• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondant

The Week at Midway: Personals and Comments

There’s something new in town. A Midway Flower Market opened just in time for spring! The market area is at the courtside area next to the Lehman and Son store, at the corner of East Bruen and North Winter streets. They invite everyone to come by and check them out.

The Francisco’s Farm Arts Fair Volunteer Orientation will be Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Duthie Auditorium in the Anne Hart Raymond Building on the Midway University campus. Orientation will last about an hour and we’ll be giving out the volunteer T-shirts. If they can’t make the orientation, they can pick up their t-shirts the weekend of the fair.

The Parent Teacher Association will sponsor Teacher Appreciation Week at Northside next week, May 14-18. We like to celebrate our teachers after the majority of KPREP testing is over and when our restaurants that graciously donate things can fit it into their schedules. As always, you may celebrate your teacher anytime with a small gift of your choice.

According to a release by Midway University, the university will welcome home alumna Millie Marshall, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, as she returns to offer the Commencement Address on Saturday, May 12. Marshall, the first female president at Toyota, is a 1999 graduate of Midway’s evening undergraduate program, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management.

Prior to her current position, Marshall served as the senior vice president of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia and vice president of Human Resources at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, previously located in Erlanger.

Marshall earned her degree while working at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, where she was a specialist in the Information Systems division.

“We are thrilled to have one of our distinguished alumni return to speak to our graduating class,” said John P. Marsden, Midway University president. “I believe it will be inspirational for our graduates to hear from Ms. Marshall about her career path and the journey she has taken to progress to her position within a global company.”

Midway University will confer degrees on 311 students at its Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. in the Graves Amphitheater. This graduating class includes the first graduates of the university’s Master of Science in Nursing program as well as MBA students with concentrations in Equine Studies and Tourism and Event Management.

The Commencement Ceremony will be live-streamed and available for viewing on the Midway University YouTube channel.

Midway University Spotlight Awards will be May 17. The university has announced its 2018 Spotlight Awards date and honorees. The fundraising event is set to be held Thursday, May 17, on campus. The awards evening is designed around two university honors – the Pinkerton Vision Award and the Midway University Legacy Award.

The Pinkerton Vision Award honors someone who’s had an impact on women’s lives or served as a strong role model for women. This year’s recipient will be the Lexington Chapter of Dress for Success, for their work to help women gain economic independence.

The second award will be the Midway University Legacy Award to longtime trustee Janet Green Hunter. This award honors a person or persons who’ve impacted Midway University over a period of many years by giving time, service, support and/or resources.

The Midway University Spotlight Awards will be held Thursday, May 17, in the Piper Dining Hall. The cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the dinner and awards ceremony will go to support ongoing academic programming and student scholarships. The 2018 Spotlight Awards are presented by Community Trust Bank.

To purchase tickets, become a sponsor of this event or find out more about the awards dinner, visit www.midway.edu/spotlight or call 859-846-5873.

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