Jessamine County

Education Notes: Dec. 1

Doris Pierce

Doris Pierce, endowed chair in occupational therapy at Eastern Kentucky University, recently was chosen by the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA to present the 10th annual Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science.

The honorary lectureship is "dedicated to the spirit of questing intellectual curiosity expressed by Ruth Zemke in her work within occupational science." Criteria for selection include significant contributions to occupational science and a demonstrated commitment to building a community of scholars in the discipline.

The Zemke lecturer receives an honorarium and is presented with a one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope, one of Zemke's favorite objects, to "symbolize the simplicity, complexity, multiplicity of views and ever-changing nature of the discipline of occupational science."

Pierce received the honor at the first joint conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation and the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists, held Oct. 14-16 in London, Ontario.

An EKU faculty member since 2000, Pierce holds a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Ohio State University and a master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California, where she also earned a doctoral degree in occupational science.

William F. Pollard, vice president and dean of the college and professor of English at Transylvania, is the recipient of the 2010 Chief Academic Officer Award given by the Council of Independent Colleges. The award recognizes his contributions to colleagues at independent colleges and universities.

As a member of the CIC Chief Academic Officers Task Force (2006-09), Pollard helped develop programs and chaired sessions at the annual institute for chief academic officers. For more than 15 years he has been an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa national honorary societies, the American Conference of Academic Deans and has served as president and secretary of the Association of Chief Academic Officers of the Southern States.

Pollard, who came to Transy in 2004, has published on medieval English literature. Prior to beginning his service at Transylvania, he was provost and dean of the college and professor of English at Georgetown College, and vice president and dean of the college and professor of English at Huntingdon College.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

■ The Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy honored two teachers who have done an exceptional job of teaching financial literacy concepts to their students.

The 2010 winner is Jennifer Allen, business teacher at Madison Southern High School in Berea, and the runner-up is Sandy Maxted, business teacher at Assumption High School in Louisville.

Allen, of Berea, was nominated by another educator who praised her ability to make instruction relevant to the individual student. She uses a variety of strategies to teach financial literacy, including classroom lessons, FBLA activities, the School Bank and the School Store. Maxted, of Louisville, was nominated by another educator who noted that personal finance is Maxted's passion. The selection committee was impressed with her commitment to the importance of teaching personal finance.

This is the first year of the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year award for teachers in grades K-12 who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to teaching financial literacy topics and motivating students to learn about personal finance.

■ The Kentucky State Parks are looking for young people who like to visit parks and want to tell others about their experiences.

The Kentucky State Park Youth Ambassador Program is a voluntary program for youths who are at least 16 years old, living in Kentucky and enrolled in a Kentucky high school, college or technical school. The parks are looking for young people who are creative, team-oriented and enthusiastic about the outdoors.

Ambassadors will be chosen for one-year terms and will be invited to state park events, asked to write for a park blog and will submit photos of their state park experiences. Their names and photographs will be used for publicity purposes through the state park Web site and media outlets.

To apply, go to and click on the "Youth Ambassador" link. If you are selected and you are younger than 18, you will need parental permission to participate.

The state program is being carried out in conjunction with America's State Parks Youth Ambassador Program, launched earlier this year. For more i nformation about that program, visit

■ Fifteen technology centers and local career centers, including Eastside and Southside technical centers in Lexington, participated in this fall's SkillsUSA Kentucky Leadership Training Institute in Louisville.

During the three-day event, about 150 students and advisers further developed their confidence and skills in public speaking, creative problem-solving and critical thinking.

Students from Fayette County Public Schools' technical centers picked up several awards:

Banner: Natalie Traylor, Southside, first; Dylan Tucker, Southside, second

T-shirt design: James Foster, Eastside, first.

20-second elevator story: Alyssa Baggott, Eastside, first.

Two-minute speech: Mindy Thomas, Southside, second.

Spelling: Caleb Causey, Southside, third.

Opening and closing ceremony: Blue Team, including Kathryn Dickey of Eastside, first; second place, Red Team, including Aldo Garcia of Southside and Deshon Barber of Eastside, second.

Most-improved team member: Luke Day of Eastside (Gold Team)

This year's overall team was the Red Team, including Eastside's Deshon Barber, David Esparza and Oziel Saucedo, and Southside's Dylan Tucker, Chris Jump, Danielle Dora, Aldo Garcia and Natalie Traylor.

"Attending this training is often the first step toward state or national leadership roles in SkillsUSA. That, in turn, often leads to professional leadership as these students enter the work force," said Steve Phillippi, director of SkillsUSA Kentucky.

SkillsUSA is a nationwide partnership of business and industry, career and technical educators and students. Its goals are to motivate students, teach leadership skills, assist teachers with quality program development and provide quality workers to business and industry.

Charles T. Ambrose received a 2010 Outstanding Community Honoree award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Bluegrass Chapter at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon Nov. 10. The program celebrates those who have made significant contributions of time and resources to non-profit agencies, therefore enhancing the quality of life in the community. Ambrose, a professor of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a widely published expert on medical history, was nominated by Transylvania University.

Others recognized at national Philanthropy Day included T ransylvania trustee Pearse Lyons and his wife, Dierdre, who received the Distinguished Philanthropist Award, and the late Sam Barnes, who served on Transylvania's Board of Trustees for 15 years and was named a 2010 Outstanding Community Honoree.

■ On Nov. 17, 31 Sayre Upper School students were inducted into The National Honor Society, the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Inducted were: Stanzi Armato, Jed Ball, Carson Baughman, Mary Booth, Maddie Brotherton, Keith Cavanaugh, George Chalhoub, Havana Childers, Ellie Colclough, Sanders Courtney, Emily Culbertson, Ellen DelCotto, Chase Deppen, Camille Fishback, Ellie Fogg, Reid Freeman, Rick Gammill, Isi Hunt, Wilson Mendes, Meredith Miller, Maddie Mitchell, Susan O'Neill, Sophie O'Rourke, Cody Pfiester, Jamie Rosenstein, Jamie Sutherland, Corinna Svarlien, Ben Turnbull, Hannah Turnbull, Chenault VanMeter and Alex Wilcox. These newly inducted members join 32 current members of the society at Sayre.

Kimberly Nixon, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, was named one of 85 researchers to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Nixon will accept the award Dec. 13 at a White House ceremony hosted by President Barack Obama.

Award candidates are nominated by one of 10 federal agencies for their pursuit of innovative research and commitment to community service. Nixon's nomination came from the National Institutes of Health. In 2007, Nixon received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to understand how endogenous neural stem cells contribute to recovery during abstinence from alcoholism.

Joe Thomas is the first University of Kentucky College of Medicine student to be elected chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges Organization of Student Representatives. Thomas, a third-year UK medical student, serves as chair-elect for 2010-11, chair for 2011-12 and past-chair for 2012-13, representing all medical students nationwide.

Thomas, elected by peers at the annual OSR meeting in Washington, D.C., represents medical students from 133 member institutions of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

As chair, Thomas will represent the issues, initiatives and interests of all medical students and serve as the group's primary voice to the Association of American Medical Colleges and to outside student organizations.

■ The American Council on Education has named University of Kentucky education professor Lynda Brown Wright an ACE Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year. As part of her fellowship, she is spending the academic year at Georgia State University, where she is working with President Mark Becker and his leadership team.

The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing promising senior faculty and administrators for responsible positions in college and university administration. Forty-six Fellows, nominated by the presidents or chancellors of their institutions were selected this year.

■ A total of 66 new members were welcomed into the University of Kentucky's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recently during the 2010 induction ceremony held in Memorial Hall. Sixty-two undergraduate and graduate students, together with four honorees representing faculty, alumni and community members, were initiated into the prestigious organization.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. Each year, about 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni are initiated into the organization. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

The new inductees are: Demetrius Abshire, William Todd Anderson, Amit Arbune, Stephanie Bass, Martha Beckmann, Kate Bowman, Stefanie M. Bull, Richard Carmickle, Christine Ann Przybycien Carucci, Brittany Ann Nicole Collins, Sara Elizabeth Craycraft, Amy Barker Dedman, Heather N. Dillon, Chelsey Duncan, Mary Kay Fields-LeVan, Kathryn D. Gardner, Caroline J Gooden, Melissa Dawn Graham, Charlotte Anne Hale, Jordan Patrick Harp, Rovina L. Hatcher, Alexandra Henchy, Eleanor Holliday, Shurong Hou, Nikki Hurt, Jennifer L. Huynh, Erika Danielle Johnson, Angelo Peter Karavolos, Elizabeth Jane Keltz, R. Ryan Kendrick, Kristin French Kerry, Joshua Knight, Emily Lane, Mun B. Lau, Kara Marie Lester, Taylor D. Lloyd, Michael Manning, Jeri Marie McIntosh, Samantha Mitchell, Carmeline Ruth Nallan, Courtney Pflug, Pamela Lynn Phares, Jill Priesmeyer, Samir Rawashdeh, Kristin R. Sandmann, Aeleka E. Schortman, Megan Schultz, Deborah Schumacher, Richard Timothy Sellnow, Sucharita Sen, Jennifer A. Skaggs, John R. Slevin, Amanda Ejaenrie Sokan, Laura M. Traynelis, Victoria A. Triplett, Richard David Wallis, Jennifer Weiler, Sara Elizabeth Wilson, Lora Lanning Wright, Brittany A. Young, Melanie Young and Jing Zhao.

The others honored by the UK chapter are: Sharon P. Turner, dean, UK College of Dentistry; Paul W. Chellgren, UK alumnus and benefactor; Stephen W. Wyatt, dean of public health; and Everett McCorvey, music professor and faculty trustee.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

Samuel Yates, a Centre College student, has been named one of 12 Mitchell Scholars who will pursue a year of post-graduate study at universities in Ireland in the academic year 2011-12.

Yates studies English literature and dramatic arts at Centre, where he is researching the socio-cultural construction of the personal identity onstage and completing a stage adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted as a John C. Young Scholar. He has served as an actor, director and dramaturg for more than 20 college and regional theatre productions. He will study theatre and performance at Trinity College Dublin.

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship program was created more than 10 years ago by Trina Vargo, former foreign policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. The scholarship was named in honor of Mitchell's role as chairman of the Northern Ireland peace talks.