Tickets for Annual Empty Bowls Event Now on Sale to the Public

March 12, 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Empty Bowls of Owensboro, Kentucky fundraiser. This year’s event will take place Thursday, April 26th at 6 pm in the Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church Parish Hall, located at 514 East 4th Street. This local event is part of a national movement to raise funds for those in need of food.

Tickets are $15 and allow participants entrance to the event, as well as the opportunity to select a ceramic bowl to keep and take home. Hundreds of handcrafted bowls made especially for this event by local artisans and students of Brescia University are available to choose from. Each participant will then use their selected bowl to receive one of four soups made available by local chefs and churches. Available this year will be one vegan soup and three non-vegan.

T-shirts and silent auction items will be also be available at the event, including themed baskets and products from local organizations. The silent auction will run from 6:00-6:45 pm and you must be present to win. Visit the Empty Bowls of Owensboro, Kentucky Facebook at for more information on silent auction items as it becomes available.

A limited number of tickets will be available for this event which has consecutively sold out prior to the event. If tickets are still available at the time of the event, they will be available for purchase at the door.

Tickets are available at the following locations:

Allstate Insurance Company Dave Lindow

1210 Burlew Blvd.

Owensboro, KY

Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact: Tina Taylor

Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church

609 East 4th Street

Owensboro, KY

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

For more information, please contact Kayla Altman, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, at 270.686.2110 or .


Brescia Students Recognized, Receive Leadership Awards

February 2, 2018

Each year, during Brescia University’s Founder’s Week there is a tradition of recognizing one male and one female student who possess 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. Saint Angela founded the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 1535. The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph founded Brescia University in 1950.

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, and Administrators) had the opportunity to nominate a Brescia student to receive the “Spirit of Angela Award.”

This year, Jenifer McLuskie, a BUonline student from Herndon, Virginia in the Master’s of Social Work program, and Rylan Smith, a senior working towards a degree in Political Science from Beaver Dam, Kentucky, were nominated and chosen to receive this honor.

Throughout her participation in the MSW program, McLuskie has demonstrated a great intellectual capacity, a devotion to caritas and social work values, stead-fastness to professionalism in field and work, excellence in her academic performance and leadership in her collegiality with other students and professors. Creating a sense of community and connection, Jenifer is always going above and beyond within the program, among her cohort, and in field towards inclusion, empowerment, and compassion.

Most recently, she was recognized in her field placement, where she works with families in a supportive housing program, for creating and implementing a series of workshops on self-care for agency staff. In a note of appreciation, her field supervisor acknowledged Jenifer’s impact on the agency and her clients as well as her dedication to the social work profession. She is involved in a wide range of advocacy activities in the USA and abroad.

“I greatly enjoy volunteering, and find it to be one of the highlights of my life. I love when I can impact an organization with my abilities but I also enjoy the time learning with other people. I have a great passion for women’s rights of all kinds,” said McLuskie. “Most of my volunteering focuses on the needs of women and children and how we can break the cycles of abuse, low education, and poverty.”

McLuskie is the first graduate student to receive the Spirit of Saint Angela award.

Smith was described by a fellow student as leading with strong faith, welcoming everyone without discrimination, being a person who builds others up, and someone who speaks out courageously on situations of injustice and willing helps others in need.

Rylan has participated in several organizations, and clubs including Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Honors College, Political Science Club, Psychology Club, BU’s Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and even started a new Environmental Club in Fall 2017. Starting the Environmental Club grew out of his becoming a member of Owensboro’s Sierra Club dedicated to environmental protection and Rylan’s passion for creation. As much as his schedule allows, he also volunteers at the Daniel Pitino Shelter and the Owensboro Humane Society.

“I want to attend law school, become an environmental or human rights lawyer, and, who knows, maybe become President someday,” said Smith. He also cited a quote from the Methodist Creed, as summing up what gives him meaning and purpose; ‘Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.’

Along with the “Spirit of Angela” recipients, a number of other student leaders were also recognized for their service to the Brescia community:

Student Activities Program Board – Maggie Ballou, Student Government Association – Alanna Mudd, Men’s Cross Country & Track/Field – Chase McCauley, Women’s Cross Country & Track/Field – Alicia Salazar, Student Ambassador – Kyle Robinson, Ichabod Society – Ryan Oates, Men’s Soccer – Luan Yoshida, Women’s Soccer – Haley Coons, Phi Alpha – Wyatt Locke (not pictured), NSSLHA – Courtney Reels, Men’s Golf – Daniel Steele, Women’s Golf – Brooke Hattabaugh, Brescia Arts – Cheyenne Bennett, Psychology Club – April Gilbert, Men’s Basketball – Mason Roland, Women’s Basketball – Jayde Robinson, Baseball – Shawn Callis, Resident Assistant – Alex Wink.


