Alumni Success Stories

Q&A with Will Seidelman, Class of 2009

Majored in Psychology with a Philosophy minor
Manager, User Research AmazonTransportation and Recipient Experience at Amazon

EES Presents: Tim Elam

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.  

A&S Hall of Fame 2017 - Charlie Grizzle

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. Senate confirmed him to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

During Grizzle’s time at the EPA, his outstanding leadership was recognized by organizations such as The Privatization Council, the International City Management Association, and the President’s Council on Management Improvement. He also was selected to attend the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

In 1993, with Richard Cantor, Grizzle founded The Grizzle Company, a federal government relations consulting firm where he represents a number of Kentucky interests in the nation’s capital as well as companies and associations on a variety of legislative and regulatory matters.

Grizzle is a past president of the Kentucky Society of Washington and of the University Club of Washington. In 1998, through the Kentucky Society, he established the Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian award along with the Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy. Currently, he serves on the board of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

In addition to being a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association, Grizzle was the founding donor of the Arts and Sciences International Education Fund, and was recently named to the A&S Capital Campaign Committee.

The Right Vintage: Sitting Down with A&S Alum Robert Young

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

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A Culture of Success: Chemistry Alum Tanea Reed

Concussions and brain injury have become topics of social concern in response to controversies involving sports – namely the National Football League. But Tanea Reed has been researching therapeutic interventions in traumatic brain injury since long before concussions became matters of public concern.

Joe Sutliff Sanders - Kids' Stuff

Joe Sutliff Sanders is a professor at Kansas State University specializing in children’s literature. But according to Sanders, he found his way into children’s literature – and eventually into a job at one of the field’s leading programs – by accident.

Curiously Inclined

“Last summer I was in Budapest briefly locked in a gypsy’s apartment while she tried to extort more money from me, and had a great time…” said Joe Nickell, as if he were describing a weekend at the lake. He is a man with many interests – over 200 “personas” are listed on his personal website including folksinger, stage magician, and séance conductor.

Negating the Negative

Patience is a virtue. Just ask Ginny Carney. An alum of the English Department, Carney is now President of Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota. But she didn’t get there overnight.

Kyle Longley

When Kyle Longley applied to doctoral programs in history, he narrowed the choice down to two schools: the University of Kentucky and one other. But a visit to Lexington and Billy’s Bar-B-Q, where he had lunch with George Herring, the professor who would become his mentor, made UK the place to go.

Steven Grambow

The son of a naval architect/marine engineer, Steven C. Grambow credits his father for putting him on the path to hard sciences.

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