News in Brief

Alumni Family

Upcoming Events

  • Joe T. Davis Memorial/Ag & HES Alumni Association Golf Tournament
    FrIday, May 11

  • Area Summer Events

June 5—Wilderness Trail
June 7—Northern Kentucky
June 25—Northeast
June 28—Louisville
June 29—Licking River
July 14—Bluegrass
July 19—Lake Cumberland
July 27—Purchase
July 29—Mammoth Cave
July 30—Green River
July 31—Pennyrile
Aug. 2—Quicksand Area
Aug. 4—Lincoln Trail
Aug. 6—Fort Harrod

  • Summer Board Meeting, Saturday, Aug. 4
  • Roundup Saturday, Sept. 15
  • 50 Year Reunion, Thursday, Oct. 18
  • Fall Board Meeting, Saturday, Nov. 3
  • Scholarship Luncheon, Saturday, Nov. 10



Platinum: $10,000+

Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance
Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation

Gold: $5,000–$9,999

Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives Inc. & Kentucky‘s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives
Kentucky Poultry Federation
Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Inc.

Silver: $2,500–$4,999

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America
Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau
University of Kentucky Alumni Association
University of Kentucky Horticulture Department
Whayne Supply Company

Wildcat: $1,000+

Kentucky Corn Growers Association
Kentucky State Fair Board

Blue: $500–$999

Hands On Originals
Kingsford Manufacturing Co.
Southern States Cooperative
Workman Tobacco Seed Inc.

White: $250–$499

AgriBusiness Association of Kentucky
Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association
The Council for Burley Tobacco
Embassy Suites Hotels
H & R Agri-Power
Hyatt Regency Lexington


Half-a-World Away

While American workers report spending an average of 46 minutes commuting to work, Scott Hostetler spends 15 hours.
That’s because he often commutes to Asia.
Scott Hostetler

Hostetler, ’88, and four other University of Kentucky Landscape Architecture alumni work for HZS USA Landscape (Hostetler Zhang Studer), a company Hostetler founded. One of the world’s largest international landscape architecture design firms, the company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Manila and more than 600 designers worldwide.


Hostetler has to his credit more than 400 built landscapes in China alone. He launched the company in 2006 and, along the way, added fellow UK graduates Matt Zehnder, ’88, Spencer Holt, ’88, David White, ’88, and Mark Arnold, ’85, to the expanding HZS talent base.

Shanghai Gemdale roof garden park

Scott Hostetler began his career journey as a UK Landscape Architecture student. Now, 24 years later, the firm he founded designs projects throughout Asia, including the Shanghai Gemdale roof garden park that transitions down to an existing river and famous nature park preserve. Photo credit: Scott Hostetler

Each of them tries to overlap their travel schedules to coordinate their work on more than 150 active landscape projects. In the last two years HZS has been awarded China’s highest landscape design award by the China Central Government in Beijing.

“Our sustainable and regenerative-based landscape architecture built work is being celebrated by our peers worldwide as a direct result of our personalized service,” Hostetler says.

Matt Zehnder, who lives in Shelbyville, recalls how he came on board with HZS in 2008.

“Scott called me out of the blue asking me to come to work for him, because his business in Asia was booming. He said with a grin, ‘I need you in China in about a week,’” Zehnder said. “Scott had me fill in for him on this high profile estate project which ultimately morphed into a full-time position.”

Maybe it was only natural that Hostetler would have so much faith in Zehnder.

After all, Zehnder was best man in Hostetler’s wedding and the two attended graduate school together at the University of Pennsylvania.

Zehnder says it is a dream job.

“I have spent many years asking other people, ‘How did you fall into that great position you’re in?’ We now find ourselves having coffee together sometimes in Shanghai, Hong Kong, or Tibet and talking about how amazing, rewarding, and unique our lives have become.”

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort illuminates the Tibetan landscape. Its dramatic feature courtyard was designed by HZS USA Landscape, founded by College of Agriculture alumnus Scott Hostetler. Hostetler's team was inspired by the Lhasa riverside landscape that existed years ago in that location. Photo credit: Scott Hostetler

HZS USA Landscape continued to expand. In direct response to the new opportunities, Holt became director of golf course design and development; White, director of construction documentation; and Arnold, design director for the Shanghai Office.

“With built work and contracts in more than 100 Chinese cities, these directors are on airplanes daily, meeting with clients and providing great service.” Hostetler said.

In 2011, HZS USA grossed nearly $33 million. One of the main reasons for the tremendous success is the landscape design innovation and quality work that HZS USA has introduced to China.

“This has been a fantastic opportunity, and we have been blessed to be able to share this amazing experience together,” Hostetler said, referring to working with his fellow UKAg alums.



In 2011, we honored the lifetime achievements of three remarkable and dedicated individuals, whose contributions to the University and the world will continue to impact people for years to come.

