Brescia University Making a difference2016-09-28T15:01:02Z 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.

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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

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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.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[2017-2018 FAFSA Information for Students]]> 2016-09-19T20:04:56Z 2016-09-19T15:51:31Z There have been changes made to the timeline for submitting a FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students will be able to submit a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year.

There have also been changes made to the tax information requirements for the FAFSA. All students are encouraged to click here and learn more.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Included in U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Colleges]]> 2016-09-13T19:48:07Z 2016-09-13T19:48:07Z Brescia University has been named to the U.S. News & World Report “Best Regional Colleges in the South” list released today. The list seeks to help domestic and international students compare the academic quality of U.S.-based schools.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality. The rankings emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the methodology at 30 percent.

“I encourage parents and students to use the wealth of data and information in Best Colleges to identify schools that suit their specific needs,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “In addition to considering factors like location and cost, families should pay close attention to graduation and retention rates. These are important indicators of how well a school supports its students both academically and financially. Getting into a good school means nothing if you cannot graduate.”

Other measures used in the calculation is undergraduate academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving rate.

“We are honored to once again be included in a list of such prestigious schools in our regional area,” stated Father Larry Hostetter. “It is the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff that have allowed us to continue to excel over the years, and that has led us to where we are today – the brink of our future. It is our hope that through our capital campaign, we can continue to meet the needs of our growing student body, as well as those who will call Brescia home in the future.”

This accolade follows a successful year for Brescia University and joins two other honors the University has received thus far in the 2016-2017 schools year; 5th Fastest Growing Catholic College in the Nation among Baccalaureate institutions by the Chronicle of Higher Education and a Best College in the Southeast by the Princeton Review.

To view the entire “Best Regional Colleges in the South” list and learn more about the ranking, visit

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Welcomes Author Kristen Green]]> 2016-09-13T19:42:02Z 2016-09-13T19:42:02Z Brescia University is proud to welcome author Kristen Green to campus to speak on Thursday, September 15th at 7 pm. The event, to be held in Taylor Lecture Hall, is free and open to the public with a Q&A to follow. Green is the author of Something Must be Done About Prince Edward County, a story of a Virginia community that defied the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling and closed its public schools for five years rather than desegregate.

authorThe book, published by Harper in 2015, was selected as the common read for Brescia University’s incoming freshman class as part of the First Year Experience program, an academic program designed to assist new students with their transition to college. It was selected for its address of diversity and tolerance in conjunction with Brescia University’s mission pf personal and social transformation through education.

Kristen Green is a longtime journalist who returned to her hometown to investigate what led to the 1959 decision and the public schools there and uncover its ramifications. Green peels back the layers of the community’s complicated and tragic history, as well as, faces her own family’s involvement in the school closures.

The book has received esteemed recognition from renowned reviewers, such as The Washington Post, who listed the book in its Notable Nonfiction for 2015 and called it “a gift to a new generation of readers.” It was also the editors’ choice at the New York Times, which called it “essential reading.” Other accolades include:

  • New York Times bestseller in Race and Civil Rights
  • New York Times bestseller in Education
  • Southern Indie Bestseller
  • Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice 2015

Green has worked for two decades as a reporter for newspapers including the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her works have also appeared in The Atlantic. She holds master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Second Bearcat to Begin Professional Athletic Career Overseas]]> 2016-09-13T19:53:24Z 2016-09-09T19:50:47Z Former 6’7 Brescia University forward, Austin Morris, has committed to play basketball for Baskets Wolmirstedt in Wolmirstedt, Germany. Morris, who hails from Evansville, Indiana, spent four years as a Bearcat and is the second Bearcat to begin his professional basketball career overseas this season. Morris’ teammate Jermain Langley announced earlier in the year his commitment to play professional basketball in Hannover, Germany.

austinThe opportunity came after Morris impressed team agents with his highlight videos, game films and professional resume. He will be leaving the states in late August and is looking forward to traveling abroad.Baskets Wolmirstedt, coached by Nicola Slavojevic, is a European basketball team that along with a host of other teams make up the Regionalliga.

