In addition to alumni, U of L Magazine also honors students, faculty and staff. "People" highlights these areas and the individuals who make
U of L an interesting and diverse academic community.
Chaz Rough '87A will be singing the praises of coffee‹literally‹when he attends the National Coffee Service Association convention to perform "Black Coffee," one of his own compositions. Rough, a prominent musician in Louisville and the surrounding region, won the attention of regional coffee roasters john conti with the song and was invited by the company to perform it at the national convention. Rough has recorded two versions of the song, one with a full band and the other "decaf" with vocals and acoustic guitar only. He is marketing the song under his own label, Primitive Entertainment.
Bettie Speicher Weyler '50A, '71G, a retired teacher and past-president the School of Education Alumni Board and the U of L Alumni Association, was recently elected to a two-year term as secretary of Kentucky Education Association-Retired.
The Black Methodists for Church Renewal recently announced the establishment of the David L. White Laity Award & Program Series for outstanding clergy and lay persons in the Methodist church. David White '51MunC, '62G has been an active member of the organization, serving as past chairperson of its North Central jurisdiction and a former member of its national board. He is a certified lay speaker for the Methodist Church and has been awarded the Sagamore of Wabash, the highest honor conferred by the state of Indiana.
Allan Tasman, chair of
U of L's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected to a term as president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association. His term started in June 1998 and will continue until May 1999. He has been serving as the association's vice president, and has also served on its scientific program committee and as a member of its council on medical education and career development. He is presently serving as the president of the American Association of Chairs and Departments of Psychiatry, and was a past president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry. He is the only individual in the history of these three associations to serve as president of all three.
David Friedman, a U of L adjunct law professor, proved his faith in the quality of education offered by the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law when he announced his partnership with three U of L law alumni in the formation of the law firm Fernandez Friedman Grossman and Kohn. His partners are Maria Fernandez '89L, H. Philip Grossman '80L, and Robert A. Kohn '63L. Besides his work with U of L and the new law firm, Friedman serves as volunteer general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.
n Associate Professor of Mathematics Wei-bin Zeng was recently honored by U of L for his volunteer work on behalf of the Crane House, a Chinese cultural center in Louisville. Also nominated for a community service award was School of Music Dean Herbert Koerselman for his work with the Louisville Orchestra.
U of L staff members recently nominated for Community Service Awards include Christopher Worth, a biomedical engineer, for his work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Men's Basketball Coach Denny Crum, for his work with the Huntington's Disease Society of America; the administrative staff at the University Libraries for their work with Neighborhood House; Jon-Paul Moody for his work with the Special Olympics Choir; and Sherri Chandler of the psychiatry department for her work with the Cub Scouts. Out of all those nominated for their community service, Worth was named outstanding staff volunteer by the university. In total, more than 300 faculty and staff members of the university were recognized for their volunteer and community service.
Margaret McGinnis, an undergraduate geography major at
U of L, recently received recognition from the Association of American Geographers for her paper "Spatial Patterns of Ethnic Diversity in San Francisco County, California (1980-1990)." It was named Outstanding Paper at a national meeting of the association.
Senior McConnell scholar Heather Roe was recently hailed in a column in The Courier-Journal as an exemplary student in her political involvement and civic endeavors. Roe was cited in the article for her work as student coordinator for U of L's Women's Center, her participation in the African-American Student Leadership Conference, and her involvement with the Jefferson County Commission on Racism. During the summer, Roe spent six weeks in China studying its history and culture.
Former U of L faculty member Ron Whitehead '86A, '92G recently had his second full-length book of poetry and prose, Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon: Stories and Poems, published by Tilt-a-Whirl Press. Whitehead also just released a spoken-word CD titled Tapping My Own Phone.
U of L Professor of Psychiatry Curtis Barrett recently had his book, Winners! The Story of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Horse Racing Industry published by DRF Press. The book was co-authored with Don Clippinger, managing editor of Thoroughbred Times.