Education notes

Heath Hughes
Heath Hughes

■ The Lexington Catholic High School choral program, under the direction of Adam Beeken, received a $500 donation from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, based in Washington, D.C., as part of an "Inspire Integrity Award 2011."

Two of Beeken's students, junior Austin Ryan and senior Catherine Wright, were selected to the Governor's School for the Arts, a three-week summer program at Transylvania University, for vocal music.

■ The Welch Appalachian Social Justice Project at Eastern Kentucky University was made possible by money bequeathed to the school by the estate of Rob Welch, a Fulbright Scholar who taught social work courses at Eastern from 1979 until his death in 2006.

The new project includes original scholarly research by EKU faculty/student or alumni teams with a focus on social and economic justice in Appalachia; series of at least five lectures over the course of five years by local and regional experts; and a book to be collaboratively edited by social work, anthropology and sociology professors to capture the multidisciplinary nature of social justice work.

The Welch Appalachian Social Justice Committee invites proposals to conduct scholarly research or service projects with a research focus related to economic and social justice in Appalachia. Through this research, alumni, faculty and students will have an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to help individuals and communities arrive at solutions to economic and social injustices at all societal levels. All faculty, students, and alumni from EKU's College of Arts and Sciences are eligible, with preference given to those in the social and behavioral science fields (anthropology, economics, geography, government, history, psychology, social work and sociology). Alumni and students must collaborate with a current faculty member in one of these disciplines.

Two applications will be awarded for fall 2011, two in fall 2012 and one in fall 2013. Each funded proposal will culminate in a scholarly manuscript that will form the basis for a book chapter on social justice in Appalachia. Alumni, faculty or faculty/student research teams will have one year to complete their research and submit a final manuscript to the committee. Those who apply for and receive funding will showcase their research at the annual Welch Appalachian Social Justice Lecture Series, held each March.

For selection criteria and more information, go to

■ The Eastern Kentucky University chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars was awarded Bronze Star Status at the NSCS 2011 Leadership Summit.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honors organization for freshmen and sophomores with more than 300 student-run chapters at colleges across the country.

Star status is determined by chapter program success, community service, member engagement and campus involvement. Chapters are also required to hold an induction ceremony for new members each term.

Heath Hughes, a senior from Hebron, received the S.J. Garner Student Excellence Award for 2010-2011 at Eastern Kentucky University. A marketing major with the PGA golf management option, Hughes received the award at the PGA Golf Management awards banquet.

Hughes is completing his final internship at Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis, Minn., and he plans to move to Arizona.

■ Last year, students and staff at Rosa Parks Elementary School reduced the school's energy consumption by 47 percent — saving more than $52,000 in utility costs — simply by changing their habits and being more conscientious about the use of electricity in the building.

On Sept. 2, the school was recognized by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and Mayor Jim Gray for receiving Energy Star certification and reducing overall energy consumption. The school received its Energy Star plaque at the ceremony.

■ The University of Kentucky's Clinical Psychology program took the top spot in a national study of productivity rankings, meaning that UK psychology graduate students and professors in the College of Arts and Science are generating a host of novel research that is effective and influential.

In a recent published study, "Leading North American Programs in Clinical Assessment Research: An Assessment of Productivity and Impact" by Texas A&M University psychology professor Leslie C. Morey, UK's Clinical Psychology program ranked No. 1 in h-index, an objective measure of a program's national and international research impact.

■ Leadership Lexington Youth is a yearlong educational program that enables high school juniors to engage with community leaders and talk about issues, careers, business opportunities and post-secondary options.

Participants are chosen after a competitive application process in the spring. This year's class has 45 students:

Bryan Station High School: Mary Kathryn Ball, Rebecca Edwins, Meredith Rawlings, Adrian Scaife, Taylor Smith and Sam Stucky.

Henry Clay High School: Kelsey Brown, Macy Early, Logan Gardner, Julia McCorvey, Roshnee Raithatha, Victoria Salsman, Rob Schrader, James Toohey and Makayla Uebelhor.

Lafayette High School: Lewis Aldridge, Cassady Gorrell, Weitong Liu, Devin Morton, Virginia Newsome, Harsh Tiwari and William Troske.

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School: Joshua Koshy, Rohin Lohe, Miles Marquette, Kierra Muhammad, Najm Shaikh and Trina Thomas.

Tates Creek High School: Joshua Archer, Natalie Betts, Tatiyana Dean, Alexander Gray, Lyric Grimes and Nia Johnson.

Lexington Catholic High School: Mary Catherine Healy, Erin Mac Leod, Meghan McGinty, Tamsin Meier, Mark Patton, Alli Robic, and Parker Wachs.

Lexington Christian Academy: Rachel Williamson.

Sayre School: Morgan Garrett and Ellie Miller.

Home-schooled: Brooke McIntosh.