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  • Champions of Change- From Military Life to College Life

    Champions of Change- From Military Life to College Life

    Friday, November 10 2017 11:13 AM EST2017-11-10 16:13:49 GMT
    From Military Life to College LifeFrom Military Life to College Life

    By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2017) — Hundreds of Wildcats served in the military before becoming UK students. Here are a few of their stories in honor of Veterans Day this Saturday, Nov. 11. To all those who have served our country to preserve our freedom — thank you.  As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Andrew Hatfield, from Somerset, Kentucky, traveled to 13 different countries on various deployments. "I r...

    By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2017) — Hundreds of Wildcats served in the military before becoming UK students. Here are a few of their stories in honor of Veterans Day this Saturday, Nov. 11. To all those who have served our country to preserve our freedom — thank you.  As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Andrew Hatfield, from Somerset, Kentucky, traveled to 13 different countries on various deployments. "I r...

  • Champions of Change- Transylvania senior studies reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda

    Champions of Change- Transylvania senior studies reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda

    Friday, November 10 2017 11:07 AM EST2017-11-10 16:07:00 GMT
    Riley Bresnahan, Transylvania senior studies reconciliation process in post-genocide RwandaRiley Bresnahan, Transylvania senior studies reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda
    UPDATE: Transylvania senior studies reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda Senior Riley Bresnahan, who received the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, studied the reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda. While there she visited a women’s co-op where Hutus and Tutsis banded together. She observed their ability “to get past the things that made them unalike and see the things that made them incredibly alike.”...
    UPDATE: Transylvania senior studies reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda Senior Riley Bresnahan, who received the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, studied the reconciliation process in post-genocide Rwanda. While there she visited a women’s co-op where Hutus and Tutsis banded together. She observed their ability “to get past the things that made them unalike and see the things that made them incredibly alike.”...
  • Champions of Change- Centre team posts impressive win at law conference

    Champions of Change- Centre team posts impressive win at law conference

    Thursday, November 9 2017 3:16 PM EST2017-11-09 20:16:13 GMT
    Above: (from left) Mykol Hamilton and students Elayna Seago ’17, Bre Olson ’19 and Charlotte Sackett ’17 at Chicago’s Cloud Gate Sculpture, also known as the “Bean.”Above: (from left) Mykol Hamilton and students Elayna Seago ’17, Bre Olson ’19 and Charlotte Sackett ’17 at Chicago’s Cloud Gate Sculpture, also known as the “Bean.”
    By Cindy Long Mykol Hamilton, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Psychology, attended the June conference of the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) in Chicago with her team of student researchers, Bre Olson ’19, Elayna Seago ’17 and Charlotte Sackett ’17. They presented their work in the research competition, where they took second place. The result was particularly impressive given that all of their competitors were presenting masters...
    By Cindy Long Mykol Hamilton, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Psychology, attended the June conference of the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) in Chicago with her team of student researchers, Bre Olson ’19, Elayna Seago ’17 and Charlotte Sackett ’17. They presented their work in the research competition, where they took second place. The result was particularly impressive given that all of their competitors were presenting masters...
  • Champions of Change- Jessica Blackburn ’01 receives prestigious $1.5 million grant award

    Champions of Change- Jessica Blackburn ’01 receives prestigious $1.5 million grant award

    Thursday, November 9 2017 3:04 PM EST2017-11-09 20:04:19 GMT
    Jessica Blackburn receives 1.5 million grant awardJessica Blackburn receives 1.5 million grant award
    By Kerry Steinhofer Jessica Blackburn ’01, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky, has earned a prestigious National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) New Innovator Award. The $1.5 million grant will be spent over five years to fund pediatric cancer research. Blackburn explained that the purpose of the NIH grant is to support risky, innovative projects, that, if successful, could have a major impact on hum...
    By Kerry Steinhofer Jessica Blackburn ’01, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky, has earned a prestigious National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) New Innovator Award. The $1.5 million grant will be spent over five years to fund pediatric cancer research. Blackburn explained that the purpose of the NIH grant is to support risky, innovative projects, that, if successful, could have a major impact on hum...
  • Champions of Change- DramaCentre presents “Cloud 9,” Nov. 9-12

    Champions of Change- DramaCentre presents “Cloud 9,” Nov. 9-12

    Thursday, November 9 2017 2:54 PM EST2017-11-09 19:54:58 GMT
    Pictured above: Darcey Lees and Joseph LongPictured above: Darcey Lees and Joseph Long
    By Kathleen Murphy This weekend, DramaCentre will bring to the Norton Center for the Arts’ Weisiger Theatre stage Caryl Churchill’s “Cloud 9,” a parody that shifts through time to explore the strict attitudes toward sex during the Victorian era. The performance will feature Brennen Amonett ‘19, Rachel Kent ‘18, Darcey Lees, Joseph Long, Grant Markwell ’18, Tommy McFarland ‘19 and Katherine Moeykens ‘19. Both Long and Lees ar...
    By Kathleen Murphy This weekend, DramaCentre will bring to the Norton Center for the Arts’ Weisiger Theatre stage Caryl Churchill’s “Cloud 9,” a parody that shifts through time to explore the strict attitudes toward sex during the Victorian era. The performance will feature Brennen Amonett ‘19, Rachel Kent ‘18, Darcey Lees, Joseph Long, Grant Markwell ’18, Tommy McFarland ‘19 and Katherine Moeykens ‘19. Both Long and Lees ar...
  • Champions of Change- Military 'Mission' at Kroger Field Builds Community During Lexington's Week of Valor

    Champions of Change- Military 'Mission' at Kroger Field Builds Community During Lexington's Week of Valor

    Thursday, November 9 2017 2:39 PM EST2017-11-09 19:39:29 GMT
    An OPERATION WILDCAT team completes a task as part of the "mission." to save a downed pilot from enemy territory. Photo credit: Hope NelsonAn OPERATION WILDCAT team completes a task as part of the "mission." to save a downed pilot from enemy territory. Photo credit: Hope Nelson
    By Laura Wright LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2017) — The stereotype that military veterans are war-haunted, depressed or even violent belies the quieter reality that millions of veterans thrive in civilian life. "Veterans are generally dependable, committed, self-sufficient and able to perform successfully under stressful conditions. Sometimes it just takes a little community-building to dispel the preconceived notions," said Maj. Troy Kenning, Operations Officer, De...
    By Laura Wright LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2017) — The stereotype that military veterans are war-haunted, depressed or even violent belies the quieter reality that millions of veterans thrive in civilian life. "Veterans are generally dependable, committed, self-sufficient and able to perform successfully under stressful conditions. Sometimes it just takes a little community-building to dispel the preconceived notions," said Maj. Troy Kenning, Operations Officer, De...
  • Champions of Change- Tipoff Countdown to Basketball Opera World Premiere in Kentucky Has Begun

    Champions of Change- Tipoff Countdown to Basketball Opera World Premiere in Kentucky Has Begun

    Thursday, November 9 2017 11:44 AM EST2017-11-09 16:44:57 GMT
    As cast and crew prepared for this weekend's premiere of "Bounce," they have visited several local schools. Photo courtesy of Ardea Arts.As cast and crew prepared for this weekend's premiere of "Bounce," they have visited several local schools. Photo courtesy of Ardea Arts.
    By Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2017) — The countdown to tipoff of a new opera exploring the highs and lows of the life of a basketball star has begun. University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and Ardea Arts, New York City, will bring the world premiere of “Bounce: The Basketball Opera” to the Bluegrass for three performances running Nov. 10-12, at Calvary Baptist Church. Performed on an actual basketball court, “Bounce” is grounded in contempo...
    By Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 7, 2017) — The countdown to tipoff of a new opera exploring the highs and lows of the life of a basketball star has begun. University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and Ardea Arts, New York City, will bring the world premiere of “Bounce: The Basketball Opera” to the Bluegrass for three performances running Nov. 10-12, at Calvary Baptist Church. Performed on an actual basketball court, “Bounce” is grounded in contempo...
  • Champions of Change- UK Students Explore Opportunities at National Public Health Conference

    Champions of Change- UK Students Explore Opportunities at National Public Health Conference

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 4:23 PM EST2017-11-08 21:23:39 GMT
    (Left to right) Allison Merritt, Olivia Ramirez, Madison Shore, Kyra Patel, Jacqueline Seals, Maria Politis and Honour McDaniel.(Left to right) Allison Merritt, Olivia Ramirez, Madison Shore, Kyra Patel, Jacqueline Seals, Maria Politis and Honour McDaniel.
    By Olivia Ramirez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2017) – Students, faculty and staff from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health (UKCPH) explored opportunities, networked and presented research at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in Atlanta from Nov. 4 to 8. Students attended the meeting to present research, learn about graduate and doctoral programs, explore career opportunities, hear from experts in their areas of interest and share the...
    By Olivia Ramirez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2017) – Students, faculty and staff from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health (UKCPH) explored opportunities, networked and presented research at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in Atlanta from Nov. 4 to 8. Students attended the meeting to present research, learn about graduate and doctoral programs, explore career opportunities, hear from experts in their areas of interest and share the...
  • Champions of Change- UK Agricultural Education Student Elected to FFA National Office

    Champions of Change- UK Agricultural Education Student Elected to FFA National Office

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 4:15 PM EST2017-11-08 21:15:27 GMT
    Gracie Furnish. Photo courtesy of UK Community and Leadership DevelopmentGracie Furnish. Photo courtesy of UK Community and Leadership Development
    By Carol Lea Spence LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2017) —  Gracie Furnish, a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment sophomore, was elected FFA (Future Farmers of America) Eastern Region vice president at the organization’s recent national conference in Indianapolis. The Harrison County native, who is majoring in agricultural education with a minor in agricultural economics, will take a year off from her studies to f...
    By Carol Lea Spence LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2017) —  Gracie Furnish, a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment sophomore, was elected FFA (Future Farmers of America) Eastern Region vice president at the organization’s recent national conference in Indianapolis. The Harrison County native, who is majoring in agricultural education with a minor in agricultural economics, will take a year off from her studies to f...
  • Champions of Change- U.S. Army Veteran Studies Public Health to Help Fellow Service Men and Women

    Champions of Change- U.S. Army Veteran Studies Public Health to Help Fellow Service Men and Women

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 4:06 PM EST2017-11-08 21:06:32 GMT
    Ahmad Alexander and two fellow service membersAhmad Alexander and two fellow service members
    By Olivia Ramirez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2017) – What inspired Ahmad Alexander to study public health? The knowledge that more experience in the field would enable him to help other military members. But, public health isn't his introduction to health and wellness. He has a degree in communicative disorders and a clinical doctorate in audiology. During his time as an officer in the United States Army, he worked in Public Health Command, formerly known as the Center for Heal...
    By Olivia Ramirez LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2017) – What inspired Ahmad Alexander to study public health? The knowledge that more experience in the field would enable him to help other military members. But, public health isn't his introduction to health and wellness. He has a degree in communicative disorders and a clinical doctorate in audiology. During his time as an officer in the United States Army, he worked in Public Health Command, formerly known as the Center for Heal...
  • Champions of Change- Chinese Studies Students Learn the Practicalities of a New Culture

    Champions of Change- Chinese Studies Students Learn the Practicalities of a New Culture

    Tuesday, November 7 2017 5:17 PM EST2017-11-07 22:17:54 GMT
    Wei Jiang's Chinese 101 class at Kennedy Book StoreWei Jiang's Chinese 101 class at Kennedy Book Store
    By Nate Harling LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2017) ? The classroom can be a dismal place on a rainy Tuesday morning. For some students, hitting the snooze button may sound more appealing than walking across campus in the rain at 9 a.m. to attend class in the same place they do most of the week. Knowing this, Wei Jiang, a senior lecturer of Chinese studies at the University of Kentucky, decided to mix things up on a Tuesday this fall, opting to have her Chinese 101 class convene in Kennedy...
    By Nate Harling LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2017) ? The classroom can be a dismal place on a rainy Tuesday morning. For some students, hitting the snooze button may sound more appealing than walking across campus in the rain at 9 a.m. to attend class in the same place they do most of the week. Knowing this, Wei Jiang, a senior lecturer of Chinese studies at the University of Kentucky, decided to mix things up on a Tuesday this fall, opting to have her Chinese 101 class convene in Kennedy...
  • Champions of Change- Students Organize Thanksgivin' Fixin' Food Drive

