Newsletter: November 2016
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  • Faculty Lunch Seminar

    A West Side Story: Our Oldest Neighborhood?

    Presented by Paul Tenkotte (History and Geography) and Mark Neikirk (Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement)

    Newport's West Side is among Northern Kentucky's oldest neighborhoods – maybe even its oldest, depending on how you define “neighborhood.” It was founded on the western frontier in America's early days. It has been a riverboat town, fostered by a thriving Ohio River economy. It has been a factory town, spurred along by the Industrial Revolution. It was a casino district in the heyday of Newport's Sin City days. And, it has been the victim of urban flight and blight.

    Today, it is part of the ongoing rebirth of Northern Kentucky's old cities. NKU public history students, under the direction of Dr. Paul Tenkotte, have been researching the West Side's story. Their collective work will be published once completed. We invite you to a preview. The project is part of NKU's ongoing effort to concentrate a variety of community engagement activities in the West Side. Students from history as well as art, journalism, social work, education, biology, honors, world languages, and many other disciplines have taken part in what's known as Project Hope: The 505 Initiative.

    Wednesday, November 9, Noon-12:50, Steely Library 304

    Bring your lunch; dessert and refreshments are provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Allen Ellis at (859) 572-5527 or

    Co-sponsored by Steely Library and The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Information Literacy Instruction Available

    It's not too late to schedule an information literacy instruction session for your classes. If your students have research papers and projects, we can help them learn how to locate and critically evaluate information sources. Instruction sessions are still available for November and early December. We provide instruction for face-to-face, online, and distance courses at all levels, from ENG 101 to graduate classes.

    To schedule an instruction session, go to If you have questions about our IL program or difficulty scheduling a session, contact us at

  • New Archives Collection Guides Available Online

    Special Collections and University Archives is honored to preserve the collections of several military veterans from Northern Kentucky. Ranging from a Civil War soldier's diary to a World War I veteran's gas mask, the materials in our care document the personal sacrifices and experiences of veterans. As we near Veteran's Day, we are especially privileged to announce the recent opening of the Al Murphy Vietnam Military Service Papers and the James and Earl Hudson Papers. Collections guides are available at The Archives Research Room is open Monday-Friday, 1-4pm for researchers to use collections.

    MS-54 Al Murphy Vietnam Military Service Papers

    Papers contain correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and military objects from Al Murphy's service in United States Army during the Vietnam War. Murphy, a resident of Covington, Kentucky, was drafted and served on active duty in the United States Army from September 3, 1970 through January 23, 1972.

    MS-72 James and Earl Hudson Papers

    The collection contains a group portrait of Company 49, of which James Hudson was a member, training at the United States Naval Base at Hampton Roads, Virginia in August 1919.