Lexingtonian recognized at N.Y.C. luncheon

Lexington native Courtney Harris, a senior at the University of Louisville and a Henry Clay High School graduate, was recognized by the American Advertising Federation at the Most Promising Minority Students luncheon in New York City on Feb. 7.

Harris is the daughter of Charles and Gwendolyn Harris of Lexington.

EKU professors earn highest honor

Dr. Elizabeth Hansen and Dr. Robert Mitchell have earned Eastern Kentucky University's highest honor for teaching excellence.

Hansen, a professor in the Department of Communication, and Mitchell, a professor in the Department of Psychology, received 2008-10 EKU Foundation professorships. The honor is awarded annually by the foundation to recognize 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.

Student to present in D.C.

Eastern Kentucky University honors student Jeremiah Alexander, of Berea, has been selected to present his research at the annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington D.C. on April 30. Alexander's project, titled ”Effects of Urbanization and Habitat Fragmentation on Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) Populations,“ was one of 60 selected from a group of 223 submissions. His project was part of an undergraduate research opportunity with EKU faculty member Dr. Stephen C. Richter.

After graduation, Alexander plans to pursue medical and/or doctoral degrees, allowing him to study the molecular genetic basis of diabetes and find a cure.

EKU honors

The Student Alumni Ambassadors chapter at Eastern Kentucky University received three of five possible awards — Most Outstanding Internal Program, Most Outstanding Student Leader and Most Outstanding Adviser — at a district conference in Savannah. Also, for the third consecutive year EKU boasts the state representative for the Association of Student Advancement Programs, Chelsea Denny.

Commonwealth Credit Union scholarship

Commonwealth Credit Union is accepting applications for its Nathan Leach ”Reach for The Stars“ scholarship. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors who are Commonwealth Credit Union members or who are eligible for membership with the credit union. The scholarship offers a $500 per semester award for a maximum of $4,000 over the course of the student's college career. Scholarship applications are available online at, at any Commonwealth Credit Union branch, and from Kentucky high school guidance counselors. Deadline to apply is 4 p.m. March 28.

Brain injury series

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky, is hosting an educational series on topics related to brain injury from 4-5 p.m. in the Center of Learning at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road, Lexington. Reservations not required. The remaining schedule is: March 27 -– Relationships; April 24 – Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment; May 22 – Anger/Stress Management; June 26 – Peer Support; July 24 – Sexuality after Brain Injury; August 21 – Medication Management; September 25 – Vocational Preparation. Contact Deb Whited, (859) 254-5701 Ext. 5256.