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News & Notes
From the Director
Dr. Ann Vail As a new year begins, it is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments in 2014. It truly was a landmark year in the School of Human Environmental Sciences. We celebrated the Centennial for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, experienced continued growth in our student enrollment, increased our grant portfolio well above $10 million, honored the accomplishments of our alumni and welcomed new faculty and staff. Our commitment to service has never been stronger and new initiatives showcase that commitment. I encourage you to take time to reflect upon your year as you begin 2015.

With warmest wishes,

Ann Vail Ann Vail

You can reach Dr. Vail at ann.vail@uky.edu
Feature Stories
HES faculty, students attend
United Nations ceremony
for new PUSH initiative

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On December 9, Dr. Ann Vail, Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences; Dr. Sandra Bastin, Chair, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition; Dr. Tammy Stephenson, Assistant Professor, Dietetics and Human Nutrition; and students Walter Brown, Victoria Bastin, Mary Boulanger and Jevincio Tooson were in New York City at the United Nations for a very special event. The group attended the signing ceremony for the Presidents' Commitment to Food and Nutritional Security, with Dr. Vail representing UK President Eli Capilouto. The event was a part of the new PUSH initiative — Presidents United to Solve Hunger.

Read more about the PUSH initiative
UK family scientist named editor
of prestigious journal


Photo Dr. Jason Hans, Associate Professor, Department of Family Sciences, was recently named editor of Family Relations, a publication of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Hans, who is also serving on NCFR's Future of Family Science Taskforce, joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 2004.

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UK unveils historical marker
honoring FCS Extension,
Myrtle Weldon


Photo Family and Consumer Sciences Extension personnel honored an early, influential extension educator and their program's centennial anniversary with a historical marker. The marker was unveiled Dec. 2 outside of the Myrtle Weldon Suite in the E.S. Good Barn on the University of Kentucky's campus.

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UK named USDA national coordinating center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently named the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences a national coordinating center for excellence in nutrition education and obesity prevention research.

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Student Spotlight
Photo Student leaders launch The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky
Student leaders from the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, with faculty and administrative support from the department and the School of Human Environmental Sciences, recently celebrated the launch of The Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky. Students are gleaning unused food from UK Dining that would otherwise go to waste and providing meals to those in need in the Lexington community.

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The Campus Kitchen was also the focus of the UK at the Half radio segment broadcast during the UK vs. UCLA basketball game on December 20, 2014.
Listen to the segment
Photo Hospitality management students and faculty visit Boyle County High School
A panel of upper-class students and faculty members from the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management recently shared information with students at Boyle County High School.

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Alumni Notes
Ag & HES Alumni Winter Event
set for January 13

Join fellow alumni for a fun evening on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The annual Winter Event will be held at the Downtown Lexington Hyatt Regency beginning at 6 p.m. Following the meal, alumni will cheer on the UK Wildcats as they take on the Missouri Tigers at 9 p.m. in Rupp Arena.

Additional information and registration
Focus on Faculty and Staff
Photo Montgomery joins FCS Extension as curriculum specialist
Earlier this fall, Teresa Montgomery transferred to campus as the Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Curriculum Specialist after serving two years as Knox County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.

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Photo Hege and Schwartz join Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
The Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition welcomed two new members earlier this fall. Aaron Schwartz serves as a lecturer and director of the dietetic internship and Amanda Hege is the new director of community outreach.

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Events
January 13
Ag & HES Alumni Association Winter Event, 6:30 p.m. (EST), Hyatt Regency, Lexington Kentucky
More Info
January 14
First day of classes for the spring 2015 semester
January 19
Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
January 30
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Hall of Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony
February 23-27
Family and Consumer Sciences Extension training week
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Contact Us
School of Human Environmental Sciences
102 Erikson Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
40506-0050

(859) 257-3887

Director: Ann Vail, Ph.D.
ann.vail@uky.edu
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