The annual Community Unity Breakfast, held in celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and sponsored by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Student Support Services, the Upward Bound Program and Office of Diversity, will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 9 a.m. at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Marlisa Austin, a Lynch native and former faculty member at Southeast. She is a professor of English and the Humanities Division chairperson at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville.
Austin has been teaching within in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System network for 15 years. She holds an associate of arts degree from Southeast, a B.A. in secondary English education from the University of Kentucky and a master’s in English education from Union College.
Her professional endeavors include presentations at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System New Horizons Conference for the past six years, Kentucky Association for Developmental Education, National Association for Developmental Education and NISOD.
In addition, she has served as secretary, president elect, president and conference chair of KADE, conference local arrangements chair of the 2008 Two-Year College English Association-Southeast Region Conference, and corresponding secretary of the Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education (KABHE).
She is a graduate of the KCTCS 2007-2008 President’s Leadership Seminar and has been published in the Two-Year College English Journal. She has also been recognized as Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for 2002 and 2006. Austin was awarded the 2006 KCTCS New Horizons Award of Excellence for Faculty and the 2008 Acorn Award for excellence in teaching in Kentucky.
The public is invited to attend. Contact Michelle Dykes, Andrea Massey or Deborah Hodge at (606) 589- 2145 to make reservations or for more information.