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Register Now for Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Luncheon

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2020) The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum invites the campus community to attend the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Award ceremony and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. Cost is $15 per individual, or departments/offices can purchase a table of eight for $120. Please visit the UK Women’s Forum website to register and for information regarding payment, or click this link to go directly to the registration page. The registration deadline is March 18, 2020.​

The UK Women's Forum has announced the six women who have been nominated for the 2020 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award, which is granted annually to women working at UK who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the university and across the Commonwealth. Two awards will be presented — one to a faculty member and one to a staff member.

The 2020 nominees are:


     Mary Arthur, Forestry and Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

     Deborah Reed, College of Nursing 

     Kristen Mark, Kinesiology and Health Promotion in the College of Education


     Emily Clear, College of Public Health

     Fadyia Lowe, University Health Services

Established in 1994, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award honors a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky. Sarah Bennett Holmes, who was widowed at a young age, raised four children while completing her own education. She went on to have a successful career at UK 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.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.