Brescia Receives $1.3 Million Gift from North Carolina Alumni

January 31, 2018

Brescia University has received a $1.3 Million gift from Roy and Victoria Duffy Roberts of Raleigh, North Carolina. The contribution will support the “Gateway to Our Second Century” capital campaign. The University will recognize the Roberts’ generosity by establishing the Roy and Victoria Duffy Roberts Center for the Sciences at Brescia University which currently houses the Division of Math and Natural Sciences, the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Office of Information Technology, the Taylor Lecture Hall, as well as classrooms, computer labs, and a variety of offices.

Their gift will also provide for the establishment of a 150 seat auditorium and an executive boardroom/classroom, both to be housed in the future C.E. Field Center for Academic Studies, soon to be constructed on the corner of 9 th and Frederica Streets.

Mr. Roberts, an Owensboro native, is a 1968 graduate of then Brescia College, holding a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics. He earned his MBA from the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. He has studied entrepreneurial professional development at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, advanced banking at Princeton University and international banking at the Wharton School. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Inc. (APC), headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is located in 44 states, Canada, and provides services worldwide.

Prior to building his own firm, he spent the entirety of his career with the IBM Corporation from 1968 until he took full retirement in 1993 to start APC. APC is a multiple INC 500 award winner business focused on professional services specialized in business, artificial intelligence, analytics, IT, engineering, and other highly skilled talent. APC offers a full suite of business solutions for Fortune 500 to mid-sized companies. It was selected by the US Department of Commerce as the National Professional Services Firm of the Year in 2016 and 2008. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Brescia University Board of Trustees. He is also the President of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce North Carolina, Treasurer of the Brownleigh Business Park Association, and is a past board member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise.

Mrs. Vicki Roberts, also an Owensboro native, is a 1967 graduate of the Brescia College, holding a B.S. in Medical Technology. Both Mr. and Mrs. Roberts have been inducted into the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni for their service to their community, accomplishments in business, and exemplification of the Brescia Difference.

Mr. Robert said, “Brescia provides learning for life and not just for the next exam. The quality of education available compares and, in some cases, exceeds many of the world-class universities that I have attended. Their most important impact is providing a life-changing opportunity for many first-generations-to-attend-college. Brescia makes a profound difference in the lives of many individuals and the extended community.”

“I am deeply grateful to Roy and Vicki for their willingness to share in Brescia’s future in such a generous way. The Roberts’ are great examples of what is possible with hard work, intelligence, and drive. We are proud of Roy and Vicki for all they have accomplished and appreciate their incredible trust and investment in the Brescia mission,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University.

The C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies, to be built on the corner of 9 th Street and Frederica Street later this year, is the second of two major construction initiatives funded by the University’s “Gateway to Our Second Century” Capital Campaign. It will house the Charles Albert Reid School of Business, including the William H. Thompson Center for Business Graduate Studies, the School of Education (still to be named), and the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work. The building will also feature the University’s art gallery, a small chapel area, a digital studio for innovative learning, computer labs, and seminar rooms.

Ground will be broken on the project on April 26 th signifying the launch of the second phase of “The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century”. The first phase, the renovation of The Moore Center, was completed in mid-June 2017. The construction of the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies will cost approximately $9 million, with a total campaign cost of $15 million. The University has raised nearly $13.6 million to date.


New Construction to be Named the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies

January 10, 2018

In recognition of the legacy of the late Charles Eldred Field, founder of Field Packing Company, currently known as Specialty Foods Group, LLC, and the generosity of his family, as well as their respective philanthropic foundations, specifically the Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation, the new academic building at Brescia University will be named “The C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies at Brescia University.” The building, to be built on the corner of 9 th Street and Frederica Street later this year, is the second of two major construction initiatives funded by the University’s “Gateway to Our Second Century” Capital Campaign. It will house the Charles Albert Reid School of Business, including the William H. Thompson Center for Business Graduate Studies, the School of Education (still to be named), and the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work. The building will also feature a 150 seat auditorium, the University’s art gallery, a small chapel area, a digital studio for innovative learning, computer labs, and seminar rooms.

Since 2014, Brescia University has received a total of $2.1 Million from the family of Charles Eldred Field, the Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation, and Specialty Foods Group, LLC. Mr. Field was a significant member of the Owensboro business community in terms of economic development, and he also believed that giving back to his employees and the community were equally important values. He actively promoted employee education and advancement and was a major philanthropist, donating money and resources to the community. He and his wife Mildred established the Field Foundation Scholarship at Brescia University. The Charles E. Field Scholarship was also established upon Mr. Field’s passing in 1975 to honor his memory.

Mr. and Mrs. Field instilled the value of philanthropy in their children, Joanne Field Weller, Marilyn Field Young, and Nancy Field Wilson, all of whom were also instrumental in Brescia’s growth over the years through their leadership as trustees as well as financial contributions. Mr. Field’s grandson, Dr. William R. Young III, remains a Trustee Emeritus at the University.

Sara Hemingway, Executive Director of the Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation, said “The profound relationship between Brescia University and the members of the Field Family spans many generations. Charles Field fervently believed in the mission of the University from its inception and faithfully gave of his time and resources to ensure its success. Undoubtedly, he would gratified by the growth of the school and success of its students, faculty and administration. It has been an honor to partner with Brescia University to witness the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies realized.”

In recognition of the multi-year commitment from Kentucky Legend®, a division of Specialty Foods Group, LLC, in honor of Mr. Field’s memory, Brescia University will unveil The Athletic Hall of Legends sponsored by Kentucky Legend later this spring. The Hall of Legends will be located in the newly renovated Moore Center.

“We are committed to finding ways to work with our neighbors to create higher education opportunities within the city of Owensboro,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ric Herrera. “Such projects as this, along with continuing a strong partnership with Brescia University, will allow the vision set forth by the Field family to flourish as well as invest in our youth. With millennials vastly populating the workplace, it is imperative that we devote as much effort into their future as our community moves into a more diverse era.”

“The Field family has a long history in the Owensboro region and at Brescia University. They have certainly touched many lives. We are incredibly proud of the Field family legacy that is ever present in the lives of our students. I am humbled by and thankful for the generosity of the Field family, the Marilyn and William Young Foundation, and Kentucky Legend® and their 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.” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University.

Ground will be broken on the project on April 26 th signifying the launch of the second phase of “The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century”. The first phase, the renovation of The Moore Center, was completed in mid-June 2017. The construction of the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies will cost approximately $9 million, with a total campaign cost of $15 million. The University has raised nearly $13.5 million to date.


Students Named to the 2017 Fall Academic Dean’s List

January 4, 2018

The following students from Brescia University were named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List for completing at least 12 credit hours with a 3.5– 4.0 GPA.


Auburn: Devin Roche , Freshman, Social Work;

Bardstown: Toni Keeling , Freshman, English: Emphasis in Professional Writing, Pre-Law Studies; Daniel Steele , Sophomore, Accounting;

Beaver Dam: Desirae Renfrow , Senior, Elementary Education; Michael Roe , Sophomore, Biology; Rylan Smith , Senior, Political Science; Katrina Vincent , Senior, Psychology;

Beverly: Meredith Asher , Senior, Social Work;

Bowling Green: Leah Armstrong , Senior, English; Jacob Bostick , Freshman, Social Work; Tyler Cunningham , Sophomore, Biology; Allison Holeman , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Human Resource Management; Morgan Manning , Senior, Elementary Education; Courtney Reels , Senior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Brandon Stacker , Junior, Special Education-Middle School;

Calhoun: Jessika Houghtaling , Freshman, Political Science; Robbi Morris , Sophomore, Special Education-Elementary;

Campbellsville: Amber Flinchum , Senior, Psychology;

Caneyville: Hannah Allen , Freshman, Art Education P-12; Ashley Dennis , Junior, Art; Amy Dolen , Sophomore, Art; Alanna Mudd , Senior, Elementary Education;

Central City: Alexis Drumheller , Freshman, Psychology; April Gilbert , Junior, Psychology; Haley Hopper , Senior, Social Work; Beulah Tarrants , Junior, Social Work;

Clarkson: Brent Crawford , Senior, Biology; Nolan White , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Management, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

Clay: Fabian Torres , Freshman, Biology;

Cloverport: Paytience Ferguson , Freshman, Art;

Corydon: Hunter Kloke , Sophomore, Integrated Studies;

Crestwood: Benjamin Sammet , Senior, Psychology, Theatre Minor;

