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Michael Brent Courtyard Dedication

April 24, 2008 -North Hall is across the street from Memorial Coliseum on the corner of Avenue of Champions and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Michael Brent Memorial Courtyard

Michael Brent Memorial Courtyard - Click to Enlarge

Poem read at Dedication Ceremony:

Well Done

Some people may say your life was interrupted
Before its prime,
But I witnessed a young man, who despite challenges, perservered
Never wasting a moment in time
You were always encouraging others by having a positive demeanor
And never allowing circumstances to
Discount you from being a dreamer.

A car accident may have taken your ability to walk,
But it never hindered you
From being a pillar of strength—
Our loving rock.

You once told me that you had touched more lives
While in your chair
Than when you were walking
And breathing God’s cool crisp air.

You never allowed that chair to define you,
Opting to use it as a tool
To shape and refine you.

Your legacy exemplifies life’s most important lessons:
Love unconditionally, laugh often
And realize that when bad things happen—
Do not see it as the end,
But view it as opportunity to tend
To those things which God has entrusted to man
For we all play a part in His devine plan.

And although we miss you
And tears still dampen on our eyes,
We are much better people
Because on this journey
You passed by.

We shall never forget you, but will always remember
For which you stood
And what you meant.
You were are son, our brother, and friend—
And most importantly…
Ourr beloved Michael Todd Brent!

Lisa A. Brown
April 24, 2008

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Inspirational Student Honored with Award

michael_2small.jpgLEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2004) — Michael Brent was a typical high school athletic star – he played basketball, baseball and golf. But this former Henry County High School student’s life took a different turn when he fell asleep at the steering wheel of his car, crashing it and leaving him paralyzed. That was in 1997. Fast forward to 2004 and you will see that Michael Brent is still a star – shining bright in life.

Brent, a senior broadcast journalism major in the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies, will receive UK’s Adelstein Award at 3:30 p.m. April 8 in 206 Student Center on the UK campus. The award is given by the UK Disability Resource Center (http://www NULL.uky NULL.edu/StudentAffairs/DisabilityResourceCenter/) Brent, a senior broadcast journalism major in the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information Studies, will receive UK’s Adelstein Award at 3:30 p.m. April 8 in 206 Student Center on the UK campus. The award is given by the UK Disability Resource Center (http://www NULL.uky NULL.edu/StudentAffairs/DisabilityResourceCenter/) to students with disabilities who are inspirations to others.

“As a fraternity brother of Mike’s, I can vouch for his character, and I struggle to find a weakness,” said Daniel J. Kelly, president of UK’s Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. “Even when things aren’t going his way, he never gets down; rather, he accepts the challenges and meets them head on.”

Yvonne Cappe, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications (http://www NULL.uky NULL.edu/CommInfoStudies/JAT/), nominated Brent for the award.

“The broadcast journalism path is a demanding path for any student, but most students confined to a wheelchair wouldn’t even attempt it,” Cappe said. “With the help of classmates working under his direction, Michael has managed the reporting, videography and editing of television news stories.”

Lisa A. Brown, director of student and multicultural affairs in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, another nominator, said what she admires most about Brent is his outlook on life.

“Michael is a remarkable young man who exudes warmth. He commands your respect because he is so determined,” Brown said. “He once remarked to me that he has been able to reach more people in his wheelchair than when he was able to walk.”

“That,” she said, “is an understatement.”

The Adelstein Award is named for the late Carol S. Adelstein, wife of retired UK English professor Michael Adelstein. Carol, who used a wheelchair because of polio, was an inspiration to persons with disabilities by leading a meaningful, successful life at a time when individuals with disabilities were not encouraged to be independent and contributing members of society.

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