Brescia University Making a difference Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:17:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Brescia Now Accepting Applications for Online Master of Social Work Degree Program Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:56:57 +0000 Brescia University announced the addition of a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree to its offering of BUonline programs earlier this month. Applications are now being accepted for the program. This program will join the current Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) online and traditional programs that are offered at the University. Brescia University is the only independent institution in the region to offer this program in an online format.

Students interested in learning more about the Master of Social Work online program are encouraged to visit

To apply, visit

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Brescia Announces Online Master of Social Work Degree Program Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:37:33 +0000 Brescia University announces the addition of a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree to its offering of BUonline programs, the school’s online learning option. The program will join the current Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) online and traditional programs that are offered at the University. Brescia University is the only independent institution in the region to offer this program in an online format.

The first cohort of the program will be admitted in Fall 2016, with a maximum number of 12 participants. Details on the program are still being finalized and will be released soon.

“This is a huge opportunity for us,” stated Chris Houk, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Executive Director for Brescia University Online. “Social Work continues to be one of our destination programs here at Brescia and we currently have more than 500 students enrolled in our undergraduate program. With the addition of a Master of Social Work option online, we look forward to continuing to grow our online population of students.”

Along with many other benefits, the flexibility of the online program will allow those who are interested in earning their Master’s Degree in Social Work to do so in a convenient and affordable way that meets each individual’s needs.

Brescia University has offered a BSW since 1995 and in 2015 alone, graduated more than 50 seniors in the social work program. The Bachelor of Social Work program is currently accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The bachelor’s degree provides students with the skills, knowledge and values that are essential in generalist social work practice. Students focus on working with individuals, families, groups, and community organizations.

The BSW program contributes to Brescia University’s mission by placing strong emphasis on the unique needs of people, focusing student’s willingness to help others, understanding cultural diversity, and assisting in the improvement of the quality of life of individuals, groups and communities.  The MSW is a professional degree program will offer further refinement of those skills as well as advanced practice training that will support students are interested in beginning or advancing their careers as a social worker. 

“The Social Work program is a living testament of the Brescia Difference,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, Brescia University President. “Our mission as a university focuses on providing a quality education to our students in the liberal arts tradition which shapes their mind, body and soul. The Social Work program produces graduates every year that go on to make a difference in their communities, in the lives of others and in the world. We are so proud of our graduates and we looks forward to adding the Master of Social Work program that will allow us to educate more servant leaders and expand the difference we are making.”

Students interested in learning more about the Master of Social Work online program are encouraged to visit

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Brescia Named to Victory Media’s 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:55:43 +0000 badgeBrescia University announced today that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals. A full list of board members can be found at

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“Brescia University’s rich Ursuline history is also deeply rooted in support of our military. That is what makes this honor so special to us, ” stated Father Larry Hostetter, Brescia University President. “Since this institution first moved to Downtown Owensboro in the 1940s in an effort to provide an opportunity for veterans returning home to receive a quality education, support of our service members has been very important to us.  Not only are we honored to be able to cater to the needs of those who bravely fight to protect our freedoms, but we are proud to have service members and their families call Brescia University home.”

“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”

For more information about Brescia’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit Brescia University’s website at

Brescia University will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on

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Kentucky Appellate Court to be Held at Brescia Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:45:09 +0000 Brescia University will host the Kentucky Court of Appeals oral arguments on November 19, 2015 in Taylor Lecture Hall. Honorable Jeff S. Taylor will be the presiding judge, joining Honorable Glenn E. Acree and Honorable Shea Nickell. The first case will be heard at 11:00 am with three additional cases following.

11:00 am         Ray Ballou v Enterprise Mining Company

1:30 pm           Kenneth Rishel v Shannon Rishel

2:15 pm           E.B. v Cabinet for Health and Family Services

3:00 pm           C.H. v Cabinet for Health and Family Services

For more information on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, visit

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Fall Enrollment Climbs for Ninth Consecutive Year Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:57:35 +0000 Brescia University celebrates another year of fall enrollment growth, reporting a total headcount of 1,063 students for the 2015 fall semester.

Last year, Brescia University reported its highest headcount in 46 years, enrolling over 1,000 students for the first time since 1968. This year, enrollment surpasses that number by .37 percent.

“Last year was a pivotal year for as our enrollment surpassed 1, 000,” said Chris Houk, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “This year we could not be happier to report even further growth due to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and community.  With the completion of our 5-year strategic plan, we are looking forward to continued growth and to more students calling Brescia University home.”

This enrollment increase makes the ninth consecutive year of undergraduate degree seeking enrollment growth for Brescia University. In fact, the university has seen a 143 percent increase since fall 2006.

Undergraduate degree seeking headcount currently rests at 1,026, up 8 percent from last year. Over 400 students are reported as on ground and nearly 600 are enrolled in BUonline.

Enrollment numbers are fueled by a freshman class of 148 students and 308 total new students, including transfer students.

“We are pleased to announce our ninth consecutive fall semester of growth in our undergraduate degree seeking population,” said Fr. Larry Hostetter, President.  “What we offer students is more than a diploma, it’s a quality educational experience in a holistic learning environment where students thrive; we call this the Brescia Difference. I want to thank each of our faculty and staff members for their hard work and for being a living testimony of how we can make a difference in the lives of others. And a special thank you to all those who are involved with the recruitment of our student that allow us to attain our strategic goals in a sustainable way.”

There are currently students from a total of eight foreign countries enrolled at Brescia University, as well as 48 states. Of the 447 students from Kentucky, 154 represent Daviess County.

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2015-2016 Spirit of Angela Award Nominations Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:43:34 +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 25-29, 2016. Founder’s Day Convocation is on Tuesday, January 26, 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 4, 2015.

Please use the form below to submit your nominations.

Spirit of Angela

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Brescia to Host Largest Law School Fair in Owensboro Thu, 01 Oct 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Brescia is pleased to host their annual Law School Fair that will span two days, welcoming visitors Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22. Representatives from Indiana University, Bloomington and SIU Carbondale, as well as the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University will all be participating.

Each college will have representative(s) on site to present information regarding their institution’s Law Degree Program. In addition to this presentation and question/answer session, individuals will also have the opportunity to hear from an All-Star Panel of professionals from the Owensboro legal community as they discuss working in the legal profession and answer questions.

“With representatives from five different law schools, as well as an outstanding panel of local judges and attorneys, this year’s Law School Fair will be the largest event of its kind in Owensboro.  Beyond the sheer size of this event, another unique thing about this fair is the audience that it is designed for,” stated Dr. Allen Gehring, Brescia University Assistant Professor of Philosophy.  “Not only are students already interested in the legal profession going to have a tremendous opportunity to network with a variety of legal professionals, but students that are unsure of their career path are welcomed to attend as well.  The hope is that students unsure of their careers goals will have the opportunity to explore whether the legal profession is right for them.”

The event follows last year’s agenda in that it breaks up the informative sessions into two separate days.

“We are honored to be able to host the prestigious Indiana University, Bloomington and SIU Carbondale this year in addition to our dedicated law schools in the Commonwealth. Because the event continues to grow, we have elected to host a fair rather than a one-day event to allow participants the opportunity to meet with more schools,” said Dr. Gehring.

The schedule for the two days is as follows:

Day 1: Wednesday, October 21 at the Campus Center Study Pavilion

2:00-3:00 pm                      Presentation from UK, Louisville and Northern Kentucky Law Schools

3:00-4:00 pm                      All-Star Panel from Owensboro’s Legal Community

Day 2: Thursday, October 22 at the Campus Center

11:00-2:00 pm:                  Indiana University, Bloomington and Southern Illinois University Law Schools at

Grad School Day

In addition to the law schools participating, Brescia University will also be hosting a Grad School Day on October 28 that will feature a number of other Grad Schools for those interested in furthering their education.

Schools participating include Bellarmine University, Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Murray State University, Union College, U of L Kent School of Social Work and Western Kentucky University. A representative from Brescia University’s Graduate School will also be in attendance.



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Brescia University Receives Largest Grant in School History Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:22:09 +0000 Brescia University has been awarded a $2,237,390 grant from the United States Department of Education as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP). This grant is the largest Brescia University has received in the institution’s history.

The SIP helps eligible institutions of higher education become self-sufficient and expand their capacity by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability.

“We are very honored to receive such a substantial grant from the Department of Education,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President, Brescia University. “It is at the heart of our mission to provide the highest quality of education for our students and the funding from this grant will help to not only enhance the environment in which our students learn, but it will allow them access to the most modern, state-of-the-art technology and resources that will serve to inspire their innovation and creativity. This grant will serve as a foundational element in the success of our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. We are grateful to the Department of Education and the Strengthening Institutions Program for their investment in Brescia University. I am especially grateful to our faculty and staff without whom this would not be possible. Their commitment to Brescia highlights the dynamic and relevant future of our institution.”

