Learning Our Fundamental Responsibilities
months as Dean of the College of Agriculture have been exciting
and rewarding for me. Although Kentucky has been my home for 22
years, this recent time has given me the opportunity to become acquainted
with a remarkable number of alumni, friends and partners of the
Wherever I have been around the state I find that almost everyone
shares the same positive outlook they are proud of the College
and our traditions of excellence, but they anticipate even greater
things in the future.
Much of what I have heard, and what I have talked about since becoming
Dean, relates to the remarkable transitions in Kentuckys agricultural
economy. This is not surprising, considering the urgent challenges
faced by our farm families and rural communities. We are firmly
committed to responding to such needs in new and aggressive ways.
this column I want to comment briefly on the oldest but still the
most fundamental responsibilities of our College teaching
and learning. The College of Agriculture will continue to take great
pride in our outstanding teaching and advising. We will reward and
recognize those faculty and staff who demonstrate personal commitment
to the success of our students.
We often talk about the family and community atmosphere in the College.
Personally, I have been fortunate to be a part of Cooperative Extension
and ag college communities, literally since birth. My father was
a county agent in New York and New Hampshire (where I was born).
After going back to school for his doctorate, he became a professor
and Extension specialist in farm finance at Cornell. Helping
at meetings and tagging along on farm visits are among my earliest
both on-campus and with statewide Extension projects, later became
an important part of my education. My wife, Susan, although she
has found her greatest professional rewards as a busy piano teacher,
is also a graduate of the Cornell College of Agriculture, majoring
in business management and marketing.
For us, the three-part land-grant mission is as much a matter of
family values as it is a professional philosophy. Our experiences
have built a dedication to public service (Extension), a love of
discovery and new knowledge (research), and a commitment to life-long
teaching and learning (instruction). We hope to share those same
kinds of experiences and values with the students and alumni of
In the face
of urgent needs to promote agricultural vitality through Extension
and applied research programs, plus increasing expectations to build
top 20 research status for the University, we must always
remember our commitment to excellence in instruction.
Yet I disagree with those who contend that strength in research
and Extension must come at the expense of teaching. Strength in
all of these areas can be merged. The opportunity to interact directly
with great faculty is, of course, valuable. Of much more importance
is the opportunity for students (and alumni also) to directly participate
in public service, discovery research, and in the enormous variety
of College programs addressing current, critical issues in agriculture,
food, and natural resources.
During my years
with the College, I have tremendously enjoyed working with the Ag
Alumni Association. Each one of you plays an important role in supporting
our College and our students, and I thank you for your participation.
As we move into the summer alumni events, Susan and I look forward
to renewing current friendships and making many new ones.
M. Scott Smith
Dean and Director
To our readers:
In case you hadnt noticed, The Ambassador has a new look.
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of even greater things.
final issue in the previous format was volume 26, number 2 (Fall/Winter
By Randy Weckman
M. Scott Smith
became the eighth Dean and Director of the University of Kentucky
College of Agriculture in January 2001. As Dean, Smith is responsible
for all facets of the College, including teaching, Extension, and
research programs. Shortly after assuming the duties of Dean, we
asked him about his vision for the College. Following are the questions
and his responses.
As the new dean
of the College of Agriculture, what do you see as the most important
issues facing Kentuckians in terms of agriculture, families, youth,
transitions in Kentucky agriculture are well publicized and widely
discussed. Dramatic changes in tobacco production and marketing
have combined with the broader forces on agriculture worldwide to
create substantial challenges for our family farms and our communities
dependent on a strong agricultural economy.
I believe that
despite these challenges, Kentucky agriculture can have a great,
prosperous future. Achieving the future we want, however, will require
strong leadership from the agricultural sector, wise public policies
that nurture agriculture, investments in the infrastructure of agriculture,
and a continuing stream of research, Extension and educational programs
from the College of Agriculture that focuses on the needs of Kentucky.
Now, more than ever, those of us in the College of Agriculture must
address a broad range of issues which are an important part of the
food, agriculture, and natural resource system. Many of these issues
are wider in scope than our more traditional contributions in crop
and animal production. We will need to develop the expertise to
address these issues by both refocusing our efforts and hiring faculty
members with the appropriate expertise.
issues, how do you see the College of Agriculture helping Kentuckians
in Kentucky and around the nation is being asked to play a substantially
increasing role in economic and community development. I believe
Kentuckys land-grant system of integrated research, teaching
and Extension provides the best model for addressing these expectations.
Specifically, I see five areas in which the College of Agriculture
can help address Kentuckys needs:
must continue our commitment to the success and personal and professional
development of our students, for they are our future leaders. The
greatest contribution we can make to Kentucky is to do an outstanding
job of educating our students. Our College embarked a few years
ago on initiatives to educate our students in not just skills they
need to enter the job market, but also in the skills they can use
to become life-long learners and leaders. This philosophy
is already benefitting Kentucky, as many of our recent graduates
have already assumed leadership positions and are applying their
expertise to the challenges of agriculture and strengthening Kentucky
in the process.
county Extension office and its staff continue to be the key to
the success of local communities around Kentucky. But agents are
being asked to assume ever greater and more complex responsibilities.
It is imperative that we provide our county agents the tools they
need to help lead their communities. Those tools include appropriate
compensation for their efforts, as well as training opportunities
for them to acquire expertise they need for application to local
problems as they arise. We also must continue to build the communications
infrastructure from Lexington to county offices so that the University
of Kentucky can become the window to the world for rural areas.
can simultaneously meet the expectations of becoming a top
20" research institution, contributing to the new economy,
and sustaining our land-grant mission, but only if we set research
priorities appropriate to the needs and opportunities of Kentucky.
Our research efforts must continually assess the needs for research
and constantly refocus our efforts to meet those needs.
Build New Partnerships.
To meet the constantly changing challenges in the wide range of
subjects the College must address, we will need to form partnerships
and alliances with other institutions, agencies, and leadership
organizations so that we can tap into their expertise and they into
ours. By doing so, our College will be stronger, our partners will
be strengthened, so that together we can address the important challenges
Adapt and Change.
