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  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 group’s first project involved j legislature during the 1986 session, Gov,   u it  
{ i Education was formed in 1985 by raising the visibility of the state’s 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" Sl1ffiCl€f1[ 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.  
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Q · The group consists of 30     i :~¢ The Advocates then turned l · ;
  directors and a chairman. The direc- FROM LEFT: ROBERT BELL ’49(f0u¤di¤g to what action the group could pursue   li I
tors loosely represent the state’s pub- Q Chaitpéfson). DAVID ATKINS, JIM WISEMAN,   in years between sessions. The OAK   , `
. lic and private colleges and I DAN LACY (CUHGHI €h3i1‘p€fS0¤)· 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-   " `  
    Kentucky’s 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
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