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Connection Fall 2008

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Making a Difference in Research and Real Life... Hall of Fame Inductees...

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National Philanthropy Day Honoree... pg 10 UK Football Athletic Trainers Help Keep Players in the Game...

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A Message from the Dean Dear Friends: I cannot believe that the end of the year is so quickly approaching. Time has moved swiftly, but the College of Health Sciences has continued to grow and excel in all areas of our mission. We look forward to the New Year and to great opportunities for our faculty, staff, students and alumni. As always, we will continue our commitment to education, service and research opportunities that will benefit the people of the Commonwealth and beyond. I hope you enjoy the new look of Connections. We invite you to explore the pages of this magazine to familiarize yourself with the latest news of the college. We also hope you will choose to become involved in our mission – either by sharing your own news, financially supporting the efforts of the college, serving in a volunteer role, hiring our students or spreading the good news about the college throughout your own community. I wish you all a very happy holiday season and thank you all for your support over the past year. The faculty and staff in the college are committed to making 2009 even better!

Table of Contents Research News

Making a Difference ______________________________________ 3 Research Report Released __________________________________ 4 New Grants Received _____________________________________ 4 New Faculty Faces ________________________________________ 4

Academic News

CHS Expands International Opportunities for Students ___________ 5 Director of Assessment Hired _______________________________ 5 Dean Gonzalez Named Fellow _______________________________ 5

Alumni News

Career Services ____________________________________________ 6 Alumni Profile: Ann Smith ___________________________________ 6 Reunions ______________________________________________________ 7 Class Notes ______________________________________________ 7 Hall of Fame Inductees __________________________________ 8, 9 National Philanthropy Day ________________________________ 10

Students News

Football AT Students Keep Players in the Game ___________________ 11 Student Ambassadors __________________________________________ 12 Upholding the Torch of Excellence ____________________________ 12

Development News

New Advisory Boards Begin at CHS __________________________ 13 Have You Considered a Planned Gift? _______________________ 14 CHS Wins Blood Battle! __________________________________ 14 Athletic Training Develops Fellowship _______________________ 14 Phonathon Records Set! ___________________________________ 15 Join the CHS Ambassadors, Students and Alumni Facebook Page! __ 15 Donor Spotlight: Mark Hunt ____________________________________ 15

Sincerely, Lori S. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Dean

COVER IMAGE: The College of Health Sciences Ambassadors celebrated National Allied Health Professions week with the theme of “Find your place.” The group also hosted the college’s first interdisciplinary professions fair during that week. To find out more about the college’s student ambassadors, see page 12.

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Making a Difference in Research and Real Life Brain damage due to trauma, stroke and disease may result in the impairment of executive functions – the abilities that allow us to plan, reason and problem-solve to perform simple tasks. Tests that are given to examine these abilities are often too time-consuming for busy clinical settings such as hospitals or outpatient clinics where practitioners may need information about how a patient solves a problem in order to provide care.

Research News

The RAPS system was developed by Dr. Robert Marshall to help quickly diagnose executive brain function problems or disorders.

questions in order to identify the picture using as few questions as possible. Scoring the RAPS takes into consideration the number of questions needed to solve the problem, types of questions asked and question-asking efficiency.

Research with the RAPS has shown that the test can distinguish individuals with and without brain damage. Dr. Marshall and his colleagues are presently conducting research to determine if To help diagnose executive functions in a timely manner, Robert individuals with different neurological diagnoses such as aphasia, Marshall, Ph.D., a professor in the division of Communication traumatic brain injury, severe mental illness and Alzheimer’s Disorders and Sciences, developed a test based on the game disease illustrate different profiles on the RAPS. “Twenty Questions.” The test, called the Rapid Assessment In addition to Dr. Marshall’s work on the RAPS, he has published of Problem Solving (RAPS), is fast, easy to administer and over 120 papers in scientific journals, 23 book chapters, two books presents the patient with a challenging but familiar task. RAPS and has given over 200 presentations at local, state, regional, has been used to compare the problem-solving abilities of national and international meetings throughout his career. individuals with and without brain damage in a number of studies and will be rolled out for use in clinics in 2009. Currently, Dr. Marshall supervises students working in the University of Kentucky Aphasia Program (UKAP). The UKAP In 2001, Dr. Marshall joined the faculty at the University of provides individual and group speech and language therapy Kentucky. Dr. Marshall and his collaborators have published to clients with aphasia, an acquired language disorder due to extensively and made numerous presentations on the RAPS brain damage, most and its applications; however, he is most proud that his work usually from a stroke. “I think we’ve developed may be useful to both researchers and clinicians working under UKAP also seeks to provide the time constraints of managed care. a simple, but highly education to families, “I think we’ve developed a simple, but highly useful clinical caregivers and the public useful clinical measure. measure. The RAPS shows great promise as a means of about aphasia and other measuring changes in problem-solving resulting from communication disorders. The RAPS shows great promise as a means of interventions (e.g., surgery, drugs, behavioral treatment) To contact Dr. Marshall as well as recovery over time,” Dr. Marshall said. measuring changes in about UKAP or his When giving the RAPS test, the clinician shows the patient an other research, e-mail problem-solving...” array of 32 pictures and instructs the individual that he/she is “thinking” of one of the pictures. The patient asks yes and no

