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Chapter History

The first SHPE professional chapter in Kentucky, the Kentucky Bluegrass Professional chapter (KYBG-SHPE), was officially approved by the SHPE National Board of Directors on April 12th, 2008.

Claudia Marin (President 2008 – June 2011) and Harold Gonzalez (Vice-President of Professional Development 2008 – June 2010, Vice-President of Community Affairs and Student Relations July 2010 - July 2013) were motivated to start a professional chapter in Lexington, Kentucky after attending the 2007 National Technology and Career Convention (NTCC) in Denver as company recruiters for Lexmark International. It was there that they learned about a precollege program, which they wished to make availableto young Hispanics from the Central Kentucky region during the National Conference planned in Cincinnati in 2010. Jhonatan Ballesteros (Vice-President of Educational Recruitment 2008 – 2009), who for a few years before had been interested in forming a SHPE student chapter while attending the University of Kentucky, soon joined their efforts.

By early 2008, ten founding members had been recruited with the support of Adriana Ocampo, Region 6 Vice-President (2006 – June 2010).

The chapter currently covers all of the commonwealth of Kentucky. The chapter’s name comes from the Bluegrass Region located in Central Kentucky, which is named for the blue color that the grass tops take on in the springtime. This region is situated around the city of Lexington, often considered the horse capital of the world, where most of the members of the chapter reside.

KYBG-SHPE has received the following awards at SHPE National Conferences: 2010, 2011, and 2012 Professional Chapter of the Year for  Region 6; 2011 and 2012 National Small Professional Chapter of the Year. In addition, KYBG-SHPE has received Blue Chip awards for chapter excellence at the 2012 and 2013 Region 6 Leadership Development Conferences.