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Welcoming dreamers , It’s dreamers who change the world, who cure diseases who invent the next must-have technology. Dreams matter. Dreams elevate. They motivate and inspire. They allow you to achieve remark able things.

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5 minutes to downtown cincinnati NKU is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky

“I always knew that I wanted to be in front of the camera, but not in a theatrical way. I came to NKU to study public relations and electronic media and broadcasting because it’s located next to a huge media market – Cincinnati. My dream is to be a news anchor for a wellknown television station, and my professors are helping me learn how to do it. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” 4

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– home of the world’s largest wooden roller coaster

Numerous sites for co-ops and internships Join friends at Newport on the Levee Catch a Reds or Bengals game Enjoy a vibrant fine arts scene

kim Lewis

is from Lexington, Ky., is a leadership mentor and a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and gives campus tours for the Office of Admissions.

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You’ll love NKU

24 17:1 81% Average number of students in class

Student-toProfessor ratio

Mee t One Of NKU’s Favorite Professors. Histor y professor Jonathan Reynolds was born to teach. Of course, he was also born to play in an acoustic blues band called 46 Long. Check him out on iTunes. But he’s really great at connecting with students. College is about intellectual selfexpression and trying new things, he says. It’s about acquir ing what he calls the “life of the mind.” “Keep an open mind” when entering college, he says. “Have very high expectations of yourself and of your faculty.” And most of all? He says, “Have fun.”

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of professors hold terminal degrees in their field of study

Ever checked out RateMyProfessors.com?

YOU SHOULD. It’s the largest site for professor ratings, AND NKU WAS RATED ONE OF THE TOP 10 universities with the highest-rated professors. ratemyprofessors.com


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Howe Musical Theatre

Carmyn Howe says she has to have theatre in her life. Her dream is to originate a character on Broadway. 8

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She was the lead in NKU’s production of Bye Bye Birdie, played the Queen in Cinderella, and won the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Acting Performance by a University Actress. The junior calls the Department of Theatre and Dance “one big family.” The theatre and dance department at NKU is one of many departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, but the devotion to students is the common thread in each of the disciplines. The theatre and

dance department mounts 35 student productions each year. The Kentucky Art Council recognizes NKU as having the #1 theatre program in the state. “For me, the professors are the most valuable part about NKU’s theatre department,” Howe says. “It is so cool to know that my professors have worked and are still currently working on Broadway productions.” NKU works hard to get you a job after college, she adds. “Just this year, NKU flew in two big-name Broadway casting directors for seniors to audition for.”


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College of arts & sciences

Like to dream big? That’s okay – we do too. IN THIS COLLEGE YOU CAN DO IT ALL from studying the complexities of the human genome to working on a stage production.

INSIDE THE COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES • Reaching for the stars? You can see them in the world’s only educational projection planetarium. All introductory astronomy classes are taught in the Haile Digital Planetarium.

E xp lo re th e A rt s, H um an it ie s, S oc ia l an d B e h av io ra l S c ie nc e s, M at h e m at ic s, N at ur al S c ie nc e s an d In te g ra ti v e S tu d ie s.

• Jam with other musicians. There are music ensembles for music majors and non-music majors. • NKU’s Anthropology Museum features displays on local and regional history, including displays of Huichol, Haitian and northwest coast culture. • Collaborate with professors to do undergraduate research. Are you interested in exploring effective treatments for Alzheimer’s, gender stereotypes, or first impressions? These are just some of the research interests of faculty in the psychology department. • Get hands-on experience investigating crime scenes as a summer CSI student. • Separate mixtures using the latest Waters chromatographic instruments. Science majors have access to a wide variety of technologies used for instruction and undergraduate research. • Participate as a delegate in our award-winning Model United Nations team. For more information: artscience.nku.edu N o r t h e r n K e n t u c k y Un i v e r s i t y

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“If you are a high school student and want a career in an information discipline, you should be submitting your application to Northern Kentucky University and packing your bags for Highland Heights.”

