Brescia University Making a difference2015-10-08T19:16:13Z Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia to Host Largest Law School Fair in Owensboro]]> 2015-09-28T17:58:10Z 2015-10-01T13:00:10Z 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.



Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia University Receives Largest Grant in School History]]> 2015-09-29T19:42:11Z 2015-09-29T18:22:09Z 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.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[WNIN Kids Fest Owensboro to Take Place at Brescia University]]> 2015-09-24T19:07:24Z 2015-09-24T19:07:24Z 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

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Faculty Member Honored]]> 2015-09-03T20:26:39Z 2015-09-03T20:26:39Z 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.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Reveals Renderings for Capital Campaign Additions]]> 2015-09-03T19:44:09Z 2015-09-03T19:44:09Z Brescia University will give the community a glimpse into the future by revealing the architectural renderings for building projects to be funded by “The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century” when the University sponsors the monthly Rooster Booster breakfast with the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 3rd at the Owensboro Convention Center.  The images were approved by the Board of Trustees this summer and feature the expansion and renovation of the Campus Center and the new construction of a signature academic building on the corner of Ninth and Frederica Streets.

ccThe $10 million Capital Campaign kicked off in October of 2014. To date, Brescia University has secured $8.6 Million in gifts and pledges, including five $1 million gifts.

In 2008, recognizing that the needs of  21st century students were evolving, the landscape of higher education was growing more competitive, and  the physical campus had remained largely unchanged for over 25 years, University leaders, faculty, staff, and students came together to develop a 30-year Master Plan for the University.  The projects involved in “The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century” represent phase I of the implementation of that 30-year plan.

“This first phase of our master plan will help set the tone for future campus improvements. As with all things that we do, our focus is on the needs of the student.  We have a responsibility of making sure that the educational experience is as effective as possible in helping our students achieve their personal and professional goals. A sense of place that is modern, safe, and technologically relevant, as well as a second home, is an important part of attaining those goals. With the renovation of our Campus Center and the construction of a new signature academic building we are taking a significant step towards the fulfillment of our master plan,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President.

The current Campus Center will undergo a complete redesign that will feature an open concept living and dining area, new admissions offices,  a new Spirit Shop to greet visitors, as well as a new health and wellness center that will give students, staff and faculty access to on-campus exercise facilities.

The gymnasium will be expanded, nearly doubled, to accommodate up to 1,000 fans and the ability to divide the primary playing court into 2 full practice courts. The addition of four new team locker rooms and office space for athletic coaches will also be included in the design.

SBThe newly constructed building on the corner of Ninth and Frederica Streets will serve as a landmark entrance into downtown Owensboro. This building will feature an innovative digital learning studio, an auditorium that will be available for community use, state-of-the-art classrooms and computer laboratories, and will house the School of Business, the School of the Education and the School of Social Work. Innovation and technology will be hallmarks of this new state-of-the-art facility.

Expansion and renovation of the Campus Center will begin in the spring of 2016 with a projected 8 month completion timeline.  The construction of the new Signature Building will soon follow.

EOA Architects, located in Nashville, TN, was selected by the University’s Building and Design Committee to lead the two projects.

The university is currently hosting campus tours and information meetings pertaining to the capital campaign and community members are invited to attend. For more information, contact Sydney Warren, Director of Major Gifts at<> or 270.686.6417.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[UofL School of Nursing in Owensboro Partners with Brescia University]]> 2015-08-21T19:36:33Z 2015-08-21T19:36:33Z Students who excel in pre-nursing courses at two Owensboro colleges will have an opportunity for guaranteed admission to the University of Louisville’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program taught in Owensboro.

nursingEach academic year, UofL will guarantee two spaces for Brescia University students and two spaces for Kentucky Wesleyan College students. Faculty at these institutions will make the decision on who receives the seats.

“This agreement provides a stronger link between the UofL School of Nursing and these institutions,” said Elizabeth G. Johnson, R.N., Ph.D., director, UofL Owensboro Campus. “Both Brescia and Kentucky Wesleyan attract students from across our region that have great potential to contribute to our community. We look for this agreement to assist us in attracting and retaining quality professionals for the health care work force in the area.”

Prior to receiving guaranteed admission, the selected students must meet specific criteria, including a minimum overall grade point average of 3.1 at the time of the application deadline to upper division, and a ‘C’ or better in pathophysiology and pharmacology.

“Brescia University has a long history of educating health care professionals,” said Father Larry Hostetter, Brescia University President. “The UofL nursing program is outstanding and we are proud to be associated with it. These guaranteed spots also highlight the hard work of our faculty in producing pre-nursing graduates that are prepared for such a rigorous and effective program of study.”

Kentucky Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell said, “At Kentucky Wesleyan, we are committed to relationships with the private and public sectors. Our sciences are at the highest caliber in both instruction and facilities, and this agreement with UofL provides new opportunities for nursing education at Kentucky Wesleyan, adding to our already successful pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant and pre-physical therapy programs.”

The UofL-Owensboro BSN Program began as a partnership between the University of Louisville and Owensboro Health in 2008, providing students in the Western Kentucky area the opportunity to earn a BSN in a traditional format without traveling to Louisville. Students complete general education courses and other nursing pre-requisites at a community college or other regionally accredited institution, and then begin nursing courses at the University of Louisville Owensboro campus. Students also complete clinical rotations in Owensboro and the surrounding area.

“UofL’s curriculum is aligned with our focus on continuous improvement and health care quality,” said Vicki Stogsdill, Owensboro Health chief nursing officer. “Retaining highly-qualified nurses in Owensboro supports the goals of Owensboro Health.”

The Spring 2016 semester is the first time Brescia and Kentucky Wesleyan students can enter the UofL nursing program through guaranteed entrance.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia SGA President to represent AIKCU students on Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents]]> 2015-08-21T19:21:55Z 2015-08-21T19:21:55Z Brescia University Student Government Association president Carleigh “C.J.” Bright has been appointed by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) to represent students from Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges and universities on the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents.

Bright1-277x300Bright is a senior political science major who hails from Gilbertsville in Marshall County, which she describes as “between Possum Trot and Monkey’s Eyebrow.” She plans to attend law school after graduation.

The Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents was formally established by state statute in 2013 to advise the legislative and executive branches of state government and the Council on Postsecondary Educationregarding postsecondary education issues and the concerns of college students. The Board is composed of the student body presidents from Kentucky’s eight public universities, two representatives from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), and a nonprofit private college representative selected by AIKCU.

As the voice for private college students on the Board, Bright hopes to bring increased attention to the importance of funding for state financial aid programs and explore potential areas of collaboration between institutions.

“I am really excited about getting the opportunity to share ideas with peers from other institutions,” said Bright. “Also, I’m excited to get to represent Brescia.”

In addition to serving as the president of Brescia’s Student Government Association, Bright has been an Orientation Leader and Student Ambassador and held several other leadership roles on the Owensboro campus.

“C.J. is an exemplary student and the embodiment of what we call the Brescia difference,” said Father Larry Hostetter, Brescia University President. “Since arriving at Brescia as a freshman, C.J. has been actively involved in campus life, serving in various leadership roles. Her positivity and servant leadership will serve her well in her role on the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents. We are proud to have her representing Brescia University and look forward to her contributions.”

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Selected as a 2015-2016 College of Distinction]]> 2015-07-14T19:27:58Z 2015-07-14T19:27:58Z Brescia University has been named a 2015-2016 College of Distinction, an honor that recognizes the best place for students to learn, grow and succeed. In addition, Brescia University is also the only school in Kentucky to be recognized as a Catholic College of Distinction.

Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach that seeks to provide students, counselors and parents with information about schools that excel in these key areas. The accolade describes schools that take a holistic approach to admissions decisions that consistently excel in providing undergraduate education and have a truly national reputation.

“It is my privilege to announce that Brescia University has been selected as a 2015-2016 College of Distinction,” stated Wes Creel, Founder. “Ongoing commitment to student engagement, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes has earned Brescia recognition as a member.”

“We are very proud to be recognized again as a College of Distinction. The criteria for this award harmonize beautifully with the four characteristics of the Brescia Difference, as our Catholic identity calls us to educate our students in mind, body and spirit,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “We educate the mind through challenging academics rooted in liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition; the body through championship athletics and campus wellness program; and the spirit through access to campus ministry, the study of theology and service-oriented extracurricular activities such as our annual Alternative Spring Break. The result is value-driven graduates who use their talents and skills to build successful careers, to nourish strong families and make a difference in the lives of others, the life of the Church, and the life of the community. I am very grateful to our faculty, staff and students for bringing Brescia, yet again, into the spotlight.”

