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UK Alumni Association Announces 2014 Burch Young Alumni Award Winner

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association has selected Rachel Watts Webb, a 2005 graduate of the UK College of Communication and Information, to receive the 2014 Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award.

The award is presented annually to honor and recognize a young alumna or alumnus who is an active member of the UK Alumni Association and who has worked on behalf of young people through the university, the association, their alumni club or in the local community.

Webb has been a member of the UK Alumni Association since 2005 and is a founding member of the association’s Young Alumni Council. She is active in the Shelby County UK Alumni Club and a current member of the association’s board of directors, serving on the Communications Committee and as the chairwoman of the Membership Committee.

As a student, Webb was extremely involved. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma. She served two terms as Student Government Association president, two terms on the UK Board of Trustees as a student representative and two terms on Student Senate. She was a member of the Panhellenic Council, Emerging Leaders Institute, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Homecoming Royalty Court. Upon graduation, Webb served as a government relations coordinator for the university, managing the UK Advocacy Network and assisting with UK’s government relations across the state.

Webb is the owner of Webb Consulting and is very active in her community. She and her husband, Lee Webb ’98 BE, helped build a nondenominational church, where she is involved in children’s ministry. She also volunteers her time elsewhere, including creating and implementing Tres Chic Shelbyville, an event to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital, and assisting with the Ride to Conquer Cancer. She was also a member of the 2013 class of Leadership Shelby. She and her husband reside in Shelbyville and have two children, Walker and Warren.

About the Award

The UK Alumni Association’s Joseph T. Burch Young Alumni Award is named for a longtime UK administrator who spent the better part of his life in service to UK students.

A nominee for this award must be an alumna or alumnus who is an active member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, who is 10 years or less out of college at the time of nomination and who has worked on behalf of young people through the university, the association, their alumni club or in the local community:

  • Raising funds for scholarships and/or awarding scholarships for students to attend UK.
  • Working with local high school students through club-sponsored event and/or Preview Nights, to interest students in attending UK.
  • Working to educate youth in the local community, whether through tutoring, coaching or other means to keep them interested in learning.
  • Assisting in efforts to support the Student Alumni Association through mentoring or other means.

The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586. 


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