Education Notes: Dec. 9


■ Four University of Kentucky employees won Terry B. Mobley Development Awards. The awards honor the career of Terry B. Mobley, who most recently served as vice president for institutional advancement. The awards recognize employees within the Office of Development as well as professional fund-raisers for colleges or programs.

The 2009 Office of Development Professional Achievement winner is Susan Harper, associate director for the UK Fellows Society and Donor Relations.

Loralyn Cecil, foundation and community relations manager for the Kentucky Children's Hospital, is the 2009 Program Professional Achievement winner.

The winner of the Office of Development Front Line Award is Janet Robertson, information services database administrator for the Office of Development.

Diana Wells, administrative support associate for UK HealthCare Development and Kentucky Children's Hospital Development, is the 2009 Program Front Line Award winner.

All recipients' names will be placed on a plaque bearing Terry Mobley's name along with the names of previous winners. The plaque hangs in the lobby of the William B. Sturgill Development Building on Rose Street. The winners also each receive an engraved julep cup and $500.

■ The Woodford County Board of Education recognized achievements by schools and students during its November meeting. Woodford County High School students Rachel Adams and Bennett Coffey were honored for being named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Also recognized were 313 students who earned all distinguished scores in last spring's state testing. This number increased from 157 since last year. Twelve students won mini notebook computers through a random drawing.

Southside Elementary received a Century Club Award for earning an overall score of 100 or more in last spring's state testing. The school scored 106. Simmons Elementary received the Superintendent's Award for improving its score 10 points or more above last year's score.

■ Fayette County Public Schools received several awards from the Kentucky School Public Relations Association as part of the 2009 "Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services" competition.

In the first-ever overall award in the contest, the district's communications office brought home the "Sweepstakes Award for Excellence in a Multi-faceted Communications Effort."

Other awards included:

The Communications Office took first place in the Academic Achievement Promotions category; first place in Calendars; first place in Special Events; first place in Miscellaneous Printed Materials; and first place in Full-Color Brochures.

The Communications Office and Printing Department took first place in the Full-Color External Publications category; first place in Miscellaneous Printed Materials.

The Communications Office and Web Team took second place in Internet Sites.

Nema Brewer-Candy, communications specialist, took first place in Photography. Brewer-Candy and the Printing Department took first place in One-Time Publications.

Lisa Deffendall, communications director, took first place in Publication Writing and second place in News Writing.

Tammy L. Lane, communications specialist, took first and second place in Writing for the Web.

Stu Silberman and his dog Sam, and the communications office and Web team took first place in the Electronic Newsletter category. Deffendall and Silberman took first place in Commentary Writing.

■ Dan Liebman, vice president of Blood Horse Publications and editor-in-chief of The Blood-Horse, recently received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the UK College of Communications and Information Studies. The award was presented at the 2009 Recognition Ceremony and Awards Dinner on Nov. 20. Liebman graduated with a degree in journalism in 1985.

The college also honored many students, faculty and staff members at the dinner. Honorees included:

Patrick Mutchler, a 1976 journalism graduate, who is a company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson;

Charles Brymer, a 1981 telecommunications graduate, president and CEO of DDB Worldwide, the largest consolidated advertising and marketing company in the world, according to Advertising Age;

Mel Coffee, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, who teaches courses in radio and television news reporting and in advanced television news producing;

Linda Mudge, a staff assistant in the Department of Communication;

Elisia Cohen, assistant professor of communication, who publishes in the areas of health and risk communication;

Thomas Lindlof, a professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications;

Deanna Sellnow, the Gifford Blyton endowed professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in Communication, who has published and presented a scholarship in international, national, regional, and state venues.

Students receiving scholarships include: Erin West, the Hallie Day Blackburn Scholarship; Kristan McCullum, the Clarence E. and Edna Horn Johnson Scholarship; Nick Stacy, the Judith G. Clabes Scholarship; Samantha Brown, the Communication-Outstanding Junior award; Andrew Trimble, the Communication-Outstanding Senior award; Emilee Dover, the CIS Endowed Scholarship; Courtney Thomas, the Maria Braden Scholarship; Katharine Head, the R. Lewis Donohew Fellowship; Shelly Valentine, the Rick Roth Scholarship; Lindsey Hancock, the Shirley Rose Scholarship; Stephanie Van Stee, the Sypher Memorial Graduate Scholarship; and Mitchael L. Schwartz, the Bruce Westley Memorial Graduate Scholarship.

