Congresswoman Slaughter earned
her bachelor's degree in microbiology from UK in 1951 and her master's degree in public
health from UK in 1953. She is in her seventh term representing New York's 28th
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19, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) United
States Congresswoman and University of Kentucky alumna Louise
McIntosh Slaughter will be the speaker at the universitys 133rd
commencement at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 7, in Memorial Coliseum.
Slaughter, a native of Harlan County, Ky., now living in Fairport,
N.Y., earned a bachelors degree in microbiology from UK in 1951 and a masters
degree in public health from UK in 1953. In her seventh term representing New Yorks
28th Congressional District in the House of Representatives, she is often
described as one of the most powerful women in Congress. She sits on the influential House
Rules Commission and its Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House. She is vice
chairwoman and whip-at-large of the Research Committee of the Democratic leadership and
serves as chair of the Congressional Caucus on Womens Issues.
In her 12 years in the House, Slaughter has especially
championed the issues of health care, children and women. As a bacteriologist, she is
intensely involved in health issues from cancer education to the inclusion of women
and minorities in health trials. She has
introduced legislation that would increase the availability and affordability of quality
before- and after-school child care for working families. Concerned with the mistaken
notion colorectal cancer is a mans disease, she has launched a
nationwide education and prevention program on the nations No. 2 cancer killer. She
also has won historic increases in funding for womens health research and passed
legislation to establish the Womens Rights National Historic Trail that begins with
a route between Boston and Buffalo, N.Y.
Slaughter serves with the Commission on the Security and
Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission. The commission is the
American delegation to the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
awards include the 1999 Lay Educator of the Year Award given by the Rochester Chapter of
Phi Delta Kappa, the professional society for men and women in education; the 1998 Award
for Outstanding Congressional Arts Leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives from
the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Americans for the Arts; the 1998 International Health
Awareness Network Recognition Award for her lifelong commitment to womens equality;
and the 1992 House Legislator of the Year Award from the Vietnam Veterans of America.
to entering Congress, she served in the Monroe County, N.Y., Legislature; as regional
coordinator to Mario Cuomo during his terms as secretary of state and lieutenant governor,
and in the New York Assembly.
year, there are 5,682 candidates for degrees at UK, including 3,634 for bachelors
degrees, 1,316 for masters degrees, 368 for professional degrees and 364 for
doctoral degrees. There are 232 students
graduating summa cum laude, 309 magna cum laude and 391 cum laude.
Honorary degrees will be
given to Ward O. Griffen and James F. Hardymon. Griffen,
the former chairperson of UKs Department of Surgery and executive director and
secretary-treasurer of the American Board of Surgery, is director of the Self Examination
and Self Assessment Program, an American College of Surgeons post-graduate education
program. Hardymon, former chief executive officer of the Fortune 500 company Textron and
former UK Board of Trustees member, earned his bachelors and masters degrees
in civil engineering at UK in 1956 and 1958 respectively.
Azadeh Shirazi, a biology
major from Lexington, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2000.
Charles T. Wethington Jr. will present three Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallions, which go
to a male graduate, a female graduate and a non-student who have shown a spirit of
helpfulness to others.
This years winners are graduating seniors George
Randall Lawson, a social work major from Lexington, and Kasey Buckles, a Spanish and
foreign languages and international economics major from Elizabethtown. The non-student winner is Doris Rosenbaum, a
Lexington advocate of breast cancer legislation, research and education.
The William B. Sturgill
Award will be presented to an outstanding member of the graduate faculty. The Albert D. and Elizabeth Kirwan Memorial Prize
for original and creative research will be given to a full-time faculty member.