Crofton: Haley Cook , Senior, Psychology;

Custer: Alysa Coomes , Senior, Elementary Education;

Drakesboro: Brooklyn Hall , Freshman, Elementary Education;

Eddyville: Courtney Klueppel , Junior, Biology;

Elkton: Jayde Robinson , Sophomore, Psychology;

Fordsville: Kayla Butterworth , Freshman, Biology; Lauren Reynolds , Senior, Art, Music Minor;

Franklin : Shelby Franklin , Senior, Special Education-Elementary;

Greenville: Andrew Hall , Junior, Psychology; Madison Simms , Sophomore, Communication Sciences and Disorders;

Hardinsburg: Andrea Barras , Sophomore, Social Work; Helen Coyle , Senior, Middle School Education; Tonya Tivitt , Junior, Computer Science; Wyatt West , Sophomore, Engineering Studies;

Hartford: Taylor Love , Senior, Art Education P-12;

Hawesville: Allyson Bowlds , Senior, Biology, Chemistry Minor;

Hazel: Ryan Oates , Senior, Biochemistry, Mathematics;

Henderson: Trevor Brown , Junior, Business: Emphasis in Management; Nathan Cissell , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics; Darian Curry , Senior, Business; Alex Lander , Junior, Business;

Hickory: Marin Murillo , Freshman, Biology;

Hopkinsville: Debra Pitts , Junior, Social Work; Candice Wentling , Sophomore, Social Work;

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

LaGrange: Whitney Anderson , Sophomore, Social Work;

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

Leitchfield: Miranda Boaz , Sophomore, Secondary Social Studies; Logan Hart , Junior, Political Science: Emphasis Public Administration, Business Minor;

Lewisport: John Bolin , Junior, Art Education P-12; Kristin Emmick , Senior, Social Work; Sara Lewis , Senior, Theology, Philosophy Minor; Ashley Newton , Junior, Psychology;

Lexington: Raven Dixon , Senior, Social Work; Arydian Eko , Sophomore, Human Services; Laura Mosley , Sophomore, Health Sciences;

Livermore: Kelly Beatty , Freshman, Business;

Louisville: Jamie Chowning , Senior, Social Work; Kaylee Crawley , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Abigail Leanhart , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Chase McCauley , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Management, Sports Management Minor; Abigail Munger , Senior, Art; Juliet Nye , Junior, Social Work; Julie Ringham , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Maceo: Adam Hayden , Senior, Biology;

Maple Mount: Mai Pham , Senior, Social Work;

Marion: Cassidy Moss , Freshman, Biology; Brenden Phillips , Senior, History;

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

Millwood: Jessica Robinson , Junior, Accounting;

Owensboro: Peace Anene , Senior, Social Work; Anna-Marie Atkinson , Freshman, Human Services; Gabrielle Baker , Sophomore, Special Education-Middle School; Debra Barrett , Senior, Psychology; Jamison Bowlds , Sophomore, Elementary Education; Brooklyn Bowman , Senior, Middle School Education; Londa Boyd , Senior, Accounting; Virginia Carrico , Junior, Political Science; Leigh Chapman , Senior, Psychology; Haley Coons , Senior, Accounting, Pre-Law Studies Minor; Larry Douglas , Senior, Social Work; Trevor Elliott , Freshman, Engineering Studies; Jessica Embry , Senior, Special Education-Elementary; Hunter Gaddis , Junior, Computer Science; Whitney Galloway , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Management; Elizabeth Gillim , Freshman, Art Education P-12; Donna Goodwin , Senior, Business; Gena Gray , Senior, Accounting; Danielle Hancock , Senior, Biology; Nate Heady , Freshman, Engineering Studies; Briscoe Horrell , Senior, Spanish Education P-12; Kirstin Horsley , Senior, Psychology; Jeanna James , Junior, History, Political Science; Jacob Kimmell , Sophomore, Computer Science; Amy Kluck , Senior, Special Education-Elementary; Ashley Kruta , Senior, Psychology; Logan Kuegel , Freshman, Engineering Studies; Angela Kurz , Senior, Accounting; Vanessa Luck , Freshman, Health Sciences; Katelyn McCarthy , Junior, Psychology; Jennifer Minton , Senior, Biochemistry; Kelsey Postiglione , Junior, Elementary Education; Stephanie Putnam , Senior, Business; Heidi Reyes , Sophomore, Political Science, Psychology Minor; Jennie Satterfield , Senior, Psychology, Pre-Law Studies; Micah Swift , Sophomore, Communication Sciences and Disorders; George Taylor , Junior, Accounting; Madison Taylor , Sophomore, Elementary Education; Morgan Thomas , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Marissa Walker , Senior, Psychology; Teresa Whitten , Senior, Political Science; Tarren Wilkey , Senior, Social Work; Alexandria Wink , Junior, Mathematics; Megan Young , Sophomore, Human Services;