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Research Report Released Impacting Today, Transforming Tomorrow: Continuum of Life Research at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences is the title of the college’s most recent research publication. The report was released in September 2008 and contains a sampling of the life-altering research projects that are underway in the college. The report is available online by visiting and clicking on “2008 Research Report.” To obtain a hard copy of the report, please e-mail Allison Horseman at or call 859-323-1100 ext. 80563.

New Grants Received Geza Bruckner, Ph.D.

Charlotte Peterson, Ph.D. & Anne Harrison, Ph.D.

Sponsor: Kentucky Diabetes Research Trust Fund

Sponsor: Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease Center Pilot Grant

Title: “Developing Health Sciences Students to Be Health Navigators for Diabetes Prevention and Care”

Joe Stemple, Ph.D. Sponsor: University of Kentucky Research Support Grant Title: “Testing a model of laryngeal muscle exercise using chronic electrical stimulation of the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) of rats”

Title: “Behavioral and Physiological Effects of a Power Training Exercise Program in People with Mild Cognitive Impairment”

Patrick Kitzman, Ph.D. Sponsor: EPSCoR

Title: “Planning Grant for Establishing a Collaborative Team to Investigate: Health and Quality of Life Related Challenges for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury, Living in Medically Underserved Areas of Kentucky, Receiving Rehabilitation Services”

New Faculty Faces Sarah Campbell, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kevin Schuer, PA-C, MPH

DeShana Collett, MSPAS, PA-C

Clinical Services Coordinator, Speech Language Pathology

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

Lecturer, Physician Assistant Studies

Rita Patel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Pangela Dawson, PA-C

Director, Clinical Voice Center Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Senior Clinical Coordinator, Lecturer, Physician Assistant Studies

To read more about the educational interests and experiences of these new faculty members, please visit us online at 4

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CHS Expands International Opportunities for Students

Academic News

Throughout the year, three physical therapy students, two CHS faculty members and one practicing physical therapist, have visited Santo Domingo, Ecuador as part of Shoulder to Shoulder Ecuador. The program has sponsored a primary care health center called Centro Medico Hombro a Hombro. The center opened in 2007 and is now staffed with two physicians, a nurse, dentist, social worker, psychologist and support staff. Colleges such as CHS play a role in this program by participating in service learning and interdisciplinary projects. While there, they help address the alarming conditions resulting from poverty by addressing various health care needs. In the future, the primary care center hopes to expand care into mental health, public health, education and economic development. The College of Health Sciences plans to expand our participation in this project by participating in service brigades and providing opportunities for rotations at the clinic.

Director of Assessment Hired

The College of Health Sciences recently hired Rena Murphy, Ph.D., in the position of Director of Assessment. Dr. Murphy is a native of Richmond. She received her undergraduate degree in physics from Eastern Kentucky University and her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

In her new role, Dr. Murphy will develop, coordinate and direct assessment efforts within the college to facilitate ongoing program improvement and to ensure that reporting requirements and standards of various accreditation agencies are met. She will also assist the nine disciplines of the college in determining strategies for data collection and output, and will serve as a consultant for best practices in assessment and reporting. Dr. Murphy said her interest in assessment began while working on a National Science Foundation grant at Bowling Green State University while pursing her Ph.D. “I consider myself to be a very pragmatic person,” she said. “I like the fact that identifying a problem and coming up with a solution can make a difference for the college in terms of assessment. In the end, I hope to provide better data for decision-making, which will, in turn, provide an enhanced learning atmosphere for students in the College of Health Sciences.” Dr. Murphy was previously employed by Bluegrass Community and Technical College as the Director of Institutional Research. Outside of the office, Dr. Murphy enjoys being outdoors. She is also very active as the alumni financial advisor for the Pi Beta Phi Sorority at Eastern Kentucky University.

