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Freeman Named 2021 Distinguished Senior for College of Business and Technology


Joseph “Emmet” Freeman has been named the Distinguished Senior for the EKU College of Business and Technology for the Class of 2021. Freeman, who will graduate in May with a B.S. in Aviation and dual concentrations in Professional Flight and Aerospace Management, received the award after a unanimous nomination from the Aviation Program faculty. He was previously named the Outstanding Senior for both the Aviation Program and the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology before winning the distinction at the college level.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” said Dennis Sinnett, Executive e Director of the Aviation Program. “We are extremely proud of the work Emmet has put in as a student in our program. His dedication and professionalism have raised the bar for our students during his time here. He has a very bright future ahead in this industry.”

Freeman came to EKU in the Fall of 2017 and wasted no time becoming an active member of the Aviation Program through a variety of student organizations and other activities. In the Fall of 2018, Freeman was selected to be the Operations Intern at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington where he worked closely with airport staff on multiple special events including Honor Flight Kentucky, which provides free flights to veterans to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. and several VIP visits including the President and Vice President of the Unites States. As a student, Emmet has served as an Aviation Student Ambassador since his sophomore year, assisting faculty and staff with meeting prospective students and families who are interested in EKU’s Aviation Program. In this role, Freeman also represented the University at a Department of Transportation luncheon with various government officials and again at the annual Kentucky Aerospace Day at the Capitol in Frankfort.

Despite facing significant health challenges during his academic career, Freeman has been able to maintain an outstanding track record in both his coursework and in his flying. His cumulative GPA of 3.94 ranks among the highest in the Aviation Program and his graduating class. After graduation he plans to work as a flight instructor before moving to on to his goal of flying for a commercial airline.

“I’m grateful for all of the experiences and opportunities that I’ve had during my time at EKU,” said Freeman. “I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey in helping me pursue my goals of a career in aviation. I’m really excited to see what’s next.”

Freeman is a native of Walton, Kentucky and is the son of Joe and Sarah Freeman.

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Published on March 15, 2021

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