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2018 Hall of Fame inductee LaVon Van Williams, Jr., was born in Lakeland, Fla., and attended the University of Kentucky, graduating with a Bachelor’s of General Studies in 1980. He was recruited to play for the UK basketball team and was a member of the team that won the NCAA Championship in 1978. After college, he played basketball in Europe before returning home in the mid-1980s.
2018 Hall of Fame inductee Rodney F. Page, a native of Colorado, attended Fort Knox High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1968 with a B.S. in political science. During his time at UK, Page was a member of the Debate Team, twice leading the varsity team to the National Tournament. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, worked as a residential advisor in Donovan and Haggin Halls, and was elected chapter commander of Sigma Nu fraternity.
2018 Hall of Fame inductee W. Bruce Lunsford was born in Northern Kentucky and arrived on the University of Kentucky campus in 1965. While at UK, he worked as an intramural advisor and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He graduated in 1969 with a B.S. in political science and a minor in accounting. After graduation, Lunsford went to work for an accounting firm in Cincinnati and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1970. He then continued to take classes at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, graduating in 1974 among the top 10 percent of his class.
2018 Hall of Fame inducteeJennifer L. Garr is a native of Louisville, Ky. Early in her sophomore year at UK, mentored by Professor Robert A. Baker, she chose the path of topical studies with an emphasis in art therapy, and graduated with a B.S. in 1986.
UK EES alumnus Tim Elam (M.S. Geology, '81) describes how his geological training at UK prepared him for a successful career in industry and for his current role as a seasonal interpretative park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.
Charles L. Grizzle (Charlie), a native of Argillite, Kentucky, in Greenup County, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1973. He spent nearly a decade in banking in Louisville, during which time he was involved in numerous political campaigns, including Deputy Chairman for the Reagan campaign in Kentucky in 1980. Following a brief stint as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Kentucky, Grizzle moved to Washington, D.C., to accept a position in the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1988, President Reagan nominated and the U.S.
University of Kentucky alumnus Robert Young developed an innovative career as a doctor soon after leaving UK, but now finds himself the co-owner of Bending Branch, a small, family-owned winery in Texas. Listen in as Laura Sutton speaks with Young about his time at the University of Kentucky and how his educational transitioned into his medical career and interest in producing wine.
This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.