Brescia Selected as 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

September 13, 2017

Brescia University has once again been selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Committee and the National Office as a 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution . Brescia University has received these honor, which highlights the pursuit of character-driven athletics, a total of six times with the most recent being 2016.

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 .

Brescia University received the silver medallion, which is awarded to institutions that score above 75 percent.

In addition to the school designation, Brescia University also had more than ten student athletes from various sports who received the individual Champion of Character accolade for the 2016-2017 school year for exemplifying the NAIA’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

“To be named a 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution is one of the greatest accolades we can receive because of how it speaks to the character and integrity of our students,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “As a Catholic higher education provider, we strive to help our students become the best versions of themselves, and to develop into servant leaders who are not only receiving an education to help them accomplish their dreams, but who are becoming good citizens who are making a difference in the lives of others. This award highlights the Brescia Difference in the goodness of our students and in their exemplary coaches.”

For more information on the 2016-2017 Champions of Character Five-Star Institution honor, visit .


Brescia to Celebrate Grand Opening of the Moore Center

September 13, 2017

Brescia University will celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Moore Center on September 8, 2017. The day will kick off with a Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and a dedication by Bishop William Medley at 11:30 am. Guests will then be invited to partake in lunch in O’Bryan’s Dining Hall. Tours will also be available throughout the afternoon. The day of celebration will conclude with a picnic style dinner at 6:00 pm. The evening festivities will include live bluegrass music, a performance by local artist and speed painter Aaron Kizer, and other commemorative activities.

The renovation of The Moore Center completes the first of a two phase building project. Brescia University launched a $10 million capital campaign in October 2014; The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century. The campaign and building projects are part of a vision to meet the evolving needs of students in a growing competitive landscape of higher education.

The Moore Center, previously known as the Campus Center, was originally constructed in 1988. Brescia University broke ground on the renovations project in March 2016. The building was completed in July 2017. The Moore Center boasts an open concept living and dining area, including the remodeled O’Bryan’s Dining Hall, named in memory of William M. O’Bryan, one of the founding members of the then Brescia College Board of Trustees. The main floor’s open air atrium also features Barney’s Café, a new downtown coffee shop destination, open to the public from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday evenings. Bearcat Corner, the University’s spirit shop, and the Office of Admissions, sponsored by Old National Bank, are also located inside the atrium.

The most notable addition is an expanded gymnasium that will accommodate 750 fans and features two full-size practice courts in conjunction with the primary playing court. The second floor now features the expanded Owensboro Health Walking Track, open to the public from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday, a new health and wellness center for students, faculty, and staff, and updated Student Development office space that includes a new Counseling and Campus Ministry Center.

The Moore Center is named in recognition of the Parvin and Mildred Moore Family. The Moore’s son, Joe, graduated cum laude from then Brescia College in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He is a CPA with more than 30 years of experience in hospital management and operations and recently retired from his position as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vanguard Health Systems. He now spends his time as a semi-retiree lending his expertise with Martin Ventures, a Nashville based venture capital firm. Joe is currently serving his third term as a member of the Brescia University Board of Trustees and also serves as the chair of the Campaign Cabinet for the Gateway to Our Second Century Capital Campaign. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2005.

In 2014, Joe and his wife Jeanne pledged a $1 million dollar gift to the campaign, and in November 2015 was responsible for securing an additional $1 million gift from The Martin foundation, a gift given in Joe’s honor. Joe and Jeanne chose to give tribute to his parents with a scripture from Proverbs 16:30, “Entrust your works to the Lord, and your plans will succeed,” a life lesson among many they taught him through their upbringing.

The second phase of the building projects will be the construction of a new academic building located on the corner of 9 th and Frederica Street. Ground breaking will take place in the spring of 2018 with completion slated for late 2019. The “Signature Building,” as it is being called at this time, will house Brescia University’s School of Education, the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work, and the Charles A. Reid School of Business. Total construction costs for both projects will likely surpass $14million. The University has raised over $12million. Naming opportunities are still available for interested donors.


Homecoming Date for 2017 Announced, Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

July 31, 2017

Brescia University will welcome back alumni and friends to campus for the 2017 Alumni Homecoming, “Live Like a Bearcat,” October 26 th – 29 th . The event will feature a host of activities for students, alumni, faculty and staff, as they celebrate the rich tradition and return of treasured alumni. As a part of that celebration, Brescia will honor four Distinguished Alumni, as well as, four new Athletic Hall of Fame members.

Since the inception of the prestigious Distinguished Alumni 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 2017 Distinguished Alumni who will be honored at the banquet on Friday, October 27 th at 6:00 pm at The Moore Center are Dr. Paul Coomes ’73, Eric ’92 and Jason Kyle ’96, and Sister Sharon Sullivan, ‘75.

Dr. Paul Coomes is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville. He is a graduate of Brescia College (BA), Indiana University (MS), and the University of Texas (Ph.D.). Professor Coomes came to the University of Louisville from Texas in 1985.

Coomes is past chair of the Economics department at Louisville, past president of the Kentucky Economic Association, and was the 2014 Distinguished Economist of that organization. He also recently served as Executive Director of the Office Health Policy for Kentucky state government.

Paul lives with his wife in eastern Jefferson County. He is descended from William and Jane Coomes, who arrived in 1774 at Fort Harrod, Kentucky – where Jane became the first school teacher in the state.

Eric Kyle , a 1992 alumnus, and Jason Kyle , a 1996 alumnus, are owners of Red Pixel Studios, a marketing design group in Owensboro. Under their leadership, Red Pixel Studios is heavily involved in the community, donating time and talent to develop websites and other materials for several non-profit organizations. Jason serves on the boards of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation and Daniel Pitino Shelter. The Red Pixel Studios team, which includes two other Brescia alumni, have partnered with Brescia on numerous campaigns and projects.

Sister Sharon Sullivan , a 1975 alumna in Special Education, taught in the Daviess County school system, then became an Ursuline Sister and returned to Brescia College in 1984, serving as Director of Residential Life, Education Faculty, and Academic Dean until 2010, when she became the Congregational Leader of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.

