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28 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM F or many graduate students, concentrating on school and homework is plenty to keep their minds occupied. But Abigail Day and Elester Bostick- Latham can't stop thinking about music. The two graduate students are pursuing music careers at the same time as master's degrees in exercise physiology and psychoso- cial oncology, respectively. Day, a student in Uof L's SPAD program, is a singer-songwriter who performs under the name Violet Moon. She recently released her first single, "For the Man at the Show" on Spotify. Bostick-Latham, a student at the Kent School of Social Work, is a trumpet player, composer, producer and lead soloist for rapper James Lindsey. For Bostick-Latham, it takes "keeping a strict study schedule" and major coordination to find balance in his education and his hectic tour schedule. Last year, his band played WFPK Live Lunch, WFPK City Song, WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays, Twilight Thursday at Churchill Downs, and the South By South- west Festival. "Most of our shows draw a big crowd, but Forecastle and Waterfront Wednesday typically bring a massive crowd," Bostick- Latham said. The crowd and the community also play a role in his education. He chose to pursue a graduate degree in psychosocial oncology because he is interested in assisting communities that battle with healthcare dis- parities and access to appropriate resources. "All communities deserve quality health- care and supportive systems of care," he said. He chose the Kent School because of its reputation, curriculum, the caliber of its graduates and the numerous resources available to students. "It's empowering to be a student among professors who actively care about social justice and are active within the community," Bostick-Latham said. Day also selected her field of study because of its emphasis on social justice. "I was mostly drawn to the diversity statement of the College of Education and Human Development and the idea that I could be involved in a social justice approach to exercise and I hope to make that practice in our department more relevant with my time here," she said. "Both my studies and my music are an extension of who I am and help represent me as a person, but are not necessarily interconnected. Instead there is more of a circular relationship," Day said. "Music is still expressive therapy for me, and also helps fuel my passion for people. That passion for people and social justice bleeds into my desire to reach people through exercise physiology, where I focus on finding ways to help people, particularly from underserved populations, find their place and safety in time and space." Extracurricular activity GRAD STUDENTS CHASING MUSIC DREAMS AFTER CLASS The University of Louisville has produced another national champion. Brent Rum- mage, an instructor and master tutor with REACH (Resources for Academic Achieve- ment), was named the 2018 Peer Tutor of the Year by the Association for the Tutor- ing Profession. Just one tutor is recognized for the national honor each year. The award comes despite Rummage being limited to a 20-hour work week due to being a full-time student. Rummage joined REACH as a math tutor in August 2016. He achieved the status of Master Tutor, which is a level III certification through the College Reading and Learning Association, and was the first undergrad- uate teaching assistant to become an instructor for an early-level general educa- tion math course. Typically, only graduate student assistants and program coordina- tors teach the course. The move helped him on both a personal and a professional level. "Working as a math tutor and instruc- tor is my way of giving back. In the past, I wasn't so strong in mathematics. As a non-traditional student at JCTC, I had instructors who invested in me, and math became alive to me," Rummage said. Rummage's favorite part of the job is working with his students, as well as the REACH team. "It's so rewarding to see a tutee grasp a concept and totally take ownership of the math problem that mere minutes ago was giving them a headache," he said. "Our REACH team always pulls together in a united front to help students succeed, and that's why we're here." The Peer Tutor of the Year Award is awarded to one student tutor per year by the Association for the Tutoring Profession. Rummage was nominated by the REACH leadership staff. REACHing new heights UofL instructor named Tutor of the Year Elester Bostick-Latham performs with rapper James Lindsey at a Waterfront Wednesday concert.

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