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Successful Graduates Offer Real-World Guidance

Submitted on November 10, 2017

It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome successful graduates back to campus to share their knowledge and wisdom with current undergraduates.

Recently, the Department of English hosted the 2017-2018 Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock, Ph.D., the Department of Business and Economics and the College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter invited the President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival Michael Berry, Class of 1983, to speak, and the Kinesiology and Health Studies Club heard from Lauren (Casada) Nolan, Class of 2012, a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist.

Dr. Smock, pictured center above, appointed the state’s Poet Laureate by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, is a professor of English at Bellarmine University. Along with reading selections from his forthcoming “Book of Earthly Delights,” poems from Larkspur Press, he reminded students how poetry is an exercise of inspiration and creativity and that its meanings and effects are intensely personal, both to its writers and to its readers. He also shared tips for getting published, encouraging would-be poets to start small, start local, and be persistent in pursuit of their goal.

Mr. Berry leads the iconic annual Festival associated with the Kentucky Derby, one of America’s largest community events. Noting how critical marketing of the event is to its success, he cited examples of ways the Festival now successfully reaches potential audiences utilizing various social media platforms as opposed to traditional media. He also shared some of the pitfalls and pratfalls in planning over 70 events which attract a multitude over roughly a two-week period leading up to the first Saturday in May each year.

Kinesiology and Health Studies students learned about the growing Orthotist-Prosthetist field from Ms. Nolan. She brought along many sample braces and artificial limbs for students to view and discussed opportunities for trained professionals thereby helping to provide a better understanding of tools and techniques used.

Hearing real-world applications and solutions from alumni who attribute much of their long-term career success to the educational foundation they received at Georgetown College gives current students a practical understanding of career opportunities in their areas of interest.

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