Education notes

■ The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences inducted alumni Charles Healey and Johnnie H. Miller into its Hall of Fame during its annual Hall of Fame induction and scholarship recognition dinner, which took place on Oct. 14.

Healey earned his master's degree in communication sciences and disorders from UK in 1973. After receiving his doctorate in speech sciences from Purdue University in 1977, Healey began his continuing career of teaching and research in speech-language pathology at the University of Nebraska.

He was recently named the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research has received interest in both academia and from clinicians throughout the United States and Canada.

Miller is a 1961 graduate of the medical technology program, now called clinical laboratory sciences. Her career spans more than 50 years and includes managing, supervising, teaching, learning and, her favorite, bench work.

The dinner also provides an opportunity to celebrate with the college's student scholarship recipients; nearly 100 students were recognized.

■ The Kentucky Art Education Association named the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky's Deborah Borrowdale-Cox the Art Advocate of the Year at the organization's 2010 annual meeting.

In her position as education director for the museum, Borrowdale-Cox oversees programs that provide art education to more than 10,000 students a year. In her 12 years at the museum, she has designed and implemented programs for families, high school students and adults.

■ A record 2,162 elementary students took part in the district-wide Academic Challenge Invitational, held Nov. 6 at Bryan Station High School. Meadowthorpe B won the primary contest, and Athens-Chilesburg C took top honors in the intermediate division.

During the daylong, single-elimination tournament, students in second and third grades and fourth and fifth grads worked in small teams to answer questions in all subject areas. Groups of three teams squared off in classrooms throughout the school building, with each winner advancing to the next round.

Primary (second and third grades) finals:

First place, with 15 of 20 possible points: Meadowthorpe B (Guillermo Hernandez, Parker Smith, Andrew Vogel, Eddy Wan and Lakyya Washington)

Second place, with 12 points: James Lane Allen A (Megan Anaskevich, Vivian D'Souza, Alex Natale and Landon Spencer)

Third place, with 8 points: Clays Mill D (Max Carlson, Samuel Hayek, Mikaela Scott, Ben Swisher and Austin Wu)

Intermediate (fourth and fifth grades) finals:

First place, with 17 of 20 points: Athens-Chilesburg C (Chris Benton, Austin Booth, Rachel Burns, Zaria Fulz, Alexis Lutz and Gade Hillyard)

Second place, with 12 points: Rosa Parks E (Nandini Bandaru, Brett Folsom, Kelly Kral, Dharani Ramaiah and Megan Slusarewicz)

Third place, with 11 points: Liberty E (Subrat Acharya, Jadyn Langley, Dakota List, Mason Joseph and Kayla Smith)

Fayette County Public Schools hosts three tournaments a year, culminating in a competition for college scholarships. The next contests are Feb. 5 and March 12.

■ The University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering recently named Tom Novack as the new Alliance Coal Chair in Mining Engineering. The position was funded by Alliance Resource Partners, LP and Alliance Holdings GP, LP.

Joe Craft, CEO of Alliance, was honored along with his company at a reception for their $1.2 million contribution to fund the position.

The establishment of the academic chair ensures that the department will continue to be a leader in education, research and industrial service in areas of significant importance to the mining industry, including mine safety, mine ventilation, rock mechanics, mine power systems and mine operations.

Novack, who previously served as division director of mining science and technology at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, will provide education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in mining engineering and safety at UK, as well as develop a strong research program and provide service to the mining industry.

■ The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing hosted its 2010 graduation ceremony at Mountain View Elementary School on Oct. 23. With more than 200 advanced practice nurses graduating from the Frontier School in the past 12 months, 77 returned to Hyden for the graduation.

Graduates traveled from 30 states to attend commencement. Fourteen graduates from Kentucky participated in the ceremony, including nine from Central Kentucky. They are Shirley Pollard-Ramsey of Lexington, Virginia Lewis of Lexington, Mimi Rayburn of Versailles, Ellen Urquhart of Versailles, Agnes Hoeger of Berea, Luzia Tuggle of Bryantsville, Heather Norfleet of Lancaster, Jennifer Batista of Lawrenceburg and Mary Edwards of Hustonville.

The Frontier School, a graduate school of nursing, operates as a distance-learning institution, training nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who provide primary care for women and families residing in all areas, with a focus on rural and underserved areas. Founded by Mary Breckinridge in 1939 in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky, the Frontier School has been educating nurses for more than 70 years and now has an enrollment exceeding 1,000.

Master's degrees were conferred to graduates of the Nurse-Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner and Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner programs. This ceremony also marked the first time for awarding diplomas to graduates of the doctor of nursing practice program, which was introduced in 2008.

For information, contact Brittney Edwards, marketing coordinator, at (859) 253-3637, Ext. 5015, or visit the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing Web site at

■ Five Eastern Kentucky University seniors, all middle grades education majors, recently presented at the national Middle School Association's annual conference in Baltimore, Md.

Kerrie Bal of Elizabethtown, Whitnee Centers of Berea, Meghan Hill of Forsyth, Ill., Nathan Andrew Jones of Inez and Brittany Shepherd of Stanton co-presented with EKU faculty members Dorie Combs and Rodney White. Their session, "Diversity Trek: To Boldly Go in Search of Cultural Competence," described the Diverse School Contextual Analysis, for which they conducted a case study and analysis of a middle school with a diverse student population.

■ A total of 66 new members were welcomed into the University of Kentucky's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi during the 2010 induction ceremony at Memorial Hall earlier this month. Sixty-two undergraduate and graduate students, together with four honorees representing faculty, alumni and community members, were initiated into the prestigious organization.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Each year, about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the organization. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

For a list of the individual students who were inducted, go to

Those who were honored by the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are Sharon P. Turner, dean, UK College of Dentistry; Paul W. Chellgren, UK alumnus and benefactor; Stephen W. Wyatt, dean of Public Health; and Everett McCorvey, professor in the UK School of Music and UK faculty trustee.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.