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Bolen, Stephanie L.

(born: 1973) 

Stephanie L. Bolen is from Hopkinsville, KY.  In 1998, she was the first African American to earn a Master of Science degree in forestry at the University of Kentucky.  She had already earned a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University, and in 2015, she earned a juris doctoral degree from Valparaiso University. Stephanie L. Bolen's law office is located in Norfolk, VA. The title of her master's thesis is Barriers that Limit Outdoor Recreation Participation for Individuals with Disabilities. At the time of her graduation, the Master of Science in Forestry was still a relatively young program at the University of Kentucky. In much earlier times, the forestry program was offered only as a bachelor's degree that could be earned in cooperation with the School of Forestry at Duke University. A student's first three years were spent in residency at UK while taking liberal arts and science classes. The student's last two years were spent at the School of Forestry at Duke; only seniors and graduate students were accepted at the Duke School of Forestry. By 1967, the UK Forestry Department was established in the College of Agriculture and Home Economics. The program was part of the Southern Regional Plan that allowed for students to complete their bachelor degrees in forestry at one of the Southern Forestry Schools. The master's program became available at UK in the early 1980s. In 1998, Stephanie L. Bolen and six other graduates earned a Master of Science in Forestry. For more about the forestry program during the years mentioned in this entry, see pp.58-59 in the Bulletin of the University of Kentucky, General Catalog 1953-54, v.46, no.5, May 1954; see pp.126-127 in the University of Kentucky Bulletin Catalogue 1967-68; p.132 in University of Kentucky Bulletin 1983-84; and other University of Kentucky bulletins available online at Explore UK. For the list of 1998 forestry graduates who earned master degrees, see p.94 in the Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, May 5, 1998.

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