Brescia University Making a difference2016-12-02T15:49:20Z Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia University Recognized for Online Degree Program Excellence]]> 2016-11-30T17:21:00Z 2016-11-30T17:21:00Z 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:

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia University Partners with Arc of Owensboro Opportunity Center for Art with Arc Collaboration]]> 2016-11-09T18:56:33Z 2016-11-09T18:56:33Z 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

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Honors Students Invited to Tour White House Days Before Election]]> 2016-11-03T20:05:51Z 2016-11-03T20:05:51Z 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.”

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Welcomes Home ‘Shark Tank’ Contestant for “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series]]> 2016-10-27T14:50:05Z 2016-10-27T14:50:05Z 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

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Welcomes Back Alumni and Friends for 2016 Homecoming]]> 2016-10-24T19:43:28Z 2016-10-24T19:43:28Z 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

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[2016-2017 Spirit of Angela Award Nominations]]> 2016-10-21T15:36:28Z 2016-10-21T15:36:28Z 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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Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia University to Host Series of Public Events to Educate the Community on Upcoming Election and Candidates]]> 2016-10-25T16:23:51Z 2016-10-12T14:33:30Z 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.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Four Bearcats Earn Player of the Week Honors]]> 2016-09-21T15:17:35Z 2016-09-21T15:17:35Z Four Brescia University athletes were recognized for the week of September 5-11th for their outstanding play in multiple sports.

shelby-smallShelby Buschkoetter led the Bearcats offense to pick up River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for Sept. 5-11.

Brescia (5-5) went 4-1 on the week with Buschkoetter picking up 143 assists and 43 digs in the five matches. The 5-5 freshman from Owensboro, Ky., averaged 8.94 assists and 2.69 assists per set on the week.

Brescia picked up victories over Fisk (Tenn.), Salem International (W.Va.), Bluefield (Va.) and Glenville State (W.Va.) to improve to .500 overall.

Buschkoetter posted double-doubles of 21 assists and 11 digs versus Ursuline and 37 assists and 11 digs versus Salem International. She had a week-high 39 assists versus Bluefield.

natalie-smallNatalie Jones had a big week of kills and was named River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week.

A freshman from Owensboro, Ky., Jones tallied 84 kills in five matches as Brescia went 4-1 on the week. She had more than 20 kills in three matches, including 22 kills and 17 digs in a win over Salem International. Jones also recorded 20 kills and 19 digs in a win over Glenville State and 21 kills in a win over Bluefield (Va.). She hit .311 for the week with 5.25 kills and 4.06 digs per set.

Jones currently ranks 11th in the NAIA in kills per set and previously received this honor following the first performance of her collegiate career.

rhiannon-smallRhiannon Ungerer earned River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week for her performance.

The junior outside hitter from Milwaukee, Wis., posted double-digit digs in four of the five matches on the week for Brescia. The Bearcats went 4-1 during the week with Ungerer contributing 70 totals digs.

Ungerer’s 19 digs came in a victory over Bluefield (Va.). She had 16 digs in a win over Salem International and another 15 digs in a loss to Ursuline.


max-wolfMax Wolf, Brescia University Men’s Soccer Goalkeeper, earned River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors for Sept. 5-11 for his role in an overtime win over Pikeville (Ky.).

The 2-1 victory came on Sept. 9 to improve Brescia to 3-0 on the season. A freshman from Germany, Wolf made four saves, including one in overtime, to preserve the win. Brescia’s next game is Sept. 13 at home versus Boyce College.

For more information on the Brescia University Bearcat Athletics, visit

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[NAIA Selects Brescia as 2015-2016 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution]]> 2016-09-20T20:45:45Z 2016-09-21T14:00:43Z Brescia University has been selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Committee and the National Office as a 2015-2016 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. Brescia University was one of 171 member institutions at the national level that was selected for the honor and this is the fifth time the University has received this honor.

The Champions of Character Committee uses a scorecard to measure each institution’s commitment to the Champions of Character and points are earned in five key areas; character training, academic focus, character recognition, character promotion and conduct in competition. An institution must score 60% or above on the scorecard to be named a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution.

“It is the implication of Catholic higher education to make sure that such a fundamental value as love is not only fostered in the lives of our students, but strengthened by the holistic education they receive at Brescia University,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “That is why being named a 2015-2016 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution is such an honor. It speaks to the goodness of our students, and their identity as servant leaders, as well as our faculty and staff’s ability to teach and coach through the vocation of love in a way that inspires champions of character, both in play and in life.”

Brescia University received the silver medallion, awarded to institutions that score above 75 percent. In the 2015-2016 school year, 14 individual student athletes at Brescia University were recognized as Champions of Character for exemplifying the NAIA’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

For more information on the 2015-2016 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution honor, visit

For more information of Brescia University Bearcat Athletics, visit

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia and RiverPark Center Celebrate Ribbon Cutting]]> 2016-09-19T15:54:01Z 2016-09-19T15:54:01Z Brescia University, in partnership with the RiverPark Center, celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Anna Eaton Stout Art Gallery on Friday, September 2nd. The Holbrook Balcony will be the temporary location of the gallery throughout the construction of The Moore Center on Brescia University’s campus where it was previously housed.

img_2554The Moore Center renovation is part of a $10 million capital campaign for Brescia University that will also include the construction of a new Signature Building on the corner of Ninth and Frederica.

“We are so grateful to the team at the RiverPark Center for their generosity and willingness to support our artists and our students,” stated Rebecca Hamlin Green, Assistant Professor of Art at Brescia University and Art Gallery Director. “I am thrilled that this partnership came together when it did to serve our needs for a space to continue to show our student and community artwork and also to strengthen the presence of arts in the downtown area. The gallery space will showcase our annual exhibitions and we are also hoping to bring in visiting artists’ works to supplement both Brescia University’s and the RiverPark Center’s arts programming. We hope to continue these types of partnerships to keep the arts alive and thriving in our area.”

The opening exhibit features work from Brescia University alumni and will be on display through October 28th. Works represented include original paintings, drawing, ceramics, stained glass, graphic design, photography and prints. Works are from submitted entries by alumni artists and pieces from the university’s permanent collection.

According to Roxi Witt, Executive Director, “RiverPark Center is proud to partner with Brescia University once again.  We host their annual graduation ceremonies and also partner on the joint Bachelor of Theatre Arts program, so hosting the Anna Eaton Stout Art Gallery in our Holbrook Balcony Lobby is a natural extension. RiverPark Center is the community’s building and we are delighted to invite new visitors.  In this case, we are pleased to showcase Brescia University student art from the past, as well as current students.”

When the Campus Center, now known as The Moore Center, was initially built, donors had the opportunity to select parts of the building to sponsor. Joint donors, Marilyn Field Young and Nancy Field Wilson, sponsored the art gallery, choosing to name it the Anna Eaton Stout Art Gallery in honor of their grandmother. The sisters continued to sponsor the art gallery throughout their lifetimes and the name has remained an integral part of the gallery, even with its relocation to the RiverPark Center temporarily.

The gallery is open to the public will be open Monday-Friday, 10 am-4pm unless the RiverPark Center is closed for a special event. Upcoming shows include the Annual Juried High School Exhibition, the Brescia Student Juried Exhibition and the Brescia Senior Showcase Exhibition.