■ Colin Elrod, a junior international business major from Richmond and a student at Eastern Kentucky University, has won the 2014 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Collegiate Business Concept Challenge competition for his business venture idea centered on ramen noodles.
Elrod earned a $1,000 cash prize after pitching an idea for a new business venture, "Mochi," a casual-style restaurant that serves fresh, locally-sourced food as an alternative to traditional fast food.
The idea was one of 18 business concepts presented by student teams from six Kentucky colleges and universities at this year's Collegiate Business Concept Challenge.
Now a client of EKU's Business Accelerator (bizaccelerator.eku.edu) in the University's Business and Technology Center, through which he is receiving additional guidance and office space, Elrod is moving his plan forward.
The 2006 Madison Central graduate, the son of Preston and Carol Mochizuki-Elrod, plans to enter his concept in more competitions, including the IDEA State U competition next spring, when he also heads to one of EKU's partner institutions, Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, for a semester to enhance his international business studies.
■ Cathy Scaife, a Latin teacher at Lexington Catholic High School, has received the 2014 Kentucky World Language Association's Outstanding Teacher Award.
Scaife is the first Latin teacher to receive the award. The KWLA Awards Committee Chair wrote, "Your students are truly blessed and their lives enriched for their experience with you. KWLA feels that you represent our organization very well and that you are an excellent role model for world language teachers everywhere."
She was nominated by her colleague, Megan Iranpour, and selected by the Kentucky Classical Association in conjunction with the Kentucky World Language Association.
■ Campbellsville University has been ranked No. 81 on the top 100 list of regional universities in the South, according to the U.S. News & World Report. CU has been ranked in U.S. News' "America's Best Colleges" for 22 consecutive years.
■ The 16th District PTA is hosting more than 35 school chapters at the Oct. 19 PTA 5K, where entry fees directly benefit school PTAs and PTSAs. In the first three years, more than $45,000 has been raised. Businesses, churches, nonprofits and individuals are encouraged to sign up to benefit one of the school chapters that could use some extra support.
The races at the Legacy Trail near the Coldstream Research Campus and Embassy Suites will kick off with a one-mile fun run at 1:30 p.m., followed by the new one-mile Color Craze at 1:45 p.m. and culminating with the 5K run/walk at 2:30 p.m. The Color Craze is by student suggestion and is new this year. Participants will be hit with colored cornstarch at multiple points along the course. Pick up an entry form at any participating school or register online at PTA5K.com.
■ On Oct. 7, Anne Caudill, widow of Harry Caudill, and Terry Cummins, author of The Caudills of the Cumberlands: Anne's Story of Life with Harry, will recount the late author's life and work in a presentation at Eastern Kentucky University.
The free event, part of the Live @ Your Library series sponsored by EKU Libraries, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room of John Grant Crabbe Main Library.
Caudill's book is credited with focusing nationwide attention on the poverty of Appalachia and prompting the creation of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The author, also an attorney and professor, served three terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
In The Caudills of the Cumberlands, Anne Caudill — at age 89 — tells Cummins colorful stories from her nearly 44 years of married life with Harry in Appalachia, recalling visits by dignitaries, times with family and friends and captivating accounts of regional lore.
■ On Sept. 12, Sayre School hosted its ninth annual neighborhood breakfast. Each year, downtown businesses and residents are invited for breakfast and to hear from a featured speaker. Generally, the speaker is a business leader from the area discussing urban initiatives. This year, 36 neighbors joined Sayre's Head of School Stephen Manella to discuss future campus plans.