Griffin Hall is a $53 million center that opened this summer. The building is home to some of the newest digital technology.

Frank Muehleman, VP, Dell Computers

Muzzamil Ali Nadir, a senior business informatics major, works on campus in the college’s Center for Applied Informatics, which provides students extensive access to on-the-job learning in a realworld environment. Muzzamil has helped local hospitals merge their networks and has designed websites for small businesses. “It’s really cool to get these kinds of opportunities before graduation,” he says. “My skills were taken to a different level because of CAI. You learn while working.”

MUZZAMIL Ali Nadir Business Informatics

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College of INFORMATICS Be at the center of the information revolution - expand your horizons and explore your dreams. WHAT IS INFORMATICS? The point where human creativity meets communication and technology. Learn everything from protecting businesses from computer hackers to producing a highly advanced digital newscast. NKU’s College of Informatics – where YOUR future meets THE future.

INSIDE THE COLLEGE OF INFORMATICS • NKU is one of three universities in the nation with a College of Informatics.

Majors • Business Inform at ics • Communicat io n Studies • Computer Informat ion Technology • Computer Scie nce • Electronic Med ia & Broadcast ing • Jour nalism • Media Inform at ics • Public Relatio ns

• Fortune magazine says nine of the 20 fastest-growing professional jobs in the next decade will be found in the field of informatics. • The Center for Applied Informatics at NKU gives informatics students the opportunity to expand their portfolios with work on projects that include web development, public relations and healthcare informatics while delivering value to local businesses. • Compete in “cyber defense” competitions as a computer science or computer information technology major. For more information: informatics.nku.edu N o r t h e r n K e n t u c k y Un i v e r s i t y

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Eric Sandy

Marketing

Eric Sandy knew that all he needed was to get his foot in the door. When he did he happened to be wearing his favorite Nike Air Max 1 running shoes. Eric came to NKU with a love for sketching out his own shoe designs. The Edgewood, Ky., native majored in marketing and learned the art of selling. When he graduated, he kept sketching his ideas and won an online contest to travel to Nike headquarters in Oregon for an all-expenses paid internship to learn about the shoe business. “It was just amazing,” he says. “I couldn’t believe I was actually at Nike.” After the internship, he was offered his first job. “I was able to get the job because of my marketing degree,” he says. “Others came in with a degree in industrial design, but they told me they liked the fact I knew the marketing side of the business.” Now Eric is doing what he always dreamed – designing Nike’s next pair of sneakers.

HAILE/U.S. BANK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

INSIDE THE HAILE/U.S. BANK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS • Earn an internationally recognized business degree. Nationally, fewer than 15 percent of all business programs meet the rigorous academic standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. • Obtain first-hand, practical experience with co-op or intern opportunities at a variety of major corporations. • Study sports business: NKU is one of a few schools to offer this program as an undergraduate degree. • Entrepreneur magazine has ranked NKU’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program among the nation’s Top 25.

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COLLEGe OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS “I knew I wanted to do something related to my interests: nursing and community/civic engagement,” Sams says.

INSIDE THE COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS • Practice high-pressure procedures in a 12,000-square-foot simulation lab, staged to work like a hospital. • Apply what you’re learning on human patient simulators that talk and breathe. • Graduate with a 99 percent employment rate as a respiratory care student. • Earn an advanced nursing degree in nursing informatics or as a nurse practitioner, or get an Ed.D. for nurse educators. For more information: healthprofessions.nku.edu

Meryl Sams, a nursing major and honors minor, developed a DVD for caregivers as part of her work with Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Head Start Program, a school-readiness program for children aged 3-5 years. She discovered that caregivers have to understand why they are important, know what they can do to actively engage in their child’s health, and be given the necessary health literacy skills to carry out the function of child advocate. So she developed an educational offering in DVD format to empower caregivers. Sams’ is just one of the learning experiences that have led College of Health Professions students to be critical thinkers and compassionate health practitioners.

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Sams Nursing

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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SERVICES INSIDE THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SERVICES • NKU graduates have one of Kentucky’s highest pass rates on the National Teachers’ Exam. • Athletic training majors work with teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Cyclones and Charlotte Bobcats. • Social worker employment is expected to increase much faster than all other occupations through 2016. • You can continue your education with master’s degrees in education and social work. For more information: coehs.nku.edu

Explore • Athletic Training • Counseling & Human Ser vices • Exercise Scienc e • Social Work • Teacher Education

Shauna Prentice

Middle Grades Education

When Shauna Prentice came to NKU, she never thought her major would have her teaching students in South Africa. But before she graduated, Shauna did just that. 14

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“I took advantage of an opportunity in the education department where I could teach abroad,” says Shauna Prentice of Henry County, Ky. “So I went to South Africa and taught fourththrough seventh-graders English, geography, math and history. I taught, but I also learned more than I ever thought I would.” The middle grades education major said she didn’t know what to expect of the trip when she applied for the program – only that she wanted to study abroad. She chose South Africa because it seemed like a place she wouldn’t normally visit.

“Being immersed in another culture, being in someone else’s world, you can compare and contrast it to your own, and you learn to appreciate both theirs and yours a little more,” she says. For eight weeks, Shauna taught at a private girls’ school in Grahamstown, on the country’s Eastern Cape, and she even earned a scholarship to help cover part of the cost of the trip. “I would definitely recommend going,” she says. “To be able to see what school is like in another place – it’s amazing.”


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HONORS PROGRAM

Engage in experiential learning , pursue independent research and travel abroad.

NKU’s honors program offers you the opportunity to stretch your imagination in interdisciplinary honors seminars, challenging you to go farther than you could ever dream.

Honors admission is selective. We look for:

range of subjects. • Demonstrated curiosity about a wide (AP, IB or honors • Successful secondar y school preparat ion courses).

d reading-math• An ACT composite of 26+ or SAT combine writ ing score of 1760 +. to apply to the If you meet these criteria, you are invited ku.edu. Honors Prog ram. Apply online at honors.n

Enjoy the many perks offered to honors students: • Participate in course-related travel. • Graduate as a University Honors Scholar, a distinction that will appear on your transcripts and diploma. • Work one on one with an NKU professor on your capstone project. • Present your research at national conferences. • Live with other honors students in the honors wing of Callahan Hall.

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SERVICE LEARNING Expand your knowledge while helping your community. Do you want to make a difference? The people at NKU do. There are multiple ways to engage in helping everyone from the surrounding community to people around the world.

T he Mayerson Project

dents in 10 Each school year, stu rtunit y to courses have an oppo se in one or invest $4,000 per cour agencies. more local nonprofit ions used lut So od Childhood Fo rson project ye Ma e $1,000 from th Break Food to suppor t its Winter result, about Sack prog ram. As a dents – who 1,600 elementary stu ng ry during would have gone hu m school – their winter break fro ing received sacks contain ch wi nd sa rs, nutritional ba e. or m d an l spreads, cerea s offer “Philanthropy course to become ies nit rtu students oppo hers, a inspired by helping ot into the rest rry ca n lesson they ca . Neal H. of their lives,” says Dr of the Mayerson, president Mayerson a od Rh d Manuel D. an Foundation.

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Service on Saturday

Alternative Spring Breaks

Volunteer! NKU organizes special outings to help you volunteer. Make a difference – go with your friends to a soup kitchen or help build a home through Habitat for Humanity.

NKU’s Baptist Campus Ministry as well as some departments and Greek organizations travel to locales both near and far to help those in need. For the past few years, dozens of NKU students from the BCM have spent their spring breaks helping those in need in both urban and rural sites throughout Kentucky.