She has been appointed to and served on Kentucky’s State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children and Daviess County’s Greenwood Cemetery Advisory Board. Sr. Sharon has also served on the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, on Brescia University’s Board of Trustees, and the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Board of Directors.

The Brescia University Athletic Hall of Fame honors student-athletes, coaches, and other individuals who have contributed to the promotion, development, and success of Brescia University’s athletic program. Inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame exemplify excellence in the classroom, on and off the field of play, and in service to others. Through their personal and team successes, these individuals serve as a shining example of what it means to be a Brescia Bearcat.

The 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees who will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, October 28 th at 6:30 pm at the Moore Center are Graeme Abel ’04, Matthew Lowe ’12, John Reilly and Marty Rowe.

Graeme Abel , currently serves as the Goalkeeper Coach for the United States Women’s National Team. He was a vital part of the 2015 Women’s World Cup team staff that helped the United States win its first World Cup title in 16 years.

Abel has extensive coaching experience in youth and college programs, including stints with: USA FIFA U-20, USA’s youth National Teams, Oklahoma University, Washington State University, and the University of Nevada. In 2004, Graeme started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Brescia University.

Before attending Brescia University, Abel’s playing career has included time with: Everton FC, Stockport County FC, and Lindsey Wilson College, where he was named NAIA All American, 1999 NAIA National Tournament MVP, and led Lindsey Wilson to a national championship. While at Brescia, Abel was once again an NAIA All-American and two-time KIAC Conference Player of the Year.

He currently resides in Seattle with his wife Katie and two children, Kian and Lila. Graeme will also serve as the guest speaker for the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.

Matthew Lowe , currently serves as the Assistant Cross Country/Track & Field Coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. While at Brescia, Lowe was a member of the Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

From 2008-2013, Lowe garnered numerous awards and set a number of school records in Cross Country/Track & Field. Over the course of his career, Lowe was a five-time all-conference selection, three-time conference champion, and two-time NAIA All-American. Lowe is the first Cross County and Track & Field athlete to be inducted into the Brescia University Athletic Hall of Fame.

John Reilly was the head coach of the Brescia Men’s Basketball program from 1993 to 2005. During his tenure, the Bearcats produced ten winning seasons, two NAIA Division 1 tournament appearances, and eleven NAIA All Americans.

Reilly is the all-leader in wins for Bearcat Basketball with a career record of 219-134 and a .609 career winning percentage. Reilly also won three consecutive conference Coach of Year awards from 1997-1999. During the final nine years of his tenure at Brescia, Reilly also served as the Director of Athletics.

Today, John Reilly is the Head Men’s basketball coach at NCAAA Div. II Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Marty Rowe was the Head Women’s Basketball coach for Brescia from 1998 to 2004. Over the course of just six seasons, Rowe led the Lady Bearcats to four NAIA national tournament appearances, including Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, Rowe’s Lady Bearcats reached the NAIA Final Four. Rowe coached a combined 16 athletic and academic NAIA All-Americans, was named NAIA Independent Coach of the Year each year from 2002-2004, and his Lady Bearcats won the 2004 NAIA Independent Tournament Championship.

In addition to leading the Women’s Basketball Program, Rowe also served as Brescia’s Head Men’s Golf Coach. His teams made six consecutive appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including a Tenth place finish in 2002 and a Fifth place finish in 2001. Rowe began his coaching career at Brescia University as an assistant coach with Men’s Basketball.

Marty Rowe currently serves as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Various other homecoming activities will be held throughout the weekend to celebrate the tradition of Brescia:

Thursday, October 26 th

7:00 pm – “Return to the Arch” Alumni Speaker Series featuring Sister Michele Morek, OSU ’66 (Taylor Lecture Hall)

Friday, October 27th

6:00 PM Distinguished Alumni Cocktail Hour – The Moore Center

6:30 PM Distinguished Alumni Banquet – The Moore Center (Advance tickets required, $40.)

Saturday, October 28th

10:00 AM Chariot Races Tailgating – Brescia University Alumni Hall (7 th street)

11:00 AM Chariot Races (Crowning of the Homecoming Court immediately following the race)

12:00 PM Lunch (O’Bryan’s Dining Hall)

12:30 PM Annual Alumni Association Meeting (O’Bryan’s Dinning Hall)

6:00 PM Athletic Hall of Fame Cocktail Reception

6:30 PM Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet featuring guest speaker Graeme Abel ’03 (The Moore Center)

Sunday, October 29th

10:00 AM Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (Brunch immediately following in O’Bryan’s Dinning Hall)

For more information regarding Homecoming festivities or to purchased tickets for select events, contact Jake Davis, Director of Alumni Relations, at 270-686-2111 or .


Brescia 2017 Spring Academic Dean’s List

June 1, 2017

The following students from Brescia University were named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List for completing 12 credit hours with a 3.5 GPA.


Bardstown: Daniel Steele , Sophomore, Accounting;

Beaver Dam: Andrea Flores , Senior, Social Work; Rylan Smith , Junior, Political Science; Katrina Vincent , Senior, Psychology;

Beverly: Meredith Asher , Junior, Social Work;

Bowling Green: Leah Armstrong , Senior, English; Allison Holeman , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in HRM; Courtney Reels , Senior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Brandon Stacker , Sophomore, Special EduMid;

Campbellsville: Amber Flinchum , Senior, Psychology;

Caneyville: Alanna Mudd , Junior, Elementary Education;

Central City: April Gilbert , Junior, Psychology; Haley Hopper , Senior, Social Work; Kelsey Whitaker , Senior, Special EduMid;

Clarkson: Brent Crawford , Senior, Biology; Amber Estes , Senior, Medical Technology; Nolan White , Senior, Business;

Cloverport: Hallie Popham , Senior, Medical Technology;

Corydon: Charlotte Hoge , Junior, Social Work;

Crestwood: Robert Caudill , Senior, Social Work; Benjamin Sammet , Junior, Psychology, Theatre;

Crofton: Haley Cook , Junior, Psychology;

Eddyville: Courtney Klueppel , Sophomore, Biology;

Elkton: Jayde Robinson , Sophomore, Health Sciences; Alicia Salazar , Freshman, Elementary Education;