    Champions of Change- Students Organize Thanksgivin' Fixin' Food Drive

    Thursday, November 2 2017 5:05 PM EDT2017-11-02 21:05:47 GMT
    Students Organize Thanksgivin' Fixin' Food DriveStudents Organize Thanksgivin' Fixin' Food Drive
    By Jill Smith LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2017) — The University of Kentucky's STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) and TEAM WILDCAT, in cooperation with God’s Pantry, are teaming up for a Thanksgiving food drive. The groups need the UK and Lexington communities' help in putting together and donating food boxes. The students are helping provide a meal for those less fortunate in the Lexington community by preparing a Thanksgivin’ Fixin’ box, w...
    By Jill Smith LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2017) — The University of Kentucky's STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) and TEAM WILDCAT, in cooperation with God’s Pantry, are teaming up for a Thanksgiving food drive. The groups need the UK and Lexington communities' help in putting together and donating food boxes. The students are helping provide a meal for those less fortunate in the Lexington community by preparing a Thanksgivin’ Fixin’ box, w...
  • Champions of Change- Ben Beam Earning His Stripes With Help of UK Distillation Program

    Champions of Change- Ben Beam Earning His Stripes With Help of UK Distillation Program

    Thursday, November 2 2017 2:03 PM EDT2017-11-02 18:03:53 GMT
    Chemistry Professor Bert Lynn, Horticulture Professor Seth DeBolt and student Ben Beam at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville. Photo by: Carol Lea Spence, UK Ag CommunicationsChemistry Professor Bert Lynn, Horticulture Professor Seth DeBolt and student Ben Beam at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville. Photo by: Carol Lea Spence, UK Ag Communications

    By Carol Lea Spence and Jeff Franklin LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2017) — Ben Beam is a busy guy. Between shifts as a distillery operator at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, he puts in a lot of what he calls “windshield hours” traveling back and forth to Lexington, where he is completing the University of Kentucky’s Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies certificate program. Yes, he’s one of those Beams. Beam, who said he’s always had an int...

    By Carol Lea Spence and Jeff Franklin LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2017) — Ben Beam is a busy guy. Between shifts as a distillery operator at Michter’s Distillery in Louisville, he puts in a lot of what he calls “windshield hours” traveling back and forth to Lexington, where he is completing the University of Kentucky’s Distillation, Wine and Brewing Studies certificate program. Yes, he’s one of those Beams. Beam, who said he’s always had an int...

  • Making A Difference: Man Makes Virtual Reality Games To Help Pediatric Cancer Patients

    Making A Difference: Man Makes Virtual Reality Games To Help Pediatric Cancer Patients

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 9:52 AM EDT2017-11-01 13:52:50 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A pediatric cancer patient's reality is harsh, but one man is on a mission to change that using virtual reality. "We can create a game that's really simple. Short spurts of entertainment, that will really block out their hospital environment," said Nathan Stevens with the UK College of Communications. Stevens is calling the game, 'Arcadian Dream'. He's in the process of raising money to launch this project here in Kentucky before offering it free of...

    LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A pediatric cancer patient's reality is harsh, but one man is on a mission to change that using virtual reality. "We can create a game that's really simple. Short spurts of entertainment, that will really block out their hospital environment," said Nathan Stevens with the UK College of Communications. Stevens is calling the game, 'Arcadian Dream'. He's in the process of raising money to launch this project here in Kentucky before offering it free of...

  • Champions of Change- Wesley Murray ’19 lands two research opportunities with Princeton University

    Champions of Change- Wesley Murray ’19 lands two research opportunities with Princeton University

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-10-31 19:54:25 GMT
    Murray lands two research opportunities with PrincetonMurray lands two research opportunities with Princeton
    By Kerry Steinhofer It’s not every day that a first-year college student finds him-or herself at Princeton University for a research opportunity, but for Wesley Murray ’19, can make this claim. For the past two summers, Murray, a computer science and physics major, has worked on two research projects with Princeton, spending one summer on campus and another in the Czech Republic. “At Princeton, my project was to build a complex ecological system for studying c...
    By Kerry Steinhofer It’s not every day that a first-year college student finds him-or herself at Princeton University for a research opportunity, but for Wesley Murray ’19, can make this claim. For the past two summers, Murray, a computer science and physics major, has worked on two research projects with Princeton, spending one summer on campus and another in the Czech Republic. “At Princeton, my project was to build a complex ecological system for studying c...
  • Champions of Change- Murray State University alumna Jessica Johnston cast on Emmy-award winning series ‘Survivor’

    Champions of Change- Murray State University alumna Jessica Johnston cast on Emmy-award winning series ‘Survivor’

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 3:15 PM EDT2017-10-31 19:15:31 GMT
    Murray State alumna and legacy, Jessica Johnston, has been heating up the competition on the 35th season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning series, “Survivor.” (Photo courtesy of CBS)Murray State alumna and legacy, Jessica Johnston, has been heating up the competition on the 35th season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning series, “Survivor.” (Photo courtesy of CBS)
    From Murray State University Murray State University alumna and legacy Jessica Johnston has been heating up the competition on the 35th season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning series, “Survivor.” A Missouri native but self-proclaimed “Kentuckian,” Johnston followed in her parents’ footsteps and attended Murray State University, graduating in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. After graduation, Johnston moved to Louisville to earn he...
    From Murray State University Murray State University alumna and legacy Jessica Johnston has been heating up the competition on the 35th season of CBS’s Emmy-award winning series, “Survivor.” A Missouri native but self-proclaimed “Kentuckian,” Johnston followed in her parents’ footsteps and attended Murray State University, graduating in 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in nursing. After graduation, Johnston moved to Louisville to earn he...
  • Champions of Change- Girls Are Invited to Discover the Fun Behind STEM at GEMS

    Champions of Change- Girls Are Invited to Discover the Fun Behind STEM at GEMS

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 2:51 PM EDT2017-10-31 18:51:52 GMT
    The day is full of hands-on workshops, most facilitated by women mentors.The day is full of hands-on workshops, most facilitated by women mentors.
    By Whitney Harder LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2017) — Girls from across Kentucky can explore their interests in science and meet women in STEM careers at GEMS — Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science — on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the University of Kentucky. “GEMS is an unique opportunity to introduce and empower girls to become more interested in STEM-related fields through interactive learning experiences,” said GEMS organizers Vicki C...
    By Whitney Harder LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2017) — Girls from across Kentucky can explore their interests in science and meet women in STEM careers at GEMS — Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science — on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the University of Kentucky. “GEMS is an unique opportunity to introduce and empower girls to become more interested in STEM-related fields through interactive learning experiences,” said GEMS organizers Vicki C...
  • Champions of Change- Asbury (Ky.) claims RSC Women’s Golf Fall Preview Tournament championship

    Champions of Change- Asbury (Ky.) claims RSC Women’s Golf Fall Preview Tournament championship

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-10-31 18:26:57 GMT
    Asbury (Ky.) claims RSC Women’s Golf Fall Preview Tournament championshipAsbury (Ky.) claims RSC Women’s Golf Fall Preview Tournament championship
    UNION, Ky. -- Asbury (Ky.) University claimed the team title at the River States Conference Women's Golf Fall Preview Tournament held Monday-Tuesday at Lassing Pointe Golf Course in Union, Ky. The Eagles won the 54-hole tournament with two strong rounds to finish.  Asbury was in third place after 18 holes and then turned in the best team score of the tournament with a 323 in round two to go into the lead. The Eagles followed that up another solid round of 333 over the final...
    UNION, Ky. -- Asbury (Ky.) University claimed the team title at the River States Conference Women's Golf Fall Preview Tournament held Monday-Tuesday at Lassing Pointe Golf Course in Union, Ky. The Eagles won the 54-hole tournament with two strong rounds to finish.  Asbury was in third place after 18 holes and then turned in the best team score of the tournament with a 323 in round two to go into the lead. The Eagles followed that up another solid round of 333 over the final...
  • Champions of Change- Abigail Kent ’19 experiences disaster relief in Houston after Hurricane Harvey

    Champions of Change- Abigail Kent ’19 experiences disaster relief in Houston after Hurricane Harvey

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 2:11 PM EDT2017-10-31 18:11:40 GMT
    Kent experiences disaster relief in HoustonKent experiences disaster relief in Houston
    By Kerry Steinhofer “Houston is a very widespread area, and almost every neighborhood we visited had piles of the remains of gutted houses on the lawn,” Abigail Kent ’19 said as she described the remains of Houston after Hurricane Harvey. “Many people told us stories of wading through waist-deep water, which the sewage system broke into, with their children in their arms and returning days later to homes littered with their belongings that had been floating n...
    By Kerry Steinhofer “Houston is a very widespread area, and almost every neighborhood we visited had piles of the remains of gutted houses on the lawn,” Abigail Kent ’19 said as she described the remains of Houston after Hurricane Harvey. “Many people told us stories of wading through waist-deep water, which the sewage system broke into, with their children in their arms and returning days later to homes littered with their belongings that had been floating n...
  • Champions of Change- Julia Matthews ’19 and Sarah Holloway ’18 experience field research in Uganda

    Champions of Change- Julia Matthews ’19 and Sarah Holloway ’18 experience field research in Uganda

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 1:54 PM EDT2017-10-31 17:54:54 GMT
    Matthews and Holloway experience field research in UgandaMatthews and Holloway experience field research in Uganda
    By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College students have the opportunity to conduct collaborative research with faculty members during the school year or over the summer. Julia Matthews ’19 and Sarah Holloway ’18, spent three weeks of their summer in Uganda with Assistant Professor of History Jonathon Earle researching the Uganda Railway. The purpose of the trip was to gather information for a new book project Earle will be working on in the future about the history of the ...
    By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College students have the opportunity to conduct collaborative research with faculty members during the school year or over the summer. Julia Matthews ’19 and Sarah Holloway ’18, spent three weeks of their summer in Uganda with Assistant Professor of History Jonathon Earle researching the Uganda Railway. The purpose of the trip was to gather information for a new book project Earle will be working on in the future about the history of the ...
  • Champions of Change- Centre Chemistry Alums Rediscover Van Gogh in the Pink

    Champions of Change- Centre Chemistry Alums Rediscover Van Gogh in the Pink

    Tuesday, October 31 2017 1:32 PM EDT2017-10-31 17:32:36 GMT
    Centre Chemistry Alums Rediscover Van Gogh in the PinkCentre Chemistry Alums Rediscover Van Gogh in the Pink
    By Laura Boswell Don’t tell Greg Smith ’95 that art and science don’t mix, especially in his Conservation Science Laboratory at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where he is the director and Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist. “Science and art have always shared a rich interface,” he says. “The restoration and safeguarding of our collections is just as much a question of chemistry as it is of art history or aesthetics.” J...
    By Laura Boswell Don’t tell Greg Smith ’95 that art and science don’t mix, especially in his Conservation Science Laboratory at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where he is the director and Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist. “Science and art have always shared a rich interface,” he says. “The restoration and safeguarding of our collections is just as much a question of chemistry as it is of art history or aesthetics.” J...
  • Champions of Change- SGA President to represent AIKCU students on Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky

    Champions of Change- SGA President to represent AIKCU students on Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky

    Monday, October 30 2017 4:39 PM EDT2017-10-30 20:39:55 GMT
    SGA President represents AIKCU studentsSGA President represents AIKCU students
    By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College’s Student Government Association President Kirby Fitzpatrick ’18 has been appointed by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) to represent nonprofit, private colleges and universities on the Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky. Since its establishment in 2013, the board has been composed of student body presidents from Kentucky’s eight public college’s, two from the Kentucky Commun...
    By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College’s Student Government Association President Kirby Fitzpatrick ’18 has been appointed by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) to represent nonprofit, private colleges and universities on the Board of Student Body Presidents of Kentucky. Since its establishment in 2013, the board has been composed of student body presidents from Kentucky’s eight public college’s, two from the Kentucky Commun...
  • Champions of Change- Centre students leave lasting impact on local cemetery

    Champions of Change- Centre students leave lasting impact on local cemetery

    Monday, October 30 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-10-30 20:03:15 GMT
    Centre students leave lasting impact on local cemeteryCentre students leave lasting impact on local cemetery
    By Kerry Steinhofer Briars, wild roses, weeds, dead and downed trees—in short, an impassable jungle—were the words Central Kentucky African-American Cemetery Association (CKAACA) member and cemetery volunteer Michael Denis used to described the condition of the Shelby City African-American Cemetery prior to the work that began in 2013 to restore the site. Centre College has played an instrumental role in helping bring the cemetery back to life. Since the fall of 2014, se...
    By Kerry Steinhofer Briars, wild roses, weeds, dead and downed trees—in short, an impassable jungle—were the words Central Kentucky African-American Cemetery Association (CKAACA) member and cemetery volunteer Michael Denis used to described the condition of the Shelby City African-American Cemetery prior to the work that began in 2013 to restore the site. Centre College has played an instrumental role in helping bring the cemetery back to life. Since the fall of 2014, se...
  • Champions of Change- Benjamin Gowen ’09 publishes article in Nature science journal

    Champions of Change- Benjamin Gowen ’09 publishes article in Nature science journal

    Monday, October 30 2017 3:14 PM EDT2017-10-30 19:14:01 GMT
    Benjamin Gowen '09 published article in Nature science journalBenjamin Gowen '09 published article in Nature science journal
    By Kerry Steinhofer “I came to Centre College knowing I wanted to study biochemistry, but I didn’t know what I would do with that after Centre,” alumnus Benjamin Gowen ’09 said. “When I started working with John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry Jeff Fieberg, I was almost immediately hooked on ‘doing’ science, not just learning about it. “The research experience at Centre helped me to get two summer research internships off campus and h...
    By Kerry Steinhofer “I came to Centre College knowing I wanted to study biochemistry, but I didn’t know what I would do with that after Centre,” alumnus Benjamin Gowen ’09 said. “When I started working with John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry Jeff Fieberg, I was almost immediately hooked on ‘doing’ science, not just learning about it. “The research experience at Centre helped me to get two summer research internships off campus and h...
  • Champions of Change- Isabelle Ballard ’16 paints Centre’s study abroad experience

    Champions of Change- Isabelle Ballard ’16 paints Centre’s study abroad experience

    Monday, October 30 2017 2:54 PM EDT2017-10-30 18:54:37 GMT
    Original sketch of the muralOriginal sketch of the mural
    By Kerry Steinhofer From studio art major to commissioned painter, Isabelle Ballard ’16 is using her artistic skills to illustrate the Centre College study abroad experience in a mural that will be displayed in the College’s Center for Global Citizenship. Director of the Center for Global Citizenship Kyle Anderson came up with the idea to commission a mural. Assistant Director of the Center for Global Citizenship Leigh Cocanougher, who is familiar with Ballard’s wo...
    By Kerry Steinhofer From studio art major to commissioned painter, Isabelle Ballard ’16 is using her artistic skills to illustrate the Centre College study abroad experience in a mural that will be displayed in the College’s Center for Global Citizenship. Director of the Center for Global Citizenship Kyle Anderson came up with the idea to commission a mural. Assistant Director of the Center for Global Citizenship Leigh Cocanougher, who is familiar with Ballard’s wo...
  • Champions of Change- Asbury students learn to make sitcoms from ‘Golden Girls’ director

    Champions of Change- Asbury students learn to make sitcoms from ‘Golden Girls’ director

    Monday, October 30 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-10-30 18:26:09 GMT
    Director Doug Smart sits during a rehearsal of "Friends Like You."Director Doug Smart sits during a rehearsal of "Friends Like You."
    By Greg Kocher Wilmore Asbury University is 2,200 miles from Hollywood, but students in its sitcom production class are assembling a 30-minute television show just as it’s done in California. Asbury students are rehearsing for the latest edition of “Friends Like You,” a comedy that will be recorded before a live audience on the Wilmore campus and then broadcast later on a Louisville cable channel. (Three October performances before live audiences have sold out.)...
    By Greg Kocher Wilmore Asbury University is 2,200 miles from Hollywood, but students in its sitcom production class are assembling a 30-minute television show just as it’s done in California. Asbury students are rehearsing for the latest edition of “Friends Like You,” a comedy that will be recorded before a live audience on the Wilmore campus and then broadcast later on a Louisville cable channel. (Three October performances before live audiences have sold out.)...
  • Champions of Change- UK's Kyra Hunting Selected as Television Academy Foundation Fellow

    Champions of Change- UK's Kyra Hunting Selected as Television Academy Foundation Fellow

    Monday, October 30 2017 1:54 PM EDT2017-10-30 17:54:18 GMT
    Kyra Hunting Selected as Television Academy Foundation FellowKyra Hunting Selected as Television Academy Foundation Fellow
    By Whitney Harder LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Kyra Hunting, assistant professor of media arts and studies at the University of Kentucky, has been selected to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s 2017 Faculty Seminar Program. Members of the Television Academy selected just 25 professors from colleges and universities nationwide for the annual program.  The faculty fellows will gain the latest information on the television and content development...
    By Whitney Harder LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Kyra Hunting, assistant professor of media arts and studies at the University of Kentucky, has been selected to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s 2017 Faculty Seminar Program. Members of the Television Academy selected just 25 professors from colleges and universities nationwide for the annual program.  The faculty fellows will gain the latest information on the television and content development...
  • Champions of Change- UK Postdoc Honored by Rape Crisis Center for Advocacy Work

    Champions of Change- UK Postdoc Honored by Rape Crisis Center for Advocacy Work

    Friday, October 27 2017 4:57 PM EDT2017-10-27 20:57:22 GMT
    Emily Bonistall Postel, right, joined students from her Spring 2017 sociology class as Attorney General Andy Beshear presents the video contest winning check April 28, 2017.Emily Bonistall Postel, right, joined students from her Spring 2017 sociology class as Attorney General Andy Beshear presents the video contest winning check April 28, 2017.
    By Kathy Johnson LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2017) —  University of Kentucky postdoctoral fellow Emily Bonistall Postel will be recognized by the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC) as an Advocate for Change during the organization's Halloween Soiree fundraising event tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21. Postel is being honored for inspiring her UK sociology class to participate in the Kentucky Attorney General's Voices of Justice video contest during the spring 2017 semester.&nb...
    By Kathy Johnson LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2017) —  University of Kentucky postdoctoral fellow Emily Bonistall Postel will be recognized by the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC) as an Advocate for Change during the organization's Halloween Soiree fundraising event tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 21. Postel is being honored for inspiring her UK sociology class to participate in the Kentucky Attorney General's Voices of Justice video contest during the spring 2017 semester.&nb...
  • Champions of Change-Blind Equestrian Forms Lifelong Partnership with UK HealthCare to Meet the Challenges of Rare Eye Disease

    Champions of Change-Blind Equestrian Forms Lifelong Partnership with UK HealthCare to Meet the Challenges of Rare Eye Disease

    Friday, October 27 2017 4:37 PM EDT2017-10-27 20:37:32 GMT
    Alexis Johnson and her horse Joey jump in competitionAlexis Johnson and her horse Joey jump in competition
    By Ann Blackford LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2017) –  When Alexis Johnson, a 22-year-old avid equestrian and resident of Versailles, Ky., prepares to jump with her horse Joey in competition, she is keenly focused on what lies before her. There are no distractions, no nervousness or fear. Everything around her is in shades of gray and the only sound she hears is the rhythmic pace of Joey’s hooves as he begins to canter.  About 20 feet away, the outline of the fen...
    By Ann Blackford LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 4, 2017) –  When Alexis Johnson, a 22-year-old avid equestrian and resident of Versailles, Ky., prepares to jump with her horse Joey in competition, she is keenly focused on what lies before her. There are no distractions, no nervousness or fear. Everything around her is in shades of gray and the only sound she hears is the rhythmic pace of Joey’s hooves as he begins to canter.  About 20 feet away, the outline of the fen...
  • Champions of Change-4-H Leadership Program Introduces Teens to Their Community

    Champions of Change-4-H Leadership Program Introduces Teens to Their Community

    Friday, October 27 2017 4:25 PM EDT2017-10-27 20:25:57 GMT
    A selfie with an alpaca during Teen Leadership Washington County's Agriculture Day. Photo by Roberta HuntA selfie with an alpaca during Teen Leadership Washington County's Agriculture Day. Photo by Roberta Hunt
    By Carol Lea Spence SPRINGFIELD, Ky., (Oct. 9, 2017) — Granted, it wasn’t a perfect day to visit a dairy farm. A constant hard drizzle managed to stir up a sloppy mess of mud. Not one of the 21 teenagers complained, because hugging and bottle-feeding two-day-old calves trumps mud any day. Moving on to the next stop of the day, they fed hunks of carrots to big-eyed alpacas at Serano Alpaca Farm and ended the morning’s tour at the home of local folk artist Norma Je...
    By Carol Lea Spence SPRINGFIELD, Ky., (Oct. 9, 2017) — Granted, it wasn’t a perfect day to visit a dairy farm. A constant hard drizzle managed to stir up a sloppy mess of mud. Not one of the 21 teenagers complained, because hugging and bottle-feeding two-day-old calves trumps mud any day. Moving on to the next stop of the day, they fed hunks of carrots to big-eyed alpacas at Serano Alpaca Farm and ended the morning’s tour at the home of local folk artist Norma Je...
  • Champions of Change-Sanders-Brown Awarded Grant to Study Alzheimer's Prevention Drug

    Champions of Change-Sanders-Brown Awarded Grant to Study Alzheimer's Prevention Drug

    Friday, October 27 2017 4:05 PM EDT2017-10-27 20:05:47 GMT
    Sanders-Brown Center on Aging's Ai-Ling Lin, PhD, has received a grant to study a drug that hopes to prevent Alzheimer'sSanders-Brown Center on Aging's Ai-Ling Lin, PhD, has received a grant to study a drug that hopes to prevent Alzheimer's
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2017) — The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five year, $2.88 million grant to a Sanders-Brown Center on Aging researcher to study a drug's potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have known for decades that the hallmark plaques and tangles in the brain associated with Alzheimer's develop long before people experience memory loss. Ai-Ling Lin, an assistant professor at Sanders-Brown, hopes to demonstrate that low d...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2017) — The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five year, $2.88 million grant to a Sanders-Brown Center on Aging researcher to study a drug's potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have known for decades that the hallmark plaques and tangles in the brain associated with Alzheimer's develop long before people experience memory loss. Ai-Ling Lin, an assistant professor at Sanders-Brown, hopes to demonstrate that low d...
  • Champions of Change-UK Design LED Installation Transforms Bus Station to Play Station

    Champions of Change-UK Design LED Installation Transforms Bus Station to Play Station

    Friday, October 27 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-10-27 19:43:35 GMT
    Students create LED installation for Lextran and LEXPARK.Photo: UK Research CommunicationsStudents create LED installation for Lextran and LEXPARK.Photo: UK Research Communications

    By Whitney Hale and Alicia Gregory LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2017) — Play is important to childhood development, exercising a child’s imagination, cognitive skills and physical strength. A new space in downtown Lexington recognizes this need and has turned a less obvious venue into a play area for kids passing through the facility. Beginning this summer the downtown Lexington Transit Center has added several new interactive kid-friendly designs thanks to fundin...

