Thursday, June 28, 2018

Digging For An A

Digging for that A on a paper or other assignments can make you feel overwhelmed.
We Can Help with that!

When it comes to doing research and finding scholarly articles, the library’s databases are a great place to start. The databases represented by the logos below are just a few databases available to you as a Sullivan student, and the Sullivan librarians can demonstrate how to search in the databases or help you find articles or recipes for your research.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Help. . . I Need Somebody

Where can I go to drop or add a course?

What if I have a disability and need accommodations in my classes?

How can I find out who my advisor is?

The answer to these questions and more is to talk with Academic Services. You can call them at 859-514-7620, and their office hours are:

Mondays-Thursdays: 7:30am-7:30pm*
Fridays: 7:30am-5:00pm
Saturdays: 8:30am-1pm

*During weeks 1 and 2 the office hours are 7:30am-9:30pm

Academic Services also has a Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Getting to Know You-Connecting with the Librarians, Your Instructors, and Your Fellow Classmates

Your Sullivan Lexington librarians are:

Kandace Rogers, Library Director
Wendell Barnett, Collection Management Librarian
Hilary Writt, Reference Librarian

Our library hours are:

The Sullivan librarians want you to be a successful student, and we will help you as best as we can with your research needs.  The librarians assist students in finding books or articles for research projects, recipes, and books for their children. You can call or email us at 859-514-3359 or The library's website is: 

If you’d rather interact with us through our social media accounts, we are present on:


  • Be sure to reach out to your instructors. Talk with (and listen to) your instructors. They have had a variety of experiences, and you can learn a lot from them. 
  • Don’t be afraid to talk with your classmates too. Strike up a conversation with your fellow classmates, and you may learn that you all live in the same town or neighborhood and can carpool. Perhaps you and your classmates can set up a study group, or just encourage one another as you prepare for a practical exam or a tough quiz. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Oh the Places You’ll Go. . .When You Prepare and Plan Ahead

Welcome to the summer 2018 quarter at Sullivan University. With your pencils sharpened and your notebooks and binders fresh and ready to be filled, here are some tips to help you have a successful quarter. 

What is one of the first items needed to begin a journey? A map of course.

A campus map for the first and second floors of Sullivan University follows. 

First (Ground) Floor
Second Floor (Upper Level)

As you can see, rooms beginning with the number one (e.g. 133, 141) are on the first floor and  rooms beginning with the number two (e.g. 200, 238) are on the second floor.

The Sullivan Lexington campus has two parking lots for your convenience. The main lot is behind the Sullivan building, and the Burbank lot is across the street. A shuttle transports students from the Burbank lot and Sullivan student housing to the campus.

Mr. Larry McCarty, pictured below, manages the shuttle service, and he and his staff will gladly get you to your vehicle.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Derby Traditions: Fashion 

Fashion (whether high or noteworthy) is as synonymous with the Kentucky Derby as mint juleps, My Old Kentucky Home, and the horse race itself. Meriweather Lewis Clark Jr., founder of the Kentucky Derby, established the Kentucky Derby dress code of "full morning dress" from the beginning. Men wore full suits with hats, and women wore suits or dresses, gloves, and hats. Mr. Clark Jr. had classy women attend the first Derby to encourage other high-fashion men and women to come as well.

Though fashion changed throughout the decades, modest hats and clothing were part of Derby attire until the 1960s. When television coverage of the Derby became more prominent, and as the fashion mores of the 1960s changed, so did the dress code. The bigger and bolder the hat, the better, so it seemed. During the last two decades of the 20th century, gloves became passe, and more casual attire, like shorts and sundresses, became acceptable in the infield.

After the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011, the fascinator, a head accessory that is smaller than a hat, became popular.

Men and women don stylish or outlandish hats and clothing now, and, as the Lexington Herald-Leader reported in the Weekender section of the April 27, 2018 edition, one will see a variety of apparel, particularly in the infield, at the Derby.

We will leave you with images of Derby fashion from the 1920s to today.






