NKU Honors Leean “Louella” Allen with Trailblazer Award

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Wednesday – Oct. 8, 2014

Leean “Louella” Allen is one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s trailblazers.

Allen is an assistant at the Pike County Public Library District where she has worked to expand library services for the largest geographical county in Kentucky.

“Through what can only be described as an inspired chance moment, I was offered an assistant’s position at the Pike County Public Library District,” Allen said. “That one project turned into another and another and another, during which I fell in love with the mission of library service to our county.”

When Allen arrived, library services were lacking in the area and a countywide project to build three library facilities and multiple small satellite branches was underway.

“With a supportive board of trustees and guidance of the incredible staff at Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, we were able to move library service forward to include not only traditional library services, but also all the latest technologies and online offerings as they continue to develop,” Allen said.

Since Allen joined the library district, more grants have been received and three additional library buildings have been built. The latest building opens this month.

Now Allen will receive a Trailblazer Award Oct. 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pikeville at 5:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 #RoadToNKU Commonwealth Tour.

Allen will join several area mathematics teachers who will also be honored with the NKU Trailblazer Award for persistence in making a difference in the mathematics skills of our children.

“The Trailblazer Award is recognition of those citizens throughout the state who are changing lives through new and innovative education programs,” NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns said.  “With improved math skills and added library capacity, Kentucky's children will be better prepared to meet the demands of this century.”

The event is open to the public and will include an opportunity for high school students and adults interested in completing their degree to meet with university admissions representatives.  

The #RoadToNKU is a tour of community engagement activities throughout the Commonwealth. This trip through eastern Kentucky is the second of eight stops through Dec. 4.

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