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T HE AMBASSADOR College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association

March 2018

Alumni Focus: Stacy Horn '90

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02 Dean's Corner 2018 Hall of Distinguished 06 Alumni Inductees

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Dean's Corner


n January, we inducted another group into the College’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Every year, I am in awe of the graduates of this college and the great things they have accomplished in their lives. These alumni have improved lives through their work with families and economies and as teachers of generations of leaders. Many of our alumni are unsung heroes. We hope that you think about friends, colleagues or mentors who have done so much in their respective fields and in their communities. If you would like to know more about how to nominate someone for this wonderful honor, your alumni director will be happy to help. As I think of our storied past, I also look with excitement to our future. We continue to see wonderfully talented and socially conscience students arrive on campus and in just a few months many of them will be joining the ranks of our alumni. I would encourage our soon to be graduates to stay involved through the alumni association where they can stay engaged with the college and its works. But also, it is a place where they can develop friendships and impact the lives of future students through mentoring, internships and more. As always, thank you for your support of the College. -Nancy Cox Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

The Year Ahead April -14 CAFE Alumni Assoc. Spring Board Meeting

E.S. Good Barn

September -29 Roundup E.S. Good Barn


Equine Alumni Affilliate Network Tailgate


Call to the Post Derby Bash

October -26 HES Hall of Fame Hilary J. Boone Center

May -4

Land Rover Three-Day Event

Round Barn Stable of Memories at Red Mile

CAFE Commencement Rupp Arena

June - August Summer Area Meetings Across the Commonwealth of Kentucky


CAFE Alumni Assoc. Fall Board Meeting E.S. Good Barn

November -5 to 7 Champions Classic Bus trip (Kentucky vs. Duke,

Kansas vs. Michigan State) Indianapolis


Scholarship Luncheon

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Produced by the Retailing and Tourism Management Department

Thursday, April 12 | E.S. Good Barn The show will highlight donations from Kathy Jansen’s international travels. All proceeds will benefit education abroad scholarships for students in the Retailing and Tourism Management Deparment.

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour 7:00 p.m. Show Begins General Public: $30 Students: $10 Visit for more info and to buy tickets.

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Call to the Post Derby Bash 2018

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 The Round Barn Stable of Memories at Red Mile 1200 Red Mile Road, Lexington, KY 40504

Happy Hour - 6 pm

Join us to mix and mingle over complimentary drinks with fellow alums and friends of the college.

Dinner & Drinks - 7 pm

Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Bayou Bluegrass Catering and complimentary drinks.

Live Music - 8 pm

Superfecta will have you dancing throughout the night!

Live Music - Silent Auction - Bourbon Pull Dress in your best Derby Clubhouse attire! A prize will be awarded to the ladies best derby hat and gentlemans best outfit!

*Register by April 13, 2018. Limited seating available, tables will go quickly! -All proceeds support Area Chapter ScholarshipsRegister by completing the form at or by phone at 859-257-7211.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association

2018 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Induction Class in agriculture and could play as Kentucky’s farm economy transitioned, she co-sponsored the first Women in Agriculture conference in Kentucky. This led to the co-founding of the Kentucky Women in Agriculture organization in 1999.

Alice Woods Baesler '63

Alice Woods Baesler, of Lexington, received her degree in home economics from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 1963 before embarking on a lifelong journey influencing issues and programs that affect agriculture. Her career began as a junior high school family and consumer sciences teacher then she switched to private industry to work as a dining and banquets manager for a local hotel. She went on to be a fulltime farm manager when her husband, Scotty, was elected to Congress. She continues to be a partner and active farmer today. She and her husband farm more than 400 acres, and in 2016, she became one of the first women in Kentucky to obtain a license to grow hemp.

Baesler’s long list of activities and service include appointment to the U.S. Burley Tobacco Advisory Council by the U.S. secretary of agriculture. She was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Family Farms, Governor’s Commission of the Economic Status of Women, Kentucky Partners for Family Farms, Kentucky Tobacco Research Board and the Council for Burley Tobacco. She was president of the National Agricultural Women’s Leadership Network, a federation of 12 national women’s agricultural and rural organizations representing more than 1 million members. She continues to give back to her alma mater and to the community. She has served as a 4-H leader, chair of the Bluegrass Area Extension Council, vice president of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Library Board, Lindsey Wilson College trustee and Kentucky Board of Education member. Her many honors include the Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Farm Leadership Award, UK’s Human and Environmental Sciences Centennial Laureate Award and the Kentucky Women in Agriculture’s Laura Clay Award.

In 1985, she joined the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and led the Agriculture in the Classroom program. Baesler worked for the KDA for the next eight years. During that time, she travelled to two international meetings to discuss how to incorporate agriculture into the classroom. She was also a leader on farm labor issues, and she served on many task forces including the Kentucky Consortium for Hispanics/Latinos, Migrant Network Coalition, Kentucky Farm Workers Program and Kentucky Farm Labor Task Force. In the 1990s, Kentucky was facing a reduction of tobacco in the farm economy. To examine options and to understand the role women play

George A. Duncan '61, '64, '79

A native of Auburn, Kentucky, George Duncan’s career at the University of

Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment spanned five decades. He left a lasting legacy through his engineering expertise and his devotion to the 4-H youth development program. Duncan received his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1961, 1964 and 1979, respectively. He was a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1961 through 1964. He became an agriculture engineering specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service in 1966 and served Kentucky as a specialist and professor until his retirement in 2007. He helped improve structural and environmental facilities for agricultural crops throughout his career and for animals during the early part of this career. Duncan is credited with helping the tobacco industry transition from the time-consuming, hand-tying packaging system to bales. This saved farmers on stripping and hauling costs. For this work, Progressive Farmer Magazine named him the 1983 Man of the Year in Kentucky Agriculture. He also holds three U.S. patents for various tobaccorelated equipment. In 1995, Duncan became the first extension coordinator in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and continued in this role until 2001. Duncan also benefited 4-H with his expertise, and he was a strong contributor throughout his career. He was part of a five-person team that developed the first 4-H computer project series, which earned a U.S. Department of Agriculture 1986 Superior Service Award. Through the years, he worked on many 4-H related projects, was a contest judge and advisor and served as interim assistant director for 4-H in 2002-2003. He is a member of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation and a recipient of the Kentucky 4-H Youth Development Distinguished Leadership Award. Duncan, who lives in Lexington, is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Wendell H. Ford Tobacco Leadership Award, American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers Fellow and the Ag and HES Alumni Association’s Bluegrass Area Outstanding Alumnus. He continues to support his alma mater today through the Scovell Society and scholarship funds for 6 | It Starts With Us

students in biosystems and agricultural engineering and human environmental sciences as well as the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity building fund.

Among her many accomplishments, she was on the team that developed the first national standards for family and consumer sciences education. She was also co-founder of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Coalition, an advocacy and public policy alliance. Ellis is a School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame member, UK Fellow, HES Centennial Laureate and a Fort Harrod Area Ag & HES Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Additionally, she has received the Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award from the American Vocational Association, Kentucky FFA Association Distinguished Service Award and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Distinguished Service Award.

Jewell Deene Ellis '51, '57

Jewell Deene Ellis was born in Boyle County, the oldest of 11 children. In addition to working on the family farm, Ellis helped her mother care for her younger siblings and with household chores. While participating in 4-H youth development activities, Ellis spent a week at the University of Kentucky and decided she wanted to continue her education there.

She continues to be an advocate for her profession, a UK supporter and a mentor to countless professionals. Ellis, of Danville, and her family have established two endowed scholarships in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. She is active in the Forkland Community Center, Forkland Heritage Festival and Review and has served on many boards and committees and held numerous leadership roles.

She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in vocational home economics education in 1951 and 1958, respectively. Ellis considered becoming a county extension agent, but chose teaching instead, beginning what would become a 57-year career in education. While at Nicholas County High School from 1951 to 1960, Ellis developed a reputation for innovative practices, both inside and outside of the classroom. Over those nine years, she supervised more than 30 student teachers. In 1960, she left secondary education to become a traveling teacher-trainer for Murray State University. As a liaison with the Kentucky Department of Education, she supervised Western Kentucky home economics education programs and coordinated a statewide curriculum project, her first of four. In 1971, she moved to the Kentucky Department of Education, where she advanced to the role of director of the home economics unit the very next year. Subsequently, Ellis took on a wider role in vocational education for the state, serving in a variety of leadership roles until her retirement in 2008. 7 | March 2018

William E. Seale '63, '69, '75

A three-time graduate of the University of Kentucky, with two degrees from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, William E. Seale worked in the education and financial sectors for nearly 40 years. The Fayette County native earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry then earned both his master’s degree in 1969 and doctorate in 1975 in agricultural economics. He began his career teaching in the community college system before joining the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service as a county agent.

After completing his doctorate, he joined the staff of Kentucky’s U.S. Sen. Walter Huddleston. The next step on Seale’s career ladder was as government relations vice president for a New York futures exchange from 1979 to 1983. He was then appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and served for five years as commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. After serving with the commission, he joined the faculty at George Washington University. He went on to serve as chair of the department of finance and as senior associate dean of the business school. During this time, he also developed a consulting firm, Financial Markets Group Inc. He frequently spoke before congressional committees and to the media. After retiring from the university, Seale founded and helped launch the ProFunds Group. One of three partners of the Maryland-based mutual fund investment firm, he also served as the chief economist until 2008. He remains a principal in the firm. Seale served on the board of directors of the National Futures Association. He was also a public director of the Kansas City Board of Trade, The New York Cotton Exchange, New York Board of Trade and the New York Futures Exchange. Other memberships include the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, American Finance Association and Financial Management Association International. He is a trustee with the Keepers Preservation Education Fund, and in 2006, founded the William E. Seale Family Foundation to support higher education. Seale is a generous UK supporter, particularly to the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He established the D. Milton Shuffett Agricultural Economics Endowment Fund, in honor of his mentor. The endowment funds undergraduate scholarships for Kentucky students. Today, Seale spends much of his time between his homes in Annapolis, Maryland, and Florida.

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Born on a Green County farm, Shuffett began his professional career working for the U.S. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service at the county level and served as treasurer of the local organization. He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater.

Dallas Milton Shuffett '49, '51, '56 Dallas Milton Shuffett’s life might be best told through the stories of his many students who credit him with setting them on paths to successful careers. His work in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Department of Agricultural Economics positively impacted many.

During his time in the classroom, he mentored many students as they pursued their academic and career goals. His impact was such that one of his former students endowed a scholarship in his honor.

After military service, he spent several months operating a farm but then began pursuing higher education, first at Campbellsville Junior College and then at UK. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UK in agricultural economics in 1948 and 1951, respectively. He earned his doctorate from UK in 1956. He worked briefly as a statistician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., while studying at American University as part of his graduate research. In 1953, he joined the college as an assistant professor in agricultural economics and continued to move up the ranks to associate professor and professor. He served as vice chair of the department for 16 years and as chair for two years. Shuffett’s expertise was in tobacco policy during a time when tobacco was the leading crop in the state. He was one of the world’s top specialists in this

field. He served as a consultant to the Burley Farmers Advisory Council and the Council for Burley Tobacco. In 1978, he was named the Outstanding Tobacco Economist by the Tobacco Merchants Association of New York. His work led him to consult with many entities over the years, including with the USDA on developing a tobacco research program. He had great impact on both the state and national level to this industry during his long and prolific career. In 1987, Shuffett was tapped to become the college’s associate dean for research and associate director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. He served in this role until retiring from the university in 1992. Shuffett died on January 13, 2018.

Forestry Alumni Weekend Bash Save the Dates October 2018 S at u r d a y S u nd a y


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Oct. 13 - Join fellow alums at UK’s South Farm for dinner, cash bar, farm tours, door prizes, yard games and more. Families welcome! Oct. 14 - Enjoy lunch at the cabins. Visit fire tower, research installations and other facilities, or take a hike.

It starts with us Hunt and Palli named AAAS Fellows Arthur Hunt and Subba Reddy Palli, professors in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, are among the newest Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Hunt is a faculty member in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, where he studies gene expression in plants. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of messenger RNA polyadenylation in plants. He has published more than 100 research and review articles and co-edited a book on the subject matter. Palli is chair of the Department of Entomology. He studies hormone regulation of insect molting, metamorphosis and reproduction. He is internationally recognized for developing RNA interference technology that kills insect pests and fights resistance to insecticides, particularly in beetles. He also developed a gene-switch technology that may have important human health implications and is in phase 3 clinical trials to fight cancer in humans. Palli has published 170 journal articles and book chapters and is a co-inventor on 28 patents.

UK selects Patricia Brantley Todd award winners Three members of the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences recently were named recipients of the Patricia Brantley Todd Award of Excellence in Human Environmental Sciences. The awards are given biennially and recognize excellence among faculty and staff within the school. The Cooperative Extension recipient was Judy Hetterman '75. Hetterman joined the UK Cooperative Extension Service in 1978 as Kenton County's urban extension agent for home economics. In 1984, she transferred to her current position as the Owen County agent for family and consumer sciences. She has held national leadership positions and championed professional development and involvement among her peers. The teaching recipient was Elizabeth Combs '08, '11. Combs joined the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition as a lecturer in 2013. Throughout her tenure, she has taught a rigorous course load and advised an average of 60 upper division students. Under her leadership, students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national registered dietitian exam the past two years. The research recipient was Jason Swanson. Swanson joined the faculty in the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management as a lecturer in 2009. He has established a strong reputation for research on policy, systems and environmental implications as they affect the tourism industry. He has completed a variety of economic impact, assessment and feasibility studies garnering more than $80,000 in grants and contracts.

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Stringer named chair of UK Forestry and Natural Resources Jeff Stringer '79, '82, '94, a longtime University of Kentucky professor who is wellknown by members of Kentucky forest industries, has been named chair of the UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. "We are pleased to have Dr. Stringer leading Kentucky's flagship forestry department," said Nancy Cox, dean of the college. "In his role of extension professor of hardwood silviculture and forest operations, he has helped to improve the health and economic viability of Kentucky's woodlands." A native of central Indiana, Stringer received his bachelor's and master's degree in forestry from UK. Stringer is a fellow of the Society of American Foresters and is nationally known for his work in forest certification, timber harvesting education and sustainable forest management. He has directed the Kentucky Master Logger program since 1994 and has provided advanced training for forestry and natural resource professionals and loggers in Kentucky and the eastern United States for the past 25 years.

Jewell Deene Ellis receives honorary degree

Nominated by the University Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees and approved by the University Senate, Jewell Deene Ellis '51, '57 received an honorary degree at the December 2017 Commencement Ceremony. The degree recognizes extraordinary contributions to philanthropy, human development, education or societal well-being. Ellis, a former educator and teacher trainer, received an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters. Originally from Boyle County, Ellis earned a bachelor's degree in vocational home economics from UK in 1951, and later her masters degree in education from UK as well. She taught at Nicholas County High School from 1951 to 1960. She also supervised over 30 student teachers from UK. She then became a traveling teacher trainer at Murray State University, and a liaison with the Kentucky Department of Education. She became director of the home economics unit for the department, serving in a variety of state educational leadership roles for 36 years, including the development of national standards for family and consumer sciences education. She retired in 2008.

College honors farm leader, researcher

Each year the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment honors one outstanding farm leader and one faculty researcher through its Thomas Poe Cooper awards. The awards were endowed by Cooper, who was dean of the college form 1917 to 1951. Warren Beeler, of Caneyville, is the recipient of the 2018 Thomas Poe Cooper Distinguished Farm Leadership award. The award is presented to a Kentuckian who exemplifies leadership across the state in the areas of agriculture, 4-H, family and consumer sciences or community and economic development. Beeler's achievements in agriculture are numerous and diverse. For the past two years, he has served as executive director of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy. Previously, Beeler worked for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for 16 years. Beeler is also a well-respected and experienced livestock judge, having judged livestock shows for 37 years in 43 states. Surendranath Suman, a professor of meat science in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, is the recipient of the Thomas Poe Cooper Research Award. The award is presented to recognize outstanding career research achievement by a member of the CAFE faculty. His research interests focus on proteomics of meat quality, myoglobin chemistry and meat color, and novel strategies to improve meat quality. Suman has published 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and has delivered more than 45 invited lectures in 12 countries. 11 | March 2018

