■ Andrew Napier, an Eastern Kentucky University senior from Richmond, has been named one of 59 Tillman Military Scholars nationwide. Napier, a biology/pre-medical science major who served six years in the Army National Guard after graduating from Madison Central High School in 2006, will use the $9,000 scholarship to finish his studies at EKU this fall and prepare for medical school.
EKU is one of only 14 higher education institutions nationwide selected as a Tillman Military Scholar University for the 2012-13 academic year. College and university partners are chosen on the basis of their innovative services for military veterans and proven culture of community for military families.
Napier, who grew up in Somerset before moving to Richmond before his junior year of high school, served as a combat medic in eastern Afghanistan in 2008-09, providing primary medical care for a platoon of combat engineers who cleared routes of explosives. After combat missions were completed, he worked with a forward surgical team in a trauma hospital. Napier achieved the rank of sergeant (E-5).
The Tillman Military Scholars Program honors Pat Tillman, who left a successful professional football career to join the Army and who later died in combat in Afghanistan.
During the past four years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has awarded more than $3.2 million in scholarship funds to 231 Tillman Military Scholars pursuing education at every level, from freshmen undergraduates to Ph.D. candidates. Overall, Tillman Military Scholars represent 71 institutions across 34 states.
■ The Madison County Council for Elder Maltreatment Prevention recently announced the student winners of its billboard art contest, designed to encourage awareness and prevention of elder abuse.
Nearly 30 B. Michael Caudill Middle School students participated in the project under the direction of art teacher Heather Cooksey.
Sidney King won first place, and her artwork is featured on a billboard on the Eastern Bypass in Richmond near the middle school. In addition to having her work displayed, Sidney won $100.
Taylor Bonham won $75 for second place; Zach Hardin won $50 for third place; and Austin Lauterbach won $25 for fourth place. An additional 14 students received $10 and will have their artwork featured in the 2013 CEMP calendar: Brooke Smith, Chyanne Rasnick, Jamey VanDyke, Dylan Mays, Karlie Sizemore, Ben Hughes, Amya White, Austin Venable, Lily Roberts, Julia Field, Hunter Hazelwood, Justin Eversole, Chelsea Smith and Austin Franklin.
Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed every year in June. For more information, contact CEMP/Adult Protection at (859) 986-8411.
■ Several current and former Winburn Middle School students earned accolades in the National History Day national competition. The theme was "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History."
The students participated in the national finals June 10 to 14 at the University of Maryland, presenting projects they completed during the 2011-12 school year.
Joanna Slusarewicz received third-place honors in individual documentary ($250 prize) and the Salute to Freedom Award (trip for two to New Orleans) for her entry "Dorothea Dix: Reforming the Lives of the Insane in the 19th Century." Joanna is going into ninth grade.
Neha Kadambi and Jamie Smith won the George Washington Leadership in History Award and placed ninth in group exhibit in the junior division with "The Fight Without a War: India's Revolutionary Road to Independence." Neha and Jamie are rising freshmen.
Mannu Singhal and Daryn Smith received the Outstanding State Entry award for their group Web site called "Charles Darwin: What Do You Mean 'Survival of the Fittest?' " Mannu and Daryn are rising seventh-graders.
National History Day encourages youth to explore the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. In yearlong projects, students analyze the significance of their topics and present their conclusions in performances, exhibits, multimedia documentaries, Web sites and research papers.
At the welcome ceremony to the national finals, the Winburn group learned that only one in 2,800 students made it to nationals (600,000 students participated this year). They also toured the capital and met Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul during their week in the Washington, D.C., area.
■ The Kentucky Association of Professional Educators recently awarded nine scholarships designed with teachers, their families and student teachers in mind.
Student teacher recipients are Morgan Bullock, Frankfort, and Denise R. Rose, Greensburg. Continuing Professional Development winners are Jill Byrd, Louisville, Abby Delange, Independence, Catherine Jaquith, Lexington, and Karen Roahrig, Versailles. Family member is Alana Perry, Somerset. Star Student/Teacher Mentor recipients are Jamie Lee Peters and Moriah Perry, Somerset; Rachel Gaddis, Hansen; and Laura Latham, Dawson Springs.
The Kentucky Association of Professional Educators is a non- profit, non-union organization nationally affiliated with the Coalition of Independent Educators Associations.
■ Quentin Tyler will assume the duties of assistant dean for diversity and director of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Office for Diversity on Sunday. He will move into the position from his current role as extension associate for recruitment and retention.
■ Eastern Kentucky University, nationally recognized for its commitment to helping military veterans complete their college education, has hired Kim Dickey as a full-time vocational rehabilitation counselor through its participation in the VetSuccess on Campus program.
Dickey will help student veterans with information about benefits, counseling to help them identify a suitable vocational goal, vocational testing as needed, job placement assistance and more.
More than 1,000 military veterans and their dependents are enrolled at EKU, which the past two years has earned No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings respectively from Military Times Edge magazine for its commitment to helping veterans further their educations. EKU was named a VetSuccess University earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
EKU's Operation Veteran Success initiatives include: no admission fees for undergraduate veterans, in-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans nationwide, maximum credit hours for military experience, priority registration, book vouchers and Books for Boots Exchange Library, veterans Bridge to College Success cohort classes and a veterans orientation course.
For more information, contact the university's Veterans Affairs Office at (859) 622-7838 or go to Va.eku.edu.
■ John Y. Walz, professor and department head of chemical engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the 10th dean of the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering. He will begin Sept. 1.
Walz earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University before spending six years as a process support engineer for Shell Oil Co. In 1988, he left Shell to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Ph.D. in 1992 and returned to Tulane as an assistant professor. In 1997, Walz joined Yale University's faculty as an associate professor of chemical engineering, becoming the department's chairman in 2002. He remained at Yale until 2005, when he assumed his current position of professor and head of the department of chemical engineering at Virginia Tech.
Walz will be replacing Thomas W. Lester, who is stepping down from the position he has held since 1990. The longest tenured dean in the College of Engineering's history, Lester will remain a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering upon completion of his responsibilities as dean.
■ The 11th Douglass School Alumni Reunion will be Friday and Saturday at the Ramada Inn Hotel on North Broadway. The reunion begins at 3 p.m. Friday with a meet and greet, and a luncheon and program will be at noon Saturday. George Penman, Class of 1955, will be the keynote speaker. Two Theda Van Lowe scholarships will be awarded. The meet-and-greet event is $20. The luncheon is $30, and reservations are required. Call Robert Robinson, (859) 254-0641.