The International Hospitality Program at the University of Kentucky is seeking hosts for incoming students for the 2011-12 school year. Hosts have no financial responsibility, and students don't live with them; the relationship is simply one of friendship.
IHP has a governing board made up of 12 volunteers. Students and hosts participate in an orientation and training session once the match is made.
Activities are held throughout the school year for the students and hosts, including a welcome picnic in August, shopping trips at the start of each semester and a meal in January to welcome students who arrive midyear.
At the start of the last school year, UK enrolled 1,461 international students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The students represented 104 countries. Of the 1,461, 387 were new to the United States.
For more information on IHP or to become a host, call Judy Phillips, public relations chair, at (859) 277-2224 or Mary Lynne Vickers, host development chair, at (859) 361-9603 by Aug. 7.
Opera House needs ushers; no experience required
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers and "specialty of the house" staff for the 2011-12 season at the Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street.
Responsibilities for ushers include working at events produced by local arts groups and at Broadway Live and Variety Live performances.
No experience is necessary. Training for ushers will be provided at an orientation at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
To register, contact Tom Habermann at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 233-4567, Ext.3289.
"Specialty of the house" volunteers prepare and serve meals to Broadway Live casts and crews, offering hospitality to the touring companies.
Information sessions to learn about the program will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 and 29. For more information, contact coordinator Patty Doyle at email@example.com
Award will be presented to most passionate citizen advocate
A Citizen Advocate of the Year Award will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Latitude Artist Community, 167 Saunier Street.
The award is being presented with Push America, a fraternal organization whose members learn about and contribute positively to disability culture while attending college.
Each summer three teams of about 50 bicyclists thread their way across the United States from the West Coast to Washington, D.C., visiting and sharing with disability-oriented programs along the way.
The Citizen Advocate of the Year Award was conceived to recognize citizens who have done much to serve their community. While the award places special emphasis on those who support disability culture, it may go to any community member who serves passionately, creatively and courageously to enrich lives.
Morry La Tour, the first recipient, has served as the first chair of the Mayor's Commission for Citizens With Disabilities. Among many notable achievements, La Tour has done much to focus attention on and improve accessible public transportation in Lexington.
The public is invited to attend the presentation.
Organization competes for $10,000 from Pepsi Refresh Project
Lexington Fairness has launched a campaign for votes to win a $10,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant to fund its Project Speak Out program, an anti-bullying education initiative.
Project Speak Out involves bringing nationally renowned trainers to Lexington to educate and provide bullying and suicide resources to middle and high school educators and staff at Fayette County Public Schools.
The public may vote for the idea once a day every day in July at Refresheverything.com/projectspeakout. The top 15 ideas within the $10,000 category will receive funding.
Lexington Fairness is a non-profit organization committed to achieving equal rights under the law, acceptance and fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in Central Kentucky through community action, grass-roots advocacy, network-building and educational outreach.