Fundraising for UK instructor Kelly Feinberg
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12.02.09 - Fundraising for UK instructor Kelly Feinberg
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University of Kentucky faculty, staff and graduate students are coming together to help one of their own as she
second bout with cancer.
Writing instructor Kelly Feinberg, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2009 and with metastasized cancer in her liver in September, will be the beneficiary of a silent auction to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the UK Student Center Small Ballroom.
English department doctoral candidate and teaching assistant Leah Bayens says of Feinberg, "Kelly and I worked on a curriculum development committee together a few semesters back, and her genuine enthusiasm for community engagement impressed me.
We were fleshing out food-themed course plans, and one day, Kelly
came to our meeting so excited to tell us about a discovery she'd made.
She'd been listening to NPR and heard a segment called Hidden Kitchens.
The segment detailed how a woman in Montgomery, Alabama operated a restaurant out of her
home that helped fuel the civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and other members of the SCLC would gather at Georgia Gilmore's home, eat, and make plans for civil disobedience.
found a perfect example of how something as personal as food played an integral part in broader civic and social issues.
was chomping at the bit to share this with her
was excited, we were excited, and I knew her
students would be, too.
This, to me, is the essence of how Kelly
ticks on a professional and personal level."
Perhaps most humbling, though, is the positive spirit Kelly
has maintained throughout her
physical trials, keeping her
chin up for herself, her
husband and her
For all of these reasons, it's important for us to support Kelly
in any way we can as she
works through this difficult time in her
Debi MacQuown, English instructor at UK, says "When I first moved into the desk next to Kelly's in POT 1306, she made me feel very welcomed.
All proceeds from the silent auction - as well as a benefit concert to be scheduled in the future - will assist Feinberg
family with the enormous medical and living expenses they face.
husband Matt, a graduate student in the UK Department of Hispanic Studies
, are the parents of a 16- month-old son, Ari.
is also known among her
colleagues as an avid gardener, crafter, and compassionate co-worker.
"From the first time I met Kelly
at our Writing Program new instructor orientation, I admired her
Another former UK English instructor and friend of Feinberg's
and I entered Writing Program 'boot camp' at the same time, and I immediately was drawn to her
was so genuine and funny, so open, and so passionate about teaching. (She would laugh at me if she
heard me say that - because she
is good-naturedly modest - but she
gives so much to her
students that it's impossible not to label that as passion.) I then shared an office with Kelly
for five semesters, and I was continually impressed by her
warmth and dedication to her
It's no surprise that she
was named 'Outstanding Writing Program Instructor' in 2008; she
knows how to relate to her
students in a way that not only engages and entertains, but also inspires and challenges.
Agood teacher is one who loves their subject matter and who can spread that love.
Kelly is surely a powerful advocate for literacy, critical thinking, social responsibility, and sustainability, and she spreads that passion to her students.
has taught over 400 students at UK, and those students carry her
lessons of humor, grace, and community responsibility with them throughout their interactions with family, friends, and classmates.
As those lessons have been well-taught, they will be well-utilized, and well-spread.
"But those remarks all pertain to Kelly
as my colleague.
As my friend, Kelly
makes me laugh.
amazes me with her
creativity and her
dedication to smart, fun, progressive parenting.
son, and her
husband, and their family is a model of cooperation and love.
gardens and cooks, crafts and reads and writes. (I know that she
has written a piece about her
breast cancer struggles that will be published soon.) She
is a tremendous support when friends need her
most, and she
knows how to lighten every burden with laughter.
does not take herself too seriously; she
is genuine and open with everyone she
tells stories around the dinner table, we laugh until tears come to our eyes.
It is no accident that Kelly
has built a
tremendous network of friends."
adds, "I am continually struck by Kelly's strength and positivity, especially in the face of her
health struggles over the course of the last year.
All proceeds go to Kelly Feinberg