▪ Marcel Robles has received the 2016-17 Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award in the School of Business at Eastern Kentucky University. Robles, who joined the EKU faculty in 2002, is a professor of corporate communication and technology in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business. Robles was elected president of the Association for Research in Business Education for 2016-18. She teaches managerial report writing, professional communication, introduction to business, MBA research and strategic business communication.
▪ Two students have been elected by their Student Government Association peers to serve on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s Board of Regents and to serve as student body co-presidents. Gavin Posey, of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Ric Smith, of Gateway Community and Technical College, will serve one-year terms on the board and as student body co-presidents. Their terms continue through August 2018.
▪ The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has awarded 13 scholarships totaling $17,000 to nurses in the Lexington area. The funding from the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation helps provide KentuckyOne Health nurses with scholarship opportunities and the ability to help pay off student loans.
The 2017 Nurse Leadership Scholarship recipients include Tiffany Banks, Dianna Madden and Regina Masters. The 2017 Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship recipients include Wendy Baker, Rebeka Caudill, Reuben Donkor, Amy Downey, Kimberly Maxey, Connie Melson, Amanda Owens, Richard Post, Julia Terry and Patrick Thompson.
▪ Ten public high schools have been invited to participate in the newest cohort of AdvanceKentucky, which supports schools in implementing the National Math and Science Initiative College Readiness Program under a partnership between the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. These schools were recognized at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting.
The 10 high schools are Barbourville Independent, Breathitt County, Burgin Independent, East Ridge (Pike County), Iroquois (Jefferson County), Knott County Central, Magoffin County, Paducah Tilghman, Sheldon Clark (Martin County) and Taylor County. Among the 5,900 students in these schools, 70 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunches, and 20 percent are minority.