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-6- Over the past two weekends, 700 people rode on the three nights each weekend. President Todd thanked Mr. Smith for starting these programs while he was president and pointed out that he has had an impact on the campus. Gatton School Accountancy Scores Get National Recognition The president praised the School of Accountancy for receiving national recognition of its pass rates among advanced degree programs on the certified public accountant (CPA) exam. It ranks sixth in the nation for students’ test scores. Department of Art Launches First Public Art Smartphone Application President Todd stated that Mr. Kellen’s reference to mobile apps in his address to the Board is confinned by the accomplishments of students and faculty at the UK Department of Art and the Gaines Center for the Humanities. "Take it Artside!” was made available free in November 2010 as an iTunes app and as an Android app in February. It includes images of local public art in the Bluegrass area along with a brief description of each piece, artist infonnation, and its GPS location. The president thinks that having such an app may raise the art and cultural IQ of Kentucky, one of his stated goals. Company Founded by UK Graduates Wins Award Presents in New York AwesomeTouch is a company started by some UK engineering and business students. It was recently selected from more than 50 participating companies to present at Vator Splash NY, a business start-up event in New York City. AwesomeTouch was the only company from Kentucky to be selected. The company is developing applications for large multitouch screens in public places. Its first product, AwesomeMap, is a way-finding solution that allows visitors to quickly and easily discover dining, shopping, entertainment, and similar venues in a downtown area. The company will receive $5,000 and six months of free rent in semi-private work space. Patterson School of Diplomacy Uses iPad to Enhance Master’s Program The Patterson School of Diplomacy and Intemational Commerce has begun a maj or 18-month trial ofthe value of Apple’s iPad in supporting professional graduate education. This will be the first instance where an entire professional school — faculty, students, and staf`f — will use the device. This maj or technology initiative will encompass student recruitment, admissions, seminars, and graduation. In addition to Apple, the trial is being supported by software application developers, media companies, and hardware and accessory providers from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The goal is to transfonn the student leaming experience, enhance overall school operations, and prepare graduates to advance diplomacy and intemational business in the digital age. President Todd added further that the Patterson iPad users are now negotiating with companies to give them online iPad access to a large number of intemational newspapers as part ofthe resources available to be used in their studies. It is also likely that some students will develop their own apps for the iPads. Nearly 600 participate in December Commencement Ceremonies President Todd announced that the first December commencement involved 600 people. He thanked Provost Subbaswamy and his staf`f for accomplishing this first for the university and announced that it will be continued in coming years. Having the December commencement allows a personalization of graduation that was heretofore not available in the spring