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Jody Carbiener Dreyer

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Dreyer also will be honored at the UK College of Communications and Information Studies annual awards dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Hilary J. Boone Center on Rose Street. At the reservations-only dinner, Dreyer will receive the college’s 2003 Outstanding Alumnus Award.

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Mrs. Nell Blair Vaughn

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Pamela A. Thompson

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Derek R. Lane

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John F. Clark

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2003) -- Jody Carbiener Dreyer, a 1983 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies, began her career as an intern at The Walt Disney Company while she was still a student at UK and rose to be senior vice president of Disney’s corporate public service. She will discuss Disney’s corporate philanthropy in a speech titled: “Reaching Out: A Lifestyle for You and Your Company” at the second annual Richard G. Wilson Alumni Symposium at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Worsham Theatre of the UK Student Center. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Dreyer also will be honored at the UK College of Communications and Information Studies annual awards dinner at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Hilary J. Boone Center on Rose Street. At the reservations-only dinner, Dreyer will receive the college’s 2003 Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Others receiving awards at the college’s awards dinner are:

  • Friend of the College: Mrs. Nell Blair Vaughn (1950), a native of Mississippi who grew up in McLean County, Ky., and served as a news editor of the Kentucky Kernel, the UK student newspaper, while a student at UK. Vaughn served many years as a reporter at the former Lexington Leader.
  • Outstanding Staff Award: Pamela A. Thompson, an administrative assistant in the School of Library and Information Science. A native of Lexington, Thompson is a graduate of Henry Clay High School and is enrolled in an independent study course at UK.
  • Faculty Research Award: Derek R. Lane, an associate professor in the Department of Communication, who has a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are in the broad area of message reception and processing. His research agenda is involved with increasing or decreasing the effects of communication, especially in instructional and health contexts.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: John F. Clark, assistant professor of telecommunications. Clark previously served as technology coordinator in the college. He teaches a pre-major course and a popular course in digital audio production as well as a number of courses in telecommunications delivery systems. Clark also is the faculty adviser for WUKY-FM, the university-owned public radio station and several other college organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree from UK in telecommunications and political science and a master’s degree in communications.

The college also recognized many student scholarship and student awards winners including those given to Wai Hsien Cheah of Malaysia, a doctoral candidate; Eric Ray Durbin, McLean County; Valerie French, Louisville; Davide Girardelli, a doctoral candidate from Italy; Brittany Lee Griffin, Lexington; Anna Lasota of Poland; Hung-yi Lu, Taiwan; Robert Trader, Cincinnati, Ohio; Andrea Uhde, Lexington; Whitney Westerfield, Hopkinsville; and Kimberly Wicke, Louisville.


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