Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards & Luncheon
The Sarah Bennett Holmes Award is granted annually to women working at the University who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the University and across the Commonwealth. These awards bring recognition for efforts that would otherwise go unnoticed through typical channels.
The recipients of the 2013 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award are:
Lynne Jensen, nurse practitioner and associate director for clinical care for the Center for the Advancement of Women's Health
Kathy Sheppard-Jones, training director at the Human Development Institute and adjunct assistant professor for the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at UK.
Any woman (regular staff or faculty) currently employed by the University of Kentucky is eligible for nomination. Self nominations are not accepted and all members of the Women's Forum Board are ineligible. All nominees will be honored during the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon. The two recipients of the award (one staff and one faculty) each will receive a plaque and the $1,000 prize. Their names will be engraved on the Sarah Bennett Holmes memorial plaque hanging in a place of honor in the Main Building.
Nominations will open in January 2014. Please check back for more information.
A luncheon is held annually to honor the nominees and award recipients of the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards.
Mark your calendar for the 2014 luncheon which will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014, in the Frank Harris Grand Ballroom of the UK Student Center.
Registration will open in in January 2014. Please check back for more information.
The Sarah Bennett Holmes Luncheon was held Thursday, March 7, 2013. The featured speakers were the 2012 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award winners: Ann Bassoni, Work+Life Connections coordinator, and Gail Kennedy, arts and outreach librarian in the Special Collections Division of UK Libraries. Recipients of the 2013 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award were announced during the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon that honors all of the nominees.
Sarah Bennett Holmes, a distinguished former Dean of Women at the University of Kentucky, tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at the University where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the depression.
In her honor, the UK Women's Forum created the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award. Since 1994, the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Award has been bestowed upon female employees who have achieved professional and personal success while promoting the growth and well-being of all women.
Click here to view the past recipients.