Flemingsburg: Tiffany Teegarden , Senior, Social Work;

Fordsville: Lauren Reynolds , Senior, Art, Music;

Fort Campbell : Renea Williams , Senior, Social Work;

Franklin: Shelby Franklin , Senior, Special EduElem;

Greenville : Andrew Hall , Sophomore, Psychology;

Hardinsburg: Helen Coyle, Senior , Middle School Education; Tonya Tivitt , Sophomore, Computer Science;

Hartford: Taylor Love , Junior, Art Education;

Hawesville: Jessica Burk , Senior, Social Work; Megan Kurz , Junior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing;

Hazel: Ryan Oates , Junior, Biochemistry, Mathematics;

Henderson: Amy Bassett , Senior, Social Work; Kaylee Buckman-Nelson , Senior, English; Kyle Robinson , Junior, Secondary English; Mason Roland , Sophomore, Biology;

Hickory: Barbara Stephens , Senior, Social Work;

Hopkinsville: Debra Pitts , Junior, Social Work;

Knottsville: Kelly Cecil , Senior, Communication Sciences and Disorders;

LaGrange: Whitney Anderson , Sophomore, Social Work; Byron Williamson , Senior, Biology, Business;

Lebanon Junction: Kassi Gilbert , Junior, Secondary Biology, Chemistry;

Lewisport: Sara Lewis , Senior, Theology, Philosophy; Taylor Noble , Sophomore, Biology; Yasmani Ochoa , Senior, Biology, Chemistry;

Louisville: Jamie Chowning , Senior, Social Work; Shannon Cleary , Sophomore, Social Work; Abigail Leanhart , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Abigail Munger , Senior, Art; Julie Ringham , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Lowes: Nicole Burks , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology;

Maceo: Adam Hayden , Junior, Biology;

Madisonville: Katilyn Hamilton , Senior, Secondary English;

Maple Mount: Mai Pham , Junior, Social Work;

Marion: Brenden Phillips , Senior, History;

Mayfield: Justin Roberts , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

Millwood: Jessica Robinson , Sophomore, Accounting;

Milton: Heather Garcia , Senior, Social Work;

Morganfield: John Davis , Sophomore, Biology;

Owensboro: Preye Agbana , Senior, Chemistry ; Katelynn Arnold , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Management; Jamison Bowlds , Sophomore, Elementary Education; Brooklyn Bowman , Junior, Middle School Education; Londa Boyd , Senior, Accounting; Kristen Boyens , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Leigh Chapman , Junior, PsycAdd; Emily Cissell , Senior, Accounting; Nicole Cooke-Frost , Senior, Social Work; Haley Coons , Junior, Accounting, Pre-Law Studies; Larry Douglas , Junior, Social Work; Tammy Duncan , Senior, Accounting; Matthew Eaggleston , Freshman; Kristin Emmick , Senior, Social Work; Mary Frey , Junior, Business; Hunter Gaddis , Sophomore, Computer Science; Whitney Galloway , Senior, Business; Donna Goodwin , Senior, Business; Gena Gray , Senior, Accounting; Danielle Hancock , Senior, Biology; Chad Harl , Junior, Accounting; Briscoe Horrell , Junior, Spanish Edu; Kirstin Horsley , Senior, Psychology; Makenzie Jackson , Junior, Special EduElem; Jeanna James , Sophomore, History, Pre-Law Studies; Natalie Jones , Freshman, Health Sciences; Kathleen Jurkiewicz , Senior, Accounting; Benjamin Keller , Junior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing; Ashley Kruta , Senior, Psychology; Angela Kurz , Senior, Accounting; Bryan Lanham , Senior, Accounting; Katelyn McCarthy , Junior, Psychology; Emily Miller , Sophomore, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Jennifer Minton , Senior, Biochemistry; Deborah Ogulu , Senior, Chemistry; Kelsey Postiglione , Sophomore, Elementary Education; Christy Probus , Senior, Social Work; Natalie Renfrow , Junior, Business; Jennie Satterfield , Junior, Psychology, Pre-Law Studies; Victoria Shaffer , Senior, Political Science, Spanish; Jonathan Speed , Sophomore, Health Sciences; Micah Swift , Sophomore, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Rachel Tanner , Senior, Social Work; Morgan Thomas , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Stephanie Wall , Senior, English; Teresa Whitten , Junior, Political Science; Icces Wilcox , Junior, Social Studies Secondary; Adam Wilkinson , Junior, Special EduElem; Megan Young , Sophomore, Human Services;

Philpot: Olivia Conder , Senior, Art; Emily Ditto , Senior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing; Devin Ford , Junior, Biology; Nathan Huff , Senior, Graphic Design, Business;

Pikeville: Natasha Tackett , Senior, Social Work;

Robards: Jonathan Harris , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Robinson Creek: Devin Thacker , Junior, Social Work;

Shelbyville: Steven Standafer , Junior, Business; Melissa Wise , Sophomore, Human Services;

Somerset: Tyler Hail , Senior, Biology;

Spottsville: Robert Mitchell , Sophomore, Accounting;

Sturgis: Katlyn Mendoza , Junior, Social Work;

Summer Shade: Kolton Myatt , Senior, Biology;

Tompkinsville : Dillon Geralds , Junior, Elementary Education; Kelsey Kirkpatrick , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Union: Daniel Lageman , Senior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Mason Sturdivant , Sophomore, Engineering Studies;

Utica: Amber Boarman , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Andrea Boarman , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology; Tristan Haight , Junior, Biochemistry, Biology; Mallorie Polston , Junior, Elementary Education; Andrew Roberts , Senior, Accounting;

White Plains: Cameron Robinson , Senior, Political Science;

Whitesville: Hannah Bland , Junior, Theology, Philosophy; Reagan Calloway , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Management; Carrie Howard , Sophomore, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;


Huntsville: Christina Kirkland , Senior, Social Work;

Wetumpka: Cynthia Ann Foote , Senior, Social Work;


Chugiak: April Beardslee , Sophomore, Social Work;


Coolidge: Eric Cole , Sophomore, Human Services;


Benton: Te’Marco Boykins , Junior, Social Work;