Human Environmental Sciences

Betty Jean Brannan

Nothing seemed to limit Betty Jean Brannan, Ed.D., when she became the first dean for the new UK College of Home Economics in 1969. Behind her stretched a career ladder in Oklahoma and Florida that included being a home economics teacher, an extension agent, an extension faculty member, a university professor, and an administrator. In front of her were opportunities to grow a new college at UK and, later, to occupy state-level extension administrative positions in Kansas and Arkansas.

At UK, she oversaw the establishment of four new departments and the development of additional majors. It was also during that time when the Home Economics Alumni Association was organized; its success is one of her lasting legacies.

With Doris Tichenor, a 2001 Hall of Fame inductee, Brannan wrapped extension specialists into the college. Though it was a difficult change, the colleagues succeeded in integrating the two groups. Now, 40 years later, family and consumer sciences extension specialists and Human Environmental Sciences faculty continue to collaborate and serve the commonwealth through their research and program development.

Carolyn Workman Breeding

Carolyn Workman Breeding, ’72 home economics, ’78 food and nutrition, has spent 36 years as an advocate and entrepreneur in the field of dietetics and long-term care. She began her career as a corporate dietitian with a chain of nursing homes and soon discovered she loved working in this branch of health care, getting to know the elderly residents and making a difference in their lives.

Over the years, Breeding founded and has operated six nontraditional dietetics-related service businesses, including Dietary Consultants, Inc. in Richmond, Quality Provider Services, Breeding and Associates, and NAPA Health Care Connection. She served as president of the Kentucky Dietetic Association from 1993-1994, when she pushed for professional licensure for registered dieticians. From 1995-2003, Breeding served on the state Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists. Her passion for nutrition management in long-term care led to her becoming involved in the Kentucky Consultant Dietitians in Health Care Facilities state practice group, where she served two terms as president. The American Dietetic Association awarded her their prestigious Medallion Award in 2008.

Animal and Food Sciences

Pearse Lyons

Pearse Lyons, Ph.D. has revolutionized the animal feed industry through the introduction of organic and other natural ingredients. A native of Ireland, Lyons came to America with several natural science degrees to his credit and, in 1980, founded Alltech Inc., an international animal health company headquartered in Jessamine County. The company has grown to annual sales of more than $500 million and now operates in 128 countries.

Having authored more than 20 books and numerous scientific research papers, Lyons recognizes the importance of a science education, believing that it cannot start too early. He funded the building and equipped science laboratories in several elementary schools in the Lexington area, and also provided financial support for graduate assistantships and postdoctoral fellowships in a range of disciplines at UK. He is a top contributor to research programs in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences and created the Alltech-UK Nutrition Research Alliance and the Alltech/UK Center for Nutrogenomics.

In 2011, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce awarded him their first Commonwealth Legacy award for his leadership of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.


2011 Board of Directors
AG & HES Alumni Association

Area Presidents

Bluegrass—Charlie Edgington,’97,’00, Lexington
Fort Harrod—Brian Osterman, ’00, Danville
Green River—Daniel Smith, ’01, Henderson
Lake Cumberland—Sue Stivers, ’77, Columbia
Licking River—Celia Barker, ’95, Sharpsburg
Lincoln Trail—Christi Marksbury, ’99, ’01, Bardstown
Louisville—Beth Allison, ’99, Louisville
Mammoth Cave—Grant Hildabrand, ’06, Lewisburg
Northeast—Priscilla Merritt, ’76, Ashland
Northern Kentucky—Jay Hellmann Jr., ’85, Independence
Pennyrile—Amanda Conrad, ’05, Hopkinsville
Purchase—Fred Gillum, ’69, Kirksey
Quicksand—Tom Cravens, ’83, Hazard
Wilderness Trail—TBD

Faculty Directors

Teaching—Martha Nall, ’70, Lexington
Extension—William Snell, ’83, ’85, ’89, Paris

Student Director

Ag Student Council­—Cody Jenkins, ’13, Greenville

Executive Board

President—Bill McCloskey,'84,'87, Bardstown
Vice President—Diana Doggett,'75,'77, Lexington
Secretary—Amelia Brown,'03,'06,'10, Lexington
Treasurer—Susie Tanner,'01, Georgetown
Past President—Michelle McDonald,'84,'92, Carlisle
At-Large Representatives—
Audrey Carr, ’64, ’72,’94, Georgetown
Whitney Stith, ’88, Union


Joe T. Davis Memorial Golf Tournament

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and
Breeders Inc.
Kentucky Association of Electric
Cooperatives Inc.

Farm Credit Services of Mid-America
Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Whayne Supply Company

University of Kentucky Alumni Association

University Inn
Alltech Inc.
Alpha Gamma Rho Active
Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni

Ag and HES Alumni Assoc. Lincoln Trail Area
Bill and Jane Smith
Mike and Kelly Wainscott
Phillip and Michelle McDonald

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