■ Nancye Davis has been selected to be the chair for the Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology and Department of Paramedicine Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University. Davis will assume the role beginning with the start of the 2015 spring semester. This position is selected by the members of the faculty of those two departments. Davis was given a unanimous vote of confidence from those faculty members in making her selection. Davis, a registered nurse, has been the program co-coordinator of the Emergency Medical Care Program at EKU for 14 years and has been a member of the EKU faculty for 22 years.
■ The boys' cross-country team from Beaumont Middle School won the 2014 Meet of Champions on Oct. 25 at Masterson Station. This 4,000-meter run (nearly 2.5 miles), which is sponsored by the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association, is the state championship for middle schools. Beaumont, which won the Fayette County title on Oct. 7, placed first out of 56 teams to win its first state championship. For detailed results, visit Kytrackxc.com.
■ Clays Mill Elementary was among more than a dozen award recipients saluted by the Lexington-Fayette Environmental Commission at the Nov. 5 Green Breakfast, the city's longest-running environmental awareness event. These annual honors go to individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed significantly to improving the local environment in the past two years. Clays Mill Elementary was cited for its role in the Springs Branch Stormwater Quality Improvement Project, which wrapped up in March.
Springs Branch, a stream in an urban watershed, is a headwater tributary to Wolf Run that starts on the school's property and in Southland Park. Fayette County Public Schools, EcoGro and other partners received an LFUCG grant to improve water quality and aquatic habitat and reduce downstream flooding. The project also helped educate the community through interpretive signs and events in the park.
■ The new Providence Montessori Middle School — Erdkinder Campus will host a grand opening celebration from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the school's campus, 519 West Fourth Street. Located in the former Florence Crittenton Home, the school provides Montessori education to students in seventh and eighth grades. PMMS received the 2014 Community Preservation Award from The Blue Grass Trust for its adaptation of the historic home into an educational environment. For more information about the open house, call PMMS at (859) 721-7331.
■ Scott Lephart, a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences. He will take over as dean at UK on March 1, pending approval from the Board of Trustees.
■ Sandersville Elementary students have won the Lexington Legends' Hit the Books reading program contest for the third year in a row. Students and faculty were rewarded with a pizza party featuring Legends mascot Big L.
In Hit the Books, students record their progress on a baseball diamond. For every book read, a teacher initials a base. When all three bases and home plate are covered, the student may bring a Hit the Books bookmark to the box office at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to exchange for two tickets to a home game. Sandersville redeemed the most bookmarks of any participating school.
The Legends have been associated with Hit the Books since the team began operations in 2001. Last season, about 27,000 students in 13 counties took part. The deadline to register for the 2014-2015 contest is Nov. 14. Schools may also invite Big L to their school as a guest reader by contacting Sarah Bosso at (859) 422-7855.