A&S Hall of Fame 2017 - Dr. Martha Rolingson

Martha Ann Rolingson was born in Wichita, Kansas, and grew up in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado, graduating from high school in Denver. She became interested in archeology on vacations in the southwestern states and attended the University of Denver (B.A., 1957) with majors in anthropology and education.

Rolingson earned an M.A. in Anthropology in 1960 from the University of Kentucky and was Museum Curator at its Museum of Anthropology; she then continued as Research Associate, 1960–1963. Her research interests were Native American hunter-gatherer cultures in the southeastern United States. She conducted research supported by a National Science Foundation grant and published Late Paleo-Indian and Early Archaic Manifestations in Western Kentucky (1966), co-authored with Dr. D. W. Schwartz, then director of the Museum. She attended the University of Michigan (1963–65) toward her Ph.D. and returned to UK as Instructor in Anthropology and Acting Director of the Museum of Anthropology (1965–68). Rolingson completed her dissertation on hunter-gatherer cultures of the Middle Green River Region, Kentucky (Ph.D., 1967) and, while at UK, carried out several archeological projects.

Rolingson was hired in 1968 by the Arkansas Archeological Survey, a division of the University of Arkansas system. Over the next 37 years she had various responsibilities as both archeologist and professor. She was instructor and field supervisor on numerous projects working with people interested in archeology, and she directed Arkansas Archeological Society Training Programs in conjunction with her research and assisted other Survey archeologists. Rolingson provided advice and information on archeology to state and federal agencies and to the public, and presented public programs. She taught undergraduate and graduate classes at three universities with research interests in archeology and prehistory of the Midsouth region and Lower Mississippi Valley, particularly farming cultures, community planning, and material culture.

Working with Arkansas State Parks, Rolingson directed research at the Toltec Mounds site and Plum Bayou culture in central Arkansas (1975–2005), with several state and federal agencies supporting funding for research and development. Her final report, Toltec Mounds: Archeology of the Mound-and-Plaza Complex (2012), analyzed 30 years of research. She was resource person for public programs, exhibits, and park development at Toltec Mounds State Park and published several monographs and numerous articles and book chapters on Arkansas archeology.

Rolingson retired to Texas in 2005 to live near her family. She is president of the Alvin Library League, a support group of the library, and enjoys Native American basketry, genealogy, travel, needlepoint, and reading.

A&S Hall of Fame 2017 - Tom Spalding

Thomas D. Spalding, Vice President–Geoscience for Pioneer Natural Resources, was born in Muskegon, Michigan, in 1958 and grew up in Louisville, Ky. He attended Westport High School, played on the football team, and graduated in 1976. He attended the University of Kentucky and was a Resident Advisor in Hagen Hall from 1978 to 1980.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1980 and Master of Science in Geology in 1982. While at the UK Geology Department, he received the undergraduate Pirtle award and the award for outstanding student at the UK summer field camp course. While a graduate student, Spalding received the outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and served as president of the UK student chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the national honor society for geosciences.

Spalding began his career in petroleum geoscience at Mobil in Dallas, Texas, in 1982. While at Mobil, he worked as an exploration and production geoscientist for domestic divisions in Dallas, Houston, and New Orleans. He completed his Mobil career working six years in their international division with emphasis on West Africa exploration.

He came to Pioneer Natural Resources in 1997, first working in international exploration and later serving as Offshore Gulf of Mexico Exploration Manager in 1998, Vice President–North America Exploration in 2004, Vice President–Geoscience Technology in 2010, and Vice President–Permian Subsurface in 2011. Since 2015, Spalding has held the position of Vice President–Geoscience, providing oversight for geoscience across Pioneer and managing subsurface geoscience and reservoir engineering integration. He has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1981, and current or past member of the Dallas Geological Society, Houston Geological Society, and New Orleans Geological Society.

Spalding has served on the Alumni Advisory Board for the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) since 2004 and received their Distinguished Geology Alumnus Award in 2014. He has been recruiting at UK for the past 13 years and has hired 10 graduates from the UK EES department at Pioneer.

Spalding met his wife of 36 years, Linda Butcher Spalding, at UK, and they both still “bleed blue.” Tom and Linda have five daughters, Jennifer Spalding, Katelin Nickoli, Hannah Spalding, Rachel McCann, and Emma Spalding. They currently reside in Grapevine, Texas, and also have a home in Franklin, Tenn.