Tyler named associate dean at Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Quentin Tyler, assistant dean and director of diversity at the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has been named Michigan State University's associate dean fro diversity, equity and inclusion in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. While at UK, he has provided leadership in strengthening workplace diversity, recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, building cultural competency, as well as monitoring assessment and reporting activities. He was the college’s first full-time diversity assistant dean and director. In addition to his role as assistant dean, Tyler is principal investigator of the Governor’s Minority College Preparation Program. This program works to increase awareness among students about the benefits of attending college. He is board chair for the National Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, or MANRRS. He serves as a liaison between the National MANRRS Executive Committee and the National MANRRS Advisory Board, and has served in several other roles with National MANRRS, including president. He helped to build UK’s program into the best in the nation, a title it has garnered for five consecutive years. “This was not an easy decision. I am a threetime alumnus of this college and university, and this will always be considered my home,” Tyler said. “I am a native of Kentucky and have been at the university for over 19 years. I have built a lot of relationships with people that I consider family and friends. Dean Nancy Cox has been very supportive of me throughout my tenure at UK, and I was very fortunate to have her as my dean and mentor. “It came down to new challenges, the opportunity to be a key part of their senior leadership team, and make a difference in helping advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at the College of Agriculture, and Natural Resources at Michigan State.”

2018 Great Teacher Award goes to CAFE's Robert Paratley Robert Paratley, who teaches in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences degree programs, received the UK Alumni Association 2018 Great Teacher Award from the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Paratley and five other award recipients were honored. Cecelia Tio, a senior NRES student, nominated her professor as '"undoubtedly one of the smartest people I have ever met. You could put this professor in the middle of the woods, with no prior knowledge of the area, and he could identify almost every plant and tell you its history. Paratley, who is curator of the University Herbarium in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, has co-led an education abroad program in Costa Rica for NRES students since 2013. There they focus on topical ecology, land use and related environmental issues. Tio also said of her professor "he is always enthusiastic and engaging. He always answers students' questions with the utmost respect and no question it too dumb in his class. He makes students feel like equals and individuals rather than a name on a roster."

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FSU researcher aims to better protect nation's first responders By Dave Heller Technology breakthroughs in clothing materials and design have benefited all of us, but perhaps none more so than first responders. Burn injuries among firefighters have plummeted in the past decade. There’s just one problem: cases of heat stroke, exhaustion and cardiac arrest deaths have spiked upward because protective gear is much more insulated. New research from Florida State University Assistant Professor Meredith McQuerry, an expert on protective clothing for first responders, aims to shape the design of that gear to maximize protection and minimize heat buildup.

Fahrenheit, which would put a firefighter in grave danger and potentially be fatal.

“Clothing manufacturers have worked to improve burn protection by bulking up firefighting suits, but more attention should be paid toward optimizing the balance between protection and physiological comfort,” said McQuerry, a faculty member in FSU’s new Retail Entrepreneurship program at the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship.

Other results included a steep rise in predicted sweat rate. The heavy-duty suit reached the maximum allowable rate at 51 minutes into the 90-minute protocol, nearly 10 minutes faster than the other suits.

McQuerry’s research study, published in The Journal of the Textile Institute, will inform the National Fire Protection Association as it revises and adopts new standards for protective clothing.

Researchers also documented the extra weight created by additional protective layers. On average, a standard coat, pants, boots, gloves and helmet weigh about 50 pounds. Adding tools or thermal-imaging gear to the ensemble increases the load to around 100 pounds, a factor that exacerbates heat strain in stressful and physically demanding situations.

The basic firefighting “turnout suit” is composed of a three-layer composite — outer shell, moisture barrier and thermal liner. Over the past decade, that basic suit has undergone a monumental evolution with extra layers, padding and reinforcements. McQuerry studied whether nonessential reinforcements and additional fabric layers in firefighting suits could be removed to improve breathability without sacrificing burn protection. Additional layers and bulky reinforcements diminish the physiological comfort of firefighters. By removing those extras that “bulk up” the suit, McQuerry determined the risk of heat strain was lower. The research team dissected four main firefighting suits: lightweight, standard, heavy duty and passive vent. The number of protective layers ranged from three to more than 11 in some suits, such as the heavyduty gear. That version also incorporated thick, fire-retardant foam composites for extra protection. Researchers conducted tests on what’s described as a “sweating thermal manikin” to document the ability of each suit to vent heat and allow moisture evaporation. The manikin, equipped with 34 sensors replicating zones in the human body, measured the clothing’s breathability — essentially its ability to allow dry and wet heat to pass through the layers. That data allowed researchers to predict fluctuations in skin temperature, sweat rate and core body temperature. The results showed firefighting suits with excessive reinforcement layers were worst at transferring interior heat, especially the heavy-duty suit with its bulky, foam reinforcements. It trapped air and moisture near the body, reducing sweat evaporation and increasing body temperature. Predicted core body temperature in that gear soared to 105.5 degrees 13 | March 2018

