■ John Bowes, assistant professor in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of History, received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend award to conduct research and write chapters for his upcoming book, Northern Indian Removal: An Unfamiliar History.
NEH Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months, and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.
The award given to Bowes was also designated as a project under the NEH "We the People" program, which encourages and strengthens the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.
He was one of approximately 80 people in the nation selected for the award from more than 1,000 applicants.
Bowes, who joined the EKU faculty in 2006, received a bachelor's degree in history from Yale University and completed both his master's and doctorate degrees in history at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Bowes is the author of three books: The Trail of Tears: Removal in the South, Black Hawk and the War of 1832: Removal in the North, and Exiles and Pioneers.
■ Campbellsville University has again been ranked as one of the best "up-and-coming" schools in the south by U.S. News & World Report in its latest "America's Best Colleges" publication, and the school remained in the top 25 overall of Regional Colleges in the South.
"Up-and-coming" schools are colleges and universities that were singled out as "schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities," according to the magazine. Campbellsville University was ranked third, up one spot from last year.
Campbellsville University was ranked 25th in the best Regional Colleges in the South category. This is the fourth year in a row that the school has been ranked in the top 25 in the South. Campbellsville University has been ranked in U.S. News' "America's Best Colleges" for 18 consecutive years.
■ Jessamine Early Learning Village in Wilmore has been selected as a Spirit Awards finalist in Windstream's Classroom Connections program. Spirit Awards are $5,000 donations that schools can use for anything from computers and textbooks to band uniforms and athletic equipment. Jessamine Early Learning Village is one of 30 finalists selected from more than 120 online video entries. An online vote will determine the 10 schools to receive the awards.
The deadline for voting is Sept. 7. To vote, visit Lifetimetour.com and click on Vote Now! to view Jessamine Early Learning Village's video entry and cast your vote. Visitors can vote once a day until the deadline.
■ For the second consecutive year, Eastern Kentucky University ranks in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.
The magazine's 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools (Militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list) was compiled through research, as G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Criteria for making the list include efforts and level of success in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students as well as academic accreditations.
The honor comes as EKU is welcoming increasing numbers of veterans, drawn by the University's Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make Eastern an even more veteran-helpful campus.
Last year, EKU enrolled approximately 400 veterans. So far this year, the number stands at 540.
■ Elijah Drug, a graduate of East Jessamine High School, and Trent Rankin, a graduate of Paris High School, were this year's winners of Bluegrass Orthodontics' $500 scholarships presented to graduating seniors based on a written essay.
■ Amanda Fickey, a strategic planning committee member for the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and a steering committee member for the UK Appalachian Research Community, has been awarded the National Council for Geographic Education's 2010 Women in Geographic Education Award. She will receive the award at the NCGE's annual conference, Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Savannah, Ga.
Before coming to UK, Fickey served as the arts and cultural outreach coordinator for The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.
Fickey's current research examines conventional economic development strategies and alternative economic practices in the context of Eastern Kentucky's handicraft industry.
■ The Phi Deuteron chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa at the University of Kentucky received the Herbert L. Brown Outstanding Chapter Award during Phi Sigma Kappa's 2010 Shonk Leadership School in Indianapolis. The Brown Outstanding Chapter Award is given to the top chapters nationwide based on an awards application measuring academics, involvement, community service, finances, risk management, recruitment, social activities, new member program and brotherhood.
Chapter president David Wheatley was also recognized by the national fraternity for his leadership. He received the Order of the Diamond Circle Award as the top undergraduate member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.
■ Greensburg High School Class of 1970 will have its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Central Community Building, Legion Park. Cost: $15 per person. Send to: Jeanie Squires, 118 Hill Street, Greensburg, Ky. 42743.