■ University of Kentucky professor Eugenia Toma is the 2015 recipient of the William E. Lyons Award for outstanding service to UK, the community and the commonwealth. Each year, the award is given to a UK professor who embodies the service-oriented traits of the late William "Bill" Lyons, who was director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Toma will receive $500 and a plaque.
Toma currently serves as Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy and director of the graduate studies, master's of public policy and accelerated master's of public administration programs within the Martin School.
■ Eastern Kentucky University captured first place in the Game Day Basketball Waste Generation category within the national RecycleMania Tournament by diverting nearly 53 percent of all waste when the Colonels hosted Tennessee Tech in McBrayer Arena on Feb. 28.
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EKU edged out schools such as Stanford University and Clemson University to take the top prize in a field of 390 colleges and universities in the nationwide tournament, which harnesses the competitive energy of sports rivalries to engage students in increasing recycling and waste reduction.
For complete results of all categories, visit Recyclemania.org.
■ In the statewide Japanese Speech Contest on April 18 in Lexington, Lafayette senior Zane Barnett earned first-place honors in the Level 3 advanced division. In the Level 1 beginners' division, Lafayette senior Shannon Brady was runner-up and Lafayette freshman Alex Toney placed third. The topics were self-introductions, individual dreams and goals, civil rights, and international issues.
■ Laura Briggs of Lafayette High School is among Kentucky's 15 recipients of 2015 National Merit corporate scholarships. She was selected by the State Farm Companies Foundation, which gives out about 100 awards each spring.
■ The Virtual Quilt has awarded $1,000 cash awards to each of the top three Fayette County Public Schools winners — Northern Elementary, Ashland Elementary and Bryan Station High School — in an April 29 ceremony at the Lexington Public Library downtown.
The Virtual Quilt is a free digital platform on which students were able to upload images of their original artwork for inclusion in an online exhibit and interactive community experience. Prize money was made available through grants from Give Into the Groove Foundation.
■ Bryan Station Middle School is among the 2015 Green Ribbon Schools designated by the U.S. Department of Education for its commitment to sustainable practices.
Bryan Station Middle was among Kentucky's three nominees; the others were a middle school in Scott County and Western Kentucky University. Across the country, 58 schools and 14 districts were cited for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. In addition, nine colleges and universities received the Postsecondary Sustainability Award. All the recipients will be honored June 3 in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, Morton Middle School has been designated a Kentucky Green & Healthy School.
■ Staff from Fayette County Public Schools brought home five of 10 awards presented at the spring gathering of the Central Kentucky Association of School Librarians, which covers 22 counties. The regional affiliate, which met April 16 at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, recognized the following for their service:
Outstanding Library Media Specialist: Amanda Hurley, Henry Clay High School.
Outstanding School Library Website: Summer Perry, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
Nomination for the Eleanor W. Simmons Memorial Grant: Jennifer Prall, Tates Creek High School.
Professional Development Scholarship: Jennifer Prall.
Scholarship for Future Library Media Specialist: Travis Manley, Eastside Technical Center.
Hurley, Perry and Prall will be the Central Kentucky nominees for statewide selections in September.
■ Several students in Fayette County Public Schools received college scholarships at the YMCA of Central Kentucky's annual Black Achievers awards banquet April 18 at the Embassy Suites. The awards, totaling $54,786, were based on their Black Achievers senior packet score, number of years and attendance in the program, GPA and ACT scores.
Bryan Station High School: Maya Brown, David Jones, Delesa Jones, Jordan King, Bolaji Ogbulu Jr., Venus Ross and Kennedy Weathers;
Tates Creek High School: Essence Lee and Keith Williams Jr.
■ Nearly two dozen arts-minded students in Fayette County Public Schools, working off the theme "The World Would Be A Better Place If ... ," have earned state-level awards in the 2014-15 Reflections contest. The Kentucky PTA will present the honors May 16 in Frankfort. Those receiving an Award of Excellence have advanced to the national competition.
State-level winners from Fayette County Public Schools are:
Dance choreography: Award of Excellence: Elora Mukhopadhyay, Malang, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; Award of Merit: Anne Beck, In Summer, Stonewall Elementary.
