements and has been featured on many other television shows, including The Bachelorette and Sean Saves the World.

In 2014, Yates had the opportunity to pitch Happy Feet to the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank. He successfully secured a deal with Robert Herjavec, which led to a lot of publicity for the company.

Recently, Happy Feet secured a deal with DreamWorks Animation, signing on to produce plush toys and slippers for a number of DreamWorks properties, including: Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon.

These new products are now available and are the highest quality slippers and plush that Happy Feet has produced to date.

Yates graduated from Brescia College in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is married to wife Sandy, who is also a Brescia alum from the Class of 1989. They have three children, Nathan (24) who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jordan (21) who is a junior at Western Kentucky University and Dylan (16) who is a junior at North Oldham High School.

For more information regarding Homecoming festivities or to register for events, visit or contact Alexxis Ross-Logan at 270-686-2101 or

Brescia Welcomes Back Alumni and Friends for 2016 Homecoming Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:43:28 +0000 Brescia University’s 2016 Alumni Homecoming week kicks off today, Monday, October 24th on campus with a host of activities for students, alumni and staff as they celebrated the rich tradition and return of treasured alumni.

The theme this year is “Barney 2016,” following in the footprint of the current political season.  Barney, Brescia University’s Bearcat mascot, has been able to use his “campaign platform” to share his and the University’s desire to serve students who seek success through education and service to others.

He and the University are making a difference in the lives of our students, our community, our country, and our world by providing opportunity to those who might otherwise have none, being a voice for the voiceless, meeting the educational signs of the times, and providing an overall transformation educational experience.

Barney, along with his friends in the Brescia community, are using 2016 to mark the coming together of community members, alumni, faculty, staff and students to make a difference. They will celebrate the success of the students, alumni, faculty and staff, and Brescia University’s community partners. They will use the education that Brescia University has offered so many and to change the world. And you’re invited to join Brescia University for what promises to be one of their most exciting years.

As a part of that celebration, Brescia will honor three Distinguished Alumni at the annual banquet Friday, October 28th at 7:00 pm at the RiverPark Center. Since the inception of this prestigious recognition, Brescia has awarded more than 50 alumni with the title.

The award was created to honor graduates who exemplify the elements that encompass   The Brescia Difference: Respect for the Sacred, Devotion to Learning, Commitment to Growth in Virtue, and Promotion of Servant Leadership.

Because of the breadth and scope of their life’s work, the magnitude of their impact on the regional, national and often international scene, and their examples of service and leadership, alumni who receive this esteemed honor have distinguished themselves among their peers.

The 2016 Distinguished Alumni are Richard E. Brown ‘72, Jamie Buskill ’86, and Sister Mary Matthias Ward, OSU ‘66.

Richard E. Brown, a 1972 alumnus, was appointed by the governor to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Board of Commissioners in 2001, where he served five years. He has served on the Daviess County Foundation Board, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Owensboro Career Development Association Inc. Throughout his life, Richard has been a long-time activists for civil and human rights in Owensboro, helping to enact various changes and accomplishments for the rights of minorities in the state of Kentucky.

Jamie Buskill, a 1986 alumnus, is a current member of the Brescia University Board of Trustees and serves as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners since its inception in 2005 and served in the same capacity for its predecessor. Jamie has also held various management roles with Texas Gas since 1986, is a member of the Southern Gas Association Accounting and Finance Committee and serves on the board of various charitable organizations.

Sister Mary Matthias Ward, a 1966 alumnus, served as the Director of the Sacred Heart Retreat & Conference Center in Gallup, N.M. from 2003 to 2009. She has ministered as a teacher and principal, a director at three retreat centers, as a parish administrator and Newman center director and for eight years, the congregational leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.

Brescia University will also welcome back alumni, Pat Yates ’90, for the “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series on Thursday, October 27th at 7 pm in Taylor Lecture Hall. Pat is the President and Owner of Happy Feet, a company that makes slippers that often feature sports teams’ logos, television and movie characters and other recognizable designs. Pat has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and Happy Feet have made appearances several television shows including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Wendy Williams Show, Good Morning America and The Today Show.