Harrison: Elizabeth Wolfe , Junior, Social Work;


Chula Vista: Perlita Ortiz , Senior, Social Work;

Fresno: Dawn Batten , Senior, Social Work;

Hesperia: Regina Romo , Junior, Social Work;

Inglewood: Zedrixaviel Santos , Freshman, Human Services;

Oceanside: Elissa Duggan , Senior, Social Work;

Olivehurst: Erin Ticarat , Senior, Social Work;

Panorama City: Hamaspyur Arakelyan , Senior, Accounting;

Rancho Cucamonga: Sal Arredondo , Senior, Social Work;

Rancho Palos Verdes: Jessica Doria , Junior, Social Work;

Susanville: Natasha Gilstrap-Cote , Junior, Social Work;


Denver: Lauren Pleva , Junior, Social Work;


Seaford: Jessica Morgan , Freshman, Human Services;


Coconut Creek: Michelle Edwards , Junior, Social Work;

Gainesville: Marnie Shaeffer , Sophomore, Human Services;

Punta Gorda: Haley Mandeville , Sophomore, Human Services;

Trinity: Renee LaSala , Junior, Psychology;

Vero Beach: Sandhal Guggeri , Sophomore, Human Services;


Fort Benning: Stasha Fowler , Sophomore, Human Services;

Jonesboro: Sophnielle Santana , Freshman, Human Services;

McDonough: Jaleel Parris , Sophomore, Graphic Design;

Monroe: Keeley Kooken , Senior, Social Work;

Stone Mountain: Kelly Hooper , Senior, Social Work;


Honolulu: Angela Stover , Sophomore, Human Services;

Wahiawa: Kayla Draughn , Sophomore, Human Services; Megan Miller , Sophomore, Human Services;


Hoyleton: Sophia Marick , Junior, Social Work;

Mascoutah: Nickole Durbin , Senior, Political Science;

Metropolis: Joshua Wetzel , Senior, Accounting;

Midlothian: Katie Clifford , Junior, Social Work;

Normal: Nicholle Resac , Senior, Social Work;

Scott AFB: Caleb Tisher , Junior, History;


Corydon: Nola Hudson-Paschal , Senior, Psychology;

Evansville: William Maxwell , Junior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Bertha Melendres , Freshman, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Andrea Pearce , Senior, Social Work;

Haubstadt: Mariah Kramer , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders;

Huntingburg: Audrey Mehling , Senior, Elementary Education; Megan Stapleton , Junior, Special EduElem;

Leopold: Samantha Steckler , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;

Medora: Brookelyn Hattabaugh , Junior, Accounting;

Oakland City: Jordan Blemker , Sophomore, Middle School Education;

St Meinrad: Antonio Marchi , Senior, Theology;


Burlington: Tiffany Siefken , Junior, Social Work;


Manhattan: Dakota Barron , Senior, Computer Science with Emphasis in Quantative Theory;


Joyce: DeAnna Moller , Freshman, Human Services;

Shreveport: Tiffany Lewis , Senior, Social Work;


Glen Burnie: Taryn Meyer , Sophomore, Social Work;

Owings Mills: Tynisha Thornes , Junior, Social Work;


Forestdale: Courtney Onwuzuruigbo , Senior, Social Work;

Southbridge: Alexa Manso , Junior, Social Work;


Battle Creek: Rachel Gorlitz , Senior, Social Work;

Charlotte: Leticia Stone , Senior, Social Work;

Midland: Betsy Morey , Senior, Social Work;


Akeley: Amanda Semmler , Senior, Social Work;

Alpha: Krystal Preuss , Senior, Social Work;

Eden Prairie: Laura Jo Rodriguez , Senior, Social Work;

Kasson: Sara Tear , Junior, Social Work;

Ortonville: Kirstin Scoblic , Senior, Social Work;

Sauk Centre: Alyssa Herbaugh , Senior, Social Work;


Brandon: Amber Taylor , Senior, Social Work;


Belton: Jennifer Cochran , Junior, Social Work;

Branson: Christina Hull , Senior, Social Work;

Butler: Catherine Clowers , Sophomore, Social Work;

Saint Louis: Lanh Hoang , Freshman, Theology; Thoa Phan , Freshman, English; Toni Watson , Junior, Social Work;

Troy: Alexa Nicholas , Sophomore, Health Sciences;

Warrenton: Hattie Teal , Junior, Business;


Big Timber: Kay McDonnell , Senior, Social Work;


Panaca: Janie Rippetoe , Junior, Social Work;

New Hampshire

Nashua: Barbara Bevins , Senior, Social Work; Candace Wilson , Sophomore, Human Services;

New Jersey

Atlantic City: Helen Cheatham , Senior, Social Work;

Berkeley Heights: Jenna Wodash , Sophomore, Human Services;

Blackwood: Kelley McHutchison , Senior, Social Work;

East Brunswick: Jessica Seaboldt , Senior, Social Work;

Monroe Township: Michele Herrington , Senior, Social Work;

New Egypt: Elaina LoAlbo , Sophomore, Human Services;

Somerset: Nancy Mount , Junior, Social Work;

New York

Brewster: Marcella Occhicone , Sophomore, Human Services;

Clayton: Dymphna Roman-Loring , Senior, Social Work;

Poughkeepsie: Peyton Hutson , Senior, Social Work;

North Carolina

Arden: Joanna Earls , Senior, Social Work;

Charlotte: Chloe Dabrowski , Senior, Social Work; Tynan Ipaye , Senior, Social Work;

Columbus: Madison Cantrell , Senior, Social Work;

Moravian Falls: Kendra Farris , Freshman, Human Services;


Bidwell: Bethany Corbin , Senior, Social Work, Psychology;

Canton: Lisa Cranston , Senior, Social Work;

Cleveland: Rhonda Janey , Junior, Social Work;

Columbus Grove: Alyssa Plontz , Senior, Social Work;

Luckey: Melisa Konesni , Sophomore, Human Services;

Norwood: Kathryn Long , Senior, Social Work;

Windham: Kaytlin O’Bryan , Sophomore, Human Services;


McAlester: Geri Ward , Senior, Social Work;