Film production: Award of Excellence: Andrew Hughes, Get Outside and Play, Liberty Elementary (primary); Kyle Lewis, Choose Kindness, Liberty Elementary (intermediate); Erin Reiko Inouye, The World Would Be a Better Place If ... , Tates Creek Middle.
Award of Merit: Abby Gottesman, The World Would be a Better Place if People Helped Each Other, Lexington Traditional Magnet School; Linden Meuser, No Texting and Driving, Bryan Station High School.
Literature: Award of Merit: Mina Hartman, The Tree, Ashland Elementary (intermediate); Amy Wang, Jetway, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
Music composition: Award of Excellence: Kennedy Winstead, Four Chord Song, Wellington Elementary (intermediate).
Award of Merit: Allie Marie Field, Happy Flute, Veterans Park Elementary (primary); Kyle Lewis, Walking Through Time, Liberty Elementary (intermediate); Jeffrey Shen, Movements for a Better World, Winburn Middle School; Katilin Meredith, A Better World, Bryan Station High School.
Photography: Award of Excellence: Landon Hodge, Me and My Dog, Maxwell Elementary (intermediate); Stephanie Stumbur, The History Around Us, Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Award of Merit: Karver Caswell, The World Would Be a Better Place If We Used Our Hands, Stonewall Elementary (primary); Grace Hanlon, Freedom, Garden Springs Elementary (intermediate); Kailey River Smith, Un-Social Media, Southern Middle.
Visual arts: Award of Excellence: Michelle Lin Zhao, Harmony, Rosa Parks Elementary (primary); Sydney Carter, Everyone Sign Up, Edythe J. Hayes Middle.
Award of Merit: Jack Jones Sheets, See Each Other as Equals, Wellington Elementary (primary).
■ Tom Appleton and David Afsah-Mohallatee are the latest faculty members to earn Eastern Kentucky University's highest honor for teaching excellence.
Appleton, a professor in the department of history, and Afsah-Mohallatee, a professor in the department of art and design, have received the 2015-17 EKU Foundation Professorship. The annual honor recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the three primary roles of a faculty member: teaching, service and research. The professorship provides a salary supplement for two years.
Also this year, Deborah Whitehouse, dean of EKU's College of Health Sciences, was named an Honorary Foundation Professor.
■ On April 17, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association recognized 23 former students with induction into the 2015 Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
The 2015 honorees are:
Joyce Hamilton Berry, the first black woman to earn a doctorate from UK. Berry is a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C.
Amy L. Bondurant, former U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in France and current managing director of Bozman Partners. Bondurant earned a bachelor's in telecommunications from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1973.
Stephen B. Bright, president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights. Bright earned a bachelor's in political science from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1971 and a juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1974.
Timothy A. Byers, a retired Air Force major general, was the civil engineer at Air Force headquarters, Washington, D.C. Byers earned his bachelor's in civil engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1981.
Jennifer Burcham Coffman, retired federal judge, serving joint appointments to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, on which she served as the chief judge starting in 2007, and for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Coffman earned a bachelor's in English from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1969, a master's in library science from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1971, and a juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1978.
L. Berkley Davis Jr., a pioneer in innovations leading to the development and worldwide implementation of low-nitrous- oxide-emission gas turbines for electric-power generation. Davis earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering in 1966, a master's in mechanical engineering in 1970, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1972, all from the UK College of Engineering.
Brady J. Deaton, chancellor emeritus at the University of Missouri, where he was chancellor from 2004-13 and held numerous other positions, such as provost, chief of staff and chairman of the agricultural economics department. Deaton earned a bachelor's in agricultural economics from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 1966, and a master's in diplomacy and international commerce from the graduate school in 1968.
Thomas B. Deen, former executive director of the Transportation Research Board, the national transportation research organization and a division within the nonprofit National Research Council of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. Deen earned a bachelor's in civil engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1951.
Holloway Fields Jr. (deceased), the first black student to receive a bachelor's degree at UK, graduating from the College of Engineering. He became a test program engineer at General Electric Co. and held positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibility. Fields was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1998. He earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering in 1951.
Ernest Lee Fletcher, a former Kentucky governor who has been an Air Force fighter pilot, engineer, family doctor, lay minister, state legislator and U.S. congressman. Fletcher earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1974 and a doctor of medicine degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1984.
John R. Guthrie, former chairman and founder of Guthrie Mayes Public Relations, a large firm that has served national and international corporations including Philip Morris, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and United Parcel Service. Guthrie earned a bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1963.
Ardis D. Hoven, internal medicine and infectious disease specialist and former president of the American Medical Association. Hoven is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America, and was named in Modern Healthcare Magazine's Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Hoven earned a bachelor's in microbiology from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1966 and a doctor of medicine degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1970.
Robert Milton Huffaker, a scientist who has worked with NASA on the Apollo space program. His lunar physics included the creation and direction of laser Doppler systems, significantly affecting the aerospace industry and its understanding of turbulence and wind patterns. Huffaker earned a bachelor's in physics from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1957.
Terence Hunt, retired deputy bureau chief for the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. He covered the White House for 25 years, from Ronald Reagan's presidency through George W. Bush's administration, reporting from about 90 countries and every state in the United States. Hunt earned a bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1967.
Howard L. Lewis, chairman, CEO and founder of Family Heritage Life Insurance Co. of America. He earned a bachelor's in business administration from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics in 1970.
Thomas W. Lewis, creator of the home-building business T. W. Lewis & Co. in Phoenix. Lewis earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1971.
James W. May Jr., a surgeon known for his ground-breaking work in reconstructive surgery who has served as president of the most prestigious associations of reconstructive surgeons in the world. May is professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for 32 years. May earned a bachelor's in chemistry from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1965.
W. Rodney McMullen, CEO and board chairman of The Kroger Co., having started at Kroger in 1978 as a part-time stock clerk. McMullen earned a bachelor's in accounting in 1981 and a master's in accounting in 1982, both from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics.
Jeffrey P. Okeson, a full professor in the UK College of Dentistry department of oral health science, where he is also chairman and program director of the college's postgraduate orofacial pain program. Okeson earned a doctor of dental medicine degree from the UK College of Dentistry in 1972.
Beverly Moore Eaves Perdue, former governor of North Carolina. She also served as the 32nd lieutenant governor, was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and served five terms in the North Carolina Senate. Perdue earned a bachelor's in history from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1969.
Peter Perlman, an attorney who has won more than 50 multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. Perlman was president of the Litigation Counsel of America, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Civil Justice Foundation and the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys. Perlman earned a bachelor's in philosophy from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1959 and a juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1962.
Theodore Strickland, governor of Ohio from 2007-11. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993—95, 1997—2007). Strickland earned a master's in guidance and counseling from the UK College of Education in 1966 and a doctoral degree in educational and counseling psychology from the college in 1980.
Richard E. Whitt (deceased), a journalist who won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage in the Louisville Courier-Journal of the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. Whitt was also a 1988 Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on public service and received the 1988 Southern Journalism Award from the Institute for Southern Studies for a series on vote fraud in Kentucky. Whitt earned a bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1970.
■ The seventh annual FCPS Summer Robotics Camp for elementary students will be June 2 to 4 at Beaumont, Crawford, Morton and Winburn middle schools. Because of limited space, children must apply for a spot, and only current FCPS fourth-graders are eligible. The online registration deadline is May 8. While the camp is free, families are expected to provide transportation, with student drop-off beginning at 8 a.m. each day, and pick-up by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday. For more info or to register, go to Fcps.net/robotics.
■ Forty-one Eastern Kentucky University students soon will become musical ambassadors to Ireland. The EKU Concert Choir will depart May 18 for a weeklong tour of the Emerald Isle. While there, the musicians will perform in Killarney, Kilkenny and Dublin, and enjoy sightseeing trips to several iconic landmarks, such as the Blarney Castle and Stone.
■ The 50th Reunion for the Lafayette High School Class of 1965 will be July 31 to Aug. 1. For more info, go to Lafayettesr65.com. The deadline for reservations is July 1.