Distinguished University of Kentucky students and alumni were honored with the Torch Bearer and Torch of Excellence Awards during the recent 20th Annual Lyman T. Johnson African American Homecoming Celebration. The recipients were honored for significant contributions to the University and the community.
Dominique Turner, a senior in architecture, was honored with a Torch Bearer Award.
Turner was awarded a William C. Parker Scholarship in 2008 to attend the University of Kentucky. During his sophomore year, Turner was selected as a finalist for the I.W.F. (International Woodworking Fair) Design Emphasis Competition. He recently received a travel scholarship to attend a design studio in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Turner was on the UK Dean’s list for the ’10 to ’11 academic year. At the start of his senior year he was selected for a chance to receive the SigQep Balanced Man Scholarship Award, and he is honored to be selected for the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearers Award.
The Torch of Excellence Award is given to a distinguished alumnus. This year Darnell Farris was honored with a Torch of Excellence Award.
Farris has been a practicing Architectural Designer in Louisville since his graduation from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture in 1984. He is currently employed by the Metro Louisville Planning & Design Services as a Project Architect. While at Metro Louisville, Darnell has provided design guidance, technical assistance, enforcement and protection of the architectural resources of the City of Louisville. He is currently staffing the landmarks, downtown, and Bardstown road corridor overlay review processes. He also spent 5 years working as Town Architect for the award winning Park DuValle Revitalization Project in Louisville.
In his spare time, Darnell is heavily involved in his church, serving on the media team, usher, and on both the building & center for family development task teams. He has also volunteered time to Habitat for Humanity, on Kentucky Heritage Council projects involving African American state cultural resources, and is a past board member of both the Louisville Historical League and the Bingham Child Guidance Center.
Darnell received the Mayor's Preservation Award in 2000 from the City of Louisville and in the past, earning two awards for fundraising for the Chestnut Street Family YMCA in Louisville.