Hillsboro: Colette Klein , Senior, Social Work;

Springfield: Tamara Johnson , Junior, Social Work;


Havertown: Ashleigh Farrell , Senior, Social Work;


Atwood: Annie Emert , Junior, Psychology;

Clarksville: Brenden Williams , Junior, Computer Science with Emphasis in Business & Management Sys;

Cross Plains: Bonnie Jones , Junior, Biology;

Fayetteville: Julie Miller , Senior, Social Work;

Lebanon: Justin Maloney , Senior, Political Science;

Madison: Kristen Small , Junior, Social Work;

Nolensville: Shelby Nelson , Senior, Speech Pathology/Audiology;

Waverly: Sigrid Igartua , Senior, Social Work;


Alvin: William Mortley , Senior, Social Work;

Amarillo: Jennifer Quintero , Senior, Social Work;

Burkburnett: Jessica Whitney , Junior, Social Work;

Burleson: Rhonda Perkins , Freshman, Human Services;

Cibolo: Alisha Jentz , Senior, Social Work;

El Paso: Alana Heitzer , Senior, Social Work;

Friendswood: Marissa Meader , Senior, Social Work;

Killeen: Cheyenne Tonkin , Sophomore, Human Services;

Mineola: Erin Boyd , Senior, Integrated Studies;

San Antonio: Diane Milner , Junior, Social Work;

Savoy: Matthew Stone , Senior, Business;


Washington Terrace: Kirsten Reinhard , Junior, Social Work;


Linden: Sandra Davis , Senior, Social Work;

Vinton: Ana Zuniga Arana , Senior, Social Work;

Williamsburg: Deanna Pepper-Balanta , Junior, Social Work;

Woodbridge: Madison Miller , Junior, Social Work;


Bellingham: Lila Ruiz , Senior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;

Kennewick: Brittney Roske , Senior, Social Work;


Frederic: Jeanne Daniels , Sophomore, Psychology;

Kenosha: Alisha Pournaras , Senior, Social Work;

Luck: Sarah Funk , Senior, Social Work;

Madison: Erica Johnson , Senior, Social Work;

Marinette: Tiffany Lindbom , Senior, Social Work;

Menasha: Jenny Davis , Senior, Social Work;

Milwaukee: Kimberly Anderson , Sophomore, Human Services;


Mateo Jurado Ruales , Senior, Business;

Luan Cordeiro Yoshida , Sophomore, Engineering Studies;


Kyran Weemaels , Sophomore, Engineering Studies;

Costa Rica

Diego Saborio , Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management;


Max Wolf , Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;


Millicent Akere , Senior, Mathematics, Chemistry;


Jose Alcazar Camargo , Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Management, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;


Brescia University Receives $1 Million Gift to Establish the Charles Albert Reid School of Business

May 24, 2017

Brescia University has received a $1 Million gift from the family of the late Charles Albert Reid, founder of Independence Bank, to name the Brescia University School of Business in his memory. The Charles Albert Reid School of Business will be located in Brescia University’s new academic center for professional studies to be constructed on the corner of 9 th and Frederica Streets.

In 1971, Mr. Reid and his brother-in-law, Maurice E. Reisz, purchased Farmers & Merchants Bank in McLean County as well as Providence State Bank in Webster County. In 1997, the two small banks were incorporated under one name, Independence Bank. After his passing in October 2001, his son Chris, also a Brescia graduate, took over his father’s role as President that same year.

Today, the third generation of the Reid family, Jacob Reid and Lauren Patton, also third generation Brescia graduates, have assumed leadership roles within Independence Bank. Jacob serves as the Executive Vice President and Lauren as the Executive Director of the Independence Bank Foundation, the charitable arm of the bank.

“The Reid family has a long tradition of service to the Owensboro region and we are incredibly proud of this family of alumni. I am humbled and thankful for their generosity and investment in the future of our students. They are not only models of philanthropy but also great examples of applying Christian principles to business practices, especially in their commitment to servant leadership,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University.

The center for professional studies, currently being called the Signature Building, will also house the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work, which recently received a $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation, as well as, the School of Education and The William Thompson Center for Business Graduate Studies.

Ground will be broken on the project in early 2018 as part of the second phase of The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century, following the completion of the first phase, the renovation of The Moore Center in mid-June. The construction of the building will cost approximately $8 million, with a total campaign cost of $15 million. The University has raised nearly $12.1 million to date.

The Reid family will join members of the Brescia University community on July 12 th, which would have been Mr. Reid’s 84 th birthday, for a luncheon and check presentation.


Brescia Class of 2017 Graduates

May 23, 2017

Brescia University awarded degrees at the RiverPark Center on May 6, 2017. The following students received degrees as indicated:

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Associate of Science (A.S.)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Master of Science in Management (M.S.M)

Master of Science in Teacher Leadership (M.S.T.L.)

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)



Peggy Sue Potempa , B.A. in Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies, Magna Cum Laude;


Meredith Hallie Asher , A.A in Human Services;


Dylan Massey , B.S. in Computer Science: Emphasis in Business and Management Systems;


Kayleigh Brooke Bowlds , B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology;

Kelsey Ranes Clouse , B.S. in Business;


Maryjo Michelle Williams , B.S. in Biology;


Robert Caudill , B.S.W. in Social Work;


William Andrew Beams , B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry Minor;

Jessica Elizabeth McCray , A.A in Human Services;

Kassie Rachele Spink , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;


Sarah Ann Hedges , M.S.M. in Management;

Fort Campbell:

Renea Jeanette Williams , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;

Gravel Switch:

Alexis Carla Michelle Kirkland , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;


Madalyn Adora Jarboe , B.A. in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude;


Sesiley Grace Ayers , A.A in Human Services;


Jessica Burk , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Honors College, Magna Cum Laude;


Amy Bassett , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha, Cum Laude;

Lauren Rodgers , B.S. in Biology;

James A. Wilson, Jr , B.S. in Business;


Nicole Ashley Burks , B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Cum Laude;

Lebanon Junction:

Rashelle Nicole Juric , B.S. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Chemistry and Biology;