The team’s findings prompted them to explore a modular clothing system that would add or subtract layers based on the activity or environment. However, a modular clothing system would come with its own complications because firefighters always have to be prepared for a worst-case scenario. Often, they’re moving quickly from one scene to another, and the next one might require extra protection. “That’s the challenge for future research,” McQuerry said. “How do we create a modular garment that works with a department’s tactics, could easily be reconfigured, and how do you ensure those interior layers are deployed properly?” McQuerry’s team has tested a modular-ensemble prototype and continues that research. McQuerry graduated from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2012 with a double major in Career and Technical Education and Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles. She also recieved her masters in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles from the college in 2014.

Alumni Focus Stacy Horn Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles '90 By Aimee Nielson

Stacy Horn, front right, pictured with Oprah Winfrey and crew members on the New Zealand set of Disneys 'A Wrinkle in Time'.


tacy Horn '90 fondly remembers her childhood in Elizabethtown, watching her grandmother sew. That instilled in her an interest in fashion and would propel her into a rewarding career as a costume supervisor in the motion picture industry after graduating from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 1990. “My grandmother was a great seamstress and patternmaker,” Horn said. “She made a lot of my clothes while I was growing up, and she was always working for other people, making things. I was always reading fashion magazines and really trying to figure out what I wanted to do in college.” Horn thought she might like to go into editorial fashion, but once she got into her studies, at UK, she started veering more toward merchandising, apparel and textiles, thanks in part to some excellent advising. “I had great advisors who helped me figure out what steps I needed to take to get where I wanted to be in a career,” she recalled. “I had an internship at the Atlanta Apparel Market that really helped me transition from college to the real world.” Now, based in Los Angeles, Horn is rarely home. As a freelancer, she travels a lot on location. She’s worked on some pretty big projects, including films in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. Her specialty is period films. She’s currently working on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, an upcoming film set in the 1500s and 1916 and traveling between Atlanta and Hawaii. “It’s exciting,” she said. “The hours are long, but I’m my own boss now. I hire all the crew, handle the budget, deal with vendors, assist designers and ultimately make sure we carry out the vision of the director for each project.” Technology has changed a great deal since Horn was in college, making it easier for students to research perspective careers. But one that has not change is the importance of students gaining experience in their future career and opening doors for themselves.

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She emphasized the importance of internships and work experiences related to a student’s major. “Whatever you’re interested in, you need that hands-on experience,” she said. If you’re interested in doing something like I do, you need to start at the bottom. Keep your eyes and ears open because you never know what opportunities you are going to stumble upon.” She said people in the film industry often hire personal assistants in every department, and that’s a great way to get a foot in the door and learn from industry veterans. continued on pg. 14

Ultimately, Horn believes UK CAFE helped her in the pursuit of her dreams. She felt nurtured in the college and is thankful to advisors who helped her start a path that led to her career. “Back then, I knew I couldn’t stay in Kentucky and pursue the dreams I had,” she said. “My advisor was great in helping me find the opportunities I needed to move forward.” Today, students majoring in merchandising, apparel and textiles take courses that challenge them to exercise creative thinking in business operations, merchandising strategies and consumer issues. After college, they work in a variety of careers such as retail store manager, fashion buyer, brand manager, small-business owner, fashion forecaster, visual merchandiser, stylist and even costume designers for movies.