As the pace of economic and agricultural transition accelerates,
we need to become more adaptable, more flexible and more responsive
as an organization. We must be constantly aware of the needs of
our stakeholders, and better support innovative people and programs
that respond to those needs.
Dean M. Scott Smith
Michigan State University, microbial ecology/soil science
1975, Cornell University, soil science
1971, Cornell University, biology
Dean of College
of Agriculture; Director of Agricultural Experiment Station (AES);
and Director of Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky
January 1, 2001
for Research and Associate Director of AES, UK,
of Agronomy, UK, 1989-1999
of Agronomy, UK, 1978-1988
University of California, Berkeley, 1984-1985
Field of expertise
is nitrogen in soils. Has published more than 50 refereed journal
articles and invited reviews, most of them related to the impact
of agricultural practices on crop productivity and environmental
quality and the ecology of nitrogen-transforming bacteria in soils.
Born July 7,
1949 in Laconia, New Hampshire
to Susan Smith
daughtersHannah, Emily, and Rebecca
Robinson Station Celebration
By Randy Weckman
the West Kentucky Experiment
Substation at Princeton was dedicated on Labor Day 1925, another
Experiment station for Kentucky was dedicated 300 miles east, at
the tiny hamlet of Quicksand. This time, the tract of land donated
for a substation was considerably larger 15,000 acres, or
about 23.5 square miles, of logged-over forest in Breathitt, Knott,
and Perry Counties.
a self-made millionaire from northern Kentucky, had donated land
that his and F.W. Mowbrays lumber company had clear-cut from
about 1912 to 1922 to the College of Agriculture to establish a
forest and substation to make the mountain section a more
profitable as well as a more comfortable place in which to live
and work, and to fit its people to live and do that work.
An additional ten-acre plot in Quicksand was donated by Miles Back
to be the headquarters of the station. Back had owned the original
15,000 acres of timber before selling them to Robinson and Mowbray.
of the dedication at Quicksand are sketchy at best, we do know that
College of Agriculture Dean T.P. Cooper and other dignitaries from
Lexington sojourned by Pullman train from Lexington on the morning
of September 11, 1925 for the dedication that afternoon.
By the following year, things were in full speed with a field day
held in late September. The two-day event, called the Robinson Harvest
Festival, featured ballad singing, hog and chicken calling and fiddling
contests, as well as displays of fruits and vegetables, home handicrafts
and farm products, a mule show and a healthy baby contest.
A strong dedication
to Robinsons specified purpose, coupled with the strong sense
of community that developed quickly, led the substation to set up
a unique deal. The deal was that any farm family in eastern Kentucky
could bring in a bushel of ordinary seed corn and replace it with
a bushel of improved seed; they could trade in a common rooster
for a purebred rooster. They also could trade in a poor quality
boar for a better one to improve their herd.
According to Nevyle Shackelfords Robinson Substation: A Short
History, from out of the hills, hollows, creek and river bottoms,
people came on foot, on horseback, in sleds, oxcarts and two-horse
wagons, bringing their razorback hogs, worn out roosters and stunted
seeds to swap for better strains that were being made available
to the farmers of the mountains.
During its three-quarters
of a century of existence, the Robinson Substation has kept its
promise to effect the reason for its existence. While the faculty
and staff at the substation no longer take in old roosters, poor
boars, or bad corn seed for trade, they do offer a complete panoply
of research and educational services for the people of eastern Kentucky.
The tradition of a harvest festival continued every year until 1949.
A field day is now held every other year, alternating with the Research
and Education Center at Princeton.
This years field day, celebrating Robinson Stations
75 years of progress, will be held July 19 at the station in Quicksand.
expect tours conducted by faculty members about field and horticultural
crops and forestry research.
Goes a Long Way
The College of Agriculture is committed to remaining
competitive and attracting top students. Alumni and friends of the
College interested in establishing a scholarship should contact
the Ag Alumni and Development Office.
By Kathy Ibendahl
(81) remembers well the challenges she faced as a first-generation
college student new to the University of Kentucky. She was a shy
young woman from Flatwoods, a small town in northeastern Kentucky.
She loved animals but had no specific career in mind, no support
from others, and no money for college.
and father always stressed the importance of education, and I have
importance of education throughout my life. Through my support,
if I could convince one kid to get an education, it would make me
Not to be hindered by such obstacles, Fletcher found a job at Central
Bank and Trust, worked during the day while going to school at night,
and seven years later graduated with a degree in animal sciences.
The people in the College of Agriculture were great,
Fletcher remembers fondly. I felt comfortable with them and
I liked the small environment.
learned the importance of giving, and she firmly believes that a
part of the human spirit does not develop until a person gives back
from what he or she has received. Fletcher puts this philosophy
into practice through a variety of volunteer activities. When shes
not carrying out philanthropic work, she works as the Director of
Internal Audit at General Electric Evendale Employees Federal Credit
Union in Cincinnati.
been a contributor to the Colleges annual Phonathon for a
number of years when she decided to create a scholarship in her
name and support it in perpetuity through a will bequest. Every
year she makes a contribution so that the Cynthia J. Fletcher Scholarship
can be a awarded while she is living and so that she can get to
know the recipients.
I hope my recipients not only benefit from the financial gift
but, more importantly, take courage from the realization that others
have walked this path before them. With hard work and a steadfast
heart, they, too, can achieve their goals, Fletcher said.
of encouragement apply to Nicole McHam, a freshman biotechnology
student from Columbia, Kentucky, who is this years recipient
of the Cynthia J. Fletcher Scholarship.
Im very thankful for Cynthias scholarship support,
said McHam. My mother is single and having to pay for my college
education. Its comforting to know that someone is interested
in me; that inspires me to do my best.
McHam and Fletcher
got acquainted at the College of Agriculture Scholarship Banquet
this past November and now share a genuine affection for each other.
I feel as if Ive known her for a long while, said
McHam. She asks about me and takes an interest in my progress.
Im so impressed with Nicole, said Fletcher. Knowing
her gives me a real hope for the future of the human race.
being a donor makes her feel that shes made the most of her
life and has had an influence in the lives of others, the difference
a little encouragement can make.
allow us to see children use what they learn and realize that they
have more potential than they thought. Theres a real excitement
in seeing them develop.