Park City: Megan Bartley , Freshman, Human Services;

Philpot: Shelby Buschkoetter , Sophomore, Health Sciences; Olivia Conder , Senior, Art; Emily Ditto , Senior, English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing; Devin Ford , Senior, Biology;

Pikeville: Natasha Tackett , Senior, Social Work;

Princeton: Taryn Davis , Freshman, Social Work; Aaliyah Rodgers , Junior, Social Work;

Raceland: Brandi Morris , Junior, Social Work;

Robards: Kristin Logsdon , Freshman, Accounting;

Robinson Creek: Devin Thacker , Senior, Social Work;

Rockfield: Joshua Floyd , Junior, Biology;

Shelbyville: Steven Standafer , Junior, Business;

Slaughters: Noah Cunningham , Freshman, Biology;

Spottsville: Robert Mitchell , Sophomore, Accounting;

Sturgis: Katlyn Mendoza , Junior, Social Work;

Summer Shade: Kolton Myatt , Senior, Psychology;

Tompkinsville: Jacob England , Junior, Social Work; Kelsey Kirkpatrick , Senior, Integrated Studies;

Utica: Lily Francis , Sophomore, Biology; Mallorie Polston , Junior, Elementary Education; Mya Rowan , Freshman, History;

White Plains: Cameron Robinson , Senior, Political Science;

Whitesville: Hannah Bland , Junior, Theology, Philosophy Minor; Carrie Howard , Junior, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Kaitlyn Howard , Freshman, Elementary Education; Morgan Porter , Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders;

Woodburn: Colton Hurt , Junior, Secondary Mathematics;


AE: Michael Egolf , Sophomore, Human Services;


Chugiak: April Beardslee , Junior, Social Work;


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

Charleston: Richard Nelson , Junior, Social Work;

Harrison: Elizabeth Wolfe , Senior, Social Work;


Auburn: Holly Classon , Sophomore, Social Work;

Hesperia: Regina Romo , Senior, Social Work;

Inglewood: Zedrixaviel Santos , Junior, Social Work;


Denver: Lauren Pleva, Junior , Social Work;

District of Columbia

Washington: Marcia Parms , Junior, Social Work;


Coconut Creek: Michelle Edwards , Senior, Social Work;

Gainesville: Marnie Shaeffer , Junior, Social Work;

Lutz: Tiffany De Souza , Junior, Social Work;

Trinity: Renee LaSala , Junior, Psychology;


Ellenwood: Lashell Burley , Junior, Social Work;

Hampton: Tyneisha Taylor , Senior, Social Work;

Jonesboro: Sophnielle Santana , Sophomore, Human Services;

McDonough: Jaleel Parris , Junior, Graphic Design;

Snellville: Latoya Lethridge Davis , Sophomore, Human Services;

Stone Mountain: Kelly Hooper , Senior, Social Work;


Wahiawa: Kayla Draughn , Junior, Social Work;


Bloomington: Nicholle Resac , Senior, Social Work;

Chicago: Alva Lee , Junior, Social Work;

Marquette Heights: Molly Steinseifer , Senior, Social Work;

McLeansboro: Rebecca Spann , Junior, Social Work;

Midlothian: Katie Clifford , Senior, Social Work;

Mt. Carmel: Madeline Jones , Sophomore, Accounting;

Olney: Jaycie Luna , Junior, Social Work;

Westchester: Dorothy Allen , Junior, Social Work;


Boonville: Marissa Rees , Sophomore, Graphic Design;

Corydon: Nola Hudson-Paschal , Senior, Psychology;

Evansville: Corey Mason , Senior, Business; Bertha Melendres , Sophomore, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies;

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

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

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

Martinsville: Kristen Harvey , Senior, Social Work;

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

Orleans: Shelbi Samsil , Senior, Elementary Education;

Portland: Catherine Elise Dunn, Junior, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Rockport: Nathanael Heifner , Junior, Social Work;

Tell City: Lynnann Harding , Freshman, Medical Technology;


