■ Campbellsville University's School of Nursing, which will graduate its third class this year, recently received full approval from the Kentucky Board of Nursing, as well as a special letter of commendation from the KBN for achieving a 100 percent pass rate for 2009, which only seven of the 46 schools in Kentucky achieved.
■ Three students from Fayette County Public Schools won an Award of Merit at the national level of the PTA's annual Reflections contest: Daniel Callahan, primary film production, Night at the Aquarium, Veterans Park Elementary; Dasia Woods, intermediate film production, Beauty Lies in Me, Julius Marks Elementary; and Arunita Kar, senior literature, Creations of a Simple Name, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
■ For the 19th consecutive year, Fayette County Public Schools has earned the "What Parents Want" award, given to districts that make noteworthy efforts to meet families' needs. The honor comes from SchoolMatch, an educational research and database service firm that specializes in rating schools.
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FCPS was among 18 of 174 Kentucky districts to qualify. Nationwide, SchoolMatch found that only 16 percent (2,407) of the country's 15,571 public school districts met these criteria in 2010: Solid academics, competitive test scores and appropriate levels of rigor; accreditation; national recognition for excellence; competitive teacher salaries; above-average instructional expenditures; above-average expenditures for library/media services; small class sizes.
■ The Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA) has awarded scholarships to the following area students who are studying accounting and who met academic as well as financial need criteria set forth by KyCPA's Educational Foundation, which awards the non-profit organization's scholarships annually. Becker CPA Review Grants: Stephanie Leigh Huntsman of Princeton, University of Kentucky; Andrea Paezold-Ruehl of Berea, Berea College. John Brown Scholar from the University of Louisville: Lauren Abigail Sperry of Frankfort. Dean Dorton Ford Scholarship: Emily Bennett Baldock of Ashland, University of Louisville. Ernst & Young Scholarship: James Jacob Brock of London, University of the Cumberlands. The Kentucky Society of CPAs Educational Foundation Scholarships: Amanda L. Bennett of Frankfort, Kentucky State University; Bryan Bulkley of Winchester, University of Kentucky; Jamie Adele Gregory of Corbin, Eastern Kentucky University; Sarah I. Humphries of Elizabethtown, McKendree University; Kelly Jowski of Lexington, Eastern Kentucky University; Emily R. Keller of Alexandria, University of Kentucky; Calley Bess Miller of Corbin, Morehead State University; Lindsey Marie Watson of Alexandria, Northern Kentucky University. PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship: Ehidiamhen Akhetuamhen of Berea, Berea College. UK/KyCPA-Deloitte Scholarship: Bryan Bulkley of Winchester, University of Kentucky. Brandon Lloyd Warden Memorial Scholarship: Samuel Jackson Brown of Florence, Thomas More College.
■ University of Kentucky agricultural biotechnology junior Philip Houtz has been named the 2010 Beckman Scholar at UK, and will receive $19,300 over 14 months to support his own scientific research project under faculty mentorship.
Houtz, a junior from Winchester, is an agricultural biochemistry major and will perform his project under the direction of Bruce Webb, professor of entomology in UK's entomology department.
Houtz is the 18th student to be named a Beckman Scholar at UK.
■ Aaron D. McKee of Lexington, is the recipient of Western Kentucky University's Department of Chemistry's C.P. McNally Chemistry Award at the Ogden College of Science and Engineering Student Awards reception on April 25. McKee is an ACS-certified chemistry major.
■ Stan McKinney has received Campbellsville University's Advancement Board's 18th annual Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured faculty April 28 at the university's annual Honors and Awards Day.
McKinney has taught reporting, photojournalism, desktop publishing, media ethics and other classes at Campbellsville University since becoming a full-time professor in 2000. He received a Distinguished Professor stole and a check for $3,000.
He is the son of Norvell McKinney of Princeton, and the late Gurtha May McKinney. He is married to Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator at CU.
■ Mary Sias, president of Kentucky State University, has been named the recipient of Women Leading Kentucky's Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award for 2010.
Currently, Sias is evolving the Land Grant Program into the School of Agriculture, Food Sciences and Sustainable Systems. KSU's Aquaculture Program is among the top five programs in the nation. She also designed a job program called Earn to Learn, which allows students to work on campus and have the proceeds directly applied to their tuition bill.
■ Melody Thompson, a fourth grade teacher at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School, has been honored by the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution with the Thatcher Award at the KSDAR State Convention. This is a special award given to mature JAC members and adults who have shown outstanding leadership, dedication and service to the JAC program. Through Thompson's leadership and cooperation with the chapter for the last nine years, Mary Queen students have participated in these content areas and won DAR state, division and national awards.
■ Transylvania University recently granted the following awards to distinguished alumni and friends. Karen K. Caldwell, class of 1977, received the Irvin E. Lunger Award, which is presented for unique and exceptional service to Transylvania; Dorothy Steinbeck Smith, class of 1942, received the Morrison Medallion, which is presented to graduates for outstanding service to Transylvania and its programs; Jennifer A. Moore, class of 1995, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for extraordinary involvement at Transylvania; and Richard J. Corman received the Transylvania Medal for outstanding service to the university.
■ Five University of Kentucky students have been named to receive government-funded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. NSF fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S., or foreign institution of graduate education they choose. UK's newest NSF fellows are: Hui Chu, a doctoral student studying developmental and social psychology; Mark Goodman, a doctoral student studying entomology; Lesley Mann, a graduating senior studying agricultural biotechnology; Sam Nicaise, a graduating senior studying electrical engineering; and Christine Smith, a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in geography. Mann is the daughter of Bobbi and Charlie Mann of Calhoun. Nicaise is the son of Susan Mospens and Kurt Nicaise of Covington.
■ Kelsey Walls, a first year music education major at the University of Kentucky and a member of Tates Creek Indoor, is the recipient of the 2010 Yamaha/Dennis DeLucia Scholarship. The scholarship, named for famed percussion teacher, arranger, clinician and judge Dennis DeLucia, is awarded each year at the Winter Guard International (WGI) Indoor Percussion Finals to a deserving percussionist.
■ Philippe Cousteau, grandson of renowned explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, urged students at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School recently to take care of the Earth's oceans.
Cousteau was in Lexington as a guest of Kentucky Educational Television and the Kentucky Department of Education, who are celebrating the use of digital content by educators across the state. At Hayes Middle School, Cousteau talked about his own experiences as an explorer and storyteller and showed clips from his television specials.
■ Teacher, author and consultant, Jean Feldman will be at The Lexington School to provide two opportunities for early childhood professionals and families. On June 9 at 6 p.m. she will lead a Free Family Fun Concert in the TLS Theater open to parents and children. No registration is necessary. On June 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feldman will lead preschool teachers in a workshop titled "Tips, Tricks and Terrific Ideas." Teachers will receive 7 training hours. Cost: $100 per person. E-mail Jaci Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.