This is the second year in a row that Brescia has been included in this prestigious membership. The selection process reviews factors such as the school’s first year experience, general education program, experimental components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction.

“We focus on colleges that are deeply dedicated to students’ learning,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ offer innovative learning experiences that educate, nurture and transform students.

The Selection and Nominating Committee, made up on former college presidents, university CEOs, provosts and professors, pay close attention to cost, diversity of programs, default and retentions rates and whether a school serves its students well while adhering to it mission.

Student comments found online among social media sites and other mediums are also taken into consideration.

High school college counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.


To view Brescia University’s profile or to learn more about this honor, visit

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Alum Helps Lead Women’s National Team to World Cup Victory]]> 2015-07-08T20:03:32Z 2015-07-08T20:03:32Z Brescia Alum, Graeme Abel ’04, was a big part of the U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) World Cup Win on Sunday, July 5. Graeme, a two-time All-American soccer player and former coach at Brescia University, is currently serving as goalkeeper coach for the U.S. WNT. During his time as a student at Brescia, he was heavily involved in campus life and was a two-time Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year.

Graeme AbelDuring his youth soccer years, Abel was on the books at Everton FC from 1994-97. He also played with Stockport County FC from 1997-1999 before coming to the USA to attend college at Lindsey Wilson in Colombia, Kentucky. He was a NAIA All-American at Lindsey Wilson and the 1999 NAIA National Tournament MVP, leading the Blue Raiders to the national championship.

In 2001, he returned to England for half a year at Chester City FC, but then returned to college, this time at Brescia University where he was once again an NAIA All-American and the two-time Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year.

In 2004, he started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Brescia following his graduation. He eventually went on to work three years at the University of Nevada, as well as served three seasons as a member of the University of Oklahoma Women’s Soccer staff and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2013 offseason.

He returned to Norman in 2012 to serve as an assistant after serving as the OU goalkeeper coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. During the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, Abel worked with the current Sooner head coach Matt Potter at Washington State.

Abel served three seasons as a member of the University of Oklahoma Women’s Soccer staff and was promoted to associate head coach during the 2013 offseason.

Graeme Abel joined U.S. head coach Jill Ellis staff as the goalkeeper coach in March of 2015. Abel has worked extensively with the USA’s youth Women’s National Teams and has previously helped train the senior team goalkeepers in several camps.

Abel has a USSF “B” Coaching License and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He currently resides in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife Katie and his one-year old son, Kian.

Under his coaching, Hope Solo, the goalkeeper for the U.S. WNT has become known as the world’s best goalkeeper, earning her the Golden Glove award in addition to the team’s World Cup title.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Named to 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi]]> 2015-07-07T14:15:00Z 2015-07-07T14:15:00Z Brescia University has been named to the “100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi” list published by Great Value Colleges, a premier website that serves as resource for perspective students.

Brescia was among only seven schools in Kentucky to be recognized, ranking 27th overall. The list seeks to highlight small schools (4,000 students or less) that offer a four-year degree at a great value. Over 400 colleges met the enrollment and location qualifications and were considered for the honor.

Berea College and Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passas, Kentucky topped the list at 2nd and 12th as Appalachia, work-study institutions that require no out-of-pocket tuition costs from students.

Kentucky State University, located in Kentucky’s capital only slightly ranked ahead of Brescia at 19th, with a difference in total net price of less than $800.

Other schools listed include Campbellsville University (48th), Lindsey Wilson College (70th) in Columbia, Kentucky and Kentucky Wesleyan College (78th).

Brescia University was highlighted as one of the most affordable private colleges in Kentucky, offering personalized, student-centered education with small class sizes, experiential coursework and internships, making “great spiritual and professional education available to all.”

This accolade comes on the heels of a successful year for the institution, including being named a 2015 Chamber Business of the Year. Other awards include:

2015 College of Distinction

2015 Best Value School

A Best College in the Southeast (Princeton Review)

Best Regional College in the South (U.S. News and World Report)

Top College for Online Associate Degree Program (Affordable Colleges Foundation)

Top Online Psychology Degree (Affordable Colleges Foundation)

Top Online Accounting Degree (Affordable College Online)

Best Online Bachelors of Social Work (BSW): Students Before Profits Award Winner

Best Online College in Kentucky for 2015 (Affordable Colleges Foundation)

To view the “100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi” list and learn more about Great Value Colleges, visit