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People in the News: Community Trust names Riley Beaumont manager; UK prof wins teaching award

Larry Jones, Central Region President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., announced that Shirley Riley has been hired as the Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of Community Trust Bank’s Lexington Beaumont Centre office.

Shirley Riley

Riley’s responsibilities include providing consumer, residential, and commercial lending options to new and existing client relationships by offering financial solutions to individuals and businesses in Lexington, Kentucky. She also oversees all Beaumont Centre branch operations.

Her office located at 901 Beaumont Centre Parkway in Lexington.

Riley has over 30 years of banking experience. She is a graduate of Henry Clay High School and LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She attended the University of Kentucky.

She volunteers for the Special Olympics and is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Shriners. Riley resides in Lexington.

Community Trust Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $4.1 billion, is headquartered in Pikeville 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.

Bird-Pollan wins 2017 Duncan Teaching Award

Jennifer Bird-Pollan, the James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law, is the recipient of the 2017 Duncan Teaching Award at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Every year, a UK Law faculty member is recognized for excellence in the classroom, courtesy of the Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund — established in 1982 to promote outstanding teaching performance at the college. Bird-Pollan joined the UK Law faculty in 2010. She teaches a variety of tax law courses, including basic income tax, corporate tax, partnership tax and international tax. She is fully engaged in the academic welfare of her students.

Jennifer Bird-Pollan

Students describe her classroom teaching as simply wonderful. A past student said she “made the material interesting and much easier to understand.” Another student described her international tax class as “brutal,” and did not “know if [he/she] would have survived it under a different professor.”

Outside the classroom, Bird-Pollan constantly advises and assists students who are trying to obtain admission to tax LLM programs. She also regularly assists with the UK Law Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic, serves as the faculty advisor to the UK Law Tax Law Society and has guided students to success in tax moot court and writing competitions. Finally, Bird-Pollan counsels students on the employment front.

Bird-Pollan received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was the articles editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and her bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and French from Penn State University, where she graduated with distinction and honors in philosophy. Bird-Pollan also earned master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Vanderbilt University.

Before law school, she taught undergraduate philosophy courses at Vanderbilt and Harvard College. Bird-Pollan served as the 2014-2015 Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and also served as a visiting professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her current research lies at the intersection of tax law and philosophy, specifically with regard to questions of justice and fairness.

“Professor Bird-Pollan’s passion and commitment to teaching make her a valuable asset to the students as well as the broader UK Law community,” said UK Law Dean David A. Brennen. “The award is well-deserved.”

The recipient of the Duncan Teaching Award receives a one-time award of $5,000.

UK Ag Biotech Student Chosen for USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship

Together with the World Food Prize Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture selected a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment student as one of 29 USDA Wallace-Carver Fellows.

As part of the program, Fabian Leon, UK junior majoring in agricultural and medical biotechnology, was stationed at the USDA Agricultural Research Service station in Ames, Iowa, over the summer. He had the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers during the paid internship.

“The Wallace-Carver Fellows program provides the opportunity for some of the most highly motivated young college students in America to have hands-on experiences working with leading USDA research scientists and to be inspired to pursue careers and future leadership positions in food and agricultural science,” said Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation and former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia.

Leon is a Nicholasville native, however his family’s farm is located in Mexico near La Piedad, Michoacán. While he didn’t grow up on the farm, he said he has an inborn fondness for agriculture. He became familiar with the World Food Prize Foundation while he was in high school by participating in the foundation’s Global Youth Institute.

Because of that, Leon was able to apply for two internship programs, and he was selected as a Borlaug-Ruan intern in 2015. He spent the following summer in Lima, Peru, where he researched sweet potato viruses.

During his tenure as secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack and Quinn created the Wallace-Carver Fellowship to inspire the next generation of American scientific, agricultural and humanitarian leaders. Over the past six years, 185 students have gone through the program.

The fellowship culminates in a week-long, high-level leadership symposium at the USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S. secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue. During the week, the fellows will participate in a series of high-level briefings, tours and discussions around Washington, D.C., with key government officials as well as congressional and humanitarian leaders engaged in the fight against hunger.

Leon will return to UK this fall for his junior year. He is looking forward to the future and plans to pursue a doctorate in plant and soil sciences and continue to work as a researcher.

Staff report

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