Biotech Students While Honoring Their Son
loves agricultural biotechnology, as anyone who has ever heard him
speak on the subject can attest. He loves teaching it to students,
too, and his enthusiasm for it sneaks unashamedly into his conversation
his wife, Ruby, have combined his love of teaching with their desire
to see talented young biotech students succeed by creating the Keven
Glenn Collins Endowed Scholarship Fund in Agricultural Biotechnology.
bears the name of their son, who died in the early 1970s just shy
of his fifth birthday. Keven was special to us, and so are
our Kentucky students who are striving for their education,
said Glenn Collins, a professor who has been with the Agronomy Department
yet another way of being a part of the education process,
he said about the new scholarship. Its rewarding to
see our financial resources at work.
Agricultural biotechnology is the use of biological systems and
organisms for scientific and commercial applications. Biotech involves
genetic engineering, antibody and vaccine production, fermentation
technology, plant regeneration from single cells, and many more
emerging scientific techniques.
name is synonymous with biotechnology in the College of Agriculture
and who is internationally renowned in the field, was instrumental
in creating the biotech program in 1988, when it was first offered
under the individualized curriculum option in the College. Thirteen
students enrolled that first semester in the degree program that
now is 146 students strong.
as the director of undergraduate studies for the degree; teaches
ABT 101, a first-semester course that all ag biotech students take
together; and advises all biotech students for their first three
semesters at UK. Fifteen permanent academic advisors take the students
through the remainder of their degree.
The first recipient
of the Keven Glenn Collins Endowed Scholarship is April Winstead
from Slaughters, Kentucky. Collins taught Winstead in ABT 101 and
served as her academic advisor; she worked part-time in his laboratory.April
is a super young woman; we enjoy seeing her happy and pleased to
receive this scholarship, Collins said. She is a fine
role model. Winstead has been accepted to attend UK Medical
School this fall.
Collins, he and his wife had established the scholarship in their
estate plan and will some years ago, but decided to activate it
now. We were talking one day a couple of years ago about things
we had planned and wanted to do, and the scholarship came up in
the conversation. I said to Ruby, You know, it would be nice
to be around to see and interact with the Keven Glenn Collins Scholarship
recipients rather than to have it activated after we are no longer
around. She immediately said, I agree totally.
I had been thinking of the same thing.
Glenn and Ruby
knew theyd made the right decision when they were seated with
the Winstead family at the Ag Scholarship Banquet last fall. It
was pretty special to interact with the first Keven Glenn Collins
Scholarship recipient and her parents, Collins added. There
were very nice warm and fuzzy feelings for us and a lot of appreciation
from April and her parents.
The $3,000 scholarship is designed to attract and provide an excellent
level of financial support to an outstanding high school senior
who is a biotechnology degree major. It is offered to the same student
for all four years of the B.S. degree, provided the recipient maintains
a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
involves rigorous course work but with the assistance of high school
science teachers and counselors (and word of mouth from graduates),
the degree attracts a very high caliber of high school science-
and math-oriented students, he commented.
contribute to the strength of the program. Collins credits ABT 101
with getting the students off on the right foot. They get
to know each other and form study groups and many friendships. We
also get them subscribed to a biotechnology majors listserv that
gives them the ability to communicate with each other and the faculty,
and to receive information on seminars, special events, part-time
jobs, internships, and career opportunities, he said.
The faculty are also highly committed to the program and the students,
Collins said. Their offices are always open and they do all
the teaching and advising for the degree. Many of the faculty hire
biotech students as part-time research assistants and this gives
the students excellent one-on-one interaction with a faculty member.
This is very supportive during the degree and it often leads to
a positive career-deciding experience.
daughters have their own success stories. The elder, Leslie Marie,
earned a bachelors degree in electrical engineering at UK
and went on to earn a masters and Ph.D. from the University
of Michigan. She is currently an assistant professor of electrical
engineering and biomedical engineering at Duke University.
Their third child and second daughter, Ashli Nicole, received a
bachelors degree in biology from the University of Louisville
and an M.D. degree from the
U of L School of Medicine.
She is in her
second year of a residency in pediatrics there.
Both daughters are married, and Ashli and her husband have two young
Glenn and Ruby Collins are both UK Fellows and Scovell Society members.
They have named their daughters and sons-in-law UK Fellows, and
Keven a Fellow in memoriam. All are Scovell Society members as well.
Glenn and Ruby
Collins are both UK alumni, Glenn having earned his bachelors
and masters degrees in agronomy, and Ruby a bachelors
in business. They left Lexington in 1963 while Glenn completed his
Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, returning in 1966, the
year he joined UKs agronomy faculty.
retired in 1996 from a 16-year career as the executive secretary
of the Kentucky Society of Radiologic Technologists. When not entertaining
their grandchildren, she enjoys running, reading, boating and swimming.
Glenns spare time is filled with running, woodworking, fishing,
tennis, and boating.
is not on his radar screen at the present time, Collins
is confident that the outstanding faculty which comprise the
biotechnology degree will provide all the continuity and leadership
needed to keep the degree going strong when I do decide to join
the emeritus ranks.
biotechnology degree is one of the most rewarding things that I
have been involved with in my career, he concluded.
Years of Fraternal
By Charlie B.
reaches its fiftieth anniversary, past and current members prepare
to celebrate five decades of brotherhood and accomplishments.
will take place during Ag Roundup, September 7-8, 2001, creating
an excellent opportunity for alumni and friends to renew friendships,
share memories, and get a glimpse of the future of FarmHouse.
Roundup is always a highlight of the academic year. It will
be even more exciting with the celebration of FarmHouses fiftieth
anniversary, said Mike Richey, 71. I hope all
the FH alumni will make a special effort to attend.
Since 1951 more than 750 men have passed through the doors of FarmHouse
as active members. During these years, FarmHouse has fostered a
bond of brotherhood among these men, providing them with a new family
apart from the ones left behind when they came to college.