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SARA Drabik

Cuts for a Cure NKU’s Greek organizations are always thinking of creative ways to help others. NKU’s Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity thought of a great way to help the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute of the National Alzheimer’s Association. Members auctioned off their hair as part of an event called TKE Cuts for a Cure. At the hands of their friends, they ended up with some not-so-great clips – but they made a difference.

Professor Sara Drabik in electronic media and broadcasting has a background in teaching, production and media activism. Her work focuses on documentary and communitybased projects that raise awareness of social issues and attempt to create positive social change. Her latest project, completed with the help of NKU students, is called Growing Healthy Girls. She and students traveled into urban neighborhoods in Cincinnati and interviewed young women about their lives – what they ate, how much sleep they got, what makes them healthy. A documentary was made, as well as a tool kit, which is now used by the United Way to help young women lead healthy lives. Professor Drabik’s class is one of nearly 70 NKU classes that featured components of service learning this past year.

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Apply Demonstrate Prepare Why put off your dreams?

practical experience through

DAVID Roy Pre-Pharmacy

Six students at NKU want to help find a cure – and David Roy is one of them. Specifically, the junior biology major is involved in research that is helping reduce the side effects associated with certain breast cancer treatments. 18

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AUSTIN Brown

ERIN Rowan

Austin Brown, a senior from Elizabethtown, organized the area’s first film festival exploring diversity issues associated with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Filmgoers studied pop culture through film, focusing on diversity and the inclusion of LGBT in society. “Equality is the root of a prosperous community,” says Brown, an integrative studies major.

If Erin Rowan has her way, the junior from Louisville will be a doctor someday. And she’ll always be able to say that her undergraduate research helped students in how they learn. “Basically, I look at how students interpret a picture of a structure such as sodium chloride or hydrogen peroxide,” says Rowan, a pre-med biochemistry major who also serves as the vice president of the Black Women’s Organization. Rowan researches if students can learn science better visually, that is, looking at pictures of structures. The opportunity to learn and conduct undergraduate research was one of the reasons Rowan chose NKU. “Now I understand what it takes to do research.”

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Apply knowledge outside the classroom Demonstrate you can work and think independently Prepare yourself for your future NKU undergraduate students obtain first-hand, research projects and co-op or intern experiences.

RAJ Akula

Computer Science & Mathematics By the time Raj Akula was a senior at NKU, he’d already been in charge of testing the newest cell phones at Research in Motion, or RIM, in Dallas, Texas. As an intern, Akula was placed in charge of nightly testing, where he would make sure certain software worked properly and also take service calls. “It was cool – I got to play with nice phones, the newest prototypes. I learned how to deal with certain situations, like if there was a customer service issue. I’m actually interviewing for a job with them now,” says Akula, a computer science and mathematics major from Florence, Ky.

As a middle grades education major, Janol Vinson wants to be a language arts teacher. And while he’s learned a lot in the classroom, he’s also been doing a lot as part of an internship with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program. “I am currently a servant leader intern,” Vinson says. “Servant leader interns are required to facilitate a reading curriculum Finance with children ranging from grades K-12.Bohl Reading is such for a a When Josh was looking vital part of a child’s education. school, he wanted something America is suffering fromthat many specific: An environment educational adversities because was close knit but that was also many students near a of bigour city with bigaren’t reading at the appropriate grade opportunity. NKU fit the bill. level. I learned how to make Now, Bohl – a finance major from reading fun and–reach kids in to Lancaster, Ohio is very close different ways.” And it’s landing a job, in part because of reaffirmed what wants to do his internship at he nearby General for a career. “My internship is Electric in Cincinnati. “I get to exactly what I plan to do with see a lot of the really cool stuff,” my he says. has the sayscareer,” Bohl, who helps“It analyze prepared me to deal with finances of the energy children from“I’ve a number of department. made some different backgrounds.” connections here and met some

JOSH Bohl

people. My experience is opening all kinds of doors. Having GE on your résumé looks really, really good.”

