■ Cindy Tucker, associate professor in computer and information technologies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, has been named the 2014 Kentucky Professor of the Year. The U.S. Professors of the Year awards program celebrates outstanding instructors across the nation and is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate education. Tucker was selected from nearly 400 top professors in the United States.
Tucker is a co-coordinator of a regional Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the first and only GHC for community colleges, and is planning the second conference to be held at BCTC April 10-11.
■ Two students from Locust Trace AgriScience Center represented Fayette County in Kentucky Farm Bureau's 2014 Outstanding Youth competition. Sydney Lewis, a senior, and Callaway Stivers, a sophomore, went through an interview process and gave speeches related to agriculture.
Both students, who also attend Lafayette High School, went on to compete against winners from 11 other counties in the district contest Nov. 6 in Shelbyville, but neither advanced to the Dec. 4 state contest in Louisville.
■ For the second time in the last three years, Centre College has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for study abroad by the Institute of International Education, the leading nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States, in its annual Open Doors report.
Centre won the top spot again in the category of undergraduate participation rates among baccalaureate institutions. The 2014 ranking is based on data from the 2012-13 academic year. The top spot was previously awarded to Centre by the IIE two years ago. Over the last 10 years, Centre has been ranked No. 2 once, No. 3 and No. 4 twice, No. 5 once and no lower than No. 7.
On average, 85 percent of Centre students study abroad by the time they graduate.
For more information about the Open Doors report, go to iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors. For more information about study abroad and global citizenship at Centre College, go to Centre.edu/about/study-abroad.
■ For the past several years, Lighthouse Ministries has hosted a Thanksgiving meal in the Sayre Buttery for local people in need. They typically serve 450 people, approximately 150 of whom are children. Since 2012, the Sayre community has partnered with the Lighthouse to provide the food for the meal. Based on the traditional menu for the meal, each grade level from preschool through eighth was asked to bring food for the guests. For the past two years, a Sayre family has generously donated the turkey. The Upper School Student Council provided the plates, cups, and cutlery, and members of the Sayre Culinary Club helped with the desserts. Because the biggest need of many at this time of year is socks, students in the Upper School joined with the Sayre Philemon Society to bring in new pairs of socks.
This year, the Upper School collected more than 1,250 pairs of socks. More than 450 pairs were donated to those who attended the Lighthouse Ministries Thanksgiving meal in the Sayre Buttery on Saturday. The remaining socks were distributed to the Catholic Action Center, St. James Place, the Hope Center, the NEST, the New Life Day Center and the Kentucky Refugee Ministry.
■ Kentucky Agriculture: Growing the Next Generation of Farmers is the theme of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's 2015 Poster and Essay Contest.
Students are asked to submit either a poster, an essay or a digital image based on the contest theme. Statewide poster and essay winners from each grade, kindergarten through 12, will be chosen, and an overall digital winner will be selected. Cash prizes will be presented to the winners in March at the Kentucky Agriculture Day Celebration, and their work will be displayed at next summer's Kentucky State Fair.
Entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 27. A completed entry form must be taped or glued to the back of each entry. The name of the teacher and school must accompany each entry. Winners will be notified Feb. 20.
For more information, including complete contest rules and entry forms, go to Kyagr.com/agcontest or contact Agriculture Education Coordinator Jordan L. Spalding at (502) 782-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.