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Education Notes: Week of Feb. 27

February 27, 2013 


■ Eastern Kentucky University faculty members Michael Roberson and Marcel Robles received the Outstanding Research Paper Award at the recent Association for Research in Business Education-Delta Pi Epsilon Conference.

Members of ARBE-DPE, a national honorary professional graduate society in business education, recently met in Cincinnati, where Roberson and Robles received the award.

■ University of Kentucky undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneur teams presented their ideas for potential startup ventures during the UK Venture Challenge on Feb. 16 at the Davis Marksbury Building.

David Booth and Tommy Crush won top undergraduate team for their Personal Concierge by Crambu real-time platform for the hotel industry. MBA students Jordan Denny, Lee Goatley, Jarrod Willis and Jordan Laycock with TerraCast Technologies won best graduate team for their plan to reclaim mountaintop sites by growing switchgrass for biofuel production.

The second-place undergraduate idea came from Matt Dieruff, who has a new design for a type of screw. It's geared toward industries that require both routine maintenance and coatings to protect the screws during operation. On the graduate side, the EARlyTAG team of MBA students — Kaitlyn Foree, Jeffrey Billion, Nathan Miles, William Templeton — and agricultural economics junior Alex Hart want to dramatically reduce costs related to livestock illness with new symptom-detection technology.

Each of these teams will share scholarships totaling $3,000.

An online public voting feature was added for the UK Venture Challenge, which is now in its second year. Sydney Reeder won with her concept for an outdoor experience-based sporting goods store. Reeder will receive a $50 scholarship from iNET.

Four top Venture Challenge teams will represent UK at the state business competition, Idea State U, April 12-13 at Lexington Center.


Southern Middle School's PTSA Lightning Strike 5K race will be at 8:30 a.m. March 23 at Tates Creek High School. For more information, visit Register at Cost is $18 before March 1 and $25 after.

■ Fayette County Public Schools will host its annual FCPS Career Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, 1600 Man O'War Boulevard.

School administrators and classified hiring managers will answer questions about 2013-2014 vacancies. In addition, a computer lab will be available for candidates to begin the online application process. For more information, contact Alexis Witherspoon, associate director of recruitment and retention in the human resources department, (859) 381-4217.

Eastern Kentucky University's African/African-American Studies program is hosting a book drive through March 8 to benefit the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Memphis, Tenn. The Academy is an alternative school for at-risk youth in grades 6-12.

Books can include new and used fiction, non-fiction, self-improvement books, black heritage books and others appropriate for grades 6-12.

Books can be donated from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the Powell corner or anytime at the AFA office in Miller 110. For book pickup, call the AFA office at (859) 622-1299.

Scholarship Opportunities

Frontier Nursing University is reviving its Courier Program, a service learning internship that targets college students interested in public health, social work, health care or a related field.

Starting in June, the Courier Program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of providing health care in rural and under-served areas.

The application deadline for the 2013 internship is Friday. Apply at Contact Courier Program Coordinator Nancy Reinhart at with questions.

Lindsey Wilson College has a new scholarship to encourage the development of future church leaders. The Wesley Scholars Church Leaders Program will award two full scholarships this fall to incoming freshmen.

To apply for the scholarship, students must be active members of a church, have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and letters of reference.

To apply, complete an application to Lindsey Wilson College and the Wesley Scholars Program; complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; submit letters of reference from a pastor and teacher; and attend Wesley Scholars Day on March 23. For more information, go to

Training Events/Seminars

TLS Talks will be at 6:30 p.m. March 5 in the music room at The Lexington School, 1050 Lane Allen Road. Topic: Is This State Just Temporary? — a presentation about recognizing the developmental stages of children. Free and open to the public. Presenter: Susan Hart Bell. Info: (859) 278-0501,

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