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  From time to time we enjoy sharing the news about what our members are doing. If you have news to share about what you are doing, or another KGA member, feel free to e-mail us with the information at kga@wku.edu.
   
 
Allison Hunt
Allison Hunt, duPoint Manual High School social studies teacher and KGA steering committee member has been chosen to attend the Choices Leadership Institute at the National Geographic Society this June. Teachers were nominated by Alliance coordinators for attendance. Congratulations to Allison.
       
 
Gary O'Dell
Dr. Gary O'Dell, professor of geography at Morehead State University and a steering committee member of the KGA, has been appointed as State Geographer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky by Govenor Steve Beshear. Dr. O'Dell stated in a recent interview with WMST radio that "the most important task is to simply promote geography education." Dr. O'Dell will hold the position as State Geographer of Kentucky through January 1st of 2015. To read more about Dr. O'Dell's appointment as the State Geographer, check out the full text story as well as his radio interview. (For the radio interview: select Thursday, February 6, 2014 as the past show; the interview starts approximately 10 minutes into the radio show.)
       
 
Sonja Yow
Dr. Sonja Yow, a KGA steering committee member from EKU's Department of Geography and Geology, recently organized and sponsored one of National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps being brought to EKU. The map of Africa was available on campus from March 18th-March 29th for K-8 students to experience "'hands- and feet-on' geography.'" For more information on this story click here. For more information on National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps check out National Geographic's Giant Traveling Map webpage.
       
 
Dr. Gripshover
Dr. Margaret M. "Peggy" Gripshover, associate professor of geography in WKU's Department of Geography and Geology and KGA steering committe member, has been appointed as State Geographer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky by Govenor Steve Beshear. Dr. Gripshover stated that "this is a great opportunity to promote geographic issuses and geographic education across the state." Dr. Gripshover will hold this position through January 1st of 2014. To read more about Dr. Gripshover's appointment as the State Geographer check out the full story.
       
 
Allison Hunt: Teacher of the Year
Allison Hunt, social studies teacher at duPont Manual High School in Jefferson County and KGA steering committee member, was named the 2013 High School Teacher of the Year. Hunt is a ten-year teaching veteran who has taught social studies at duPont Manual High for five years. Hunt mentors student teachers, implemented an AP Human Geography course, sponsors the school’s History Club and is a member of the School-Based Decision Making Council. For more infomation click here.
       
 
Harmony Hendrick
Harmony Hendrick, a 4th-grade teacher at William H. Natcher Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., a seven-year member of the Kentucky Geographic Alliance and co-coordinator of Geography Awareness Week in Kentucky was selected as one of this year’s National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. She along with others chosen will embark this summer on a Lindblad Expeditions voyage to Arctic Svalbard. For more information, see the Press Release or see this News Announcement from Warren Co Public Schools.
       
 
Clovis Perry
Clovis Perry was recently selected as the Area Coordinator for all pre-service Education Associate and 2+2 degrees in Education with Eastern Kentucky Univ., Univ. of KY, and Asbury College Teacher Education Programs. We are pleased to recgonize Mr. Perry for this accomplishment.
 

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