By Drake Jackson, Freshman
The University of Kentucky is a big place. Coming from a county of average size
in the Purchase area of far-western Kentucky, I have never been a part of a
community nearly as large as UK. In fact, if I have learned anything from coming
to UK this year, it is how to interact and thrive on a campus larger than my
hometown in a city larger than my county and any two of its neighbors combined.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by such a change in magnitude.
It was in adjusting to this change that I discovered one of UK’s best-kept secrets
(and certainly its greatest): the admissions staff is telling the truth when they say
that UK is as big or as small as you make it! It doesn’t even take that much effort
to find your niche! For me and for so many other students in UK’s Honors
Program, one of the cornerstones of our UK niche is the Honors Program’s
“supermegafoxyawesomehot” Student Lounge!
If the potential for community is UK’s best-kept secret, the Student Lounge is the best-kept secret of the Honors
Program. Adjoining HonProg’s main offices on the third floor of Patterson Office Tower, the Lounge is a center for
community, productivity, and (ready for the cliché?) a heck of a lot of fun!
Let’s go ahead and get one the most important benefits of the Student Lounge out of
the way right off the bat: FOOD. If you don’t have any other motivation to get
yourself to 355 POT, just let the words “free” and “food” together move your legs for
you. In addition to small snacks that can be found at almost any time in the Lounge,
food left over from HonProg events and from the staff’s own generous kitchens tend
to turn up here as well. This doesn’t even include the free drinks and food provided
during finals week and at other special times of the year. We’re all poor college
students here, and there is no shame in visiting the Lounge to check out the foodstuffs!
The Lounge is not just a place for free food, either. The HonProg offices include most
of your core kitchen appliances, including a sink, a refrigerator, a microwave, a toaster
(named Marshmallow), and more! During normal hours, all of these appliances are
completely available for student use. I have witnessed students using the microwave
or toaster to whip up breakfast, lunch, or just a nice mid-afternoon snack using their
own food or the food provided by HonProg in the Lounge.
While we are discussing material benefits, let’s talk television. The Lounge is home to a massive Toshiba TV with a
55-inch screen. I have entered the Lounge to see on this screen everything from cartoons to Christmas movies to news
coverage of the Japanese tsunami. The general rule is that the TV is game for anyone who wants to watch it as long as
it’s not disturbing the hard work of other Lounge-goers. Plus, Honors Program Student Council, Honors faculty, and
the marvelous Honors staff use this giant piece of technology to host special movie events for learning, intellectual
discussion, or just for kicks!
(Continued on page 2)
(Continued from page 1)
As awesome as our Toshiba is, it is not even the most useful tech in the Lounge. Vastly more importantly to regular
Lounge-goers are the two computers reserved for student use. As with other computers on campus, students may
access them using their linkblue user ID and password. The main thing they have over other campus computers is the
FREE PRINTING offered to HonProg students!!! This is one of the most important benefits of the Lounge (for your
pocketbook and your convenience)!
Then, there’s always relaxation (and NAPS). The Lounge is fully
equipped with a large couch and (more significantly) a beanbag to
offer students a place where they can study, sleep, or do pretty much
anything in between.
I like naps, TV, free food, and free printing as much as the next
Honors student, but the Lounge really offers so much more than
these perks. The spirit of the Lounge is found in the indispensable
sense of community and solidarity attendees feel with others who
have similar values and goals in their lives. When you’re in the
Lounge, you are right down the hall from the entire Honors staff:
Meg (our Honors Program Academic Coordinator), Penny (jack of
all trades), and Connie (our budget officer who gets us the cool stuff for the Lounge). This means that notices about
career and research opportunities, HonProg events, and scholarships go up in the Lounge AND that the people who put
them up are right down the hall to answer questions. They are available to guide you through your college experience
in any way they can.
Even closer to the Lounge than the staff are the offices of some of our incredible Honors faculty! My favorite faculty-
related memory in the Lounge: the students in the Lounge began discussing British history, and no one in the room
was familiar with the exact meaning of some vocabulary. Out of nowhere, Dr. David Wilke popped out of his office
and into the lounge to answer the question in detail, providing a great deal of help to the student who had originated
the topic. The effect is literally like a transplant of an Honors classroom into the HonProg offices, in terms of the
strong intellectual community you feel with the professors—as well as their desire for your success.