Dean Gonzalez Named Fellow

The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) selected Dr. Lori S. Gonzalez, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, as one of three outstanding allied health leaders to be named a Fellow of the society.

The Fellows Award was created in 1981 to provide meaningful recognition to those ASAHP members who have contributed significantly to allied health as administrators, educators, clinicians or researchers. Those given this honor are selected by the ASAHP Board of Directors and must have demonstrated leadership, been published in professional journals and shown professional creativity. Dr. Gonzalez was presented with the honor at the ASAHP Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in October.

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Job Seekers

The University of Kentucky Career Center and The University of Kentucky Alumni Association now offer career services for alumni. Career services are available in person, by phone or through e-mail. To better serve alumni, a career center representative will be available from 9 a.m. until noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month during the spring and fall semesters.

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Individual consultations with a career specialist are available by appointment to UK Alumni Association members. Career specialists can assist in all phases of a career or job search including: exploring career fields, identifying marketable skills, polishing your resume, refining your interview skills, researching employers, preparing for an interview or customizing a job search campaign. To be eligible for on-campus interviews and Wildcat CareerLink, you must be a graduate of the University of Kentucky. There is a four session limit for individual career advising. Alumni Association members may contact Caroline Francis at 859-257-9323 or e-mail her at

University of Kentucky Mentoring & Shadowing Network The UK Mentoring & Shadowing Network is a comprehensive program that links UK students and alumni with professionals for career exploration and guidance. We invite UK alumni and friends to be a part of this program. Participants in the UK Mentoring & Shadowing Network can choose their level of involvement in the program, whether that is having a one-time informational meeting with a student/alumnus, hosting a student/alumnus at your workplace for a site visit or engaging students/alumni in mentoring relationships. The Mentoring & Shadowing Network is only available online and requires mentors to register once. Interested students and alumni will be contacted about mentoring or shadowing opportunities.

If you would like to be a part of the UK Mentoring & Shadowing Network, you can register as a mentor here: You are also welcome to contact Brooke Brown ( with any questions you have.

Ann Smith, a 1977 graduate of the College of Health Sciences, was named Interim Chief Administrative Officer of the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. Ann started her career as a registered medical technologist. While working in a variety of roles within the clinical laboratory, she completed her master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Kentucky Martin School. After serving as laboratory manager, Ann was appointed Diagnostic Services Director in 1999 and promoted to Associate Hospital Director in 2002. With more than 20 years in management, Ann has extensive experience with personnel issues and the specific influences these have on the laboratory and health care. Her approach to issues provides insight and a common sense approach to resolving some of today’s biggest management challenges.


Ann is a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

To advertise your job announcement, e-mail the announcement to, or fax it to 859-323-1085. Students and alumni will contact you directly to apply. Announcement of full-time career opportunities will be posted on Wildcat Career Link and in our career library for 30 days.

Ann was instrumental in the development of the College of Health Sciences Clinical Leadership and Management program, where she serves on the advisory board.

To schedule on campus interviews with UK students and alumni, call the UK Career Center Recruiting Coordinator at 859-257-2746. For more information about career fairs, job postings and much more, please visit the Career Center’s homepage


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Dental Hygiene The 1978 College of Allied Health’s (now College of Health Sciences) last* Dental Hygiene class gathered at Merrick Inn for a 30-year class reunion in August 2008. Ten out of 14 graduates were in attendance. Four of the dental hygienists in the 1978 class went on to dental school, three attended graduate school and two are now teaching in dental hygiene programs. One former classmate now works in cancer research. *The program was transferred to Lexington Community College (now Bluegrass Community and Technical College) in 1979.

The 1978 Dental Hygiene Class from left to right: Susan Neuman, Leslie Norton, Debbie Hise, Beth Gudeman, Janella Spencer, Dr. Ellen Kaplow, Kaki Sutton, Dr. Earlene Greene, Jill Becker, and Betsey Brown.