Almanza, A. (2017, May 20). Facinators: The Hair Accessories' Perplexing History. Retrieved from:

Jacobs, S. (2017, May 6). Vintage photos show the glamour and style of the Kentucky Derby. Retrieved from:

Kentucky Derby. (2018). Hats. Retrieved from:

Patton, J. (2018, April 27). Kicking the Derby off the Bucket List? Lexington Herald-Leader: Weekender. 12C-13C.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Derby Traditions: Roses

Source: Craiglduncan at English Wikipedia
The Kentucky Derby and flowers, especially roses, have had a long and close association. The first floral award to the Derby winner occurred in 1896, when Ben Brush won by a nose. He was presented with a "collar" of white and pink roses. The jockey, Willie Simms, also received a bouquet of the same roses (tied with a magenta ribbon no less). In 1904, the red rose became the official flower of the Kentucky Derby, though it wasn't until 1932 that the rose garland took on its current form. In 1906 we have the earliest known photo showing the floral garland and bouquet (see below). Bill Corum in 1926 coined the phrase, "Run for the Roses." In 2009 the phrase became a registered trademark.

Ben Brush preparing for the Derby. (public domain)

Sir Huron, 1906 winner, and his jockey showing the early
style of the floral award. (public domain)
1932: Burgoo King, the first to wear the current style garland.
(c) Associated Press

Monday, April 30, 2018

Kentucky Derby Fun Facts

Official Poster of the 2018 Kentucky derby

Known variously as the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports," "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports," or "The Run for the Roses®," the Kentucky Derby is America's longest, continuous-running sporting event, held every year since May 17, 1875. This year's Kentucky Derby, the 144th running, will occur on May 5th at Churchill Downs—the Derby's home since its inception.

Here are 10 fun facts about the Derby you can use to amaze and impress your friends:

  1. Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, the grandson of the famous explorer, formed the Louisville Jockey Club and acquired land for a racetrack from his uncles John and Henry Churchill.
  2. The Kentucky Derby debuted in 1875. Its model was the Epsom Derby, a 1½-mile grass race that has been run in England since 1780. The Derby started as a 1½-mile turf race, but in 1896 the Derby was shortened to 1¼-miles. 
  3. Thirteen of the 15 riders in the first Derby were African-Americans. Black jockeys won 15 of the first 28 races, with Isaac Murphy winning three.
  4. The winning trainers in two of the first three Derbys were former slaves -- Ansel Williamson (Aristides, 1875) and Ed Brown (Baden-Baden, 1877).
  5. In 1883 Leonatus wins the Derby, and the name “Churchill Downs” is first used for the racetrack that is the home of the Kentucky Derby.
  6. The famed Twin Spires greet the Kentucky Derby crowd for the first time on May 6th, 1895.
  7. To date 143 horses have won the Derby; 109 were born in Kentucky.
  8. Twelve Kentucky Derby winners went on to win the Preakness Stakes (Baltimore, MD) and the Belmont Stakes (Elmont, NK) to become Triple Crown winners. The last was American Pharaoh in 2015.
  9. Three fillies have won the Kentucky Derby: Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980 and Winning Colors in 1988.
  10. The Derby Trophy is the only solid-gold trophy awarded in American sports.
Kentucky Derby Trophy (public domain)


Monday, April 9, 2018

Library Week @ Sullivan Lexington Library

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April to raise awareness about libraries.  The first National Library Week (NLW) was observed in May, 1958 with the theme, "Wake up and Read!".  The ALA council voted in that year to continue the annual celebration.  Now, sixty years later, National Library Week continues to be observed. The library's theme for National Library Week 2018 is, "Librarians Can Do It!," and the library staff has created a display to showcase the many ways your librarians can help you. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Who was...

Juliette Gordon Low?
Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low grew up in the southern United States after the U.S. Civil War and married an Englishman named Willie Low. After her husband’s death, Daisy Low met Robert Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Low came back to her hometown of Savannah, GA, and she brought the Girl Guides, calling them the Girl Scouts of America, with her. Soon, the Girl Scouts grew beyond Savannah, and when Low passed away in 1927, the Girl Scouts was a national organization.
Cordery, S.A. (2012). The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts. New York: Viking. p. x.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Who Was...

 Sojourner Truth?