Burlington: Tiffany Siefken , Senior, Social Work;


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


Baton Rouge: Tracey Semien , Senior, Social Work;

Joyce: DeAnna Moller , Sophomore, Human Services;

Monroe: Delia Sanchez , Junior, Social Work;

New Orleans: Shonna Riggs , Senior, Social Work;

Shreveport: Tiffany Lewis , Senior, Social Work;


Owings Mills: Tynisha Thornes , Senior, Social Work;


Southbridge: Alexa Manso , Senior, Social Work;


Algonac: Sharleen Floer , Senior, Social Work;

Midland: Hope Walker , Senior, Social Work;


Akeley: Amanda Semmler , Senior, Social Work;

Elk River: Brooke James , Sophomore, Human Services;

Kasson: Sara Tear , Senior, Social Work;

Sauk Centre: Alyssa Herbaugh , Senior, Social Work;

St Anthony: Christina Choe , Junior, Social Work;


Brandon: Amber Taylor , Senior, Social Work;

Caledonia: Krystal Ordoyne , Senior, Social Work;

Columbus: Shannon Ellis , Senior, Social Work;


Belton: Jennifer Cochran , Junior, Social Work;

Butler: Catherine Clowers , Junior, Social Work;

St Louis: Lanh Hoang , Sophomore, Theology; Phuong Nguyen , Freshman, Psychology; Thanh Nguyen , Freshman, Theology; Thoa Phan , Sophomore, English;

Warrenton: Hattie Teal , Junior, Business;


Big Timber: Kay McDonnell , Senior, Social Work;

Bozeman: Cynthia Soriano , Senior, Social Work, Psychology Minor;


Panaca: Janie Rippetoe , Junior, Social Work;

New Hampshire

North Haverhill: Stacey Fontaine , Junior, Social Work;

New Jersey

Atlantic City: Helen Cheatham , Senior, Social Work;

East Brunswick: Jessica Seaboldt , Senior, Social Work;

Hackettstown: Michael Gallo , Sophomore, Human Services;

Monroe TWP: Michele Herrington , Senior, Social Work;

New Egypt: Elaina LoAlbo , Junior, Social Work;

Somerset: Nancy Mount , Junior, Social Work;

New York

Brewster: Marcella Occhicone , Senior, Social Work;

Brooklyn: Lourdes Amato , Sophomore, Social Work; Walton Bynum , Junior, Social Work;

Fort Drum: Megan Miller , Sophomore, Human Services;

Yonkers: Kevin Larrea , Senior, Business;

North Carolina

Charlotte: Tynan Ipaye , Senior, Social Work;

North Dakota

Minot AFB: Kathy Gillespie , Junior, Social Work;


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

Canton: Lisa Cranston , Senior, Social Work;

Dennison: Sara Kenosky , Senior, Social Work;

Fairfield: Antonio Marchi , Senior, Social Work;

Lebanon: Maritza Gonzalez Agosto , Sophomore, Human Services;

Luckey: Melisa Konesni , Junior, Social Work;

Milford: Ashli Sheldon , Freshman, Biology;

Norwood: Kathryn Long , Senior, Social Work;

Saint Paris: Jennifer Fielder , Sophomore, Human Services;

Toledo: Divinity Price , Freshman, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

Wellston: Adam Niday , Senior, Social Work;

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


Hillsboro: Colette Klein , Senior, Social Work;


Duboistown: Heather Millard , Junior, Social Work;

South Carolina

Hopkins: Jordan Edem , Senior, Social Work;

Sumter: Rebekah Taves , Junior, Social Work;


Atwood: Annie Emert , Junior, Psychology;

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

Fayetteville: Sarah Cox , Freshman, English: Emphasis in Professional Writing, Theology: Emphasis in Pastoral Studies; Julie Miller , Senior, Social Work;

Madison: Kristen Small , Junior, Social Work;

Murfreesboro: Angel Jeffries , Freshman, Biology;

Portland: Shawn Callis , Senior, Business: Emphasis in Finance and Economics;

Wartburg: Deidra Burke , Sophomore, Human Services;


Amarillo: Jennifer Quintero , Senior, Social Work;

Cedar Park: Kimberly Middleton , Senior, Integrated Studies, Human Services;

Cibolo: Alisha Jentz , Senior, Social Work;

El Paso: Alana Heitzer , Senior, Social Work;

Killeen: Cheyenne Tonkin , Junior, Social Work;

Mineola: Erin Boyd , Senior, Integrated Studies;

