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Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Nominees Named

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2020) The University of Kentucky Women's Forum has announced the seven women who have been nominated for the 2020 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award.

The award 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 faculty nominees are Deborah Reed of the College of Nursing and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; Kristen Mark of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion in the College of Education; and Mary Arthur of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

The 2020 staff nominees are Karen Black, Polk Dalton Clinic; Emily Clear, College of Public Health; Fadyia Lowe, University Health Services; and Samantha Mullins, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

The UK Women’s Forum invites the campus to attend the annual award ceremony and luncheon beginning 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.

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.