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Scholars Week 2017 Alumni Spotlight

2017 Scholars Week: Alumni Spotlight

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Dick Mayo Allen Auditorium (Library 108)
Crabbe (Main) Library

The Scholars Week Alumni Spotlight offers the campus community the opportunity to hear about academic experiences, success stories, and lessons learned from EKU alumni. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the Alumni Spotlight into course syllabi and can find more information here. The 2017 Alumni Spotlight speakers are:

James Pennington
Associate Attorney, Morgan, Collins, & Yeast PLLC
Political Science, B.S., 2010; Mock Trial

After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science in 2010, James “Tee” Pennington earned his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. As an EKU undergraduate, Tee was actively involved with the Colonel’s nationally ranked Mock Trial Team and traveled the country successfully competing against the nation’s top colleges. He also earned course credit and valuable experience by working with the Madison County Attorney’s Office through EKU’s Cooperative Education Program. While attending law school, Tee received several awards, including the 2013-14 Austin Mehr Award for UK Law’s Top Trial Advocate. Tee was born and raised in Manchester, KY, but currently resides in Lexington, KY, with his wife, Sandy, and works as an Associate Attorney at Morgan, Collins & Yeast, where he focuses on Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, and Workers’ Compensation Law.

Presentation Abstract

As an EKU undergraduate, James “Tee” Pennington was actively involved with the Colonel’s nationally ranked Mock Trial Team, which provided not only the opportunity to travel the country successfully competing against the nation’s top colleges, but the environment in which Tee would hone the skills he uses everyday inside and outside the courtroom. Tee credits his experiences with Mock Trial, as well as his work with the Madison County Attorney’s Office through EKU’s Cooperative Education Program, which provided insight into the law and what was required to pursue a successful legal career, for laying the groundwork for his professional career. Tee’s Alumni Spotlight presentation will explore how his Mock Trial and Co-Op experiences at EKU prepared him for a successful career in law and his unique path as a non-traditional student.


Adam MacPharlain
Curatorial Assistant of Fashion Arts and Textiles, Cincinnati Art Museum
Apparel Design & Merchandising, B.S., 2005; Honors Scholar

Adam MacPharlain is the Curatorial Assistant of Fashion Arts and Textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He holds a Bachelor’s in Apparel Design and Merchandising from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Prior to CAM, he has worked for the Kentucky Historical Society; Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England; the University of Kentucky Art Museum; and the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City, Missouri. Adam has presented papers at the Costume Society of America, Southeastern Museums Conference, and the United Federation of Doll Clubs on topics ranging from French fashion dolls to handwoven fabrics from Kentucky. Adams writings include articles for an encyclopedia on American fashion and a chapter on Chicago designer Nicki Ladany for upcoming publication. His curatorial work includes an exhibition of historical fashion for EKU entitled “Fashions from the Collections of Eastern Kentucky University, 1860-1960.

Presentation abstract: Unexpected Career Paths

Changing careers in one’s lifetime is nothing new. Whether the change occurs because of shifting interests or external factors, many of us will move from job to job or even jump from one field to another. Sometimes we find ourselves in a different field than we initially planned before we even enter the workforce. The latter was the case for Adam MacPharlain. Adam began his college education at EKU as an Apparel Design major and intended on becoming a fashion designer upon graduation, but through courses, internships and mentors, he discovered a different path that greatly shaped his current career. Adam’s Alumni Spotlight presentation will explore his experiences at EKU and beyond and how they shifted his career path from fashion design to fashion history.

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