Notable Projects Disney's Jungle Cruise pre-production A Wrinkle in Time 2018 Baywatch 2017 Pirates of The Carribbean '03, '06, '11, '17 Terminator Genisys 2015 Mad Men (TV Series)* 2014 The Lone Ranger 2013 Fast & Furious 2009 The Game Plan 2007 Zodiac 2007 Elizabethtown 2005 *Emmy nominated for Oustanding Costumes for a Series

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UK Equine Alumni Tailgate Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Saturday, April 28 Kentucky Horse Park

Tailgate spot located in Premium A1, spot 18

Stop by for snacks, beverages and fun! For more information contact or 859-257-2226 Contact Kristen Wilson for day of questions: 410-349-7723

Student Spotlight Haley Lawson - Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles

Minor: Business Graduation Year: May 2018 Hometown: Crestwood, KY Activities: Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, Dance Blue, Color Me Spring Fashion Show, blogging: 'My Life as Hales', work at Pirie Boutique. Q: What led you to choose the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment? A: Growing up I was definitely the artsy and creative one. I took an interest in fashion at a young age and I used to design clothes for my Barbies and draw them out on notebook paper. I didn’t know at that time that I could take my love for art and fashion and turn it into a career. My senior year of high school, I toured the University of Kentucky with my mom and had the opportunity to sit in on a merchandising class. I knew then I did not want to become a designer, but I wanted to be on the business side of the one of the biggest industries in the world. I loved that UK’s program covered all the aspects of fashion, textiles, marketing, and merchandising. The professors all shared the same passions and all had different things to offer me as a student and that is why I chose the college. Q: What does the College mean to you/describe your best/overall experience? A: Being part of the merchandising program gives me an opportunity to learn, and also to grow in my experiences. I would say my best overall experience was studying abroad through the MAT program to Paris, France with Dr. Wesley. 17 | March 2018

She is a wonderful teacher and made sure we did not miss a single thing while we were there. We had the opportunity to visit the iconic Hermes flagship store as well as concept stores like Merci and department stores such as the Le Bon Marche. I was able to see how the fashion capital conducts business and what they deem important to their customers. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about those amazing 10 days.

idea of traveling and not staying in one place for too long, however I do want to find a place to eventually stay and call home.

Q: How is the College preparing you for your future?

Q: Why would you recommend the College to future students?

A: The best way the college is preparing me for life outside of the classroom is through the required internship during my junior year. Having an internship allowed me to explore areas of the industry I might not have known about. It also allowed me to get valuable job experience, to network, and to build my resume.

A: I would recommend this college to students who are go-getters and want to create their own success stories. There are a lot of fun and challenging classes to take within this program as well as many opportunities to get involved and to grow. Not only can you take fun classes, you can study abroad, get involved in the RTM club, go on one of the two New York trips, help coordinate the Color Me Spring Fashion Show, and much more. This college is full of opportunities and experiences that any student would love.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 15 years? A: In 15 years I hope to be a senior buyer at a major fashion corporation like Saks, Nordstrom or Niemen Marcus. I expect to have worked hard enough to establish myself in my career and in the fashion industry. I also would like to have settled down in one city. I love the

Philanthropy Furnish to lead UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association By Aimee Nielson

Jonathan Furnish has been named associate director of alumni engagement and communication for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association. Furnish began working for the college in 2014 as a communications coordinator for the college’s alumni association. Furnish is a UK graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts and studies from the College of Communications and Information in 2012. “I hope to continue the strong traditions already established within the college,” he said. “We are known across campus as the leading college alumni association, and I hope to strengthen that notion and to grow our programming even more. We have more than 19,000 alumni spread throughout the country and abroad. It’s my goal to successfully engage them all and deepen their connections to the college.” Furnish will continue planning traditional events on campus, across Kentucky and throughout the United States for the college’s alumni. He’ll also communicate with alumni in various ways through the alumni newsletter and via digital and social media. He is the primary liaison between the association and the college. “We are thrilled that Jonathan will be carrying on the rich traditions of our college and our alumni association,” said Pamela Gray '92, senior director for the college’s Office of Philanthropy and Alumni. “Being part of this office for the past three years gives him an advantage. He really has a love for our alumni and the mission of our college. Jonathan wants all college alumni to feel connected to the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment no matter where they reside.”

We want to thank Marci Hicks '87 for her many years of service to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Marci has been instrumental in countless fundraising initiatives for the College and an integral part of the Philanthropy & Alumni office. She will truly be missed. Marci will begin a new chapter in her career as the Director of Philanthropy for the University of Kentucky Alumni Association in May. To wish Marci well, email her at

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We've changed our name.... At the winter alumni association board meeting, the board of directors unanimously voted to change the name of the association from Ag & HES Alumni Association to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association, to better reflect the name of the college. Here are two variations of the new logo for the association. We thank our alumni board for their continued work in support of the college.

