Tia Johnson: Winner of the 2010-11 Exemplary Advising Award
Tia Johnson, academic counselor senior with the Education Advising Center (EAC), was selected to receive the 2010–11 Provost’s Exemplary Advising Award in the professional advisor category. She and the other award winners also will receive a paid trip to the 2011 National Academic Advising Association annual
meeting. Advisors who win the award demonstrate outstanding skills and the ability to engage students and co-workers in improving the quality and experience of the advising process in their home departments or colleges and throughout the University.
CEHD Student Excels in Civilian and Military Life
Officer, college student, teacher and outstanding role model.
Jake McKinney has excelled as an officer in the National Guard and, ‘in the civilian world,’ has served as a teacher, coach, student, volunteer and role model for students of all ages.
He received a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Training and Development from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in 2001. As an undergraduate, he was president of the CEHD’s Student Council as well as president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. McKinney is currently the assistant district chief for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and oversees three chapters–UofL, Hanover, and Southern Illinois University. He was twice selected as the UofL Delta Pi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.
McKinney also has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Spalding University and in Educational Administration from the University of the Cumberlands. In addition, he has a Rank I teaching certification, a level two administration certification and is completing a director of special education certification at the CEHD.
“I am currently taking my last course for the Director of Special Education certification at the CEHD,” said McKinney.
When asked what drives him, McKinney simply states “I want to do as much as I can for my community and country. When you are a teacher, students look to you as a role model and leader. I hope to inspire them to set educational and career goals they may have thought were out of their reach, and then go for it.”
McKinney is also a captain in the Kentucky Army National Guard and was deployed to Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq, for one year. While serving there, he finished the administration certification online.
In 2010, he was awarded the Brigadier General Bilo award which is given to the most outstanding Company Grade Field Artillery officer in the entire Army National Guard. “I had to go to Washington D.C., to accept the award. It was an incredible experience,” said McKinney.
He was elected as Kentucky’s nominee for the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award, given to the most outstanding company grade officer in the Army. “When I received notification, I got a letter from the Adjutant General stating that I was “the most outstanding company grade officer in KY,” said McKinney.
McKinney was also named the National Guard Association of Kentucky Junior Officer of the Year in February.
In between deployments, McKinney was the athletic director at Shawnee High School from 2006 2010. He is currently teaching special education at Moore High School, and serves as the varsity soccer coach, the middle school boys basketball coach and assistant athletic director. “While working as the athletic director, I was elected as the 6th Region representative for the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association, and earned a Certified Athletic Administrator certification.”
“I recently accepted a one-year tour with the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Ft. Knox which begins in March 2011. The WTB is where wounded warriors go to transition back into active duty or into the civilian sector. Some of these soldiers were wounded in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and others are battling cancer. We ensure they get to their hospital visits, monitor their mental health, and assist their families in understanding the recovery process. We also assist in preparing the soldiers to return home, or back to active duty. This assignment will require me to leave teaching for a year, but I am very humbled and honored to have been offered this position,” stated McKinney.
He believes his experience at UofL contributed greatly to his tremendous accomplishments in civilian and military life, and tells his students education is integral to their future successes as well.
“My experience at UofL has been one of the best of my life. My undergraduate experience prepared me for the professional workforce and academically prepared me to be a military officer. The leadership experiences I have had at the university are invaluable. My wife and I are both UofL graduates, and just as I was president of my fraternity, she was president of her sorority. We both continue to have active roles on campus and give back as often as we can,” said McKinney.
To add to his long list of accomplishments, McKinney stated, “I hope to complete an Ed.D. at UofL. I’ve only had two classes thus far, so I have a ways to go.”
No doubt Jake McKinney will join the ranks of Ed.D. graduates in the very near future.
James Wellman: Graduate, B.S. Workforce Leadership, Dec. 2010
CIO Mckesson Technology for Comanche
County Memorial Hospital
James Wellman had a good job but felt his resume was incomplete without a college degree. He returned to the CEHD as an adult learner and was accepted into the Workforce Leadership bachelor’s degree program. He completed the degree in just two years.
“The job market is very competitive and not having that degree was eventually going to become an issue,” stated Wellman.
He started a degree several years ago but never completed it. Wellman went on to say that going to back to school and having to do homework just like his children had an unforeseen benefit. It gave him a great opportunity to talk with them about the importance of education.
“Two of the primary components that interested me the most about this program were being able to receive college credit for my 20-plus years in the workforce and taking classes online,” said Wellman. He recognized that balancing work, family and classroom-delivered courses would be difficult, so online accessibility helped make this endeavor a big success.
Lorraine ‘Raine’ Thompson: Tough Competitor and Dedicated Student
Lorraine Thompson is a student in the CEHD’s Elementary Education teacher preparation program, and is currently doing field placement work at Jeffersontown Elementary School. Thompson is also an outstanding butterfly swimmer for the University’s swim team and serves as captain. She won the 200 meter butterfly and the 500 meter freestyle at the UofL vs Cincinnati swim meet, and was also a part of two relays that won at the meet. Following that event, Thompson was named the Female Big East
Swimmer of the Week.
“I was chosen by the Big East Board who reviews all of the teams in the Big East and the results from their dual meets each week. They pick a male and female swimmer each week who had an outstanding meet which is based on his or her number of wins and/or times,” said Thompson.
“It can be tough keeping up with the work that comes with being a student and an athlete. But both experiences teach so much about dedication and leadership,” said Thompson.
Thompson stated that her experiences at the CEHD have really prepared her for what she is observing in her field placements at Jeffersontown. “My classes have taught me about all of the philosophies and theories that I can implement in my
classroom, and my field experience has really helped me see first-hand how they can be put into practice,” said Thompson.
SPAD Wins 2011 NSF Cup
Graduate students in the CEHD’s Sports Administration degree program recently won the 2011 National Sports Forum (NSF) Annual Case Cup. It is a tough competition which allows students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in their degree programs. As part of the award, they will receive an automatic bid into next year’s competition that will be held in Oklahoma City.
Winning Team: From left to right – Michael Clemons, Kate Lawlor, Richard Calabrese, and Per Svensson. All are students in the SPAD master’s degree program.
Students were given a case problem that was based on sponsorship proposals for the Muhammed Ali Center’s Legacy Foundation and Champions Program. They had 24 hours to develop solutions and recommendations and a presentation that detailed their findings. The panel of judges included the Director of Marketing for the Ali Center, Executive Director of the Louisville Sports Commission, President of a nationally recognized sports marketing and sponsorship consulting company, a nationally recognized communications consultant and advisor and four additional industry experts.
NSF Case Cup Competition was started in 2007, and is a unique opportunity for sports MBA and sports master’s program students from ten invited institutions to compete in a multidisciplinary case study utilizing the skills obtained in their curricula. Held in conjunction with the annual National Sports Forum conference each January, participants of the competition also have the exclusive opportunity to attend the conference, which is the nation’s largest annual cross-gathering of the top team sports marketing, sales, business development, promotions, and event entertainment executives from throughout the teams and leagues in North America, (http://www.sports-forum.com/casecup/).