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2 Presidential Conversation Talented Students At UK Wfthere is my me secret qfsuccess, it [ies in the tzbiligx t0 get the ctherpersanspaint qfview A and see thingsfram thtztpersans angle tzs well tzsfrcmyam 0tm.” — I·Ienry Ford ‘ F 7, ~ I think it’s always healthy for an organization to step back and analyze how it has been ,, ’ A serving its customers/ constituents. Over the years, I discovered that the most successful K ,,9 organizations — those that grow thrive and continue to compete in an ever-changing ` A global economy — are constantly working to make sure they provide the best and most __ effective service to their customers. _ During the summer, I did a great deal of thinking about how the University of Ken- L I tucky can better serve the people of Kentucky I realized that our students, faculty and y I staff are engaged in many projects that are improving lives across the state, but I have not A Q . V spent enough time touting their efforts. Over the coming year, I will use this space to fea- ‘ { · W ture our innovative students, faculty and staff who are working to change conditions across the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. As we welcome our newest members of the UK family to campus this fall, I want to take a moment to tell you about a pair of our re cent graduates. Ryan Q1/arles, a second-year law student at the UK College of Law has been awarded the Zuckerman Fel- lowship from I·Iarvard University Only 25 are awarded amiually and are geared toward students entering public service who are pursuing a professional degree along with one of I·Iarvard’s education, public health or govermnent programs. Ryan will pursue a graduate degree in higher education, focusing on postsecondary legal and funding issues as well as other contemporary topics. Slhe fellowship gives him the opportunity to take classes at I·Iarvard Law School and the ]ohn F. Kemiedy School of Govern- ment. Ryan is from Georgetown, where he grew up on his family farm. I·Ie completed a triple-maj or undergraduate degree at UK, a master’s degree in diplomacy from the Patterson School, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the College of Agriculture. Another top UK scholar, Whitley County’s Andrew Lynch, will take what he learned at UK to another of the world’s premier universities. Andrew established himself as one of the nation’s top scholars while earning his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at UK by being named a Beckman, Udall, Goldwater, and Astronaut Scholar. To top it off Andrew was named UK’s Hrst-ever Gates Cambridge Scholar last spring. I·Ie received one of only as scholarships from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which will allow him to pursue his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Cambridge University in England. Both students are great examples of the type of talent that exists in this state and the type of top-notch students that are choos- ing to come to the University of Kentuclqa Ryan and Andrew also are ideal role models for our incoming freshmen, as they show our students what worldwide opportunities await them if they succeed here at UK. I hope you, too, share these UK success stories with your friends, family and neighbors. Our alumni are often our best ambas- sadors and student recruiters, and I hope you will help us share your UK experience with a new generation of upcoming alunmi. Sincerely Lee T. Todd]r. President b I so S G G U G. tn everyt/yzng we da. www.uka|umni.net 7 ((