CASSEE Giovanni Communication Studies

Cassee Giovanni, a junior communication major, came to NKU from Orange County, Calif., looking for adventure, and she knows getting an internship in the corporate world is extremely important. “I want the experience,” says Giovanni. “Having an internship is important to getting a job.” Giovanni interviewed with companies in the fall of her junior year – she especially wanted to work in California. After attending the Career Development Center’s Job Fair, she landed an internship with Target Corp. in California, where she will develop and implement ideas to better the company. “I know I’ll be able to do it,” she says.

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STUDY ABROAD

Have you always dreamt of studying abroad? Do you value the importance of having a global perspective? The answer is NKU. Mexico

“Our goal is to produce graduates who have a global perspective and to create a campus that reflects international breadth,” says NKU President James Votruba.

ERIN Kelley Anthropology

Machu Picchu in Urubamba Valley, Peru

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Ireland

“I started off with a dream, and NKU was able to help me follow it.”

attending,” she says. “I could see myself hanging out here, walking around campus, meeting friends.”

Erin Kelley wanted to see the world. She wanted to travel, to study other cultures, to meet new people.

“I can’t picture anybody not being able to make friends here,” she says. “The different religions, different countries, different styles – it was all here.”

So she came to NKU. Growing up with military parents, Erin spent most of her childhood in Hawaii, and when they moved to Kentucky, she began her search for a college. She searched all over the country for the right fit. “I looked at all kinds of colleges from New York to Florida, and NKU was the first college I could actually see myself

It was the diversity of people on campus that influenced her.

Of course, NKU offered the right program for Erin – anthropology – and it offered various study-abroad opportunities. “I’ve gone on four separate study-abroad trips – Ireland, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua,” she says. “You can get knowledge from a book, but you can’t taste the food or meet the people or interact with the culture.” After graduation she hopes to continue to travel and study other cultures. N o r t h e r n K e n t u c k y Un i v e r s i t y

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N KU org anizations

tion • Black Men’s Organiza urs • Collegiate Entreprene n tio iza gan Or • Comedy Improv • Hockey Club • Interfait h Council • Lat ino Student Union • Norse Film Society

View a c omplete list of all N KU st udent org aniz at ions and clubs at st udentlife.nku.e du

• Norse Force Society • Norse Leadership of the • Student Af filiates l Society ica em Ch n America nt • Student Governme Association atics • Women in Inform

Yell Lik e Hell

Student organizations compete with chants ir and cheers to show the the is Norse pride. This loudest event of Homecoming.

student organizations Chase your dream. Don’t lose yourself.

With more than 200 student organizations, it’s easy to be involved.

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Anointed Voices Gospel Choir

SORORITIES & FRATERNITIES

Express your faith through per formance.

FRE SHMAN SERVICE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE Join this premier freshman organization and develop your leadership style through serv ice.

G reek life

• Kappa Alpha Psi • Kappa Delta • Phi Sigma Sigma • Pi Kappa Alpha • Sigma Gamma Rho

• Alpha Kappa Alpha • Alpha Phi Alpha • Alpha Tau Omega • Delta Gamma • Delta Zeta

I Get involved

• Sigma Phi Epsilon • Tau Kappa Epsilon • Theta Phi Alpha

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You’ll have the opportunity to get information and sign up for student organizations at orientation and dur ing Welcome Week.

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Go to a show d head to a Grab your friends an s campus at U’ performance on NK Center. ky The Bank of Kentuc

: RECENT PERFORMERS Trace Adkins Jason Aldean

Jay-Z Martina McBr ide

Avenged Sevenfold Breaking Benjamin Buckcher ry

Papa Roach Chris Tomblin Carrie Underwood

Dane Cook Daughtry Jeff Dunham Bob Dylan Alan Jackson

Intramural and Club Sports Meet new people and light your competitive fires by participating in intramural sports. Sand volleyball, flag football and table tennis are just a few of the more than 25 competitive intramural activities. Take the initiative to start your own club sport if there is not an existing club that interests you – lacrosse, ice hockey and tae kwon do were each organized and created by NKU students.

