Education Notes



■ The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named University of Kentucky psychology professor Jonathan Golding of the College of Arts & Sciences the 2011 Kentucky Professor of the Year.

Golding has been involved in honors programs, curriculum development, recruiting and advising of new students, teaching orientations for new teaching assistants, and teaching workshops for colleagues.

Golding has been recognized for his outstanding teaching by the College of Arts and Sciences and twice by the university. Most recently, he completed a term as an endowed professor in the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981.

Sharon Walsh, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Department of Behavioral Science and director of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, has received the 2011 Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse.

This award is presented to an individual who has had a significant impact on the field of alcohol and drug abuse, particularly related to women's issues, substance abuse education and recovery. As part of the award, she presented the Betty Ford Award plenary session on "Prescription Opioid Abuse: Translating Laboratory Findings to Clinical Practice," during the AMERSA national conference.

■ The fourth annual bibelot design competition hosted by the Headley-Whitney Museum saw more than 450 students from eight public and private schools participate in the contest.

Bibelots are small objects of curiosity, beauty or rarity. The late George Headley III was a jewelry designer who crafted them using precious and semiprecious stones and metals. Today's middle school students work in more ordinary media like rhinestones and spray paint to create faux bibelots.

The grand prize winner and recipient of the $100 award is Piece of the Sea by Izzy Steiner of Sayre School under the instruction of Anne Allan.

The second prize winner and recipient of the $50 award is Jack & Jill by Audrey Lankford of Lexington Christian Academy under the instruction of Kerry Knapp.

SCAPA's Matthew Pellegrino and Payton Hawk, under the instruction of Bob Love, took third-place honors and the $25 award for 9/11. The top three winners' teachers received $50 and a year's membership to the museum.

Honorable mentions included The Prized Holder by Seth Clark of Winburn, The King Toad by Andre Fulz of Edythe J. Hayes, Warming Amusement by Bryanna Garrett of Beaumont, and Sea Horse by Moshin Akhatar of Sayre School.

Fifty-seven of the best bibelots are on display through Dec. 23 in an exhibit called Improbable Baubles. The winners were announced at the Nov. 18 opening reception.


■ The Lindsey Wilson College cycling program recently unveiled a bicycle-friendly decal that residences and businesses can display, letting cyclists know that they can stop and ask for help if needed. A cyclist can approach the residence or business and request water, shelter or to make an emergency phone call.

Proceeds from sales of the decal, which costs $1, support the LWC cycling program. Those who participate in the program can affix the decals on a residence's mailbox or to a business's window or door.

According to LWC cycling coach Dave Grigsby, this is the first program in Kentucky designed to helped cyclists identify places where they can receive help during an emergency.

For more information about the bicycle-friendly decals, contact Grigsby at or (606) 524-8808, or visit

■ Fayette County Public Schools will host a public forum on its 2011 Wellness Report Card, which reviews nutrition and physical activity districtwide.

The one-hour forum starts at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Lafayette High School, which hosts the school board's monthly planning meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Visit to review the latest report card and its goals to improve overall student wellness, such as developing a districtwide health advisory council and ensuring that each child gets 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

The Child Nutrition staff will consider people's suggestions when preparing an action plan for the school board in January. Those who cannot attend the forum may share comments with the director, Michelle Coker. The feedback deadline is Dec. 30.

■ As part of a philanthropy project, Lexington Catholic High School senior Julie Puterbaugh has raised $13,205 for Trooper Island Camp in Clinton County on Dale Hollow Lake. The camp hosts more than 700 disadvantaged children each summer. Trooper Island Camp is a non-profit agency that is run solely on private donations.

Puterbaugh originally set a goal of $10,000 for her fund-raising project and exceeded that mark by raising $13,025. She contacted local companies and community groups to solicit donations and prizes to use in her fund-raising efforts.

The Kentucky State Police presented Puterbaugh with a Certificate of Excellence and a Letter of Appreciation during the ceremony.

For more information about Trooper Island Camp, visit the KSP Web site at


■ The Kentucky Society of Washington is accepting applications through Jan. 15 for internships in an office of a member of the Kentucky congressional delegation or an office of the executive branch in Washington.

Applicants must be Kentucky students who are attending colleges or universities within the commonwealth and who will be rising juniors or seniors at the time of the internship. They must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in public service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Each intern will receive a $3,000 stipend for living expenses during the six- to eight-week summer internship. Interviews will be held in February and internships will be awarded later that month.

The Kentucky Society selects interns who demonstrate superior academic achievements and intellectual development, effective oral and written communications skills, the ability to work well with others, outstanding trustworthiness and sound judgment, and strong initiative.

For more information or to apply, visit