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sol award SOL Award Recipient Dr. Kirsten Schwarz

October 31, 2018– Northern Kentucky University hosted the inaugural Spotlight on Scholarship event on October 25, 2018 in the Griffin Hall Digitorium.

Spotlight on Scholarship celebrated faculty research, scholarship and creative activity. The topics ranged from the “Me Too” movement to learning about how a Japanese traditional performing art is disappearing over time. Thirty-five faculty members competed to receive the SOL award, named after the goddess of the sun in Norse mythology – Sol.  

“SOL honored our scholars and creative genius by showcasing some of our finest talent in a series of presentations and live panels,” Provost Sue Ott Rowlands said. “Highlights included environmental initiatives, medicine, documentary film, the performing arts, sciences and technology.”

The SOL Award was presented to Dr. Kirsten Schwarz from Environmental Science during the closing remarks. Sara Drabik from Electronic and Media Broadcasting was the runner up. For more information about the Spotlight on Scholarship event, check out its website.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit