■ Victor Kappeler, an associate dean of the College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University since 2012 and a widely recognized scholar whose textbooks are commonly used by universities worldwide, become dean on July 1. He succeeds Allen Ault, who announced his retirement, effective June 30, after 12 years in the position.
■ The Kentucky Association for Environmental Education held its annual Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Gala on June 6 at the Tates Creek Ballroom. The association recognized the outstanding achievements of individuals, organizations, agencies, community efforts, schools and businesses. To be eligible for an award, each nominee demonstrated exemplary service to environmental education in Kentucky. Nine awards were presented. Two recipients hail from Lexington: CDP Engineering and the KET education production team comprised of Allison NeCamp Day, Mary Duncan, Larry Moore, Paul Petrey, Esther Tattershall, Lynda Thomas, Cynthia Warner and Brandon Wickey and executive producers Mike Brower and Nancy Carpenter.
In addition to recognizing the award recipients, the association made a special presentation, naming the Individual of the Year award in honor of Mary Kathryn Dickerson.
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Also honored at the event: Woodlands Nature Station, Outstanding Government Agency; Yealey Elementary School, Outstanding PreK-12 School or Educator; Jennifer Beach, Rising Star Award; Jennifer Hubbard-Sánchez, Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator; Michelle Shane, KAEE Director's Award; and Melinda Wilder, Lifetime Achievement Award.
■ According to the research site Niche, Model Lab in Richmond is the third best public high school in Kentucky, behind only DuPont Manual in Louisville and Highlands in Fort Thomas. Last fall, Newsweek magazine ranked Model, on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, among the top 1 percent of the nation's public high schools.
Model, with 225 students in grades 9 through 12, scored particularly high in academics, educational outcomes, faculty, administration/policies and health/safety. For a complete list of the top Kentucky public high schools, go to K12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/s/kentucky.
■ Isaiah Broomfield of Berea will graduate from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps on July 23, wrapping up 10 months of national community service. This ceremony marks the 21st graduating class since the inception of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.
Broomfield is one of 257 people serving at the Pacific Region campus in Sacramento, Calif. During their term of service, corps members completed more than 130 projects. Corps members worked on teams of 10 to 12 and were deployed throughout the western part of the country, including California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
During 10 months of service, Broomfield completed four six- to eight-week-long service projects. They included removing more than 4 tons of flammable brush at a wilderness retreat center in Wilseyville, Calif.; planting more than 6,000 native plants with a land conservancy in San Pedro, Calif.; expanding academic programming at an afterschool organization in Las Vegas; and cleaning up after a wildfire in Pateros, Wash. Through these projects, Broomfield will have finished 1,700 hours of community service.
After the program, Broomfield plans to return to Kentucky to continue service work through AmeriCorps VISTA and the TASK (Towards a Sustainable Kentucky) program.
■ University of Kentucky School of Music doctoral student and tenor saxophonist Carlos Espinosa Jr. is the recipient of the Outstanding Performer Award in the blues/pop/rock soloist category in DownBeat's 38th annual student music awards, featured in the magazine's June issue.
DownBeat is a jazz and contemporary music publication, and the DownBeat Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education. More than 1,000 entries were submitted across all categories this year.
Espinosa, a third-year doctor of musical arts candidate in saxophone performance from Killeen, Texas, submitted a few recordings from one of his doctoral recitals, all of which were original compositions.