Let us introduce you to a spor t called Hantis

Hantis is a mix of handball and tennis. More than 30 athletes participate in this official club sport, which was created at NKU in 2009.

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“Was it all a dream? Tell me – was it all a dream? I gotta know,” Jay-Z asks in his song “A Dream.”

Well, we can confirm it was definitely not a dream – Brooklyn’s Finest became the first act to sell out The Bank of Kentucky Center at NKU in October 2009.

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GO NORSE! INSIDE NORSE ATHLETICS • NKU is aggressively pursuing a move to NCAA Division I. • Member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. • All varsity teams made appearances in their respective NCAA tournaments within the past three years. • Captured the All-Sports Trophy six times in the past 10 years.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Office of Intercollegiate Athletics (859) 572-5193 www.nkunorse.com

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SPIRIT GROUPS:

Basketball

Baseball

Cheerleading

Cross Country Basketball

Norse Force

Golf

Cross Country Dance Team

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“I’m heading into my fourth year living on campus, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Living on campus really helps me focus on my schoolwork and keeps me more active in campus life. Most of the great friends I have made since starting at NKU were people who I met while living on campus!”

ASHLEY Pyles

Middle grades math & social studies education

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RESIDENTIAL LIFE New students who live outside a reasonable commuting distance of the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area are required to live on campus.

2011-12 annual room rates* Kentucky & Commonwealth halls...................................................$3,640 University Suites (single room)......................................................... $5,750 University Suites (double room).......................................................$5,000 Norse Hall .......................................................................................... $4,270 Callahan Hall (quad w/full bath)..................................................... $4,700 *All rates are subject to change.

s University Suite

Norse Hall

What’s for dinner? Catch up with friend s at one of 16 dining locati ons. Choos e from buffet -style to fast-fo od option s. • Sushi bar • Salad bar • All-yo u-can -eat buffet • Pizza • Starbu cks • Asian noodl e statio n • Conve nience stores

University Suites

Callahan Hall

Take a virtual tour of the residential village at housing.nku.edu

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The Last Word Victor E. Viking

Hi. I’m Victor. If you don’t already know me, you will. And I want you to know how happy I am that you’re thinking about coming to school here. It’s an amazing place – but what a lot of people don’t know is why I decided on NKU. Like you, I’m an explorer. I wanted to be on my own, to go out and try new things, to meet new people and discover new lands. I wanted an adventure. NKU gave me all that and more. Since I’ve been here, I’ve gotten involved in school activities (you’ll see me at sporting events) and in serving the community (look for me at Service on Saturday and local events). It’s always been my dream to be a professional mascot. At NKU I can learn in a big-time environment that still feels like a small school. And hey – no one has a cooler on-campus job than I do. Are you an explorer? An adventurer? A dreamer? Join me at NKU. And tell ’em Victor sent you.

me P.S . F i nd ok . o n Fa c e b o Victor E. Viking NKU mascot

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Meet Griffin Hall, the new home of the College of Informatics — a unique, state-of-the-art facility where a new generation of professionals will build our information economy. Griffin Hall highlights include the Convergence News Lab, a flash and 3D animation lab, a performance studio and the Digitorium – a two-story digital theatre with eight opera boxes for cyber defense competitions.

This publication was prepared by Northern Kentucky University and printed with state funds (KRS 57.375). Northern Kentucky University is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff for employment and promotion to ensure the highest quality of work force and to foster an environment that embraces the broad range of human diversity. The university is committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited. The university will provide equal opportunity to all employees in regard to salaries, promotions, benefits and working conditions and will monitor these areas to ensure that any differences that may exist are the result of bona fide policies and procedures and are not the result of illegal discrimination. MC00921

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