■ Ani Katchova, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Department of Agricultural Economics, recently completed a Fulbright Specialist program in Austria. Her assignment was to teach a graduate-level course in applied econometrics at BOKU, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, for six weeks this summer.
The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term, collaborative two-to-six-week projects at host institutions in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The applied econometrics course that Katchova taught in Austria is similar to the course she teaches at UK. The class includes overview of econometric models and data applications using software programs.
Katchova has developed and led the Software Workshops series, which were taken by over 200 graduate students from 20 departments across UK last year. The applied econometrics course that she teaches at University of Kentucky has attracted graduate students and visitors from more than 10 departments.
To recognize her participation in the Fulbright Specialist Program in Austria, Katchova received the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel, given by the governor and secretary of state to individuals for their services to the state, nation, and the world.
Graduates of The Center for Rural Development's Rogers Scholars, Rogers Explorers, and Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute summer youth leadership programs are invited to the 2012 Youth Programs Reunion on Sept. 29.
This year's reunion will be held on the campus of Georgetown College. Check-in time is 10 a.m.
Lunch will be served and attendees can go to the football game later that afternoon between Georgetown College and Bethel University.
The deadline to register for the 2012 Youth Programs Reunion is Sept. 20. Lunch and tickets to the football game will be provided to graduates attending the reunion.
For more information, contact Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison, at (606) 677-6000, or visit the Rogers Scholars Web site at Rogersscholars.com to complete an online registration form.
The Center, a non-profit organization in Somerset, plans and coordinates three youth leadership programs for middle and high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky each summer as part of its leadership focus area.
■ Crawford Middle School's Constitution Day Program will be 9-10 a.m. Monday in the school's gym. Constitution Day is signed in a proclamation by Gov. Steve Beshear in which all Kentucky schools must select one day to recognize the importance of the document and the day it was signed.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will be the keynote speaker. Miss Kentucky 2012 Jessica Casebolt will perform the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Also in attendance will be Diana Evans School of Dance; Sons of the American Revolution The Lafayette Chapter President Del White, for a flag presentation ceremony; Daughters of the American Revolution The Lexington Chapter Regent Sarah Hamilton will present Preamble/Jr. Citizenship bookmarks to every student in the school; Woodmen of the World organization donation of a 1776 flag and new school flag for the gym.
■ Clays Mill Elementary School will host a Walk-A-Thon on Friday. This event will serve as this year's primary fund-raiser.
This is an opportunity to promote good health and exercise. Parents are encouraged to attend and walk with their children to support their efforts.
For a donation, each child pledges to walk the school track for approximately two miles. During the walk, each child will wear their official Clays Mill PTA sponsored T-shirt with a pattern of circles to represent each section of the walk path. Once a student completes a designated section of the track, a parent volunteer will "mark off" that circle on their shirt to indicate successful completion of that portion.
For more information on the school's Walk-A-Thon, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Several events are planned at Eastern Kentucky University for campus and community members in celebration of Constitution Week.
The week will kick off with "The Electoral College, The Constitution, and the 2012 Election," on Sept. 17, presented by Dr. John Heyrman, associate professor and chairman of political science at Berea College. The program is free and will be held from 6-7 p.m. in the Grand Reading Room of EKU's John Grant Crabbe Library.
The observance will conclude on Sept. 20 in Room 108 of John Grant Crabbe Library, with a 3:30 p.m. panel discussion on "The Civil War and the Constitution: How Each Affected the Other." Panelists Paul Foote, Will Hatcher, Matthew Howell, Jane Rainey and Randall Swain from EKU's Department of Government will discuss the Constitution, the Civil War and their impact on each other.
The annual observance was officially enacted on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower from a congressional resolution petitioned by the Daughters of the American Revolution; George W. Bush officially declared the inception of Constitution Week in September 2002. The purpose of the observance week is to promote study and education about the Constitution, which was originally adopted by the American Congress of the Confederation on Sept. 17, 1787.