“That man. . . says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud puddles, or gives me any best place, and aren’t I a woman?” From speech at Women’s Rights Convention, Akron, OH. [1851]

Ms. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in New York in the late 18th century. Her first owners spoke Dutch, and that was the language Ms. Truth and her family spoke as well. Before she gained her freedom from slavery (slavery was abolished in New York state on July 4, 1827), Ms. Truth was sold numerous times. Her last master broke his promise of freedom, so Ms. Truth took her infant child and ran away leaving behind her husband and two other children. Ms. Truth learned that one of her children was illegally sold into slavery in Alabama. She fought for her son’s freedom and won. Ms. Truth continued to fight against slavery, prison reform, and for equal suffrage for men and women.  Ms. Truth spoke with President Lincoln and the Michigan state legislature about these causes before she passed away in 1883.The quote above is from a speech she gave at a Women’s Rights Convention in Ohio in 1851. 
Sources: (2018, February 27). Sojourner Truth Biography. Retrieved from:

O’Brien, G., (Ed.). (2012). Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 18th ed. New York: Little, Brown and Company. pp. 416.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Who is...

Dolores Huerta?

A mighty force in the world of migrant workers, Ms. Huerta was born in New Mexico in 1930. She earned her education in California, and she taught for a brief period. Ms. Huerta began working for the Stockton Community Service Organization (CSO), an organization that also employed César Chávez. In 1962, Mr. Chávez and Ms. Huerta founded the National Farm Workers Association. Her work with the organization led to several pieces of legislation in California, including the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975. Ms. Huerta almost lost her life during a protest against presidential candidate George H.W. Bush when an officer used a baton on her so forcefully that her ribs were broken and her spleen ruptured. Despite being in her late 80s, Ms. Huerta continues to work. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her efforts, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President Obama gave her in 2012.
For more information:
A documentary about Ms. Huerta will air on KET, March 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Dolores Huerta Foundation

Sources: (2018, February 26). Dolores Huerta Biography. Retrieved from

Dolores Huerta Foundation. (n.d.). Dolores Huerta.  Retrieved from:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Who is...

Jacqueline Woodson?
“I do not know if these hands will be Rosa’s or Ruby’s gently gloved and fiercely folded calmly in a lap, on a desk, around a book, ready to change the world. . .”  From Brown Girl Dreaming [2014].

Woodson’s words are from her National Book Award and Newbery honor award-winning autobiographical book, Brown Girl Dreaming. As a writer, Woodson has penned poems, young-adult and adult novels, and picture books, and though Ms. Woodson won the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 (an award given for writing), she has continued to pursue writing quality literature for young people. Ms. Woodson has had to persevere through her parent’s divorce and racial prejudice, and yet she, and her work, have risen above those difficulties. To learn more about Ms. Woodson, read her memoir Brown GirlDreaming or visit the following sites:

Woodson, J. (2014). Brown Girl Dreaming. Nancy Paulsen Books, an Imprint of Penguin Group: New York. P. 5.   
Patton, J. R. (2006). Jacqueline Woodson: Poetry in Motion. Teaching Pre K-836(7), 46-48.

Woodson, J. (2014). Brown Girl Dreaming. Nancy Paulsen Books, an Imprint of Penguin Group: New York.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Who Was...

Neroli Fairhall?

New Zealand Olympian Neroli Fairhall, a woman who competed in horse-related sporting events prior to a horrific motorcycle accident which paralyzed her, did not give up competing in athletic events. She trained to be an archer and competed in national archery championships. In 1980, she qualified to attend the Olympic Games in Moscow. Sadly, due to the boycott of the games, Ms. Fairhall did not attend the 1980 Olympics. Ms. Fairhall competed in the double FITA archery competition in 1982, earning a gold medal. Then, in 1984, Ms. Fairhall qualified for the Olympics in Los Angeles. While she did not medal at the 1984 Olympics, Ms. Fairhall still made history as the first Paralympian to compete. Ms. Fairhall continued her athletic pursuits earning five national titles and participating in four Paralympics.

Source: New Zealand Olympic Committee. (2018). Neroli Fairhall. Retrieved from: