■ Shella Sams, director of special education for Bourbon County Schools, has been elected 2011-12 president of the Kentucky Council for Administrators of Special Education. Sams served as a school psychologist and assistant director of special education for Bourbon County Schools before assuming her current position in July 1999.
■ Jacquelyn W. Jensen, Hazel Wilson Endowed Chair and professor of family and consumer sciences education at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named editor of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The Journal, which facilitates communication among members of the family and consumer sciences education community, publishes original research, literature reviews, conceptual and theoretical essays, position papers and reports of innovative practice in all areas of education for family and individual well-being. Jensen's research projects include college students learning to deliberate ethical dilemmas, applications of constructivism and assessment of students' prior knowledge, a lesson on fluid status and dehydration in an advanced medical nutrition therapy course, and middle and high school teachers' applications of learning theory.
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■ Music for All has selected six students from Fayette County Public Schools for its 2012 honor ensembles, which will perform during this month's national music festival in Indianapolis.
Lafayette High's Aaron Burns, Benjamin Healy and Stella Sharpe will be part of the Honor Orchestra of America; James Alford and Emily Wilson of Lafayette and Yuki Inoue of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School were tapped for the Honor Band of America.
Students were chosen by recorded audition after evaluation by leading music educators. Along with their concert performances, the students participate in master classes, a motivational session and social events during the festival.
The honor orchestra, which represents 18 states and 46 schools, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Hilbert Circle Theatre alongside the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Larry Livingston, conductor of the Thornton Orchestras at the University of Southern California, will conduct the students.
The honor band, which represents 23 states and 59 schools, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, conducted by Col. Lowell Graham, chairman of the music department and director of orchestra activities at the University of Texas at El Paso.
■ The staff of The Rambler, Transylvania University's student-run newspaper, had its best showing ever in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association's annual awards competition. The yearly competition for campus newspapers features a variety of categories designed to showcase the talents of student journalists throughout the state. The staff brought home 30 awards, including 11 first-place honors and, for the third year in a row, a first place for senior John Johnson in the deadline copy-editing competition. Johnson bested copy editors from both the large- and small-school divisions. He has been the copy editor for The Rambler since his sophomore year. Other notable winners included senior sports editor Abby Ferguson for her coverage of the UK-Transylvania basketball game in November. She won first place for sports game story and sports headline, and second-place for sports game story. Editor-in-chief Erin Brock, also a senior, won a first-place award for a sports column comparing the coaching styles of UK's John Calipari and Transylvania's Brian Lane. First-place honors also went to junior Alex Cheser for general interest column; senior Andrew Williams for comic strip/panel; junior Jake Hawkins, junior Charlie Zwischenberger and Brock for continuing news; senior Katelynn Ralston and sophomore Victoria Sullivan for informational graphic; the editorial board for opinion pages; editorial board for editorial; and the staff for news story.
The Rambler publishes weekly during the academic year and covers every aspect of campus life. It competes in the KIPA's B Division for schools with 5,000 or fewer students.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's student-produced weekly newspaper, The Eastern Progress, has received 11 awards, including four first-place awards, from the 2011 Kentucky Press Association. Competing against all of Kentucky's university newspapers, The Eastern Progress won first-place awards for best news story, best feature story, best headlines and best editorial page. The newspaper also won second-place awards for best editorials and best extended news coverage. The Progress also won a third-place award for general excellence. The newspaper's editor-in-chief, Taylor Pettit of Landing, N.J., took home three awards, for news reporting, investigative reporting and extended news coverage. Managing editor Seth Littrell of Independence won awards for editorial writing and extended news coverage, and features editor Adam Turner of Louisa won awards for headline writing and best features page.
■ The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is requesting nominations for the 2012 William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Service to the University of Kentucky, the community and the commonwealth.
This award is given each year to an individual associated with the university who has given outstanding service to UK, the community or the state. It is named in honor of William E. Lyons (1935-1994), professor of political science and public administration, director of the Martin School, chair of the political science department, chair of the Lexington-Fayette County Merger Commission, member of the Urban County Council, and chair or member of numerous other university and government committees.
Those wishing to nominate someone for the award, which consists of an honorarium of $500 and a plaque, should submit a letter identifying the specific contributions the nominee has made. Nominations must include the name, address, telephone number and email address of the nominator. Nominations should include the nominee's curriculum vitae or résumé, if available.
The deadline for nominations is April 2. All nominations should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Tom Shelton, superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, participated in Read Across America activities March 3 at Fayette Mall. The annual nationwide celebration marks the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, and the year-round campaign encourages children to read. The Fayette County event included local celebrity and community readers, student performances and a visit by the Cat in the Hat.
The Bryan Station Class of 1962 will celebrate its 50th reunion from 5 p.m. to midnight Aug. 4 at Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike. Members of the classes of 1961 and 1963 also are invited. Many classmates cannot be located. If you have information on the whereabouts of a classmate or want more information about the reunion, contact Sue House at email@example.com, David Waits at firstname.lastname@example.org or Glynn Gregory at email@example.com.
■ The Leon Tackett Memorial Scholarship is accepting applications from high school seniors from the following high schools: Boyd County, East Carter, West Carter and Greenup County. One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a senior at each school. The deadline for applications, available from school guidance counselors, is April 30. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Tackett, the founder of People Helping People.