■ Centre College has been named one of the Great Colleges to Work For, excelling in several of 12 categories that also qualifies it as one of 42 Honor Roll Institutions. The results were released in The Chronicle of Higher Education's eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace and are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities.
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, professional support staff and all salaried and hourly staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.
Centre earned top marks in several of the report's Great Colleges categories, including job satisfaction, respect and appreciation, professional/career-development programs and teaching environment.
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Centre was also selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For in 2010 and 2012.
■ The following juniors and seniors in Fayette County Public Schools scored a composite 36 on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2014-15 academic year: Kayla Beebout and Karl Werner of Henry Clay High School; Taylor Bagley of Lafayette; and Jacob Cottrell, Thomas Huang, Dasha Kolyaskina, Alice Li, Jasmine Liu, and Kathleen Yang of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Karl, Taylor, Alice and Kathleen graduated in May; the others are now rising seniors.
■ University of Kentucky anthropology doctoral candidate Lydia Shanklin Roll has been awarded the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship for up to $30,000 toward study of the Kurdish language and work on her dissertation research in Istanbul, Turkey. Roll is one of 101 graduate student award winners selected nationally from a pool of 385 applicants.
Boren Fellowships provide funding for study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and are underrepresented in education abroad. The awards are funded by the program, which focuses on geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to national security and the stability of the nation. Fellows will study languages throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.
In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year.
■ The 2,368 seniors who graduated from Fayette County Public Schools in May have reported more than $83 million in scholarship offers and awards to further their education. The latest alumni of Bryan Station, Henry Clay, Lafayette, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Tates Creek high schools have been accepted at 248 universities, colleges and technical schools in 34 states, the District of Columbia, England and Scotland.
■ The Bryan Station Class of 1975 is looking for classmates to participate in its 40th reunion, set for Aug. 28 at the Bryan Station football game against Simon Kenton High School. There will also be an Aug. 29 event with a time and location to be determined. Classmates should go to Bshs1975.wordpress.com and the Facebook page at Bryan Station Classof75 for more information.
■ The Paris High School class of 1973 will host a reunion for the 1972, 1973 and 1974 graduating classes on Aug. 22 at Stoner Creek County Club in Paris, beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 for a buffet dinner. Mail your check, payable to PHS Class of 1973, to Joe Smart, 316 Vine Street, Paris, Ky. 40361. For more information, call Smart at (859) 340-0303.
■ Central Kentucky Mathematics Circles will begin its fall session in September. A mathematics circle is an opportunity for students to explore new ideas in mathematics in an informal environment. Meetings of the mathematics circle will be led by faculty and students from colleges and universities in Central Kentucky. The fall session will consist of six meetings on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. The circle welcomes students in grades 8-12 and is free. More information is available at Math.uky.edu/~circles/hscircle or by contacting co-director Benjamin Braun, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested students and parents should attend an organizational meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Math House, 654 Maxwelton Court, on the UK campus.
■ Paul Gannoe has been named director of capital construction and project administration at Eastern Kentucky University, which is in the midst of a campus revitalization effort. He previously worked as executive director for the Office of Facility Development and Efficiency and, most recently, as deputy commissioner for the Department for Facilities and Support Services.
■ EKU professor Deborah T. Givens has been elected to a three-year term on the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors Board of Directors during the organization's annual conference in June. Givens, an assistant professor of journalism in the Department of Communication, joined EKU's faculty in 2006.