Fair Kentucky event honors allies, speaks to students

Lori Allen/The News From left to right: Jo Bennett, marketing officer: Steven Shupe, president, Leon Bodevin, associate professor of Spanish and Richmond Residential College head; Morgan Randall, vice president, and Emily Oliver, secretary.
Lori Allen/The News From left to right: Jo Bennett, marketing officer: Steven Shupe, president, Leon Bodevin, associate professor of Spanish and Richmond Residential College head; Morgan Randall, vice president, and Emily Oliver, secretary.

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From left to right: Jo Bennett, marketing officer: Steven Shupe, president, Leon Bodevin, associate professor of Spanish and Richmond Residential College head; Morgan Randall, vice president, and Emily Oliver, secretary.

The annual Celebrate and Support a Fair Kentucky event was held Saturday night in Murray. This was the eighth year for the event

Jody Cofer Randall, LGBT program coordinator, said much has been happening on campus and in the city of Murray.

“We are changing our lives and our students’ lives,” Cofer Randall said. “We have administration support and that is critical.”

One of the highlights of the evening was the announcement of this year’s recipient of the Jane Etheridge Ally of the Year award.

Leon Bodevin, associate professor of Spanish and college head of Richmond Residential College received the award.

Cofer Randall said Bodevin is a student-focused faculty member who works hard to combat hate.

Announced at the event were the newly elected 2014-15 Alliance officers.

They include Marketing Officer Sam Green, Secretary Emily Oliver, Treasurer Robert Scott, Vice President Jo Bennett and President Morgan Randall.

The event once again reached its fundraising goal, raising more than $5,000.

Cofer Randall said that the goal may need to be raised next year, but that a larger venue would need to be arranged in order for that to happen, a problem he looks forward to solving.

“I was very pleased with our two special guests,” Cofer Randall said. “I knew that they would bring a certain perspective and expertise to the program and they did that. I saw throughout the evening a lot of people were engaging them in conversations.”

He said it was another successful event for LGBT programming and the community.

 

Story by Lori Allen, Staff writer