“I look forward to many things to come,” said Morris. “I’m so excited to meet new people and teammates, try new food and go places I’ve never dreamed of going. In my time overseas I hope to become a better basketball player and a well-rounded person. I can’t wait to see what’s next for me.”

During his time at Brescia University, Morris, a graduate of Bosse High School, was an integral part of the team and put up a total of 1,375 points, had 769 rebounds and 205 assists in his career. He was ranked number two in the Division in blocks per game (2.880) and number four in the Division in total blocks (72) for the 2015-2016 season.

Morris was also named the 2014-2015 KIAC Player of the Year, the same year that the Brescia University men’s basketball team claimed the KIAC South Division title, and went to the first round of the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in the school’s history. That year he was 6th in the conference in points per game (16.07), 1st in rebounds per game (10.15), 1st in blocks per game (3.44), 1st in field goal percentage (60.1), 4th in free throw percentage (80.3) and was second in the conference with 13 double-doubles. He also ranked 1st in NAIA Division II blocks per game (3.44), 6th in rebounds per game (10.15) and 11th in field goal percentage (60.1)

“My college career prepared me to be ready for this opportunity to continue my career as a professional,” stated Morris. “It also prepared me to be ready for the hard work it will take to continue to play [basketball] after college and embrace my blessings, not everyone gets a chance to play after college.”

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Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia’s Jones Named River States Conference Attacker of the Week]]> 2016-08-31T15:20:17Z 2016-08-31T15:20:17Z Brescia University athlete and former Owensboro Catholic student, Natalie Jones, has been named the River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week for August 29th. Jones is a freshman outside hitter for the Bearcats who played all six rotations during the Bearcats’ matches that took place at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky this past weekend.

Natalie small“Natalie is a great all-around player, I knew she was going to do great things here at Brescia,” stated Head Volleyball Coach, Jerry Forbes. “I just didn’t realize it would happen in the first weekend of her Freshman season. She is also the type of player that this one accolade is not enough for her, I look for her to help take this program to the next level.”

Jones led the team with 59 kills and 33 digs in the tournament and an average of nearly 20 kills per match. Her outstanding moment came against Campbellsville University with 29 kills and 12 digs, as well as 17 kills against Union University.

“Volleyball is a team sport and no one person can win or lose a match,” stated Jones. “So there is no way I would have received this award without my team. I feel like the team did well and we have come a long way, and we still have a lot of work to do if we are to win a conference championship.”

The Bearcats are back in action on September 3rd, taking on St. Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana in a tri-match for two matches.

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Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Identified as 5th Fastest Growing Catholic College in the Nation]]> 2016-08-29T18:23:55Z 2016-08-29T18:23:55Z Brescia University has been identified as the 5th Fastest Growing Catholic College in the Nation among Baccalaureate institutions by the Chronicle of Higher Education in the 2016-2017 Almanac released this month.

During the 10-year period that was cited, the University experienced a growth rate of 56.7 percent, seeing enrollment climb from 674 students in fall 2004 to 1,056 in fall 2014, which was the second highest total in school history.

“We are pleased to be recognized by such a distinguished source of higher education information,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “But what I am even more grateful for are the students who have chosen to call Brescia University their home. These students are more than a number to us, they each are a part of our family, as are all of our alumni, faculty and staff. Their success and ability to receive a quality education in a holistic environment is our number one priority and we are so proud of the difference they are making by sharing their talents and knowledge with others. Thank you to our faculty and staff, and specifically those involved in the recruitment of our students that allow us to continue to transform the world through education.”

To accommodate the growth the institution has experienced over the past ten years, Brescia University has embarked on a $10 million capital campaign that will support the expansion and renovation of The Moore Center, located on Frederica Street, and the construction of a new, innovative academic building on the corner of Ninth and Frederica. The campaign stems from a Master Plan that began in 2008 aimed at understanding the unique needs of contemporary students and addressing those needs with an education customized to the individual student.

Brescia University’s growth is attributed, but not limited, to the following:

  • The long standing support of the Owensboro community;
  • The foundation laid by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Expansion into online learning;
  • Addition of academic programs including a Master of Business Administration, Pre-Law, Pre-Nursing,  and Human Services, among others;
  • Development of robust student life offerings that focus on leadership;
  • Enrollment services;
  • Active partnerships with 2-year institutions.

In addition to this recognition, Brescia University has received the following awards and honors for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years:

  • Chamber Business of the Year (Education & Workforce Development Program)
  • 2014, 2015 and 2016 College of Distinction
  • A Best College in the Southeast (Princeton Review) in 2014 and 2015
  • 2014, 2015 and 2016 Best Value School (University Research and Review)
  • Best Regional College in the South (U.S. News & World Report) in 2014 and 2015
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award
  • Military Friendly Schools List (Victory Media Inc) in 2014 and 2015
  • Top College for Online Associate Degree Program (Affordable Colleges Foundation) in 2014
  • Top Online Psychology Degree (Affordable Colleges Foundation) in 2014
  • Top Online Accounting Degree in 2014
  • Alpha Chi National Honor Society Star Chapter in 2014
  • “100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi” (Great Value Colleges) in 2015
  • Top 100 Baccalaureate Colleges (Washington Monthly) in 2015
  • S. College Ranking by Economic Value (Showmark Media, LLC) in 2015
  • Best Online Bachelor’s of Political Science (Best Degree Programs) in 2015
  • Top 30 Online Bachelor’s of Psychology Degree (Best Value Schools) in 2015
  • Best Value Colleges for Online Theology Degree Programs (Best Value Schools) in 2015
  • Best Online Accounting Degrees (Affordable Colleges Online) in 2015
  • Top Online Undergraduate Degree Programs in Psychology (Psychology Degree 411) in 2015
  • Best Online College in Kentucky 2016 (Best in 2015
  • 10 Best Online Bachelor of Social Work Degree Programs ( in 2015
  • Top 50 Schools for Online Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting ( in 2015

For more information about The Chronicle of Higher Education and to view the 2016 Almanac, visit

Kayla Cruse <![CDATA[Brescia Ranks Third on List of Top Ten National Online Accounting Degrees]]> 2016-08-03T18:44:36Z 2016-08-03T18:44:36Z Brescia University has been ranked third out of the list of top ten online accounting schools for undergrad degrees by Accounting School Guide, an online resource created to give accounting students an unbiased, accurate assessment of different accounting schools and degrees.

The ranking considered all online accounting programs across the nation that offered the following degrees:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Certified Internal Auditor

Certified Information Systems Auditor

Certified Government Auditing Professional

And Certified Bank Auditor (CBA)

Ranking was based on three factors; selectivity, reputation and flexibility. The acceptance rate of the program, how the program compares to other rankings in Forbes and US News and how flexible the programs are for working or adult students were considered and evaluated.

The website highlighted Brescia University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree that is full online and built on a foundation of Catholic thought and centered around adult learners. They praised the generous transfer policy offered to students, and the flexibility of the program that allows students to accelerate their degree into a two-year time frame or less. The website stated that for “students looking for a Catholic, accelerated, adult-friendly degree option in accounting, Brescia University is hard to beat.”

This accolade comes on the heels of a host of accolades Brescia University has received, highlighting their online and on ground programs, including:

College of Distinction

“100 Most Affordable Small Colleges East of the Mississippi” (Great Value Colleges)

A Best College in the Southeast (Princeton Review)

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

Military Friendly Schools List (Victory Media Inc)

Top 100 Baccalaureate Colleges (Washington Monthly)

U.S. College Ranking by Economic Value (Showmark Media, LLC)

Best Online Bachelor’s of Political Science (Best Degree Programs)

Top 30 Online Bachelor’s of Psychology Degree (Best Value Schools)

Best Value Colleges for Online Theology Degree Programs (Best Value Schools)

Best Online Accounting Degrees (Affordable Colleges Online)

Top Online Undergraduate Degree Programs in Psychology (Psychology Degree 411)

Best Online College in Kentucky 2016 (Best

10 Best Online Bachelor of Social Work Degree Programs (

Top 50 Schools for Online Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (

To view the entire top ten list and learn more about the ranking, visit