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association

...but we're still the same!

Support Sprouting Minds As spring approaches and the planting season begins, we have much to celebrate -

$1,010,526in fact. The highest amount awarded by the College in an

Academic year. Help keep the momentum growing. Support our seedlings by

giving to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Scholarship Fund.

An online gift is quick and convenient!

• Visit • Browse the funds and choose your area of interest • Make your gift!

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This record-breaking year would not be possible without donors like you! Donate by June 30th to make a lasting impact for our 2018-2019 students. Remember...... It Starts With Us 17 | March 2018

Contact Pamela Gray or 859-257-1207

College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Office of Philanthropy and Alumni

E.S. Good Barn - 1451 University Drive - Lexington, KY 40546-0097

Philanthropy & Alumni Staff Pamela Gray

Senior Director of Philanthropy


Marci Hicks

Director of Philanthropy

Danielle Jostes

Director of Equine Philanthropy

859-257-8783 859-218-1176

Jonathan Furnish Associate Director of Alumni Engagement and Communications 859-257-7211

Alumni Board of Directors Executive Board Charles Canter '89 - President Sue Whitaker '64 - Vice President Jill Conway '00 - Secretary Bill McCloskey '84 '87 - Treasurer Diana Doggett '75 '77 - At Large Representative Matt Koch '01 - At Large Representative Whitney Stith '90 - Past President Michelle McDonald '84 '93 - UK Alumni Association Liaison Affilliate Network Representatives Ben Conner '16 - Bluegrass Area Hannah Forte '16 - Fort Harrod Area Darla Kirkland '00 - Green River Area Les Radford '73 - Lake Cumberland Area Stephanie Chamberlain '99 '01 - Licking River Area Jeremy Hinton '98 - Lincoln Trail Area Rick Ryan '98 - Lincoln Trail Area Beth Allison '00 - Louisville Area Grant Hildabrand '07 - Mammoth Cave Area Danny Bailey '68 '71 - Northeast Area Jay Hellman '85 - Northern Kentucky Area Kellie Padgett '14 - Pennyrile Area - Purchase Area

Tressa Neal

Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving

TaNeshia Bridges

Business Officer

Brooke Stone

Administrative Assistant


859-257-7200 859-257-3814

Camille Rice '98 '00 - Quicksand Area - Wilderness Trail Area Hannah Niebielski '13 - Equine Courtney Calnan '12 - Equine Antomia Farrell '12 - MANRRS Natasha Saunders '15 - MANRRS Dale Morgan - MANRRS Sandra Bastin '79 '87 '95- Dietetics & Human Nutrition Jessica Coffie '06 '10 - Dietetics & Human Nutrition Cristina Hiten '06 '10 - Dietetics & Human Nutrition Kate Robie '76 - Forestry & Natural Resources

Committee Members Bart Giles '03 Brandon Gilles '12 James Gilles '10 Kim Henken '92 '95 Kate Hildabrand '15 Tony Holloway '91 Brooke Jenkins-Howard '00 '05 Kyle Kelly '14 Liz Kingsland '87 '97 Martha Nall '70 Bill Smith '70 Daniel Smith '01 Megan Tennison '13 '17 Melissa Tomblin '02

Student Directors Michaela Mineer - Family Sciences Major Fabian Leon - Agricultural Biotechnology Major Amelia Iliohan - Individualized Studies in Agriculture

Administrative Personnel Nancy Cox - Dean of CAFE Drew Graham '83 '85 - Sr. Asst. Dean of Government Relations Larry Grabau '17 - Associate Dean for Instruction Quentin Tyler '02 '05 '11- Asst. Dean & Director for Diversity Wayne Centers '08 - Director of Student Relations Amanda Saha '02 - Dir. of Career Development & Enrichment

Faculty Directors Will Snell '83 '85 '89 - Teaching Representative Rick Bennett - Research Representative Gary Palmer - Extension Representative

A look at the past Professor Townsend and his entomology class inspecting plants and insects. Taken between the late 1940s and early 1950s. For more photos, visit the college Flickr page at ukagriculture The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Organization.

The Ambassador March 2018  
The Ambassador March 2018  

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