Physical Therapy Graduates of the 1978 Physical Therapy class gathered at the College of Health Sciences prior to the 2008 Homecoming football game. Kneeling left to right: Regina White Durbin, Tina Lesch Volz, Judy Winter Zube, Regina Bradley Jenkins, Rose Payne Dues, Vicki Greenwell Smith, Val Logsdon, B.J. Reynolds. Standing left to right:  Laurie Stapleton Newsome, Gail Burrows Pritchett, Dale Avers, Margie Schmidt Schulte, Mary Henry Lamb, Priscilla Robinson Griffin, Ron Seiter, Gail Hatchett Bursch, Brad Ranta, Debbie Silkwood Sherer.

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Kellie Coldiron Ellis, expected ’10, Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D., has been reappointed to the Kentucky Board of SpeechLanguage and Pathology. She is serving a second term as a licensure board member and was recently elected Vice-Chair. Kellie is also serving on the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Executive Council as Licensure Board Liaison. Christopher Todd Jones, ’90, Medical Technology, is currently a Vice President at Central Baptist Hospital. He received his Master’s of Health Administration in 2002 and was named a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company in 2005. Rebecca Combs Maggard, ’06, Bachelor of Health Sciences, ’07, Master of Physical Therapy, welcomed a baby girl on May 1, 2008, named Addyson Ryleigh Maggard. Rebecca is employed at Pikeville Medical Center in Inpatient Rehabilitation.

Lisa Muncy-Pietrzak, ’94, Bachelor of Health Sciences, is currently practicing as a medical informatics consultant and an internal medicine physician in Vail, Colorado. Dr. Muncy-Pietrzak is the former Chief Medical Information officer at Vail Valley Medical Center and served as a touring physician with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. If you have personal or professional news to share, please e-mail or fill out the correspondence card on the back of this publication. Be sure to include your graduation year and program.

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Hall of Fame Inductees Catherine Chamberlain

Communication Disorders, ‘75 Catherine Chamberlain graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Speech and Hearing in 1971. Soon thereafter, she began her career with the Fayette County Schools. During her 13 years there, she worked as a speech-language pathologist, a speech diagnostician, served on numerous committees and developed a Speech-Language and Classroom Curriculum for children with significant disabilities. Catherine earned her Master of Arts in Education from UK in 1975 and later received her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 1986, Catherine opened a private practice and began publishing speech-language therapy materials through LinguiSystems, three of which are best selling books. After renewing a friendship with fellow professional Robin Strode Downing, the two began providing speech and language services throughout Clark County preschools. Together, Catherine and Robin have published 10 books and programs on a variety of topics and have presented around the globe. In 2004, Catherine and Robin were presented the Clinical Achievement Award from the Kentucky Speech-LanguageHearing Association. In addition to her speech-language therapy work, Catherine serves as an elder at her church where she helped initiate a weekend food program for children. She also owns and trains two dressage horses, volunteers at the Kentucky Horse Park and is looking forward to providing volunteer services at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Chris Howell

Physician Assistant Studies, ‘98 “Great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through and say at the end, the dream is true!” - Edwin Markham For Chris Howell, a 1998 graduate of the Physician Assistant Studies program, this quote is a representation of his life and career in the medical field. Chris spent time after high school as an active member of the United States Air Force. Soon thereafter, he joined the Kentucky Air National Guard and met Bill Adkisson, a fellow Physician Assistant. That chance meeting sparked a passion in Chris, and his career plans soon shifted toward medicine. Since graduating from the PA program in 1998, Chris has earned a master’s degree with an emphasis in Dermatology from the University of Nebraska. His past work experience includes the Dermatology department at the University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Dermatology. Chris is now a proud member of the Dermatology department at the Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center.


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“Great it is to believe the dream as we stand in youth by the starry stream; but a greater thing is to fight life through and say at the end, the dream is true!” - Edwin Markham

“Making a positive impact - through health care - on the lives of the men and women who have served our country is extremely meaningful to me,” Chris said. In the past, Chris has been honored with two United States Air Force Achievement medals, Meritorious service awards and the Honor Graduate and Commanders Award of Excellence for the Ground Launch Cruise Missile Combat Survival School. He serves on the College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board and is the Health Promotions Coordinator for the Kentucky Air National Guard. He is also a member of the African Global Mission Support and is arranging a medical mission for 2009. Chris and his wife Tara reside in Lexington and have three daughters.

