NKU Hosts Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion to Launch Spring Semester

Unlikely U

Jan. 15, 2019– Northern Kentucky University is focused on creating economic and social opportunity for the region and beyond through greater access to higher education, strengethening completion and providing ways for students to be prepared for career success and community engagement.  On January 18, NKU kicks off the spring semester with Convocation that will feature a documentary that examines this access, followed by a panel discussion on the issue.  

Community members are invited to join NKU’s faculty, staff and students for “Unlikely: In Pursuit of a Better U.” The documentary, directed by Jaye and Adam Fenderson, explores why students leave college through an investigation of barriers faced in earning a college degree and achieving a successful career. President Ashish Vaidya will give a brief welcome and set up the film.

NKU is currently building out its Strategic Framework that will determine the university’s direction for the next three years. The process focuses on student success related to access, completion, and career and community engagement.

“I hope the documentary provides a fresh perspective to the struggles students face and shares success stories from other institutions that are removing barriers,” said President Vaidya. “The foundation of our ‘Success by Design’ process is to engage the community and address these issues as we shape NKU’s future.”

·       What: Spring Convocation film and panel discussion

·       When: Jan. 18, 2019, at 9 a.m. Panel discussion at 10:45 a.m.

·       Where: James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union Ballroom

The panel will be moderated by Mary Stagaman, who serves as the Cincinnati Regional Chamber’s senior inclusion advisor. NKU Alumnus Tim Hanner, president and founder of Navigo College and Career Prep, will participate in the panel along with two current students, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ande Durojaiye and Associate Professor of Teacher Education Brandelyn Tosolt. Classes started on Jan. 14, and the spring semester ends with Commencement on May 11.

About NKU:  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, visit nku.edu.