■ University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David Blackwell and Senior Associate Dean Kenneth Troske, have co-authored a study released by the U.S Chamber of Commerce that questions the need for further reforms in the money market fund industry.
According to their report, money market fund regulations adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010 have significantly reduced risks in the $2.5 trillion sector. Blackwell, a professor of finance, and Troske, Sturgill Endowed Professor of Economics, joined by Drew Winters, head of the finance area and the Lucille and Raymond Pickering Professor and Chair of Finance at Texas Tech University, conclude that the rules have left money market funds more liquid and better able to withstand a wave of customer withdrawals.
■ Brian C. Gardner, attorney and owner of Gardner Law Office, has received an AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. An AV Preeminent certification mark is a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
■ The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights inducted 14 new members to the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame at the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights during a ceremony at the Lyric Theatre Oct. 16. The inductees were selected by a volunteer panel of independent judges representing several regions in the state. The Human Rights Commission established the Hall of Fame in 2000 and has since held periodic inductions. This year's inductees were: Former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, Audrey Louise Grevious and Priscilla Johnson, all of Lexington; Lou Benn (deceased), George Burney, Rev. Thurmond Coleman Sr., Laken Cosby Jr., Delores Delahanty, Rev. Charles Elliott, Jesse Harris (deceased), Edgardo Mansilla and Marcellus Mayes; all of Louisville; and Richard Brown, Owensboro.
■ Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. has announced a partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to bring capital for small business owners to Kentucky.
Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation have pledged $5.5 million for Kentucky businesses through KHIC. Of that, $5 million will go directly into KHIC's loan fund and will be available for lending to small businesses located in low- and moderate-income areas throughout Kentucky. Another $250,000 will be used as a loss reserve grant, and the remaining $250,000 will be used to build the capacity of KHIC so that it can continue to provide vital business services to Kentucky entrepreneurs.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative that aims to unlock the growth and job-creation potential of 10,000 small businesses across the nation by providing access to capital, entrepreneurial education and technical assistance services. The program in Kentucky will be focused on offering capital and technical assistance.
Businesses can apply for these funds through KHIC's standard lending program. Businesses are encouraged to call KHIC's office at (606) 864-5175 for more information regarding lending and technical assistance services.
■ Carl Nathe, the public address announcer for University of Kentucky football home games at Commonwealth Stadium, has received the Al Temple Award from the Kentucky Broadcasters Association.
The award, named in honor of Al Temple, a pioneering leader of the KBA, is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the association over an extended period.
Nathe recently began year No. 24 of working for UK Public Relations and Marketing. He is involved with much of the department's radio and television output, including "UK at the Half," a two-and-a-half-minute radio feature about UK people and programs, which airs during every radio broadcast of UK football and basketball games on the UK-IMG Sports Network.
In addition, Nathe writes for UKNow, the university's online multimedia news site, and often serves as master of ceremonies at news conferences, announcements, and special events.
This season marks his 16th year as the public address announcer for UK football home games, and he will enter his 10th season next spring as the voice of Cliff Hagan Stadium for UK baseball home games. A former sports reporter and anchor at WLEX (Channel 18) in Lexington, Nathe also serves as sideline reporter for selected statewide and regional live telecasts of UK women's basketball games.
■ Dana and Jule Ed Philpot, Mr. Electric franchise owners in Nicholasville, have received the Mr. Electric Top Gun Award. The award is presented to all Mr. Electric franchisees who are in the top 10 percent of the Mr. Electric franchise network, which includes more than 180 locations throughout the United States and Canada.
The Philpots were recently recognized at The Dwyer Group Reunion in Indianapolis. For more information about Mr. Electric of Central Kentucky, call (859) 887-4500 or go to Centralkentucky.mrelectric.com.
■ Frontier Nursing University President and Dean Susan E. Stone was one of 176 nurse leaders inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Stone was inducted during the 39th AAN Annual Meeting and Conference on Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.
Fellows are selected for making significant contributions to nursing and health care. Stone's diverse career spanning more than 30 years has been devoted to improving health care for women and families. She has worked as a nurse, certified childbirth educator and later as a certified nurse-midwife in New York, after receiving her post-master's certificate in nurse-midwifery in 1991 from what is today known as Frontier Nursing University. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Science degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
As the current President and Dean of Frontier Nursing University, Stone has been instrumental in expanding the institution's outreach worldwide. To learn more, go to Aannet.org/fellows or Frontier.edu.
■ The Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County has announced its inaugural winners of the Individual and Corporate Champion of Diversity Awards, and also presented two Community Service Awards at its Annual Empowerment Banquet on Oct. 15.
Mark A. Johnson received the Individual Champion of Diversity award and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky was named the Corporate Champion of Diversity winner.
The Urban League's Community Service Award, given to recognize an individual, group, organization, business, or institution for their efforts to create or enhance equal life opportunities for all, was presented to Kentucky Utilities and State Farm Insurance.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo