Education Notes for week of September 3

Amy Jo Gabel
Amy Jo Gabel


■ University of Kentucky junior Joyce Kim has been awarded the $5,000 SpareFoot "Spare Funds" scholarship. Sparefoot is the world's largest online directory that connects consumers to self-storage facilities.

In addition to $5,000 to cover school expenses, Kim, a psychology major who is studying abroad in Chile at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, will receive free storage space for the duration of the summer. Before studying in Chile, she spent a few months in Peru tutoring children in English, reading, and creative writing.

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Nick Wade, a senior public relations major and Honors Program member at Eastern Kentucky University, has received the Top Undergraduate Student Paper Award from the Kentucky Communication Association.

Wade, from Danville, earned the top honor for his senior Honors thesis, "Lady Gaga: Born This Way but Not Cared for This Way." The paper, he explained, makes the point that the popular entertainer is "creating the next generation of social activists by using the feminist theory of ethics of care and the leadership theory of transformational leadership." His faculty adviser for the paper was Ginny Whitehouse.

The 2008 alumnus of Boyle County High School will graduate in December with a bachelor's degree.

■ Two EKU students recently received $500 Allen D. Engle Scholarships from the Bluegrass Compensation Association.

Sophomore Chelsea Burke of Lexington and senior Nicole Sealey of Parkersburg, W.Va., each received the award to continue their studies at EKU. The grant funds may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, room and board, or other educational expenses.

The scholarship is available to any Kentucky student with at least sophomore standing at an institution of higher learning either pursuing a degree in human resources or currently employed in a human resources field.

BCA President Jennifer Strauel said typically only one scholarship is awarded each year. However, since the award was not given last year, BCA chose to award two scholarships this year — one to a student in human resources (Sealey) and another to a student who works in human resources (Burke).

Sealey, a management major pursuing a concentration in human resources, wants to pursue a master's degree in business and certification in human resources after her graduation in the spring. She has been an officer and active member of EKU's Maroon Society of Human Resource Management for more than two years. She has an exemplary academic record and was highly recommended by her professors, who cited her leadership abilities, intelligence, self-motivation, and ability to successfully work with a wide variety of individuals.

After graduation next spring, she plans to move back to West Virginia and continue her education in human resources by applying to a graduate program in industrial relations at West Virginia University.

Burke, a philosophy major, has been employed as a student worker in EKU's human resources office for two years. Supervisors have cited her ability to provide outstanding customer service, administer processes accurately and efficiently, and quickly learn terminology and concepts to apply in her daily work. She would like to continue her studies through a doctoral program after graduation.

"After graduation I hope to go straight off to graduate school to acquire a master's degree and eventually a doctorate of philosophy," Burke said. "This scholarship makes it a little bit easier to chase my dreams."

The scholarship was created in honor of Engle, an EKU management professor and one of the association's founding members, to allow college students to explore the field of human resources in study and work to build future leaders in the profession.


Marc C. Whitt, associate vice president for public relations and chief communications officer at EKU, has been named to a two-year term on the board of directors of the International Town and Gown Association.

His duties will include serving as co-chair of ITGA's marketing committee, which will work to develop a marketing program to help further the organization's desire to build membership among university and civic leaders worldwide. He will also serve on the Executive Directors Advisory Committee for International Relations

Whitt chaired the 2012 Conference Planning Committee for the Association's seventh annual University-City Relations Conference, held at EKU on June 4-8. Since 2006, ITGA annual conferences have also been held at the University of Florida, Texas A&M, Murray State University, Iowa State University and the University of Colorado.

At EKU, Whitt is also an adjunct professor in the department of communication, where he teaches a public relations course.

Amy Jo Gabel has been named Transylvania University's director of student involvement and leadership. Gabel has been at Transylvania since 2009 as adviser in Greek affairs and assistant director of residence life and student activities.

Aaron Roberts has been named Transylvania's assistant director of student involvement and leadership for student life.

Ashley Gutshall and Tristan Fretwell have been named assistant directors of residence life. Gutshall worked through VISTA in Transylvania's office of community service and civic engagement. Fretwell was Transylvania's area coordinator of residence life.

Darlene Ogata has been named Transylvania's international student adviser.


■ In honor of Constitution Day, the League of Women Voters of Lexington, the Transylvania University office of community service and civic engagement and Student Government Association will train students to register voters at 7 p.m. Thursday at the William Young Campus Center, Conference Room A, at Fourth Street and North Broadway. Students will then visit college campuses to register voters on Sept. 17.

Forward in the Fifth, an affiliate of the Center for Rural Development, has launched a redesigned interactive Web site,, that highlights a wide variety of initiatives and model programs that schools and communities are implementing to address education issues in the region and across Kentucky.

The Web site was designed by the center's professional web department and introduces Forward in the Fifth's new logo and branding standards. It also incorporates more opportunities for education supporters to interact with the non-profit organization through expanded social media platforms.