Category: Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium (BHEC)

3rd Annual Bluegrass Tomorrow Golf Scramble

3rd Annual
Bluegrass Tomorrow Golf Scramble
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Gibson Bay Golf Course
Richmond, Kentucky
Presented By: 
Lunch & Practice Range – 12:00 pm
Scramble Format with
Shotgun Start – 1:00 p.m.
Awards Reception Following Play

$125 per player | $450 per foursome
4 Beverage (alcohol & non alcohol) Tickets Per Player Included
*$5 Mulligans limit 2 per person
Benefits Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium & Bluegrass Forever Green Projects & Programs 
In keeping with our regional nature, this year we are moving the BGT golf scramble to the challenging and beautiful Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond. We hope you will  join us with your team!
All levels of players are invited and we encourage all 18 counties in Bluegrass Tomorrow’s footprint to be represented by a team in the tournament. Our goal this year is a full field of 18 teams of four, or 72 players.
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Sponsorship Opportunities 
Associated Benefits
· Presenting Sponsor (1) $3,000. Includes your logo on all social media, e-blasts, registration forms, as the presenting sponsor of the tournament. Your logo will also be on the special gift for each player TBA. Only the presenting sponsor will be on registration form.
· Champion Sponsors (2), Co-Presenting Sponsors-$1,500 each. Same as presenting sponsor, but two logos on everything instead of one. If two organizations / companies choose to be Co-Presenting Sponsors both logos will be added to the registration form.
· Beverage Cart Sponsor (1):$1,000.Signage on Beverage Cart(s) that will be serving to all 72 players on the course, and your logo will also be included on all pre and post scramble promotional materials.
· Hole-GPS Sponsors: (18 available) $300 each: Sponsor “golf ball” sign at the hole of your choice and logo on GPS yardage systems in each golf cart. · You can also participate by providing prizes for the players! These prizes can include golf items, rounds of golf at other courses, dinner gift certificates, attraction gift certificates, etc.
We will also be accepting items for Swag Bags (water, tees, golf balls, snacks, granola bars, sun screen, hand sanitizer, etc.) If you provide items for the swag bags (quantities of 100 please) or prizes for the contests your brochure or card can be added to the swag bag.
Don’t miss it! It’s going to be a great time, and a great fundraiser for Bluegrass Tomorrow.
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Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, President of Morehead State University, Joins Bluegrass Tomorrow Board

Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan began as President of Morehead State University in July of 2017. Prior to assuming the Presidency of Morehead State, Dr. Morgan served as the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, an agency in Frankfort, Kentucky that coordinates higher education within the Commonwealth for two research universities, 6 regional universities, and 16 community colleges. Dr. Morgan has also served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, leadership program director, and as graduate coordinator at Murray State University, and prior to that was a faculty member for over a decade at MSU.

Dr. Morgan holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. and M.S. from Murray State University. He has completed the course requirements for a school superintendent and also holds a certificate in management from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School.

He served as a board member of the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), as well as on the board of a medical and dental university. He has held former board seats on the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees, a bank board, the Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board, several foundation boards, served as the vice chairman of a public university board, and has served as chairman of a Chamber of Commerce, and as fundraising chair and board chair of a United Way board. He has also served four terms as an elected member of a city council, was formerly named Citizen of the Year, is a Rotarian, and has worked and traveled in more than 15 countries. He current chairs the pioneer athletic conference board.

Mr. Brien Lewis, President of Transylvania University Joins Board

Bluegrass Region Statement

“I arrived in the Bluegrass at the outset of the pandemic and, even at a time when people could not connect and interact as they normally would, the warmth and encouragement of the people and the place could not be diminished. The feeling I get overwhelmingly is of enthusiasm for embracing the opportunities before us.”

Biography – President Brien Lewis

Brien Lewis began serving as the 28th president of Transylvania University on July 1, 2020.

He previously served as president of Catawba College, a private, liberal arts college in Salisbury, North Carolina for 8 years.

A native of Toronto, Canada, Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and Student Body President. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. 

Lewis worked as an attorney and mediator in North Carolina before moving into higher education at Winthrop University in South Carolina, where he was an Associate Professor of Business Administration, the founding Dean of University College, and Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations.

Since arriving in Lexington, Lewis has joined the boards of Bluegrass Tomorrow, Commerce Lexington and the Downtown Lexington Partnership. Throughout his career, he has also acted in a number of student and community theater productions and looks forward to finding opportunities to continue doing so.

Conversation with the Commonwealth—What Does the Future of Kentucky Education Look Like?


This virtual event will examine several key focus areas and topics/issues of discussion:

  • What does the future of Kentucky education look line, from P-12 through higher education considering the pandemic and post-pandemic considerations?
  • Issues in on-line education, the digital divide in Kentucky.  How do we create a level playing field?  How do we engage students on-line, as if they were in the classroom? How do we keep students motivated and deal with barriers such as procrastination, feelings of isolation, and absence of support? — as well as disengaged teachers and professors.
  • Race & Class-socioeconomic issues in education. From Black Lives Matter and minority challenges to socioeconomic class, poverty, household level of education, clothes, food insecurity and more.
  • The goal of this Conversation is to envision significant takeaways and strategies that will  begin to change the narrative on the importance of all forms of education in Kentucky, and create a better synergy and collaboration between K-12 and higher education —  university presidents, superintendents, principals and the business community.

