January Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Kay
Our January Alumni Spotlight features Dr. Lisa (Whitis) Kay, a 1991 Honors Scholar who has been a vital part of the Honors Program for several years. She double-majored in Mathematics and Statistics, minored in English, and completed a thesis titled “Derive vs. Mathematica: Rediscovering Calculus.” While at EKU, Lisa graduated summa cum laude, made the Dean’s List several semesters, was inducted into Lambda Sigma and Golden Key, and was chosen as a Goldwater Scholar.
Lisa went on to receive an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Statistics, both from the University of Kentucky. She currently serves as an Associate Professor, teaching statistics and sometimes mathematics courses here at EKU. In addition to her teaching duties, Lisa also serves as the graduate coordinator for EKU’s M.A. and M.S. programs in Mathematics and is the assessment coordinator for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Former Honors students may remember Lisa for her role as Honors Program Associate Director, which she held for seven years.
Lisa is married to Tom Kay, who also works at EKU. They have three daughters: Holly, 17; Maria, 16; and Julia, 12. Julia has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I and has outlived her life expectancy by over a decade. Outside of academe, Lisa has managed several soccer teams, organized several fundraisers for Spinal Muscular Atrophy organizations, and has taught Vacation Bible School for her church.
Favorite Honors Memory: "That's a tough one. There were Maywoods retreats, cultural trips, and events at faculty members' homes. Some of our Rhetoric classes with Dr. Williams and Dr. Kopacz were very lively, and I remember Dr. Webb giving some very energetic lectures. I guess one event that stood out to me was going to Centre College to hear Maya Angelou speak."
Advice for Honors Students: "Be engaged and get involved in Honors Program activities--you won't regret it!"
Published on January 14, 2014