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Lyman T. Johnson Banquet

Contact: Brad Duncan

 

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“I am very excited about the opportunity to bring African-American alumni back to the university. It is wonderful anytime we are able to bring alumni back and let them see how the university has changed since they graduated.”

-- Lauretta Byars,
associate provost for multicultural and academic affairs

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2003) -- The University of Kentucky Lyman T. Johnson Alumni Club will recognize the contributions and accomplishments of African-American alumni and students at the 13th annual Lyman T. Johnson Banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

This year’s award ceremony, titled “Recognizing Our Past and Building Our Future by Upholding the Torch of Excellence,” will honor one alumnus from each of UK’s colleges who has succeeded nationally, statewide and locally since leaving UK. Those honorees will then “pass on” their faith, determination, hard work and academic excellence to a current undergraduate student from each college who has shown those same qualities. The undergraduates then become “torch bearers” for their colleges.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to bring African-American alumni back to the university,” said Lauretta Byars, associate provost for multicultural and academic affairs. “It is wonderful anytime we are able to bring alumni back and let them see how the university has changed since they graduated.”

Fayette District Court Judge Pamela R. Goodwine will give the keynote lecture. Goodwine received her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1991 and her law degree in 1994, both from UK. The evening’s emcees will be Baronda Dickerson, a junior in the UK College of Communications and Information Studies, and William Wilson, Kentucky Educational Television deputy executive director, who received his Master of Arts in psychology and counseling from UK in 1969. In addition, Motown recording artists Black Coffey, whose members are from Lexington, will provide entertainment.

Tickets for the event can be purchased for $45 per person or $20 for UK students (with UK ID) by calling the Alumni Association at (859) 257-7161 or (800) 269-2586, and ask for Heather. For more information, please contact Buzz Burnam in Multicultural Affairs at (859) 257-1991.


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