    By Whitney Hale and Alicia Gregory LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2017) — Play is important to childhood development, exercising a child’s imagination, cognitive skills and physical strength. A new space in downtown Lexington recognizes this need and has turned a less obvious venue into a play area for kids passing through the facility. Beginning this summer the downtown Lexington Transit Center has added several new interactive kid-friendly designs thanks to fundin...

  • Champions of Change - Lexington Shriners patient to play in with top PGA TOUR professionals

    Champions of Change - Lexington Shriners patient to play in with top PGA TOUR professionals

    Friday, October 27 2017 3:06 PM EDT2017-10-27 19:06:28 GMT
    Jake Damron to play in with top PGA TOUR professionalsJake Damron to play in with top PGA TOUR professionals
    LEXINGTON, Kentucky (October 25, 2017) -- Jake Damron, 16, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center—Lexington from Ashland, Kentucky will have the experience of a lifetime in November when he represents the hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas this November. Jake was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the hospital network at the tournament, where he will serve as...
    LEXINGTON, Kentucky (October 25, 2017) -- Jake Damron, 16, a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center—Lexington from Ashland, Kentucky will have the experience of a lifetime in November when he represents the hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas this November. Jake was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the hospital network at the tournament, where he will serve as...
  • Champions of Change - Courtney Love Named to 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

    Champions of Change - Courtney Love Named to 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

    Friday, October 27 2017 2:51 PM EDT2017-10-27 18:51:22 GMT
    UK’s Courtney Love with children in Ethiopia. Photo by UK AthleticsUK’s Courtney Love with children in Ethiopia. Photo by UK Athletics

    By Susan Lax LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2017) — University of Kentucky football linebacker Courtney Love has been named to the 2017 Allstate Good Works Team selected by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association, it was announced Thursday. Love is one of 22 college football players overall and one of just 11 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the prestigious team. This award shines a spotlight on the incredible stories of selfle...

    By Susan Lax LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2017) — University of Kentucky football linebacker Courtney Love has been named to the 2017 Allstate Good Works Team selected by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association, it was announced Thursday. Love is one of 22 college football players overall and one of just 11 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the prestigious team. This award shines a spotlight on the incredible stories of selfle...

  • Champions of Change-Trivia Night Raises Record Amount for UK Law Legal Clinic

    Champions of Change-Trivia Night Raises Record Amount for UK Law Legal Clinic

    Friday, October 27 2017 11:27 AM EDT2017-10-27 15:27:21 GMT
    Approximately 200 members of the UK Law community came out to trivia to raise funds for the Legal ClinicApproximately 200 members of the UK Law community came out to trivia to raise funds for the Legal Clinic
    By Ashley Ritchie LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2017) — Thirty teams battled it out at HopCat last month for the University of Kentucky College of Law’s third annual Trivia Night. A record $1,540 was raised by students, faculty and staff to benefit the UK Law Legal Clinic. Approximately 200 members of the UK Law community came out to answer questions in categories that included horse racing, Kentucky sports and bourbon. The money raised will go toward purchasing Thanks...
    By Ashley Ritchie LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2017) — Thirty teams battled it out at HopCat last month for the University of Kentucky College of Law’s third annual Trivia Night. A record $1,540 was raised by students, faculty and staff to benefit the UK Law Legal Clinic. Approximately 200 members of the UK Law community came out to answer questions in categories that included horse racing, Kentucky sports and bourbon. The money raised will go toward purchasing Thanks...
  • Champions of Change-Dental Students Help Survivors 'Strut Their Smiles' During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Champions of Change-Dental Students Help Survivors 'Strut Their Smiles' During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Thursday, October 26 2017 5:03 PM EDT2017-10-26 21:03:06 GMT
    A girl in a gold dress walks down a runwayA girl in a gold dress walks down a runway
    By Loretta Stafford LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2017) — Actress Connie Stevens once said, "Nothing you wear is more important than your smile." Unfortunately, domestic and intimate partner violence have robbed many of their best accessory, often leaving them financially unable to replace them. In order to help restore beautiful, healthy smiles to the faces of women and children who have experienced violence, members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) at...
    By Loretta Stafford LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2017) — Actress Connie Stevens once said, "Nothing you wear is more important than your smile." Unfortunately, domestic and intimate partner violence have robbed many of their best accessory, often leaving them financially unable to replace them. In order to help restore beautiful, healthy smiles to the faces of women and children who have experienced violence, members of the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) at...
  • Champions for Change-Six Students Selected for UK's Inaugural Management Leadership for Tomorrow Cohort

    Champions for Change-Six Students Selected for UK's Inaugural Management Leadership for Tomorrow Cohort

    Thursday, October 26 2017 2:33 PM EDT2017-10-26 18:33:09 GMT
    Mohanad Abdallah, member of UK's Management Leadership for Tomorrow cohortMohanad Abdallah, member of UK's Management Leadership for Tomorrow cohort
    By Blair Hoover Conner LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2017) — Six University of Kentucky students were admitted to the Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep program. The students make up the first ever MLT cohort of University of Kentucky students. MLT is a nonprofit organization that is changing the face of leadership in the private and social sectors. MLT provides high-achieving African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans with a winning professional play...
    By Blair Hoover Conner LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2017) — Six University of Kentucky students were admitted to the Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep program. The students make up the first ever MLT cohort of University of Kentucky students. MLT is a nonprofit organization that is changing the face of leadership in the private and social sectors. MLT provides high-achieving African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans with a winning professional play...
  • Champions of Change-UK Researchers Seek to Identify Ways to Relieve Post-Chemotherapy Cognitive Impairment

    Champions of Change-UK Researchers Seek to Identify Ways to Relieve Post-Chemotherapy Cognitive Impairment

    Thursday, October 26 2017 1:58 PM EDT2017-10-26 17:58:53 GMT
    UK researchers are searching for a cure to post-chemotherapy cognitive impairmentUK researchers are searching for a cure to post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment
    By Gail Hairston and Allison Perry LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2017) — Of the 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, a significant number experience a serious side effect called chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment (CICI). While easily recognized, little is known about the etiology of this condition, also known informally as “chemo brain.” CICI can significantly reduce patients’ quality of life with serious, even devastating, symptoms such as ...
    By Gail Hairston and Allison Perry LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2017) — Of the 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, a significant number experience a serious side effect called chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment (CICI). While easily recognized, little is known about the etiology of this condition, also known informally as “chemo brain.” CICI can significantly reduce patients’ quality of life with serious, even devastating, symptoms such as ...
  • Champions of Change- Freshman RyAnn Schoenbaechler Wins 2017 Constitution Day Essay Contest

    Champions of Change- Freshman RyAnn Schoenbaechler Wins 2017 Constitution Day Essay Contest

    Thursday, October 26 2017 1:41 PM EDT2017-10-26 17:41:35 GMT
    Freshman RyAnn Schoenbaechler Wins 2017 Constitution Day Essay ContestFreshman RyAnn Schoenbaechler Wins 2017 Constitution Day Essay Contest
    By Gail Hairston LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2017) ? Organizers of the University of Kentucky’s Constitution Day activities last week have announced the winners of the essay contest associated with the national holiday. Political science freshman RyAnn Schoenbaechler won the 2017 Constitution Day Essay Contest with her article titled “Donald Trump: The Modern Day Killer of the First Amendment.” Schoenbaechler won $500 for her essay, which was evaluated by a panel...
    By Gail Hairston LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2017) ? Organizers of the University of Kentucky’s Constitution Day activities last week have announced the winners of the essay contest associated with the national holiday. Political science freshman RyAnn Schoenbaechler won the 2017 Constitution Day Essay Contest with her article titled “Donald Trump: The Modern Day Killer of the First Amendment.” Schoenbaechler won $500 for her essay, which was evaluated by a panel...
  • Champions of Change- Diversity Weekend Celebrates the 'Us' in UK

    Champions of Change- Diversity Weekend Celebrates the 'Us' in UK

    Thursday, October 26 2017 10:30 AM EDT2017-10-26 14:30:51 GMT
    Diversity Weekend Celebrates the 'Us' in UKDiversity Weekend Celebrates the 'Us' in UK
    By Gail Hairston LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2017) ? When two international student groups thought to plan an event celebrating the diversity of the University of Kentucky student population, they went to the university’s International Center, the office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the UK Office of Institutional Diversity for assistance. There, the students found the help they needed to plan Diversity Weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, a three-day wee...
    By Gail Hairston LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2017) ? When two international student groups thought to plan an event celebrating the diversity of the University of Kentucky student population, they went to the university’s International Center, the office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the UK Office of Institutional Diversity for assistance. There, the students found the help they needed to plan Diversity Weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, a three-day wee...
  • Champions of Change - Sadler Finds Perfect Balance Between Dance and Dentistry

    Champions of Change - Sadler Finds Perfect Balance Between Dance and Dentistry

    Wednesday, October 25 2017 2:46 PM EDT2017-10-25 18:46:01 GMT
    UK Dental Student Danielle Sadler. Photo courtesy of Landon AntonettiUK Dental Student Danielle Sadler. Photo courtesy of Landon Antonetti
    By Loretta Stafford LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) — On the surface, the art of dance and the art of dentistry might seem to be of two completely different worlds. However, if you take a closer look, you'll notice that both are rooted in technique and emphasize focus in execution. For third-year University of Kentucky College of Dentistry student Danielle Sadler, dance and dentistry actually go hand in hand. Sadler began dancing when she was just three years old. Thr...
    By Loretta Stafford LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) — On the surface, the art of dance and the art of dentistry might seem to be of two completely different worlds. However, if you take a closer look, you'll notice that both are rooted in technique and emphasize focus in execution. For third-year University of Kentucky College of Dentistry student Danielle Sadler, dance and dentistry actually go hand in hand. Sadler began dancing when she was just three years old. Thr...
  • Champions of Change - Lexington Hosts 'Timeless' World Premiere of Play on Stem Cells and Fountain of Youth

    Champions of Change - Lexington Hosts 'Timeless' World Premiere of Play on Stem Cells and Fountain of Youth

    Monday, October 23 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-10-23 18:24:07 GMT
    UK Timeless World Premiere Play on Stem Cells and Fountain of YouthUK Timeless World Premiere Play on Stem Cells and Fountain of Youth
    By Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Two weeks from today, a new play by Raegan Payne will have its world premiere in Lexington with four performances running Nov. 2-4, at the Farish Theater at Lexington Public Library's central location in downtown Lexington. “Timeless” is a dark sci-fi comedy in which four scientists have discovered the fountain of youth in a new stem cell procedure. In one night they question history, women’s...
    By Whitney Hale LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2017) — Two weeks from today, a new play by Raegan Payne will have its world premiere in Lexington with four performances running Nov. 2-4, at the Farish Theater at Lexington Public Library's central location in downtown Lexington. “Timeless” is a dark sci-fi comedy in which four scientists have discovered the fountain of youth in a new stem cell procedure. In one night they question history, women’s...
  • Champions of Change - Nicole Funk Education Abroad in Ecuador

    Champions of Change - Nicole Funk Education Abroad in Equador

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:38 AM EDT2017-10-20 15:38:11 GMT
    Nicole Funk (second from left) with Universidad San Francisco de Quito faculty and staff.Nicole Funk (second from left) with Universidad San Francisco de Quito faculty and staff.

    BY:  Amaya DeVicente and Gail Hairston LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2017) — Nicole Funk, a junior from Lexington majoring in natural resources and environmental science with a Spanish minor, participated in an Education Abroad semester-long direct exchange program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Quito, Ecuador. It was through a community internship that Funk received...

    BY:  Amaya DeVicente and Gail Hairston LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2017) — Nicole Funk, a junior from Lexington majoring in natural resources and environmental science with a Spanish minor, participated in an Education Abroad semester-long direct exchange program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Quito, Ecuador. It was through a community internship that Funk...