Most important of all is the community felt with your fellow Honors
students in the Lounge. This feeling takes a different form for each
regular Lounge-goer. Some students find in the Lounge the one place
where massive UK shrinks into a manageable group of people with
whom you can form real relationships. Others make the Lounge a part
of their daily routine, making stopping by to see their friends integral
to their college experience. Some find rest in the middle of a busy day
when they just don’t have time to walk all the way back to The Lex or
For quite a few of us, the Lounge is literally home away from home.
We see our little corner of POT as the embodiment of one of the
primary objectives of the Honors Program itself—to provide for its students a “school within a school” characterized
by the fostering of our similarities, our differences, and, most centrally, our love and acceptance for knowledge and for
each other. Whether you’re at UK, already departed, or not quite here yet, let the Lounge be a shining example of why
you can be proud of YOUR university—and your Honors Program.
Abney, Joseph Feldkamp, Kelsey—Univ. of Denver Law School McCoy, Colleen—Teaching in Spain
Arnold, Andrew Field, Kelsey—Travel McKinney, Margaret—Teach for America,
Arnold, Erin—Physical Therapy School, Finley, Matthew Charlotte, NC
Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, TX Galloway, Sarah—Washington Univ. Law School Meihaus, Jennifer—Doctor of Physical Therapy
Baierlein, Brittany—Applying to Medical Ganim, Bryan—Univ. of Louisville School of Program, Univ. of Cincinnati
School Dentistry Meyer, Sarah
Baldridge, Kevin—Graduate School for Gathy, Alayna—College of Veterinary Medicine, Milanich, Ashlee—Graduate School for African
Ph.D. Auburn Development
Ballard, Corey Gatten, Olivia—Mercer Financial Consulting Mills, Sadie
Berkley, Adrian—UK Masters in Linguistics Firm Murphy, Alison
Besten, Hayley—UK Graduate School Gilberts, Allison Murphy, Richard—Pikeville College School of
Speech Pathology Goins, Lindsay—Ed.S. Degree in School Osteopathic Medicine
Binkley, Molly—Medical School Psychology Murray, David
Bohle, Clayton—NYU Tisch Asia School of Grant, Jason—Brown University Naik, Sahill
the Arts Graduate School Nataraj, Parvathi—UK Medical School
Bricken, Michael—Medical School Greer, Cody—Graduate School or Volunteer Needham, Craig—Graduate School, Chemical
Bridges, Max—UK Law School Work Engineering
Brislin, Chelsea—PhD in Art History Grisanti, Anna—School of Physical Therapy Newberry, Raven
Brooks, Jennifer—UK Medical School Grisanti, Margaret Nix, Ashtin—UK College of Medicine
Brown, Andrea Hall, Jonathan Oechslin, Emily—UK Master of Architecture
Calhoun, John Hickerson, Kristen Program
Cannon, Ryan—Assoc. Design Engineer, Hines, Sarah Oh, Hyun Seung—UK College of Dentistry
Link Belt Construction Hoeksema, Kelly—UK Civil Engineering Orr, Charles—UK BS/MBA Dual Degree Program
Carlson, Matthew—UK Marriage and Master’s Program Palmer, Patrick
Family Therapy Graduate Program Hofer, Elise—Vanderbilt Law School Patterson, Joseph—Univ. of Washington Law
Chan, Amie Yuen—MScPH - Charite - Hogan, Megan School
Universitatsmedizin Berlin Huddy, Joshua Payne, Lauren—Pharmacy School
Chapman, James—Master’s Middle East Hudson, Aaron Payne, Sarah
Studies, George Washington University Ighodaro, Eseosa—UK Medical School MD/PhD Penner, Gareth
Chen, Jennifer Program Penticuff, Ryan
Clouthier, Erin—PhD in Counseling Isaacs, Matthew Pfendt, Adrienne—Law School
Collins, Megan Jaglowicz, Ashley Purol, Zachary
Conroy, Peter—Graduate School Jenkins, Kenzie Quinn, Joseph—Vanderbilt Law School
Cox, Courtney Johnson, Bailey Read, Ashlyn
Cox, Jonathan—Working at Dept. of Johnson, Ryan Reed, Elizabeth
Defense Jones, Angela Reid, Max,
Craft-Jenkins, Molly Jones, Katie Renner, William
Creech, Kenneth Justice, Nikki—Graduate School - Reynolds, Katherine—Teach for America,
Cripe, Courtney—CPA exam Communication Disorders Charlotte, NC
Cui, Qiming Keathley, Samuel Richards, Mason—UK Master of Electrical
Cummings, Shea—Graduate School - Kelsch, Natalie—UK School of Dentistry Engineering Program