■ UK graduate Brad Luttrell won first place at the 50th William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program Nov. 20. One hundred and ten undergraduate journalism programs from across the nation were eligible to participate. Luttrell received a $2,000 scholarship. UK will receive a matching grant.

UK student Jill Laster came in eighth place in the program, winning a $500 scholarship.

UK also received first place in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition, with the highest accumulated student points from the first competition of the academic year.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted by the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

■ UK honored several donors during the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day luncheon Nov. 17.

Many colleges, programs, and groups affiliated with UK were among the not-for-profit agencies that selected an outstanding volunteer or patron to honor at the celebration.

Honorees recognized by groups affiliated with the University of Kentucky included: Margaret J. Blain, College of Health Sciences; the Good Samaritan Volunteer Association, College of Nursing; James Albisetti, Honors Program; Jim Elliott, College of Arts and Sciences, James R. Boyd, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and Ruth Aldrich Johnson, Hospital Volunteer Association.

In addition, nine UK alumni were recognized by the following groups: Dorothy "Dot" Smith, Transylvania University; Garland H. Barr III and Jack Cunningham, Blue Grass Community Foundation; Ralph Anderson, Kentucky Agriculture Heritage Center; Anita Britton and Stuart Bennett, Lexington Humane Society; Carolyn Hackworth, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning; Warren Rosenthal, Lexington Philharmonic Society and Foundation; and Myrna Wesley, God's Pantry Food Bank.

■ Taylor Dalton and Ken Freeman of Lafayette High School won the fall statewide Stock Market Game, which promotes student achievement in math and financial literacy.

They will receive $300, a trophy and certificates, and were recognized at a Dec. 8 luncheon in Louisville.

In the Stock Market Game, teams receive a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks and mutual funds using a real-world Internet simulation. After managing their portfolio for 10 weeks, the Lafayette team wound up with $115,048.

■ At a recent gathering of more than 250 art teachers from across the state, the Kentucky Art Education Association surprised George Szekely, UK professor of art education, with the commonwealth's first Distinguished Fellow Prize. The new award recognizes Szekely's lifetime achievement in the field of art education.

A professional artist, Szekely writes the regular column "Children's Art Diary" for Arts and Activities magazine and has published more than 100 articles in the United States and Canada. He has also written 10 books, including Encouraging Creativity in Art Lessons, From Play to Art and How Children Make Art: Lessons in Creativity from Home to School.

■ Student members of the Eastern Kentucky University Maroon Society for Human Resources Management participated in Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan's Purse project, which provides shoeboxes full of gifts and necessities to children throughout the world.

The group filled 15 shoeboxes. The gifts were sent to Youth Haven Bible Camp in Beattyville.

Officers for the organization include Nathan Noel, CEO, Danville; Kevin Andrew, COO, Lexington; Andrea Wyatt, CIO, Liberty; Kalyn Fox, CFO, Murray; Brock Slone, VP of Fund-raising, Craynor; and Stephanie Owens, VP of Event Planning, Hindman.

■ An EKU student took "Best of Show" honors and another captured the college division in a recent Project Runway Contest in Burgin.

High school and college students were asked to design a garment to be worn at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Each contestant was to construct or oversee construction, accessorize and model or select a model. Jennifer Wesley won "Best of Show" honors and Neshia Gaines, won the College Division. Both are from Lexington. Other students participating were Alex Eye of Berea and Eunique Skepple and Jessica Todd, both of Richmond.

■ Stephen Black, associate professor of horticulture at EKU, was recently honored for his contributions in the area of agricultural communications and education.

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond presented Black with the 2009 Jack Taylor Support of Agriculture Award, established in 2002 and named after former Agricultural Extension Agent and former director of the EKU Stateland Farm.