  • Champions of Change - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with NBCLatino20!

    Champions of Change - Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with NBCLatino20!

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-10-10 21:56:56 GMT
    Hispanic Heritage Month #Latino20Hispanic Heritage Month #Latino20
    This Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), NBC Latino honors 20 achievers who are moving the needle in their respective fields and making our communities and our nation better. These honorees are fiercely proud of their heritage, which has informed and guided their work and inspired their accomplishments. Whether it be a park ranger or supermodel, a Harvard law professor or a student journalist, a philanthropist or marine scientist… these Latinos reflect th...
    This Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), NBC Latino honors 20 achievers who are moving the needle in their respective fields and making our communities and our nation better. These honorees are fiercely proud of their heritage, which has informed and guided their work and inspired their accomplishments. Whether it be a park ranger or supermodel, a Harvard law professor or a student journalist, a philanthropist or marine scientist… these Latinos reflect th...
  • Champions of Change - Yetter Named 2017 James Madison Award Winner

    Champions of Change - Yetter Named 2017 James Madison Award Winner

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 3:22 PM EDT2017-10-10 19:22:52 GMT
    Deborah Yetter, James Madison Award WinnerDeborah Yetter, James Madison Award Winner
    BY:  Mike Farrell LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — A journalist whose reporting on the deaths of children abused or murdered while under the supervision of a state agency is the 2017 recipient of the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment. Deborah Yetter, a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is the 12th recipient of the award given by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism...
    BY:  Mike Farrell LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — A journalist whose reporting on the deaths of children abused or murdered while under the supervision of a state agency is the 2017 recipient of the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment. Deborah Yetter, a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, is the 12th recipient of the award given by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism...
  • Champions of Change - UK Dining Inspires Youth to Lead Healthier Lifestyles

    Champions of Change - UK Dining Inspires Youth to Lead Healthier Lifestyles

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 3:17 PM EDT2017-10-10 19:17:26 GMT
    UK Dining employees with a third grade class at Julius Marks Elementary School.UK Dining employees with a third grade class at Julius Marks Elementary School.
    BY:  UK Dining LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — Every year in mid-September, thousands of Aramark employees around the world enrich and nourish lives by inspiring families to lead healthier lifestyles and helping youth and adults achieve lifelong success through education and employment.  This year members of the University of Kentucky Dining Aramark team partnered with Julius Marks Elementary School for a healthy snack demonstration and distribution of snack k...
    BY:  UK Dining LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — Every year in mid-September, thousands of Aramark employees around the world enrich and nourish lives by inspiring families to lead healthier lifestyles and helping youth and adults achieve lifelong success through education and employment.  This year members of the University of Kentucky Dining Aramark team partnered with Julius Marks Elementary School for a healthy snack demonstration and distribution of snack k...
  • Champions of Change - UK Alumnus on a Mission at SpaceX

    Champions of Change - UK Alumnus on a Mission at SpaceX

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 3:10 PM EDT2017-10-10 19:10:00 GMT
    University of Kentucky - Jake IngramUniversity of Kentucky - Jake Ingram
    BY: Whitney Harder, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — When he was a little boy, he dreamed of being an astronaut. His earliest memory is watching a space shuttle light up the night sky as it was launched from Cape Canaveral. As he grew up, Jake Ingram realized maybe he isn't destined to fly the spacecraft, but to build it instead. He set out on a mission to study mechanical engineering, but never imagined just two year...
    BY: Whitney Harder, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2017) — When he was a little boy, he dreamed of being an astronaut. His earliest memory is watching a space shuttle light up the night sky as it was launched from Cape Canaveral. As he grew up, Jake Ingram realized maybe he isn't destined to fly the spacecraft, but to build it instead. He set out on a mission to study mechanical engineering, but never imagined just two year...
  • Champions of Change - UK Recognized for Diversity

    Champions of Change - UK Recognized for Diversity

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 3:01 PM EDT2017-10-10 19:01:37 GMT
    Students at Bradley HallStudents at Bradley Hall

    By:  Blair Hoover Conner LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2017) — INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized the University of Kentucky as one of 15 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels. “UK is a visionary leader among campus communities strivin...

    By:  Blair Hoover Conner LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2017) — INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized the University of Kentucky as one of 15 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation. Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs and at the highest administrative levels. “UK is a visionary leader among campus communities strivin...

  • Champions of Change - Young Patients Learn There are No Limits with UK Baseball and Softball

    Champions of Change - Young Patients Learn There are No Limits with UK Baseball and Softball

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-10-10 18:50:36 GMT
    Jaxon Russell, a participant in Saturday’s No Limits Camp, gets ready for batting practice.Jaxon Russell, a participant in Saturday’s No Limits Camp, gets ready for batting practice.

    By Olivia Ramirez and Allison Perry LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Participating in sports provides opportunities to learn valuable lessons. Through organized sports, young athletes learn to be part of a team, stay committed and push their limits. This past Saturday, patients from Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) and Shriners Hospital for Children learned there are no limits to what they can do. The annual No Limits Baseball and Softball Cam...

    By Olivia Ramirez and Allison Perry LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Participating in sports provides opportunities to learn valuable lessons. Through organized sports, young athletes learn to be part of a team, stay committed and push their limits. This past Saturday, patients from Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) and Shriners Hospital for Children learned there are no limits to what they can do. The annual No Limits Baseball and Softball Cam...

  • Champions of Change: UK's Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership

    Champions of Change: UK's Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 2:10 PM EDT2017-10-10 18:10:51 GMT
    Participants in the Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership (TAP) projectParticipants in the Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership (TAP) project

    BY:  Melinda J. Ickes LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) — Members of the University of Kentucky’s BREATHE team, representing the UK College of Nursing and UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, hosted a kickoff for the Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership (TAP) project on Sept. 11, in partnership with Hazard High School’s ARI Student Senate and Leadership Team and Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC...

    BY:  Melinda J. Ickes LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) — Members of the University of Kentucky’s BREATHE team, representing the UK College of Nursing and UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, hosted a kickoff for the Tobacco-free Ambassadors Partnership (TAP) project on Sept. 11, in partnership with Hazard High School’s ARI Student Senate and Leadership Team and Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC)...

  • Champions of Change - Otolaryngology Residents Win National Academic Quiz Bowl

    Champions of Change - Otolaryngology Residents Win National Academic Quiz Bowl

    Tuesday, October 10 2017 2:01 PM EDT2017-10-10 18:01:30 GMT
    UK Quiz Bowl Team 2017UK Quiz Bowl Team 2017

    By:  Ann Blackford  LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Medical residents from the University of Kentucky Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery recently won the 2017 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Academic Quiz Bowl at the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting held in Chicago Sept.10 to 13. UK residents Dr. Kristan Alfonso, Dr. Mitch Dobberpuhl and Dr. Michael Kaufman competed against teams from Stanford Uni...

    By:  Ann Blackford  LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Medical residents from the University of Kentucky Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery recently won the 2017 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Academic Quiz Bowl at the AAO-HNS Annual Meeting held in Chicago Sept.10 to 13. UK residents Dr. Kristan Alfonso, Dr. Mitch Dobberpuhl and Dr. Michael Kaufman competed against teams from Stanford Uni...

  • Champions of Change - Jennifer Harris, University of Kentucky

    Champions of Change - Jennifer Harris, University of Kentucky

    Monday, September 25 2017 5:11 PM EDT2017-09-25 21:11:53 GMT
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    Meet Danville native and architecture graduate student, Jennifer Harris, always dreamed of graduating from the University of Kentucky. However, as a deaf woman, she has faced many barriers along the way. With the help of her professors, interpreters and the Disability Resource Center, Harris' dream will become a reality. Disability Resource Center Director David Beach has been there every step of the way to provide Harris with the resources she needed to be successful. LEXINGTON, Ky....

    Meet Danville native and architecture graduate student, Jennifer Harris, always dreamed of graduating from the University of Kentucky. However, as a deaf woman, she has faced many barriers along the way. With the help of her professors, interpreters and the Disability Resource Center, Harris' dream will become a reality. Disability Resource Center Director David Beach has been there every step of the way to provide Harris with the resources she needed to be successful. LEXINGTON, Ky....

  • Champions of Change - Thomas Hager, Belfry High School

    Champions of Change - Thomas Hager, Belfry High School

    Thursday, September 14 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-09-14 20:38:44 GMT
    Champions of Change - Thomas Hager, BelfryChampions of Change - Thomas Hager, Belfry

    Local 11th grader Thomas Hager is featured in a major documentary narrated by Jamie Foxx, which will air on the National Geographic channel on September 26.  Thomas shares his experiences growing up in the coal-mining town with little access to technology. 

    Local 11th grader Thomas Hager is featured in a major documentary narrated by Jamie Foxx, which will air on the National Geographic channel on September 26.  Thomas shares his experiences growing up in the coal-mining town with little access to technology. 

  • Champions of Change - Garden Springs, Beaumont finish atop Battle of the Books

    Champions of Change - Garden Springs, Beaumont finish atop Battle of the Books

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 4:22 PM EDT2017-07-19 20:22:12 GMT
    Battle of the Books - Beaumont Middle School and Gardensprings Elementary take home the division trophiesBattle of the Books - Beaumont Middle School and Gardensprings Elementary take home the division trophies

    Garden Springs Elementary and Beaumont Middle School won the 2017 Battle of the Books, a competitive reading incentive program in Fayette County Public Schools. The final quiz-bowl showdowns were April 26-27 in Norsworthy Auditorium at the district’s central office. Elementary * Winner: Garden Springs, with Michael Mungillo, Merry Parrent, and Crystal Tharappel. * Runner-up: Veterans Park, with Isaac Cook, Aidan Waters, and Haley Williams. * 3rd place: Garrett Morgan,...

    Garden Springs Elementary and Beaumont Middle School won the 2017 Battle of the Books, a competitive reading incentive program in Fayette County Public Schools. The final quiz-bowl showdowns were April 26-27 in Norsworthy Auditorium at the district’s central office. Elementary * Winner: Garden Springs, with Michael Mungillo, Merry Parrent, and Crystal Tharappel. * Runner-up: Veterans Park, with Isaac Cook, Aidan Waters, and Haley Williams. * 3rd place: Garrett Morgan,...

  • Champions of Change - Blake Dilynn Donithan, International Studies Student Travels to Siberia

    Champions of Change - Blake Dilynn Donithan, International Studies Student Travels to Siberia

    Friday, June 30 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-06-30 14:50:48 GMT
    Champions of Change - Blake Dilynn DonithanChampions of Change - Blake Dilynn Donithan
    Growing up in a small Appalachian town, Blake Dilynn Donithan dreamt of exploring the world. Looking at the mountains out of her bedroom window in Pikeville, Kentucky, she envisioned traveling first to Russia. She never thought that a few years later she would be in a small village near the Russian-Mongolian border in the Sayan Mountains. “I had no connection to Russia or the Russian language, and people often questioned my decision to study Russian,” Donithan said. &l...
    Growing up in a small Appalachian town, Blake Dilynn Donithan dreamt of exploring the world. Looking at the mountains out of her bedroom window in Pikeville, Kentucky, she envisioned traveling first to Russia. She never thought that a few years later she would be in a small village near the Russian-Mongolian border in the Sayan Mountains. “I had no connection to Russia or the Russian language, and people often questioned my decision to study Russian,” Donithan said. &l...
  • Champions of Change - Cayden Samuels, University of Kentucky Back Voices Gospel Choir President

    Champions of Change - Cayden Samuels, University of Kentucky Back Voices Gospel Choir President

    Friday, June 30 2017 10:09 AM EDT2017-06-30 14:09:35 GMT
    Champions of Change - Cayden Samuels, President of UK Black Voices Gospel ChoirChampions of Change - Cayden Samuels, President of UK Black Voices Gospel Choir
    Meet Cayden Samuels, this year's UK Black Voices Gospel Choir president and soon-to-be 2017 graduate. A kinesiology student from Canton, Michigan, Samuels has always had a passion for gospel music and has been singing in church choirs since she could talk. This past year, the Black Voices Gospel Choir sang that national anthem at Commonwealth and Rupp Arena, and she cherishes that moment as one of her favorites during her time at UK. Learn more about Samuels in her "see...
    Meet Cayden Samuels, this year's UK Black Voices Gospel Choir president and soon-to-be 2017 graduate. A kinesiology student from Canton, Michigan, Samuels has always had a passion for gospel music and has been singing in church choirs since she could talk. This past year, the Black Voices Gospel Choir sang that national anthem at Commonwealth and Rupp Arena, and she cherishes that moment as one of her favorites during her time at UK. Learn more about Samuels in her "see...
  • Champions of Change - The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts Program

    Champions of Change - The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts Program

    Friday, June 30 2017 9:46 AM EDT2017-06-30 13:46:06 GMT
    Champions of Change - Governor School for the ArtsChampions of Change - Governor School for the Arts

    This summer, The Kentucky Center will host 256 eager, young artists from every region of the commonwealth, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) takes place at Danville’s Centre College from June 18 to July 8. This year marks the program’s 30th anniversary.

