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UK Women’s Forum Announces 2022 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Nominees

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 8, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Women’s Forum will celebrate the 2022 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award winners from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, via Zoom. The award recipients from four categories — staff, faculty, graduate student and team — will be recognized during the event. All awardees have exemplified great work in their efforts and contributions to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth.

To join this virtual event to celebrate all of the nominees and award winners, please use this link: Please register by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 29.  

Please join the Women’s Forum in congratulating the following nominees for the 2022 Sarah Bennett Holmes awards:


  • Clarissa Cheatwood, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Nutrition Education Program
  • Olivia Ellis, Education Abroad & Exchanges
  • Cathy Fellows, Nutrition Education Program, College of Agriculture, Food & Environment
  • Alicia Gregory, Research Communications
  • Caroline Nofio, Office of Medical Education
  • Belinda Rubio, College of Fine Arts


  • Elizabeth Arnold, School of Music
  • Yoon Bae, Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Karyn Hinkle, Fine Arts Library
  • Carrie Oser, Department of Sociology
  • Susie Thiel, Department of Theatre and Dance

Graduate Student

  • Melissa Chilcote, College of Social Work
  • Madison Miller, College of Social Work
  • Mehrana Mohtasebi, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Mariana Russo, College of Social Work


  • Wellness & Resilience Committee, Department of Neurology
  • Healthy Hearts for Women Symposium, Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine

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 or to view previous awardees, please visit

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