People in the News: Community Trust names Hawkins loan officer; MSU honors Dressler

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Billie Dollins, Versailles Market President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., has announced that Shirie Hawkins has joined Community Trust Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer and Assistant Vice President.

Ms. Hawkins’ responsibilities include working with local businesses in Central Kentucky to find solutions to their lending needs, developing new commercial relationships with Community Trust, and expanding the relationship with current customers. Her office is located at 101 North Main Street in downtown Versailles, Kentucky.

Shirie Hawkins

Hawkins previously worked at the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and Community Ventures. She is a Board Member of Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Hawkins graduated from Forest Park High School in Forest Park, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing. Ms. Hawkins resides in Lexington, Kentucky.

Community Trust Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $3.9 billion.

It is headquartered in Pikeville, Kentucky and has 70 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky, six banking locations in southern West Virginia, four banking locations in Tennessee, four trust offices across Kentucky, and one trust office in Tennessee.

Dressler honored with MSU 2017 Distinguished Professor Award

Dr. John C. Dressler, Murray State University music professor, was recently honored with the 2017 Distinguished Professor Award.

The Distinguished Professor Award was established in 1964 and recognizes an outstanding faculty member who has had a profound and positive influence on students, both inside and outside of the classroom. A student-nominated honor, the Distinguished Professor Award is given to the honoree in a surprise classroom visit, receives a $1,000 cash award and leads the faculty processional at May commencement.

Dr. John C. Dressler

The honoree will also have his or her name added to the Distinguished Professor plaque in Faculty Hall.

Dressler began teaching at Murray State in 1989, with academic interests in horn performance and pedagogy, 20th century British music and film music studies. Originally from Wadsworth, Ohio, he earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Baldwin Wallace College in 1971.

He then earned his master’s degree in horn performance in 1974 and his doctorate in horn performance and brass literature in 1987 from Indiana University. Before arriving at Murray State, he taught at various universities across the country, including Baylor University, the University of Georgia, University of the Pacific and Jacksonville University. Dressler has come from a long line of teachers and describes teaching music as his greatest passion.

“Teaching music is what I chose as both an avocation and vocation. After having been a French major, I found music was my passion. I combined it with my love of teaching, which came no doubt from my mother and maternal grandmother who were both teachers,” said Dressler.

During his tenure at Murray State, Dressler has written two books on the lives of British composers. His first book, “Gerald Finzi: A Bio-Bibliography,” was published in 1997, and his second book, “Alan Rawsthorne: A Bio-Bibliography,” was published in 2004. Through Murray State travel grants, Dressler has made 14 trips to England to study manuscripts, interview composers’ family members, talk with those who knew the composers and work with the archival staff at the BBC archives as well as the British Library.

From his travels, Dressler offers insight to his students on how England promotes the arts and British composers’ musical triumphs and struggles.

In addition to his books, Dressler has been invited to speak, hold various clinics and participate in horn recitals at universities around the country. In 2004, he was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and then honored with the Regents Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008.

Guiton selected Scialog Fellow by Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement

Beth Guiton, professor of chemistry in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as a Scialog Fellow by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement.

As a fellow, Guiton will participate in Scialog: Advanced Energy Storage, a program involving early career rising stars, beyond postdoctoral appointment, interested in pursuing collaborative, high-risk, highly impactful discovery research on untested ideas applicable to creating breakthroughs in energy storage.

The program has a format in which participants are encouraged to engage in dialogue and form new research teams, often multidisciplinary and composed of both theorists and experimentalists.

This Scialog initiative will center on two conferences to be held fall 2017 and 2018. Scialog meetings are attended by about 50 early career Scialog Fellows and 12 distinguished facilitators, with the goal of identifying bottlenecks, finding avenues for breakthroughs and building new scientific teams to pursue these ideas.

The highly interactive conference format includes a limited number of keynote presentations to outline research challenges and small group discussions to encourage participant interactions.

Hunt to deliver Creason lecture at UK

If Terry Hunt ever decides to write his own biography, he could title it “From Bellevue to the White House.”

The University of Kentucky journalism graduate, who covered four different presidents over 25 years for the Associated Press, will deliver the 40th annual Joe Creason Lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in UK’s William T. Young Library auditorium.

“Covering Reagan to Trump: A View from the Front Row” is the title of his address.

Hunt, a native of Bellevue in Northern Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a journalism degree in 1967. He served as managing editor and executive editor of the Kentucky Kernel.

He was drafted into the Army, returned to a summer internship with the AP in Louisville, then took a job in Providence, Rhode Island, as an AP correspondent. The wire service transferred Hunt to Washington at the height of the Watergate scandal in 1974. During the 1980 presidential campaign, he was asked to cover California Gov. Ronald Reagan for two days, an assignment that turned into the rest of the campaign. After the election, Hunt followed Reagan to the White House.

During the presidencies of Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Hunt logged hundreds of thousands of miles covering the nation’s chief executive. He traveled to West Germany with Reagan, who stood at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin and demanded, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

Hunt left the White House near the end of the presidency of George W. Bush to lead AP’s coverage of the historic meltdown and Great Recession. Three years later, he was named deputy bureau chief in Washington to help manage the news agency’s largest bureau.

He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993 and into UK’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2015.

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