■ Eastern Kentucky University construction management instructor Scott Arias has been recognized with a Regional Excellence Teaching Award for Region 3 by the Associated Schools of Construction.
The award recognizes Arias' contribution to construction education, excellence in teaching, and dedication to the construction profession. Region 3 includes 16 universities.
Arias will now compete against seven other regional winners for the national award.
■ Joseph Ferguson and Roshan Palli, seniors in the Math Science and Technology Center program at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, have been named semifinalists in the 2010-11 Siemens Competition. The national research contest in math, science and technology for high school students is administered annually by the College Board and awards college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 in individual and team categories. A record 1,372 projects were submitted this year. Ferguson and Palli were among 312 semifinalists, including five from Kentucky.
■ Twenty-eight secondary school teachers from four states, including Jason Meenach from Tates Creek High School, have been honored with the fourth annual Butler University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teacher Excellence Awards.
■ Paul Laurence Dunbar High School's marching band captured the 5A state title Oct. 30 at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. Lafayette High School, the defending champion, was the runner-up.
These two schools have won the Kentucky Music Educators Association's marching band contests a combined 21 times since 1990, with Lafayette winning 16 titles and Dunbar five.
"It's really something to have two bands of national-level caliber in the same town. It says a lot for music education in Fayette County," said Jeff Hood, Dunbar's band director since 1998.
■ Julia Pergande of Lafayette High School and Albert Kim of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School received certificates of recognition from the Commonwealth Honors Academy at a Sept. 25 reunion of academy scholars. Pergande, Kim and nearly 90 other students from across Kentucky completed the three-week academy this past summer at Murray State University. They took two college-level courses, attended lectures, concerts and orientations, and participated in personal development seminars. The students each received six hours of university credit, a $2,000 per year Murray State housing scholarship and the option to take six additional hours tuition-free.
■ Fourth-grade teacher Nami Stager of Northern Elementary has received a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. She is Kentucky's sole winner this year in the largest teacher recognition program in the United States.
The Milken awards were created to reward, retain and attract the highest quality K-12 educators to the profession. Nominees are considered by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by each state's department of education. Each winner receives an unrestricted financial award of $25,000 and all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles for the Milken National Education Conference next spring.
Stager, who is in her fourth year at Northern Elementary, teaches science and writing and collaborates on cross-curricular units. She also has developed reading, math and science units for elementary classes across Fayette County Public Schools and is a member of the Superintendent's Advisory Council.
■ Qaisar Sultana, professor emeritus of special education at Eastern Kentucky University, has been selected as a senior specialist in her discipline by the Institute of International Education and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars under the Fulbright Specialist Program.
The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes links between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at overseas universities or institutions with education focused programming.
In 2008 Sultana went to Bangladesh for a semester as a Fulbright Scholar. She has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Program. She is a consultant to the Higher Education Commission for the government of Pakistan.
Earlier this year she provided professional development to 60 special educators at the National Institute of Special Education in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, for four weeks.
Sultana joined EKU as chair of the Department of Special Education in 1980. She retired in 2006 but has remained professionally active.