Dennis Liptrap, 62, remembers his time in FarmHouse as a time
of personal growth. I had brothers and a house mother who
cared about me. It gave me recognition on campus and taught me personal
responsibility, leadership, and fiscal management. FarmHouses
motto, Builders of Men, has been a guiding principle
throughout my professional career. I still maintain contact with
many FarmHouse brothers and consider them some of my closest friends,
also has provided members the opportunity to become active in campus
and community-wide activities, and has emerged as a respected leader
among organizations on campus. The chapter has gained recognition
on a broader scale by winning the 2000 FarmHouse International Chapter
Came to Campus
M. Seath, an Iowa State FarmHouse alumnus, had been chair of the
University of Kentucky Dairy Department a scant two years when he
was contacted in the spring of 1950 by Harold K. Wilson, his former
college roommate. Wilson, who was serving as executive secretary
of FarmHouse fraternity, encouraged him to help start a FH chapter
In April of 1950, an assembly of six faculty and ten students met
with Joseph Ackerman, the National President of FarmHouse, to discuss
founding a Kentucky chapter. Among the faculty in attendance were
former Dean of the College Charles Barnhart and former Associate
Dean for Instruction Stanley Wall, both FarmHouse alumni. After
the initial meeting, the group voted to proceed.
Through the hard work and dedication of these faculty and students,
the Kentucky chapter, the twelfth FarmHouse group to be chartered
nationally, was established on May 12, 1951.
The continued support and commitment of faculty, alumni, and current
student members have developed FarmHouse Fraternity into the organization
it is today. Many of its members have gone on to high-level positions
within academic institutions, the business world, and personal endeavors.
Call Me Mom
are a part of fraternity living, but the ten women who have served
at FarmHouse through the years have especially endeared themselves
to the residents. Most of the young men have never lived away from
home before, so the house mothers serve as their second mom.
1961-62 Eunice Nelson
1962-64 Katharine Dennis
1964-66 Adelaide Heilborne
1966-72 Scottie Arnold
1972-74 Helen Kellogg
1974-75 Ella Smith
1975-79 Elizabeth Unsworth
1979-80 Goldie Herb
1980-86 Elizabeth Unsworth
1986 to Present Lea Coatney
12 - 4 p.m.
Golf Outing Location TBA
2 - 4 p.m. Campus Tours/Founding Fathers Gathering Maxwell
Street Presbyterian Church
6 - 10 p.m. Banquet University Student Center
Enjoy an evening
reliving 50 years of FarmHouse memories, highlighted with special
alumni speakers representing our chapters past, present, and
8 - 10 a.m.
Coffee Reception E.S. Good Barn
Game Chapter House Tours/Live Entertainment
lots to do under the big Roundup tents. Be sure to join us for lunch
and entertainment before the UK vs. Ball State football game. Youll
be in good company, too, as 1,800 other Ag alumni and friends gather
for Roundup. The FarmHouse group will be seated together at the
meal and game. Information about purchasing tickets will be mailed
to you in early August
Made It All Add Up
By Libby Noble
Ronald E. Phillips
was a researcher, a mathematician who spent his career teaching
soil physics and researching
and accolades accumulated over a 27-year tenure in the Agronomy
Department in the College of Agriculture. So when Phillips died
unexpectedly last December at age 71, his family, friends, colleagues,
and former graduate students took measures to ensure that his memory
and values would endure.
The result is the Ronald E. Phillips Graduate Enrichment Fund, the
proceeds of which will be used for programs in agronomy and related
disciplines, particularly soil science, to enhance the learning
experience for graduate students.
his opportunity to pursue higher education, and then he treasured
his privilege to work professionally in institutions of higher learning,
said Gregory Phillips, son of Ronald Phillips and professor of plant
cellular and molecular genetics at New Mexico State University.
in our family is well aware of the value Dad placed on learning
and education, and he instilled these values not only in his children
and grandchildren, but also among his students, he said.
Gregory Phillips, two concepts have emerged as possible enrichment
opportunities. One would provide funding for a recognized scientist
to come to the College for a short period of time to present seminars,
mentor graduate students, or conduct career development activities.
The other would support a professional travel engagement by a graduate
student for example, a trip to a leading laboratory or research
location for a few days or weeks to allow students to acquire new
skills or technologies in their respective sub-disciplines.
H. Don Scott,
professor of soil physics at the University of Arkansas and former
Ph.D. student of Ron Phillips, helped establish the enrichment fund.
The idea for such a fund evolved from his own positive experiences
as a student at similar events conducted in the College by invited
that there were some excellent and intense discussions that frequently
occurred between the speaker and the faculty, and excellent career-promoting
advice given by many of the speakers to the graduate students. The
students received long-lasting benefits on how to conduct quality
research and how to attack current research problems.
is that current and future graduate students in the Agronomy Department
at UK will be the ultimate beneficiaries and that Dr. Phillips
life and work will be honored in very special ways during these
events, Scott said.
is remembered as a consummate mathematician, tough instructor, and
good friend. Virgil Quisenberry, now a professor of soil physics
at Clemson University, describes one of his earliest encounters
with Phillips. I began working in N-139 (Ag Science Center,
Phillips lab) in the fall of 1967. I had been working in another
lab but they would only pay $1.00 an hour. I had met Dr. Phillips
earlier in the year and knew his graduate student, so I went by
the lab looking for a better offer. Well, they paid $1.50 so I took
the job, entered the lab, and did not leave for seven years.
In the late spring of my senior year, Dr. Phillips came into
the lab and said he needed a graduate student to work on a research
project for the next two years. He said he had been unable to find
a really good student and he wanted to know if I would be interested,
he said. Despite the implication that Quisenberry was not Phillips
first choice, he accepted the offer, staying on to earn a masters
and Ph.D. under Phillips.
The two continued
to collaborate, even after Quisenberry began working at Clemson.
He made several trips to Clemson, and I spent many days and
nights back in N-139 watching water run through soil, he said.
Quisenberry credits Phillips with helping him formulate his own
attitude about their common field. I dont think I would
see soils and soil physics the way I do if it were not for Dr. Phillips.
While the courses and discussions were immersed in math, they were
also a great attempt to see what was going on in the system,
he said. I think I learned to isolate just what it is I am
trying to do.