San Angelo: Nicole Fender , Sophomore, Social Work;

San Antonio: Diane Milner , Senior, Social Work; Caleb Tisher , Junior, History;

Stephenville: Rhonda Perkins , Sophomore, Human Services;


Washington Terrace: Kirsten Reinhard , Senior, Social Work;


Chesapeake: Alysha Kelly , Junior, Social Work;

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


Stanwood: Alana Davis , Junior, Social Work;


Madison: Erica Johnson , Senior, Social Work;

Marinette: Brianna Armstrong , Senior, Social Work; Tiffany Lindbom , Senior, Social Work;

Milwaukee: Kimberly Anderson , Sophomore, Human Services; Rhiannon Ungerer , Senior, Computer Science: Emphasis in Business & Management Sys;

New Richmond: Rebecca Schoene , Freshman, Human Services;

Suamico: Jenny Davis , Senior, Social Work;


Mateo Jurado Ruales , Senior, Business;


Fernando Diaz , Sophomore, Business: Emphasis in Management;


Kumi Nakagawa , Freshman;


Brescia Freezes Undergraduate BUonline Tuition Cost Until 2022

November 15, 2017

Brescia University has announced that the cost of undergraduate tuition for BUonline and online course fees will be frozen for the next 4 years. The current tuition rate of $425 per credit hour and online course fees of $50 will be in effect until Spring 2022.

BUonline is the alternative learning environment developed for distance learners by Brescia University that offers convenience, flexibility, and affordability to students who are looking to further their education. It seeks to empower students who want to learn, to do so in a format that fits their individual needs. Over 10 degree options at the Certificate, Associate, and Bachelor level are available for full completion in online format.

Brescia University’s BUonline has consistently ranked among the top online programs in the state of Kentucky, and the country. Rankings for BUonline for the 2017-2018 school year include:

Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work ( )

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program in 2017 ( Best )

#6 Affordable Online Graduate Certificates in Accounting ( )

20 Best Online Colleges in Kentucky for 2017 ( College Choice )

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program ( )

America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners ( Washington Monthly )

30 Best Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Psychology ( )

#5 Most Affordable Online Theology Degree ( )

100 Best Online Colleges for 2017-2018 ( )

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Degrees ( College Choice )

10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Accounting Degree Programs ( online course report )

The cost of each program is specific to the student depending upon items such as transfer credits, financial aid, and other individualized elements. To receive an estimate of what each program may cost, prospective students can visit or contact Brescia University at or 1-877-BRESCIA.


2017-2018 Spirit of Angela Award Nominations

November 8, 2017

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 Day Convocation is on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 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 1, 2017.

Please use the form below to submit your nominations. Spirit of Angela

• I nominate the below student for the Spirit of Angela Award. *
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• Student
• Faculty Member
• Staff Member
• Administrator
• I have known the nominee for the following years, months or semesters: *
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• Instructor
• Advisor
• Classmate
• Mentor
• Supervisor
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• My nominee is most deserving of the Spirit of Angela Award for demonstrating the following: (Select all that apply) *

• Respects others
• Exhibits intellectual and spiritual hunger
• Helps others unselfishly
• Builds relationships and has good interpersonal skills
• Affirms and encourages others
• Is generally healthy
• Able to adapt making changes as necessary
• Leads with integrity
• Welcomes all; open to those considered "different"
• Strives to have meaning and purpose in his/her life
• Empowers others
• Lives a virtuous life
• Values peace and justice and contributes toward both
• What else can you tell this committee about your nominee that may not be included in the above section of characteristics that would help us know more why your nominee deserves the Spirit of Angela Award? *
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Brescia Named to Washington Monthly College Guide Rankings

November 3, 2017

Brescia University has been named to multiple rankings by Washington Monthly in their 2017 College Guide, an annual publication. Brescia University was recognized on the “Best Bang for the Buck Southern Colleges” list, and, alongside Berea College, was the only college from Kentucky recognized in the top 25 of the list. Brescia University was also named one of the “Top 150 Baccalaureate Colleges” by the guide.