English Kessinger, Whitney Riney, Calvin
Dahlmann, Dana Kidd, Jonathan—UK Geotechnical Engineering Risen, Alexander—WYMT covering sports,
Darst, Meghan Master’s Program producing, and news
Daugherty, Tyler—Work in MLB Kipphut, Darlene Roberts, James
operations Kirk, Chelsea—PhD, Experimental Psychology, Robinson, Joshua—Master of Architecture
Davis, Rebecca—MBA Arizona State Univ. of Western Ontario Program
University Koontz, Raquelle—Teach abroad then Graduate Ross, Jennifer—Univ. of Cincinnati College of
Delfino, Krystal School Medicine
Delfino, Michael—Teach for America, Kuchle, Christina—Agricultural Ext work, PhD Schultz, Stacie—Graduate Program for Student
Appalachia Kwan, Loretta Affairs and Higher Education
Dillehay, Spencer Lampl, Chadwick Seelmeyer, Jillian
Dixon, Angela—Graduate School Lewis, Kelsey—Univ. of Louisville School of Seger, Michelle—George Washington Univ. Law
Donohue, Katherine Medicine School
Downer, Laura Long, Bethany Sennett, Lance—UK Graduate School - History
Duffy, Mary Lynch, Eloise—MIC program and Diplomacy
Ebelhar, Sarah—MBA/Sports Madison, Megan Senninger, Victoria
Administration, Ohio University Maggard, Lindsey Shapiro, Jenna—Doctoral degree in Biomedical
Evans, Margaret Mancuso, Nicholas—UK Medical School Sciences at Oxford or Cambridge
Fallin, Tyler McCord, Lauren Shepard, Natalie—Account Coordinator, Morach
(Continued on page 4)
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list.
by Dominique Comer, Class of 2011
As a former Singletary scholar and member of the UK Honors Program, I have to
go back to my roots and acknowledge what has brought me to where I am. This
coming May, I am proud to say that I will graduate as a doctor of pharmacy and will
continue my education in an outcomes research/Master’s of Science program in
Philadelphia. I have been able to achieve many successes and it all started when I
joined the Honors Program.
When I came to the University of Kentucky in 2005, I knew I wanted to participate
in the Honors Program as I wanted something that would enrich my experience
while I was here. When I joined, I was challenged to strive for the best through the
honors curriculum and extracurricular events. As a member, I gave my time serving
the community and developed leadership skills. During my first year, I volunteered to take on a leadership role with a
university-wide blood drive. By collecting donations from local businesses, I was able to create goody bags for
students who donated blood and it made an impact! As I began to show my abilities, I was given more responsibilities
within the program. Eventually, I became an Honors Program ambassador, where I was able to speak to high school
students about the program and the importance of leadership.
One of the most important things that I got out of this program was the chance to build up a network throughout the
university. The faculty and staff in the Honors Program became my mentors and advisors in my undergraduate years,
and they guided me as I began my career path. I believe this is what helped me to reach the next step in my education.
Even before my freshman year in college, I knew I wanted to become a pharmacist; with my background in the
Honors Program, I could already present myself as a student who would go above and beyond what was expected.
This proved to give me that necessary advantage and I was admitted into the UK College of Pharmacy after only two
years of undergraduate work.
Even in pharmacy school, I still upheld the same high expectations that were set for me in my undergraduate years
through the Honors Program. I explored the field of health outcomes research and continued to develop myself as a
leader. I eventually became president of the local chapter of a pharmacy organization and I am now currently on the
national executive board.
Even though it has been four years since I have been a part of the Honors Program, I still keep in touch and am
always willing to give back, as the program has given to so much to me. Being a part of the Honors Program set the
tone for my career path; I encourage everyone to join the Honors Program. See how far you can go!
