Archive for February, 2012

Hal Rogers award

Congressman Hal Rogers receives prestigious Champion of Public Broadcasting award

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

From left: Pat Butler, president and CEO of APTS; Filmmaker Ken Burns; Congressman Hal Rogers; Shae Hopkins, executive director and CEO of KET; Hilma Prather, Kentucky Authority for Educational Television board member and APTS trustee; and Julie Schmidt, senior director of external affairs at KET.

Today in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, Kentucky’s representative serving the fifth congressional district, was presented with the Champion of Public Broadcasting Award from APTS (Association of Public Television Stations).

Throughout his career, Congressman Rogers has remained committed to improving the lives of the people he serves in eastern and southern Kentucky and across the Commonwealth.

“A champion of education, Congressman Rogers has strongly supported the mission of KET and public broadcasting to provide access to quality educational programs and instructional resources. We are grateful for his longtime support and friendship,” says Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director.

As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers has safeguarded federal funding for public broadcasting, even while leading the necessary effort to restrain federal spending and reduce the national debt. His support is directly tied to the education mission of public television, Hopkins says.

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Education Matters

Tonight’s Education Matters focuses on the arts

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

On the next edition of Education Matters, “New Directions in Arts Education,” guests take a look at how arts education contributes to a student’s overall academic success. The program airs Monday, Feb. 27 at 9/8 pm CT on KET.

In the program, arts educators explore the growing body of research that links the study of dance, drama, visual arts and music to overall academic success. They also discuss Kentucky’s new Program Review for assessing each school’s arts and humanities program.

In addition to the panel discussion, the program features a visit to Berea for the annual Walk with the Arts, where students interact with storytellers, potters, musicians and other artists making a connection between creativity and learning.

Panelists on tonight’s program include:

  • –Robert Duncan, arts and humanities consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education
  • –Sara Francis, orchestra teacher at Edith B. Hayes Middle School in Fayette County
  • –Scottie Billiter, assistant principal at Letcher County Central High School

Best of Violet

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, is quite the Downton character

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012

We know you miss Downton Abbey. So do we. To help us all get through the first Sunday without it in seven weeks, here’s a list of some of the best of Dowager Countess Violet’s witty one-liners from season two. What’s your favorite Violet quote? Yes, it is impossible to choose.

[Click here to watch a short video of Downton executive producer Gareth Neame discussing Maggie Smith's character.]

Episode 1
“So that’s Mary’s replacement. Well, I suppose looks aren’t everything.”

“Do you think she’s mad, ill, or working for the Russians?”

Episode 2
“I don’t know many people who’d threaten me behind the laurels.”

Episode 3
“I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”

“God knows who the next heir will be. Probably a chimney sweep from Surrey.”

Episode 4
“Is this an instrument of communication or torture?”

“…I hope it’s not vulgar in me to suggest you find a way to overcome your scruples.”

Episode 5
“I don’t dislike him. I just don’t like him, which is quite different.”

Episode 6
“All this unbridled joy has given me quite an appetite.”

“No doubt you regard this as unorthodox, me pushing into a man’s bedroom uninvited.”

Episode 7
“It was a wedding present from a frightful aunt. I have hated it for half a century.”

“Sir Richard, life is a game in which the player must appear ridiculous.”


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