Scott also was
influenced greatly by Phillips, his major professor. He was
the best applied mathematician I have ever met. During my time at
UK, he convinced me that I should take at least one math course
every semester and that application of mathematics is extremely
helpful in defining research problems in the soil and plant sciences,
he said. I adopted many of his ideas in my own academic program
at the University of Arkansas and am passing his philosophy on the
use of mathematics to my graduate students, Scott said.
Scott and Quisenberry
both note that Phillips took personal interest in his students,
often inviting them to visit in his home at Christmas. The close
relationship they enjoyed as students continued throughout their
professional careers and into Phillips retirement. He
frequently called his former students and inquired about their progress,
both professionally and personally, Scott said.
But the student-teacher relationship was clearly defined, according
to Quisenberry. I never felt like I was a friend when I was
a student, but I was amazed at how things changed when I graduated
and got a job. Overnight I had become a colleague. Some of his last
research effort was spent on projects that I had proposed,
Phillips may be gone, but his methods, philosophy, and name live
on in memory of a life committed to excellence in education and
Gift to Provide
Professorship, Scholarship, & Renovations
Always gracious in her support for the programs of this College.
By Kathy Ibendahl
T he College
of Agriculture lost a long-time friend and supporter on October
when Betty Jo Denton Heick died. Heick, formerly of Paris, Kentucky,
and her late husband, John Heick (50), were strong supporters
of such campus-based programs as Partners in Agriculture, the Good
Barn renovation, and the Ag Phonathon. Betty Jo Heick set in place
a will bequest that left the College a significant gift to be used
several different ways.
Her largest gift will go toward renovating the E.S. Good Barns
entrance and creating the John H. and Betty Jo Denton Heick Alumni
Board Room in the barns south wing. Any additional monies
will be used to renovate the barns north wing.
We are grateful for Mrs. Heicks generous gift that will
go a long way toward completing the Good Barn, said Bill Sheets,
Director for Advancement. She also left $100,000 to create the John
H. Heick Professorship in Soil Science, which will be matched by
the Research Challenge Trust Fund to bring the total to $200,000.
Additional estate monies and memorial gifts from friends will go
toward the John H. Heick Scholarship Fund in Agriculture. The Heicks
created this scholarship in 1997 to assist Bourbon County students
attending the College of Agriculture. Again, a portion of John Heicks
life income trust will now go toward scholarship support for deserving
Betty Jo Heick
was a graduate of Paris High School and Randolph-Macon College in
Virginia, and kept close ties to both schools throughout her life.
She recently had served as chair of Randolph-Macons Planned
Giving Committee. Most Bourbon County citizens remember Heick as
their county court clerk. For 18 years she served as the Deputy
County Court Clerk and for 27 years was the County Court Clerk before
her retirement in 1993.
Her capable leadership skills helped her claim several firsts
among Kentuckians. She was the first woman president of the Kentucky
Association of Counties. She was also the first female Kentuckian
to serve on the board of directors of the National Association of
Counties and the states first woman chairperson for Wendell
Fords successful campaign for the U.S. Senate. Heick was the
second female president of the Kentucky County Clerks Association.
She was active in the Democratic party and served on the Kentucky
Democratic Central Committee. Her work there led her to a term on
the Democratic National Finance Committee.
Having a heart
for the youth in her community, Betty Jo Heick dedicated a great
deal of her time to Teen Square, a youth activity center once located
in downtown Paris. Many of the centers activities took place
under her guidance and supervision.
Betty Jos deep commitment to young people reflected
in the Paris community carried over to every student in the UK College
of Agriculture. She was always gracious in her support for the programs
of this College, remembers Pam Poe, personal friend and administrative
associate for Dean Scott Smith.
part of Heicks life was her church. A member of the First
Christian Church in Paris, she served as an elder, board member,
and trustee. At the time of her death she was the churchs
who knew her loved her, said Mike Richey, UKs Lexington
campus Director for Development and a close friend. She did
so much good for her community and the other organizations she so
faithfully supported. I have lost a dear and long-time friend.
John Heick worked
the familys Bourbon County farm throughout his life, and from
1977 until his retirement in 1985 he served as president of the
Federal Land Bank Association of Lexington. He was active in numerous
community organizations, an elder in his church, and a member of
the Burley Co-op Board.
When asked why
he was such an avid supporter of the College, John Heick once said,
My mother and father always stressed the importance of education,
and I have witnessed the importance of education throughout my life.
Through my support, if I could convince one kid to get an education,
it would make me very happy!
An active alumnus,
Heick served a term as president of the Ag Alumni Association in
1985 and received the associations Distinguished Alumnus Award
in 1987. He credited Dr. John Robertson for generating his interest
in the Ag Alumni Association. When the two men met, Robertson was
assistant county Extension agent in Oldham County; he would later
become the Associate Dean for Instruction in the College of Agriculture.
The Heicks were Scovell Society members and UK Fellows. Betty Jo
Heick enjoyed coming to Scovell events and even attended last falls
event just weeks before her death.
Couples Key to Success
As a couple, it makes it easier to sit down and iron out the
details. Its also a lot of fun working with the same students.
By Kathy Ibendahl
Five years ago,
Tony Jury (B.S. 98, M.S. 99) agreed to take a trip home
with FarmHouse brother Brian Burkhead. Anxious to get away from
school for a relaxing weekend and meet the family of his good friend,
Jury never imagined that the trip would change his life forever.
When he met Burkheads younger sister, Kristy (B.S. 99),
Jury knew he wanted to get to know her better. At the time, Kristy
Burkhead was a first-year student in the College of Agriculture,
and she and Jury soon began to date.
They remained a couple throughout the next few years and decided
theyd make a great team for life. They married May 22, 1999,
the weekend after her graduation from UK.
Today the Jurys are quickly becoming agricultural and youth leaders
in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Kristy became the County Extension
Agent for 4-H/Youth Development almost two years ago, and Tony is
in his second year as the vocational agriculture teacher at Gallatin
County High School in Warsaw.
One of the things they enjoy most about their new jobs is that they
often get to work together. Since their jobs overlap, they know
many of the same students and parents, and work on some of the same
programs and events. As a couple, it makes it easier to sit
down and iron out the details, said Tony Jury. Its
also a lot of fun working with the same students.