2011 Graduates (cont’d)
(Continued from page 3) Taylor, Tiffany Warrier, Govind
Thomas, Conor Welch, Michala
Skaggs, Tara Thomas, Jacqueline Wellman, Brandon—UK Master of Mechanical
Smith, Lauren—Law School Toebbe, Elizabeth—UK Physician Assistant Engineering Program
Smith, Shannon—Univ. of Louisville School of Program Wilcox, Sally
Dentistry Valentine, Duncan Willoughby, Blake—UK MBA/JD Dual
Snapp, William Wahl, Allison—Graduate School, Speech Program
Stamper, Brandon Language Pathology Wimberly, Katherine—UK Medical School
Straub, Stephanie Walden, Megan—UK Pharmacy School Xu, Yanhuan
Tangney, Kimberly Wallenhorst, Peter—UK Medical School Zimmerman, Courtney
Tate, Holly Wallingford, Jacob
Taul, Wesley—Tax Associate, Walsh, John
PricewaterhouseCoopers Ward, Calvin
U.K. Honors Program—50 Years Old!
By Frank Ettensohn, Director
In 2011, the U.K. Honors Program is 50 years old! The program was begun in 1961 by Dr. Stephen Diachun, a
Professor of Plant Pathology in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Kentucky. None of us is certain why
Dr. Diachun was asked to develop the Honors Program, and unfortunately there is no institutional memory going back
that far, but it may well have been “…out of respect for his thoroughness, for his open-minded conservatism, and for
his dogged insistence on excellence and good educational policies,” as one colleague observed. Not only was Dr.
Diachun the first Director of the Honors Program, but he also made many contributions in understanding plant diseases,
he was chair of his department, he was a member of the Board of Trustees, President of the Faculty Senate, and
Chairman of the University Senate Council. For five years, Dr. Diachun was Director of the Honors Program, and he
was succeeded by Dr. Robert O. Evans, a Professor of English. Many of our alumni still remember Dr. Evans, and it
was apparently Dr. Evans who put in place the famous Kentucky colloquia, variations of which we are still using in the
program. Dr. Evans instituted what he called the “University of Chicago approach,” a history-of-ideas style, using the
methodology of small-class, community-based learning, an approach that we still largely use today. He indicated that
“it is not the business of the Honors curriculum to provide students with knowledge about anything,” but rather “to
prepare students for coherent conceptual inquiry.” In other words, he wanted to make learning relevant rather than the
mere accumulation of knowledge for practical purposes. These concepts are still very much at the heart of what we do
in the Honors Program today; so in celebrating our 50th anniversary, we must also honor the two men whose foresight
and wisdom established the program and provided much of its methodology.
In an attempt to make the program even more relevant and open it to more students, the program will be undergoing
several changes in the next few years. The most notable of these will be expanding the number of disciplines through
which the Honors process of learning is used, increasing the number of students in the program, and integrating the
University program with those of the various colleges and departments.
So we invite you to come and share your memories and learn about changes in the program at our 50th Anniversary
celebration on September 9–10, 2011, at the University of Kentucky. We will invite former directors and professors,
and of course, you — past and present students — to help us celebrate. A committee headed by Dr. Rayma Beal
(Honors professor) and including Dr. Jane Vance (Honors professor), Dr. Jim Albisetti (Honors professor), Dr. Larry
Grabau (Honors professor), Dr. Frank Ettensohn (Director), Kate Johnson (former Honors staff), Connie Duncan
(Honors staff), Remona Edenfield (Development), George Weick (1970’s), Dr. Drew Andrews (1980’s), Megan Engle
(2000’s) and Jon Milby (2000’s) is presently developing a program for the event. The committee is still working on the
program, but at present it will probably include a campus tour, a series of symposia and presentations by former and
present faculty and students, a banquet, brunch, the possibility of attending a U.K. football game, and of course,
opportunities to meet old friends and former faculty. This will be an important year for the Honors Program, and we
would very much like to extend the invitation for you to come and help us celebrate 50 years of excellence.