Antonio Juan Enrique Marchi , B.A. in Theology;


Kelsey Michelle Daugherty , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Andrew Ray Atkins , B.S. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Business and Sports Management;

Luis J. Aju Cottom , M.B.A. in Business Administration;


Chad Edward Menser , M.B.A. in Business Administration;

Morgan Skye Wimberg , B.A. in English with a Psychology Minor;


Heather Garcia , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;


James R. Girten , B.S. in Business, Cum Laude;


Tori McKenna Fugate , B.S. in Biology;


Manuchimso David Amadi , B.S. in Computer Science: Emphasis in Quantative Theory;

Heather Hadley Boaz , B.S. in Middle School Education with Kentucky Teacher Certification 5−9 in English and Social Studies; Kristen Nicole Boyens , B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology; Jonathan Brey , B.S. in Middle School Education with Kentucky Teacher Certification 5−9 in Mathematics and Science, Summa Cum Laude; Emily Whelan Cissell , B.S. in Accounting, Cum Laude; Mary Megan Dunn , M.S.W. in Social Work; Jacob Paul Fischer , B.A. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in History, Philosophy, and Theology; William Charles Johnson , B.S. in Biology; Nicholas Howard Krampe , B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude; Sarah Elizabeth Lawson , M.S.W. in Social Work; Erica Lee McFarland , B.S. in Biology; Caleb McIntire , A.A in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Business and Social Work; Tonya Moorman , B.S. in Accounting, Cum Laude; Megan Leigh Morton , M.B.A. in Business Administration; Daryle Scott Muench , M.S.M. in Management; Jennifer Brown Nelson , B.S. in Accounting; Christy Ann Probus , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha; Jennifer Therese Robertson , B.S. in Accounting; Audrey Rose Rock-Goetz , M.S.T.L. in Teacher Leadership; Jonathan Byron Speed , A.S. Health Sciences;

Rachel Jean-Marie Tanner , B.S.W. in Social Work, Has met all requirements for Certification in Public Child Welfare in Kentucky; Johanna Francheska Rosa Torres , A.A in Human Services; Stephanie Theresa Wall , B.A. in English, Member of Alpha Chi, Cum Laude; Hilary Ashton Wright , B.S. in Business: Emphasis in Human Resource Management; Joshua Yonts , A.S. in Business;


Tyler Thomas Neihoff , B.S. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Psychology and Sports Management;


Sarah Elizabeth Martin , B.S. in Elementary Education with Kentucky Teacher Certification P−5


David Lee Drury, III , B.S. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Biology and Business;


Victoria Alexandrina King , B.A. in Graphic Design; Kumari Javaughn Logan , B.A. in Psychology, Member of Honors College;


Tyler Logan Hail , B.S. in Biology;


Daniel Matthew Lageman , B.A. in Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Ministry;

Mason W. Sturdivant , A.S. in Engineering Studies;


Amber Elizabeth Boarman , B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Cum Laude;

Andrea Dawn Boarman , B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Cum Laude;

Andrew James Roberts , B.S. in Accounting, Member of Alpha Chi;


Joyce Coots , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Nathan Huff , B.A. in Graphic Design with a Business Minor, Cum Laude;



Christina S. Kirkland , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha;


Lindsay Louise Lum , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;


Cynthia Ann Foote , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha, Magna Cum Laude;



Laurie Mae White , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;

Litchfield Part:

Chelsie Loraine Stewman , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha, Cum Laude;



Elizabeth A. R. Wolfe , A.A in Human Services;

Mountain Home:

Autumn Louise Goss , B.S.W. in Social Work;



Demetria Renee Hill , A.A in Human Services;


Taylor Ignaczak , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;

San Diego:

Dulce Y. Lopez Filomeno , M.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;


Johnny Murcia , B.A. in Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;


Sarah Ann Perez , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Elissa Noel Duggan , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Erin Elizabeth Ticarat , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi, Magna Cum Laude;


Marisol Lopez Saiz , A.A in Human Services;


Pamela Jean Hammon , M.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;

Santa Rosa:

Patrick Ross , B.S. in Business;


Jessica Marie Castillo , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha, Cum Laude;


Colorado Springs:

Heather Elizabeth Wilkins , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha;


Krystal Kay Steinmetz , A.A in Human Services;



Sabrina Sehl , B.S. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Business and Psychology;


Jaimie Marie Harlow , M.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;



Paula Puello , A.A in Human Services;


Broward County:

Melissa A. Kelly , B.S.W. in Social Work;

Delray Beach:

Florencia Martinez Echenique , B.A. in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude;


Marnie Ryan Shaeffer , A.A in Human Services;

Karen Marie Smith , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;


Noelia Fredericks , A.A in Human Services;


Michele Alexandria Johnston , M.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;


Mathew Robert Strell , B.S.W. in Social Work;

Vero Beach:

Sandhal Cay Guggeri , A.A in Human Services;



Karen Marie Celestine , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Peyton Noel Hutson , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;


Catherine DeLois Handley Herrin , B.S.W. in Social Work;

Forest Park:

Blair Katheren Weiseger , B.A. in Psychology, Cum Laude;


Sophia L. Walker , B.S.W. in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude;


Cassandra Ann Benton , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Keeley Danielle Kooken , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi, Magna Cum Laude;



Kayla Mae Draughn , A.A in Human Services;



Courtney M. Lossmann , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Brianne M. Fagenstrom , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;

Idaho Falls:

Joan Marie Radford , B.S.W. in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude;



Matthew Dalton James , B.S. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Social Work and Psychology;


Nickole Judith Renee Durbin , B.A. in Political Science, Member of Alpha Chi, Magna Cum Laude;


Joshua A. Wetzel , B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude;


Elizabeth L. DeRosa , A.A in Human Services;



Samantha A. Shoulders , B.A. in Psychology;


Victoria Hettie Boyette , B.A. in English;


Andrea Marie Pearce , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;

Allan Joseph Stockinger , M.S.M. in Management;


Mackenzie Weyer , B.S. in Business: Emphasis in Management;

Fort Branch:

