■ Bluegrass Retired Teachers Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Hilton Suites at Lexington Green. Sen. Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort), Sen. Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville), Rep. Sannie Overly (D-Paris) and Rep. Robert Damron (D-Nicholasville) are the guest speakers for the program. Joann Atcher is giving the devotion. Cost: $18. For reservations, contact Betty Adkins at (859) 245-1817.
■ Eastern Kentucky University's student newspaper has been selected as a finalist for the nation's highest award in college journalism, the Pacemaker.
The Eastern Progress was one of 22 weekly or non-daily papers nominated as a finalist for the 2010 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, often referred to as the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism. Winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention in Louisville in late October.
During the 2009-10 academic year, the newspaper was edited by students Laura Butler, Steve Thomas, Courtney Daniel and Rachel Stone.
This year's Pacemaker finalists, judged by professional journalists in the Washington, D.C., area, were selected based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
The nomination marks the seventh time The Eastern Progress has been chosen as a finalist for the Pacemaker. The Progress won the award in 1990, 1994, 1996 and 2003.
■ Eastern Kentucky University student Joe Eisenhauer, . the award recipient of the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge, and EKU adviser Rita Davis, were recognized at the 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards program on Sept. 13 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Eisenhauer's winning business concept was for a start-up residential home pick-up and delivery laundry service. Eisenhauer, of Lexington, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in construction management with a minor in entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship awards, sponsored by EKU's College of Business and Technology, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp., and the Center, recognize the achievements of business leaders and entrepreneurs in 55 Kentucky counties.
■ The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2011 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. These teachers will compete for the 2011 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.
Central and Eastern Kentucky teachers who were nominated include: Scott Cahill, Bourbon County Middle; Catherine Caudill, Eastside Elementary in Harrison County; Karen Fyffe, Highland Elementary in Johnson County; Amanda Ratliff, Knott County Central High in Knott County; Jason Griffith, West Whitesburg Elementary in Letcher County; and Paula Adkins, Madison Central High in Madison County.
Teachers will be honored at a ceremony in Frankfort on October 19 in the State Capitol Building. Representatives of the Kentucky Department of Education, the Governor's Office and Ashland will be on hand to honor the teachers and to recognize the Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year. From that group of three finalists, the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be named and will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
■ Space shuttle astronaut and Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana presented University of Kentucky mechanical engineering graduate student Edward Brady Doepke with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) on Sept. 8 in the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.
Doepke, of Morehead, is a post-graduate student working on his master's degree in mechanical engineering with an aerospace orientation. He carried out research on inflatable wing structures while studying at UK and did thermal testing for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission during a summer at Goddard Space Flight Center. Doepke hopes to work for NASA after completing his master's degree, with the eventual goal of earning his doctorate.
The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit.