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Education Notes: Lighthouse Ministries hosting Thanksgiving meal for local people in need

November 26, 2013 


Eliza Waller received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day celebration on Nov. 13. Eliza was nominated for creating the Service Club at Lexington Catholic High School, now in its second year with more than 500 members. Last year, members completed more than 11,000 hours of service in areas ranging from putting together military missions care packages to tutoring elementary school children. She is the daughter of Sonny and Jennifer Waller.

Elizabeth Jennes, a Lexington resident and finance major at Providence College in Rhode Island, participated in the World Youth Forum for Ethics in Business in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 8-16. Jennes was one of 17 students chosen internationally. She attended workshops to learn about her peers and their skills including speech-giving, and ethics and morality in business. She attended the International Leadership Symposium at the European Parliament in Brussels and four of the World Youth Forum participants presented the speech. At PC, Jennes founded a peer mentoring program at the Providence College School of Business and is currently the president of that program.

■ Two students represented Locust Trace AgriScience Farm and Fayette County in Kentucky Farm Bureau's 2013 Outstanding Youth competition. Taylor Hudson, a senior, and David Ehlert, a junior, sat through interviews and gave speeches related to agriculture. Taylor highlighted Farm Bureau's commitment to youth and education, while David focused on bottle-fed calves.

Both students, who attend Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, went on to compete against winners from 11 other counties in the district contest Nov. 14 in Shelbyville. Neither advanced to the Dec. 6 state competition in Louisville.

Mark Lucas, professor of English and chair of the English program at Centre College, has been named the 2013 Kentucky Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Lucas represents the second straight year, and the third in four years, for a member of Centre's faculty to receive this honor.

■ During ceremonies held in the University of Kentucky Student Center recently, the UK Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducted 65 new student members, along with five honorees representing UK faculty, staff and administration.

Each fall, the university's chapter inducts juniors, seniors, graduate students, professional students and faculty into the organization. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also may qualify.

This year, the five inductees in the faculty, staff and alumni category are: UK Provost Christine Riordan; Dean of Libraries and William T. Young Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky Terry L. Birdwhistell; Senior Diversity Adviser to the Dean of the UK College of Medicine Chester Grundy; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce Senior Professor and former director John Stempel; and College of Fine Arts Dean Michael S. Tick.

Gabriela Anibali, an Eastern Kentucky University student and a piano student of Bernardo Scarambone, has won the overall first prize in the Memorial Piano Competition held Nov. 16 at Kentucky Christian University. Anibali has just started her master's program in piano performance at EKU.

Recently, Gabriel Fernandes, also of Brazil and a student of Scarambone, took first prize at the MTNA Blue Grass competition. He and Yuhan Lu also competed at KCU Nov. 16.


■ For the past several years, Lighthouse Ministries has hosted a Thanksgiving meal in the Sayre Buttery for local people in need. They typically serve 450 people, approximately 150 of whom are children. Since 2012, the Sayre community has partnered with the Lighthouse to provide the food for the meal. Based on the traditional menu for the meal, each grade level from preschool through eighth was asked to bring food for the guests. The Parents Association, Alumni Council, and Board of Trustees joined the effort to cover the cost of the turkey. The Upper School Student Council provided the plates, cups and cutlery, and members of the Sayre Culinary Club helped with the desserts. Because the biggest need of many at this time of year is socks, students in the Upper School joined with the Sayre Philemon Society to bring in new pairs of socks. Tay Henderson, director of the Lighthouse, addressed the students on the day of the Thanksgiving Gathering on Nov. 15.

The Upper School collected more than 2,000 pairs of socks. Nearly 500 pairs were donated to those who attended the Lighthouse Ministries Thanksgiving meal in the Buttery. The remaining socks were distributed to the Catholic Action Center, St. James Place, the Hope Center, The NEST, the New Life Day Center, and the Kentucky Refugee Ministry.

In addition to food and socks, other critical needs such as walking shoes and backpacks were collected. Henderson explained that many of these individuals are walking or on their feet for a great part of the day, and many of them are wearing shoes that are the wrong size or worn out. Also, because they spend so much time traveling around the city, many of them are in need of a way to carry their belongings. These items were all delivered to Lighthouse Ministries for the individuals they serve.

■ The Lafayette Alumni Association will host its annual Christmas pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the school cafeteria. The Association will provide meat and drinks. Attendees are asked to bring salad, vegetable or dessert. The Lafayette Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Ryan Marsh, will perform. All alumni are invited. For reservations or more information, call (859) 278-1489.

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