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8 > Image 8 of Kentucky Alumnus, vol. 63, no. 4, 1993

Part of Kentucky alumnus

X ` l nvocixrino HIGHER r. i ; _ { { l . ~v A. ii one Tron 1 l LTHOUG1-1 THE EDUCATION REFORM Centers for Excellence in their embry- g mascots, and we gave away basketball { . i Aeffort in Kentucky has focused onic stage and greater financial sup- tickets and a van. Each school orga- Q k_ i. j mainly on primary and sec- port ofendowed chairs; nized motorcades to Frankfort. We , ` i ondary education, one organization is enough student financial assistance i wanted to attract television news cover- g p lv i , working to keep higher education in the to ensure every young Kentuckian other- E age, and we did." j . rye Q K l spotlightaswell. wise eligible could attend college. [ In the budget she presented to the lj; Y I The Kentucky Advocates for Higher The groups first project involved j legislature during the 1986 session, Gov, u it { i Education was formed in 1985 by raising the visibility of the states high- 1 Martha Layne Collins recommended a _ 2 founding chairman Robert D. Bell 49 er education system and, at the same 20 percent increase for higher educa- ~ *3 of Lexington, The organization is dedi- time, making state legislators more tion, which the General Assembly - is cated to improving higher education conscious of its needs, Bell said. approved. Some of that gain was later - gl > . opportunities for Kentuckians by speak- In january 1986, the Advocates l lost because of budget shortfalls. 44 _ ing out fOI" Sl1ffiClf1[ fllfldiflg of kg 2** j _1/. _,r __,j *g_ ~ TWO years later, the Advo- ` A l colleges and universities and ade- _ `. ` i " cates sponsored another event, j iii quate financial aid opportunities g. ? ` - this time H m3fCh down Capital forstudents. ` ~\ I __-" Avenue to the Capitol and a L 2 { i Bell says the group was found- _ Ti C " i rally at the Dudgggii Civic Cen. { ed when he and other lay leaders gg tigtvll is i - . ter Arena in February 1988. ` in dL1CHf.iOI`l in the state L V perceived a need for an advocacy fi ._ AWARDS OF i tl _ group for higher education. ,` ACHIEVEMENT Q The group consists of 30 i :~ The Advocates then turned l ; directors and a chairman. The direc- FROM LEFT: ROBERT BELL 49(f0udig to what action the group could pursue li I tors loosely represent the states pub- Q Chaitpfson). DAVID ATKINS, JIM WISEMAN, in years between sessions. The OAK , ` . lic and private colleges and I DAN LACY (CUHGHI h3i1pfS0) 4 Awards are one result. An acronym for l _. . universities and do not hold official 1 j Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna of 4 { appointments with either the Ken- organized eight concurrent rallies Kentucky, the OAK awards are given i ki Z tucky Council on Higher Education { around the state in support of higher l to alumni who have achieved national 1 V E or the institutions. Most directors are education. Attendance statewide i stature and reputation in their careers. i _ affiliated with major industries, busi- exceeded expectations, reaching l Recipients also must have exhibited a l ` e l . nesses, financial institutions or profes- 4,000, or 5,000 per site. Bell said the lifelong affection for and attachment ? v , pi j sional firms that are representative of timing of the event on the eve of the to their alma mater. Since its incep- " ` Kentuckys economy and geography. General Assembly session was deliber- tion, 18 people have been recognized. l j i 1 The non-profit organization has no ate. We had overflow crowds statewide UK alumni honored thus far include 1 _ ; staff or office. Funding for its pro- in support of higher education the joseph A. Boyd, Bert T. Combs, Elvis]. i i l* grams and projects comes from the night before the legislature convened," Stahr _]r., T. Marshall Hahn jr. and .`l ji l business sector. Bell said. William T. Youngjr. 7 LV In its beginning, the Advocates After the legislative session began, The Acorn Award, which also con- [ i j _ i formed to address three main goals: the Advocates planned an event in sists of a hand-carved plaque in addi- E i , _ public funding of higher educa- Frankfort to further demonstrate pub- tion to a $$5,000 honorarium, was g 2 tion comparable to and competitive lic support for higher education. We added later as an outgrowth of the l . with surrounding states; took a page from what draws attention OAK Award. It recognizes the role of the highest quality higher educa- to athletic events," Bell said. the teaching professor in laying the tion system, including support for the n We had pep bands, cheerleaders, foundation that made such achieve- l 1 ` 6 Kentucky Alumnus I l u gin, I _ _ _ il, As-#* ` :, _} I _ l ` ` , ~ - ' i }