We enjoy making a difference in the lives of young people,
added Kristy Jury. Our jobs allow us to see children use what
they learn and realize that they have more potential than they thought.
Theres a real excitement in seeing them develop.
Jurys are in contact with hundreds of young people. Kristy works
with about 500 Gallatin County youth, teaching them life skills,
helping them gain personal knowledge, and promoting lifelong learning.
Tony teaches approximately 120 high school students. As a vo-ag
teacher, he helps them gain a knowledge of agriculture as well as
skills they will need after high school graduation.
The Jurys stay in touch with friends and keep up to date with the
College through the Ag Alumni Association. We want to give
back to the College, said Tony Jury. Being a member
of the Alumni Association makes you feel like you have a voice to
make changes and support current students through scholarships.
We wouldnt be here if it werent for the College of Ag.
the two ag ed majors were busy student leaders. Tony was active
in FarmHouse, the Ag Ed Society, Baptist Student Union, and the
Dairy Club. Kristy was a member of the CERES womens fraternity,
the Ag Ed Society, Baptist Student Union, Student Athletics Council,
Ag Student Council, and the Ag Ambassadors. Ending her college career
on a high note, Kristy was chosen to be the student speaker at the
1999 University commencement ceremony.
The Jurys credit the College of Ag for the success they are enjoying
in their new positions. The College gave me the opportunity
to gain experience in the classroom setting, said Kristy Jury.
Im in classrooms frequently and my experience has helped
me prepare lesson plans, learn how to discipline, and use attention-grabbing
For Tony Jury, college taught him to respect others opinions
and learn to work with them. I learned to enjoy people for
who they are, he said. When you teach kids, its
very important to forgive and get along.
When it came
to selecting a school, there was no other choice for Tony Jury but
the UK College of Agriculture. As a child, he had heard about the
University and, during his involvement in 4-H dairy judging, he
crossed paths with Dr. George Heersche in the Department of Animal
Sciences. Heersches encouragement solidified his decision
to attend UK.
admits that she chose UK because she wanted to be a part of the
rifle team. The teams advisor met her at an FFA event and
made a good impression. She also credits Dr. Charles Byers in the
ag education program and Lou Ann Waldner, former Director of Student
Relations, for inspiring her to attend the College.
are great people in the College, smiled Tony Jury. We
gained friends for life. We relate better and are closer to our
friends in ag because of our similar backgrounds.
Tony and Kristy Jury both grew up on farms, one of the many things
they have in common. The couple enjoy various outdoor activities
such as hunting, hiking, and camping.
Tony is the son of Freddy and Jean Jury of Nelson County; Kristys
parents are J.O. and Judy Burkhead of Lancaster in Garrard County.
Tonys younger sister, Erin, entered UK last fall, working
toward a degree in ag education.
Beautiful Memory Alive
When my 25-year-old
coworker, Charlie, and I sit down together, he talks about how many
of his friends weddings he attended in the last year; I seem
to talk about how many funerals of my friends parents I have
attended. The circle of life is truly an interesting one, with many
twists and turns along the way.
At age 43, I became a middle-aged orphan when my mother passed away
last fall. I had been blessed with two wonderful parents who were
perfect role models. Now I face one of the biggest challenges I
have ever undertaken carrying on their beliefs to the next
I was truly overwhelmed by the level of support I received from
alumni, friends, and coworkers from throughout the state and country,
a testament to the tremendous College of Agriculture family. That
same sense of family led me to apply for a job with the College
over 21 years ago.
My father, Paul Gray, was a county Extension agent for agriculture
for more than 30 years; he also was an alumnus of the College of
Agriculture. His occupation wasnt just his job; it was his
hobby, too. He loved what he did and those he worked with.
Thanks to our
family farm, my mother was able to stay at home to raise my sister
and me while Dad spent his days, nights, and weekends helping the
people of Franklin and Owen Counties.
When I was a
senior in college, my father was diagnosed with cancer. While in
intensive care, he averaged over 30 visitors a day. People from
all walks of life came to see him. They always said, Paul
Gray is my friend, and then shared the many things my father
had helped them accomplish.
At that time
I decided to become an Extension agent. I thought it would be wonderful
to have a job that I enjoyed and in which I could help people improve
their lives. As my father told me, You may not become rich
at the bank, but you will never miss a paycheck and the rewards
will be immeasurable.
About five years
ago, my mother sold the farm that had been in our family for more
than 100 years. That same farm thanks to the profits from
the sale of corn, tobacco, and cattle had put my sister and
me through college with no bills to pay when we graduated.
The profits from the sale of the farm were invested to put her grandchildren
through college. Then my mother sent a check to the College of Agriculture
and asked me to decide how the money should be used. We decided
that since it was the farm that had put two children of an Extension
agent through college, it would be fitting for the Shan Stone and
Paul H. Gray Scholarship Endowment Fund to help children of Extension
agents attend the UK College of Agriculture.
In my current
position as coordinator of the Ag Alumni Association, I have worked
with many people in helping them establish scholarships in the College
but, thanks to my parents, I now get to see how truly wonderful
it feels to be a donor. The scholarship has given my sister and
me a means to remember our parents and have their names and their
belief in helping others live forever.
Thanks to many
friends, we will soon have a bench and tree placed in my mothers
name at the UK Arboretum. As we sit on the bench, I will be able
to tell my daughter many wonderful stories about the two people
who taught me how to make this world a better place.
I hope some day each of you can find a way to share the memories
of the special people in your life. It is truly the best gift you
will ever give to yourself.
Brian K. Coffey,
Ag Economics, won a 2001 Southern Agricultural Economics Association
Graduate Student Paper Distinguished Professional Contribution Award.
Advisors on the paper included Carl Dillon and John Anderson, Ag
Economics, and Eric Vanzant, Animal Sciences.
Animal Sciences, is chair of the Committee on Animal Nutrition of
the National Research Council (National Academy of Science).
Meizhu Du, Plant
Pathology graduate student from Beijing, China, recently introduced
a delegation from her home country to Kentucky burley tobacco production.
The team was in Kentucky to gather the information necessary to
advise the Chinese government on quarantine and import issues relating
to U.S.-grown tobacco, and blue mold in particular.
