Eastern Kentucky University, commonly referred to as Eastern or by the acronym EKU, is an undergraduate and graduate teaching and research institution located in Richmond, Kentucky, U.S.A.. EKU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools . It maintains three regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, and Manchester; centers in Fort Knox, Lancaster, and Somerset; and offers more than 25 online degree programs. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 23, 2017
Nation's leading fast-casual, build-your-own pizza concept to open at the Summit at Fritz Farms, will celebrate with event to raise funds for local non-profit LEXINGTON, KY--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - On Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day), Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza will continue to expand in the Lexington area by opening a third location at the new Summit at Fritz Farm shopping center. The restaurant, located at 4049 Finn Way 110 near CycleBar, will celebrate by hosting a fundraiser for Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY) on Tuesday, May 30. During the "Noncon4mist" fundraiser, Blaze Pizza will offer pizzas for just $4.00 and, in turn, will donate $4.00 to SOKY for every pizza sold. Like the spirit of a Blaze Pizza Noncon4mist, SOKY encourages athletes to defy odds, break down barriers, and refuse to adhere to the limits society places on them. SOKY provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The non-profit organization serves more than 8,300 athletes across the state of Kentucky in 15 different Olympic-style sports. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Blaze Pizza on this exciting event," said Trish Mazzoni, President and CEO of SOKY. "SOKY athletes are currently preparing for the State Summer Games at Eastern Kentucky University next weekend, and we appreciate Blaze's support as we prepare for the biggest competition weekend of our year." Blaze Pizza features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu's signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients -- all for around $8. The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven -- the centerpiece of the restaurant -- where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire'd and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. "When I think of Blaze Pizza I think of individuality. Blaze is a place where you can be YOU," said Mike Forte, Operating Partner for Blaze Pizza in Lexington. "The mission of Special Olympics Kentucky is right in line with our message here at Blaze -- that everybody has the ability to set their own course and achieve greatness." Blaze Pizza has two other locations in the Lexington area -- one near University of Kentucky's campus at 341 S. Limestone St. and another in Hamburg at 2305 Sir Barton Way. The new Summit Blaze Pizza will offer a selection of wine and craft beers including two local craft beers on tap -- West Sixth IPA and Country Boy Cougar Bait. The hours of operation will be: 11:00 am to 10:30 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch, using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the "Pizza Whisperer"), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. The new 3,000 square foot restaurant will include over 80 seats inside with an additional 30 seats on an outdoor patio. Award-winning design architect Ana Henton has added several special touches to the restaurant, including an oversized wall mural custom-designed to suit the space. About Blaze Pizza The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes, thoughtful interior design and a service culture that celebrates individuality. Now ranked as the leading fast-casual pizza chain in the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult-like following as it expands across the country. The company currently operates 195 restaurants in 32 states and Canada, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas, Las Vegas and Boston. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis. For more information, please visit blazepizza.com and facebook.com/blazepizza or click here to view a company video. Blaze Pizza®, Fast-Fire'd®, the horizontal logo design, and the proprietary names "Pizzasmith", "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet" and related trademarks are the property of Blaze Pizza LLC.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Leading higher education information and resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org has announced its list of the best online colleges for veterans and military personnel for 2017. The ranking names the top 59 two- and four-year schools and the top 50 four-year schools in the nation based on service member-friendly benefits, affordability and program quality. The four-year schools with the best scores were University of Southern Mississippi, Webster University, Saint Leo University, University of Idaho and Murray State University. The top five two-year schools include Central Texas College, St. Philip’s College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Del Mar College. "Veterans and current members of the military face some unique challenges when it comes to earning a certificate or degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. “These schools have demonstrated a commitment to providing outstanding benefits and resources to service members who choose to pursue an online education, while also maintaining affordability and quality standards.” To qualify for a spot on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s rankings, schools must meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. Each is also scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen metrics including the availability and amount of financial aid, military tuition discounts, ROTC programs, veteran support services and graduation rates by school. AffordableCollegesOnline.org enforces strict affordability standards, requiring schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $20,000 per year for four-year schools, and below $5,000 per year for two-year schools. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final “Best” list. For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit: Top Four-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: Arkansas State University-Main Campus Azusa Pacific University Ball State University Columbia College Dallas Baptist University Duquesne University East Carolina University Eastern Kentucky University Hampton University Hawaii Pacific University Iowa State University Kansas State University Lawrence Technological University Lewis University Mercy College Mississippi State University Missouri State University-Springfield Montana State University-Billings Murray State University New England College Niagara University Northern Arizona University Northern Kentucky University Norwich University Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Oral Roberts University Point Park University Regis University Saint Leo University Texas A & M University-College Station The College of Saint Scholastica The University of Alabama The University of Montana Tiffin University Troy University University of Arizona University of Cincinnati-Main Campus University of Idaho University of Mississippi University of Nebraska at Omaha University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus University of South Florida-Main Campus University of Southern Mississippi University of the Incarnate Word University of Toledo Viterbo University Washington State University Webster University Western Kentucky University Top Two-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017: ### AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.
News Article | April 19, 2017
CyberSponse, Inc., the global leader in Security Orchestration Automation and Response, has raised the bar by electing Larry Johnson as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer. Johnson, who previously served as CyberSponse’s Chief Strategy Officer, will succeed Joseph Loomis, the company’s founder and current CEO. Loomis will continue forward focusing on his true passion-- designing technology and incident response-- and will take the role as Chief Technology Officer and remain the company's Chairman of the Board. “Larry has been a trusted friend and has been an executive mentor to me for some time now. His character and leadership style will certainly amplify our team’s vision and execution strategy moving forward. Having worked along side with Larry for more than a year, we have created a close synergistic and trusted relationship that has generated a powerhouse in the incident response automation & orchestration category. As its founder, I know in my heart that Larry will take CyberSponse to the next level while allowing me to focus on my true passion of technology, incident response and automation,” said Joseph Loomis. “I’m honored, and grateful for the team and its founder’s trust to lead this next generation cybersecurity organization. One of the main advantages of CyberSponse is that we have an enterprise engineering team that has unmatched roadmap and technology stack that will change the category and definitely raise the bar,” expressed Johnson. ”This is an incredible opportunity and I am excited to collaborate with Joe and the CyberSponse leadership team on solving difficult problems with an enterprise technology.” Johnson will lead CyberSponse’s market strategy and executive team while continuing the organization's focus on sales execution. Johnson holds the reigns of ensuring the company’s strategic vision delivers the most enterprise grade automation, orchestration, and incident management platform for security operation centers. Johnson’s visionary leadership will allow CyberSponse to leverage his 24 years as a United States Secret Service Special Agent, including his enterprise experience as a financial sector CSO in the cyber security arena, while leveraging his extensive network of trusted relationships to further their market and product penetration. Johnson served for more than two decades as a United States Secret Service Special Agent, culminating as Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Investigative Flagship, the Criminal Investigative Division. As Special Agent in Charge, he established the next generation cyber investigator, led and directed the agency’s investigations into criminal activity, financial crime, identity theft, e-currency, crime, credit card fraud, cyber/network intrusion crimes, covert cyber operations and the worldwide enforcement of the counterfeiting of U.S. financial obligations and currency. Johnson also established the first federal law-enforcement agency cyber intelligence and response unit in the United States and expanded the role and responsibilities of 35 domestic and international electronic crimes task forces (ECTF) through the establishment of public, private, and academia partnerships around the world. Johnson’s years of service have led to many awards, including the September 11, 2001 President’s Distinguished Service Award; a certified U.S. Secret Service Network Intrusion Investigator; and a member or former member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Financial Sector Information Sharing and Accountability Center (FS-ISAC) and the Financial Services Roundtable (BITS). Johnson has a bachelors in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University.