    This summer, The Kentucky Center will host 256 eager, young artists from every region of the commonwealth, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) takes place at Danville’s Centre College from June 18 to July 8. This year marks the program’s 30th anniversary.

  • Champions of Change - Nathan Feese, Morton Middle School - Young Achiever of the Year

    Champions of Change - Nathan Feese, Morton Middle School - Young Achiever of the Year

    Friday, June 30 2017 9:07 AM EDT2017-06-30 13:07:28 GMT
    Champions of Change - Nathan Feese, Morton Middle SchoolChampions of Change - Nathan Feese, Morton Middle School
    The nonprofit International Leadership Network has selected Nathan Feese, who recently finished eighth grade at Morton Middle School, as one of its two Young Achievers of the Year.  Three other students from Fayette County Public Schools were also among the 15 total recognized as 2017 Young Achievers: Jackson Gonzales of Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Peyton Prichard of Tates Creek Elementary, and Alex Stumbur of Ashland Elementary. They completed eighth and fifth grade, r...
    The nonprofit International Leadership Network has selected Nathan Feese, who recently finished eighth grade at Morton Middle School, as one of its two Young Achievers of the Year.  Three other students from Fayette County Public Schools were also among the 15 total recognized as 2017 Young Achievers: Jackson Gonzales of Lexington Traditional Magnet School, Peyton Prichard of Tates Creek Elementary, and Alex Stumbur of Ashland Elementary. They completed eighth and fifth grade, r...
  • Champions of Change - YMCA of Central Kentucky Swimmer Amina El-Amin Headed to USA Swimming’s Annual Diversity Select Camp and Summit

    Champions of Change - YMCA of Central Kentucky Swimmer Amina El-Amin Headed to USA Swimming’s Annual Diversity Select Camp and Summit

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 3:27 PM EDT2017-06-28 19:27:19 GMT
    Champions of Change - Amina.El.Amin, YMCA SwimmerChampions of Change - Amina.El.Amin, YMCA Swimmer
    YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer selected to attend USA Swimming’s Annual Diversity Select Camp and Summit   LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (June 21, 2017) – YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer Amina El-Amin, a seventh grader from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School is one of 40 up-and-coming athletes to attend the USA Swimming’s Annual Southern Zone Diversity Select Camp and Summit to be held June 22-25 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, NC. El-Amin, an ...
    YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer selected to attend USA Swimming’s Annual Diversity Select Camp and Summit   LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY (June 21, 2017) – YMCA of Central Kentucky swimmer Amina El-Amin, a seventh grader from Edythe J. Hayes Middle School is one of 40 up-and-coming athletes to attend the USA Swimming’s Annual Southern Zone Diversity Select Camp and Summit to be held June 22-25 at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, NC. El-Amin, an ...
  • Champions of Change Elkhorn Elementary Poppy Project

    Champions of Change Elkhorn Elementary Poppy Project

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 1:36 PM EDT2017-06-28 17:36:23 GMT
    Students at Elkhorn Elementary WWI Centennial Poppy ProjectStudents at Elkhorn Elementary WWI Centennial Poppy Project
    Students at Elkhorn Elementary made 100 poppies for the WWI Centennial Poppy Project.  Their poppies along with those made by students, scouts and other groups across the Commonwealth will be displayed at the Kentucky State Fair WWI Centennial Exhibit in August.  Watch Heather French Henry, KDVA Deputy Commissioner, accepting the poppies from the students! Check out the video here!   More information on the Kentucky Poppy Project    More information about...
    Students at Elkhorn Elementary made 100 poppies for the WWI Centennial Poppy Project.  Their poppies along with those made by students, scouts and other groups across the Commonwealth will be displayed at the Kentucky State Fair WWI Centennial Exhibit in August.  Watch Heather French Henry, KDVA Deputy Commissioner, accepting the poppies from the students! Check out the video here!   More information on the Kentucky Poppy Project    More information about...
  • Champions of Change - Camille Robinson

    Champions of Change - Camille Robinson

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 1:15 PM EDT2017-06-28 17:15:56 GMT
    Camille Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, currently works as a draftsman for Prestress Services Industries in Lexington, Ky.Camille Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, currently works as a draftsman for Prestress Services Industries in Lexington, Ky.
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Camille Robinson earned a bachelor of arts degree in teaching, but her passion is in computer-aided drafting and design.  She worked seven years for an engineering firm in eastern Kentucky.  Like most companies, her job was reliant upon the coal industry.  As jobs became few and far between, she found herself laid off not once, not twice, but three times. Enter Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).  Robinson enrolled in 2012 a...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Camille Robinson earned a bachelor of arts degree in teaching, but her passion is in computer-aided drafting and design.  She worked seven years for an engineering firm in eastern Kentucky.  Like most companies, her job was reliant upon the coal industry.  As jobs became few and far between, she found herself laid off not once, not twice, but three times. Enter Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).  Robinson enrolled in 2012 a...
  • Champions of Change - UK College of Nursing Student, Karly Schmidt Donates Kidney to a 7 Year Old in Need

    Champions of Change - UK College of Nursing Student, Karly Schmidt Donates Kidney to a 7 Year Old in Need

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 3:28 PM EDT2017-06-21 19:28:34 GMT
    Champions of Change - Seven-year-old Logan, who was diagnosed with PKD five years ago, received a kidney from UK nursing student Karly Schmidt.Champions of Change - Seven-year-old Logan, who was diagnosed with PKD five years ago, received a kidney from UK nursing student Karly Schmidt.

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 16, 2017) — To commit a textbook term to memory, UK College of Nursing student Karly Schmidt used a mental shortcut by naming her two kidneys George and Fred. George, her right kidney, reminded her of the word “glomerular,” and Fred, her left kidney, reminded her of “filtration.” Putting the two words together, she could recall the glomerular filtration rate, which is the medical formula used to measure kidne...

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 16, 2017) — To commit a textbook term to memory, UK College of Nursing student Karly Schmidt used a mental shortcut by naming her two kidneys George and Fred. George, her right kidney, reminded her of the word “glomerular,” and Fred, her left kidney, reminded her of “filtration.” Putting the two words together, she could recall the glomerular filtration rate, which is the medical formula used to measure kidne...

  • Champions of Change - Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships

    Champions of Change - Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 3:25 PM EDT2017-06-21 19:25:24 GMT
    Champions of Change - Critical Language ScholarshipsChampions of Change - Critical Language Scholarships
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 31, 2017) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced four UK students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study Chinese, Japanese and Swahili abroad. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in 14 critical need foreign languages d...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 31, 2017) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced four UK students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study Chinese, Japanese and Swahili abroad. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in 14 critical need foreign languages d...
  • Champions of Change - UK Student Katy Brewer Receives P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar Award

    Champions of Change - UK Student Katy Brewer Receives P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar Award

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 3:06 PM EDT2017-06-21 19:06:01 GMT
    Champions of Change - UK Student, Katy Brewer Receives P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar AwardChampions of Change - UK Student, Katy Brewer Receives P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar Award
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2017) Katy Brewer, a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, was chosen as one of 100 doctoral students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter C of Lexington, Kentucky. Brewer was a National Merit Finalist and a Patterson Scholarship recipient and graduated summa cum laude from UK in 2013 ...
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2017) Katy Brewer, a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, was chosen as one of 100 doctoral students in the United States and Canada to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was sponsored by Chapter C of Lexington, Kentucky. Brewer was a National Merit Finalist and a Patterson Scholarship recipient and graduated summa cum laude from UK in 2013 ...
  • Champions of Change - UK Teaching Assistant, Sy Bridenbaugh, Uses Life-altering Injury to Motivate Students

    Champions of Change - UK Teaching Assistant, Sy Bridenbaugh, Uses Life-altering Injury to Motivate Students

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 2:15 PM EDT2017-06-21 18:15:19 GMT
    UK Teaching Assistant, Sy Bridenbaugh, Uses Life-altering Injury to Motivate StudentsUK Teaching Assistant, Sy Bridenbaugh, Uses Life-altering Injury to Motivate Students

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2017) — It was a normal day in southern Ohio. Hot, but normal. The Huntington Huntsmen football players were giving it their all during practice. It was the first time they were running plays with full contact, wearing all their gear. It might have been more enjoyable, if only it weren’t so hot.    The heat wasn’t on Sy Bridenbaugh’s mind as much as other things, though. Like showing he could be...

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2017) — It was a normal day in southern Ohio. Hot, but normal. The Huntington Huntsmen football players were giving it their all during practice. It was the first time they were running plays with full contact, wearing all their gear. It might have been more enjoyable, if only it weren’t so hot.    The heat wasn’t on Sy Bridenbaugh’s mind as much as other things, though. Like showing he could be...

  • Champion of Change - UK’s Danielle Galyer is First Team Academic All-America for Second Consecutive Year

    Champion of Change - UK’s Danielle Galyer is First Team Academic All-America for Second Consecutive Year

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 2:04 PM EDT2017-06-21 18:04:45 GMT
    Champions of Change - Danielle Galyer, University of Kentucky swimmer.Champions of Change - Danielle Galyer, University of Kentucky swimmer.

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2017) — Following the completion of her stellar University of Kentucky career, senior swimmer Danielle Galyer was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large First Team for the second consecutive year, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. “It’s a culmination of her outstanding career both as a student as an athlete at Kentucky,” said head coa...

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2017) — Following the completion of her stellar University of Kentucky career, senior swimmer Danielle Galyer was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large First Team for the second consecutive year, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. “It’s a culmination of her outstanding career both as a student as an athlete at Kentucky,” said head coa...