Washington Monthly is a bimonthly nonprofit magazine based in Washington, D.C. that has published an annual College Guide and rankings since 2005. The rankings rate schools in the United States based on their contribution to the public good in three categories; social mobility, research, and service. They also offer exclusive list of schools that help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

“Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they reject, we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students,” stated Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program at New America Foundation and guest editor of the Washington Monthly College Guide issue in an article contained in the published guide. “Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and PhDs, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the Washington Monthly , and be named alongside so many other outstanding institutions,” stated Father Larry Hostetter, President of Brescia University. “Particularly inspiring for us is to be recognized for our ability to instill the characteristics of a servant leader into each of our graduates. This is such an important part of who we are as a university, and our legacy that we were founded upon by the Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph. We are incredibly proud of the difference that our students, alumni, faculty and staff make in the lives of others, in their communities, and in our world.”

This ranking comes on the heels of a multitude of other awards and recognition for the university including:

25 Best Colleges in Kentucky (College Choice)

Most Affordable Online Master’s in Social Work (

A Best College in the Southeast (Princeton Review)

Best Value School (University Research and Review)

United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Junior Achievement)

#42 Best Private College (lendedu)

#71 Overall College for Lowest Student Loan Debt in the Nation (lendedu)

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program in 2017 (Best

#6 Affordable Online Graduate Certificates in Accounting (

20 Best Online Colleges in Kentucky for 2017 (College Choice)

Champions of Character Five-Star Institution (NAIA)

#4 Best College for Lowest Student Loan Debt in Kentucky (Lend Edu)

2018 Best Regional College (Princeton Review)

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Program (

America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners (Washington Monthly)

30 Best Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Psychology (

#5 Most Affordable Online Theology Degree (

100 Best Online Colleges for 2017-2018 (

2018 Best Colleges and Universities (WalletHub)

Best Online Bachelor’s in Social Work Degrees (College Choice)

For more information on the Washington Monthly College Guide and rankings, visit .


Brescia to Honor Outstanding Alumni During Homecoming

October 17, 2017

Brescia University will honor four Distinguished Alumni, as well as, four new Athletic Hall of Fame members during the 2017 Alumni Homecoming. “Live Like a Bearcat,” October 26 th – 29 th at their respective banquets. The Distinguished Alumni Banquet will take place on Friday at 6:00 pm at The Moore Center, with the Hall of Fame banquet following on Saturday at 6:00 pm. Advance tickets are required for both events and can be purchased by visiting

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 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 studio in Owensboro that partners with clients to develop sustainable brand identity, build effective websites, and deliver beautiful printed materials to drive successful campaigns whose work has been recognized on a national level.

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 University 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 are Graeme Abel ’03, 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 Welcomes Author William Kamkwamba

October 17, 2017

Brescia University is proud to welcome author William Kamkwamba to campus to speak on Thursday, October 19 th at 7 pm. The event, to be held in Taylor Lecture Hall, is free and open to the public. Kamkwamba is the co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, how he achieved his dream of bringing electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his family and his Malawi village. The book was a New York Times best-seller, and Kamkwamba’s story was featured early in the Wall Street Journal.

The book, an inspiring and remarkable success story about the power of human ingenuity in the face of crippling odds, 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 recalls the story of Kamkwamba’s childhood in Africa and how he used a bicycle dynamo, a pedal-powered wheel that generates light, to bring electricity and light to his family and village.

Beyond the inspirational story of one determined, courageous, and ingenious teenager, Kamkwamba’s story calls attention to the plight of Malawi, a country caught in the grip of AIDS and poverty. He shares his vision for “a new kind of Africa, a place of leaders instead of victims, a home of innovation rather than charity.” By accomplishing a remarkable feat against formidable odds, Kamkwamba serves as a leading light and beacon of hope for the young, poor, and disadvantaged in every continent. ”

Kamkwamba graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014, and was awarded a fellowship at IDEO, the global design firm based in San Francisco. With IDEO, he worked on several life changing projects, including designing an anonymous abuse reporting system that was easily accessible in public spaces by both genders and low-cost sensors for farmers that reads moisture and pH levels in soil.

After finishing his fellowship, Kamkwamba joined the Widernet Project, where he helps to make and distribute digital libraries. He is currently designing modules and instruction manuals that can be used by anyone to create low-cost, high-impact projects in communities around the world. Kamkwamba is working on multiple projects to bridge the gap between knowledge and doing with easy to follow instruction modules that range from sustainable energy production to household water sanitation.

Kamkwamba has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CSPAN Book-TV, and NPR. A 2007 TED Global Fellow, he was a student in the inaugural class of the Pan-African Leadership Academy in South Africa. He and Mealer also co-authored The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition.

An accomplished speaker, Kamkwamba has addressed audiences at the 2008 World Economic Forum, multiple times at TED, and at schools and universities across the globe.