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Outreach V.P. Honored by Iowa State

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A scholar of gerontology and educational administration, Walker has directed education and research projects with more than $3.6 million in sponsored funding. In an ongoing project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she directs a multidisciplinary partnership among UK scholars, local organizations, and government agencies. The project is designed to mobilize local residents to address problems in Lexington’s east end community.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2003) -- Retia Scott Walker, University of Kentucky vice president for academic outreach and public service, has received a lifetime achievement award from Iowa State University. The Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate award from Iowa State’s College of Education was presented to Walker during an October ceremony.

Iowa State University officials cited Walker for developing outreach partnerships with local and statewide communities that promote service learning and scholarly engagement.

“I am excited, proud and humbled by the recognition,” said Walker. There were 39 persons honored during the ceremony and Walker said she was “delighted to be in their company.” Walker’s daughter, JaRee Walker of Owings Mills, Md., flew to Iowa to participate in the awards ceremony.

A scholar of gerontology and educational administration, Walker has directed education and research projects with more than $3.6 million in sponsored funding. In an ongoing project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she directs a multidisciplinary partnership among UK scholars, local organizations, and government agencies. The project is designed to mobilize local residents to address problems in Lexington’s east end community.

Walker graduated from Iowa State University in 1982 with a doctorate in educational administration. The Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate was established in 1975 to recognize alumni of the Iowa State University College of Education who are nationally or internally recognized for their meritorious service or distinguished achievement in education. The award is named for Virgil Lagomarcino, founding dean of the college who retired in 1990 following 25 years of service.


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