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UK Alum Who Started Research
and Web Site Design Firm Honored
by College of Communications
and Information Studies

By Ralph Derickson

 

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Roberts & Kay offers qualitative research facilitators and Web site design services. Her clients have included the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, the Partnership for Kentucky Schools, Kentucky Utilities, the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, and the Kettering Foundation.

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Lexington, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2002) -- Rona Roberts, a Monticello native who earned a master's and doctorate in communication from the University of Kentucky before starting her own research and Web site firm, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the UK College of Communications and Information Studies today.

Roberts, who along with partner Steve Kay co-founded Roberts & Kay Inc. in 1983, received the honor at the college's annual awards and recognition ceremony, held at the UK Hilary J. Boone Center.

Roberts & Kay offers qualitative research facilitators and Web site design services. Her clients have included the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, the Partnership for Kentucky Schools, Kentucky Utilities, the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, and the Kettering Foundation.

She has also authored several publications including "Just Call It Effective: Civic Change - Moving from Projects to Progress" in 1998 and "What Works, Study Circles in the Real World," soon to be published.

Roberts has served as president of the board of Actors Guild of Lexington, vice president of Syncopated Inc., chair of the Professional Women's Forum, and founder of the Lexington Citizen Summit. Her most demanding civic work included helping launch the Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Association in 1998.

A Friend of the College Award was given to David L. Weller of Frankfort, a 1974 UK graduate who has been regional director of corporate and external affairs for BellSouth since 1991. Weller currently serves as a part-time instructor in the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications and serves on the college's board of adviserse.

The UK communications college also honored many students, teachers and a staff member at the recognition dinner. The honors included:

-- Excellence in Teaching: Rosemary B. Bryant of Lexington, a lecturer in the department of communication

-- Outstanding Staff Award. Henry Daniels III of Lexington, a staff support associate in the office of undergraduate studies

-- Faculty Research Award: Sorin Matei, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Telecommunications

-- Faculty Community Service Award: Rick Roth, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.


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