Education notes: Sept. 7


Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Richmond at Eastern Kentucky University's O'Donnell Hall, Student Success Building. The event, part of EKU's yearlong Chautauqua Series, is free.

For more information about EKU's Chautauqua series, go to or contact Minh Nguyen at

■ Accipio Language Services and the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club are offering a $500 scholarship for a graduating senior from a Kentucky high school who plans to major in a foreign language or international study program at an accredited undergraduate institution.

Three finalists will be selected for interviews. Applications are due by Dec. 1; awards will be announced Feb. 1. For an application or more information, email

■ The Bryan Station High School classes of 1965 and 1966 will hold a joint reunion in October. A reception will be 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bryan Station High School cafeteria, 201 Eastin Road, and 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Lexington-The Campbell House, 1375 South Broadway.

For more information, contact Judy Montgomery Giannasio (Class of 1966) at (859) 509-3206 or, or Chris Eisele Sacra (Class of 1965) at (859) 621-7671 or

■ Café Burrier, a four-course white tablecloth restaurant operated by Eastern Kentucky University dietetic students, will open Tuesday.

The full-service restaurant on campus in the Burrier Building will allow students to gain experience in all facets of restaurant management, from food preparation to processing regulations, while providing mid-day meals twice a week throughout the fall semester for up to 40 guests. Café Burrier will be open noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Menus will include a salad or appetizer, entree, vegetable and dessert, with water, iced tea or coffee. Meals will feature entrees such as ricotta and spinach-stuffed chicken breast, shrimp and vegetable kebabs, and boneless pork chops stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes; salads will range from fresh fruit to baby spinach; and desserts will include pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting and brownie pudding with vanilla ice cream. A vegetarian option will be available for all meals.

The restaurant, which overlooks Irvine McDowell Park, will be managed and operated by students enrolled in EKU's baccalaureate dietetic program. Students will have the opportunity to serve as managers and chefs, among other positions, and experience every facet of the food service business.

Reservations are required for Café Burrier; the cost of the meal is $10, and payment is at the door by debit or credit card only. Go to for reservations or for menus.

Frank X Walker, Kentucky writer and University of Kentucky associate professor of English, was honored recently in a Southern writing magazine for his creativity in the classroom.

The fall issue of Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing included Walker on its list of "The Most Creative Teachers in the South."

■ The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence honored its fifth class of 30 Chellgren Fellows at a reception on campus recently.

Students selected as Chellgren Fellows are: Chelsea Ahting, undeclared major from West Chester, Ohio; Rachel Aretakis, journalism major from Prospect; Lindsey Austin, journalism major from Louisville; Daniel Bostelman, materials engineering major from Columbus, Ind.; Emily Bryant, chemistry major from Prestonsburg; Ellen Burns, biology major from Fort Mitchell; Emily Combs, undeclared major from Campbellsville; Zainab Farooqui, biology major from Lexington; Joanna Foresman, biosystems engineering major from Louisville; Eloise Fourie, psychology major from Lexington; Madison Gooch, business management major from Monticello; Caitlin Hagan, political science major from Goshen; Bonnie Hance, psychology major from Shelbyville; Josiah Hanna, computer science major from Lexington; Sarah Hayden, political science major from Franklin, Tenn.; Byron Hempel, biology major from Danville; Drake Jackson, undeclared major from Benton; Salman Jeelani, international studies major from Pikeville; Burhanuddin Johar, biology major from Louisville; Amanda Kaiser, biology major from Lexington; Dominique Luster, theater major from Louisville; Bethany McClintock, business management major from Union; Michael Miller, biology major from Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Bradley O'Neal, theater major from St. Charles, Mo.; Nichole Schladt, journalism major from Lexington; Michael Sheehy, theater major from Shelbyville; Tamika Tompoulidis, communications major from Middleton, Ohio; Skylar Trott, biology major from Richmond; Jacob Welch, anthropology major from Richmond; and Breyon White, chemistry major from Louisville.

■ Transylvania University will host the Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival, Kentucky's first such festival, on Sept. 16 and 17. The festival, which gets its name from Transylvania's address, 300 North Broadway, will explore creative manifestations of technology through concerts and exhibitions of digital art and music.

The festival will feature more than 30 stage performances and offer 33 art installations, interactive pieces and video/sound works by artists and musicians from around the world. All events are free. For more information, go to

■ As part of Lexmark's ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, the company has announced Inspire: Lexmark's Teaching Award, established to highlight and salute exceptional middle and high school teachers who teach science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM) in designated Central Kentucky counties. During each academic school year, one teacher a month will be awarded $1,000 to be used to promote STEM education.

Nominations should come from students, colleagues, parents, school administrators or community leaders, and must be submitted online, along with two reference letters. Eligible nominees must teach in one of the following Central Kentucky counties: Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Franklin, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Woodford.

Nominations for the 2011-12 school year are open through April 15. All nominations will be reviewed and awarded monthly by a committee of Lexmark employees.

For more information, including the nomination form, go to