Kyle L. Nixon , B.S. in Business: Emphasis in Management;


Courtney L. Naas , B.S. in Accounting, with a Pre-Law Studies Minor;


Tyra Michele Gooch , B.A. in Psychology;


Savannah Rose Stivers , B.S. in Business: Emphasis in Human Resource Management; and, because of her December 2016 completion date, the very FIRST graduate of our Brescia University Honors College;


Hannah Meryl Freese , B.A. in Political Science;


Allison Anne Spaetti , B.A. in Psychology;


Sarah Ann Ackerman , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;



Chantay Stanley , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;

Silver Spring:

Clare Patricia Nolan , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;

Upper Marlboro:

Laniece Goines-Wallace , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;



Jillian Elizabeth Daigneault , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Ann Arbor:

Tami T. Moreno , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi, Magna Cum Laude;


Margaret Ann White , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;

Battle Creek:

Rachel Elizabeth Gorlitz , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha Cum Laude;


Leticia Loren Stone , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;


Betsy Elise Morey , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;

Sault Ste Marie:

Jorey Verrette , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;


Eden Prairie:

Laura Jo Rodriguez , B.S.W. in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude;


Sara Marjorite Tear , A.A in Human Services, Member of Phi Alpha;


Kirstin Scoblic , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;



Crysta B. Gardner , A.A in Human Services;


Chemika Gray Green , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi, Magna Cum Laude;



Chad Robert Petrulis , B.S.W. in Social Work;

New Jersey


Theresa L. San Martin , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;

Egg Harbor City:

Lesley Ann Adams , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;


Arielle M. Chesnovitz , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha, Magna Cum Laude;

New Mexico


Sara Falcone , B.A. in Psychology;

New York


Marcella Paola Occhicone , A.A in Human Services;


Giselle Triana Buie , A.A in Human Services;

Fort Drum:

Niesha M. Porter , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Victoria Alexandria Shaffer , B.A. in Political Science, Spanish Minor, Cum Laude;

North Carolina


Joanna Carson Earls , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;


Diana Elizabeth Glover , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Holly M. Carlyle , A.A in Human Services;


Kristin Marie Mobley , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;


Madison Nicole Cantrell , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Joey Leigh Mosley , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Blue Ash:

Anna Orszynska , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Casey L. Wagner , B.A. in Psychology, Cum Laude;


Rachel Michele Fedor , B.S. in Business;

Columbus Grove:

Alyssa Plontz , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Clifton A. Early , B.A. in Psychology;


Melisa Ann Konesni , A.A in Human Services;


Valerie L. Stewart , B.A. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Psychology, Business, and Political Science, Magna Cum Laude;



Geri M. Ward , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Jamarus Derez Johnson , A.A in Human Services;



Nicole Barnes Morris , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Rebecca Lynn Moore , B.S.W. in Social Work;



Raquel Austin , B.S.W. in Social Work;



Gregory Allen Smith , B.A. in Psychology;


JaQuan Jones , B.S. in Integrated Studies: Emphases in Sports Management and Social Work;


Kimberly Spencer Poff , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Celmarion JayMarque Cummings , B.A. in Psychology;


Shelby Leigh Nelson , B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Member of Honors College and Alpha Chi, Summa Cum Laude;


Laura Chavez Boyer , A.A in Human Services;


College Station:

Lindsay Booze , A.A in Human Services;


Marissa Renee Meader , B.S.W. in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude;


Danielle Janine Smith , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Cheyenne Keona Tonkin , A.A in Human Services;


Deborah J. Sanchez , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Alpha Chi and Phi Alpha;


Matthew Ray Stone , B.S. in Business, Cum Laude;



Angel Abundez Tapia , M.B.A. in Business Administration;


Emily Calabrese , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Sandra A. Davis , B.S.W. in Social Work, Cum Laude;


Kelin Santos , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Ana Lucia Zuniga Arana , B.S.W. in Social Work, Magna Cum Laude;



Lila Grace Ruiz , B.A. in Theology, Magna Cum Laude;

Mount Vernon:

Matthew Gunderson , B.S. in Accounting;


Joshua Dylan Settell , A.A in Human Services;

West Virginia


Mary Harris , A.A in Human Services;


Chippewa Falls:

Tiffany J. Berg , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha;


Sarah Byerly Funk , B.S.W. in Social Work, Member of Phi Alpha, Magna Cum Laude;


Marquita Hilliard-Williams , B.A. in Psychology;


Desiree J. Ciokiewicz , B.S.W. in Social Work;


Luan Cordeiro Yoshida , A.S. in Engineering Studies;


Fernando Manuel Pinero Garcia , B.A. in Graphic Design;


Yasmani Barragan Ochoa , B.S. in Biology, with a Chemistry Minor, Cum Laude;


Preye Agbana , B.S. in Chemistry; Summa Cum Laude

Millicent Tambari Akere , B.S. in Mathematics and Chemistry, Member of Alpha Chi, Summa Cum Laude;

Jeribai Andrew-Jaja , B.S. in Computer Science: Emphasis in Quantative Theory, Member of Alpha Chi, Cum Laude;

Deborah Sam Ogulu , B.S. in Chemistry, Member of Alpha Chi, Magna Cum Laude;


Moises Manuel Goncalves Jimenez , B.S. in Business: Emphasis in Management;


Anh Hong Thi Tran , B.A. in Theology with a Philosophy Minor, Magna Cum Laude;

Huyen Thu Thi Vu , B.A. in Psychology;


Brescia Partners with Owensboro Innovation Academy for Early College and Wellness

May 9, 2017

The Owensboro Innovation Academy is partnering with Brescia University to offer an early college program for OIA students. With the close proximity of OIA to Brescia, students will be able to walk to Brescia to take college classes, which will result in the students’ opportunity to earn an Associate Degree while in high school. The incoming junior class at OIA can begin taking courses at Brescia this fall. Degree options include: Associate of Arts in Integrated Studies, Associate of Science in Integrated Studies, Associate of Science in Health Science and Associate of Science in Engineering Studies.