Jeff Lytle

Medical Technology, ‘86 Jeff Lytle began his Medical Technology career at St. Joseph Hospital as a laboratory generalist. He concentrated in blood banking and then stepped into management before moving on to Lexington Clinic. While at Lexington Clinic, Jeff helped develop the provider network for the clinic’s HMO, Advantage Care. He then spent eight years growing Bluegrass Transcription Service, a medical transcription company started by his wife Sandy. The company has had as many as 28 staff throughout the nation. Jeff currently works as a Provider Administration Manager for Humana. For Jeff, building relationships is what makes his work meaningful. He works with professionals throughout the world and has received numerous awards, but is most proud of a verbal award he received some years ago. “When I returned to Humana, I reconnected with many physicians and office managers I knew during my time with Advantage Care,” said Jeff. “On one trip a practice manager mentioned that she remembered me from nine years prior because I was always true to my word. For me, that was a true honor.” Jeff is also busy in the community, having served in numerous leadership positions at his church. He conducts volunteer work with youth at Southland Christian Church, assists with All God’s Children in Jessamine County and is beginning the process to become an assistant coach for the West Jessamine High School tennis team. In school, Jeff was the College of Health Sciences nominee into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He currently serves on the CHS Philanthropy Board. Although Jeff credits the college, his colleagues and especially his mentor Dr. Marie Vittetoe with his success, he states that it is really his wife Sandy who has been his companion, helpmate, biggest fan and strong supporter. “If there is a Hall of Fame for wives, then Sandy is in it for putting up with me,” Jeff joked. Jeff and Sandy have three children - Matt, Ashley, and Faith.

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National Philanthropy Day Honoree: Pat Waggener Regardless of the stage of life she is in, Pat Waggener has always believed in the importance of giving back – which is why the College of Health Sciences recently honored Pat at the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon.

Through it all, Pat has volunteered her time for numerous causes in and around Lexington. She has been a volunteer at Central Baptist Church, has worked with the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity and has donated her time to numerous other civic organizations.

Pat was raised in Versailles. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology in 1961. After graduation, she ran the laboratory for Matthew Darnell, MD, a local internal medicine physician. By 1965, Pat was blessed with two children and by 1967, a third had arrived. Once her children were settled and the oldest in school, Pat returned to work at Good Samaritan Hospital Laboratory for what later became International Clinical Laboratories.

Currently, Pat is on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Arboretum. In that organization, she has assisted with membership, public relations, development and communications duties. She is also a 25-year member of Altrusa, an international women’s service organization. Some of the Pat’s favorite Altrusa activities include Operation Read, which teaches adults to read and collects books for Head Start children; Mighty Moms, a program that gives moms of special needs children a weekend of pampering; and Brains and Bellies, an effort to provide books and food for families in need. Pat also volunteers at God’s Pantry and is a member of a local garden club.

Pat continued working and, along with her husband, caring for her three children. In 1970, she started running the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Medical Technology educational program. While in that position, Pat recruited, lectured and supervised the training for medical technology students. “The College of Health Sciences had a great impact on me when I was teaching,” Pat said. “Knowing I had the support of the college – as well as experts in the field - was great. I loved being exposed to new information through the college.” Suddenly, at age 31, Pat lost her husband in a plane crash, but never lost sight of the woman she wanted to be.


Pat has served in leadership roles, including president and vice president, of many of those organizations. “I just always thought I should give back to my community,” said Pat. “It was as important to me as taking care of the children or keeping up the house. Even as a single parent, I wanted to contribute to making my corner of the world a little better.”

Pat has been honored by the UK College of Health Sciences in the past as an outstanding alumna. She is a current member of the college’s philanthropy board, has served on the 40th Gala planning committee As Pat’s career and life evolved, she began to consider returning to and was inducted into the College of Health Sciences Hall of Fame in school. When she was 40 and her children were either completing high 2005. Pat also was part of the committee that solicited for funds to build school or entering college, Pat began taking the prerequisite classes she the new College of Health Sciences – a move that enabled the nine needed to earn her master’s in business administration from UK. divisions of the college to be housed in one location for the first time. In 1987, she attained that degree and still can be found consulting with small businesses on human resources issues. When she isn’t working or volunteering, Pat loves spending time with her husband of six years, Don Waggener. Together, they have six children and fourteen grandchildren. University of Kentucky


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Nao Inoue, right, and Michael Booi, left, treat a knee injury on UK football player Josh Minton, a junior defensive end from Somerset, Kentucky.

UK Football Athletic Trainers Help Keep Players in the Game As the Wildcats prepare for another bowl game, it’s clear that it’s football time in Kentucky.