UK Honors Program 50th Anniversary Celebration
September 9 & 10, 2011
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 9, Boone Center Saturday, September 10, Patterson Office Tower, 18th Floor
2:00—2:50 Honors to Careers—Liberal Arts Education in a 11:00—1:00 Brunch/Tailgate Reception (free)
Technological World—5 sessions 1:00—2:30 Tours of campus with current Honors students
3:00—3:50 What Honors Program Students are doing Now—4 sessions
4:00—4:50 Reconnect with your “old” professors—4 sessions
(All presentations 2:00-5:00 are free) Kentucky Football Game-Commonwealth Stadium
5:00—6:30 Cocktail Reception—cash bar $40 per ticket
6:45—8:30 Dinner—$50 per person with keynote speaker
8:30—9:15 Entertainment by Honors faculty and students (time to be determined later).
Registration for all events will be forthcoming from UK Alumni Association
Class Profile: HON 205-001
On February 14, the Honors Lounge hosted an audio performance
of Stanislaw Witkiewicz’ 1923 Futurist drama The Crazy
Locomotive by the members of Dr. Greenway’s HON 205
colloquium. “As many modern paintings lack an object,” Dr.
Greenway explained, “this play sacrifices plot, characterization
and thesis for energy and zaniness.” Sound effects become as
important as dialogue, with the crew creating a careening
locomotive by rubbing corrugated pizza boxes with Bic pens.
“Each Honors instructor brings a unique background of interests and
talents to class,” says Dr. Greenway. “I have always had an interest in
acting and radio.” Merely reading script for class, he contends, leaves the
drama inert: “rather like reading a review of a concert.” Dramas need
performance to come alive, and students need to have the experience of
live performance and its uniqueness.
From a practical point of view, Dr. Greenway would like
to help students overcome their fear of public
performance and show them the techniques of speaking
into microphones. “Whether you’re on stage or in an
interview,” he says, “we all need to learn to connect with
an audience.” Besides, he continues, doing drama
allows you to become somebody else for a little while
and not be considered demented.
Readers can listen to the audio file of The Crazy
Locomotive on the class website, www.engjlg.net .
Honors Program Student Creates Foreign Language Journal
by Shady El-Maraghi, Honors Program Junior
Starting a campus foreign language journal, or any type of campus journal for that matter, can be something of a
nightmare. But sometimes, you realize you are just dreaming and you change the nightmare to something more
pleasant. This has largely been my experience with starting In fi nI, an undergraduate multilingual literary journal. It
bothered me that people who wrote in English could get published in other campus journals, but that if you were
writing in a different language, there was no way to get read. You could say my interest in writing in other languages
started with my first study abroad trip to France (I might add, generously funded by the Honors Program) when I kept a
personal journal in French. It really took flight the second time I went to France (thankfully, with no lack of funding
from HP), when I was producing things I thought people would want to read. But where to publish? Where to get it in
print? No one would ever be overwhelmed by my attempt at prose! Hopefully, no one will ever have to feel this way
again, and students will have a venue for their foreign language writing.
In fi nI, a student-run, faculty-juried, foreign language literary journal at UK is looking for submissions. Submissions
are being accepted in French, German, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic. Submit your poetry, prose, fiction, and other
creative work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and submission guidelines, visit http://infiniuky.wordpress.com/.
Honors Program Student Represents UK at NCUR
Junior music major Lindsay Baranowski is no stranger to performing in front of a large audience;
however, she is usually accompanied by the members of the University of Kentucky Symphony
Band. On April 2nd, 2011, Baranowski presented her independent project, “Color My World: a
Study of Synaesthesia’s Occurrence in Musicians,” at the National Conference on Undergraduate
Research at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. “It was an amazing opportunity,” said Baranowski,
“I couldn’t have done it without help from the Honors Program.”
Baranowski described her project as “an investigation into a relatively unknown psychological condition. Synaesthesia
is best described as ‘hearing color’ or ‘tasting shapes.’ While those who are synaesthetic don’t necessarily ‘taste
shapes,’ they do experience the crossing of senses that synaesthesia is best known for. “I was excited to explore this
topic because it has had a profound effect on artists and musicians.” Baranowski interviewed several subjects and
presented her findings regarding the impact teaching style has on synaesthetic musicians.
