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

Dr. Ann Vail Spring semester is well underway at UK and we look forward to an exciting 2013! This newsletter highlights accomplishments from 2012 and celebrates the work of our faculty, staff and students. We're excited for the promise of a new year and extend our best wishes to all of you.

Ann Vail
Ann Vail

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Feature Stories

School of HES Celebrates 2012 Grants and Scholarly Publications

January 7, faculty and staff from the School of HES gathered to celebrate accomplishments from 2012 and prepare for 2013. Faculty and staff were recognized for external funding awards and scholarly publications.

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2013 Building Strong Families Profiles Published

PhotoThe annual Building Strong Families Profiles have been released through Family and Consumer Sciences Extension. The profiles share a picture of economic and demographic characteristics of families in each county and report the response to families to relevant FCS Extension programs.

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Taking Ownership of Your Diabetes

PhotoIn Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, work is underway to provide education and support to those affected by diabetes.

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Kentucky Operation: Military Kids excels in 2012

PhotoThe Kentucky Operation: Military Kids program enjoyed a successful year of community activities and family camps. The totals are impressive — more than 5,000 participants, 590 volunteers, 3,300 hours of volunteer service, and over $54,000 in contributions and donations to support military families in the Kentucky area!

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Student Spotlight

The UK Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association (SDNA) continues to support the feeding program for the Kentucky Academy Kindergarten in Adjeikrom, Ghana. The organization recently presented a check for $1,100 to Dr. Kwaku Addo, co-founder of the Academy. The funds were raised by SDNA through donations and a series of bake sales.

More than 70 degree candidates from the School of HES participated in UK Commencement on Friday, December 14, 2012. Congratulations to our newest alumni!

Eight students successfully defended their master's thesis during the 2012 fall semester. View list

Alumni Notes

Four HES alumni were among the first 20 inductees for the College of Agriculture's Hall of Distinguished Alumni. HES alums inducted posthumously included Patricia Buster, Pauline Park Knapp, Opal Hurley Mann Green and Doris Tichenor. Full story

Each year, the School of HES recognizes outstanding individuals who have displayed a commitment to the betterment of their professions, their communities and the School of HES through induction into the HES Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted for the 2013 recognition. Nomination form

Save the Date: The 2013 Ag & HES Roundup will be held Saturday, September 7, just prior to the UK vs. Miami (Ohio) football game. We hope to see you there!

Focus on Faculty and Staff

Congratulations to:

Elizabeth Creed, Woodford County Extension Agent for FCS; Allison Lewis, Spencer County Extension Agent for FCS; and Lara Savage, Monroe County Extension Agent for FCS, who have been selected for the 2013 AAFCS Leadership Academy. Full story

Dr. Elizabeth Easter, Professor, Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles, who was invited to participate in GE's Women in Science and Engineering Symposium. Full story

Welcome to:

Ken Culp, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Family Sciences. Full story

School News from UKAG

Conference Continues Substance Abuse Work
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Extension Agents Work to Prevent Substance Abuse
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Ag Magazine features faculty, graduate from HES
The fall 2012 issue of Ag Magazine, published by the College of Agriculture, features the research of Dr. Alison Gustafson, Assistant Professor, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and spotlights the entrepreneurial work of Kate Horning, a 2012 dietetics graduate.
Stories and the full magazine
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February 9-13:
Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles Study Tour to New York City

March 7-8
Kentucky Health Literacy Summit hosted by Northern Kentucky University
More info

March 8-17
Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles Education Abroad: Florence, Italy

March 9-17
Hospitality Management and Tourism Education Abroad in partnership with Agricultural Economics: Panama

March 11-16
UK Spring Break

April 19
Color Me Spring Fashion Show

April 26
HES Student Awards Ceremony

May 5
UK Commencement

May 6-8
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Spring In-Service, Hyatt Regency and Lexington Convention Center, Lexington

May 6-9
Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association State Meeting, Hyatt Regency and Lexington Convention Center, Lexington

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University of Kentucky
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Director: Ann Vail, Ph.D.

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