For most of us, that means putting on our favorite UK T-shirt or sweatshirt on Saturday, talking about what the Cats have been doing right or wrong, tailgating with our friends and maybe occasionally painting a body part blue.

But for Michael Booi and Naohisa “Nao” Inoue, two graduate student athletic trainers for the UK football team, life is a little different. Booi and Inoue live and breathe football with the rest of the team – and they wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s almost like a family around here,” said Booi.

Booi and Inoue are both enrolled in the UK College of Health Sciences graduate program in athletic training. Booi received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training. After graduation, he had the opportunity to intern with the Chicago Bears and fell in love with football.

“I’ve always loved various types of sports, but as an athletic trainer, football is great because it allows you to treat a variety of injuries,” Booi said. “With 126 guys on the team, we’re seeing a lot of athletes. That keeps us busy and always learning.” Inoue grew up in Japan. He knew he wanted to study athletic training in the United States, so he enrolled in the University of Illinois. After graduating in 2007, Inoue interned with the Dallas Cowboys and later had the opportunity to work with the Miami Dolphins. For both men, the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Athletic Training program was a top choice to continue their education.

“It’s almost like a family around here,” said Booi.

“All the people we worked with as interns recommended Jim Madaleno (Director of Sports Medicine for the university),” said Inoue. “He’s well respected in the profession of athletic training and the academic program at the College of Health Sciences is top notch.”

Booi plans to graduate with his master’s degree in 2009 and Inoue will finish in 2010. Both plan to pursue careers in the NFL as athletic trainers, although they might consider staying in the Bluegrass if the opportunity arose. “There’s only one league better than the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and that’s the NFL,” said Booi. “Working with either one would be a great opportunity for us.”

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Student Ambassadors Named Seventeen outstanding College of Health Sciences students have been named as student ambassadors. These students not only excel in academic work and community service, but they have also shown their commitment to the college through their desire to be college ambassadors. The student ambassadors represent the college by leading college tours, supporting development and alumni relations efforts, assisting with college events and participating in community service activities. Front row: Mary Jane Cowherd, Physician Assistant Studies; Casey Morris, Physical Therapy; Emily Graham, Physical Therapy; Amanda Issacs, Physical Therapy. Middle row: Carly Donnelly, Physician Assistant Studies; Rachel Bullock, Physician Assistant Studies; Kai Gould, Physician Assistant Studies; Mackenzie Gathof, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Jennifer Gary, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Susan Pell, Physician Assistant Studies; Rachael Reams, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Lauren Rhodes, Communication Sciences and Disorders Back row: Candace Brown, Physician Assistant Studies; Sarah Groppo, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Laura Camplin, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Shelby Reynolds, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Koree Fugate, Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Upholding the Torch of Excellence By: Gina Ehrhard, CHS Intern

What does it take to uphold the Lyman T. Johnson torch of excellence? It takes an involvement in the community, a commitment to diversity and a dedication to patients. Three individuals from the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences-- Shirley Addo, Shamekia Mason and Shaun Goulbourne--are shining examples of what the Lyman T. Johnson awards represent and were honored at a recent awards ceremony. Shirley Addo is from Lexington, Ky. and obtained her B.H.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2007. In the spring of 2009, she will complete her master’s degree. Shamekia Mason (left) and Shirley Addo, both graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, were named recipients of the Torch Bearer Award at the 2008 Lyman T. Johnson Awards Ceremony.

Addo is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a volunteer at the Bluegrass Teen Aspendale Center. She was a liaison for the UK Chapter of the National Student Speech-Hearing-Language Association in 2006-2007, a co-director at the 2008 Summer Speech Camp at Cardinal Hill in Florence, Ky. and is currently completing her fall practicum at Hattie C. Warner Elementary in Nicholasville.

