Education notes: Nov. 14


■ After collaborating on an "Election 2012" entry for a KET school video project, students in the ESL program and the Advanced Digital Media class at Bryan Station High School won the statewide prize drawing.

Bryan Station will receive a package of video production software and equipment including a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements 10 editing software, a Smith-Victor tripod, a Canon HF-R20 camcorder, a portable green screen background, a softbox three-light kit, a Shure microphone and cable, and an iPad teleprompter.

The school's six-minute video, DREAMing about the Election, focused on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) and featured students portraying the presidential candidates talking about immigration issues.

"The video was a news program, including an analyst and man-on-the-street interviews done at the recent Latino Festival," added ESL English and reading teacher Audrey Long, who guided the six-week effort.

KET School Video Project: Election 2012 challenged schools to integrate multimedia technology and media studies with social studies curriculum during the important national event. Projects included brief PSAs, explorations of the Electoral College, mock debates and more. KET received 77 videos from 15 Kentucky schools and districts.

■ Eastern Kentucky University placed seventh in the 24-team Great American Mock Trial Invitational Nov. 3-4 in Washington, D.C.

"Invitations to this tournament are highly coveted," said Dr. Sara Zeigler, one of four coaches for the team, "and the conventional wisdom says that a top-ten finish (there) is similar to a top-ten finish at the National Championship."

The EKU team was composed entirely of Kentuckians (several coming from rural communities of less than 5,000).

EKU's Matthew Boggs, a chemistry major and Honors Program student from Whitesburg, was honored as Outstanding Witness. Caleb Taylor, a political science major from Union, was recognized as Outstanding Attorney.

Other members of the Eastern team were Jade Petty, psychology major from Stanton; Damir Siahkoohi, homeland security major and Honors Program member from Irvine; Anthony Sean Potter, political science and anthropology major and Honors Program member from Whitesburg; Joshua Lang, political science major and Honors Program member from Fort Thomas; Keifer Kentrup, philosophy major and Honors Program member from Taylor Mill; Cynthia Chang, biology major from Richmond; and Marcus Segura, political science and deaf studies major from Fort Thomas.

The team is coached by Joshua Leckrone, Lynnette Noblitt, Tom Parker and Zeigler.


■ The 16th District PTA has organized a workshop to help parents understand the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and the state's new assessment and accountability model. Families of students in elementary, middle and high school are welcome at the sessions that will take place at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 19 at Lafayette High School and at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 29 at Tates Creek High School.

■ Asbury Theological Seminary dedicated new student housing on its Wilmore campus on Nov. 13 during its fall meeting of the Board of Trustees. The ceremony marked the completion of two single-student residence halls, Bettie Morrison Hall and Sundo Kim Hall, and officially opens The Ira and Sally Gallaway Village.

The two new residence halls are the first of four at Gallaway Village on East College Street in Wilmore. The state-of-the-art residence halls each feature 11 bedroom suites (bedrooms, dens, kitchen/dining areas and living rooms) clustered around a large community space, two study rooms and a laundry facility. By 2014, 188 men and women will live in four residence halls clustered in Gallaway Village.

Phase I of Kalas Village, a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of 100 new townhomes for married students and their families, opened in January 2011 just north of campus. Phase II is currently underway featuring 50 new townhomes, green spaces and recreational amenities. Seminary officials hope to have Phase II of Kalas Village open by January 2013 and Phase II of Gallaway Village open by 2014. The housing renaissance is the largest construction expansion in Asbury Seminary's history and has coincided with the Pedestrian Mall and Streetscape Improvement Project for the City of Wilmore.