▪ Janice Holland, associate professor in Midway University’s equine program, has been honored by the Kentucky Academic Advising Association as its Outstanding Faculty Adviser for 2015. She was the lone faculty award winner from any public or private institution in Kentucky.
▪ The Kentucky Community & Technical College System hosted the first Celebration of Philanthropy awards dinner on Nov. 14.
This event recognized 34 individuals, businesses and foundations for their generous philanthropic and voluntary support to KCTCS. They are, by college:
Kentucky Community & Technical College System: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle
Ashland Community & Technical College: Ernest M. Tucker, Ashland; AEP – Kentucky Power, Frankfort
Big Sandy Community & Technical College: Appalachian Wireless, Ivel
Bluegrass Community & Technical College: Central Bank & Trust Co., Lexington; JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lexington; Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College: Elizabethtown-Hardin County Industrial Foundation Training Consortium; Leitchfield Deposit Bank of Leitchfield
Gateway Community & Technical College: Lee and Sue Flischel, Villa Hills; Duke Energy Foundation, Cincinnati
Hazard Community & Technical College: Dr. and Mrs. Jyotin Chandarana, Hazard
Henderson Community College: Elizabeth Smith and John Kelsey Family, Henderson; United Community Bank of West Kentucky, Morganfield
Hopkinsville Community College: Christian County Fiscal Court, Hopkinsville; City of Hopkinsville
Jefferson Community & Technical College; Carrollton College Educational Foundation, Carrollton; Dow Corning Foundation, Carrollton
Madisonville Community College: Steve Nance, Madisonville; City of Madisonville; Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C., Madisonville
Maysville Community & Technical College: Burnette Family Charitable Foundation, Maysville; R.C. Durr Foundation, Covington; Mountain Telephone, West Liberty
Owensboro Community & Technical College: Century Aluminum of Kentucky, Hawesville; MPD, Owensboro
Somerset Community College: Cornelia Dozier Cooper Endowment Fund, Somerset; W.O. and Lois Newell in memoriam, Somerset
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College: Donald R. Miller, Bowling Green; Laura Goad Turner Charitable Foundation, Nashville
Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College: Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Lexington; Bell County Fiscal Court, Pineville
West Kentucky Community & Technical College: Bill and Meredith Schroeder, Paducah; AEP River Operations, Paducah
▪ In the Region 11 competitive cheer showdown, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School took first place in the all-girl large division on Nov. 21 in Richmond, advancing to the state championships. In addition, Lafayette High placed first in the all-girls super division, while Tates Creek High topped the co-ed B contest. These two squads automatically qualified for state because no other schools fielded teams in those divisions.
In other results, Henry Clay High was runner-up in the all-girls medium category, and Tates Creek High placed fourth in the all-girls small division.
Each region’s winning school in each division moves on to the state competition. The 2015 KHSAA championships are set for Dec. 12 in Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
▪ The team from Locust Trace AgriScience Center won the Kentucky FFA Veterinary Science career development event Nov. 18 at Murray State University and will advance to the national competition next fall in Indianapolis.
Alli Rankin (Henry Clay High), Paul Wright and Caroline Wright (both from Paul Laurence Dunbar), and Shawndulynn James and alternate Aracely Marin (both of Bryan Station High) had studied since February to prepare for the state contest, which included tests on anatomy, medical math, parasitology identification, tools identification and two hands-on veterinary skill tests. The Fayette County group also scored well individually, with Caroline placing fourth and Paul finishing eighth. A total of 19 teams from across the state participated in the vet science event.
In addition, Locust Trace’s Lauren Burgess (Lafayette) and Makayla Miller (Tates Creek) competed in horsemanship, with Lauren placing fourth and Makayla seventh.
Albert “Al” P. Smith Jr., a journalist, columnist, author, editor, publisher, television host, and founding host and producer of KET’s Comment on Kentucky, was named to the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame. He was appointed as federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission, serving under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He also helped found the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and is co-founder of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which is based on the UK campus.
John T. Hicks, who has served in Kentucky’s state government for more than 30 years, 24 of those with the State Budget Office, was recognized with the Martin School Distinguished Alumnus Award. Since 2005, Hicks has been deputy state budget director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
▪ Pam Parry, associate professor of communication at Eastern Kentucky University, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Journalism Historians Association.
Parry, a lifetime member of AJHA, is serving as chair of the association’s education committee and previously was a member of the group’s public relations committee. She has been active in the AJHA annual meetings, presenting papers and winning two research awards from the organization in 2009.
Parry is the author of Eisenhower: The Public Relations President, and addressed the subject this year in a lecture at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kan.