We should get out more – citizens, business leaders, educators, reporters, all of us. If we did, we might understand each other better.
By getting out more I mean to travel Kentucky and talk to people in other regions of our state. Take time to drive to a part of commonwealth you’ve always heard about but never considered visiting.
It’s worth the effort.
When you do, I suggest checking out our institutions of higher learning along the way. Visit a regional university, a community college, or a small school in one of Kentucky’s beautiful towns. Walk the campuses, talk to students and faculty, and marvel at the buildings where our best and brightest are preparing for their futures.
I want to do that more often. Two weeks ago, I visited my alma mater, Western Kentucky University, and was amazed at how the campus has changed over the years.
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be in Columbia to deliver the spring commencement address at Lindsey Wilson College. I’m eager to talk with President William T. Luckey Jr. about what’s going on at his school.
In June I’ll return to Spalding University in Louisville for their annual MFA alumni homecoming, where poets, playwrights, and authors gather to talk about, what else, the written word.
For me, those are examples of getting out more.
For KET’s year-long initiative on the opioid crisis in Kentucky, I recently traveled to Covington to a record a One to One conversation that will air later this month. I spoke was with journalist Sam Quinones about his book, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.”
The interview took place on the campus of Northern Kentucky University. While waiting for Quinones to arrive, I chatted with NKU Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. She told me about how their school is growing and offering new programs to students.