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Campus Advisors Honored During Ken Freedman Day of Recognition

Individuals recognized with awards during the Ken Freedman Day of Recognition.
(Left to right): Angie Phipps, Kenny Blair, Beth Hanneman, Erik Myrup, Zac Leiws and Suanne Early. Photo by Eric Sanders.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2019) — Last week, the University of Kentucky Advising Network hosted the Ken Freedman Day of Recognition, with a luncheon sponsored by Student and Academic Life, honoring advisors for their work during the previous academic semester. 

"When our members and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rise and motivation, personal growth and improvement in work is noted. We know praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace and the UK Advising Network represents value through our (close) membership," said Jennifer Ellis, past chair to the Advising Network. "The UK Advising Network’s Ken Freedman Day of Recognition is a culmination of recognizing and highlighting our UK Advising Network members’ dedication to the profession, students they serve and keeping Mr. Ken Freedman’s legacy alive."

During the awards luncheon, the following individuals were recognized:

  • Zac Lewis, Transfer Center, with Innovative Advising; 
  • Kenny Blair, College of Engineering, with Advocate in Advising, Friend to the Community; 
  • Angie Phipps, UK Center of Excellent in Rural Health, with Outstanding New Advisor;
  • Suanne Early, College of Communication and Information, with Outstanding Academic Advising Administrator;
  • Beth Hanneman, Stuckert Career Center, with the Ken Freedman Outstanding Professional Advisor; and 
  • Erik Myrup, College of Arts and Sciences, with the Ken Freedman Outstanding Faculty Advisor. 

The Advising Network Executive Committee also recognized the following colleges/units for support throughout the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
  • College of Arts and Sciences;
  • Gatton College of Business and Economics;
  • College of Engineering; 
  • College of Design;
  • College of Health Sciences;
  • Lewis Honors College; and 
  • the Transfer Center.

Ken Freedman served as a professional advisor at UK for 15 years prior to his death in 2001. Freedman was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and instrumental in advising leadership on campus in the 1990s. Today, university academic advisors continue to play an integral role in fulfilling the mission of teaching and learning at the university.

To see a full recap of the day of recognition, click here

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 two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for," 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 three 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.