In addition to providing her with a faculty mentor for the project (Alan Hersh, School of Music), Baranowski received
funding from the Honors Program, which helped cover travel, hotel and conference costs. “I highly encourage Honors
students to take advantage of all the opportunities Honors has to offer them. I received class credit for my project,
worked one-on-one with a faculty member, and had the opportunity to travel. I feel like my college experience has
been unique because I chose to participate in Honors.”
Honors program students come from all academic colleges and disciplines, and are involved in a number of activities
on campus. Baranowski is double majoring in music and Spanish, and serves as the president of the Mock Trial Team
as well as the Student Coordinator for the Honors Program Ambassador Team.
First Honors Alumni Reunion
by Frank Ettensohn, Director
As last year’s spring semester drew to a close, I received an interesting call from Irene Dorzback (class of 1973) asking
if I could come and speak about the current Honors Program. What I soon discovered was that she was part of a
handful of Honors graduates from the 1970’s who had organized the first Honors alumni reunion. So on July 17, 2010,
about forty 70’s-vintage Honors graduates assembled in Lexington at the Campbell House for the reunion. Graduates
came from as far away as California, New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C. George Weick (class of 1973) from
Lexington did most of the organizing work in putting the reunion together, whereas Irene and several others formed a
planning committee to assist. The reunion began with a campus tour led by
Meg Marquis (class of 2001 and current Honors Program Senior Academic
Coordinator) and ended with a banquet and a reception at the Campbell House.
The group was then treated to some country classics by Chris McGlone (class of
1973) on the banjo and his wife Ellen on the fiddle. Dr. Jane Vance was in
attendance and many UK memories were shared. George Weick is currently
Director of the Institute of Liberal Studies and the Integrative Studies Program
at Kentucky State University and is also a member of the UK Honors 50th
Anniversary Committee. Irene Dorzback is currently an Assistant Dean in the
Law School at NYU.
If your group would like to do something for an Honors reunion, please let us know, as we would be glad to help.
External Scholarship News
Yuen (Amie) Chan, a senior with a double major in biology and economics, and has been selected to receive the
Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study in Berlin, Germany this fall. The Fulbright Program is funded by the U.S.
Department of State and offers opportunities for scholars, professionals, and students to study, teach, or do research
abroad. The Fulbright Program’s main purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries
around the world. Amie will use her Fulbright funding to undertake a Master of Science in Public Health program,
called "Health and Society: International Gender Studies in Berlin," at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin School of
Public Health in Berlin, Germany. The master’s study focuses on the principles of transnationalism, interculturalism,
gender perspectives, and the promotion of women. Upon completion of the master’s degree, Amie plans to enter
medical school to become a successful physician and public health leader.
Greg Bousamra, an Honors Program sophomore majoring in German and Physics, was awarded the
Heidelberg Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg,
founded in 1386, is the oldest university in Germany and is now considered to be the center of modern
research and study in Germany. Aside from the intense language immersion he will experience, Greg is
also excited to take Physics courses where many science notables, including Dmitri Mendeleev and
Gustav Kirchhoff, studied.
Junior Philip Houtz has been named a Goldwater Scholar and will receive a scholarship for up to two years of
undergraduate study. Houtz is among 275 students nationwide awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship this
year. This year's Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics,
science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Houtz
plans to pursue a career as an entomology researcher.
Senior Jason Rexroat received an honorable mention recognition from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and
Excellence in Education Program.
By Meg Marquis, Senior Academic Coordinator and 2001 Honors Program Alumna
It is with immense pride that I watch the plans unfold for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Honors Program from
behind my desk in 355 Patterson Office Tower.
Thirteen years ago, I was anxiously preparing to embark on my college journey – I was buying extra-long sheets
printed with motorcycles and worrying about whether my frog backpack was quirky or dorky (in retrospect, it’s pretty
clear to me it was the latter) and looking at my fall schedule of classes over and over again to try to make them less
When I arrived on campus, the Honors Program was a place of support, camaraderie, and shared intellectual
enthusiasm, and my memories of my four years in the program all come back to these themes. After meeting him at the
welcome session for new students, Dr. Albisetti remembered me every time I saw him after that, regardless of how
long it had been since the last time. I remember sitting between Mandy and Stephen in the Miller Hall classroom,
alternately pushing each other to think harder and more critically about a text and smothering giggles at notes we
couldn’t stop ourselves from sliding back and forth. I still have papers written for Dr. Wilke about The Haunting of
Hill House, his extensive and detailed feedback filling the margins of every page. I was in the little Boyd Hall
computer lab when an email arrived from Kate Johnson encouraging me to apply for a job as a tutor at the Writing
Center in late fall of my freshman year at the University of Kentucky.