The funds will support the proposed Title III project, Brescia 2020 that seeks to contribute to long-term viability and sustainability of Brescia by cultivating and nurturing an academic culture that blends the tradition and heritage of a liberal arts education with modern and innovative modes of delivery in an effort to prepare students to achieve their desired career goals. The project will also foster growth and increased enrollment as well as increase retention, achievement and graduation rates through enhanced academic support services, professional development and space and technology upgrades.

Over $1.3 million of the funds will support the objective of increasing retention and graduation rates through improved student achievement and enhanced faculty development. The Ursuline Center for Teaching and Learning will be a large portion of this, consolidating services, reinventing academic advising practices, and fostering continuing education for faculty in the areas of pedagogy and instructional technology.

Forty-three percent of the total cost of the Ursuline Center for Teaching and Learning will come from federal funds.

Nearly $950,000 will help to elevate and improve the quality of the educational experience in the University’s designated “Anchor Programs” that include the Social Work program, the School of Education, the School of Business and the Life Sciences program.

Upgrades to the science laboratories will provide quality, high-impact experiences for students through the use of adaptable and modern equipment and effective classroom designs.

Approximately $500,000 of the $950,000 dedicated to improving the educational experience will cover technological advancements to the Signature Building, which is part of the Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century and will bring the total money raised for the campaign to $9.2 million in less than a year since the campaign went public.

For the anchor programs, 12 percent of the total cost will come from federal funds. In total, for the two objectives addressed, the total investment of Brescia University and the Department of Education will be over $10 million.

Overall, the grant funding allows for the continued improvement of Brescia University and their ability to provide not only a quality education, but to make a difference in the lives of over 1,000 students who currently attend Brescia University, as well as many more in the future.

The total award amount of $2,237,390 will be awarded over a period of five years, beginning in October 2015.



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WNIN Kids Fest Owensboro to Take Place at Brescia University Thu, 24 Sep 2015 19:07:24 +0000 The Bunny Bread Kids’ Fest is a free, family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, activities, special appearances by PBS characters and more! The event promotes reading and educational play. The event will take place at Brescia University, 717 Frederica Street, on September 26 from 10 am-2 pm. For more information, visit or contact WNIN at 812.423.2973 x 136 or


2015 OKF Flyer

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Brescia Faculty Member Honored Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:26:39 +0000 Dr. Conrad Toepfer, Associate Professor of Biology, has been named a National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences for the 2015/2016 academic year. This honor is bestowed in recognition of Dr. Toepfer’s service as facilitator for participants at the 2015 National Academics Gulf Coast Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education that was held July 20-24, 2015 at Louisiana State University.

The Summer Institute is a direct result of a key recommendation from the 2003 National Research Council report, Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, which called for programs of professional development to engage faculty at research-intensive institutions in taking greater responsibility for high-quality undergraduate biology education. The report emphasizes the importance of new evidence-based pedagogical approaches to teaching based on emerging evidence about how people learn and a greater emphasis on interdisciplinary teaching. It further calls upon college and university administrators, as well as funding agencies, to support faculty in the development or adaption of such approaches.

Since 2011, regional institutes based on the Summer Institute model have expanded participation to scientists at other types of colleges and universities and have focused on additional areas of undergraduate education compared to the original emphasis on the life sciences.

For this year, teams from 15 universities and colleges from across the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and Lebanon, assembled in Baton Rouge at LSU for five days of presentations, discussions, intensive group work and other activities, all focused on enhancing undergraduate education. ASctive learning, assessment, and diversity were the primary themes. Among the participants were department chairs, administrators, professors from all levels, academic coordinators, lecturers and instructors.

Each university team worked with other teams and their facilitators to develop or adapt a series of “teachable tidbits” that they have agreed to implement in a course during the coming academic year at their home institutions, and to assess whether students learn from that unit. Each team also has pledged to implement a mentoring seminar deigned to enhance the ability of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and others to mentor undergraduates on their campuses. Almost aoo participants at the Institute teach large introductory courses; collectively almost 900 alumni of the program team over 200,000 students annually.

As a facilitator, Dr. Toepfer joined others in the discipline that are at the forefront of improving undergraduate education, which is essential for preparing both future scientists and scientifically literate citizens.

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