■ Berea College is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The nationally known education services company selected Berea for inclusion in a resource it has created for college applicants, The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges.
Berea was cited for "a commitment to sustainability on all levels" that most recently includes being named a 2009 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its tree care and groundskeeping, which is 80 percent organic. Other accomplishments are more than $100 million worth of campus renovations using "green" building standards, including energy-related retrofitting of more than half of the buildings on campus; the Ecovillage, Berea's residential and learning complex where student families learn and practice sustainable living; sustainability-focused academic programs in several departments, and Berea's Local Foods Initiative, among others.
■ Emily Boyer, a student reporter at WEKU Radio, the public radio service of Eastern Kentucky University, has been judged one of the best young broadcasters in the nation. Boyer, a junior broadcasting and electronic media major from Clearwater, Fla., finished first in a competition sponsored by Public Radio News Directors Inc. and will be honored as best newscaster in the student division next month at PRNDI's Annual Conference in Louisville. In addition to the first place award, Boyer earned a $500 scholarship.
■ The Association of Diversity Councils has recognized Eastern Kentucky University on its Top 25 recipient list for the 2010 Diversity Council Honors Award. Joining EKU in the Top 25 are Best Buy, Bayer Corp., CSX and Pfizer. The Diversity Council Honors Award was established by the Association of Diversity Councils to honor outstanding contributions and achievements of diversity council groups that lead diversity processes in organizations and demonstrate results in their work force, workplace and marketplace. For more information, visit www.DiversityCouncil.com.
■ EKU student Joe Eisenhauer has been selected as the student winner in the seventh annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge, a component of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program honoring business and entrepreneurship in southern and Eastern Kentucky.
Eisenhauer, a non-traditional student from Fayette County who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in construction management with a minor in entrepreneurship, will receive a $1,000 cash award for his creation of a business concept for "Home Delivery Laundry Service," a residential home pick-up and delivery laundry business. Eisenhauer's adviser, Rita Davis, will receive a $250 cash award.
■ Alban Holyoke, a recent graduate of EKU, will head to Nepal this fall on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. He will teach English about 20 hours a week during his 10-month stay as well as learn Nepali and teach fire safety courses.
■ Five University of Kentucky professors have been named Provost's Distinguished Service Professors by University of Kentucky Provost Kumble Subbaswamy. The professorship recognizes and honors professors for their consistently high level of achievement in their contributions to their disciplines and the university. The term of appointment is three years, and each professor will receive $10,000 a year, which may be used as a research or professional development fund, or as a salary stipend. This year's recipients are: Robert Yokel, College of Pharmacy; Jonathon Glixon, School of Music in the College of Fine Arts; Craig Miller, College of Dentistry; Karl Raitz, Geography Department in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Ellen Rosenman, English Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. For the first time, Subbawamy also has presented the Provost's Public Scholar award to Paul Eakin, a professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes a faculty or professional staff member who has demonstrated sustained exemplary community engagement for at least 10 years.
■ Six professors and four graduate teaching assistants at the University of Kentucky have been selected to receive the 2010 Provost's Outstanding Teaching Awards. The award recognizes faculty and graduate teaching assistants who demonstrate special dedication and outstanding performance in the classroom or laboratory. Recipients are selected via nomination and review by a selection committee based in the Office of the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. Winners receive cash prizes of $5,000 for tenured faculty, $3,500 for non-tenured faculty, $2,000 for lecturers and $1,000 for teaching assistants.
The winners for 2010 include: Tenured faculty: William Rayens, professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences; Jeff Rodgers, an associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages' Division of German Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Non-Tenured Faculty: Bryan Hains, assistant professor of agricultural education in the College of Agriculture's Department of Community and Leadership Development; Tracy Kitchel, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Leadership Development and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for the College of Agriculture. Lecturers: Jennifer Cowley, College of Nursing; Bruce Holle, the College of Arts and Sciences for the Department of History. Teaching Assistants (all from College of Arts and Sciences): Andrew Battista, graduate teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English; T. Garrett Graddy, adjunct professor in the Department of Geography and a Ph.D. candidate; Jeffrey Gross, graduate teaching assistant in the English Department and Ph.D. candidate; Justin Taylor, graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics and Ph.D. candidate.
■ Eight seniors in Fayette County Public Schools are among the 2,500 distinguished students who have won $2,500 awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
These students were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists. The winners, including 33 from Kentucky, were judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The winning Fayette County seniors are: Sarah Atkins and Caroline Smith, Henry Clay High School; Marshall Roorda, Lafayette High School; and Brian Fei, Atanas Goley, Rahul Joseph, Ranajay Sen and Darshali Vyas, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
■ David Takahashi, a senior at Lafayette High School (SCAPA), is the 2010 southeast regional winner of the Wendell Irish Viola Award. Sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the award is given to a viola student who submits a quality recording of at least two compositions for the viola. David receives a cash prize of $500 in addition to the $150 he received as the state winner. David is principal violist of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Lafayette Orchestra. He has been awarded a position in the KMEA Allstate Orchestras for the last four years and has served as principal violist for the last two years. He is a graduate of the 2008 Governor's School for the Arts, a 2009 Borchardt Concerto Competition winner and Kentucky's representative to the 2010 American String Teachers Association National High School Honors Orchestra. Through CKYO's Chamber Program, David's quartets have been performed throughout Kentucky and, in 2009 and 2010, placed first in the high school division of the Macauley Chamber Music Competition. David is the son of Linda McDaniel and Shig Takahashi. He will attend Case Western Reserve University to study aeronautical engineering and plans to continue his musical studies.
■ Three Transylvania University juniors, Abigail Dority, a sociology major; Holly Milburn, a social justice major; and Jessica Short, a mathematics and physics double major; have been awarded scholarships by the Lexington Rotary Club.
■ The University of Kentucky College of Engineering has recognized four alumni with induction into its Hall of Distinction, the highest recognition bestowed by the college. The four inductees in the 2010 class are Paul F. Boulos, who earned three degrees in civil engineering from UK (bachelor of science, 1985; master of science, 1986; Ph.D., 1989); John R. "Dick" Lyon, bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, 1958; Fred T. May, bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, 1958; and, Roosevelt "Red" Maynard Jr., bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, 1958.
■ Gary Wiseman has been named superintendent of Paris Independent Schools. The Paris Board of Education approved his appointment April 26. Wiseman, who formerly served as director of pupil personnel with Fayette County Public Schools, will take over his new duties on July 1. He is currently assistant superintendent of the Paris schools. Wiseman, 59, is a Clark County native. He holds degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and Georgetown College.
The Williamstown Alumni Banquet will be at 5:30 p.m. May 29 in the Williamstown High School gym. The classes of 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 2000 and 2010 will be honored. Cost: $18. Reservations by May 25 to Kelly West, (859) 824-4184.
The Lafayette High School Class of 1960 will celebrate its 50th reunion June 4 to 6 with activities at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Lexington — The Campbell House, and a dinner and dance at Spindletop Hall. Information: (859) 309-2203 or (859) 559-3805 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.