Today, I fill – as I have for the last six years – Kate’s considerable shoes as the academic coordinator for the program.
It turns out that Dr. Albisetti remembers all of his students as well as he did me; he brings me clippings and news of
the amazing things our alums are doing, some as recent as last year’s graduates and some stretching to many years
before my enrollment at the university. When I stroll from my office to the student lounge, I’m as likely to overhear a
heated argument about the works of Machiavelli as I am to overhear spirited sing-alongs to YouTube videos.
Throughout the semester, students arrive in steady streams to pick up ink-laden papers from Dr. Wilke’s mailbox, and
that job that Kate encouraged me to apply for? Well, taking advantage of that one small nudge so long ago set in
motion a chain of events that truly led me to where I am today, and I try to remember that with every piece of
information I now have access to pass along to my Honors students.
Despite the inevitable changes that come with such a long-lived program, it’s exciting for me to be witness to the fact
that the heart of it stays the same. My experience has been and continues to be shared by so many others. In my
ongoing interactions with students, faculty, alumni, parents, and staff, I know that the Honors Program continues to be
an invaluable scholarly community that challenges its members to become the most complete people they can be,
citizens of the world who know that they are capable of accomplishing great things and who have the generosity to
share their considerable talents. While I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones in September at our
anniversary festivities, it is truly this ongoing spirit of taking potential and molding it into meaningful, thoughtful
existence that is cause for celebration.
Christine Elder, ‘89, currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique.
Sandra Pierre Thornbury, ‘92, pharmacist and owner/operator of Care More Pharmacy in Dorton, KY.
Kelly Cummings, ‘02, ‘03, Director, Corporate Relations, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Louisville, KY.
Jeanie Atkins, ‘76, Partner, U.S. Rewards Segment Lead, Mercer, Louisville, KY
Please send any contact and information updates to email@example.com.
UK and the Fall 2010 Kentucky Honors Roundtable
By Frank Ettensohn, Director
All Honors students are expected to do a research project or two during their tenure in the program. For some, that research
will be a class project; for others, that research is a final project with a faculty mentor that may take a year or more to
complete. Either way, it has been said that research is not really research until it has been presented to the public in some
way. So we are often looking for various venues in which our students can present their research publicly.
One such venue is the Kentucky Honors Roundtable. For the roundtable, twice a year all Kentucky honors programs meet at
one of the involved state universities, and facilities are set up so that students can present their research in student-moderated
symposia to other honors students and faculty from across the state. Last fall, four of our students presented their research at
the roundtable at Western Kentucky University, based on both class projects and mentored research. Lindsay Baranowski
presented a paper entitled, “Music is the Subject, Film is the Medium: An Analysis of View Perception and Expectation.”
Chelsea Kirk, on the other hand, presented her research work about “Acquisition of Spontaneous Mid-Session Reversal in
Rats,” whereas Damarias Moore and Brooke Davies did a dual presentation entitled, “Respect and an Industrial Food
System: How America’s Failures Could Save India.”
One cannot help but compare the perceived quality of papers presented by students from one program to another, and I must
admit that I am biased toward our own students. But whatever objectivity I may possess at these times tells me that our
students always stand out and represent our University well. We look forward to bringing more outstanding students to this
valuable academic forum in future semesters.
Kentucky Honors Roundtable meets in the fall and spring semesters. Any Honors student who would like to present their
research should contact Meg Marquis in the Honors Program Office, 257-3111, at the beginning of the semester in which
they want to present.
Faculty Profile: Dr. Sonya Jones
By Frank Ettensohn, Director
Dr. Sonya L. Jones has been a well-known Honors professor since 2004 at the University of Kentucky,
and she originally hails from a family of educators in Kentucky. In fact, she grew up in Somerset,
Kentucky, where she graduated from Somerset High School. In 1969, she graduated from Union College
and went on to complete her M.A. at the University of Louisville in 1971 in the fields of modern literature
and linguistics. For nearly a decade thereafter, she worked as a professional writer and editor in Atlanta.