Flowers, graduate student in Plant Pathology, was recently selected
by the American Phytopathological Society (APS) for an APS Foundation
travel award to support her attendance at the APS annual meeting,
where she presented a poster project. Flowers was also honored as
the first to receive the College of Agricultures Harry E.
Wheeler Travel Award.
Animal Sciences, was named chair of a multi-state project entitled
Management systems for improving decision making and profitability
of dairy herds. The project will encourage cooperative research
among states to attack specific problems. In addition, Franklin
serves as secretary/treasurer of the Midwestern Section of the American
Dairy Science Association.
Animal Sciences, received the Association of Kentucky Extension
Specialists Outstanding Extension Associate Award.
sophomore Horticulture student from Campbellsville, Kentucky, finished
a term as President of the National Junior Horticulture Association
in November 2000.
Animal Sciences, is program chair of the first joint meeting of
the American Society of Animal Science, the American Dairy Science
Association, the Poultry Science Association, and the American Meat
Science Association. He recently completed a three-year term as
founding board member of the Federation of Animal Science Societies
The Philip Morris
Agricultural Leadership Development Program was named Outstanding
Program for 2000 by the Association of Kentucky Extension Specialists.
The program is directed by Larry Jones, Ag Economics.
Ag Economics, was appointed to a three-year term on the governing
board of the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics
(C-FARE). This is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening
the national presence of the agricultural economics profession.
Ag Economics, has been appointed to Governor Paul Pattons
Tobacco Marketing and Export Advisory Council. The Council is charged
with developing plans to ensure global competitiveness and future
growth in Kentuckys burley industry.
Forestry, received an Environmental Merit Award from the federal
Environment Protection Agency for her work in the Kentucky Natural
Resources Leadership Institute.
Ag Economics, and Stephen Davies, Colorado State University, have
been awarded the 2001 Outstanding Article Award by the Journal of
Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Way to Wellness, a total fitness program, won the 2000 Outstanding
Project Award given by the Association of Kentucky Extension Specialists.
Janet Tietyen, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, is the programs
Craig Wood and
Ag Communications Distance Learning Program team received
a gold medal at the National Epsilon Sigma Phi meeting in Salt Lake
City, Utah. The award was part of the national broadcast teleconference
which highlighted outstanding programs submitted from across the
Tim Woods, Ag
Economics, has been appointed to serve as economist for the Commonwealths
Phase I Tobacco Settlement Board.
Rural Sociology, was named Outstanding New Specialist by the Association
of Kentucky Extension Specialists.
Jay Coleman is this years recipient of the state
Outstanding Young Alumni award and was recognized at the Ag Alumni
Associations Winter Event on December 5, 2000.
The honor goes to alumni under age 41 who are selected for their
personal development and advancement, general and civic leadership,
support of the University and the Ag Alumni Association, and other
from the College in 1992 with a B.S. in ag education. Since then,
he has been working as the sales manager at J&J Sales, Inc.,
a family-owned farm machinery dealership in Glasgow. In addition,
he operates a family farm.
He has been
active in his community by serving in several organizations. Coleman
is first vice president of Barren County Farm Bureau, a member of
the Kentucky Farm Bureau Feed Grains and Wheat Commodity Committee,
a member of the Executive Board of the Kentucky County FFA Alumni
Chapter, and is an incoming member to the state FFA Alumni Board.
Coleman also has supported UK teaching, Extension, and research
programs by his membership in MAEDA, an organization that provides
scholarship funds for ag students; his participation in a tractor
rollover protection project; and by serving as a judge for 4-H contests.
An outstanding alumnus is selected annually in each of the 15 area
Ag Alumni Association
2001 Board Members
Board of Directors
Dennis Parrett Vice President
Don Johnson Secretary
Don Haney Treasurer
Bill Smith Past President
Bobby Gaffney NAADA Representative
Doug Thomas Bluegrass
Ken Parsons Fort Harrod
Larry Dame Green River
Terry Bertram Lake Cumberland
Don Johnson Licking River
Bill McCloskey Lincoln Trail
Dennis Cannon Louisville
Jay Coleman Mammoth Cave
Danny Bailey Northeast-North
Suzanne Stumbo Northeast-South
Larry Walton Northern Kentucky
Tony Holloway Pennyrile
Brian Stedelin Purchase
Ted Holbrook Quicksand
Charles Cornett Wilderness Trail
Ag Student Council
Casey Mulberry FarmHouse
Megan Sands Independent Representative
Will Davis Alpha Gamma Rho
Anna Reding CERES
Lyndall Harned Extension
Bob Pearce Teaching/Research
Grace G. Gorrell
Jeff Pendleton (left) presents outgoing state secretary William
Wallace Evans with a plaque honoring his service.
Bill Smith (right) receives a plaque from Jeff Pendleton in appreciation
for his service as president of the Ag Alumni Association.
members, from left: Barney Barnett, Louisville; Marie Smith, Fort
Harrod; and Bill Roberts, Lake Cumberland. Not shown: Harold Rice,
North East-North; Laura Keith Arnold, Extension representative;
Joe Claxon, Northern Kentucky; Rory Deweese, Purchase; and Mitchell
Philpot, Wilderness Trail.
Alumni Executive Board members, from left: Bill Smith, immediate
past president; Dennis Parrett, vice president; Jeff Pendleton,
president; Don Haney, treasurer; and Bobby Gaffney, NAADA representative.
Young Alumni, from left: Glen Croley (81), Wilderness Trail;
Mike Mullican (93), Green River; Heather Vidourek (96),
Louisville; John Robert Robinson (83), Lincoln Trail; Jim
Akers, Jr. (85), Bluegrass; Jay Coleman (92), Mammoth
Cave and overall state winner. Not shown: Doug McMurray (88),
Fort Harrod; Steven Doss (93), Lake Cumberland; and Tom Cravens
have been out of college for a few years or a few decades, youre
sure to have noticed that things today arent quite the same
as when you were an ag student. Heres your chance to have
some fun looking back and reminiscing about humorous or heartwarming
events related to the College of Agriculture.
memories about different topics in this recurring feature of the
magazine. Well pose a question or situation; you can then
submit your response to it for use in an upcoming issue of the magazine.