EES Presents: Tim Elam

UK EES alumnus Tim Elam (M.S. Geology, '81) describes how his geological training at UK prepared him for a successful career in industry and for his current role as a seasonal interpretative park ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.  

A&S Hall of Fame 2017 - Charlie Grizzle

Charles L. Grizzle (Charlie), a native of Argillite, Kentucky, in Greenup County, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1973. He spent nearly a decade in banking in Louisville, during which time he was involved in numerous political campaigns, including Deputy Chairman for the Reagan campaign in Kentucky in 1980. Following a brief stint as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Kentucky, Grizzle moved to Washington, D.C., to accept a position in the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1988, President Reagan nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed him to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

During Grizzle’s time at the EPA, his outstanding leadership was recognized by organizations such as The Privatization Council, the International City Management Association, and the President’s Council on Management Improvement. He also was selected to attend the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

In 1993, with Richard Cantor, Grizzle founded The Grizzle Company, a federal government relations consulting firm where he represents a number of Kentucky interests in the nation’s capital as well as companies and associations on a variety of legislative and regulatory matters.

Grizzle is a past president of the Kentucky Society of Washington and of the University Club of Washington. In 1998, through the Kentucky Society, he established the Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian award along with the Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy. Currently, he serves on the board of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.

In addition to being a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association, Grizzle was the founding donor of the Arts and Sciences International Education Fund, and was recently named to the A&S Capital Campaign Committee.

A&S Year of Civics and Citizenship in the 21st Century (Keys to our Common Future)


Summary of this year’s program and events by Dr. Phil Harling, Dr. Julie Bursten, and Dr. Tiffany Barnes (“Year Of” Faculty Committee Chairs)

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Brad's Blurb

We have all been there at some time in our lives: We have started a new job that brings with it a rollercoaster of emotions.  At first you feel like you have zero idea of what you are doing, or even what you should be doing.  You are lost trying to figure where to find information you need, or exactly what the protocol is for using the breakroom microwave and coffee machine.  But soon, you get your feet underneath you and your confidence improves with each new day.   As a result, you start to receive praise from your colleagues on what great job you are doing.  From that point on (weeks or months) maybe the accolades come less often and you begin to wonder when the last time was that you were called a “lifesaver” and was commended for a “job well done.”  Cue the panic and dip in the rollercoaster.  We all experience something similar to this.  Getting comfortable in your job usually results in fewer compliments from your supervisors – which, unfortunately, can make you feel like you’re not as great as you once thought you were, or even worse, actually stagnating in your position.  But, rest assured, that’s likely not the case.  So here are, for what it’s worth – a few signs that you are an excellent employee, even if you don’t hear it on a routine basis. 

Designing Multimedia Instruction to Maximize Learning - Dr. Richard E. Mayer Lecture

Multimedia supplements our instruction in many teaching contexts, whether we use PowerPoint during a face-to-face lecture, a computer-animated game to help students understand an abstract concept, short video lectures in an online course, or graphics in a textbook. In this talk, Dr. Richard Mayer will provide a concise overview of his cognitive theory of multimedia learning, and share evidence-based principles to design learning materials that are in alignment with how students learn and process information.


Scott is a former UK professor of physical anthropology and an educator who has been active in opposing the teaching of young earth creationism and intelligent design in schools. She also taught at the University of Colorado and California State University system.

Language Talk - Episode 21

KWLA podcast, Curriculum, features hosts Laura Roché Youngworth and Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby discussing curricular choices with Rachel Weinrich, Goal Clarity Coach supporting World Languages for Jefferson County Public Schools (KY). Topics include: influences on curricular choices, breakdown of the JCPS K-12 World Language curriculum, and overview of the K-5 Fayette County World Language curriculum. If you have an idea to share for the podcast series or an event for the Outreach Clearinghouse, please contact Laura Roché Youngworth ( or Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (


Back in 2006, novelist and country music singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman ran (unsuccessfully) for governor of Texas. His campaign slogan, a rather pointed reference to the fact that recent occupants of the office George W. Bush and Rick Perry were not the sharpest tools in the shed, was "how hard could it be?" I can't answer that, but I can answer, after a fashion, the question of how complex or simple an Earth surface system can be.


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