Soon afterwards, she entered graduate school at Emory University’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and
in 1983 completed her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary research, involving religion, literature, and culture. For nearly 20 years
afterwards, she taught English and multicultural studies at Allegheny College, a well-known liberal arts institution in
northwestern Pennsylvania. While at Allegheny College she founded the Allegheny Review, the nation’s only journal for
creative, undergraduate writing, and has presented at the American Academy of Religion, the American Culture Association,
the Asian American Association, and the Modern Language Association. In addition, she has lectured at universities in
Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, as well as in the United States, and has traveled around the world as a part of the Faculty
Semester at Sea. She has also edited two books and published a collection of poems. She was recently elected to the
Educator’s Hall of Fame at Union College as well as to Union’s Board of Trustees. Since returning to Somerset in 2000, she
helped to found the Jones Educational Foundation and the Jones Scholars Program, of which she is President and CEO. The
foundation runs the Slate Branch Retreat House, which has become a Somerset community center for educational and multi-
cultural issues, healthy living, and healthy eating.
Dr. Jones teaches in the Western Cultural Heritage and World Food Issues tracks in the Honors Program and offered our first
service-learning course, as well as proseminars in comparative world religions. This year she offered for the first time a
proseminar entitled, “Indian Religion and Culture in the Modern World,” which will serve as the basis for a two-week
Honors course/trip to India in the 2011–2012 Winter Intersession. Dr. Jones indicates that her purpose as an educator, “is to
help create world citizens who are capable of seeing beyond the polarities of us and them,” and this is a purpose that
resonates well with some of our major goals in Honors.
Honors Program Scholarships and Awards
Women & Philanthropy
• Courtney Cox—will spend the fall semester studying the Spanish language, Latin American cultures and development in
• Megan Freeman—will travel to India during winter intersession.
• Allison McVey—will be doing a summer internship with LightForce International Ministries, a non-profit organization in
• Ben Norton—has been selected as a “New Generations Exchange Student” and will be living in Cremona, Italy, for the
• Tiffany Patrick—will travel to India during winter intersession.
• Alexandra Sehon—will travel to India during winter intersession.
• Khercie Smith—will travel to Ecuador this summer.
• Amie Chan—Accepted into the one-year Master of Science in Public Health Program called “Health & Society: International
Gender and Diversity Studies in Berlin”.
Student Skills and Development
• Jessica Anderson—attending an eight-week intensive summer Arabic program at the Yarmounk University in Irbid, Jordan.
• Daniel Gipson—taking an Education Abroad travel course to Italy and France.
• Jillian Harris—attending The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Science’s eight-week program at Georgetown
University this summer.
• Jessica Parks—attending a 5-week summer study abroad in Florence, Italy.
• Joshua Nation—taking an Education Abroad travel course to Italy and France.
• Elizabeth Greenfield—studying and researching classical theatre in Paris for the summer.
Independent Project Award
• Thomas Manning—doing nutritional research with Kentucky State University’s Division of Aquaculture. This project will
evaluate human nutritional values of the cyanobacteria, Arthrospira, under differing salinity.
Kate Johnson Scholarship
• Jacob Adams—taking an Education Abroad travel course to Italy and France.
• Damarias Moore—attending the KIIS Paris II program this summer.
• Kate Vegh—taking an Education Abroad travel course to Italy and France.
Raymond Betts Crystal Award
• Libby Ebelhar—has served as the student coordinator for the Honors Program Ambassador Team for the last two years. She
was honored with the Raymond Betts Crystal Award for service not only for her considerable efforts in this role, but also for
her ongoing commitment to help recruit for and champion the program.
University of Kentucky
355 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
We’re on the Web!
Honors Program Scholarships and Awards Recipients
Recipients from left to right: Jessica Parks, Kate Vegh, Jill Harris, Daniel Gipson, Jessica Anderson, Jacob Adams,
Tiffany Patrick, Elizabeth Greenfield, Thomas Manning, Amie Chan, Damarias Moore, Josh Nation, Libby Ebelhar.
Not pictured: Courtney Cox, Megan Freeman, Allison McVey, Ben Norton, Alexandria Sehon, Khercie Smith.