University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences News & Notes monthly e-newsletter
From the Director

Dr. Ann Vail Welcome to our new email newsletter. This electronic communication will allow us to share news and events from the School of HES. We invite you to share the newsletter with friends and to send us your feedback. This inaugural issue comes as the fall semester is well underway. Our undergraduate enrollment totals 885 and we have 76 graduate students (see the link below for details). We are preparing for our Hall of Fame ceremony on October 28, and are excited about the promise of this academic year.

Breakdown of HES enrollment by major
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Feature Stories

Three New Faculty Members
Join School of HES

The School of Human Environmental Sciences is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to campus. Each department has added a new faculty member as listed below. Follow the links to read a profile story each.

Welcome Dr. Alison Gustafson
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Welcome Dr. Tracy Lu
Assistant Professor, Department of Merchandising
Apparel and Textiles

Welcome Dr. Alexander Vaszonyi
John I. and Patricia J. Buster Endowed Professor
Department of Family Sciences

New UK Plaid products in stores now

Photo In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, a new selection of University of Kentucky Plaid products is now available. The student learning component of the project continues as well.

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SNAP-Ed Nutrition Lessons Engage Students in Eight Counties

Photo The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) provides nutrition education to limited resource adult and youth. In Clay, Johnsons, Laurel, Lee, Ohio, Owsley, Muhlenberg, and Pike counties, special school projects through the SNAP-Ed program have reached over 7,000 limited resource students with nutrition education. Students have demonstrated both knowledge gain and behavior change.

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Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Christy Little, a graduate student in the Department of Family Sciences in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She has been elected to serve as the student representative to the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Special congratulations to three HES students who will be serving as college ambassadors this year — Porsha Batts, a family sciences major from Paintsville, Kentucky; Meredith Cinnamon, a merchandising apparel and textiles and family and consumer sciences education major from Harrodsburg, Kentucky; and Gabe Jones, a human nutrition major from Frankfort, Kentucky.

The Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles Club Denim Drive kicked off the week of September 19 and will continue until October 31. The organization will collect jeans and other denim items to be recycled into insulation as part of the Cotton from Blue to Green Denim Drive sponsored through Cotton Incorporated. The goal this year is to collect more than 12,000 denim items. Questions can be emailed to

Alumni Notes

Congratulations to Patricia Brantley Todd and Peggy Meszaros, recipients of the UK Alumni Association Service Award.

Congratulations to Amelia Brown Wilson, recipient of the 2011 UK Alumni Association Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award.

Alumni Spotlight: Travis Adams (2009), Family Science.

More than 30 alumni attended the HES Reunion held on Saturday, September 10 as part of Ag Roundup. UK President Eli Capilouto visited with alumni briefly during the reception.

Focus on Faculty and Staff

Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Bastin on her appointment as Interim Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science.

Congratulations to Debra Cotterill who has been appointed Nutrition Education Program Director.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Buckner who transitioned to a post-retirement appointment in July. Liz was recognized for thirty years of service in Cooperative Extension in March.

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Miller-Spillman who has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the UK Institutional Review Board.

School News from UKAG

From fabric to fiber: UK's denim drive returns
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A recipe for success: UK College of Agriculture,
KDA team up to increase use of local foods

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Take the Health and Wealth Challenge
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Free high-adventure camps for military families
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Extension helps jump-start county's recycling program
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October 9:
2nd Sunday. Check for event details in your county.

October 16:
World Food Day

October 28:

2011 Hall of FameHES Hall of Fame Celebration honoring Dr. Betty Jean Brannan and Carolyn Workman Breeding.

Leading with Vision: Students, Professionals, and Families
open seminar, 1 p.m.,
128 Erikson Hall.
Download flyer

Induction Ceremony and Reception — 3:30 p.m., Hilary J. Boone Center.
Download invitation

For additional information,
visit our web page
or call (859) 257-3887.

October 31:
Last day to donate denim items to the MAT Club Denim Drive

Contact Us

School of Human Environmental Sciences
102 Erikson Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

(859) 257-3887

Director: Ann Vail, Ph.D.

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
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