  • Champions of Change - Kentucky Wesleyan College - Meredith Daunhauer Receives All-American Honors

    Champions of Change - Kentucky Wesleyan College - Meredith Daunhauer Receives All-American Honors

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 1:56 PM EDT2017-06-21 17:56:47 GMT
    Champions of Change - Meredith Daunhauer Receives All American HonorsChampions of Change - Meredith Daunhauer Receives All American Honors
    ROLLA, Mo. – Meredith Daunhauer of the Kentucky Wesleyan College softball team earned All-American honors from the Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association, being named to the Third-Team.  After bringing home a pair of All-Region selections this season, this marks the first career All-America selection for Daunhauer and the first in program history for Kentucky Wesleyan softball. The sophomore held a .457 batting average this season, helping the Pant...
    ROLLA, Mo. – Meredith Daunhauer of the Kentucky Wesleyan College softball team earned All-American honors from the Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association, being named to the Third-Team.  After bringing home a pair of All-Region selections this season, this marks the first career All-America selection for Daunhauer and the first in program history for Kentucky Wesleyan softball. The sophomore held a .457 batting average this season, helping the Pant...
  • Champions of Change - Asbury University's ImpactU Camps Challenge and Inspire

    Champions of Change - Asbury University's ImpactU Camps Challenge and Inspire

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 1:22 PM EDT2017-06-21 17:22:41 GMT
    Champions of Change - Asbury Impact UniversityChampions of Change - Asbury Impact University
    June 15, 2017 WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s ImpactU summer academic camps wrap up today, but for more than 150 high school students who explored new academic areas and experienced Asbury’s vibrant Christian community, the real impact has just begun.  Offering camps ranging from Film to Equine to Brass Music, ImpactU is a residential, college-type experience on Asbury’s campus that challenges high school students to explore new academic areas, sh...
    June 15, 2017 WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s ImpactU summer academic camps wrap up today, but for more than 150 high school students who explored new academic areas and experienced Asbury’s vibrant Christian community, the real impact has just begun.  Offering camps ranging from Film to Equine to Brass Music, ImpactU is a residential, college-type experience on Asbury’s campus that challenges high school students to explore new academic areas, sh...
  • Champions of Change - 2017 Kentucky Environthon

    Champions of Change - 2017 Kentucky Environthon

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 3:44 PM EDT2017-06-14 19:44:34 GMT
    Champions of Change - 2017 Kentucky EnvironthonChampions of Change - 2017 Kentucky Environthon
    Dunbar teams place second, third in state’s Envirothon Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School excelled in the 2017 Kentucky Envirothon, which ran May 17-18 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education and Leadership Center in Jabez. In this statewide competition, the teams demonstrated their knowledge of Kentucky’s natural resources at field stations covering aquatics, soils, forestry, and wildlife.  Fayette County’s “B” team was runner-up with Dun...
    Dunbar teams place second, third in state’s Envirothon Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School excelled in the 2017 Kentucky Envirothon, which ran May 17-18 at the Lake Cumberland 4-H Education and Leadership Center in Jabez. In this statewide competition, the teams demonstrated their knowledge of Kentucky’s natural resources at field stations covering aquatics, soils, forestry, and wildlife.  Fayette County’s “B” team was runner-up with Dun...
  • Champions of Change - Youth Leader of the Year 2016-2017 - Dunbar Junior, Zsombor Gal

    Champions of Change - Youth Leader of the Year 2016-2017 - Dunbar Junior, Zsombor Gal

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 3:13 PM EDT2017-06-14 19:13:48 GMT
    Youth Leader of the Year, Zsombor GalYouth Leader of the Year, Zsombor Gal

    Dunbar junior named Youth Leader of the Year A junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Zsombor Gal, was named Lexington’s “Youth Leader of the Year” during the 2016-17 Youth Salute awards ceremonies May 21 at Transylvania University.  He received a $500 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip, provided by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Anne Boggess of Henry Clay H...

    Dunbar junior named Youth Leader of the Year A junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Zsombor Gal, was named Lexington’s “Youth Leader of the Year” during the 2016-17 Youth Salute awards ceremonies May 21 at Transylvania University.  He received a $500 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip, provided by Holifield Photography, to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership conference at Washington University in St. Louis. Anne Boggess of Henry Clay H...

  • Champions of Change - Live Green Lexington, Morton and Julius Marks Set Bar High for Green Efforts

    Champions of Change - Live Green Lexington, Morton and Julius Marks Set Bar High for Green Efforts

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 4:50 PM EDT2017-05-31 20:50:02 GMT
    Champions of Change - Live Green LexingtonChampions of Change - Live Green Lexington
    Morton, Julius Marks set bar high for ‘green’ efforts! On the heels of Earth Day, students and staff in Fayette County Public Schools celebrated federal, state, and local awards for their outstanding environmentally conscious efforts.  Morton Middle has been deemed a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School because of its demonstrated excellence in the three pillars of sustainability: environmental literacy, student wellness, and energy efficiency. This...
    Morton, Julius Marks set bar high for ‘green’ efforts! On the heels of Earth Day, students and staff in Fayette County Public Schools celebrated federal, state, and local awards for their outstanding environmentally conscious efforts.  Morton Middle has been deemed a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School because of its demonstrated excellence in the three pillars of sustainability: environmental literacy, student wellness, and energy efficiency. This...
  • Champions of Change - Nate Williams, 4K for Cancer

    Champions of Change - Nate Williams, 4K for Cancer

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:32 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:32:26 GMT
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    UK Grad Student Puts Down His Instrument  and Grabs His Bike to Take On 4K for Cancer LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2017) — Every year, more than 70,000 young adults ages 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer. Despite advancements in prevention, early detection and treatment, survival rates for this age group have been stagnant for the last 30 years. This summer, University of Kentucky arts administration graduate student Nate Williams will embark on a cross country bi...
    UK Grad Student Puts Down His Instrument  and Grabs His Bike to Take On 4K for Cancer LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2017) — Every year, more than 70,000 young adults ages 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer. Despite advancements in prevention, early detection and treatment, survival rates for this age group have been stagnant for the last 30 years. This summer, University of Kentucky arts administration graduate student Nate Williams will embark on a cross country bi...
  • Champions of Change - Lexington Shriners Medical Center - Moran Nickodem

    Champions of Change - Lexington Shriners Medical Center - Moran Nickodem

    Thursday, May 4 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-05-04 20:12:05 GMT
    Lexington Shriners Hospital Patient Graduates_MoranNickodem.pngLexington Shriners Hospital Patient Graduates_MoranNickodem.png

    By: Moran Nickodem (article written in patient’s own words) Monday, May 1, 2017, I will graduate from patient care at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington after 21 years of having my life sculpted into what it was always meant to be.   The week of May 1st is a big graduation week for me. Not only am I graduating from Shriners Medical Center, but I will also graduate from the University of Kentucky with an undergraduate degree in integrated stra...

    By: Moran Nickodem (article written in patient’s own words) Monday, May 1, 2017, I will graduate from patient care at Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington after 21 years of having my life sculpted into what it was always meant to be.   The week of May 1st is a big graduation week for me. Not only am I graduating from Shriners Medical Center, but I will also graduate from the University of Kentucky with an undergraduate degree in integrated stra...

  • Champions of Change - Model Laboratory Boasts Eight Governor's Scholars

    Champions of Change - Model Laboratory Boasts Eight Governor's Scholars

    Thursday, May 4 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-05-04 20:03:16 GMT
    Model Laboratory School Governor's ScholarsModel Laboratory School Governor's Scholars

    Model Laboratory School submitted eight applications to the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP), and all eight students were accepted. The juniors accepted into GSP are: Uma Aikat, Sophie Austin, Josh Collier, Laura Cole, Jarett Insko, Patrick Nnoromele, Avanti Patel and Sophie Gershtenson. Gershtenson (architecture and design) and Collier (film and photography) were also accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), and must decide between the two programs. Natha...

    Model Laboratory School submitted eight applications to the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP), and all eight students were accepted. The juniors accepted into GSP are: Uma Aikat, Sophie Austin, Josh Collier, Laura Cole, Jarett Insko, Patrick Nnoromele, Avanti Patel and Sophie Gershtenson. Gershtenson (architecture and design) and Collier (film and photography) were also accepted into the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), and must decide between the two programs. Natha...

  • Champions of Change - Zion Walker, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Distinguished Leader Award

    Champions of Change - Zion Walker, Carter G. Woodson Academy, Distinguished Leader Award

    Friday, April 14 2017 12:05 PM EDT2017-04-14 16:05:16 GMT
    Zion Walker, Distinguished Leader AwardZion Walker, Distinguished Leader Award

    Woodson junior receives Distinguished Leader Award The Leadership Lexington Youth Program presented its 2017 Distinguished Leader Award to Zion Walker of Carter G. Woodson Academy. He accepted the plaque April 12 at the LLYP graduation luncheon, held at Fasig-Tipton. “This program opened my eyes to all that Lexington and the world have to offer and all that is possible,” Zion said as the eight-month series wrapped up.  Class members nominate candidates for the award...

    Woodson junior receives Distinguished Leader Award The Leadership Lexington Youth Program presented its 2017 Distinguished Leader Award to Zion Walker of Carter G. Woodson Academy. He accepted the plaque April 12 at the LLYP graduation luncheon, held at Fasig-Tipton. “This program opened my eyes to all that Lexington and the world have to offer and all that is possible,” Zion said as the eight-month series wrapped up.  Class members nominate candidates for the award...

  • Champions of Change - Evan Winkler, Morton Eighth Grader State Champ National Geographic Bee

    Champions of Change - Evan Winkler, Morton Eighth Grader State Champ National Geographic Bee

    Friday, April 14 2017 11:15 AM EDT2017-04-14 15:15:56 GMT
    Evan Winkler, Morton Eighth Grader State Champ in National Geographic BeeEvan Winkler, Morton Eighth Grader State Champ in National Geographic Bee
    Morton eighth-grader state champion in National Geographic Bee. An eighth-grader at Morton Middle School, Evan Winkler, is Kentucky’s state winner in the 2017 National Geographic Bee competition. He is among the 54 students who will square off in the national championship, set for May 14-17 in Washington, D.C. On March 31, more than 4,600 students competed in state bees across the United States and its territories. Evan and the other champions each received $100, “Nation...
    Morton eighth-grader state champion in National Geographic Bee. An eighth-grader at Morton Middle School, Evan Winkler, is Kentucky’s state winner in the 2017 National Geographic Bee competition. He is among the 54 students who will square off in the national championship, set for May 14-17 in Washington, D.C. On March 31, more than 4,600 students competed in state bees across the United States and its territories. Evan and the other champions each received $100, “Nation...
  • Champions of Change - Jessica Tallarigo Honors Saddlemaker Eugene Minihan

    Champions of Change - Jessica Tallarigo Honors Saddlemaker Eugene Minihan

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 10:21 AM EDT2017-04-12 14:21:42 GMT
    Jessica Tallarigo Honors Eugene Minihan StatueJessica Tallarigo Honors Eugene Minihan Statue

    It has been called the Cadillac of all saddles. Many knowledgeable horsemen consider the “Kentucky Springseat” the finest riding saddle ever made, but few know the story of its creator, Eugene Minihan, who fashioned the unique product in his shop in Owingsville, Kentucky, from the late 1880s until his death in 1926. Now, an Eastern Kentucky University senior is helping to perpetuate his legacy. Jessica Tallarigo, a senior animal studies major from nearby Mt. Sterling, h...

    It has been called the Cadillac of all saddles. Many knowledgeable horsemen consider the “Kentucky Springseat” the finest riding saddle ever made, but few know the story of its creator, Eugene Minihan, who fashioned the unique product in his shop in Owingsville, Kentucky, from the late 1880s until his death in 1926. Now, an Eastern Kentucky University senior is helping to perpetuate his legacy. Jessica Tallarigo, a senior animal studies major from nearby Mt. Sterling, h...

  • Champions of Change - Brandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree - Madison Southern High School

    Champions of Change - Brandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree - Madison Southern High School

    Thursday, April 6 2017 4:42 PM EDT2017-04-06 20:42:43 GMT
    Brandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree - MSHSBrandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree - MSHS
    The Madison Southern High School duo of Brandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree, both of Berea, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the 2017 TBF High School Fishing Kentucky State Championship tournament on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. A massive field of 192 teams competed in the no...
    The Madison Southern High School duo of Brandon Turner and Ricky Seth Hembree, both of Berea, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the 2017 TBF High School Fishing Kentucky State Championship tournament on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. A massive field of 192 teams competed in the no...
  • Champions of Change - Rosa Parks Go Out on Top in Superintendent's Cup

    Champions of Change - Rosa Parks Go Out on Top in Superintendent's Cup

    Monday, April 3 2017 4:06 PM EDT2017-04-03 20:06:14 GMT
    Scapa Superintendent's Cup  - Rosa ParksScapa Superintendent's Cup - Rosa Parks

    SCAPA, Rosa Parks go out on top in Superintendent’s Cup Elementary school teams from SCAPA at Bluegrass and Rosa Parks Elementary capped the 2016-17 Academic Challenge season with impressive wins in the Superintendent’s Cup. These students, along with individual winners in the math/science and writing assessments, received scholarship offers from sponsoring colleges. “How fitting that during March Madness, we’re gathered to recognize academic success,” ...