“I’ve had the privilege of being taught by some of the best in the communication disorders field,” said Addo. “My experiences at UK have been invaluable and I am honored to be a recipient of this award!” Shamekia Mason hails from Bolton, Mississippi and received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from Jackson State University. Shamekia was honored as a Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer because of her volunteer efforts at the Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Club of America. Mason is also a valuable member to the medical center recruiting center. She helps attract a more diverse student population to the medical center and the profession of Communication Sciences and Disorders. During the summer of 2008, Mason was co-director of the Cardinal Hill Summer Speech Camp in Florence, Ky. Currently, she is completing her fall semester practicum at the UK Communication Disorders Clinic. Along with Addo, she will graduate with her master’s degree in May of 2009. “I am honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award two years in a row,” said Mason. “I truly pride myself in being a celebrated member of this diverse UK family.” Shaun Goulbourne, a 1995 graduate of the Physical Therapy (PT) program, was honored with the Torch of Excellence Award this year. He is from Glasgow, Kentucky. In addition to serving the community in an outpatient PT clinic setting, Goulbourne provides service in ergonomic assessment and work conditioning to businesses in the region. He also uses his expertise in sports physical therapy as he coaches youth soccer. In 2007 Shaun completed a Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Saint Augustine, FL, demonstrating his commitment to life long learning. He has taught as a community faculty member for the College of Health Sciences for ten years, taking on two or three students per year for clerkship and internship experiences. “Mr. Goulbourne serves as an excellent model for providing quality care for a variety of patients,” said one of Goulbourne’s students. “His relaxed, informal approach to teaching facilitates open discussion without fear of negative criticism.” The Lyman T. Johnson African American Homecoming Awards Banquet recognizes outstanding African-American alumni, faculty/staff, and students. It honors those that continue to keep the torch burning. Dr. Lyman T. Johnson was asked to lend his name to the graduate school’s multicultural fellowship program in 1988. He was the first African-American graduate student to enroll at UK. 12

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Development News

New Advisory Boards Begin at CHS


The College of Health Sciences started two new advisory boards in 2008. The CHS Philanthropy Board consists of 11 individuals who have committed to taking an active role in the planning, execution and evaluation of fundraising and development programs for the college. These board members are working to secure private sector funding for CHS professorships, chairs, programs, capital needs, scholarships and other initiatives. The CHS Philanthropy Board consists of:

• Janice Blythe, Nutritional Sciences • Mike Funk, Health Administration • Lori Gonzalez, CHS Dean, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Connie Hauser, Physical Therapy • Mark Hunt, Health Administration • Jeff Lytle, Medical Technology (now Clinical Laboratory Sciences)

• Terry Malone, Physical Therapy • Karen Skaff, Clinical Leadership and Management • Joe Stemple, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Pat Waggener, Medical Technology (now Clinical Laboratory Sciences) • Brian Wise, Athletic Training

The Dean’s Advisory Board consists of 41 members, including alumni, non-alumni and students. The goals of this board are to provide advice and counsel to the dean on long range planning, student accessibility, physical facilities and service to the community. The board seeks to increase awareness of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences in Kentucky and across the nation. Members serve on committees pertaining to academic programs, strategic planning, development and alumni events, provide advice on programs and projects which are of interest to the economic development of the state and form an advocacy network for the college. The Dean’s Advisory Board consists of:

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David Apts, Physical Therapy Margaret Blain, Physical Therapy Tony Brosky, Physical Therapy Sam Brown, Physical Therapy Terry Brown, Physical Therapy Geza Bruckner, Clinical Nutrition Gilson Capilouto, Communication Sciences and Disorders DeShana Collett, Physician Assistant Studies Becky Dausman, Communication Sciences and Disorders Pangela Dawson, Physician Assistant Studies Carolyn Dennis, Clinical Nutrition Lois Downing, Physician Assistant Studies Lynn English, Physical Therapy Steve Fisher, Physician Assistant Studies Deborah French, Clinical Laboratory Science Steve Gaskins, Physician Assistant Studies Dan Gatans, Health Administration Ben Gecewich, Athletic Training Beth Gudeman, Dental Hygiene Mary Harbour, Clinical Laboratory Science Anne Harrison, Physical Therapy Lois Hill, Clinical Nutrition Chris Howell, Physician Assistant Studies

• Justin Kinder, Clinical Leadership and Management • Jane Kleinert, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Rusty MacSwords, Physician Assistant Studies • Patrick McKeon, Athletic Training • Jennifer McKeon, Athletic Training • Johnnie Miller, Clinical Laboratory Science • Donna Morris, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Mike Muscarella, Physical Therapy • Kathy Panther, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Shelby Reynolds, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Barbara Sanders, Physical Therapy • Andrus Sizemore, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Wayne Sizemore, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Janella Spencer, Dental Hygiene • Sharon Stewart, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Kim Taylor, Communication Sciences and Disorders • Tim Thurston, Physician Assistant Studies • Jerry Wise, Radiation Sciences

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Have You Considered a Planned Gift? At the College of Health Sciences, we are committed to growing the scholarship base we offer our students. As the cost of tuition rises and economic hardships continue, we believe it is more important than ever to financially assist our students as they pursue an education. After all, we are educating the health care leaders of tomorrow. Recently, a Communication Sciences and Disorders student received a small scholarship of $500. She joyfully accepted the scholarship and stated that the money would keep her from working a second summer job and would allow her to concentrate more on her studies. Often, we don’t realize that any amount can make a huge difference for a student. Donors to the College of Health Sciences have been very generous. Our scholarship efforts are growing, our Philanthropy Board is up and running and our recent phonathon hit a new record – and all of this has happened during tough economic times. Have you considered a planned gift for the future?

Planned giving - through a will or trust - is a way to create a legacy that will impact future generations. It is also a way to plan your financial future. There are many ways you can plan a gift to the College of Health Sciences and receive personal and estate benefits. Many donors have found that planned gifts have allowed them to:

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Receive an income for life Reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes Receive a current income tax deduction Reduce or eliminate gift and estate taxes Provide a larger gift to the college than they thought possible

If you would like to talk about a professional from the University of Kentucky about making a planned gift for the College of Health Sciences, please call Allison Horseman at 859-323-1100 ext. 80563, or e-mail

CHS Wins Blood Battle! This fall, students, faculty, staff and friends of the College of Health Sciences participated in the first University of Kentucky medical campus “Blood Battle.” All six medical colleges – Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Public Health – participated in the challenge put on by the Kentucky Blood Center. The college was declared the winner of the 2008 competition by donating more than 50 pints of blood.

Athletic Training Develops Fellowship The main goal of the College of Health Sciences’ advancement program is to secure scholarship funds for students. With this in mind, the Division of Athletic Training developed the Brian Wise Fellowship. Brian is an Athletic Training graduate who has contributed selflessly to the program. This fellowship honors his involvement in the college’s advancement goals and his participation on the CHS Philanthropy Board. Thanks to a 100 percent giving rate by the Athletic Training Faculty, the classes of 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2007, and generous contributions from many others, more than $7,775.00 has been raised to support AT students in their academic and clinical studies. Those that served as team captains for the fundraising competition were: Brian Wise, Maureen Dwyer, Ben Gecewich, Chico Dupas, Dustin Briggs, Amelia Sesma and Will Rogers. The eventual goal is to make the Brian Wise Fellowship self-perpetuating in order to fund a graduate assistant position from the interest made off the account. If you would like to support this initiative, please contact Allison Horseman at 859-323-1100 ext. 80563 or Carl Mattacola at 859-323-1100 ext. 80860.


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Phonathon Records Set! To date, the 2008 phonathon has raised more than $17,895 for student scholarships in the college – our best year thus far! Thank you for your pledges and support!

Join the CHS Ambassadors, Students and Alumni Facebook Page! Search for the group “CHS Student Ambassadors” and become a member. Any students, alumni, faculty, staff or friends of the college are welcome to join! Use the group to post job information, professional and personal updates, photos and more!

Donor Spotlight: Mark Hunt Mark Hunt has 15 years of diverse health care experience and resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Genoa Consulting, a national long term care/post acute company which operates throughout the United States. Prior to Genoa Consulting, Mark served as the President and CEO of MedVentures, a company he founded in 2006. Mark is a 1985 graduate of the College of Health Sciences in Health Administration. He received his Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida and completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Health Administration at the University of South Carolina. Mark is a member of the College of Health Sciences Philanthropy Board. In part due to his generosity and commitment to internationalization, the college has been able to offer financial assistance to the majority of students traveling abroad for academic credit. “It is exciting to be part of the growth and development of the international programs at the College of Health Sciences,” Mark said. “The opportunity to support international service learning and experiences is one of the main reasons I have chosen to provide financial support to the college. Exploring other cultures will afford students an appreciation of the global health care needs that exist, while allowing them to experience both personal and professional rewards. Personally, some of my most valuable experiences are a result of my international travels and the exposure I have had to various cultures around the world. Recently, I decided to become a Fellow of the University of Kentucky through my support of the College of Health Sciences. I am confident my gifts will afford students numerous opportunities and benefits while contributing to the health care work force of the future. As a senior health care executive, it is rewarding to support the college which has provided me the invaluable education and path for my success today.” Mark Hunt, pictured here during a recent trip to Laos, has chosen to direct his gifts to the College of Health Sciences toward international educational experiences.

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Connection Newsletter - Fall 2008  

The Fall 2008 edition of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Connection Newsletter.