Centre College

Politics
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Centre College Makes Pitch for Hosting Kentucky U.S. Senate Debate

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Centre College wants to host the first debate between Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The university announced Thursday that it's partnering with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 News to present a debate on Sept 3.

Though the stage is set, it's unclear if the candidates will be there.

The McConnell and Grimes campaigns have been unable to come to an agreement on any debates, instead jousting through the media over locations or format.

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Education
6:30 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Withdrawal of Large Donations Rare, but Centre College's Reputation Shouldn't Suffer

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The failure of a $250-million donation to Centre College to come through is an uncommon event in higher education fundraising, but the Danville liberal arts college should weather it fine, said the leader of a professional organization for education advancement.

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Education
10:13 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Centre College's $250-Million Donation is Withdrawn

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Centre College's $250-million gift—among the largest gifts to higher education in U.S. history—has been withdrawn.

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Education
2:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Centre Starting New Global Leadership Program

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Kentucky’s Centre College is creating a new summer program this year for Kentucky juniors and seniors to learn more about the world outside state.

The Global Leadership Academy will take place over two weeks in the middle of June this summer; the goal for Centre is to get Kentucky’s high school students more in line with global leadership and cultures.

It’s the first attempt at such a program for the private college in Danville, Ky., which is leveraging its reputation as a strong study abroad college to start the program.

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Local News
3:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Centre Officials Tout Return on Debate Investment

Centre College officials say their moment in the national political spotlight was worth the Kentucky school's investment in hosting last week's vice presidential debate.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Second Successful VP Debate Has State Officials Hoping for Presidential Debate Next Time

As the dust settles on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, local officials are saying the school is ready for the next step. 

Centre College has now held two vice presidential debates: this year’s and 2000's.

Those debates will be historically known for two different styles between candidates—Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Joe Lieberman were cordial in 2000, while Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were much feistier this year. But behind the scenes, both debates are known for how smoothly everything ran.

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Local News
3:06 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Danville, Centre College Sprucing For Debate Visitors

Photo from City of Danville

Politicians aren't the only ones looking for a debate-related boost when Joe Biden and Paul Ryan go toe-to-toe in Kentucky this week. All of Danville is hoping to benefit from the vice presidential debate Thursday.

Streets have been repaved, flowers planted and new signs erected around the central Kentucky town of about 16,000. One bar is prepping cocktails named for Ryan and Biden while stores have stocked up on politically themed merchandise.

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Politics
10:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Organizations Team Up to Teach Civics Ahead of VP Debate

As Centre College prepares to host next month's vice presidential debate, several groups want to prepare Kentucky students for the event.

The Secretary of State and the non-profit Kentucky Youth Advocates have partnered with students from Bellarmine University to create lesson plans for Kentucky teachers. The lessons focus on basic civics and include information on political debates.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Political Junkies Excited for Biden-Ryan Matchup at Centre College

This year's vice presidential debate at Centre College is shaping up to be a policy wonk's dream. 

Both Vice President Joe Biden and newly-minted Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan are longtime lawmakers who are steeped in policy. 

“I think it will be a substantive debate, meaning that these are both serious policymakers and they both have substantial voting records and careers to discuss, even though Congressman Ryan is relatively young at 42, he’s been in Congressman since January 1999,” says University of Louisville professor Jasmine Farrier.

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