Jenny Wells


College: Undergraduate Education

Chellgren Center Names 37 New Fellows

Published: Sep 4, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2013) — Last week, the University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence honored its newest class of Chellgren Fellows.  Benefactor Paul Chellgren and his wife Deborah, along with Chellgren Endowed Chair Philipp Kraemer, UK Provost Christine Riordan, and UK President Eli Capilouto, recognized and congratulated the students on being named Fellows.


The Chellgren Fellows Program is for students with exceptional academic potential and aspirations, who are eager to participate in a special learning community designed to cultivate extraordinary achievement. Outstanding faculty members from across campus serve as individual mentors for the Fellows.


The students selected as 2013-14 Chellgren Fellows include:


  • Cassidy Cantrell, a community leadership development and sociology major, from Springfield, Tenn.;
  • Robert Cass, a mathematics and physics major, from Lexington;
  • Andrew Cech, an electrical and computer engineering major, from Greenville, Ohio;
  • Steven Chapman, a chemistry and mathematics major, from Hopkinsville;
  • Erika Darnell, a biochemistry major, from Gilbertsville;
  • Andrea Eastes, an agricultural biotechnology major, from Mayfield;
  • Jonathan Elliott, undeclared, from Kentwood, Mich.;
  • Donald Grasse, an international studies and political science major, from Flossmoor, Ill.;
  • Richard Grewelle, a biology and biochemistry major, from Paducah;
  • Cailin Harris, a biology major, from Hendersonville, Tenn.;
  • Nathan Hewitt, a music performance (percussion) and arts administration major, from Fishers, Ind.;
  • Jordan Jorgensen, a computer science and mathematics major, from Louisville;
  • Jordan Keeton, an economics and finance major, from Flatwoods;
  • Madeleine Lockridge, a communications major, from Nicholasville;
  • Mariam Malik, a political science major, from Louisville;
  • Malinda Massey, an English major, from Columbia, Tenn.;
  • Jacob Mattingly, a chemistry and philosophy major, from Louisville;
  • Trevor McNary, an economics and international relations major, from Lexington;
  • Sarah Meyer, a geography and mathematics major, from Frankfort;
  • Brianna Mills, undeclared, from Ivor, Va.;
  • Alexis Neukirch, a natural resources and environmental science major, from Chesterfield, Mo.;
  • Toluwalope Odukoya, a biology major, from Ashland;
  • Stephen Parsons, a computer science and physics major, from Lexington;
  • Michael Perry, a political science and history major, from Louisville;
  • Samantha Petitte, a psychology and community leadership development major, from West Bend, Wis.;
  • Kelsey Potter, an English and integrated strategic communication major, from Worthington;
  • Marcel Roman, a political science and international studies major, from Chicago;
  • Katelyn Sandell, a biochemistry major, from Louisville;
  • Madison Scott, an equine management and marketing major, from Austin, Texas;
  • Brenton Smith, a political science major, from Corbin;
  • Danna Spears, an accounting major, from Tomahawk;
  • Daniella Straathof, an agricultural economics major, from Washington Court House, Ohio;
  • Jacob Van Doorn, a biology major, from Uniondale, Ind.;
  • Rebecca VanMeter, a psychology and music (piano) major, from Greensburg;
  • Sarah Wagner, an architecture and English major, from Louisville;
  • John Walker, a mathematics and computer science major, from Union; and
  • Evan Willett, a civil engineering major, from Louisville. 


The Chellgren Fellows Program was made possible by the Chellgren Center, which was created in 2005 with an initial gift from Paul Chellgren and his family. His total commitment of $2.25 million was matched by the state’s Endowment Match Program, creating a $4.5 million endowment for the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.


As a UK undergraduate, Chellgren was an Honors Program student and star intercollegiate debater. After earning his MBA from Harvard and a D.D.E. from Oxford University, he began a successful career that culminated with his retirement as chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc. He was inducted into UK’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2000 and the Gatton College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame in 1995, and served on the UK Board of Trustees for 11 years. His commitment to improving and enriching undergraduate education at UK continues to impact thousands of UK students, faculty and staff.


The Chellgren Student Fellows program is a program supported by The Chellgren Center which is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.



MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, (859) 257-5343;

Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Appalachian Forum with Dr. Fran Ansley
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
Circle of Love Name Distribution
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
Circle of Love Name Distribution
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
#UKEDTALKS: International Opportunities for Education Majors
Leadership Assessment
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
Chili and Pie Cook-Off Supper
#TrendingTopics: Vegetarians vs. Meat-Eaters
Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
UK Rep Bands Concert
College of Agriculture, Food & Environment 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research
Amanda Rogers, "Black Flags, ISIS 'Swag' & Jihadi Rap: Marketing Militancy after the Arab Spring"
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
Education Abroad Open House
CatWatch Party
Appalachian Forum and Film Screening of "Up the Ridge"
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
International Games Day
Global Design with Phil Duncan
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
International Education Week Keynote Speaker: Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID
Tobacco-free Tailgate 5 Year Anniversary
Bollywood Night
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Reset Page