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

Dr. Ann Vail It is hard to believe that more than six weeks have passed since Commencement! The eight-week summer session is moving quickly and summer advising conferences are underway. We look forward to exciting days ahead and a busy fall semester.

Ann Vail
Ann Vail

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Feature Stories

UK students participate in financial simulation

Photo The "It's Your Reality!" financial simulation provides an opportunity for students to learn about the financial realities they will face after college. Read about the successful launch for this event in March and plans for the fall semester.

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School of HES honors student excellence


Congratulations to HES Students of Excellence and Distinction. Student of Excellence awards were presented to eight outstanding students. Blake Dickens and Brett Dickens, twin brothers majoring in human nutrition, were named as Undergraduate Students of Distinction. Laura Frey, doctoral student in family sciences, was named as Graduate Student of Distinction.

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Evaluating cost vs. convenience

Photo Students in FAM 402 evaluated the cost of convenience during a special class activity this past spring semester.

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Student Spotlight

Welcome to our newest alumni! Twenty-five graduate students and approximately 300 undergraduates from the School of HES were recognized at UK Commencement May 5, 2013.

Congratulations to HES students Kayla Brackman, Kenya Frazier, Christa Childers, and Kenyatta Chandler. These four outstanding students have been named as ambassadors for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for 2013-2014. Full story

Congratulations to Meredith Cinnamon, graduate student in the Department of Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles. Cinnamon received first place in the Herman & Myrtle Student Paper Competition at the 2013 American Association of Colorists and Chemists International Conference. Meredith is presenting her work at the Interflam International Conference in Windsor, United Kingdom in late June. Full story

Alumni Notes

Congratulations to alumnus Patricia Brantley Todd! Mrs. Todd received the Winner's Circle Award from the Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
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Photo by Neil Sulier Photography
Focus on Faculty and Staff

Congratulations to:

PhotoDr. Min-Young Lee, Department of Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles for her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure.

PhotoDr. Ingrid Adams, Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. Dr. Adams received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study disparities in obesity prevention for Asian Americans.

PhotoDr. Amy Hosier, Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Family Sciences. Dr. Hosier was received the 2013 Applied Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society and was named as a "Teacher Who Made a Difference" by the UK College of Education.

Welcome to:

Two new county Extension Agents for Family and Consumer Sciences who completed orientation on-campus in April.
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PhotoDr. Cherry Kay Smith, Extension Curriculum Specialist with Family and Consumer Sciences Extension.
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School News from UKAG

UK students develop UK dining app
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Champion Food Volunteers ready to take knowledge to communities
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Extension office bands together to connect with military families
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June 28-30:
Operation: Military Kids Family Camp, Robinson Forest Adventure Family Camp (open to all military families)
Information and application packet

July 19-22:
Military Teen Adventure Camp, Red River Gorge Extreme Rock Climbing, Rappelling and Canopy Excursion
More info

August 2-4:
Military Teen Adventure Camp, The Amazing Life Adventure Center Endurance Challenge
More info

August 9-11:
Operation: Military Kids Family Camp, YMCA Camp Piomingo Outdoor Extravaganza Family Camp (open to all military families)
Information and application packet

August 28:
First day of classes for fall semester

September 7:
AG & HES Alumni Roundup
More info

September 10:
HES Welcome Picnic, 4-5:30 p.m., Erikson Hall front lawn

October 18:
HES Hall of Fame, 3:30 p.m., Hilary J. Boone Center

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School of Human Environmental Sciences
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University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

(859) 257-3887

Director: Ann Vail, Ph.D.

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