Gov. Martha Layne Collins

Gov. Martha Layne Collins

Rachel Thomas

Former GC SGA president Rachel Thomas ’08 has same title as 2nd-year Pikeville Medical School student.

Dr. William H. Crouch, Jr., president of Georgetown College, and former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins will host a Holiday Reception from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 3 in Pikeville’s Landmark Inn for the parents of current Georgetown students and interested, prospective students and their parents from Pike and four surrounding counties (Letcher, Martin, Knott and Floyd).

The College’s Executive Scholar-in-Residence, Gov. Collins is one of the co-architects of Georgetown’s two-year-old Global Scholars Program. This Program of Distinction – now 21-strong – will take only 10 new students each year until there are 40 during any one school year. “The success of the program will come from recruiting really inquisitive kids like the ones we are attracting,” said Collins, who is also Chairman of Kentucky’s World Trade Center in Lexington.

Gov. Collins and President Crouch will share more about Georgetown’s Programs of Distinction, exciting student research in conjunction with a recent Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant, and the new SCALARS Program that is designed for students from populations typically under-represented in the sciences. Thanks to a major grant from the National Science Foundation, the College will award 10 four-year scholarships to this Scientific-Aptitude-Leads-to-Achievement-in-Research-and-Service Program for aspiring science students who matriculate in Fall 2010.

Parents and students will also meet special featured Georgetown alumni, as well as faculty and staff. Those alumni include several who are now in Pikeville Medical School: second-year Rachel Thomas, a former Georgetown student government president who is currently Pikeville Med’s student president; and first-year students Derrick Sword of Pikeville and Ashley Clevenger of Catlettsburg.

The reception will be in the inn’s 4th floor banquet room and there will be light hors d’oeuvres. The dress is business casual.

An RSVP to Kathleen Johnson (toll free) at 877-640-0107 is encouraged by the end of the day Wednesday (Dec. 2), but interested students and their parents will be welcomed last-minute.