Senator Turner gave the delegation a tour of the Capitol and Senate chamber and explained how Kentucky’s state government operates.
“Our Russian guests seemed eager to learn about the Kentucky General Assembly,” Sen. Turner said. “As a legislator, I was glad I could be a part of this event and hear the perspective of this very knowledgeable delegation. And, it goes without saying, I was pleased to be able to show off our beautiful Capitol and discuss our great Commonwealth.”
Kentucky Campus Compact hosted the April 4-12 visit to the United States as part of an educational/economic development exploration. The delegation included Dr. Nikolay Belous, rector of BSAA; Dr. Vladimir Torikov, pro-rector of BSAA; Dr. Boris Kvitoko, pro-rector of BSAA; Mr. Vladimir Tatarinov, head of external economy and investment department, Bryansk Region Administration, Russia; and Evgeny Kulyukin, deputy director at the Bryansk Bible College.
KyCC is housed at Northern Kentucky University and NKU President James Votruba serves as chair of the KyCC board. “When we created the Kentucky Campus Compact in 2006, the presidents agreed that global education needed to be one of the top priorities,” Votruba said.
“This partnership with Bryansk Agriculture Academy is a great addition to the efforts being made on each individual campus. We have a lot to learn from each other and the exchanges between Kentucky and Russia will give us all the opportunity to expand our understanding of the world,” he added.
During the trip to Kentucky the delegation not only went to the Capitol in Frankfort, but visited Morehead State University, Berea College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, ALLTEC Corporation, Three Chimney’s Farm, Jif Peanut Butter Factory, Fish Hatchery at Cave Run Lake in Rowan County and a local Rotary Club.
They will be viewing the veterinarian program and farm at MSU, several programs at Berea (especially the Labor Program), tour the Entrepreneur Center and Coal Academy at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, tour Three Chimney’s Farm Equine Program, ALLTEC’s facilities, and the manufacturing of peanut butter at the Jiff factory in Lexington.
Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) sponsored a visit to Russia in May 2007. The delegation of Mike Phillips, MSU; Tracy Royce, Maysville Community and Technical College; David Aker, Mountain Missions Enterprises; and Eugene Blackburn, KyCC program director, visited Bryansk State Agricultural Academy.
It was an exploratory trip for the possibility of professor/student exchange, service-learning possibilities and other programs sponsored by KyCC. The Academy and KyCC agreed to work together on future projects.
KyCC will serve as a conduit for member institutions to participate in the KyCC/Bryansk State Agricultural Academy Projects. Possibilities include global civic engagement, establishing an international service-learning center at the academy, service-learning projects centered on land use evaluation, soil and water sampling, machine repair, carpentry, vet technology and others.
There are possibilities for teaching and tutoring in English and agritourism activities.
Kentucky Campus Compact (KyCC) is a membership organization of Kentucky college and university presidents and their institutions, promoting the civic purpose of higher education through civic involvement, service learning and engaged learning.
Currently, there are 27 member presidents including four-year publics, community colleges, and independent institutions, representing over 120,000 students. The KyCC member institutions are listed at www.kycompact.nku.edu.
Sen. Turner serves the 29th district, which includes Breathitt, Floyd, Knott and Letcher counties. He serves on Appropriations and Revenue; Committee on Committees; Education; Health and Welfare; Rules, and State and Local Government committees. He has served in the State Senate since 2001.