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UK Chadian Student Senator Strives to Leave a Lasting Impact on Campus

College of Arts & Science senator, multilingual neuroscience and public health student, and highly involved individual, are only a few of the titles that can be used to describe Esias Bedingar. Born in Mali, he has lived in Chad, Cote D’Ivoire and Tunisia, making the United States his fourth home. He is a native French speaker, but boasts proficiency in Chadian, Spanish, and Arabic- as well as English.

First-ever Chinese Candidate Nominated as UK Homecoming King

It’s a big win for diversity and inclusion on campus: for the first time in over a hundred years, a Chinese student has become a candidate for Homecoming King. Wit Wang, a business management major in his senior year, was nominated by the Leadership Exchange after serving as Director for Involvement for the 2015-2016 academic year.

From Ethiopia to Kentucky: College of Medicine Welcomes Getachew Hailu

From the mountains and waterfalls of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, to the rolling hills and equine landscapes of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Getachew Hailu endured an exhausting 17-hour trip this summer to begin his sabbatical year at the University of Kentucky.

During this year, Hailu said he hopes to observe other doctors and learn more about cancer, his main field of interest, while working at UK’s College of Medicine.

Dr. Alan J. DeYoung to Embark on a Journey to Turkmenistan as a Senior Fulbright Scholar

Alan J. DeYoung, Ph.D., first came to UK from Florida State University in 1977, where he obtained a doctorate in anthropological and sociological studies in education from Stanford University. His doctoral minor was in sociology; and he also attained a master of arts in child development. Now, DeYoung can add another “Senior Fulbright Scholar” to his many awards. He was selected by the U.S. Department of State and the International University for the Humanities & Development (IUHD) in Turkmenistan to be a part of this new experience.

International Theater Student Accepted into Prestigious Master of Fine Arts Program

As an international theater student from Beijing, senior Shaofei Chen landed at the University of Kentucky a short four years ago with “a narrow English vocabulary and little knowledge of Western culture,” he said.

College of Education Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education Goes Global

The Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Education, established in 2014 through the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling within the UK College of Education, has seen success on a global scale.

David Nemer Researches Cubans’ Use of Technology during Winter Break

The College of Information Studies Assistant Professor of Information Communication Technology David Nemer spent a month in Havana, Cuba from December to January researching telecenters and community technology centers to determine how and why Cubans use the Internet.

As a part of his ongoing research on technology use in marginalized communities, Nemer chose Cuba as his next area of study because of the potential changes that could arise once the embargo between the United States and Cuba is lifted, he said.

Three UK Arts & Sciences Students Awarded Grants for International Travel

The University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences awarded three International Studies students travel grants for the Winter 2015 intersession to further their education abroad.

Natalie Shofner, Bridget Nicholas and Trevor Burba were awarded up to $1700 to travel independently to London, Paris and Berlin visiting historical and cultural sites during their time there.

College of Communication and Information Delegation Visits China to Expand Relations

Five professors from the College of Communication and Information found good prospects for collaboration as they visited two universities and a newspaper in China in late 2015.

Professors from the College of Communication and Information visited the Communication University of China in Beijing, and gave talks at a health-communication symposium the college co-sponsored at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Researchers from leading communication programs also presented at the symposium.

Planting Seeds of Hope: UK’s Grisham-Brown’s Life-Changing International Mission

Of all the gifts she has received, the country of Guatemala gave Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ph.D., her greatest one – the gift of her son. After his adoption, she yearned for a way to pour her heart into a place that had filled hers.

That desire gave birth to a mission that is helping orphans and at-risk children in Guatemala, and also impacting students at the University of Kentucky College of Education.

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