Virtual Event is free and Open to the Public but registration in advance will be required. Please watch your inbox for registration opening information.

University Presidents, K-12 Superintendents, Principals will be able to engage in conversation and questions and answers with panelists.


Jacqueline Coleman

Lt. Governor

Aaron Thompson, President

Council on Postsecondary Education

Kevin Hub, Superintendent

Scott County Public Schools



Jason Glass, Commissioner

Kentucky Department of Education

David McFaddin, President

Eastern Kentucky University





This event is FREE but registration is required!

58 Faculty & Staff Complete 5th Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Academic Leadership Academy

The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium has announced that 58 Fellows have completed its sixth Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy recently at Kentucky State University, announced the chair of the consortium President M. Christopher Brown II of Kentucky State University.

The Academic Leadership Academy is a presidential initiative, led by the 12 presidents represented in the consortium, to build future academic leaders in the Bluegrass Region. 265 Fellows have now completed the program in six years. The purpose of the academy is to encourage faculty and staff to consider leadership career paths and to provide guidance in developing the skills that are requisites for effective institutional leadership to ensure a sound and successful future for their institution and the Bluegrass Region. This year, through a partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education, the academy was made available to all of the public universities in the state outside of the Bluegrass Region footprint, and Murray State, the University of Louisville, Northern Kentucky University and several campuses of the Kentucky Community & Technical College System also participated.                        

The 58 faculty and professional staff from our Kentucky colleges and universities who completed the curriculum as fellows in the Class of 2019 are: Lewis Willian of Asbury University; Mia Brown, Randolph Cullum and Shannon Hankins of Ashland Community & Technical College; Shannon Phelps of Berea College; Laura Lynch and David Sturgill of Bluegrass Community & Technical College; Candace Wentz and John Harney of Centre College; Dominic Ashby, Joseph Carucci, Stacey Korson, James Maples and Derek Paulsen of Eastern Kentucky University;

Stashia Emanuel, Shuo Han Walter Malone III, Nikki McZee, Candace Raglin and Jamar Simmons of Kentucky State University; Jennifer Robinson and Brian Weldon of Midway University; Flint Harrelson, Michele Paynter Paise, Daryl Privott, Sherif Rashad and Lexius Yarbrough of Morehead State University; Susan Contreras Bloomdahl, Dina Byrers; Maeve Lewis McCarthy, Drew Seib, Melony Shemberger of Murray State University; Matthew Albritton, Joe Cress, Vanessa Hunn, Cecile Marczinski, Julie Moses and Carolyn Noe of Northern Kentucky University;

Jamie Cress, Tiffany Evans, Ian Hester and Anchalee Steele of Sullivan University; Jennifer Bird-Pollan, Brian Lee, Y. Charles Lu, Gia Mudd-Martin, Gitanjali Pinto-Sinai, Steven Schwarze, Asha Shenoi, and Sarah Wackerbarth of the University of Kentucky; Lynn Boyd, Meg Hancock, Amy Higdon, Thomas Rockaway, Michelle Rodems and Beth Willey of the University of Louisville.

The fellows participate in two full days of training where university presidents, vice presidents, provosts, deans and other key academic leaders present keynote addresses, panels and workshops. The final session was highlighted by keynote presentations by President Jay Box of KCTCS, and a popular opening keynote panel discussion with Presidents Christopher Brown of Kentucky State University and John Roush of Centre College.

Fellows also complete a research project for their specific institution between the spring and fall sessions. Completed Campus Projects were presented in four concurrent sessions at the final session at Kentucky State. Those presented were: Asbury successfully engaging incoming students, Ashland Community & Technical College “Connect: Establishing a Protocol for High Quality, Online Advising;” Bluegrass Community & Technical College “Community Resource Innovation;”  Berea College …”Building a Peer Health Education Program;” Centre College… “Digital Badging;”

 Eastern Kentucky University “The Impact of Advising Models on Student Success;” Kentucky State University “Mentorship/First Year Students;” Midway University “Inquiry-based Faculty Development on Assessment;” Morehead State University “Eagles of All Cultures” to involve all faculty and staff in cultural competencies; Murray State University “Recognizing and Supporting Faculty;” Northern Kentucky University “Provost’s Leadership Fellowship: Professional Development;” Sullivan University “Smashing Barriers: Strategies to Address Retention and Engagement;” University of Louisville “Program-level Advisory Boards: Best Practices for Recruiting… Employer Feedback, Financial Support and Community Engagements,” and the University of Kentucky “University of Kentucky Abbreviations and Acronyms” centralized access.

The Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium and the Academic Leadership Academy is managed by Bluegrass Tomorrow.  Member institutions include: Asbury University, Berea College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Midway University; Morehead State University, Kentucky State University, Sullivan University, Transylvania University,  and the University of Kentucky.                        

“Experiential” IdeaFestival Student Day at Morehead State University Hosts 430 Students From the Region.

IdeaFestival Student Day at Morehead State University was one of the best yet, hosting 430 regional middle and high school students and perhaps the best Career Maker Faire to date.

The Career Maker Faire, which is one half of the program, was unique in that exhibitors truly embraced the “Maker” creative concept, giving students the opportunity to see, touch, feel, hear, a more experiential event.

Over 40 exhibitors participated in the faire with Kentucky Utilities/LG&E stealing the show with the most popular exhibit which featured two poles and electrical infrastructure necessary for a technician/linesman to understand.  The Morehead Craft Academy boasted numerous experiences including virtual reality, a rover challenge, a rubics cube competition and more.

The STEM, Manufacturing & Business Cluster featured the BCTC Advanced Manufacturing program, Morehead State Space Science Center, Messer Construction, and East Kentucky Power among others.

Eastern Kentucky University brought several academic programs including the College of Business & Technology, the College of Health Services and the College of Justice and Safety.

Asbury University proudly displayed its Communications program, Midway University its Equine Program and the liberal arts programs at Georgetown College.  Health Services and Human Services were also well represented by BCTC, MSU and EKU.

In the TED-style talks program Connor Tilford dazzled the audience with his performance at the piano and his talk “Dream Big-You Never Know Where it Will Take You,” and Beth Price gave an inspiring keynote talk “Theatre Made Me.”

This was the second IdeaFestival Student Day program of the year, following the April event at the University of Kentucky for approximately 400 Fayette County high school juniors, featuring renowned Space Shuttle Astronaut Story Musgrave with the keynote.  In April 2020, IF Student Day is being planned for Kentucky State University.

Idea Festival Youth Event Presented by Morehead State University


NOVEMBER 7, 2019

Who Should Exhibit at the IF Bluegrass Career Maker Faire: Anyone looking for new employees or students!

Colleges Universities (including specific academic programs and admissions) Businesses, Manufacturers, Workforce Training schools and organizations, Technical Training Schools, Advanced Manufacturing, Entrepreneurial Incubators & Companies, Creative & Arts Organizations, STEM businesses & organizations, more.

Why Should You Exhibit at the IF Bluegrass Career Maker Faire: An exciting of networking and relationship building serving regional students.

  • Service to advance the regional economically and academically by joining 8-12th grade students from the 18-county Bluegrass Region on November 7, 2019 at Morehead State University
  • Service to advance the regional economically and academically by joining 8-12th grade students from the 18-county Bluegrass Region on November 13, 2019 at Kentucky State University
  • Affordable access to an audience you want to be in front of for recruiting!
    • $250 for a single booth at the Morehead State University Youth Event.
    • $500 for multiple booths representing different departments at the Morehead State University Youth Event
    • $500 for single booth at BOTH 2019 Events in the Bluegrass Region.
      • Morehead State University – November 7, 2019
      • Kentucky State University – November 13, 2019

We want students to have an “Ah Ha” the light bulb comes on, experience when they see your innovative hands-on exhibit. We want them to say: “I didn’t know about that.”, “That’s So Cool.”, “That’s where I want to go to school.”, “That’s what I want to be.”.

If you are a non-profit or an educational organization assistance is available to help navigate costs. It matters that you are in the room and we want to help! Please contact Rob Rumpke if you need to discuss this further. 859-351-2447 or

How Will The Exhibit Hall Be Set-up and What Will The Experience Look Like:

Exhibitors are placed into “Career Clusters” or groupings of popular Career Pathways identified by student self-assessments.

What Will My Career Cluster Look Like?

All students will attend the Career Maker Faire during the day, split in two 500 student groups. They will move in groups of approximately 40 students (the busload they came in on) spending about 10 minutes per choice Career Cluster. Each student will visit a minimum of 5 clusters during that day.
You will be joined by 6-10 other industry & higher ed representatives in your Career Cluster.
A 6-ft table will be provided with electricity (if needed) for each industry & higher ed representative.
Your Career Cluster’s location at Morehead State will be assigned by Tuesday November 5, 2019

What Should I Expect At My Career Cluster?

Students will be encouraged to come prepared with questions and naturally move among representatives to stimulate organic conversation and casual dialogue between current and future professionals in your field/students in your program.

We encourage exhibitors to be creative, providing something to do, see, feel, touch, smell, provide an experience, a demonstration. Career “speed dating” concepts will be utilized, sending students to you in groups of 30-40 at a time. Half of the Students in attendance will experience the Maker Faire, while others are listening to TED-style speakers in another part of campus. It will all be coordinated depending on arrival and departures of buses. You must come self-contained. We will provide a table & two chairs per exhibitor.


Join The Career Maker Faire!