■ Dr. Sanford Archer, professor of surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology Head-Neck Surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has received the Distinguished Service Award at the opening ceremony of the 2010 American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting in Boston.
■ Two parents in Fayette County Public Schools were among 23 from across Kentucky who participated in this fall's Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership, which focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Angela Brant of Ashland Elementary and Debra Smalley of William Wells Brown Elementary completed three two-day training sessions to increase their understanding of school performance and how to improve it.
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Each will conduct a follow-up project designed to accelerate the academic achievement of students at her child's school and to involve more parents in the effort while concentrating on the STEM areas.
The 2010 fall institute concluded Oct. 22 in Bowling Green. Since it was established in 1997, the CIPL has trained more than 1,500 Kentucky parents as education advocates.
■ The Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky has been awarded a $2.2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education.
The grant will be used to help fund UK's Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP), a project designed to develop a comprehensive support system for students with intellectual and related developmental disabilities throughout the commonwealth.
■ Lynette Mitchell of Bryan Station Middle School has been named Middle School Counselor of the Year by the Kentucky Counseling Association, which recognizes excellence on the job and service to the profession as a volunteer leader.
The Kentucky Counseling Association is the umbrella organization for school, mental health and pastoral counselors. This latest honor follows Mitchell's selection last spring as the state's Outstanding Middle School Counselor, as chosen by the Kentucky School Counselor Association.
Mitchell has nearly 25 years of experience in Fayette County Public Schools, including time teaching special education classes and life science at Winburn Middle School. She has been a counselor since joining Bryan Station Middle School.
A native of Louisville, Mitchell earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Kentucky and a master of arts in education and Rank 1 from Eastern Kentucky University.
■ Superintendent Stu Silberman has once again been recognized nationally for his work with the Fayette County Public Schools.
His latest honor comes from the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), which will present him the 2010 Award for Outstanding Support of Early Second Language Learning on Nov. 19 at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual conference in Boston.
This national recognition comes on the heels of a similar statewide honor: The 2010 Outstanding Administrator Award from the Kentucky World Language Association.
The number of language programs in the district has more than quadrupled since Silberman came aboard in 2004. During the 2004-05 school year, there were just two elementary world language programs. This year, there are world language programs in 21 elementary schools.
■ Dr. Joseph B. Zwischenberger, the Johnston-Wright Professor of Surgery and chairman of the department of surgery, was named UK HealthCare's first surgeon-in-chief on Oct. 20. As the senior surgical leader, Zwischenberger will ensure that the surgical departments deliver high quality, safe and efficient care and meet the expectations of patients and their families.
Zwischenberger will also chair the new Surgical Chairs executive committee and serve on the UK HealthCare executive committee and the OR executive committee.