Various other homecoming activities will be held throughout the weekend to celebrate the tradition of Brescia:

Thursday, October 27th

7:00 PM                “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series featuring Pat Yates ’90 – Taylor Lecture Hall

Friday, October 28th

6:00 PM                Distinguished Alumni Cocktail Hour – RiverPark Center

7:00 PM                Distinguished Alumni Banquet – RiverPark Center (Advance tickets required, $40.)

Saturday, October 29th

10:00 AM             Chariot Races Tailgating – Brescia University Alumni Hall (7th street)

11:00 AM             Chariot Races (Crowning of the Homecoming Court immediately following the race)

12:00 PM             Lunch at the newly renovated O’Bryan’s Dining Hall (Alumni Association Annual Meeting will be held at 12:30 pm during lunch)

1:00 PM                Women’s Soccer vs. Ohio Christian University (at Kamuf Park)

3:00 PM                Men’s Soccer vs. Ohio Christian University (at Kamuf Park)

9:00 PM                Student Homecoming Dance

Sunday, October 30th

10:00 AM             Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel

11:00 AM             Alumni Brunch in the Moore Center, currently under construction to be completed in May, 2017

For more information regarding Homecoming festivities or to register for events, visit or contact Alexxis Ross-Logan at 270-686-2101 or

2016-2017 Spirit of Angela Award Nominations Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:36:28 +0000 During Founder’s Week there is a tradition of recognizing one male and one female student who possesses in remarkable ways the spirit of Saint Angela Merici. Angela Merici was a leader in great and small ways and touched the lives of many. She is responsible for founding the Ursuline Sisters whom she named after Saint Ursula. It was Saint Angela’s humble wish that her company of followers not be named after herself.

The Ursuline Sisters founded Brescia University in the early 1900’s as first a junior college for women in Maple Mount, Kentucky, before it moved to Owensboro and became Brescia College in 1950. It received University status in 1998.

Saint Angela attracted people from all walks of life; rich and poor, nobility and common folk, learned and uneducated. She is often noted for her hospitality, her healthy sense of self in relationship to God and others, her contemplative spirit while being involved in the world, and her ability to be a reconciler and peacemaker. Any member of the Brescia family (Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators) may nominate a Brescia student to receive the “Spirit of Angela Award.”

Founder’s Week will take place at Brescia University January 23-27, 2017. Founder’s Day Convocation is on Tuesday, January 24, at 10:30 am in Taylor Lecture Hall. The two recipients for the Spirit of Angela awards will be recognized during this convocation. Nominations must be received by noon on December 2, 2015.

Please use the form below to submit your nominations.

Spirit of Angela

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Brescia University to Host Series of Public Events to Educate the Community on Upcoming Election and Candidates Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:33:30 +0000 Brescia University will host a series of events to help educate the local community on voting in November. These events are free and open to the public.

The events will kick off on Monday, October 17th with a candidate forum for individuals running for the Kentucky House of Representative seats in the districts in and surrounding Daviess County. The event will be in town-hall forum format and seven of the ten candidates from Districts 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 have confirmed their participation:

Joy Gray (District 7)

David Watkins (District 11)

Robby Mills (District 11)

Jim Townsend (District 12)

Jim Glenn (District 13)

DJ Johnson (District 13)

Tommy Thompson (District 14)

Following this event, on Thursday, October 20th, candidates vying for the Daviess County Family Court Judicial position that will be elected for the district that includes the local community will participate in a candidate forum. The Daviess County Bar Association is cosponsoring this event.

Candidates that will be present are Clifton Boswell, Susan Montalvo-Gesser, Julie Hawes-Gordon, and Angela Thompson.  Cheryl Cureton, President of the Daviess County Bar Association, and Nickole Durbin, Brescia University Political Science major, will be the moderators for the forum.

Both forums will be held at 7 pm on their respective nights and will take place in Taylor Lecture Hall located in the Science Building on Brescia University’s campus. Parking is available on surrounding streets and in the lot located off St. Ann.

In conjunction with the family court candidate forum, Assistant Professor of Theology, Stuart Squires, will be presenting a public lecture entitled “How Should Catholics Vote?,” that will review the 2015 document from the U.S. bishops titled “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” that provides principles all Catholics should consider when entering the voting booth.

This event will take place at 7 pm in Science Building room 226.


To view a recording of the Kentucky House of Representative forum, click here.

To view a recording of the Daviess County Family Court Judicial Candidate forum, click here.