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20 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM England A College of Business senior major- ing in equine administration will have a front-row seat for all three Triple Crown races this year. Leah England works as a produc- tion assistant for NBC, following in the footsteps of her friend and fellow equine major Megan Riddle, who worked for NBC during American Pharoah's Triple Crown win in 2015. England, who is minoring in entrepreneurship and international business and graduates in May, expects to be doing her part for NBC's coverage of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. "My responsibilities include spotting horses on the track for the camera crew, making sure we have all the camera shots we need, assisting on-screen talent members rehearsing scripts and moving from set to set, running stats, and completing any extra jobs needed," England said. "There is a lot that goes into putting together a major broadcast event, so it's many early mornings and late nights. But having the opportunity to work behind the scenes and meet broadcasters, trainers and some very special horses is a once-in-a-lifetime experience." The Danville native said earning an equine administration degree from Uof L is the key to making a difference Equine senior ready for Triple Crown in her career, which she hopes to be focused on broadcasting or breeding. "The times are changing and just having knowledge of the industry isn't good enough anymore. Some of the industry's key players have come out of this program," she said. Uof L's equine administration pro- gram celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. It is the only AACSB Inter- national-accredited business degree in the world with an equine major. Equine students and graduates are often found working at nearby Chur- chill Downs, including with trainers of past Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders such as Dale Romans, Doug O'Neill and Larry Jones. J ames May, a graduate student in the School of Music, is the uni- versity's first George J. Mitchell Scholar. The prestigious award goes to just 12 Americans each year for postgrad- uate study in Ireland and includes tuition, accommodations, travel expenses and a stipend. Awardees are chosen based on scholarship, lead- ership and community service. May will use the scholarship to study new music production and performance at Ireland's University College, Cork. "James is a perfect fit for this award," said School of Music Dean Chris Doane. "His work as a com- poser, volunteer, teacher and leader is inspiring to all of us." May has created more than a dozen original compositions that have been performed by groups around the country including the San Francisco Choral Artists, Beo String Quartet and LONGLEASH piano trio. He has served as a peer mentor, volunteer program coordinator and student speech coach and currently teaches HITTING ALL THE RIGHT NOTES James May has won one of the most prestigious awards in academia. contemporary music at Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School. "Uof L is an incredible place for composers, so when I was applying to graduate school it was one of the first suggestions from my private instructor," May said. "The music department has a strong tradition of promoting contemporary music, most obviously through the Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition, and so has an unbelievable amount of resources and opportunities for us. I've had so much support from the school for getting my works performed and participating in events around the country." The George J. Mitchell Scholarship honors former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell's contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and introduces future American leaders to the island. May is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came to Uof L on the Bomhard Fellowship after graduating from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, with degrees in music composition and English.

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