    SCAPA, Rosa Parks go out on top in Superintendent’s Cup Elementary school teams from SCAPA at Bluegrass and Rosa Parks Elementary capped the 2016-17 Academic Challenge season with impressive wins in the Superintendent’s Cup. These students, along with individual winners in the math/science and writing assessments, received scholarship offers from sponsoring colleges. “How fitting that during March Madness, we’re gathered to recognize academic success,” ...

  • Champions of Change - Jessica Bayne, Parker Van Houten, AllTech Vocal Scholarship Winners

    Champions of Change - Jessica Bayne, Parker Van Houten, AllTech Vocal Scholarship Winners

    Friday, March 17 2017 11:54 AM EDT2017-03-17 15:54:17 GMT
    Jessica Bayne and Parker Van HoutenJessica Bayne and Parker Van Houten

    Jessica Bayne and Parker Van Houten are two of the winners of the 12th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition where they sang for a chance to win scholarships and prizes to help jump start their operatic careers.  Jessica a graduate of the University of Kentucky won First Place of the graduate division and Parker Van Houten of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville won First Place of the undergraduates.

    Jessica Bayne and Parker Van Houten are two of the winners of the 12th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition where they sang for a chance to win scholarships and prizes to help jump start their operatic careers.  Jessica a graduate of the University of Kentucky won First Place of the graduate division and Parker Van Houten of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville won First Place of the undergraduates.

  • Champions of Change - Zoe Felice, Katrin Flores, Lafayette High School

    Champions of Change - Zoe Felice, Katrin Flores, Lafayette High School

    Friday, March 17 2017 10:18 AM EDT2017-03-17 14:18:26 GMT
    Zoe Felice and Katrin Flores, Lafayette High SchoolZoe Felice and Katrin Flores, Lafayette High School

    Two students from Lafayette High School have earned national honors in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.
    Zoe Felice, a senior, received two silver medals – for her art portfolio titled “My Friends” and for a mixed media piece called “Stuffing Sausages.” Katrin Flores, a junior, received a silver medal in poetry for “The Poetic Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.”

    Two students from Lafayette High School have earned national honors in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition.
    Zoe Felice, a senior, received two silver medals – for her art portfolio titled “My Friends” and for a mixed media piece called “Stuffing Sausages.” Katrin Flores, a junior, received a silver medal in poetry for “The Poetic Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.”

  • Champions of Change - Youth Showcase, March 18, 2016

    Champions of Change - Youth Showcase, March 18, 2016

    Friday, March 17 2017 10:08 AM EDT2017-03-17 14:08:07 GMT
    Bluegrass Youth BalletBluegrass Youth Ballet

    BYB's Valley Park Outreach Program and CKYO's MusicWorks team up for a performance showcasing Lexington's youth. Both of these programs focus on marginalized children and youth. The Valley Park Outreach Program was designed to also reach the Latino population as it offers bilingual ballet classes Monday-Thursday in Valley Park which is in walking distance to many of the dance students. 

    BYB's Valley Park Outreach Program and CKYO's MusicWorks team up for a performance showcasing Lexington's youth. Both of these programs focus on marginalized children and youth. The Valley Park Outreach Program was designed to also reach the Latino population as it offers bilingual ballet classes Monday-Thursday in Valley Park which is in walking distance to many of the dance students. 

  • Champions of Change - Taveion Hollingsworth, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

    Champions of Change - Taveion Hollingsworth, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

    Thursday, March 16 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-03-16 21:26:13 GMT
    Champions of Change - Taveion HollingsworthChampions of Change - Taveion Hollingsworth

    Taveion Hollingsworth, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball for the 2016-17 season. He received the award at a March 14 banquet at the Lexington Center. 

    Last year, Taveion led Dunbar to its first Sweet Sixteen championship. As a senior, he averaged 28.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and closed out his high school career with 2,495 points....

    Taveion Hollingsworth, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball for the 2016-17 season. He received the award at a March 14 banquet at the Lexington Center. 

  • Champions of Change - Lyndsey Crunk, Scott County High School

    Champions of Change - Lyndsey Crunk, Scott County High School

    Thursday, March 16 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-03-16 21:14:39 GMT
    Champion of Change - Lyndsey CrunkChampion of Change - Lyndsey Crunk

    Lyndsey Crunk is a 15 year old student at Scott County High School where she enjoys participating on the Trap Shooting Team.  In August 2014,she was diagnosed Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME) and has endured much change in her life since that diagnosis.  Instead of giving up on life and letting Epilepsy control her, this strong young lady has chosen to take on the “Big E” with perseverance and persistence like no other. 

    Lyndsey Crunk is a 15 year old student at Scott County High School where she enjoys participating on the Trap Shooting Team.  In August 2014,she was diagnosed Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME) and has endured much change in her life since that diagnosis.  Instead of giving up on life and letting Epilepsy control her, this strong young lady has chosen to take on the “Big E” with perseverance and persistence like no other. 

  • Champions of Change - Jessie Clark Robotics Team - Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette

    Champions of Change - Jessie Clark Robotics Team - Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette

    Friday, March 17 2017 9:40 AM EDT2017-03-17 13:40:32 GMT
    Jessie Clark Robotics Team- Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes BasketteJessie Clark Robotics Team- Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette

    A robotics team from Jessie Clark Middle School took first place in the Robo Challenge Xtreme (RCX) regional tournament on March 4 at host Georgetown College. Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette also qualify to compete again during the STLP State Championships, set for April 12 at Rupp Arena.  Nearly 100 students from several counties participated in the RCX regional, including teams from 16 elementaries, seven middle schools, and one high school. 

    A robotics team from Jessie Clark Middle School took first place in the Robo Challenge Xtreme (RCX) regional tournament on March 4 at host Georgetown College. Noah Sprout, Isaac Recktenwald, Colin Farmer, and Wes Baskette also qualify to compete again during the STLP State Championships, set for April 12 at Rupp Arena.  Nearly 100 students from several counties participated in the RCX regional, including teams from 16 elementaries, seven middle schools, and one high school. 

  • Champions of Change - Charles Wilson, Southern Middle School

    Champions of Change - Charles Wilson, Southern Middle School

    Thursday, March 16 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-03-16 20:58:32 GMT
    Champions of Change - Charles WilsonChampions of Change - Charles Wilson

    An eighth-grader at Southern Middle School, Charles Wilson, will be Kentucky’s representative at the “Teens Speak Up!” advocacy conference March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Charles, who has generalized primary epilepsy, also plans to attend the national epilepsy walk and to speak with members of Congress and senators on Capitol Hill. 

    An eighth-grader at Southern Middle School, Charles Wilson, will be Kentucky’s representative at the “Teens Speak Up!” advocacy conference March 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Charles, who has generalized primary epilepsy, also plans to attend the national epilepsy walk and to speak with members of Congress and senators on Capitol Hill. 

  • Champions of Change - Mary Richardson, Stonewall Elementary

    Champions of Change - Mary Richardson, Stonewall Elementary

    Monday, March 13 2017 5:21 PM EDT2017-03-13 21:21:49 GMT
    Champion of Change - Mary RichardsonChampion of Change - Mary Richardson

    A fourth-grader at Stonewall Elementary, Mary Richardson, has earned first-place honors in a national art contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). Mary’s entry depicting the Year of the Rooster was selected as tops in the computer graphics category in the elementary division. She received an award certificate and a $25 Amazon gift card.  The other categories were artistic, comical, and original. Stonewall teacher Hiroko Hunter invited a...

    A fourth-grader at Stonewall Elementary, Mary Richardson, has earned first-place honors in a national art contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). Mary’s entry depicting the Year of the Rooster was selected as tops in the computer graphics category in the elementary division. She received an award certificate and a $25 Amazon gift card.  The other categories were artistic, comical, and original. Stonewall teacher Hiroko Hunter invited a...

  • Champions of Change - Brit Bennett

    Champions of Change - Brit Bennett

    Friday, March 10 2017 3:55 PM EST2017-03-10 20:55:57 GMT
    Champions of Change - Brit BennettChampions of Change - Brit Bennett

    Brit Bennett, 26, Novelist | Hometown: Oceanside, California.  The Stanford and University of Michigan grad is just 26 but her debut novel “The Mothers” recently earned her recognition as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 30 and among those on the TODAY Show’s list of “12 Must Read Books for Fall.” "The Mothers" looks at the lives of three young people being watched and talked about from afar by church...

    Brit Bennett, 26, Novelist | Hometown: Oceanside, California.  The Stanford and University of Michigan grad is just 26 but her debut novel “The Mothers” recently earned her recognition as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 30 and among those on the TODAY Show’s list of “12 Must Read Books for Fall.” "The Mothers" looks at the lives of three young people being watched and talked about from afar by church...

  • Champions of Change - Joey Ilagan, Tates Creek Middle School

    Champions of Change - Joey Ilagan, Tates Creek Middle School

    Friday, April 14 2017 11:05 AM EDT2017-04-14 15:05:32 GMT
    Champions of Change - Joey Ilagen, Tates Creek Middle SchoolChampions of Change - Joey Ilagen, Tates Creek Middle School

    An eighth-grader at Tates Creek Middle School, Joey Ilagan, won the annual University of Kentucky Spelling Bee on the final word “toxicosis.” As a regional winner, he qualifies to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for May 28-June 3 outside Washington in National Harbor, Md. 

    An eighth-grader at Tates Creek Middle School, Joey Ilagan, won the annual University of Kentucky Spelling Bee on the final word “toxicosis.” As a regional winner, he qualifies to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for May 28-June 3 outside Washington in National Harbor, Md. 

  • Champions of Change - Chancelor Bennett, Chance the Rapper

    Champions of Change - Chancelor Bennett, Chance the Rapper

    Friday, March 10 2017 4:11 PM EST2017-03-10 21:11:58 GMT
    Champions of Change - Chance the RapperChampions of Change - Chance the Rapper

    Chance the Rapper, 23, Rapper, Activist | Hometown: Chicago, Illinois.  Chancelor Bennett, better known to his fans as Chance the Rapper, woke up America with his jazz-in fused, uplifting and spiritual rap lyrics in the 2016 album Coloring Book.  The unsigned artist has co-written for Kanye West and is nominated for 7 Grammys this year. 

    Chance the Rapper, 23, Rapper, Activist | Hometown: Chicago, Illinois.  Chancelor Bennett, better known to his fans as Chance the Rapper, woke up America with his jazz-in fused, uplifting and spiritual rap lyrics in the 2016 album Coloring Book.  The unsigned artist has co-written for Kanye West and is nominated for 7 Grammys this year. 

  • Champions of Change - Kane Brown

    Champions of Change - Kane Brown

    Friday, March 10 2017 4:09 PM EST2017-03-10 21:09:56 GMT
    Champions of Change - Kane BrownChampions of Change - Kane Brown
    Kane Brown, 23, Country Music Singer | Hometown: Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.  Country singer Kane Brown became a viral sensation after posting videos of himself singing pop songs on YouTube. He released his self-titled major label debut album in December 2016 and it shot to #1 on Billboard country chart, becoming the biggest country debut for a new artist in more than two years. The singer-songwriter -- who had a tough childhood, even living out of a car with his mom ...
    Kane Brown, 23, Country Music Singer | Hometown: Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.  Country singer Kane Brown became a viral sensation after posting videos of himself singing pop songs on YouTube. He released his self-titled major label debut album in December 2016 and it shot to #1 on Billboard country chart, becoming the biggest country debut for a new artist in more than two years. The singer-songwriter -- who had a tough childhood, even living out of a car with his mom ...
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