We found this
photo of a livestock judging team from 1954 in our archives. The
animal sciences seniors pictured are (from left) Jim Simmons, Nelson
Gay, George Warren, David Winn, and Roy Gray, along with herdsman
Dick Goetz and team coach Dr. Bob Long. The Shorthorn steer is Spotlight.
This issue, wed like you to tell us about your judging team
experiences. Did you wear a hat, tie, and overcoat to the competitions?
Who was on your team and what are you doing these days? Did something
humorous or interesting happen while you were judging? How did participating
on a judging team influence your life?
We will accept
responses through our Web site at
or via e-mail to email@example.com. You can also mail us a note
to the address in the front of this magazine. We want to hear from
Largest Tax Cut in History
By Bill Sheets
On January 12,
2001, the IRS issued new rules governing distributions from qualified
pension plans (IRAs, Keoghs, SEPs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s,
etc.), making many simplifications and allowing greater flexibility
for minimum distributions. Several of these changes could affect
people who have already passed the age 70½ milestone.
the first significant ones since 1987, provide opportunities to
set up stretch IRAs and allow for charitable beneficiaries
that enable estates to save tens of thousands of dollars and more
in federal estate, state inheritance, federal income, and state
If you would like to know more about how these changes affect you
or your planned gift, please contact the Development Office staff.
Gifts and Pledges as of March 1, 2001
University of Kentucky Campaign Goal:
Percentage of Goal: 62.76%
College of Agriculture
Percentage of Goal: 64.75%
The Agricultural Engineering Building has been renamed the Charles
E. Barnhart Building, in honor of the former College of Agriculture
Dean. The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved the
change at its March meeting.
In the recommendation
to the trustees, Barnharts tenure as Dean and Director of
the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service,
1969-1988, is cited as being one of tremendous growth and development
for the College and its programs. In addition, Barnhart inspired
people across Kentucky to view the College as theirs, to freely
give their time and resources, and to send their college-bound students
to the University.
Barnharts service and leadership spanned forty years in the
College, beginning in 1948 when he was hired as an instructor in
animal husbandry. Prior to becoming Dean, he was the Associate Dean
for Research and Associate Director of the Ag Experiment Station.
Chris and Deana Shewmaker became the parents of Zachary Mason on
November 2, 2000. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, was 19½
inches long, and arrived four weeks early just in time for
the start of the UK basketball season.
Eric L. Baker is in his second year as County Extension Agent for
Agriculture in Estill County, and says he is enjoying every
minute of it. Baker and his wife are proud parents of a three-year-old
son, Allen, and a one-year-old daughter, Gentry.
Regina Browning became Shelby Countys Extension Agent for
4-H/Youth Development in November 2000. Previously at Swift and
Company, she is excited to be working under the College of Agriculture
David W. Swenk is now the senior environmental planner for Santa
Barbara, California, after having served as the urban forester for
Lexington, Kentucky. He is responsible for all environmental assessments
and mitigations for development in the county. In addition, Swenk
was appointed to the California Urban Forests Council and selected
by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the National Urban
and Community Forestry Advisory Council to the President.
In our Fall/Winter 2000 issue, we printed a Class Note on Jennifer
Beard. She is now Jennifer Dickey, and graduated in 1997, not 1998,
as appeared in the Class Note.
Ronnie S. Adkins,
London, KY, March 25, 1994
Larry J. Bark,
Minneapolis, MN, May 31, 2000
Garland M. Bastin,
retired Animal Sciences
Lexington, KY, November 18, 2000
retired Seed Laboratory employee
Lexington, KY, October 6, 2000
Paris, KY, August 6, 2000
William R. Bridges,
Lexington, KY, October 20, 2000
Ernest L. Clifford,
Cynthiana, KY, December 28, 2000
Bowling Green, KY,
September 24, 2000
Walter B. Early,
Williamsburg, KY, date unknown
retired 4-H Extension Specialist
Lexington, KY, October 6, 2000
Henry C. Hartman,
November 28, 1998
Nashville, TN, December 9, 1994
Paris, KY, April 6, 2000
Mary F. (Kells)
Williamstown, KY, April 11, 1991
Prospect, KY, June 16, 2000
Cynthiana, KY, October 1, 1999
Grayson, KY, December 17, 2000
Ronald E. Phillips,
retired Agronomy faculty
Lexington, KY, December 1, 2000
retired Hopkinsville County
FCS Extension Agent
Hopkinsville, KY, January 3, 2001
Dr. Harry E.
Hampshire, IL, August 9, 1995
Glen L. Reynolds,
Irvine, KY, November 19, 1998
Kathyrn G. Sebree,
Lexington, KY, August 28, 2000
Edward W. Stroube,
Columbus, OH, November 25, 2000
Wilmington, NC, October 12, 2000
Charles L. Wathen,
Bardstown, KY, date unknown
Stewart M. Watson,
Paris, KY, December 21, 1998
Class of 2001
Best wishes to our newest alumni!
Sept. 1 Louisville
Sept. 8 Ball State (Roundup)
Sept. 15 at Indiana
Sept. 22 Florida
Sept. 29 Mississippi
Oct. 6 at South Carolina
Oct. 13 Louisiana State
Oct. 20 at Georgia
Oct. 27 Open
Nov. 3 at Mississippi State
Nov. 10 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 17 Tennessee
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University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0091
FAX: (859) 323-2885
Grace Gray Gorrell
Alumni & Development
L-104 Ag Science Center Building
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FAX: (859) 323-2885
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UK Equine Research Foundation
805 South Limestone Street
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Alumni & Development
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Alumni & Development
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College of Agriculture
Roundups on the way! Start making your plans now.
Farm Bureau Night
Area Student Recruitment Program
Staff Awards Reception and Program
3rd Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon
FarmHouse Fraternity 50th Anniversary Activities
Agricultural Economics Reunion
Animal Sciences Reunion
ROUNDUP Tents open at 9:30
Biosystems & Ag Engineering Reunion
Kick off at 1 p.m., Kentucky vs. Ball State
meat will be pork chops. Our thanks to the Kentucky Pork Producers.