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UK STUDENT WINS APPALACHIAN COLLEGE ASSOCIATION FELLOWSHIP

By Ralph Derickson

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Loretta Beth Kemper plans to use the $30,000 fellowship to finish her dissertation, which focuses on the use of country houses as symbolic settings in the novels of British author Ivy Compton-Burnett.

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May 8, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – The Appalachian College Association has awarded a 2000-2001 fellowship to University of Kentucky doctoral student in English Loretta Beth Kemper.  The fellowships, available to faculty at Appalachian colleges since 1980, provide up to $30,000 for pre- or post-doctoral study or research for a summer, one semester or a year.

Kemper plans to use the fellowship to finish her dissertation, which focuses on the use of country houses as symbolic settings in the novels of British author Ivy Compton-Burnett.  She currently teaches at Campbellsville University, where she was recently named director of the Writing Center.

“I’m delighted Ms. Kemper has won this fellowship.  She distinguished herself in her course work here, and her dissertation promises to be excellent,” said Joseph Gardner, director of graduate studies in the English department. “For her to have some time away from the classroom to focus solely on her project is wonderful, a well-deserved recognition of her potential.”

With encouragement from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 32 colleges from the Appalachian region came together in 1990 to form the ACA.   There are 33 schools in the ACA.

A 12-person panel composed of six ACA academic deans and six graduate school deans chooses the fellowship winners.


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