“At just $90 a class, this gives our students an incredible opportunity to further their education. We cannot thank Brescia enough for offering this prospect for our students,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.

““When the Owensboro Innovation Academy presented this partnership to us, we felt it to be a perfect fit. Our institutions share the same intimate, one-on-one learning experience that caters to the educational needs of each student,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “We admire the innovative educational approach that OIA provides students, and we are honored to be an extension of that educational experience. By taking classes at Brescia University, our hope is that the students at OIA will benefit from direct learning at the collegiate academic level that will allow them to seamlessly transition into college and find success in their lives,” added Father Larry.

The partnership will also allow all OIA students to use the new health complex that is currently under construction at Brescia.

“Our students will get to use brand new facilities as part of a comprehensive wellness plan for each student. This ensures that our students are not only getting a quality education in STEM fields, but will hopefully improve their overall health,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA principal.

“From day one, Brescia has opened it doors to OIA students and staff to offer unique spaces for different learning activities. This exciting announcement is another example of two education entities working together to produce the best options for the students of our shared community,” said Owens Saylor, DCPS Superintendent.

Brescia will also allow OIA to use some of its chemistry lab space making it easier to offer more science classes.

“Right now we are meeting with Brescia leaders and are hammering out all of the details of the new opportunity. We will host a parent information night on May 22 at 6 p.m. at OIA to let parents and students know what the next steps are to starting their degree,” added Benjamin.


Brescia Receives $500,000 Grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation

May 8, 2017

Brescia University has received a grant of $500,000 from the James Graham Brown Foundation in Louisville, KY to expand and support the continued growth of the Marilyn Younger-Conley School of Social Work, potentially impacting thousands of lives. Brescia University will utilize the awarded funds to help construct a new academic building that will house the School of Social Work, to grow endowment funds, and to hire faculty to fully launch the new Master of Social Work program.

Enrollment in Brescia’s School of Social Work has grown by 800 percent over the past eight years. The University has offered a traditional, on-ground Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) degree since 2004 and an online BSW degree since 2009. In 2016, an online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree was launched. These three programs represent 483 students at Brescia, 37% of total enrollment, and the numbers are anticipated to rise as the need for social workers in United States continues to increase.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor reported in 2014 that the need for social workers will grow by 12 percent before 2024; specifically, the necessity of mental health, substance abuse, and healthcare social workers will grow by 19 percent. Brescia will expand its resources to support the needs of students and faculty and to address the growing demand for trained social workers regionally and nationally.

The extension of the School of Social Work made possible by the James Graham Brown Foundation will allow the institution to produce hundreds more qualified graduates annually to address pressing social problems, thus serving hundreds, if not thousands, of Kentuckians and more.

The “Gateway to Our Second Century” project at Brescia University includes the construction of a new academic building that will house the Marilyn Younger-Conley School of Social Work. The construction project will provide space and place for the 15 plus full-time faculty members who lead the programs, modern technology-based classrooms for hybrid and blended course offerings, and a digital studio for innovative learning that will facilitate cutting edge teaching and learning techniques for online and traditional learners. The $500,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation grant will support building construction, a federal matching grant for technology maintenance, and social work program expansion costs.

“We are happy and honored to receive the support of the James Graham Brown Foundation. Their partnership in our future growth is a tremendous nod of recognition to the quality and uniqueness of our program. It is an honor to be included among their many philanthropic initiatives,” says Fr. Larry Hostetter, Brescia University President. “Brescia University has long history of being adept and nimble in its ability to read the sign of the times, understand societal needs, and respond accordingly through education. This grant allows us to continue to do just that in a very impactful way.”

The James Graham Brown Foundation strives to execute Mr. Brown’s vision of Kentucky as a national leader by cultivating progress and civic pride through philanthropic investments to promote the image of Kentucky and Louisville and the well-being of its citizens. Since incorporation, the Foundation has awarded nearly 3,000 grants in Kentucky totaling more than $535,000,000 in the areas of education, economic development and health.

The foundation offers a higher education competitive grants program that focus on one of the three following areas: 21 st Century Jobs, Niche Projects or Programs, and Capacity Building.

Applications are being accepted for fall enrollment in both the on-ground and online Bachelor of Social Work programs and for the online Master of Social Work program. For more information, please visit or call 1-877-BRESCIA.


President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to Speak at Commencement

April 28, 2017

Click here to view a live stream of the 2017 Brescia University Commencement. (live stream available Saturday, May 9th at 10 am CT and after)

Click here to download a copy of the 2017 Commencement Program.

Brescia University is pleased to welcome Dr. Belle Wheelan, the President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC), as the 2017 Brescia University Commencement Speaker. SACS COC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees.

Dr. Wheelan’s career spans over 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities, including her current role.

Dr. Wheelan received her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas (1972) with a double major in Psychology and Sociology; her Master’s from Louisiana State University (1974) in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.

Brescia University welcomes Dr. Wheelan as she addresses the graduating class of 2017 on Saturday, May 6th, at 10:00 a.m. at the RiverPark Center. Commencement is open to the public and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Other graduation activities include Honors Convocation and the Celebration of Excellence to be held on Sunday, April 23 rd beginning at 2:00 pm and a Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 5 th at 7:00 pm at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Both of these events are open to the public.


Brescia Welcomes Vanderbilt Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist

April 27, 2017

The Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department at Brescia University welcomes guest speaker, Morgan Greve, M.A. CCC-SLP, to campus Friday, April 28 th from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The event will be held in the Science Building located on Frederica Street in room 126.

Greve is a clinical speech-language pathologist (SLP) at the Vanderbilt Voice Center as part of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Greve joined the Vanderbilt Voice Center in February 2015 after working in private practice ENT offices in North Carolina. She graduated in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Central Michigan University. Greve also completed clinical work at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, providing speech-language services to children with craniofacial anomalies.

Greve’s interests include voice evaluation and treatment in the adult and pediatric populations, laryngectomy management with tracheoesophageal prostheses, and craniofacial evaluation. In 2016, she served as the Adult/ Medical Track Chair for the Annual Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech-Pathologists (TAASLP) Convention, and is currently the Vice President of Convention and Continuing Education for TAASLP.