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UK Women's Forum to Host Event Recognizing 2020 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Winners

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 6, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum is hosting a virtual event to recognize the 2020 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Winners. The in-person luncheon scheduled for March 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19, but the UK Women’s Forum wants to publicly recognize and celebrate the work of each awardee.

The 2020 winners who will be recognized at this event are Fadyia Lowe (staff winner) and Deborah Reed (faculty winner). 

Fadyia Lowe is the health education and wellness manager at University Health Services.  She helped  launch UK’s Tobacco-Free Campus initiative, and oversees a team composed of health education specialists, health and wellness coaches, a registered dietitian, and student peer health educators.  She is also a certified health education specialist and tobacco treatment specialist.

Professor Deborah Reed of the College of Nursing and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmentgrew up just 15 miles from Lexington on her family’s farm.  In 1991, Reed returned to her alma mater to serve the needs of Kentucky’s agricultural community, particularly farm women, children and the aging farmer. She has received numerous awards for her research and outreach programs and loves her innovative role as UK's “ag nurse” where she reaches farm families across the Commonwealth and beyond.

The event will be held at noon EST Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, via Zoom. If you want to join the virtual event to celebrate the awardees, please use this link:

Sarah Bennett Holmes was a distinguished dean of women at the University of Kentucky, who tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. This award recognizes UK employees for their contributions to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth. For more about this award please visit the UK Women’s Forum website.

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